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Friend Feed - WOW

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Just got through going through my friend feed - you know, "I like this" or putting a comment if I had one to make. I was absolutely AMAZED by how many of my friends all received Consistency Awards, Perfect Attendance Awards and 250-1000 Fitness Minutes in Month for June! You know how lots of magazines and medical professionals state how important it is to have a support system in place for being successful (not just in weight loss, but in every avenue of life)?? Well, I feel completely blessed - I have the BEST sparkfriends who are motivating, supportive and are really in it for the long haul! I just was overwhelmed by how lucky I am to have all of you helping me in my journey. I really hope that you feel the same and I offer some support or motivation for you all as well!

I know I certainly struggle from time to time (currently I'm in a 3 week long "down" period)...and I gather so much positivity from all of you and your encouraging words and kindness. It really does make a difference.

My hope - all of us continue together and keep each other going. We can do this and it will make it a lot more fun to have all of you along for the ride!

  
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NAYKNITS 7/26/2012 7:40AM

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I too find the friend friend uplifting and motivating. I want a woo hoo moment too, lol! Hang in there, this lull shall pass.



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GINGERD03 7/26/2012 1:52AM

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VLKSHA 7/10/2012 8:57AM

    I was motivated by that this month too.... I use my friends feed more than my team's feed these days. Spark's friends are awesome! And talking about food and exercise here means I'm not driving my less active friends crazy with the topic.

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 7/9/2012 3:47PM

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TX_JEN37 7/9/2012 3:09PM

    YEP YEP..its very encouraging to see emoticon Keeps me motivated seeing how well everyone else is doing emoticon
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MISSLISA1973 7/6/2012 10:19PM

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FRESKA 7/5/2012 5:48PM

    "Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!' - Anne Frank

on my spark page but it's fitting here!
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IT DOES MATTER!

we all get down at times. just keep your eye on the prize even through the valley. your gonna come out on the other side!!

Keep on Press'n in and Press'n On!!

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KELTIC-CARA 7/3/2012 3:57PM

    Hi Nicole, yes it is amazing what we all have been achieving. I have also been on a low for sometime, so I am so glad to see that others are doing so well. It is also good to know that:

Life has it's downs but also it's ups
What you lose on the roundabout you gain on the swings
The pendulum always swings back

and so on. We will both get to where we want to go, our way and in time.

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TAKINBABYSTEPS 7/3/2012 12:04PM

    Oddly enough, I was just thinking the same thing!!

I think this time it's going to stick. Obviously if you're on week 3 of a "down" period, yet you're still here, every day, you obviously have it in you to keep going. Just because the past 3 weeks were down, it doesn't mean tomorrow has to be!!

And yes, you do offer lots of encouragement and support! It's nice knowing that someone is looking at what I'm doing and they're cheering me on along the way!!

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My Vision Statement

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Within the next year I would like to see myself having an easier time of making good choices and decisions - I'm talking food intake, exercise, reactions to how people talk to me - EVERYTHING. I'm hoping to feel more energetic and happier. I'm looking forward to putting on anything in my closet and feeling good in what I'm wearing. And I'd like to see myself being more of a role model for my kids - the example of what to do, not what NOT to do.

In the next 5 years I hope to maintain my weight and good habits. I'm looking forward to trying new things - I hope to be fit enough to expand my repertoire (as far as activities are concerned) and hopefully try some new healthy food items as well. I would like to think in the next 5 years I'll be in a new home (with more room and some areas where the boys don't overrun everything), no more therapy (or at least a reduced rate), less stress eating and being a better role model and an inspiration for my children. I'd also like to see myself attending church more regularly and feeling more secure overall.

In 10 years, I hope to have a new career, more creative outlets for myself, more money in savings in the bank, more time with my husband (as youngest will then be 17) and just a general feeling of comfort in my life.

  
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BENCGDL 6/26/2012 6:28PM

    Those are ideal and attainable goals! You can do it! You are awesome. Have a wonderful summer! emoticon

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LADYBUG1943 6/17/2012 2:10PM

    I once talked to someone who had been a host to Noman Vincent Peale and his wife, who at that time were in their 90s. They had daily, monthly and year goals.... and a 10 Year plan for themselves. I loved that story. He also said... although they moved pretty slow... they never stopped moving. May I be like that the rest of my life.

Here's to our health

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VLKSHA 6/8/2012 11:36AM

    Awesome vision. Own it! You will do these things, not just hope for them! You can do this! Starting to get there feels good, it will motivate you all the way! Don't be afraid to aim for it all!

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1MATHTEACH 6/8/2012 10:08AM

    This is great Nicole! Now just set yourself some smaller ones that will help you along toward your bigger ones. Hit those, and everything should fall into place for you. Keep up the good work!

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AHUNLEY31 6/8/2012 9:24AM

  Awesome goals! Us momma's and wives have to learn to take care of our selves for the sake of our families. You are doing a great job! Keep it up!
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ANGELA12372 6/8/2012 8:57AM

    Those are awesome goals!!! You CAN do it!!! Be proud for what you have accomplished already!!! I have complete faith in you and you WILL achieve these goals!! Good Luck!!! Set your mind to it and you will go far!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Is it just about the end of April already??

Saturday, April 21, 2012

I just realized that I haven't blogged in almost a month! I guess I had reason enough - I started out this month with a really bad case of strep throat. That was followed by a week of a stomach bug. Last week was the first week that I really felt "normal" again. I was so worried because during my illnesses I lost 5 pounds because I was averaging 300-500 calories a day. I didn't know what would happen once I started eating at my normal level again (1200-1500) - well, I've managed to keep off the weight and I lost an additional 1.5 pounds to boot! I guess that's the one "good" thing about being sick. So now I'm down under 170 pounds - something I haven't been in about 3 1/2 years! I'm so proud of myself!!! My mini goal was to get to 168 by the end of April and I'm in good shape to meet that goal! emoticon

I'm hoping to keep building on my momentum and my next mini goal will be to hit 164 by the end of May! emoticon

I need to thank everyone who has motivated me (all of you!) and Spark, my family and a little, tiny thing that I like to call my will-power. Although I hope that last thing becomes a bit larger and more demanding!

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BENCGDL 5/15/2012 4:45PM

    Sorry to hear that you were sick. I hope you feel better. I'm so happy for your weight loss. I bet it feels good to be under 170 lbs. Congratulations!!!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 4/21/2012 11:05AM

    I'm glad you're feeling better! That's great you managed to keep on track after you were done being sick.
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Feeling Blah

Saturday, March 24, 2012

I was so looking forward to getting back out on the trail today - we've been planning it all week! Unfortunately the weather isn't cooperating and we've been forced to change plans. This is so difficult for me. I want to feel energized and be out in the sun, but that's difficult when there's no direct sunlight per se. Yes, I could put on a workout dvd - I know. But I don't want to. I wanted to be outside, away from home, away from tv's and phones and computers, in the sunlight - hiking down a dirt/rock/low brush trail! So now that I can't do that, I'm feeling blah. I've already eaten one of my husband's cupcakes (not good). Now not only am I feeling blah, but I feel guilty too. Plus, I know I'm going to over my calories today because of it. Ugh. I'm sort of depressed now, but I wanted to get this out there in hopes of getting some encouragement.
HELP!

  
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JSTERLINGO 4/3/2012 1:53PM

  I get it. I don't know why but if its a cloudy cold morning i'm in a mood all day, but if i wake up to sunshine and birds chirping i'm in an amazing mood. So strange. And don't fret about the cupcake, its actually good to cheat occasionally

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ANGELA12372 3/25/2012 10:31AM

    Hey, I completely understand there is nothing like being outside in the sunshine, fresh air. etc. But unfortunately we can't control Mother Nature. Even though you can't get out, just DO something. It doesn't have to be a workout video, do a deep cleaning on one of the rooms in your house. Move the furniture, sweep, dust, or even mop. Whatever it calls for. That still is a work out. Don't beat yourself up over the cupcake, it was just 1. And it doesn't hurt to treat yourself as long as you don't go over board with it. Keep your chin up!! You will do fine!! Have some faith in yourself!!! I know you can do this!!! Just believe YOU can!!! Hugs!!!

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NICOLED40 3/25/2012 10:17AM

    Thanks to all of you for the encouraging words. They have helped - it's so nice to not feel alone in this. Today is a new day, and it will be a better day! emoticon

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CAKEMAKERMOM 3/24/2012 8:42PM

    Unless it's super windy, I'll still take my umbrella and go for a walk. It was a nice sprinkle the other day allowing me to walk with no one else in the park.

I hope you can find a way to get going still and if you don't today, do twice as much tomorrow.

I had a cupcake today too. Plus I had Arby's for dinner. I don't feel bad about it either.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 3/24/2012 5:35PM

    One cupcake doesn't have to ruin the whole day. Is there somewhere else you can go and walk - away from the house? I am sure any change of scenery would help your mood.

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DANCINGGRAM 3/24/2012 5:21PM

    I hear ya. In upstate NY we don't get a whole lot of sun and it gets me down. Remember "the sun will come out tomorrow".

Can't feel guilty over a cupcake,'come on now. emoticon Just enjoy one every now and then. If you are so strict about counting calories the stress of "being bad" eating a cupcake will do more damage to you than the calories.

So you'll go out tomorrow,weather permitting, or get out the vacuum.

You've already made a commitment to changing your health and set goals. Baby steps. You'll get there.

Enjoy the weekend w/your family.

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Realizations

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I had a couple of realizations over the past week. First, I found that my weight loss goal of losing 50 pounds by December 31, 2013 was allocating a weekly weight loss of anywhere from 1/4 pound to a pound. I also realized that week after week I was disappointed with my weight loss. So, I've changed my goals. My new goal is to lose 37 pounds by the end of this year. SP has appropriately changed my calorie range It's only been since Sunday that I've been in the new calorie range, but overall I'm doing well. I'm usually up toward the top end of the range, but I'm not going over. And eventually I know I'll find my groove and hover in the lower to middle of the range.

So I expected to see some weight loss this week - more significant than 1/4 pound. However, this leads me to my second realization: I need to invest in a good scale at home. The scale at work is BROKEN! So my reported weight this week is from the blood pressure machine at work- a device I know to be at least a pound off of my usual weight based on the scale (which is now broken). I'm just recording the weight as it showed up (175.5 - same as last week and the week) but I'm thinking I may have actually lost but won't know until I buy that new scale. I'm placing my order on Amazon today - I'm going to do the Withings scale that SP advertises - so we shall see what happens with that.

My third, and most awesome, realization is that I'm enjoying being more active! We went for a four hour/four mile hike over the weekend (a trail called "River of Rocks" - which consisted of 95% boulders and 5% dirt trails - very difficult for our first hike) BUT I'M MISSING BEING OUT THERE ALREADY! I'm hoping the weather holds out and we can go hiking again this weekend. My family is a movie/tv type family so we NEVER did anything like this before - it was grueling, difficult, long and I was exhausted at the end - but I felt so proud, energized and peaceful afterwards. I'm becoming addicted to that feeling and I want to get out there and see more, do more and burn those calories! WOO-HOO!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 3/22/2012 8:09PM

    I'd like to hear what you think of the Withings.

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ANGELA12372 3/22/2012 3:50PM

    Old fashion is usually better any ways. Like the saying goes "if it's not broke why fix it"!
And for that amount of money that one scale is it should have better reviews. The scale I have is a Ozeri Percision Digital Bath Scale, weight only. But it has been really good and it's neat. You have to calibrate it when you first get it and every time it is moved. So far I think it is dead on with my weight!! Good Luck!!! I know you can do this!!! HUGS!!!

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NICOLED40 3/22/2012 3:36PM

    Thanks Cake & Angela! Your kind thoughts and praise brighten my day!

Angela - I only ever used one scale. So once this one comes in that's all I will use!

However, I decided against the WiThings scale - too many sketchy reviews. I used to have a digital scale and found that every time I got on it, it would register a different weight. And certain ways you stand on it distribute the weight differently and you get an inaccurate weight. Well, based on the reviews, this scale does this as well (I thought maybe in the last 10 years there would have been improvements) AND...it's $159!! That's insane!

I ended up buying an old-fashioned dial scale with a steel casing. It doesn't measure body fat, etc. but I will get an accurate weight week after week!

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ANGELA12372 3/22/2012 11:22AM

    Good Luck!!! You can do it!!! Once you do get your new scale, make sure that that is the only one you use. When I went back to the doctor in Feb. their scale said I was 8lbs heavier than what my scale said. I asked my doctor about it and she said not to worry about their scale to go by my scale. Because every scale is different. I'm sure with the new range you will start seeing a big difference. It's also great that you are getting out. The hike sounds amazing, I would love to do that. And if you can just get out in the evenings and walk will help build your stamina up for future hikes!! Keep at it!! Your doing great!!!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 3/22/2012 10:33AM

    I hope you get a more accurate scale. Bummer that the one at work wasn't working. I hope your new range helps you shed the pounds at a better rate for you.

That's great you enjoy going out and getting in the movement. Sounds like a fun trail!

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