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Saturday, February 26, 2011

The weekend is officially here. And, there are lots of things I'm thinking about today.

First of all...a BIG, emoticon back to my boyfriend (JetBlackServ), who had joined SparkPeople with me back in the Spring (2010). He's recently decided to rejoin us here and set up his account and page yesterday. Glad to see you back, honey!

Second, I think I may have overdone my fitness just a bit this week. Starting yesterday, my ankle has been bothering me. I fractured it when I was a kid and usually only feel pain like this after walking all day (shopping, amusement parks, etc). But, OUCH!!! I just wish it would freakin' stop. It could be just from the cold, but I doubt it as that isn't what usually sets it off.

Third, I wish I could find something...ANYTHING...that would make my stomach calm down. It just constantly makes noise from this stupid IBS thing they recently diagnosed me with. No matter what I eat (or don't eat), it just won't shut up.

Okay, now that those two things are off of my chest, on to something else. emoticon I was reading a blog today that got me thinking (love when that happens). It was about our self-images and I thought it was worthwhile to think about it a little more personally. I've always struggled with this (and I'm sure I'm not alone). I had blogged a while back that I wondered how achieving my goal would change how I see myself. And, I had typed in a different blog that, at my goal weight, sometimes I looked in the mirror and noticed my achievement while other times I didn't. That still happens, from time to time. And, I wondered if it might have something to do with if my clothes fit me properly or "baggy". But, I remember times where I had clothing from both categories and still saw a little "excess weight".

So, I have decided to follow the advice that this one blogger had given. That advice is to make a list of 10 things that you like about yourself. If you are one of the few (LOL) that are in the same situation as I am, maybe it will help you to do something similar.

Here's my list.

I like that I...

1. am thoughtful of other people.

2. am a caring and loving person.

3. work hard to be the best that I can be.

4. don't give up...no matter how hard/challenging things may get.

5. am a good listener and friend.

6. look for the positives in life.

7. make healthy lifestyle choices, but don't beat myself up if I don't.

8. look younger than I am (and I've actually been asked for a hall pass in the high schools...mistaken as a student LOL).

9. have a variety of interests, which makes me easily amused.

10. love myself, no matter what I do or look like.

Wow, I was surprised that I actually had to pause between some of those to think of more so I could actually have 10! Maybe it would be a good idea to practice this a little more often.

What do you think about related to self-image...or the exercise of making a list of things you like about yourself?


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MARTY728 3/8/2011 11:11AM

    I really liked this blog. Great attitude! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLORIDAGHOST 3/8/2011 10:54AM

    Super Great blog. Thanks for sharing it, and I am definately going to try and practice this for myself. I have to agree with 2BMYOWN in everything stated.

Papaya is very good for upset stomachs. It might work for you. I had a friend who gave me dried papaya evertime I came to her house. She was into the extreme end of healthy eating years ago. Since I went to her house on a regular basis, I noticed my stomach feeling much better. Something else she gave me to cure my upset stomach (not recommending this to you right now) was apple cider vinegar mixed with water, about 2 parts vinegar to 1 part water, heated in a tea cup. I thought she was nuts, but I tried it. It wasn't bad and when my stomach goes nuts, I will drink that occasionally and it works, for me, like magic. If you try it and don't like the taste, put a small amount of sugar, about 3-5 granuls in it and that should fix the taste. I don't think it would hurt you, but you have to decide if you even want to try it.

Hope your ankle feels better real quick. Life has enough pains without old injured parts hurting. Another fact is, the older we get, the injured places get arthritis first and then weather does effect it. So fractured ankle might be getting there already. I just love getting old! (Not!)

Have a grand one!

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JRSTERP 2/27/2011 10:17PM

    I'm glad you enjoyed my post. I definitely was surprised by the exercise & will have to do it again from time to time. I can understand how your daughter may feel as the kids used to tease me about my weight. Now I still struggle with my self-image as an adult.

Thanks for letting me know about the papaya enzyme. I'll have to check into that next time I head to the store. And, my ankle was a little better for most of the day. I'm glad, too, because I got to go out sledding with my three huskies. We did about 3 miles all total. And, they did an awesome job :)

Have a great week.

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2BMYOWN 2/27/2011 12:41PM

    You know.....I really like this, thank you for posting this. I think people need to do this more often, it's so easy to compliment and think nice things of other people, and so hard to do that with ourselves. And self-image is such a funny thing.....wouldn't it be neat to be able to look at yourself thru someone else's eyes, just for a minute? I think my daughter is beautiful, and she thinks she is ugly because she has a distinct cleft in her chin that the kids made fun of when she was little......ironic how something like that can affect your whole perception of your looks, even as an adult. The mind works in funny, funny ways. I'm glad your friend rejoined sparks, and I hope your ankle stops hurting soon. And have you ever tried papaya enzyme for your stomach? I don't know if it would work or not, you can just get it over the counter in the herbal/vitamin section, but might be worth a shot just to see. Have a nice weekend!

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Friday, February 25, 2011

This morning, I awoke to roughly 4-5 inches of snow out on my balcony. I looked out at the yard and all the evidence that the dogs had been outside, that cars had been parked and left for work, etc...not there. So, I pottied the dogs and noticed that it wasn't just snow. It was a heavier, wet icy type of snow.
I'm so glad that I have no place to go since it is also windy and the roads are as white as my yard.


So, I ate 2 healthy meals so far...with a healthy SparkRecipe in the plans for dinner tonight. Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken...yummm! Sounds delicious, but tonight will be the first time I've tried this recipe, so I'm excited!

Also, I did my exercises today. Even though my muscles are still sore from my strength training routine on Wednesday, I did my stretches and got to work! After that, it was 40 minutes of cardio! Now, I'm done with my fitness for today and feeling energized.

Another note on the weather...I started thinking about how much colder it is, deeper the snow is, windier it is, etc. I was thinking I'm so glad I didn't have to look for lost dogs today instead of yesterday. Yesterday, there was no precipitation or rain and I was comfortable outside with just a jacket on. Then, it dawned on me that it may not have taken as long today as it did yesterday. Since there were no tire tracks or foot prints in the freshly fallen snow, I may have been able to figure out which way they went and track them a lot faster and without as much anxiety. Hmm...the way the mind works!?!

So, anyway, today has been awesome...and it's Friday, for those who are looking forward to being off for the weekend. For me, it means our February Recess is almost over and time to get back to work. Either way, hope you all had a wonderful week. Enjoy your weekend and stay warm, healthy, and safe!


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FLORIDAGHOST 3/4/2011 7:35PM

    Ditto on Marty728's post. Be careful and enjoy it, if you can. I know you are probably sick of this weather by now and want something different, but I'm wishing warmer weather comes your way, too!

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MARTY728 2/25/2011 2:49PM

    Sending you some emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

You need it! Avoid cabin fever!


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Cardio...The Unwanted Way!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

This morning, my stepdaughter wanted to walk my female husky. I usually don't let her because she likes to run...if given the chance. But, I said she could take Maya for a walk. A few minutes later, I saw my stepdaughter with her phone in hand, but no dog. I ran all over for about 10 minutes in various directions calling for the dog and looking for her. Finally, I found her and she came to me and took her treat. Then I hooked her back up on her tie-out with the two boys in the back yard.

About an hour later, my one male husky? Gone!!! I hiked through trails and went up and down the road numerous times looking for him. After an hour, I knew he was nowhere close. So, I stayed home and watched for him while my fiance went out in the truck looking for him. After at least two hours of freedom for Dustyn, he was finally found.

I got my cardio in all right, but not in the most desirable way. Thankfully, all three huskies are home and relaxing now. So, I guess I can also do some of my own relaxing.


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FLORIDAGHOST 3/9/2011 12:37PM

    What we do for and go through with our Firkids! I grew up with labs and then a several years ago, I brought home a "stray" kittin someone had "dumped" near a "place of death". She was a great cat. She lived with our labs, usually snuggled up on the back of one, like a giant flea. But our labs loved that cat.

So glad you got the exercise, not glad you were worried. No one needs the stress!

My firkid is currently curled up on a piece of rug on the corner of my desk, purring loudly. She knows I'm thinking of her.

Have a grand one!

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PIXIEFLOWER1 2/24/2011 2:49PM

    Happy to hear the dogs are home and safe. My dogs have done the same to me. Luckily I have three sons that can run much faster than I can. I'm happy that could see "the bright side" of having gotten your cardio in.

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MARTY728 2/24/2011 2:38PM

    I was tempted not to select "I Liked This" because I know how it is to have a dog (as we say in my house) go for a walk on their own. So, I know the feelings of anxiety that one goes through in that situation.

It all worked out and you got your exercise so I thought it appropriate to select "I Liked This".

Ever since I was a kid, we have always had 2 Black or Yellow Labs or Lab mixes. Many years ago I was lucky that the woman I married is also a dog lover. She grew up with German Shepards, however when she saw how calm my parents Labs were, she went that my desire to have Labs. Our current 2 (Della and Hershey - both females) for over 10 years.

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Changing perspectives

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I read a blog today where someone was talking about their journey. Their suggestion/strategy is to "forget" about the weight they've already lost and reset their goals to start from today. That is an excellent strategy because it breaks down the big picture into smaller steps toward the same goal. I hadn't thought about that strategy before, but it is a great one that I would suggest to people if they are having difficulty staying focused on the big picture.

Also, I would say that instead of "forgetting" about the weight you have lost, there may be other things you could do with it. If you have broken down the big picture into smaller steps of weight loss, every time you pass from one step to the next, you could put a picture of yourself at the new weight on a visual motivator, a star next to that step on a chart, etc.

Also, another perspective to weight lost: After losing weight, it may help to carry an item of equal amount of weight to see what you have lost. For example, a regular size bag of cat food that I buy my kitties weighs about 3 pounds. Cat litter can weigh anywhere between 5-30 pounds. The bag of dog food I buy weighs 20 pounds. There are several other items that you may be able to use to get the same affect. But, every time I pick up one of these types of items and think, "whew, that's a little heavy after a while", I then realize that my body was having to carry that EVERY SINGLE DAY....ALL DAY LONG! Then, I realize that if I was wearing that 24/7 at one point, I obviously can handle carrying it from the shelf to the register and from the register to the car.

I will admit, though, that I have lost a total of 60 pounds from my heaviest ever weight. But, I do not ever lift that much weight as I know I am not capable of doing so without injuring myself somehow. LOL But, still putting it into perspective...that's equivalent to 3 bags of dog food that I buy for my pups...which would feed them for about a month and a half. Amazing!!!

Aside from that, I've been doing well on my eating this week. And, I've been productive in doing things around the house and getting things done that I've been putting off for a while...like re-arranging my stepdaughter's bedroom for her. I've done a bit more fitness than I have been recently, but still nowhere close to what I was doing to lose the weight. Now that I'm in maintenance mode, I have to keep reminding myself that fitness is still necessary and good for me. I do love it, but have been so busy with work and social things. Also, when I started feeling "not right" about a month ago, part of what I felt was really weak and fatigued. I just couldn't find the motivation to push myself to do much of anything. So, now that I'm off from work for the week and not feeling too bad, it's time to re-focus on not neglecting my fitness and health.

Here's to a great week, everyone! I'm off to get in some stretching and cardio today!




Feeling Awesome Today

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Today, I woke up and made a point to eat especially healthy all day. Sometimes I eat a late breakfast and then won't be hungry to eat lunch or it's almost lunchtime, so I skip breakfast and wait until lunch. So, I made a point to not skip meals. Choosing healthy options isn't usually the problem as much as eating when I'm supposed to.

I did some house work and made some Italian dressing so it would be ready to marinate tonight's fish. (By the way, both of these recipes are from right here on SP) I haven't tried either recipe before, so tonight will be the first time for that.


Speaking of that, I absolutely LOVE trying Spark People recipes. I've tried several already and many of them have been recorded in my own cookbook that I've started. They are so delicious that my fiance raves about them and tells a lot of his friends and family about them. Even my step-daughter loves many of them. Another thing I love about the recipes is that I never get bored of eating healthy...and the food is never boring. I feel like I get to eat a chef-created meal that was not expensive, at a restaurant, or loaded down with excess fat and calories. If you're new to the website or just never tried the recipes, my hands-down advice would be to give it a try.

Then, I got to talk to my cousins that live out-of-state. It was so great to chat with them and they have my two youngest siblings living with them. So, I had the opportunity to get caught up on how they're really doing instead of the standard "I'm good" type of responses. The thing is that both of them are overweight and both of them don't seem to see the long-term implications of how they're living. So, tonight, I will call them and give them the website for SparkTeens. Hopefully, they will not only write it down, but actually log in and explore the site. Maybe they will be able to get some information and meet some wonderful Spark Friends like I have. I can only provide the information, though. I cannot hold their hand and force them to type it into their computer, use the information to their own advantage, or fix their meals and plates for them. I'll spread the spark and see what happens, but in the end it is up to them to make the choice for a healthier lifestyle.

I love SparkPeople. There's no doubt about that. I know that before joining this community, I had some of the tools to achieve my goals. However, the tools that I've gained since are immeasurable. The ongoing support and resources I now have are truly amazing, inspiring, and priceless. And, without SparkPeople, I probably would not have had the motivation to continue when I saw the scale going up or not moving at all. Even now that I've achieved my weight loss goal, I continue to track everything, use the resources, meet wonderful new friends, and enjoy such a supportive and encouraging community. Thank you SparkPeople and all my wonderful Spark Friends.



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KIMBERLEY225 2/22/2011 6:07PM

    That's awesome that you are still here! I think I will be around forever too. I have a ways yet to meet my goals but this site is priceless!

Loved your blog.

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