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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

In some form, those Sparkpoints motivate me. I go through the list and see what I can do to get more points to get to the next level. Maybe it's all those video games. But, you know, some of the things I wouldn't do without the lure of a few points (for example, write this blog post). Today, I clicked the link to take a Spark Poll and the one I came across was, "Now that the year is almost over did you: lose weight, gain weight, stay the same, or other" (Don't be surprised if you find the poll and it says something a little different.) At first I thought, oh I gained weight this year (at this point, I feel like I've gained) but then I thought no I stayed the same (that feeling of I've gained weight). Two seconds later I happily clicked, lost weight. While I didn't reach the goal for the year, I still lost weight! What a great reminder that I have made progress.

  
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BROOKLEE99 12/27/2012 4:59PM

    I haven't paid much attention to spark ponts but I am going to look into it now (thanks!). Anything for an extra boost! And congratulations on your weight loss!

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MOMMY2MADILYN 12/26/2012 10:12PM

    I totally agree that the Spark Points motivate me! I love watching the point total increase till I get a new trophy!! So much fun!!
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Gardening Connection

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Today, I joined a few of the gardening groups on Sparkpeople. Six or seven years ago, gardening wasn't something I really thought too much about. There were a few Springs when I'd plant a few seeds and promptly forget about them. Then, I started focusing on eating better and getting more exercise. I read as many books, magazines, and website articles as I could fit into a day. Maybe I was looking for that one quick fix. I didn't find one quick fix but I found multiple strategies that I started to incorporate. Park further from the store. Take a walk on your lunch break. Drink more water. Eat more fruits and vegetables. The more I read about food, the more often I came across information about refined sugar and processed foods and chemicals. It increasingly became more important to me to try to know where my food was coming from and how it was grown. One summer the garden started out as 4 tomato plants and 4 pepper plants fenced in the front yard. Just a tiny plot about 4 feet square. I was hooked on fresh peppers and tomatoes on homemade pizzas. From then on through the next 4 years, each Spring the garden expanded and more varieties were add. Artisan lettuces and spinach on the back porch, finally utilizing the grapes that had always grown in the back yard, 32 tomato plants, more than a dozen green, red, and yellow pepper plants, 9 types of garlic and 4 kinds of onions. The best carrots I've ever tasted. The neighbors sharing their excess produce. A commitment to slower growing citrus trees in containers. Hours spent hoeing, weeding, watering and well, gardening.

When I joined those gardening groups on Sparkpeople today, I remembered how this hobby started. The closer I am to food production the healthier I become. I eat more fruits and vegetables. I process my food utilizing the best ingredients. I get more exercise without even realizing it.

The first seed catalogs came in the mail right before Christmas. I've postponed browsing the pages and creating my wish list. Since we moved this Summer (and may move again next Summer), I've been unsure that I would be able to plant a garden and harvest the benefits. But, I'm beginning to think that someway I'll make this work out.

  


Another day to begin

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Today, I decided that it was time to get back on track. I've set a new goal... to lose 40 pounds by the end of June. This year has been a challenging year filled with some big life changes. My dad passed away in February. I finally completed the search for a new job which has led me to Kentucky. I'm settling into a whole new routine, new location, new job, everything seems new. Unfortunately, the healthy habits that I had worked on for so long started to regress and progress hasn't been made on the weight loss since the big move in June. Six months later and I find myself feeling slower, more tired, and the waist line is starting to grow instead of shrink. For Christmas, my gift is permission to myself to continue following my dreams and to be the healthiest person I can.

  
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KOFFEELVR 12/27/2012 1:10PM

    Congratulations on establishing goals, especially in the midst of so much happening in your life. I am sorry to hear of your father's passing. I know how difficult that is.

There are times I think about relocating. Do you have friends/family in Kentucky or has this been a fresh start?

Would it be okay if I emailed you to ask you some more questions?

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WATERDIAMONDS 12/26/2012 7:58AM

    You could not have given yourself a more important or more loving gift.

Best of success to you in your journey back to great health!
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