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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Well, it's kind of embarrassing to be writing yet another blog about starting again with SparkPeople. I need to change my lifestyle and work harder at being healthier. I need to lose 50-60 pounds and work up to exercising most days. I have chronic, automimmune health problems that make it very difficult for me to exercise consistently, so a lot of my weight loss and improved health will have to come from eating much healthier and moving how and when I can.

I have not been motivated because it just seems too hard. But, I really don't want to add diabetes to my list of ailments, and I have enough risk factors that it's a real possibility for the near future. Plus, people think I am my children's grandmother. I think if I looked healthier, maybe I wouldn't look so much older than I am. I want to have energy to go to my kids' ballgames and volunteer at their school. I missed some field trips with them this spring because of my health problems. I have applied for disability, too.

I'm hoping I can also improve my depression problems if I work toward my goals instead of just giving up. I'm kind of an all-or-nothing personality--if I don't go all out, I don't stick with it long. However, if I get too hung up on the "rules" I get rebellious and want to quit. I am hoping to learn to balance these tendencies.

I am considering using special food (such as Jenny Craig) for a short time (like 3-6 months) to jump start my weight loss and "reprogramming" my taste buds while I learn to cook healthier foods for my family. Maybe this will give me the boost I need to start preparing my own healthy food more often. I know how to cook healthily; I just get tired of what I usually fix and need new ideas.

I am starting with the simple goals of drinking more water, walking the dog a few times a week, choosing healthier food and eating smaller portions (especially when eating out), and cutting way down on snacks and junk food. I want to clean my house each week, attend church on Sundays, and spend quality time with my family.

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VERGE_OF_ME 5/22/2012 12:29PM

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MYRTLEBOO 5/11/2012 5:04PM

    Yes, they are challenging goals because I haven't done them in a while consistently. I'm thinking about changing my ticker....

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ASOBFALLS 5/11/2012 11:42AM

    emoticonKeep your eye on the Target! Sounds like a "few simple goals" but, I believe those will challenge you. Praying for you

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Read Through the Bible Program for Shirkers and Slackers

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I thought some of you might appreciate this type of Bible reading plan. There isn't any pressure to read a certain amount each day, etc., so you can concentrate on God's Word and not on a checklist.

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KADULAC 1/19/2012 8:59PM

    That does look like a good plan.

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    I love it thank you so much I was looking for something like this

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Made to Crave Start Up Feelings

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I am so nervous--heart beating fast, squirrelly tummy, etc., because I just signed up for the online Made to Crave Bible study. I know God has been leading me in this direction, but I haven't been obedient yet. Some ladies in my church have recently completed the study and begun an exercise program, which really is turning into a ministry, and I really want to be a part of whatever God is doing in my church. I have not been obedient because I really don't want to change. I want my circumstances to change instead, and I think by this point I should admit that God's answer to that request is, "not right now." He's telling me what I tell my kids, "You mind me first". So, here I go. I may not do all the stuff on SparkPeople right at the beginning because I'm focusing on the Bible study. I'm a few days behind (they started on Sunday), so I have some catching up to do. I'm hoping the nervousness I feel will remind me to pray and to rely on God. I'm usually very good at starting programs all gung-ho and then wimping out, so I'm going to pray every day for God to be here beside me and to make this process glorifying to Him.

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MYRTLEBOO 1/19/2012 10:38AM

    Thanks for the encouragement, everyone! I've seen Made To Crave (MTC) groups and/or group projects on SP before and even read the entries often on one of them, but I haven't done one fully. I think it's a good idea. Actually, this week is very busy (holiday, sick kid, parents visiting, son's birthday this weekend), and I signed up for the study a little late, so I haven't been able to do any of it, yet. Don't worry, that's not going to stop me. I'm just going to be a few days behind for a little while. I would love to have discussions with any of you who want to join in, whether you've started yet or not. We can get ourselves in sync somehow. Any suggestions?

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SUNFLOWERS4ME 1/19/2012 10:17AM

    I love the study! I was fortunate enough to be able to get into one of the small groups, which has been a tremendous support system and encouragement. Maybe we should start a MTC group on SP?! You can do this! Phil 4:13 emoticon

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 1/19/2012 1:39AM

  emoticon I'm also doing the online study!

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    I may have to look into the online study sometime. Not right now though! That would throw me over the edge. LOL I loved the book and it is still on my Kindle. emoticon

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KADULAC 1/18/2012 3:54PM

    It is hard to change. We like our comfort zone and don't want to move out of it. I know you can do this. God will be with you if you let Him.

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MOMMABOF7 1/18/2012 2:37PM

    I started re reading the book this year.I am reading it slowly (one chapeter a day) this time. I am really learning a lot about myself. I am excited to hear how the online study works.

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MYRTLEBOO 1/18/2012 10:20AM

    Are you watching all the videos, too? Just wondered if they were helpful--do you watch before or after you read?

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 1/18/2012 10:15AM

    I'm doing the online Bible study too. I like how she (Melissa Taylor) breaks it down into easy, little tasks for every day so it's pretty easy to stay on track. I'll be praying for you and me both, that we are energized by the study, that we have the fortitude to go through it until the end. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Starting a New Art Project

Friday, January 13, 2012

I have been making some pencil designs that I think would work well hand-embroidered, maybe on totes. I haven't embroidered anything, yet, and I don't know how to get my designs transferred, but I'm working on getting that figured out. Maybe this project will boost my mood enough to help me get started again on eating healthy and exercising again. I think I also might have my hormones checked to see if a change there would be helpful.

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MYRTLEBOO 1/14/2012 11:53AM

    When I try to upload pictures I get an anti-phishing message. The last time I said, "continue anyway" on the sparkpeople site, I got a virus. So, I am not sure how to post a sample without ignoring the alert.

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    You'll have to post some for us to see!

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KADULAC 1/13/2012 7:07PM

    Sounds like fun.

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Trying on bras

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Even though I ended up with a smaller bandwidth than I expected, shopping for a bra has motivated me to begin again (for the fifty-seventh time). I'm going to give the two cookies I bought to my children and start right now. I have to be patient with myself because I can't exercise a lot, so my goal is one pound a week weight loss and walking the dog twice week.

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KADULAC 1/6/2012 9:19PM

    Glad you're back. Missed you.

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PAMNANGEL 1/4/2012 4:14PM

    Sounds like a good start.

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 1/4/2012 4:06PM

    Good for you! emoticon

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