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The Dangers of Summer

Sunday, July 18, 2010

As I read Sparker's blogs I see many examples of those that have reversed their forward progress during the summer months. You would think it would be a time to increase activity levels and make even better progress, but I notice for many it is a time to little or no progress.

I am paying special attention to the blogs of those that are meeting goals and still making progress. I want to learn from them.

I am challenging everyone who is at a plateau or losing ground due to being extremely busy to reverse this trend right now. I know we can do it if we try. Spend a little more time with logging, nutrition, and activity. Look in the Secrets of Success to find new techniques to combat this summer slump. WE CAN DO IT! Don't give up.

  
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JUGE300000 7/19/2010 6:33PM

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MRDPOLING 7/18/2010 9:04PM

    AMEN!!!!!

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JUSTBIRDY 7/18/2010 6:16PM

    I think that for some, it is easier in the summer to forget about goals. It seems to be much easier during school season, when there are schedules to meet, etc. But for me, I am glad to take some time to slow down. I was exercising too hard, and instead of losing, I just got more tired. Luckily for me, I don't have a great appetite in the summer, because of the heat. This summer I plan to use that to my advantage.

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AEL_RHIANA 7/18/2010 12:24PM

    Agreed! I've been sliding backwards lately in exercising, but thankfully not gaining anything! I was saying all through winter: "I can't wait until summer. It'll be soooo much easier!"

Summer is almost over and I haven't even been to the pool once. I'm just too self-consious right now to do it. At least I've gone up to the park and walked several times! But I've been doing the stale, old video routines day after day, and even though I have bought a new one, its not helping. I'm just bored and unmotivated. BUT, I do have some things driving me forward. If I don't get to a healthy weight, I may never be able to have children. And even if I did get pregnant right now, I would be a very high risk pregnancy. And overweight mothers are over 50% of the mortality rate when labor goes wrong. I don't want that to be me. I want to have a healthy pregnancy and have a healthy baby. I think I rambled...sorry about that!

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Friday already and I didn't even notice it until someone commented on it

Friday, July 16, 2010

Where has the week gone this week? I read a note on the friend feed about it being Friday and realized that I didn't even know it was. Now that is losing track of time. I'm ready for the weekend though.

  
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MRDPOLING 7/17/2010 7:05PM

    I have been asking myself that each day this week. I cannot believe how fast each day went this week.

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CINDYR457 7/17/2010 1:30PM

    Time fly's when you're having fun!!!

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JUGE300000 7/16/2010 6:42PM

    Where has the week gone????? We are on vacation, and the time is FLYING by.

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JUGE300000 7/16/2010 6:42PM

    Where has the week gone????? We are on vacation, and the time is FLYING by.

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BARNABABY1 7/16/2010 3:17PM

    wow... I don't think I've ever not noticed a Friday!!

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NANALD 7/16/2010 2:51PM

    I hope you didn't notice because you are having such a good week!

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Back on the Program Again With a Reward

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I was happy to see today after one day of eating right and some exercise that I have reversed my upward trend of weight lately. The scale was 2.5 lbs lighter this morning. That was a real relief.

I've still got to get back to the complete exercise schedule which I plan to do tomorrow. I know I won't have this kind of progress every day but it was a real motivator to stay on track.

  
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~INDYGIRL 7/16/2010 11:11PM

    Way to go!

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 7/15/2010 9:11PM

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You know what works for you and as long as you continue you will see progress.
Great Job!

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RONDARC 7/15/2010 8:19PM

    emoticon emoticonWhat a great reward!!!

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The Consequences of Too Much On The Plate - A Recognition of Failure

Wednesday, July 14, 2010



I am starting to be aware of the negative effects of too much on the plate. Yes, of course, there is the effect of weight gain, but there are other effects also. The image above depicts what my last six weeks has been like. Not food eaten but tasks started.

I have at least identified that summer school is a downfall time for me. The regular session ends and I look at summer as a great time to accomplish everything I didn't have time for in regular session. I only have to teach at school for three hours two days a week, but there is much more than that on my plate. I forget that the session is only a third of the regular length with the same amount of work. That means grading three times as many papers and answering three times the student questions out of class.

If that is not enough I am teaching another online class which is also triple work in the summer. I don't have to go to school to teach it, but it takes more time than a regular class.

The anticipated free time has just about disappeared but did I notice? No. Instead I cleaned out two huge storage rooms, cleared out the garden and planted, cleared out my flower gardens, set up the sprinklers again, started organizing a garage, and replaced a leaky roof with my husband.

In the process of all this work my Spark Progress really suffered. I participated in a challenge and did very well, in fact would have won it if my Internet connection was working on the last day after I got off the roof after 10 hours of work. (yes I am very competitive and it is lucky that the connection saved me from myself).

Instead of losing more weight I actually gained around five during the six weeks of summer school and the only real exercise I got was the work I was doing. The few times I went on the treadmill it felt great but I didn't allow enough time for it regularly. Nothing wrong with that and it was long hours of hard work but I like to have more variety in my exercise program. I stopped logging food and exercise (no time).

Looking at all of this now I see that this is my pattern for the last three summers. It is the time when my red progress line went up again and not down. It is the time I lost my hard earned progress of the Spring.

What to do about it now? I can bask in the accomplishment of the new roof, the money saved on rent of the two storage rooms, the garage I can walk though again, the garden veggies, and the other things I accomplished. That does feel good. But most of all I can be glad that I have seen the pattern and can do something about it.

There is still summer left. My daytime class is done, my online class only has a couple of weeks remaining. I can use the extra time to get back on the Spark Program the way I know I should. I can plan and log again, and feel good about what I do for my health. Next summer I plan to either not teach as much or to not start any new projects during this busy time. Not giving myself time to plan is the worst thing I can do. I realize that now.

We can easily get too much on our plates. I plan to look carefully at my Spark Teams and pick the ones that I feel I can actively participate in. Some I will remove. This will also be true of some Spark Friends. I want to do well in what I do rather than to be overwhelmed by doing too much. Just like I leave that empty rim space around my plate when I serve my food rather than piling on as much as I can, I need to leave a little free time around my life so everything doesn't spill over.

  
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BUNNONE 7/15/2010 2:35PM

    Women are very good at multi-tasking, but at times we do tend to take on way too much. And it seems to happen before we know what hit us. The power is in recognizing our limits and making the necessary adjustments.

Good luck.

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AMBUDMAN 7/14/2010 8:51PM

    Great blog Jenny,

I hope you continue on the Nor-Cal Sparkers and keep me as a friend.

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JUGE300000 7/14/2010 7:15PM

    How True.

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Jenny,
Your insight is one of your greatest assets. It will definitely help you accomplish your chosen goals. Listen to those instincts-they will direct you where you need to go. I understand about the site being overwhelming. I have been needing to take breaks myself, as I am dealing with some extrememly difficult personal issues. I suddenly found myself trying to maintain a site when originally was simply recruited to send simple post. Spark was not created to add more stress, but to assist with a variety of needs. Do what is best for you.
I wish you the best in all you are attempting to accomplish.
Any updates will always be welcome. I am always available in any manner if you need to vent, celebrate, or simple know that you have a friend interested in how you fare. emoticon

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TRAINER_T 7/14/2010 12:41PM

    Great blog and the best part is you know yourself now!
Wow, even your statement looking back the last 3 summers you see a pattern, you have had an AWAKENING.

That means change in on the horizon and good things await!
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SCOOTER4263 7/14/2010 12:20PM

    You know, I was reading your blog and wondering why it sounded so familiar...then it struck me: my life is exactly like that overloaded plate, too! I'm with Paula - that image of leaving a visible rim around the plate - good one.

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TRACIEO3 7/14/2010 12:19PM

    I can totally relate, I feel the last 4 weeks for me has been the same but please don't consider this a failure, just another tightrope to walk while the water below recedes.

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PAULA3420 7/14/2010 11:51AM

    I plan to use your visualization when planning my life, I will ask; "Have I left a rim around the edge?" That is a great visualization, for I have found myself doing what you describe, just when life begins to slow down, I start planning projects to keep me busy and then I lose myself and my goals in all the hustle and bustle.

I really like that you have identified the situation and have a plan for SUCCESS for next summer.


Just looking at the plate you have pictured in your blog, is overwhelming and makes me feel sick.

I really liked this blog!!

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CALLIKIA 7/14/2010 11:42AM

    SO true. We've got to save ourselves some room or, just like overeating, we get stuffed and feel sick. Thanks for this blog. I do it all the time...and each time I think I have a handle on it, and then it all falls apart.

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ANVIBEXTOR 7/14/2010 11:36AM

    I completely agree. It's better to do a few things really well instead of doing a half a$$Ed job with a million things.

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Not just visualizing but actually feeling your success - A key to success

Friday, July 02, 2010

When you visualize your success you can actually feel how it will feel when you are there. What better motivation is there than that.

  
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~INDYGIRL 7/4/2010 5:49PM

    VERY TRUE! Great insight!

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PAULA3420 7/4/2010 3:18PM

    "OH, what a feeling, to be dancing on the Ceiling." Has always been one of my favorite lines from a Lionel Richy song.

FEELINGS create memories and the next thing we know we are creating a new reality.

Thanks for the reminder.

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AMBUDMAN 7/2/2010 5:38PM

    Visualizing is a great motivation. I have been visualizing how I will look in my old Wranglers and I am almost there. I can wear them again but they are still a little snug.
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IPATRICIA 7/2/2010 2:19PM

    Now, I like that. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CNIANE 7/2/2010 12:05PM

    There isn't much better motivation than that feeling! Now I just need to visualize my goals. I can imagine how that would feel! emoticon

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