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BLC22 - SMART Goals

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Specific: Eat 3 low-fat, low-sugar, low-carb meals a day and use the Spark Tracker this challenge. Drink 8 glasses of water each day.

Measurable: Start each day with 30 minutes of Passage Meditation. It's my "daily me time" and enables me to maintain my serenity under all circumstances.

Attainable: Set realistic goals that are attainable for me so I don't sabotage myself by trying to do too much too soon.

Relevant: Stay in the day and keep my goals relevant to my day. No regrets and no projection.

Time-Bound: Keep track of time so my day doesn't "get away from me" by spending too much time doing one thing and then playing "catch up" . I do not like to feel rushed.

BLC22 for me is about BALANCE - getting it, keeping it and maintaining it!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NEW-CAZ 9/21/2014 12:43PM

    just reading your page Lizzie and getting to know you, go Panthers BLC 26

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PAULALALALA 6/11/2013 1:11PM

    I really like this! I can relate to everything you wrote about! I've found the morning "me" time to be very helpful, too. Just as an experiment I've been heading in to sit in the comfy chair in the plant room and write in my journal while drinking my coffee -- BEFORE turning the computer on. So helpful!

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3AUSSIES 6/10/2013 9:53AM

    Love your incorporated "me time" which is invaluable! I spend time talking to God mostly when traveling as I am alone and it is a "quiet" time for me...

Great goals overall!

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LRSILVER 6/10/2013 7:24AM

    Great goals Lizzie.

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LJR4HEALTH 6/9/2013 9:19PM

    Really like goal of taking "me time" no better way to succeed then that

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NORWOODGIRL 6/9/2013 5:42PM

    I can certainly identify with "Time-Bound". I also find time passes like lightning - and I also hate to feel rushed!

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ANNEROUSSEAU 6/9/2013 5:20PM

    Lizzie, I'm right there with you on trying to find a balance...getting it, keeping it, and maintaining it, as you so aptly phrased it. We have similar goals!

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Today I read a blog by my dear Panther friend Diane about her battle with my old nemesis sugar! The blog is not new but I found it today for the first time! How did I miss this? Because today I needed to learn the information she shared.

Between rounds of BLC, I continually put on the 5 pounds I took off the previous round. I am not an emotional eater, but I do LOVE sugar, and for me a tiny amount leads very quickly to more and more.

Last night I went to bed at 10 PM and woke up at 11:30 and couldn't get back to sleep. So I joined my DH and watched David Letterman and Craig Ferguson. I didn't feel hungry but I was annoyed at myself and antsy, so I picked up a large bag of DH's Wise Buttered Popcorn and proceeded to eat 1/3 of the bag. And I don't really like popcorn!

This binge started earlier in the day with the enriched-flour bread I had at dinner and continued until I realized what I was doing and stopped it. Today I woke up with a headache and tired feeling I get from eating enriched flour and corn, which both turn to sugar. So Diane's blog is exactly what I needed!

Thank you Spark and especially Diane for being here and helping me try to maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle!

Hugs to All, Lizzie

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NORWOODGIRL 5/1/2013 5:46PM

    I always thought my strongest temptation was fat - especially in butter and ice cream. But I was able to cut these from my diet with little difficulty - but SUGAR. Wow! The cravings! The irritability!

I hope you are able to cut it out of your life.

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ALICIA214 5/1/2013 12:23PM


Help is always close at hand on this site. Wonderful isn't it ? emoticon

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Midway Through BLC-21

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Here we are half-way through BLC-21 and the scale is not moving. Yesterday I started to feel sorry for myself and immediately decided to knock it off! That is a total waste of time!

So instead I will revamp my program. I will do what some of my teammates so wisely do and change not only the kind and amount of food I am eating but also the types of exercising. For the time being, in addition to walking (which I love) I am going to increase the amount of time spent strength training; not by a lot, mind you, but a little tweak every day may jumpstart a loss on the scale.

Time will tell, right? Wish me luck!

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LJR4HEALTH 2/28/2013 7:14PM

    Sound plan Lizzie from time ot time we do need to shake things up

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AEHEGE 2/28/2013 12:41PM

    Great plan, Lizzie!

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PEGGYO 2/28/2013 10:34AM

    Good luck

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NORWOODGIRL 2/28/2013 9:21AM

    Nah, I'm not wising you luck - I'm cheering for your success! Weight training 3 times a week can help. You can sneak it in. I can't do even a modified push-up on the floor yet. But I can do about 20 using the kitchen counter waiting for my toast to pop. (I had to start with the wall at first because even the counter was too much.) emoticon

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MILLEDGE2 2/28/2013 6:59AM

    I hope the little tweaks get the scale moving again, but remember: it will hold out on you til the last possible minute before it gives in and shows your progress. emoticon

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Sweet 16

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I originally wasn't going to write this blog but changed my mind. 16 was a difficult age for you. First your best friend Susan was killed by a truck riding her bicycle to school, your beloved Grandmother passed away after a long and fruitful life, and your young Mother died after a long battle with cancer.

But all that hardship made you into a strong and loving woman, who appreciates every day and loves life and learned to live one day at a time. You survived with grace and love and a truly strong belief in a Higher Power and became truly close with your 13 and 4 year- old sisters.

You won't believe that being a "Skinny Minnie" (5'6" and 124 pounds) all your life at 60 you finally gained weight and now need to watch everything that goes in your mouth. Now that's funny!

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NORWOODGIRL 1/28/2013 6:05PM


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    Beautiful Blog! emoticon

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56ROSE 1/27/2013 10:48PM

    I think inner strength often comes from suffering and we have the opportunity to become better people who appreciate the gift of every day. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

Comment edited on: 1/27/2013 10:49:19 PM

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CAPTHAMMER 1/27/2013 9:49PM

    So very glad you changed your mind and wrote this deeply moving blog. Thanks for sharing.

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WENDYDANCER 1/27/2013 11:21AM

    Great reflections & insight into yourself!

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Setting New Goals For The BLC Break.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Since this is Dec. l, I have decided to recommit to eating healthy and exercising every day.

I have never used the Spark Tracker because I always thought it took too much time; but starting today I will try to use it every day. I think doing it my way is not giving me the proper amount of vitamins and minerals (especially protein). The Spark Tracker will do that for me.

I am also planning to walk an extra mile every day. Since our town running track is right across the street from me, this is easy. On days when it is too cold or raining, the town indoor fitness center/pool is right next to the track.

Hopefully, I won't wimp out! Wish me luck! lol

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 12/7/2012 8:33PM

    Great goals! I use the tracker and once you get used to it it takes very little time!

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LJR4HEALTH 12/4/2012 7:04AM

    Nice plan for this month I'm with you I sometimes use the SP food tracker but most of the time I don't Wishing the weather cooperates for you

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NORWOODGIRL 12/1/2012 11:52PM

    It took me a while to get into the nutrition tracker, but now I love it. I can copy meals that I eat frequently from date to date. I can plan my meals for a week and it creates a shopping list. You can see how eating different foods affect calories and other nutrients. It will plan meals for you, but I found that a pain. Now I start from a blank daily plan and like it much better.

I am not as much a fan of the fitness tracker. But, now that my Fitbit links with it, all the work is done.

Congrats for you plan on ending the year as a healthier, more fit person!

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RONALANA 12/1/2012 6:10PM

    I've found the tracker to be the most helpful tool on Spark People! The article on Portion Distortion also was a wake-up call! Like Karen said, it gets easier as you use it often! Congratulations on your new goals - they are good ones! It's wonderful that you have such a convenient place to walk!

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JMCADE 12/1/2012 3:36PM

    Lizzie - great plans. I know you can do it. No need to wish you luck. I have gotten lax with my tracking and boy did I see a difference. I need to get back into the habit. Once ou get a routine established it won't be hard for you.

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AEHEGE 12/1/2012 12:07PM

    Good for you, Lizzie. I often decide not to use the tracker and find that I tend to eat random food. The tracker keeps me mindful and seeing the whole picture. Although it does take time, it is time well spent.
That is great you have exercise facilities so close! We live in a rural area out in the country, so we are not close to anything, but we do have beautiful countryside!

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WENDYDANCER 12/1/2012 10:26AM

    You are very fortunate to have a track & indoor fitness center so close by! The nutrition tracker is a great tool!

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JANEMARIE77 12/1/2012 9:36AM

    If it's important, you'll find a way. If it isn't, you'll find an excuse.
I use this quote a lot when I feel like not doing something It does two things makes me remember I'm important and give me the courage to let go with out making a excuse. tracking is hard I've stopped and started so many times it not even funny right now (for almost a month and half) I've been using the lose it site working for me and links with my fitbit Sparks people is where i stay for great positive people and info Best of luck

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KKKAREN 12/1/2012 8:20AM

    The tracker gets easier once you fill up your favorites and grouped items. Good luck on your goals.

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