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Pre-Challenge Assignment #3

Thursday, September 20, 2012

What do you want to change?
I want to change my habit of getting home from work and sitting on the couch with a book until I have so little time to workout that I am rushing through things.

How do you want to look?
I want to look to look thinner

How do you want to feel?
I want to feel more energized at the end of the workday.

What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body?
I will fit into the clothing that is in the spare closet and not the ones in my current closet.

Assignment complete, I am also going to print this out and hang it up at work and at home.

  
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FIREFLY_MEDIC 10/6/2012 1:41AM

    you can do it

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SABLENESS 10/1/2012 9:03PM

    Sitting on the couch with a book is restful, engaging, educational, entertaining--and doesn't do much at all toward reaching weight goals, as I know all too well! A fellow Sparker left a great idea on my Want Tips - Working Sparkers blog. She suggested changing into workout clothes when you leave work so you're more likely to do something in them like stop at the gym or work out when you get home.

These pre-assignments have been really helpful!

THANK YOU for the goodie and congrats on my soon to start job!

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Getting Ready for the Fall 5% Challenge

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Fall 5% Challenge is quickly approaching and it time to get ready.

Pre - Challenge Assignment #1 Check Points

Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go?
Exercise clothes are ready for now but as the weather start getting colder I am going to need warmer clothes. So I need to add that to my to do list. Done

What is your exercise plan?
I plan to continue on my 5K Your Way training plan which has me walking 3 days per week and "cross training" 3 days per week. I need to get better at the cross training, maybe start using my Wii again.

Do you know what diet you will follow? Found some recipes? Have you stocked up on the foods?
I will continue using the SparkPeople food Tracker, and will get better at making sure I track everything everday.

Do you know how to connect with your team mates?
As CL I will make an effort to visit not only the team page everyday but at least 5 team mates' sparkpages.

Did you put your Fall 5% Challenge Commitment on your page?
Once I am done with this I am heading over to update my page and will be sure to include my 5% challenge commitment!

  
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REBECCAMA 9/19/2012 1:01PM

  Good luck!

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WAVAIRENE 9/19/2012 11:32AM

    Me too! Good luck! emoticon

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Vacation Attacks

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

So last week we took a week+ long vacation, our first 8 day vacation in the 17 years that DH and I have been together. We had a wonderful time. We stopped at the Air and Space museum to see the Space Shuttle on the way down to the Outer Bank, NC. Pretty cool! In the Outer Banks we rented a large house with several friends and their children, there were 21 of us altogether. And for 7 days I relaxed, swam, read, played with the kids, and did pretty much nothing. It was great. Walking the beach and swimming were great exercise, but we had all kinds of food around all the time, and can't forget about the drinks, so I was sure that I was going to pack on some pounds. But it was soooo worth it for the fun we had.

We got back home on Saturday afternoon, and began the unpacking and organizing. That is when things started going downhill. Saturday night we picked up Tucker from the kennel, at first he seemed fine, but shortly after getting him home I notice he was licking his paws more than usual. He kept licking and chewing till his paws were bleeding. Sunday, I tried wrapping them up to keep him from licking, but they seemed to be getting worse. While this is going on DH ran to store to pick up some food for the house using his car that set all week, and the car started bucking and spuddering (sp?) and the engine light came on. Well it is Sunday, so the vet and the garage are closed not much we can do, so I keep getting the house together for my Aunt and Uncle to stop by for a visit on Monday.

On Monday, call the vet cause the paws are not getting better. They can't get him in until Tuesday afternoon. Call the garage, take the car in, and find out that a coil is bad in cylinder #5 (I have no clue what that means, but okay). It is going to cost about $1000 and take a couple days to fix, great, but what are we going to do we need a working car. Aunt and Uncle arrive just in time for dinner on Monday. They live in Oregon and are making a US tour visiting everyone along the way.

On Tuesday, garage calls to give us the final cost and estimated finish time. Yeah it will be done today and only cost $900. Take Aunt and Uncle around the Lehigh Valley sightseeing, which including steak sandwich for lunch and burgers for dinner. Take little guy to the vet, contact dermatitis (probably from something at the kennel), I have to soak his feet in Epsom salt water for 5 minutes twice a day, and then spray them with steroids. Oh and keep him from licking. Has anybody ever tried to soak a dogs feet for five minutes? While I can tell you that didn't go well in my house. I was soaked, DH was soaked, my Aunt was soaked, and my Uncle was laughing so hard he could barely stand. Hopefully tonight goes better.

Well this morning, my Aunt and Uncle packing and continued on their way, next stop Ohio. And I finally braved the scale for the first time in a couple of weeks. I was absolutely shocked to see 156, no loss but most importantly no gain! Now that vacation is over, company is gone, the car is fixed and the puppy is on the mend, I can get back to eating healthy and regular exercise (hoping the little guy is ready to start walking again soon, for now I'll be going solo). emoticon

  
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FIREFLY_MEDIC 10/4/2012 1:40PM

    way to go :)

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NANASAMM 7/14/2012 3:34PM

    Sounds like a great trip. So sorry about the car and dog problems...life's little speed bumps. I'm glad he's on the mend. Yeah, soaking my dogs paw would require filling the tub with water, standing in the tub with her and telling her how good she is over and over while she's trying to escape. Not fun!
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MOMFAN 7/11/2012 11:27PM

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KIN59VARA 7/11/2012 2:27PM

    Where in the Outer Banks did you go? My brother lives and has a restaurant down there. It sounds like your arrival home was very eventful!

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NANAW12001 7/11/2012 2:19PM

  Great blog. Glad that you didn't gain. You did great.

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Four Truths in Four Years

Monday, May 21, 2012

Okay, so in April I celebrated my 4year Sparkaversary. I was planned on writing a blog back then but never got around to it because thing just got so busy. But I still wanted to share what I have learned in those four years and what makes SparkPeople so special to me.

I came to SP to lose weight, like many people do and I have. In the first year I managed to loss about 50 lbs and I have kept that weight off. I never planned to be using this site four years later, but I made friends and enjoyed it here so much that here I am four years later, still logging in almost every day. I also lower my BP and stabilized my sugar levels. I went from a size 16 to a size 8.

Me a couple months before starting SP

Me a today.


All in all I am so much healthier than I was when my journey began.

First and most important thing that SP has taught me in the last four years is I am not perfect and I donít need to be. Throughout my twenties I tried several diets and lost weight several times but always gained it back and usually added more to it. I would do really good for long periods of time, but then I would slip up and that was the ended of it. I led myself to believe that I had diet perfectly or it would never work. By coming here and ďtalkingĒ to others in the same boat, I learned one mistake doesnít change the journey. I have been able to take that lesson to other parts of my life too. That simple realization and change in thinking has allowed me to do so much more. I have made a career change that I wanted to do for a long time. I have reduce my stress level overall. I increased my happiness.

I have also learned that eating healthy doesnít mean never getting to eat the things I like. Let me state this now I LOVE FOOD. One of the biggest problems I had with dieting and losing weight was I thought I could have the foods I liked. I know now that thinking that way was setting myself up for failure. I would deny myself things for so long that when I break down I wasnít eating one cookie, I was eating the whole batch. This lesson was one of the hardest things to get through my thick head. You want a cookie have a cookie, track it, and move on. Well maybe not as simple as that, I do run through a check list in my to make sure that I really want the cookie and I am not just masking something else. But there is no more denying myself something just cause someone says it is not healthy.

Next thing is exercise doesnít have to be at the gym. It doesnít have to involve special clothing. It doesnít have to be boring. It just needs to get you moving. It can be getting up and walking down the hall to talk to a coworker rather than calling. It can be walking the dog. It can done it front of the TV. It can whatever you want as long as you are moving. I used to hate exercise, the thought of putting on workout clothes and going to gym was terrifying. I hated getting on the equipment and just being so bored. I still hate all of that, but I now I realize that that way of exercising doesnít work for me. I canít stick with it. But I can sit in front of the TV and do bicep curls or run up and down the stairs during commercials. I can plan weekend hikes and I love working in the garden. SP has taught me that integrating the types of exercise that works for you into your everyday life makes all the difference in the long run.

Finally, SP taught me that I am not alone. EVER! There is always someone here when you need it. And that has made all the difference. If was feeling guilty over eating too much, someone was there. When I was complaining about work or taking care of MIL, my SparkFriends were there. When DH just doesnít understand, there again my SparkFriends to the rescue. There so many great things about SP, but the people here I think are the best thing. If I canít login, I miss my friends. This journey called life is full of ups and downs, And I am grateful for everyone here that has shared in the ups and lended a lifting hand during the downs.

So there it is. The simple truths that I have learn in my four years at SP
1. I am not perfect and donít need to be
2. Eating healthy doesnít mean not eating what I kike
3. Exercise is anything that gets you moving
4. Your SparkFriends are always around.

  
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BIBS4664 5/25/2012 9:35PM

    Great!!!

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GEEKGIRLYO 5/23/2012 2:14PM

    Great blog!! You have come so far. I'm so happy for you.

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REBECCATKD 5/22/2012 8:36PM

    Great writing! Put those truths right smack on your Spark Page. They serve as reminders for all of us! emoticon

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KRISKECK 5/22/2012 11:08AM

    You rock!

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Kristin

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REBECCAMA 5/22/2012 10:58AM

  Way to go! This IS an awesome blog! Congratulations!

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BEATLETOT 5/22/2012 8:57AM

    I've come by a few times to read this blog, and keep thinking I've commented...

Love your truths! You've done an amazing job maintaining your weight!

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RUTHXG 5/21/2012 9:16PM

    You have done great things, Monaca! Thanks for sharing the wisdom you have gained. emoticon emoticon

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/21/2012 4:31PM

    AWESOME BLOG! Way to go! You have come so far and I'm glad you stuck around Spark so we could become friends!!

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Update on Me

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wow, I can't believe how time is flying by.

With the holidays over, life is getting back to normal or as normal as my life can be. I had a really busy December. Prepping for the holidays, taking care of my In-laws, and a major audit at work consumed soooo much time. With the holidays over and the auditor successfully complete, I pretty much have my life back. My MIL is doing much better, today she even went out to eat for the first time since all of this started. She has been getting around much better, and has even started doing a little cleaning herself (we still have to go there and do the major things). She had her latest round of Chemo the Thursday before New Years and she made it to our house for New Years dinner and was able to see the kids open their Christmas presents, grant it she was wiped out for the next few days after so much activity, but it is a start. We have two more rounds of Chemo and then we play the waiting game and see how things go, but she is getting stronger everyday. I really want to THANK everyone for their thoughts and prayers.

I made it through the holidays without gaining or losing weight, which for me is a huge accomplishment. Now I am trying to get back into the swing of things, getting more exercise and trying to remember to track everyday. I am also trying to break my coffee addiction, I found myself living on coffee throughout this stressful time and it has to stop. Six or seven large cups of coffee a day is not healthy, but it is hard to stop when I have been in the habit for so long. Another bad habit I picked up during all of this is adding a packet of hot chocolate to my after lunch coffee.

Well that is my quick update, I have to good wake DH from is after work nap and get dinner going. I will try to write more later!

  
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JSPEED4 1/19/2012 4:40AM

    Oh, I love the iridologists and alternative healers. Cancer is not the problem that our pharmaceutical companies have taught us that it is, with their nasty, high doses of poisons called chemotherapy and such.

There is a book, written over 30 years ago titled "Thank Goodness It's Only Cancer!" I don't remember the author's name, but she meant it just like that!!!

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DONNACFIT 1/16/2012 8:32PM

    Hi..thanks for dropping by my blog and for your comments.. hope your motherinlaw is doing fine.

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ANNIEONLI 1/16/2012 4:10PM

    Came by to see how things were here...glad to hear the MIL is getting on better...it's tough to see people you love go thru chemo...I know all to well.

My hubby was addicted to coffee for a while - you reminded me of it in an instant! He's down to 3 cups a day now...better than the pot he used to drink all by himself!

Good luck with the weaning! Drinking water will help at lot with that!

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AMYLONGHORN 1/12/2012 8:53AM

    Thank you for sharing the news about your MIL...glad to hear she is getting stronger, and please keep us posted after her last round of chemo...sending thoughts and prayers! Hope YOU get back into the swing of things...kicking a coffee habit can be difficult. The hubs and I actually haven't been drinking coke...I haven't had one in like a week and a half, and I feel fine, but I don't know if we could make it without coffee! Good luck!!

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BEATLETOT 1/12/2012 8:36AM

    Monaca, nice to see a blog from you. I'm glad to hear your MIL is a bit stronger. We love you!

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FUTUREDAD 1/11/2012 10:32PM

    Thanks for the update. I hope things go well for your MIL in the new year.

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LINDABENEDICT 1/11/2012 8:37PM

    Good luck ! Hope the new year is kind to you and your family !

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