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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

After getting an intestinal parasite, going on vacation, work stress, now finally getting back to normalcy.....the past 4 weeks it was off track....on track...off track...on track....off track... and most finally on track.

Food wise , I must have been under control on the 85/15 strategy as I did not gain anything, but was not very good at tracking.......Exercise well.....see above regarding the track.....

This week exercise -

Sunday walked 12000 steps.

Monday did a quick 10 min walk around the parking lot - not my best effort but it was something

Tuesday - back on track - 30 min intervals with kettle bells and the hula hoop.

What I learned by reviewing the past weeks. Healthy habits take hold even when you aren't paying attention, i guess when they say lifestyle changes that is what they mean. Repeating the same choices over and over again I found myself not even thinking about them and just executing them. Finding ways to add a little extra movement. Choosing healthier options when eating out, avoiding foods that don't sit well. I really like some of the foods that don't sit well so that is a choice I make weather to enjoy them and endure the after affects or not. It all depends.....

What I did stay on track with, is logging into spark every day. For me this means that at least for a short time I thought about my health journey every day.

This journey to better health is also about living so there will always be times when life happens and we can't achieve our plans that day, week or month. Its important not to go crazy and stop the journey. The track has some places where I get derailed, but I keep reminding myself that once I fall off the track, I need to pick myself up and get right back on it ASAP.

I guess when I started adding the small steps a little at a time they were easier to become changes than the big leaps I tried in the past.

I'll keep taking my small changes in steps around my track...it's a good thing falls don't discourage me all that much anymore....I've been learning how to take the falls off the track as learning experiences to get stronger on my next leg off the track....there are so many more lessons to learn.....

To all my fellow Sparkers.....Keep on Sparking.....thank you for all the inspiration

  


Set back at week 11

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WARNING - - - Stomach/Digestive Issues –

I have had a setback. I am using this as an opportunity to learn how to move forward when life throws us curve balls. Last week I had “the runs” bad….every time I ate it would pass right through me. Day 5 I headed to urgent care. I was over the discomfort and inconvenience of it all and I knew it wasn't getting better so there was something more than I ate something bad or a stomach bug. Turns out I got Giardia. I knew darn well what it was as the dog has had it recently. He’s had all sorts of issues being a rescue and all and once the parasites get in your yard it is nearly impossible to rid it of them. Anytime it rains they can come back to life or something like that. I guess the same goes for watering as it almost never rains here. We are beyond careful about washing hands and making sure to keep everything clean, and no kisses on the face, but you know he licks everything and somehow I managed to get it. It didn't matter how much I drank I still got dehydrated. I was then put on an antibiotic to kill the parasites. They caused wait for it………constipation. Seriously???? My stomach went from cramping and rushing to the restroom to cramping and not being able to go. UGH! I have managed to re-hydrate and take some extra fiber in and seem to be balancing out a little bit. I have 4 days left on the antibiotic treatment. Sorry for spilling it all out there, but really was it some kind of joke that TOM had to start too????

Friday which was day 4 into this. I felt I had enough energy to work out. I read the Spark article about when it was OK to work out when you are sick, but I didn't listen. I figured I can breathe and I hadn't eaten yet so why not. Well I learned why you never workout when you are sick from the neck down. 5 minutes in I had to run to the restroom, then I tried again I got through 10 min that time. Then one last try cause I didn't eat anything so there couldn't be anything left I lasted 5 min then just gave up. Luckily I work out at home. But when you have any illness below the neck just rest. Your body will thank you for it. Now that I am on antibiotics and starting to heal, I am easing my way back into my workouts. I did a light version Monday. I took today off and will do a light version tomorrow. Hopefully by Thursday I will be back to my old self.

I really need to be at 100% as we are taking a road trip vacation starting Sunday. I am looking forward to exploring new things and places I have never been. We are going to the Grand Canyon, Tombstone, and Dinosaur National park. Then there will be all the places in between to stop to explore. I hope there will be walks exploring the areas and I am constructing a body weight workout that takes 20 min to do so I get some intentional exercise in.

Between my stomach issues and the vacation I am assuming it will set me back, but I have no intention of having it set me back to the beginning. Life will have times when it throws you curve balls and interferes with your best plans. All I can do is fit in time to move my body, and eat the best I can. I am bringing plenty of snacks for the road, all other meals will be restaurants. I will make the best choices with the options I have. Tracking is hit and miss when you are not cooking, but at least it will give me some ideas of where I am. As I make lifestyle changes I have to remember to live life and not hide from it. Sometimes things don't go as planned but it is all OK.

When I get back I plan on resuming where I left off last week before I got sick. Until then it's light duty so I dona't make anything worse.

My Journey Steps - - - - Baby steps taking this journey one day at a time and living every minute. I have challenged myself to add a step everyweek….so here are my steps…….

My steps -
Step 1 - get out of bed 30 – 45 min early – Working towards 60-75 (still working on this)
Step 2 – make my lunch every night for the next workday and hubby’s!
Step 3 – straighten the kitchen and make sure all the dishes are done before bed and before I leave for work
Step 4 – exercise at least 30 min a day – this has been me re-learning how to hula hooping
Step 5 – tackling the big project one bin at a time (got through one bin last week)
Step 6 – adjusting family’s eating habits one change at a time.
Step 7 – keeping up with the laundry.
Step 8 – getting normal chores done throughout the week to be able to have stress free fun filled weekends.
Step 9 – get to bed earlier….this will take some work. Changing this to having work boundaries
Step 10 – spending at least 4 hours a week on my creative endeavors (need to work on this)
Step 11 – have faith in myself that I know how to be healthy and am ready to get there and stay there
Step 12 – Blog weekly to review the steps...mini blogs with random thoughts as they come
Step 13 – Fight the stress monster daily at work.
Step 14 - Leave the negativity at the office door. Do NOT bring it home….
Step 15 - Keep on Learning
Step 16 – Live life in a healthy manner


Thank You to my fellow Sparkers. …….all the inspiration sometimes the smallest statement can affect, inspire to do more, encourage……Until next week….Keep on Sparking!

  
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STEADYANDSTRONG 9/16/2014 8:10PM

    I have now shared with my kids the importance of not kissing our dog. They do it all the time! Ack! And my oldest has recently gotten sick with cold-like symptoms. Anyway, THANK YOU for sharing - I needed to hear and pass on. Seriously.
I'm so sorry you had to deal with all that too.
Your vacation plans sound wonderful and yes, minor setbacks don't have to take us back to the beginning.
Your goals look great! Keep up the focus and motivation!
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GEORGE815 9/16/2014 6:50PM

    Reload. You can do it!

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UMBILICAL 9/16/2014 6:43PM

  Keep moving

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Time Flys........

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Week 9 & 10 - - - Wow Time flys! I missed last week’s blog. I generally blog from work and I was so busy. I try not to be on the computer at home as time with hubby is short during the week.

Last week was as short and hectic week. I lost almost 4lbs! I think I got my macro nutrients in the right range for me and have been making sure to hit at least 1200 calories. Last week Monday was a holiday so I treated it like a weekend day and only did my Hula Hoop for 10min. It was nice to get an extra rest in. The balance of the 4 days I did various Kettlebell interval routines. I pulled many exercises from the web and pick 4-6 to do each day mixed with the hula hoop. I have been working up a good sweat. Because I found some variety in exercises no 2 days have been the same. It’s been fun.

Removing the clutter has been slow but steady. My sister-in-law will be having a yard sale so I have been accumulating a pile to participate with her. Hopefully I will have double what I have now. I have about 10 bins full of stuff. I still need to tag it all.

Sunday my BFF and I went to PaintNite. It’s a new night out concept where you go to a restaurant or bar and they teach you how to paint a specific painting. We had a blast. This is us after we were done. (I'm the one on the right)

It was great to spend time with her as we have an awful hard time making plans. Life gets in the way too much. We have known each other since we were 13. Sometimes we forget how important it is to take the time to strengthen relationships. Bff and I always pick up right where we left off, but often we both commiserate that we wished we didn’t let so much time pass in-between our visits. We always try to plan an outing. This one didn’t hamper my previous week’s efforts as I planned ahead. I knew I would want a hard cider as I was at an Irish pub so I had that and a glass of water. Nothing else tempted.

This week I has seemed so long yet it is only Tuesday. Work hasn’t gotten any better, but we are all just dealing with it. Time will tell what will happen.

I’m still working on the getting into bead earlier. My internal time clock wakes me up just before the alarm so getting up is not an issue. I just want to make sure I get enough sleep so I am not so darn tired on the weekend. I’m Ok with being tired during the week

The changes are becoming easier. I am trying to learn as much as I can about what works best for me regarding dietary intakes and exercise. Listening to my body is not always easy when you are tired and stressed. Sometimes I get the wrong signals that when the trackers come in real handy. If I am low on calories then I know it really is hunger and not emotions or exhaustion. If I’m in a normal calories range and hunger pains strike, I start with water and a veggie or fruit and see if it passes. It is getting easier to listen. The main thing I have been learning is that what works for one person may or may not work for you. It doesn’t mean you did it wrong, it just means you need something different. That’s the cool thing about humans we are all different otherwise life would be really boring!

This weekend we have tickets to the LA Kings FanFest. Ok. I know I live in SoCal, but both hubby and I are HUGE hockey fans! This is going to be so cool to be able to get autographs and see the players up close and personal. I have been a Kings fan for over 20 years. Been cheering through all the losses and finally all the wins……We have no idea what it will be like so I’m bringing snacks and water….It is by the beach so we are hoping it will be cooler than where we live.

My Journey Steps - - - - Baby steps taking this journey one day at a time and living every minute. I have challenged myself to add a step everyweek….so here are my steps…….

My steps -
Step 1 - get out of bed 30 – 45 min early – Working towards 60-75 (still working on this)
Step 2 – make my lunch every night for the next workday and hubby’s!
Step 3 – straighten the kitchen and make sure all the dishes are done before bed and before I leave for work
Step 4 – exercise at least 30 min a day – this has been me re-learning how to hula hooping
Step 5 – tackling the big project one bin at a time (got through one bin last week)
Step 6 – adjusting family’s eating habits one change at a time.
Step 7 – keeping up with the laundry.
Step 8 – getting normal chores done throughout the week to be able to have stress free fun filled weekends.
Step 9 – get to bed earlier….this will take some work. Changing this to having work boundaries
Step 10 – spending at least 4 hours a week on my creative endeavors (need to work on this)
Step 11 – have faith in myself that I know how to be healthy and am ready to get there and stay there
Step 12 – Blog weekly to reveiw the steps...mini blogs with random thoughts as they come
Step 13 – Fight the stress monster daily at work.
Step 14 - Leave the negativity at the office door. Do NOT bring it home….
Step 15 - Keep on Learning


Thank You to my fellow Sparkers. …….all the inspiration sometimes the smallest statement can affect, inspire to do more, encourage……Until next week….Keep on Sparking!

  
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STEADYANDSTRONG 9/10/2014 2:26AM

    Great blog! You're painting is beautiful - so much better than my stick pictures.
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Congrats on the loss too!
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_RAMONA 9/9/2014 11:12PM

    You are just Miss Awesomesauce, and cute as a button, LOL! I love your painting!

I really like your idea of using the tracker as a back-up gauge for whether or not/what you should eat. That is brilliant..... and I'm SO jealous of that 4 pounds, LOL! Good for you! I'm still trying to find that sweet spot.

Keep up the good work, Beautiful! You are still my inspiration!

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TGIF

Friday, August 29, 2014

It's finally Friday! It's been a hellish work week that will be over within 4-6 hours. Hopefully sooner than later......but I won't hold my breath. I'd be blue and that's not a good shade for me emoticon

Today we celebrated our intern as she heads back to school, lunch was a challenge. I should have brought something, but I didn't. Pizza and salad was served. Too much work to run out, I would never get to go home. So salad it was. I had a piece of foccacia bread. I haven't been doing grains and my nose got stuffy right away. I have some nuts and cherries to get me through the rest of the day as there was no protein, and I am sure I will be hungry, well I'm actually already starting to get hungry. I need to bring some other protein filled snacks to keep at work.

I am very much looking forward to the long weekend. No big plans. visits with friends and we will go see my mom and dad or check in with the old people as I often say emoticon .

Monday hubby and I will putter around the house and get a few things done. He's very funny he has already said we need to plan what we will cook so we have lunches next week. I guess my cooking is better than what he was buying. We need to get him a bigger lunch box that will hold the containers and some ice packs. Chances are he did that today.

It's been a challenging stressful week. The stress came from work...I'm glad it didn't sabotage my exercise or my eating. As it normally would have. I am slowly learning to cope with it in other ways. afternoon walks let's me step away from it for 15min. Screaming at the top of my lungs in the car helps but not always. Morning exercise help me get a good start. whole foods actually have helped as well as I don't feel yucky along with the stress. Stress is such a problem for all of us. IT's easy to find other not so healthy coping mechanisms. I hope I can start regularly turning to the healthy ones. But I do know I am human and can't rely on the freshness of this time to help with next time. I am trying so hard to establish lifestyle changes so those old ways are just a blur.......

Happy Healthy Weekend EVERYBODY!!!

SPARK ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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_RAMONA 8/29/2014 6:28PM

    I'm sorry to hear the stress monster is biting at our heels, too! Let's just beat it to pulp together, shall we?

...and THANK YOU for your loving support and very kind words. Incidentally, I thought it was you getting me through the last few weeks!

I listened to this, this week, and I like it. Maybe it will help you, too!

Kelly McGonigal: How to Make Stress Your Friend

http://www.ted.com/talks/ke
lly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stres
s_your_friend


Have a wonderful weekend... I'm going to try and convince my Mr. that we NEED to go wild berry picking... nothing like getting lost in the woods and encountering bears to set your soul to rights (the people I've been encountering this week make bears look like pussy cats)! ;)

{{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}}
Ramona


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JCLJR4547 8/29/2014 5:32PM

  YOU HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND ALSO!

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Week 8 review.....

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I’ve made it to the middle of week eight since I reset the trackers and started this leg of the journey. I am learning so much about myself what works and what doesn’t. This really has become a lifestyle change. Hubby is on board for support. He loves his home made lunches. I’m learning to plan and prepare as much as possible on the weekends to keep the weekdays simplified. I have been getting up every weekday morning to exercise between 6 -6:30. The past week and half I have been doing intervals of hula hooping and kettlebells. I am enjoying it immensely. There are so many online resources for different exercises and routines. It keeps each day fresh. The weekends I do 10mn of hula hooping, and get any other activity from chores, running errands, playing with the dogs, and just having fun.

Our house is slowly getting cleaned out. The open spaces have remained clutter free. We actually have been having company over at a moment’s notice without freaking out that the place is a disaster. It feels great…..it finally feels like home. I’ve only lived there 1 ½ years but it felt like his house not my home. Now it feels like my home….our home…..

Taking a step or two each week has made the changes so easy, I hardly even noticed. A group of us at work play the lotto together every week. We all want out of the toxic environment and it would be nice to go together. Last night I stopped at 7-11 to get the tickets. I ran out of the office so fast so I would get there in time I forgot my water for the drive home. This week has been extremely stressful…..I am in the junk food haven of places. I was way under calorie totals, but not feeling particularly hungry. After I get the lotto tickets I am searching the aisles for something…I gave myself permission to have something anything for that matter….So this was my thoughts…I’ll get a Slurpee, I really liked Sluprees…no that doesn’t sound too good…how about a bag of chips and a soda….no that doesn’t sound good either…candy…no not feeling it….I left with 2 bottles of water and my lotto tickets. Not because I was trying to be good because I could have well afforded a snack of poor choice and still be in caloric range. Nothing sounded good enough to feel that poorly afterwards. I’ve always been one of those people who when you say something is “off limits” they crave it even if you didn’t really like it. So although my household is transitioning to a 90% paleo lifestyle, I don’t ever say I cannot have something. Sometime I simply remind myself of how I will feel afterwards and then make a choice if I feel it is worth it or not.

Life is about choices. Sometimes it is how we choose to handle the curve balls thrown at us. But those are still choices. We can say yes work (life, situation ect…) sucks how do I choose to deal with it…..Eat my way through it, hide under the covers and avoid it, sulk, or deal with it head on. Some things can’t be fixed, but we can always adjust our attitudes on how we let the situation affect us. Work has been extremely stressful. I have chose to deal with the problems head on, by not taking all the words personally, by exercising every morning before work to clear the head, taking afternoon walk breaks and eating healthy so I physically feel good and not crappy as I normally would by eating junk to make myself feel better. I can’t say if I will always deal with problems this way, but this time it is working and I am strong enough to stick to it. The steps I have been taking have gotten me this far. I hope I am strong enough to keep them up when future issues arise. I like what I see and what I envision.

My Journey Steps - - - - Baby steps taking this journey one day at a time and living every minute. I have challenged myself to add a step everyweek….so here are my steps…….

My steps -
Step 1 - get out of bed 30 – 45 min early – Working towards 60-75 (still working on this)
Step 2 – make my lunch every night for the next workday and hubby’s!
Step 3 – straighten the kitchen and make sure all the dishes are done before bed and before I leave for work
Step 4 – exercise at least 30 min a day – this has been me re-learning how to hula hooping
Step 5 – tackling the big project one bin at a time (got through one bin last week)
Step 6 – adjusting family’s eating habits one change at a time.
Step 7 – keeping up with the laundry.
Step 8 – getting normal chores done throughout the week to be able to have stress free fun filled weekends.
Step 9 – get to bed earlier….this will take some work. Changing this to having work boundaries
Step 10 – spending at least 4 hours a week on my creative endeavors (need to work on this)
Step 11 – have faith in myself that I know how to be healthy and am ready to get there and stay there
Step 12 – Blog weekly to reveiw the steps...mini blogs with random thoughts as they come
Step 13 – Fight the stress monster daily at work.
Step 14 - Leave the negativity at the office door. Do NOT bring it home….


Thank You to my fellow Sparkers. …….all the inspiration sometimes the smallest statement can affect, inspire to do more, encourage……Until next week….Keep on Sparking!

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_RAMONA 8/27/2014 7:37PM

    Jojo, you simply gladden my heart and inspire me to keep going! GREAT job in all areas.

THIS: "Life is about choices. Sometimes it is how we choose to handle the curve balls thrown at us. But those are still choices. We can say yes work (life, situation ect…) sucks how do I choose to deal with it…..Eat my way through it, hide under the covers and avoid it, sulk, or deal with it head on. Some things can’t be fixed, but we can always adjust our attitudes on how we let the situation affect us."
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STEADYANDSTRONG 8/27/2014 6:18PM

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That's a great feeling when a house becomes a home.
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Great job making good food choices too!
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