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Failure is inspiring. Once you get over yourself.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Part of my goal to live more fit is to pay attention to my mental fitness as well. I am definitely the worrier in my family - the planner, the what if-er, the pusher (get the homework done, clean up your room, don't forget to take the dog to the groomers!) I have a career I love, but it is very challenging, and sometimes difficult to leave behind. I am not satisfied on being SO focused constantly on the to-do list. I find myself going through entire days without expressing something positive to my kids, and that isn't making either of us happy. It didn't used to be this way - as they have progressed in school and inch closer to college, I am overly aware of every grade, assignment, set back. It just makes me a very boring, stressful mom. I am really tired of that-they are too.

So, on top of this reality that I want to change, I stepped on the scale this morning to a 4lb gain. Yeah, I was in Las Vegas (on business) for a week, and ate more than my quota - but not MUCH more - and I walked over 14,000 steps most days. But, I drank too much wine, and truth be told, my worst day eating was the day I got home, exhausted and just DONE, and ate too much while I unwound. I tracked every day except that one. Pbbbllt.



Hmmmm.....how can I be positive about THAT?

So I said to myself, "Self, at least you checked into Spark Everyday. You look pretty good in the clothes that you have on, which are size 18, not the size 24 you once wore. You are going to go in to work early and have your special K with berries cereal (new fave). " Get over it.

After that pep talk, I was browsing on Netflix and ran into LifeHack TedTalks.. I clicked on a talk by Jane McGonigal and was immediately inspired to act more positively. 20 minutes, definitely worth the watch:
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That was followed up by Shawn Achor, "The Happy Secret to Better Work".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLJsdqxnZ
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So now, I am inspired. I've looked at baby animals, snapped 20 times, sent a thank you... (Watch Jane's talk). And I am thankful for an absolutely positive boss who is a joy to work with, the delicious bowl of cereal I just ate, and the cheap, awesome entertainment value of Netflix. (Watch Shawn)

I feel inspired! Happy Friday everyone!

  
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4RASCALS 2/2/2014 4:34PM

    emoticon Enjoy your weekend

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ANDREAG89 2/1/2014 12:08AM

    That first paragraph could have been something *I* wrote!!!! I just thought yesterday about how tired I am of being the responsible one, doing all the planning, getting kids to where they need to go, making sure homework is done, etc, etc.

I copied the TedTalks links and plan to watch those. Thanks for giving me something uplifting to consider!
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GAILANN48 1/31/2014 5:25PM

    Loved the last poster! And yes, debilitating as failure sometimes feels (i.e. "often" feels), it can be an opportunity for inspiration, too. It's as if you have to look at it from the right angle, and it looks like a lesson that needed learning. ...hate those, don't you???

Seriously, it sounds as if you're in a really good place, Rosie, and you're sharing that positive. What a victory in itself that is !

Here's to a better week. BTW, bet that 4 lbs isn't really four pounds. Bet it has a good deal to do with travel, and water, and stress, and salt. Let's see what the next couple of days brings.

Be well, friend!
:) Gail

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SWEETNEEY 1/31/2014 12:31PM

    Love the quote and will spread some jam around.

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QUEENIEBELLE 1/31/2014 10:49AM

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MATTEROFHEART 1/31/2014 9:30AM

    Happy Friday!
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KAZZYP 1/31/2014 9:29AM

    I'm glad you were able to turn it around. It is a wonderful thing to be able to see the bright side.
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SLIMMERJESSE 1/31/2014 9:27AM

    I have blogged about how failures have taught me the most, so your headline caught my eye as I totally agree. Have a fun weekend.

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Psyche!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Yesterday morning I stepped on the scale and saw a 224.2 and rejoiced, because, as I remembered, it was a 1.5 lb loss. Unfortunately, went I went to log my weight, I realized I did not remember my prior weight correctly, and it was a .5 loss. emoticon

I thought about it on and off yesterday, and decided to be okay with that, because it is still a loss. When I started tracking in 2012, I went great guns on weight loss. Usually 1.5-2lbs per week. Since I restarted tracking 20 days ago, I've lost 2.5 pounds, definitely not the same pace, but still, the right direction. I realize I am not as strict with my calories as I was before. Part of that was because I really had a fear of eating beyond the calorie range, to the point that I was stressed about it. I thought about food all the time. Now, I do think about food, I feel in control, but I am not 'scared' or as fanatic about it. It's just part of my day...track, try to make good choices, don't go overboard. I feel more peaceful, so I am taking that as a NSV.


I do want to change one thing...I enjoy walking, but haven't been as diligent about it as I could be. So I am going to strive for those 10,000 steps each day. That's my main form of exercise. I am not a 'gym' person, and the walking helps me settle.


I did have a nightmare last night...I dreamt I ate a bag of potato chips! I haven't eaten a single potato chip since Sept 2012. That is the one food I feel like would really throw me backwards. I was eating a 2/3 a bag a day before I started sparking. (first time I admitted that). It was practically the only food I ate some days. I can't go back there. Not sure if the dream was warning me, or reminding me that I have done a great job. I think I will take the latter!


Have a great, sparky week!

  
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4RASCALS 1/19/2014 5:48PM

    Your doing great. A loss is a loss no matter how small. Sometimes I think the dreams are just reminders of what we have over come. Can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can go walk. Your making progress & heading in the right direction. emoticon

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NHES220 1/19/2014 1:32PM

    Good for you and remember those ounces add up to lbs - you are moving in the right direction!
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JUSTDOINGIT101 1/19/2014 12:15PM

    Great blog, great plan. You're in it for the long term. Doesn't matter how long it takes. Progress, not perfection.
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SWEETNEEY 1/19/2014 12:03PM

    Great on your weight loss and I hope you get started on 10k steps. Make mini steps so if not 10k steps say 20 minutes and then move from there.

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GAILANN48 1/19/2014 11:49AM

    I really like your choices of "poster quotes" and images. Thought provoking and also clues to the person you are. :)

Your potato chip nightmare might be like my drinking nightmares. I got sober 28 years ago, and still the dreams pop up occasionally. I'm always so relieved to wake up and realize that it's okay, that I didn't slip. So I try to think of them as reminders of what I don't want to repeat...like your potato chips.

I hope this isn't offensive, but I want to tell you how much difference I feel in your "stance" since you've come back. You seem more open and somehow softer, more willing to share where you are and what you're learning. Thank you for that trust, my friend. Hope this week is a GREAT one for you!
:) Gail

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/19/2014 11:46AM

    I sometimes dream about a food I've given up. Just goes to show how deeply entrenched out eating patterns are.

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STARBUCKSAMORE 1/19/2014 11:30AM

    Great work! A loss is a loss and you're moving in the right direction!! emoticon

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GRAMMIEOFTWO 1/19/2014 11:29AM

  Excellent blog, way to go.

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Put the Glass Down- A lesson in stress relief

Sunday, January 12, 2014



A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”

Remember to put the glass down.

- I wish I could pass along where this originated from, but it was a shared message with no author attributed.

  
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MATTEROFHEART 1/15/2014 11:34AM

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SWEETNEEY 1/14/2014 8:09AM

   
that is a very lovely analogy. Thanks for sharing.

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JUSTDOINGIT101 1/12/2014 12:48PM

    Excellent reminder, thanks for sharing emoticon

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GAILANN48 1/12/2014 12:44PM

    Wonderful! I don't know where it originated, but when I searched, I found it on this website if you'd like to check it out.
http://www.motivation-for-d
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Hope your Sunday is a beautiful one. :)

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4RASCALS 1/12/2014 9:50AM

    What a great way to get her point across to her audience. I have learned a valuable lesson. Thanks for sharing

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I am definitely not restarting.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

When I first started Spark in 2012, I thought I discovered that boredom was my trigger to eat, and it still is. But in the last 3-4 months, I've also realized that under a certain type of stress, I also go off track.

I started Spark under during a very difficult time for me personally, but it was the type of stress that lead to a self focus that got me more active and healthy. And then that situation resolved itself. I had lost almost 40 lbs, and was still looking to lose more. I felt lighter and lost the lazy, sitting on the couch feeling. Then some health issues with my parents brought on a whole different type of stress, and it got me. It was easier to grab something to eat when I was on the way there than eat healthy. I stopped walking as much, because I couldn't find the time, and frankly, when I did have time, I would rather sit and read and drink a glass of wine. I stopped checking in and tracking. But in the last few weeks, I've adjusted to my new reality. I don't run out to the my parent's every time there is a change, and I've started achieving a balance again.

Fortunately, some of what I learned on spark stuck with me. I did gain... 15 lbs. I stopped when I realized I would have to 'rebuy" pants a size larger, and that was not going to happen. I didn't gain more because I was always conscious that I was snacking, and somehow stopped before I just gave up, or overate. I stayed away from the one food that I know would have put me over the edge, potato chips. My biggest problem wasn't the volume, but the type, of foods.

I re-entered the Sparkuverse and lost a pound this week. I am not starting over - I don't subscribe to the "trying to lose again". This is just taking care of myself. Some stretches are going to be more challenging then others. I lasted through a tough one, it didn't kill me, and this stretch looks smooth and downhill...for today!

  
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4RASCALS 1/4/2014 6:27PM

    emoticon It's hard when you are a care giver, been there with my mother who still requires help. Take it day by day. Just taking care of yourself is a step in the right direction, everything else will follow

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MATTEROFHEART 1/4/2014 6:03PM

    emoticon So good to see you on here again! I am so proud of you for deciding to take care of yourself again!

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GAILANN48 1/4/2014 4:43PM

    emoticon I appreciate the idea of not starting over, but continuing. It struck me a long time ago that thought I'm excellent at starting, finishing what I start is often a challenge. So I'm right there with you, continuing on this journey instead of restarting.

I hope the health problems that you're going through with your parents resolve themselves. That kind of stress on your emotions and your time can be so very hard. Glad you're back - missed you!
:) Gail

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EJB2801 1/4/2014 3:47PM

    Definitely, this is taking care of yourself. It's a challenge when taking care of parents, but very needful.
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FATPPLRLAZY 1/4/2014 2:52PM

  great job

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Getting back to it.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Today I logged in for the first time in 3 weeks. Lots of reasons, but the main ones were time and motivation. I have kept within 5 lbs of the lowest weight I have been, which I am happy about. But end of school activities (I have an official High Schooler now!), work and home have been so packed that I am to tired to even think about turning on the computer when I get home. Yesterday, my youngest son (And biggest cheerleader) asked if I lost weight this week, and I realized I hadn't even weighed in. I have started getting a bit lazier about eating choices. Today, I figured I better get back to it.

My original goal, to get under 200 lbs, is still top of the list. It is only 12 lbs away and I would have been there by now if I remained committed. To do that, I need to get back to exercising EVERY day instead of every other day and give up the daily glass or 2 of wine I have been indulging in. So that is the goal this week. 10 minutes of activity daily, no wine Mon-Fri

  
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  good luck,


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MATTEROFHEART 6/17/2013 10:08AM

    Yay, Rosie! So glad you are back! Those 12 pounds will be gone in no time! You can do it!!!
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