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Naughty or Nice

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Truth time, which category do you fall in this year?

For me I think I squeeze into the "Quite Good" category, but with a slight lean toward the "a little bit naughty". (Santa, please disregard the last part of the previous sentence!)

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Happy Holidays everyone!

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JULIAMOONCHILD 12/22/2014 12:57AM

    Oh my, my friend, my category is not listed. Lol - Like, "just plain bad, but determined to get better" category. '

Anyway, heading into the New Year, which is truly going to see some changes in my previous bad behavior. Just hope Santa will take that in to account and not bring me just a lump of coal. emoticon

So happy to see your blog!
Keep em' comin"!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 12/20/2014 8:05PM

    I fall under the quite good category, although as usual I'll be lucky if I get a lump of coal.

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EVILCECIL 12/20/2014 7:19PM

  Looks like I'll be buying my own presents.... emoticon

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ARNETTELEE 12/20/2014 6:21PM

  Happy holidays!

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EVIE4NOW 12/20/2014 6:08PM

  I try to be good.... doesn't always happen but I try.

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My Inspiration

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Part of the BSG challenge is to share who or what inspires me, so here goes:

Eight years ago my oldest brother was taken from us at the age of 48. He died of a heart attack in his sleep during a business trip. He was not exactly the picture of health. He was over-weight (obese), and he had diabetes. I fear my youngest brother is following in his footsteps. Today, he is as heavy if not heavier than my oldest. He takes several kinds of medicine for controlling his blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar.

Both of my parents died what I feel as early in life, in their mid to late 50ís from heart attacks. You can say heart disease runs in the family, but I say we are not exactly helping to alter that history either.

Even when I was overweight, among us three I was considered the healthy one. Can you imagine, from my high (more like a low point) of 268 being considered the healthy one!
My youngest son started walking in my family histories footsteps. Certainly not all at once, I allowed it to happen. I was not exactly a proper role model for him.

So, my inspiration is not a single person. It is a collective experience of events that took place in my life. I need to be the example. It is for me, it always needs to be for yourself first. But, by doing this for me I have seen, or at least starting to see results of being the example in the people around me.

Because, I donít have a role model, Spark People and the people I have met there continue to be my role models. I look toward Spark People and the SP Class of 2009 to continue to be my inspiration and to provide me my needed motivation. It is the events in my life that have given me the needed push in the right direction. Spark People and the people I have met keeps me going in that direction.

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    A beautifully written blog that says so much! You are a great role model for many of us here at SP!

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DOTSONK 8/24/2012 8:11AM

    Yes, late 50's is way too early to leave this world! It is hard to say how many lives you have changed or saved by sharing your blog posts. You are setting an awesome example for your children, and your positive influence is certainly making a difference in the lives of your Spark family, as well. Thanks so much for your inspiration. emoticon

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WYOBZM 2/20/2011 12:22PM

    emoticon It must really hard to watch the ones you love experience heart disease. Yes, your parents did die way too young. You remind me that each day is a gift. You have been an inspiration to me over the last few years, hopefully your younger brother and son will be inspired by you. I am glad I have had the opportunity to know you! emoticon emoticon

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MYMARMEE 2/18/2010 8:02PM

    WOW Jeff. I had no idea. As I commented on Laurie's blog, it takes a village to keep me inspired every day and I am so very grateful that you are part of that village. Thank you.

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WILDRICE99 2/18/2010 2:29PM

    Thanks for sharing Jeff. I like how you have taken control of your life and by doing that, you have also given your son a good role model so that he can take control of his life.
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MELISSA_X0 2/17/2010 8:42PM

    Wow Jeff! I'm so glad you are there to be an inspiration for your son. I think you have definitely used your family history to make better choices for yourself. You have broken the cycle! Keep it up!

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MACKENZIEMOMMA 2/17/2010 11:58AM

    Nicely written Jeff. Very inspiring.

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ALPINESNOW 2/17/2010 8:53AM

    I think you have broken the cycle, Jeff, which is never easy. I think you have become a role model for your son. What is it they say, "Actions speak louder than words?" You have certainly been a quiet and steady influence in my journey, along with my other two wingmen and the rest of the BSG. May the Force be with you. :-)

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EMMAJEAN50 2/16/2010 11:04PM

    Thank you for being my role model! I Love you emoticon

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KELLYSESAME 2/16/2010 9:28PM

    Great blog Jeff, You are doing a great job in changing the face of your family history. I know your children will thank you for it someday.

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MAMAJODI629 2/16/2010 9:08PM

    Beautiful! emoticon

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ILOVELIFE2012 2/16/2010 9:08PM

    very nice blog. Here's to wishing you the very best to "break the cycle". 2 thumbs up.

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ALPOPLUP 2/16/2010 9:02PM

    love it

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Weight Loss is a Mental Game

Friday, October 09, 2009

Weight loss and fitness on the surface is all physical, but what I have learned over these last 9 months is that it truly is a mental game. You need to find ways to keep yourself motivated. You need to find ways to keep your self inspired. Life will throw at you setbacks and temptations and you need to have ways to handle them.

Some of the tools I use include:

A big list of Whys? ...Why do you want your goals or weight loss goals. When you have a list of whys the hows get easier.

Keep your focus. This is where Spark People is so valuable, if you use it daily then you have a daily reminder of your goal.

Motivation and Inspiration. Again Spark People is valuable to me for that. I find a great deal
of inspiration and motivation on the site and with the BSGs.
I also find a great deal of motivation and inspiration in song lyrics, quotes, and yes movies.

Reflection. At the end of the day, reflect on the day. Reflect on how you did. If you slipped by partying too much, eating too much, talked yourself out of exercise, learn from it. Recognize how you could have done better. It will help you with the traps of tomorrow. If you fall down get up immediately.

The mind is like a garden, it needs the sunshine, it needs the rain to bring forth a good crop, and yes it needs cultivating. If you let the weeds grow soon they will take over the garden. The garden will become far less productive or cease to produce at all if you allow the weeds to take over.

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DOTSONK 8/24/2012 7:47AM

    Great post, Jeff! And, you are so right! I don't know why it has taken me so long to 'get it'. Denial, maybe?

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    Great blog, Jeff. I totally agree with your assessment of being active on here and reflecting daily. This weight loss journey is a daily thing. You have to recommit to it every day or else it's just too easy to "excuse" yourself from not staying on track. Then pretty soon you're backsliding down the slope you just clawed your way up!


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MYMARMEE 10/10/2009 1:32PM

    I like the garden image, Jeff.

Most of all, I agree that if you fall down, get up immediately. The ability to rise from a fall is key to all of this! It's not about perfection, it's about taking the rebound.

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ALPINESNOW 10/10/2009 10:58AM

    Excellent post, Jeff. I'll be practicing these mental exercises over Thanksgiving weekend! Cheers.

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PEPCEA 10/10/2009 12:16AM

    I agree also. When I finally got that, I started being successful. Thanks for sharing!

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CMW7429 10/9/2009 10:35PM

    No doubt it's mental, 100% of the time. I think I have some cobwebs left that I have to cultivate.

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WILDRICE99 10/9/2009 9:51PM

    I agree with you Jeff. It is a mental that I am still trying to gain control over.

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Goal! ,,, Goal! ... Goal!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The last couple of months seem to be the hardest but I finally made goal. Back in January I was shooting to make goal by Aug 1. I had to settle for the end of August. Part of that was my fault. I saw myself slipping ever so slightly with the eating.

The last couple of weeks my wife started Weight Watchers (I tried to talk her into SP) and not having chips in the house helped me out a lot! Still very very much my weakness, and football season right around the corner. Summer was also hard with the BBQs and outdoor picnics. At least it wasn't too hard to get in a lot of activity.

Okay now that I made goal, I'll have to set another one. I think maybe 190, with 185 not being out of the question, but I'll have to think about it.

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_MAOMAO_ 9/6/2009 2:01PM

  That's great Jeff! I have the advantage of living alone, so if I have something at home I don't want to eat I can only blame myself. It does help so much not to have things around you don't want to eat. That sounds so simple, but it's not always easy to achieve in a world with other people.
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Hm, maybe you'll entice your DW to join a Spark WW team!

You can pass this on. I did WW, it worked great and I lost over 60 lbs. I gained 1/2 of it back, joined LA Weight Loss and it worked great. I lost 1/2 of the 1/2 I'd gained back. Then I left LA and gained it all back, short about 1 1/2 lbs. I really believe that if I had Spark along with those programs I would have had more continued success. The 24/7 support here, the additional tools and info make such a difference.

In any case, you'll have fun getting healthy together!
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CMW7429 8/30/2009 10:51PM

    emoticonKicked it in gear, and got it going down the road!!!! Yippee for my buddy Jeff!!! emoticon

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    Good Job, Jeff! You know, having your wife join Weight Watchers is going to help you more than you know, probably. Whatever Mama does, the rest of the family follows suit. With me cutting out baked goods and exercising, 2 of my daughters and my husband have also lost weight. That's so neat for you that she's on board, too (even though it's a different ship!)


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CHRISSIET01 8/30/2009 10:27AM

    Congrats on making goal-awesome job! It's a shame your wife doesn't join-SP is such an awesome place to be! ENJOY yourself and treat yourself well for reaching goal! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAFAND 8/30/2009 9:00AM

    Well done Jeff! good luck with the new goal but before that, enjoy!

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MYMARMEE 8/30/2009 7:48AM

    WAY TO GO JEFF!!!!!!!

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Am I the only one. I seem to always fight a little voice in my head. Have you?

You know the voice' "You don't have to wake up now to get your work out in, sleep in, one missed workout won't hurt you" OR "It's too hot to go outside and workout, how about a nice nap instead" OR "Go ahead and have that second helping what harm can it do"

When I first started Spark People I would have to say the voice was a lot louder and more tempting than it is now. Sometimes it is ok to give in to that little voice as long as it truly is your decision, you've weighed the consequences , and have a backup plan. For the most part I have learned it is best to ignore that voice and follow through with what you know you should do, and most important what you had planned to do. The reason is that when you make an exception, it becomes easier to make another and then another. Pretty soon that little voice is controlling you.

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WILDRICE99 8/29/2009 11:56PM

    Jeff, I hear those voices too. I used to exercise in the morning until I started listening to those voices. Now that the sun is setting earlier, I plan to start exercising in the morning again!!!

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CMW7429 8/27/2009 9:47PM

    Well, I thought I was the only one that heard voices, sometimes they're shouting "EAT ME, EAT ME, just have another one!!"

Yes, it's difficult to not give in, but as you know very rewarding when you don't. As you well know.

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