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My Goals for the Week :)

Monday, June 21, 2010

After being inspired by TIFFN108 I am going to put the things I am wanting to get done for this week into a list and putting it in a blog so you all know if I actually got it done... maybe if I make it a nice friendly competition I might actually get some of it done :)..... lol! I am not really good with planning my weeks out in advance but it is something that I have wanted to make myself do so here is my first attempt :)

* Go walking every morning
* Do all of my strength exercises
* Track all of my fitness and nutrition
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* Wash and clean out my car... not a fav of mine :)
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* Mop all the floors
* Get oil change

all I can think of right now.... I'm sure I will think of more!!

  
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REDSAMUR 6/28/2010 2:30PM

    Great job! Thanks for the update!

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/27/2010 12:28PM

    So how did it go? I am working on some lists for myself.

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ANNANN63 6/26/2010 4:06PM

    I have always made lists. I generally have more than one going. I put down all the things I need or want to do and get great pleasure from checking them off as they get done.

When I had a job that was nearly impossible to do, I made a list each day either just before I left at night or first thing in the morning. Then I would prioritize it. Without those list I absolutely could not have keep the work done.

Lists are your friend. They really can help you accomplish more in any given time frame.

Annie

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TEENY_BIKINI 6/26/2010 3:31PM

    Yup, you rock!

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REDSAMUR 6/25/2010 3:04PM

    How many "goal met" icons will you still be able to add today?

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-POOKIE- 6/22/2010 5:11AM

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WCATAP 6/22/2010 1:44AM

    Okay so folow up and let me know if you got this all done. Then I'll try it. haha

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PEPPERLEAH 6/21/2010 10:07PM

    Sounds like a great plan!

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BLYNN710 6/21/2010 8:09PM

    I love your list. Good Luck with these goals. I am sure that with them being written down it will be a little bit easier to stick to them. You can rock this!!



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CELLOSONG 6/21/2010 7:42PM

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BONJI40 6/21/2010 7:32PM

    Wow, that's quite a list! Good luck with meeting your goals--I find it's really helpful to write them down too, or at least tell someone! Holds us more accountable. This week my goal is to track all my nutrition...I've been getting lazy!
Have a great week!
~Carrie

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Happy and Loving Life - What Spark has taught me :)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Well I haven't blogged for awhile so I figured now was a good a time as any :)

Well..... I have been on Spark now for about 5 weeks. I have had a few ups and downs but really the majority have been overwhelming ups!

I have lost 14 lbs! So happy and excited about that.... it is over 25% of what my goal is!! I know I can't expect that to last forever but it does help motivate you. The last 2 weeks I have slowed down a lot but I have also put in a lot of exercise and I know I am gaining muscle and loosing inches! I just started at the beginning of this month to measure my inches so I am excited to see on the first of July how much I have lost.

I have learned to eat better!! I crave fruit and veggies all the time now. I actually order veggie plates for dinner and I would have never done that before. Had to have the meat!! I still love meat and always will but just not as much. I also don't like overly sweet foods now. I ENJOY the flavor of foods without the massive doses of salt and sugar. I cook most of my meals at home now and I actually enjoy doing it!

I exercise!!! I have gone walking every morning for the last 4 weeks and I love it!! I have only missed 2 days and that was for a doctors appointment and I was out of town... I don't let myself miss.... even if I'm in a bad mood or I'm tired or it's too hot.... those are my normal whines lol! I go and I have family and friends who do it with me! I love you guys :) I have also been adding more and more exercising everyday.

I love myself and I am taking care of myself!! That is a HARD one for me but I am getting there. I am trying not to be so hard on myself. I'm not perfect... no one expects me to be perfect so why should I demand it of myself. I am a fun and unique person and that is what I want to be. I am beautiful and sexy... my husband and others see it... it's about time for me to see it too!!

I am not on a new diet and I'm not trying to loose a few pounds so I can return to my old ways.... this is a lifestyle change and it is a good one and I will accomplish my goal of loosing 50 lbs and maybe along the way I will find that wonderful girl that got hidden. Thank you all for the wonderful support you have all given me... it is greatly appreciated and very much needed! I love ya all!!

  
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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 6/16/2010 11:59PM

    Awesome! You sound great and isn't it wonderful when the value of this lifestyle and the value of ourselves finally breaks through and we learn how to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and healthier frame of mind?!!
Keep up the good work!!

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BECOMINGAPRIL 6/16/2010 3:07PM

    Awesome! It really is funny how the taste buds change!

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SLIMPAM23 6/15/2010 3:57PM

    I am so happy for you!!! You are doing a great job and you have a fantastic attitude. You are going to be completely successful. Yeah for you. Keep doing what you are doing - it's working great. When things do start to slack off - just change some things up a bit and never forget that if you don't eat ENOUGH, that can stop weight loss too. But as long as what you are doing is getting you where you want to go - keep on keepin on!!
WooHoo You Go Girl!!!
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CELLOSONG 6/15/2010 1:29PM

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CHARLENERAE12 6/15/2010 9:49AM

    This blog is awesome. I can almost hear your happiness. Way to go!

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-POOKIE- 6/15/2010 5:25AM

    What a positive post. I am glad SP has helped you so much!!

Wishing you success carrying on with this journey!

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/15/2010 4:56AM

    You are doing great!
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BRILLIANTAQUA 6/14/2010 10:44PM

    You are doing so fantastic!! And that walking streak of yours is amazing!! That's really inspiring. Can't wait to read more updates!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 6/14/2010 10:36PM

    Great work!!!! You are an inspiration!

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PEPPERLEAH 6/14/2010 10:33PM

    What a wonderful blog! Thank you for sharing your progress with us! You are doing so great, and I know you wil be reaching your goals soon! Keep up the FANTASTIC work!

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YELLOWBIRD01 6/14/2010 9:49PM

    Thank you for the beautiful blog!!! It was just what I needed at this moment!!

Keep up the great work!!! You are doing great!

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Ups and downs but mostly ups!

Monday, June 07, 2010

Well it's been awhile since my last blog... it's hard sometimes for me to express what's on my mind. It has been an interesting week for sure. It's had its ups and downs like everyone's.

I've never told anyone on here that I have rheumatoid arthritis. It is something that I have had since I was 22 so it has been 13 years now. I have been taking care of it myself all this time (nothing but Advil)... mostly because of insurance but also because I am scared to death of all the medications. (have you ever seen the disclaimers on the commercials!!) Well after making the decisions to take better care of my health... thank you Spark People and thanks you my wonderful Spark Friends!!!.... I have decided to go and see a Rhuematologist again. He told me that it is great I have been trying to loose weight and exercising regularly now. He put me on medication and believe me I am scared to death about it!! Its actually a chemotherapy drug... I cried for a few days after seeing him and the medication made me sick at my stomach right after taking it. But I am happy that I am taking control of it. I am staying positive and I am going to view this as a way to take even better care of myself.

I feel so much better about myself. I am not a 100%... there are things I would love to just wish away and not have to deal with but I am dealing with them and I am becoming a better person for it. I, like so many, struggle with being happy with myself... it drives my husband crazy sometimes. He sees no flaws in me and all I see are flaws at times but I have been working on it and I am doing better at not being so critical of myself.

Well that was the downs... the ups! I have been walking every morning for the last 2 weeks... I have lost 14 lbs and I am starting to feel great. I am still working on my body image and it is slowly getting there. I have a wonderful supportive husband and daughter who have walked with me most of those days and even a great friend who has joined me. My choice of changing my eating habits and exercise has had a great impact on my husband he has lost 9 lbs!! I am so proud of him!! Our relationship has been impacted for the good! We recently moved to a new house and we had our first BBQ and it was a huge success!

I also couldn't have done it with out you wonderful Spark People out there!! I love all the messages and encouragement that you all give everyday. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  
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REDSAMUR 6/11/2010 2:22PM

    As long as you see the UP trees in the down forest :)
Take good care of yourself, and even if you don't always believe the man, enjoy how he sees you.

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 6/10/2010 12:16AM

    Great job on taking better care of yourself. You are doing an amazing job!! Take it in baby steps and soon you will be able to see past the flaws and see the wonderful woman that you are!!

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TPLSTNK 6/8/2010 3:04PM

    You are doing awesome!! Very inspiring.....Keep up the A-MAZING job!!

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PEPPERLEAH 6/7/2010 11:53PM

    You are doing GREAT!!!!!!!!

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HOPECHAMPION 6/7/2010 5:04PM

    I have my chinese medical doctor that treats RA. Mostly with herbal tea - my self proclaimed "twigs and berries". And, with changing the diet. Have you ever considered giving up meat and dairy...in otherwords..going vegan?

If you have any questions..drop me a line. Sometimes the food we fuel ourselves with can hurt us in ways we never imagined. (Inflammation, etc...) I might also be able to help guide you in the direction of finding an ancient chinese medicine man near you.

Alabama doesn't seem as if it would be the alternative medicine capital of the US, but who says it isn't?

Are you anywhere near East Gadsen? My mammaw and pappaw were from there.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/7/2010 4:43PM

    I understand your concerns regarding the medicines used in fighting the RA. I have chosen to use them from the very first of my diagnosis. (I've gone over how it presented in past blogs, won't bore you again here.) Yes the side effects are scary, but it is so totally worth finding a combination that really lets you live. I hope the side effects settle out for you and you get the much needed relief and control of the RA.

Congrats on your walking program. I started my weight loss journey doing the same. Just walking, now I've added in other types of exercise because I get bored easily. Walking is something I still do more often than not.

Congrats on your weight loss!
Cyndi

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SSDCQUINCY 6/7/2010 4:18PM

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Keep it up!!

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-POOKIE- 6/7/2010 4:10PM

    It is a struggle to be at ease with ourselves, but in the mean time, taking good care of ourselves will have to do!

Walking everyday is great exercise, I try to make sure I do that.

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BARAKOBEKAH 6/7/2010 4:00PM

    You can do it! Just take it one day at a time and before you know it you will be ready for your next challenge!

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Dancin in the Shower

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Oh I am feeling so good this morning! I have so much energy and I can't tell you when I have been in such a good mood!! I really think the morning exercise is helping me to get in the zone and get ready for the day. I have had so much more confidence in myself and of course loosing weight helps with that as well. But it is nice to know that I have the drive to make myself get up and do that. The extra confidence has its perks too. My husband gave me a very nice hello this morning... hmm... hmm and it is all because of that new confidence that I am exuding I think. I feel sexier and so I am acting sexier! I know its silly but there is something about that little boost you get when you know your being desired... ok sorry if I made anyone blush there... I am just in such a good mood!! I took it straight into my morning walk. I listened to music and pushed my speed up and smiled the whole way enjoying the scenery and dancing a little bit to the music. When I got home even though I was sweaty and disgusting I hopped in to that shower and still had the energy to dance and act like a complete freak while I got ready for work!!! And I thought exercise wouldn't be any fun!!!! I may have to start walking twice a day lol!!

  
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MIMMICA 6/6/2010 9:59AM

    Your happiness is infectious! Thanks!!



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TEENY_BIKINI 6/1/2010 6:55PM

    Aw shucks. A morning warrior. Way cool. I am not the best at getting up - but I know what you mean. When it happens - it is golden.

Congrats on this victory. Go gorgeous.

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DOGSTARDADDY 5/29/2010 7:45AM

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 5/28/2010 1:46AM

    Congratulations on all you are accomplishing! Glad you had such a great day and are feeling so good! You SHOULD feel good about yourself and be very proud of what you are doing! (hmmm sounds like the exercise program is a win/win for you AND your husband! LOL)

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TERRI289 5/27/2010 10:29PM

    Sounds like a perfect way to start the day!! Hope tomorrow is great too!!

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WCATAP 5/27/2010 7:57PM

    Very cool! And....I love the new picture.

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CHARLENERAE12 5/27/2010 3:08PM

    Love the happiness in this blog. You go, girl!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/27/2010 2:45PM

    WooHoo! I love that feeling of power and confidence I get once I get my workout done. It is such a mood booster. And yes, the side benefits are great too!
Cyndi

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REDSAMUR 5/27/2010 1:50PM

    ^blush^
Hehe, how could he resist a redhead who feels good about herself!

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CHANGE_4_ME 5/27/2010 12:11PM

    I so wish I was a morning person but I'm just not. I do agree with the rest of your blog though. Your new confidence definitely rolls over into the more fun aspects of life..hmm. My husband rolls over on the bed (watching TV while I'm exercising on the floor) the other night, smiles and says "hmm can't argue with results baby, keep doing what'cha doing cause you definitely getting results!"

Keep up the good work Frosty!

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GOLDNPWR 5/27/2010 11:56AM

    I to love morning workouts!!! I have that same energy when I'm done!!! Its just a great way to start off the day. I back my truck into the drive way every evening so that in the morning I can head straight out the door and to the gym. I feel pumped for the rest of the day an even get to work earlier than my co workers. It makes me feel GREAT!!! I must confess I have danced in the shower too I just feel so good about the positive steps I'm making in my life!!! Keep up the good work everyone!! Keep DANCING!!! emoticon

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MILNE81 5/27/2010 11:51AM

    Morning workouts are the BEST! I feel a million times better on my morning days. I get to work already up and ready to go. The morning sleepy has worn off and I've got my energy pumping. It's a great feeling!

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Getting myself motivated!

Monday, May 24, 2010

2 days in a row I have walked 3 miles and I am feeling so good about it. Exercise has always been such a struggle for me. I am glad that I have been able to push myself to do it. This morning I really didn't want to get up. Dan kept me up late last night discussing my issues with discipline (my daughter and my lack of discipline more like it) and I woke up this morning cranky, tired, and not happy. I said I wanted to just sleep in and the minute I said it I got mad at myself and made myself get out of bed. It was a slow start but by the time I was done I felt so much better and amazingly enough I was in a better mood. I am determined to get out and walk at least 1x a day and twice if I can make it lol. But pretty soon it is going to be a normal thing and I will be much better off having acquired the routine.

  
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CASUSK 5/25/2010 6:15PM

    A walk always puts me in a better mood. I have that quiet alone time to think and reflect. You are doing great!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/24/2010 10:57PM

    WooHoo! Great job making yourself get up and get moving this morning. I think you have a streak started here. I'm glad you were able to get over your crankies this morning by walking and doing something positive instead of stewing about them.

Wishing continued walking success.
Cyndi

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 5/24/2010 10:36PM

    Great job on the three miles! You should be so proud of yourself!! I think it feels even better to get a workout accomplished on those days that you don't feel like it. When you are done, and the tension is eased and you feel good, you can't believe you tried to find excuses to skip it!
Way to go!!

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BLYNN710 5/24/2010 9:41PM

    Good job. Getting started is the hardest part. Keep up the good work.

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WCATAP 5/24/2010 7:45PM

    Good job on the three mile regime. You know with kids you have to look at discipline as love. You care enough to train them rightly.

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RUFFIT 5/24/2010 5:35PM

    Way to go.. Keep up the awesome work. emoticon

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BRILLIANTAQUA 5/24/2010 2:56PM

    Way to go for getting out there when you weren't feeling it this morning!! Glad you felt better afterwards! It really does become part of your routine and soon you'll feel weird without it.

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OURSUNSHINELOVE 5/24/2010 1:53PM

    Way to go! 3 miles is an awesome accomplishment, I remember when I was exhausted after just 1 mile haha... now I do 4 miles + 45min cardio... I haven't done mine yet, I'm really sleepy (took a benadryl for allergies since i left my allergy pills in hubby's car oops!) but once it shakes off I'll be up doing my cardio. The sunshine helps it out, whenever it rains I refuse to work out... baaaad habits.

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YEAH!!!!!! Getting out of bed to walk when everything inside you is screaming to stay asleep is a BIG VICTORY!

Keep up the great work!! Walking is such a great habit -- I know I crave it now....and I never thought I'd use the word CRAVE for anything other than chocolate... and S-e-x... Did I say that? LOL

Anyway, have a wonderful week! We are ROCKING this!!

Mel

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SLIMPAM23 5/24/2010 1:22PM

    Yeah for you!!! Who would have guessed that we would come to ENJOY moving!!! I thought I HATED exercise of all sorts....turns out that exercise can put me in the best mood!! However--I too, did not want to get out of the bed this morning!! But I did it anyway - and Jon and I walked our mile in the neighborhood and then I jogged a mile in the living room---couldn't get to my WiiFit this am cuz my daughter was visiting from college and her bedroom is my new exercise room!! She slept in the morning so no WiiFit for me this am! I am glad that got up and did your thing this morning. I made myself a goal for May to log at least 10 miles a week or 40 miles for the month and I am already at about 46 miles for May!
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SHMILY928 5/24/2010 11:55AM

    Good job! Every time you make a good decision you're one step closer to your goals. I know how hard it is to discipline. Do the best you can and don't be too hard on yourself.

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