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It's a Good Day Today

Thursday, September 04, 2014

There are many reasons why today is a good day. For one, it's my Husband's birthday. Yay!

I have to brag on him for a minute because I think he's AWESOME. He's kind, loving, a great dad, and takes really good care of us all. He's my rock. I can get worked up and crazy at times, and he's the calm I sometimes need. So Happy Birthday Honey!

Another good thing about today is that last night I planned and prepped my lunch for today. I have joined a new Spark Team that will soon a begin a 5% Fall Challenge. I'm starting to participate on some of the mini-challenges that will lead up to the full challenge. One exercise was to identify triggers and outline a plan for controlling those times.

My biggest trigger is lunch. During the work week, I love nothing more than going out with the girls at lunch and enjoying the time to chat, eat foods I love, and just take a break from work. I always have the best intentions for eating healthy, but then I look at the menu and either pick something that looks better or costs less - both options also carrying too many calories and fat. If it's not lunch out with the girls - it's the times I'm running errands and have to pick up something quick and easy on the way back to the office. Usually I'm starving, so my ability to select more healthful options because my stomach takes over my brain.

SO - today I planned. Last night, even though I was exhausted, I got off the couch and made my lunch for today. Tuna salad, crackers, carrots, an apple, and some light crunchy snacks for later. GO ME! It was all ready this morning, so I had no excuse to not grab it on my way out the door.

The final good thing about today? I'm a day closer to my vacation!! We leave a week from Monday! WOO HOO! A whole week at the beach with my family! Yay!

Ok, back the grind. OOO - I think it's about lunch time!

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KATIBUG49 9/4/2014 12:06PM

    Loved reading this, it made me rethink my triggers a little different.

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

One of my biggest obstacles with my weight loss plan is that as soon as I'm away from my computer, my goals and plans are "out of sight, out of mind". I've recently had someone suggest I get tested for ADD, as I do tend to do that with a lot of things. I sit in a meeting and take a bunch of notes, but as soon as I come back to my desk I can't seem to focus on what I need to do.

I function at work by keeping a list in front of me. One that is hand-written and updated daily. Each page of my notebook is a new day and I may have to copy items over, but that act of writing things down puts it top of mind for me. I do the same thing when I go grocery shopping. Each week, I plan out the menu for the week and write out the shopping list. I've tried the online lists, but for whatever reason, it just doesn't stick in my mind as well. When I write it down, I can usually zip through the store without having to even look at my list. (Of course, I do to make sure I didn't miss anything).

So, my goal for today (which I am going to write down now) - buy a small notebook that I can keep with me to write down my "To Do" list for Spark. Perhaps, by writing it down, I'll be less likely to have that "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" mindset.

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AUNTRENEE 9/2/2014 10:07AM

    Sounds like a plan in writing your goals down for that day.

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Body Image - What my Daughter Sees

Friday, August 29, 2014

I came home from a rough day at work and my 7 year old had drawn a beautiful picture of our family for me. She drew Daddy, Matthew, Herself, the dog, and Me. I noticed something in that picture - I wasn't fat. In fact, in every picture she draws, I'm the same size as all of the other adults. In that simple moment, I realized that my kids don't see me the same way that I see myself.

A few years ago, my sister called to tell me that my niece (who was about 2 or 3 at the time) started pointing at a picture in the store and shouting - Aunt Jen! The model had a similar hairstyle and glasses like mine. I was flattered!

Not only do my kids (and nieces) not see my flaws, but they think I'm beautiful! When I recently cut my hair, Kate declared that she wanted hers cut the same way! On picture day, she insisted on wearing her "heels", and refused to take them off all day because when she walked into the room Daddy thought she sounded just like Mommy.

I guess I need to try to see myself through the eyes of my kids. I'm Mommy. When I sit down, they fight over who gets to sit in my lap. They don't care about the roles on my tummy that make my lap a little smaller. When I take them to the pool, they don't care about what I look like in my bathing suit. All they notice is that I play in the water with them and teach them how to swim. When I go to work in the morning, they don't notice if my hair isn't just right or that my outfit isn't the most stylish. They just care about getting the extra hug or kiss before I go.

So, my positive Body Image thought for today is - look at myself through the eyes of my kids. I'm their beautiful Mommy. I love them to the moon and back - and probably a little more.

Also, one other note, thank you to all for the positive comments on my blog post from the other day. I never realized how inspiring it could be to inspire others!

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KALISWALKER 8/31/2014 4:54PM

    That is so sweet

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GHK1962 8/29/2014 5:23PM

    This has all kinds of awesome about it!

Those are the real truths aren't they? YEAHH!

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ROBBIEY 8/29/2014 12:23PM

  emoticon emoticon We should all look at ourselves the way our kids and family sees us and we would be a lot happier. It is really all about the people we care about, but we spend so much time worrying about the people who don't care about us. Thanks for the pleasant reminder. Now when my spouse says you look nice, I will just say thanks!!!

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LALATIDAH 8/29/2014 12:22PM

    emoticon for sharing that beautiful story! It put a smile on my face! I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family!

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Small Choices...Leading to Big Results?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I'm trying to make one or two small changes to my eating each day. Just like working on my self image - it's WORK. Every day at lunch I have to go to battle with myself. I'm an emotional eater. When I'm having a rough day, I want to sit at lunch, vent and eat what I want. At lately, work has been a string of rough days.

The stupid thing is that I feel great when I make good choice! I feel rotten when I don't. You'd think it'd be an easy choice! But, I'm doing it in small steps. On a lunch date with my daughter at Wendy's, I ordered a small chili and baked potato. Not perfect, but much better than a big cheeseburger and fries! I've been keeping carrots and light dip in the fridge at work for my late afternoon munchies.

What I need to work on is keeping the positives to eating right in my head when I want something overly indulgent. I need to think of these thing when I want to eat something I probably should avoid:

1.) "How will I feel after I eat this?",
2.) "Does it taste good enough to accept the consequences?",
3.) "Is it really worth it?"

I'm going to try this for the rest of the week. Maybe I should write it down on a card to keep handy. OR, write them on my hand! HA!

Ok, back to the grind. I could really use a nap today. No rest for the weary! After work it's off to the races with kids, soccer practice, dinner, and bedtime. OI!

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PURPLEPEONY 8/27/2014 12:57PM

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    Little steps lead to big steps - keep it up

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A Compliment

Friday, August 22, 2014

Today, I received a compliment from a co-worker. She said that she didn't know what was going on with me, but lately, I just seemed to be carrying myself with more confidence. It was a lovely compliment!

I guess I have been feeling better about myself lately. I think there are a few things I've done to help myself. First, getting back onto Sparkpeople and just paying attention to what I'm eating. I've also been paying more attention to my appearance - getting my hair cut in a funky new style and whitening my teeth. Even throwing on lipstick here and there. Just little things to make me feel better about how I look. I've also focused on work, my career and how I can improve. I'm registering for a Project Management course program to help boost my career potential.

So, those are all little things I have been able to do to help boost how I feel about myself and none of them have to do with losing a pound. Of course, losing weight helps too! I'm down about 3lbs this week!

On a completely random note - as my son was walking into his sitter's house this morning he said..."I love you Mommy!". Just totally on his own, out of blue! If that doesn't warm your heart, I don't know what does!

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PURPLEPEONY 8/27/2014 12:59PM

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    A great NSV

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RENATA144 8/24/2014 11:58PM

  emoticon Keep up the Great work !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REALTYLADYLISA 8/23/2014 12:50PM

    Good for you!!! The more positive you are, the more positive things you attract...including compliments! Congrats!

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GARDENCHRIS 8/22/2014 11:10AM

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EMILYB8379 8/22/2014 11:05AM

    That's so great! Very happy for you!

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