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Living in the Now

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

For most of my life, I have been looking forward to certain things. I can't remember every single one, but I do remember a few big events. I wanted to be in the 6th grade to be the highest grade in the school. Done. I wanted to be in the 9th grade play volleyball, and start my high school GPA. Completed! When I was in high school, I always looked forward to dances, sleepovers, club meetings, and fun outings with my friends. At the same time, I wanted to be in college & away from my parents. Once I started college, I was two hours away from home. It wasn't what I expected, and I longed to come home every weekend! My full time jobs over the years always left me wanting the end of the work day to come so I would be free!

Besides things I was looking forward to, there were always things I was dreading. I didn't want to have surgery, take my SATs, go on interviews, and break up with my boyfriend. All of those things happened. Unexpected things happened too which causes plans to change. This happened before & it will happen again! I can't keep getting super upset about those things I can't control!

It seems like I spent a lot of time looking to the future. I don't think this is terrible, but I wish I didn't forget about the present. Whether I was happy or anxious about what was to come, it seems like I pushed the current moment away. Since I started Spark, I realize I need to keep looking at NOW. The past is important - I don't want to gain weight back. The future still intrigues and excites me! However, I keep looking at NOW. When I look at the clock sometimes, I think "damn, it is only 10am and lunch isn't until 1:30". But guess what? At least I am at a job I love! There are so many things I used to let slip by. I missed out on so many moments because I didn't focus on now. I put off exercise and eating right because I said I would start tomorrow.

Why not start now!? Why can't I be satisfied with the now? There are many goals I still want to accomplish, but I won't get there by waiting and waiting. I don't know what pushed me to change, but I am glad I did. I know I am nervous about the first run/walk 5K I am doing on Sunday, but I won't let it worry me too much now. I am thrilled about upcoming fall festivals, Halloween, and the Renn Faire next month, but I can't forget about what is going on now. I feel like I missed so much during the years I was overweight. I used to be so bored, disgruntled, and complained a lot. I don't think I have been bored since I started Spark. Even my relaxation time thrills me! I do complain now, but not as much. There is so much to live for!

Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the day. Even if you are upset about something going on tomorrow, hopefully you can sit and take a few moments to relax and think about the good things in life! Breathe!

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SIRENSONGS 9/26/2012 1:04PM

    What a wonderful blog! It is indeed super important to live in the now!

Good luck with your race Sunday! :)

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RACEWELLWON 9/26/2012 12:55PM

    Your are correct -some things we can plan other things we have no control over (surgeries, health issues) We can prevent further health issue by staying in the now , by limiting stress. What the outcome is of the challenges we face - we need to realize that its done in our own pace and learn along the way. You will be awesome in that race - your attitude is positive and you are working hard to obtain your goals. Hugs LR - Wish you were at the Patch with me !!

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BOOKWORM27S 9/26/2012 10:44AM

    I'm a control freak, so I'm always planning for the future. I've never learned how to live in the moment. I can totally relate....

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ALICIALYNNE 9/26/2012 8:07AM

    GREAT blog!
You'll do fabulous at the race. Enjoy it!

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2HAMSDIET 9/26/2012 6:14AM

    The present.... that is why it is called a gift. Don't worry enjoy the race on Sunday be in the moment

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ADELE66 9/26/2012 4:04AM

    I completely identify! And it seems to be a recurring theme for me at the moment... living in the present. Something tells me that this is a very key lesson for me to learn if I am going to be successful in living a healthier life.


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TSOWELLS07 9/25/2012 11:16PM

    Great insight. Good luck on Sunday.

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ATTACKFATCAT 9/25/2012 10:25PM

    I used to be the same way. I kept thinking about the future and had the mentality of "when I __________, then I will be happy" or "when life calms down, then I will be able to eat better and lose weight". Often times I did it because I was so miserable with my day to day life and I didn't know how to change that mindset. Then I would set up this future milestone and build it up so much that when I reached it, I was disappointed in how I felt and that I wasn't happy. And then a new cycle would begin.

It's a hard battle that still rages on for me. I fight this kind of battle a few times a year though instead of every single day like I used to. I try to find things to do now that I look forward to and set small daily goals. Enjoying each and every day is still a struggle, but it is getting better. And you are absolutely right that we need to do that. Otherwise we'll be in our 80s and thinking, "where did my life go?" Time will fly regardless, but I'd like to be able to look back and see all the things I did accomplish and enjoy instead of just looking for the next big life milestone.

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SABLENESS 9/25/2012 8:38PM

    emoticon blog! Yes!

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CWHEATLEY12 9/25/2012 6:24PM

    Best of luck on Sunday!!

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JHUSTO01 9/25/2012 6:00PM

    Good Luck!! :)

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LIVINGFREE19 9/25/2012 5:48PM

    You are doing wonderful!
You will also do awesome on the 5K on Sunday!

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I am more hungry now that I know I should eat less!?

Monday, September 24, 2012

I have been doing the Pre-challenge assignments for this 5% Fall Challenge. I love them! One of the assignments was to update your weight loss goal and find out how many calories you should be eating in a day. Now Spark tells me I should be eating between 1320 and 1670. Before I changed the numbers and dates, it told me I should have between 1580 and 1850! I really don't think I can eat 1320 calories a day without feeling starved! Maybe in time I will get used to it, but some days I would get to the high end of my range so I am a bit worried!

I have known for a few days that my calorie range is now a lot lower. All day yesterday and this morning I have been HUNGRY. Usually I never get this hungry. I went to the food store yesterday to make sure I have healthy food in the house. I really don't want to run out of healthy snacks and get stuck. Most of the time when I am hungry now and I don't see anything "healthy", I just don't eat. I don't want to be that way! I don't like being hungry! The feeling of hunger isn't too great, but also just knowing my body isn't satisfied makes me a bit upset.

I have been at work since 8:30. I had my yogurt at 9 and felt ok afterwards. Around 10, I started getting hungry. I started thinking about the food I need to cut out to get my calorie intake lower. I kept drinking water, but I still feel hungry! I normally have a snack between 11 and 12, but now I wonder if I should cut it out. I don't want to be miserable during this challenge! I have been trying to think of different snacks I could have to lower calories. I brought carrots, but I don't want to have tea and carrots. I could cut out the tea too.

I think my mind is going crazy a bit with this challenge. I know it will be good for me, but it is hard to change my routine again. I changed it months ago, and I have been really good with it since then. If I want to get close to losing 9 pounds by the end of this challenge, I will have to somehow accept this new routine!

I went to the Doctors on Friday to get my thumb checked out. I have two braces for it now, and I have to get 3 more tests done for it. Damn $ $ $. Hopefully they get to the bottom of my problem soon.

I went on the 5K walk on Saturday and then walked around the township days after. It was a gorgeous day, and I am glad I went to both! I know I am definitely not prepared for the 5K race on Sunday. I want to do training 2 more times before then. I still don't have running shoes either. I have been looking really hard for them too! BUT I am going to do it anyways. I am excited and nervous about it! Hopefully the weather is nice!

I hope everyone has a wonderful week. I can't wait for the Challenge to start although I have already been working on it!

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JORDANLHALL 9/25/2012 12:07PM

    Some of the hardest things is tweaking a diet to get it just right.

Going from eating around 3000 calories a day to just 1200 in the beginning scared me silly, because I knew I was going to feel starved and I was afraid I wasn't going to be able to endure it and I'd just fall off the wagon and stay off. The great news is your body will adjust to it! I promise! What really helped me was large portions of low calorie food, such as 2-4 cups of steamed broccoli sprinkled with some pepper and low fat cheese. Or spinach and feta - that one got me through so many hunger cravings!

The great news is that it sounds like you are committed and dedicated, and that you can endure this adjustment and achieve success! I have faith in you!

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KAI_ZEN 9/25/2012 11:58AM

    You can do this! It's all part of the process and finding what works for you. As your calorie range drops, find those high-value food that satisfy you despite their low calories. Hang in there!!

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BOOKWORM27S 9/25/2012 11:42AM

    I know how you feel.... the lower your body weight, the less calories it requires to lose or maintain. This is why I gain weight if I eat over 1,150 calories a day!

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LIVINGFREE19 9/25/2012 8:56AM

    Almonds are great at keeping hunger at bay!
That is what I usually eat when I need to slow down!

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  Please hang in there and you will get used to your new calorie range, and keep pushing on the training, I am super excited for you. emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 9/24/2012 9:09PM

    My husband finds that low calorie soups really help to fill him up. Just don't give up and space your food out so you don't get so hungry.

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RACEWELLWON 9/24/2012 5:58PM

    When you have yogurt do you add almonds? Thin sliced almonds , quarter of a table spoon. Herbal tea , with lemon. Have you tired Megs Oatmeal Berry Bars , satisfying for a snack, easy to make. My doctor put me on 1200 to 1350 calories a day! This was in April and I have lost almost 42 pounds but , at first I was hungry. Would get headaches at night , it was terrible. So now I spread out eating throughout the day. I have air popped popcorn at night before I retire. The thing you need to be careful about is you are running - so stay close to the high end of the range when you are real active. When I workout allot I tend to eat in the high range of my calories. When I rest I tend to eat the low end. Everyone gets nervous at changes , just stick it out for a while - you are doing great - Hugs LIL Racer

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PEPPYPATTI 9/24/2012 5:02PM

    Eventually your body will tell you what it wants. My problem is not eating enough calories so I am trying to find ways to add more in. Good luck on your 5K!
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MCJULIEO 9/24/2012 4:54PM

    They say that protein as a snack helps keep you not feeling hungry, so nuts or greek yogurt or peanut butter can help with that, ... apples give you a feeling of fullness with low calories... when it's cold outside, I love an apple baked in the microwave topped with yogurt... Win-Win!

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ATTACKFATCAT 9/24/2012 1:51PM

    You will definitely feel the difference the first few days. Keep pushing through it and it will gradually level out to where you aren't so hungry all of the time. If need be, stick to the higher end for a week or two, then gradually go down so you are hitting some low and mid-range days as well. Changing routine is always a good way to keep your body guessing and to keep you away from a plateau. My exercise level has went way down the last few weeks and the change in my calorie count is rather depressing as a result ;) emoticon

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 9/24/2012 12:41PM

    A suggestion would be to eat at the higher calorie range on the days you workout and the lower calorie range on rest days. Look over your eating. Rather then just a yogurt for breakfast try some greek yogurt with your favorite fruit for carbs and some nuts like almonds for some added fat and protein. This should help you stay fuller longer. Eat your snacks it helps in between meals. Drink lots of water and wait 20 minutes to see if you are really hungry or just used to eating. Eat a soup or salad with lunch and dinner first before you have the rest of that meal. These are just some tips that help with not overeating. These are also things that you will be learning during the 8 week challenge. Hope this helps.

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SIRENSONGS 9/24/2012 12:11PM

    Try not to cut out all your snacks! Snacks spaced regularly during the day will keep your blood sugar levels more steady, which will in turn make you feel less hungry. You can do this! It might take a little while, but your body will eventually get used to the lower calorie ranges. Just cut things gradually, and your body will adjust. Your weekend walks sound lovely! It's the perfect time of year for them. :)

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CINDYSDAY 9/24/2012 11:59AM

    keep working on it you will figure out what will work for you!

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Yes, I do want to be skinnier, but overall I just want to be a better ME

Thursday, September 20, 2012

It goes beyond losing weight for me. I don't just want to lose pounds. I lost 77 so far. That is a lot - I feel skinnier, and I have a lot more energy! But, I still feel sorry for myself for letting myself go in the first place. I don't want to settle and then slide back to 250 pounds. I question my state of mind when that happened! After 13 months Sparking, I feel more satisfied after one hour of Zumba than seeing a .4 change on the scale. I really think losing weight is actually at the bottom of my Want list. I do want to reach my goal weight, but that isn't the main reason why I am here. I know I will reach my goal weight, and I need Spark's help. That is why I am still here.

Every day on Spark, I learn more about myself, my new lifestyle, and what I need to do to keep going. Everyone has their own way of life. Some of us cross our 7 and Z when we write and others think that is crazy. Some of us can run for 5 miles straight and others can bench press 100 pounds. Some people can eat a whole pizza and will weigh 140 pounds for the rest of their life. What one person does or doesn't do, shouldn't affect me and my goals too much! One of my friends who weighs under 130 pounds has high cholesterol and gets out of breath very easily. Skinny doesn't mean healthy!

Since I started on Spark I have been and want to continue:
-stay motivated to eat right and exercise
-have a healthier body
-have more confidence
-enjoy life
-try to be less stressed,
-keep an open mind & don't get discouraged if I don't complete mini-goals
- complete 5K races and do better in time
-reach my goal weight & be at 95 pounds lost.

I really like this Fall 5% challenge. Even though it didn't even start yet, I love what we have done so far. It is nice to be reminded of why we are all here.

I want to lose weight because it is what I should be doing. I shouldn't be miserable and obese when I can change it! Life has had a lot of ups and downs for me. Not just in weight, but in other aspects of my life too! When I was overweight, I was so hard on myself. I would see myself in the mirror and frown. There were days I would complain, but I wouldn't do anything about it. Even if I did fun things, I mentally missed out on having fun at a lot of them because I felt terrible about myself. I wondered why anyone would want to be friends with me because I was chubby. Over time, I realized I do have the potential to be a happy, healthy, better me!

Yes, a smaller pant size is nice! Squeezing behind someone's chair without them moving in is also nice. But I am happier jumping around during Zumba when it comes to my goal. I feel more satisfied with the sun on my face when I am walking around the park. I need all of those steps to be able to lose weight! I can't be skinnier unless I keep going & don't give up on myself!

I have been much happier lately. It isn't just the weight loss that makes me happier. It is all of the time it took to get where I am now!

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CSHOWALTER2 9/23/2012 10:17PM

    Way to go! What an encouraging post. I'm just starting out and I feel like I focus on the numbers on the scale WAY too much. My challenge to myself is to not get on the scale more than once a week. I want to focus on the being healthy rather than the numbers. Still hard some days. I very much can relate to what you wrote about, "how did I get here?" I feel like I missed something somewhere. When I first got overweight that should have been my first step to do something.

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MUSIC2HISEARS 9/23/2012 10:20AM

    Great blog! And great motivation! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PERSISTANT123 9/22/2012 9:31PM

    You really do show us what it means to make a lifestyle change. Many of us came to find out about the Spark "diet" and are surprised to learn its about a lifestyle change. You have shown us the way it can be done!

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JERSEYGIRL24 9/21/2012 11:09PM

    Thank you so much for friending me. I love reading your blogs (and pretty nice background on your page, too!!! I love fall). Yes, it usually is about much more than weight loss. We talk about NSVs (non-scale victories) a lot. Seems like you have a lot of those. Speaking for myself, I think I started to have my most success when I started doing this more for my health than for my looks (not that I don't care about how I look, but I think you get the idea).

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TSOWELLS07 9/21/2012 6:13PM

    You are awesome. emoticon

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SH9719 9/21/2012 12:45PM

    I think the scale provides and easy way to communicate our success on this journey. I agree with you 100% that the other satisfactions of getting "skinny" far out weigh the numbers. The activities you can take on without fear of exhaustion or injury are huge. I used to dread just bending down to pet my dogs. I would have to grunt and feel some pain just to get back up. Sometimes I still expect it. Good post. Keep it up. I like the 5% challenge. I figure it will get me half way to my current goal.

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HLTHYRNRMOM 9/21/2012 11:59AM

    I loved this blog! wooooooooooooohooooooooo on healthy, happiness & 77lbs. adding you as a friend.

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CYNDI1956 9/21/2012 11:30AM

    thank you i needed that emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 9/21/2012 11:03AM

    You know you are 100 % correct - that skinny does not mean healthy - for instance my Mom as you know was in the hospital recently , she is a 100 pounds sopping wet , she has always been thin- she also east right but , heart problem and others issues. Every one is different. Tracking nutrients is very beneficial and having the understanding of how they all work together. You are very close to your goal and have worked very hard as we all know how hard its is. And I think recognizing how we got to the high weight to begin with is important , some people might eat out of stress , or not be aware of our portions. I feel that our fear of regaining is true for all of us but perhaps healthy fear in a way so we are conscious of what we do. Keep going - you inspire me- you will do well in the 5% percent - I can feel it in your confidence- turning the flag over to you emoticon Hugs LIL Racer emoticon

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JEWELMOTI 9/21/2012 10:50AM

    I am going to nominate you as a motivator, because you are an inspiration to all of us! emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 9/21/2012 10:43AM

    emoticon You are an inspiration to all of us in the 5% challenge! emoticon

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POMATOJUICE 9/21/2012 9:09AM

    I am TOTALLY one of those people that crosses her 7's and z's. My handwriting is so bad that if I don't, someone might confuse them all for 2's. :X lol

Anyway, thank you for sharking your vision and motivation!It's a really positive outlook, and I think we all are on some stage of our journey to happiness. You're a bit farther than me right now, but every day I'm getting closer to that mental space you are in now :) I remember vacations where I was bummed out about my weight, and *I* was the one keeping myself from having fun! No more of that!

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DROPPING-60 9/21/2012 7:06AM

    Very inspirational! Best wishes for your continued success! emoticon

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KALISWALKER 9/21/2012 12:01AM

    I am cheering you on!

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CHIPLEY_FL 9/20/2012 10:22PM

    Great blog. Very inspiring. I need to get back to that place where I push myself physically. After the I move (next week-end).

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KAPELAKIN 9/20/2012 9:45PM

    Great blog! Your outlook and attitude are fantastic, and I know you're going to reach all of your goals and then some!
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CHRIS3874 9/20/2012 8:58PM

    I know I do not always lose weight however its gratifying when things are looser.

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NAN111 9/20/2012 6:28PM

    You're so inspiring! Thanks for sharing your journey & making remember the big picture. Way to go on all you've accomplished! emoticon

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LJR4HEALTH 9/20/2012 6:28PM

    emoticon Post so true skinny doesn't always equal healthy

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LIVINGFREE19 9/20/2012 5:16PM

    I also feel that feeling better is top priority than losing weight.
I think if I lose the 70 pounds I need to, it will help both with the weight and feeling healthy!

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RUFFIT 9/20/2012 4:46PM

    emoticon Awesome blog!! You are an inspiration!!! Congrats on your weight loss achievement!! Hugs, Moni emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHICCHANTAL 9/20/2012 4:42PM

    we owe it to ourselves to be the best we can be!

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SABLENESS 9/20/2012 1:48PM

    Super blog! I'm enjoying the 5% challenge too. The daily assignments are really good. emoticon

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WAVAIRENE 9/20/2012 1:05PM

    emoticon It seems like you have a great mindset and focus. Keep moving. :)

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CWHEATLEY12 9/20/2012 12:01PM

    Your blog is so inspirational. You are so right - the number you weight really shouldn't be your number one focus. It is so much more than that. Thank you for sharing and bringing this back into perspective for me!

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I just realized.. only 18 more pounds until I reach healthy weight

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Those who know I am losing weight, ask me in person a lot how much I have lost. They usually don't ask what my GOAL is. I have had pounds lost as my focus for a while now. I keep saying "I lost 77 so far, and I want to lose 1 more pound by the end of the month". I looked at my ticker now, and I should be saying WOW, I have 18 pounds to lose until I get to 155! For my height, 155 is at the high end of the healthy range. I haven't weighed 155 since 2005.

When I first started Spark, I was outside walking everyday and thought I would every day! Unfortunately, that stopped after two weeks because other parts of my life were "more important". I still ate foods like cheese fries, mozz sticks, cheeseburgers, and chicken fingers. I had to completely change my eating habits to fit in more veggies & fruits. I tracked all of that "bad" food, and I had a hard time saying No to foods like that. I changed my eating habits, and now it is easier for me to say no to most foods. (except french fries but hopefully I will fix that soon!)

Over the 13 months of Spark, I have tried to track almost every day. I realized I don't have the motivation right now to workout everyday. Instead of seeing exercise as a chore, I decided to schedule it. That's right, I schedule my exercise in my daily planner. Exercise is something I want to do and have to do to stay healthy. So I have 5K training tonight, a Doctor's Appointment Friday at 10a, Zumba Friday at 6:30p, and the 5K walk Saturday at 9am. If I treat exercise the same way I do with dinner with friends, meetings, birthday parties, and other appointments, it really helps me out. I tell myself I can't miss it and then I won't! I know this won't work for everyone, but I am glad I realized what I need to do to keep moving forward!

This 5% Fall challenge is really helping me see my goals differently. Instead of focusing on the high number of pounds lost, I want to keep my big goal in mind. It is nice to say I lost X pounds, but the whole point of this isn't to get a high number. I want to be at a lower number to be healthier and happier. Once I reach my goal, I want to keep going. I don't want to maintain at 155. I would like to keep working hard. When I was 16, I weighed 140 pounds. I don't know if my body now will ever get that low, but I would to at least Try to get below 155. I am not trying to be a size 2 or anything, but I don't want to reach 155 and then be done.

I am so grateful for Spark & the wonderful community here. The articles and tools on the website really are great, but my favorite part is definitely the members! Reading other blogs really helps me! Thank you to everyone that has supported me in one way or another! Spark has taught me that the scale isn't my enemy. I am in control of me! Keep on sparking and goals will be reached!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 9/21/2012 9:00AM

    Great job!!! Congratulations on being so close to goal! :)

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KALISWALKER 9/20/2012 5:57PM

    I really enjoyed your blog. You have worked hard to get healthier and let us know how we can do it too!

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ALICIALYNNE 9/20/2012 8:41AM

    WOOOHOOOO! You can do it!
And great job on figuring out what works for YOU with planning your exercise. Different tactics work for different people, and unfortunately, some people give up before they can figure out what unique combination of tools works for them. Congratulations on getting it figured out!
So stinkin' happy for you!

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CSHOWALTER2 9/19/2012 6:19PM

    That is really awesome and really exciting for you! You really give me hope as I feel so far away from my goal! Keep it up and don't loose sight of your goal!

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LIVINGFREE19 9/19/2012 2:31PM

    You are doing awesome!
I hope I can get to my goal within a year. You are in a much better place than I am.

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COWCUTTER05 9/19/2012 2:14PM

    emoticon so far! 155 is my ultimate goal but I am just focusing on 5lbs per month for the next nine months. Anyway, I like your mindset and you're doing great!

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SIRENSONGS 9/19/2012 12:56PM

    Wow, that is so awesome! Congrats on all the progress you've made, and you seem to have a very healthy attitude toward your weight loss. You are very inspiring! :)

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ATTACKFATCAT 9/19/2012 12:39PM

    Many times when you start out to lose weight, your goals or reasons for doing so change significantly over time. 18 pounds from your goal weight is a huge accomplishment. I think it's great you want to keep working past that as well. I say I'd be happy at 175, but I would like to push past that and get down to 150. I don't know if it'll happen, but it's definitely worth a shot. Just keep reevaluating at each stage to determine what weight truly "fits" you.

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RACEWELLWON 9/19/2012 11:19AM

    Great News !!!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 9/19/2012 11:02AM

    You can do it! You already are! Congratulations! Sparking looks marvelous on you!!!

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CHICCHANTAL 9/19/2012 10:54AM

    I'm so envious. I'm about 18 months away . . .

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SOON2BSMALL1313 9/19/2012 10:50AM

    GREAT JOB ON WHat YOU HAVE LOST SO FAR!!! And you can totally do it! You can reach your goal weight! I have also joined thew 5% fall challenge and am so excited for it to start. Wish you the best of luck

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    Loved this! Great attitude! Good luck!

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Fall 5% Challenge Commitment!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I never thought I would be in a challenge like this. I am extremely excited about it. I saw some other people join the team, but I didn't think I was ready to join something like this. Then I got an invite, and I thought... hey, I guess I am ready!

I just started my scheduled exercise last month. It is really awesome to have a REAL goal. I have my 8 week 5K training which is.. probably going to take more than 8 weeks! I still didn't decide what I want to do with Yoga. I will do Zumba at least once a week. I will fit in more time for my jogging. I am starting to wake up a little earlier every day. I am hoping to be able to get some walking and jogging before work some days.

Fall 5% Challenge Commitment:
I will post my weigh-ins every week. (probably on Fridays)
I will track my exercise to help out myself and my team!
I will stay on track with my calories/fat/etc the best I can.
I will post more frequently on the forum/team!
I will NOT eat any french fries - for EIGHT WEEKS
I will exercise at least 10 minutes five days a week.
I will exercise at least 30 minutes three days a week.
I will go to bed on nights when I feel tired/ready. I won't stay up late just because.
I will do the best I can with the changing weekly challenges!
I will not get discouraged if I do not meet the 5% loss in 8 weeks.

I am feeling really pumped up about this Challenge! I am at 173 now, so 5% would be 8.65 pounds. I wonder if I will lose any more weight before the challenge starts! The official date isn't out yet! It is my first challenge, and I think it will really help me out in my journey. I have come this far, and I know I can do more to better my lifestyle!

We don't have to give anything up, but I really want to give up eating French Fries! I LOVE THEM. They are one "bad" food my stomach actually lets me eat without getting upset after. I don't eat pizza, burgers, hot dogs, pork sausage, cheese steaks & a lot of other food which I USED To love. I still say "Oh man, I love mozz sticks... well I used to love them". In my mind, they are still delicious, even though I haven't even had one bite in months! I DO Love fries, and I do eat them! I gave up chocolate for lent once & another year I gave up cheese. I think I can do this. No french fries for 8 weeks. I think it will actually help out with the weight loss! I will have more salads or fruit salad instead of fries!

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I have my first 5K walk on Saturday. Even though I am just walking, it will be nice to have the atmosphere. It is for a great cause (cystic fibrosis).
There are two other 5K races I signed up for to try and jog - Sept 30th and Oct 13th. I also signed up for the Spark Virtual 5K the week of Oct 29th!

I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week. Keep Sparking!

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SDLEE514 9/19/2012 9:41AM

    i like your visualizations lol

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LIVINGFREE19 9/19/2012 9:01AM

    Challenges are great, they are a fun way to compete!
It looks like you are so psyched on this, emoticon
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PEPPYPATTI 9/18/2012 6:34PM

    I just love the Challenges. This will be my 3rd one & they are so much fun! I have also learned a lot from them!
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KAPELAKIN 9/18/2012 12:14PM

    Awesom! I can tell from the tone of yor post that you are charged up and ready to do this! emoticon

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SABLENESS 9/18/2012 11:38AM

    Good plans for 5% challenge! I did my first challenge last January the same way, because a friend invited me. I'm looking forward to great results however much I do or don't lose; progress and consistency are the main things. emoticon emoticon

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VONBLACKBIRD 9/18/2012 10:35AM

    This is my 3rd time doing it and love it and have lost each time..not the 5% but half pound each slow is fine for me as long as I lose...Good look and love your commitment.

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PERSISTANT123 9/18/2012 10:20AM

    emoticon We are ready to go!

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