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Don't Let Yourself Down

Friday, June 07, 2013

I had a busy day yesterday getting ready for a yard sale at my daughter's this weekend. It involved pricing, cleaning out, packing, loading the car and driving in pouring rain for 2 hours and while it felt great to have it all done I didn't feel like exercising when I got home. DH was great to wait for me to get home for dinner so we ate healthy together and after waiting for my meal to digest I did some Sparking and I just really did not want to get on that treadmill!

My mind came up with some very rational and true reasons why I really didn't need to exercise! Just one day won't matter...and so on. But the Spark voice in my head said to me no, you can ALWAYS find a reason not to work out, so what you need to do is follow your plan and don't negotiate with yourself. -- JUST DO IT ! So I did, and afterwards and even during my workout I felt so much better! So note to self: No more negotiating! It will only help me to let myself down.

Sheila

  
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RIGEIN24 6/7/2013 3:52PM

    That's awesome and glad it made you feel better. After a breakthrough like that I suspect you won't be having doubts again for awhile yet, if ever!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/7/2013 11:05AM

    Good job on pushing through the excuses and getting it done.

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CALLIECURTIS4 6/7/2013 8:16AM

    SHEILA.....I was the EXACT same way. It was almost 8:00 p/m when I could finally get to my exercizing and I was too tired. That was the way I felt the day before and I DIDN`T exercize so I didn`t want it to happen again. I was grumbling to myself and really didn`t think I was going to get through it. I did it and I did feel good about it but BOY! it was like pulling teeth. LOL happy we were both wanting to attain our goal. emoticon

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Don't Let Yourself Down

Friday, June 07, 2013

I had a busy day yesterday getting ready for a yard sale at my daughter's this weekend. I involved pricing, cleaning out, packing, loading the car and driving in pouring rain for 2 hours and while it felt great to have it all done I didn't feel like exercising when I got home. DH was great to wait for me to get home for dinner so we ate healthy together and after waiting for my meal to digest I did some Sparking and I just really did not want to get on that treadmill!

My mind came up with some very rational and true reasons why I really didn't need to exercise! Just one day won't matter...and so on. But the Spark voice in my head said to me no, you can ALWAYS find a reason not to work out, so what you need to do is follow your plan and don't negotiate with yourself. -- JUST DO IT ! So I did, and afterwards and even during my workout I felt so much better! So note to self: No more negotiating! It will only help me to let myself down.

Sheila

  
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GRANDMASHUNGRY 6/7/2013 8:02PM

    Good for you for exercising!
Your doing a great job! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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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CALLIECURTIS4 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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TLG71567 6/3/2013 12:05PM

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