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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Right now, I'm having a tough time getting going. After a few years of this and taking off pounds, then putting some back, then taking them off again...well, I'm in Detour City, that's for sure. emoticon . I've allowed myself to be sidetracked.

I'm still doing some things right. I am getting 10,000+ steps in daily. I rarely get caught in mindless snacking. My food intake is pretty healthy emoticon But my old nemesis....portion control....and it's buddy, Sweet Tooth....well, they've kind of blown up the direct route to my weight and health goals. emoticon

I need to take a direct look at this....here's where I've been.

S = giving in to the Sweet Tooth! People say "give yourself a treat now and then." Well, when I'm sidetracked, desserts are the norm, not the occasional treat.

I = Indecisiveness! When I'm on track, there is no indecision. I know what I need to do and I do it. Lately, I'm wavering more often than not.

D = Diet! I'm acting like this is not a life change but a diet. You never win that way. These healthy changes must be the norm, not "so I lose 10 pounds".

E = Exercise MIA. I'm doing the basics but not the extra push needed to really burn some calories and build strength.

T = Tracking. This was the biggest thing I noticed. I've stopped tracking (just started again this AM). It's like a surrender for us Sparkers!

R = Reality. Could it be that I'm not tracking because I don't want to see reality? Hmmmm?

A = Attitude. It's SO about attitude. When you allow yourself to go negative, you're in the process of saying "what's the use?" And that's sabotaging yourself, pure and simple.

C = Calories. When I stop living by my portion control standards the calories start climbing. You don't lose weight by consuming too many calories.

K = Kidding yourself. When I say "I can get away with 3 pieces of pizza this once." Or "I'll get on my bike tomorrow." I'm kidding myself. I'm making poor decisions. Disaster is brewing!

E = Energy. I noticed it the other day. I felt like I just didn't have the energy to do my 25 minute boot camp routine. I hadn't done it for a while, my energy was zapped, I needed to bite the bullet and restart. My energy would return....when I did the work.

D = Destiny. What I do leads to my destiny. If I surrender, my destiny is disappointing. If I move forward, my destiny (and the journey) will reward me. Simple. Straight forward. It's up to me.

So yes, I've been sidetracked and the message just shared is where I've been. It's time to get rolling again. That's the cool thing about being sidetracked....you can get BACK on track before the damage is too great.

My journey continues.....if you're sidetracked like I've been, let's get back on the road to success emoticon emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

WATERMELLEN 7/9/2014 7:30PM

    Super blog: "liked" it. Not gonna get sidetracked, no way: and you sure do hit the big issues!!

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RYDERB 7/9/2014 12:53PM

    Great blog! I love how you broke it all down. Now that we both know what we need to do, let's pinky swear to help each other stay accountability to our plans and get it DONE. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IDLETYME 7/9/2014 11:45AM

    Cute blog! Get back on the road!!! emoticon

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MRSCAMACHO 7/9/2014 11:20AM

    This is a great blog! I feel like you've (literally) spelled out my weight-loss journey. emoticon emoticon

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144AUTUMN 7/9/2014 11:18AM

  You can do it!!!

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PROPMAN1 7/9/2014 11:15AM

  We have all been there at some point. It's what you do now and continue to do that will make the difference. We're here for you! emoticon emoticon

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PATTYGIVENS 7/9/2014 11:09AM

  YES.so true. Everyone has been sidetracked at some time ..but it is a true testimonial on how you react brush yourself off and yes get back on track. Good luck!!

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MOJO0607 7/9/2014 11:06AM

    Love how you spelled it out and hit on so many real and relevant issues many of us face in this journey. Best wishes on your continued efforts to health and wellness!

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No Quick Fix!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Wish that weren't the case but it's the truth. We learn that here at SP every day. There is no quick fix (or we all would be quickly fixed, right?) It's all about the journey. Let's spell it out..... emoticon

J = Jolt yourself out of complacency and get started on your journey. Something happened to me that made me say "now is the time." Never forget that JOLT! Embrace it because it's a game changer.

O = Onward! Just keep moving onward towards your goals. Each step, each decision moves you to a fitter, stronger, healthier you!

U = Ultimatum. At some point in this journey you've given yourself the ultimatum...it's now or never. Keep taking those steps.

R = Recreation. Try to make your exercise fun, recreation! It's so much more fun to walk with a friend, or plan on running a 5k to enjoy the excitement and energy of the crowd. Shoot some baskets with the kid down the block, keep moving, make it recreation instead of a formal workout.

N = Never give up! Never! Little detours will happen because this is a forever trip we're on. Oh, and then we're human, you can't forget the human card. Don't allow little disappointments to derail you.

E = Every day. Make the best decisions towards your health every day. When your good decisions consistently outweigh the bad ones you are on the right track. (I'm at the gym, I passed over the cupcake at work, I filled my plate with veggies...every day decisions).

Y = YOU! You're doing this for YOU, no one else. And it's totally your call. You make those decisions, you set your goal, and you are doing the work. YOU will reap the rewards!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RYDERB 6/27/2014 11:10PM

    emoticon What a great blog! Thanks for sharing. LOVE IT! Definitely a great reminder of what this journey is all about.

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WATERMELLEN 6/12/2014 8:24PM

    Terrific blog. And: we're on this JOURNEY together!!

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IDLETYME 6/12/2014 11:08AM

    Super blog! emoticon

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Rose-Colored Glasses

Thursday, June 05, 2014

I read a featured blog today written by JenMc2012. She could have been channeling ME! Something had finally clicked for her and she no longer was looking at herself through rose-colored glasses (her words). And what she saw in the harsh light of reality explained why she struggled.

HeLLOOOO! That's Me! But JenMc2012 is dealing with it. I'm still sometimes wearing those glasses and kidding myself, even after 3 years here at SP. I put a little peanut butter on an English muffin for breakfast and then take a quick second swipe to add more peanut butter than needed (and conveniently forget to track the extra). I allow my necessary exercise (and I'm someone who likes to move) to be postponed and then never happen! emoticon My husband has a bowl of ice cream and I say "sure, I'll have some" because it doesn't hurt to have a treat now and then. And then I do the same thing the next day.

This is how I sabotage my best intentions. I started out the week absolutely with those rose-colored glasses on. I had lost a half-pound last week and instead of patting myself on the back and building on that little loss, I stopped doing the things I know work and need to be my normal pattern. And for no real reason! Not overly stressed, no special plans or holiday situations. Just reverted back to the mindset that I could do/eat exactly as I pleased pretending there would be no consequences. But who am I fooling? There are consequences always.

So...thanks JenMc2012 for sharing your life lessons today. That's helped me get those rose-colored glasses off and looking at things clearly. emoticon I'm back on track!

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TANYA602 6/5/2014 4:35PM

    I read a similar blog this week and it truly stuck with me. No wonder maintenance is just as hard as the losing weight part.
So glad to hear you are back on track and yes, you can find the balance that brings both good health and happiness.

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WATERMELLEN 6/5/2014 4:03PM

    I'm always telling myself that my body is tracking whether "I" do or not!

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IDLETYME 6/5/2014 11:16AM

    Best wishes on being back on track. I'm sure you'll do it this time! emoticon emoticon

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Gorgeous day

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Our grandson spent the night here yesterday. We made a night of it....went to Godzilla (and Godzilla looked amazingly like he did in the old version), then grabbed a burger (I chose grilled fish tacos - delicious), and enjoyed our big night on the town.

Sunday morning with birds singing, blue skies, light breeze. Nobody was out at the lake yet (everyone went to bed early last night so eyes opened early today) and it was a great walk. Goslings, ducklings, and majestic pelicans Familiar faces started popping up just as I was heading back home.

Then through the garden. emoticon We had such a weird spring (snow for two days mid-May?) its a relief to get warm days without hail or torrential downpours beating the heck out of anything planted. Talked to a clerk at the nearby Home Depot and she told me they lost $40,000 in plants in a 30 minute deluge one Tuesday! Anyway, the irises are in full bloom, my annual pots are at the top of their game, and we're harvesting greens like crazy! So I watered, deadheaded, freshened the birdbath...and now I'm going to relax a little with the newspaper (does anyone else enjoy the paper these days? Or is it all on-line...inquiring minds want to know!)

My extra exercise for today? I'm hopping on my bike and riding to City Park to watch a baseball game around 1PM. Not MUCH of a ride - maybe 10 miles round trip but I'll be moving! emoticon

Hope your day is great too!

PS Went to the ball game by car. So later in the day grabbed my bike emoticon and rode for an hour before dinner. I have to admit making exercise happen and having fun doing it gives me a great mental boost!


After All This Time...A New Focus

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday, and it appears that the spring storm that hit us here in the Rockies has blown by to bother others! emoticon That's right, we had snow. It started snowing at 10AM Sunday and kept it up through Monday noon. Still pretty cool out but the sun has reappeared and that should mean that we'll rebound quickly. emoticon

Now its time to report in.

1. Lost a half pound last week which is pretty good because I was very spotty with my overall efforts.

2. This week so far I've been weak on my exercise and my food plan. Just eating a bit too much while not getting my full workouts in. Absolutely need to address that before this goes on too long, that's for sure.

3. Energy level feels low. Not sure what that's about. But I just feel it. Maybe my sleep isn't sound? Maybe not working my plan effectively is contributing to my lethargy? Maybe snow in May just knocked me for a loop? Or maybe I need to look at the fuel I'm using?

That's going to be my new focus. I think I eat healthy "in general". But I've never paid a lot of attention to the type of food, the nutritional balances recommended. I've focused more on portion sizes, calories and exercise. Maybe this is my wake up call to add this new direction for me. Start paying more attention to the nutrients.

OK, I'm in. This week that's my focus. What's your focus this week? emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 5/13/2014 8:58PM

    Good focus. Like you, I try to get the biggest nutritional bang for my calorie buck!!

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TANYA602 5/13/2014 11:55AM

    I always love the focus in your blogs and you always manage to make me take pause and think. Are you getting your vitamins?
My focus this week is on strength training. We bought some kettle bells over the weekend and DH and I have been swinging away. I love the way I feel after our workouts.
We had snow in our mountains last week - what?! In May? And now we are having Santa Ana winds. Crazy weather!!
Congrats on the weight loss! You are definitely moving in the right direction!

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BRAINYBLONDE5 5/13/2014 11:02AM

    that sounds like an AWESOME thing to focus on! I know that I feel best when I am within the ranges that spark suggests. Sometimes I am over in fats because its things like almonds, eggs and avocado's so be mindful of those things! emoticon

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