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Oh, Dear Monday, How I Love Thee

Monday, May 20, 2013

Mondays get a bad rap. It's so tough to drag out of bed and start ANOTHER week each Monday. Why can't the weekend last just a little bit longer?

But Monday is also a chance to start anew, shake off all the indulgence of the weekend, and get back on track. Monday is an empty canvas waiting to be filled with our accomplishments. Today, I painted a portrait of the 'me I'd like to be'. I drank my water, stayed within my calorie range, met my step goal, got in a sweaty afternoon run, and will hopefully make it to bed in time to eek out (nearly) seven hours - okay, so I'm still working on that one.

Oh, dear Monday, you were good to me today! I hope everyone had the chance to make your Mondays fabulous, too!

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CAKAROO 5/21/2013 7:33AM


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    I am so happy to see someone else who loves Mondays!

Happy Monday to You!

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Can I Count Peeling Crawfish As Cardio?

Sunday, May 19, 2013

If so, then I've gotten quite the workout this weekend!

Other random thoughts:

How many calories does shooting pool burn?

What is the purpose of iceberg lettuce?

Is there a foodborne illness that I could get that wouldn't kill me but would jump start my weight loss?

When will I find my motivation again?

I refuse to call this a plateau. I think a plateau would imply that I'm still working toward my goals but not accomplishing them. Right now I'm just existing. I'm not up (thankfully) or down (unfortunately), but it could go either way from here.

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DOCKO56 5/23/2013 2:24PM

    You are funny! It's good to have humor and friend to get you to the next level. BTW, don't wish for those food borne illnesses!!!! They can kill you, literally! emoticon

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IMAGINE46 5/21/2013 2:50PM


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ELMA1913 5/21/2013 11:20AM

    Yep - I think it should. As for iceberg lettuce.....the only thing it is good for in my opinion is for a filler in salads. There is no nutritional value to it - go for the better, healthier, darker lettuce. :)

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SHANALFOSS 5/20/2013 10:37PM


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CHECAKEESE25 5/20/2013 11:20AM

  I agree - anything that works up a sweat should count!

As for the plateau and the motivation - that one is hard, and as I have always told myself - if I have lost something, go back to where you last left it....

in this case - go back to remembering what or why you got motivated to lose weight in the first place - even if it means looking back at pictures that make you cringe!

For the plateau - I think once you find your motivation - your plateau will change!

Goodluck! :)

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CAKAROO 5/20/2013 7:32AM


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CYND59 5/19/2013 3:33PM

    I say if it works up a sweat...count it. LOL! emoticon

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Halfway Between Victory and Defeat

Thursday, May 16, 2013


When you get started you never expect to get there. If you make it to the end, you probably don't even remember it.

But when you are there, halfway through the journey, it can be difficult not to linger. At least, I'm finding it difficult not to linger. The road to this point hasn't been easy, but I've survived! I even feel like my current weight is an accomplishment. People notice. I can find clothes that fit. I can fit into the seats at concerts. I can go for a run, or a hike, or any other spontaneous activity, without the fear that I'll be the one lagging behind. I look back at my life and know that lots of happy times in my past were at this weight. Honestly, it's 'easy' to maintain here.

But I told myself in the beginning that I wouldn't settle for easy.

On August 18, 2012, I started this journey with this sentence in my journal:

I'm ready. To make a change... To make several changes... To be different... Better.

Even at halfway, I feel like I have accomplished this. But am I too far removed from my former unpleasantness to remind myself why I journey onward? I notice that I'm letting little things slide. I'm not completely honest on my food tracking. I don't accomplish every workout that I put on my calendar. I don't meticulously plan and journal like I did in the beginning. I let myself be swayed by outside influences instead of doing what I know in me to be the right thing.

I've made it this far. I know that I am strong enough to keep going.

Online definition of 'strong': possessing skills or qualities that create
a likelihood of success

I know I am strong enough, but am I motivated enough? determined enough? committed enough? persistent enough? Those are my goals for this week: be motivated, be determined, be committed, be persistent.

Any thoughts on breaking through the halfway point?

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CAKAROO 5/17/2013 7:46AM


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FUZZIEBEAR3 5/16/2013 12:59PM

    I was at that point. My approach was a recommit. Remind yourself of what you want, why you want it, and what it takes to get there. Write a blog about it. Put it out there that you are recommitting to your goals.

Then look at it like day 1 again. Go and do all the things you did right on day 1. Drink your water, track your food, plan your meals, make sure you are exercising. Speaking of that, try changing your exercises up a bit.

I know you will get motivated again. I think this Spark Solution may be just what you need right now to kickstart that recommit.

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BRIW1234 5/16/2013 12:21PM

    Well, I can say, I sure hope to be writing a similar blog and making it to my halfway mark. You inspire me to continue and hold myself accountable for making sure I am doing the actions and not slacking. I have a long way to go, both physically and mentally. Hopefully, continuing to set small goals will be what keep me going even at the half way mark. I don't have suggestions from experience. I only know it is working for me now. Thank you for your honesty and beautiful words.


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I Read The Spark.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

I feel everyone is on their own journey. I know for me personally, I have struggled my whole life with my weight. I believe that losing and maintaining a healthy weight are LIFESTYLE choices, not a 'diet' you can follow. I can look back at my life and see that there were times when I CHOSE healthy and times when I CHOSE the opposite.

After four months on SP, I decided to read The Spark. I still feel my motivation is high, and I haven't reached a plateau; but I attribute that to not waiting for those things to happen to seek out new sources of inspiration. I don't think The Spark would have affected me as much had I read it earlier in my journey.

I chose to read it in February because it is a 28-day program and fit that month quite nicely. I printed out the trackers and carried them and my journal everywhere with me this month. I participated in the action steps it recommends. I found week four to be a little abstract to me at this point in my journey (focus on maintenance and goal setting beyond weight loss), but I've bookmarked several items to revisit and feel extra sparked to get to that point in my journey.

I think there are two words I would use to describe my journey:
1. Different
2. Awareness

I strive to be different - I know that up until this point I have not lived the life I want to live, but this time it's different. I strive to be aware - of the choices I make with food, activity, how I spend my time, where I focus my energy, with everything.

The Spark and Sparkpeople.com have really shown me how to accomplish my goals. The resources are endless and endlessly valuable. There are resources for every stage, every struggle, every victory along the way - and I feel like I've only begun to use a small portion of them.

I encourage anyone out there who is wondering where to start, where to find the motivation, or even where to direct themselves now that they've accomplished their goals to read The Spark. It's another great tool to help you along the way!

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CYND59 2/28/2013 8:37AM

    It is a wonderful inspiring book. So many peoples lives have been changed because of Sparkpeople. It is amazing!

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MIDROAD 2/28/2013 8:35AM

    It's so great when you know in your heart you are your right path. There are so many roads to get to the same place and when you find the right one for you, life transforms!

I haven't read the spark yet, but you have inspired me to pick it up.

Btw I joined a maintenance team because I really want "learn" how to stay at a healthy weight once I get there. In the past, hitting the magic number, signaled the end of the road, but the truth is, it's a life long journey that will take care and perseverance !
I want to transition seamlessly.



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Vision Collage - The Spark - week 1

Monday, February 04, 2013

Somewhere on your list of priorities should be you.

I love the water. I want to live a healthy, active life and enjoy hobbies like sailing and swimming with manatees.

I love my vision collage because it reminds me that everything is in my reach.

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MIDROAD 2/5/2013 10:49AM

    Great idea! Do you have a woohoo jar?

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