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Cheering for you as well as friends

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Strive to cheer whenever others succeed and to avoid viewing your own achievements in comparison to others.

So many times I fall into this catagory. I see my friends accomplishments and wish that was me. I'm doing great for me. we are all different people with the same goals. So let's cheer each other on while cheering the loudest for ourselves. Afterall that is what we are here for US.

Thank you my spark teams and friends for the encouragement you give and I thank ME for continuing on this journey even when i wanted to give up and just eat, sleep, and not exercise. Thank you spark for giving me new friends with similar goals, and new ideas to share. I will succeed and reach all my goals whether that takes a year(or two), or a lifetime. One step at a time is my motto and one step at a time is what i'll take.

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PATRISNA 12/15/2009 9:48AM

    You are right it takes a lot to keep doing this and we should cheer for ourselves as well as our Sparkfriends. Give yourself a pat on the back this is a great blog.

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IUHRYTR 12/15/2009 9:05AM

    Good attitude! -- Lou

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Monday, December 14, 2009


A goal is a dream with a deadline.
- Napoleon Hill

When in doubt, do it.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
These quotes just jumped out and spoke to me. Isn't this what spark and getting to our goals all about.

As of yesterday's weigh in i'm now one-half pound closer to my goal. Since i have changed a few things and gotten serious, of course having your sparkaversary looming is motivation in itself, i have setbacks and such but after kicking myself in the butt i move onwards and upwards. life is too short to sweat the small stuff..... emoticon

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JZAPRN 12/14/2009 8:29AM

  God bless you for sharing these quotes! Hope they can help me get the same kick in the rear to get moving again!!

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Sunday, December 13, 2009


Balance activity with serenity, wealth with simplicity, persistence with thoughtfulness, community with solitude, familiarity with adventure, constancy with change, leading with following. Let all of life find a welcome in your heart: the smiles and the tears, the mind and the spirit, the knowing and the unknowing.

Balance is my key for the coming week. god bless


A moment

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Here I sit ready to start my day. I have so much i want to do and probably won't get much done. I sit here thinking out my day and so far i'm still sparking. I just love this site. I enjoy earning points, get fitness points (makes you want to do it to see them add up), I enjoy the meal tracker. Sometimes I think of this as a game. But alas it is reality. When we look back at a weeks worth of meals, exercise, and such we see all that we have accomplished.

Yes i'm the worlds worst for getting down on me. But when I look back over the week i see that the day i ate a total of 1751 calories was just that one day. I have been exercising even though I should be getting outside, the cold keeps me in, i'm getting it on the stationary bike and my nordic trak. I'm looking around for a treadmill and i hope to have one soon. But with the holitdays it is not me i need to worry about just yet but my family.

when i say i'm not worrying about me that isn't what i mean. i worry about me all the time. i mean what i want is just that a want, not a need. i'm trying to be a bit better with wants and needs. you know in the bible it says "there shall be no other idol above me" and the lord meant it. so when i want, i put other "items" before him and i can't do that. if i need it it will be provided. This has been shown to me so many times. '

BUt I digress....tomorrow is weigh in day for me. i'm fairly confident and if i have a stall or a gain. oh well that is life. i will move on to the next week because i can. i have goals and with each step it brings me that much closer to them.

i want to wish all a wonderful day today. get out, get moving and just enjoy this saturday that the lord has given to us. afterall he did wake us up this morning and he didn't have to.

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IUHRYTR 12/13/2009 12:08PM

    So true that he didn't have to give us another day. We should be grateful despite our circumstances. Thanks for the reminder. -- Lou

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Ponderings of a sparker

Friday, December 11, 2009

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

Oh how true this is. When I first started with spark learning to change my lifestyle took work. Work to plan, work to cook, work to exercise. Now that is all part of a good day. I have not been doing the best that I could of the last couple of days. I was so proud for my losses this past few weeks and wham....I binge.

I have this issue with boredom eating and the last couple of days have not been good. I should say i have not been good. I did still keep myself accountable though....1751 total calories accountable. Man was I sick. Not only sick from the eating but sick at heart that I was so easily distracted from my goals.

I gave me the pep talk, explaining that I won't get there from this spot if i continue this. I may have been a bit rough with myself but for me that was needed. I needed that kick in the butt to get back on track. So today I pledge to get back on track. I will continue to journal my foods, track my water, exercise, and sleep. Life is too short to let this stop me from getting one step closer to my goals. With goals I don't just mean weight goals. Since the start of this journey I have come so far in personal growth.

So the moral of my story is may seem like we are walking uphill backwards but if we just stop and ask ourselves if this is where we want to be we can turn around and take each step up that mountain one stride at a time and soon it will become a brisk walk.


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KSCHIENBEIN 12/11/2009 2:30PM

    Don't get down on yourself, that is what SP is about, learning how to get back up again. You can fall 9 times, but all that counts is if you get up the 10th time. Life is life and sometimes eating, binging and not exercising happens, but when you are able to recommit then you know you are on the right track. Good for you for coming back on board!

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JLUVSHIKIN 12/11/2009 11:39AM

    I understand the feeling that you didn't do as well as you wished. but I just wanted to point a few things out that may help.
It's true, the behaviour needs to change... not binging... I have a similiar problem.... in order for us to have a true and total change for a healthier lifestyle.
But,I am not sure if the 1751 calories is a day total or the complete "overage" but if it was a daily total... I don't believe you went over that much for a day? If so, you can eat a few less calories over the next couple of days to offset the extra calories. It isn't just the total for the day that raises or lowers the scale, it's the total for the week.
I hope that helps some. Learning new habits is all a part of this journey! Keep up the hard work!

Comment edited on: 12/11/2009 11:39:48 AM

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IUHRYTR 12/11/2009 11:10AM

    New beginnings are allowed and encouraged. Hang in there and keep trying. -- Lou

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THE_JULES1 12/11/2009 10:23AM

    The good news is that you still care and you are trying to stop yourself. It is wrong to think we won't ever again. We are human and have cravings. But you are picking yourself up, dusting yourself off, and getting back on the horse! yay! for you!

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JWBRIGHTEYES 12/11/2009 9:46AM

    your story reminds me of a little song the kids used to sing in Sunday School something like "two steps forward and one step back, I may be little but I can do that..."

Just dont backslide too much, but if you are "good" most of the time, you will make progress, none of us is perfect.

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AMBERZADE 12/11/2009 8:10AM

    LOL I like the moral of your story. Just remember that you can do it no matter what your obstacles.

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