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Moderation

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Today's Sparkcoach video was about moderation in diet, exercise and outlook. I think I have finally managed to find moderation this time and it is helping me succeed. For example, rather than plunging back into a running program that I'm not ready for, I'm slowly building up my endurance with the 12-week walking program. This means I'm not exhausted all the time like I have been in the past!

I think there are still areas of my diet where I could apply moderation more. My main trigger food is potato chips and I haven't had one in 6 weeks. Soon (maybe not today!) I might be ready to try really savouring a handful, rather than inhaling the whole bag. Also, moderation in my outlook is important - for example, this evening I am having dinner at my mom's and she is definitely not known for her low-calorie cooking. I will simply choose small portions, most likely skip dessert, and make sure my other meals are healthy. Most importantly, I will notice when I am stressing about it! I can't control what she cooks - only what I put in my mouth.

  
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BLUEFISH1881 1/22/2013 12:16AM

    I am working on moderation too. My trigger food is chocolate. I hope you find success in your quest.

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BABYSOX 1/20/2013 6:08PM

    Moderation is definitely important. i have found that the more I practice it the better I get at it.

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CANDOK1260 1/20/2013 8:36AM

    sounds like a great plan to me

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DBELLE39 1/19/2013 6:47PM

    Awesome, Moderation is definitely one of the keys of SP success.

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MFBUTTERFLY 1/19/2013 8:41AM

    YOU have a GREAT plan!!! Good for you!


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Mistakes and negative thinking

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sparkcoach always gives me something interesting to contemplate. Today I was asked to blog about the last time I made a mistake in my diet/exercise plan and how I responded/reacted to it.

Having read Judith Beck's "Beck Diet Solution" I know that how we respond to these mistakes - often trivial in the context of our weight-loss journey overall - can really determine our long-term success. For example, a few days ago, I snacked a little bit too much and when I tracked it, I found that I had gone over my calorie range by 2 or 3 calories. Well, I am not proud to say that I used that incident as an excuse to eat a whole lot more and not track it. But what I am proud of is that I got back on track the next day and did not decide that I had failed at my diet. As a result, I am still on program and am very close to losing my first 10 pounds!

If I can find a positive way to learn from my mistakes, they can actually be teachers on my journey. Thanks for reading me!

  
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KATCANTY313 1/17/2013 12:08AM

    I have learned, similar to what you said, to not beat myself up over small or even large mistakes. We all make them, especially on our weight loss journey! But the beauty of weight loss is, even though we often times get off track, or even take a step out of bounds, we can get back on track and learn a lesson. Great job! I will be cheering you on to lose your first ten pounds. You can do it! Just remember to take one day, one week at a time. Weight loss is a learning process, a lifestyle change, and at times it's hard. BUT, the payoff is SO worth the journey! Good luck!

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CATHYGETSFIT 1/16/2013 11:02PM

    emoticon Learning from our mistakes instead of beating ourselves up and giving up is one of the best things we can do on our Spark journey! Good for you for learning from your mistakes!! After all, we are all fallible! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 1/16/2013 9:31PM

    Great blog - thanks for sharing -

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JAMARIGOLD 1/16/2013 2:43PM

    An excellent response to a bump in the road. Great blog! and way to go in closing in on that first 10 pounds!
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JUSTLLAMA 1/16/2013 9:32AM

    Learning from our mistakes sometimes give us the best lessons! Great blog!

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MFBUTTERFLY 1/16/2013 8:33AM

    emoticon It's those kinds of lessons that get us to goal!!! I'm sooooo happy for you!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 1/16/2013 8:16AM

    Great attitude!

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Review of 2012 and Goals for 2013

Monday, January 07, 2013

2012 was a whirlwind for me. I was working very hard, and achieving new things in my career. But balance went out the window and my health really suffered. This past year really made me think hard about what I want in my life and how I want to spend it. As a result I've made the decision to look for more balance in my life, and I've shed a major career responsibility that I really didn't need (and that I wasn't getting compensated for adequately). Also I'm back here on Spark making healthier lifestyle choices and meeting supportive friends, for which I'm truly grateful.

Here are some of my goals for 2013:

1. Complete the conservative Couch to 5K program. Right now I am doing a twelve-week walking program, and when I complete that I'm going to start in Month 2 of this program. I hope to be running 5K again by the fall.

2. Lose 60 pounds by December 31. This is 5 pounds a month and should be pretty doable. This will get me within 20 of my goal as 2014 begins!

3. Implement a more effective time management/organization system. I am planning to use Julie Morgenstern's "Time Management from the Inside Out" to do this.

I think that's enough for me to bite off for now ... I tend to bite off way more than I can chew! Here's to all of us reaching our goals in 2013!

  
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ASHAIXIM 1/10/2013 9:38AM

    emoticon Those sound very manageable!! :)

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BLUEFISH1881 1/9/2013 12:58AM

    I hope you enjoy training for you 5K.
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I've been reading Getting Things Done by David Allen. I would be interested in you take on Julie Morgenstern...


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CATHYGETSFIT 1/8/2013 10:46PM

    I think these are great goals and definitely achievable! Striving to put more balance in your life is great and something a lot of us find hard to do. I don't know what Julie Morgenstern's Time Management book says but I wish you lots of luck in implementing it. I think that using the K.I.S.S. principle (Keep It Simple Sweetheart) is a good way of going about figuring out what goals you want to achieve. I think the goals you have decided to focus on will be enough and hopefully help you to get more balance in your life. Good luck! emoticon emoticon

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BARBIE176 1/8/2013 9:39PM

    Love your goals. They are all very achievable. Balance is truly important, but not always easy to achieve. Love that you are going to be working on time management/organization. I am sure that will help you achieve the balance in your life. Keep pushing, stay focused, remain strong! emoticon emoticon

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CANDOK1260 1/8/2013 7:17AM

    Sound like some good ideas here Thank for sharing

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SIGNAL38 1/8/2013 3:21AM

    That's great that you are looking for more balance in your life. You have set some great goals for 2013! emoticon

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AMYBELLES 1/7/2013 8:41PM

    Congratulations on resigning from the company that wasn't paying you for all the work you did for them. It's difficult to make a move to put an end to something and you did it! Striving for balance is something high on my goal list like you, and I also have Julie Morganstern's Time Management book! Sounds like the three goals you chose are substantial ones and enough for the year. I wish you all the best in reaching them! Breaking the weight loss into the five pound increments sounds good, and the walking program is a great one. I have confidence in you that you'll be running the 5K in the fall! emoticon

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MFBUTTERFLY 1/7/2013 12:46PM

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BABYSOX 1/7/2013 12:22PM

    You have a great plan of action for 2013. Balance between work and life is so important. I wish you great success.

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RFJSJ50 1/7/2013 11:37AM

    You are right in saying your second goal is doable. Just don't get frustrated if some weeks/months don't meet your desired schedule. That's usually my downfall and then I give up rather than look at the big picture - how much closer I am to my goal!
Time management and organization are key to success in all you do. You will find your life moving along much smoother as you gain the control you want in those areas.
Stay strong and stay positive!
Sheila

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Dear RisingSun

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Dear RisingSun,

I am so proud of you for turning your health habits around in December! You lost 8 pounds, but more importantly, you began eating healthier and exercising. You made a host of wonderful SparkFriends and gave and received support in that circle. And you got through the Christmas holidays without gaining weight!

Keep up the great work! And don't worry about the little slips. The scale will go up and down frustratingly ... it has nothing to do with your efforts. More important is how you feel each day and the long-term changes you're making in your lifestyle. The scale will eventually reflect your hard work, but don't let it control your thinking!

I know you can do this!

Your friend,
RisingSun

  
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CANDOK1260 1/5/2013 5:43AM

    emoticon for sharing wonderful blog

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RFJSJ50 1/3/2013 12:31AM

    emoticon Good - no, GREAT - for you!
Sheila

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BEFIT014 1/2/2013 10:32PM

    Yes, emoticon! Loved the blog!

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 1/2/2013 10:21PM

    Wow what inspiration for me so positive thanks it's what I really needed.
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MFBUTTERFLY 1/2/2013 6:59PM

    What insight! Keep up the great work ... we could all take a page from your book! emoticon

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JIGGILY 1/2/2013 4:26PM

    Fantastic blog, I think it is full of words of wisdom my friend.

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JAMARIGOLD 1/2/2013 11:12AM

    What a wonderful affirmation! I know you can do it, too! Thanks for sharing.
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COLLEENROSTE 1/2/2013 11:05AM

    you listen to her Rising Sun- that woman has wise words for you--She loves you and believes in you. keep on making those healthy choices emoticon

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