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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Do you think it's easier to stick to a healthy lifestyle when you're single or in a relationship?

For me...i've tried it both ways...and both present it's unique obstacles. One one hand, in a relationship, they eat the way they eat, which may not be healthy... and if they are not willing to eat healthy, then you have to make your own certain foods and take time away from your partner to exercise... but no in a relationship, cooking for 1 is often hard, for me at least... and unless you have a friend to exercise with...exercising alone can be hard...so my answer...is neither one is really easier... you just have to learn to overcome the obstacles that life puts in your road.

  
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NITAINMN 2/10/2009 7:58PM

    For me, kids at home was the best incentive to eat healthy. I felt responsible to provide them with healthy foods. My hubby does not care for anything healthy as long as it is Indian food in front of him on the plate and tastes good. However, he will encourage me to eat healthy like soup and salad diet, etc. Exercise, he walks whole day at work and wants to take it easy on weekends. He promises to walk with me after retirement, eat healhty salads and soup for lunch in winter, etc. We will see when the time ocmes - not far away - April of this year!! emoticon

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H-2-OH 2/9/2009 10:07AM

    This is a great question. I know that ultimately I have to live my life and do what I need to do, put myself first, blahblahblah. But it's SO much easier when HE cares and participates, too! Having the support makes all the difference. I struggle with persevering and not depending on the support of my husband in this journey.
Guess that's human.



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WILDCARD1 2/9/2009 9:23AM

    Ok, I am married, but I am the one that is doing this journey, and not my hubby. He likes the results he is seeing, but has really not made any effort to helping me exercise or eat right. Of course, he eats anything that I put in front of him, so he has been eating healthier too.

Thank goodness for my best friend, who has been there pretty much the whole time, encouraging me and making me accountable.

But there are many times, that I am just getting it done myself.

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MARTINIGAL413 2/8/2009 1:00PM

    Yep, if you don't have a supportive partner, it makes it much more difficult than it already is. Alone- you have to struggle with yourself most of the time. But, a supportive partner can make it fun, more interesting, and can be a great asset! So... you just have the make of whatever you're dealt ~ can't really change anyone but you in the end!

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What Has Changed In Me

Saturday, February 07, 2009

I got up this morning, like i do every morning, and got on my computer. Nothing extraordinary, nothing special. On the weekends, i usually forget to eat breakfast... but as i was sitting with my coffee, i saw one of the kids ice cream sandwich wrappers (really have to remember to yell at that child...lol) and i went in to get some breakfast...a breakfast sandwich and a piece of fruit sounded good today...so i pop the sandwich into the microwave and look in the refrigerator... hard to believe that i had bought ice cream sandwiches and fudge pops last week... and there are still some left emoticon i see soda that i bought a case of 2 weeks ago..and again...still some left emoticon before SP...these kind of things would of never lasted the week...2 days tops.... yet here are just a few examples of things that have changed... i can now buy this stuff...and not only i, but my kids, have learned it's ok to eat it...ONCE IN A WHILE... moderation.... wow...what a concept...lol.... my kids don't need to lose an ounce... they are the correct weight and very healthy...but i'm not...and if they had continued down the road of unhealthy eating, they were not going to stay that way... but they are just kids...and all the other kids are allowed snacks and pop... and i do believe...teaching them the correct way to use this unhealthy food is important...i at first had taken it all out of the house... they were not allowed it....and just get over it... to say this didn't work was an under statement... they have had it before, they do know they love it and they, like most teenagers, found a way to get it... their drug of choice...food... this is not what i wanted to teach my children... so i came up with plan B... allow it in the house, just enough...not too much... and put a limit on it... they can have 1 pop a day...but have they drank their water? of course they can have an ice cream treat...but have they ate other healthy stuff?? and only one treat allowed per day.... this was not only the rule for them...but for me.... and you know the funniest part of it all...they, and i, are actually eating less of it now than we did when it wasn't allowed in the house... yea...you read that right... less... that, i feel, is because we are not using it as a crutch...a drug....or anything else... we face that it is there in our lives...we do want it...and... it's ok to drink or eat just a little...there will still be some there tomorrow if we want it...

this hadn't been an easy journey for me to get to...i had to get my kids on board also... we all have to be on the same page...but i also had to realize that i was the main one responsible here... this came with rules and talking to the kids... first of all...i had to map out what they had to leave me, this helped so i wasn't feeling deprived, thus totally blowing it by eating all the ice cream snacks in one sitting...and yes...in the past, i had...i also let them know that if they couldn't control it, i would...by once again, removing it from the house... i also encourage healthy foods and lots of water.... and activity.... this i feel is the most important...we are doing things instead of thinking about all the non healthy food in the house... and i know for me...i've gone all week without the ice cream treats...and i don't feel deprived...cause i know they are there if i want one... the kids have actually gone a couple days without drinking their daily allowed pop... because they know...it's there... they don't have to fight for it...they don't even have to sneak it...

This may not work for everyone...but it is working for us emoticon

  
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DZZSHORTSTACK 2/8/2009 4:09PM

    Very cool. I have three teens at home and a hubby. All of us need to develop better eating habits. I have noticed since I have changed mine(I am still not rock solid-but better) my kids are too. I am glad to see it does happen. It just takes time huh!

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LOSINGLINNDY 2/7/2009 11:44PM

    Congatulations. It is all about moderation. Keep up the good habits. You rock!

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MARTINIGAL413 2/7/2009 6:52PM

    Glad to hear you found something that works for you! That's the key! (If only there were a "one size fits all" plan... but no!)

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WILDCARD1 2/7/2009 10:09AM

    Kitty, this is what is happening in our house too! At first I stopped buying the junk, so it wasn't in the house, so we didn't eat it. But then I started bringing it back in, just a little at a time, and it sits there, LOL! I had a coupon for a free 20 oz Dr Pepper, so I picked it up last week. It is still sitting in the fridge. I keep telling myself that it is ok to drink it, but still it sits there. I have not had a soda since Aug, and I didn't even really enjoy that one. It is so amazing how different things are now, then they were a year and a half ago. I am so glad that I found SP and the LAP team! You help keep me motivated to go on, even when I have bad days and weeks.

Thanks my friend!
Hugs!
Have a great weekend!

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RHALES199 2/7/2009 10:02AM

    WooHoo! That's aweseom, Kitty! way to go!

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JAYCEE77 2/7/2009 9:45AM

    Way to go Kitty. Congrats. emoticon

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JMCAMJ1 2/7/2009 8:49AM

    it's such a great revelation! good work, and keep it up!

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About The Pep Talk Dare

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Within a couple of the teams i co-lead, we have a daily dare...it's really a challenge, but a dare is more fun...tehe...today i dared our teams to give themselves a pep talk...i would like to extend this dare to everyone that might read my blog...and explain....some might think it's odd to talk to one self...but when you do something that you shouldn't do...listen to yourself...that's right... you are most likely telling yourself how bad that was...or even...how bad you are...and the thought might even come up, "why can't i get this right" it could be about exercising regularly...or your eating habits...or even spending money...or getting the right amount of sleep...or even drinking your water.... could be anything else in your life that you are trying to come to terms with... the fact is...when something in our lives is off balance, and we are trying to get that balance back into our lives... it can affect the rest of our life...and if we "screw up" that one thing we are trying to get right in our lives, the negative talk in that area can and will affect the rest of our living and have a negative affect on it....so.... today... yes...talk to yourself...tell yourself the good things...the things you are doing right...name some things that are great about you...are you friendly? have a beautiful smile? YES...tell yourself those things also.... if something negative starts to form...squish it with something positive... take a few minutes of positive feedback...from YOU.

  
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AMGRANAT 2/4/2009 1:12PM

    I am totally needing a pep talk for myself today...good idea!

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REDNECKFEMINIST 1/31/2009 10:55PM

    Great Dare!

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MINDHORIZON 1/31/2009 4:53PM

    Telling ourselves the good things leads to more good things. It's a great dare!

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WILDCARD1 1/31/2009 10:35AM

    Taking negative thoughts and making them positive is a huge motivator. It is something that we all should work on all the time, not just when you dare us too! Thanks for reminding us to do this Kitty!!!

Have a great weekend!
Talk to you later!

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MARTINIGAL413 1/31/2009 9:55AM

    You're right. It's easy for me to go on and on about how horrible yesterday's work day was. I did a handful of rather stupid things I wish I could take back- but ah well... But you know? I did some pretty cool stuff yesterday, too - I just didn't pay any attention to that. Thanks for the reminder (that many of us probably need daily) to be kind to ourselves. After all, we're generally pretty awesome.
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Have a fabulous weekend!
~Liz

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Hardest Goal To Obtain

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Which of your healthy goals is the hardest for you to meet? Why?

This is the weekly prompt for this week...for me...i think the hardest is exercising regularly... it seems i never have enough time and/or energy... with my day already starting at 3:45am... and i am NOT a morning person.... well...mornings are out automatically...though i have been trying to throw in some stretches and small strength exercises.... and i am getting better at random acts of fitness such as parking further away than i need to, or dancing while i clean...so though it's the hardest....i am also making effort to try and moving forward in my goals.

  
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WILDCARD1 1/14/2009 8:19PM

    Just keep working at it, it will get easier!

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REDNECKFEMINIST 1/14/2009 7:28AM

    Mine changes each week too!

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MARTINIGAL413 1/13/2009 8:06PM

    At the moment, it's water! Go figure. Give it a week, tho, and I might be back to fitness. I'm trying a new weekly routine for fitness and so far so good. But we're only in week 2, so...
emoticon Why this is hard for me, I cannot fathom...

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Jammy Day

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Well...we got enough snow to go up past my bumper...which means...i was successfully snowed in...wohoo!!! I like when this happens on a day that i don't "have" to do anything...so i'm not stressing on where i need to be...just call it a snow day, stay in my jammies...and play games and watch movies with the kids.... we have also made it a no work day...which means....very little got done...tehe... ok... so i will be doing double time tomorrow to get the house back up to clean.... but boy was it nice for one day to just be. i needed this.... emoticon

  
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WILDCARD1 1/11/2009 11:34PM

    You needed a day like that! Glad you actually got to enjoy one for a change!

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JAYCEE77 1/11/2009 2:22PM

    I love days like that. I'm happy you got a easy day for a change Kitty. You deserve it.

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MARTINIGAL413 1/11/2009 9:15AM

    I hope you enjoyed your snow day, JoDee!
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REDNECKFEMINIST 1/11/2009 7:49AM

    A day of rest is often very very needed! Good for you for taking it!

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STARTSPARKING 1/10/2009 10:34PM

    I'm so glad you had a day off for some R&R. Here's a song for ya, Kitty:

www.youtube.com/watch
?v=z55Ig70HZgU

I can't believe that song is 25 years old!!! emoticon

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