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Mini Goal for July

Thursday, July 08, 2010

I don't write blogs as often, but got into thinking about this as part of the Blue Challenge.

My mini weight loss goal for July is to lose 10 lbs. I know it is not easy, but taking baby steps do really help. There are days when I am not able to get in my planned cardio. Also at this point, my strength training is at a minimal due to frozen shoulder. I have gone thru physical therapy which has not helped and my doctor has recommended that I visit an orthopedic. Inspite of all this, I am doing as much as I can. I try to find ways that help me move a little more during the day like drining water in small sippy cups and walking back and forth to the fountain to fill it up, going out for lunch walk even if I can squeeze only 20 minutes (something is better than nothing).

I am happy about everything I have accomplished since the start of my journey, and still have a long way to go. Making small changes in your food choices also helps. I still eat my desert but keep "modertaion" in mind. I love ice cream, especially with the hot weather we have had over last couple days. Again educating myself on the "portion control" has helped me big time. I mix is some fresh fruit like strawberries or mangoes with a very small portion of ice cream, which tricks my brain into thinking I had half a bowl of ice cream.

And most importantly, it is the great support system we have here at Spark. Participating in challenges and working on completing them really does help. So a big thank you to the wonderful spark team leaders, who are helping us to be a better person. This past Tuesday, when I was watching Losing it with Jillian, and how she was helping improve the nation by helping one family, one person at a time, it reminded me of the great Spark team leaders who mirror exactly what Jillian was doing. Even though they are not a star on TV, they are my SUPER HEROES!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/11/2010 3:07AM

    emoticonblog meena,you can do have the right attitude.keep up the good work you are doing soo well. emoticon emoticon

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DEEGIRL50 7/9/2010 5:11AM

    I love this blog!! Mixing fruit with a small portion of ice cream... emoticon
Moderation... Portion Control... Squeezing in Exercise... Something is better than Nothing... You've got the Spark!!
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MIPPY265 7/8/2010 9:14PM

    You have a good plan. You are on a good pace to keep it up, portion control is a big part of it. Baby steps I always say, next thing you know you'll be running. Good Luck on your journey!!!

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PSFITMOMMY413 7/8/2010 9:06PM

    Small changes DO ADD UP to a HUGE lifestyle change. You can do this!

Try and find ST exercises that you can do without using your shoulder and aim for at least 15 minutes of cardio daily.

You can do this!

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MUNCHIE718 7/8/2010 5:59PM

  Smalls changes really DO add up to big results. You have some great ideas to help you reach your goals. Keep it up!

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DEBNICU 7/8/2010 3:04PM

    Sounds like you have a plan for July and it is an attainable set of goals.
Keep up the good work.



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SAM910 7/8/2010 12:34PM

    It sounds like you are doing everything you can to move forward, keep it up! emoticon

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Not feeling so good

Thursday, August 20, 2009

This was the week when I felt like I was put to test for what I have learnt from spark over the past year or so.

What do you do when you are mentally or physically not up for exercise?

This has been the week where due to some (not very serious) medical condition, I have not been able to give my 100% to my cardio routine. Even though I rested completely for 3 days, I did not give up. The moment I felt a little better, I got out and took a leisure walk. I walked for about 45 to 60 minutes. And I felt pretty proud of myself for doing that. I could not do my elliptical and jogging as planned, but I did WALK. I tried to squeeze in things that I don't normally do. I read about backward walking and how it is good for your backside. I did that for about 5 minutes after I got back from my walk outside. I did some light arm and leg exercises without dumbbells. I know in the past, if I didn't feel good, I would have just stayed on my couch. But not anymore. I have been active and I think it is helping me. I am feeling much better.

And thanks to spark, I scored well on my test. This 'change in thinking' is what I call a lifestyle change.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/20/2009 1:05PM

    WooHoo! Great news that you did well on your test. And even better that although you didn't feel the best, you still got some exercise in. That is a great step!
Hope you feel better soon!

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Self Reflection

Monday, July 27, 2009

Thinking a couple years back that I can remember, I have always been around 170-180 lbs. I remember my visit to the doctor's office for my physical in August 2006. Among other things that she told me, she made a comment "You are a big woman". I did hear it and felt bad for myself, but those feelings never changed into actions. Now for my next annual physical, which was in August 2007, I dreaded going to see her and kept postponing any effort to call and make an appointment. Finally it was November 2007, and one day I gathered courage and set an appointment. During this visit, there was another wake up call, when my doctor pulled out a small diary from one of her drawers and was looking up the weight range based on age and/or height. She told me "You are obese", and that I had to lose about 20-25 lbs, then I'd be overweight. Hearing the word "obese" was like something pricked my heart. I felt very embarrassed and humiliated. I said to myself that I have to do something about this weight issue. I even felt that a fire was lit inside of me, but it was still very dim and I was far from putting my thoughts into action.

It was February 2008. And one morning, I received a sparkmail regarding a team challenge. I did recall signing up with sparkpeople in March 2007 after reading about the site in a local newspaper. But within a few days after signing up and sitting on my butt and reading some articles, the spark inside me had died. But I could not remember signing up for any team. This was my first blessing from sparkpeople on automatically putting me on a team. I followed up with the team leader and she was very very helpful in explaining to me the challenge and the rules. Since then I started my roller coaster ride, joining couple more teams and making new friends. Now participating in the challenges was so much fun and it felt like the pounds were starting to drop off while I was having all the fun with the games some great team leaders were planning for us. Having such great friends and great team leaders who dedicate their time and efforts to make difference in our lives, was my second blessing from sparkpeople.

I continued to read articles on fitness and nutrition. Thanks to the inspiring coaches we have on sparkpeople, and this was my third blessing. I kept educating myself and making wise choices towards a healthy lifestyle. To-date I have lost about 42 lbs. And some things I have enjoyed since - I was not reluctant to visit my doctor in August 2008. Infact she was shocked to see me. I shared this great site with her so she could share it with others in need. I have also enjoyed shopping for regular sizes vs plus ones. It is an awesome feeling to pick an outfit to try on and not be disappointed in the dressing room.

For last 6 months (since December 2008), I have been gaining and losing the same 2-5 pounds. But I am proud of myself that I have not gained back any of the 42 lbs previously lost. Maintain is far better than gain.

All in all, I have added Sparkpeople to the list of other blessings I have in my life.

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    Good for you Meena! I've been at a plateau for 7 months now, but I'd rather be here than gaining! I'm still not near my goal, but I'm not as heavy as I was - keeping over 40 lbs off as well. Keep up the great work - I know we'll make it!

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QUINTIEJO 7/27/2009 10:59AM

    I enjoyed your blog very much. It gave me room for thought. I have been in the same boat with you. I still have a very long way to go. I feel that if I can keep the goal in sight then I will make it. God gave us this body and we are responsible for it. I feel like I have let my whole family and friends down by letting myself get into the shape. Now that I have found Spark People I feel like I have a new start in life. So you keep up the good work and we will overcome.

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Motivational Quotes

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I am not sure where this journey is going to take me, but I am sure I will be thinner, healthier, and happier when I get there...

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.

Those who believe they can do something are probably right - & so are those who believe they can't.

'Never allow someone to be your Priority, While allowing yourself to be their Option'

"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it"

"If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average."

"A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse." - Stephan Dolley Jr.

"People often say motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily." - Zig Ziglar

"The minute you start talking about what you're going to do if you lose, you have lost." - George Shultz

and my all time favorite:
"When things go wrong, don't go with them" - Elvis Presley

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/22/2009 12:55PM

    Those are great quotes that made me smile.


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DEEGIRL50 7/22/2009 11:40AM


You put a smile on my face and a swing in my step!!

We're fired up and ready to rock!!!

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SISTAGURL2 7/22/2009 10:49AM

  Thanks!! I needed to read those today!!

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Self Talk is what keeps me Going

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

This morning I got into thinking over the things I have learnt regarding healthy lifestyle changes that slowly but surely do matter and have a positive effect. There are things that have just changed my "thinking" and have helped me to not be a quitter. Everytime I start getting frustrated, I have learned to do some self talking. I remind myself that I have not gained all this weight in a day or in a week or in a month. How can I and why should I expect to lose it all so quickly? This one thing has definitely helped me to keep moving and making my way thru the obstacles.

"The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall."

"Winners never quit and quitters never win."

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46A39P 7/22/2009 1:08PM

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DEEGIRL50 7/22/2009 11:38AM

Plus, running obstacles is good exercise!!
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