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I recognize the signs of a bad day.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I have learned to recognize the signs of a bad day as it relates to weight loss and staying on track. The common denomenator has always been the night before. Typically the night before is a sleepless night and that sets everything for the next day in motion. It starts with the dreaded alarm clock going off in my ear. Then it's the snooze button a few times before finally getting up. When I say getting up, what I mean is turning over and looking at the ceiling wondering why I didn't win the lottery jackpot for that week, and asking myself if I'm really going to try to go to work that day.

I finally climb out of bed only to go sit on the toilet staring at my feet and wondering why they are not moving toward the closet so that I can get dressed. That thought tends to be interrupted by one of the children wanting to use my bathroom because someone is taking too long in theirs.

So, I get dressed, make sure the kids have everything for school, pile them in the van, and we head to school. My husband does the driving so I can try to nap on the way. That is if my 5 year old doesn't have tons of stuff to ask or tell me. Did I mention she always has tons of stuff to ask or tell me.

After dropping off the girls at school, we have to take my son to my mom's to catch the bus and lately we stop to get my bestie because her car is being repaired. Honestly, that is one of the highlights of my day - but this morning I slept while we rode into work.

Now I'm at my desk, with my main computer program down which gets me behind. And I'm soooooo sleepy that I can barely keep my eyes open. It is almost impossible to make good choices when I feel like this. Feeling like this usually leads me to the vending machine for tons of junk. But today I recognize the signs and I'm trying to plan a better day.

There is so much to do and absolutely no energy to get it done. So, my plan of attack is to kick up the water (after I finish my big cup of coffee). I'm then keeping all food out of sight and out of reach. At lunch, I'll eat a little something and drink more and more water. I know by the time I get home, I will be too tired to, I have to think about something that is quick and easy that we all like. I'll check the spark recipes shortly to come up with a plan for that. I'm really just looking forward to getting back to bed.

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JOGALLMAN 11/15/2011 10:02AM

    A good day starts out with me being well rested the night before. My mind is clear and I feel confident that I can make good decisions. I guess the positive today is that I'm just too tired to hit the vending machine!! Thanks for the positivity!!

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LVBIKER 11/15/2011 9:14AM

  OK...that's a bad day. What constitutes a GOOD day? Focus on the positive!!! emoticon

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I got a dog to distract me from eating and encourage walking!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

For the last few months I've been contemplating getting a dog. My goal was to get a small, adult, housebroken dog. The reasons for this search criteria were 1)small - I have a 5 and 7 year old that are terriefied of any animals, but they seem more receptive of small dogs. 2)adult - the last thing I need is another responsibility and puppies are like having babies. 3) housebroken - housebreaking a puppy is like potty training a baby and I just don't have the time.

Well, the first challenge was to get my husband to agree as he is not what I would call an animal lover. He more or less tolerates animals and has never really been open to the idea of a family pet. That challenge didn't take long to conquer. He agreed pretty quickly and without much persuasion on my part. After recovering from the shock, I got started looking for a dog.

The kids and I visited several pounds and dog adoption facilities with absolutely no luck. Searching high and low, we could not find a dog we all agreed on. So, I stopped looking for a little while. My 12 yr old son would make comments about us never getting a dog and I told him not to give up - we'll find one eventually.

A few weeks later, my husband came home with a smile on his face as he had found the "perfect" dog. Well, this perfect dog did not fit 2 of my 3 requirements. Yes, she was small, but she was a puppy and not housebroken. But, I decided to keep an open mind as it was rare for him to be enthusiastic about any animal, so she had to be cute.

We took the kids to meet the puppy and they fell in love with her. We talked to the owner of the puppy and she assured us she could get us one just like her. Well, that didn't exactly happen, so she sold me hers for $20. She handed me the puppy on Tuesday and then proceeded to tell me that she has "some fleas".

I took the puppy and surprised the kids with her. They were so excited and happy (it felt like Christmas). I then surprised my hubby with her as he thought we were getting a different puppy. We named her Baby Girl, although the hubby calls her Cujo.

We've taken care of the fleas, gotten her 1st round of parvo shots, and purchased everything under the sun for this puppy. I feel like a new mom all over again and I'm loving it. I've definitely been distracted from the kitchen and I'm keeping busy trying to housebreak her. I'm so thrilled and cannot wait to see what's in store for us.

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WELLNESSME09 11/14/2011 10:37AM

    emoticon emoticon on your new addition!!! she will add so much joy to the family. Wishing you great success with her. emoticon emoticon

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It's been a year and a half...

Friday, November 04, 2011

It's been a year and a half since my last blog. Wow, so much has happened in that year and a half. I got fat again (surprise) and decided to try weight watchers. After months and months I only lost 20 lbs...I expected to look like Jennifer Hudson. So, I gave up and got fatter and fatter. Well this week I topped the scale at 230 and thought...mmm...this is bad. Unfortunately, it seemed as though I had tried everything and nothing was working. And then it hit me...I need to relight my spark!!

So - here I am again at 227, tracking my water intake, my calories, my exercise (or lack there of). I have discovered that my job pins me to my chair all day. The stress level is at about an 8 most days where as my other job was at about a 2. So, I needed to do something that would allow small changes over a period of time. Spark has always been that place to go and that program to do. I have friends here and I get encouragement here. I have my blogs and challenges - why in the world did I not just stick with it before??

Okay, now that I'm finished beating myself up...I'm really excited and can't wait to see what I do this time around.

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CHARMIN944 11/4/2011 11:40AM

    emoticon back! We're the same weight. I like to have a healthy challenge with you. Let me know. - Susan :-)

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SPARKVAMPY2012 11/4/2011 9:50AM

    emoticon and congrats for coming back. Good luck!

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Week 2 on the body by VI challenge

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

So, I've been doing the body by VI challenge for 2 weeks now except for weekends and surprisingly I'm still down in weight, but the most amazing thing is how I feel. I have energy and I feel happy all day. Even though my stress level is up at work and concentrating on school, I am really motivated to conquer everything.

I don't know what it is exactly, but I like it. It could be the self esteem boost when you see the weight coming off the scale. It could be all of the vitamins that my body has gotten over the last 2 weeks (it's not used to good stuff). I just feel good and I look good. I've had 2 people this week (and today is just wednesday) comment on how good I look. So, I looked in the mirror and I was wearing my hair the same and I was wearing the same clothes I had worn before, but there was something different about me. My complexion was different (I'm still pale, but something was just different). My smile looks brighter and I haven't had this kind of a glow since I was pregnant.

So far, the body by VI challenge is successful. Just my overall feeling tells me that this stuff is working!

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BG670III 3/26/2011 9:08PM

    Great blog. I have been on the product for 90 days and i lost 23 pounds and went from a size 36 to 32. Like you said, i feel much better and have more energy. People are always telling me I look happier and smile more. I would recommend this to anyone.

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90 day challenge update...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I'm so excited that my packet of shake mixes came in yesterday. I can give this challenge the full 100%. Just with the sample packet I lost 5 pounds. Granted, it's no miracle, but considering my sample only provided enough shakes for 2 days...5 pounds is a great reason to celebrate.

Today, I've had a full shake for breakfast. I'm working on my lunch shake, and I've had a cereal bar.

Tonight, I plan to have some rotisserie chicken, brussell sprouts (yummy), and mashed potatoes.

I have 3 friends doing the challenge with me at work and 1 at home. I'm so excited to see the results. Right now my body is probably thinking..."what in the heck are u doing to me with all of this healthy stuff?". My reply to my body..."I'm making up for how poorly I've treated you over the last 34 years."

I'll keep ya posted on the results! Wish me luck!

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BETTYFORQUER 4/28/2010 1:32PM

    Good luck! I'm doing the Body for Life 12 week challenge with my husband. We are in our 4th week.

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DRAGONFLY180 4/28/2010 1:26PM

    good luck with your plan and the challenge at work!

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