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15 Minutes

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

I've been telling myself I'm "too busy" to take the time to exercise, eat right, clean the apartment, or sleep well. But that's not true. I just create a mind and space of chaos, which leads to crashing out and wasting time with self-destructive behaviors - like watching three episodes of Lost in a row on finals week. On finals week!

If I can make time to crash, I can make time to PREVENT crashing.

I can do anything in 15 minutes. Read my bible. Wash the dishes. Mop the floor. Sit down and savor a healthy lunch. Take a walk. Do a short workout video. I'm going to utilize the power of 15 minutes and make time for nourishment.

That's my goal for this week. To make time for the extra stuff. Because they're worth it.

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KKARENKM 10/2/2012 3:48PM

    15 minutes doesn't sound like much time- but it is 15 minutes

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HAPPYERIN 10/2/2012 12:45PM

    Great plan! And so true -- sometimes we get ourselves so overwhelmed with everything we have to do, we spend more time finding ways to delay them. I am very guilty of that, but Iím trying to be better! One thing I do a lot now is complete a task in shifts Ė if Iím watching a TV show and a commercial comes on, that is enough time to clean the toilet or at least partially empty the dishwasher. Or if I have to run upstairs for something, I make sure to take that basket of folded laundry up too. Little things like that help me get the job done!

And donít be too hard on yourself, finals week is HORRIBLE! Good luck!

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ELLISH 10/2/2012 11:56AM

    Absolutely!!! :) The power of JUST DO IT!!! Good thinking! Good Blog!! emoticon emoticon

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Fresh Vision

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I need to remember that my goal isn't just to survive freshman year, it's to learn to thrive as an independent adult - caring for my body, loving the people around me, excelling in my work, but most of all, glorifying and enjoying God.

So I'm recommitted to sleep. I'm recommitted to eating quality over quantity. I'm recommitted to running/walking every morning, even if it's just for ten minutes.

I have homemade hummus and quinoa in my fridge to kickoff a new week under a new vision. I am romancing food, learning to enjoy the patience of cooking and savor every bite. Then move on to the next adventure, and savor that too.

Okay. College, take two.

I'm done bulimia. I'm done all-nighters. I want to do this right.

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HAPPYERIN 9/24/2012 8:23PM

    It sounds like you are on the right path and armed with the right mindset! Kudos to you for taking time for your health as well as all the exciting things you are experiencing at college!

You know, you always hear people grumble about the freshman 15, but I'll share something with you: I actually LOST 15 pounds within the first 6 months of my college experience. Yeah, dining halls have some bad dinner choices, but there are also tons of good ones too, all ready for you! Plus if you feel like enjoying the weather at 1 PM and wanna go for a walk, you can! (As long as you don't have class! :P) Have a great time!!

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MONICA_W 9/17/2012 3:26PM

    Yahoo! I like fresh starts. Stick with it, but don't be too hard on yourself - you can have another fresh start when you need it. (Just don't let that be an excuse to lapse!)

I want to hear more about the yummy things you're enjoying. Romancing! Fantastic. Food should be a source of joy and nourishment, not a source of angst.

And yay for running or walking every morning! That's fantastic. Balance is a wonderful thing.

What other adventures are you savoring? emoticon

Keep it up! We've got your back. emoticon

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NUOVAELLE 9/17/2012 2:00AM

    Wise decisions! Well done!
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Happy September

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Hey, beauties! Glad to be back to Sparking. College has been a rush. In the past three weeks, I read hundreds of pages (completing at least five books and reading huge chunks of others), ate way too much sugar, went to marvelous parties (the kind with spontaneous worship and swing dancing and goofy ice-breaker games), got a job at McDonald's (oh, the irony), and otherwise crammed enough activity into three weeks to fill three months.

August's top three college life lessons:

1. Snacking while studying = my bane.
2. I don't need to relapse into bulimia to be okay when bad things happen.
3. God will provide. But that doesn't mean life won't get messy.

Even waist-deep in Augustine and Plato and Latin (oh my, I feel sophisticated :P), I'm committed to continuing my journey to a healthy life and a healthy body. So I'm back to tracking and sparking.

My September goals:

Eat less.
Move a little every day.
Reach for the healthier treat.
Don't shrink from hard or inconvenient action.
Don't multitask. When you eat, eat. When you study, study.
Reach for refreshment, not entertainment.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HAPPYERIN 9/9/2012 11:03AM

    Welcome back, chickie! Glad to hear your college experience is already off to an awesome start!

You have great goals and will be able to accomplish them easy-peasy. Don't forget you have all kinds of new tools at your disposal now, including a support system here. I remember struggling with snacking while studying, but I actually lost weight my first year because things like the salad bar were so available on my meal plan.Plus whenever I or a friend was stressed or upset, we went for walks and talked it out, which helped on SO many levels. Keep some healthy snacks available for those desperate times, and you'll do great!

And good luck with that homework thing, too. :P

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MONICA_W 9/2/2012 9:28PM

    Hey! I was thinking about you! It sounds like you're having a blast. Yes, it's a bit messy, but it wouldn't be as much fun if it wasn't! "Joyfear", like you said, right? :)

Can you get into a little groove with a daily walk, maybe? It'll keep your mind sharp and provide a nice opportunity to think (either about Plato or about cute boys... or both?) A habit like that is an easy chance to sneak in some exercise to fight off the freshman fifteen!

And... McD's, yes, ironic. Hopefully you're resisting the food as much as possible... if you can call it "food". (I had a McChicken on my vacation recently and it amazed me all over again how they are able to make a food-type-product that appeals to all our senses yet fulfills very few nutritional needs besides calories...!)

I like your no-multitasking rule. Mindful eating is important! Let me know how it goes!

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Oh, I love my spark friends. You guys have made me stick to this longer than I've ever stuck to one plan. This plan is real, and you have helped me feel that. It's messy and slow and challenging, but it's worth it. You have inspired me, encouraged me, released me from guilt. I've loved being a part of your journeys and so treasured that you have been a part of mine. So I'm sad that it's time for me to move away for a while.

For the next step of my journey, I need to step away from SparkPeople for the month of August. I'm beginning to be too obsessed with food, my weight, and exercise. It's starting to feel like the early siren of bulimia instead of a leap into freedom. My mind is consumed by numbers.

I may come back to blog from time to time. But it's time for a break. I've built the tools - awareness of portions, the will to exercise, etc, now I need them to be separated from numbers and incorporated into my heart. I want them to bloom naturally. I don't want my life to be measured out in tablespoons and reps. And I too easily slide into that place with the tools here, especially given my past with disorder.

I love you guys. I hope you still stop by from time to time and read my sparse posts. And when I return, I'll find you out and jump back into your blogs & pages.

Thank you so much for giving me the strength I needed to take this step - and so many others. Keep sparkling!

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/27/2012 10:30AM

    Aw good for you! I hope you can find that balance (and come back soon!) so you can be as healthy as possible : )

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    Hi Madeline,

Thanks for your comment on my blog post (it was a while ago - a post about a funeral and the thoughts it made me have). I've been on a therapist-recommend break from counting calories, and I logged on today and saw your comment. I've been having a hard time lately and your comment really made me feel like, at the very least, I'm not alone.

I hope August is going well for you. Congratulations for having the strength and self-awareness to realize you needed to take a break - that's not easy, and it sounds like an important step.

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JANETRIS 8/2/2012 10:40AM

    You need to find your happy balance! You go girl! Please keep writing though. I love reading your thought and the poetic way that you express yourself....enjoy your month!...Jane emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRACEMCC45 8/2/2012 12:42AM

    Good luck Madeline! Do whatever you need to do, we will be right here if and when you decide to come back!

Keep up the great work!

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MONICA_W 8/2/2012 12:38AM

    Agreed - you do what you have to do. There is certainly a middle ground, of dabbling in Spark, of keeping up blogs and keeping in touch with friends without having to precisely measure every bite you eat, or at least without having the guilt and pressure associated with that precision - I hope you are able to come back with that mindset once you've had your time away. If you find yourself losing control in the other direction, come back sooner! You know we're here with a good dose of balance and support. You're moving to a new lifestyle and a new situation, so if you need a hug and some familiarity, we'll be the same no matter where you go. A little healthy routine might not be a bad thing, when you're somewhere new. I hope you'll let us know how your adventures go! I'm very excited to hear.

Wishing you all the very very best!

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HAPPYERIN 8/1/2012 9:34PM

    You do whatever you need to to stay healthy and happy! We will all be here whenever you need us!

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The Magical Restart Button

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Today, I almost gave up. I had my going away party today and ate sausage, coleslaw, potato salad, chips, crackers, deviled eggs, smatterings of fattening food that added up to an uncomfortable bulge in my stomach. I started talking myself into a corner, shaming myself, accusing myself.

Then I pulled on my workout clothes and marched downstairs, running through the quick 10 minute workout that kicked off my Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Challenge.

Ooooh, I love exercise. Why do I ever put it off? I feel shiny and relaxed again. Life feels possible. Ten minutes of sweat (hey, our air conditioning broke and it's 90 degrees in here) is all it ever takes.

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SERENEART 7/31/2012 9:07PM

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HAPPYERIN 7/31/2012 8:07PM

    You little powerhouse, you! Way to go!!!

You just jumped a hurdle -- the guilt monster started to form and you were all like, "No way, dude!" and kicked it's sorry butt to the curb. That is such a big part of making healthy choices. We learn and move on and do even better the next time!


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MONICA_W 7/30/2012 1:18AM


And cut yourself some slack - it was a party for you. Occasional splurges are just that: occasional splurges, and nothing more. They come with no guilt except that which you choose to give them, so choose not to give them that power. So long as they're occasional, enjoy them, and get right back on with your (exercise- and activity-filled) day!


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ELLIOTT311 7/29/2012 10:43PM

    Glad you could put everything behind by working out! Great Job!

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