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Progress, not perfection. Lifestyle, not diet.

Monday, July 30, 2012

This makes me feel better!


My mottos:
Progress, not perfection!

I did my best today, I'll do better tomorrow!

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LINDAF49 8/5/2012 12:35AM

    Good Motto: Progress, not perfection! I saved it into my journal in fancy PURPLE letttering! Keep up the good work - I so enjoy your notes

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MIPALADY23 8/2/2012 8:30PM

    Perfect! Haha and hard to remember. You can always find some success!

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LDMCNIEL 7/30/2012 9:48PM


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WENDYLEE15 7/30/2012 6:05PM

    Thanks for sharing !! emoticon emoticon

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CINDHOLM 7/30/2012 4:51PM

    emoticonSPARK ON!!

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    WTG go my friend!! You're doing great!! emoticon emoticon

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BJPENNY70 7/30/2012 2:07PM

    Yeah, I am liking this blog!

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Mind Games

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Well, I am totally off Cymbalta for my fibromyalgia now.

I am feeling the fibro pain and fatigue full force now. And it is playing with my head.
It is the same body, but now I THINK it can't do the active lifestyle and fitness routine I was doing before because of the all over throbbing pain, thigh muscles that bind up, and fatigue I now feel. It's the same body but my mind thinks I need to pamper it, protect it.

I can NOT go back to that horrible, depressing sedentary life of pain, eating, and resting!!!!!

So, I am going to make a fitness plan for this week. One that hopefully will work with my body AND my mind.
Instead of going for distance, I'll go for more often. I'll also practice yoga more often to help with the tight muscle & pain and train my body to listen to my mind and relax certain bound-up muscles on command. Yoga will help my digestion and sleep as well, which fibro messes with.

Mon- 1mile walk, strength training, yoga
Tues- yoga
Wed- 1 mile walk, strength training, yoga
Thur- 1 mile walk, yoga
Fri- 1 mile walk, yoga
Sat- strength training, yoga
Sun- rest

I'll give it a try this week and make any adaptions. Hopefully my mind will see I CAN do it like I used to a few weeks ago. The only difference is my mind's perception of the pain signals.

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KSSONRISA 7/24/2012 10:28AM

    I am sorry to hear of your struggles. Hang in there! emoticon Are you keeping up with that lovely garden? I will remember you in my prayers and hope to hear a good report soon.

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LINDAF49 7/23/2012 10:30AM

    OH my ...I am going to pray for you this week ... thanks also for the encouragement to NOT try cymbalta or the other meds that Drs try to push at fibro...my pain levels and fatigue are up again and I was thinking maybe there is one of them that would help though I have tried several that were awful for me.

So as I commit to more veggies and pedometer steps, I will pray for you in your plan ...keep us posted how you are doing ...What yoga plan or video or book is helping you with that?

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I hadn't looked at my SparkStreaks in awhile. I did today and I discovered something interesting and a bit disturbing.

I am doing really well with logging in and spinning the wheel daily (92%), getting 8 hours of sleep each night (86%),posting on the boards (team leader goal) (79%) a fibro team goal of spending 15 minutes per day cleaning or decluttering my house (a whopping 94%!!!!).

That is what is most disturbing. Mainly because my house doesn't look like I clean it at all!!! We have 1 cat, 2 kittens with toys, 1 dog with long hair and toys, 1 adult child living at home while attending college and a teenage son whom I homeschool, we live in the woods, and I have a love of being outdoors and of gardening.

ah, well......someday when I don't have anything else to do I'll clean and it'll stay clean. LOL

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Time to start improving the %s on some other SparkStreaks......especially that 8 glasses of water per day one (40%). emoticon

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MIPALADY23 8/2/2012 8:32PM

    lol I'm scared to look at streaks!! Nice job!

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DMF2012 7/19/2012 9:15AM

    It's not easy to get the 8 glasses of water per day, but I found that pouring it on ice, squeezing fresh lemon juice into it, and using a straw helps me to drink all day long. Good luck with your streaks!

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KSSONRISA 7/19/2012 12:30AM

    Your house may not be perfect, but look at your beautiful garden! Who can fault you for wanting to be outside? By the way, maybe I need to have a housecleaning spark goal. Housecleaning is not my favorite chore either.

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JENNY888 7/18/2012 11:57AM

    I find myself outside also rather than cleaning house lately. When it gets hot again soon I am sure I will spend more time in the house.

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DRAWNTHISWAY 7/17/2012 8:56PM

    Wait you have streaks?! I guess that would require me to actually track things. I am really bad about tracking things on the tracker outside of logging in and even then i am bad about clicking the log in link while on my ipad.

I never feel like my hou reflects the cleaning I put into it either. I am trying to follow flylady a bit more since the new year and have the kids doing a bit more now that they are older. Luckily some of my children have servant hearts and love to help.

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PATTOMMC3 7/17/2012 8:02PM

    emoticon It will all come together some day!

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Maintenance Mode is H.A.R.D

Saturday, July 14, 2012

After being stuck at 162 lbs since about mid-Feb, I went onto SP's Maintenance Mode 12 weeks ago. I did really well for about 10 weeks. But it's time to go back to Weight Loss Mode. I've gained 4 lbs since July 1st. Maintenance Mode is H.A.R.D. It plays with your head and thinking in ways you don't expect.


I was hoping to think up some cute or ingenious acronym for H.A.R.D., because as strange as it sounds, Maintenance Mode is harder than Weight Loss Mode for me. However my brain has ceased to function. LOL I ran out of ground flax seed a month ago and I've had too much junk food since July 4th and so my brain has become jello. LOL

Anyway, I can't be trusted yet with 1800 calories. Too many excuses still in my head. Plus, I am weaning myself totally off Cymbalta and I hadn't realized how much of an appetite suppressant boost I was getting from it. So now, I need to learn to battle with my appetite on my own---using the LORD's strength, of course! I need to re-find that "WANT TO" when it comes to saying NO and asking the LORD for help. I have no doubts of His power, it's my 'want to' I'm doubting.

Changing 30years of bad habits, laziness, wrong attitudes and distorted body view is going to take longer. But I am up for the change and challenge!
I am grinding up a new bag of flaxseed today to add to my latest batch of Stepf's Oatmeal Mix and to add to my re-start of my routine of making afternoon smoothies again.

Although it was nice for awhile to not have goals constantly on my mind, I found I really DO need active goals to be striving for daily. "keep going" goals just aren't motivating enough for me.

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I'll come back in a few days and fill in that H.A.R.D acronym once my brain firms back up.

H= hardly tracking nutrition
A= active but not pushing or striving towards a goal
R= rarely drinking water (why do I always default to Diet Pepsi???)
D= desserts are too easy to justify with 1800 allowable calories


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KSSONRISA 7/17/2012 11:46AM

    Don't beat yourself too much. Your weight is bound to fluctuate some. Just make a few adjustments in the right direction and that 4 pounds will go away again!. emoticon I like 1CRAZYDOG's answer for H.A.R.D

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REDHALCYON47 7/17/2012 10:53AM

    I totally get it, but you can do it! look how far you've come! We should hike in Brown county some time. --- you set the date! Maybe Some other friends can join us.

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THRIVE2DAY 7/15/2012 12:55PM

    I've figured that maintenance was harder. Maybe by the time I get there, I will have some healthy habits ingrained in me. Thanks for sharing.

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ASOBFALLS 7/14/2012 1:43PM

    emoticon You are staying on top of it and not just letting it go emoticon

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    I've still been "trying" to lose weight (in my head) since last year in July and have only lost 5 pounds since then. I'm healthy, fit and look fine but I still have it in my head I need to lose 10 more pounds. At 155/158 and 5'4" that's just not where I feel I want to be. But maybe my body is telling me otherwise. I've been doing REALLY well at maintenance apparently! You can do it!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/14/2012 10:13AM

    H = have a plan
A = act on the plan
R = re-evaluate periodically (whatever works for you)
D = don't be afraid to change things up

In many ways, maintenance IS harder than being in the active weight loss mode. I've bee in maintenance since Jan 2011 and realize it is a constant state of evolution . . . looking @ where I've been , where I am at and making the changes to get me where I want to go.

good luck and don't give up!

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THEEXERCISER 7/14/2012 10:08AM


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Look at my lovely new Garden Bench

Thursday, July 12, 2012

This blog isn't directly about my journey to a healthier me, but it is in a way.

My husband, Brian, found a park/garden bench at a garage sale recently. He bought it for me.


Then he spent his 4th of July 5-day vacation rebuilding it for me.....in 100* + temps!!! emoticon

So, what do you think of it?

Here's a picture of the detail. My daughter painted the vine detail for me.

bench $5, wood $6, paint $3, stain $? (just a bit out of a gallon), DAYS and HOURS in 100* Heat = Priceless Treasure!


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MIPALADY23 8/2/2012 8:34PM

    Awesome, that's love!!!

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MJ7DM33 7/12/2012 10:26PM

  You are right it is very, very lovely! We know who loves you alot! Thanks for sharing!

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LUCINDARW 7/12/2012 9:31PM

    The bench is beautiful and very inviting I'm sure you will get lots of use out of it. Lucinda

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1CRAZYDOG 7/12/2012 8:56PM

    What a sweetie! Your DH is a definite keeper! The bench is gorgeous!!

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    Nothing says love like that!!! You are truly blessed!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KSSONRISA 7/12/2012 1:49PM

    emoticon They did such a lovely job. You are a lucky lady.

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SARAHTAIT 7/12/2012 12:10PM

    You have a jewel of a husband...
Your new bench is beautiful...i know it means a lot to you....

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RUNNINGOMA 7/12/2012 11:50AM

    Very inviting and lovely - and a work of love! Got any before pictures?

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LINDAF49 7/12/2012 11:33AM

    WOW...beautiful and a treasure for always not to mention the hours of pleasure sitting and enjoying your garden.

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WENDYLEE15 7/12/2012 10:37AM

    How beautiful..and sweet !!

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LOSER05 7/12/2012 10:23AM

    Beautiful. he done a fantastic job too.

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