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Reaching Intermediate goal - 150 lbs.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I finally reached 150 lbs. and it does feel like a good accomplishment. I've lost 3 lbs. this month so far. Today I only exercised for about 15 minutes. Needed a slower day and will put on the burn again tomorrow. My next goal is 145 and I have promised myself that I will not be above 150 ever again. I am looking forward to being in the 140's again.

Well, the repair man came out today and ascertained that we need a new part for the oven, but said it is not available anymore. So we managed to go online and find one for him. I don't think he looked too hard. The part is on the way and for now my stove top works again. At least I can cook again without bells and whistles going off.

I had a kind of low day today and didn't really accomplish anything much -- but I finished a book and rested so that is something. Tomorrow I really will start putting items on ebay. Once I get going it is easier to stay in the groove of listing things.

I have also been working at going to bed earlier so I need to head in that direction now. I have been working on leaving the electronics downstairs so I don't stay up playing games, etc. I have done fairly well at it for this week.

Have a great day tomorrow and find one thing you have been putting off and go do it. That's what I'm going to do.

Sheila emoticon emoticon

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MARILYNROBERT 7/12/2013 12:55AM

    emoticon on reaching 150 and having a working stove top!

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GRANDMASHUNGRY 7/11/2013 11:37PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss!
Your doing great!

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Thank you guys & Trying to turn a negative to a positive

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Before I begin I want to thank everyone for their suggestions for rewards for goals achieved. I have decided to use several of your ideas and will start with the first one being a movie as I love them dearly! Secondly for the next 5 lb. goal (145) I will get an iPod as I would like to get outside when it gets cooler and will need some music to help me move! I will have to sell some things on ebay to make it happen, but I will do that as well. I will be using other ideas you have been submitting as there were so many. I love you guys for sharing, especially as today has been the pits.

So here's where it started. We woke up in the night a couple of nights ago with some loud beeping going on in the kitchen. It was our oven and sounded like one of those pieces of heavy equipment when they back up. The beeping stopped only after my DH flipped the circuit breaker. He didn't mention that to me so while I knew the oven had a problem I didn't know what it was. This was two nights ago. So yesterday evening I went to fix chicken Curry and the drop in stove top didn't work. He then says to me "well of course because I had to turn the circuit off and that was on it. " not to belabor the issue suffice it to say we still don't have cooking capability and I may be on a salad diet for a while. I feel so out of control and frustrated with my life as I have no say in any issue.

So I have decided try to turn this to a positive. For the moment I can control what goes into my mouth and how much I can move my body and I have decided to keep on controlling those things until I reach my goal of 135. I think the best response is a healthy thinner me! Before I would have done some serious emotional eating but that is out of control stuff and it only adds to my feelings of being out of control. Maintaining my good healthy habits is giving me a feeling of being in control of me --perhaps I will even think of further positive steps I can do to increase my feeling of being in control!


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LIVELYGIRL2 7/10/2013 10:29PM

  Did you know you can subscribe on I-Tunes and listen to Spark People radio. They have other learning shows, stories, classes, motivational material, ect.

Nearly all of them are free.

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    I hope you can get your stove fixed soon. Sounds like a good time to make use of the grill.

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JUST_BREATHE08 7/10/2013 8:59PM

    emoticon Attitude!! emoticon emoticon

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CHERIJ16 7/10/2013 8:20PM

That's a good positive attitude to have. When you think about it; the only thing we can truly control is our own behavior and whether we deal with life in a negative or positive way. One of my favorite sayings is "Attitude is everything so pick a good one." emoticon

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LOOSEIT57 7/10/2013 7:23PM

    I have a problem oven as well keeps throwing the clipsal switch . You are thinking positively so well done keep up the good work and your goals. emoticon

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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,

Sheila emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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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