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Feb 22 -- Ice, ice baby

Friday, February 22, 2013

We're blanketed in a layer of ice. The temperature is warming but my car is still coated. My son and I were suppose to visit ITT Tech tonight but I felt the need to call off until the roads clear; wouldn't you know that our road is the worst in the county! Yet despite that, the kids went to school today. No snow days for NW Shelby!!!!
I did a small floor workout with a Coach Nicole video but don't feel like I did it right. Of course, activity is good even if it's less than perfect. Still I need to get in at least 2 miles with Leslie Sansone. Once I've picked up my son, I'll have to find time for a workout.
On a positive note, I've reached my fiber levels already today. I've gotten in plenty of whole wheat pasta and healthynut bread as well as a wonderful breakfast cereal. Has anyone tried FiberOne 80 Calorie Chocolate cereal??? It's delicious! If I get my workout in and finish up my water consumption for the day, I'll consider today a success.
Hope everyone else is claiming their own small victories today. Have a fabulous and Spark-tacular weekend!

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ADARKARA 2/24/2013 3:05PM

    I JUST ate a bowl of Fiber One chocolate cereal before I read your blog. Really delicious!

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MISSA526 2/24/2013 5:27AM

    Sounds like a busy day! I love Leslie Samson's Dvds! I'm about to do a 2 mile walk soon! emoticon I hope the rest of your days have been great!

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    Sounds like a good day despite the weather.

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Feb 21 -- A rocky couple of weeks

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I mean to do well with my Spark plan, but lately I feel like I'm failing. Between being sick, crampy, and migrained, I don't seem to be going anywhere. I wanted to push for 6 workouts a week but for two weeks straight the best I can hope for is 5; I know 5 isn't bad but it isn't good enough!
I have had trouble staying motivated. My food choices have been lacking at best and disgusting at worst (Cheetos and Sour Cream/Cheddar Chips???? NOT A GOOD IDEA!!!!!) I usually get my water without any trouble but there have definitely been nights that I've come up short lately. Ive had 60 oz of Diet Pepsi in the last 10 days after going totally soda free for months!
I went into Lent intending to improve my sleep habits but forcing myself into bed at 11:00p is harder than I expected. A lot of times I've gone to bed only to lay there for an hour or better unable to close my eyes. I'm pretty good about not using the snooze button but can't really say that I'm getting up with the first ring of the alarm since I usually wake to music and my youngest keeps turning the volume all the way down so that I oversleep!!!!
i don't want to be overly dramatic and say that the last 2 weeks have been pointless and that I feel like a failure, but obviously I'm not seeing the success that I want or need.
How do you get back on track when you feel like it's 1 step forward and 3 steps back? I don't want to give up but I know I won't keep going if I can't get back on track.

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    It is easy to get off track when you are sick or migrainey. I agree with what the others have suggested. I had gotten off track and so I started with my daily trio to fight depression and live healthier. My trio is light therapy, meditation and exercise. For exercise my only rule is it must be at least 10 min a day. I have gone in fits and starts then started tracking them on spark. That way I could see how long my streak was so that I could try and make it longer each time. A few days ago I didn't feel like exercising. I went on the forums and got support and managed 15 min of Wii fit. My streak is at 30 days and I hope to add something new soon. Just start again and learn what caused your blip.

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DIANA3BANANA 2/22/2013 6:47AM

    Here's an excerpt from 25 Ways to Get Back on Tack Today from Sparkpeople. It has some very good ideas. But I agree with PLUMERIA50, start fresh, and take small steps back to where you need to be. Forgive yourself, let it go, and move forward!

Every time you misstep on your healthy journey, you have two choices: to keep walking backwards, which will surely take you even further away from your goals; or to accept your lack of perfection as normal and forgivable, and take not one, but two positive steps down the path that brings your closer to the future you want.

If youíre reading this, you might have been walking backwards for a while. But instead of waiting for the next day, week, month or even year to overhaul your habits, start TODAY. And start small. You canít go from the recliner to running or from burgers to Brussels sprouts in an afternoon. But you can do one, two or even a handful of small things that will help you regain your momentum for healthy living.

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PLUMERIA50 2/21/2013 9:21PM

  first of all, cut yourself some slack. Migraines are horrible. When it is gone, start fresh by setting some easy-to-achieve goals (to build momentum and positive reinforcement) - two pieces of fruit, 10 minutes of walking, 4 glasses of water, whatever. Then, when 2 pieces of fruit is a slam dunk, add another element and then keep doing that until you're firing on all cylinders again.

This is also a note to myself 'cause I have been eating as if there is no such thing as a calorie for at least a week!


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Feb 12 -- Ash Wednesday approaches

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I converted to Catholicism back in college, but I admit that I'm a really bad (aka laxed) Catholic. In fact, I attend a Christian church regularly. There are aspects of the faith that I think are dead-on (no other faith educates and trains believers more thoroughly, and these are some of the most charitable people I've ever seen) but some parts of the faith I have never bought into (Purgatory??? Don't think so! Confession? questionable at best).
Most Protestants don't observe Lent but I think it is a wonderful time that everyone can benefit from. Taking 6 weeks to focus and prepare on the importance of the upcoming holiday and making a small sacrifice as a means of recognizing the huge sacrifice Christ made makes perfect sense to me. That's why I'm looking forward to tomorrow and the weeks to follow.
A recent Spark article suggested several "sacrifices" as well as positive changes we can make in honor of Lent. I'm going to follow a suggestion of theirs and sacrifice my snooze button as well as my late night TV and gaming. For the next 6 weeks, every night I WILL be in bed by 11pm, and when the alarm goes of at 6:15a, my feet are going to hit the floor! I may forgo weigh-ins for the 6 weeks too, but that's more for my sanity than anything else.
I plan to start the day off right with Ash Wednesday Mass at 8:00 a.m. but that isn't "normal" for me so I can only give it my best! Praying I can use the next 6 weeks to grow closer to the Lord and move forward in this journey called life and health. Wishing you all the same!

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NEWMEN2013 2/17/2013 8:40AM

    To those Catholics who read my blog and may have taken offense, I would like to extend my apologies. I did not intend to start a debate on the propriety of any religious teaching or the correctness of any given faith. I thank those of you who were tempted to drive-home your perspective but chose not to.
I have always been very vocal in my opinions, perhaps not the most attractive trait in a person but a part of my personality none the less. My intent in my statements was simply to say that there are pluses and minuses to the Catholic faith (and all other faiths) and I cited a few examples [from my personal vantage point ONLY] to illustrate my view. For those who embrace the concepts that I may question, I would say that perhaps we are at different points in our faith journey and I only pray that we all reach our final destination in God's time where we can unite at His throne and rejoice in His goodness.

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DOLPHINSINGER72 2/14/2013 8:22PM

    I couldn't get up for the 8 o'clock service. I went to the 6:30pm service. I knew I was going to the gym at 10:00 so that would be a little bit of pushing things.

I like the decision you made for your Lenten Sacrifice. Mine is not so much a sacrifice, but a change in habit I am going to turn off all my computers, cell phones, Kindles and spend 15 minutes with an old school Bible reading some passages. I have never read the Bible enough and I would like to change that.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 2/13/2013 9:18AM

    Best wishes from another Catholic :) I respect others religious beliefs.

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TIMOTHYNOHE 2/12/2013 11:37PM

    Purgatory and the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession): I can tell you, as a teacher of religious education for nearly 20 years, are two of the most misunderstood teachings of the Church. And no matter how I explained it to my students (paritcularly Purgatory) they kept falling back to the common misconceptions -- Purgatory as Hell Lite/Heaven-not-quite.

I don't weant to get into a whole "Catholic Apologetics" discussion and you didn't want to draw anyone into one, I am sure.

I definitely agree with you that it is a curious thing about most Protestant sects that they don't celebrate Lent as a time of preparation for Easter. My Sister-in-law doesn't get the whole idea of Good Friday.

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DEBRA123FORME 2/12/2013 10:55PM

  I won't give a full response here bc I am Catholic. My in-laws are Pentecostal and I would never think of saying anything about any religion bc I think it reveals how uneducated a person truly is.
I do not agree with everything the Catholic Church says but no one will ever know what those are. emoticon

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Feb. 9 -- A moment to relax and unwind, then I'll go workout

Saturday, February 09, 2013

It seems like for the last several days I've done nothing but go, go, go! School meetings, helping family, church functions, errands, etc....when does it all end?

This morning we were in town around 10:30a trying to get things done. My eldest took his written test for his beginners (didn't pass but it was a valuable training and I think he'll do fine when he retests next week), dropped off Goodwill donations, stopped at the optometrist to get his glasses adjusted, shopping at Walmart, and dropped off recycling.

I know most people would say my lunch wasn't healthy (or as healthy as it could be) but I was short on time and decided to try a new flavor of Lean Pockets. Glad that it is fairly fiber rich even though the sodium is high; actually fixed carrots to go with it so that "healthified" the meal just a bit!

I've been shopping on Facebook's garage sale sights quite a bit and made my first purchase yesterday. At some point today, I have to move the TV stand I bought into my son's room. I like it and consider it a steal for only $10!!!!! A different seller had GREENS by IT WORKS on sale and I hope to pick up some tomorrow; they say you get 8 servings of fruits and vegetables in their powdered drink mix. WE'LL SEE!!!! At this point, I just want to sleep.

I think I'll take a nap for an hour or so. I'll lay down with a book for a few minutes but doubt I'll get much read ! emoticon After my rest, I'm sure the treadmill won't seem so daunting; I'd like to get in at least 3.25 miles which (I'm so excited to say) brings me to nearly 20 miles so far this month!

Hope my Sparkfriends are all having a terrific weekend.

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/10/2013 9:59AM

    havent heard of teh garage sales either. you lunch sounded okay. the other day i made pasta i overeat pasta . so first i addded a whole seriving of veges to my bowl than added athe pasta and a little sauce with meat. I only had a bowl and a half instead of three or four. the secret to succcess and you have found is vegies. good job on your treadmill work and a nap is very good for you so is reading. try not to get stressed by all the running around . I bring my nook with me and when I am waiting it does not stress me so bad if i can play a game or just read. us time is so important,

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SPARKLINGHOPE 2/10/2013 9:20AM

    Best wishes! I had never heard of FB garage sales. Interesting concept.

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    Enjoy your nap!

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NEEDBU66 2/9/2013 3:42PM

    sweet dreams

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Feb 2 -- Sleeping off another migraine

Saturday, February 02, 2013

I went to bed last night with a migraine; it wasn't any better when I woke up this a.m. Hubby was kind enough to fix breakfast but food didn't take care of anything. Around 9 a.m. I gave up and took an injection which, of course, knocked me out. I went back to bed and slept until noon!
I'm feeling a little better now but I still have moments when the pain comes back. There's a lot of tension in my neck, back, and shoulders which doesn't help the headache either. I'm thinking a major workout would not be a good idea although I'm going to try a little treadmill time anyway.
I don't tend to be as motivated on cold days like today (low of 20 degrees and snowy) but I don't want to let this day get away from me without accomplishing something. My "IT'S DONE" list will definitely be my friend today to keep me from feeling lazy and useless!

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    Take care

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SPARKLINGHOPE 2/3/2013 10:11AM

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