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Need A Reward Suggestion! Suggestions Please!!

Monday, July 08, 2013

Exercising is definitely getting easier and so I am kicking it up a notch. I get the incline up on the old treadmill and go for it. Today I lost another pound so I am thrilled as I am 1 away from the 150 mark, which is an intermediate goal for me. I have been eating healthy at the low end of my calorie range and really working hard on the treadmill and doing the 20 minute resistance band workout 3 days a week. Its a nice workout that I enjoy. Anyway when I hit those intermediate goals (every 5 lbs.) I'd like to reward myself but need some ideas what to choose ???

One thing I am not good at is rewarding myself. My pants are getting looser but I still am not dropping a size yet to get any new clothing item. I don't have a lot of money to spend, and Spark Coach says not to use food as a reward -- and I tend to agree with that philosophy. So I just don't know. I am opening this up for suggestions if anyone has any I maybe could see if there's anything that would be motivating. I know some of you have been at this a while and I thought this is an area where I could learn from you.

Please advise and thanks!
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    I like kitchen gadgets, a magazine, a new healthy cookbook or diet book.

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CAITLINGRACE 7/9/2013 8:48PM

    I like the idea of something to help you in your weight loss. Have you gotten a scale for your food? Or an exercise ball? A pedometer?

Or maybe a good book?

Good job on your success so far!

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    I think something that will aid in your weight loss would be good. Maybe a class at a fitness center, or a time-saving tool for the kitchen; or go a different route and get a candle in a scent you love or a pretty picture frame to show off a snapshot of your changing body.

I agree with what you said about not making food a reward, except sometimes I will buy an especially expensive food treat like a serving of seafood or an exotic fruit that is usually more than my food budget allows. As long as it is a healthy food - never a sweet as a reward.

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CALLIECURTIS5 7/9/2013 12:10AM

    Ever since you posted this blog.......I have been trying to come up with some things.

I have bought myself some new clothes in the next smaller size as I know I want to lose the extra weight and then I keep trying it on to see if it fits me. 5# can make a huge difference in how the clothes fit.

I don`t take the tags off because I may not like it after I lose the weight.

I also make sure I have the receipt (I am famous for throwing it away)

I also love costume jewelry so as someone else mentioned......buy a piece of jewelry.

If I can think of anything else, I will come back and let you know. emoticon

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SHAKESALOT 7/8/2013 6:13PM

    How about taking yourself out to a movie or some event? Lots of free or cheap things if look around. A mini massage or a day at a pool; or if close enough....maybe a day hike. Maybe a special kitchen aide or fitness gadget. A book, candle, music..... Great job!

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SOAPSTRESS1 7/8/2013 4:10PM

    What about a fitbit or a bodymedia? If you are ready to kick it up a notch these will calculate your activity. I am aiming for a body media when I get to my next goal. Daughter has the fit bit and loves it. emoticon

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DONNA19711 7/8/2013 3:46PM

    Go to your favorite store and buy you some new jewelry. Invite your girl friends over and have a manicure party.

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VIPERSWEB 7/8/2013 3:04PM

    Get a manicure or pedicure or both? Not too expensive and it's pampering yourself.

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Sunday - The Lord's Day and a Family Day!

Sunday, July 07, 2013

DH "Pap" and the Girls

More of the Girls

"Pap" (DH) and Kelly and Max (who hates the water)

Had a good time at church this morning and then home for some family time! Kelly and the girls (granddaughters Hailey and Anna) came for a swim in the pool. We enjoyed just chatting and as it was so hot we had to get in the water which was 86 degrees! It was almost like taking a bath. You won't catch me in my bathing suit in a photo yet -- so I only have a couple of shots here of the pool and the kids.

After they left I got on the old treadmill and did 45 minutes of cardio and then made Chicken Teriyaki for dinner (without rice or noodles) and had some broccoli and tomatoes with it. Yum! After dinner settled I got back on the treadmill and did another 15 minutes! I am going for the burn! I also did Coach Nicole's 20 min. resistance band video. So I had a full day and hopefully will get a good night's sleep tonite. The exercise is getting a little easier now.

All in all it was a full day today!

Blessings to you and yours,

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CALLIECURTIS5 7/8/2013 2:55PM

    What a beautiful pool.The one I swam in was warm also but after about 3:00 there was shade because of a tree on the west side of the pool. It felt good when I got out and got back in as I was completely dry. I don't like when I have to "inch" myself in because it is too cold.
Thanks for the family pics....I just love pictures....don`t you? emoticon

My DH is PaPa......I am RAH RAH because when my youngest grson was little he couldn`t say grandma so he said RAH RAH and we kept the name.. emoticon

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LEANGIRL22 7/8/2013 2:13PM

    When I put Max in the pool he just hates it. He gets out and hides in the bushes and true to his breed digs into the ground to cool himself. He's part schnauzer and part cairn terrier. They were bred to hunt rats - yuck! So he likes to dig and burrow under my bushes at the end of the pool. But he's my baby and I just adore him!

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    Loved the pictures of the family and your dog!! The pool looks so inviting. It's hard to imagine the water being that hot. I'm surprised the dog doesn't want to join in. LOL.

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    Look at Max!

I'm going to have to check out that resistance band video with my new resistance bands!

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MAYBER 7/8/2013 12:24AM

    Sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday
One day at a time
Love Prayers Peace

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A Small Victory - Completed a Challenge!

Saturday, July 06, 2013

I am quite pleased that I was able to complete the Lose 4 lbs. by the 4th (of July) challenge for the Partnership Accountability to the Finish Line team. I actually had to really scramble to complete the challenge and actually lose 4 lbs. by the 4th -- because I was like the rabbit in the Tortoise & the Hare -- I got out there and lost the 4 lbs. and then went on vacation and gained 2 of them back -- not very smart! When I came home I had to lose 2 lbs. all over again. I was really discouraged with myself -- but I decided I was not going to let myself down. I got busy and got on that old treadmill and stayed on it for 3 days working like crazy to lose those 2 lbs. all over again. So now -- I am starting fresh -- but feel good that I didn't let myself off the hook for that challenge! So, now I am considering another challenge! They really help to motivate me to be accountable.

FYI if you read my last blog you know I posted my July personal goals. I have lost 1 of the 5 lbs. so that is cool, cleaned those 2 refrigerators (I just had to get that yucky task behind me), and worked on the cookbook today taking a couple of photos...so things are progressing. I also started looking online for something that I can do. If anyone has any ideas of how I could do something at home that would earn some money, please let me know. It also needs to be something I would actually like to do. I know, I am picky...we get that way when we get older. I like to think I am wiser now but I'm really not sure about that. I am motivated and work hard at whatever I put my mind to, and I am creative as well. Those are my street creds!

Later guys, hope you are sparkin' along and setting and reaching your own personal smart goals!

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    Sounds like you are doing great! Losing weight and knocking off goals.

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    Sounds like you are doing great! Losing weight and knocking off goals.

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/7/2013 1:46AM

  You've come a long way. I hope you love where your going and trip. GREAT emoticon emoticon

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My Scariest Blog Ever...!!!

Friday, July 05, 2013

Well Here Goes....What's so scary? Posting my July Goals! If I post them -- what happens if I don't make them happen? People will know and I will look foolish. Oh well, this is an attempt to motivate myself to get going on some ordinary type things. I visited a couple of Spark Pages this morning that have motivated me toward this insanity. One girl was posting her own July Goals and another gentleman shared a quote from South Pacific that really motivated me! "If you don't have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?" I think that was Bloody Mary. Well said -- funny the things that motivate us.

At any rate, here are the my July goals:

1) Lose 5 lbs.
2) Clean 2 refrigerators (don't laugh - I hate to do this)
3) Find a part time job
4) Clean out and sell some stuff on ebay (I still love ebay)
5) Paint an old table
6) Add photos to my cookbook

Well, that's it. I will let you know at the end of July what I actually accomplished. This way I am holding myself accountable. Gulp! I have really been working out hard since returning from my trip of wanton unhealthy diet debauchery. I have been eating healthy and hopefully I can lose the 5 lbs. Even if it is only 4 lbs. -- I will be really pleased. At my age a pound a week is good. Since I did the trip I am short on funds so need to get out and get some -- after all Christmas is coming and grandma has bills to pay. Living on a fixed income is the pits. As for the table. I bought an old antique wooden card table and I need to paint it dark red (my favorite color) to use as a game table. I may even decoupage something on the top -- we'll see. As for adding the photos to the cookbook, it is time consuming as you actually have to cook the items to take their picture. So it will be a process. Goal is to do 1 per day!

All for now, I wish you great success in your healthy lifestyle journey and stop by to let me know how you are progressing!

Blessings to you and yours,
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WILDONION 7/7/2013 7:07PM

  I like the one clean out and sell some stuff. We just had an estate sale for my MIL and belive me its never to soon to downsize!

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    I loved your goals. They were unique and interesting!

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SHADOWGHOSTY 7/6/2013 7:43AM

    Good for you emoticon

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    That is pretty normal to think if you don't achieve your goals you will feel silly. Maybe that is even one reason why sometimes people hesitate in telling others their goals-just incase they don't happen.
I think by writing them down we are more likely to really try to achieve them. I have -so many times over the years told my family I am going to do it this time-regarding losing my excess weight. And most times I never achieved it. Although I have yo yoed for many years now.
I think it is good you have written them down . Just like you said "if you don't have a dream-how you going to make a dream come true". If you don't make some goals-then how you going to make them goals come true. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Well I know for a fact that you've already conquered the refrigerators and it's only July 5th! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LETHA_ 7/5/2013 1:55PM

    OK, I've marked my calendar to check back on you at the end of July.

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CALLIECURTIS5 7/5/2013 1:22PM

    I loved this idea...being accountable to us. Pretty brave.....Id say.LOL I KNOW you will do it emoticon

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LORI2562 7/5/2013 12:59PM

    I can very much relate to the "putting it out there" is scary!

Good for you for doing it!

I have been thinking about setting myself some goals (NSV) as well, BUT I hate the idea of not being successful and then getting down on myself.

Perhaps you taking the plunge will help me to take the plunge as well.

Best of luck with your success!

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RIGEIN24 7/5/2013 12:25PM

    I'd never think you look foolish! But kudos for putting it out there and making it public. Sometimes accountability is the push we need. BTW, you are making amazing progress on your weight loss. I'm always excited for you when I get the status updates!

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TINY67 7/5/2013 12:15PM

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Vacation Photos..What Its All About...Family & Friends

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Leangirl with Grand Daughter Anna in Nashville

My Gorgeous Grand Daughters in Nashville - Anna & Hailey

Leangirl Swooning Over Keith Urban's Star in Sidewalk

Country Line Dancing at Crazy Horse Saloon in Nashville

My 93 Year Young Dad with My Sister in Law, Paula and Me

More of Dad & Family - I'm in There Somewhere

Streetcar We Rode Around Memphis On - It Was 105 Degrees!

DH and Me at Cock of the Walk Restaurant (They serve mac N cheese veggies)

Outside Grand Ole Opry

My Daughter Kelly and Me

Son in Law, DH and My Grand Daughters Hailey and Anna

We had a wonderful time and I just wanted to share these! 3000 miles in 7 days was a lot, but it was worth it to see Dad. I would go back to Nashville in a hot minute! Loved it!

Later Guys,

Sheila emoticon to all of you!

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    I love your pictures!
What a fun time you must of had.
Are there still horses hanging from the ceiling at the Crazy Horse Saloon?
I'm sure your dad was excited to see all of you.
Thanks for sharing!

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    I loved the pictures of your family. Especially the ones of your dad. They gave me hope that maybe I can make it there. Such a handsome man who does not look his age.

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HAWTGRANNY2014 7/4/2013 3:11PM

    Beautiful family and great pictures. Glad you had fun and thanks for sharing with all of us. Have a great weekend. Pam

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    Thanks for the pix, you skinny thing!

I wanna eat in the land of Mac and Cheese veggies emoticon

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CREEKLADY1 7/4/2013 1:04PM

  Looks like you had a great vacation with the family. Thanks for sharing the pics with us!

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CALLIECURTIS5 7/4/2013 12:55PM

    Thanks for the pics. You look beautiful and happy ....like you were having a great time and gaining only 3# on vacation is a great accomplishment. emoticon

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JUST_BREATHE08 7/4/2013 12:55PM

    emoticon emoticon so much for sharing. I love the pictures! emoticon emoticon

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