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Reflecting on 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I struggled in 2014.

I am not going to lie, I let injuries and stress keep me from exercising the way I should. I let the first 5 pound gain send me over the cliff of self loathing, which led to more high calorie wine and well you all know how that goes.

BUT the good news is I did it once and I know I can do it again.

Instead of resolutions - we all know how many of those we have made and I think they can set us up for failure - For 2015 my goal is to finally get close to having a true connection.

I want to eat real food - food from my garden, food from my farm share, food that was grown on land not manufactured in a plant,

I want to embrace my body, I want to nurture it, not punish it. I want to move it more inside at the gym where i meet friends and talk, outside hiking where I feel more in tune with the earth.

I want to sleep more so that i have the energy needed to live not just exist.

I want to meditate more as I find it helps me know myself.

I want to take more pictures and explore art.

TO do this all I will track everything and stop fighting against the fact that sometimes this process will mean saying no, and will require making time for myself sometimes even putting myself first.

I deserve it, we all deserve it. The world deserves all of us to be healthy and happy.


- Ingrid

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SAPHRAEL 12/18/2014 2:15PM

    So positive and inspiring!

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SWEETNEEY 12/17/2014 8:00AM

    Every day is an opportunity to improve. emoticon

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TAYGRL 12/16/2014 8:14PM

    Mannnnn, could I relate to this blog. It was so hard for me to initially acknowledge how far exactly I had fallen but I am working on forgiving myself and doing better each day.

Thank you for penning this. The gentle reminders help ever so much.


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    *LOVE* So True. I love your goals and things you're looking forward to doing in the coming year. Really beautiful. :)

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July Goals

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

It has been a long time since I have written a blog but I need to fully embrace this journey so I want to have some trackable goals so here we go

1. log on every day

2. stay withing my calorie range

3. meditate at least 3 times a week working towards daily

4. hit the gym at least three days a week, go hiking 2 days a week weather permitting

5. Put myself first a bit more often

6. Focus on a balance, mind, body, spirit - my needs, my husband and my friends that are supportive and share my goals

Happy Independence Day friends

Light and Love - Ingrid emoticon

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TAYGRL 7/13/2014 10:41PM

    Love this.

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KATIBUG49 7/1/2014 8:23AM

    Love the goals!

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Well turning 40 wasn't horrible

Monday, February 10, 2014

I didn't hit my goal weight by 40 but I examined why that hadn't happened and gave myself a goal of losing 25 pounds in six months. Totally doable so there is that.

I realized that finally by 40 I am surrounded both in real life and the virtual one I am surrounded by love and support.

I had my yearly physical today. My doctor said while she agrees with my goal weight that overall I am very healthy bloodwork great, pulse, lungs etc. So that is awesome news

My buddy decided to use chinese new year as her start point for her "resolutions" goals.
I decided I am using my 40th birthday even though I was terrified of it, I am feeling oddly inspired.

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BOPPY_ 2/11/2014 2:28AM

    Remember, a birthday at any age always beats the alternative! emoticon | emoticon | emoticon | emoticon [Yes, sometines, it does take more than one emoticon! emoticon]

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TAYGRL 2/11/2014 12:09AM

    First thangs first--happy birthday on reaching that milestone in healthy and happiness.


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PIXIE-LICIOUS 2/10/2014 6:10PM

    Congrats on your healthy lifestyle, that is the best gift to yourself!

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HOLLYM48 2/10/2014 5:54PM

    40 is the new 20!!! Way to set goals and to go for it!
Happy Birthday and congrats on your new lifestyle!

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PENNYPEARLS 2/10/2014 4:45PM

    Happy 40th!!

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JAMBABY0 2/10/2014 4:35PM

    good for you

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Holiday's are done so bring on 2014

Thursday, December 26, 2013

I love the holidays I really do but as I am sure you all know the battle to not sabotage is so hard. Well I didn't lose but I didn't gain. So that is great news.

But I still want to lose 25 to 30 more pounds

When it comes to resolutions I would guess that most of us here on Spark have very similar ones... lose or maintain their weight, get healthier, work out more etc etc

Very great goals that we all understand and share.

My sparkfriend PIXIE-LICIOUS wrote a blog the other day that was amazing and hit me HARD. I told her I was going to steal her resolution which I believe will help me in so many ways.

I resolve to Love Myself More.

Loving myself doesn't men I become one of those completely self absorbed people who thinks of nothing but my needs but I think it means that I don't sacrifice my desires and goals for the sake of whatever hands are pulling me away from myself.

Of course I have concrete things i would like to really implement to achieve my lifelong desire for a good mind/body/spirit balance

1. Cardio of at least 60 minutes 5 to 6 times a week
2. Strength training of 3 times a week - this is hard for me so I am going to start with twice a week
3. Really track what I am putting into my body

1. Read for at least 30 minutes a day - I used to love reading but have found myself not making the time for it
2. Write more

1. Meditate more
2. Give back

Lets all try to be a bit for gentle with ourselves and love our story and our journey in 2014

Light and Love emoticon Ingrid

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TAYGRL 1/2/2014 2:20AM

    I loved this SO much. Thank you.

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XPHOENIX 1/1/2014 12:03PM

    This is beautiful. 2014 is going to be amazing, my darling! I'm here with you!!!

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SAPHRAEL 12/31/2013 10:00AM

    Beautiful goals, especially the focus on mind and spirit.


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DIANER2014 12/29/2013 8:34PM

    Love your blog! emoticon

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NICOLETTEJJ 12/26/2013 7:51PM

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 12/26/2013 2:22PM

    I wish you could see how big my smile is after reading this blog!!! That is AWESOME that you are resolving to love yourself more!! Please keep me posted on how you're doing. This made my day!


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ANNMACP0212 12/26/2013 9:55AM

    WOW. Totally love this. Totally needed this. You've given me a lot to think about. emoticon

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A year from now

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

This question was posed on one of my teams today

"Here's a question to ponder....if you continue doing the things that you have done today or this week, where will you be one year from now?
Are your habits of today leading you to a healthy, fit future? Or are your habits of today taking you further from your goals?"

So far this week has been great.

I have stayed within my calorie range and tracked everything. I have avoided holiday temptation at work (my coworkers have already started the bring delicious things to share)

I have worked out at least 60 minutes a day of cardio except Monday. A girl has to have at least one rest day, plus I need to go grocery shopping. Planning one doing at least 60 a day for the rest of the week. In addition to cardio I have my pi/yo class tomorrow and weights Saturday.

Wow no wonder I have been going to bed early.

I have been doing other things like really trying to keep up with little things, housework, friends, walking the puppy etc Most importantly I have been meditating again which is huge for me and this process.

I feel very focused and in a twisted way excited to push through the holidays and come out lighter. I want to beat the holidays emoticon at their weight game.

SO if this spark keeps burning in a year life will be even more beautiful.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 12/2/2013 5:37AM

    Great blog! Glad to hear you are so focused and on track. This really helped me get going this to the gym after I drop the kids at school.

Have a great day and keep ...

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MARUKI52 11/21/2013 10:04AM

    I like the peace that meditation brings. Well done on keeping on track.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 11/21/2013 9:18AM

    Sounds like you are on the right track! emoticon

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PENNYPEARLS 11/20/2013 8:51PM

    That is a great question to keep in mind as we are on this journey. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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NICEW0 11/20/2013 8:02PM

  Good for you for meditating. Coincidentally, I was just thinking I should go back to meditating regularly. It's amazing how much it helps!

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