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New Year - New Book

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Well another year is beginning. I’ve been limiting my time on Spark and other social media sites. My home was not a home it was a building with lots of boxes. It is now a home. It was a big project and we still have lots of stuff to get rid of, but we can now entertain guests without being thoroughly embarrassed by all the boxes everywhere.

I had a bit more time the past few days and I’ve been reading lots of blogs and FB posts about resolutions or commitments/re-commitments. I liked the idea of re-commitment. The past year was really good personally, and pretty good health wise. I lost some weight feel, and much healthier. So I am re-committing to my healthy life style. I’ve had ups and downs in weight and on this journey. That doesn’t mean I failed it means I am human and I struggled with fitting my healthy lifestyle into my hectic life. So yesterday I re-committed to making my health a priority… learning more about it and reminding myself that the path of moderation works best for me. I don’t do well with cutting out foods then I start craving them. If they are allowed I don’t necessarily want them. I’m not committing to a number on the scale. My life plans for the year includes trying to have a child so my health is of the utmost importance not a number on the scale. Why set myself up to fail in the first place. I’ve done that too many times by having too high of a goal…basically a goal that was unattainable in the timeframe I was trying to achieve it.

I have learned so much from all of my Spark Friends. We all have different goals and challenges, but I find no matter what the challenge is or the goal we are all here for support. Spark is a GREAT place to be. It’s a place to give and get support, cheer each other on push each other when struggling, and lend an ear when others fall on hard times. It’s a place to send positive vibes and encouragement.

The New Year is yet to be written there will be struggles and conquests. We all have found this place we call Spark. Don’t forget if you are struggling, you have a place to go and vent, ask for help, and get support. It’s a place where I have found no judging. We all accept each other for who we are and look to learn from each other. We all have a tidbit of info to share. What works for us, and what doesn’t.
Thank you all for letting me be a part of your journey to learn from you. The blogs, posts, comments, and successes are so inspiring to me. I look forward to learning from you all and hopefully I can help you all too.

Happy New Year! Wishing you all Happiness, Health and Love!

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_VALEO_ 1/2/2014 6:23PM

    When our homes are cluttered, it is often a projection of our state of mind. I am not surprised that you have more time now that you have been able to keep the chaos at bay. Congrats! I still have some boxes left unopened since our last move.

I wish you a great year of re-commitment!

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Monday, November 04, 2013

It’s the beginning of the month and the beginning of the holiday season……time to re-group and plan out a strategy.

It seems the holidays roll by faster and faster every year. It is a whirlwind from Halloween to New Years. My work gets extremely busy as we try to push everything so we can get stuff finished and out of China before Chinese New Year. It’s also the hardest time to try and lose weight. From here on out there is junk food everywhere. Everybody wants it out of their houses after parties and it ends up in the office. It’s a common dilemma. It’s not unique. It’s even not that hard to avoid as long as you plan ahead. So here I am planning my strategy to get through until Jan 6. Why Jan 6 you ask because that is when the madness stops and it seems everybody clears the junk out. My workload will still be heavy but all the parties and revelries will have stopped and the leftovers will no longer be donated to the lunchroom.

No don’t get me wrong I LOVE this time of year. I love spending time with family and friends. I just want Jan 5 to come and be the exact same weight as I am today. I decided this year to be realistic in my goal. I’m also realistic in that to meet my goal, I have to move my body and only indulge on occasion. Like at events….. .So brown bagging lunch and snacks daily will help prevent the “eating what so and so brought since I don’t really have time to get something healthy” syndrome.

I am trying to be true to my goal. HEALTH!!! Since it is about being healthier in body and mind……No more unrealistic goals. I need balance in my life. Balance in my diet, balance in my relationships, balance in my work, and balance in my exercise…… ….

Have you ever looked at a blog and realized you are writing to yourself? I needed to get this down on paper. I need to be healthy to care for those around me and to care for myself. I like the fact that I am working towards having a piece of cake and it not ruin all the hard work I've done so far. That it stops at that piece of cake.

So my strategy until the end of the year…..plan….plan….plan……plan my exercise in …….plan my meals……plan in the event indulgences so they don’t ruin the hard work…….the word for the next 2 months P-L-A-N!!!! I think I got it. I need to plan out my days to succeed. It’s one of those things we all know we need to plan, yet we forget to actually do it.

I leave you now to go and PLAN my tomorrow………

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_VALEO_ 11/5/2013 6:02PM

    I also think that years are rolling faster every year!

I like your word for the end of the year, and maybe for 2014! Plan your days and write it down on paper, calendar, stickers whatever it takes to stay true to it.

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road the distractions

Wednesday, October 09, 2013's been full of distractions lately......

Work has been really busy and stressful. Days are long, I miss my sparking as hte best time for me to do it is on my breaks at work......When I get home at night the last thing I want to do is turn on the computer.

Hubby and I took a road trip To Carmel and Monterey for some R&R last week. Its a favorite place for both of us. Its a 5-7 hour drive so steps were not a priority and I was really behind on them.

We walked the wharf, and around the towns window shopping. So much fun. Went wine tasting, olive oil tasting, and just looking at everything.

My favorite always is the Monterey Bay Aquarium......we saw.....
sharks in the deep sea exhibit

and jelly fish. lots and lots of jelly fish

There are so many sea creatures to see and so much to learn as they always are doing new research on how to not harm our oceans and keep the ecosystem working. They have a camera in the bay but way out where it is too deep for divers to go and they find all these interesting sea creatures. It's just amazing what they look like.

We explored the Carmel highlands and we saw a beautiful sunset

We didn't see any sea otters. This is the first time there were no sea otters in the bay when we were there. We did see a huge school of dolphins.

The seventeen mile drive is beautiful. The estates in between the woods and beaches are breath taking. It's fun to imagine who must live there. I would get lost in a home that big!

All in all it was quite relaxing. We took highway 1 home so it was even longer but WAY MORE BEAUTIFUL! The beach cows always make me smile. If I was a cow I would want to live at the beach too.

I didn't track, but also didn't over indulge so came back even no loss no gain. Which to me was a HUGE victory. It means I am learning to put into practice what I have been learning. Because life will have it's distractions and how you handle them is all the counts.

When we got home, we had been talking about getting a second dog.....

The beige one is Bonnie we rescued her last October. The black one is Clyde we rescued him over the weekend. He needs to be house trained and has anxiety at night in his crate. His crate in in our room so he's not alone, but we can't have him out when we sleep until we get him potty trained. Sleep has been interupted a bit, but it is well worth it. So that is distraction number 2.

I feel good, because with the trip and work stress, and doggie distractions, I have not fell back to my old eating habits. My food has been the healthy stuff I started to cook regularly on this journey. The crock pot is my closet friend during the week. I'm grateful that my hubby will eat leftovers so I can cook a bit large batch of 2 meals and rotate them for a week night meals.

I take one day at a time. Everyday I stay on the healthy path is a victory. I will get back to my stepping. I've hit my 10K a few times just not consistently, but as long as I am aware of my health and do the best I can with all the distractions I'm on the right path.

Life will be full of distractions and that's fine by me. Bring'em!

Hope you are all well and ready for distractions. Holidays are around the corner, they always bring TONS of distractions. Plan on it incorporate every thing you have learned and beat them.


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LOVELYPAMPA 10/13/2013 1:55AM

    I'm so glad you got the opportunity to relax and unwind as you've been so stressed lately. Visiting Bay Aquarium is always fun to watch especially those wall size aquariums. Glad you got a chance to see everything including the 17-Mile Drive. Can you believe those rich houses?! OMG!!!
I see you went wine tasting. On your way back on coastal freeway Hwy-1, you must try Castoro Cellars in Harmony right on hwy-1 (near Cambria and hwy 46 which crosses from hwy 1 to 101) and near Hearst Castle. Having tried lots of wine tasting, Castoro is one of our favorites.
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_VALEO_ 10/10/2013 7:03PM

    Congrats on learning to treat yourself during your vacation! Good luck with Clyde. It looks like Bonnie has already adopted him.

It seems like you're ready to handle all these new distractions in your life.
emoticon You're indeed on the right path!

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challenges and glitches are apart of life

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I’ve been feeling like life has gotten in the way lately of my health plans. Then I realized that this journey is all about life. It’s about learning to balance my health with the demands of life. Yes sometimes work will be so busy that I can’t get in my extra steps or my planned dinners go astray because I got home too late to cook them. But that is part of the process. The old me would drive through and pick something up quick. Would not get up the little bit earlier in the morning because I The things I have learned and adapted over the past few months are helping me deal with life’s little curve balls or challenges.

I’ve come shy on my step goal, but have not missed my 3 planned 30min workouts a week usually ZUMBA emoticon . I’ve slacked on some of the weight training as time hasn’t permitted it, but I’m still trying to fit some in…….even if it’s isometrics at my desk.

Meals have been planned and not made. But we always have some sort of healthy choice I can grab in a pinch. Preparing salad stuff for the whole week has helped.
Side note - I wash and dry (being key) all the lettuces and store them in a few glass jars with paper toweling. The lettuce stays crisp without browning for a little over a week as long as you are not going in and out of the jar more than a few times. I put about 3-4 side salads worth of lettuce in each jar. If we need more we open more than one jar. A little tip for those who eat lots of salads…it saves on prep time
These glitches in planning of my exercise and eating will always be there. Things come up. Social events happen. To be a truly healthy person I have to learn how to deal with the glitches and not throw all the healthy part away. It’s easy to go back to old habits when stressed, tired, and overwhelmed by life’s challenges. The key is to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, have that piece of cake even, and then go right back to the healthy lifestyle you have been working so hard for.

If the weight loss or health journey doesn’t mentally prepare us for life’s glitches, challenges, and indulgences we will end up right back where we started from. Social events are the hardest. You can’t just miss them because you might eat too much. We all need to learn how to be social and stay on track. Or indulge and then get right back to eating healthy the next meal or day.

I’ve done this too many times. I’ve realized it is not either I live life or I diet. I have to figure out how to do both. I hate the word diet as in I’m on a diet. To keep me focused I have never said that this time. I have said I am working on making myself healthier. For the long haul that’s what I am doing.

I work in the garment industry and I see too many people that are stick thin and just not healthy. Skinny does not equal healthy. Please everybody, keep repeating that to yourself. Stay healthy….stay on the correct path. Many days when I see stick thin models I cringe at what we are doing and have done to women‘s body images.

I apologize for my entire industry. Women are beautiful no matter what size or shape. Our imperfections are what make us beautiful.

Stay true to yourself and stay on the healthy road of life!


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HOLLYM48 9/19/2013 4:58PM

    I agree with Lovepurple2 and you- Real women do have curves and I love my curves. skinny is not attractive, healthy however is gorgeous!
It looks like you are learning to deal with life and the days that life does not go our way! Great job.
Interesting tips indeed on the lettuce!
Keep on pushing! We can do this!!!!!!!!!!

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BRENJET 9/19/2013 4:36PM

    Thanks for a great blog. It really forced me to be introspective, as I tend to make excuses when a "glitch" comes up, or plans change ...I didn't grocery shop, so all I have to eat is a bagel and peanut butter--(I'm famous for finding reasons to have a peanut butter bagel!)...You are absolutely right...we/I need to learn to deal with those things that pop up and be PRO active! That IS life. Thanks for the lettuce tip and the important lesson for me today!!


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SPINNINGJW 9/19/2013 9:43AM

    This is just what I am needing to hear right now.

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_VALEO_ 9/19/2013 3:20AM

    Great blog! Being an extrem (too skinny or obese) is never good for the health, the right balance is the way to go.

I love how you prepare your salad! Great tip!

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LOVEPURPLE2 9/18/2013 10:25PM

    This was a wonderful blog. Very truthful. I truly believe that real women have curves!! emoticon

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Numbers - Do I care and Why?

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Well I got a new scale a few weeks back. I have not yet recorded the amount it told me I weighed as it was different than the old scale. The old scale was not digital there was definitely room for error and of course I erred to the happy side. Today I weighed myself again and the exact same number came up. I mean EXACT down to the tenth of pound! It's been the same every time I have stepped on it since the day I bought it the day after my last weigh in. To the point I thought it was broke go I grabbed my water bottle off the counter to see if the number would change... Yep it did so the scale works.

Good news is there has been no movement in the scale since I got sick and lost my motivation YEAH!

All day I've been thinking how I've started getting my motivation back as I am only focusing on my health and not really the bottom line number. So why won't I change my weight entry. Just because it will show a gain. Well before I tackled why I lost my motivation yes that is why I wouldn't change it. That's just plain dumb on my part.

I use the scale as a tool to make sure I am heading to a healthier me and not cheating on my food entries or eating too much junk and fatty foods. Because a healthy person eats a balanced diet that is within the amount of calories they burn. A healthy person does cheat(or better have a treat, goodie or just plain desert) occasionally, but doesn't make it a habit....they know portions....they eat fruit and veggies.

The scale is a tool just like the activity tracker, the fit bit, and the nutritional tracker. they are all tools to get me to a healthy place in life and not to have to deal with all the bad stuff that comes with unhealthful eating and being overweight.

So today, my ticker will show a little less weight lost than I before and I'm OK with it. How else will the new scale serve as a tool if I fudge the numbers. I'd only be cheating myself and won't know when I go up or down.

Numbers are tools try not to let them rule your emotions. They are there to be used to get to where you would like to be. Obsessing to get to a particular number on a scale is as unhealthy as to not try to get off a few pounds. A healthy weight for me could be higher or lower than a person of the same height. The actual number is not exact that why they call it a healthy range. I know when I lost ALOT of weight in my 20s I could only hit 120 for a week or two before my body just said that's just not right for you and bounced up to 135. That was my 20s and I will have to let my body tell me again where it wants to be.

A number I would like to focus on more than the one on the scale many steps to achieve in a day (maybe double that at some point)......A charity 10K oh how I would love to power walk one.....

I do think I'm getting my motivation and focus back. Health is the one thing we take for granted when we're healthy and one thing we can do something to improve. You may not be able to overcome all health issues but so many are caused by living unhealthy, it's worth a try to have a better quality of life.

So yes I care about the numbers, but my focus on them is as a tool not a defining factor of who I am. The healthy me is on it's way!

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_VALEO_ 8/17/2013 2:59PM

    Like your attitude and your wise words!

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MOTHEPRO 8/9/2013 11:26PM

    Great reminder!

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SUEPERWOMAN 8/9/2013 12:19PM


Wise, wise words. I so agree. I wish the scale didn't dictate to me that I am "good" or "bad". I give it way too much power! emoticon

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VELMATULIP 8/8/2013 11:30PM

    emoticon for the reminder!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 8/8/2013 8:57PM

    keep up with the healthy thinking attitude and the weight will come off!

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ROBBIEY 8/8/2013 8:28PM

  Great food for thought.
With that attitude, I know that your motivation will return.
Good Luck!!! emoticon

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SCRAPBECCA 8/8/2013 8:17PM

    three cheers for healthy thinking!

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MYUTMOST4HIM 8/8/2013 8:14PM

    I sure love your attitude!!!

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