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Feeling Motivated

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I finally feel like I can do this and lose the remaining 30-or-so pounds to reach a healthy BMI. I've been slacking for an entire YEAR and now that's OVER! Yesterday, I promised myself I would do a turbo jam workout - and I did it, even though I didn't feel like it at all. I must keep reminding myself to "just keep swimming" and schedule my workouts and do them regardless of whether I feel like it or not. Also, my eating is slowly but steadily improving.
It will be tough to stick to this, especially since there will be a lot of changes in my life in the next few months. But I know that I can do this if I have enough determination and willpower.

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POSITIVEHOPE 7/17/2014 5:40PM

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COSMICWATCHER 7/17/2014 11:18AM

    of course emoticon !
maybe you needed some time-off; sometimes we need that to re-focus and gather up our thoughts. it's essential to healing from the inside out.
but since you're ready now...


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Getting things off my chest

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Since I found the SparkPeople community, I've started to feel quite good about myself. I've been doing everything I can to make progress in all areas of my life. I'm getting healthy and I feel like I've grown a lot as a person.

This is why I was so shocked today when I heard that someone made rude comments about me, which basically said I am lazy because I don't have a job, and that my husband has to "sort me out". I've been through a lot in my life, and there was a time when I was very sick with a stress-related illness. This is why I don't want to take on a job that would mean more stress than I can handle, and why I want to start my own business instead. Not everyone knows that and not everyone who knows, also understands. My husband has been through a lot with me and he is my pillar of support and strength. But this does not mean that I need to be "sorted out". I don't feel sorry for myself and I feel that what I went through has made me a stronger and more compassionate person. And I think that, like everybody else, I deserve to be treated with kindness and respect.

I'm so grateful to be in such a great community of support here on SparkPeople. Nobody judges, everyone cheers me on and makes me feel better about myself. Thank you, Spark friends for giving me so many encouragements to live healthy - not just in body, but also in mind.

This quote is so true:
"Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle." - J.M. Barrie
I hope to live by this quote and to be a positive force in this world.

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ZOEYBLU 7/10/2014 9:07PM

    I stopped over to your spark page just now to say say hi and went to your blog first to see what you have been doing...

Whoever that person is that was gossiping about you ..... I hope that now after a few weeks you have been able to put their unhelpful comments in perspective !
I hate that when people make blanket statements about people . and don't really know what is going on behind the scenes .
Usually someone who is not really respected by anyone anyway.

Cosmicwatcher and everyone here is so right though.....Lots of words of wisdom here .And I love the quote you have about being kind.
I am inspired !

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COSMICWATCHER 6/19/2014 3:10PM

    If I had a dime each time someone said something bad about me I'd be a zillionaire...

I know it's hard to get on with (ignorant) people sometime, but you choice. It's the world we live in.

But you also have to keep two things in mind:

1. People will always talk. Even when there's nothing to talk about, they'll talk about there being nothing to talk about.
Let the words that do you no good pass you by. You just can't live life when you're constantly trying not to give those b@st@rds something to talk about.
Do what you do and don't worry about people. They'll talk anyway.

2. No matter how much we grow and how better we become, we can't please everybody. It's simply impossible.
Do your best, and if someone has a problem with that, it's their problem; not yours.
Again, don't worry about people. They'll have to take care of themselves, finally.

Only you know what you've been through, what's best for you. Other people can't tell you how you should behave, because everyone's different and everyone feels different about things; thus we all behave in different ways. Just take care of yourself hun, and don't let anyone get you down!

I hope you feel better. :)

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WERSPBUDDIES 6/19/2014 2:35PM

    "If you can't say nohing nice, then don't say anything at all" What the person said to you was uncalled for and rude. You are doing great.

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NEWVINE 6/19/2014 12:53PM

Sorry you heard rude comments about your self. You are doing what is right for you, and some people have nothing else to do but put others down. Doesn't say much for them. Positive People Dont Put Others Down.
You are taking care of yourself. emoticon

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AKATHLEEN54 6/19/2014 12:08PM

    If I have learned nothing else from Spark (although I have learned a lot) one thing that sticks out in my mind is that you can NEVER or should never judge anyone else by what they say, what they do, how they look etc. You never know what that one individual is currently going through or what they have been through. The nicest person could have just had the worse day and they are rude to you, but that one moment does not define a person. We need to always try to be kinder than necessary.... those are such good words and words to remember and live by. You never know what personal battles, demons or crosses others are bearing and we all have to try to treat others as we would choose to be treated as well!! emoticon

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Time to get serious again

Saturday, November 02, 2013

I thought (silly me) that once you start this new lifestyle, eat healthily and work out on a regular basis, it's a permanent change - that you just don't have huge set-backs like the one I've been having for a while. I lost 16kg, I was doing really well... Now I just don't know what's happened. I keep eating too much, and lots of sweets. I've also been slacking on exercise.

I have realized that this takes effort. I have to do my best every day, and just do it - work out and eat healthily - even when I don't feel like it at all. There will be days like this, and months too. Small victories is what really matters, because a series of small victories brings big results.

So, it's time for me to re-commit to my new lifestyle. No more slacking. I need to do this for me and lose 10kg more. I know I can do it! I am challenging myself to try and see what progress I can make in the last two months of 2013. I want to reconnect with my Spark friends too, another area where I've been slacking.
Will report on my progress in two months' time emoticon emoticon emoticon No more excuses!

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IGSBETH 11/2/2013 4:49PM

    You can do it!

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LUANN7 11/2/2013 4:16PM

    you got the goals now focus and you'll be right on track!

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My Spark Journey Revelations

Sunday, June 30, 2013

I have been on Sparkpeople for more than 6 months, and during this time, I have learned some important "lessons" in my life that I would like to share with you, my Spark friends. So, here it goes:

- Sometimes, bad things happen for a good reason. If I hadn't gained 60 pounds due to health issues, I would later never have discovered the joy of living an active life and being physically active! Yes, it is true: workout is a natural mood-lifter. I feel better and more energetic, and can't imagine a life without workout anymore.

- Yes, one cake does make a difference! So does every step in the right direction, and every single healthy decision.

- There will always be set-backs. Don't look at the trees and forget the forest!

- Always be thankful to other people for support. I have only just recently realized how much this means to me! I couldn't have changed my lifestyle without all the support from my husband, family and friends - Spark friends included, who live hundreds of miles away! I am so grateful for every encouragement, and I am beginning - and will do my best to continue - to give back what I have received, and to spread the Spark.

- I am a work in progress, and so is everyone else. My job is to do my best every day. And yes, people can change.

For instance from this point in my life:

to this point in my life:

and further. I continue learning, and loving my life!


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BARBIEE52 7/1/2013 10:12PM

    That is a great blog. I am so glad you are loving your life. Sometimes it is hard to when there are so many negative things going on. It took me a long time to finally "love" my life, but I am so glad I finally did. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOHGLO2011 6/30/2013 3:15PM

    Congratulations to you for having come so far on this journey! Loved reading your blog! Best wishes to you. :)

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  Wow, I just love the change and am so excited for you with coming this far, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon m

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End of Spring Challenge

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Spring challenge is coming to end, so it's time to recap. I have to say that I'm having conflicting feelings when it comes to what I've accomplished. To be honest I haven't completely done my best. I started this challenge with lots of enthusiasm (part of it was that I was new to Sparkpeople), but then somewhere in-between I just started "skipping" things. However, I did lose 9lbs - my goal was 10, but I think that is quite an achievement!

It's hard to follow a plan completely with all the other 'life' challenges as well, although that is not an excuse. What the Spring challenge gave me was the motivation to continue with my new healthy lifestyle, and I am very grateful for that. What about the future? There is a happy event in my family in October - my sister is getting married. I want to really 'shine' at that wedding and look my best - not skinny but not fat either. I know it will take a while longer to meet my ultimate goal (140lbs), and then there will be the maintaining. I'm looking forward to all these challenges! And most of all, I want to remain being "on track" with my workout and healthy eating. There are other goals in my life as well which aren't that weight-loss oriented, but let's leave that for maybe another blog!

I wish everyone in the Bouncing Apple Blossoms group to keep going! There will always be set-backs but we can do this! emoticon

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BARBIEE52 5/31/2013 7:17PM

    You are doing a great job. Your goals are realistic, and I am sure you will continue to do the best "you" can do. You have accomplished a lot!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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