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Baby steps and a day at a time

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

In my effort to do what other successful SP are doing to achieve their goals, I am writing a blog entry about my progress, as slow as it may be.
Since I have been out of work for the last 4 weeks, I have been able to spend more time at the gym and walking outside which has been a great mood lifter for me. I have lost about 6 pounds too (who loses weight between Thanksgiving and New Years ?!) Eating healthier meals, drinking more water, increasing my walk frequency as well as my gym attendance is really paying off. The food diary has enabled me to increase my awareness of how many calories and grams of fat I actually consume - my portions are sometimes too large and some of my "healthy" food choices are sometimes too high in fat - but I can eat smaller portions and choose lower fat alternatives. These baby steps are accumulating into days, "one day at a time" and I have greater confidence now than I have felt in a long time. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 12/14/2011 11:28PM

    emoticon Keep up the great work!!!

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I have an "Attitude of Gratitude"...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I have not been participating in SparkPeople as other members have... I lost my focus, stopped working toward my goals and stopped logging my food intake and activity. The result is that I gained back 4 of the 5 lbs that I lost (at a crawl of 1/2 lb per week mind you), AND I was laid off from work - an additional excuse to overeat and stay lazy while feeling sorry for myself.
Instead, I asked God for help before I got out of bed at 4:45 this morning - I chose to return to the SparkPeople site and read the success stories and get some inspiration from my Spark friends, and WOW did I ever!
I am grateful for this website and all the tools and support it offers (articles from the experts, other useful tips for managing the emotional, spiritual and physical nature of obesity), I am grateful for all the courageous people who have willingly shared their setbacks as well as their perseverance to reach their goals - I have read several blogs by members and I realized, I wrote only one blog, back in July and then not until now - ! - I need to participate fully if I want to reach my goals, so here I write, because I know the power of "writing it down" . When I log my food, I am aware of my intake and less likely to overeat, when I log my activity the visual of seeing my calories burned coupled with the benefits of how great I feel when I get my butt out there regularly, does motivate me.
So, this Thanksgiving Eve, I have an "Attitude of Gratitude" and a renewed sense of hope that I can move forward and finally lose the excess weight and live an active, healthy life.
Thanks to the creators of SparkPeople : the book, this website, the folks who share their expertise. To all you members out there - whether you know it or not, you are helping me, helping others and we are all helping each other....
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Independence Day & My First Blog Entry !

Monday, July 04, 2011

I am sitting here in Brooklyn, NY , watching the John Adams marathon on HBO with my husband. I started SparkPeople yesterday - bought the book and made the decision that THIS independence day was going to be my independence from the ties of sedentary behavior and overeating foods that made me feel good, TEMPORARILY , that I have long been in denial of.
I have often heard that "nothing changes "if nothing changes" " - at the age of 53, a previously active, healthy woman now in her 5 year of breast cancer recovery and 90 lbs later (the horror! I have been telling people it was only 65lbs!), I am ready mentally and physically to JUST DO IT!
So, self, if the successful participants of sparkpeople are blogging as another tool for their success, then so shall I - NOW LET'S GO TO THE GYM!!

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I-HAVE-A-DREAM 7/4/2011 11:05PM

  I enjoy reading your blog and the enthusiasm you bring with you. Best wishes on your Journey!

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IRISHGODDESS7 7/4/2011 2:59PM

    I, too, just joined on Independence Day for the same reasons - to become independent of bad habits, boredom eating, and not exercising - so we can do this together :-)

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JLPEASE 7/4/2011 1:51PM

    Feels great doesn't it? You'll find so much support here and lots of teams that you can join where people have similar interests and concerns. Welcome to your Independence Day!!!
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ANIMATED71 7/4/2011 12:51PM

    Welcome and I hope you kick butt. This site is incredible in that you get information, tips, tools (like the trackers) and a wonderful community. Good luck and congrats on the choice to change. You will never regret it.

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JENNIGIRL06 7/4/2011 12:49PM

    Welcome to the Spark!!! Congrats on the choice to live a healthier and better life...and also for 5 years of Breast Cancer Recovery! That in it's self makes you a stronger and beautiful person! If you can fight off cancer...then you can fight off the 90lbs! I wish you all the luck in the world. May you have a blessed 4th of July!

God Bless
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