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What I'd Like To Change

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

My team challenge today was to list the things I'd like to change about myself and why/how. So here they are:

1.How I feel that I look in my clothes - I get tired of pulling my jeans up above my sagging belly. I get very self-conscious about it and it's ridiculous. If I could just lose that little bit there I know that I'd feel so much better. It wasn't always there and it doesn't need to be any longer.
2. Being afraid to be in pictures - Each time I see a picture of myself I don't have very positive thoughts anymore. I'd like to look at a picture of myself and think "oh wow, I look really nice!" instead of "ew, look at my belly!" I feel like I always pick out the negatives and if just for once I could find a new picture that I could find something positive in BEFORE I automatically find the negatives, I'd be happy.
3. Feeling better - I'd like to be able to walk up or down a flight of steps and not feel out of breath. I need to do it for my health and for my future. There's no reason that at 28 years old I can't do a flight of steps comfortably. It's also really embarassing.

To reach these goals I'll use my New Years resolution for 2014 which is a commitment to myself to exercise for a minimum of 10 minutes (intentionally) each day. That's my plan and I'm sticking to it!
Happy 2014 to you all!

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KALISWALKER 2/6/2014 8:59PM

    You are well on your way!

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KCONNELLY2 1/3/2014 12:33AM

    I feel exactly the same way...Thanks for putting it in words.

Think Positive!! You can do it!!


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FINCHFEEDER80 1/2/2014 9:14PM

    You're going to do great this year!

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BONNIEMARGAY 1/2/2014 3:34PM

    All blessings to you in the new year!

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SPOONGIRLDEB 1/2/2014 1:11PM

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JAMDRGN76 1/2/2014 12:54PM

    Sounds like a plan. Do your thing

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    Great goals....personal and achievable!

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BIGPAWSUP 1/1/2014 11:14PM

    Woo Hoo - you got this.

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MCFITZ2 1/1/2014 11:07PM

    You can do all this and more. I believe in you.

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JUMPINJULIE 1/1/2014 10:31PM

    Great goals you can do it.

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    I finally moved past the photograph one and that was a huge victory! Good luck with the coming challenge!

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HDHAWK 1/1/2014 9:47PM

    I need to work on those same things. Good luck in reaching your goals!

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GEMLADYONE 1/1/2014 9:35PM

    2014 can be your year! emoticon

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Ridiculous Fear

Friday, August 02, 2013

I read a really nice quote today about people stopping themselves from things in life because of a fear deep down that makes them think only other people can do things - especially weight loss. It essentially said that we sometimes make ourselves fail without even realizing it.

I was thinking about this and realized that it's not only true for a lot of people, but it's true for me. I've gotten past the "I can't do it, but she can" stage and I've moved into something completely differently. I think of it as a fear of the end result. I'm not afraid of what I'll look like when I'm fit or thinner. I know my body will feel better and that I'll look better and feel more comfortable in my clothes and such. Here are some examples of what I mean:

1. I participate in both the 5% challenge and the Biggest Loser challenge. I LOVE being on these teams! It gives me a great sense of team work and community with others on my teams. It gives me goals to work toward each week, accountability, and friends on SP that I'm constantly in contact with in the chat rooms.
--When I get to my goal weight I have no need to be on these teams anymore. Will I still stay in contact with my team mates? Will I still be accountable toward my new goals?

2. What will I work toward or look forward to?
--Yes, I realize that life offers a million things to look forward to. But when I reach that final weight loss destination, where do I go from there?

These things seem ridiculous in my head. I know they aren't things I should even be worrying about right now since I still have 36 pounds to go. But, here I am worrying about them!

Well Spark friends, I guess I'm wondering if you all think of these silly things too?!?

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LIFE-FAITH 10/18/2013 9:22AM

    Not silly! Continue doing well on your journey!
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I like being part of the community and I too like the challenges!


Comment edited on: 10/18/2013 9:23:13 AM

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BIGPAWSUP 8/8/2013 9:54PM

    I understand your fears and they are valid. It is why we self-sabotage. Keep going.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 8/6/2013 10:28AM

    I don't think it is silly to have those thoughts. If anything it is smart because that means you are planning ahead. Planning is always the key!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/6/2013 12:53AM

    Not silly at all! I have some of the weirdest fears (or they seem so to me! I worry that when I reach goal, that I won't be able to keep it, or that I'll just give up for no real reason. Keep up the good work!

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JUMPINJULIE 8/4/2013 10:46PM

    They are not silly I feel the same way. You can do this emoticon

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HZGLORY 8/4/2013 11:48AM


Been there done that too. But I really have no reason to because I am so far away from that goal still. But I think you are wrong on one point. Yes, you will need to be on those teams more than ever then. Why you say, because maintenance can be a Bit**! Maintenance is so much harder than losing. We will need to find that correct balance and keep all those things we have been learning and changing along the way going and balanced in our daily life. How many of us have gone on "diets" and then after losing some large amount of weight we were silly (gentle word compared to my real word) enough to think great now I can go back to the way I used to be and life will be great. Only to find out that, that is not at all how it is and that regain actually brings another 10 or more lbs with it as well. Nope we are finding a new balance and a new way of doing things for LIFE!!

I have been lucky enough to meet good sparker friends that have been doing it now for years and they know the routine well enough to keep it all in balance and are at maintanance now for some time. I glean so much from them too and know I will really need their wisdom and support when I get there!!! Hugs Susan

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    What Alie said....
You may not need the purpose of the team... but lemme tell you, the team will always need you... I got one word for you... "INSPIRATION."
So no worries... let's just cross this bridge when you get there...
something tells me, you won't be worried about it then anyway! emoticon

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CAT-IN-CJ 8/2/2013 8:21PM

    No, you're the only one in the universe that thinks that way. . . . . NOT!!!!

Don't worry . . . you won't be able to get rid of us THAT easy!!!!

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DARLY55 8/2/2013 7:53PM

    Things will change for us in many ways, some good, some not so good -as with jealous friends. We just need to go with the flow. Don't let any of these fears stand in your way, do what is best for you! Your Spark friends will still be with you!! While some of the challenges may no longer apply to you, there will be new challenges, new goals! emoticon

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RUFFIT 8/2/2013 6:43PM

    I don't know about you but I keep challenging myself and growing. So I go on to other challenges to continue to grow. Even when I hit my goal weight there are maintenance teams too. Always steps to take and grow. Moni

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GEMLADYONE 8/2/2013 3:50PM

    Yes, and they're not silly. Since I'm hoping to reach goal by the end of the current 5% challenge, I asked around about that specifically because I did not want to have to leave my team once I do.

I recently learned that we can still belong to and participate in the 5% challenge teams after we reach goal weight. We can participate as "maintainers" and there are a number that do this. When you are a maintainer, your weight leader will just not count your weight into the % calculations, so you don't hurt your team if you don't lose. Your fitness minutes and LTGL points still count, and the maintainers I know who still participate say that it helps them in maintaining by staying accountable and connected to the community that helped them reach goal.

So no fear! Go ahead toward your goals, without worry of losing anything here! emoticon

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HAPPYMENOW58 8/2/2013 3:41PM

    They are not silly! I agree with you....Our minds/fear can play terrible games with us....This website helps us deal with all of it.....Keep reading, sparking, and working through it! You can do it! Hang in there....Best wishes on your journey.....!

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Bahamas Cruise

Thursday, July 25, 2013

My boyfriend and I went on a cruise to Nassau and Half Moon Cay in late June to July 1st this year. I kept saying I was going to blog about it and upload the pictures and I never did it. Well, here it is!

We left from Port Canaveral in Florida. While leaving port we saw all kinds of wild life - the obligatory seagulls, some sea turtles swimming around, dolphins, and LOTS of stingrays.

Lido deck of the ship

You can't cruise w/o fun, fruity drinks!

Sail Away party

Our first port of call was Nassau. In Nassau we just explored parts of the island. We swam at a locals beach called Junkanoo Beach, went to Da Fish Fry, Andy ate lots of conch, walked to a rum distillery, and spent some time at Senor Frogs.

Our next port of call was Half Moon Cay (pronounced Key), also in the Bahamas. It's a private island owned by 3 cruise companies. There's literally nothing there but beach...I loved it! It was the most perfect beach I've ever been to. There's white sands, crystal clear waters, gorgeous fish that come when you put a crumb of bread in the water, and nothing else. There wasn't even anything to do there except parasail, snorkel, horseback ride on the beach, jet ski, or swim. None of the excursions were offered on our side of the tiny 55-acre island either - it was extremely serene. Andy entered the "hairy chest contest" for fun...that was hilarious! Aside from that, we rented a clam shell umbrella and just relaxed all day long.

The rest of our trip was spent seeing shows, enjoying a day at see, relaxing on the Lido Deck, and just enjoying each other's company. We had a great time!

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RUFFIT 7/28/2013 7:21PM

    How beautiful. Glad you had a great time.

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GEMLADYONE 7/26/2013 10:44PM

    Sounds like you had a great and relaxing trip. I love cruising. It's the easiest and most economical way to see new places. Our favorite so far was a trans-Atlantic cruise in 2006. We saw a lot of great places in the Mediterranean and then 6 days at sea crossing back to Miami! I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

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BELIEVING-N-ME 7/26/2013 2:52PM

Sound like you had a great time and made some wonderful memories.

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/26/2013 4:19AM

    You have had some amazing adventures!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/26/2013 2:28AM

    This looks awesome! What's really funny is this looks like the same cruise I took with my parents when I was 5! Cape Canaveral, Nassau, the Bahamas. How funny! Hope you had fun!

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JUMPINJULIE 7/26/2013 1:42AM

    Looks like so much fun.

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KELSPRETTYGIRL 7/26/2013 12:44AM

    emoticon ! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

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TURTLETALK 7/25/2013 10:40PM

    Looks like a fantastic vacation!

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MKRETIRED 7/25/2013 9:58PM

  Sounds like you had a great time. My wife and I did a similar cruise in 1990. Left the Bahama's for home around 10 a.m. and was a warm 70 degrees. Arrived home in Minneapolis that evening and it was 30 below zero.

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5% Assignment #3

Monday, July 15, 2013

Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight.

What do you want to change? I want to stop getting sick all the time. I feel like having a healthier body will help me with this. I also want my clothes to fit better!

How do you want to look? I want to get rid of my rubber tire belly, my love handles, and the back fat. I'd like to tone what I do have and just feel strong.

How do you want to feel? I want to feel healthy, comfortable, and strong.

What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? Do anything without getting winded quickly. I want to be able to walk around without my thighs rubbing together and having them wear holes in my pants!

And list all the OTHER things that you want to change! I just want to be able to look at a picture of myself and not feel like I'm going to cry. Not think that I look like a giant. I also want to look at a picture and not nit-pick it apart anymore. Just to be able to see it and go "oh, what a fun time!" instead of thinking how horrible I look would be wonderful!

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JUMPINJULIE 7/19/2013 5:58PM

    Sounds good to me you can do it.

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/16/2013 2:31PM

    Yes! Good work!

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KALISWALKER 7/16/2013 12:33PM

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TURTLETALK 7/16/2013 8:54AM

    Sounds like a good plan. Go A's!!!!

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FITK34 7/15/2013 7:59PM

    I love how you are making yourself 'see' where you want to be and what you want to accomplish. Wonderful! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 7/15/2013 7:48PM

    They all sound like valid reasons ........ and your daily actions and good choices will get you where you want to be .............. emoticon ........ I KNOW you can! emoticon

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Summer 5% Challenge

Sunday, July 14, 2013

July 27th starts the Summer 5% Challenge. I'm hoping to be on team Awesome A Team again and will find out in a few days. This will be my 4th 5% challenge and while I've yet to lose 5% of my body weight, I came REALLY close during the last challenge. In the Spring challenge I was 0.9lb away from my 5% goal and I think that's pretty awesome!

In the past, I've done all of the pre-challenge assignments at the last minute - granted I was working and such - but this time I feel like I'm really committed. In the past I've also waited until the challenge started to really get into an exercise routine. Well, not this time. I've already started a few days ago. You see, I need something right in front of my face to keep me accountable to myself. It's not that I don't like tracking on the site or anything, but if the computer isn't on or something like that, I just won't do it. So, I've come up with this wonderful little calendar that I'm using for each day of the month...and it's color coded (hello, crazy kindergarten teacher!) track my progress each day!
The calendar is just a blank calendar that I printed off of and then in the margins on the side I put the little colored star stickers, each color standing for one of my 5 daily goals (drink 8 servings of water, 30 min of cardio, 15 min of strength training, track my nutrition, and 3 freebies).
These seem like really simple goals and they're always on my mind, but for some reason I'll just skip right over them half of the time. So, by having that calendar right in front of my face all day, I make sure it gets done...because darn it, I want those stars!!!

My plan is to:
Do cardio 5 days a week (at least 30 minutes each session)
Do Strength Training 3 days a week (at least 15 minutes each session)
Be accountable to my team - checking in daily in the chat
I don't follow a specific diet but struggle to get in fruits and veggies so I'll try to earn that star each day!
8 glasses of water each day

Here goes nothin'!
Best of luck to my fellow 5%'ers!

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JUMPINJULIE 7/19/2013 5:57PM

    You can do it. Love the calendar.

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TURTLETALK 7/14/2013 9:54PM

    Sounds like a good plan!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/14/2013 8:56PM

    Wishing you TONS of 5 star days! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GEMLADYONE 7/14/2013 7:31PM

    The calendar sounds like a great idea to help you stay accountable. I know you'll hate to see any stars missing!

I'm also looking forward to the summer challenge. Best of luck to you!

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STEVIEBEE569 7/14/2013 6:03PM

    I know we're not on the same team, but I wish you much success during the challenge! emoticon

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MINNA72 7/14/2013 5:39PM

    Tangerines? emoticon

Good luck with the summer challenge, the calendar sounds like a neat idea!

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