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Looking ahead to March

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Well, it's the last week of February. I for one am glad to see it go. It was a rough month for me. My inner brat raised up her head and I let her have her way with my eating. I was very faithful with my exercise, but she was quite the brat when it came to feeling hungry all the time and over-eating. Too many calories is too many calories, even if they are from organic foods! My inner brat wanted butter and sweets and she got what she wanted pretty much all month.

I went out and moved brush in our woods yesterday in 25* weather. It was exhilarating and I feel so much better! I really needed the productive exercise and the great outdoors. My inner brat has disappeared and I feel like myself once again.

Therefore, I went to my 2012 goals blog to find out the goal I'd set for March. How appropriate! Overcoming Emotional Eating is my March challenge!

I obviously have a lot to learn in this area, so here goes.........May March roar in like a lion and go out like a lamb (as far as my emotional eating habits go) and may I lose the 3 pounds I gained in February.

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MIPALADY23 2/29/2012 7:00PM

    Maybe your inner brat sensed you needed a little break and now your refreshed and ready!

I also love outdoor yard and garden work, it's that time of year!!

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NEKEL16 2/28/2012 11:54AM

    I wish you all the best for march my friend xx

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LNSYLVSDOGS 2/28/2012 7:14AM

    emoticon I am also in awe of you for the yard work you did in those cold temps. I look outside my windows and WANT to rake out the leaves, but it isn't time yet. (My excuse: They're probably frozen to the ground.) So far all I've accomplished outside is shoveling the sidewalks after a snowfall. Can't wait till it's time to clean up the yard!

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JOROURKE5 2/27/2012 4:55PM

    February was a rough month for me, too. Just getting started, getting into the swing of things, trying to get my reluctant family on board....
I have to say that overcoming emotional eating has to be my main goal this coming month as well. Growing up, hurt feelings, fights, bad days at school were quickly medicated with a trip to the ice cream parlor or a junk food run, and that has been the case up until recently. Food has always been there for me in the most unhealthy way, so it is REALLY hard to change that.

BUT, I have goals and the only way I can get there is if I beat this.
Here's to making March a month of overcoming emotional obstacles and unhealthy relationships!
Much luck to you, HeidisHope!

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FITNFUNJEN 2/27/2012 2:16AM

    February has been rough for me too! March will be great for both of us I'm sure!

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DAYHIKER 2/26/2012 4:09PM

    I won't miss February either...It has been harder to get through than January was! emoticon You inspired me to make Overcoming Emotional Eating MY March challenge as well. Maybe I should join the Stress Busting Challenge. emoticon


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RUNNINGOMA 2/26/2012 3:52PM

    Love the descriptions you have here. I can so relate. I am ready to say goodbye to February and put forth 100% effort in March.

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9 Month Sparkversary Today

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Today is my 9 Month Sparkversary!!

Although the scale moved up a few lbs this month and I've been experiencing a February funk, I am choosing to celebrate! Here are NINE reasons to celebrate my 9 Month Sparkversary:

#1- How I feel at 168 (up 3 lbs since last month) is a WHOLE lot better than how I felt at 227!!!
#2- I still lost inches in the past month
#3- My blood pressure is continuing to go lower (134/78, pulse 62)
#4- I have experienced a funk this month, but NO depression this winter!!!
#5- I have had enough energy to do anything I wanted this month; no begging off.
#6- No fibro flare-ups in the past 3 weeks
#7- Different family members have been ill with various viruses, but I've not been. I credit my healthier diet.
#8- I look forward to and even can't wait to exercise
#9- I have a lot more mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual strength and resources to maintain this lifestyle change.

Bonus #10-this is the longest I've ever been "on a diet" successfully. I know that the very fact this is is because this is NOT a diet, but a lifestyle change, which makes this a long-lasting change!

Edited later in the day to add:
60 lbs gone!
That is equal to 12 5lb bags of sugar!! or one medium sized adult dog!! or 1 elementary aged child! WOW!!!!

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~INDYGIRL 2/28/2012 8:50AM

    Happy Spark Day! Woohoo!

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JENNIW70 2/23/2012 12:30AM

    Wow! Such great progress Heidi! I'm so glad you have chosen to focus on the positive and not wallow in those sneaky three pounds! emoticon emoticon

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MIPALADY23 2/21/2012 8:55PM

    This is HUGE! congrats my friend.

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NEKEL16 2/20/2012 6:41AM

    Inches mean so much more than lbs! a huge emoticon. I saw yiu are a member of the hypothyroidism group am I right in thinking you have an thyroid that is an underachiever like mine? I know how hard you must have worked to have lost all that weight!!! Happy emoticon xx

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LAURAMOM2BOYS 2/19/2012 7:44PM

    Congratulations! Love your list. :)

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PATTIE441 2/19/2012 4:55PM

    Woo Hoo! Way to go Heidi! Congratulations! Way to go! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LNSYLVSDOGS 2/19/2012 10:29AM

    emoticon Wow! Those are all great accomplishments! WTG!! emoticon

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LENLEN3 2/19/2012 9:04AM

    Congratulations! What an inspiring attitude! It's always to focus on the positive :3
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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 2/19/2012 8:59AM

    emoticonWhat a great attitude! I love your list of positives. Happy Sparkversary!

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Gut issues

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Since starting my journey towards a healthier me, I've rarely had issues with my gut. Some sluggishness at times, but I'm used to that since that is common with fibromyalgia and hypothyroidism.

However, the last several days, I've had A LOT of bloating emoticon and I've gone beyond being sluggish. I used to feel like this several times a week. Can't remember the last time I had a stomachache, bloating, and general yuckiness.

I am thankful I don't suffer with this as often now with a healthier diet and plenty of exercise!

Gonna go try some yoga poses I found on some blogs by Stepfanie Romine and see if those help.


UPDATE: ate yogurt before bed and that helped with the bloating. Ate a large bowl of oatmeal for breakfast and did a yoga routine with lots of twisting poses this morning. I'm MUCH better today! emoticon

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PATTIE441 2/16/2012 7:40AM

    Hope you feel better Heidi! Hope the yoga helps. Take care! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GMASANDIE 2/16/2012 1:43AM

    One's way of eating healthier sute makea a difference.

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Happy Birthday to Lincoln today

Sunday, February 12, 2012

In 1996, we found ourselves unexpectedly expecting. We later found out we were expecting a boy, due March 12, 1997. Since our dd's middle name is Reagan, we wanted a name to go with it, so we picked Lincoln after our 16th president. After a difficult pregnancy, both he and I developed serious complications resulting in him being born Feb 12 instead! It had to be a God-thing!! Today is his 15th birthday. emoticon

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JENNIW70 2/18/2012 11:45PM

    wow! That is such a cool story!

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PATTIE441 2/12/2012 5:41PM

    Wow! Heidi! You are beautiful! Woo Hoo! Happy Birthday to your handsome son!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Emotional Victory

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

I am having a very emotional day. It's not related to hormones this time. emoticon It's just been something very upsetting and a loss of feeling of safety.

But I have a victory to share! emoticon

Through this whole upsetting morning into lunch time, not once did I think about needing or wanting food to help me deal with these many emotions!

Want to guess what I DID want!?!?!??!

To exercise! emoticon To go for a walk and work on my thoughts and emotions and get a fresh look and perspective!!

I am claiming today a HUGE VICTORY emoticon Romans 8:28

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YULLABELLE 2/8/2012 10:05AM

    emoticon emoticon You are making wonderful progress, and you continue to inspire me each day. emoticon

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WENDYLEE15 2/7/2012 2:04PM

    That's GREAT !! Good for you. What a huge step. Now that's the way to deal !!
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PATTIE441 2/7/2012 1:26PM

    Oh Heidi! Me too! Took a 40 minute walk!! It felt so much better! We can do this my friend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIPALADY23 2/7/2012 1:26PM

    Wooo hoo! Good for you. Those walks can be powerful!

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