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Motivation Beyond the Scale

Monday, November 12, 2012

Today's sparkcoach topic was Motivation Beyond the Scale. There were a lot of things that struck home for me in it. First, it talked about how we equate our success with the number on the scale going down. While the number on the scale is going down we are motivated.

I started off the lesson thinking, I don't need a "motivation" speech because I have felt SUPER motivated this entired time on Sparkpeople. However, I've also had a steady weight loss so far. Eventually there will be a plateau or a bump in the road and then how will I feel?

The lesson spoke about recognizing non-scale victories so that you don't get into a slump. I think I will start really working on that PRIOR to my motivation taking a dive in hopes to avoid it all together.


This link is good. There have been times I've been so obsessed with the scale that I had Randy hide the scale from me. This time around I am trying to be more relaxed. I weigh in weekly to keep accountable but I'm trying to limit any thing more. At the beginning I was weighing in every day and it started to get to me.

So instead of focusing SO MUCH on weight loss, I am going to (well actually I have already been for a few weeks) focusing on GOOD nutrition. Weight loss will be the result of taking care of my body.

Things I was proud of today (my non-scale victories):
-I wore a shirt I bought a few years ago that I haven't been comfortable wearing because it hugs my curves. My tummy looked flat in it and I felt good wearing the shirt.

Things I'm thankful for:
Randy. He's been walking with me despite being tired the last few nights.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

-AMANDA79- 11/13/2012 10:44AM

    Great blog! I've struggled here. Once I hit my maintenance weight and the scale stopped going down, I lost motivation for exercise and nutrition. Have to find other things to focus on...

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LRSILVER 11/12/2012 10:15PM

    Great blog. NSV affirm your progress in ways the scale never can. Keep it up!!

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Made a spark recipe/Planning ahead for the holidays.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I made the Tex Mex Calzone from the Spark Recipes (search under cuisine: mexican). I don't cook often and no experience with using dough. It turned out great though and was extremely filling! Of course, the kid decided it looked "different" so he wouldn't eat it and Randy's hunting. So I ate and appreciated it alone. :-p Well I take that back, the cat enjoyed watching me. emoticon

I think I will use the idea of baking stuff within the crust in the future, but switch it up by putting chicken and some other vegetables (broccoli maybe or artichoke) inside.

I baked some sugar cookies with Cameron. emoticon They have left the house smelling so good. Too bad for my taste buds that I refuse to eat them.

I've been rewarding myself for every 5lbs lost. I've been back and forth over work out dvd, workout long sleeved shirt amongst other things. Today it hit me that I wanted to sign up for sparkcoach! So I purchased a 3 month subscription. I don't think my motivation is at all lacking however, the holidays are coming up, and this is the time of year that always disrupts my weight loss efforts.

Things I was proud of today:
-Planning my meals ahead today. By doing this, I was able to reach all my recommended nutrition values and eat the minimum amount of calories!
-Planning ahead for possible loss of motivation/temptation from holidays.
My mantra is: Its only two days, its only two days. I can make it through two days. I don't eat like crap usually so why would I eat like crap the other days?! (I've been saying this to myself while meditating during walking, ever since Halloween. By the holidays I hope to have it stuck in my brain).

Things I'm thankful for today:
-The good weather. I got to go out twice already and still plan on one more.
-Whiskers. Just when I start to feel lonely, he pops up to remind me that is silly.
-My sparkfriends.
-The 5% weight loss challenge for pushing me.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PEPPYPATTI 11/11/2012 6:59PM

    Wow that is fantastic! Cameron apparently doesn't appreciate good cooking-lol. I love your mantra! You are doing an awesome job!
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NUTZ4HARRY 11/11/2012 6:24PM

    Awesome reward. I did the same thing with SparkCoach. It was my reward for getting into onederland. You can do it.

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Surpassed my 5% goal: 15lbs down total!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

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I had a 2.4lb weight loss last week!!!! That means I've already surpassed my 5% challenge weight loss goal with a few more weeks left in the challenge!! AND IM 15 lbs DOWN total!!

This weeks assignment is to leave yourself spark goodies with positive self-talk. I have already completed this for today. I left myself boxing gloves because I plan on knocking out this challenge and further surpassing my goals.

My secrets to my success so far?
-tracking everything that goes in my mouth prior to it going in my mouth. This is keeping me accountable!! And I believe is what is making the difference between this time around and past attempts.
-trying to increase good habits one step at a time with the weekly challenges but also trying to maintain them.
-celebrating all my successes and remaining positive despite however small or big these events in my life are.
-sandwiching my day with SP. wake up to logging onto the site and then go to bed checking in with my challenge and writing a blog with my feelings on the day, things I was proud and thankful of.

I hope to continue with this momentum!!!

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LOLAINSC 11/10/2012 2:21PM

    I think you are the first Cat across the finish line--we'll see. Congratulations, great job!

PS: I gave myself a pizza for my SparkGoodie--that's as close as I dare get to one. Too bad there isn't a beer in the SparkGoodies or I would have given myself two.

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PEPPYPATTI 11/10/2012 11:20AM

    Woo Hoo! You have done Sparktacular! emoticon on already meeting your goal. That is so emoticon emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 11/10/2012 9:40AM

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-AMANDA79- 11/10/2012 8:21AM

    Great work!! I'm so happy for you!


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Short and sweet

Friday, November 09, 2012

Today I was proud of:
Not letting work ruin my night.
Turning my walk into a run to blow off steam.

Things I'm thankful for:
Spark friends.
Work friends.
Whiskers faithfully waiting at the door when I get home for snuggles everyday.

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BOBOBOBBI 11/9/2012 8:56PM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing!

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PEPPYPATTI 11/9/2012 8:29PM

    You certainly should be proud of yourself! emoticon emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 11/9/2012 8:27PM

    Boy you really should be proud of yourself. Way to go! emoticon emoticon

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BRENDA_G50 11/9/2012 8:21PM

    Sounds like you have a lot to be thankful for emoticon

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Making Myself Happy.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

I need to spend some focused energy on making myself happy. How though?! lol.

Well I know I need to do some more fun things out of the house.

My mom says I need more girl friends...I'm not positive I agree with this but it might not be a bad idea.

I'd like to take some kind of new fitness class.

*sigh* I need to think more on this. You think it'd be easier.

Things I'm proud of today:
getting in two walks.
day two of waking up early to work out!

Things I'm thankful for:
my co-workers Kathy and Christena. Work would suck without them.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PEPPYPATTI 11/9/2012 1:54PM

    I know what you mean. I found that exercise makes me happy or at least puts me in a better mood. When I quit working, all my girl friends fell the the way side & in this mobile home park the women here are not ones you would want to be friends with. So I am happy with my Spark friends. They are encouraging, motivating & supportive. I could not have any better friends. But every one needs to find their own way to happiness. I hope you find yours! I am here for you if you ever want to just vent or talk!

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HEATHERFERRY 11/8/2012 10:07PM

    Great blog post!! I have the same problem :) emoticon

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PASTORMIKE7 11/8/2012 9:15PM

    Try and be happy regardless of things going on!! It benefits your health as well!!

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