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Week 2-Day #7 Anything else to add? Thank-you Sparkers.

Friday, March 08, 2013

It's been a surreal week ending with a difficult emotional, funeral service for my friend's daughter today. I was watching her 5 year old twin boys playing and enjoying treats today. They have been surrounded by so many loving people this week I don't think reality has kicked in. Their mommy is gone forever. The weeks and months ahead will likely be difficult.
Many of you have expressed sympathy and made loving, supportive comments. Thank-you for that.

I have not been logging but have been reasonable with my food intake. I still logged exercise minutes each morning. Not sure what the scale will show tomorrow. Certainly not the 5 lb loss as in last weight but hoping for at least the same. Re-focussing now and moving on to challenge week #3 .

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SETAGOAL1 3/8/2013 9:29PM

    I am so sorry for your loss.


'Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that matters!'

You are doing a Great Job at taking care of you!! emoticon mm emoticon m

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1CRAZYDOG 3/8/2013 8:51PM

    My condolences. It is so hard to take care of yourself when you're grieving, but you hae a handle on it. HUGS

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MTULLY 3/8/2013 7:36PM

    That is just too sad. I am so sorry for your loss. You sound like a good friend, and I know you will be there for your friend and her daughter's family. You are so right about the hardest days being ahead of them. It will take awhile, of course, but your continued support will be invaluable.

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NMSUSTUDENT 3/8/2013 7:24PM

    Quote: "Your mind is capable of making all things real for you...and with positive thinking and a tight plan, you can become unstoppable!"─Markesa Yeager

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Day 5-5% challenge- What can I improve upon? Celebrating each day of life.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Feeling somewhat guilty for not blogging the last few days as I committed to but still coming to terms with the sudden loss (internal hemorrhage) of a lifelong friend's only child - a loving mom to 5 yr old twin boys who are miracles (twin to twin transfer syndrome requiring in utero surgery) and an 11 yr old son. My friend and her husband have been closer to us that siblings and I grieve with them. Their hope and faith will help carry them through. The next two days will be difficult with visitation and burial. . Thank-you to my SparkFriends who have expressed sympathy and understanding.

What can I improve on? Appreciating each day I'm alive, healthy and able to have and enjoy my treasured family around me.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LESLIE2561 3/7/2013 1:25PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My prayer so out to you and your friends at this time. Something like this really reminds us that we have to live for today because none or us is guaranteed tomorrow. I think I will go call my kids and tell them I love them.

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ANDYINBC 3/7/2013 9:12AM

    Sorry to hear about this tragedy...I can only hope and pray for peace for you and your friend's family.

Wise words though, appreciate what you have because it may not be here tomorrow. I have to remember that.

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GODDESSOFHOME 3/6/2013 11:47PM

    So sorry for your loss, and your friends are very blessed to have you with them at this terrible time of loss.

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MIRAGE727 3/6/2013 10:56PM

    With life's tragedy, we realize the gift of life and must embrace it every day! I wish you the best in this trying time!

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SETAGOAL1 3/6/2013 10:42PM

    positive lifetime changes will work over time! emoticon


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1CRAZYDOG 3/6/2013 9:22PM

    So sorry and my deepest condolences. It is so difficult to loose someone, but when it's a child . . . well the pain is excruciating. HUGS and prayers for you and the family.

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SLENDERELLA61 3/6/2013 9:21PM

    So sorry for your loss. Your friend is lucky to have your concern and caring. I know it hurts, though. I say go with your heart and blog when you feel it. Appreciate your ending message - cherish our loved ones; live each day!

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-AMANDA79- 3/6/2013 9:08PM

    How tragic. I'm so sorry, sweetie. There are some things that are more important than blogging for a challenge. emoticon

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    I am sorry to hear that :(
Take care of yourself too. emoticon emoticon

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Day 2 blog of 5% challenge- Consistency-how?

Sunday, March 03, 2013

2) How will you do that (develop new habit)?

Yesterday I talked about how I needed to work on consistency.
Today: How will I do that?
Logging everything
- even in the evening which has been my biggest challenge
- even if I've gone over my limit
- even when I don't feel like logging
(I've downloaded the SparkPeople tracking App onto my mobile device and this really helps a lot in staying on track.)
What I won't do however, is feel like I have failed if I'm not perfect. This has been a problem for me in the past and has given me licence to continue indulging since I've already "blown" it.

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TEXANMOM81275 3/3/2013 5:32PM

    Tracking is super - keep with it and we will all accomplish this goal! emoticon

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KSCHRAUT 3/3/2013 3:26PM

    Logging is so important and seeing that you may have gone over range is just another tool to remind yourself to track so that way you know! Good luck!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 3/3/2013 2:32PM

    I struggle with the same thing and I have found using the apps does help me.

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-AMANDA79- 3/3/2013 11:19AM


Someone once said it like this - If you dropped your phone, would you then start stomping on it? :) That really hit home for me because I love my phone! Just because you go a little over in calories doesn't mean you should "stomp the phone"!

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THISTIMEMYWAY 3/3/2013 10:34AM

    Yup when we don't do something perfectly we need to stop beating ourselves up for it. We need to relax and let it go. and keep going...
Of course, that is easier said than done! lol
Affirmation: "I no longer wait to be perfect in order to love myself. I am doing the best that I can. We are all doing the best we can." etc. :) emoticon emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 3/3/2013 10:32AM

    Very wise words! Just do the best you can each day and work toward having a healthier lifestyle. Being consistent and determined will make us all winners! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/3/2013 10:03AM

    Exxcellent advice!!! Striving for progress vs. perfection will get you to your accomplishment.

I always think of it this way. When I've had a bad day -- blown it -- it's like getting a speeding ticket. A big 'UH OH!', but does that mean you spend the rest of the day breaking that and other driving rules of the road? Ummm . . . not a good idea! You take it as a less -- slow down -- and you make it a conscious effort to follow those fules! You don't blow the rest of the day.

At least that kind of helps me "visualize" in my brain when I'm tempted to NOT learn my lesson and not do what I should (or do what I shouldn't!)

Great blog. HUGS

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GEMINISUE 3/3/2013 9:47AM

    Take It--
One Meal at a Time
One Exercise Session at a Time
One Snack at a Time

We need to start after a slip, to continue on, not wait til Monday to start over. We can do it!


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MARCIAC10 3/3/2013 9:17AM

    I'm with you! Logging everything is vital!

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SABLENESS 3/3/2013 8:07AM

    Are you reading my mind? I had a less than stellar first week of the challenge and am having trouble turning myself around. But I'm sticking with it no matter what and am aiming for change in the right direction TODAY. emoticon

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Day 1 Blog of the 5% challenge

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Day 1 question: What new habit do you wish to develop?

Consistent control.

I had this before, then struggled with it on and off. Now finding my way back so I'm re-developing this habit .

Had a good week with a 5lb loss. That of course is 5 lbs of the lbs I had regained but no less of a victory.

Now onto continuing in that direction.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 3/3/2013 2:31PM

    emoticon a loss is a loss and five pounds is a big one! Congratulations.

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AGAPEJOY 3/2/2013 9:52PM

    Consistency! Maybe that should be my new habit also. I have not been consistent is much of anything. Well, I guess that is a negative consistency, doing nothing.

Thanks. Yes, that was a emoticon word for the day.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/2/2013 8:13PM

    Good job! Keep up the good work. Consistency is definitely a key.


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EJOY-EVELYN 3/2/2013 6:43PM

    Consistency. Love your new word today. May you keep on keeping on. Tracking consistently has been my number one key to success. It's great to have some Spark friends who encourage us to new heights. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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My expectations of myself for 2013-Success! I WILL!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

The last half year ....and some.... have been a constant struggle of getting derailed and getting back on track. I am currently above my goal range but celebrating that I am the SAME weight I was on Dec. 1st. The holidays did not do me in! Now to resume the challenge. I began to seriously commit again two days BEFORE New Years - very proud of that! All the festive goodies have been dispersed or dispensed, several days worth of vegetables cut up, portioned snacks have been prepared and more fitness minutes are being added.
Being nominated Motivational Member was a surprise and an honour. It really gave me that extra bit of incentive to be a SUCCESS in 2013 at a time when I felt like I was floundering.
As part of my renewal, I changed my name to a more positive one- MarthaWill!
I WILL get back to my goal range! I WILL be a better person.!
2013 WILL be a SUCCESS for me.
Wish all Sparkers SUCCESS!

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MIRAGE727 1/7/2013 7:50AM

    Love those positive waves! Stay strong, Girl!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/3/2013 2:14PM

    HUGS! Wonderful to have that re-commitment and you can do it. You've got that spark. Love your picture . . . you look beautiful!

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ANDYINBC 1/3/2013 12:01AM

    Of course you WILL!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/2/2013 10:16PM

    You know what you have to do....
You've already started. Good for you cutting veggies and having snacks ready. Planning ahead is such abig part of the battle.
Love your positive attitude.
You WILL be successful. You WILL do it.

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    Congrats on conquering the holidays!

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NINJA-NED 1/2/2013 8:26PM

    wow. i could have written the entire first paragraph myself. except that i am way above my range at this point, sadly.i know you will because you already have. just look how far you've come!

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TJCADDO 1/2/2013 7:43PM

    Martha you Have and know you Will continue. Here is to a very success filled year!

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SLENDERELLA61 1/2/2013 7:22PM

    Love the new screen name!! Appreciate all you have done to prepare for success, including cutting veggies and pre-proportioned snacks. I know you will have success, MarthaWill!! Yes, she will!! -Marsha

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