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Thursday, December 04, 2014

It seems like I run out of time every day before I get everything done, I think I must really waste my time, probably being on the computer. LOL

Last night I was really tired & just went to bed after work, took a short note then got up & had some soup, then back to bed. Today I feel much better more energy & ready to "clean" & decorate the house. I'm tired of all the "junk" I have accumulated over the years, ready to clean it out & hopefully make some money in the process.

Today's goals:

* Drink 8 glasses of water

* Work on people's taxes - so I can get paid

* 10 Minutes or more if I feel like it of exercise

* Record everything I eat!

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CMFARRELL36 12/14/2014 5:49PM

    I run out of time every day - and I know it's because of my own time-wasting.

I usually come onto my iPad only in the evening, so I don't reckon to run out of time that way.
But I reckon, for energy, I need to try to do day about. My energy levels seem to work that way.

Have you tried FlyLady?
Soooo much help for clutter and gradually reclaiming your life.

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BUSYGRANNY5 12/4/2014 9:07PM

    Glad you're feeling more energized today!!!

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Monday, December 01, 2014

Ok, first I would like to say "THANK YOU" to everyone that stopped by & took the time to leave me a comment on my last blog. Some were really long, so I know it took you some time to comment & all had wonderful advice but the best advice I got was just knowing you took the time give me some encouragement.

I just got back from visiting my Mom & saw how much her health as deteriorated & realize that will be me if I don't make changes. I see her giving up & not wanting to even trying to get better. She gets very angry when we all try to talk to her, so I finally told her it was up to her, we can't do it for her, when she wants our help let us know. I will still send her daily positive messages but I won't bug her to come up to live by me so I can help her. She seems to be content just existing. She really helped me see what I'm doing to myself, hopefully.

Thanksgiving is over,Christmas in 24 days, so I have made a decision to start with small goals every day & most important of all write them down,put them on my computer & fridge so I will see them. Not just put them in Spark People where I only see them when I get on my blog but in writing every where I can see them, maybe I can get in a habit of little changes.

Today's goals - nothing really big:

Start by writing down my daily plan of things to get done!

Do at least 10 minutes of exercise!

Drink 8 glasses of water!

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CMFARRELL36 12/14/2014 4:59PM

    Kay, I'm sorry you've been going through such a bad patch.
But emoticon that you have now been able to get your mind round your "stuff", and that you have a plan for how you're going to proceed.
Small goals, baby steps - that's definitely the emoticon


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BUSYGRANNY5 12/1/2014 6:58PM

    A great plan...... keep on keeping on...

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COOP9002 12/1/2014 11:55AM

    Sounds like a great plan. You got this.

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SUNSHINE6442 12/1/2014 11:05AM

  emoticon A little bit at a time creates the big whole picture.

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LEXIE63 12/1/2014 10:43AM

    That is a truly awesome plan! :-) You might like to think about getting a packet of children's gold stars or something like that - smiley faces maybe, and stick them on your calendar every day to mark your progress. :-) It is just a fun little visual aid, and why should it just be the kiddies who get the gold star stickers? :-)
Sunshiny gold star for you. :-)

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Why can't I get it?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Once again it has been several days since I last posted a blog, for some reason I think if I don't write about it then I don't have to worry about it. Wrong, the weight just keeps going the wrong way no matter what I do & if I don't get it under control, I'm really not going to like what the doctors says next. She said very clearly, if I continue the way I am, next blood test is going to be dropping the word "PRE" off from diabetic.

I've tried the challenge teams, they haven't worked, tried meeting with a friend (they quit on me, so I quit), writing about it, talking about it but I guess in all reality I'm just "NOT" doing it!

Why can't I quit eating the wrong food? emoticon

So why is it not sinking in? emoticon

Why can't I get off of my "butt" & move it? emoticon

Why can I tell everyone else what to do but not do it my self? emoticon

I can't seem to find the answers to any of these questions!! emoticon

I really need to write down my goals along with the motivations sayings & put them all over my room, maybe if I see them everyday several times, it will kick in. I'm determined to find my way to get back to taking care of myself, I have to!

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LEXIE63 11/27/2014 9:24AM

    There is a wealth of help and advice there, once you get into the right mindset, but only you can do it, and no amount of encouragement, cajoling, badgering and nagging will make you do what you don't want to do. Something is blocking you, and it may be worth talking to your doctor about getting counselling to see if you can find out what is holding you back.
It is like quitting smoking. And I know of what I speak. People can throw guilt trips at you all day long, but it won't make you quit.
Have you tried taking the issues one at a time?
For instance, just work on weighing food for now, to get an accurate idea of your intake, and look at where you can make changes that you are comfortable with. Test out healthier alternatives to some of your favourites to see what you can swap out without feeling deprived. That kind of thing.
Make a determined effort to exercise for 10 mins a day. Just ten minutes of anything you don't actually have to do. So no counting the walk to the store, for instance, but walk around your block or something simple like that every day, just for ten minutes. Start your exercise streak like this and you will be amazed how far you get, because the bigger the number of days, the more reluctant you are to break the streak. I know. I am on day 390 now. :-)
I really hope you can find a way around this that works for you.
Lex xxx

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SUNSHINE6442 11/27/2014 8:01AM

  Yes, you have received some great advice. When I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic, my endocrinologist told me if I didn't change my lifestyle I would be a full-blown diabetic and be on insulin. I also had a friend who was diabetic and died of heart disease. It was my wake-up call.

I decided that day to change, I listened intently to my dietician, researched every food. She told me is I wanted to bring my numbers down, to stop eating any fruit for three months and to only eat berries. Raspberries, blueberries, black berries...etc as they have the least impact on blood sugar. To test often...2 hours after eating to see what foods would raise my blood sugar. I cant even eat 4 grapes as my blood sugar soars. I gave up banana's as the longer they sit around the more sugar they have. I rarely eat pasta, maybe 1 a month and when I do it's Dreamfield's pasta or QUINOA pasta and always with steamed greens beans or broccoli to blunt the sugar surge and only 2 ounces of pasta. I don't eat processed foods, I read labels, I changed all my recipes. I posted them on the team wall to help others...they are good, they are easy and tasty. I have portion control tips posted as well.

I LOST over 100 lbs. I never forced exercise...I only walked and got up and moved every 20 minutes. I have kept "all" my weight of since 2011...my A1C has also been a steady 5.6. So please check out the recipes they will help you.

If you still can't get motivated go to my spark page and read my post about heart disease and sugar. If that doesn't scare you straight, maybe nothing will and you'll be on insulin. I am not trying to be harsh....you just need someone to tell you to stop fooling around with your health....Check out the motivation tips on the team wall as well and a few of your own. It may help.

Well good luck and Happy Thanksgiving and if I can help you in anyway...just let me know.

You have to want to change

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FORZACHANDMATT 11/25/2014 2:14PM

    i can't say it any betters than the others have already said, but we are here for you and you can do this!!

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JENSTRESS 11/25/2014 12:44PM

    You have to be willing to change. I know that you know that. It is such a different experience when you just decide to do it. I went through a lot of "why do I keep eating this?" but it wasn't like anyone was forcing me. I had to make choices for me. I was fat and it was MY FAULT. The good news on that is that if it was my fault that I was fat, it was my success to be fit.

Here is what worked for me. I decided to cut out sugar (this wasn't arbitrary, I have a bad relationship with sugary sweets. I can eat WAY too many for MEALS.) So I decided that I would stop those. I had already started making exercise choices. When I decided to cut out the sugary treats, I amped up the workouts. Nothing was instant, by any means, and the first week was ROUGH. I was sore and wanted chocolate. But I told myself no. I kept going and going and going and after two weeks, I realized that I was more confident. I was happier. I was feeling fantastic. And I also realized that I hadn't really lost any weight. I looked the same. I felt better. The ONLY things I changed were eating right and exercising. Those things made me more confident and happier. I had the right attitude after that. I realized that keeping going was only going to feel BETTER. So I kept going. I dropped some weight. I still looked terrible in clothes, because I was overweight and not much fit. But I didn't care, I was going to keep going. I started choosing healthy and fitness related things more than not. I started WANTING to make those choices. Go for a walk, exercise, everything. I knew that they were making me feel better.

Then, I did something crazy. I started a very hard workout program with some friends. When I finished, I had lost another 20 pounds and 19 inches. That was a HUGE change for me. Normally you don't lose weight that fast (2 months) but I knew that the eating right and exercising was really working.

I'm still losing and getting closer to my goals. I'm able to "shop" in my closet again. I'm able to wear things I either have never worn or haven't for years.

I have more to go, of course. But no matter the cliche, the journey of a thousand miles (or a thousand pounds) will begin with a single step.

The best things for me? Food tracking. By tracking my food, I knew when I could use a little more calories for a "treat" dinner or other meal, like pizza or a burger or something. Sure, it wasn't always the same, but I could enjoy things like before, just with better side dishes or something!

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NHES220 11/25/2014 12:28PM

    Bottom line, you have to be ready to do it and something is holding you back. You will have to figure it out. Maybe you can fake it til you make it. But that does not seem to be working. Maybe the removal of the word "pre" will do it for you. Mine was some some lab work that was trending in the wrong direction and the doctor telling me it could lead to permanent damage. I was also just feeling sluggish and tired of being overweight and old before my time. That did it for me and I made the change and never looked back. That was almost 2 years ago and a little over 60 lbs ago. Don't rely on a workout buddy - if they quit it is a reason for you to quit. The challenges are a nice motivator but you have to be motivated to be part of them. You need to find your motivation within!

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UPSTAIRSMARJ 11/25/2014 12:17PM

    You can do this!! But I totally understand. Until you're really ready in your head, no amount of negative self-talk and self-battering will do a thing. I wish I knew how to make it the right time for you, for me, for all of us who struggle....

You can do this. You really, really can. Have faith!!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Life isn't getting any easier, it seems like I never have enough time to do the things I want to do by the time I do the things I have to do. Somehow I need to learn how to organize my time to do the best I can to fit in everything. I can even seem to fin d time to exercise, however, I know if it was high on my list I would find a way. Judging by the way my weight is going up, I have to figure this out. The eating is ok but the exercise is not as good as it should be. I think at this point in time, I have to find a way to increase what I was doing. I'm just not sure how to motivate myself, I'm just not sure how. I even took time to try to find some motivational quotes to see if they will help, I figure I have nothing to lose at this point except maybe weight!

“I don’t regret the things I've done, I regret the things I didn't do when I had the chance.”

“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown

“One of the most important keys to Success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don't feel like doing it.”

“No one is going to hand me success. I must go out & get it myself. That’s why I’m here. To dominate. To conquer. Both the world, and myself.” -

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SUNSHINE6442 11/21/2014 9:07AM

  In two years I lost over 100lbs...all I did was walk....no other exercise....

Look at the labels and check sodium and sugar content of the foods you are eating....you might be surprised.........skip all breads and pasta for a few days.... eat veggie soup....eat berries which have the least impact on blood sugar and veggies as they can also hydrate you.

Have 3 ounces of protein at every meal as it stimulates the body to release the fat burning hormone glucagon...I also found that moving every 20 minutes all day long helps.

If pounds aren't coming off salt may be sabotaging your effort to lose weight. Try to eat 1,000MG of salt or less per day and see the pounds start coming off once again. Cumin revs weight loss, so substitute cumin for salt

Look on the team wall.....under the general section I posted MOTIVATION for team discussion...lots of quotes there and I wish you would add your to the forum....I enjoyed them and I am sure others will as well. Thanks in advance.

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UPSTAIRSMARJ 11/20/2014 5:15PM

    Fantastic post -- the quotation that resonated most with me is :“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown

That's really tough when you feel like circumstances outside of your control are weighing you down.

Sure, exercise will help you lose weight -- but also remember that it lifts your spirits and gives you strength, too. You can do this!

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Life Changes

Friday, November 14, 2014

I hate it when I can't seem to find time to do the things I really want to do & I know they will benefit me! Why is it we can find time for everyone but ourselves? I have not even had time to get on Spark to do what I really want to do.

My mom has been very ill the last few weeks & was told she had Stage 4 COPD & A Fib with her heart. She is taking it very hard & keeps asking , "Why does God keep dumping on me?" I try to tell her she needs to have strengthen & believe that God doesn't give us more than we can handle but to her it's just a bunch of words. Then she told me the other day, she really wanted to learn how to pray. I told her there really isn't a right way, just open your mouth &start talking, try not to be selfish but ask him to give you the strength you need to get through this. We all try to give her advice but we keep forgetting she is the one in charge & she has to make some decision herself. So I finally figured it out, that all I can do is listen & be there for her.

Then I go to the doctor as a follow up from my little stay at the hospital. New doctor so I wanted a new opinion. She was very good, listened a lot & ask lots of question & then informed me that I had a wake up call & it was up to me to make changes to my life style. Like I didn't already know this! She said you are pre-diabetic & if you don't make changes with weight, diet & exercise you will be diabetic within the next year. Not news I wanted to hear but now she's right it's up to me to make changes.

So I'm going to give it a try to record everything again, exercise more & make the changes I need to make & this is the place to do it! I'm the only one that can make these changes & since I really hate needles, I will do this!

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UPSTAIRSMARJ 11/20/2014 3:13PM

    You can do this!

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PATSYB7 11/14/2014 6:59PM

    I'm thinking positive, healing thoughts and prayers for you and your mom. I was pre-diabetic but by Sparking, I'm holding diabetes at bay. You can do it!

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NHES220 11/14/2014 1:01PM

    Hoping for the best for you and your Mom!

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COOP9002 11/14/2014 12:50PM

    Praying for you and your mom.

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