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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Well! I've persevered for one year. I've known this day was coming up soon and have thought that I don't have anything profound to write about. I didn't feel like I had any major accomplishment to brag about.

I've lost 16 pounds. I guess since I didn't have much more than 20 that I needed to lose, and it's harder to lose those last 10, I'm doing pretty good.

I've reached a sized and shape that I am content with.

My fitness level is great...I can lift my grandkids again. (MAJOR victory)

My body feels strong.

I eat fruit and vegetables every day!

I exercise 6 out of 7 days, 45 to 60 minutes a day without having to force myself. (Most of the time!)

I know what to eat when we eat out that won't send my calories way over for the day.

I've learned that I can still have my sweet fix once in a while, it's not taboo.

I've learned how important my sleep is and getting stress out of my life is too.

I've learned to have fun.

As I said, nothing profound, but some good foundational principles.

I haven't thought of how to celebrate. Maybe I could pick up Subway Sandwiches and surprise my hubby at work for lunch. Now that would be fun! He works 40 minutes away, but I just might do it!

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LORLILU 7/27/2012 8:00AM

    Congratuations on your success! Your foundations will keep you right on target. Go enjoy those grandkids!!

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KATD13 7/26/2012 11:10PM


You've done a great job!

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LUCINDARW 7/26/2012 6:11PM

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MERRYMARY42 7/26/2012 4:06PM

    Happy Sparkaversary, so very proud of you, this is the way to maintain, Me, I always want to celebrate when I get close to my goal weight, and there I go. but if I can get there again, I am going to be so very good. emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 7/26/2012 2:43PM

    great job sticking with sp and learning how to be healthy emoticon

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AUTUMNBRZ 7/26/2012 1:43PM

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LARISSA238 7/26/2012 1:41PM

    emoticon Any weight loss is a victory! Congrats on yours, and emoticon

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COURTNEY055 7/26/2012 12:21PM

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You are inspirational! Thanks for the blog!

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LAINYC 7/26/2012 11:38AM

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SHERIO5 7/26/2012 11:26AM

    Happy Sparkversary!

I think your accomplishments are pretty awesome! If you put them all together like you have here, very impressive!


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MNNICE 7/26/2012 10:42AM

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! Keep it up and those last few pounds will eventually disappear!

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NANCYPAT1 7/26/2012 10:19AM

    Have a wonderful day and my vote for your celebration is to celebrate with hubby.

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Just saying'...

Monday, July 23, 2012

Wow, time has flown lately. I haven't much to blog about.

I am doing well with the exercise even though I don't have my once or twice a week Y visit. I've just increased my use of my DVD, walking and biking. I haven't gained any weight. But I really feel good about where I'm at right now. I wouldn't mind if I lost a little, but I have a friend who was the same size as me. She lost 13 pounds and looks too thin for a 55 year old. Just doesn't look as healthy, in my eyes. I had had a goal to lose 14 more pounds, but no longer feel that would look healthy. Maybe I'm just envious of her and she really does look ok, but I'm happy and I'm not in a competition with her. Just sayin'.

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TBOGENER 9/30/2012 1:49PM

    Florida Fairy you say it so well! emoticon Also on your sparkaversary that I seemed to have missed.

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SHERIO5 7/24/2012 11:14AM

    I'm glad you aren't feeling competitive as well! Sometimes competition can be a fun, good thing, but when we are comparing ourselves, we usually aren't doing ourselves a favor, or anyone else!

Congrats on feeling positive where you are, and for maintaining! emoticon

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_JODI404 7/23/2012 9:17PM

    No good usually comes of comparisons! Glad you are feeling good about yourself!!

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EGALITAIRE 7/23/2012 11:30AM

    We know when we are healthy - what others' might think really shouldn't be part of the equation.

Stay Strong

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    If you are happy and not overweight, why not be content? emoticon

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Too many "Shoulds"; self imposed rules.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

You know that thing I talked about only sitting for 3 hours a day? Well I wore myself out the next day trying to keep from sitting and threw in the towel the day after that. I decided that something another sparker said made sense; to be sure to get up every hour and do something, move around. I can climb stairs, go make some tea, do a set of pushups, things like that.

You know I don't believe everything I read. I am prone to believe it more often than not though, and have tons of "shoulds" in my life. Most advice I read I turn into a must do for myself, like it's gospel, and make it into a rule. My husband even comments on how many rules I have for myself and too many shoulds... that I don't have any fun,

Anyone relate? Or any suggestions on how to get out of this trap? emoticon

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LARISSA238 7/10/2012 7:22PM

    I'm there with you! I have too many "should's". I have a routine that I go through every night, and if I don't stick to it I get fussy. I've been trying to be more lenient, but it's hard. I hope you can get over it... I know I need to also! *hugs* emoticon emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 7/10/2012 2:42PM

    Years ago in a seminar, the speaker said the most important thing we can learn to say (to ourselves as well as others):

== Don't Should on Me! ==

Rarely do we use "should" for the things we want to do willingly. It always seems to be the things that we feel an external pressure to do (even when we're the one laying down the rule, the reasons are usually exterior). As one article on "should" puts it:

== When we tell ourselves we "should" do something it carries great authority. "Should" makes any sentence sound like it came straight from the mouth of God. ==

Instead of "should", we can try remaking the sentence with "I choose" and the reason we would make that choice.

* I should brush my teeth every night.

* I choose to brush my teeth every night because it will help prevent eventual loss of my teeth, something I've had nightmares about.

Quite a difference in the second because it is my reasons and my choice and my desire behind it - not some nebulous order from beyond.

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LUCINDARW 7/10/2012 1:09PM

    I know what you mean I go the all or nothing route myself. Hard for me to change but I try. You need to have some fun in your life to keep it well rounded. good for you recognizing that you need a change and good luck! Lucinda

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KAI_ZEN 7/10/2012 12:54PM

    I can relate! Lots of shoulds. I also tend toward the all-or-nothing mindset.

I try to think of it from another person's perspective. Would I say what I'm saying to myself to a friend? Would I have the expectation I'm putting on myself on my friend? That shift in perspective sometimes helps.

Hang in there!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Feeling kinda "off" today. Have been fighting a bladder infection and a cold. The cold is getting better I think, but the bladder infection is very mild and I'm trying to not take antibiotics. Hoping that the cranberry juice can do the trick. Not sure if it's just an old wives tale that that works. Have you found it to be helpful? I've been to the dr and he gave me a script, but agreed I could try the c. juice for a couple of days. So maybe there is something to it.

I've started being on Pinterest, which is giving me lots of recipes to try. Most of them are not good for me, and I gravitate toward the sweets. What I'm doing is trying them and giving most of the product away to neighbors and to my old workplace. My neighbor, though, has decided that he would like to return the favor and bring me his creations! So, it has backfired! ARGH! I know I'm doing a bad service to these people, and am saying sweets are fine for you, but not for me. I just have a taste and give them away.

The baking is the fun part for me and I do allow a sweet every now and then. My husband likes to have something to snack on every day, too. If I don't bake, he just goes out and buys processed goodies. At least I'm not interested in any of the stuff he brings home. Maybe I should just let him get his own.

Today is the birthday of one of my former co-workers, and I'm going by there to drop off what I made today. I did sample the bars, and they were good, but I'm not leaving any in the house. The rest I gave to my neighbor.

I like to do stuff for other people, it makes me happy. But I don't have any other inexpensive ideas of what to do for them. I bake and I do not cook. Otherwise maybe I could bring them dinner. Maybe I should put my energies into trying out some dishes and see if they would be as well received as the sweets.

Since I'm fighting this bladder infection, I'm seriously thinking I'll just focus on doing a ST circuit routine for today. I can burn a lot a calories that way. I'm proud of myself; I upped my ST days from 1/wk to 3/wk. I think that it does a lot of good.

Keep on Sparking everyone!


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MERRYMARY42 7/10/2012 8:52PM

    I love to bake also, I should find someone to give it to, I am really not much on cakes cookies and pies, my hubby likes them, but we end up wasting so much, I have about given up on it. I used to take mine to work, but that place moved to India, that is why I lost my job. so that would be a bit too far to travel me thinks, but good on you for upping your exercise

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AUTUMNBRZ 7/10/2012 3:15PM

    cranberry juice is helpful especially for prevention. http://www.pitt.edu/~cjm6/s99cranbe

You are not doing anyone a disservice by giving people sweets. It is a nice gesture. And Sweets ARE fine. Everything in moderation is fine. It's not like you have a gun to their head making them eat the whole thing. You are much too hard on yourself.

Aweseome job on the exercise! Woohoo! Keep up the great work!

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LUCINDARW 7/10/2012 1:26PM

    Walmart carries a cranberry black cherry juice, both are good for the bladder and do help with UTIs. I use to bake and cook then eat very little of it if I didn't give it away or the family eat it I would have consumed it all myself! Good for you on upping your ST to 3 times per week I'm sure you will see results fast. Lucinda emoticon emoticon

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SHERIO5 7/10/2012 12:15PM

    I can relate to the baking/sweets dilema! Maybe you could try another creative hobby, like soap making, or something inedible?!

Good for you upping the strength training, I think it really does make a difference in how you look and feel.

As for the cranberry juice, I believe it works! They even have cranberry tablets in the vitamin section, I used AZO products when I was pregnant and had UTI's often...

I hope you are feeling back to normal soon! emoticon

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Sitting vs. Moving About

Monday, July 02, 2012

I registered for the summer 5K virtual race on SP. Should be fun. I'll see if I better my time from last time.

I read about how people sit too much during the day. They suggest the best thing for us is to sit only 3 hrs a day! Anywhere more that 6 hrs is counterproductive even if you have a workout everyday! I googled this on a medical review. It seemed like a reputable source. I figured out how much I sit and it's more like 8 hours or more. I don't even go to a job. The kinds of things I like to do involve mostly sitting. Reading, SP, Pinterest, Facebook, knitting, writing in journals, driving, etc. I never clean house. So yesterday i spent a few hours cleaning. I stood up at my island and did some word search puzzles, I stood at my counter doing SP. But, I don't garden. What else can I do to be upright? I don't talk on the phone much but I can do that while pacing. I was really tired last night from my workout and cleaning. My husband usually sits all evening, either at his computer or by the TV, so I sit and read. That will have to change. Even with all I did upright yesterday, I still was sitting at around 6 hrs. It is an improvement, but I feel like I need to sit less. I'm overwhelmed by this. Well, it will give me something more to focus on other than food!

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COURTNEYO5 7/4/2012 12:24AM

    Thats an interesting fact. I never knew that. Wow, I'm sitting way much more than I should. I guess I'm going to have to find more things to do during my days and nights. Hmmm...aught to be an interesting challenge..lol emoticon

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AUTUMNBRZ 7/2/2012 3:38PM

    I signed up for it too! :)

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    Never heard of that about the 3 hour thing. I sit all day and night long. Have no idea how I can change that. I have nothing to do and if I do I get up and do it, but what do you do if there is nothing to walk for? hum

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BLUE42DOWN 7/2/2012 12:38PM

    I don't know that I've read the 3 hour thing before, but I have seen studies about getting up and moving regularly even with a desk job. I try to get up for about 5 minutes out of every hour, just to walk to the restroom, the kitchen, to check the fax machine, little "excuses" that get me out of a sitting position and the blood flowing.

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POOKASLUAGH 7/2/2012 11:24AM

    I know I sit way more than I should!

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COWGIRLUPINOK 7/2/2012 10:48AM

    I am one of the lucky ones. I walk for 10+ hours a day at a warehouse that includes lots of sweating and lots of mobility. I rarely sit for long periods except for my days off....After walking 10-12 miles 4x per week sitting can be uncomfortable so I don't do it for extended periods at a time....

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