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Random thoughts for the week....

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

So I am currently out of a job for about a month now, but the good news is that I have been focusing on getting back on track with my health, and I have to say I feel pretty darn good about it so far. I've always had a mentality that when I set my mind on doing something I go all in. Mostly that's a good thing but sometimes it keeps me from even making a small effort to get started. Thankfully with my Spark program I threw myself back in wholeheartedly with eating the right foods and getting my exercise in. It has paid off in the last few weeks because I feel so much better and I have more energy. Just one minor setback...I have a shin splint :( Ok I know it's not the worst thing in the world but my 'all or nothing mentality' is saying I HAVE to work out and my leg is saying 'please don't'. My compromise is to work out every other day this week and hopefully I will feel stronger next week but I realize it can take time. So my Spark friends....any alternative workout options ya'll can suggest for me? I know swimming might be an excellent substitute however I don't swim...drowning would not be a good thing for my overall health...LOL I'm feeling a bit helpless if I can't keep up my workout regiment so any suggestions would be most appreciated.

Aside from my little dilemma I am thankful that I can use this unemployment time to focus on myself and getting healthy again. My weight loss numbers are slow for sure but that doesn't really deter me because I know that it took a year to undo my good habits and it will take awhile to peel it off. Bottom line for me is that as long as my cholesterol is down, my blood pressure is good and I get off the borderline diabetes numbers, then I have much to be happy about. My goal is to look and feel a lot different by time Christmas rolls around and I travel back up to Wisconsin for the holidays. I have my eye on my goal now I just need to keep doing what I'm doing.

In closing I found a few motivational sayings that keep me going:

Energy and persistence conquer all things. -Benjamin Franklin

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. -Mahatma Gandhi

Have a great rest of the week everyone! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SANDYB223 8/16/2012 8:14AM

    I didn't realize that you had become unemployed recently! I am sorry to hear that, but happy for you that you are able to use the time to get healthy!
Sorry to hear about the shin splint. That's a bummer, but you could do lots of upper body strength training, stretching, and maybe there is some equipment at the gym that doesn't stress the shins. I am wondering about bike? Is there a trainer at the gym who could advise you? Also, when I got shin splints when running, changing to a different pair of shoes seemed to make sure you have really good shoes.
You should be very proud for jumping in wholeheartedly to improve your overall health. So AWESOME!!
Your Spark Sis


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POETLKNG2LOSE 8/15/2012 8:29PM

    You can also try the chair exercise work out on Sparks that would help too, I also agree it would be a good time to do strength training.

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EBEAMS 8/15/2012 6:08PM

    There are blessing in everything ... sometimes just finding them is tricky! While you don't want to drown, you are probably on to something with the water thing! Lots of places have classes and the equipment that you can use that helps you float, not sink! I hear water running is a wonderful replacement exercise with NO impact. Stretching your boundaries might be a great idea. There's also the strength training aspect of the spectrum. You have an opportunity right now to be doing body weight strength training, resistance bands, dumb bells and stability ball stuff. All of these are fabulous for strengthening the core which gives us so much support!

Good for you using this time to focus on YOU! You deserve it ... emoticon

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BOVEY63 8/15/2012 5:55PM

    Great idea to take this time to focus on your health; and no, drowning would not be a very good idea. Hope your shin splint is better real soon.

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A Great new recipe.....

Friday, August 10, 2012

I'm always looking for new things to try and found this one while browsing the web this morning. If you love orange roughy and Mediterranean flavors then you would like what I had for lunch today :)

Happy Sparking everyone!

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COLIBRI1 8/12/2012 2:00AM

    Looks good! What is it? emoticon

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EBEAMS 8/11/2012 8:41PM

    Yum ... Looks great!

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SANDYB223 8/11/2012 11:23AM

    MMMMMMM. Sounds and looks really good. Is that a Spark recipe?


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RD03875 8/11/2012 10:48AM

    That looks yummy!

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CHERYLE51 8/10/2012 7:15PM

    I would be the only one in my family that would like it. Looks good.

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Never Quit Pledge

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Never Quit Pledge
Thursday, August 9, 2012

Today, I promise I will not quit.

I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.

I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.

I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.

I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.

I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

signed: Leisa (Sunflowergal40)

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Will you blog and post the Never Quit Pledge, today/soon?

To do so, copy and paste and put on ur page under blog. :)

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COLIBRI1 8/12/2012 2:02AM

    Copied and posted! emoticon

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RD03875 8/9/2012 10:30AM

    Love this!!

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EBEAMS 8/9/2012 9:50AM

    Yes ma'am ... good stuff!

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SANDYB223 8/9/2012 9:21AM

    Love it....posted it also!!!! THANKS!!!!


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Summing up my first week back on Spark People

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Week one back on the program has caused me to once again reflect on some changes I've made in the last few days and how already I am feeling the impact and advantages of doing so. My stomach is no longer revolting from a high fat, high sugar diet and I can truly feel the difference. Additionally I have found that keeping my food diary up-to-date each day helps me to reflect not only on calorie content but other important things like my nutrient intake. I like to look through the daily intake and strive to get as much bang for my buck with the fruit, veggies and protein as possible. I think being in my 50s has caused me to consider nutrient value much more than when I was in my 20s to 40s.

AND last but not least I keep the vision of how I will look in my skinny jeans right at the forefront of my mind so I can complete this goal before my trip back to Europe next year. Traveling abroad when your mind and body is healthy is sooo much better than when it's not.....I have experienced both and I long to be in tip top shape when Europe 2013 comes around.

Finally I know the importance of my Spark friends and how each of you encourage me and brighten my day along the way. Thanks for being a vital part in helping me to attain my goals. I look forward to continuing this health journey with ya'll!! emoticon emoticon

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MARY1313 8/6/2012 11:07AM

    so glad for you!!!

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BOVEY63 8/6/2012 10:59AM

    Happy to hear your stomach is doing better.
Europe sounds so exciting and what a good inspiration to get in those skinny jeans!

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EBEAMS 8/6/2012 10:51AM

    Congrats! Keep up the great work!

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SANDYB223 8/6/2012 7:43AM

    Oh, I was sooooo happy to hear that you are returning to Europe!!!!!



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ATLTRAINR 8/6/2012 5:38AM

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MISSY455 8/6/2012 2:19AM

    I agree, the older I have become, the more concerned about the nutrient value of what I eat concerns me. Wishing you continued success on your journey!

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CHERYLE51 8/5/2012 11:05PM

    If you are going to Europe, you definitely want to be thin. You don't want to be know as another fat American. I am sure you will do it. I haven't kept up with my food journal since the kids came. If you read my blog, you know I have my hands full.

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RD03875 8/5/2012 9:47PM

    Welcome back! You CAN do it!

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Long Overdue blog....

Monday, February 27, 2012

It's been ages since I've posted a blog here and thought it was about time to submit an entry. For those of my Spark friends that have been keeping up with me, ya'll know that I have been on again/off again here. My absence has definitely made a difference in how I've been managing my eating and exercise (or lack thereof). While these may sound like excuses for allowing myself to again put on some weight, it's just the everyday occurrences in my personal life that have added to using food as a comfort. Last year my brother-in-law (that I've known since I was 9 years old) suffered not one but two strokes. It has been hard for him but he has persevered and is making a slow recovery. Six months after he had his crisis, my mom suffered a stroke as well. It was heartbreaking to say the least since she is so severely handicapped due to years of rheumatoid arthritis. Truly I believe there is no stronger woman in this world than my mom. She has handled the disease, the loss of my dad and this stroke with such grace...I am extremely proud of her. But nonetheless it has been so hard to watch. There's a part of me that wishes I could give my mom a big kiss and hug to make it all better but I can't. Added to the mix I've been dealing with my oldest son who has heard his calling to serve our country in the Naval Nuclear program. As a mom we worry for our kids no matter what age they get to be. He's perfectly capable of taking care of himself I realize, but the mom in me wonders where the Navy will take him with our country and the entire world suffering with much conflict. Long and short of this is that sometimes the weight on our shoulders gets to be a bit much. I know it only adds character and growth from a personal perspective, but I do wish a little less character building were in the cards for me. emoticon

I'm not one to normally think of all the things that can drag a person down....I like to be optimistic and cheerful! So with this blog I am sort of leaving these worries at the door so to speak, and I will start anew with eating better, tracking my food and incorporating exercise back into the mix.

I cannot tell you all how much it's meant to have my Spark friends to support me, to cheer for me and encourage me along the way. I thank God for each and every one of you and look forward to what we all have ahead of us in 2012. Thanks ya'll for being my friend and life support. emoticon emoticon

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THE_SILVER_OWL 8/1/2012 1:35PM


After reading your blog entry, I once again feel such a kindred spirit with you. We are both facing similar situations, and I hope I am doing it with as much grace as you seem to be. I am so pleased to reconnect with a few "old friends" from a while back and wish you nothing but the best as we continue forward with this journey to improved health.


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CHERYLE51 3/1/2012 11:58PM

    So glad you finally got around to a blog. Sounds like you have had a rough year. I understand about wanting to give your mom a big hug and make everything all better. That is the way I felt with my dad when he was sick. It is very frustrating to not be able to fix everything. I can also relate to your son being in the armed forces, it must be a bigger worry than your normal mother worries.

Keep posting and keep on sparking as much as you can.

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SANDYB223 2/28/2012 12:16PM

    HI Jo, Welcome back to blogdom!! I am sorry to hear of your challenges last year. You are definitely not alone. My MIL has been ill and in and out of hospital and rehab. My mom has had lots of medical stuff too. I am soooo happy that you are back sparking and blogging. My best to you and your family. You must be proud of your son, but I can understand your worry--it's what we as moms do. Thoughts and prayers for his safety.
Lots of love to you spark sis,
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KARENE10 2/28/2012 8:52AM

    I think that a lot of us use food for comfort(why else would we need a "diet"site:) You certainly have a lot of stressors. I will keep your family in my prayers. You will feel so much better about yourself though if you can continue to exercise and eat healthy emoticon. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/28/2012 6:52AM

    emoticon I think one of the hardest things in life is how much we care about others and cannot "fix" things for them! Failing to take care of ourselves doesn't make their lot in life any better... that's one of the best arguments I give *myself* to take better care of me, while still caring deeply for my loved ones.

Prayers for you and yours, as you once again pick up the mantle of more determined self-care... so you'll be healthy and there for them. And thanks to your son for his willingness to answer the call.

- Barb

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EBEAMS 2/27/2012 8:29PM

    Oh my ... I feel your struggles and my prayers are with you. It often seems that Life is like a tidal wave that just keeps pushing and pushing up against the place where we believe the boundaries of our "I CAN" lie ... and Life keeps helping us develop more and more strength of character through our challenges. While exercising and eating well is a gift we give ourselves, there are times when ourselves come last in some equations, especially as mothers.

You are in my prayers ... for courage, strength, faith and the wisdom to give unto yourself what you need to make it through each day. Hugs and God bless you ... and keep your son safe as he journeys into the great unknown ... emoticon

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MSWEEZER 2/27/2012 7:33PM

    Oh I'm tickled to see your post and you back on SP. I can so relate to life's stresses and know you are NOT alone. We all have em my friend and we have to figure out how to deal with them without ruining ourselves in the process. You too can do it as you matter to so many. I am so sorry about your mama. I experienced a lot of sadness with my mama over the years and one thing never changes, we love our mamas. Period! We hate to see them hurt just as they (and we) hate to see our children hurt. So taking care of you is very important. I always smile when I see you've popped in to just say 'hi' and let me know you're still out there. I'm hopeful we'll chat more often now too!


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BOVEY63 2/27/2012 6:45PM

    Lots of prayers for you and your family.
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God bless your son and keep him safe.

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DEBK0923 2/27/2012 5:33PM

    My, ut sounds like you;ve been throught it. I hope everything is getting better for you . mYour son will be fine, When My son went into the army then decided he wanted to be special forces and then on to green baret school trained with Navy Seals, I wanted to shake him, but he knew what he wanted and so does your son. Ans you are right being on here makes us eat better and move, Have a great day tomorrow

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