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Commitments and Goals for October

Thursday, September 30, 2010

I am going to do my best to make some changes in October that will get my tracker moving in the right direction again Ė Yes that would be towards the Right! Iíve come to far to blow it now.

I pledge 1300 fitness minutes for October. emoticon emoticon emoticon
Drink a Minimum of 10 glasses of water Ė try for 12 though. emoticon
I will eat 5 Ė 7 freggies a day! emoticon emoticon
I will eat within my calorie range at least 6 days a week! emoticon
I will Lose Weight and Inches! emoticon emoticon

I have joined a couple of team challenges to help with my motivation! One for my fitness minutes with regular postings so this will help keep me on track and another called Trick and Treats. The rick and Treats is actually a team effort challenge so this should be fun too.

I am currently in a fitness class and will sign up for others once I make sure I available. I have to call in for Federal Jury duty so Iím not sure of my hours if I should have to serve. I donít want to sign up for the classes until Iím sure I can attend them.

Hopefully the month of October will not be as Spooky as September was! emoticon
Come on letís get ourselves in shape for the up-coming holidays!

  
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KAT7457 10/1/2010 4:05PM

    sounds great emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARDUH114 10/1/2010 1:22PM

    Sounds awesome!! Good Luck I know you can do it...Kar!! emoticon emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 10/1/2010 10:15AM

    Great goals! emoticon

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DDOORN 9/30/2010 11:07PM

    Rev it UP this October...you can DO IT! :-)

Don

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BRIGHTBEGINNING 9/30/2010 9:38PM

    WooHoo!
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You definitely have a plan!
A GREAT plan that is!!
emoticonFitness? CHECK!
emoticonWater? CHECK!
emoticonVeggies? CHECK!
emoticonCalories? CHECK!
YOU ARE DEFINITELY GOING TO HAVE
AN AWESOME OCTOBER!!
YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT AND INCHES!!
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I'm with you on this buddy!!!
I'm.....
emoticonROOTING FOR YOU!! emoticon
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~Ana

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Fridayís Loss Ė Sundayís Sauce

Monday, September 27, 2010

My earlier blog this week told the tale of my work related stress this week and how I emotional ate due to this. It doesn't surprise me since emotional eating directly related to stressful situations in my life is a major reason I was obese at the start of my journey here at Spark People.

I want to thank everyone who responded to that blog. The encouragement that you offered was greatly appreciated. I will not allow stress to control my life!
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So Friday rolls around and my husband and I were faced with the decision to put our 14 Ĺ year old toy poodle to sleep. She had been sick and we had treated her with medications, but she wasnít recovering. So stress at work became grief and stress on making such a hard choice. emoticon emoticon

I know better from past life experience to never think it canít get worse. Just when you feel that way you will end up with something worse, which in the end makes you see that it wasnít as bad as you thought it was in the first place. My husbands birthday was Sunday and the last thing we wanted to do was start off our weekend putting Mickey to sleep.

We enjoy cooking, which can be both good and bad during these stressful times. Our garden tomatos have produced quite a lot within the last week so we decided to make tomato sauce on Sunday. We also had some homemade sausage that we added to the sauce and of course fresh garden herbs. We served it with multigrain pasta and I had some spaghetti squash too. I have to say it was a fantastic comfort food choice. emoticon

  
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HAPPYONE331 9/30/2010 3:05PM

    My heart goes out to you and your family. Pets are soooo special.

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/30/2010 11:49AM

    Very sad and sorry for the loss of your furry loved one. I have been through that as well, and it is so difficult. Made me smile about knowing better than to think life can't get worse. Have a good day.

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LINDABENEDICT 9/29/2010 8:16PM

    So sorry to hear about your dog. My sympathies to you and your family.

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DDOORN 9/28/2010 11:26PM

    This has to be right up there in the top ten terribly difficult things to do...!

Sounds like a yummy, filled-with-life means of comfort...!

Don

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LADYGWEN25 9/28/2010 8:04AM

    so sorry for your loss... losing a cherished pet is hard and i empathize with you. Your sauce sounded like it was delicious... and how do you make your own homemade sausage??sounds intriguing.

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FRECKS96 9/27/2010 9:10PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I've been there and it was one of the hardest things I've ever done.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/27/2010 6:28PM

    So sorry about your dog. It is a hard thing to do, but sometimes it is THE thing to do.

Glad you were able to make some sauce and enjoy.

Hope your week is better than last week. emoticon

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PHYL220 9/27/2010 4:45PM

    Sorry about your loss! emoticon Homemade sauce sounds delicious!

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KANSASROSE67 9/27/2010 2:11PM

    I'm so sorry about your dog. We have been there more than once and it is such a hard thing. Blessings to you.

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KARDUH114 9/27/2010 12:13PM

    I can relate with your dog situation...I'm sorry that happened to you and your husband...things will look up and I hope they do fast..stay strong and positive..things will get better and as chessy as it sounds..time does heal... emoticon

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XTMONT 9/27/2010 11:24AM

    So sorry about your loss!

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REBECCAMA 9/27/2010 9:39AM

  Yummm.... homemade sauce and homemade sausage. Sounds yummy!

Sorry about Mickey too.... :-(

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GRANNYPEG 9/27/2010 8:45AM

    Sounds really good....Sorry about Mickey... emoticon emoticon

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 9/27/2010 7:09AM

    SOUNDS DELISH!!! I am trying to prepare for my busy and stressful week!
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My train has Derailed

Thursday, September 23, 2010

What is it about stress that gets the best of me? As I posted earlier this week there was some major issues at work one day and they have led to a week of hell!

Sometimes when it rains it pours and this week the rain started in a downpour on tuesday and it hasn't stopped yet! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Meanwhile I have walked twice a day to try and free my mind. Yesterday morning when I walked I saw the sun coming up over the building where I work and my only thought was "The building stands for nothing! The people inside are a mess!" At least the sunrise was beautiful and I was grateful for seeing it.

My body is not reacting well to the stress though. I am now eating things I shouldn't and normally wouldn't, I am having some "other" physical problems that occur when stress gets the best of me and I also feel angry.

I do have a CD for stress relief that I was given with my nutritional consult last week and it is time I find time to listen to that and find a technique that works for me because what I have been doing is not working very well.

  
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VIRGINIAGRETA 9/26/2010 8:31PM

    I've had similar issues the past couple of weeks. UGH! Hang in there!!

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HEALTH4LYFE 9/26/2010 8:19PM

    I too am experiencing a boatload of stress at work. I have increased the amount of exercise to try and alleviate some of that stress. For the most part the exercise does help, but the additional eating does not. If I stayed within calorie ranges, I would be lighter by now. Breathe deeply when you can. Do yoga when you can. Know that this too shall pass, and we both will emerge stronger when we have pulled through it. emoticon

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MVICKERS21 9/25/2010 10:02PM

    I hear ya! Stress is a killer and job stress is even worse. We can make it through this just hang in there!

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LINDABENEDICT 9/24/2010 8:11PM

    Oh, I hear you loud and clear !!! And I KNOW you can do this......you can !!!!! You will !!!!

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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 9/24/2010 3:10PM

    Just remember, the sun will come out tomorrow and you can't have rainbows without rain. It will get better.

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MILANMOM1969 9/24/2010 2:46PM

    I am sorry things are so stressful right now. Do your best to stay on track. All you can do is what you can do, leave the rest in God's hands. Don't let stress eat you alive, or rob you of your life. You deserve better than that. I hope life straightens out soon.

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NIKANN7493 9/24/2010 1:25PM

    i am going through a very similar thing at work myself... and one of my co-workers said to me this morning, "time is precious, and stress is one factor that does more harm than good on the body. It is best to do what you can and then head home and leave work at work. To go home and smile, enjoy family time and don't vent work things at home."

My place of work tends to get me frazzled at times, and when I get home... It takes everything I have left to get my exercises in. Hope your day gets better!

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LADYGWEN25 9/24/2010 11:48AM

    aww that sucks.. I have the urge to kidnap you from the work chaos.... Hoping today is better for you and the weekend is almost here. :) emoticon

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FRECKS96 9/24/2010 10:54AM

    Good Luck! Hopefully today is better and you can relax and enjoy the weekend.

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DDOORN 9/23/2010 9:51PM

    Lately I've been doing a sort of strange combo of Kegels & Pelvic Tilt throughout my day...call 'em Scregels...Scrunching Kegels...lol! While sitting and doing Kegels, at the same time pressing the small of my back into the chair back. Hold for a bit, relax, and do again as many times as you care to. Great for abs & core and I figure it will help build greater endurance on my bike seat. Looks like I NEED it for my big ride this weekend! This could be a great stress reliever as well...burn off some of that extra energy!

Don

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 9/23/2010 9:32PM

    emoticon about your week. I definitely can relate. But it will get better.... Hold on

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PHYL220 9/23/2010 8:47PM

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BRADIA 9/23/2010 8:36PM

    Bring your sunny side up and reload your system.
Sometimes o ur batteries go down and situations and under other circumstances would have been bearable, send us down.
Are there jicamas around. If so, but some and eat it with lime juice, salt and perhaps a little dry powdered chilly. That will calm down your eating impulses.



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JUDY1676 9/23/2010 6:36PM

    Hopefully the CD will help you get rid of some of that stress!
Good luck!

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HAPPYONE331 9/23/2010 6:02PM

    Stress!! It's the pits and usually caused by other people!! Just kidding, it's usually our responses to other people. I know my crowd at work just won't get with the program to the point I just want to quit sometimes! Hope you can figure out a way to cope, I usually just end up talking it out which really seems to help me. Just come here and vent as often as you need to. Take care!

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LIBBYFITZ 9/23/2010 4:39PM

    emoticonHope the CD works! My thoughts are with you. emoticon

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PLAYBLUES22 9/23/2010 4:23PM

    Sweetie, try and hang in there emoticon

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XTMONT 9/23/2010 2:46PM

    Definitely try to find time for yourself! You can get through this!

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KARDUH114 9/23/2010 2:32PM

    The most important tidbit of info I received from everyone is to stop and worry about me until I get back on track...so what if people at work are stupid(and they all are most of the time) as long as your good, life's good...stay strong and play that CD on repeat if need be until your feeling better..which I hope is soon...oh and remember work is work and should stay there! Karla

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SUNNY2010 9/23/2010 2:13PM

    Argh, that stress at work! I blame it in a first place for me gaining weight over the last 2 years. Sorry to hear about your stress! Things will get better and the sun will be shinning again!!! I promise you!
Try to have some calming tea (instead of eating other things you normally don't).
Rain, rain, go away!
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CATLADY52 9/23/2010 2:11PM

    Hang in there and try to take some time to listen to the CD! I think it will help a lot. emoticon Think of a purring kitten in your shoulder. It really does help.

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BODYREMEDIATOR 9/23/2010 1:41PM

    I'm sorry about your work situation. I really enjoy listening to calming music when I feel stressed. Can you play your CD at your desk or while you take a walk?

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MBSKIT 9/23/2010 1:40PM

    Sorry to hear that your week isn't going well.
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Oh No, more calories!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Clintwood Healthy U challenge was being offered again in our area and I wasnít sure if I really wanted to sign up. This challenge was a little different because they offered individual and team signups with various levels to have BIA (Bioelectrical Impedence Analysis) and or FLT ( First Line Therapy) programs included in the challenge.

I decided to go for a modified version of the FLT which includes the BIA tests. The BIA measures impulses going through your body and measure lean body mass verses body fat. Today was my first appointment and included the BIA test with an appointment with the nutritional consultant after the test to go over the results and come up with a plan. I am hoping the changes she is suggesting will increase my weight loss. I have felt like I needed a change and this might be just the thing my body needs.

They are not recommending anything out of this world, just more calories than I currently am getting. I think this may be what I need, but more calories make me think I will gain weight Ė it is that old way of thinking trying to take over. She said not to worry that she does this everyday. I am going to give it a try and see what happens. It isnít like she is asking me to eat junk food or anything. Healthy food, just a little more of it!

  
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MILANMOM1969 9/18/2010 2:15PM

    I just increased my calorie intake this week to fight the plateau that I have been on, and it is WORKING!!! I didn't realize that I had forced my body into starvation mode by too much exercise without extra food. Maybe a few more healthy calories will help you too. Best of luck, let us know how it's going!

Sending ((((((((((skinny vibes))))))))))). Have a great weekend!

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Leslie

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LINDABENEDICT 9/18/2010 1:00AM

    Keep us posted !!!!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 9/16/2010 7:07PM

    It should work. SP gave me that warning when I used to track that I did not have enough calories based on my work out I increased them and loss 3 pounds that week. Hope it works for you!

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PHYL220 9/16/2010 3:52PM

    Go for it and please let us know how it works out for you!

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XTMONT 9/16/2010 11:23AM

    That's always my biggest hurdle: understanding that eating more maybe just what you need to kick start that weight loss. Try it for 2 weeks. If it doesn't work, you can change back.

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NANCYRUBIO 9/16/2010 12:08AM

    We will all find out when you finish. You may supply us with current up todate information.


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LINDAGRAVEL 9/15/2010 11:55PM

    Go for it

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JUDY1676 9/15/2010 11:41PM

    Go for it!

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JOFOR15 9/15/2010 9:39PM

 

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2BHLTHY4LIFE 9/15/2010 9:12PM

    That sounds very interesting,let us know how it goes Val and thank you! emoticonDiana

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LIBBYFITZ 9/15/2010 9:01PM

    Be interested to see how things go. emoticon

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DEE107 9/15/2010 8:55PM

    See what its like you can always not finish it .... You could try it

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REBECCAMA 9/15/2010 8:53PM

  How many calories is she suggesting you go up to?

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Rattled my Brain

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Isn't that a song?

So yesterday I did some volunteer work for the Day of Caring, which usually is done on September 11th in our area. We worked at the Boy Scout Camp and I love being up there in the woods by the pond Ė it is so peaceful and beautiful on my e 11th in our area. We worked at the Boy Scout Camp and I love being up there in the woods by the pond Ė it is so peaceful and beautiful on my eyes. I love nature.

So Iím on wood cutter assistant duty and am paired with two fellows who are cutting trees that have fallen in the woods. Iím moving the chopped wood out to the road so that when the scouts are up there in a few weeks they will load it unto trucks to be stacked in the main camping area. So Iím plodding back and forth through the weeds and over some fallen trees. I have been known to be clumsy at times and this was one of those. I tripped on a fallen tree and landed with the bottom of my chin right on a log. My chin swelled up like a golf ball and was slightly cut. The thing that hurt the worse was my head. I felt like I rattled my brain.

Today is a bit better but the headache remains. Unfortunately, I have major plans for today because my husband and I are providing homemade sausage, pulled pork, chicken wings and other meats for my sonís birthday party picnic. Last night I did get the sausage meat sliced, grinded and seasoned so today all we need to do is stuff it. The pork cooked all night and we have a little more shopping before we are done. It should be a good day; I just wish the head didnít hurt.
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HAPPYONE331 9/23/2010 6:34PM

    Wow, I hate missing that party! Pulled pork, my, oh, my! Happy Belated Birthday to your son!

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LINDABENEDICT 9/18/2010 1:01AM

    better yet?

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MVICKERS21 9/12/2010 10:12PM

    Ow! I hope your feeling better!

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DDOORN 9/12/2010 2:41PM

    Hmmm...googling
Rattled my Brain
and I come up with scads of traumatic brain injury sites...yeouch!

Take gentle care of yourself and be well soon!

Don

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WILLOW49 9/11/2010 8:31PM

    So sorry you had a fall and that your head hurts. Hopefully it will be better very soon.
Hope your son enjoyed his birthday party :)

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KAT7457 9/11/2010 2:14PM

    so sorry to hear about your fall, hope it gets better soon. being in nature is a good thing out in the woods.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/11/2010 1:15PM

    emoticonHope you feel better soon. Those sausages sound y ummy!
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SUNNY2010 9/11/2010 11:04AM

    Oh Val, so sorry about your fall!
Feel better and enjoy your son's picnic!
It sounds so delicious!!!!

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XTMONT 9/11/2010 11:02AM

    OUCH! Hope you're feeling better soon!

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LADYGWEN25 9/11/2010 10:32AM

    OUCH on the chin bang... you take care of yourself... And you are so making me hungry with the homemade sausage...lol...

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CAROLYNINJOY1 9/11/2010 10:12AM

    emoticonfor your fall. I joke about living 62 summers & Lord knows how many falls. Hope you're all recovered now.

Would you message the recipe for homemade sausage to me. I used to have one & lost it.

Hope you'll have a sparktacular weekend. Injoy:) Carolyn

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GLAMIT 9/11/2010 9:17AM

    Awww, I'm so sorry you fell like that ~OUCH~ I hope you feel better soon and if the headache don't go away have it looked at.
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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 9/11/2010 8:47AM

    oowwww So sorry about your fall. Glad you are ok. HOMEMADE SAUSAGE!!!! and where do you live???? LOL have a fantastic day. Take it easy

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