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Transitioning to a New Schedule

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Today is a transitioning point for me. I am now working overnight 4 nights a week from 9 pm to 8 am. I am up tonite so I can sleep tomorrow and work starting at 9 pm tomorrow night. It's kind of a mind bender and I'm not quite sure how it will work out. I am actually a night person so I am hoping it will be okay. I am the Overnight Support Manager for a Walmart store and looking forward to it.

But my challenge now is to have a healthy lifestyle given I am doing 4 10 hr. days (nights actually). My goal for tonite is to locate my step tracker because I know I will be putting quite a few miles in just walking the floors at the store. At least my job is an active job where I will burn plenty of NEAT calories in the process. But I know I will still need to do cardio workouts. And I still need to do resistance work as well. So given the new schedule I will have to see how it will fit into my days. Either before work or after -- I'm not sure which. It's going to get interesting quickly.

Well, I did accomplish some of my August goals. I was going to lose 5 lbs. , to paint a table, to get a job, and to sell some things on Ebay. I only lost 2 lbs. but I am glad for that. I didn't paint the table as the job search and Ebay took all of my time. I'm not sure when I will do the table as it isn't really important to do it right now anyway. As far as the job which was important -- I did accomplish that with God's help. And Ebay has turned out to be very successful as I have sold $769.27 gross! I had a lot of stuff that we don't have any need for. So, while it was time consuming it did help us get through the month financially. All in all, August was okay. Now I'm looking at September.

Considering the new job and new schedule I am making the following goals for September:

1) Give myself time to adjust to the schedule, but start a new routine of cardio workouts 5 days per week in the beginning.
2) Adjust to packing healthy lunches for my job. This will be a bit of a challenge so I need to adapt to a new healthy lunch routine.
3) Continue to list items on Ebay at a much slower pace than in August.
4) Lose 4 lbs. in September! No excuses! With an active job and cardio 5 days a week this can easily be accomplished.

That's it -- not taking on any more goals for September given the huge change in lifestyle. I will be checking in here because blogging keeps my head straight and helps me to keep my focus.

I hope to hear how you guys are accomplishing your healthy lifestyle with your jobs. Any tips on how to do both would be appreciated. This is a whole new and huge step for me.

Make it a healthy day!
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    I've worked those hours before. Very challenging. Good luck with the new job!

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CALLIECURTIS5 8/24/2013 8:27AM

    Love to read your blogs and keeping up with all that goes on. I don`t have any helpful hints other than keeping it as dark as possible which was already mentioned. Maybe reading before sleeping will help rest your mind and your eyes. Also keep yourself to a consistent sleep schedule....this will help getting into a new habit, I think. Good luck .

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LUANN7 8/24/2013 1:57AM

    I worked nightshift for 27 years and just turned my lfe around. It worked out really good for me and I enjoyed sleeping during the day. I lost weight when I worked nights cuz I didnt have that night munchy time cuz I was a nurse and too busy for that. I think you will like it as long as you get 7 or 8 hours of sleep
Lu Ann

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LOSE4LIFE47 8/24/2013 1:20AM

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LYNMEINDERS 8/24/2013 1:14AM

    Woohoo...go you....

I used to do nights as well....did 11pm till 4am for around 5 years....only 4 nights though....it was enough for me to suffer sleep deprivation as I didn't manage to sleep at all well during the day and sometimes I would get home and get to sleep and my superviser would ring and ask me to go back and do a day shift as someone was sick....
I certainly wouldn't do it now but I did it then as it was the easier option....

Praying for your transition

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    I worked night for years. Keep a close watch on your over all health and if you start to gain weight.
I had to work really hard to try and get any sleep as my children were young at the time and awake during the day. One thing that did help was to darken the room so there wasalmost no light and keep it very cold in the room.

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If you have good health you have everything!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Spark Coach asked us to visualize the future 10 years from now. I am visualizing that I will be living an active lifestyle and enjoying my life near my children and grandchildren. I will be traveling some and enjoying myself being active in a gym, taking classes, and being social with others in my age group. I am at my goal weight and maintaining is not a struggle because I know how to eat healthy foods and I stay active each day.

Each day I remind myself that the steps that I take each day matter toward reaching my goal weight, and that the sooner I arrive at that weight, the easier my life will become. I am excited about the future as a healthy person. I have no doubt that this will happen and it will remain the priority in my life. If you have your health, you have everything. Without it you have nothing.

Tomorrow I will take more positive steps to reach my goal weight!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/20/2013 10:44PM

    I loved your vision and could go for the same. LOL.

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ISTRALOUISE 8/20/2013 1:30AM

    Congratulations on joining Spark Coach! I like how it streamlines and directs you to better use the resources the site has.

It is a powerful visualization and makes the weightloss less task-oriented than goal/dream oriented. You can see the end picture in your mind and use it to overcome hurdles.

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MCFITZ2 8/19/2013 11:59PM

    Visualization is a very powerful tool. emoticon

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GINGERLY4 8/19/2013 11:42PM

    I need to remind myself of this too.

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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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THRIVE2DAY 8/16/2013 1:26AM

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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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