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I Have To Say It One More Time...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I LOVE SUNDAYS!!! It is my FAVORIE day of the week! Even today, when I had to go to an early morning meeting (6:30) at job #1 before church at 9. It has just become my habit to have Sunday to regroup, refocus and prepare myself mentally, spiritually and emotionally for the next week. I hate that I have to seriously consider compromising my Sundays "off" for a job, but it looks like that may be the case. Even though they are oftern as hectic as most of my other week-days, there is something about Sunday that just fills me and keeps me on track.

Breakfast was HUGE - 250 grams of plums w/ 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt sprinkled with granola....not all in one sitting, but it's a long day and I'll be busy most of it. Got home from church around11:30...hung around to talk with friends. Just made lunch, pasta with spinach topped poached egg in marinara sauce (I know it sounds different), a really GREAT spark recipe. Got a couple of hours to catch up on a lot of reading and then Financial Peace University from 4-6.

Light dinner for when I get home and try to get to bed early...didn't sleep so well last night. I usually don't have too much trouble falling asleep, it's just usually that I get woken up several times by the animals or sis's TV. Last night, I'm afraid was my own stupid fault...to much coffee after 4PM.

Finally getting a little relief from the heat here. I don't think the heat index is supposed to be over 100 today, for a change. Hope that pattern holds. I'm really lookig forward to an outside run with a nice light breeze. Been checking running clubs in the area, and I think I might have found one that is perfect. Not too advanced and sesrious, but good for me to get acquainted to group running in and many of their members are also involved in the more serious clubs that do circuits and teams etc., so this seems like it would be a good introduction.

Well, need to get off a job application and then get to that reading.

Keep Sparking Everyone - Have a GREAT Sunday and an AWESOME week!!!

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PRIMALMICHAEL 8/18/2010 11:33PM

    I can relate to having a special day - mine is Thursday. That's tomorrow! YES!
It's my day off and I get to regroup.
Are you going to have to keep doing work stuff on Sunday, or was it a one time thing?

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MERRYLYN 8/16/2010 10:06PM

    I love Sunday's too. I am sorry work and life is messing with your special day. Hope you can salvage enough of it to keep your soul and spirit refreshed.
Our extreme heat broke today too... Had a really beautiful day today.

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SLIMGRAM2 8/16/2010 11:55AM

    Sorry to hear your having to put in work duties on your favourite day of the week. Hopefully this week will be a breeze for you in more ways than one!1 God Bless you!!

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CJKOMODO 8/16/2010 7:01AM

    I love my Sundays too! I take a nap and relax every Sunday. We definitley need a day to recharge mentally, physically and spiritually. God rested so why shouldn't we right? I hope you have a blessed week!

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NELLIEC 8/15/2010 4:46PM

    I find Sundays very enjoyable also -- like a breather from the other days. It is too bad you have been having to fit in work stuff!

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I Can't Believe I Ate.....

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Okay, late night at work last night and back to work early and just trying to get causght up with homework for FPU and my Bible study and e-mails etc. and only the barest minimum of fitness again. My excuse...not enough time of course.

Did find time to go to lunch with co-workers at lunch - Pockets had customer appreciation dday and any Pocket was just $1.00 - couldn't pass it up. Had the Southwest and even with full fat dressing. Should probably have only eaten half, but over the course of the day....ate the whole thing(not in one sitting). Then met other friends for a benefit BBQ - had a hotdog with lots of veggies, a few tomato slices, 6 potato chips, 1/4cp peach cobbler and 1/2 of a small magic cookie bar. WHOA!!! I AM STUFFED!!! Tracked everything, and although I'm within 75 calories of the top of my range, I still madfe it (amazing)!!! I sure wouldn't want to eat like that every day, but it was just one of those days....I think I'll cut back a little for the next couple of days.

Looking into finding a running club. The nearest one is 12-15 miles away. Did a little checking out of their website....they run outside year around!!!! Double WHOA!!!! I'd like to meet or speak with someone from there....may send them a letter to see abiout getting answers to some of my questions.

Does anyone out there have experience with running clubs????

Kind of late now - after 10:30 and have a metting at work at 6:30 AM and then church at 9, so better get to bed.

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SGRONOW1 8/18/2010 7:20PM

    not sure where you are but i heard dick ponds in st charles has a running club.

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CYCLINGSANDY 8/15/2010 6:43AM

    Not a really bad day with food unless you did it every day. I pray you will find a running club to join. I bet you'd love it.
I loved meeting my biking friends three days a week at home. Now I will be riding solo until I find some cyclists in our new neighborhood next month.

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DIEGOGAL 8/14/2010 11:40PM

    Hey you stayed within your range, maybe not the best choices but oh well.

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Another Lesson About Slowing Down

Friday, August 13, 2010

For the past day and a half I have been conciously practicing slowing myself down. Taking myself off of "auto--pilot", breathing, thinking, slowing down the pace of life a bit. Tried to get another good nights sleep last night, but that wasn't going to happen.....for reasons that aren't important enough to go into right here right now. Nothing that anyone can do really - just going to have to confront the situation and at this point in time, I'm avoiding that confontration. Maybe another day or time....but for today, I'm going to remain forcused....not beat myself up for all the things I think I need to get done and concentrate on what I can do and take care of myself in the process.

My lesson for the day sstarted yesterday during one of those moments of quiet when I started to think of a couple of my dear Spark friends who I hadn't heard from in a few days.....now, I know that it is summer and that the summer season brings vacations and new fitness routines that can be time consuming, but when two, three, four of you seem to drop out of sight without anyword that you will be gone on vacation....well, I miss you all!!! That got me thinking, once I SLOWED DOWN ENOUGH TO THINK - sure enough, I went into manage blog subscriptions and there they were - ON MY INACTIVE LIST!!! Aaaaargh! Apparently, with my new phone receiving e-mail, if an e-mail alerting me to one of their posts gets deleted(from the phone), they get shifted to my inactive list automatically. So, that has been my project this morning...getting back in touch with my friends. Guess there are other things that could have been done, but one of my friends in particular needed me, and I wasn't there because I was racing to fast ahead with blinders on and nearly missed the opportunity to be ther for her.

Tough lesson learned, but it definately drove home a very valid point, nutrition-important, fitness-important, FRIENDS-TRUMP EVERYTHING ELSE.

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DJS-DEBBIE 8/14/2010 11:12PM

    I hate it when the email gets messed up and you miss people!

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MERRYLYN 8/13/2010 10:22PM

    I sure can understand the need to slow down. I have been feeling like my head is spinning and my tail is tied in a knot!!
(whatever that means!! ha)
Summer has been just nuts and I am just trying to keep up.
Haven't done so well sparking..but am hoping to get back on track. I spent some time catching up on your blogs and I think you are doing great. Love that you have reached and are maintaining your goal weight. I want to do that!!!!!
This hot weather really does put the damper on outside exercise.
You sound really busy with 2 jobs- just hope you save some time for you.

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Some Lessons Are Learned More Slowly Than Others

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I've learned alot since coming to Spark back in January and I will be forever grateful for all the help that I received taking off the extra weight and starting to get more fit, but I think I am even more grateful that this program is about a lifestyle change. Even though I met my weight loss goal, I keep finding how far I have to go, with fitness, finances, organization, goal setting and healthy living in general.

One of my biggest challenges is keeping a balance and getting my rest. It's a toughie given all the obligations I have in my life, but I need to be reminded constantly that one of my bigest obligations needs to be to myself. I must get my sleep, get my fitness in, have my quiet time and time for reading and meditation. It's so easy to let those things slip or fall off entirely. I'm getting better though. I'm picking up on it when I start to lose momentum in those areas and I'm getting back on track more quickly. It's those smart manageable steps that make it possible.

I love that I have met my goal weight, but I love even more the other changes that I see happening in my life. It's going to take a long time to get to where I want to be, but it's the journey that is the prize...so many things to celebrate on the way to where I want to be.

Today, I am celebrating getting a good night's sleep, getting in some fitness this morning, even though it wasn't much-it was a start. I have the day off from BOTH jobs today, so I'll have time to get some chores done and get some more short sessions in fitness wise. I already have the shopping done. Got 4 lbs of bell peppers for 79cents and 7 lbs of plums for 79cents and a bag of mixed apples and grapefruits for 79cents, so I've got a bunch of cutting and grilling to do, but that will help me be set up for some healthy and tasty eating during this next stretch of hectic, overplanned days.

emoticonSpark People for all the healthy habits you have taught me and for all you are still teaching me about how to be the best me possible. emoticon

emoticonto all of you, my dear emoticon's. I could have never made it this far without you all and I look forward to enjoying the rest of this journey with you all!!! emoticonYou're the emoticon!!!

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NELLIEC 8/12/2010 7:38PM

    It is wonderful to have learned so many things. I have been with SP for over three years and even though I like my weight now, I am continuing since it helps me keep a handle on my diabetes.

May God continue to bless you!!!

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The Perils of Sleeplessness

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I thought I would have learned since joining Spark....all the articles, comments, and day to day life experience....all point to how detrimental lack of sleep is. Still, I've been pushing the envelope all week. Three of seven days getting 5:30 hours and 6 of seven days less than 6:30 hours-only one day did I get over 7, and then just barely. It's adding up too. I'm stsrting to have cravings, and not from hunger, just because I'm tired. No motivation to workout (could also be the heat and that I can't go running outside with a 100 degree heat index). Managed to stay within my nutritional limits, but only because they are so much higher now. There is a huge difference between maintaining with 1600 - 1700cals a day and when I was losing at 1350 give or take.

Going to get to bed now - at 9PM, get a good nights rest and hope that I get enough rest that I can get in some extra fitness tomorrow and then hopefully get some extra chores etc done. Need to work if the second job can use me, but hope that it isn't a very long shift if they do....and if they don't, well, I have plenty to keep me busy.

Hope you all have a good night!

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NELLIEC 8/12/2010 7:27PM

    Wow, I wouldn't be able to operate with only that much sleep.

I don't know if my sleep inducing technique would help you, but I will offer it. I drink sleepytime tea, pray, listen to Christian music CD, and then if still awake a Bible tape.

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BE_STRONG 8/11/2010 10:31PM

    Keep working on getting that rest. That is one of my struggles as well.

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