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February - The Love Month

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Woo Hoo!! I finished the January Jumpstart Challenge. I am beaming with joy to have finished my first Challenge with SparkPeople.

I learned quite a bit about myself. Good and Bad. While I focused on getting active in the month of January - completing the daily videos and incorporating more cardio; I dropped the ball on the food. Now, I tracked everything - every single binge item I had. It wasn't pretty. I did manage to lose 8 lbs during the challenge, but probably could have lost more if I were not binging every other day.

I learned that I do feel better about myself - emotionally, mentally and physically when I move everyday. I felt good about being consistent. It wasn't easy, some nights I did my workout after 11pm but I got it done!

Mostly, I learned that I have a problem with food and that I need help. I am very thankful to SparkPeople for this revelation.
I now call myself a food addict and as of 1/26/12, I have been abstinent from sugar and flour. I found a wonderful food sponsor that I commit my food to everyday and I am accountable. I attend 12 step recovery meetings and I weigh and measure my food. Extreme, maybe, but I have found relief.

If it had not been for SP, I would not have gotten the help I needed. Without SP, I would not have been consistent with the workouts and realized how out of control my eating really was. I LOVE SPARKPEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February is the Love Month. I am going treat my body with love and kindness. I am going to continue the Spark and keep moving. I am also going to follow my food plan and nurture my body and soul. I hope you will join me in February by nurturing your body and soul.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CANNIE50 2/1/2012 8:20PM

    Wow, you have been busy. 8 pounds is VERY significant. I hope you take a moment to really acknowledge how hard you, and your body, worked to drop 8 lbs. Good job on the abstinence - as you continue to share information about your 12 step journey, I will be quite interested to hear how you are doing. I share your love of SP - as a matter of fact the last blog I wrote is all about loving SP, and dealing with binges. emoticon PS I totally share your committment to exercise as well - no matter how much I struggle with food, I continue to be a devoted exerciser, especially because of the natural anti-depressant properties of exercise induced endorphins.

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IRP1114 2/1/2012 7:18PM

    Great blog! And congrats on the weight loss. Keep it up!


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CONRADBURK 2/1/2012 5:18PM

Good job! You can be proud of losing 8 pounds! That is a lot of weight to lose and a good accomplishment! Keep up the good work! I love your attitude!
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Update on Week Two Jumpstart Challenge

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Just an update:

Week One of the January Jumpstart Challenge: I loved the workout videos! I am soo surprised by this, Coach Nicole is a sweetie and her voice is so calming and reassuring; like she knows I can do it! I lost 2 lbs. and could put my wedding rings back on my finger emoticon

Week Two: I made a inspirational fitness collage. See my Sparkpage. Had soo much fun doing this that I made another one, I call my spiritual collage. It's on my Sparkpage too. I would have added these pics on my blog but I'm typing this on my Ipad and I haven't figured out how to do it! This week the videos were a little easier and I added the upper arm band routine for my extra video.
I lost 4 lbs. this week. emoticon I'm sure I've lost inches too, but I'm not going to do measurements til the first week of Feb.

I feel stronger mentally, emotionally, and physically. Week Three starts today. Can't wait to see what this week brings. How about you?

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CANNIE50 1/16/2012 11:51PM

    I agree about Coach Nicole. I recently blogged about the Coach Nicole Bootcamp DVD and one of the things I mentioned was how pleasant she is. Good job on your challenge - way to get that exercise, Sparkler!

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CONRADBURK 1/15/2012 5:36PM

    Wow! You are doing great! Keep doing what you are doing and you will be certain to reach your goal weight. I looked at your collages and they are awesome!
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Think, Speak, and Act

Sunday, January 01, 2012

In 2012, I want my days to be filled with good choices, healthy foods, lots of activity and positive thoughts. Then my body and soul will be healthy, fit and virtuous.

I'm not going to focus on the weight OR on my body, BUT on the Day!! One Day At A Time.
I have heard it said that if you have one good day and tomorrow becomes more enjoyable this leads to an even better day! As you enjoy the journey, you'll soon discover just how easy it is to love and affirm yourself. I want this not only for myself but for all my Spark friends. Love and peace with ourselves in 2012 for all of us.

If positive thoughts are the precursors to a positive life then in 2012 I will think and speak my reality into existence. I don't know if any of my Spark friends use affirmations but I'm willing to try something new this year, how could it possiby hurt. I have chosen a few affirmations to think and say aloud:
1. I love to exercise.
2. I have anbundant energy.
3. I am a disciplined person.
4. I feel and look great.
5. I make healthy food choices.

Think and Speak and then Act my reality into existence. Action is key in 2012 for me. How about you?

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CONRADBURK 1/3/2012 4:50PM

    Positive thinking is powerful! You are on the right track. The main thing is to keep your commitment firmly in mind. When there are setbacks, just return to your healthy eating and exercising routine the next day. That is the key to success! Good luck and happy sparking in 2012!
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MERRYMO1961 1/1/2012 11:08PM

    Great blog! Living for each day, making healthy choices, and not focusing on the scale is the way to build lifestyle change. In the last 6 months I have heard and read from many sources the positive effects of spoken affirmations. The spoken word is so powerful.
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