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Autumn Goals & Plans 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

OKAY -- One and All, especially me:
These are my GOALS for Autumn 2010 !!! (There are three months til 2011)

• I will Drink 8+ oz water -- Go for consistency! B2b! emoticon
• I will Track in Spark Nutrition Journal Daily
• I will choose whole foods rich in nutrition and pleasure
• I will stay within calorie range AND take Coach Nicole’s suggestion to VARY it a bit – lower end of range on non-exercise days and some higher exercise days going to upper limit of range. (Variation is the key to keeping the body out of sticking-points and set-points)
• I will lose 10-15 lbs by New Year (ONEderland !!) emoticon
• I will Track Fitness Daily/Weekly – move my body a minimum of 30 minutes a day, and more than that depending on which activity I’m doing (see options)
• I will plan weekly fitness more -- the better to integrate new options, classes,times
• BRAZILLIAN DANCE on Wednesday evenings 5:30-7pm Wow!! emoticon emoticon With Joe!! ;-)
• I will keep in touch with my Spark Friends – for that is one of the most enjoyable and important parts of my program!
• Blog more on Spark!! (Maybe 1x a week? We’ll see. But more consistently is the goal ;-)
• I will say Yes more often when Joe wants to walk around the block, especially after dinner.
• I will also stay aware of my posture and adjust throughout the day.
• I will stay within our household budget (and I will not go overboard buying gifts at Xmas).

And I will vary my fitness activities

Sun 8:30 Step (M)
10:00 Body Barre (Y)
Elliptical, treadmill, ST, other

Mon 12pm “Abs Glutes Thighs”
Elliptical, treadmill, ST, other

Tues 12pm Body Barre
Elliptical, treadmill, ST, other

Wed 5:30-7 Brazillian Dance at OTSFM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Elliptical, treadmill, ST, other

Thurs 9:30 Cardio Sculpt (M)
10:00 Body Bliss (Y)
4:30 Step/Strength (M)
Elliptical, treadmill, ST, other

Fri 9am Aqua Zumba
Elliptical, treadmill, ST, other

Sat Outdoors, elliptical, treadmill, ST, other

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AND here are my successes since joining Spark!

Spring 2010 Successes emoticon
• Quit Drinking Sodas
• Generally cut sorbitols and artificial sweetners

July 20-Sept 26 Successes emoticon
• Tracked Nurtition and ALL Foods Eaten Daily
• Stayed within my calorie range every day
• Consistently made and enjoyed whole foods choices, abundant local produce
• Added exercise back to my weekly experience and raised endurance so that new goals can be more vivacious
• Drank a lot of water every day (although not making the 8 consistently enough to “streak”)
• Met, befriended and maintained wonderful connections with Spark Friends.
• Created Spark Page, posted photos, and even Blogged a bit
• Dropped 10 lbs (222-212) (
• At peace with the fact of no loss Sept - perhaps due to illness or set-points?
• Asked for and received support from friends and family.
• Celebrated and shared my journey.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

VIVIBARAJAS 10/8/2010 11:27AM

    Aqua Zumba? Hmm that sounds something I should look into!
You will make your goal of being in onederland by 2011. WOrk it!! emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 9/28/2010 7:17PM

    Lovin the blog my dear friend! I am so excited for you and I can't wait till you start this brazilian dance thing so you can tell me all about it!.
I like it that you have cut down, given up those artifical sweetners. (me too and i can think so much clearer!)

Water, water, water! emoticon

I am very proud of you and all your accomplishments so far!
We can do this thing! Woohoo! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELISELOVE1 9/27/2010 12:18PM

    emoticongreat blog.

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KRITKRIT 9/27/2010 11:08AM

    Great goals!

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BBDAZY18 9/27/2010 10:16AM

    Keep up the great job!

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PARKERB2 9/27/2010 10:15AM

    emoticonyou are doing great.

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Yes, indeed. Sparkie's have goals, make plans and take action.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Saturday. What a beautiful dawn it was. I can hardly believe that it's been a whole month of physical ailment (g.i. trouble complained about justifiably in previous memos), which I am eager to not have cause to talk about again. Fingers crossed. And new special pro-biotics in the cabinet. For the last week I found myself not feeling "well enough" to get in my planned exercise. Wholistically, I think that may have been the right choice. However, as many of you will understand, I'm not entirely sure about that. Hence, I'm committed to speak out to/with myself and you -- (the better to see the yellowbrick road with, my dear).

8/20 - 9/24 -- a) no weight loss b) steady sparking and some continued Streaks
a) Okay, I accept that. b) Hooray for me, thanks to all of you.

So, I was finishing The Spark this morning -- reading again about motivators and action steps, the importance of planning. AND I was reading my dear SF BIGMAMAT's tender and funny and wonderful blogs about her new goals, and have decided to start anew with Goals and Exercise Plans for myself as well.

Here is my promise to Self:
I will make a list before Monday... Of Successes to Date, Goals for Autumn 2010, Actions to integrate/take, and Rewards contemplated/planned.

My most vividly experienced Positive Motivation is most definitely reading and seeing and exchanging notes with all of you. THANK YOU.

I've got a vacation coming up Oct 3-16, so I especially want to use this week to be sure I'm current with myself here and inside and with you.

Let's Have A Joyfilled Day.

Today I will go for a walk in the autumn sunshine;
Maybe see a movie with Joe;
Maybe find new walking shoes to break in this week for trip.

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BABY_GIRL69 9/25/2010 4:37PM

    Wonderful plan! God bless & continued success! Dee

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BIGMAMAT 9/25/2010 4:10PM

    Awwww. I am speechless. Thanks so much for mentioning me in your blog. Together we can do this thing! I am coming to realize that evaluating and reminding yourself of where you have been is as important as where we are going!

I am looking forward to seeing your blog on Monday to see your specific goals. emoticon Tricia

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Oh my -- Shoot me???

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Well.... I'm breathing deep. Wiping away some - i'll admit it -- slow tears.
I'd postponed a weigh in for ten days... not because i hadn't been staying with my program.... but because the slow changes in my digestive problems had me feeling quite sure that the scale would illustrate how confused my colon is ... and i didn't want to be discouraged.

I know for SURE that I've been sticking to my calorie range. (The one that should work with or without exercise for my BMR/RMR and stats). And I have made it to the gym 3x a week for 45 minutes, averaging a 400c burn each time.

So........... Is my metabolism totally broken??? (by a lifetime of yoyo diets) ??
............Is the g.i. problem I've had since late August totally screwing with my weight loss?

What Gives????

I have totally embraced my Spark Program.
On so many levels, the simplicity and connection and boundaries are serving me so well!!


WHY WHY WHY is the Scale Stuck at 212???????
(it was 211 after a long awaited poop last week)


Oh my! When will this GI problem be totally clear from my body!!

I want a level playing field!!!!!!!
I want to know what adjustments I can make to get that scale moving.
(I've been stuck here for a month - and have not wavered).

I feel ridiculous. And compassionate to my self too.

After all, I DO have goals. I DO want RESULTS.

I want to be and feel healthy.
This "tiny little fat person" -- as I sometimes laughingly call myself to Joe-- wants to see the clothing sizes go down. And, god forbid, wants to be free and clear of all this bloating and distention for our trip in October.

What can anyone say to me? What can I tell myself?
Hang in there.
You're STILL doing great.
Maybe talk to doctor or a metabolism person. (Raise or lower calories????)
Maybe you'll take a 4lb poop?
Up the exercise?

Keep on. Keeping on.. Keep your sights on where you want to be. You'll get there.
IF all my wonderful lovely emoticons can move the scale...

I will too.
(will decide which intervention needs to be done, with some advice / feedback)

Love to anyone who had the patience to read this.
Love to all my spark friends whose kindness, brightness, stories, trials and successes make me feel in such good company.
Love to me, too.

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BIGMAMAT 9/21/2010 9:07PM

    Ok hon. don't give up. i know you exercise, and are eating your calories. do you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day? Do you get a propt on the fitness weekly totals that you are eating too few calories? let me know. I talked to one the dietitions from sp about my calories. Trust me, there is a solution. we just have to find it. emoticon

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VIVIBARAJAS 9/21/2010 10:48AM

    I am sorry. I feel your pain. I was stuck on a number for 3 weeks and I thought I was doing everything right. I got the number and kicked it in the butt. I doubled my exercise. I burn 1000 calories instead of the usual 500 and the number on the scale melted away. I know this is not your solution but there is one out there for you. There has to be.

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Bookmark to Self - sparkpage intro to be rewritten

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I want to keep what I wrote at start. But I also want to put a new intro up.
So, this blogpage will be my place to look back to. (If you're visiting, thanks for stopping by, and yet I'm not sure this is anything you want to read at this point). Love, Paula

Greetings and Hello.
I am on a roll! And thank you for coming with me ;-)
Daily discipline. Daily Maintenance. Daily Attention. Steady process. This is my quest. And this is every day's journey.

There have been and are so many lessons learned in a lifetime of food&weight-related struggles. And the pieces and peace to learn NOW (not yet learned deeply enough or integrated well enough before) have much to do with being in my body, being in the present moment (every NOW) --- and the energetics and simplicity of the fact that 'you're never done' and that little bits go a long way.

MOMENTUM is a better lesson to 'get' ...

Sooooooooo DONE am I with being "the fat girl"
(and with a litany of other stock personas and descriptions that have outworn their use)

I'm 52 (wow). I started SP in July weighing 221#. My highest weight in my life was 299 at age 17; lowest weights 145 for a day at age 19, and 165-175 for a season (I'll post a photo from 1989 soon). I've lost and gained 100's of pounds, but gratefully found a stillpoint for the past decade between 195-225. At the top of that range... I find this NOW... And am "Sparked" to create a new chapter in Paula's story.

Shi(F)t Happens! Daily Practice. Honesty and Loyalty to Self. Goal by Goal. Reward to reward.

For me, the Goal Setting and Rewards is truly new. And I need help with this.

I'm in the middle of reading The Spark book... and it's helping to remind me.... What are my core values? In words? In images? In goals that will instruct and motivate? I don't know why that's hard for me. The weight goals are the ones that come up first and on top. That's GREAT. Yet, I believe that the deeper goals ARE needed to anchor the whole.

When I first started I wrote that what I want or had "for now, my future vision is that I would like to be 175 or less. I want to have more EASE of movement, and I want more energy. I want to learn through experience about setting attainable goals and rewarding myself for doing so. Appreciate EACH day. NOW. Set goals. Create and receive rewards. Generate Pleasure and ... Joy." I'll stick with this for now. And I'll let the scale numbers sub-script morph over time.

Lasting Change happens in hearts and minds... almost invisibly. Yet making specific goals has to be done in order to be able to celebrate and motivate. So.....

How about a pound a week? Or 4# a month!?
Long range goal 222-145 (lose 77 lbs) -- by Dec 2011

7/26/10 221
8/16/10 215 Done!
9/1/10 Stuck here. Too few calories? Not enough exercise?
9/11-22 212 (gi problems moving through)

222 Sparked July 20, 2010
210 (-12)
200 (-22)
190 (-32)
180 (-42)
170 (-52)
160 (-62)
150 (-72)
145 (-77)

Thank goodness for the roads already traveled. And the best of friends met along the way.

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BIGMAMAT 9/21/2010 9:01PM

    Great blog, wonderful focus! Awesome last line! hugs Tricia emoticon

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Thursday, September 09, 2010

The black stones, gathered on a beach walk over labor day weekend, speak to my essence. Feel real to me. I will gather other true things, as I go along.

stone by stone. visualizing the pounds.
an hourglass.
a sundial.
a mandala.

I've lost 7lbs -- these are the black stones in the goblet.
14 stones in the small glass is my next goal - Move 14 more and get to ONEderland.
Another 50 in the jar, which I can move in goalsetting groups to the small glass
step by step
stone by stone
spark by spark
fire to fire

Moving Water
Moving Fire
"Moving the Mountain"

While the scale has been stuck for weeks, I continue to see changes and improvements to my wellbeing and overall health. Surely, my stamina is growing, as I add more minutes and velocity to my workouts.

I'm not sure where I'm going or how long it may take me to get there.
I invite a clearer picture for me to imagine and hold and desire.
I think the SparkGuy is right about how pivotal such clarity must be.

For now this will be a placeholder:


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BTINTERNET 9/25/2010 11:21PM

    What a great visual/visceral aid - it's real movement in a way that even the little 'tracker' isn't. Step by step, stone by stone.

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DOTSLADY 9/20/2010 9:27AM

    Great visual/idea. emoticonit. emoticon

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ROBINSNEWNEST 9/15/2010 11:20PM

    Love this! Thank you so much for sharing... I hope it's ok to add you as a emoticon. Looking forward to getting to know you on the journey...


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BIGMAMAT 9/11/2010 6:22PM

    This is awesome!!! Now I understand your status And congratulations on your 2 pound loss!!!! emoticon

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ANNIE924 9/9/2010 4:11PM

    What a great visual. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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DIALIOTO 9/9/2010 1:22PM

    That is so neat! What a great visual to have.

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