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My Health Goals for 2014

Monday, January 06, 2014

Following Goldenrose5's idea for goal setting, here are my goals in numbers for the new year:

In the next 30 days, I will:
1. Continue doing interval running on the treadmill for 45 minutes everyday the first thing when I wake up.
2. Make eating clean (eating 5 small meals a day) a habit
3. Make using Spark a habit by visiting at least once a day
4. Regulate sleeping time: in bed by 10 pm and awake by 5 am

In the next few months, I will:
1. Maintain my healthy habits and keep track of them with Spark once a day

This year, I will:
1. I will reach my goal weight of 115 lbs. by May 31, 2014.

I will revise this list as I add more goals


I'm determined!

Sunday, January 05, 2014

I thought I could do this in August, but gave up too quickly. This time, I'm determined to become my best self! Today, I ate fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. I also did interval running on the treadmill for 35 minutes.

I think in order to reach your goals, you have to identify the road blocks that stand in your way. Here are some of my road blocks:

1. Eating out/parents wanting to eat out
Counter: pack meals in Tupperware, so I have no excuse not to eat healthy. Talk to parents beforehand and explain the journey I'm on to become my best self.

2. Not having enough faith in this process
Counter: Remind myself of the success I had before with eating healthy and exercising.

3. Emotional eating during the day, but especially at night
Counter: Have fruit when I'm feeling hungry between meals and make sure I go to sleep at 10 pm before the munchies set in.

4. Not having enough social support
Counter: Reading the posts of fellow Sparkers on message boards and keeping my friends on this site updated regularly on my progress.


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ELMA1913 1/5/2014 6:49PM


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GOLDENROSE5 1/5/2014 6:45PM

    emoticon It's always helpful for me to write things down like this, that way I can remember exactly what my triggers are. I know it's tough, but making sure that your parents know what you are trying to accomplish and gently pointing out where their kindness is leading you astray is a big step! :)

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DMEYER4 1/5/2014 6:43PM


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A journey of a thousand miles...

Friday, August 02, 2013

...starts with one step!

Today, I exercised for the first time in a few months. I walked outside at a leisurely pace (3.5 mph) for 30 minutes and did a yoga DVD. I feel energized and good about getting active again. Tomorrow, I'm doing the first week of Couch to 3k at a lake close to my house. With all that being said, I'm making sure to do low-intensity activities for the first month to slowly get reacquainted with exercising again. Overall, I would like to do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.

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SHMARA 8/2/2013 9:20PM

    Great! Starting is the toughest thing to do. They say it takes 4 weeks to form a habit, and your plan sounds totally doable. emoticon

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A confession

Friday, March 08, 2013

I binged and purged yesterday. Not good. This will be the last time I will do that to my body. I'm sorry I abused you, self. I've been struggling with bulemia for the past few months, and have been in denial about it saying things like, "I really did feel sick." No more excuses, now.

Today, I will make a promise to myself to treat myself with the utmost respect. If I binge at night, I will pick up where I left off the next day. This is my wake-up call to be better to myself. My body deserves better.

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SHMARA 3/8/2013 4:43PM

    Sorry to hear this, but realizing you aren't treating yourself good is the number one step to treating yourself better. Love yourself, love your body, it may not be perfect in your eyes, but it's the only one you get.
I went through a similar thing about 8 years ago. I took laxatives, didn't eat all day just to pig out at night, took fat burners, made myself throw up after restaurant meals convincing myself that I felt sick to my stomach. I do believe it messed up my immune system, and thank God it didn't screw with my metabolism!
You can do this!

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NIKKICOLE83 3/8/2013 12:49PM

    I am so sorry to hear this. I have never had an eating disorder but I see the turmoil that those that experience go through. I hope there is community near you that supports those with eating disorders. Maybe you should look into that just so you can communicate with those who are struggling through this. I wish you the best of luck.

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My new year's day

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I'm upstairs away from the din of the New Year's Day party going downstairs with my family on my dad's side. Today, I ate to the point where I threw up majorly...not on purpose, but because I ate too much. Sad...and a little pathetic.

The good thing is that I can now restart Ripped in 30 (the Jillian Michaels workout DVD) again tomorrow, and I have all the following days to be better to myself in all meanings of the phrase.

The bad part is that I may or not be sore for a weeks since I haven't done it in awhile, and there may be leftovers from this crazy party tomorrow and for a few more weeks after that (leftovers: spaghetti and meatballs, california rolls, pot roast, Filipino pansit, lumpia, and more). The funny thing is my mom looked at the table of food before the party started and said, "I don't think we made enough food!" That's a typical Filipino mom for you!

I'm trying to think of all the possible ways I could avoid eating all the leftovers. I think that if I put all my meals in tupperware (salads, Greek yogurt, poached chicken) and write down/keep track of my meals, I will be able to keep to eating clean again.

There are some things I did that helped me get down to 119 lbs...I'm currently 126 lbs.
1.) Have a regular sleep schedule: Sleep at 10 pm and wake up at 5 am.
2.) Eat until I'm 80% full: satiated but still comfortable
3.) Chew food slowly and's so hard to remember this one
4.) Don't weigh myself everyday: water weight!
5.) Eat 5 small meals a day

I'm going to make things happen for myself. But I have to take a more educated approach and really know what I want for the new year. Here's to our health!

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KAVI_GOT_THIS 1/15/2013 2:49PM

    ugh the holidays are always a challenge in my family too, indian people want to feed you until you burst! You've already lost so much, dont loose faith and keep up the effort!

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SHMARA 1/3/2013 9:12AM

    This all sounds like a good plan, you can totally do it! It is all in the mindset. emoticon

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