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A New Leaf

Friday, May 24, 2013

I have been walking all week and moving the body and sticking to my eating plan but have continued to plateau so I decided to get some professional advice and signed up for the Spark Coach program. I am excited to get started with it. Had lesson 1 today - and looking forward to getting on a better track and break through that plateau. So here's to a new leaf. Make tomorrow a great day and take great care of yourself because you are definitely worth it! God bless you!

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CJBAGGINS 5/26/2013 11:46PM

    All the best to you!


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    I hope it works for you!!

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KABMPH 5/26/2013 8:09AM

    Good luck! Some of my SparkFriends are using it and love it!

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JESSERMOVICK 5/25/2013 8:37AM

    Spark coach is a great tool! Way to go using SP resources to get you through this plateau! emoticon

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DIBANANA 5/24/2013 11:35PM

  Good for you to keep moving forward. I read this quote today.

If you are tired of starting over stop giving up! Good for you not giving up!

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NORMAGAIL2 5/24/2013 11:15PM


How exciting! I have considered trying the Spark Coach program out. I would love to hear more about your experience with this! It is very good that you are trying something different to move toward your goal, since what you are doing isn't getting you there. However, don't forget to applaud yourself for using the healthy behaviors that you are using - this is excellent!

Good Luck!
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It's All About Consistency

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Today was an incredibly busy day for me. I had some personal business to take care of in the morning as we have a rental house on the market, followed by some Spark Time (I confess I do a lot of Spark Time) to keep my focus where it should be for the day. Then the awful chore of the annual pool opening which involves vacuuming green algae (slime) off the bottom of the pool -- not a lot of fun, and then sweeping a huge patio from all the winter droppings, leaves, and debris that had accumulated and more that got deposited there from removing the pool cover. I think this is why they pay pool companies good money to open pools. At any rate since we are retired on a limited budget it was up to us to get this mess cleaned up. So after the heavy vacuuming and scrubbing the walls of the pool down I made an hour trip to pick up a bunch of chemicals to shock and kill the remaining algae. After dumping all the chemicals in and watching foam rise off of it -- it was time to get my exercise in (pool cleaning is not aerobic but it was a workout in itself.) So after doing 1.5 miles on the treadmill it was 7 p.m. and time to fix dinner for my son and daughter in law who had come by for a visit. After watching a movie I cleaned up the kitchen. It's now time to log in and complete Sparking for the day!

This site keeps me consistent and true to myself and the goals that I have set and I thank God for SP. While it does take a good bit of time it is well worth it. Why exactly? Consistency. This losing weight and getting healthy lifestyle is about consistency as much as it is about what we eat and how we move. Without the consistency that this site helps build into our lives many of us (especially me) would not be able to do this. In the busy days that we have and all the things that are screaming for our time and attention this site helps us keep our priorities true to our values! So thank you Spark People for that, and I sincerely thank all my fellow team members for your part in supporting me and each other in this endeavor. God bless you and yours and make it a great day tomorrow!

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UMBILICAL 5/23/2013 11:25PM

  Or me.

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My Aha Moment!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

This was taken to how well Max can act like a circus dog, but it turned out to be my Aha! Moment. I was so embarassed to see how my body had morphed into that pear that I never wanted to be. It happened quickly and snuck up on me while I was busy kidding myself. It should have been a clue when I had to change up a pant size and the larger size was still too tight to breathe. But then again I am the queen of denial so I would daily dismiss it with a platitude such as I'll cut back and this will be no problem. Ignoring it did not make it go away and in fact, it got worse. This photo did turn out to be my Aha Moment and I am grateful that my husband, Fred, took it because it changed my attitude of dismissal to one of serious commitment to lose the weight and more importantly get healthy again. So for that I am grateful. I have been trying 2 or 3 different "diets" that didn't do very much. I am down from the 164 lb. mark last December, however, I plateaued for several months not eating enough calories. It's called starving and my body just hung desperately to that weight. Now I am eating 1200 calories and feeling much better. I am now moving the body every day and looking forward to a serious workout today! While the photo is embarassing I am posting it as motivation to myself and a reminder of where I started and how important this journey really is. I have saved my size 10 jeans and I am looking forward to the day when I can get into them and they fit me perfectly! I would love to hear what your Aha Moments are so drop me a line sometime.

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CALLIECURTIS4 5/22/2013 11:53AM

    Good for you Sheila....as I know.....it sometimes takes a picture that we were not expecting to help us see what we don`t want to see.

I kept some "tight clothes" that I loved and then kept trying them on to see if I had made progress. I waited a month and then tried them on but was discouraged as even though I had lost 5# by then...they still weren`t becoming loose.

It took about a 10# loss before I saw the difference and felt the difference in my clothes. You may save yourself some discouragement by waiting for a 10# loss before trying any on.

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MARTYJOE 5/22/2013 11:28AM

    Keep up the good work.

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Learning Each Day

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Today was about pacing myself. I was quite tired from pushing hard for the previous 2 days starting from a sedentary lifestyle. So today, I took a slower pace and accomplished some personal things that needed doing including helping a friend. I will still be doing at least 10 minutes of exercise (maybe more depending on how I feel) as Spark Guy recommends. Tomorrow I will be back at it again. I am also still enjoying The Spark and I plan to read the Spark Solution as well. I am in this for the long haul and I am learning each day just how to do that. A healthy lifestyle doesn't just happen. We are changing some really bad habits and starting new habits -- not just one habit, but several. That's a lot really, but already I feel good about that. I am enjoying this journey and could not do that without all of you. My thanks to Callie for sharing her wisdom about "dieting" -- her words really made good sense and gave me a good perspective. Every time each of you shares a victory or even a setback -- I feel that as well because it is a privilege to share this journey with you. Take great care and here is to looking forward to a healthier tomorrow. How's that for a toast?


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CALLIECURTIS4 5/22/2013 2:30PM

    Oh...Sheila.....You are welcome. These are only things that work for me but I am happy to share "anything" that has worked for me.

(((HUGS))) Callie

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Optimistic About the Future

Monday, May 20, 2013

Today was a good one. I walked 2 miles with Leslie Sansone which has cardio and resistance components to it. For me that's a stretch so I can hardly get through the 2 miles, but I persevered and made it. This afternoon I did 2 miles on the treadmill so that was good to help burn a few more calories and hopefully some of it fat. We are still unpacking and getting settled from our Florida trip and I need to do some housecleaning tomorrow. Hope to break through this plateau tomorrow as well. I am still reading The Spark and learning not only about fitness but about goal setting for my life as well! It is perfect as I am exploring what I want to do next...not what I have to do. I am so grateful for you my fellow Sparkers so thanks once again for your support. It means a lot. Take care and I'll be talking with you tomorrow.

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CALLIECURTIS4 5/22/2013 2:32PM

    You seem to have so much enthusiasm.WOW!! exercizing twice in a day? You GO GURL.....but save some of your energy...you may need it.

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GRACIEC 5/20/2013 7:51PM

    You're off to a great start! Just keep Sparkin!

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You're doing great, Sheila!

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BJPENNY70 5/20/2013 7:01PM

    Terrific job walking and using the treadmill. You will break that plateau in no time.
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