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Chosing To Be Hot

Saturday, October 09, 2010

OK, this sounds weird and awkward for me to say it, but today I joined a spark hotties group. Growing up, I was always in the Nerd Herd or the Geek Squad. Even when I joined the Marines, got whipped into shape, and looked sharp in a pair of Dress Blues, I still never considered myself hot. Perhaps that is why I allowed myself to get 100 pounds heavier since getting out. Maybe I need to think differently about who I am.

Over this last week, I've started to think about how my attitude affects everything. Back during my regular church going days, there was something I learned from the Bible (no matter what your religious views, you can still take it as a proverb or leason). It was, "you must clean the inside of the cup before the outside can become clean".

Sometimes we focus so much on covering up our body with clothes, make-up (not so much for me...these days, lol), etc., that we forget what our inner self is about. Even on spark, I've been known to watch those scale numbers, etc., but I need to keep on point for the inner numbers. How happy do I feel? How confident do I feel? etc. I'm not saying clothes won't make me feel better about myself, but I also know that something has to be on the inside too.

So today, I nominated myself as a hottie. I'll keep working at this body, both inside and out. That is what it is all about. Becoming a better me and helping others become a better them.

Happy sparking everyone!

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MMS354 10/10/2010 12:42PM

    You're so right - attitude does affect our actions and the choices we make. When I was fit and thin it was easy for me to make good choices and I just did so naturally. Once I started gaining weight, I started to view myself differently (more negatively) and my choices consequently reflected that. At some point I forgot how valuable I really am and just gave up, making it easy to make lousy choices. We need to embrace our inner hottiness! Great blog!! :)

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JOYCEMARIE9 10/10/2010 10:55AM

    How very true this is it does not matter how we look on the outside if we are ugly on the inside how we act and treat others is so much more important than losing weight for our looks only. We should be losing to become healthier and the looks are a good side effect but if we carry vile thoughts against ourselves or others it does not matter much.

The better we think about ourselves the better we will think about others and the better we treat ourselves the better we will treat others. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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SKYRUNHER 10/9/2010 11:20PM

    That's so cool! It's great that you have confidence to sign up as a hottie! I'm just hoping that wife of yours has a baseball bat ready to beat up all those women that are going to go after you now! Let her know I have one she can borrow! :)

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Just A Little Walk

Friday, October 08, 2010

Wow, what a crazy day. Usually I'm posting this blog early on, but today got a little out of hand. Got up at the normal time and did a bit of exercise and then off to work. I had so much to catch up on, but then I got a call and had to go to the ER for my wife. Nothing serious, but just needed to get something checked out (better safe than sorry). One thing led to another and I never did get back to work. Looks like I'll be taking my holiday on Monday and treating it almost like a normal work day.

However, even though we ate out and I didn't get to stick to any of my planned meals, I still hit all my spark streaks. Got plenty of exercise, ate fruits and veggies, and got plenty of sleep. Well, at least last night. I'm going to keep this blog short and sweet so I can get to bed at a semi-decent time tonight.

Lots planned for tomorrow. Should be a nice day out, so I'm looking forward to it. Happy sparking everyone!

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TURTLE_MOM 10/12/2010 8:15PM

    Oh I missed this - I hope she's ok! Good job on the streaks despite the stress!

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DAISYLADY 10/11/2010 8:31AM

    Hope everything worked out okay!

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SWIMFIT2010 10/9/2010 6:39PM

    Hey, I hope you're wife is okay!! You said it was just a precaution so I gather everything worked out. Stressful nonetheless I'm sure. Sending positive thoughts!!


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A Little Confession...I Licked the Spoon

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Itís confession time and Iíve already outlined my penitence. As you can tell from the title, I licked the spoon. I was dipping out dinner for myself and the kids and before the spoon hit the sink, it made a pit stop at my mouth. Welcome to Sinners R' Us. I'm just waiting for the calorie police to come knock down my door. Hey officer, I have a valid excuse. One kid was stripping their clothes off and the other kid was smashing an unidentifiable object into the carpet. Oh, and did I mention they were yellingÖloud? Who knows, maybe it was my TOM. Yes, yes, guys can have them too (I think). I know Iíve been emotionally and really hungry lately.

OK, in case you havenít picked up on my attempt to blend humor and sarcasm together, Iím really not too stressed out about a lick. Yesterday I was at the low end of my calorie range and I knew I could afford it. But, I also realize that BLTís (Bights, Licks, Tastes) add up and we need to pay attention. Sure, we can live a little. I mean, we want this to be life long, right? So, I am taking this time to reaffirm some of the things I have been doing and to keep myself on track. Iíve come up with a few things that will help me stay pointed towards the right direction.

Obsess with the scale. Hey, I weight myself every morning and sometimes at night too. Iím obsessed. Now, I want to get back to doing what I was doing during the fast break part of spark, be obsessed with the food scale. Iíve got this scale that is almost as old as I am, but it is amazingly good. It weighs in grams and ounces. So now, I know how much cheese is an ounce versus five ounces.

Drink early, drink often. I gotta say, Iím blessed to like water. I usually got in 8 servings before even starting this recent journey. However, I am exercising a lot more, so Iím expending calories more. Oh, by the way, I donít refer to it as sweat. Almost sounds dirty to me. I refer to it as spent calories, thinking about calling it melted fat. Anyhow, Iím losing a lot of water and I need to drink more and drink it early in the day.

Stop biting. Just like my kids, I get them to stop biting and then I have to get them to stop licking. Donít ask. But same is true for me. I need to pay attention to all those little extras that happen to just pop in my mouth. Dinner time seems to be the main time of concern here. It is when Iím putting together our meals and the ingredients and extras are out. They just run off the counter and jump right into my mouth. Well, maybe not, but I need to really pay attention here.

Stretch more. Iím doing better at stretching. I think I can stretch further now than when I was a kid. However, I want to not only run this 5k coming up, but be able to make it there in one piece. Stretching is so good for me; I need to do it longer and be more focused on it.

Be, not eat, a fun size. Itís that time of year again when all the monsters come out; Iím not talking about the trick-or-treaters either. Iím talking about the ďfun sizeĒ candies. Theyíve snuck into the office here and Iím already finding myself gravitating towards them. Iíll track them, but it adds up quick. That is probably why Iím hungry when I get home, because I donít have the usual range left to spend. Just something else to watch out for.

Well, that is it in a nutshell. Iím pretty happy with what Iíve done so far. Iím just trying to keep on track with these new resolves. Iím also closer to finishing up my goals. It has taken me forever, but at least Iím making a serious attempt to get them in order this time.

And finally, I leave you with a quote that did something special for me today:

ďThe best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.Ē ~Mark Twain

Happy Sparking Everyone!!

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SWIMFIT2010 10/9/2010 6:37PM

    The first paragraph had me cracking up!! Too funny!!!

But all joking aside, you mention a lot of great points and it's always great to hear how other people think through their programs. As I try to be honest with my stuff I appreciate how honest you are with yours.

Great blog!! Keep 'em coming!!


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NJSCUBADIVA 10/7/2010 1:25PM

    LOVE your blog! What a great, fun way to look at this life change we are all trying to make!! Congrats and good luck (and I might just 'borrow' some of your phrases... B-L-T...love that! emoticon

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SUESHOPE 10/7/2010 1:21PM

  Honesty is the best, but I wouldn't feel too bad about licking one spoon. Keep up your humor. It helped me today.

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Making Today Special

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

So, I'll be honest with you, yesterday wasn't my happiest day ever, but I'm going to talk about how I'm making it better. It started off good. I felt pretty good and was ready to do my run. Warmed up and laced up my shoes. Here is where my "doh" moment comes. I laced one shoe too tight, thinking it was good support. However, by the time my run was over, my foot was pretty sore. It is still sore today. Yeah, hand to forehead. From there, things just kind of went downhill. At work, my inbox is getting larger and my outbox can't keep up. I come home to some not so pleasant things in the mail. More people asking and threatening for money that I don't have. Then a couple more things happened that threw my schedule off the rest of the night.

I know, this is all pretty minor stuff when you look at it, but it got to me. I'm a pretty emotional person and I've been doing better about not letting things get to me, but the last few events pushed me over the top and started me rolling down-hill. So much so, I decided to just go to bed. Later that night, my daughter woke me up telling me she had a bad dream and then had to go to the bathroom. Out of nowhere comes this deep psychological question, "why does snow melt into water?" Somehow, not sure how, that got my mind to thinking. Hey, I can answer this question with a clear mind. If that is true, then I must be getting enough sleep. And here is where I start my climb back up this hill.

I woke up, not feeling the 100% positive go-getter, knock-em-dead, type, but I was going to try to push through. I had to step on the heads of some inner demons, trying to tell me to go back to sleep and feel sorry for myself. After stepping on their heads, I stepped on the Wii Fit board to check out my current progress. Then, I decided to start with a few slow Wii Fit games, just to get this body moving. I started perking up a bit more. OK, so I'm going to do some low impact exercises to rest my foot and still do some things to raise my heart rate a bit. I'm GOING to do this.

Here's some more positives I'm going to fit into this day. I'm GOING to make today count. First, I have to realize yesterday wasn't a total wash. In retrospect, it was pretty good. Only 2 sparkstreaks were broken; getting 90 minutes of exercise daily and 90 sparkpoints. The rest was on track. I stayed within my point range, I greeted some new people on spark, I got in over 30 minutes of exercise, drank plenty of water, etc.

Today, is the first day of those broken streaks. I had 18 days of over 90 minutes of exercise. Today, I plan on starting a streak to beat those 18 days. I did pretty good so far. Walked to work for about 50 minutes; too another 15 minute walk during break and another one during lunch. I'm still not 100%, but I'm getting there. Bottom line...I felt like I rolled down the hill, so now I just have to get back to the top...one step and motivating thought at a time.

Speaking of my walk during break, I found a pretty cool car with some inspirational quotes. A lot of bumper stickers seem to be bummers. Such as one I saw today that said, "back off, I'm grumpy". But here is the car I saw:

Great quotes, like "attitude makes the difference" and "It is what it is...so chill out"

Then, when I got into work, I saw this quote, which is displayed right when I walk back into the building:

The groundwork of all happiness is good health.

So, yeah, things are still picking up and I'm determined to continue pushing this day into that special category.

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MMS354 10/7/2010 11:59AM

    Good job turning it all around. You're unstoppable! Thanks for the inspiration this morning. (90 minutes a day? Holy cow - I gotta get a move on!)

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NEWNOEMI 10/7/2010 9:43AM

    Way to go, realizing that one bad day doesnt have to lead to many. Keep it up.

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FREECLOUD 10/6/2010 9:32PM

    I'm glad you're experiencing the calmness and coping tools that good health and exercise give you. It's so easy to get overwhelmed by life, but not if you put things into perspective and take one thing at a time.

You're awesome and I'm so happy for you!!

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SKYRUNHER 10/6/2010 6:47PM

    I had "that day" on Monday and it run into yesterday morning.. but like you.. I worked through it.. That's awesome! You got right back on track! I wasn't kidding the other day when I called you my super hero! :)

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CERIUSLY 10/6/2010 5:46PM

    Isn't it great how sometimes you just walk right up to someplace and see exactly what you need to see, or hear exactly what you need to hear? You with your bumper stickers, me with your blog.

Thanks and the very best of wishes to you on this journey.

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    Wow! Your blog is really inspirational. You just got right back up and started back on track. I'm proud of you. I'm a baby-stepper. And that's how I don't set myself up for failure. I know that when babies learn to walk, they don't just give up. And I'm a baby in this jouney, so when I fall, I will just get back up and start over. And it's so good to know that there are others out there that don't give up either. Keep up the good work!!

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The Karate Kid (AKA Skeletons In The Closet)

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Last night I popped in The Karate Kid. This is the original, not the new one just released on DVD. I just wanted to watch something emotional and inspirational. It is funny how certain things come full circle in life. On my walk back home from work, the phrase ďeveryone has their vicesĒ was swirling in my mind. I had seen something that triggered the thought and I tried to think what my vices were. Interesting enough, that night I found out one of them. It is candy. Someone had gotten me some Sweet Tarts for my birthday and, well, they arenít in my house anymore. Not that I threw them away. Well, actually, I did throw away the wrapper, if that counts.

Okay, back to the Karate Kid, sorry for the diversion, but it will tie togetherÖI hope. So, in the movie, Daniel moves off to a new state and is trying to find his identity there. He meets a girl that comes with some baggage; mostly in the name of an old boyfriend and his karate buddies. One thing leads to another and we soon see our hero being chased by some skeletons. The chase begun because Daniel thought he would finally get revenge on those skeletons. However, those skeletons caught up to him and started beating him up pretty bad. Everything was foggy and a blur. And just when things were at their worst, an unexpected person hopped over the fence and knocked those skeletons down.

So yes, we all have our vices, our own version of skeletons per say. It could be temptation, negative thoughts, self doubts, or whatever. Just when you get down and things get foggy, look for that unexpected thing to kick those skeletons away. It could be a friend, here on spark people. Post in your team huddles, ďI need motivationĒ or ďhelp me!Ē. I bet someone will pop on and give you some help to get those skeletons away. Or, maybe it could be positive self talk. Sure it may be silly when you first start out, but if you keep saying positive things over and over, pretty soon youíll start to see that fog lift. You can do this! I can do this! WE can do this together!

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NJSCUBADIVA 10/7/2010 1:31PM

    OK - If you don't mind, I'd love to add you as a SparkFriend - I've read 3 days of your blogs, and am ready to get up and move (although I'm chained to my desk, at work...but the motivational factor that you provide is definitely there!) Thanks, and keep up the great work

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MMS354 10/7/2010 11:56AM

    Great blog! This hit close to home because I rarely ever ask for help - I have a really hard time reaching out to people when I'm down and usually distance myself from people when I need them most. Don't know why. I'll have to start trying the message boards.

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SWIMFIT2010 10/6/2010 4:01PM

    Another totally motivating blog from you.



Hey, at least the Sweet Tarts were fat free.


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MEANCARLEEN 10/5/2010 9:23PM

    Amen! emoticon

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SKYRUNHER 10/5/2010 6:39PM

    We can SOOO do this!

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