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note to self

Monday, April 29, 2013

Note to self: DO NOT EVER EAT CANNED OKRA EVER AGAIN! AND I DO MEAN EVER!
It HURTS!!!

That is all.

  
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4EVERNESS 4/29/2013 4:21AM

    oops, i peeked

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HAPPYDOES 4/29/2013 3:36AM

    I had to put this note here so I wouldn't lose it and forget. I haven't eaten it before and it definitely does not agree with me. I am still awake at 2:30AM with heartburn. emoticon

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AZTLAN777 4/29/2013 2:53AM

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If I could add one motivational thing to SparkPeople, it would be...

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Oh how I wish we could have more tickers!
I think it could be SO motivational!

If I had the ability to have more than one ticker, I would have four of them, and they would track the following:

1) My Long-Term Weight Loss Goal
2) My Current Weight Loss Goal
3) My Mileage for my Virtual Walk
4) My Fitness Minutes

I would have them all on my SparkPage where I could see them at a glance.
And I would be 4 times more motivated and encouraged than I am today. emoticon

  
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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 5/5/2013 10:40AM

    oh yes! it would be so great to see several little tickers moving along! visual learner here, LOL can we start a petition or something? emoticon

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ALLINTHEHATS 4/28/2013 9:47PM

    I like your idea of current goal and long-term goal tickers emoticon

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MOMMAPAM1 4/28/2013 9:11PM

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CHERIJ16 4/28/2013 9:06PM

    That is a good idea but I am already very motivated just by joining this site. emoticon

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DTCATSPARK 4/28/2013 8:39PM

    Agree

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LAWANDMUSIC 4/28/2013 6:57PM

    I like the idea. Thanks for posting!

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ONELILPEANUT1 4/28/2013 6:47PM

    I Love that idea I feel the same way...

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SAINTBERNARD6 4/28/2013 6:43PM

    good ideas

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I need a better plan

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I'm losing motivation.
I need a better plan.

  
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HAPPYDOES 4/27/2013 9:50PM

    Thank you, all three, for the encouragement, and for giving me some perspective.

I am still losing weight, though it is slow...not quite a pound this week. It seems really slow...and I guess I'm just being impatient, but hey, at least it's still coming off, right?

Ok, so maybe I am doing it right. Maybe I don't need a new plan. Maybe this is the way it's done.

It just seems so easy that it seems like it isn't a plan at all.
I mean, I'm not really doing that much.
I'm just drinking water, logging my food, staying within my calorie range, and walking three times each week.

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who knew?

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NHES220 4/27/2013 1:36PM

    Deborah is right. You need to make changes you can live with for a lifetime, so do not make drastic changes all at once. I did cut out soda, my favorite Diet Dr. Pepper, several years ago. I found it made me hungrier and I craved other things when I drank it. When I joined SP in December, I increased my water intake and I really cut down on white flour and sugar. I also find recording my foot intake makes me more conscious of what I eat and when I work out, I am less likely to want to undo my hard work. Also, be realistic. I wanted to lose 2lbs a week when I started, but that just did not happen. 1 lb a week, and sometimes not quite, is what I am happy with. My doctor told me to take it off slowly and I'll be more likely to keep it off.
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DEBORAH2180 4/27/2013 12:12PM

    Just change one thing at a time...like quit drinking soda. Several days later, add or subtract another small change such as walk a certain distance every other day. Several days later, do another small change, such as drink all water, record everything, quantity of minutes of cleaning, stretching, meditation, etc. Eventually all your small changes adds up. There really is no motivation other than making one small change every several days (or up to a week). Create a list and add it to your "other goals" so that you can check mark it daily! But just make one change every several days up to one week! Good luck!

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JUSGETTENBY42 4/27/2013 11:47AM

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Thanks, SparkRadio!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

I have been listening to SparkRadio and I think it is such a great thing!

Lily and Karen are fun to listen to and motivational as well.

I have been listening to Episode 20 about Spring Cleaning.
I really enjoy it when Spring comes around with a breath of fresh air to blow away the Winter blues. My Fibromyalgia is always worse during Winter. I have more pain, fatigue, fibrofog, and depression during these three months than any other time of the year and so I count the days until Spring and cheer myself all Winter long with the saying, "This, too, shall pass."

There was something that Lily (I think) said, on Spark Radio, about decluttering, "Let go of one thing every day: the more you let go of, the easier it is to let go of the extra weight."

I've been really thinking about that because I have been wanting to declutter for a long time...the easy way: with a bulldozer! emoticon
It isn't that I'm a hoarder, it is simply that I don't want to go through the painful process of decluttering piece by piece.

Just like I don't want to go through the painful process it take EVERY DAY to lose each and every ounce that makes up each and every pound that I have to lose.

So I avoid it.

Well, today while I was in the kitchen cleaning, I picked up a wooden box full of tea bags. It has been sitting on my counter for about two years...no, make it four. I haven't taken a bag of tea out of that box in more than a year. When I picked up and started for the trash can, I hesitated to throw it away.

I thought, "Wait, I might can use this box for something else."

Then, I heard another voice...a stronger voice that I haven't heard in long time, say, "No! I want my freedom more than I want this stupid box!" emoticon

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Wow!
I didn't realize how far I had fallen from what I used to be....just by accepting obesity and fibromyalgia as my lot in life. I really liked hearing that voice again. The one that used to fight back against adversity...the one that didn't give up so easily. I thought she was gone forever. In fact, I didn't even remember what she sounded like anymore.

Thanks, SparkRadio!
Thank you, Lily and Karen!
Thank you, SparkGuy!
Thank you for the wake up call and for the motivation and for everything else you give to help me in my weight loss journey.

  
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CHIRPGIRL 4/26/2013 9:47PM

    Way to go! I love your line about losing every ounce of every pound...so true, so true.
And so, we chip away at our weight much as we chip away at our clutter - - - slowly but surely:)
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DEBORAH2180 4/26/2013 11:12AM

    Yay you! You rock in being able to declutter one box at a time!

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Maybe you may feel a little adventurous and have a garage or yard sale! You get two great...make that three great benefits! Working out, decluttering, and making money!

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DLDROST 4/25/2013 12:21PM

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I'm a Stress Eater and Right Now I'm Really Struggling

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I'm a stress eater.
Yesterday I received two big emotional whammies and since then I have really been struggling to stay out of the junk food.
It's hard.
I'm really tired right now because I couldn't sleep last night.
I got up at 2:30AM this morning and when I dozed off again some time around 6AM, I had a nightmare that woke me up again right away.
I think it's time for a walk. emoticon

(edit: I got ready for the walk but it's started storming.
I think I'll settle in and watch a good chick flick or comedy and laugh.)

  
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CHIRPGIRL 4/26/2013 9:43PM

    Oh, dear...so sorry to hear that you're having rough times. It's so hard to avoid stress eating when one is so very...well...stressed. And, little sleep on top of that makes it all the harder to stick to your resolve.

If you are able to divert your attention with a brisk or leisurely walk (whichever you enjoy most), a phone call to a friend, losing yourself in a book, or spending some time with Spark Friends...when the stress has subsided you will might feel better about having found other, more healthy outlets for stress relief.

I wish you well, my friend, and hope the weekend brings sunshine into your heart.
Best, Sharon emoticon

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HAPPYDOES 4/24/2013 2:41PM

    Thank you all for the support and encouragement. emoticon

The stress was unintentionally resolved shortly after I wrote this by two long phone calls with people I love. I skipped the food altogether. And then it was time for bed. I slept pretty well and got up early this morning to spend time in the Bible and pray about the things that were on my heart.

One of the whammies is improving, but will take time.
As to the other whammie...
All I can as is that "faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it."* Therefore, I know that this situation will work out for my good in due time.

*Hebrews 11:1


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QUADCMOM 4/24/2013 12:51PM

    Great idea about the popcorn. Hey, I fully understand about the stress eating. I do it too. I'm learning to do other things. When you feel like attacking the kitchen, try some kind of exercise or work a word puzzle. Do something where some time will go by so perhaps the urge will pass. If you are hungry though, go ahead and eat something.

Wishing you a better day!!!

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AUNTB63 4/23/2013 8:22PM

    Try some popcorn....one kernel at a time.....helps me! emoticon

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STRONGERLEANER 4/23/2013 7:26PM

    Sorry about the stress. I definitely understand how it makes new habits more difficult to form.

I like the idea of trying an activity that doesn't involve food but will still be rewarding for you. I think you're on the right track. Sometimes, for me, dancing around to some of my favorite songs helps. My focus goes to somewhere happier and I get a mini-workout.

Hoping tomorrow is a better day!
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CANDEE412 4/23/2013 7:23PM

    I hope you have a better day tomorrow.

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CATHWREN 4/23/2013 7:20PM

    I'm sorry you are having such a hard time of it and not getting enough sleep on top of everything else can't be helping.

Take that walk. It always helps me deal with things.

Good luck. emoticon

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TRYNAGAIN194 4/23/2013 7:20PM

    A walk will make you feel better. emoticon

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