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Spring 5% Challenge... Reasons to do this.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight.

What do you want to change?
the way I look, the way I feel, my energy level, my activity level.
How do you want to look?
I'd love to look HOT in a fitted tank top, skinny jeans, & knee high moccasin boots.
Actually, I'd just like to look healthy and fit and self-confident.
How do you want to feel?
Confident. No more embarrassment. Energetic. No more laziness or getting winded so fast.
What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body?
Go up a flight of stairs without breathing heavy.
Shop in regular sizes again.
Feel confident around others.
Tie my shoes without holding my breath and grunting. LOL!
Fit comfortably in a roller coaster seat.
Run.? nah, I never ran. (only after kids) LOL. But I'd like to be able to if I wanted to.
not have weight related health issues.
And list all the OTHER things that you want to change!
I want to DO stuff! I want to travel someday... take surfing lessons... hula dance at a luau... sail... go to a class reunion... run into old friends without feeling I went downhill since highschool or college... enjoy the beach without worrying about looking like a whale... my attitude from a frumpy don't-see-me... to an energetic let's-have-fun!!! and other more personal things hubs will appreciate. **wink wink**
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LIVING4HIM_INWI 3/11/2012 5:05PM

    Ahh... Catching up on some blog reading today. Sorry I missed your birthday, I hope it was a great one! My second daughter shares the same birthday! 26 years ago we had a very nice mild spring like this too! That would be fun to dance at a luau! I have a hula dance that we do in Zumba class, it is really tough on the arms trying to hold them up for almost the whole song. Keep up the great work! You're doing a great job!!!!!

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CHARLIE-B 3/10/2012 1:14PM

    Great answers to the Countdown to the Challenge - Assignment #3

I especially like your answer to:
And list all the OTHER things that you want to change!

I really hope you get to hula dance at a luau for your Birthday in the future!
Happy Birthday my friend!


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STORMMIEONE 3/10/2012 8:32AM

    Great reasons, Mine are a lot of the same as yours. emoticon

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LIBRA73 3/10/2012 8:29AM

    Those are fabulous reasons! And I know once you set your mind to it, you will do it!

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A*L*P* 3/9/2012 4:37PM

    Those are some awesome reasons to do some things! You can do it, girlie! I hope that you will like your Fitbook!!!

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How I'm Going to Lose 100 lbs.

Monday, February 27, 2012

I want and need to get healthy, fit, and lose 100 lbs. I will do this by:

1. Drinking Water - a minimum of 8 glasses each day... more is better.

2. Controlling my eating - by:
------a) increasing fresh fruits and veggies
------b) decreasing junk foods like cookies, chips, candy, and processed stuff
------c) making smarter food choices (100% whole grains over those that aren't, baked over fried, dark chocolate over milk chocolate, unprocessed over processed, fresh over cooked (when this applies) lower fat over full fat (in some foods) real foods over fake foods (like real butter over fake butter) and organic when I can... etc.....
------d) limiting the portions I eat of everything!!! I can eat so much at one sitting! I am going to learn to stick with one serving.
------e) keeping track of all I eat and drink. (this includes nutritional tracking) It's so easy for me to underestimate or mindlessly eat something and then forget it.
------f) eating a bit of dark chocolate every day.... because I love it and I can. :)
------g) drinking my coffee in the mornings without guilt... I love my coffee and it's something I like to enjoy daily, like chocolate. :) So I will allow myself this small indulgence, too.

3. Exercising - doing anything every day. I want to be active in my "old age" so I must start being active NOW or it simply ain't gonna happen.

4. Practicing Positive Self-Talk - I am the world's worst at negative self-talk... but I'm making a conscience effort to stop it. When I find myself wanting to put myself down... I will lift myself up.

5. Searching for Positive Motivation - from family, SparkPeople, Sparkfriends, quotes, sayings, posters, music, clothes I'd love to wear, favorite vacation destinations, sunshine, whatever gets me and keeps me motivated to be the best ME.

6. Increasing my Spiritual Motivation - my relationship with God always keeps my heart in the right place... and all things in proper perspective.

7. Choosing Happiness - in all things... even during trials, burdens, setbacks, fat days and rainy days... as well as during successes, accomplishments, skinny days, and days of sunshine. Happiness is an attitude and a choice.

8. Allowing Myself to make a few mistakes - I'm normally not very forgiving of myself when I mess up. I know mistakes will happen... and I know it's not the end of the world if I realize this and get over it... pick up... carry on... right then and skip the past mandatory self-punishment.

9. Not setting a time limit - I gained all this weight over many many years (up and down, up and down... never reached a goal, though) ... I'd love to lose it all in a short time, but I know that's not realistic for me... if this takes a year, that will be fabulous, but if it takes 2, then so be it... my health is worth the time.

10. Adhering to Unwavering Determination and Commitment - I will have to re-commit on a daily basis... perhaps sometimes on an hourly basis... but I will do this. I will not give up, give in or let fat get the best of me (as I have already for so many years)

So there it is... My overall plan to get healthy and lose 100 lbs. all spelled out in 10 easy to follow (just go with me here) steps.

I realize that steps 1, 2, & 3 are the ones that will actually get me thinner and healthy... Steps 4 - 10 will help keep me on track. Don't think I can do the basic 3 without all the rest. I have tried in the past.... and staying on track is a problem I had.

No More.

I can do this.
I can do this.
I can do this.

I'm feeling thinner already!

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SPARKNMOM 3/6/2012 10:31PM

    You CAN do this :) Sending lots of strength your way!!

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HAILEYSMEMAW 3/4/2012 11:53AM

    YOUgo girl !!!I'm a root'en for you emoticon

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MOMFAN 2/28/2012 1:30PM

    Cheering for you. You and God are a majority! I see victory ahead. My problem is staying on track also right now.

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STORMMIEONE 2/28/2012 9:10AM

    I am so bad at portion sizing. I really need to work on that.

I love your plan. You Can Do It!!!! emoticon

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LORI815 2/28/2012 7:40AM

    PMA! Positive Mental Attitude! Loved the blog! Tracking what you eat is HUGE! When I was doing it I learned so much about myself. A plus was that I didn't always want to have to write things down so it made it a little easier not to eat it so I wouldn't have to write it! LOL! Good Luck and YOU CAN DO IT! (I've loved that saying ever since seeing it in Waterboy!) Have a great day and keep posting! emoticon

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GMO_JEN 2/28/2012 12:01AM

    This is a great plan-it's all about the small changes leading to the goal. emoticon

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LIBRA73 2/27/2012 7:16PM

    I feel thinner just reading it!

You can do it! I will do it with you!

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CRAZY_KAT_1984 2/27/2012 1:30PM

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You have a great plan! You're right, though, there is no reason to beat yourself up for making mistakes. We're all only human. It's NEVER too late to start back in the right direction!

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CANNIE50 2/27/2012 12:40PM

    "I have tried in the past". I had tried, and failed, so many times I lost integrity with myself. Finally, I stopped trying nd started doing. I stumble, a lot, but I shake it off more quickly now and trudge ahead. I made a committment, instead of relying on motivation. So, just like a committment to marriage, or a job, or raising children, etc., it means that even when it's no fun, or feels like I am incapable, I keep showing up and making efforts. Your plan is so sensible. Just curious, have you printed it out and posted it in a few places? I hope these comments don't come across as bossy and intrusive. I just got excited for you, reading your blog. I hear something in your words that tells me you've got this. You have learned from your past, you are aware of your behaviors, and you know that spirit trumps weakness, when we are willing. Keep us posted! emoticon

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DAISY443 2/27/2012 12:20PM

    Great plan!

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TASOGAREBAN 2/27/2012 12:14PM

    Good plan, good blog. It's always best to outline it, to know what you need to do and just put your foot down and do it I'm about to make my own blog to go on and on about everything that's been going on the last few weeks and how I plan on getting myself back into the swing of things. Vacation blows sometimes, lol!

Hope it works out for you! I believe in you!

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NATIVE_ONE 2/27/2012 11:56AM

    Sounds like a terrific plan, YOU CAN DO THIS! emoticon

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    I hope you're including calorie tracking. Without doing that, I would have failed.

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About Me: A to Z!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

A. Age: today I'm 46... but I will be 47 in less than 2 weeks! (March 10th)

B. Bed size: it's queen size, but often I wish it were bigger. LOL!

C. Chore that you hate: take your pick... they all stink! LOL!

D. Dogs: One little sweetie... Daisy ... (why isn't C. Cats? I have several cats and I like them much better than chores!)

E. Essential start to your day: getting out of bed... then Coffee... duh.

F. Favorite color: I love orange... (sunshine colors) and greeny blues... I'll just call them Ocean. :)

G. Gold or Silver: Both. :)

H. Height: Well, as a teen I was measured at 5'8" at all my doc appts... at my last doc appt where my height was measured, 5'7"! I'm shrinking!

I. Instruments you play: air guitar, air drums... air. LOL!

J. Job Title: first... mom. my favorite "job"! otherwise, financial secretary, deputy clerk.

K. Kids: 4 terrific kiddos... Johnathan, Melanie, Christopher, Bethany and 1 husband that's a big kid at heart: Donnie. :)

L. Live: Arkansas.

M. Mother's name: Marilyn

N. Nicknames: Hmmm... I used to be called Nay and Nay Nay sometimes. :)

O. Overnight hospital stays: Just when I had my 4 babies. (boy: 20, girl 17, boy 16 and girl 11)

P. Pet peeves: ugh... rude people, people who don't pull up their pants, people who don't follow the "renee' rules of driving", text typing when you're not texting, poor grammar when speaking or typing. (although I'm probably guilty of that myself sometimes!)

Q. Quote from a movie: "I have crossed oceans of time to find you." Dracula (1992) "I'll have what she's having." When Harry Met Sally (1989) "We all go a little mad sometimes." Psycho (1960) I could fill up page after page of favorite movie quotes!!!!

R. Right- or left-handed: I'm a righty.

S. Siblings: a sister, Michelle, and a brother Steve... both younger than I am.

T. Tattoos & Piercings: Just my ears... 3 on the left and 5 on the right.

U. Underwear: meaning... do I wear them? yes. :) almost every day. LOL!

V. Vegetable(s) you hate: I really can't think of a veggie I hate right now.

W. What makes you run late: last minute forgetfulness, cats running in that need to be out... potty emergencies (tmi?)

X. X-Rays you've had: Just one.

Y. Yummy food that you make: Hey, everything I make is yummy, of course! But I make an awesome pot of chili! :)

Z. Zoo animal: Lion, Tigers, and Vampire Bats!

that was fun. :)

Copy and paste to your blog with your answers!

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STORMMIEONE 2/27/2012 9:11AM

    Great list. Loved your answers

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LORI815 2/27/2012 7:26AM

    This was a great blog! I was already thinking of copying and pasting then I read the ok. LOL! (Hope you don't think any worse of me! LOL!)

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OWENZZOO 2/27/2012 7:23AM

    Thank you for sharing! You have an awesome sense of humor. I love it!

Anna. emoticon

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LIBRA73 2/27/2012 6:33AM

    You are so much fun!

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GMO_JEN 2/27/2012 12:11AM

    I knew you would have to have a horror quote or two there! Love that you have dogs and cats-living together(perhaps mass hysteria)-makes life interesting. Very cool :)

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Learning to Dance in the Rain... video

Saturday, February 25, 2012

This is a link to a short and wonderful video poem. I loved it, thought someone here might, too. :)


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DASU1949 2/26/2012 3:02PM

    Beautiful. Have a blessed day.

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STORMMIEONE 2/26/2012 8:53AM

    very nice emoticon

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LIBRA73 2/25/2012 6:20PM

    Very nice! I hope your heart is healing!

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DAISY443 2/25/2012 2:02PM

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing!

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Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Thank you all for your kind words of encouragement on the loss of my grandmother.

I know the pain and sorrow of losing my grandmother will take time to heal. Some moments I am doing wonderful, feeling like I could handle anything and even nearly euphoric... and then just moments later something can trigger the tearflow and it feels like I will never be happy again. I reckon the fluctuations of my emotions are normal right now... at least I hope so... then again, I don't care. As someone told me, they are my emotions to feel and when I am ready, I can be happy. :) thank you.

My husband is trying to develop plans to help the happiness for me... as well as for my whole family. He's cooking up plans for a Floridian vacation. I love Florida... lived there for a bit as a child, visited many times since then, but it has been 14 years since my last visit and I am soooo ready. My youngest has never seen the ocean in real life... and she's 11!! So I really hope we can make this happen.

Not only will it be a much needed vacation, it will be wonderful incentive to get my rear in gear! Get Fit for Florida! :) So if I'm going to temporarily change my latitiude :)... I will have to permanently change my attitude! And it can start today (I'm having one of my euphoric moments!) I am so very psyched about this!!!

March 1st (one week from tomorrow) I will be going to see Jimmy Buffett in concert. I am psyched about this, too! Gosh... how can I explain... I know Mamaw would want me to be happy and healthy... and I know I need a new attitude about my weight and health... so NOW is the time. HOW, you wonder, does JB fit into that??? It's the music ... living life free of worry, chillin' out, being happy, basking in the sunshine with a smile and flip flops. :) well... for me that sounds perfectly wonderful.

The weather here is prodding my new attitude... it has been spring-like and sunny. I've been blasting my JB music, I've been pouring over tropical pictures... taking them in and dreaming of the day I can visit all those beautiful beaches... paradise.

Ya know what.... I need to celebrate that my grandmother is now in paradise... heaven with those she loves... including our God and our Savior! I am missing her here on earth so very much... but I know that she is loving where she is right now!

I want to embrace life and make memories and be happy, no worries... and it's all in the attitude. ...even when there are bills to pay and there's nothing left over... even when the house is a mess, or I'm still a size 18, or I'm missing my Mamaw so very much!!! I want to be happy... I want that attitude. It's time I grasp it and enjoy this life!

And sparkfriends... if you see me feeling down, posting the blues... remind me to re-read this blog... it makes me feel good!
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~~Hula Girl at Heart~~

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SGKAYLOR 3/1/2012 1:31PM

    Hope you enjoy the concert today!! I went last year and it was awesome, JB rocks!!

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ASILLA 2/25/2012 9:22AM

    Great blog indeed!!Shake out that grass skirt Hula girl cause your gonna be shaken & shimmin those hips soon!! Sometimes a lil sunshine on your face feels like it kisses your soul, i used to live where it was warm a LOT too (((hugs)))
Let know how the awesome the JB concert is too==please!!

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STORMMIEONE 2/23/2012 8:54AM

    Florida sounds great! Hope you can work it out and go there soon.

Jimmy Buffet is awesome. He does make you think of relaxing island life.

Just take things one day at a time. emoticon

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MOMFAN 2/22/2012 11:00PM

    I think you need to reread it weekly. Wish some of my family could get to where you are. When my brother died after his 14 month battle with brain cancer. I was rejoicing he was out of pain and healed in heaven. My family has not gotten there. Changes perspective when you live in constant pain.

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LIBRA73 2/22/2012 9:49PM

    I sure hope you get there. You really need it. And if ya'll decide to cruise the coast up, tell me and I will meet you there!

I love the attitude!

And you are so right, your grandmother would have wanted all this for you and more. She rejoices in heaven for the heaven she is in, and for the heaven you give her by being happy. Lots of love!

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JUSTME29 2/22/2012 7:25PM

    I'm glad today has been a good day for you. Florida sounds fantastic! That's actually where my parents are right now, they drove down with a camper trailer for the month of February. I so wish I was there too.

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ONBEACHSIDE 2/22/2012 7:06PM

    Florida is having a nice winter, come on down.

Sorry to hear about your grndmother but the sunshine and ocean can bring peace to you as well.

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WILD4STARS 2/22/2012 5:43PM

    Having a vacation to look forward to can always bring on a new attitude! You go girl!

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RAYCOMAR 2/22/2012 5:18PM

    I am sorry to hear about your grandmother. I agree you should look forward to the upcoming events and you will handle your emotions as they happen. emoticon

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