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Road to Success

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The Road to Success has big hills and valleys. There are rock, potholes. Along the path there are people who will try to steal my health. I will pass restaurants that smell so good. I will walk pass people eating cakes and cookies. There are so many things along the Road to Success.
Last week I was going through one of those bumpy places. Work was too busy. I was getting home at 8:30pm and leaving in the morning around 7am. I was tired. How easy it was to go back to bad habits. I would come home from work hungry and tired.

Did I reach for salad? No No No Ice Cream was the comfort food.
Did I get up to exercise at 4:45am? no I slept until 6am.
Did I feel better? No

I am glad I was able to see the damage I was doing.
Did I gain weight yes.
But Saturday I was at the top of the hill and I started walking down the right path.
Back to Basics
1) write in my journal
2) eat between 1200-1500 cals
3) exercise

Everyday is a new day to get back on the Road to Success. I am glad that I have friends that are walking the same Road as I am. My Spark Friends and TOPS Friends are there to encourage me to take the right path every step of the way.

  
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CATIATM 2/8/2011 3:13PM

    I'm sorry you hit a bump in the road, but it sounds like you're right back on your way. Good for you! emoticon

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MARLIZG 2/8/2011 11:10AM

    right on!

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MAYBER 2/7/2011 6:35PM

    Thanks for sharing your ups and downs of your journey
Best wishes as you continue on the Road To Success
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RIVERWRITER 2/7/2011 10:11AM

    You hit the nail on the head! Getting back on the right path feels so good, doesn't it? Exercise not only makes us feel good physically, it makes us feel good about ourselves! It's two goods from one act; what a bargain! Thanks for blogging what we all so often experience.

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LBEASEY 2/5/2011 12:45PM

    Thanks for sharing Becky, it is a stumbling block we all face. Realizing you were sinking is half the battle and now you are focused on the right path. I hate the times I go under and give in to the easy way out. It is always times when I let life take control instead of staying in control. I hope your week is improved and you find the inner strength to continue the battle. My weakest moments are the weekends when I don't have the structure we have during the week. emoticon

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IDLETYME 2/3/2011 3:29PM

    Hi Becky,
You've done the hard part - figuring out what you've done wrong. Now it's all on the road to success. We all know you can do it!
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Nancy

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HEALTHYME47 2/3/2011 11:23AM

    Good for you for getting back on that Road to Success. Yes, the road does put stumbling blocks in our way sometimes but as long as we keep trying to get back on the right road we'll keep heading in the right direction!

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SUNNYWBL 2/2/2011 6:16PM

    Good save!

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DIDMIS 2/1/2011 10:28PM

    Good for you Becky. Can you imagine church gave up tonight and cancelled the ladies meeting I was to speak at because a cold front was coming in. I just went out and it is in the 50's
we can't give up and you didn't. Good for you again I say it.
Irene

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STRINGI719 2/1/2011 10:16PM

    I think it's wonderful to be able to identify our weaknesses/challenges/poor choices, and then move one. You know what you did, why you did it, and what you should have done instead. Make a mental note so that you're more prepared next time, and just keep on keepin' on!

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Lunch with Spark Friends.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Today team RGV meet for lunch. I had so much fun meeting the people I chat with face to face. We spent so much time talking the waiter cleaned out table when we got up to take a picture.

But that did not stop us. We went out in the waiting area and continued talking and gettting to know each other more.

I look forward now even more to getting online and trying to bet Dan to the huddles.

  
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CATIATM 1/31/2011 2:37PM

    I love meeting Sparkfriends! I'm glad you had a great time!

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SUNNYWBL 1/25/2011 4:44PM

    I recognise 3 of you, but who are the others?

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MNNSAIDE 1/23/2011 10:48AM

    Why did I have to be right in front!!!! lol

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FERRETLOVER1 1/23/2011 9:45AM

    Great! I would love to meet up with my SparkFriends!!

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HEALTHYME47 1/22/2011 10:49PM

    How fun!

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DIDMIS 1/22/2011 10:43PM

    The waiter did take a good picture though didn't he? We had such a good time.
It's me Irene, the pretty one.

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BIGMAMAT 1/22/2011 9:42PM

    This is amazing!! a real life spark huddle! woohoooo!!!! emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 1/22/2011 9:34PM

    Huddles? Not unless I beat both of you in the morning!!!
Oh never mind Irene won't go to bed so she will be first!



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Biggest loser contest at work.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

At work I was going to join the weight loss challenge The Biggest Loser.
I thought it was going to be a friendly challenge between 3 friends.
Then it got just toooooo big.
About 15 people joined so there was about $300 in the pot.
I am not in it for the money I am was going to join to lose the weight.

Today I then heard how some of the participates are taking diet pills and going to the doctor to get shots.

I am glad I did not join. I do not want to be part of something that is promoting dangerous weight loss.

I think making a lifestyle change is much different than joining a contest to win some money.

I think a person needs to eat real food and not a protein drink to lose weight.

I think weight loss is about health not money.

I am going to be the at home loser and win my health back.

  
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KLABELL 1/22/2011 8:20PM

    Sorry to hear that, but you did the right thing not getting involved. emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYME47 1/19/2011 12:58PM

    I think you were wise not to join this contest, it does not sound like "healthy" competition. Ugh. You are doing things the RIGHT way and focusing on the most important priority in all of this which is long-term health.

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TXDREAMSPINNER 1/14/2011 6:00PM

    How frustrating! I am glad you did not get caught up in all of that nonsense. You can do this the healthy way and keep the weight off rather than gain it all back once the challenge is over. My husband joined the Brownsville city-wide Biggest Loser challenge. He is in a small group with some of the other coaches. He is doing so great! He was down five pounds last week and all with a healthy diet and exercise. I am so proud of him!

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BOBBIENORTHERN 1/14/2011 2:51PM

    I so like and agree with what you said. Losing weight for the purpose of getting and being more healthy. Not for the money. You are very wise to not join in on something that sounds dangerous to me.

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SPALM01 1/14/2011 10:45AM

    We started a Biggest Loser 8 week Challenge at work, but everyone seems to be taking a positive approach. We are a smaller office, but there are 7 of us doing the challenge. Sorry yours did not work out; I always find it easier when I'm part of a group.

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KEEKEE1ST 1/14/2011 10:41AM

    Sensible Choices all the way!
hugs,
Candy

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CATIATM 1/14/2011 7:10AM

    You are a wise woman!

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BPULLOS 1/13/2011 1:58PM

    Wise decision! But you know the saying Cheaters never win and winners never cheat emoticon

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RAKYM1 1/13/2011 9:46AM

    Way to go! u did the right thing plus cheaters never wins. Even if they Win the Lose. Keep up the good work they'll wish they would have done it the right way. emoticon

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MARYC830 1/13/2011 9:05AM

    I think that challenges can be motivational sometimes- but I think you were right to avoid the contest at work. It doesn't sound like the people who are participating are going into this with a healthy mindset!

Best of luck to you as you continue your journey at home!

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KIKI1066 1/13/2011 8:55AM

    Sounds like you made the right choice. And if the "biggest loser" at work is one that is taking diet pills and doing other unhealthy things, they will most likely gain the weight back. You will be thin long after the $300 is spent.

I have mixed feelings about the Biggest Loser in general. It can be very inspirational, but I think it does set up unreal expectations for the normal person. Afterall, I am sure there is much behind the scenes we don't see.

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ELFMAGE7 1/12/2011 11:17PM

    Good choice. While money is tempting, sometimes the neediness can make a friendly competition go sour fast. I like the idea of the biggest loser influence when it is stuff like the food giveaways that some do. Food is given to shelters and places like that for every lb lost. Something like that I could support but a money challenge isn't as encouraging.

Keep up your resolve and working hard, you'll do great!

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SHERILYNCAVA 1/12/2011 10:40PM

    I also go to TOPS. We are "Taking Off Pounds Sensibly".

Congrats for not stooping to doing something that is dangerous to your health. The ones that are doing that will probably not be able to Keep Off Pounds Sensibly as you will.

From TOPS to KOPS. That is the prize you really want.
I'm sure you will get there and you'll be the real winner!

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SUNNYWBL 1/12/2011 10:38PM

    I'm with you! I wouldn't join under those conditions either! emoticon

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MOM2GEO_JR 1/12/2011 10:37PM

    You are right Becky, you go girl. This has to be a permanent way of eating healthy.
I am headed to bed.
Marsha
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MICKEY341 1/12/2011 9:59PM

    I am proud of you for making the choice to do it the 'sensible' way! Yours will stay off, what do you think will happen to their weight when the contest is over!
It's not about money...what you win is health! And that is something that money can't buy!
Maybe you should tell them what TOPS means! LOL
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DIDMIS 1/12/2011 9:45PM

    Becky I am proud of you and you have and are doing so good. Your new pic is marvelous.
See you tomorrow at TOPS

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6'4" by the end of the year!!

Thursday, January 06, 2011

My goal to be 6"4" by the end of the year.

I can do it!!!!!

It seems like so many people have goals just like this.
I will walk 5 miles everyday. (couch to 5K in 2 mins)
I will lose 50 in 2 weeks.
I will go to the gym everyday at 4am.

All goal need to be realistic. Sure I could have the goal to grow 9" by the end of the year but it is just not realistic. But I can still try right!!!! Nothing is impossible
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Ok so I will by some shoes with 9" heels OK!

  
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PYRATEGRACE 2/1/2011 4:22PM

    Been away from Spark for a couple weeks so just looking around to see what everyone has been up to and this blog you wrote just cracked me up!! But, you are very correct about how unrealistic our goals can be. I personally think I'd like to be 39 again by the end of the year emoticon

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VANDOSMOM 1/14/2011 1:43PM

    Your blog was so funny, I liked it!!!!! Thank you for the simple reality check.

Jan

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/7/2011 2:52PM

    Too funny, but you're right. A lot of people set those goals and are sooo disappointed when they don't reach them.

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TXDREAMSPINNER 1/7/2011 1:50PM

    You are too funny! I understand what you are saying. I have to bite my tongue when I hear people say things like they want to lose 10 pounds in one week. Those losses are unrealistic and dangerous. My resolution was to keep doing what I have been doing. I lost 65 pounds last year and would like to lose 50 this year, but I am doing it the healthy way. But if you find a way to grow 9" let me know!

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GETDONE 1/7/2011 12:58PM

    I see what your saying. LOL......

BUT

After a long period of thinking and then leaning that the cola I was drinking was leaching calcium from my bones
I did decide not to drink sodas unsweetened or not. On a rare occasion drinking one normal size will be ok.

I do want to do more happy things for more than a few times.
I also am "re framing a lot of things."

IF I was 7' tall I would be slim but I would be complaining about being too tall. Go figure!!!!!
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MICKEY341 1/7/2011 12:06AM

    I gave up making resolutions several years ago. I just resolve to be healthier...
But, don't give up...you might find some shoes with high enough heels to make you 6'4"! Have you seen some of the shoes lately?
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DIDMIS 1/6/2011 10:41PM

    Did you write this before TOPS tonight? LOL We talked about some of those kind of goals, well maybe not growing 9 inches at your age. Someday you might shrink though so be sure and don't use too hot of water. :)

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MNNSAIDE 1/6/2011 9:50PM

    Hey sounds like our speaker/preacher today!!!!

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Co workers challenged me me the professional dieter to lose weight

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Today my supervisor heard several people comment about my new smaller size.
He is an older gentlemen who need to lose some weight. He just started working with me this year.
I told him I had lost over 60 lbs last year. He just could not believe it. We I told him at work there are several other co-workers who have lost over 100lbs. I introduced them to him. His mouth dropped.

So later in the day he challenged me and our principal to the Biggest Loser for 11 wks. $20 each
Woo Hoo game on. I will be the Biggest Loser. And I will win $60.

I am so glad to have the people I work with on track with me.

  
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KLABELL 1/11/2011 6:10AM

    That's so cool, they sound like a nice group to work with! What are you going to do with your winnings? emoticon

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CJJANISS 1/5/2011 8:46PM

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BOBBIENORTHERN 1/5/2011 12:55PM

    Isnt this just the greatest way to live. I love it. You go girl. You are doing just amazing.

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MARLIZG 1/5/2011 11:10AM

    sounds like a great group!

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MNNSAIDE 1/4/2011 10:58PM

    Way to go!



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DIDMIS 1/4/2011 10:17PM

    I have seen what you can do so go for it.
Irene

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MICKEY341 1/4/2011 9:34PM

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You can do this...we are all rooting you on!!!!

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PHALANEY 1/4/2011 8:47PM

    We are doing the same thing for 3 months. We all weighed in Monday and put up our money. It will be $1 per week, an additional $1 if you gain weight. Person at the end with the highest percentage of weight lost takes all. I plan on it being me!!! emoticon

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CHEEKYCHERRY1 1/4/2011 8:44PM

  emoticon and then you can go a buy yourself a new pair of pants with your winnings! emoticon

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