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This week's goals

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Must do goals:
*Five or more servings of fruits and veggies per day
*10 or more fitness minutes per day

Aim higher goals:
*Eat beans 3-4 this week
*Reduce processed carbs

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BIGDAD1211 7/12/2011 12:31PM

    Hello my friend!
Just checking in to make sure you are staying on track and watch those goals! How are you doing? Just remember, day by day, one day at a time. You can do this! I know you can!!
In Jesus Name!!
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JUSFOLK 7/11/2011 3:14PM

    I like your division of goals - I need to add some stretch-goals like you did:)

Best wishes for ace-ing them all!

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MISSLISA1973 7/10/2011 9:06PM

    I had a few beans for lunch and a few beans for dinner. Even though we met with our Community Group this evening for a cookout, I didn't have any desserts, beer, or wine. I enjoyed fruit, salad, and couscous, along with a chicken sausage, iced tea, and water. Best of all, fresh air and great conversation!

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SUZIEW27 7/10/2011 5:14PM

    Ha! I just emailed you before I read this so now I know what you are working on for the week :)


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CANBDONE 7/10/2011 1:13PM

    I need to add legumes...thanks for the reminder! Great goals!

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JENMC14 7/10/2011 1:06PM

    Great goals! Good luck!

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LILANGEL181 7/10/2011 1:02PM

    You can SO do that! With your eyes closed and one hand tied behind your back, probably!!

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BIGDAD1211 7/10/2011 12:57PM

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JUSTA123 7/10/2011 11:35AM

    You can do those goal without even breaking a sweat! I know you can and I think I can to! Try the Sparks recipe Vegetarian black bean chili, I make it all the time and no one realizes there's no meat in it! emoticonyou go girl!

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PARISTASAI 7/10/2011 10:31AM


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FITFABJENN 7/10/2011 10:30AM

    Your goals are totally do-able! I am happy you put a 10-minutes-a-day fitness goal here. Once you get started, you'll probably do even more minutes (at least that's what happens to me).

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Eye Stress

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Oh my goodness! I got my eyes dilated this morning. I hate that. I know I'm a big baby about it, but it is just so awful. Finally she was able to get the drops in my eyes because my husband held my hand. Such stress for me! Then the glaucoma test and the looking at the retina... oh my! Then the blurriness and sensitivity to light. As usual, I slept for hours afterward. Still I am tired tonight.

I guess this was a learning experience for me. Because it was such a sharp, intense response (I am hypersensitive about my eyes), I had the opportunity to see my stress response in action. Now I can be more aware of it on a smaller scale. Plus, I got to see how deep breathing and focusing on relaxing were able to help. And it was a good reminder that my husband is my calming influence.

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PARISTASAI 7/10/2011 12:56AM

    Good job handling stress in a de-stressing way!

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LILANGEL181 7/9/2011 10:08PM

    Glad to hear you were able to work through the stresses!

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Stress Buster

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to tell the difference.

I may not be able to change everything all at once, but what one thing can I change today? The rest is in God's hands and His ways are higher than my ways. He is able to restore me even though my work is slow and clumsy.

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SPOKENWORD 7/8/2011 7:36AM

    Amen! Enough said! :)

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JUSFOLK 7/7/2011 6:14PM

    When I read this prayer, I wish the author had added another line: "and the patience to wait and be sure which route to take".

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MARTHASPARKS 7/6/2011 10:48PM

    What a peaceful easy feeling this gives me. Thanks!

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APRILBLESS 7/6/2011 10:37PM

    Such a peaceful prayer (exhale)... I had almost forgotten it. And now I breathe a sigh of relief for the end of the day, and shall go to bed... Thanks for the lovely reminder.
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4EVER21B 7/6/2011 10:27PM

    Love this prayer, too!

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PARISTASAI 7/6/2011 9:24PM

    I believe all of what you said, but I do not think it is helpful for you to label your work with negative words. "He is able to restore me as I work with Him," is a more encouraging thing to say to yourself and to the Lord.

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FRAN0426 7/6/2011 6:07PM

    I love this prayer, it sure makes perfect sence for everyone to follow. Doing one change at a time slowly and increasing as you can ----WTG.

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    Amen!! :)

- Michelle

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CAMROLA 7/6/2011 12:52PM

    I love this prayer--applies in every aspect of life. Serenity now!

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SUZIEW27 7/6/2011 11:14AM

    I'm slowly learning that one thing at a time is what really works for me. Keep it up!!!


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JUSTA123 7/6/2011 9:41AM

    You are on the money girl keep up the good work and congrats on that belt tightening! emoticon

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FLYING2007 7/6/2011 8:09AM

    I love the serenity prayer- just reading it gives me peace. I give everything over to God too. Thanks for reminding me. That is where my focus should be.

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Stress Busting

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

I haven't done a stress blog in a while for my Stress Busting Challenge, but I guess it's because I haven't felt as stressed. I think the biggest reason I feel better is because I have finally cut out sugar again. I was binging on sweets for a couple weeks, but now that I have been off it for a few days, I am beginning to feel better.

I still worry about money and get frustrated with my husband, but this is better now. Plus I have been getting more sleep lately. Maybe because I'm eating less sugar and am less stressed? I did force myself to just relax last weekend and not worry if I got all my work done around the apartment. He can help. If he doesn't, we live like pigs. I cannot expect myself to do it all. I do what I can, but I have been also making sure I get my rest. Less stress.

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SPOKENWORD 7/8/2011 7:38AM

    It's great having a place to vent and receive encouragement. It's allows God's Peace to flow.

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SUZIEW27 7/6/2011 11:04AM

    So glad to hear you a less stressed. I had the opposite weekend as you. I worked really hard around the house with one of my roommates. BUT, I am off this whole week (took some vacation time) so I knew I wouldn't feel like I didn't have a day of rest :)

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Hope you had a great holiday :)

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JUSFOLK 7/5/2011 10:05PM

    Good to see you're making progress. And thanks for stopping by my blog to leave a comment; I always enjoy hearing from you:)

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RONOSOF 7/5/2011 7:35PM

    Excellent emoticon and.... I agree with MKPrincess- politely ask, he may be shocked and shock you!

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MISSLISA1973 7/5/2011 7:25PM

    He cooked dinner today and swept the floor. Hooray! And he cleaned the kitchen boot! emoticon

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READYIN2011 7/5/2011 4:06PM

    Glad your feeling better by blocking out the sugar. IT is a tough thing to do
Keep working hard, sounds like you are heading int he right direction!

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KLASSIE 7/5/2011 1:22PM

    Cutting out sugar is a good step. Just build in relaxing time into your day if you can, e.g. at x o'clock I'm just going to rest or read a book or sit outside, or whatever you do to relax. And just do it guilt free regardless of what else seems to be calling your name.

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JUSTA123 7/5/2011 12:14PM

    great on cutting out sugar, and great on if he doesn't help that's life the mess will eventually get cleaned up! Have a good day! emoticon

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MTULLY 7/5/2011 10:35AM

    Good call to cut out the sugar. I truly think that in addition to the obvious health effects, it brightens your mood and lessens the stress. I don't know how, but it does!

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MKPRINCESS007 7/5/2011 1:04AM

    Love this blog.........I agree about getting the DH help around the house. I have been married 20 years, and I no longer sit in silence waiting for him to see the obvious. I ask him once in a while now, and it is better!

Good for you..........less stress is awesome!

Have a great day on Tuesday~


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75 days down, 25 to go

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Only 25 days left in my 100-day challenge, which coincides with the end of our Biggest Loser contest at work. I am only down seven pounds since the contest began; my original goal was 30 pounds total. That was probably silly. I wanted to double my results from the first contest, but I'm more along the lines of half. So the question is, what have I learned from the first 75 days? How have I changed my life for the better? And what am I going to do for the last 25 days?

As I was thinking about this earlier today, I wondered if I have learned anything over the past 75 days, and it turns out I have. Giving up Facebook games has been the easiest, although there are times I really want to play because it was fun. The problem is moderation. It is so hard to stop when I say I am going to stop and I spend so much time in front of the computer accomplishing nothing. I believe I have given up Facebook games for good, even though I was originally going to let myself go back to them at the end of the challenge. My apartment is a little less messy and disorganized because I can walk away from the computer more easily now and so can focus on doing other things that matter more. I spend less time on Facebook and more time on SparkPeople. And I am finally working through my "To Be Read" pile, which is helping me learn a lot about myself when I read my self-improvement books, and allows me to de-stress when I enjoy novels and movies. This feels good and I don't want to give it up just to play games.

The sweets-free goals has been more difficult. Normally when I would go sweets-free in the past, I would allow myself sweet drinks because I generally don't drink a lot of them. This time I told myself not even sweet drinks (i.e. hot cocoa). My husband brought me some hot cocoa mix one day and I took it to work. Then I was super tired and so made cocoa using coffee instead of hot water (it's about the only way I can drink coffee). Later, my best friend's dad passed away and I spent some time with her at the funeral and such. She's been following a plan (The Flat Belly Diet) that allows her sweets, and she's been taking advantage of that. She shared some of her goodies with me, and sent home some Special Dark bars her dad bought before he got sick. Then there was the cookout at work, and several other excuses. I think it was about two or three weeks where I just didn't seem to have the strength to stop eating sweets. I was down on myself for failing, but now that I am revisiting all I have learned, I realize that even this is a success. My first "sweets-free experiment," as I called it then, was only two weeks long. I was proud of myself for keeping it going an extra day, for a total of 15 days sweets-free. Generally, I have done two-week sweets-free stints every so often since then, but have had little "luck" making them last much longer. This time, I was ON sweets for two weeks instead of OFF them for two weeks. I can really tell the difference too. I have been cranky, my TOM is off, and my face broke out like I was 20! I don't remember exactly what day I got back to it, but I have been sweets-free again for two to four days now. I realize this needs to be a battle I do not give up when the challenge is over, but that I need to stay away from sweets for life. Some people say that is too drastic, but I am addicted the same as an alcoholic. Just as one drink can send them spiraling, one candy bar or brownie can wreak weeks of havoc for me. The longer I do it though, the easier and more ingrained it becomes. The more sensitive I become to the ill effects on my body when I succumb to temptation. The more this becomes a part of who I am.

And then there is exercise. Wow. I started out strong. I was doing my 60 fitness minutes every day faithfully. I think I overdid it when I was outside in the heat, walking in work clothes, for well over an hour too many times. Now I just need to get myself back into the 10-minutes a day habit to turn things around. I have signed up for a 5k in August, so my official SparkTraining begins on July 11. I want to practice before then so that it's not too tough. I was scheduled to walk a half marathon in September, but I have decided I am not yet ready. One day, but not this year. And that's OK. I am where I am, and that is where I need to work. Staying within my own zone will allow me to make exercise a regular part of my everyday life in my own time, not some arbitrary time frame that I think I should be able to do it.

So I have learned a few things about myself over the past 75 days. I have continued the eating of fruits and veggies I learned from the first Biggest Loser contest. I now realize from experience how important these foods are to my health, happiness, and overall well-being. I have continued to make strides in my health goals. And even though I'm only down seven pounds, I AM DOWN SEVEN POUNDS!! WOOHOO!!! Plus, I found out yesterday that I am down two inches in my waist in just over a month. WooHoo! As far as what I have changed in my life that I will continue after the challenge, the FB games are gone and the sweets are gone to the best of my ability. And for my last 25 days, I am going to focus on exercising at my current abilities instead of reaching for goals that do not necessarily fit into my reality. I want to win the contest, but my health is so important, I know I must do this the right way. If I win, it's just olive oil on the whole grain bread (since I don't eat frosting on cake anymore emoticon).

I will finish strong.

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PASTORJO 7/6/2011 10:26AM

    I add my congratulations to your 75 days, to your 7 lb weight loss, to the 2 inches smaller waist and to all you have learned about yourself.

Sometimes taking longer for results means the lessons we are learning along the way have time to sink into our bones, into our DNA, becoming part of the 'new me.'

Recognizing who you are now, what you are capable of and doing it is so much healthier than trying for what is beyond your abilities (not that you can't do a half marathon, but get a couple 5K's under your belt first). Living in your skin, loving your self now helps avoid those 'poor me' moments that - at least for me- are permissions to go for those sweet triggers we do best to avoid.

Here's to your next 25 days!

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FLYING2007 7/6/2011 8:16AM

    This is terrific! Good for you. Those Facebook games can be sooooo addicting. I had all the farms, cafes and yoville and finally I said I have to quit them cold turkey because that was my whole life- CRAZINESS!!!! So I get it completely and good for you (and me!)

Sweets are crazy addicting- I have gotten to the point where I crave natural sweets- banana, kiwi- yummy watermelon and then I don't even want processed sweets as much as I did. Now when I do have them I feel so tired- it just isn't a good feeling.

Great blog!

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JUSTA123 7/4/2011 11:31AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon and 75 days proves you can!

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PARISTASAI 7/3/2011 10:25AM

    it's just olive oil on the whole grain bread--you are great!

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TFRANCIS85 7/2/2011 10:33PM

    You are doing an awesome job!!! My challenge for work ends this wednesday. But I am still going to keep on Sparkpeople, so that I can keep up with people like you!!! Keep up the great work!!!

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JUSFOLK 7/2/2011 7:29PM

    You've made some good changes! And if you think 7 pounds doesn't sound like much, go pick up a roast that size to get a visual:) Great on losing inches, too! I've been strength-training for about 2 months, but so far, nada on inches lost for me.

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    Wow, it was a long blog! lol, but a very good one!!!
I think your doing great, just keeping doing what you are doing and you will see great results!
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MTULLY 7/2/2011 1:55PM

    Congratulations on your 7-pound weight loss! Equally important is what you have learned over the last 75 days and the plans you have for continuing your progress. I have no doubt you WILL finish strong. Keep up the good work!

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