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1 Year Milestone

Sunday, March 22, 2009

This Wednesday( March 25, 2009) will be my 1 year Anniversary here on Spark.
Wow, how the time has flown! Through all the ups and downs, it has been a very rewarding journey.
I feel really lucky to have found SP and it's members.
I have learned much from others and so much about myself during this past year.
I learned to start making my health a priority again and not allowing it to take a back seat to other things.
And although I am still learning to balance my time between family, job, others, and for myself, I remain steadfast in maintaining healthy eating and exercise the rest of my life.

Lastly, I couldn't have done it without the support of members here at Spark. We are all working towards the same goal and all of the encouragement you have given and continue to give me and others, means more than you realize.
So a Big THANK YOU, fellow Spark Members. You really are the spark that lights the way for others.


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WILLBOYWONDER 3/22/2009 6:14PM

    Congratulations. I also attribute my own success to Sparkpeople. Good luck and keep motivated. emoticon

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OVERREADY 3/22/2009 5:26PM

    Happy anniversary, I am new to SP and it was good to read about your experiences so far.

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COLEISMYSOUL 3/22/2009 4:44PM

    emoticon emoticon
You are a very important link in this scheme!

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A little Me Time

Monday, March 16, 2009

I am on a me time vacation. Woo Hoo!

Hubby had to fly out of state on business this morning and will be gone until Friday evening. This is also Spring break for the kids and they are staying with their Mom for the week. So, it's going to a quiet week here at home for me and the animals.
It is a welcome break for me because I have the freedom make my own schedule and accomplish tasks here at home without interruption, instead of working around everyone else and their activities.
Plus, I get a break from cooking and there will be less laundry , dirty dishes, groceries to be bought and eaten, etc.
And my hubby won't be hogging the main TV to watch College Basketball! Yipee!

Don't get me wrong, I love my hubby and family but every now and then, it's good to have some time alone to clear my head and focus on some things that I have put on the back burner because I didn't have time to deal with them.

I am looking forward to a week of quiet time and reflection. And plenty of exercise!

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WILLBOYWONDER 3/18/2009 6:17PM

    That personal time is good for stress reduction. I think that's why too many people crash. They don't take enough time for themselves. So, it's great that you are taking that down time for you.

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MRDAYS 3/18/2009 11:08AM

    Always a good thing to get a little mental health time! Enjoy it, I'm always amazed at how fast it goes!

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COLEISMYSOUL 3/16/2009 8:52PM

    emoticon emoticon Enjoy your me time with the animals! Glad you are getting a break. You deserve it!

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No More Sliding into Snack Town (follow up to previous post)

Sunday, March 08, 2009

After much reflection this week, I have come to realization that the source of my snacking is stress.
It has been pretty stressful at home lately. I don't want to get into details but I will say I am the step parent of a 17 year old boy.
Maybe some of you fellow Sparkers with a child or children that age might be able to relate.
Now my next step is to learn to channel the snacking into another more useful activity.

So this week I am going to concentrate my energies in another direction and do all I can to avoid the after dinner snacking, especially if I am close to my nutritional limits.
I have worked too hard to jeopardize my health and gain back the weight I have lost.

I CAN and WILL overcome this challenge.

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COLEISMYSOUL 3/8/2009 9:43PM

    You can do this! I certainly can understand what you are going through! emoticon

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Slippery Slope to Snack Town

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

For the past several weeks, I have been treading the slippery slope to Snack Town. After dinner, I get hungry or think I am hungry and start snacking. This is putting me close to my calorie, fat, etc. limits or over almost daily. And on top of that when I do reach for a snack, I don't usually pick a healthy one.
I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out what brought this on and why it's happening now. I have been with SP for almost a year and eating pretty healthy up until now. Am I lacking something in my diet? Is it stress related? I am of the opinion that it's the latter.
I am still doing all of my workouts and haven't really gained weight but I know if I keep this up, it will catch up with me.
I am really going to have to use some serious willpower to get past this but I am open to any suggestions or advice anyone might have for me.

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COLEISMYSOUL 3/4/2009 4:48PM

    If I want something really bad, I try and find someone to share with so I at least eat less and don't deprive myself. Hope you are well. I'm getting there slowly.

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ASH72461 3/4/2009 6:52AM

  try a glass of water first
it may fill you up emoticon

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A Sad Reality

Sunday, February 22, 2009

I work a part time job and right now it is kind of slow, so I am only working about 1 day a week.
When I went to work this past Friday, I hadn't worked since the previous Friday. I usually don't see most of the people I work with except at work.
When I entered the break room to clock in, I was saddened to learn that our HR manager had been killed in an auto accident while visiting family in her home state for her birthday. It was such a shock!
Apparently, my immediate supervisor had tried to call me and tell me but we weren't home and she didn't want to leave a message like that on my voice mail.
Everyone at work just seemed in a daze and rightly so. It's just so sad. Her husband had stayed here with their two small children while she made the trip.
I have spent the weekend trying to comprehend how and why this happened. I had just seen her the last time I worked and now I would never see her again, nor would her family and friends.
It really was a wake up call for me. You can be here today and then gone tomorrow and that we never know how long our time here will be so we must live it to the fullest.
Try new things, take chances, and LIVE LIFE!
It is so precious.

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WILLBOYWONDER 2/23/2009 12:30PM

    My goodness, I feel saddened with you. That sort of news is always hard to take. You are right about how life is precious. You just never know when tragedy will strike. Thatís why we need to make the most of every day and stop waiting until tomorrow. When never know when today will be our last day here on earth. Your phrase LIVE LIFE is perfect.

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COLEISMYSOUL 2/22/2009 9:32PM

    I will say a prayer for your manager's family.

Hope you are doing okay. If you need to talk, I'm here. emoticon

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