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It's finally all coming together!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

It's been almost a year since I joined SP and in the last couple of months I feel like I'm finally making progress !!!

I've had several NSV's and am feeling great! emoticon

I hit day 100 of my log in sparkpoints streak today! emoticon (actually should be a few more than that but I seem to have forgotten to get my log in points one day) lol emoticon

I got my 50 mile badge from fitbit this week!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm way over my fitness minutes goal for the month. In fact, my goal for the year is 3960 and I'm already at 1744 and it's only January. WooHoo!! I can honestly say that I'm enjoying working out again! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm on day 147 of getting at least 8 glasses of water in, averaging 13 glasses per day! emoticon emoticon

My blood pressure is more under control and I avoided having to start cholesterol meds. emoticon emoticon

Things that are helping me:

Finding Sparkpeople! While looking for some motivation SP came up in my search and I clicked the link! I must say that was one of the best links I have ever clicked! After looking around a bit I decided to join the Class of Feb 5-11. Thank you Patti and Heidi for your warm welcome! emoticon

The friends I have made, the support, motivation and inspiration I have found here are irreplaceable! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I truly could not do it without you!!

I have been fortunate in that I have found some teams that I absolutely love. Team challenges have been great and I love them! I don't always get to post my weekly results but they give me that extra push I need to stay on track. A big emoticon to the leaders who take the time to come up with those challenges. I have also participated in several SP challenges which I've enjoyed.

My attitude and the way I am looking at this journey! My Dr has told me a couple times now that she has never seen me with such a positive attitude! I give so much of the credit for that to SP. I have finally found a place where I feel like I can be myself and not compare myself to what other people are doing. We are all on the same journey but taking different routes to get to our final destination and that's great!! We are all finding what works for us! For some that may be weighing each day, for me that is staying away from the scale because it leads to frustration. For some it's walking, for some running. For some it's eating strictly vegetarian for others it's not. The point is it doesn't matter how we do it as long as we find something that gets us to our final goal.

Setting goals, taking one step, one minute, one second at a time when needed. I have found that mini goals help me! I have my ultimate goals written down but I do not concentrating on those. I am making small goals that I can see myself reaching. Consistancy and streaks - I love seeing the numbers increase on the # of days doing something.

Another big thing for me was to finally listen to my Dr and stop being a slave to the scale. She has been telling me for quite a while now to stop worrying about the numbers on the scale, concentrate on making lifestyle changes, and the weight will follow. And although I'm not seeing alot of changes yet with the actual numbers on the scale I am noticing differences in my body and the way my clothes are fitting me.

I'm doing great with tracking my exercise. I found a calendar with Mon-Sun on one page with lines for each day and a complete page for notes on the opposite page that works great for me. I track all my Wii Fit Plus info (scores, cals burned, minutes), videos, yoga, walking, etc and then transferring them to SP. I could just log them on SP but I'm finding that I am doing better if I actually see it in writing on my calendar because I don't want to see blank days!

Taking time for me!! This has been so very important and the only way I can get those fitness minutes in, take a breather from the everyday stresses, and regroup.

Being kind to me! Forgiving myself for small (or large) setbacks! It's not going to be a perfect journey but it will be a successful no matter how long it takes!

My Fitbit! I got it at Christmas time and it keeps me motivated to take those extra steps and to stay off the bottom of the leaderboard of people on my Fitbit friend list. emoticon

Things to work on:

The biggest thing right now is tracking food. I will do it for a week or two, then slack off. I am paying attention to what I eat but know I do much better when tracking consistently. I need that accountability of actually writing every bite down. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm sure there are other things I will think of but that is my main thing right now.

Here's to being happier, healthier, and more fit!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



  
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MYJUNIEMOON 2/2/2013 8:34AM

    Patty, your motivating is contagious!!!
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CVRONEK 2/1/2013 6:19PM

    emoticon I am so proud of you!

Today was the perfect day for me to read this, as I am in a slump, which is very unlike me.
I guess it happens.
Well, anyway, since I read your upbeat, positive, blog, I am already feeling better!
Thank you!

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HEALTHYLU1 1/31/2013 8:07AM

    Wow, you are really rocking it! Great job!

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J0ETTE 1/30/2013 10:14PM

    Amazing! You have so much to be proud of. Great successful building blocks!

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PATTIE441 1/30/2013 7:50PM

    Wow! Fantastic blog girl! I am so proud of you! You totally rock! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Very emotional week

Sunday, October 28, 2012

As someone who tends to eat when stressed, this week was a real test of my committment to being healthier! I can't tell you how many times I have read my I will not quit pledge to stay on track.
Last Saturday a 12 year old girl, Autumn Pasquale, who had her whole life ahead of her went missing in a small town 10 minutes from my home. This is not only a town close to me in distance but also one that is close to me in that my sister and her family have lived there for 26 yrs. I have spent countless hours there taking my niece and nephews to sporting events that they have been involved in and know so many of the people in the community. Sadly Autum's body was found Monday, having been murdered by what turned out to be 15 and 17 year old brothers who killed her over her bmx bike. These boys lived in the same town, one went to the same school. I know how hard this has hit the small community and myself but I can't even begin to imagine what this has done to her family. Autumn was laid to rest Saturday, two days before what would have been her 13th birthday! My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to her family and friends.
Normally with all the emotions I have been going through since first hearing about her disappearance I would just go to the kitchen and grabbed whatever I could find and eat it. I knew this time had to be different if I didn't want to undo the good I have done for myself, so instead of eating. I came home from work every day, hugged my 2yr old nephews, put them in the wagon and we went for walks. Even though the sadness, anger, and a host of other emotions were there it was so much more comforting to be spending time with them, hearing them laugh, and seeing their amazement when they saw something that impressed them, than I ever got from trying to eat away the feelings.
The wonderful friends and support I have found here are amazing and have had such a big part in my being able to deal with the emotions of this past week differently and in a better way for my health! Thank you all!
Now to prepare for Hurricane Sandy and what she may bring! Guess I'm going to have to find some inside activities to do with the boys as I don't think we will be going outside for at least a few days.

emoticon Thoughts and prayers to all who will also be weathering the storm!! Be safe everyone!

  
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MYJUNIEMOON 11/21/2012 12:37PM

    Unbelievable! I am just now reading this... I am so sorry! It is hard when it actually hits so close to home. So tragic that a young life comes down to a possession - a bicycle at that! emoticon

It's a very good thing that you are listening to your body... if it is not hungry, don't eat. I have the same problem, Patty. When I have just eaten a couple of hours before and I find myself reac hing for chips, almonds, etc. I force myself to ask myself...Why are you wanting that? Are you thirsty? (sometimes) Are you bored? (mostly) Are you stressed? (sometimes) Then workout! Do some strength training.... sit ups.... anything... then, it usually passes. But believe me.... it's a chore!

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CANDOSUE52 11/19/2012 3:58PM

   

How terribly sad.

How did you do, with the storm? I am on Long Island in NY, and we lost power for five days but otherwise no damage, thank God.

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PATTIE441 10/28/2012 8:40PM

    Oh, my dear friend. I am so sorry. How totally heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and with you, my dear. What a very awful week for you and my heart totally goes out to you. Please stay safe with the hurricane and take care of you. I am so proud of how you are handling everything and please know we are here for you. Be safe!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I will not quit pledge!

Thursday, September 06, 2012

"Today, I promise I will not quit.

I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.

I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.

I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.

I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.

I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!"

Signed: Leisa (Sunflowergal40) 04/26/12

Signed: Chris (chriskenandkids) 04/26/12

Signed: Linda (scoutmom715) 04/27/12

Signed: Nancy (tedybear2838) (from Linda S. Jayne (Geminisue)

Signed: Vicki aka VICKI-B--56

Signed; Pixie (Pixie-Licious)

Signed: Gloria (GloriaB73)

signed Fran

Signed Sarah (Millie 5522)

Signed Shelby (theshelbster)

Signed Beckie (BIRKIE528)

Signed Debaune (Doobie893)

Signed by Wallahalla on Friday, June 29, 2012

Signed by Karen (MAMAWALMART) on June 29,2012

Signed by Sibille (musolf6) Friday June 29,2012

Signed Shirley (Lookingup2012) Friday, June 29, 2012 who needs to do this because she quit SP three times in 3 years.

Signed Susan (catladyx8) Friday June 29, 2012

Signed John (Johntj1) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed Deb (jewelle217) Saturday, June 30, 2012

Signed Kathy (Kalantha) Saturday, June 30, 2012

Signed elizabeth (MEADSBAY) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed Caz (NEW-CAZ) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed Julie (Shawfan) Saturday, June 30, 2012

Signed Michele (BeFit012) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed Cheryl (Clavinova) Saturday, June 30,2012

Signed Sarah (NOTGIVINGUP49) Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Signed Bobbi (SLIMMER_197) Saturday, July 28, 2012

Signed Cherie (BIGSKYCHERIE) Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Signed Janet (EATVEGAN) Tuesday, July 31, 2012

SIGNED ( ESILBO) AUGUST 1, 2012

Signed BB~ (TexasFilly) Wednesday, August 1, 2012 (My Great~Grandpa Stiles' 124th b'day)

Signed Patti (PATTIE441) Sunday, August 5, 2012

Signed Patty (Pattyv77) Thursday, September 6, 2012

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I read this on a blog by Pattie441 and decided that it was going to be my first blog. What better way to start than with a pledge not to quit! I am recommitting to this journey and know that it will be a lifelong one with many ups and downs but
so worth all the effort! Here's to a brand new start!!

  
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PATTIE441 9/6/2012 7:14PM

    Girl! I am so proud of you! You are awesome! We CAN do it! and we ARE! And Congrats on your first blog! Woo Hoo! You totally rock! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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J0ETTE 9/6/2012 1:10PM

    Yay! Never quitting equals... SUCCESS! As long as you are making a committment to babysteps toward a healthier you, you will never fail. :)

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