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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My daily email from Messies Anonymous is one of my prime motivators. Today's message is so apt for both my ongoing project of simplifying and organizing my home as well as for my SparkPeople goals, so I'd like to share it with you.


People who succeed do three basic things. They act on

What EXACTLY is your goal? Can you write it down in one sentence?

Make sure you have a goal that is strong enough to make all your work worthwhile and that keeps you going over the long run. Resolve you will keep going without wavering, will not stop until it's done. Participating in an online group like Friends of the Organizer Lady will help.

Everyday, organized people go about their activities in some kind of pattern. They don't have to waste time and energy making decisions each day because they already have a predetermined plan to follow. Use the Flipper or any other system that works for you to keep you on track.

With thanks to Messies Anonymous.
Do these sound familiar, fellow Sparkers?

My goals need to be specific and realistically achievable. One sentence? The Triple Threat Team says it perfectly for me: Over 50, want to lose at least 50, and aim to do it in 50 weeks.

I'm in for the long haul. I'm not losing weight for a specific event; I want a lifestyle change that will help me reach and maintain a healthier weight for a healthier me. I'm determined to use the tools that support me in reaching my goals, such as staying connected all you wonderful Sparkers who so honestly share your stories and are so generous with your support.

Use those trackers, girl, use those trackers--daily! Let them keep me conscious of my food intake and my activity level. No more mindless munching! Off that sofa and move! My new habits are being reinforced every day. But they won't be if I'm haphazard about it.

Manifesto: a public declaration of goals or intentions. Here they are--my choices, my manifesto for success.

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HAPPYLOSER46 10/26/2011 7:05PM

    I love it. I've never heard of Messies Anonymous, but I'm sure going to check it out. I've always used FlyLady, but I think this is worth looking into. Thanks for the blog! Good luck with your goals! :D

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REKINDLE 10/26/2011 3:00PM

    I love the message "Just Do It". Its all about NOT making excuses. I love your action plan though. I have to remember those 3 key points when my mind argues and says "How?". Keep working at it. You'll get there!

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ADJQUILTER 10/26/2011 2:54PM

    That sounds like a definite plan for success. Congratulations ahead of time!

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

This site is truly amazing. The thing I'm noticing most at just over two months and 15 lbs down is how full and satisfied I am within my 1300-1600 calorie range. I'd never have believed that I could eat so well, so much less in some ways and more in others, and not be wanting more and more and MORE. I've just had a delicious and healthy dinner and other than a cup of herbal tea, don't need/want anything else.

When I showed my doctor my meal tracking print-out, she pointed to my calorie range and asked how much I'd been eating before. I grinned and said, "I have no idea, but it sure was a lot more than that!"

Today I've had generous meals and even had a few treats such as three dark chocolate covered coffee beans. When I was hungry half an hour before lunchtime, I said, "I can wait"--and did.

I've worked hard in the yard, used my long-neglected handweights, and gotten in a brisk 15 min walk around the house while on phone with nonagenarian mother-in-law.

A gratitude list today is really easy:
For SP and all the inspiration I get from all you out there
For food in my pantry and refrigerator
For a husband who's easy to cook for
For a husband who NEVER NEVER criticizes me over my weight
For the friend and daughter who shared SP with me
For being physically able to do as much as I am
For the motivation to get those lbs off before I have serious problems
For this time without a primary job so I can focus on myself
For being able to shop for "new" clothes right in my own closet
And last and definitely least...for all the YARDWORK that's giving me such a great workout!

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ROXYZMOM 10/25/2011 4:44PM

    Just noted your progress, you are doing great! And, support is a wonderful thing!

Great job!


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HAPPYLOSER46 10/23/2011 3:44PM

    I love your blog and list of gratitudes! Very uplifting!

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BARBARAWEBSTER 10/23/2011 2:58PM

    Thank You for commenting on my blog. I appreciate your openness. I have no idea what she needs. I have always been a huger. Isn't that what churches are for? Anyway, I get/give a hug every chance I get. (Even cyber Hugs! LOL) I was raised in a loveless abusive home, so my little girl has been working that out all her adult life. When I think in terms of therapy for the soul, yard work instantly springs to mind. Since I live in an apt, maybe I can make friends with some of the neighbors and ask if I can pull weeds in their yards? I've lived here a year and haven't reached out to any of the permanent neighbors yet, cause my house is always a MESS. I would be too embarrassed if one of them came to my door and there is no place to sit. Thank You so much for the food for thought. emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/22/2011 9:21PM

    Great list of gratitudes!!! You are doing a great job...keep it up!!!

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LILYYELLOW 10/22/2011 7:43PM

    Nice post and what a great gratitude list!!

I agree about so much food to eat. LOL I have NO idea how much I was eating before. Honestly, in just a few short weeks here I've had my eyes opened super wide. Loving it! Any day now I'm gonna start the exercising!


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Thursday, October 20, 2011

After two days, I gave notice at my new job and feel very good about having done so. I was concerned from the first about air quality--lots of dust, probable mold. Asthma runs in my family, and I already have airborne allergies.

On the way this morning, I asked, What does your heart say? "I want the money." No, that's not your heart speaking. What does your heart say? My heart immediately gave me the image of what it was like to walk through the door into the prospective workplace. The musty smell hit me right away. I was aware of the low ceilings and the few small and not very clean windows that made me feel oppressively shut in. What does my heart say? My heart said no, I don't want to be here. This workspace is not healthy for me.

I'm grateful that I can listen to the wisdom of the heart and say yes to it, even though it leaves me jobless again. My health is too precious, and I am the one responsible for it.

On a lighter note, I am REALLY pleased with myself that when I was anxious about whether or not I'd get the job, I didn't hit the food; when I was anxious about whether to keep it, I didn't hit the food; and today when I came home without the job, I had a nice comforting cup of herbal spice tea--and didn't hit the food. That's pretty outstanding for a heretofore emotional eater!

My health is too important to me to risk.

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BARBARAWEBSTER 10/23/2011 3:02PM

    You are such an inspiration! Thank you for the reminder. You do good, girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LHLADY517 10/20/2011 8:27PM

    Good for you.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 10/20/2011 6:10PM

    I'm glad that you chose your health over money and that you chose not to have a pity party and stuff yourself. It is hard being without a job I know. Have been for over a year now. And times are hard too out there and scary. I wish you best of luck in finding another job. I had to quit because of being given fewer hours and being subtly harassed by my boss. After all the time i put in and walking to work in all kinds of weather she decides to hire younger and newer people to work fill time and gives me what's left over. It hurt me real bad and left a scar but i have to forgive and forget and move on. I refuse to be embittered and hols a grudge. I know someone who is and it isn't pretty.

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JANLM9999 10/20/2011 3:15PM

    That is awesome that you were able to put your health first and make this tough decision. I am proud of you! emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 10/20/2011 2:53PM

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Priorities well in order!

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Great report at dr visit!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

:-) I actually looked forward to today's checkup. I printed up a few of my SparkPeople trackers to share with my doctor to show her what I've been doing that accounts for the 15 lbs I've lost so far. Of course, it didn't look that way on her scale. I had to confess that I had GAINED weight since my last visit during a very stressful time, but had lost it all and then some. It really makes me feel good to have a doctor who listens and thoroughly looks through my trackers so she can make recommendations. I'd had a question awhile back about my supplements and tracking them. I'm happy to report that my nutrition tracker is looking so good, I can drop some of the extras--and their extra calories. I'm definitely aimed in the right direction now!

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CHATTYKAY 10/20/2011 8:40AM

    Way to go!!! And she said...???? I'm sure that made your day!! I'm proud of ya!! emoticon

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BLESSEDGMP 10/19/2011 10:06PM

    I always hate stepping on that doctors scale but for my appointment in December I want to be 15-20 lbs lighter and surprise her! I am glad you had a great visit, Have a great rest of the week.


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SHESLOVIN 10/19/2011 9:24PM

    Congrads!!! Way to go!!! emoticon

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Monday, October 17, 2011

WHOOHOO! After being out of work for 18 months, I have a job, starting tomorrow! It sounds like just what I need, number of hours, similar work, etc, but I'm out of practice! This will mean a whole new routine, including packing lunches. I need a strategy to stay on track. Here goes.

1. Went to the grocery store and stocked up on healthy packable lunch and snack items. I want to go prepared for hunger fits and have good choices at hand.

2. Got a great idea from someone else about planning and entering the day's food ahead of time, then adjusting later if I need to. That will save me time--and help me plan.

3. Taking it really easy on other activities this week while I'm adjusting to a different routine. I don't want to start off feeling overwhelmed and therefore vulnerable to overeating.

4. "I will with God's help" - Book of Common Prayer. I will go daily, asking for divine assistance, remembering that I am a loved child of God who desires only my good.

5. Which brings me to gratitude. THANK YOU for the opportunity and ability to work when so many others can't. Let me never take my blessings for granted.

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CHATTYKAY 10/20/2011 8:43AM

    So how is the job going??

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BLESSEDGMP 10/18/2011 8:55PM

    What a blessing. I think your plan of action is great. Once you get settled in maybe weather permitting you can go for walks at lunch. I usually keep some low calorie low sodium soups in my drawer for emergencies along with a couple of those healthy choice dishes that don't need to be refrigerated.

I hope your first day will be a great one and you will love the job and make some life long friends and that you have a sweetheart as a boss.

Hugs, Pat AKA Blessedgmp


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