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Life's Second Chances

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Except this time, I think I am going to make that Second Chance start right now!

Today's report:

1. Tracking - No Calories - No.... It was a long day with my hand constantly in the candy dishes at work! emoticon Well, I am home now and I am going to mentally prepare myself to avoid that trap tomorrow.
2. Fitness - Yes! 60+ minutes walking, two 20 minute strength videos and floor exercises - it is a good thing that I can manage to motivate myself to exercise in the morning before the day gets out of control! (a year ago, I couldn't do that!)
3. Clean desk - No.... it was the last day of the month, and it seemed like everyone in the office was handing "stuff" to me all day - there will be a mess on my desk staring me down in the morning!
4. Progress report - yes! And I am glad September is over, I am definitely not promising daily blogs for October....
5. Weight - Still 230... but I did lose an inch in my waist and an inch in my hips, so at least there was some progress for the month!!

Tonight I will figure out my Plan for October and share it tomorrow!

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SPARKFRAN514 10/17/2014 6:21PM

    Hope Oct is going well for you and you are reaching your goals i know you can do it emoticon emoticon

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SPARKED2BFIT 10/6/2014 9:16PM

    lol about October blogs. :)))

And a big congrats on inches lost!! The scale measures weight but not the other wonderful things happening to our bodies, like... losing fat and gaining muscle which can account for those inches lost and no change on the scale. Keep up the great work!!

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ps... thanks for the goodie, your encouragement and support. I really appreciate it and wish you the same also. hugs!!!

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FLORIDAGHOST 10/2/2014 12:31PM

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NJOYNOW 10/1/2014 2:20PM

    You have definitely achieved progess! And, you are kind and motivating to others - a very special gift!

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RHOOK20047 10/1/2014 11:03AM

    I think that lately I am liking losing the inches better than the lbs. Both are nice especially when they happen to fall off at the same time.

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MAINEALI 10/1/2014 10:54AM

    Good job and congratulations on the inches lost! I think it was awesome of you to blog everyday in September. I could never do that! I'm smart enough to know that I would hate it!


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PAPA175 9/30/2014 8:50PM

    Congratulations on the inch gone, sounds like a busy day.

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ROXYZMOM 9/30/2014 7:53PM

    I hate paperwork!! It never, ever goes away! But, I guess in another way it is a good thing - good for our job retention!

Here is to second chances!!

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DOVESEYES 9/30/2014 7:12PM

    Great losses.

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Imagination is more Important than Knowledge

Monday, September 29, 2014

Today I am imaging myself as my best self. "God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good." Genesis 1:31

And I am trying to use my imagination and my heart to see everyone in my life the way He sees them. "Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show his works by a good life in the humility that comes from wisdom... But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without inconstancy or insincerity." James 3:13,17

And it certainly make me happier than stuffing my face with food to keep my tongue quiet!

Sunday Report:
1. Tracking - yes! Calories - 1579 - Close enough that I didn't feel guilty about the slice of chocolate cake that tipped me over 1500! emoticon
2. Fitness - I walked for over 2 hours, but skipped the videos/floor exercises.
3. Clean desk - n/a No work!
4. Progress report - late
5. Didn't weigh.

Monday Report:
1. Tracking - yes! Calories - Yes! 1423
2. Fitness - Yes! 135 minutes total.
3. Clean desk - mostly neat, but not cleared....
4. Progress report - yes!
5. Didn't weigh (probably still 230...) but I pulled out the measuring tape and I am down 1 inch each in my waist and hips since the beginning of the month. emoticon

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LIVIN4LISH 9/29/2014 10:10PM

    This is a wonderful blog, thank you! Great job with everything emoticon

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MAINEALI 9/29/2014 9:25PM

    Those scriptures are beautiful and so important to remember! Thank you! Good job on your check list!


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WALLAHALLA 9/29/2014 9:15PM

    Keep visualizing and thinking the good stuff!

As a man thinks in his heart, so is he...
Prov 23:7

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Feeding my Inner Monster

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I have been reflecting today on my rather rough week.

Stress derails me. More specifically, being in situations where I have to practically bite my tongue to keep from saying something I would later regret leave me mindless shoveling food in my mouth. There are several people in my professional circles that are very challenging for me to be around. One of those difficult people was very present in my workweek She gives very generously of her time and money to many of our local charities, and she is always ready, willing and able to serve our organization in any way we ask. Unfortunately her social graces are lacking. I don't think that she is malicious, but she says every thought that comes into her head and her commentary is often thoughtless and insensitive and sometimes down-right rude.

At work, food is always at my fingertips. On good days I don't have a problem keeping myself in check, but when I get stressed, I shove food in my mouth to keep myself quiet. I feel like I am feeding my "Inner Monster," the part of me that wants to ignore all of the rules of courtesy and politeness and just spout off all the sarcastic comments that come into my head. Shoving food in my mouth doesn't quiet that inner voice in my head that I am trying to ignore, it just gives it more fuel to keep going.

My agenda for tomorrow is to find myself some strategies for converting my thoughts rather than simply trying to hold them in.

1. Tracking Yes (but I entered most of the day in to the nutrition tracker this morning since I couldn't get it to work last night.) Calories - No (2158 with sodium of 4294)
2. Exercise - Walked for an hour in the morning and for 15 minutes 4 times throughout the day, but no videos or floor exercise)
3. Clean desk - mostly neat....
4. Progress report - late
5. didn't weigh in

1. Tracking - Yes! Calories Yes! 1420 (sodium 1975)
2. Exercise - Walked for an hour, cleaned for an hour, did floor exercise, but no video.
3. Clean desk - n/a didn't go into work
4. Progress report - yes
5. Weight - 230

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FLORIDAGHOST 9/29/2014 2:45PM

    Sometimes people never learn social graces - unknown reasons, and they may not even realize they are being thoughtless, cold hearted, or insensitive. Sometimes it takes a friend to point out their bluntness.

Other times people seem to think truthfulness is best and if you can't take it - change? But that's as cold as ice and hurting someone to point out the truth is a negative. Maybe, for you and this issue, it is best to find away to excuse yourself and move away from her, but if that isn't a reasonable plan, then your plan of analyzing and finding better ways to deal with her is best. I wish you SparklingSuccess in this quest.

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FLORIDASUN 9/28/2014 8:15AM

    When people truly annoy me...I give them a good spanking (in my head) and send them to their bedroom for a time out! Doesn't always help but does make me smile! I think people have lost their social's really kind of sad. emoticon

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MAINEALI 9/28/2014 8:06AM

    I like ROXYZMOM's idea of sugar-free lollipops! I don't know how you do it. I'm at the point where I just want to become a hermit and never see people. Good luck with finding a good coping mechanism!


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ROXYZMOM 9/28/2014 7:35AM

    How about lollipops? Coaches on my sons' soccer league used to suck on them so they didn't yell. I am sure there is sugar free ones out there.

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DOVESEYES 9/27/2014 9:43PM

    I know what you mean about food, I try to drink water instead and take a breath. It is not an easy fix thing. emoticon

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MNABOY 9/27/2014 8:30PM

    There has to be a better way to fight stress and frustration but I have not found it. Yoga doesn't do it for me.

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Some days a just a mixed bag!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

First let me start with a BIG emoticon to The SHOOTING STARS and the 5% Challenge Leaders for all of the Warmth and LIGHT that I found on my SparkPage today in both Comments and Goodies - you were definitely the BRIGHT SPOT in my day!!

The work day was full of challenging meetings today. I won't waste my time and energy complaining about them, but I will say I am happy the day is over. One good thing that happened in the course of the work day, though, was that I convinced one of my co-workers to walk across town to one of the off-site meetings today. It took about 45 minutes each way, but since we worked through lunch and didn't have time for any other breaks all day, it was definitely a good choice!

Today's progress report:
1. Tracking- no... I didn't prepare any of my own food for lunch or supper. Calories- probably over, but I didn't track....
2. Fitness - yes! 135 minutes!!
3. Clean desk - neat, but still some things for me to finish tomorrow that I left out.
4. Progress report - yes.
5. Didn't weigh in.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FLORIDASUN 9/28/2014 8:11AM

    Terrific choice on the walking! It does invigorate you doesn't it? I've started an early a.m. walking streak and it's working! 3 lbs down last week! Woot...woot! emoticon

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MNABOY 9/26/2014 12:21AM

    You are a great asset for our team.

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MAINEALI 9/25/2014 10:40PM

    You're doing a great job with your daily goals and check list. Keep up the good work!


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ROXYZMOM 9/25/2014 8:57PM

    You deserve the recognition! You do an outstanding job as leader!!

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NEVERGIVEUP57 9/25/2014 7:11PM

    Your day sounds like mine, all days meetings..very tiring!!

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Tuesday and Wednesday

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Yup, that title is a tell-tale sign that I missed my daily progress report yesterday. My excuse (whether it is good or not, you can be the judge) - I was stuck for nearly two hours in traffic after a meeting for work and just didn't feel like bothering by the time I got home.

Tuesday report:
1. Tracking - no, I tracked my meals but after we got through the above mentioned traffic jam, my boss treated us to ice cream. Calories - No, I was at 1460 before the shake.
2. Fitness - yes! 110 minutes total
3. Clean desk - yes!
4. Progress report... now it is a yes...
5. didn't weigh in

Wednesday report:
1. Tracking - Yes, Calories - Yes (1412)
2. Fitness - Yes, 85 minutes
3. Clean desk - neat but not totally cleared off.
4. Progress report - yes!
5. Weight - still 230....

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PURPLEBIRD63 9/25/2014 1:22PM

    You still rock!

Everyone can take a day off occassionally!

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LIVIN4LISH 9/25/2014 11:22AM

    Great job! You sure are getting your fitness minutes in emoticon . I think I need to start the clean desk goal - mine needs work, so good for you for keeping it up emoticon

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MAINEALI 9/25/2014 10:57AM

    Traffic jam is a pretty darn good excuse in my book. When I've been in the car, especially in traffic, I feel like a dirty rag that's been slapped around and wrung out! A nice hot shower and bed are the cures for that!

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MNABOY 9/25/2014 12:43AM

    All good after the traffic jam

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FITGRANDMA120 9/24/2014 8:19PM

    seems like a very successful couple of days

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ROXYZMOM 9/24/2014 7:12PM

    Sometimes I need a computer break too!


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