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Give credit where credit is due

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I struggle with being a coward.

I really have a lot of faith, yet the only way I exhibit it is through prayer and encouraging and loving others. I fall short when it comes to verbally expressing my love for God and giving him credit for all he's doing in my life.

I'm here to set it straight.

I've had an awesome 3 months with SparkPeople. He has put it on the hearts of others to encourage me along the way. He has given me the drive and the strength to work toward my goals. He is my source of life. He grants me success.

Give credit where credit is due.

  
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WENDYSPARKS 11/16/2011 11:27AM

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SHERIO5 11/16/2011 11:13AM

    Beautiful!



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CORKY982 11/16/2011 10:30AM

  I'm the same way. I love God, and I love what He has done for me, but I'm not quick enough to say it. To say I know that He is the one who has a hand in this, that it isn't all me.

Congrats on your three months :)

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AMANDASHRINKING 11/16/2011 9:27AM

    its my 3rd month on sparks people too we can do this

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For me the changes have been gradual

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I don't know how or when it happened, but I have (probably gradually) decreased my intake of sweets, diet soda, and fast food.

I know at one point I started carrying healthy snacks with me whenever I was going to be out of the house for any period of time, so I'm less likely to pull over for a burger and fries.

I never laid down the law with myself and denied myself sweets, soda or fast food, but with tracking my food I became conscious of the nutrient content (mostly fats, carbs and protein) of the foods I eat and began consuming the healthier alternatives.If I ate all the junk food I was doing before, I would use up all my calories and not achieve my goals for protein and carbs. Since I previously didn't eat enough carbs, I added in whole grains and fruits. I wasn't consuming much protein, but added soy milk and low-fat cheese, greek yogurt and protein shakes.

The one thing I made a conscious decision to add was the 8+ cups of water, which changed what I drink...I'm not so thirsty so I don't constantly grab a diet mountain dew to quench my thirst. I used to hate water but now I find it refreshing.

I still don't deny myself a goodie now and then, I feel denial only causes me to binge. I haven't had a single binge in the 16 weeks with SparkPeople; just jotting that down opens my eyes to a wonderful change that has happened! Yay!

  
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_JODI404 11/15/2011 9:06PM

    That is a fabulous change - very worthwhile of celebrating!!

I now crave water... You will rarely find me anywhere without it!

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SHERIO5 11/15/2011 5:53PM

    You are doing great! You've made some changes which will keep you holding strong!!! I also started making some changes when I began putting everything into my Tracker...quite an eye opener isn't it?

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Growth and Change, Thanks SP!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Dieting has always been a trial for me. I normally would feel tired from not eating much and also from exercising without enough calories to energize me for a work out. I not only would feel tired, but I would also feel emotional. Well, crabby is a word for it. I would also be easily angered.

But SP has taught me a lot. I'm not dieting with calorie restriction. I'm eating more than I ever have while trying to lose weight. in consuming more calories, I can include more foods that my body needs. I'm learning to have a balance with carbs, fats, protein, etc. And I am choosing good carbs, good fats and healthy proteins. These are lifestyle changes, not diet techniques.

Best of all, with the way I'm actually allowing myself more calories, I'm finding that I have so much more energy! I'm almost always feeling "up" and I'm not crabby or irritable. Im a much nicer person. I feel good about myself and the more I treat my body well, I feel better and better about myself.

Sure, this is not a crash diet and I'm not losing more than a half a pound a week, but I am losing weight. I just marvel that I can eat up to 1850 calories a day and still lose weight. (I usually would limit myself to 1100 calories when dieting)

And currently I average 45 minutes of exercise a day. That's not much, but it's all I can find time for at this point. I don't plan to start doing hours of exercise a day in order to lose quicker. The way I see it I don't want to start something that won't be sustainable after I have lost the weight and need to maintain my weight.

So, I am excited that I discovered SP! It has changed the way I look at food and exercise. I'm learning to set goals and have vision for myself and my future.

I started this all in late July, and my back was not in great condition. I'd had surgery on a disc less than a year ago and was still having problems with nerve damage from the pressure of the herniated disc on my sciatic nerve. The damage caused me numbness and weakness in my foot, causing a slight foot-drop. Back pain kept me from walking at first. So I started with swimming. After a few weeks I could start walking just a little. But with gradually walking longer periods my strength is coming back. I started out walking 10 minutes at a time, then worked up to longer periods. . . now I can walk for 75 minutes without my foot being fatigued! This happened over the last three months. I've also received chiropractic help over these last three months, which has given me relief from back pain. I also do back strengthening exercises and stretches. My chiropractor does P90X and always gives me appropriate exercises that won't injure my back.

I've got so much to be thankful for. I appreciate the support of the SP community and the education the site provides. I look forward to continuing to growing with my new found family of Sparkers.



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SHERIO5 11/13/2011 6:48PM

    Great work!

I'll bet it felt good to be able to list all the ways your fitness and energy have improved!!!

You'll get there!!

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_JODI404 11/13/2011 12:12PM

    Awesome!! More calories is smart. Overrestricting too far is definitely not a path to life long positive changes.
Yay to more energy!
Yay to feeling more positive & UP!
Yay to feeling good about yourself and treating yourself well, like you totally deserve!
Yay for managing and reducing your back pain!

You do have SO much to be grateful for!

45 mins of exercise/day, with almost no day of rest is a LOT to me!! You have high standards. I think this is a really great level to shoot for.

You are also a wonderful, supportive SparkFriend! I look forward to following along and continuing to see you achieve further successes and reach your goals.

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MISSLISA1973 11/13/2011 10:07AM

    Wow! You're doing great! Forty-five minutes a day is pretty fantastic, especially considering how many people never get 45 minutes in during a whole month!

I love that I am learning about nutrition. I never thought about feeding my body because it was hungry for nutrition. Before it was always about my tongue and my stomach. Now it's about my WHOLE body, from cells to organs. It's about providing my body what it needs and enjoying how I feel when it's well fed. Hooray for SparkPeople!

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HDHAWK 11/13/2011 8:45AM

    You're doing great! I'm starting over. Regained everything that I lost plus more. Slow and steady is the way to go so you can stick with it for the long haul!

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YIWEN39 11/13/2011 5:27AM

    That's great super excellent news :-) Really happy for you :-) emoticon

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Insecurity

Friday, November 11, 2011

When I was a teenager I was very insecure about my body as many of us were. But I had grown to be tallest in my class in 4th grade, and got large breasts at that time too. I stayed 5'3 for the rest of my life, so gradually I was one of the shortest. But while I was tall, and curvy, I wasn't really overweight. Maybe 120 Lbs. My best friend was actually a petite, actually anorexic looking girl though at that age and in those days, anorexia wasn't a topic of discussion, I don't even know if that was the term for it yet. I took my cues from looking at her and thinking I should be littler like her, weight-wise. I dreamed of legs as skinny as hers. I was a tomboy and very muscular, so that wasn't a reality I could attain. But I was a kid and didn't know better.

We were friends till one day another friend of hers came over to me in the playground (in 6th grade) and told me I couldn't hang out with their group. Of course they were the "in crowd". I spent all the rest of my years in school insecure and devastated. I tried wearing different clothes, maybe that was what was wrong with me, but no, that didn't help. I also tried losing weight. Even for a year I became anorexic, but that didn't help. Thank goodness that faze didn't last. I just needed someone to tell me I was ok the way I was. But I didn't ask anyone for that and I also didn't know that's what I needed.

After years of being married, I finally started asking for approval from my hubby, who wasn't verbal about liking my looks or my body. But the insecurity was around for many more years. Too much damage was done. I constantly compared myself to other women. I still do, but I am gaining confidence and offer myself more approval lately.

I now now confidence doesn't have to be about weight or body size. I am proud of who I am becoming, more and more each day!

  
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BLUE42DOWN 11/11/2011 10:34PM

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A good point there about just needing someone to tell you that you were okay the way you were. If we have the opportunity to give that to someone young, we should.

And wonderful that you're overcoming that and learning to appreciate who and what you are rather than wanting to be someone else, something different than you are.

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Peppermint and Stromboli (Not together!)

Monday, November 07, 2011

Started out to be a great day. Got up early due to the time change, and had an extra hour before I needed to leave for work, so I took a walk. While walking I tried to listen to music, but nothing hit me right. I was impatient with the music. Maybe I'm just bored with what I have on my iPod.

The time change must be messing with me because now I'm "off schedule" for my meds and I'm consequently in a daze. I thought maybe it was because I didn't get to eat lunch on time that caused me to be spacey. Well whatever the reason, I hope in a few days I feel back to normal.

Yesterday was a beautiful day here and I was planning on taking a walk outside. I had an hour before I was planning on going out for that walk, I hung out indoors for a little and I lit a candle that smells so good...Twisted Peppermint, by Bath and Body Works. Peppermint energizes me and I put on a CD of Phil Collins and started marching around the room, and doing lunges and kinda dancing (I don't dance) and I didn't stop till the CD was finished, I was enjoying myself so much. It turned out to be an hour of movement! So I never ended up walking outside. Instead I took my Mac outside and got on SP. So I still enjoyed the nice weather. My calves are really tight today and my feet are sore. So Whatever I was doing was good for my calves. (I did stretch after the CD, and again today after my walk, but tonight I'm still sore.)

Tomorrow I will go swimming in the morning. Last time I swam I had to push to finish my 40 minute swim. I had gotten into the pool and after 2 laps I was out of breath to the point that I almost panicked. I told the lifeguard I'd gotten out of breath really quickly today and she said maybe I was cold and to keep moving. But I stayed short of breath until lap 30 (30 min) But I had slowed my pace. I checked my heart rate after I slowed down and it was average for my usual rate. I should've checked it when I was out of breath. Hopefully this won't happen again in the morning.

Tonight was date night. My hubby and I have had Monday night date night since 1994. We've only missed a handful of Mondays. We usually just go out to dinner and maybe walk around the mall for a few laps. It's just nice to have a special set aside time to focus on each other without tv. Tonight he was in the mood for stromboli, so we each had a half of one. I stayed within my budget for the day. Maybe not a very healthy food choice, but I sure enjoyed it.

Last night I made up a general schedule of when I'll work out. But today I walked instead of doing my Jillian DVD, Frontside. I've never made a schedule to work out and I kind of like winging it. I'm pretty good about getting 2 days of ST and 2 days of swimming. The rest of the days I walk and sometimes I double up and walk as well as swim. On the ST days I usually get some walking in, too.

  
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SHERIO5 11/7/2011 7:55PM

    It sounds like overall, you had an emoticon day!

I was spacey yesterday too, but I think it was a combo of not enough sleep and the time change...much better today!

Having a regular time with you husband is soooo important! We do ours on Friday nights!!! Good for you! Splitting something yummy is a favorite of ours too!

I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!

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_JODI404 11/7/2011 7:21PM

    emoticon That time change can really mess with you, I agree! I almost went to bed last night without changing my alarm clock to the new time until hubby reminded me.

Your improvised/spontaneous dance workout sounded fun. I can see a schedule is good so you have a plan to get things done. I guess if you are not in the mood for something when the date comes, you can always change it.

Good for you on the regular date nights! I think that is awesome.... and stromboli sounds wonderful! I love sharing 1/2 of something good like that!

Hope you have a fabulous week!
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