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Day Forty-eight - Ggrrrr! - 2/18/10

Thursday, February 18, 2010

That's it, twenty minutes of fitness took me 45 mins to do and it took another 2 hours just to make a salad and eat.

I walked in the door from work and absolutely anything and everything I needed to do got stopped and started and stopped and started and stopped again, because someone just decided she needed a variety of tasks done, many of which she could have done today, or yesterday or anytime without my help.

Hence I am going to do some meditations and devotions and go to bed at 8:15 and maybe I can get up at 4 or 4:30 to get some real fitness in before work.

Please pray, I really need it. M workouts always make me feel better. Now if I can just wake up that early,,....

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TEAPOT57 2/20/2010 11:56AM

    I wish I could get back into exercising in the morning more power to you.
Wow I hope you got a good nights sleep and a better day at work.

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NELLIEC 2/19/2010 3:50PM

    Hang in there!

God bless you!!!

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PAM1864 2/19/2010 5:25AM

    I will pray for your day to be bright and healthy when you wake up. So now sleep tight. emoticon Sweet Dreams.


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WINNINGSPARK 2/19/2010 1:28AM

    Here's a prayer from camp....:)

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    You didn't give up...that's something. In fact that's huge! You could have easily said "Bag it! I'm just going to sit here and do nothing!" Hope you're able to get up in the morning!!! You know you'll feel better! You can do it :)

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 2/18/2010 9:43PM

    At least you didn't give up!! Hang in there!!

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SERAPHENE 2/18/2010 9:20PM

    It's good that you didn't give up, and made a plan for tomorrow to make up for it. Good job! emoticon

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Day Forty-seven - Pacing Myself - 2/17/10

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Day one of a monsterously hectic week, and I'm getting to bed at just after 8:30. I think I've learned to expect the unexpected, and since I know that there will be NO catch up time until Sunday, I'm taking it slow and steady.

Got in a little Spark time - not my usual, but that's okay. Sayed within my nutrition and water goals, which is almost a given as long as I track (which I always do). Gor a light 20 minute workout in, and I really wanted to do more, but then I would have bitten into my eating or sleeping time and I have come to the conclusion that those are equally important...so, I'm done with my tracking, just about ready for bed. I'm going to do 1/2 hour of reading and then get a good nights sleep so that I can be up at 5am to get ready for work.

Let's pray I can keep this pace and balance for the next three days at least. I'd like to take myself out on Sunday for a hike and picnic if the weather is good after church.....we'll see, it may be a little premature planning in northern Illinois. Anybody heard the weather forecast for the week-end, Sunday in particular?

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TEAPOT57 2/20/2010 12:01PM

    Wow you do a picnic in the winter. I'll wait for a nice warm snow free day. What I hear of Chicago it's a pretty windy and cold in the winter. YOu must enjoy the weather no matter what it's doing.

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PAM1864 2/18/2010 3:26AM

    Planning is good. Don't overdo it. Rest is important.
For me this cold once a year is important ,so I can bounce back.
Praying for these three days to get over soon.


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BE_STRONG 2/17/2010 10:55PM

    Great job keeping that balance. I don't think it is too early to plan ahead. We have learned that planning is essential to this program. It is just has to be a tentative plan if it is an outdoor plan when we live in the mid-west. :)

I can't wait for winter to be done. It makes it tricky trying to run outside when there is snow or ice or sometime a mix of both.


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Day Forty-six - Confident Assurance - 2/16/10

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The day is well underway, and slowly but surely I am getting things accomplished. I am really focusing today on being as prepared as possible for the next several days, when my schedule goes into hyperspeed. I'm learning though that I just need to stay focused and periodically to a self check - is what I am doing (or about to do) the most important thing to accomplish my short range goals...and ultimately bring me closer to my long range goals.

Yesterday, though not exactly what I had planned, taught me some very valuable lessons. First of all, to be content with doing my best at what I can do. Second, to stay focused, and, when I start to lose that focus, ask for help if necessary (not always easy for me). Third, to celebrate any success and to build on that success.

Despite a FULL SET of wrenches being thrown into my day yesterday, I stayed on track nutritionally the whole day. I also managed to get in my fitness, and even the extra that I had planned to do, as I know my exercise starts to suffer when my schedule gets crazy. I got quite a bit of Sparking done, plus some extra reading and Bible Study, which may also suffer later in the week. In fact, I reached a new record (for me) by doing a 14:06 mile - down from 20 min mile when I began just over six weeks ago. I went 4 miles total in under one hour!!!
That is still amazing me!

I've also learned, from a very painful lesson last week, that today, there will be NO running. There are many other activities that I can do aerobically and I can do my strength trng., but after the success of that run, my heart really wants to do more. However, I really want to be able to walk and move tomorrow, so, I will do my best to find other activities today to get in some fitness plus a little more.

Today is a shortened day, as I am going to be out leading my serving group tonight, so I will end there. Just to end by saying - What a Difference Six Short Weeks can make!!!

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P.S. Oh, yeah, almost forgot - No SNOOZE Again Today!

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PAM1864 2/18/2010 3:20AM

    You are well set into your workout routines. Now there is no chance of missing a day without exercise. emoticon going.


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BE_STRONG 2/16/2010 7:44PM

    Way to keep things in perpective. It is really smart of you to plan your week and get your fitness done early when things are less crazy for you.

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NELLIEC 2/16/2010 3:39PM

    It definitely sounds like progress!

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ANGELFMABV 2/16/2010 1:29PM

    Way to keep up the Faith! You are doing so well and learning along the way! What an inspiration to me you have been! emoticon

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Day Forty-five - Mixed Emotions - 2/15/10

Monday, February 15, 2010

Right now, I am just grateful for a quiet house for a little while. I got up early this morning (without hitting the snooze AGAIN, and I had such plans for the day. Last nights event for Feed My Starving children was a HUGE success and I was feeling great from all the positives of yesterday.

Gor quite a bit done, then my sister got up and I started to plan the rest of the day around what she would be needing/wanting. Then, my little sister called (or my older one called her out of boredom because I wouldn't plant it in front of the T.V. and gossip about the family, while watching sensationalist shows about people who have no bearing on my life). So, in comes little sister to the rescue.

Now normally, I would be grateful, except this time she comes over with homemade panzarotti, just 2 1/2 hours after breakfast and both seemed rather put out that I wouldn't just dive right in with them. Oh well, so sad. I retreated to the basement for a really good work out. A good stretch and warm-up and a full hour of cardio on the treadmill (4 miles!).
By best mile times yet!!! I even did one full mile w/walk two mins/run two minutes alternating.

Then, I came back up and ate a 5 oz piece of her creation - actually quite good, but not worth it nutritionally. This was also not good enough because I only ate 1/2 of the smaller one (which was a 5 oz serving) and banish the thought, heated some marinara for dipping to get in someadditional veggies. I'm feeling about now like I can do nothing right.

Dinner was out and planned and apparently I offended enough that little sis, now wouldn't stay and the moment she was out the door, big sis "needed" to eat. So, okay, that's done for the day.....

Finally after dinner, she decided it was time to get her nails done. Yippee!!! That gives me at least an hour to do some Sparking, regroup emotionally and maybe get downstairs for a second round of fitness today.

I'm sure big sis will want company tonight in front of the boob tube, so if I can get a little extra done before hand, I'll have time to relax and maybe do some reading while we watch the tube. I even have enough left on my counter for a light snack while watching, so it may end up a pleasant evening. Let's hope the nails come out okay.

And tomorrow is another day!

P.S. Thanks for letting me vent - I feel better!

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PAM1864 2/18/2010 3:14AM

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DONNAGRACE1164 2/16/2010 1:24AM

    Congrats on getting your workouts done... family and life can so "get in the way" of our plans... at least the "plans" we think we need to do... But one thing I've really "learned" lately is that we need to have a "plan b" and "plan c" because real life is pretty much "redirection" from our plans on a regular basis... You can do it... Every day is a new start and a new chance for successes... no matter how big or how small they may seem... be proud of your successes for each day... whatever they are... and then be ready to be proud of your successes for the next day... because every day there will be successes with a focus (as much as possible) on the positives in our lives... And venting is a good thing... Gets it out there for you so that you can start again tomorrow on whatever plan(s) you make for that day... emoticon

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LISANANCY 2/15/2010 10:53PM

    Hey, you are setting a good example. Don't be surprised if someday they don't follow you. Have all the fun you want on your terms. They will certainly have fun on their terms emoticon

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WINNINGSPARK 2/15/2010 9:49PM

    First of all, congrats on that up with the alarm streak you have goin' on. You have me beat at that. Second, dealing with family can be nuts let alone dealing with them when you're trying to stay with fitness and healthy eating goals. Good for you for trying to just be true to yourself. Sometimes we don't do things right in other's eyes but those aren't the eyes that matter - it's our own eyes at the end of the day that count. So, keep your eyes on the goal and look closely at all you accomplished. It was huge!
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LKEITHO 2/15/2010 9:37PM

    Congratulations on sticking to your guns and getting your workout in!

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LDSMALL 2/15/2010 8:00PM

    Vent away!! That's what we are here for!! Tomorrow is another day, but I think you handled today pretty great! emoticon

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AHEALTHIERME9 2/15/2010 7:58PM

    I think you handled the whole thing brilliantly!

Listen, sometimes our "munching" and "eating" buddies seem a little put out, but it's because they feel at a loss... this is part of how you interact, right? Eating is something you've shared together in the past, right?

They probably feel like they've lost that common ground with you and it will take some adjusting. There's no reason when little sis comes over that you can't bring out some healthful things to eat as well and share them with them. On TV nights when you do not care to spend your time watching TV shows you don't enjoy, ask your older sis if she'd like to do something with you -- watch a movie, play cards, go for a walk try a workout with you, play a board game, sharing a good read by taking turns reading out loud to each other... Maybe introduce her to SP?

I know it's going to take some adjusting, but sooner or later, they will realize just how serious you are about this healthful lifestyle, ESPECIALLY, when they see the results and how devoted you are. You may even end up inspiring them!

Chin up, my friend. You are strong and you are doing something really good for your God-given temple. There's nothing wrong with honoring it, for you are honoring your creator at the same time.

Sisters will be sisters... don't let it weigh you down.

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DOODLES0421 2/15/2010 7:56PM

  Some people can bring you down sometimes, "Oh you can have a little it won't hurt you" vent any time you want. Congrats on sticking to your guns and working out. Everyday can be better than the day before as you get closer to that goal.

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    Seriously...vent anytime!!! Sisters can be so energy depleting sometimes! I miss the heck out of them sometimes though!!! Good job just eating a little!

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ANGELFMABV 2/15/2010 7:27PM

    You can vent anytime! Congratulations on getting your workouts in! Tomorrow will be better. I have faith. emoticon

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Day Forty-four - Big Dreams and Goals - 2/14/10

Monday, February 15, 2010

Wow...now this is hard. What are my big dreams and goals? What do I want? What does anybody want? To be happy. Trite, huh? Not that I am not happy now, but could I be happier? Sure. I seem to be always trying to get caught up in one area of life or another. So, I guess for me, my goal would have to be to get my life in balance. In sync with who I really am and what really matters to me.

Is losing weight the answer...in no way shape or form. Is being healthier? Maybe, but only so that I will have the physical, mental and spiritual fitness level needed to put my life in order and keep it that way.

It just so happens that my weight was becoming an issue and I found SP at the time - I honestly don't remember how...just browsing I believe, but I choose to call it divine intervention. Regardless, I am eternally grateful.

If I have to list things, I guess I would have to say that I would like to be financially stable enough in the next 3-5 years to think about purchasing a condo. I would also like, in that time frame to find a job that I could continue in until retirement, and one preferably in the non-profit or ministry arena.

Five to ten years out, I see myself doing more traveling. I always thought that I would retire in the San Antonio area....but why limit myself. I would love to open up my options and begin investigating them in that season of my life.

Ten to fifteen years, start thinking of semi-retirement. I could never fully retire. My life is to precious to me to not be able to be giving back in some way.

There are about a hundred other scenarios that I could be happy with. Maybe one day meeting someone special to spend my life with...sure...or go back to school....that would be fine too. But I think my ultimate goal is just be be happy with my life. Content. To know that my life on this earth left a mark for the good and that I lived it true to my beliefs and values.

Really what more could you ask of life?

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AHEALTHIERME9 2/15/2010 8:08PM

    Wow... you've got me thinking now!

I think you have a good head on your shoulders and you certainly have great plans in place. Maybe you can set goals with streaks in these other areas to keep you focussed and moving in those directions as well.

I think, ultimately, the purpose of our existence here is love, pure and simple -- who did you love, who did you show love to, how did you try to ignite love amongst people, etctera. And goodness and happiness and gratitude and generosity and laughter and growth and lessons learned all go hand in hand with love.

I think if the Lord were to look down upon you right now, he'd smile knowing you're doing a great job... emoticon

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TEXASG-MA 2/15/2010 8:49AM

  Sweetie, you keep working toward the goal of ultimately being happy with your life. I think that it is what all of us want. We may have come here for different reasons but that's what it's all about. I know I have to lose weight to be happy with the rest of my life so that is what I'm working on the most. But you are so much younger than me and can do so much with the rest of your life. Good luck with reaching your goals for your future.
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SLIMGRAM2 2/15/2010 7:27AM

    Wow you have a great way with words and you have really got me to thinking about my future emoticon. You are doing an awesome job in working towards your happiness and I think I will be doing some soul searching of my own. Thank You so much for writing this blog. I wish you the best in the here and now of your life. emoticon emoticon

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