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#SparkTheSeason

Friday, November 29, 2013

I'm going to take up the December #SparkTheSeason challenge to keep my maintenance on track for the holidays (I've been quite a bit off track lately and my next weigh in will show it :( I'm not pleased with how I've handled the Thanksgiving holiday and days leading up to it. I'm not going to repeat this in December. So, starting today my December #SparkTheSeason challenge goals will be to:
1. Earn the 1000 Fitness Minutes Trophy
2. Earn the Consistency Trophy for Checking In Daily with Spark Coach
3. Track My Food Each Day Without Exception
4. Track Weight Each Tuesday Morning
5. End the Year at My Goal Weight of 165
The exercise and tracking combination should be enough to help me recover from Thanksgiving and prepare to enjoy the holiday with its planned feasting moments without a sense of discouragement and failure. We will end this year with a bang!!!

  
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FEMISLIM 11/30/2013 3:05PM

    Great. You can do it!!!!

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GODS_TEMPLE 11/30/2013 1:41AM

    I say...GO FOR IT... emoticon

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KING_SLAYER 11/29/2013 2:43PM

    You can do it!!

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UMBILICAL 11/29/2013 1:37PM

  It's here

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Arrogant Joy Stealers

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Yesterday afternoon I let my mind get focused on some deep hurt from the past. There are broken relationships from that past experience and even though I continue to care about those people (and at the same time feel betrayed by them), they have been unwilling so far to work at reconciliation. In my stress and distress over this, I found myself mindlessly eating last evening. It is simply not productive to let my mind get caught in this emotional dead end. In her commentary on the New Testament book of Philippians ("Frappe with Philippians"), Sandra Glahn speaks about the "arrogant joy stealers." This was her way of describing the legalistic trouble-makers that the Apostle Paul warned the church in Philippi about. After reading that, I found myself reflecting on this term "joy stealer." There are all kinds of thoughts, circumstances, hurts, injustices, abuses, and "push your button" types of people which we could allow to steal our joy if we are not careful. Or we can "rejoice in the Lord" as the Apostle Paul advised -which is a good way of keeping focused on the source of all that is good in our lives. That will be my challenge today - to be focused on and rejoice in the Source of good and joy. That way any joy stealer that comes along will not be allowed to "steal the show" regarding all that I choose to focus on in my mind.

  
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HEALTHIERKEN 11/15/2013 1:47PM

    Appreciated this blog, Russell. Thanks for putting it out there.
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GODS_TEMPLE 11/15/2013 12:32AM

    AMEN! emoticon

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FEMISLIM 11/14/2013 11:12PM

    His grace is sufficient in all things

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CASTIRONLADY 11/13/2013 8:36PM

    When Paul says to the Philippians in Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things" he had a reason. Our focus is to be on the Lord, because "the joy of the LORD is my strength. God bless you with his peace.

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KING_SLAYER 11/13/2013 7:03PM

    There are always going to be people that hurt us, either on purpose or on accident. I avoid these people by avoiding all people in general! Makes my life that much quieter :)

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LEANGIRL22 11/13/2013 6:22PM

    This was so helpful for me to hear right now. There have been some real joy stealers that need to go in my world and I need to get my focus off of them. After all they are not really worth that energy and emotion! God is our real joy and He can do exceedingly more than we can hope for or imagine. We just don't focus on Him enough. At least I don't...something I am working on correcting.

Thanks for the reminder,
Sheila

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SUPERFIT4LIFE 11/13/2013 3:55PM

    Dealing with a similar issue within my family and Ooooh it is CHALLENGING to say the least. I kept getting so distracted with those thoughts, memories, hurts etc. during my workout this morning and just had to pour it all out to God. I'm actually struggling with the whole forgiveness thing and I admitted that in my venting/prayer session (as if that isn't already known) so, I have faith that I'll be able to cooperat with the clearing of this negativity from within me and let the chips fall where they are going to fall regarding the relationships or lack thereof. Praying for a healthy resolution for ALL.

Peace and thanks for sharing!

G

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I'm Pretty Proud of Myself If I Must Say So Myself

Friday, November 08, 2013

All right. Spark Guy gave the challenge today to give ourselves a pep talk. I actually have something to crow about. I went to an annual event last evening. I knew that the tradition was to have the table covered with all kinds of candy. This event used to be a sugar disaster for me of Lord only knows how many calories mindlessly consumed. So I planned ahead. I bought myself some sugar free gum to chew on. I almost never chew gum. But I thought, well if I'm tempted to eat candy I'll put some gum in my mouth. I did not want to eat any of the sugar. I eat dark chocolate only when I have time to savor it for all its worth and let it melt in my mouth. This was not one of those sacred moments. The table was laden with tens of thousands of cheap, empty calories as anticipated. I didn't want any of it. Even though people at the table pushed candy my way and encouraged me to eat - I followed my plan and chewed gum instead. I didn't eat a single piece of candy. All I partook of was a mighty fine cup of coffee. I actually came home hungry and enjoyed a healthy evening snack. If I must say so myself - I rock!!! I'm getting good at this!!!

  
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MOONSTREAM 11/29/2013 9:47AM

    emoticon way to plan ahead!

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GODS_TEMPLE 11/8/2013 10:26PM

    I have a feeling your Solid Rock was helping you rock.

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MSANITAL 11/8/2013 5:26PM

    You sure do rock.. way to go. love hearing how making little steps like this is a huge impact on your goals.. and you are willing.. keep up the good work

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JULIAMOONCHILD 11/8/2013 2:56PM

    You had an awesome night because it carried over (the good feeling of accomplishment) into the next day. Great Job!

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KING_SLAYER 11/8/2013 2:43PM

    Way to go! That's a pretty awesome accomplishment you got there!

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HEALTHIERKEN 11/8/2013 1:47PM

    Russell, you do rock! That was a major accomplishment, for sure.
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FOR_THE_DUDES 11/8/2013 11:08AM

    You do rock! I'm going to think about this tomorrow when I'm a family party with lots of temptations that I'd rather avoid.

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KARENE10 11/8/2013 9:25AM

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TORTISE110 11/8/2013 9:23AM

    I agree, you rock!! What a great feeling to be in charge of what you eat.

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A Month of Stability

Friday, November 01, 2013

Today starts a new month. I realized looking back that October has been a good month in terms of stability and consistency. Perhaps it has been my best since starting this journey in earnest 13 months ago. I've been in maintenance mode since March 31, 2013. Since then I've lost ten more pounds making a total of 60 lost altogether. I've gone from 223 to 163 and stayed there for the most part and it feels great. It was well worth all the effort. During most of my maintenance period, these past seven months, my weight has been "volatile" with lots of ups and downs, sometimes dramatic. Slowly, I keep learning and seem to be falling now into almost automatic patterns of making good choices. That is wonderful to see finally happening. I've moved into a "flexitarian" diet - mostly vegetarian and with a high percentage of the food coming from produce grown in our own garden. I'm doing much better at restaurants, looking almost automatically for the healthiest, low fat, low calorie options. I have more trouble at gatherings where there are lots of chips and cookies - these still tempt me to go beyond one or two. I know the holidays are coming and they will be a challenge but I am thankful to look back and see that my weight stayed consistently between 166 and 163 this month - mostly at 163 where it is this morning. I think I am finally getting the hang of this to the point that my weight is staying stable. At least it did this month. For those just starting out - it is really hard at first but with time the new good habits do eventually start to become almost automatic - although continuing vigilance is necessary to stay on track.

  
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HEALTHIERKEN 11/2/2013 2:19AM

    A month of stability is a *wonderful* thing, Russell! Congratulations on your great success on this journey.
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GODS_TEMPLE 11/2/2013 1:59AM

    Well now...there can still be joy in moderation!

As King says, enjoy the Holidays with friends and family, but that doesn't mean you have to go overboard...I thoroughly enjoyed last Thanksgiving and Christmas while losing weight. The food isn't the important part...the fellowship and meaning behind the Holidays is.



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KING_SLAYER 11/1/2013 6:06PM

    Well said! Continued vigilance is important, you have to know when you're slipping and make adjustments to get back to where you need to be. I would say that you shouldn't worry about the holidays, you should enjoy them fully. You know what it takes to get rid of a few lbs when you start creeping up a little and Thanksgiving and Christmas are times to gather 'round the table with family and friends. So I say enjoy those times and the delicious foods that only come around a few times a year. After all, there's 50 other weeks that you can be super diligent about what you eat!

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This Does Get Easier

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It just dawned on me that its not so hard anymore to make healthy choices. When I first started on this fitness journey it was torture. Each choice was a struggle. I felt deprived. I craved the high fat, high carb, high salt, high sugar, and highly processed foods I was giving up. I couldn't imagine feeling satisfied on 1800 to 2000 calories per day. Exercise was torture. I was so out of shape. I got winded just thinking about working out and it was a struggle to get my body to move. I struggled to find time in my schedule to get to the gym. Our brains get programmed into certain patterns and so shifting out of them is really difficult in the beginning. It is interesting to observe however how that can change. After nearly 13 months of working at this I'm noticing that it really is getting easier. It was last October that I got serious about working at this. In six months I lost 50 pounds and since then in maintenance I've lost a bit more, almost 60 total now and I've kept the weight off for nearly seven months. Exercise is much easier now. I'm in much better shape. I still have to work at the diet and exercise each day. I still track my food and exercise almost every day. These patterns are becoming a normal and pleasant part of my life that I look forward to. I almost automatically select the healthiest of foods from the restaurant menus and grocery store aisles. I look forward to exercise which is part of my normal routine now. I am so thankful that this is now my life and I guess I just want to encourage those who are just starting out to know that it is really hard in the beginning but it does get a little easier eventually. At least that's my experience. My tastes in food have changed and my body has gotten stronger and I really am content with just 1800 calories a day most of the time and I really enjoy the new routines of my life which include a vigorous work out. So take courage. Its worth it and it does eventually get a little easier over time.
P.S. This has nothing to do with what I'm writing about but I can't believe its snowing today in October!

  
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GODS_TEMPLE 10/24/2013 3:53AM

    What's so funny to me is...I didn't used to have trouble eating, who knows how many calories...now, I often have trouble getting 1300 in during the day! emoticon And as you say...exercise is just a part of my day now.

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TIME-4-TINA 10/23/2013 5:20PM

    Your so right! I feel the same way. After yo yo dieting and being overweight for my entire adult life, I'm amazed to say that I like eating healthy and exercising. About six months ago I was telling another spark friend that one day it's like a switch went on in my head. I found that I no longer am tempted by things I was tempted by before. I can literally sit with a cup of tea and a granola bar while my daughter is baking homemade chocolate chip cookies and I don't even flinch!!

I too have lost about 50 lbs. I'm not where I want to be yet, but I look forward to maintenance. Because I know this time, I can do it. friend adding you!
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KING_SLAYER 10/23/2013 4:56PM

    You're so right! At first, changing how you go about your daily life is so difficult, but after a few months you finally get settled into new habits and routines. You just have to get through that initial, unpleasant stage.

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BEBARB149 10/23/2013 11:04AM

    Way to go! Your determination is awesome! Thanks for sharing your success.

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FEMISLIM 10/23/2013 9:12AM

    Great!

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KARENE10 10/23/2013 8:50AM

    Great Blog! emoticon

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