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Taking a Look Back...

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I just went through and read some old blogs of mine. I inspired myself. There is one that I wrote when I reached goal on my one year anniversary date here on SP. I didn't realize that my own daughter left a comment.

There is so much encouragement that comes from participating spark people. I really appreciate the last almost six years.

Thanks, again, Sparkpeople, for helping me to get healthy!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CORTNEY-LEE 5/1/2013 10:39PM

    You are so very inspiring!

I don't know where I would be without Spark - it has truly helped me change my life!

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LOVINGAFRICA 5/1/2013 12:23AM

    Well done to you!
Yes Spark is the best thing on the internet.
Bless you on your journey

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FRANNIEDID 4/30/2013 12:31PM

    Wow, that is awesome! I may go read my old blogs, you have inspired me!

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Facing Reality and Loving Myself

Monday, April 15, 2013

As I watched my mom go down hill, I realized it began when she stopped moving and eating right. She passed away in October and I've been reflecting on my habits. I do workout, but my eating was slipping back into old habits.

Sooo.....I stepped on the scales this morning, closed my eyes, looked down and opened my eyes. I also opened my mind to reality. I am several pounds up past my 'high' number -- you know, that number that wakes you up and makes you work hard to lose those extra pounds.

I refuse to face my 60th BD feeling bad about myself. I really do have to log my food to stay in control and I'm thankful for the SP food tracker.

I started this morning on SP and read some articles under "Motivation" and the articles really helped get my mind in a healthy frame of mind.

I'm ready, I'm excited and I will succeed! Have a great week!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PATTYR81 4/16/2013 10:11AM

    I'm sorry about your mom~~

It's nice to see you back posting


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LOVINGAFRICA 4/16/2013 7:04AM

    You can do it. I love that nutrition tracker too.

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I'm happy you're excited. I bet you will do just great!! Cheering you on.

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FRANNIEDID 4/15/2013 1:16PM

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Each day is a chance to eat well and exercise. Don't let past lapses weigh you down, just remember that is gone and today is a new day with new opportunities!

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CJJANISS 4/15/2013 12:42PM

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CORTNEY-LEE 4/15/2013 12:41PM

    You can do it!!!

I want you to close your eyes... remember the first time you stepped onto the scale and saw that you had reached your goal. Remember the awesome feeling you had? Try to keep that feeling in your head going forward. I know that has helped me through some tough times.

Best of luck my Spark Friend!


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Never Giving Up is so Rewarding

Monday, August 02, 2010

After gaining a few pounds, I started reading motivation articles here on SP to get me back on track. My plan is working very well and I'm doing very well now. Even though I am very active on SparkPeople and eating very healthy and exercising regularly, I was eating foods that were not good for me also, thus the weight gain.

When trying to refocus, the articles are a great start. But I have to admit, it is the motivational articles from SP members that help me the most. I like reading about what steps they took to get where they are going. It always starts with baby steps and before you know it, they are running to their goals. Then I get to read how they are feeling when meeting their goals. I'm so glad that I know how that feels. It is absolutely wonderful when you feel strong and healthy, especially when you are 56 years old! I feel better physically then I did in my 20's, 30's and even 40's!!!

And I don't ever want to lose that feeling...

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APRILSHOWER555 1/6/2012 5:13PM

    :) Woohoo! :)

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ELLAREE57 8/4/2010 4:30PM

    thank you for staying so positive and encouraging to us all!

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RONAGAL 8/2/2010 9:18AM

    I agree. SP has great support and motivation. Thanks for sharing this.

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KHICKS22 8/2/2010 9:16AM

    SP is such a great motivational website! I know it's helped me get to where I am today! Keep up the great work!

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Love that 10 Minute Rule...

Monday, July 19, 2010

I haven't blogged in a long time, but here goes.

This morning I woke up with an awful headache and was feeling very "slow" (no energy). I made it to work and I didn't feel like doing my workout, but I have a rule. The one Sparkguy recommends - the 10 Minute Rule.

I started my workout determined to get in at least 10 minutes. The more I did, the better I felt. Before I knew it, I had that familiar spring in my step and really enjoying my music! I got a 20 minute workout completed and will hit the pool this evening.

10 minutes - just commit to exercising for 10 minutes and I can just about guarantee that you will do more. And you will feel great!

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WHERESMYTIARA 4/30/2013 7:59AM

    I love the 10 minute rule and hadn't heard of that. Actually, Jillian Michaels says "you can do anything for 20 minutes." My best guy friend taught me this when I feel like I do not want to exercise: just get dressed in your gym clothes and then decide. It works....once I'm dressed, I'm going to work out (PERIOD). There was only 1 time when I decided I really didn't want to but out of the 100 of times I did...those are great odds. So, tell yourself, I'll just get dressed and only do it for 10 minutes. I love it!

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ELLAREE57 8/4/2010 4:32PM

    Rule lover! love it I must remember this!

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KNH771 7/22/2010 1:31PM

    That is so true! It's all about getting started, isn't it?!

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JMAGEE8871 7/22/2010 1:28PM

    I agree completely! I find if I can push myself to do the first 10 minutes I catch my second wind and am able to finish my workout with no problem.

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TUBLADY 7/19/2010 6:42PM

    I hadn't heard that rule either. But good to know. Some days I don't feel like the gym, but I will exercise at home.
I have weights, a pool, resistance bands and a big exercise ball. plus I like to dance to the oldies with Richard Simmons.
What ever works to move it, helps lose it. Smile !! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SMITTY35 7/19/2010 3:23PM

    I had not heard of that rule, but it is one I will now live by! Seems so simple, who can say they don't have time for 10 minutes? emoticon

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JILLTBNAGART 7/19/2010 3:14PM

    This is one rule I swear by! get out there for 10 minutes everyone!!

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Today I Fell...

Monday, February 01, 2010

...Oh yes I did!!! Made it to work just fine. I noticed immediately that there was ice right outside the car door. I carefully stepped over it, took another step and WHAM!!! Down I went. I fell on my bad hip, but I bounced back up. I laughed when as I was bouncing back up because I was so happy that I workout and take care of myself. After all...I am 55 years old so it could have been bad. After I got to the office, I worked out for 20 minutes.

This fall was actually good for me. I've been messing up and could not seem to get back on track. I kept trying and I believe that is why I have not gained a lot of weight back. But I was so thankful that I wasn't hurt, that I've decided that if I could pick myself up after a hard fall, then I can pick myself up and get my focus back.

I love giving support to others, but I realized this morning that I need to give myself some support too.

Best to You!

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MAMAFEELGOOD 4/20/2010 10:03AM

    Falling and being able to get back up is worth the exercise at any age. Keep up the hard work and congratulations on being MOD! emoticon emoticon

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PRESHA911 4/20/2010 7:40AM

    Kudos to you for keeping a positive attitude. Congrats on your progress!

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KATIEGLEN012 4/20/2010 5:49AM

    Congrats on being MOD. I hope that you are feeling fine after your fall and still motivated by it. Sometimes we need a reminder of why we are really doing this. Sure we want to look good, but all of us really want health and strength!

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HOTIRISH13 2/8/2010 7:57AM

    When I had a fitness coach, he asked me, "what do you want to accomplish?" I told him that I want to be able to get up from the floor as my mother had severe arthritis and could not get up from a chair.

I want to bounce back from the floor.

You have given me another push in that direction. I'm so glad you were not hurt.

I'm 64 and I was out shoveling 28 inches of snow yesterday and just a tad sore in the arms.

YES! We can do it.

Thank you.

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NORAKENO 2/4/2010 6:29AM

    So glad you weren't hurt. It is so motivating to be able to just get right back up now, I'm sure. Good for you! I agree that we give so much support to others we forget to pat ourselves on the back. Way to go!

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WILLOWDANCER 2/1/2010 4:50PM

    Super nice attitude! Be careful but bounce back better and better. You are wonderful!!

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GEINAHG0757 2/1/2010 11:30AM

    Way to pat yourself on the back! We need to be our own biggest cheerleaders.

Hope you are not sore in the morning. Your workout will probably minimize that...

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