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Getting Motivated

Saturday, December 10, 2011

It has been a real struggle since my last surgery. I have been having the worst cravings for sugar and I am usually one who doesn't have the biggest sweet tooth. I know what I need to get done but getting motivated has been a bit of a struggle as well. I think it is because I have been working two jobs since July and I feel like I have absolutely no time for me and just relaxing. So I am spending the little down time I get doing just that, having down time.

I need to start using it for exercise and kicking my butt time!!!

I know I have the ability to get this done and get back to where I want to be! I have gotten there before, I know what it takes! I just have to do it!!

Soooo..... I gained back like 15 lbs and I so need to get it off! I think that is what is making me the maddest. I told myself I had lost it and lost it for good and now it is back. I feel defeated and I need to stop that! I am still better than I was when I started and just because I gained it back doesn't mean I can't lose it again. I am smarter than I was and I am a healthier person than I was, I just have to get back on that horse and kick some serious ass.

I got this and I CAN DO IT!!

  
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GOGETTERME 12/25/2011 7:51PM

    You can do it! You have the tools and know what to do. You know why you gained and what you need to do to get back on track. Cut yourself some slack, given your recent obstacles, and don't allow yourself to feel guilty. We all fall down sometimes, that' just life and it is okay.

I can't wait to hear about your progress in the upcoming weeks!

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TINAJANE76 12/12/2011 7:18PM

    Yes, you CAN do it! We've all experienced setbacks from time to time. You just need to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again! Fifteen pounds may seem like a big deal, but with some dedication, I'm sure you can knock it off in no time. Try remembering how you felt at your most motivated and see if you can reclaim that feeling to get yourself moving again.

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LOTUSFLOWER 12/12/2011 11:35AM

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APRIL_IN_MN 12/12/2011 3:16AM

    YES YOU CAN!

You have the tools, you know what you need to do. I have faith you will take this bull by the horns and CONQUER IT! emoticon

So, is there a way that you can squeeze more ME time into your FREE time? I like the things that MOJO_RISIN said--you can rebuild that base and get there!

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XPHOENIX 12/11/2011 11:54PM

    I always have sugar cravings :( Sugar and baked goods are my worst vices... sigh. But... not having "down time" can severly mangle your mind and thought process, so I'm glad you're able to get back to yourself. Get it, girl! I have faith in you!!! XOXO

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 12/11/2011 12:15PM

    Don't be so hard on yourself!!! You can do this!!! A little bit at a time. One change at a time. You are worth the effort it takes to get healthy! Even as busy as you are, take a little time to take care of you.
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BABY_GIRL69 12/10/2011 6:53PM

    I know you can too! You just have to find time for 20mins of cardio daily.

God bless & lets make it happen!

Dee

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X5X52000 12/10/2011 6:24PM

    I know how you feel!!! I was @ 205 for the longest with 15 lbs to go for my goal, and i just took up yoga and lost 3 lbs this week!!!! You can do it!! Kick that serious BUTT!!!!

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ME_HERE_NOW 12/10/2011 1:26PM

    you are not alone, for one reason or another many of my spark friends, myself included, are carrying a little extra fluff. i am hovering around that 15 lbs too, but all it took was one of my spark friends to help me realize to stop feeling ashamed and start working towards getting back to where i want to be and beyond, and so, that is what i am doing! we have all the tools in our toolbox, we just have to use them. start building yourself up again, drinking water, fitting in a short walk around the block, whatever will help you re-build your solid base, as you mentioned you are SO far ahead of where you once were, embrace you now and you will be free to move fwd! xoxo!

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Name Change

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I have been contemplating a name change on here for quite awhile. I feel that I need to let go of my past and move forward and to do this I need a name that reflects my new fiery personality.... so it is RED_WRITINGHOOD! Of course my real online nick name is Redhotwritinghood but Sparkpeople won't let you have that long of name lol.

Which is better??? RED_WRITINGHOOD or REDHOTWRTNGHOOD
(it can only be 15 letters)

For some time now I have had a desire to start journaling, writing, and sketching again, so I thought the perfect outlet for that would be to become a blogger. I have been in the process of starting a blog online and have been working on it for quite awhile now and I will be up soon. As soon as it is ready to unveil I will post the link and hopefully you all will check it out for me and give me some input.

I'm hoping the name change won't confuse my friends and they won't know who I am lol!! Still same FROSTYNAL..... just not cold anymore.... ready for some fire!!!!
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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 10/8/2011 12:33PM

    LOVE IT!!! I also love that you are starting your own blog! I read so many blogs and can't wait to add yours to my google reader. I would love to be a food blogger full time:)

Have a great weekend!

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LORENVER 9/28/2011 7:39PM

    I do like the name, it seems to fit well!

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XPHOENIX 9/28/2011 11:18AM

    P.S. I could use some FIRE myself... haha Pun on my name.... ::embarrassed:: I'm gonna shut up now. LOL

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XPHOENIX 9/28/2011 11:18AM

    I like your name change and knew right away it was you by your piccie. Those that love you wont be confused at all. Do what YOU want! :) But... yes, I like this! XO

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 9/23/2011 11:42PM

    LOVE the new name! :)

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SHAKENMA 9/23/2011 1:20PM

    I had to come check out this name change emoticon Like it!!!!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 9/23/2011 12:38PM

    red writinghood is my vote too :o)

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MISSROCKABILLY 9/23/2011 10:17AM

    Love the new name change! emoticon

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LEIGHOC 9/23/2011 9:39AM

    Red hot. It's the only way to be emoticon

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NOMORESTALLING 9/23/2011 6:31AM

    RED_WRITINGHOOD GETS MY VOTE

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SLIMPAM23 9/22/2011 9:47PM

    Good for you!!! I LOVE the new name...BOTH of them!! Can't wait til you have your blog up and running - I will definitely be checking it out!!
You Go Girl!!!
Pam

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HAPPYLOSER46 9/22/2011 7:29PM

    Cute name! emoticon

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ME_HERE_NOW 9/22/2011 2:00PM

    YES you are writing a new chapter in your life, i love your new identity :) excited to read of your continuing adventures!

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-POOKIE- 9/22/2011 10:23AM

    I like what you have changed it too, spelt better!! (and cute!)

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BBENISHEK 9/22/2011 10:23AM

    Red Writing Hood sounds great!

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RUFFIT 9/22/2011 10:14AM

    You go girl!! emoticon

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Spirited Underdog Fall 5% Challenge Commitement

Monday, September 19, 2011

I have been participating in the 5% Challenges for a year now and I have enjoyed each and everyone. I seem to start out strong but then loose a little momentum but this time I am going to push myself to finish as strong and determined as I began it!!!

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How much and how often will you exercise?

- I will exercise everyday! I want to get in at least a 3 mile walk each morning and strength training at least 5 days a week. I also want to incorporate yoga into my daily routine. I have always wanted to try it and I am using this challenge to finally try it out! I can get stressed easily and I think it will help me immensely.

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What diet will you follow?

- I won't be following a strict regimented diet plan I actually don't believe in diets... I believe in having a healthy diet and having balance. I feel that for me if I take things away from myself I want them all the more. So I just eat with moderation and make more healthy choices but if cake is being served I will eat a little piece and be satisfied. I will stay in my calorie range!!

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How will you support your team?

- I will try to make sure that I log in my points everyday and get in my minutes! I will give words of encouragement to my fellow team members. I will also try to regularly blog to let my team know how I am doing as well.

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That is the commitment I make to my team and to myself!!

GO UNDERDOGS!!!!!! WOOF WOOF!!

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XPHOENIX 9/28/2011 11:16AM

    Ohhhh I never see those! I would love to try one! :) You are kicking butt. I have faith in you, babydoll :) XO

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ME_HERE_NOW 9/22/2011 1:36PM

    great goals, keep rockin it girl!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/22/2011 9:11AM

    Sounds like a great plan!
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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/19/2011 3:58PM

    Sounds like a great challenge and good plan. Good luck!

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HAPPYLOSER46 9/19/2011 2:22PM

    You sure have the right idea! Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon

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LADYJ6942 9/19/2011 1:07PM

    Definitely sounds like you've got a handle on it and a great action plan. Good luck.

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My First White Water Rafting Trip!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

I graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville on Saturday morning 8/13/2011. It was such a proud moment and it took a lot of hard work and determination to get there!!



To celebrate this momentous occasion my family took me white water rafting down the Ocoee River in Tennessee. It has to be some of the most fun you can have with your clothes on!! I had a blast, got soaked, and wanted to go back again the minute it was over. Here are some pictures from my trip.





That's my daughter Natasha on the front of the raft.... ridin' the bull!! She had so much fun doing that. You can see the sheer jubilation on her face lol!!











I will definitely be going again..........

  
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XPHOENIX 9/2/2011 1:24AM

    Amazing. Just that. WOW! :)

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KINSBAILE 8/24/2011 4:02PM

    CONGRATS on your graduation! I will hopefully be there very soon!

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DIANEDOESSMILES 8/24/2011 1:38AM

    emoticon WOW have you WORKED SO HARD for the graduation time ! Thats fantastic !!! SOOO COOL !!!! NEATO !!

The white water rafting looks like a BALL ! I'd LOVE To do that, but with my spine,,,it's WAY TO DANGEROUS for me ! So I am GLAD you did it while young and HEALTHY ENOUGH !! WOOHOOO and w/your daughter,, how SPECIAL !!!!! Such an event for you both to rememeber ALL of your lives !!

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MISSROCKABILLY 8/20/2011 6:10PM

    emoticonon your graduation!

The white water rafting looks like so much fun! I went once, years ago, down in New Mexico, and have always wanted to do it again. Seeing all of your pictures and how much fun you all were having reminded me of our trip--I'm going to have to look into that again!!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/19/2011 6:06PM

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DCUZ99 8/19/2011 8:56AM

    emoticon on your graduation. That's such a fantastic achievement.

...and what a great way to celebrate!!!

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GOGETTERME 8/17/2011 9:50PM

    Congrats on your graduation! Rafting looks like so much fun. I went tubing down a crazy river in PA with my hubby and older son when was 11 and it was fun! Maybe we will have to try rafting with the little guy in a couple years especially now that I'm much thinner. It's amazing what you're willing to do when you look and feel so good.


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NUTS4NUTELLA 8/17/2011 12:08AM

    CONGRATULATIONS on graduating!!! I love the pictures too. It looks like you had tons of fun. Maybe one day I'll go rafting too!
P.S. I lovveeee your background!

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PEPPERLEAH 8/16/2011 10:43PM

    Looks like so much fun! Congrats on your graduation!

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/16/2011 9:09PM

    Loved the pics! So fun. And LOVED you hair!!

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FEDGIRL4 8/16/2011 1:31PM

    Looks like you had fun! My hubby (before me) used to go to Albright, West Virginia. Then we went two times, he rafted and I made camp. Then for 2 years we went to the tow path in Brunswick Maryland. He went canoeing and I made camp.

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SHAKENMA 8/16/2011 8:43AM

    You both are so cute! Congrats Girl emoticon

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ROXY4470 8/16/2011 7:47AM

    You guys look soooo cute! White river rafting is so much fun! glad you had a good time.! and congrats on graduating!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 8/16/2011 6:18AM

    So happy for you!!! Looks like you had a great time!

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JOEYKTTN 8/15/2011 7:09PM

    Congrats! and look at the fun you had! Sooo jealous!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/15/2011 6:55PM

    wow, your daughter is a mirror-image :o)

That is freaking awesome and wow!!

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Love it!!



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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/15/2011 6:19PM

    WTG and WTG!!

WTG on your graduation!
WTG on white water rafting!!

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-POOKIE- 8/15/2011 4:14PM

    You look like you had a wonderful time!

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FLAMENM 8/15/2011 3:46PM

    Congrats on your newly minted degree. And what a great way to celebrate!!!

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OFFDREA 8/15/2011 3:08PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!
aaaahhhh that looks like so much fun!!!!

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ME_HERE_NOW 8/15/2011 2:27PM

    congratulations!! :) i have never been rafting, it looks scary and fun! 2 amazing accomplishments in one post here! enjoy getting your life back from the reins of school and keep having fun with the fam! these memories will last a life time, yay! maybe u can make it an every summer adventure!

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LOTUSFLOWER 8/15/2011 1:46PM

    Congrats on your graduation and the trip looks like so much fun!!!! So nice to celebrate with something fitness related vs. food, isn't it? YOU ROCK!

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REMODELINGPAT 8/15/2011 1:10PM

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You're 'way braver than I...

Blessings!

Pat

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 8/15/2011 12:49PM

    Congratulations on your graduation! That is awesome!!!! YAY!!!!!
The rafting trip looks fantastic! I had the opportunity to do that about four years ago, and OMG..it was such a blast, I had no idea how much fun it would be! You're right..I wanted to go again the minute it was over!!! I am only sorry I haven't had a chance to do it again!! I'm so glad you had a great time with your family to celebrate such a fantastic achievement!!! Congratulations!!
Kristi

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DIY Challenge 7/11-7/14

Friday, July 15, 2011

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DIY Challenge Instructions 7/11-7/14 Assignment 4

emoticonI confess, this weekend I had an Oreo Klondike bar every night.

emoticonBUT! I also am very proud to report that I walked every day.

emoticonSo I am forgiving myself and moving forward TODAY because I am feeling stronger and I know this week will be wonderful!

emoticonMy biggest motivation for this week is to see the scale move!


emoticonGo back and read your DIY Challenge Entry Card and the entries of two other people.
- DONE - trying to keep on track as best I can.
2. emoticonMotivate someone else every time you log into sparkpeople this week.
- DONE -
3. emoticonMake this week about maintaining a pace, instead of going balls to the wall. Sometimes you need to just simply prove to yourself that you are moving forward by doing something every day.
- DONE - I went walking every morning and got in my ST.
4. emoticonYou can only eat one craptastic thing per day. So make a decision... have a Coke or have dessert!
- DONE - I actually managed to stay away from all things craptastic this week! I was having a good week and didn't crave it.
5. emoticonGet your heart rate up for a minimum of 15 minutes each day.
- DONE - I exercised 4/4 days and managed to log 713 fitness minutes!!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 7/16/2011 2:21PM

    Congrats you did well!

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DZSWEETIE2005 7/15/2011 3:17PM

    Oreo Klondike sounds sinfully good!

I love your hair by the way! I tried red and I just couldn't pull it off, looks great on you though!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/15/2011 1:48PM

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