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Healthy Changes

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Some recent healthy changes noticed other than weight loss:

- Feeling better and more energized from exercise
- Recognizing when I am full - feeling full from less
- Being able to pass up sugary foods more often
- Better sleep (as long as I get to bed at a good time!)
- More positive attitudes

Just a quick list to remember all the benefits besides weight loss!

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5K (and Spark) re-do

Thursday, April 03, 2014

I have not been Sparking or Tracking for a while, and the slip to old habits have taken hold. In In the fall of 2013, my husband and I trained for charity 5K for a support organization for those with Ovarian and Lung Cancers. This was especially motivating for me because my mom is a 2 time ovarian cancer survivor and my dad died from lung cancer. I was really pleasantly surprised at how - with dedication and motivation - it was much easier to get to the point that I could run and complete a 5K. I was so dedicated to raising funds, my husband, aunt , and I were the top fund raising team!

Unfortunately, I had an injury which sidelined me for a bit, and between the weather (bad excuse because we also joined a gym) I really let my dedication to running and my health slide.

Luckily, I have been successful with both the Spark program and completing the 5K so I KNOW it can be done. I KNOW I have it in me and I just have to set new goals. I have another 5K set for July and am determined to finish and finish better than before!

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I have no kids...but school is back in for me, too!

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

I have been steadily maintaing the weight that I lost last fall/winter through the Spring and Summer. That is GREAT! I am happy that I have been able to keep decent habits to keep my weight off. However, I think it has been easy with it being summer!

Summer means getting outside to garden or walk (exercise is "easy"). Fresh garden veggies are right outside my door and in abundance at the farmer market. However, winter is coming and while I have been eating well and staying active there are other health habits that I have ignored.

First, I would say that my strength training is WAY down. I was feeling stronger when the exercise I did included weights and push-ups and the like. I don't know about you, while I like to think that carrying a bag of mulch counts as strength training...it really isn't consistent enough to call "training!"

In a way, I think having the "summer break" to maintain the weight was good for me. It allowed me to feel good about the weight I had lost and maintain it without being so down about a "bad day." It felt like a short-term experiment for maintenance.

However, seeing the school buses back on the roads reminds me that "school's out for summer" can no longer be my mantra ;). I really still have another 13-15 pounds to go for my overall goal of weight loss. I have been thinking about it and I think I feel good that I was able to lose 12 lbs last year and that I can focus on 10-15 lbs for this year.

This works for me. I feel good knowing that, this fall, my starting point is better than before. It really isn't a "re-start" but a continuation of my journey. I lost 10 lbs, maintained that loss, and am ready to lose some more!

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Over a month for a blog....

Monday, April 29, 2013

Well, I think we can see from my last blog (March 12) about how long I have been neglecting Spark. Reflecting back I can honestly say that some of the food habits stuck, but the exercise did not. I am happy to know that if I am separated from my Spark for a period of time, I am likely to MAINTAIN my weight (definitely not losing right now) with my eating habits. Though, I may have reached the limit with eating healthy without tracking. I noticed a dip in energy probably because of reduced fruits and veggies and commitment to taking my vitamins. Overall though, I know I really need a system to keep myself accountable with exercise.

While not an intentional experiment, it was a good lesson in the need for the SPARK community and all of my SPARK friends. It makes a huge difference to be giving and receiving support from folks with similar goals and challenges. Thanks to you all for making it a great place to return to!

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GETFITNLEAN 5/1/2013 2:32PM

    I agree that when I make Spark a priority I tend to do way better with eating & exercise! Glad you're back with us! emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 4/30/2013 9:29PM

    Glad to see you are still here :o)

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Spark Coach: Health Plans

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Today's Spark Coach stressed the importance of overall health. There are a number of appointments I have been putting off but I know I need to make these appointments for check-ups and other procedures. I am committing to make appointments now through April to get back on track:

1) Eye appointment (I know my eye sight is worse so this is necessary!) This one I made immediately because I could make the appointment online. So I am set for Thursday!
2) Drs Appointment -Regular check-up
3) GYN! I do this regularly but I do need to do this soon.
4) Dentist

Besides making time for health appointments I know I need to work on stress levels (or reduce my worrying and be more proactive). I think to lower my stress immediately I need to:
1) Procrastinate less/budget my time for work more efficiently
2) Meditate
3) Get my financial papers in order for tax season
4) Continue to exercise regularly
5) Look at my goals/to do daily and work on anything that will be satisfying to complete AND remember there is no way the list will ever be "finished" and that is a good thing. Life is about living and doing things every day!

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UWHK8STER 3/13/2013 9:09AM

    Looks like a good list to me - I have to do some of those things as well. Good luck in getting them all accomplished! I'm sure that by completing the second half you will lower the stress, no problem.

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ROXYZMOM 3/13/2013 7:18AM

    Nice list!

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AJB121299 3/12/2013 11:02PM

    good luck

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