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Learning New Things - November 16, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

I have been very inspired by my Spark Activity Tracker since it came a few days ago. Have surpassed 10,000 steps every day, much to my surprise. And this morning I took the dog and walked for 3 miles! Whew!
Today was also my weekly weigh-in. Lost a pound. Not as much as I would have liked but then I did cheat a bit this past week. Not major binges, just cheats. Also took my measurements. Ugh--my hips are up to 43", 6" gain from my best SP measurements four years ago.
Goal this week is to do a daily Leslie Sansone workout--aim for at least 15-20 minutes. Another goal I have is to learn something new every day. Whether it be in terms of health or history or something else. Today's goal is to finish two small cemetery transcriptions for my genealogy group and to read a chapter or two of a book by one of my church's General Authorities. And to read something new emoticon

  
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WATERMELLEN 11/16/2014 2:23PM

    Keeping on learning new things keeps us young for sure -- and a lot of people have really embraced the activity tracker technology!!

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Activity Tracker

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

So I bought myself the Spark Activity Tracker and it arrived today. Not 100% sure how it works but at least I downloaded the software and synced it. As it was 8 p.m., there isn't going to be much activity today. I wonder how the system figures out what day I did the activity on or do I have to remember to sync it daily? Guess I should read up on it more. It was one of those impulse things--wanting to get the most out of my return to SparkPeople, I thought this sounded helpful. And it will be as long as I learn how to use it.

A friend suggested, after my musings about how to stay upbeat when things don't seem to be changing fast enough, rewarding myself for doing just that. Not for scale changes or clothes changes but just for keeping to a healthy lifestyle. I like the idea except that right now I don't know what a reward would be. I have bought the Tracker and that's an incentive to stay on the program. But potential rewards? Hmmm. . .will have to think about that one.

  
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PICKIE98 11/13/2014 3:02PM

    Rewards can be long distance phone calls to those you wish you could talk to, but never have the time:make time..

New socks, watching a DVD, a half hour longer in bed ,,,

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WATERMELLEN 11/13/2014 8:10AM

    Maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires sustained self-discipline and it's great to "give yourself credit" no matter how you do that!

Even a sticker on the calendar . . .

And after so many stickers . . . ???? New lipstick? Trying a different nail polish? I find something as simple as a fresh bar of milled lavender soap can be a small reward!!

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MM11113 11/12/2014 11:18PM

    When I was going to hit the 50 mark, I went to Etsy and found a necklace. I bought it and when I hit 50, I wore it for the first time. That was at Easter, and of course, I had to buy an outfit to go with the necklace.

Now that I am retired, I can't be so extravagant. But, I plan on another Etsy purchase when I hit 75 pounds. I can begin saving now. It will hopefully, be around next Easter. Could be sooner, but I am in no hurry.

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Grateful for so much -- Nov 11th 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day/Remembrance Day, whatever way we think of it, this is a special day. All of those brave men and women who sacrificed so much for freedom. We owe them more than we can ever know.

I went to our annual Veteran's Day Parade today. I live in a town that has an army fort and so the Parade is a special event. Marching bands from the high schools, veterans riding in cars and trucks, mounted cavalry, current recruits, it is quite a sight. And always wonderful weather here in southern Arizona as well.

I completed my third day of eating healthily and getting more exercise than I have been doing prior to re-dedicating myself to health. I do feel better already. That darned vertigo that I was getting almost every day has gone. May it STAY gone!! I did drink more diet cola than I would have wanted to but as a slip that isn't bad compared to prior binges. And last night I scored a major victory. I was sitting up late and my stomach was rumbling. I was very tempted to go out to the corner gas station and get junk but I didn't. I also hadn't touched my grandkid's Halloween candy, which was on prominent display on the kitchen counter, when I was over visiting. Small victories but victories nonetheless.

My big struggle is to remain optimistic about my body. As I was unpacking my winter sweaters and hanging them up I wondered if I would be able to fit into them again before the end of winter. I have gained three inches on my bust over the past 15-pound gaining years. Will that go away as I lose weight? And those stretch pants that are forgiving but can't hide everything? Will they look smoother soon? I know I can't expect overnight results but I wonder if there is some kind of mantra I can use to remind myself of those "clothes feelings" when I am tempted to overindulge.

  
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MT-MOONCHASER 11/11/2014 11:45PM

    Celebrate those NSV's!! Buy yourself a new candle or something indulgent that is not food related, or maybe a pretty glass or goblet to drink your water from (no cola allowed). A new flavor of tea. A book or magazine or DVD you've been wanting. A new lotion. Bath salts for a good soak, the soak itself... You get the idea.

At first you could give yourself a small reward every day you keep on track, then maybe every other day, then work to once a week. I wouldn't make it longer than once a week. You could make getting your reward into a ritual to help keep yourself on track. Whatever works for you!!

I know that you can do anything you set your mind to, so believe in yourself!!

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Lovely successful Sunday!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Ate healthily, exercised and feel great!

  
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KALIGIRL 11/10/2014 9:46PM

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GAYLLYNNE 11/10/2014 6:53AM

    Keep up the great work!!

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PICKIE98 11/10/2014 5:36AM

    Great!!Wish I could say the same. How are thing going out there??Miss reading your thoughts and ideas..

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MUSCLE-UP 11/10/2014 1:31AM

    Excellent!

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From April 2013 to November 2014

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Posted April 2013:

I have had a really rough four months this year. One virus after another--cold sores, constant congestion, lock jaw. Upside down work schedule, threat of sequestration for dh and dsil, stress, stress, stress. So now it is close to the end of April and I am staring at the size 14 pants I bought on the weekend. My size 12s are not comfortable so I went out and bought a very nice pair of size 14s. However, I hope that in a few months I will be able to put them away and bring my size 12s out again.
Tell me, can I do this? Can I return to that healthy me of 2008-2010? I know one of the things that happened was that I stopped exercising regularly. So that must come back. I have always been a so-so eater but the exercise compensated. However, I do want to improve my eating habits--more fruits and veggies.
Does this sound like a familiar refrain? I know it does, I KNOW it does. But if I keep trying, maybe I will get over that mountain and see my "happy land" again.

And today, November 8, 2014:
A year and a half later and I am still in the same spot I was at in 2013. Still wearing those size 14s which are not only wearing out but also are feeling a bit snug. Although, my doc said (every the optimist) that the fact that I haven't GAINED much (4 pounds) in that time is a good thing. It means I did stop the slide. Just haven't been able to make progress losing or eating healthily. I am motivated though, really motivated. Today. Last night I ate so much sugar, it was like I was trying to literally kill myself by chocolate. Which I could eventually do given that I have pre diabetes. This morning though I woke up resolved to pull myself back somehow. So I went grocery shopping with the Sparkpeople Diabetes Plan in hand. I modified it somewhat in terms of the "whats" on it but am watching those carbs-fats-proteins mixes on the Plan page. It's going to be really hard for me because I am such an undisciplined eater. But it's got to happen for me because I really don't want to die a slow death. I saw a woman in Fry's this morning being pushed in a wheelchair--both legs gone. She looked to be in her 70s which is only 10 years older than I am.

Anyway, I have made a good start at turning my life around. I have eaten healthily, according to SparkPeople's Diabetes Plan. I have exercised--45 minutes walking the dog (which is start and stop) and 45 minutes with Leslie Sansone (which is go, go, go). I feel like maybe there should be something more I could do but I don't know what it is yet. Hmmm….

  
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KALIGIRL 11/8/2014 8:23PM

    Excellent Start! So glad you're back on track!
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MT-MOONCHASER 11/8/2014 8:17PM

    It's good to see you back.

The "more" you could do -- repeat what you've done today tomorrow, and the next day and the next day...

Make a list of acceptable snacks and STICK TO IT, limiting the amounts.

Portion control is a biggie, even when you are eating stuff good for you, those calories can count up.

Now all I need to do is to take my own advice!!

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DOILIEQUEEN 11/8/2014 5:16PM

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HOLLYM48 11/8/2014 4:58PM

    emoticon It is never easy! One day at a time. Keep on fighting!

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