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A Second Look at My Goals...

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Spark Coach has suggested that at this point in my weight loss journey I take a second look at my exercise program. Toward that end I need to ask myself 1) how am I doing? 2) if it is working for me? and, 3) how sustainable it is considering I am probably going back to work shortly? Also, this causes me to also rethink my other personal goals since working 4 ten hour days will likely result in a readjustment in all of my personal goals.

Toward that end I have given some thought to all of this and here's where I am. First of all, the program I have been on has been working well for me. The cardio has been good for me and I am already half way toward my weight loss goal. But that is just it, when I look at my weight tracker when I make comments on the site I have to ask myself if I am satisfied with being half way there, or do I want to finally finish the race completely? And I choose the latter!! I want to finish the race and take off those final pounds. In the past I have always just settled for getting close to my weight loss goal and not taken the off the full amount of weight. Well, not this time. This time is different. I have proven that I have a new lifestyle and that it is good for me. I vote to continue to push towards my real goal! I am not going to shortchange myself like I have always done before. I am going the distance this time! And that excites me.

The new job possibility is likely. And even it is doesn't materialize, I will simply apply elsewhere until I get something. So either way a new job simply will mean more NEAT calories will be burned. I will wear my mileage tracker to be sure I get a full 2 miles in every day as well as sustained cardio on the treadmill each day. So my new goal is to do 2 miles every day. I will continue this practice until I have reached my goal weight. Then I will look at a reduced maintenance schedule.

As for my personal goals, yes, I do have to adjust there. So here goes:

1) I will still finish my gluten free cookbook.
2) I will work on completing the pictures for the cookbook. That means actually cooking the recipes and doing the photos. I have about 30 different dishes left in it so that's a lot of cooking. This priority needs to be moved to the top of the list as it has been too long.
3) I need to get back on track with exercising 2 miles per day to make it to my weight loss goal! Then all of the size 10 pants will fit just fine.

If I do get the job I have applied for I will be putting in tons of steps every day that I work and that will only help me to reach my goal as well. It is actually a healthy job in that regard. I am sure, however, that there will be lots of stress to go with that -- that's the nature of the beast. But that's life. I will simply work out to handle the stress and get plenty of rest. All that to say I won't have a lot of extra time when I am doing 4 ten hour days. I will work, eat, sleep and work out each day. Probably take Fridays off to rest & recover, Saturdays will be mine to accomplish other goals, church on Sunday, laundry and back to work. It will be a grind -- but a good one!

Well, all for now, I'll be working out this afternoon and I can't wait to get started! Then I will cook and photograph dinner! Two good steps in the right direction. I am making Hawaiian Chicken for dinner tonite -- Yum !!

Later guys,
Keep on Sparkin !!
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Here I Am Again...Made it 2 Days in a Row!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Well, Spark Coach was right -- time to re-evaluate my goals and weight loss plan. I have lost 13 lbs. and I was very encouraged today. I had a job interview -- which I felt good about. We will see if I make it to the next round of interviews. At any rate, I bought a new pair of dress slacks to wear to the interview and guess what -- size 10 !!! Oh my gosh! It's been a long time. Now I don't fit into every size ten -- I'm actually kind of in between a 10 and a 12, but what a thrill to wear that pair or pants in a size 10. That was motivating and rewarding all at the same time.

It's late, so tomorrow I will take some time and re-evaluate what I want to do with my program. It could use some tweaking to see how it's going to be for the long haul. I do have a ways to go and so I will need to determine at least the next 2 months.

I'm tired so will turn in,
Keep Sparkin!
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CALLIECURTIS5 8/16/2013 8:15PM

    You are doing emoticon .

I know you will get the job and emoticon on the size 10s.

I will have to get my booty in gear and get off any weight I have gained on vacation. I will weigh Monday a/m.

Love it when you blog...... emoticon for sharing.

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    Congratulations on the size 10s and I hope you get the job!!

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WAY2GOCAT 8/16/2013 1:26AM

    emoticon Sheila

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Back Online Again After a Week Off...

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Well, here goes. I have had company and been so wrapped up in various projects that I just got overwhelmed and fell off the wagon a bit. I have managed to stay on the Spark diet the whole time so I feel good about that, but the exercise went kaplooie!!! So today I did 2 miles on the treadmill and got back on track. The good news is I have actually lost another pound!

Tomorrow we have an appointment in the afternoon, and then at 8 p.m. tomorrow night I have a job interview. Please say a prayer for that if you are inclined as the income would certainly be welcome at this point.

So that's about it...I have missed corresponding with you all and I'm looking forward to hearing how you guys are doing. The end of the summer is a busy time. My daughter and her family are visiting up in Connecticut and when they get back school will be starting and that is really the end of our summer. It sure went fast! We have really enjoyed it, but I'm also looking forward to the cooler fall weather as it has been so beastly hot and humid here in Virginia --- not to mention the fact that it has rained all summer which is really unusual.

Well, I'm headed for a busy day tomorrow so will sign off. Write and let me know how you all are doing.

Take great care of yourself tomorrow!

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RIGEIN24 8/15/2013 8:11PM

    I will pray for your success...let us know how it goes! And congratulations on the continued progress!!

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    I sure hope you get that job!!

It has been cooler here for a while and I have loved it.

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A Kayak in the Swimming Pool !!

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Well guys, I've seen it all. Today my son put his kayak in our swimming pool and the grandkids and our dog, Max, and Jeff were all in it clowning around. So funny! LOL I just had to get a picture of that mess! Anyway, it was a fun day and I will add some other photos as well. Thought you'd like a good laugh!

What a bunch of sillies! It was a fun day!

Hope you are having a wonderful end of your summer! Our grandkids are headed for CT for a week and then after their return they are back to school! Hard to believe!

Blessings to you and yours,

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CJBAGGINS 8/13/2013 3:31PM

    Sometimes silly days are the best ones!


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CALLIECURTIS5 8/8/2013 9:09PM

    What a fun time! Love that idea. emoticon thanx for sharing.

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BARBFROMAZ 8/7/2013 12:39PM

    What fun they all had, and you too! Very good looking family, Sheila.


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    It looks like fun. I used to put my Scottie on a raft in the pool. He wore sunglasses. LOL.

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RIGEIN24 8/6/2013 9:16AM

    Haha I love the dog being in front like he (or she?) is the captain. That kayak appears to fit rather well, I thought it'd be too big!

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Thursdays Journal Entry...

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Stardate 8.1.2013 - Worked out doing cardio for an hour tonight. Went to help son and daughter in law in Charlottesville today and got a lot done, sorting out, cleaning, helping them and dropping off and picking up their car with them as it was in the shop again. Hopefully, the car will be in good shape for a while.

Went out to dinner with friends at TGIF (Fridays) in Charlottesville before coming home and had a chicken kebob with a little rice and squash. It was healthy and delicious...highly recommend it. Had a salad bar lunch so it was a good healthy diet kind of a day. Still putting fluids into the old body as I didn't get quite enough of them being on the road. Need to work on that more -- getting more fluids when I am out.

Hope this finds all my Spark Friends doing well and staying on track for today! That's all we can do guys -- just take care of today! The Lord said: "Give us this day..." as the model in his prayer. Good advice for me to take. I tend to look ahead a little too much. Not that we shouldn't set goals and plan -- but remain open to what God is doing in our lives and sensitive to what the Spirit is saying to us.

Until tomorrow, make it a healthy day!
Blessings to you and yours,
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JAIMEGIRL426 8/2/2013 8:54PM

    thank you for helping with chair it is so nice. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CALLIECURTIS5 8/2/2013 1:37PM

    Hope you get some R&R soon. You have been working very hard. emoticon

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BRENDA_G50 8/2/2013 1:02PM

    Family time = Quality time emoticon

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    We seem to be doing similar things. Helping our children with their homes. I am glad to help me and I know you are as well.

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