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A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words

Monday, January 10, 2011

I haven't written in a while. I've been seriously contemplating my goals for 2011. I have a problem with goal- setting in general. I have to come up with them for my annual evaluation at work too, and it's always a real struggle to make them specific enough as well as challenging.

I had been toying with the idea of making a collage as a way to visualize what my success would look like since I was having so much trouble putting it in words. When I first read about doing this for SP I frankly thought it was a bit silly. Over the long break from work, though, I was frustrated trying to write things down, so I started collecting pictures. I spent a long time on it, adding and changing photos until I got it just the way I wanted it. It took me way too long to do because I wanted to do it using PowerPoint and I had to teach myself some "stuff" to do it. But it really does remind me of what I want my future to look like. I have it on my Spark Page so I can look at it whenever I want and I also printed it out and put it in a notebook so I can see it when I'm not online. (Plus, I learned some cool stuff on PowerPoint!)

Here it is:

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 1/12/2011 10:48AM

    Very cool!! You can do it:)

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1BEACHWALKER 1/11/2011 11:34PM

    Beautiful vision! emoticon

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NANASKNOLL 1/11/2011 1:18AM

    What a cool idea. Maybe I will give it a try.
You go girl and keep up the good work. emoticon

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ADIPOSEROSE 1/10/2011 10:10PM

    You go, girl!!! I might even do one, seeing yours. Good job! emoticon

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SPARKIE1964 1/10/2011 9:18PM

    I love making collages in powerpoint...Love your visual images...Way to go for making it happen!

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ILIKECACTI 1/10/2011 8:29PM

    I love your collage!It's very inspiring, but at the same time it's also relaxing :)

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Getting really tired of this cough

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I seem to always get sick during the holidays. It is very annoying. I am usually not a wimp, but this nagging cough is starting to get me down.

Yesterday afternoon I decided to do the new "Party Off the Pounds" dvd that I got for Xmas (slightly disappointing) and I also did 2 miles of one of my Leslie Sansone dvds (never disappointing). I don't know if I did something when I was working out or from coughing so much, but I definitely pulled something in my rib area. This is a real drag and it really hurts . I still was able to walk for 30 minutes today, but I had hoped for better during this week off from work.

Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

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1BEACHWALKER 12/31/2010 12:24AM

    Hate those coughs. I have actually thrown out my back from coughing before. Have to go to my chiropractor to get it taken care of every time I get the coughing fits. She tells me she gets alot of patients who do that. My neck too can get out of wack from it. Hope you get to feeling better soon. My allergist said the best cough medicine is DELSYM. And it is-works for me!

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REDHEADMOM2U 12/30/2010 11:55AM

    I'm sorry for your cough! That is the worst...the nagging cough.

Feel better soon!

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NANASKNOLL 12/30/2010 11:18AM

    . Maybe a goodie will help
thinking of you

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NANASKNOLL 12/30/2010 11:16AM

    I hope you find something to stop that cough.
GET WELL SOON!!! emoticon

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MARYANNGI 12/30/2010 10:35AM

    Boy do I know what you mean. I have had bronchitis for 3 weeks. I feel like I am letting myself down and the team. emoticon

Just take things slowly and don't overdo! You will feel better soon. emoticon

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ILIKECACTI 12/30/2010 10:17AM

    I'm the same way. Last year I had a cold over the holidays, and this year my husband had a cold at Christmas, and just gave it to me in time for New Years. =p Hope you feel better soon!

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ACROSONIC 12/30/2010 9:37AM

    I feel for you with the cough. Just went through that myself. I always get sick during this time of year, and then it lingers for awhile. Go to the doctor for that cough. One year I coughed so much, my muscles hurt. You should be on something that will quiet the cough so your lungs can heal. I used cough medicine when mine was really bad, then switched to my inhaler when it lessened. Have been off the inhaler for two days now, thank goodness. No allergy shots until I'm "cough free."

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MOMOF2TONI 12/30/2010 12:23AM

    Awww, not a good way to spend your time off work. I hope you feel better soon!

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Aww try some, it's the Holidays!

Monday, December 20, 2010

I need to write down a couple of things I've learned before I forget them.

First, I read a really good blog the other day about "manning up" when you screw up and not making lame excuses for what you did or didn't do. (The blogger said it way more eloquently.)

Anyway, I have decided to adopt "man up" as my new mantra and I actually put it to work today, believe it or not. Today is Monday, but also my last day of work until after the New Year. So naturally I'm very excited to have some extended time off and euphoria can make me a little lax about things. I was hit first by the "oh, there are cookies in the back room", and then by the "let's meet at Dunkin' Donuts instead of the office". In neither case was I hungry, although I desperately wanted a cup of coffee. So, here was an opportunity. What did I do? I THOUGHT to myself, "if you want a cookie, eat it, but don't say anybody twisted your arm to get you to eat it." And, "you desperately want coffee, but if you decide to get one of those tasty looking donuts, don't blame the person who suggested meeting at Dunkin Donuts instead of the office."
But all I needed to really SAY to myself, was "Man up!" It worked like a charm. That said it all.

Secondly, I have noticed something a little peculiar lately. The only person who knows that I am doing Sparkpeople (and lost 16 pounds so far) is my husband. I purposely haven't told anybody and I've asked my husband not to either. If someone notices I've lost weight, great, but I'm not advertising. This is a very personal thing for me right now. However, there is one person in my office who has been quite vocal about being on Weight Watchers, so everybody knows about it. I have found among my coworkers, that nobody pressures me to eat all the junk people bring in, but my WW buddy gets pressured all the time and more often than not she caves. "Oh, you can have a little, it's the holidays", blah blah blah. These are nice people, so I know that this is unintentional. I find it very interesting, though. I know that some of the readings say that you should be up front with people, but based on what I'm seeing, I'm not so sure that's a good strategy. In my case anyway, at least for right now, silence really is golden.

At first this sounded like a bit of contradiction. Man up and accept personal responsibility, but don't be honest with people...hmm. The way I rationalized it to myself was that I'm not lying to anyone, including myself, but I'm just not choosing to share the Sparkpeople part with others yet. This sounds OK to me... I think I'll go with it.

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ADIPOSEROSE 12/20/2010 10:53PM

    You go, girl!!! I don't know how old you are, but there was a time (and I lived in it) when women didn't discuss their "female problems" openly at the office--or in front of men anywhere!--and a cheating spouse was not matter for public confessions and the tabloids. There is a difference between deceiving others and choosing to keep what's private to yourself. (What impact does your choosing to follow a new health regimen have on your performance or behavior in the office--aside from the derivative one of being more alert because you're in better health? Would you tell your office-mates if you switched deodorants? Had a yeast infection? Of course not--so this is none of their business, either, unless you choose to share it with them.)

They aren't being vicious, or "sabotaging" your WW colleague as much as expressing compassion for her "deprived" state. You aren't deprived, because you've chosen to man up: you eat what you want to, when you want to, so don't need (or merit) anyone's pity.

I don't even know you, and I'm proud of you. YOU ROCK!!


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DESERTDREAMERS 12/20/2010 9:26PM

    "Manning up" means taking personal responsibility for your actions - it doesn't mean you have to tell the world, right? It is odd that people are trying to seduce the WW dieter.

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ILIKECACTI 12/20/2010 8:09PM

    Love the man up concept!!! Also, I was the same way about not telling anybody about what I was doing, except my husband, until my MIL didn't understand and was a little offended when I turned down a glass of wine a few weeks ago (it was a high calorie day, and I knew that would push me over). So I have now been explaining kind of on an as needed basis, but definitely not advertising.

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ACROSONIC 12/20/2010 5:48PM

    You do what you have to do to make the program work for you! emoticon

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MAJORMOM68 12/20/2010 5:15PM

    I didn't tell anyone for a while I was losing weight either for the same reasons. I don't think anyone really tries to derail you but they do anyway. I wouldn't tell anyone either. Being honest with yourself is the most important thing you can do to lose weight. Sooner or later, even if we are eating bad, we will change if we are honest with ourself.

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BARBARASDIET 12/20/2010 4:48PM

    Personal responsibility! Yes!

You're not lying about your diet. And it is interesting that your co-workers pressure the WWer to eat and not you. Question: has anyone noticed that you are losing weight?

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GRAPHICKAT 12/20/2010 3:21PM

    Love the "man up" concept. Also, I agree with you that people will try to get others who are dieting to eat things they shouldn't. I think they are just trying to be nice and not see the person suffer by sacrificing all the goodies. In most cases I don't believe that it is intentional sabotoge.

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GRITS46 12/20/2010 2:25PM

    I like the concept of "man up" and taking responsibility for yourself going hand in hand. Sounds like a wonderful way to get through not just the holidays but the entire journey. Mind if I borrow your idea?????

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Built to Last?

Friday, December 10, 2010

I haven't written anything in a few days because I frankly haven't had a lot to say. I've just been going along doing my thing. I guess this is a good thing -- no drama or crazy ups and downs -- in fact everything is going along very well. I am still totally motivated and one of my fears is that I'll experience a big "crash" and fall off the wagon. This seems almost too good to be true. Can it last? Please please tell me that it can!!

It's been just over a month since I got into SparkPeople "hard core" and I've lost 15 pounds so far. This is a little less than a quarter of what I want to lose. I'm really happy with what I've done so far and I have found so much help from others on this site. I bought two Leslie Sansone dvds on the recommendations from a message board and I really enjoy them. They are a lot of fun! I've also met some incredible people and call many of them SparkFriends.

So am I still in the "honeymoon phase" of my relationship with SparkPeople? Or, is this a relationship that's built to last? Judging by the success stories and the blogs of others, it sure feels like this could be a long-term commitment. That's what I'm hoping for!

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ADIPOSEROSE 12/20/2010 10:56PM

    I've been on SPARK since February of 2009. I've lost 45 pounds--happily, slowly, and without feeling deprived--and learned a great deal about nutrition, and even more about myself.

This is a lifestyle change, not a "diet."

Tell you what--meet you here next Christmas!

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SLIMTHICK2 12/11/2010 5:31AM

    Don't worry it's built to last your are getting there, having a few slips is just part of the process but getting up and going again is what's going to help us reach our goal. Have a great weekend. All the best. emoticon

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CHARITYCYCLIST 12/10/2010 11:52PM

    I too have been with SP for just over a month & have shown positive results on the scale & in how I feel. Honeymoon period? Maybe, but I'm really pleased with the progress I've been making and don't think I'll be checking out any time soon. I still have alot of weight to lose & I expect to be taking full advantage of SP until I've lost all of it & firmly established the Healthy Lifestyle modifications in such a way as to not even have to think about them, about what a good or poor food/exercise choice is etc.

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A Good Day

Sunday, December 05, 2010

This was a good day. I slept in a little bit and then broke out the new Leslie Sansone dvd I bought (due to suggestions on one of the message boards). It had 1,2,3, and 4 miles. It included using a stretch band. This was a really good dvd. I was only going to do one mile, but I got so into it I ended up doing all four miles plus the stretching. So, I had a pretty good workout.

On Friday night I got a bonus from the boss for my second part-time job and I decided to use it to get a new scale. Our other one was shot and even starting to fall apart. I didn't want anything too fancy so it was very reasonably priced. I was a little afraid that I would find out that the old scale was so inaccurate and I actually weighed a lot more. But, NOT SO! I weighed the same, so this was more good news.

The one thing I think I need to be more cautious of is all the time I spend on this website. I've been on Spark People almost all afternoon. The weather is really bad and I did a major cleaning yesterday, so I had some spare time. I wanted to get some holiday spirit into my spark page, so I experimented a lot with the wallpaper. I also checked out some other folks' blogs and Spark Teams. In general, though, I really need to learn how to be more efficient on the Spark website.

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GR8VIEWS 12/5/2010 9:36PM

    Yes, Spark People can be addictive... Just one more thing to control in our lives - the amount of time spent on the site! Kinda like controlling the amount of carbs or chocolate you eat...

Be well.

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MARYANNGI 12/5/2010 8:56PM

    Spark People can be so addictive! Sounds like your new dvd is emoticon and you got a emoticon workout. emoticon

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ACROSONIC 12/5/2010 8:46PM

    Yes, what is the name of the dvd. Glad you got a bonus and rewarded yourself with a new scale!

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MOMOF2TONI 12/5/2010 6:37PM

    Good blog. What is the name of your dvd? It sounds like a good one. And where is everyone finding all these gorgeous backgrounds/wallpapers??

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SUBSHINE 12/5/2010 6:26PM

  keep up with the exercises and congrats on your bonus - every bit helps especially at Christmas time.

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