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I'm Happier Now!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Almost since the day I re-committed to Spark People in August 10' I realize I'm a happier person. Thanks to SP and friends I'm finally feeling I'm making progress in getting healthier. I have learned how to set mini-goals instead of setting an overwhelming one such as Lose 100 #s. I've learned how to achieve my goals from reading the blogs, articles and The Spark Book. It always puts a smile on my face to receive a Goodie--just knowing a friend is rooting for me. And, I love being able to send Spark Goodies to others. SP gives direction to my lifestyle changes. I can't wait to get on the SP every day and see what interesting articles, blogs, and comments there are to read. My son's computer was down so he was on my computer today almost until the sun went down and I was having SP withdrawal as I missed it so much . . .I tried many other diets and websites to motivate me but SP is the best I've found and it is so much fun. I've lost 10 lbs. since August and I'm happy about that as should have no problem meeting my mini-goal of losing 15-20 #s by December. I really appreciate everyones support and help as I need as much as I can get. Wishing all of us a healthy lifestyle and happiness . ..

Jill

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ANNABELLE1957 10/3/2010 2:45PM

    so true spark is a huge blessing for all of us , what a great extended family emoticon

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NEVERGETNAKED 10/1/2010 2:22PM

    I love your attitude! emoticonYou're doing great and learning what works. Your friends will always be there for you!
Keep up the great work!


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JILL313 10/1/2010 1:52PM

    Thank you all friends for reading my blog. It seems all of us emoticon agree on SP. I love all your positive comments. We all will reach our SP goals!! Smile as it is contagious . . . emoticon

Jill
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MARSHASTAR 10/1/2010 11:49AM

    I like this blog. You are so happy and optimistic. Setting little goals is what I have learned to do, and it has helped me really get going.
Hah, your SP withdrawal is something I can relate to. I've been through that.
Keep going. We can succeed.
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SHORTCAKE48 10/1/2010 11:11AM

  Love your blog. I think the reason SparkPeople is so successful is because it is real people like you and me who struggle each day with this. I, too, have learned to tackle small goals instead of trying to look at losing 100 pounds, 5 is a goal.

Keep up the good work

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NANCYRUBIO 10/1/2010 8:30AM

    That is why SP is here. We support,laugh, and cry together. We can share information we would tell no one else.

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LKWQUILTER 10/1/2010 8:04AM

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TINYC887 10/1/2010 6:33AM

    way to go

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SLIMTHICK2 10/1/2010 5:37AM

    emoticon on the weight loss and great that you've set yourself a doable plan to lose that weight.
I'm also hoping to lose 13lbs by the end of the year, a mini goal and one that I look forward to. Here's to your success emoticon and have a great weekend. emoticon

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JOANOFSPARK 10/1/2010 1:25AM

    I totally agree with you, Jill.....I had tried another tracking site before accidentally finding this one....I say, accidentally, but I doubt that it was.....since I don't believe in either coincidences or accidents......I believe that I found this wonderful site just when I needed it the most. It is an awesome site with some really wonderful people......can you tell emoticon emoticon

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CJWORDPLAY 10/1/2010 12:41AM

    Hi Jill - What good news. I'm delighted that you are finding what you need here. Setting mini-goals is a superb foundation to build upon (and a great reminder for me!)

Thanks for letting us get to know you. CJ emoticon

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MRSSTUP 9/30/2010 11:41PM

    Spark People are the best! It really does help us to reach our goals. Glad you are doing so well. emoticon
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JAKEANDNELLIE 9/30/2010 11:35PM

    The friendship, inspiration, motivation, encouragement, advice, and knowledge that are all a part of Spark make it a wonderful site to be a part of and keep us all moving forward!
Sheila

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Who Am I Hurting?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I'm going to have to stop weighing myself on the scale every day as sometimes I get so discouraged. Just a couple of days ago I was down almost 10 pounds and now today somehow I've regained 3 pounds of it back. Thinking back over the last few days I had been mindlessly eating which I should have tracked, but didn't--now who am I hurting--me, of coarse.

It's very hot here today in Southern California, well over 100 degrees, so I've put off exercising until later in the evening. . .Knowing me, I'll probably find some other excuse not to do it all all--now who am I hurting? Why, can't I get my act together and stick to the SP lifestyle every day? I want so bad to look and feel better--get healthy and add years to my life. I always read about other members successes, why can't I get motivated enough to eat healthy and exercise every day? I do have quite a bit of stress in my life but so do most other people. Any suggestions for me would be appreciated.

  
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JILL313 9/28/2010 9:32PM

    Dear Spark Friends, thank all of you for your constructive comments and suggestions. I needed your encouragement but I'm back on track now. I am, once again, thinking positive--yes I can do this! I'm also looking into finding out where I can take indoor water aerobics. I'm going to keep encouraging others and reading more blogs as it is so valuable to give feedback support to our friends.

Jill

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CJWORDPLAY 9/28/2010 8:28PM

    Hi Jill - I'm sorry you're feeling discouraged by the scale. My body fluctuates a lot so -- like you suggested -- I don't weigh myself very often. I'm wondering if trying to get into the full swing of this new "lifestyle" and doing all the things you're "supposed" to do is getting a bit overwhelming?

Is there ONE thing you can put your focus on for a few days? We all start that way - making one small change and letting it become a habit that we're comfortable with. You'll know when you and your body are ready to add something more.

I am awed by your honesty about your struggles. Change isn't easy. You have what it takes to find your way through this.

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FXYGMA 9/27/2010 2:12PM

    emoticon I have faith in you! You just need to re-vamp your goals and tell yourself just why you are on this journey to a healthier you! When I wake pu each morning I think of something positive to tell myself about myself and then no matter what the weather find something positive to say about that. Practice postive talking and it helps. Also all your friends here at Spark People are there for you to vent to, ask questions, or get inspiration from so don't be afraid to ask any one of us for help. emoticon

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MARSHASTAR 9/27/2010 1:25PM

    My only advice is to do it. Every morning I think "oh, gads, I do not want to do my exercises". But I put that video tape in and once it starts I follow along. I tell myself I can quit any time I want, but I end up doing the entire routine, and sometimes an extra ten minutes.
This is for you. You have to care enough to keep at it. Any small goal attained makes such a BIG difference in my attitude and motivation.
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DON'T weigh every day! it's an awful let down. ewwwwwww

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JAKEANDNELLIE 9/26/2010 10:43PM

    I've reached a point where I find myself making excuses, too.
We both have to push ourselves past this and get back to the business of our healthy lives.
We can do it - let's encourage one another!
Stay positive,
Sheila

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11TT1EDEBB1E 9/26/2010 8:59PM

  I highly recommend water aerobics. I find that it is the only exercise I can do where I don't feel like I am going to die when I finish. I go to the YMCA. emoticon
Debbie

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MOMOF3NEWYORK 9/26/2010 8:42PM

    Jill, can you figure out a way to swim? We had a really super hot July here in NY, most days over 90 - swimming was my salvation............. or can you walk indoors at a mall with a/c ? (Maybe you dont have those in Cali) Or just drink more water & keep tracking your food in the meantime til the heat breaks. Don't give up! you CAN do it!!! emoticon

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TINYC887 9/26/2010 8:27PM

    I get up early to exercise, that way there is no excuse, if i wait til later in the day, something gets in the way.

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Why didn't I?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

About 8 years ago, my Doctor told me I was in the obese category--so now today 80#s heavier and morbidly obese I ask myself why didn't I do something about it before now? At that same office visit he told me that I was pre-diabetic and recommended that I lose a significant amount of weight or I would become diabetic. Why didn't I at least seriously try to lose weight? Instead I stayed inactive and kept eating all the white starches he told me to avoid.

I just took my good health for granted until I became diabetic because of unhealthy food choices and being a couch potato. Why didn't I listen in the Dr's dire health warnings? Now, at last I am out of my "cocoon" and I'm listening to my Doctor--finally listening. I know I will lose the weight and get healthy with the help of SP, friends and family and finally making healthy choices (with God by my side). I love SP and feel so energized and motivated reading other people's success stories and I'm learning so much about good nutrition and the benefits of exercise. Wishing all you much success in your SP journey. May we all continue to make healthy choices! emoticon

  
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CJWORDPLAY 9/25/2010 8:21PM

    I think we've all asked that question. I know I feel sad that I wasted so much time denying that I needed to make healthy changes. What's important is that you are doing what is good for you now. emoticon And you've found a team to help you. emoticon

Glad you're here, CJ

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MARSHASTAR 9/25/2010 10:54AM

    You are here now, and that is your new beginning. You don't have to keep kicking yourself, unless it's part of your exercise plan (hah hah hah). You can do this.
There are so many good people here to help you. . . AND . . . you will be helping others with your story.
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SLIMTHICK2 9/25/2010 9:00AM

    I was introduced to SP by my older daughter almost two years ago. I started and then dropped out. I gained lots of weight and had to initiate contact with SP in the last four months. Why did it take me so long, I don't know. We can beat up ourselves but it wouldn't answer our questions until we continue on our journey, when a lot of our questions regarding ourselves will be answered. Continue on my friend and watch as a new you emerges with all its complexities and wonderful surprises. Go for it emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 9/25/2010 8:26AM

    Sometimes it takes a shock to wake us up. How many of us do not wake up until it is almost too late.
Finding Spark is a great tool for all of us, It is a life long journey but maybe the most important one we can take. Glad you found SPARK.

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TINYC887 9/25/2010 7:39AM

    sometimes it takes us longer to realize things, you are on the right track now and you can do it

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My picture is a Motivator

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Well, today my son took some pictures of me for my Spark Page. I thought I looked ok so he took 11 pictures of me. I really hated all 11 of them. I looked so fat in all of them. Before I saw my pictures I had this fantasy that maybe people wouldn't think I had over a 100#s to lose--how wrong I was . . .I looked so fat in all of them and didn't like any of them. I couldn't believe that is how other people see me. I know my excess weight isn't attractive and makes my life harder . . and shortens my life span, but I didn't really know how fat I looked. Believe it or not, I hadn't had a picture taken of me in a couple of years and over 30#s ago and now I know why. I realize now it is a good idea to take your before picture and update it every few months to see the amazing changes to your body as you lose weight. Even though I don't like my pictures it is a huge motivator and wake-up call for me to finally lose the excess pounds and get healthy.

  
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JAKEANDNELLIE 9/21/2010 1:07PM

    I have a picture of myself in my photo gallery that was taken in November of 2009. Although it was taken after I'd started on Spark, it was and continues to be a strong motivator for me to continue on.
Stay positive and you will be successful!
Sheila

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MOMFAN 9/21/2010 12:50AM

    Take pics every ten pounds you lose. I wish I would have! You are going be amazed at the difference! WooHoo for you! I know pics was a huge motivator for me!

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SHORTCAKE48 9/20/2010 5:17PM

  Congratulations on having the courage to put your picture on your SparkPage. I am still struggling with doing that.

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NEVERGETNAKED 9/20/2010 8:52AM

    You can do it, Jill! Reach out for help when you need to and don't be embarrassed by how you look! The main thing is that you're working on losing the excess weight and getting healthy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNABELLE1957 9/20/2010 2:27AM

    thank you for sharing ,

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Portion Distortion

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I am so glad I finally took the time to read the SP Diet Personality Profiler and took a short quiz to find out I am the Portion Distortion diet personality type. ( I even received 10 points for reading it!!) Well, I wasn't exactly surprised as occasionally I do eat fast food and I usually super-size it. I usually eat average to small food portions for breakfast and lunch--but for dinner I'm ashamed to even log in how many calories I eat. I can't just "eye-ball" my portion sizes anymore so I am starting to measure and weigh my food. Also, I think it will help me to start increasing the food I eat for breakfast and lunch and have a healthy snack an hour or two before dinner. Growing up my Mom used to insist that we eat everything on our plates--now we know it's better to leave a little behind and eat the right portion size. I'm also going to be having another snack of 200 calories or less an hour before I go to bed as for some reason I can't sleep if I'm at all hungry. I dated a guy once who said he'd rather pay for my clothes than my food . . .LOL Now, I know he was right. I really want to be successful in my SP journey so I'm so glad I took this quiz as it was a wake-up call for me. And, no more finishing off the leftovers still in the pans--just throw the leftovers away or put them in zip lock bags before I start my meal. There are so many low calorie SP recipes and I plan on trying a new one every week.

  
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NEVERGETNAKED 9/15/2010 7:01PM

    That 'personality' quiz is very helpful in understanding your eating patterns. Measuring and/or weighing your portions is very useful, too, in showing what 'normal' portion sizes should be. You've just made your journey a little easier! You CAN do it! Best of luck!

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SAMI199 9/15/2010 7:49AM

    Thanks for the info.-I'm going to take the quiz right now!
It is amazing how small normal servings are-I was in shock when I learned that a pint of Benn'Jerry's is NOT a single serving!!!!!lol-or cry out loud... Good Luck!
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GARDENCHRIS 9/15/2010 7:15AM

    good for you!

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DTCATSPARK 9/15/2010 6:43AM

    Good luck on your new journey, you will find the support here you need.

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