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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Okay, at the beginning of this year I set a goal to reach by December 31st..... and I'm really making progress!

I think many of us have that "litmus test" pair of jeans. You know what I'm talking about.... the ones that used to fit, but got too tight, then after awhile there was no way that pair of jeans was going to even slide up past your thighs but you can't bear to part with them.... oh yeah, that's what I'm talking about!

The last time I wore my "litmus test" jeans was more than a few years ago. They were the best pair of jeans I ever bought, and were expensive! So for the past few years as I have paired down my wardrobe and donated clothing that was too small for me.... but, I couldn't bring myself to donate those jeans.

I'd set a deadline.... I would talk to myself (yes, I really do). "Judy", I'd say in my most determined voice, "if you don't fit in these jeans by the end of December they are going to the donation box! I really mean it this time, this is your LAST CHANCE!" I thought that perhaps that would get me motivated to get myself in better shape and to a healthier weight. No, that kind of talk just didn't work.

What has been working is just the day in and day out staying the course. It's not rocket science. It is simply moving forward and making smart choices (most of the time) so that new habits we be formed. Why didn't I think of that before???? Well, better late than never! Nope, no reason to beat myself up over what I could have done in the past. It's today that counts! I (and anyone else) can make healthy choices today that will develop into healthy habits tomorrow.

Soooo, back to the pants. This morning when I got up I felt.... smaller. Mmmmmm, it was just last weekend I tried those pants on and they would not zip up.... was quite a struggle to button them and I didn't want to damage the zipper forcing them to zip. That was LAST WEEKEND! Crazy me, why try them on again? But I did..... and.... (drum roll please....) I ZIPPED THEM UP! I am doing the happy dance!!!

Now, they are still too tight to wear in public, but that will come soon! Sooner than the end of this year! It tickles me to my toes, and I think many here at SP can relate to that.

So my point is after all this rambling. Just keep making those healthy choices every day. Have patience, and things do move in the right direction. It may take awhile, but slow and steady wins the race. Keep sparking everyone!


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TRAVELGRRL 7/27/2014 8:01PM

    Ha! I have a dress like that; it's stretchy but I have to weigh 135 to wear it well. AND, I won't wear it now because it's short and I'm too old for it.

But I love your progress! Keep up the good work, girl. ZIPPP! Is right!!!

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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/27/2014 8:01AM

    This is great news! Good for you! What amazing progress! I know what you mean about not being able to give up those jeans. I have stuff from years and years ago, and, like you, every once in a while I go through the closet and get rid of a few things, but there are always things that I just can't let go of yet. My latest ploy was to make little tags with dates on them, hoping that would motivate me. Well, you know how it goes. That kind of thing doesn't usually work. So clearly your advice is the best--nothing dramatic or severely restrictive, just day-to-day work and not giving up. Thank you, Judy. This was a very useful blog! I hope you can wear those jeans in public very soon!

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Looking back....

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I opened up iPhoto today as I was looking for a particular photo. Never found the one I was looking for, but surprised when I saw a picture of myself from a few years ago. I have made some big changes, and so grateful I have had Spark People to aid me in this journey! Still takes quite a bit of thought and energy each day to keep these good habits going strong.... is it worth all this effort????

OH YES!!!!!!

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MICKEYH 7/23/2014 10:19PM

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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/23/2014 9:40PM

    Wow, your progress is inspiring!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/23/2014 5:51PM

    You are rocking your life! What could be more important than that? Keep up the good work, girl!

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LOVE_UTOPIA 7/23/2014 4:46PM

    BEAUTIFUL LADY! GREAT JOB! Weeeeeee!! emoticon

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MAGMATTIN 7/23/2014 4:12PM

  Looking Good!

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The Power of the Board

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I enjoy racking up spark points! I enjoy sending spark goodies to other sparksters. It's all fun, and it keeps the motivation going! I noticed (about one year ago) that 10 points could be earned by creating a vision collage. Mmmmmm, did I want to do that? Yep! But for more than the points, it sounded like a great idea to pull my thoughts together of just why I'm on this journey to better health and fitness.

I collected magazines from different places of business until I had a nice stack. I purchased a good sized white poster board and a few fun things to use. I wrote down all the reasons I wanted to live a healthy lifestyle and then went through those magazines for pictures that appealed to me.

I fully realize that my collage is NOT spectacular! I am NOT an artist! In spite of all that it came together in a way that resonated with me. I have it mounted in my laundry room and I look at it everyday. I have a photo of it on my computer screen as well. It was worth all the effort and then some, and I am so very glad I took the time to create it. It has been a powerful tool that has contributed to keeping me focused and on track. Just what this sparkster needs!


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MICKEYH 7/23/2014 10:18PM

    Awesome vision board! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 7/22/2014 2:38PM

    Love your board! Keep up the good work!

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FOCUSD 7/22/2014 12:46AM

  Very nice.

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2DAWN4 7/22/2014 12:39AM

    I love your collage. You have inspired me to make my own!

I too love collecting sparkpoints! It is just fun!

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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/22/2014 12:37AM

    What a good idea, to put together something that organizes your motivating thoughts and to post it where you can see it often. I am totally unfit as a visual artist, but I have a lot of store-bought visual aids that I see every time I open my closet--I'm talking about all those pants, jackets, shirts, and even coats that I can't button, many of which I bought and love but have NEVER been able to fit into. This time, I've really gotta do it, because I'm down to only about four shirts that fit! Thanks for this cheerful blog. It's great to get some positive energy!

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Organized kitchen!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I love having an organized kitchen!

I guess it really is organized!

My niece and her husband are visiting and she commented that it was the most organized kitchen she had ever seen!

Now if I can just get the rest of the house whipped into shape!!!


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WOMANWITHGRIT 7/19/2014 2:18PM

    I'm always on the approach to an organized kitchen!

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JPANNELL0 7/18/2014 10:33AM

    Thanks everyone! It helps to eat healthy when you don't have to hunt and search for what you need!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/18/2014 6:52AM

    Good for you! A place for everything and everything in its place, right??

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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/18/2014 1:25AM

    I'm jealous! My kitchen is usually not organized, but when it rarely is, I know how good it feels. It's great that you can maintain the order--it surely reflects your hard work, because kitchens are always being used and have a tendency to get messy really fast. Good job!

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NYARAMULA 7/18/2014 12:33AM

    Well done!

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MICKEYH 7/18/2014 12:12AM

    Love organized kitchen too. emoticon

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Day 99...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tomorrow is a big deal for me! As I checked into SP this morning I look for that streak number and today it's 99! It seems impossible, but it's true. I have checked in everyday, and tomorrow will mark my 100th day of checking in!

That simple, but vital action, has made a huge difference for me. When I started the streak, I had no idea the benefits would be so incredible.

I'm a believer in the statement that by small and simple things, great things can come to pass. Checking in consistently is a good example of that.

I have become so much more focused, and realistic since checking in everyday. I have not always made the best food choices, but when I have not, I have pulled in the reins much more quickly than ever before.... and that is a big step for this Sparkster!

Checking in has kept me positive, and that is critical for I think most everyone here to be successful in this journey to a healthier and fitter life. I make sure I give myself a pep talk each day, evaluate my successes and where I can make improvements, and also find an inspiring quote each day. In addition I read success stories keeps that positive flow going!

I apologize for repeating some of the same thoughts from previous blogs, but I feel this is worth repeating!

Big question.... what to do to celebrate my 100 day streak? I'm thinking it's time to download some fun workout music!!! :-)


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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/16/2014 6:53AM

    What a good example you are! You have used some very important words here to describe how we all should be--consistent, focused, realistic, positive--and how we'll feel if we follow your lead--incredible and successful! Thanks for sharing this, and congratulations!

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BLUEROSE73 7/15/2014 11:19PM

  That is awesome Judy. You can do this. Keep up the good work

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TRAVELGRRL 7/15/2014 11:19PM

    GREAT job, Judy!

Whenever I'm off Spark for a while the weight creeps up, plain and simple.

That's started already and I've made a commitment to be more active on Spark. I tell myself "I don't have time" when we're on vacation for months on end in the trailer, but the truth is that I almost ALWAYS have internet and could do it if I want.

So it may be repetitive, but not for me, and it was exactly what I needed to hear! Congrats on your 100 day anniversary!!!

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