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Monday, May 06, 2013

I've been away for several days.
I went to see my family in another state and it was an emotional minefield nearly the entire time I was there.

The stress of emotionally and physically dealing with the things that were going on in the family caused a fibromyalgia flare as well as triggered emotional overeating.

I didn't have a lot of choice in the foods that were offered to eat, and there were two parties as well. Thus I gained nearly two pounds while I was away.

But, I've been there and done that before, so I'll just work on losing it again.
I got home around two-thirty this morning and have been really tired and rather sad today.
Tomorrow I am going to begin again walking toward Subiaco and the monks.


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MAWMAW101 5/7/2013 8:22AM

    So glad you are safely home, that is the most important thing. My belief about the greatness of Sparkpeople is that it reminds us that no matter what, we must live in this world and deal with all the things (and people) that come our way. This MawMaw is so proud of you for knowing that you can't change everything so just keep working on yourself! Well done!
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HAPPYDOES 5/7/2013 3:57AM

    Thank you, Julie.
Yep. I'll be alright.
I've been reading some blogs and commenting.
I'm already feeling better, getting my mind back in focus on losing the weight, and especially getting motivated again and more upbeat.

It's been a really tough couple of weeks but I'm going to do all I can to turn the negatives into positives.

I will try to get over to your page later today and catch up on what is happening in your world.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a word of encouragement.

You're a good friend. emoticon

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QUADCMOM 5/7/2013 2:12AM

    Welcome home. I hope you got some rest. Don't worry about the two pounds. You will get it back off quickly.


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I'm taking this party to the monks!

Monday, April 29, 2013

I found a SparkTeam that was tailor-made for me when I was looking for a walking guide to 5K.

It is called "Where are YOU walking to?"

As a life-long exercise-resistant couch potato who loves to travel, this is the perfect motivational tool to get me up off the couch and on my feet. In this group, you choose a place anywhere in the world that you want to walk to, calculate the mileage, start walking and tracking it daily. And, I suppose, if a person really wants to, (s)he could put up a map and plot it each week as the mileage is ticked off.

I'm EXCITED! And since I can only have ONE ticker here on SP (grrr), I'll change my weight-loss ticker to a mileage countdown to my destination. (edit: Well, crud! There is no mileage ticker! Ok, so I put in a suggestion for one.)

I have decided to walk my weight-loss party over to the monks at Subiaco, AR. That's a fair distance for a beginner, I think...not so far that I will get discouraged and give up easily, and not so close that it isn't really a challenge at all, or a challenge that isn't long enough to build a habit of walking. Besides, I wonder how long it has been since the monks have even seen a party balloon? emoticon


It is 207 miles from my house to the abbey, and I would seriously like to go there in reality and spend a weekend, sans party balloons (out of respect for the monks). The route I plan to take is going to be such a beautiful walk through the Ozarks. So I will look through pictures of the Ozarks daily before I go on my walks and think of these as I put one foot in front of the other.

Ya know what? Armed with this new motivational tool, I may have found the key to realizing my dreams of running races someday. Here's why: I can use this virtual travel thingy as I train daily so that my training isn't just boring training, but instead, is traveling somewhere! And I can tick off the miles toward a place I want to go, and change the destination repeatedly each time I arrive. I am so stinking EXCITED!

I invite you to the group! I can't wait to get started. emoticon emoticon emoticon

4/29/2013: 207 - 2 = 205 (I wonder how much thinner and healthier I will be when I finally arrive?)
5/07/2013: 205 - 2 = 203 (I'm back from out of state and back on my virtual party trip.)
5/09/2013: 203 - 2 = 201 emoticon
5/11/2013: 201 - 1.6 = 199.4 (Big dogs loose on property at corner; didn't want to go near them to finish 2 miles and don't know the mile markers to make it up if I walk the opposite direction)
5/14/2013: 199.4 - 2.4 = 197
5/16/2013: rained out
5/17/2013: 197 - 2.5 = 194.5
5/19/2013: 194.5 - 2.8 = 191.7
5/21/2013: 191.7 - 2.4 = 189.3
5/23/2013: 189.3 - 3.7 = 185.6

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SHOES17 8/10/2013 2:59PM

    Okay and so we are off!! emoticon

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CATHWREN 4/29/2013 12:50PM

    Terrific idea for motivating yourself and keeping things interesting. Good luck with your "visit."

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CHIRPGIRL 4/29/2013 12:39PM

    Great idea, Josie! Thanks for steering me to your blog and I wish you many beautiful adventures on your walk.

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DEBORAH2180 4/29/2013 12:33PM

    OMG! I love this concept! That's for sharing! I am going to get right on it now and choose a really cool place to walk to! Hmmm, maybe I will walk around the Great Lakes! Or to Wisconsin Dells...

Thanks! emoticon


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HAPPYDOES 4/29/2013 10:39AM

    I've got mine all mapped out with Google maps. I just put in my address and theirs, and then clicked on the walking Icon, and clicked.

So...do you actually ride roller coasters? emoticon

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MAWMAW101 4/29/2013 9:38AM

    Oh I definitely meant virtual--if I did it literally I might finish for my 100th birthday! When I looked at the map I think I'll walk through the Hoosier Forest, over the hills of Jasper & around Patoka Lake. That should keep me moving all summer.
We used to take the kids to Holiday World every summer and I did ride those coasters but it has been a while since I've been there.
There is a place on here to map that virtual trip--I have done a couple but somehow don't always save them/or just can't find them again. I'm a little slow on remembering how it all works on here.
Hope you got those new walking shoes I sent, your going to need them!

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MAWMAW101 4/29/2013 7:46AM

    I love this! We have an abby in southern Indiana that I've always wanted to visit. First my 5K Walk and then I'll walk to the abby and since it is in the general area I'll walk to Santa Claus Land (Holiday World) and ride the rollercoasters!
Enjnoy your walk today!

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note to self

Monday, April 29, 2013


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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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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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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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.



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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