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Thursday, June 28, 2007

1st Challenge
Wednesday June 27th to Tuesday, July 3rd

1. Write down where you want to be with health and fitness and what positive steps you will take to get there. 50 pts .

A. I want to be able to reach my goal by the end of this year and start the New Year as a New Me. I am following the guidelines on SP nutrition and reading the labels like never before and trying to understand how it all adds up. The Food Tracker is a great tool and I would be LOST without it. I print out every day and review and compare to previous days. This is a big help.

2. Post the above somewhere on your Sparkpage. 25 pts Posted

3. Before you take that bite or that sip, ask yourself "is eating or drinking this going to get me to my health and fitness goals?" Write in on a post-it and stick it on your fridge, on your kitchen table, wherever it may be most visible to you. Give yourself 25 points for writing the post-it notes and 5 points each mealtime you ask yourself.

B. I always ask myself, “Are you actually hungry for food?” Hard question when you eat for comfort.

4. Ask yourself "what else can I do today to reach my goal?" Share what you did. 10 pts per day

C. I increased my workout this morning by doing additional exercises with a big ball. I have videos at home and do them from memory at work—we have a small gym we can use. And I take myself to it on breaks and during lunch.
D. I did all this but don’t know where to post the points. Is anyone keeping track?


Thursday June 28, 2007

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Well, here it is the end of June almost. Hard to believe it's gone so fast. I wish my weight would leave as fast as time!!!
I did a quick review of my nutrition and find I get far too much salt/sodium even though I don't touch the salt shaker. I'm going to have to read labels for sodium a little closer. When you read the label and it shows the sodium, sometimes it doesn't seem like a lot, but when it adds up at the end of the day, I'm really upset that so much is hidden in food. I wonder why they started adding salt to everything. Some things just don't need salt, but the companies pour it in. It's really aggravating. Does anyone know where I can buy no salt food?


June 26, 2007

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Today I have to go to the funeral of my exhusband. He died 6-5 but was creamated and will be buried later today. I have very mixed feelings about this and don't know which ones to hold and which one to throw away. I loved him at one time and had my youngest daughter to him. He took my daughter from my first marriage and treated her like his own. He had a son from his first marriage, but he didn't live with us.

My X was an alcoholic. He told me before we married that he was a drinker and always would be. I didn't think he meant it, but for 20 years I put up with all the drinking, the blackouts, the cops, the all night drinking, the other woman and all the heartache just so my kids would have a home and a sense of togetherness. So I thought. I was afraid to leave him and take 2 small kids with me. I covered for him when he couldn't get up to go to work because he'd just gotten home from drinking all night. Over the years, I started attending Alanon and learned to stop enabling him to drink. That made it worse, but I was determined not to be involved like that.

We had some good times, but the bad outweighed them by far. He ended up telling me I would be doing them all a favor if I left. So I left. I got an appartment of my own and lived there with our daughter until she decided she wanted to go back home to live with him. I let her go, but didn't really like the idea. Turns out there was a boy who lived in back of us that she was getting drugs from, but neither of us knew it at the time. She was 15. My oldest had graduated from high school and was happy to flop in front of the TV all day watching soaps. She finally did get a job, but didn't like it when we told her she had to pay $25/mo rent. She had a fit. We asked her where else could she live so cheap?

Anyway, the drinking continued so I left. I was happy to be free but missed him terribly. Part of it was dependency. I had never been on my own, but I was getting adjusted to it. The divorce was a difficult one in that he wouldn't let the realtors in to show the house. I had to have him evicted. What a nightmare. I was relieved when it was all over finally.

He stopped drinking after a while, but it was too late, I didn't want to go back and take a chance. I had told the kids it would take me leaving for him to stop drinking. I was right. He took some kind of medicine to help him quit. But he knew if he ever took another drink it would kill him. The weekend before he died he started drinking. No one knows why, but he had a stroke and never was able to be recusitated. I can still hear my daughter screaming in the phone when I had to tell her her father had just died. That was the worst day of my life. So far anyway. So today, we go see him buried. I am very concerned about her--beyond words. God grant her peace.

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MRSHONEYCOMB 6/26/2007 9:50AM

    My prayer's are with you. You should go and be strong for your daughter!


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June 25, 2007

Monday, June 25, 2007

I went to our church picnic yesterday. I was afraid to go because I didn't know how I would handle the food situation. You know they have everything at a picnic like that.

I was very proud of myself. I didn't overeat! I only had a hamburger with tomatoes, some kind of pasta salad, very little and a few potatoe chips. I took my own water because I think all they have is soda.

I had my grandson down for the weekend so when we took him home to Pennsylvania, which is a very long drive, I took Cherry Coke Zero with me so I wouldn't be tempted to stop for junk! It turns out I lost another 1/2 pound! Good for me!

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MRSHONEYCOMB 6/25/2007 11:35PM

    Way to go. Thinking ahead will be the key to your success.

Hope to see you around camp a lot.


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June 19, 2007

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

It really pays to read labels and compare. For example, I had been buying the Quaker mini delights chocolate drizzle for a chocolate-craving snack. Saturday when I went to the store, I saw a bag of Quaker chocolate rice cakes (mini) on sale. I read the label and compared it to the mini delights. Lo and behold, I found that 1 serving of the rice chocolate cakes had only 60 calories compared to 90; only 1 gm of fat, half the salt, less carbs, less sugar.

I never used to read labels as good as I do now. I know I need to learn more, but I am on my way to a healthier life.


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