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Found Motivation, $350 Worth!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hello everyone, wow itís been sometime now since my last blog. I have struggled these last few months everything came to a halt when I got sick a few months ago. I use that word loosely because it wasnít like the flu or anything but definitely had significant symptoms. Through self diagnosis, I believe that I flat lines simply stated burned myself out. I was walking two miles daily during work, ran every other day and was doing P90X fitness training every morning I went up to week 8. Looking back, I realized that I wasnít eating proper nutrition to sustain what I was doing. I had lost 35 lbs and went from size 20 to 14; unfortunately, Iím up 20 lbs and those 14ís no long fit. A couple of weeks ago I was diagnosed with a mild staph infection and most recently went through a series of test for possible breast cancer fortunately the results were benign! I love that ďBĒ word. So now IíM BACK! Iíve been looking for motivation and courage to get back on the scale again. I decided a week ago that I would start taking Alli (FDA approved weight loss supplement, fat blocker) this decision has worked out nicely because it REALLY ENCOURAGES you to stay committed to a low fat meal plan. When I first started my goal was to stay within my calorie range with hope to meet the other nutritional goals but this one has taught me to also focus on fat intake because if you donít letís just say youíre reminded on your next trip to the ladies room. This has really got me back on track with tracking nutrition and with making better choices. More recently, I was invited to participate in a weight loss challenge with the grand prize being $350 cash. Who wouldnít do that especially for a competitive person like me? Itís a $50 buy in. Iím SO excited and thatís exactly what I needed to jump start my motivation and to awaken the warrior within. I need everyone out there to cheer me onÖÖ.

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ECHAVEZ2 9/7/2011 12:01AM

    DID YOU WIN It???

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SPARKVAMPY2012 5/26/2011 2:12PM

    Good luck!!

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JCBRITT 5/17/2011 8:30AM

    Glad to see you back. You didn't give up, just took a detour. You have the tools and know what to do...just like anything though it has to be in moderation...even exercise...too much and you burn out or get hurt...welcome back!! emoticon

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FRANCHYS 5/16/2011 12:11PM

    Yes, you can do it, dont give up, Every day is the new start of your weight loss goal, give it all you got and a bit more! Come one! you can do it

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MARIEFIYA 5/12/2011 6:34PM

    emoticon $350 is a nice prize along with getting healthier and fit. emoticon

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GLORILEE 5/11/2011 8:17PM

    GOOD LUCK WITH THAT... emoticon

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MRSJARI 5/10/2011 6:25PM

    YOu can do it! Let us know when you pick up that $350 check!

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ECHAVEZ2 5/10/2011 3:23PM

    Hey girl! I know the feeling. I am back up fifteen pounds. I didn't stray too far in that I have maintained healthy eating habits. I simply was drinking 3 or 4 large Dr. Peppers a day. NOT GOOD! At first, I didn't see much weight gain as I weighed in daily and then opened the gap to twice a week. For the first two months, I didn't see any change so I said HOORAH!!! and I kept drinking the Dr. Pepper. Then, I began to feel bloated from time to time and later saw some weight gain, and more bloatedness, but the stress at work didn't allow me comfort room and the Pepper's massaged the stress; so I thought. And, BOOM!! I saw fifteen pounds and the amazing outfits I hoped to get into didn't happen. I have the outfits still and they hang in the front of the closet where I can visualize myself in them. just hang right in there and get back on that saddle and begin riding.....That $350 is a great motivator also. You looked so good in your last snapshot, so keep that in front of you too. YOU ARE A WARRIOR. YOU CAN DO THIS! It was a tiny set back only, and now you are in the game. You have the game face, so push forward and go!!!! GO! GO! GO! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 5/10/2011 3:21PM

    I'm so glad you're back! I'll definitely be cheering you on in your challenge!

I've tried those fat-blockers... but couldn't stand the bathroom stuff, even when eating low-fat. I know you know what I mean. Nuff said.

I'd encourage you to try looking at Tosco Reno's Clean Eating. The principles are simple - and low fat. I've found my energy really increased since I started incorporating the general principles.

I want to share my favourite quote of the day with you... I love it & I"ve been "dropping" it everywhere today. lol

ďWhenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don't look back at it too long. Mistakes are life's way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.Ē
Og Mandino

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MKBOELE 5/10/2011 2:52PM

    You can so do this! I had no idea all the stuff you've been going through - glad to see you come out on top and ready to get back in gear! Kick butto n that challenge and win yourself some $$$.

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Iím still a looser in many ways

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

As most of you know I have been struggling with my program for the last few weeks. Iíve gained about 10 pounds cumulative since November; however, I rediscovered my fire and restarted P90X last week and have been hitting play daily until I got a pinched nerve in my lower back right side. I can feel a slight pain radiating down my right thigh which makes certain movements painful. Not sure what to do about that. I tried doing YogaX thinking it would stretch out but it only aggravated it. So now thatís on hold once again. I continue to walk a mile every day and Iím a lot more conscious about what Iím putting in my mouth. So Iím loosing the mentality of ďif I canít do P90X then I wonít do anything at allĒ. I will do whatever I can until I recover. I have lost the negative thinking of ďonce again Iím a failureĒ and replaced those thoughts with ďIím a work in progress, this is a lifestyle change and everyday countsĒ. I have lost the fear of stepping out of my comfort zone and was just appointed as the new Childrenís Director for my church. Once I took that step everything came together. I have selected an awesome program and the kids are excited about coming to Sunday school. I have lost debt! Yes, I said debt. Iím a Dave Ramsey fan. I follow his financial concept and have lost over $14,000 of debt in the last 4 month. This month I will loss a student loan and next month a tax bill. So as you can see I have lost a lot and best of all I not only gained 10 pounds (boo) but I have gained confidence and will power but also financial and emotional peace. I know as I continue to loose in other areas of my life my body will be sure to follow.

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TEMPEST272002 5/1/2011 5:28PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on the loss of debt & the new job.

On the 10lbs, I know how discouraging it is. I gained 12lbs when I quit smoking. I was starting to wonder if I was just going to regain it all, but I put the brakes on and you are too. I have relost that weight now & learned another valuable lesson about perserverance. I know how far you've already come & I know you continue to make the healthy choices.

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GLORILEE 3/2/2011 1:49PM

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MKBOELE 3/1/2011 5:07PM

    Keep up the great work Lisa! If you are gonan be a looser - be the best you can be! Love the attitude!

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CWHANK 3/1/2011 4:11PM

    Praises to the Lord!!!!!!!!!!! You are a winner!! You are a child of the King!!!

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SPARKVAMPY2012 3/1/2011 3:27PM

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KATJAMN 3/1/2011 2:54PM

    The 10 lbs you gained, have nothing on all that you have attained/lost!!!
Good for you getting rid of that debt and takeing the position at church!!
I love your winning attitude.. Keep it up!!!

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BBBBEKAH 3/1/2011 2:37PM

    Love Dave Ramsey! My husband and I follow his program and it's made such a change in our lives!

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hello everyone itís been sometime now since I actually sat down to write a blog and SO much has happened since; good and bad.

Where to start? Hum, well Iíll start with the bad. Itís been 2 Ĺ weeks since Iíve done P90X. Iím really down on myself because of it. About that time I started to feel under the weather almost like I was getting sick but it didnít quit evolve; physically I was completely out of it and canít quit explain exactly what I was feeling. I was also having a terrible time sleeping. I would dream all this crazy stuff, so nutty that I couldnít even put it words. About 2 days ago, I can actually say that Iím at 80% of ďnormalĒ sleeping SO much better now but I still havenít got back on board. Fear has been trying to put its grip on me, you know that voice that tells you youíre a failure, youíre just going to gain your weight back again, why tryÖ..etc. I been feeding this adversary and heís gaining ground. Btw, when I say Iíve been feeding him its literal Ė chocolate candy, late night cereal, cheesy pasta, and so on. Iím convinced that I have gained at least 10 lbs since the holidays. I havenít weight myself in ďfearĒ on the results but I can feel and see the difference. So is this the end of yet another great weight loss effort? It was quit a journey I just had my first Sparkversary on February 6th. I am in GREAT need for accountability and encouragement. A couple of co-workers thought that maybe I was over doing it in fitness and not feeding my body properly and thatís why I flat lined. It highly possible but doesnít make me feel any better. I worse part of all this is my husband had made a few comments to me recently about getting myself back on board. Although I donít think he had any negative intentions but I took it that way. What I heard was you better get it together or youíre just going to stay fat and get fatter! You have to understand my husband had never commented on my weight ever, my health yes but, weight never. So something happened to my psyche hard to explain but let me try. Itís almost like Iím being stubborn not to exercise because HE said I should. Can anyone relate to that? I know I have to get over this and I have to do it for ME and by not doing it now I feel like Iím making that statement. A statement like: ďOh, heck no, I will exercise when I want toĒ; ďI am doing this for me NOT for youĒ; ďKeeping telling me what to do and I wonít do anythingĒ. I know itís ridiculous but thatís where Iím at. I really need a good talking to.

So now itís out thereÖÖÖ..Iím moving on to the good.

1. I took a 5 mile walk on Friday and it was great.
2. I continue to walk a mile at work daily (weather permitting)
3. Iím feeling better daily.
4. I log onto Sparks daily
5. I made the budget cuts, Iím still employed
6. I was appoint the Childrenís Director for my church
7. Iím eliminating debt and it feels GREAT
8. I will continue this journey because itís not a diet ITíS A LIFESTYLE
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SPARKVAMPY2012 2/21/2011 4:07PM

    OH I can totally relate to the DH comment. I have went thru the EXACT same thing. And I was stubborn and refused to workout...but it was only hurting me, not him. I just try to remember he meant well and it just came out wrong (typical man). LOL

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MKBOELE 2/17/2011 1:40PM

    Glad to see you back Lisa! So sorry you are feeling down and feeling like that! I understand the resentment towards hubby - do that myself when he can eat whatever he wants and not gain an ounce and I look at something wrong and it's on my hips - his smallest "encouraging" remarks set me off. Please try to get back at it - One of these days we are going to run into each other at Lagoon Valley and exercise together so you have to stay on here and keep it going! Not because I said so - but because I know you want to! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 2/17/2011 9:48AM

    I've been missing your blogs & now I know why you haven't been writing. It's tough to blog when you know you're sliding off the rails... even though that's the most useful time.

3 weeks ago, I was in much the same place as you are. I spent a week purposely stuffing myself to the point of pain. I ate nothing but sugar & fat, in massive quantities. I still haven't weighed myself from that little misadventure.

That same voice you hear, the one that tells you that you can't possibly keep the weight off, is in my head too. Jerk. Liar. The truth is that we have it within our power to make healthy choices.

Hubby is not to blame & you know it. It wasn't HIM giving you a hard time, it was YOU. Your fears. Your pain. You. You decided to let things go & you can decide to pick them up again. Nothing to do with him.

What helped me to get on track:

1. Taking time to refocus on the positive. Negative thoughts only demotivate us. I'd love to see you write a sparkversary blog listing all the changes you've made in the last year. Shifting perspective, looking at the big picture, can really make a difference in our thinking.

2. Started a new exercise class and shook up my at-home routine. Even though the yoga class is only 1x/wk, just signing up for it got me remotivated to exercise daily... and then I tried snowshoeing and fell in love. Maybe you need to fall in love with something new too? What could you try?

3. Took an active role in shutting up that negative voice. Made an effort to invite my inner cheerleader to come forward again. emoticon Borrow her anytime you like.

I understand your fears and worries and fallibility. We are human. This is a process. Just because you're off track, doesn't mean you need to stay there. I believe in you. I've seen what you've done in the past year. So come on girl, you can do this. One step at a time...

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SRAPP707 2/16/2011 11:32PM

    You've been such a motivation to me. Simply for my sake, I hope you don't quit! It's so tough to get past that stubbornness. You might even say to him after you come back from a run or something: "I just did X miles and I did it for me, not for you!" He might be a little bewildered, but maybe it will help you feel like you're in control?

You ARE in control. You MAKE the choices. Make 'em good ones.

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B2B2BA 2/16/2011 9:00PM

    Great blog. I totally get the stubbornness, too. I don't want anyon telling me I HAVE to do something. But you've been doing this long enough; you know that your body needs activity and healthy fuel.

Bumps in the road happen; you may have to start a couple steps back but you won't be starting all over again.

Here's to getting back on the road!



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Discover my limits and then blow past them in 2011!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Iíve been evaluating what is really in my heart to accomplish this year; what really matters and what doesnít. This kind of thinking is really overwhelming to me; fear of failure tries to set in from past experiences of course and at the same time Iím challenged to dream big. I reviewed last yearís list and to my surprised I had accomplished 80% of my goals. So it was easy for me to get started by rolling over the remaining goals to this year. I have found that some of the things that were important to me last year werenít all that important after all. Very interestingÖ.

I also struggle with setting goals that are too adventurous or not adventurous enough. I know that I need to push myself and discover my limits and then blow past them and that is my motto for the year 2011.

ďDiscover my limits and then blow past themĒ

So this year Iím stretching myself in every area:

Physically Ė Complete 2 rounds of P90X; train and run 2 5Kís and my first 10K; shrink into a size 12 by summer and a size 10 by end of summer; eat clean 50% of the time (starting) Take up bicycling. Sounds like I have my work cut out for me.

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Emotionally Ė Deal with the junk stored up inside and in the garage; allow myself to enjoy life and remove the power from those who try to sabotage me along the way; Love myself and see myself as Godís see me. Allow myself to have fun and not feel guilty (as most parents do). Take up a hobby.

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Spiritually Ė Read the word every night; pray without ceasing for victories in my marriage and family. Give my best to ministry and draw close to the things of the Lord and be open to new things.

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Financially Ė Stick to the budget; be 80% debt free by the end of the year. Continue to pick apart the debt and not give in the wants and convenience.

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Well there it isÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖlooks like I finally have a plan.

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ADKONKLE 1/22/2011 7:37AM

    Excellent, Forgot to comment the other day. Looks like you have the bases covered.
Now I need to figure out my goals for real.

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SPARKVAMPY2012 1/19/2011 7:48PM

    Well you have some great goals for the year ahead! I will be rooting for you along the way! Good luck! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 1/19/2011 2:27PM

    I love your philosophy of ďDiscover my limits and then blow past themĒ! So many of our limitations are self-imposed. You've got some great goals & I know you can achieve them. I've been meandering around the idea of making some 2011 goals... you're inspiring me to get serious about writing them down.

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MKBOELE 1/19/2011 2:27PM

    Love your list Lisa! I am going to do my 1st 5K, if not before, by the Loop the Lagoon event on April 30th. I'm hoping to find one around my birthday in March but we'll see - figure no better way to bring in my 40th year :) Great job!


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LENNOND 1/19/2011 8:54AM

    Love your list! It really inspires me!!! I'm currently struggling with finding a church home, so that needs to be number one on my list... Thanks so much for sharing. It has started me thinking about my own list!!!

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STACYBH 1/18/2011 10:59PM

    Good job!

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B2B2BA 1/18/2011 9:16PM

    Your goals list is inspiring. I know that you can accomplish what you've set out to do. Look at how far you've come already!

I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13



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Secret number 1

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I came across an article while waiting at the dentist office in a health magazine that was about Oolong Tea. It's is a miracle drink 0 calories with lot's of health and beauty benefits. Oolong tea burns over 157% more fat than Green Tea. It promotes strong, healthy teeth; improves cognitive functioning and mental well-being; preventing eczema, allergies; clarifies your skin, giving it a healthy, radiant glow and strengthens your immune system. The best for last it promotes WEIGHT LOSS just drink 2 to 3 cups a day and you are on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

I've finally found the tea at my local safeway store but plan to order a better grade on line at a later date. It's a very mild tea, very soothing . Drink up and enjoy! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 1/16/2011 11:02AM

    I also heard about this from Dr. Oz - but I can't find it in our local grocery stores. I think I'm going to have to check the health food store in the nearest big town.

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MINCEFLOYD 1/15/2011 6:52PM

  I heard about this on Dr. Oz. I've been looking for it. How do you judge grade?

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JTEWZANDB 1/15/2011 6:24PM

    Thank you for the tip!!

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