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My Vision Collage

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

  
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GRANDMASHUNGRY 6/7/2013 8:05PM

    Great job!
I need to get busy on my collage.
You have inspired me!

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CALLIECURTIS5 6/7/2013 8:22AM

    I would really love it if you would explain your collage. It is interesting to see but what does it mean. I have not done one and this would help me.
Are you writing a cookbook?

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/6/2013 9:26PM

    Very nice!! You did it!!

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RIGEIN24 6/5/2013 6:02PM

    You are a writer indeed. A very thoughtful one.

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JOHGLO2011 6/5/2013 4:26PM

    Nice! Keep it where you can see it and let it inspire you! Best wishes!

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MAGGIEVAN 6/5/2013 3:09PM

    Interesting. Now put the steps in place to achieve it! emoticon

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A Work In Progress

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Our lives are always changing and evolving in one direction or another. But I believe the prudent individual chooses wisely the direction for his or her life. Do we live life in sort of a default mode or do we intentionally make choices and set goals for a better life? Sometimes we go through a valley where we are sort of coasting along, and that can be okay for the short term because life does throw us some serious issues to deal with. But for the long term I think we really need to intentionally set some goals and be a work in progress. I also believe the journey is as important as arriving at the finish line.

Spark Coach gave an assignment to create a Vision Collage -- which I have been putting off for a while. I knew this would probably come up, but since I retired, I honestly have been in a kind of limbo coasting along. But now it really is time to set some new goals for my life. I began with weight loss and fitness and that is a wonderful and worthwhile goal, but we are not really one dimensional. I have spent some time creating a bucket list which is a list of goals of sort so that can help. But I do need to put together a vision collage not just for weight loss but for my life. If I just do the weight loss collage that would be easy, but the real need for me is to put together the next steps in my life so that, my friend, is what I will be working on -- that work in progress. It's time for me to step out of the default mode and set some goals. My plan is to complete it in one week's time and begin this process.

When I got up this morning and got on the scale I found that I am down another pound. I have been consistent for the past couple of weeks and I am grateful for SP and all of you for your role in that. I could not do this consistently without all of you dear friends. I am basically an introvert, but this site has convinced me that we all need each other. We are stronger working together toward our common goal of living a healthy and fit life than apart. Thank you for being a part of my journey!

Sheila
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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/4/2013 6:44PM

    I've never done my vision collage either but really should.

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LINWASH23 6/4/2013 5:25PM

    Wow, it it wonderful how Spark People helps so many people and do not charge a cent. I love Spark People and I share it whenever the door opens for me to share what a wonderful site this is. emoticon

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RIGEIN24 6/4/2013 5:13PM

    Congratulations shedding another pound! I like that you're making a collage for your life and not just weight loss. Are you going to share it with us?

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Where Did You Shop Today?

Monday, June 03, 2013

Most of my life I have spent shopping on a limited grocery budget and that was my focus. At times I was a coupon queen and shopping at the discount groceries always looking for deals. That seemed like the thing to do and I was fairly good at trimming that grocery budget successfully. Don't get me wrong this is a good and fun practice. But -- and this is a biggie -- was I really getting a good deal considering what the cost was to my body? When at times I was throwing empty calories into that basket at bargain prices where is the real value in that? If I paid out more in health care costs than I saved where even was the savings? Gone, gone, gone.

Spark People teaches us to shop the perimeter of the store where the whole foods are, and to only go into the middle aisles of the store for specific items on our list and not spend time getting sucked into those tempting processed foods. This is so true! If we don't put those empty calories into our cart and bring them home we will be way ahead of the game and not be tempted to eat them at all.

I know there are lots of other folks who can relate to this philosophy of not bringing it home in the first place. If we have to go out to get the bad stuff we probably can resist making that choice. What about the other folks in our lives? Don't they demand the bad stuff? I'll leave that up to you, but if you must buy something you know would be a poor choice, get a limited quantity of it. For me potato chips are my most tempting junk food. I simply cannot have them in the house at all or I know at some point I will eat them. So I don't care who wants them they don't come home with me no matter what. I don't know about you, but that makes perfect sense to me. I know what I can handle and what I cannot. So I will continue to shop the perimeter of the grocery stores and yes I do still use coupons for the good stuff (don't want to give them a bad rap because I do love a bargain) and I do a lot of sale shopping and shopping at discount grocery stores. I am a true bargain hunter only now I want the bargain to include my health as well -- that's the true bargain!

Just some thoughts and keep on Sparkin'!
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RIGEIN24 6/3/2013 6:07PM

    "If I paid out more in health care costs than I saved where even was the savings?"...so true, really puts things in perspective. I'm glad you had a turn-around without losing your bargain hunting instincts!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/3/2013 4:02PM

    I really wish they offered more coupons for healthy foods. I'm fortunate in that a lot of the foods I hate are processed foods. I hate all canned meals like canned spaghetti/chili/beef stew plus hamburger helper type meals. Frozen dinners. Canned soup. Cereals. There are actually aisles that i would eat very little on. I have a list of things I hate a mile long and very of them are fruits or veggies.

I have my hubby and son eat the bad stuff away from home too if they have to have it but I encourage them to do without as they don't need garbage either.

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Finally Broke Through That Plateau!

Sunday, June 02, 2013

I was struggling for over 2 weeks with losing any weight at all. In fact I struggled to lose any weight before starting the Spark Coach Program and that's why I joined. During my 2 week plateau journey I had to figure out what to eat and since I was low carbing when I started and that wasn't working for me. I decided to follow the Spark People plan as it has helped so many others on the site. I had a hard time adjusting to eating more food as my body had actually been in starvation mode because I wasn't eating enough calories. (Now I eat about 1200 .) I do have to adjust the Spark People diet as I am very gluten intolerant but I am able to substitute gluten free items without too much trouble. I just have to be sure to include enough fiber that you normally get in wheat products. So, the first week I kind of got the kinks worked out of my nutrition issues, but I still hadn't lost any weight.

I admit I was becoming a bit frustrated because I hadn't lost anything and "I was doing all the right things." Well, that was true but I just wasn't doing enough on the exercise side. With a sluggish metabolism it just wasn't happening. So I decided I needed a more intense workout and I upped my pace on the cardio and made sure to do enough (30 - 45 Min.) to burn the calories. I have posted my workout plan on my Spark Page and I am now sticking to it. By the time I was ending the second week and had added the resistance bands to the plan I could feel a difference. I had more energy and just felt better. And then it happened yesterday that pound finally dropped off -- I had enough of a calorie burn that it just couldn't resist any longer! I have never been so happy to lose a pound! This one pound was significant for me because I felt for the first time in a long time that I was regaining control over my body once again.

I am now more motivated than ever to get on the treadmill and out on the road for more intense walks than ever! I am more motivated to add more to the strength training that I have started. The plateau is broken and I have a measure of control over this body! I am also pleased with myself because I didn't get negative (as I have done in the past.) Instead I worked to problem solve it. We can all do that if we choose and we must make those good choices if we truly want to be fit and healthy.

My hope for tomorrow is that we will all be making good and healthy choices for ourselves and I encourage you to be good to yourself tomorrow!

Sheila
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CALLIECURTIS5 6/4/2013 8:39AM

    This was motivating because it showed you didn`t stay discouraged and you were determined to find a solution. I am impressed that you stayed so commited. I can only do aerobics w/Leslie Sansone for 30 minutes......but I can feel that I may be increasing the time in about a month.Good luck to you on your journey.

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TFMNOW 6/3/2013 12:14AM

    Congratulations! It feels good to see the pounds come off after a plateau.

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MCFITZ2 6/2/2013 11:47PM

    Glad you are seeing progress. Never quit. emoticon

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Spark Coach & the Bucket List

Friday, May 31, 2013

It's all connected you know -- the physical and mental aspects of this healthy body and weight loss journey we are on. Spark Coach has been a positive experience for me because it not only gives us the information we need to develop our body, but challenges us mentally to sort out just why we are doing this. I think if we are doing it solely to look good in those skinny jeans or a size 10 we probably will lose some of our motivation to stay on course. The real prize is to be able to accomplish the goals and dreams we have for our life -- our bucket list if you will and have the health and fitness to really enjoy it. Just like when we were kids out playing, riding our bikes, climbing trees, and building forts (I was definitely a tomboy.) We were naturally developing our fitness without realizing it, and enjoying ourselves in the process. One of our Spark Coach assignments was to create a bucket list -- which surprised me. I actually had one I had been working on in the computer so I pulled it out and reviewed it. Some I have checked off and others still remain on the list. I have shared just a few of them on my Spark Page and thought they might be food for thought for others. Right now the top of my list is to lose weight and achieve a decent level of fitness and that is where my focus is for the moment. I am still working on other goals at the same time such as working on my cookbook (which has turned out to be a lot more time & effort that I ever anticipated.) I'd like to travel to the Canadian Northwest and the Grand Canyon one of these days, but when I get there I want to be able to hike and get out there and really enjoy it. That's where these health and fitness goals come in.

I don't mind telling you it is far more difficult to achieve weight loss and fitness when you are in your 60's but it can be done and I will do it. It may take longer and it may take more determination to stick with it, but I can't wait to achieve it. I can almost taste it and that will taste better than any tempting treat.

So once again thank you to Spark People for helping me realize once again why this journey is so worth it. Think about how you will feel when you have the energy and the good health to play with your kids and grandkids, or just go for a hike in the woods and watch the sunset from the top of a mountain! Nothing better, my friend, than having the good health to enjoy the wonderful gift of life that God has given us!

Sheila
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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/1/2013 11:12PM

    I'm in a similar place too. I'm 61 and my priority is to achieve better health and maintain it. At our age it's important.

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HEALTHY-SPARK 6/1/2013 8:23AM

    This sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

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CALLIECURTIS5 5/31/2013 9:24PM

    Very well put...my friend. The average woman today is a size 14. I am 5`2" tall and am happy in a size 12. You are doing so well......I know you have to be pleased with all you are learning and becasue you are blogging...I am learning, also. emoticon

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JOHGLO2011 5/31/2013 8:58PM

    Thank you for your blog! Very inspiring - I needed that today!

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SULLYL28 5/31/2013 7:46PM

    emoticon The journey is so worth it!

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