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Good reminder today

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I receive the Healthy reflections email everyday and post a journal entry from it that often times is a reflection of the article. I have had a few that I received when I needed them most. Today was one of those days.

I get on my scale way to often, but I feel it keeps me going in the right direction because it keeps me accountable. I had a great weigh in through the weekend and even Monday morning. Today was another story though. I got on that scale and was not happy with the results.

Today's healthy reflections mentions giving yourself credit for what you have accomplished and not being to blinded by just what you want to accomplish. I really wanted to hit that 30 pound mark this week - I still may, but if not than 28 or 29 pounds is still a great accomplishment.

  
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_MRSFISH_ 5/18/2010 10:57PM

    Several times I've had good weigh ins, a day that it's up (or just not down the way that it should be), and then sometimes it is followed by an unexpected drop. I do weigh daily as well. I've tried to space it out, but I just like learning how I respond to sodium, etc like Donna mentioned. It helps me realize on those days that it doesn't show what I want that it will come down. You're doing great!
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DONNA_VT 5/18/2010 12:02PM

    I weigh daily to because I know if I don't I will get laid back. Weighing in daily also reminds me of how my weight fluctuates with fluids, salt intake and TOM.
You are doing great! I like the healthy reminder emails . . . they are often so insightful.

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SPARKLERFRIEND 5/18/2010 10:12AM

    I also weigh daily. Doing it serves as a reminder that our weight fluctuates often (especially in the case of a gain so I don't get so frustrated) and also helps me with my sodium intake. Too much sodium leads to fluid in my ears, which causes vertigo for me. Vertigo can put me out of commission for several days. Whether you get to the 30 lbs. or not (I'm hoping to get to the 25 lb. mark next) this week, you are still moving in the right direction! emoticon

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POLLKAT 5/18/2010 9:33AM

    28 or 29 lbs is awesome. I can't wait to get there. You are doing a great job and should be proud of yourself. Remember a healthy lifestyle is a lifetime commitment, not a race!!

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TONYA_JO 5/18/2010 9:09AM

    I just went through some similar emotions last month after having weights and measures for a BL contest at my gym. I blogged about how far I have come in the last year instead of pouting over those numbers. It really put things in perspective and helped change my thinking. Keep up the great work!

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PLAYBLUES22 5/18/2010 8:56AM

    and emoticonon all the accomplishments you have achieved so far emoticon

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Challenges, Challenges, and more Challenges...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I consider myself and active sparker, and i like to get the most out of this site and sparking as I can. Needless to say, I started right out joining a few teams and have added more and removed some based on what they offer and if I connect to the other members or not.

In one of my teams a member brought to our attention another team with a 10 week challenge that is going to start soon. It is with the Biggest Loser Summer Challenge team. I decided to check it out and ended up putting my name on the very long waiting list.

Our Pre Challenge is to post a blog listing 5 things you would do to stay motivated during the 10 weeks of the Summer Challenge!

Here is that blog -

First, a "challenge" to me is motivation. This particular challenge is team based which puts that added feeling of I need to support the team, this is not only for me. I hope my teammates will feel the same wayas I do. I love a strong and capetitive team!

Second and third, I currently track my nutrition and fitness in the trackers and shoot to stay within my calorie range and also fulfill my fitness minutes so I will continue to do this. It has helped me to stay on track this far and I have confidence it will continue to.

Fourth, I will be joining another fitness class at the local college this summer that will keep me doing different excercise than my normal lunchtime walks and evening bike rides. I will continue to maintain the walks and rides as well and with better weather I hope to get more of this in.

The fifth motivator for me is the changes I see in myself so far and I know I will enjoy the benefits to come of less weight and more activity. There is no stopping me now!

I have just recently finished the Spring Fitness Challenge at our local college and will enjoy adding a new one to my list. The other challenge I'm involved in is a Healthy U challenge that requires weekly weigh ins at a local facility and cash prizes. I'm not all about the prizes, just about losing weight at a healthy pace and hopefully losing every week. This challenge only has a few more weeks so it is important to make sure I have other things in my aim.

  
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SPARKLERFRIEND 5/17/2010 8:18PM

    I will be in The Biggest Loser Summer Challenge as well! I'm with the Silver Sparks, and this will be my first time!

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TIME2JUSTDOIT 5/15/2010 3:35AM

    You are really motivated! I think that is wonderful...Keep up the great attitude! emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 5/12/2010 10:34PM

    GREAT to keep your fires stoked & burning!

Woo hoo!

Don

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GLAMIT 5/12/2010 6:41PM

    You are doing emoticon Keep at it :D

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SKINNYPAT62 5/12/2010 4:00PM

    Good for you. I know you will do it! I set mini goals for myself each day; that motivates me to achieve them!

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DEBNICU 5/12/2010 3:24PM

    I agree challenges keep you motivated, especially if you know your team is counting on you. emoticon
Debbie

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HOLISTIC5 5/12/2010 3:24PM

    Thanks this is motivating to me- I think I will take a look at the team- emoticon

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LASARRE 5/12/2010 3:11PM

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Last week was a bit of a rollercoaster ride for me

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I had an outing this Saturday so last week I had set a be good goal for the weekend prior. I like to plan my days that I can't stay completely on course so I can make better choices around that day. Unfortunately the goal I had set for the weekend prior to my outing didn't go as well as planned. On Monday I beat myself up, but tried to let it go too. It did not hep that I had three weigh in's last week.

Then Tuesday rolled around and I weighed in that night at my nutrition class with the fancy scale that measures everything possible about your body. I had dropped almost 9 pounds since the class began and kept the numbers that shouldn't have changed equal and the ones that should have dropped. Basically these numbers let you know if you are losing muscle or just fat. I'm losing Fat!

Wednesday was the second weigh in for the Healthy U challenge and I had dropped 2 pounds from the week prior. Another positive result and I was feeling better. Thursday was my SparkPeople weigh in and I was pleased with hitting the 20 pound mark. I was really happy now.

So on Saturday my planned day at the wineries with the girls I actually made some very wise choices and wasn't as bad as I thought i would be. There was food offered at the wineries to pair with the herb we were receiving. It was the wine and herb event and since I love to grow my own herbs I was all for the trip.

I know I have to work these things into my healthy life because they are source of enjoyment for me. I also need to be patient with myself and keep working on not beating myself up for not being perfect.

  
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STRONG-FIT-GIRL 5/6/2010 10:38PM

    Great job on losing fat and not lean tissue, and nearing the 20 marker. Keep up the great work!

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HEALTHYFIGHTER 5/6/2010 4:25PM

    Great job on staying positive! Noone is perfect and that's ok!

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LADYGWEN25 5/4/2010 9:38AM

    great job on the weighins! What are your fav herbs to grow? mine are chives, sage, oregano, thyme and rosemary :) keep up the good work!

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GRAMMACATHY 5/1/2010 12:49AM

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LEAHANNE1989 4/29/2010 11:46AM

    Congrats on your weigh ins emoticon

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DDOORN 4/27/2010 10:23PM

    Keep up the SUPER SPARKING EFFORTS!

Woo HOO to YOU! :-)

Don

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KENDALL7261 4/27/2010 8:03PM

    Good for you! You are working hard and it is paying off!
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WILLOW49 4/27/2010 6:39PM

    emoticon on the weight loss! You're doing a great job! Remember slow and steady wins the race!
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GUCCI-MOMMA 4/27/2010 2:45PM

    emoticon on your weight loss. Don't be so hard on yourself. Slow, easy and lots of patience my friend. You are doing emoticon

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SMILINGBREYES 4/27/2010 1:57PM

    Great work on the weight loss!!

As for the wineries, sometimes one just has to be a little free while staying on track. One can have low calories days before and after to give calories to the wine tour day.

As for not beating yourself up, I suffer from that too so relax.

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MISTYRIVER64 4/27/2010 12:40PM

    You are doing really well. It's not easy changing your lifestyle and you are right - you have to be patient. (as soon as you figure how to do that let me know) lol lol
Keep up the great work! emoticon

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TRIPLE_EMME 4/27/2010 12:38PM

    All things considered: you did GREAT!!!

This lifestyle change does require patience with ourselves. emoticon

Have a healthy week!

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Buddha Quote

Monday, April 19, 2010

"Each Morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most."

I posted this as my status today because I really needed to make it my goal for today. After thinking about it I decided I needed it available to me at other times so I would Blog about it and then I could always look back at it.

I had set a small goal this weekend which I failed miserable at. Instead of looking at all te positive I did this weekend I stewed about the goal I messed up on. I have been telling myself to let it go, but sometimes that is easier said than done. I am still working on going forward and I'm making positive steps today, but deep inside me I feel ashamed of myself. Sometimes we are our worse enemys.

  
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HOLISTIC5 5/12/2010 3:26PM

    Love the quote

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LADYGWEN25 4/22/2010 9:42AM

    Well said cara!

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GRAMMACATHY 4/21/2010 1:37PM

    Buddha's quote reminds me of the conversation in the movie City Slickers about "Do Overs". I also have a similar quote in my heading and salutation. The minute we stop trying we have lost. It is just too bad we beat ourselves up over the slip-ups. We need to stay in the moment like Buddha, but then he was an exceptional being.
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STRONG-FIT-GIRL 4/19/2010 10:06PM

    After reaching my 100 pound milestone last week, I spent the weekend wresting with myself about resetting my goal weight to a healthier one and beating myself up about how fat I still am! I felt so disgusted with myself, I took down my pictures.

It is funny how many blogs I came across today with a theme similar to yours...be kind to yourself...more forward today.

Thank you for repeating a message I desperately need to hear. I don't know what has gotten into me, but it is a good time to be reading positive blogs like yours. Thank you! All the best in taking to heart your own message, my friend.

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ARAC76 4/19/2010 9:38PM

    We sure are! The best thing is that tomorrow when we wake up, we have the chance to make different choices!

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I do feel stronger

Monday, April 12, 2010

Yesterday I changed up my workout with a couple of different dance shows on the fitness on demand channel. When I finished I felt pretty pumped and decided to go out in the yard and rake leaves and weed some of my gardens. I have these banks that I keep working my way down by tearing out the weeds and planting stuff along them. It was the perfect day to get out there and make some progress. I would work for a while and then take a water break, go back to the yard and so on. At one point I was resting and I actually thought to myself, "I Feel Stronger". It was a very good feeling. Now today my back and knee are not telling me the same thing, but for that period of time I was sure I have been making forward steps in getting healthier!

  
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KANSASROSE67 4/16/2010 2:45PM

    I can work for hours in my garden...I just forget myself. Isn't it great?

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SINGLEMOM1960 4/15/2010 12:52AM

    You had an "aha" moment. Wonderful! emoticon

Thanks for the comment on my status. I noticed it happens when I use my laptop only.

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LADYGWEN25 4/13/2010 9:29PM

    I love doing yard work and gardening.. We have a push mower and i love doing the lawn with it.. trying to convince the hubby to get rid of the gas hog and get me one of those push wheel ones.. and isn't it nice when you can say I FEEL STRONGER! It's such and mental and physical boost. Good job and keep up the goos work!

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LEAHANNE1989 4/13/2010 1:20PM

    I need to work in my yard. Pulling up weeds and the like. Tomorrow the sun will be out, hopefully will get out and work in the yard.

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CATTIANN 4/12/2010 1:47PM

    Tomorrow himself is home and we're heading out to clean up the yard. Can't wait for planting, planning and potting.
I LOVE WARM, EVEN HOT!! What the heck am I doing in NY??
Keep on keeping on! Thanks for the noticing!!!!!
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SKINNYPAT62 4/12/2010 12:58PM

    Your blog reminded me that the backyard needs to be raked and the flower bed needs shaping up. More exercise. Something besides dancing! emoticon

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SATYAGRAHA 4/12/2010 12:53PM

    Isn't it a MARVELOUS feeling???

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