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A Few Things That Are Working For Me!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Well, I finally feel like I am on the right track FOR REAL. I started the new year with a winning attitude and it is still going strong. I attribute this to a few things that I have changed in my daily routine.

1. I exercise an average of 2 hours a day and I shoot for 6 days a week. Instead of doing the exercise all at once; I do a workout in the morning and one in the afternoon or evening.

2. I start my day with Dr. Oz's Green Vegetable drink and make sure I always have the green leafy vegetables I need. I put the recipe in the SP recipes to share with everyone.

3. Processed foods are used as little as possible.

4. I no longer eat whatever I want on Sunday. I stick to my calorie spread and write down everything I eat.

5. I have been doing weekend challenges to help me stick to this routine over the weekend. In the past, the weekends were where I would always blow it, but my Spark challenges now save me.

6. When I am walking with someone that walks slower than I do, I wear my weight belt to get the most out of the time I have spent with them.

I am certainly not perfect, but I have made more progress in January than I did the last half of 2010, so I think I have found a few things that are working for me.

I am fired up and ready to race to my goal weight. I am sure I will make it this year. My butterflies keep my calm and my Spark friends keep me focused.

Cynthia
www.cynthiasbutterflygarden.com

  
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GOING-STRONG 2/1/2011 1:41PM

    Cheat meals or cheat days aren't a good idea for me either. They tend to be a slippery slope and turn into more than they should. Great post and congrats on your success!

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TRICIALICI 2/1/2011 1:15PM

    Great job! Keep up the good work, and you'll reach your goal before you know it!

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FITAT50 1/28/2011 6:43PM

    You've definitely found your key, I'm so happy for you!! I still have to try that green drink.

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KALATHIA 1/24/2011 7:51PM

    OUTSTANDING!!!!!

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!!!

Kath

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WATOGA17 1/24/2011 6:17AM

    You are doing fabulously! emoticon

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DTONEY76 1/24/2011 6:10AM

    We are definitely going to reach our goal this year!
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HEALTHYCOCONUT 1/23/2011 6:30PM

    Love this! Thank you for sharing.

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GEEMAWEST 1/23/2011 6:24PM

    As always, you inspire me! I'm going to check out that recipe for myself.

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NATPLUMMER 1/23/2011 5:44PM

    Great job!!!
You will totally make your goal weight this year!!

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MEADSBAY 1/23/2011 5:06PM

    Grrrrrrrrreat ideas here!
thnx for sharing-
I've been doing double workouts when I can- maybe twice a week- but maybe 90 min total.
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SUCHAHOOT 1/23/2011 4:16PM

    You sound like you are well on your way! 2 hours a day is fantastic! thanks for sharing your winning tips!

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BEGONIAC 1/23/2011 2:27PM

    WooHoo Cynthia! I'm going to ck out dr. oz's drink. Congrats!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/23/2011 2:24PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing this with us Cynthia, golden points here. :) :)

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LOGOULD 1/23/2011 2:03PM

    I just love how Sparkpeople continues to teach me new things as I continue along this lifestyle journey. This year ISN'T last year...we are at different places with different goals and more tools with yet more tools to acquire. How exciting to have something new to look forward too! You're doing great! What an inspiration and help you are to soooo many!

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KIMBERLIEV 1/23/2011 2:00PM

    awesome job getting 2 hours of exercise in regularly!! that's amazing! i haven't tried green drinks - they sound scary but i know they're really good for you. but i'm pretty motivated to search for a recipe for one.

Thanks for the ideas!

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CAROLINEAT50 1/23/2011 1:53PM

    Gosh. Just saw that you are a leader of the Beginner's Couch to 5K team. I just joined that team and will begin the training in February. Yay! Looks like you've got such great experience in the field. Can't wait to learn more/be inspired by you. See you on the team board!

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CAROLINEAT50 1/23/2011 1:50PM

    Hi Cynthia. Loved reading this! I just started in January too and still have "the fire" and the excitement of moving towards my goal. Love your ideas. Amazed that you exercise 2 hours a day!!! That's great. Thanks for sharing. I'll be implementing some of your ideas into my program. Just went out to lunch and was considering a "cheat meal," but ended up having a really yummy salad instead. Yes, it had some bacon and bleu cheese on it, but it was a far cry from the big 'ol juicy hamburger and fries I was considering! It feels good to make healthy choices! Have a great rest of your day. Do you exercise 7 days a week or take one day off?

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My Weekend Challenge!

Friday, January 21, 2011

I'm using Elizabeth's idea of posting the whole challenge, that way I can refer to it the whole weekend. Thank you Elizabeth, I love the idea.

TRACK EVERYTHING- Every bite, lick, taste goes into your tracker either on spark or wherever you count calories. 5 points/day
ENCOURAGE YOUR TEAMMATES- Stop by a teammates page, give a teammate a goodie, post on your team thread, comment on a teammates blog. Each one is worth 1 point and you can do any combination you choose! - 5 points max/day
AIM FOR THE STARS- For every 10 minutes of cardio give yourself a point. 6 max/day
MENTAL RECOUP- Don't dwell on "failures" They are golden opportunities for growth! At the end of the day, write down what you feel you didn't do so well with and how you're going to deal with it better next time. Moving on! 5 points/day

Challenge runs from Jan 21-24. Total points possible per day 21, total possible for weekend 84.

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F(0/21) S(0/21) S(0/21) M(0/21)

  
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DTONEY76 1/22/2011 5:42PM

    Your Challenge sounds GREAT and I love your butterfly background! emoticon Thanks for being my inspiration! emoticon

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FRACTALMYTH 1/22/2011 3:22PM

    Cool challenge!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/22/2011 1:26AM

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NATPLUMMER 1/21/2011 10:55PM

    It looks like a great challenge! Have fun with it and have a wonderful weekend!!

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MEADSBAY 1/21/2011 7:30PM

    Hey- I copied the idea from someone else.
Have a grrrrrrrrrrrrrreat weekend!
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ANDI571 1/21/2011 5:43PM

    Looks like a good challenge.

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Just Had To Share This - My Whole New Attitude!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

I have a vision of where I want to be and it really includes health as well as body shape and weight. I am striving for 2 hours of exercise a day which includes my running. I registered for a February race to keep me motivated and I finally, finally, cleaned my kitchen and pantry of anything processed. Believe me, that was a big accomplishment for me. I really have a better attitude this year than I did even when I first started Spark. I have been watching motivational movies about runners that have overcome great obstacles in their lives and reading Runner's World as well as Women First. Last year, I just played at the game and my weight went up and down ending on a high for the year. Something changed this year and made me want to do better. I don't really know exactly what it was, but I feel different about really wanting to change. Maybe it was introducing butterflies into my life. Since I have been raising them, I have felt so calm. I really love watching the caterpillars mature and eventually emerge from their chrysalises as beautiful butterflies. Maybe it was just because we went through a cold spell where I felt so lazy and now the sun is shining, I don't know. Maybe it is just the effect of the high energy "green drink" I make every morning from green leafy vegetables. Of coarse, having this wonderful place to write my thoughts and get support from my friends helps me keep that attitude going. Whatever it is, I like the new attitude and I am going to make the most of it. Welcome to the new year - The year our goals are met!
Cynthia

If you are interested, take a look at my butterfly site.
www.cynthiasbutterflygarden.com

  
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SUCHAHOOT 1/23/2011 4:23PM

    Your butterfly page is beautiful! I can see why you sound so calm focused. Your space seems very calming. I'm glad this is the year for you! I feel the same way, finally!

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MOMFAN 1/22/2011 9:07PM

    We are going to do this!

Wow! You page is looking amazing! So are you butterflies!

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FITAT50 1/16/2011 2:11AM

    I can feel it, this is YOUR year!! You are so ready, everything is clicking and falling into place, I felt a calmness flow through me as I read your blog, you are an amazing woman Cynthia!! So glad to call you my friend!

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BUGGYS 1/14/2011 4:02PM

    Cynthia...I am always so amazed at your positive energy and attitude and wish I could run like you...I do have a bum knee but I'm hoping that if I take off about 20 lbs. that I'll be able to run again...I used to years ago. I went to the museum with my grandkids a while ago and walked into the butterfly room and just stood there watching them, feeling them land on me, feeling that calm wash over me...they were so beautiful and gracefull and delicate and I was in awe. I don't know how much time or equipment you need but I'm thinking a little mini butterfly "farm" this summer up at my cottage for my grandkids so they can experience the whole process.

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RELAXYOURBACK 1/14/2011 10:34AM

    When I saw your blog title I immediately heard Patti Labelle's "New Attitude" in my head! Your anthem for 2011? :) Then I read about your butterflies and immediately remembered a book from back in the 70s titled Hope For The Flowers by Trina Paulson! Have you read it? I believe there's a website hopefortheflowers.com. It's about transformation and hope and it just sounded like where you're at. You've got this. 2011 is your year to fly!

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WATOGA17 1/14/2011 6:25AM

    Fabulous, Cynthia!

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GEEMAWEST 1/13/2011 7:56PM

    WOW Cynthia, I get excited just reading what you wrote. I would imagine that your new attitude is a combination of everything (especially the butterflies).
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ANEPANALIPTI 1/13/2011 7:14PM

    I am so in awe of you and am really absorbing your positivity. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MEADSBAY 1/13/2011 6:59PM

    I can feel your spark all the way here in snowy RI, Cyn!
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KALATHIA 1/13/2011 5:03PM

    Outstanding!!! Sounds like you're on the road to success!

Kath

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FRACTALMYTH 1/13/2011 4:44PM

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CHAOTICMOM4 1/13/2011 4:05PM

    I'm getting to where you are and so is Weight Watchers. I have high hopes of growing lots of things in a garden this year. I have slowly been removing processed foods, but am afraid doing it all at once would be a shock to the family. I try to introduce a new food then take away an old food. Good Luck Cynthia, may 2011 be all that you hope for!

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GIANNA345 1/13/2011 3:10PM

    Tell me more about the running videos! Share!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/13/2011 12:28PM

    Sounds like you're in a GREAT place! I'd be curious to hear what those movies are and what your green drinks consist of exactly, if you have a chance to share. :)

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/13/2011 11:23AM

    Sounds incredibly inspiring!!! You have come to peace and know where you want to go! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/13/2011 11:21AM

    Great attitude!! You will succeed!!! emoticon

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CRYSBROWN1 1/13/2011 11:21AM

    Whatever it is, just roll with it! I like your positive attitude! This is definitely going to be your year!

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DEVILISHDEE4269 1/13/2011 11:02AM

    Congrats on your new positive thinking. I am also a person who has rode the roller coaster of the up and down effect on weight. Now I have a medical reason to encourage and push me to stick with the plan! Funny how we really decide that enough is enough...we're going to do this...then we end up not only working on our bodies but cleaning house too! I just finished the garage. LOL.

Good Luck on your journey!!

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FINDINGBOBBIE 1/13/2011 10:56AM

    First of all CONGRATS on the 2 pounds lost emoticon

Aren't we all just butterflies...we love and care we mature only to spread our wings and fly.

Right now our weight is our chrysalises and with love of running and care we put into nourishing our bodies we will shed it and spread our wings and show the world our beauty. (ok a bit corny I know but its true)

Keep up the awesome work and what a great new attitude for the new year.



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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/13/2011 9:41AM

    Sounds like this is definitely your year. Sending positive vibes for your success.

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I Really Loved The Weekend Challenge!

Monday, January 10, 2011

First of all, it was Friday through Monday, so I was already on a roll before my actual weekend started. Since it included staying within your calorie range, I really made what food I put into my mouth count. I logged every day and used the Fitness counter to track my exercise. This four days was really one of the best spurts of doing things correctly I have ever had. Maybe because it was a challenge, maybe because it is a new year, maybe it was because I had gained weight over the holidays and felt discusted with myself, maybe because it was just time for a change, I don't know, but these last four days just gave me a jump start to get myself on track. FYI, I gave myself another A for today because I got a friend out of her house and on her feet. We did 4.4 miles. I am going to just pretend that the challenge is still going and see if that motivates me to stay in my calorie range and keep the exercise going. Thanks BLC-15 for having this challenge.
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ANEPANALIPTI 1/12/2011 12:24AM

    I am SO proud of you- we're ROCKING THIS!

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KALATHIA 1/11/2011 2:48PM

    Way to go, Cindy!

Kathy

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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/10/2011 9:33PM

    You sound truly inspired and inspiring.

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MARIAND123 1/10/2011 6:25PM

    what was the challenge that you were so successful on?

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MEADSBAY 1/10/2011 5:04PM

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I know what you mean-
I had to FORCE myself to take my scheduled rest day on Sunday because of the challenge!
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FRACTALMYTH 1/10/2011 4:32PM

    Wooohoooo! Well done :D When I went for my run yesterday a neighbour came out of her house to walk her dog... she looked like she was going to go back inside because of the rain, but I smiled and waved to her, so she came out in the rain with me too! Yipppeeee for inspiring others to get out there too!

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NATPLUMMER 1/10/2011 4:32PM

    Excellent!!! Keep it up if it's working for you.

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BUGGYS 1/10/2011 4:08PM

    Way to go!!! You are so positive and didn't let the fact that you gained weight over the holidays get you down! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OWENAR 1/10/2011 4:06PM

    Great Attitude!!! Keep up the great work!

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Keeping Up With My Weekend Challenge!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

For Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the BLC-15 challenge was NEW
N - Nutrition -stay within your calorie range. My range is 1200-1550 and here is what I have done so far; Friday was 1209 and Saturday was 1242. I am logging my food every day and making sure I eat the minimum calories required. Last year I ate way under and I guess my body was storing up for a winter day because I gained weight (I know, hard to believe)
E - Exercise at least 20 minutes per day So far I am doing very well; 124 minutes for Saturday and 90 minutes today
W - What areas need work (or something like that) We are also supposed to blog or journal either private or public, then grade ourselves and try to do better each day

I gave myself an A for Friday because I stayed in my calorie range, exercised a lot and experimented with some new low calorie recipes. My problem has always been being consistent and I am really working on that because it is usually, go way overboard one day and do little or nothing the next day.

I can see right now, since I started with an A, it is going to be hard to be better than that, but I gave myself a B+ for today. I stayed within my calorie range, but I didn't exercise as much. I did get a pat on the back for not drinking beer and eating hot dogs while watching football.

5 Points are awarded for each category so my tally looks like this:
F (15/15) S (15/15) I am off to a great start, I just need to continue along those lines for two more days.

This was a great challenge for me because my weekends are usually when I start to crumble. But, its a new year and I am determined! Victory is MINE!

  
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NANA2TWINS 1/10/2011 2:46AM

    Cynthia, great job on maxing out on your points so far this weekend. You started strong and you will end strong.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/9/2011 9:45PM

    It WOULD be a good idea to focus more on weekend since they do tend to be the weak end of the week. Yes. I do tend to slack off on my days off. It would appear that you are effectively dealing with the problem.

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THEMRSH 1/9/2011 9:07PM

    I'm impressed! Perfect score so far. Keep it up, you are rocking this challenge. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 1/9/2011 2:15PM

    You need more calories!!!
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FITAT50 1/9/2011 1:51PM

    Great job Cynthia!! That scale is going to be your friend come Wednesday!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/9/2011 8:47AM

    Wow...it's so much harder for a lot of people on the weekend, and here you are doing fantastic!! What great inspiration for those who struggle!

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FRACTALMYTH 1/9/2011 2:20AM

    Yay... doing great!!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/9/2011 2:02AM

    YAY! OMG!! YOURE DOING AWESOME!

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NATPLUMMER 1/9/2011 12:56AM

    Great job so far!! Keep it up and you will definitely succeed!! emoticon

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ITEKI11 1/9/2011 12:04AM

    Keep up the good work- you will see even more results

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