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Gathering My Tools

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I'm getting ready to leave on a 4 day trip. Our church has a conference twice a year and we have a tradition at our home that when our kids turn 12 we take them (dad the boys and me the girls) to this wonderful conference where we can be filled spiritually and enjoy fun activities to help strengthen the parent/child relationship.

This is week one being back on track with my healthy lifestlye. I knew this trip was coming and contemplated waiting to begin next week but I want my weekend to be a full experience! I want to fill myself spiritually while I'm also taking care of my body in a healthy manner.

So I did begin and have lost 5.2 lbs already (I'm sure it's water).

I found that SP has a 5k Your Way program. I signed up for it and completed day one yesterday. I'm going to do day 2 today but that leaves completing day 3 while on my trip.

As I go through my crazy hectic day (7 kids and 3 daycare kiddos) I"m trying to chart out my game plan for the next four days. What do I need to bring to be physically active (hopefully the hotel has a treadmill)? And what kind of foods to pack for a 14 hour drive? (I know what I would pack if I was living it up)

So I have some ideas, I'll fine tune my game plan and strive to have a successful trip! There are two other moms and their daughters going with us and I've already told them what my goal is for the weekend so hopefully they will help me stay accountable.

Although today is ABSOLUTELY CRAZY I know the next four days will give me time for self-inspection and some wonderful opportunities to fill my personal well so I'll have more to give to my family.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 4/4/2011 12:16AM

    5.2 is awesome!! Hope you had a great time at conference (it was a great one wasn't it?). Glad you had the time to spend with friends and daughter. Can't wait to hear about how you did while traveling :).

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SMILESWITH7KIDS 3/30/2011 8:03PM

    Oh my gosh, you're back!!!! I'm so excited. I've been on and off spark and have lost and gained the same 15 over and over. When I came back a few days ago there was no sign of you and I thought for sure you were gone for good. I was so sad (really). Let's see each other through to the finish line this time. Enjoy that trip, it sounds like a good time.

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AKELAZ 3/30/2011 5:05PM

    5.2lbs!! Well look at you!! Daresay some is water of course but it is still a testament to a huge effort made and to your determination.

Good for you - making plans re food and exercise. Will definitely look up the 5K Your Way. I've no idea what it is but we refer to things differently here in the UK. When I find it I'm sure all will be revealed.

Enjoy your spiritually nurturing weekend - hopefully it will give you the strength to look after not only your family but yourself too. Keep me posted.

Am taking the liberty of adding you as a friend which I hope is OK with you. Have to warn you however that I am away working - in Spain which will be a test of MY determination from Monday next for 10 days and possibly not online. Hoping to exchange stories with you on my return.
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LOOZINITNOW 3/30/2011 1:07PM

    Great job on the weight already lost! I think you are making a very wise decision to stay with your plan and take care of your physical body as well as the spiritual. It looks like you are preparing a great plan! Let us know how it goes. Have a great time!

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Trying to Find My Way Back!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I began my Spark journey in November of '09. Not to be modest but...I was on FIRE! I sat down and set my goals, decided how I was going to achieve them and TOOK OFF!

Well, life happened and I fell off track, headed down the wrong road and took TOO MANY wrong turns along the way. I knew I was on the wrong road, thought about the right path, but decided it was too much work to get back there. In the past 13 months of traveling in the wrong direction I have had glimpses of the right path. The mental desire was there to make the journey back, ( actually I was FORCED to think about it out of fright! There are too many death traps on the path I've been traveling on) But my willpower, strength and feelings of unworthiness kept me on the harder, darker path...ALONE!

With feeling that death was right around the next corner I sat down and pulled out my maps and tools that I began this journey with. They are still the same truths but since I got SOOO far off track it will take me awhile to find my way back to the right road. I am heading in the right direction and could REALLY use some fellow travelers on this journey.

Afte re-grouping and reading my original travel guide I saw that as of last week I would have met my ultimate destination...IF I had stayed on track. But instead I've added on 5 more lbs to my original travel gear.

I'm hoping to find the same enthusiasm I started with that will allow me to speed up my journey but the most important thing is the completion! A year will pass, even five or ten, there's nothing I can do about it. But one thing is certain I do NOT want to be traveling the same road of misery and life threatening situations longer than I need to. How soon I reach my destination or if I EVER get there will be up to ME!

Do I want to LIVE LIFE or let it pass me by? I hope I can find the strength and will power to answer that correctly!

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MISSJACQUE 3/29/2011 6:41PM

    It happens. Like you, got on that same destructive path and am cutting down the vines in my way to get over to the healthy path. It can be done. Just need to take it day by day and make those small changes and keep smaller goals as the picture rather than the big one. I got overwhelmed and I think deep down scared. Scared of the changes and what they could mean for me, my family, everything. I'm not going to let the fear stop me this time, cause I know that what lies ahead is worth fighting through it. You've done it before and you can do it again.

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AKELAZ 3/29/2011 6:31PM

    I SO love this blog. I was snooping around looking for motivation and here you are.

I've been on Spark since Aug 2009 and have made really slow progress - had several hiccups and now have regained 7 pounds of my hard lost weight. I really need to get back on it ASAP - haven't nearly as much time left as you have and I have to say that the older I get the harder it is to find the energy to drag the weight around. Don't take that amiss - you have a great attitude and that was meant to help you on your way.

Keep in touch if you are inclined - would love to hear how you get on and what motivation you find to keep you on track.

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LOOZINITNOW 3/29/2011 6:00PM

    It happens. I started in October 09 on fire and lost 62lbs quickly. Well, here we are and I have regained all but 20 some pounds of it back. You just have to have that detemination that you have to do this for you and your health. Small daily changes that will add up in the end. I'm thinking about setting my ticker to show only the current 10lbs that I need to lose and then I will move it another 10 once I reach that 10 and so on. It's easier than looking at the big picture and getting overwhelmed. You've done it before and you can do it again!

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GRACEISENUF 3/29/2011 3:02PM

    YOU can do it...I've witnessed your determination before and you are obviously not a quitter or you wouldn't be here!

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Stomach Flu...A Jump Start For Weight Loss

Monday, December 13, 2010

It's been almost a year since my last blog. Wow, I've sat here and read through a few of my last posts. Who was that person? Someone I wish did not go away, someone I wish had stuck it out and gotten stronger. Instead she disappeared, allowed A LOT of serious life issues to throw her off track and prove that she wasn't really as strong as she thought she was.

Even if she wasn't strong enough to keep her head up when life hit her she was stronger than I am now and I need her!!!! I know she's there somewhere and I've been trying for months to be able to reach down far enough to grab a hold of her, with no success.

Early Friday morning I was struck hard with the stomach flu. My husband was out of town, my kiddos were all asleep and I found myself for hours in my bathroom vomiting, shaking and crying (I never throw up only when I delivered my first baby and had my appendix taken out).

Believe it or not being weakened by the stomach flu is helping me find that old stronger me. Of course losing 11lbs in two days helps but being in such a weakened state gave me a lot of time for internal inspection and I didn't like what I found and where I'm heading...again. I tossed out my reading stash of peanut M&Ms (a very bad, old habit!) And now that I'm able to keep food down I'm counting calories, making right food choices to regain my energy and of course...Coming back to Spark People to put all aspects of my health back in place, reconnect with my SP friends and support group, AND reconnect with that stronger me and work on making her even stronger so that the next time life knocks me down I'll get RIGHT BACK UP!

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    :). Well, the means of getting you here wasn't very glorious, but glad you came back. Hope we will be seeing you around more often :).

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FITMARY 12/14/2010 2:18AM

    It's NEVER too late! Good for you for making the decision to come back. The way I look at it, every time I (have to) start again, I'm that much closer to the goal because I have new energy and determination. Just take nice small baby steps. You'll get there!


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KIMMAS82 12/13/2010 5:48PM

    Glad to see you back. . . even if it took the stomach flu to get you here!!

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LOOZINITNOW 12/13/2010 5:09PM

    So sorry that you were sick but so happy to see that you had time for the internal inspection that brought you back to Spark. You have been very missed and I am happy to see you back. emoticon

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MEL_UNRAU 12/13/2010 4:27PM

    I reached my goal weight through the stomach flu diet! Sucks big time, but yeah... it is quite the jumpstart! don't be discouraged if you gain some of it back, now that you are eating and drinking again!!!

Best of luck and WELCOME BACK and glad you are feeling better!!!

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I AM Still Here...AND...New Year Tradition

Friday, January 01, 2010

I've been MIA for over a week. I have not been logging. I have not been checking in with my spark friends. I have not been eating right on. BUT I have been doing my regular workouts. I have to admit I struggled.

With Christmas break and all my kids home it threw me off schedule which threw me off track. That let's me know I have areas to work on. I CAN'T let a change in life to throw me so off track.

TOM is here plus holiday eating so I haven't been wanting to see the numbers on the scale. I did get on today. 298.2 with menstrual bloating and extra sugar in my system it was not too bad (3.6 gain, I think). I'm hoping my weekly weigh-in on Tuesday will show more gone.

Exercising has been good. I've been heading to Curves and twice this week did it longer than normal. Today it was closed but that was okay because I already had a game plan.

Last year right at the end of '08 I was thinking about getting healthy. I decided to walk a 5k on NewYear's Day, log my time, and do that every January 1st and compare times. I did do it 1/1/09 with a time of 1:04. I was able to get my two sisters, one of my daughters and mom to join in. It was tough, hard but I did it!

January 1st is once again upon us and once again we set the goal to do our 5k. This year one of my sister's has moved to Iowa and my mom lives two hours away but the three others still went to the high school track to better our times from last year.

We chose to do our 5k at the High School track so we can each go our own pace but still be in visual contact to support each other. Today, like last year, was cold and rainy but the wind this year was a force to fight against when heading west. My first 6 laps I was able to jog about a third each time around. Then my legs began to feel like noodles and I gave up on the jogging and just stuck to walking as fast as I could. I was very excited to see that my ending time was 52.19. I cut down my time by 12minutes. I feel that is a HUGE accomplishment considering the only exercising I've done this year has all been done in the past 2 months.

Our 3rd annual New Year's Day 5k will be on 1/1/11. I think I'm going to advertise within my church, friends, etc... and make this a New Year tradition for others. Our goal for next year...Jog/run the whole thing. Should be NO problem after working out for 12 months and losing 1oo+ lbs.

Picture to follow.

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URMYLF 1/8/2010 11:05PM

    That sounds like fun!!

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NEWME0519 1/3/2010 9:48AM

    I like your new tradition! It's great to continue old ones but it's wonderful to have new healthy traditions also!

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THEATERCHICK18 1/2/2010 8:57PM

    great news! keep up the great work and you can beat that time even more next year!!

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NOTGIVINGUP49 1/2/2010 8:26PM

    emoticon What a FANTASTIC Achievement! As for your set back, I too had a set back over the holidays and gained much more, but I have gotten back on track these past days as far as the food and just need to get back to the exercise.
I love your idea of making a 5K a New Years tradition. What a healthy way to celebrate health and wellness!
You are such an inspiration to me! Thanks my emoticon

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WBOYACK 1/2/2010 8:13PM

  Wow! I'm impressed! Keep up the great work!

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MACMOM57 1/2/2010 7:17PM

    Way to go and what a great thing to do. I now next year you will great. Keep working hard. We will do this together. I did over indulge a lot this holiday. Back to the straight and narrow now.

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DELWYNH 1/2/2010 2:28PM

  Well done. Cutting 12 mins off 1 hr 04 is about a 19% improvement in time which simply is HUGE. I think it is a great tradition in the making.

I think you should set some goals for next year - for example you could aim to reduce your current time to 42 mins next year, which would give you a 20% improvement on current year. I think that you could knock 1 min off for each 10lbs you lose. Anyway it would be something to aim and train for. So keep it up. You're doing great.

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LOTUSFLOWER 1/2/2010 9:39AM

    Wow, congratulations on your increased time, that is awesome!!!! Way to go!!

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    You're doing great! I think we all, to some extend, fell off the wagon during the holidays. You kept up with the gym - same thing I did. Let's have a great year! emoticon emoticon

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MISSJACQUE 1/2/2010 7:53AM

    Congrats on completing another 5K!! I love the tradition. Keep up the great work on getting you workouts in, get back on track and you'll see that weight come off in no time.

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JODI912 1/1/2010 11:43PM

    That is fantastic!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 1/1/2010 10:22PM

    Congrats on keeping up with your fitness! Excited to hear that you are going to be motivating others to do a 5K - awesome!

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    Fitness tradition, what a great idea :)

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FLUENTFROG 1/1/2010 9:38PM

    Love the tradition, CONGRATS on the shaved time! Welcom 'back'!

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KIMBEEJ16 1/1/2010 8:56PM

    Well done on your 5K! That is some fast walkin'! :)

I'm glad you kept up with your exercising during the holidays. Learning balance is the key to a lifetime of healthy habits. It sounds like you are well on your way. I look forward to following your progress this year!


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RUN2MYDREAMS 1/1/2010 8:53PM

    How awesome is that? You must feel so proud of yourself! Happy 2010! You can accomplish anything that you put your mind to! Stay positive and you will do this!

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RUNNER4LYFE 1/1/2010 8:46PM

    I like the fitness tradition!!! Thinking about making one like that myself. emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 1/1/2010 8:41PM

    Congratulations on finishing yet another 5K! That is fantastic! Keep the working out going , get back on track and that weight will be off in no time flat! Glad to have you back!

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A Day Where Choices Will Determine Direction

Friday, December 18, 2009

I'm having an AWFUL day! After getting to bed late I didn't wake up at 5a.m. to work out. I decided I could get it in once the older kids went to school...WRONG! This has been a day of non-stop craziness requiring me to do everything for everybody else with no time for myself. To top it off I am CRAVING carbs!!!

I had a waffle for breakfast and granola for snack! Yikes!!! I haven't logged the food in yet but I will. I was out most of the day. One of my stops I told myself to buy a book and some chocolate (my old self 6-weeks ago). I'm so thankful there were no books that jumped out at me or I would have done exactly that...BUT I didn't.

I'm feeling a strong pull to go back to my old ways. Just one day won't hurt, my inner self is saying. I'm fighting it. I'm a food junkie, sugar-aholic. One day WILL hurt. I've caved here and there with little snacks but not a full day. I HAVE to find a way to get some exercise in today! It's a must!!!

I know the choices I make today will ultimately keep me on track or send me backwards.

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MAKONIS1 12/21/2009 9:57AM

    Hope your weekend went well! I think this is the time of year everyone is struggling. I am not exericing like I should, but I was lucky enough to have a winter storm and my husband was sick, that meant that I was the only one to shovel the driveway. It took me 2 hours and even though I was sore, it felt so good to exercise. I have more motivation today, at least to stay on track. I am busy running around, so I figure that I am getting in some exercise.

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RUN2MYDREAMS 12/20/2009 6:25PM

    I totally feel you frustration. I hope the weekend got better for you. Take it one moment at a time. You will make it through. Once you get in the exercise, all crazies will go away.

Stay positive & have faith in you! You can do it emoticon

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NEWME0519 12/19/2009 11:19PM

    It's good that you're able to recognize your weakness. It will give you a greater determination to fight!

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CHANA-D 12/19/2009 7:44AM

    It's not that one "off" day will ruin all of your efforts thus far - it's that one "off" day can lead to two "off" days - then three, then knock you totally off your plan. This time of year - with all of the holiday parties and all of the holiday stresses can make you feel like giving up and just saying that you will "start again" after the New Year.

Don't do it! Don't give in! If you have one bad day - forgive - forget - and get right back on the Spark wagon! We can do this! I'm rooting for us all to stay on track this holiday season.

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MACMOM57 12/19/2009 7:39AM

    Keep working hard you can do it. But if you make a mistake do be really hard on yourself. Dust your self off and jump right back in.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 12/18/2009 9:53PM

    Fight it! I am right there with you. Feel like I just can't snap my funk this week and I keep wanting to eat because of the instant gratification. I am fighting it, but can't wait for it to pass. AAAaaarrrrgh! Hang in there. I am going to read some of the motivation articles tonight and journal a little to help me stick to it.

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VERGE_OF_ME 12/18/2009 8:40PM

    Stress and busyness = emoticon

I hope you were able to eek out some time for you and get a little exercise even if just a few minutes. As hard as it is on those days....it always seems to help so much if you can manage it. You said something very telling....."old ways". You have cultivated "new ways" now and you are stronger than the pull of the past....no matter how sugary, carby, and delicious it might have been. The strength and focus you show in your profile picture is proof positive....I KNOW you can put the smackdown on that devil temptation! Hang tough and know you aren't alone in your feelings or your fight. emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 12/18/2009 6:05PM

    You can do it!! There are days where, despite our best efforts, things just don't work out the way we want.You have beat the chocolate craving so far so good job. Special K makes a cereal with chocolate bits in it that is very reasonable in the nutrition ranges and does a lot to dampen those chocolate cravings. It is perfect for those times when you HAVE to give in!!

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DELWYNH 12/18/2009 6:00PM

  The good thing is that it is 'choices' and not 'chance' that will determine the outcome. So basically it is over to you. Make choices consistent with the new you and the long term goals or choices more consistent with the old you. So choose wisely my friend, I know you can. No going back to the 3's. YOU CAN DO IT. I have a wee chocolate thing myself and I have not eaten it for about 20 weeks. When I do fancy it I have resisted the temptation as I don't trust myself to stop at a small amount or limit it to that single occasion. A bit like addiction I suppose.

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MAFOSTER11 12/18/2009 5:39PM

    I too have had and still do have days where I think I can go over, just one day and feel a real NEED for foods I haven't allowed for. So far, I like you fought it off. I hope you are successful today and know that it will pass. I know one day will cost me a minimum of one WEEK set back, and that's only if I can get back on it. Stay strong.......... You can do it. We didn't get this far without meeting challenges like this head on and WINNING! You are a winner, and tough...... Good luck, and we're here for you success or setback. Hugs.

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WBOYACK 12/18/2009 5:19PM

  You can do it!!!!

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MARYKATE12 12/18/2009 4:41PM

    I feel very similar to you. Stresses in my life makes me want to go back to my old eating habits. Know that you are not alone. You can and will do this! Just keep aware of what is going on with your feelings and if that "snack" is really worth it.

Good Luck and don't let that chocolate win!

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