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Spark Is Much More than a Weight-Loss Site

Sunday, January 08, 2012

I found sparkpeople because I wanted to loose weight. (I did, not enough but that is another story and most certainly not the fault of SP.) I found the site by chance when I actually wanted to sign up with weight watchers - I call that a stoke of tremendous luck. Spending time on the site I learned a lot, and I mean A LOT, about exercising and in the process and with the help of sparkfriends (yes, they are VERY important in the whole process) I got interested in better eating habits. - Exercising regularly has become a habit and eating right a need (at least most of the time...)

But that was not the end of the spark journey. I was so happy to read the great blog "Setting Non-Diet Goals: Helpful for Overall Well-Being" by Denise Tausig, and I could not agree more. (And there is the excuse for blogging less: I am reading more, courtesy of SP.) Thank you!

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CATHYHASSPARK 1/9/2012 11:08AM

    oh I agree!! ecspecially lately just focusing on what I am reading, I know that even after I get to a healthy weight I will continue to use Sparkpeople for other health goals for life

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IMPROVINGME 1/8/2012 2:08PM

    I agree, too, and share some of the same goals. I am committed to a photo-a-day, and I am determined to read more fiction books this year -- hopefully one fiction book a month. I read plenty of non-fiction books, but need to "escape" more with fiction.

I have found that by posting my progress on the Nutrition, Fitness, Other Goals, and SparkStreaks, I am more likely to follow through with my goals.

Best wishes in 2012!


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January 2012: Life Is Great - Stop the Self-sabotaging

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Yesterday I saw all the new people in the gym who could not find the bathrooms and erred around looking for the water fountains. They reminded me that it was time to look at my own endeavors:

I have been doing well, not great but well. My last semester went like all the others: I did great until about the middle when the onslaught became too much, and as previously the first thing that went down the drain was "serious exercising" followed by trouble sleeping which led to even less exercising because I was tired.

On a positive note, I made it through without getting sick while everybody around me was sneezing and coughing, missing days ill at home or at the doctor's office. I attribute it to eating right. My hubby is really a great man: He cooks only healthy food (which I at times sabotage with ice cream - I even had Schweddy Balls! - and other junk) and is very faithful going to the gym. He has lost more weight than I would ever have thought possible even though he NEVER weighs himself, and did sparkpeople only by proxy with me. He is my hero and my inspiration.

As soon as the semester was out, I started working out in earnest - my resolutions did not coincide with January 1 - I swam a mile most of the days and am back to almost addiction again!

I don't have the guts to look back at 2011 - well, yes, because it was not perfect....

But here are my thoughts for 2012:

1. Not perfect is good enough.

2. Why can I not treat exercising like work, like a class? Something I just HAVE to do, no questions asked? Why should something that is definitely good for me go down the drain first when it gets tough? I will make working-out a non-negotiable entity by changing my mind-set: Exercise gives me more energy, and I will try to stick with it when the going is tough because I need it.

3. Wean myself off the sugar addiction AGAIN. How wonderful would it truly be if I could live on the great food my hubby so lovingly cooks for me every day...

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IMPROVINGME 1/8/2012 2:13PM

    Your Thought #2 really set off a bell in my head! Why am I not exercising regularly?!?! This should be non-negotiable!

Good for you for starting your year off with exercise.


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AMOHAME2 1/5/2012 9:54AM

    2011 may not have been "perfect", but it sounds like it was still great! I love the thoughts you've set down for 2012, it will give you something fabulous to work towards without putting too much pressure on yourself. Just reminding yourself how much you love exercise and healthy eating again is a major accomplishment! Happy new year!

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Maybe (maybe) I have finally learned my lesson

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I am at a conference with my students - always quite stressful (lots of activities, little sleep) but this time I finally seem to do it right.
Yesterday the cafeteria was on an overload, and there were long lines at the different food islands. I chose the shortest line, and it happened to be the healthiest... vegetarian. It made me think: how sad actually that we choose the stuff that is bad for us like pizza, ribs, mac and cheese. (I probably would have opted for pizza, too, were it not for the line...) I felt great after my broccoli salad and lentil soup and slept terrific. This morning I ran in an unfamiliar neighborhood. Yeah!

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ANNE7X7 10/24/2011 2:00PM

    Way to go!!! You rock!!

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IMSMILEY88 10/15/2011 11:08AM

    Nice! Enjoy!!

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PUDLECRAZY 10/15/2011 10:41AM

    Great! I'll bet it probably actually tasted better, too.

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Set-Backs; or a Manifesto Against Perfection

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

How great would it have been to have a 111-day streak of running as planned; but then there are days away from home, in foreign cities where it rains and is cold. And actually I could maybe... maybe.... cope with all of that, but then there is my knee acting up with something that could be rheumatism.. to make a painful story short: I skipped three days. BUT in an earlier life I would just have given up because I could not be perfect, and this time I did not: my knee felt better today morning, and I ran. I will run the 111 days (because of the video: Running the Sahara,) and if it takes me longer than 111 days that is OK. After all the guys did nothing but run - not that that is easy but still - and we have other things to do besides running, at least sometimes.
90% of success is showing up, at least most of the time.
Hang in there and run, baby, run.

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ANNE7X7 10/24/2011 1:59PM

    That's what I like to hear!!!!!!

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SCOOTER4263 10/11/2011 10:15PM

    Back in the days (maybe the 1980s?) when we were all trying desperately to be perfect parents, a PhD named Bruno Bettelheim - far from perfect himself - wrote a book called The Good Enough Parent, in which he basically said that we didn't have to do every single thing perfectly - children were remarkably resilient and with a little love and attention, most would be able to succeed (at least as far as parental influence was concerned.)

Unless we're aiming for the Olympics (and maybe even then) I think we make a mistake when we hold ourselves to an impossibly high standard. Sure, there are days when we don't feel like running or whatever, but with a little shove out the door we can get ourselves to do it anyway. Then there are days, whether from internal or external pressures, we just can't get it together to do it, and I think we err when we beat ourselves up over this, or use it as an excuse to quit altogether. I think we can be, to steal Bruno's phrase, A Good Enough Athlete.

And that's good enough. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUSTDEB3 10/11/2011 8:30PM

  What a great attitude!

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My Sleeping Pill: Sweat

Thursday, October 06, 2011

I have terrible trouble sleeping until ... I run. Half an hour "pain and suffering" in the morning (actually, it slowly turns into pleasure again..) saves me hours and hours of turning and twisting between my sheets later, and it is healthier and way cheaper than lunesta and ambien. Run, baby, run.

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ANNE7X7 10/24/2011 1:58PM

    You're not the only one! My best friend suffers from insomnia (getting only 2-3 hours per night) until she starts hitting the gym. Then, she gets her full 8 hours without a problem! Exercise is the cure!

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CARILOUIE 10/12/2011 7:07AM

    Amen. The mornings I work out, make my nights WONderful. I sleep like a log when I run.

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MYTURN11 10/6/2011 7:51AM

    You speak the truth ~ I never sleep well if I do not at least run, walk, or do yoga or pilates - toss and turn all night! Glad that you found a better way to get your rest!

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SMWILLIAMS29102 10/6/2011 6:55AM

    That's wonderful.

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