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Making Lemonade

Thursday, January 21, 2010

emoticon I think one of the things I've learned from spark is to be able to go with the flow a little bit more and not get down as easily. It reminds me of the saying when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. I don't let tough situations send me into emotioal eating and I don't find comfort in food very often. Once in a while that creeps in but for the most part it just doesn't seem inviting anymore.

emoticon I think about painting my own picture and making my day what I want it to be. I put on my status today "I'm going to have a great day!" and I just made up my mind to do just that. I was able to overcome a stressful situation at the beginning of my day and make the rest of it very happy regardless of what was going on around me.

emoticon I am enjoying working out. I took a lunch break today and did 30 mins on the elliptical and then went back to my office for a very healthy salad. Ice water just tasted wonderful with that. Lettuce, avocado, sliced turkey, walnuts, dried cranberries, and basalmic vinagrette. Yum-o!

emoticon Kept a smile on my face when I realized half way home that I left my gym bag with my makeup at the office. So what...I'll go in a little early tomorrow and do my makeup in the bathroom.

emoticon Spark habits are spreading sunshine in my life and making me happier!

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 1/22/2010 10:11PM

    I love your attitude as well! Thanks!

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THE_JULES1 1/22/2010 9:45AM

    I enjoy reading about you everyday to see what you have done this time. Isn't it amazing when you notice that your attitude is changing!

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CATHEITE 1/21/2010 10:35PM

    Amen! Thank you for writing this blog. You express yourself so beautifully. The right attitude has such a profound effect on our mental outlook and can make life easier or harder. I know where you stand, and I'm right there next to you. emoticon

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Yackity Schmakity

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

There is someone at my office that says yakity schmakity all the time. She cracks me up. She also says craptacular. That always makes me laugh.

I did the spark your body bootcamp video tonight and that was a 5 min ab workout with the ball. Part of the challenge for tonight was to blog about that. If you haven't checked out this team, you can find the link on my spark page. I liked this workout tonight because I am resting my sore knees and it gave me another option of some workout that I could get in.

I took a client out to lunch today and stayed within my calorie range. I had salmon and root vegetables. What I really wanted to do was say skip that healthy stuff and bring me the 5 nut brownie!!! But I didn't. I drank my water, ate my fish and veggies and left without the brownie. Do I get brownie points for that???? LOL

I don't know if my body is fighting something off or I have stress burnout or what but I laid down when I got home and fell sound asleep for almost an hour. I don't feel really well and have a headache and slightly upset stomach. So no cardio. I'm going to get in bed and read chapter 4 of The Spark and plan my workout for lunchtime tomorrow. I prefer working out at the gym in my office building to trying to drag myself in the evening!

Dinner tonight was Kashi Go Lean cereal with milk and 1/2 banana and that mild stuff isn't even feeling well in there. :(

Good night sparkers. Tomorrow is another day!

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MKPRINCESS007 1/21/2010 12:23AM

    Hey there........gotta say, I love craptacular too! I thought I was the queen of silly sayings, but apparently your co worker has me beat.

Way to go on the brownie........I have decided that brownies might be evil. I mean, how perfect could they be? So, since the brownie is evil, it is good you stayed away from it. LOL

Hope your tummy is feeling better. My house has been germ central, so I feel ya!

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CATHEITE 1/20/2010 10:31PM

    WTG on staying on track at lunch! Restaurants are a huge emoticon zone for me. I hope you have a restful night's sleep and feel lots better tomorrow. emoticon

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CHRYS13 1/20/2010 10:05PM

    Enjoyed your blog...and even learned some new words! Can't wait to use "craptacular" at work tomorrow! LOL
I just completed the Spark Your Body Bootcamp ab workout, also, and have yet to complete the challenge of blogging about it.
Congrats on resisting the brownie!

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STRAY_CAT 1/20/2010 9:51PM

    You definitely get brownie points for skipping the brownie! Hope you feel better soon!

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Excel that baby....

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I went to an all day Excel training class today for level 2 - 2007. It was nice to have a break from the office. I learned alot and think I will enjoy putting that to use going forward. I like to learn new things.

I finished chapter 3 in The Spark today. I happily walked to lunch instead of driving. Nice break out in the sun and breeze to Panera where I had my favorite fuji chicken apple salad and whole grain baguette. Dressing on the side and used about 40% of what they gave me. It was interesting because I was standing by all the wonderful baked goods they have reading a menu checking to see if there was nutritional information when one of the workers grabbed a big huge cinnamon roll and started moving it with tongs and saying "eat me, you know you want to eat me". I just burst out laughing and said no I don't! I got away from there fast before I broke down.

I sat by the window in the sun and read The Spark and ate my salad and drank my water. The changes that SP makes in our life, right?! I didn't go to the gym tonight which is unusual for me. I did do my SP bootcamp video, 200 situps, 40 pushups and my stretching so I wasn't a total slacker.

I'm starting a 12 week stress management program on 1/25 at the office through our wellness program. If you didn't read my post yesterday on reflections on stress then do...you'll see why I think I need the stress management class! Finding balance....almost like finding Nemo in the big blue ocean sometimes.

Thanks to all my spark friends for their love and support and encouragement. I couldn't do it without y'all! I can say Y'all, cuz I live in Texas!

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THE_JULES1 1/20/2010 12:54PM

    You are awesome!

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/20/2010 11:19AM

    I am glad you had a good day

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 1/20/2010 12:10AM

    It IS amazing the changes SP makes in our lives! I love the comment about the cinnamon roll! At work last week a guy brought in donuts and I was the only one that didn't eat one. One of my co-workers called me weird when I said I didn't really like donuts that much and would just eat my yogurt. Well, it kinda hurt my feelings but he's probably almost twice my weight and 1/2 my age, so I just let it go without comment.

Maybe I should ask my work place to add stress management!

Thanks for the great blog!


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Reflections on Stress

Monday, January 18, 2010

I had a stressful day today. I did a small amount of emo eating but not much. My DH and I were talking about the stresses that we have faced in the last 16 months:

reconciled after a three year separation
moved to a temp house for 30 days
bought and moved into a new house
lost his brother to brain cancer
I started at a new job
so did he
I got promoted and changed my job functions and who I reported to
he got promoted and now has more duties and a bigger staff
our son turned 18
In less than 3 weeks one of daughters will turn 16 and get her license
our youngest started highschool
did i mention we have three kids in highschool?????
our son had shoulder surgery and missed the entire football season

And through that all I am down 60 lbs. Thank God for Spark people this last four months. It has really made a difference! I finished chapter 2 of The Spark. I'm reading one chapter a day right now.

I see each day as a new opportunity and I don't kill myself over the 1.5 biscuits with real butter and honey that I had tonight. That probably undid my 35 mins on the elliptical from earlier but tomorrow's another day. I'm moving slowly in the right direction and making progress and friends along the way. I'm grateful tonight that I've learned new ways to cope and I don't feed my face to hide any pain.

Thanks spark people for making me healthier and happier!

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THE_JULES1 1/19/2010 1:32PM

    Isn't it nice in a world we have no control over, we now have control over our bodies. You push me, you really do.
That is a lot to push into a short period of time and you handled it beautifully!

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    I'm so proud of you! You have been through so many things this past year and a half. You could have used any one of them as an excuse to sabotage your new healthy lifestyle, but you just pushed through it every step of the way. You're AWESOME! emoticon emoticon emoticon

P.S. If your going to do a little emotional eating a biscuit or so with butter and honey sounds like a fabulous way to go! That is one of my very favorite things. Thank God there are no biscuits in the house right now! lol : )

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MKPRINCESS007 1/19/2010 12:38AM

    Do you know what you are??????????????????????? You are a CLASSIC example of NO EXCUSES ever for not reaching your goals. You PROVE that it can be done, and life events do not have to be barriers to getting healthy and staying healthy.

YOU ROCK, YOU ROCK, YOU ROCK! Thanks for being a wonderful reminder to "put up or shut up" (Ok you never say that to me, but I think it when I see all you accomplish)
Luv ya girl!!

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CATHEITE 1/19/2010 12:15AM

    I'm so happy for you, my friend, that you have weathered so much adversity and emerged stronger and wiser for it. emoticon

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SERENA_DOVE 1/18/2010 11:10PM

    You aren't just a fitness warrior, you are a life warrior! Kudos to you for not letting all those stressful situations stop you from getting a wonderful new life. Wishing you smoooooooooooooth sailing in 2010. :)

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ANNESTARR 1/18/2010 10:15PM

    Amazing things are happening in your life! You are doing a wonderful job, and the hard work is paying off--you're an inspiration to me! Congratulations! Anne emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KELLYTHERASCAL 1/18/2010 10:11PM

    Wow....what a year for you and YES, full of stress alone with just three kids in high school! You should be so proud of yourself for being 60 pounds down through all of the stresses in life, it just shows you have built such an amazing healthy lifestyle!

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Back from a retreat

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I went to a spiritual retreat this weekend. It's been a long time since I've done something like that. I joined a group of 40 people who are meeting once a quarter for two years and this was our first class.

I've got a couple of books to read as an assignment but I wanted to tell you about one called "Ten poems to change your life" by Roger Housden. It starts out with a transformative poem called The Journey and it made me think of what we are all trying to do here on SP - especially for those who do it with negative people around them when they start. I got it at Barnes and Noble but I'm sure you could order it anywhere.

I thought that since I've lost 60 lbs and am inching closer to my physical goals, that it was high time I work on my spiritual and emotional sides as well. I've been pretty much running on fumes for a while and I need to take care of that side of my life as well so that I am balanced.

I did take those two days off from working out but ate pretty healthy during the retreat. I got in 1.5 hours today of cardio, wieghts, core, and stretching so I'm working on catching up. I'm behind on my fitness minutes this month so I'm chasing my goal from behind.

Good news - I did find my missing pedometer. I had left it at the gym in the cup holder on a bike. I asked at the front desk if they had one turned in and there it was in the drawer waiting for me to remember!

I'm not weighing for a few days now. I did have 3 cookies at that retreat and some white bread which I normally don't eat. I'm in a good place mentally and I don't want to wreck that if the number on the scale isn't what I think it should be. I'm pressing on and plan on having a great workout week!

Hope everyone is well and that your week is all that it can be!

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WINGSOFCHANGE 1/18/2010 7:32PM

    I love your new profile pic - you look WONDERFUL!!! I hope that you had an enjoyable time at the retreat, and came away feeling spiritually refreshed! Have a great week.

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THE_JULES1 1/18/2010 10:08AM

    You are doing awesome! I love the new picture. You look so great! I know that you are proud of yourself, but I wanted to tell you that I am proud of you, too. The changes that I can see in these photos are nothing short of FABULOUS!

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CAL1922 1/18/2010 9:13AM

  Hey Michelene - I'm going on a women's retreat with my church early March and can't wait. Sounds like you had a good time and kept everything in check for the most part. Now you're back home and ready to get back at it.

Way to go on the new pics.....looking good!! I'm struggling to find a happy medium, where I don't overdo one week and then exhausted and can hardly move the next!! I know that I'll find it.....it is just going to take some trial and errors!! I'm back on track this week. I only have 2 weeks to go until the end of January before I have to take my measurements. If that is not motivation, I don't know what is??!!

Have a great week, my friend,
Candy emoticon

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BALLOUZOO 1/17/2010 3:14PM

    Yeah You! "Balance in all things" is my goal. ENJOY!

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