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Need to SPARK through seasonal illness!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Well friends, I'm so discouraged, I just wrote a SparkCoach (I'm in the SparkCoach program; participants can email a Coach f they have questions or need encouragement). It seems like ever since this school year began, our four sweet boys have been bringing home every single GERM! emoticon A bug will go though our house, and then start all over again! We used to home school, so maybe we never built up our immunities?? But it's been crazy. So anyhow, I feel like, every time I get back on the SP wagon, I get sick! Then I'm down for the count for a couple weeks, and it's sooo hard to return to *consistency*! emoticon
Well, I don't want to be a drag-- just needed to vent, I guess!
The good news is I am easing back into my fitness. I just did a 1/2 hr. gentle yoga DVD that has helped my lower back in the past, and I feel really good. The yoga even lessened my current nausea, somehow! I have also begun to track my food again today (crummy Saltines emoticon), just because I'm trying to re-establish the habit. I sure hope this nausea isn't flu, and I'm praying my flu shot kicks in soon-- just got it on Wednesday.
Okay, here's to new beginnings, sick or not sick! emoticon

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AJDOVER1 11/23/2013 9:34PM

    you're in my prayers. Let me know if there's anything I can do for you.
You're off to a great start. Every little step in the right direction will bring you closer to your goals.

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MSLZZY 11/22/2013 10:39PM

    Glad you are back and sorry you had so much illness. Hang in there!

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TOKIEMOON 11/22/2013 7:37PM

    Lucy, I'ts good to see you on SP again, but not good that you're battling so many viruses. It may well be that the public school exposure (vs. home schooling) Is the culprit. As if illness isn't bad enough, the next 6 weeks of holiday craziness are upon us.

I hope you are getting help at home and that you can take care of yourself. Be well my friend! Denise emoticon

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    Wow, thanks very much for this encouragement!
Bless your heart, bronchial stuff is the worst-- it's like, how can i do aerobic exercise when I'm coughing as if I'm hacking up a lung, for goodness' sake?!
...but I *really* like your attitude! Thanks very much for chiming in!!

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INDORTY 11/22/2013 3:10PM

    Lucy it is always hard to keep Sparking through any illness but the seasonal ones seem to be even hard for the very reason you mention .... you no sooner see the top & you get knocked down for another round.

I get asthma & all too often a common cold ends up as bronchial asthma so I totally understand what you are saying.

The ONLY thing we can do is to keep pushing ourselves through it BUT rest when need to. It is so easy to give up & binge our way through it all (as I did during October) and then lose it all yet again.

The key is IF we do sink to eating our way through it all, we need to remember to NOT beat ourselves up. Comfort food can be good at times if it is the right stuff.

NB: I am doing a bit of self talk here too.

cheers & good luck emoticon emoticon

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Today's SparkCoach Action Step

Friday, August 02, 2013

This was my SparkCoach Action Step for today:

"Spend a few minutes writing about the reasons behind your fitness and weight-loss goals. What is your true motivation? What do you hope to achieve or experience after reaching your goal?"

Hmmm... I know I want to lose about 15 more pounds (initially!), but what is behind that goal? I guess I just accepted the goal weight that SP gave me when I answered the questions in setting up my account. Why do I *want* to lose the weight, though?

Honestly, my main motivation is my personal appearance. I'm disgusted by how much I've let myself go since I had kids. I saw my rear view in the mirror today, and I nearly wept. I really should have a "WIDE LOAD" sign on my bottom! emoticon

As a matter of fact, we are going to see friends tomorrow whom we haven't visited for some time, and I've been *dreading* this. I'm very embarrassed about my weight gain... so much so, that if it weren't for Ricky, I would have gladly called the whole thing off. I realize that's incredibly selfish and shallow of me, but back when we lived near them and saw each other all the time, I was a skinny Minnie! On top of that, *they* have somehow remained very active and they both look great!!! While I did... well, I don't know what! Maybe too much couch and potato chip time over the years! emoticon

I guess I want to look good in my clothes again. I'm a size 14 for crying out loud!!! I remember when I was a size 2. {{{sigh}}} Granted, that was before I had my babies, but I'd *at least* like to wear a more realistic size 8-- or 6 would be amazing!!! emoticon I also want to be able to wear a swimsuit without hiding under a towel!

And I want to be fit, so that I don't get out of breath so easily! I want to be strong, so that I don't lose bone mass as I enter the menopause years! I want to be HEALTHY and able to keep up with my family! I want to age gracefully with my darling hubby, whom I've been in love with since I was sixteen years old! I want to live to see my grandbabies, if the good Lord gives us any! emoticon

To sum up, my goals are twofold: to look great, and to be healthy & strong! emoticon I'm going to search for images in magazines or on the internet that represent my goals, and tape them inside my cupboards, etc. I may even tape a couple inside our 'fridge!!! emoticon

Lord Jesus, please help me to reach my weight loss goals! emoticon
Phil. 4:13!!!

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THRIVE365 8/4/2013 1:33AM

    My "why" is also to look good in my own eyes. If it were up to my husband, I wouldn't be on this journey anymore - he's fine with me in a size 8. But I'm going for the 6 so I can wear "that" dress! emoticon

I also want to be good example of caring for God's temple and showing self-control.I don't want my size to take away from my testimony!

You have some good reasons to lose weight and knowing the "Why" will carry you forward. Good for you to be able to define it and put it in words and pictures.
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AJDOVER1 8/4/2013 12:18AM

    You're well on your way to reach your goals!

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JANTWO 8/3/2013 12:28AM

    Great goals!!!!

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MSLZZY 8/2/2013 11:09PM

    You know what you want and you are determined
to get to your goal. You are feeling as we all felt
when we started-how did I get to this point in my
life? I think you have a very positive attitude and
you WILL accomplish whatever you set your mind to.
So go for it! HUGS!

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UKMOM638 8/2/2013 8:47PM

    You Got This! I believe in you and putting it all out there is a GREAT Start! emoticon emoticon

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Today's SparkCoach Action Step

Friday, July 19, 2013

My SparkCoach Action Step today was: "Blog about all the ways in which you've noticed improvements in your life since adopting healthier habits."

First of all, since I've been trying to eat healthfully, now when I give in to temptation to eat bad foods, they don't even satisfy me like they used to. I am now actually beginning to *prefer* to eat healthful foods over junk food!

Second, my sleep has improved a lot since I started SP, and especially the Official Better Sleep Challenge.

Third, now that exercise is becoming habitual, I am actually beginning to look forward to exercising! (Never thought I'd see *that* day! emoticon)

Fourth, I am starting to have more energy in general.

Finally, I am feeling better about myself, and proud of my fitness progress. emoticon

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JANTWO 7/20/2013 1:10AM

    Great life changes!!!! You are doing amazing!!!! emoticon

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GRACE813 7/19/2013 5:21PM

  Great observations! Not only are you in it to win, you are already winning!

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SP Official Better Sleep Challenge Journal, Day 11, Afternoon

Monday, July 15, 2013

Last night I went to bed at EIGHT O'CLOCK!!! That's how beat I was. Hubby came in at 10:30 p.m., and unwittingly woke me up. I tossed and turned, while he jerked and snored. Finally, in exasperation and sleep-deprivation, I yelled at him to go on the couch or *anyplace* (definitely *not* my best wife moment)! emoticon
Then I finally began to catch some emoticon , and woke up at 6 a.m.-- a little later than I'd wanted to, but at LEAST I got some much needed sleep. I hope to retire at a sensible time tonight, no later than 10:30 p.m. I am doing everything recommended in the Challenge to ensure a good night's rest. God willing, consistent sleep will soon become a pattern for me.

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    We talked about picking some up last time we were in town-- and we totally forgot!!! emoticon
BUT... he's been losing weight, too... and his snoring has decreased a lot!!! emoticon

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BEACH_NUT 7/22/2013 9:17PM

    Have you tried those Nasal Strips on your husband yet....??? emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 7/16/2013 10:53PM

    Hang in there - it will take some time but I think you are doing sooo good!

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MSLZZY 7/15/2013 4:00PM

    Do you have an extra bedroom where you can sleep undisturbed? Just a thought but you may have covered that bridge already.

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SP Official Better Sleep Challenge Journal, Day 9, A.M.

Saturday, July 13, 2013


I was doing well during Week One, even enjoyed a few nights of decent sleep... and then I stupidly stayed up much too late Thursday night watching a movie with Ricky! We didn't get to bed until 11:45 p.m.-- waaay past my bedtime. Of course, I tossed and turned all night. emoticon

Now, you'd think I'd learned my lesson, right? Here's how I blew last night (Friday night): first of all, I had a Diet Coke around 5 p.m.-- much too late for me to enjoy caffeinated beverages. Then, I stayed up too late *again*, though not as late as the night before. Last night we got to bed at 11-- still much too late for this early riser! emoticon

On the plus side: I've learned that my body really does require an early bedtime. From all my journaling during Week One of the Challenge, I learned that the best bedtime for me is between 10 and 10:30-- and not a minute later! I also realized I cannot have caffeine later in the day. I probably should stick to a no caffeine after lunchtime rule. emoticon

Tonight I am planning to hit the hay no later than 10:30 p.m. Hopefully, this will get me back on track! emoticon

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MSLZZY 7/13/2013 11:57PM

    Hope it works. Sweet dreams! HUGS!

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