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Beginning Again - Feeling Re-Focused

Thursday, September 04, 2014

I saw a blog from someone that is deciding to start over and this is how I responded:

"A new beginning is a great way to look at it. I started over again on July 28. It is my new beginning. I have taken what I learned back when I started SP in 2007 (and lost 60 pounds) and restarted my journey to great health.

I had gained some weight back and slipped by the wayside. I lost my focus. My focus should never be about how great I will look in my clothes. It should be all about my health. I realize this more and more the older I get.

I am 60 years old and I want to always have a spring in my step. I have to move, I look forward to it. I need to eat healthy and I love my healthy food.

I am no longer 'down in the dumps' about anything. I spend a lot more time on SparkPeople gleaning what I can to keep myself motivated. If I slip up (and sometimes I give myself permission), I get right back to my better way of eating on the next meal."

If my focus can change for the better, then anyone's can! I really do love SP!!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FORZACHANDMATT 9/4/2014 10:29AM

    I love SP too and this is a great blog

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SILLYGOOSE79 9/4/2014 10:13AM

    Thank you! I am having such a hard time restarting. I lost 85 pounds, and sadly put every bit of it on plus 30. I HATE this. I HATE how I feel. I HATE the physical pain. Thank you so much for sharing. This is a wonderful reminder how much SP did for me when I spent time taking care of myself. I did set a goal not to keep resetting my stuff & move forward!

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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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MAMAOFTHEBRIDE 4/15/2013 8:34PM

   
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...

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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.
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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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