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I screwed up

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Today I worked cattle on a friend's farm from 10AM until 7PM. When I was trying to figure out my fitness points, I accidentally put in the wrong number and got a trophy I'm not sure I deserve.

I was trying to approximate my time because I wasn't climbing and doing a lot of active things the whole time that I was there, but I didn't think about that until ha entered the first number and received the trophy for 500 monthly fitness minutes.

I wish I could remove it but I don't know how. I don't like feeling as though I have cheated.

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HAPPYDOES 4/7/2013 8:47AM

    Thank you for laughing, Julie!
That helps me more than anything to get back on the PARTY track!

Will I get 500 minutes by the months end? I don't know. I hope so. That means I need to move about 12 FUN minutes per day for 20 more days before the month is over.


15 FUN minutes per day for 15 days before the month ends.


23 FUN minutes for 10 days...


45 FUN minutes for 5...


Just go help out with the community garden several days! emoticon

If I just keep pushing myself, maybe Fibromyalgia will give up or I'll just get use to the pain and figure out how to keep going and laughing in spite of it.


Thanks for the trophy, my friend! LOL

Party on!!! emoticon

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QUADCMOM 4/6/2013 11:33PM

    I'm sorry but this made me laugh. Don't worry about the mistake. You will likely have the 500 minutes by the end of the month, RIGHT? So you got the trophy a little early. It's ok.


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Friday, April 05, 2013

OK...I'm STILL going to find a way to make weight loss a party!
Even if it is a party in bed or on the sofa for a day or two!
I will stay upbeat and not get discouraged by my body's reaction to two days of dancing for 12 minutes.

Fibromyalgia has no mercy.
And I don't want to admit that I have it.

I can SAY that I have it but in my heart of hearts I am in denial...even after 12 years.

Surely there is a way to have Fibro and STILL live a life full of joy and laughter and FUN!
Surely there is a way to lose weight in spite of Fibromyalgia and without just plain starving myself into weight loss.

I will learn how and I will keep upbeat and happy in spite of this pain.

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HAPPYDOES 4/5/2013 11:22PM

    Thanks, everyone for your kindness and encouragement. It's good to know I'm not alone here.

Julie...I am supposed to do Yoga, which I really don't like. Maybe I should take another look at it though. Gentle stretching is what is recommended for Fibromyalgia patients. How in the heck is THAT supposed to help anyone burn calories?

I want to be a party. Somehow Yoga doesn't seem to fit with a party atmosphere.

I may need to rethink this thing, huh.

Maybe I'll punch holes in each corner of my Yoga mat and tie curly ribbon to it. YEAH!

Party on!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4EVERNESS 4/5/2013 10:21PM

    Wishing you the best! You just brought back some tucked away memories...a friend I had when I was in my early 20's..He had MS..we used to dance together...He did it as therapy.....At first we couldn't stand each other, thought each other were snobs, but both realistic enough to talk about it. I'm so glad we did....

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QUADCMOM 4/5/2013 9:39PM

    I love you outlook. Be carful not to hurt youself. Have you read any articles on Fibromialgia and exercising?

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PARKERB2 4/5/2013 7:10PM

    Sorry the pain is so great. Hope you get lots better soon. Keep a positive attitude.

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Aha! A Plan! (*)

Friday, April 05, 2013

I finally have a plan.

My plan is to add small changes in my daily routine until I get the hang of taking care of myself. I'll do this until I get into the groove to the point that I even WANT to exercise every day, and choose nutritional food as the norm for me. At that point, I will work on increasing the amount of exercise and nutritional food a little more each day until I reach the level that I can maintain it. I will continuously mix it up, adding fun and creativity to my fitness and foods so that it is as colorful and exciting as possible. I'm seriously going to see if it is possible to make losing weight a PARTY!

I've always burst out of the gate before, just like the rabbit in the Tortoise and the Hare, and I've ended up quitting because I couldn't maintain bar I set for myself.

I expect that I will have days that don't seem like a party and that are hard, so I need to begin to gather things to put in my Party Basket that I can draw from at a moment's notice to give me an emotional boost. (I'll be back to add to this blog post as I gather things for the basket.)

(I'm making another list on my "My Makeover" blog entry of ways to have fun while I'm moving.)

Party Basket:
Mardi Gras Beads (bought 4-5-2013)
Curly Ribbon to put on my placemats (bought 4-5-2013)
Paper Umbrellas for my drinks

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NHES220 4/5/2013 10:10AM

    Now you are on the right track! Making small changes that you can maintain are key because those are tings that you can maintain for the long run. Coming out the gate at 150, you will run out of gas and miss all the things you cut out of your life. Remember - slow and steady wins the race. Good for you for getting that!

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WELLNESSME09 4/5/2013 8:33AM

    Well said.
Great plans, emoticon

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DTCATSPARK 4/5/2013 8:28AM

    Great words and plan. (as I burst at 150MPH knowing you are correct)


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A New Look and a New Name

Thursday, April 04, 2013

After writing the blog called My Makeover, I decided to revamp my SparkPage because it just seemed like a bummer.

I even decided to change my user name from Fight4NewLife to HappyDOES!
(I was thinking to myself, "Happy is as Happy does.")

I hope you like the look of my new page.

I have decided to make losing weight a PARTY!
It is going to be FUN!

I will make it my goal to find a fun way to move every day and to find colorful food to eat and to make the plate look festive. I will also make it my goal to be more social by calling a friend and getting out in the sunshine and doing things together.

I may not be able to change the fact that right now I am fat, but I certainly don't have to be depressed about it. No! I can be fat and happy!

So I Will! (until I'm not fat anymore) emoticon

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WHIRLYDERVY 4/4/2013 9:57PM

    Today is my first day of "navigating my way back to myself" and I was so inspired by what I read in your blog. I LOVE your 'HappyDoes' title and immediately understood the meaning. I am so proud of myself for FINALLY getting on the lose-the-fat track. I exercised twice today and logged all my food and wanted to share with you because you are so upbeat -- a great role model for me, who gets discouraged quite easily! Keep up the happy colors and spirits!

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QUADCMOM 4/4/2013 7:35PM

    I love it. Your bright attitude will rub off on others and help them too. I didn't know you could change your user name. WOO HOO !!!

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My Makeover (*)

Thursday, April 04, 2013

I need a makeover.
More to the point, my LIFE needs a makeover.

I miss the old me...the one who was fun and interesting and full of life.
Being fat has drained the fun and confidence right out of me.

I have decided that I am going to find ways to incorporate FUN into my life and make these things a habit so that I can become the person I want to be.

This morning, I woke up after a very long night of interrupted sleep, feeling extremely tired. I sat on the sofa yawning for a couple of hours and reading on SparkPeople.com until I finally motivated myself enough to get off my bum, turn on one of my favorite upbeat CDs, and dance for 12 minutes, which was equal to about 4 songs. Since I get up several hours before my husband, it gives me the perfect chance to do this every morning.
AND I feel SO much better...


Do I look more fun???

Yeah...I think I do! LOL

So, my quest has begun.

My plan is to come back here as I find more fun things to add to my life and make a list of them that I can choose from whenever I need a boost.

FUN things:

*DANCE every morning (noon, afternoon, evening, night, or anytime...and when i really get brave, add ANYWHERE!)




CURLY RIBBON on the PLACEMAT (Bought the curly ribbon and Mardi Gras beads today 4-5-2013) emoticon


A HULA HOOP (I bought THAT today! 4-5-2013) emoticon


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