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The ups and downs of the week ahead...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Thankfully most of my week is the Ups. Today my sons are cooking us dinner in celebration of our Anniversary tomorrow. I love Valentines Day Ė the day of Love! Thus the reason we married on that day. It also has my name in it Ė Val. To me that has always made it special.

My husband gave up his vacation day tomorrow for his co-worker who decided to get married Ė oh, yeah to a girl named Valerie. How ironic. So instead of spending it with him Iím pampering myself with a Thermal Mineral Kur at the spa. It starts with a foot soak in mineral waters then a mud wrap and a full body massage. I am so looking forward to my visit to the spa.

Iím dropping my cat off at the vet in the morning for surgery Ė he has had a problem with his throat and canít meow anymore. He also makes some really weird sounds sometimes so I made the appointment last week for surgery. I really donít want to lose another animal so soon Ė we put our toy poodle to sleep last year and our oldest cat the year before.

On Tuesday night Iím celebrating a friendís birthday with dinner out at an Italian restaurant. That will be a hard dinner to refrain from a calorie overload. They make the best manicotti in the world Ė they use homemade crepes. Oh and their sauce is the best in town.

Wednesday I will take my first resistant band fitness class. I missed the first class last week because of illness. I know I was better off not going, but I hate paying for a class and not going. This is one of my motivators for working out Ė taken classes at the local college. If I pay for it I go!

Thursday is the anniversary of my motherís death. Iím not new to death in my life having lost my dad when I was 6. I just have that stressful (sadness) emotional eating thing that I fight with too often. And this brings me to why Friday isÖ

My one year anniversary with Spark People! I have too much to say about this day so I will blog again soon!
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NANASAMM 2/13/2011 11:54AM

    Wow you have a lot going on this week. Happy Anniversary! Saturday is my one year anniversary with Spark People. We can celebrate together! Enjoy your spa day...it sounds heavenly.

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I'm looking forward to February!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Even though we are in the deep of winter here in upstate NY I am finding myself looking forward to February. For one I have my Spark Anniversary in the middle of February. I'm proud to say I've been at this for a year now and even though I've been a little stuck in my weight loss - ok a little is an understatement - I'm still happy I have made many positive changes.

I'm setting some new goals for this month and hoping they get my weight loss journey moving again. My exercise has improved, but I have found during these last couple of months that I have talked myself out of working out when I should have done something. I will make a goal to do at least a small workout everyday during this month. I do struggle with that all or nothing mentality - I will do at least 10 - 15 minutes on those days I want to do nothing! I do think this is from the winter blahs. I have rearranged my workout room so that I can even do my new weighted hoola hoop that I got for Christmas. I thought I would have to wait until spring, but I moved my recumbent exercise bike a different direction and made enough room. The hoola hoop should help me get rid of more of my pouch! I must measure!

I am also cutting out my bad snacking which has gotten out of control the last two months. It is time to get back to those almonds and carrots with hummus. All those very tasty nutritional treats that I love - no more chocolate candy... I've been very weak when it comes to my poor choices. emoticon emoticon

I also need to get my portions shrunk back down. I'm ok with this, but there is room for improvement .

I am looking forward to losing this month!
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NANASAMM 2/13/2011 12:13PM

    I have the all or nothing mentality as well. It's so hard especially on the exercise for me. I do really good for awhile then something will get me off track then things go downhill fast. Up and down, up and down...that's how it seems to go. We CAN do it! We WILL do it
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PETLOVERJ 2/4/2011 11:38PM

    You can do this and you are without question worth the effort. You have been so supportive of me and I want to sparkin do the same for you. You've clearly come so far already press on.

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CONNORS83 2/3/2011 6:46PM

    You can do it. Just take baby steps and you will see results this month.

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CHANGING_LIFE 2/2/2011 1:50PM

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February feels weird so far starting off with these snow days, but hopefully tomorrow things will be back to normal!

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PUNZIE73 2/2/2011 1:46AM

    Good for you! I recognized my snacking has gotten out of control too! Although I did see a loss in January, I think of how much more I could've done if I "ate clean". I struggle with not eating enough calories by the time dinner rolls around and then I'm like a scavenger in the kitchen trying to get in enough fiber or protein, then I OVER DO it. I just need to plan better.

We can do this!

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PUNZIE73 2/2/2011 1:43AM

    Good for you! I recognized my snacking has gotten out of control too! Although I did see a loss in January, I think of how much more I could've done if I "ate clean". I struggle with not eating enough calories by the time dinner rolls around and then I'm like a scavenger in the kitchen trying to get in enough fiber or protein, then I OVER DO it. I just need to plan better.

We can do this!

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MESEATURTLE 2/2/2011 1:32AM

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LESLIES537 2/2/2011 12:56AM

    That hula hoop sounds like so much fun! How cool! Good luck in Feb!!! You can do this!! emoticon

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ANNABELLE1957 2/2/2011 12:49AM

    love your blog and thank you for posting , you can do it , congrats on the year here at spark, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAPPHIRE99 2/1/2011 12:56PM

    Great plan! I know you can do it, you've come so far already. Here's to a great spark anniversary!

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JENQUEENOFCHAOS 2/1/2011 4:27AM

    Winter is hard, isn't it.
How cool that you figured out a way to rearrange so that you can use your new hula hoop! Having something new to do can help.
You are always such a support to me (and I am certain to many others as well) Don't forget that your friends are here to cheer you on too.
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DDOORN 1/31/2011 11:50AM

    Good for you!

Am ramping up my efforts here as well!

Made up a huge batch of black bean hummus for my veggie dip lunches...yum!

Don

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SUNNY2010 1/31/2011 11:48AM

    Val, I feel like it's me talking. I too did great until December, and then... we can blame it on holidays or just colder winter months, right?

February was our month last year for setting a commitment with SP and a big start in a great direction. There is no reason it can't be our month this year again. My positive vibes are your way to stay committed and focused. Your progress has been amazing during 11 months. With your great attitude towards positive changes you've made, I know you will keep on going strong!!!

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I found this so ironic

Friday, January 21, 2011

I signed into my Sending Skinny Vibes team to see what the daily challenge was. It varies quite a bit from day to day, but many times there are challenges based on the Holiday Insights website. According to FromBaby2Bride (our leader) who looks these things up, it is NATIONAL HUGGING DAY!!

This morning I was feeling blue and I wasn't sure why. Someone said to me You need a Hug! I told them that is how I felt and now I know why - it is a national day! So go out and give some hugs and if you need one you might even feel better!

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P0KERS0PH 1/23/2011 3:31PM

    Hugs are good! emoticon

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CAMELA_55 1/23/2011 1:50PM

    I missed National Hug Day. Hope it's not too late.

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Sending you tons of "virtual hugs" as well as a virtual teddy bear to keep you company on National Hug Day!
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You are a wonderful person & I am so glad that I have "met" you!
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WARMSPRINGDAY 1/22/2011 12:45PM

    There are days when we feel like we need a hug and it would be all better. Here's one for you.

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You're right, I DO feel better now!




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JKN049 1/21/2011 3:51PM

    Cute!

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IBECCA 1/21/2011 12:30PM

    not much better than a HUG!
have a couple on me
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~Becca

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My Formula for Success

Friday, January 07, 2011

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Variety of healthy Foods and Exercise

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Plus Positive Thoughts
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Have a 'Small Things Really Add Up' kind of day!

  
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ROSEWCI 1/12/2011 8:47AM

    You are absolutely correct! One day + one day + one day of staying on track = SUCCESS!

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BARBARAWEBSTER 1/11/2011 8:17PM

    LOVE your blog!!!!!! That might work for me too, except for the kickboxing part. I'd fall on my head for sure!! Ha Ha Have a Sparkfilled week! B

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LINDABENEDICT 1/8/2011 11:31PM

    Love it !!!! That sums it up perfectly !!!

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WILLOW49 1/7/2011 11:18AM

    GREAT!!!

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BUSSMOM 1/7/2011 11:15AM

  Good thoughts!

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KAMAPERRY 1/7/2011 10:44AM

    So true!!

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KARDUH114 1/7/2011 10:16AM

    Good luck and the small things really do add up!!!

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BRIGHTBEGINNING 1/7/2011 9:38AM

    Mind if I steal your formula for success??
Lol!
Thanks!!
I Absolutely loved it!!
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FRECKS96 1/7/2011 9:29AM

    Yay! Love it!

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LKWQUILTER 1/7/2011 9:19AM

    That sums it up easy and quick. Thanks.

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DDOORN 1/7/2011 9:13AM

    Yep! You summed it up much more succinctly than I did in my blog...lol!

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Goals or resolutions? Does it matter what we call them?

Saturday, January 01, 2011

I think it is a good idea to evaluate our lives and for some people that happens at New Years more than any other time of the year. I've never been a huge resolution person, but have always thought about little things to improve at this time of year. Since joining SparkPeople last February goals have been an important factor and they are not much different than resolutions. Here is the short and sweet for my upcoming year.

My goals for 2011 are to continue on my Healthier lifestyle change - Both mental and physical. I have found the mental part to be so important. I will lose weight, continue to exercise and participate in SparkPeople. I will log my nutrition and stay with the calorie range suggested for losing. I will log my fitness and change my routines so as not to allow my body the ability to get use to what I'm doing.

I will succeed!

  
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JUSTBIRDY 1/4/2011 6:11PM

    I am sure you will succeed!!!!
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/3/2011 5:08PM

    WTG! You can do it!!

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JENQUEENOFCHAOS 1/3/2011 4:01PM

    emoticonI think life is always evolving and we should always be rechecking and changing - not waiting for a certain time of year. Thank you so much for finding me when I reappeared on the Spark scene and for being such a positive influence!
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LESLIES537 1/3/2011 3:45PM

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DDOORN 1/1/2011 9:52PM

    Goals are WAY better!

Resolutions have too long a history of collectively failing to sustain them...I think the word even connotes failure...I'll take a goal ANYTIME! :-)

Speaking of which: you've got some GREAT goals for yourself!

Don

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WILLOW49 1/1/2011 8:06PM

    Happy New Year!

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GRAMMACATHY 1/1/2011 2:33PM

    You have always have such a good attitude and wisdom. I also wanted to thank you for the kind words on my lengthy New Years blog. 2010 may have been a challenge, but many blessings happened and many things were improved. 2011 will bring new challenges and new blessings.
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SLIMMERJESSE 1/1/2011 1:39PM

    Nope, doesn't matter. As Shakepeare wrote, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Wishing you the best in 2011.

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    Great goals for 2011. Happy New Year! emoticon emoticon

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161SLIM 1/1/2011 12:39PM

  My goal is to be serious about utilizing my Spark page. I am going to really go to school on this thing and learn how to use it to help save my life! Thank you for hanging in there with me Rainbow Fall and sending encouraging email. I have seen you even when I didn't respond. You have been a blessing! Thank You
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KAMAPERRY 1/1/2011 11:48AM

    Goals are way better than resolutions!!! We can do it!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 1/1/2011 11:19AM

    I've never been big on resolutions either, but goals are good and necessary, and I guess when it comes down to it, they are much the same. But resolutions seem to be made to be broken. Goals are more flexible and forgiving. If you fail in a resolution, it seems broken and unfixable. If you fall short of a goal, you pick up and go on and adjust goals if you need to. Great plan. I've thought back over 2010 and blogged about it, but still contemplating the looking forward. I know I need to do it, but my mind seems so fixed on 2010. Somehow I need to get past it and move ahead. I'll get there, I may just be a bit slower than some.
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DEBSDESTINY 1/1/2011 11:04AM

   
I agree....I really don't make resolutions, but I do take the new year to reflect on the past years successes (and pat myself on the back for those!), and also look at what needs improving in my family life, business life and spiritual walk, and then set goals rather than make resolutions. That's what works for me. Resolutions are a "all or nothing" approach and seems to set me up for failure more than anything.

Happy 2011 to All!


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LINDAKAY228 1/1/2011 10:42AM

    Resolutions to me are things I have to start doing today and are absolute. Goals are things I start working towards today and continue until met but can also be re-evaluated and adjusted. I like goals so much better. But whatever we call them I like yours,.

Happy New Year!

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FRECKS96 1/1/2011 10:22AM

    Good Luck and have a great year!

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LADYGWEN25 1/1/2011 9:56AM

    Sounds like a good plan to me! :) Keep up the great work and 2011 is gonna be an awesome year! :)

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