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5% Challenge Countdown #6,: Motivation

Thursday, September 04, 2014

My motivation is all about health and comfort since at my age losing weight has actually made me less attractive with all the saggy skin and wrinkles. It has even caused my eyelids to droop over my eyes, one worse than the other which is really goofy looking.
My list became too long for the Message Board, so I am moving it to my blog.

Want to get a blood panel with everything in the normal range.
Don't want HBP to make my failing kidneys any worse than they are already.
Don't want to be diabetic, like my sister and many relatives are.

Don't want my appetite to rule my life.
Want to take a brisk walk without shortness of breath.
Would like to walk over two miles without my knees or heels getting inflamed.

Would like my evenings free of hearburn and acid reflux.
Want to push cancer, stroke, and heart disease further down the line of my future.
Want to be able to trip and fall without bones breaking.

Want to save money with fewer medical bills, smaller grocery orders, fewer restaurant meals, and no expensive processed junk food.
Want to fit comfortably into a booth or theater chair.
Would like to enjoy parks, museums, and zoos without pain or exhaustion.

Want to be able to lift, carry, push, move, open whatever needs to be lifted, carried, pushed, moved or opened, since I am alone.
Want to do ab work or bend over to tie my shoes without a roll of belly fat in the way.
Would like to do more pushups, not only because I am getting stronger but because I am pushing up way less poundage.
Don't want the EMT's or pall bearers to cuss me out when they have to haul my fat carcass away.

Want to wear those pretty blouses that I bought before joining SP, then got too fat for.
Don't want to ride those silly carts around Walmart, 'cause you can't reach anything and have to keep waiting for another customer to come along and get it for you.
Don't want to have to get my groceries at Walmart alone because it is the only place with the silly motorized carts.
Want to get out of the bathtub.
Want to be able to get up off the floor without needing to grab anything.
Don't want to hear rude remarks about my weight, even those disguised as 'concern.'
Want to run to the hills during the next zombie apocalypse carrying maximum food and ammo without being the slowest bait.

By the way, since I have now dieted and exercised away 47 pounds, I have accomplished a large chunk of this list, in part or in whole, so I may not be perfect, but I am moving in the right direction.

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STEELKICKIN 9/4/2014 10:14PM

    I LOVE this!!!! I applaud you and am very motivated by you...these things are what everyone needs to think about!


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MOM2ACAT 9/4/2014 4:45PM

    I love that list, and congrats on what you have been able to accomplish!

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4KWALK 9/4/2014 3:49PM

    Loved your blog and I can certainly identify with many of those lines. I like the one about the zombies - sounds like a great reason to lose weight. emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/4/2014 3:04PM

    Wow, good for you! Congrats!

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ROCKPORT9 9/4/2014 2:04PM

    Love your last motivation! A lot of the others resonated with me.

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Facebook 5-Day Positive Challenge

Saturday, August 30, 2014

"I've been nominated by one of my dearest friends, (fill in the blank), to participate in a 5 day Positive Challenge, I can most definitely say 3 positive things for 5 days in a row, can you? I nominate (fill in names of three or more Facebook Friends) to do the same, knowing that these people have always brought a smile to my face and given me a belly laugh or 2. Now, please post your own Day 1 positive list and nominate at least three Facebook Friends to do the same. Let's start filling Facebook with some positive energy and your own life with an attitude of gratitude and hope it goes far."

I don't normally do "chain" letter, challenges, or chain anything but this one sounded too good to pass up. I sat down and made my five day list in a sitting and will post them over the next five days. Thought I would add my Positives to Sparkpeople as well:

Day 1:
1. I am grateful for the gracious gift of salvation from my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
2. I am proud and grateful to be an American.
3. I am glad to be the personal servant of the world's sweetest and goofiest kitty-cat, Cagney Joy.

Day 2:
1. I am grateful for my family, whom I can always count on to be my faithful friends, even the ones who don't like me, and who can always be counted on to come equipped with a generous dollop of goofy.
2. I am grateful for Veterans who sacrificed much, if not all, to give me the land of the free and the home of the brave.
3. I am grateful that I am still relatively strong, tough, and healthy for an old crow.

Day 3:
1. I am grateful to find a church with a top-notch Pastor, extraordinary choir. and the best friends God ever made.
2. I am grateful to be on the giving end rather than the receiving end of local charities.
3. I am grateful for fruit and vegetables, that ward off disease and help keep my weight down--a one/two punch.

Day 4:
1. I am grateful for retirement--the greatest invention ever, and the privilege of living long enough to reach it.
2. I am grateful for my Social Security check and retirement benefits.
3. I am grateful for my car and my driver's license--take away my wheels and you take away my life.

Day 5:
1. I am grateful to Sparkpeople and its no cost support community for people trying to lose weight and improve their fitness.
2. I am grateful to South Carolina and its beautiful beaches.
3. I am grateful to Brookgreen Gardens for its low-cost yearly membership so I can walk in one of the most spectacular places on earth whenever weather permits.

What 15 positives would you choose to post? If you decide to accept the 5-Day Positive challenge on either Facebook or your SP blog, feel free to use my name as your nominator.
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MOM2ACAT 8/31/2014 2:48PM

    Wonderful blog!

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SINFULLYQUAINT 8/30/2014 10:33PM

    Love this, great job!

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USMAWIFE 8/30/2014 10:29PM

    great idea

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PINKPANTHERS 8/30/2014 9:20PM

    Sounds wonderful! It is always great to stop and count your blessings! I have some consistency problems so for now I am grateful I did not get nominated hehe. Thanks for sharing and the wonderful reminder to be grateful!

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ROCKPORT9 8/30/2014 6:47PM

    I love this! emoticon

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So Funny (And True!) I Had to Share

Sunday, August 24, 2014


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MOM2ACAT 8/24/2014 4:03PM


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Yearly Physical

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I continue to eat healthy, healthier than ever in fact, and am now making an effort to work 10+ freggie servings into my daily menu (that's up from my previous goal of 7), but I am failing pitifully in my efforts to develop an exercise habit, especially with the hot muggy weather making walking pure torture. I would follow the SP advice that the best exercise is something you enjoy except for the basic fact that there is no such critter--I hate all forms of exercise and accomplish what little sporadic efforts that I do through sheer teeth-gritting, hating-every-minute will-power. We all know how far that will get you!

As a result, I had a learning experience. Last year at this time, I went for my physical during a "good" period when I was eating healthy and exercising faithfully. This year I went in for my blood work during a period when I was eating super-healthy but hadn't exercised for many weeks. Last year my kidney readings had slipped back under the normal line and everything was fine except for my 202 cholesterol, but that was okay because my HDL (Healthy Do-good Lard) was so high. This year, what a difference, my kidneys are no longer doing their job as they should and my cholesterol had risen to 239! The scary part is that my LDL (Lousy Do-bad Lard) went up 21 points! Don't know if this is true for you but it is true for me: the freggies, low-fat protein, and whole grains cannot do it alone! So, I must somehow dredge up the teeth-gritting, hating-every-minute will-power and find the grit to start torturing myself again to see if it makes a difference next year.

...and goodbye eggs, hello oatmeal!

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PINKPANTHERS 8/14/2014 10:03PM

    That is very eye opening. I really hope you find something that you truly love to do. If nothing else, fake it til you make it. Don't give up, just keep experimenting until you find something. emoticon

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JANISMKW 8/13/2014 10:46PM

    emoticon emoticon That is really dramatic evidence. I appreciate your sharing it.

I think many people, myself included, often have to make themselves start exercising but almost always feel good and are glad afterward.

I have things I love to do... tai chi and deep water jogging especially, and a lot of things that I do for the benefit that are okay but I neither love nor hate... strength training, stability ball workout, toning videos.

I belong to the Y, which has all kinds of facilities and classes and I feel like it's a good value because it's non-profit. It's very diverse... children, fit people, senior citizens, handicapped people, middle-aged people.

I also have to have things to do at home when I don't have time to go to the Y or whatever, and nice places to go for walks, like around reservoirs and ponds. At home I have DVDs, a Zumba game for my son's PlayStation, the stability ball, a TRX-type suspension trainer, I practice Tai Chi (learned in classes at the Y) etc.
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MOM2ACAT 8/13/2014 5:42PM

    I wish you all the best in finding something you enjoy. At least you know now from your physicals, that exercise really does make a difference, and hopefully thinking of that will spur you on! But at least you are eating right and that is half the battle.

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WONDERWISH1 8/13/2014 5:37PM

    The opposite for me, I can easily exercise no problem, but the continuous healthy eating is the hardest. I don`t eat awful but definitely could do much better! I guess we just all have to find what works for us. Maybe you just need to find something you enjoy so that it won`t seem like exercise emoticon emoticon

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ROCKPORT9 8/13/2014 3:38PM

    I wish you could find some joy while moving. I love line dance and zumba! I've enjoyed tai chi. The kickboxing video by sparkpeople was a hoot. I wish you had something special.

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JLAMING263 8/13/2014 1:29PM

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14 Fad Diets That Are Hogwash Or Downright Dangerous

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Here is a listing of 14 fad diets that will work against you in the long run. Common sense would probably tell you this, but the article tells you specifically why they are a bad idea:

Quick summary: if you have been on SP for any length of time you will have learned that weight loss is not just about what we don't eat but how healthily we do eat and exercise is a must. We need to know that we don't starve our way to slimness, health, and fitness, we eat and exercise our way to slimness, health and fitness. None of these diets meets our body's needs, none emphasize the need for cardio and strength training, and essentially doom you to regaining the weight you do lose, if not more.

Exercise is important but you can't exercise off the poor nutrition of an inadequate diet any more than you can gain strength, flexibility, and fitness through food choice alone.

There are no real shortcuts on this journey that will lead you to where you want to be. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If it says "guaranteed to lose up to five pounds," that is just another way of stating "guaranteed to lose less than five pounds."

May God bless all your efforts to live a healthy, strong, and fit lifestyle.
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    It should say, "Guaranteed to make you lose five pounds, and gain back 15!" Because that's ALWAYS what happens!

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PINKPANTHERS 7/27/2014 11:27PM

    Cotton balls? It is really sad the extremes people will go to in an effort to lose. Thanks for the reminder that slow, steady and healthy is the only way to go! emoticon

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JANISMKW 7/27/2014 8:55PM

    Wow, there are some really gross ideas out there... tape worms? eating (polyester) cotton balls?


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    Love this! Always a good reminder :) I wish there was a quick fix sometimes, but I'm glad we are at Spark and on a healthy and sustainable track!

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LIFENPROGRESS 7/27/2014 2:06PM

    Testify! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/27/2014 11:25AM

    There is a very popular diet that is constantly advertised on radio in San Diego. However, they say over 14,000 doctors endorse it, but when you ask for specific names of docs, they can't provide any. Plus, it's totally soy-based, and researching soy a person would find out some of the side effects to expect. The "food" is completely lab created. Nothing natural. The very limited daily calorie intake is downright dangerous. The food tastes absolutely nightmarish, and is woefully expensive. More than these factors, on the plan, a person is not learning the healthy way to eat; so, when they go off plan, the inevitable happens.

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ROCKPORT9 7/27/2014 11:16AM

    emoticon Eat healthy and exercise in smart ways!

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