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Reviewing May Goals

Monday, May 28, 2012

Here's what I had posted earlier in the year when I established monthly goals:
By May 19- One Year SparkVersary!
weight - lose 4 lbs and permanently be under 160.
physical fitness- walk 2 miles twice a week
physical health- track blood pressure daily
Nutrition- only 1 Pepsi Max or Diet Rite per day + 8 glasses of water per day

Well, I didn't hit any of these goals.
Weight- I went on maintenance at 162.
fitness- a 2 week sinus issue sidelined my fitness.
health- didn't track it daily, but a couple of times a week.
nutrition- drinking 2 Pepsi Max and not getting in 8 glasses of water.

I didn't reach these goals, but I did do what I could.

I have 1 week until my dr. visit.

I have maintained within 3 lbs of my maintenance weight during my daily weigh-ins.
My blood pressure has returned to normal now that the sinus issue is under control.
I just printed off a 12 week walking plan to help me reach my ultimate goal of walking around the nearby lake at least once a week.
I will work harder to restrict my soda pop intake and replace it with water.

Goals not met, but progress is being made. That means SUCCESS!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DAYHIKER 6/3/2012 12:11PM

    I wholeheartedly agree with the above posters that you have done a great job!!! emoticon


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MIPALADY23 5/30/2012 8:01AM

    Your successful because your still reviewing and tweaking and trying!! Keep it up and continue to be healthy and enjoying the outdoors!

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JANEMARIE77 5/29/2012 7:11AM

    one choice at a time you can do it
i replaced my diet soda with seltzer water with a bit of flavor Mio berrry or lime. not perfect but better

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RUNNINGOMA 5/29/2012 5:07AM

    Progress not perfection! You have done great!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/28/2012 9:44PM

    You should be proud of your progress. THAT is what's important. Way to go.

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LDMCNIEL 5/28/2012 6:47PM

    You have still made great success!

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WENDYLEE15 5/28/2012 4:44PM

    Yes..I would say you have been so successful despite not hitting those goals. I am so proud of you..You will achieve whatever you set your mind to. I am sure of it :)!!

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Made to Crave, chapter 15

Monday, May 28, 2012

"The demon in the Chips Poster" reflection

"This isn't just a battle in the physical and mental realm. This battle is spiritual as well. Satan wants us to sneak things in secret. Things hidden and done in secret clues the father of darkness into our weaknesses and opens the door for him to assault us with targeted schemes. That's why the apostle Paul wrote, 'Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.' (Ephesians 6:10-11)"

God has given me power over my food choices:
I can eat with portion control OR
I can say "no".OR
I can acknowledge I am not at the place where I can handle portion control so I can remove myself from the temptation.

Within these boundaries lies freedom. Boundaries = safety. Boundaries = freedom to enjoy life. Boundaries are a gift from God to protect my health. Boundaries or the vicious cycle of defeat. The choice is mine.

I choose the boundaries.

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LDMCNIEL 5/28/2012 5:03PM

    Great point!

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1 Year SparkVersary today!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

What a life changing year!

Over the past year I've lost
65 lbs
10 inches off my ribcage
10 inches off my waist
8.75 inches off my hips
2 inches off my neck
2 inches off each upper arm
3.5 inches off each thigh
2.5 inches off each calf

my blood pressure has gone from 143/101 (while on 2 bp meds) to 132/82 and no meds
my pre-breakfast glucose has gone from 126 to 106

That's the measurable stuff!

The immeasurable stuff is the best stuff......
being able to walk without needing to stop to rest and catch my breath
no longer needing to nap every day
sleeping all night
reconnecting with my husband
hiking with my family
rediscovering my joy
a lot less pain in my feet, ankles, knees, hips
when the kids want me to see something, I don't have to judge if I've got the energy or not to go see whatever it is they are so excited to show me
gardening is fun again
fighting SAD and winning
getting down on the floor with my Sunday Schoolers AND GETTING BACK UP AGAIN
fewer fibro flare-ups
feeling better about myself
feeling better about my future
mentally stronger
spiritually stronger
physically stronger

this list could go on and on and on and on and on.......

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BEAGLEMAMA2 5/21/2012 12:58PM

    WONDERFUL You truly SPARKED me. I am reaching my 1 yr anniversary on the 27 and I must say that I have not done as well as you. I am so happy for you. emoticon

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ASOBFALLS 5/20/2012 9:01PM

    Absolutely amazing what a person can do in ONE YEAR!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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K_HO_SHRINKS 5/20/2012 3:07PM

    Congratulations!!! Looks like you've had a great year! Here's to many more! emoticon

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YENDUCHAKA 5/20/2012 8:41AM

    Congrats on one year! You're doing great!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/19/2012 7:59PM

    Oh those non-scale victories are sweet aren't they!!!! Happy Sparkversary.

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/19/2012 6:19PM

    emoticon Wonderful success. Loved your not measurable list too! emoticon

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GMASANDIE 5/19/2012 4:48PM

    Happy emoticon You have done great! emoticon

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RUNNINGOMA 5/19/2012 4:47PM

    Amazing progress in one year!

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 5/19/2012 4:40PM

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Wow! What a great year you have had! I love the list of immeasurables.

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Made to Crave, chapter 14

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

"Emotional Emptiness" reflection

"Emptiness has a way of demanding to be filled. And when I couldn't figure out how to fill what my heart was lacking, my stomach was more than willing to offer a few suggestions. Food became a comfort I could turn on and off like a faucet. It was filling. It was available. It became a pattern. And somehow, each time my heart felt a little empty, my stomach picked up on the cues and suggested I feed it instead."

This is so true for me. Unlike the author of "Made to Crave" I had a wonderful childhood with an intact family and supportive extended family. I don't remember when I started feeling empty at times, but it lately it is during the winter months. I have suffered with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) for quite a few years now. I've only recognized it as such in the last 4 years or so. It usually begins sometime in December and leaves sometime in May.

For the past 2 years, my doctor has had me on Cymbalta for it and for my fibromyalgia. One med for 2 issues. Gotta love that!!

I've learned a lot reading through the depression articles here on SP. I've learned a lot about myself and how I react to things. I've also learned that some daily exercise and healthy food is necessary for me to battle against SAD. A major victory I had this winter was NOT experiencing SAD. I give the victory to God!

I am learning to distinguish between physical hunger and emotional trigger hunger and have techniques to battle the emotional hunger feelings---prayer, a walk, gardening, sitting outside and listening to and watching the birds, analyzing what's truly going on.

I still battle emotional eating during PMS when it feel like something else has control over my thoughts and emotions. I continue to work to give that battle to the LORD. Some have lovingly suggested I have my hormones checked as I am 47yo. I do need to do that and will some time.......

Right now, I feel full emotionally. More emotionally healthy than I've been in 2-3 years. I give God the glory!

One comment of Lysa's has been going through my head over the past 20 hours or so, so I am going to add it. It dawned on me this morning that has been a major part of my fight against SAD....
"...parking my mind in a better spot." "It's so easy to park our minds in bad spots. To dwell and rehash and wish things were different. But to think on hard things keeps us in hard spots and only serves to deepen our feeling of emotional emptiness. This is where pity parties are held and we all know pity parties demand an abundance of high-calorie delights eaten and eaten some more. But pity parties are a cruel way to entertain, for they leave behind a deeper emptiness than we started with in the first place."

Dean Anderson has some wonderful SP articles on this same topic.

Philippians 4:8 is where our minds are to dwell and thrive!

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JANEMARIE77 5/18/2012 8:33AM

    Attitude is the only thing we truly own listening to our self talk is the way to own your life how wonderful

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RUNNINGOMA 5/17/2012 8:14AM

    What victory! I see you making choices that are changing how you deal with things. God is good!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/16/2012 5:05PM

    I like those things which help with more than one challenge too! doing the happy dance right with you!

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 5/16/2012 2:54PM

    Singing praises right along with you! What a blessing to see how far you have come. Amazing! Way to go!

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Going on Maintenance Mode

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Well, I've been between 168-163 since January so I am officially going on Maintenance Mode.

I am VERY happy with my progress!

For some, I know 16anything is a horrible number, but for me...it appears to be perfect.

My fitness is perfect for me, my portions are under control and my diet is a healthy one that will be easy to maintain for life. My fibromyalgia is manageable, my thyroid levels are steady, I am off both blood pressure meds, and my glucose numbers have been in the normal range for months.

Physically, I can do anything I want to do or need to do or have to do!

Mentally, I am stronger.

Spiritually, I am stronger.

Emotionally, I am healthier.

The only thing I can think of which I CAN'T do is fit into a size 10 or smaller. WHO CARES!!!!! Not me!!!!

I am thrilled with my size 12!!!

Saturday is my 1 year SparkVersary. I have gone from a size 22 to 12 in a year--that is EXCITING and WONDERFUL!!!

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JANEMARIE77 5/16/2012 5:08PM

    emoticon health not a number you go girl

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RUNNINGOMA 5/16/2012 12:13PM

    How amazing! That is HUGE progress in such a short time. Maintaining is also work (so I hear, but have yet to experience it!)

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KIDTREE 5/16/2012 7:07AM

    Very exciting! You have accomplished so much in a year - congratulations!

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THECRAZYMANGO 5/15/2012 10:02PM

    CONGRATS!!!! My 1-year mark maintaining at 160 is coming up as well!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/15/2012 9:56PM

    Excellent job!!

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KK10TM 5/15/2012 8:50PM

    Congratulations! What an inspiration.

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ILOVEPEOPLE 5/15/2012 8:30PM

    emoticonon a job well done!Keep up the good work as you maintain a healthy weight. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WENDYLEE15 5/15/2012 3:02PM

    I am so proud of you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EROUNDY 5/15/2012 2:40PM

    Congrats! You have accomplished something wonderful! emoticon

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DENNISWIFE 5/15/2012 12:17PM

    Woo hoo! Congrats!!! emoticon

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FITNFUNJEN 5/15/2012 12:14PM

    Congratulations! You have come so far in a year! I think it's important to find a comfortable place where you can maintain and be happy and it sounds like you have found that!! Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed and not meant to chase an elusive number on the scale. Yay for you!!

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TOSHARRI 5/15/2012 12:10PM

    Fantastic job HEIDISHOPE!!! I hope to be where you are in a few months...halfway there and hoping to keep cruising right along.

Congrats on your success - you should be so proud of yourself!!!


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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 5/15/2012 12:07PM

    Congrats on all your success! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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