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An Exciting, but Tiring Day!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

GRANITE INSTALLATION DAY! This is the type of thing that really get my juices flowing! Actually any improvement to my home is exciting to me, and to get my dream of granite counters was right at the top of the list!

I was told the granite guys would arrive between 9 and 11 a.m. Great! Don't have to get up early. Unfortunately, I was so excited I couldn't sleep. Got up at 3:00 and tried to read, didn't help. Finally dozed off about 6:30 only to waken again at 7:00. I dragged myself to the bathroom, and had just climbed back into bed when . . . . was that the DOORBELL I just heard? Jumped up, put on a robe, and went to the door. Right! It was one of the granite guys!

I said, "Uhh, I thought you were coming between 9 and 11."

"Oh, yeah," he answers. "But I live close so I thought I'd come on over. Do you want me to wait in my car for awhile?"

So I tell him to come on in, he can always do the kitchen first. I go get dressed, and hear him happily yanking up the existing counters. I tell him I'm just going to make a smoothie and then I clear the VitaMix off the counter. In the meantime my DH isn't too happy either. He didn't sleep well either, so both of us were kind of walking around in a daze. But things were happening, so it's the way it goes sometimes.

Finally at 2:30 they were finished. It looked spectacular (photo tomorrow, I promise!) and DH was so impressed he said he'd like his bathroom done next, plus another area I thought would look good with granite. Well, that made my day!

To top it off, today was our 1st wedding anniversary..... but, we were both too tired to go out and celebrate. We decided we'd enjoy it much more if we did it on an evening when we didn't feel half dead. So tonight I am tired, but happy!

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UNICORN212 1/12/2012 10:16PM

    Happy Anniversary! Nice gift - granite counter tops! I have granite too.

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OLDERDANDRT 1/12/2012 6:11PM

    OMG! Has it been a whole year already? Wow! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon and btw, yay granite!! emoticon

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CATLADY52 1/12/2012 5:30PM

    Congrats on the anniversary and the counters. To get both on the same day is wonderful. emoticon emoticon

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4_MY_LIFE 1/12/2012 1:06PM

    Happy Anniversary! Glad the counters look good, I love granite counters. Look forward to the pictures.

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PSMITH3841 1/12/2012 10:45AM

    Happy Anniversary, you two! emoticon Here's to many more adventurous years together! Congrats on the Granite countertops, what a great addition to the Kitchen Decor! Can't wait to see the pics. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/12/2012 9:29AM

    Happy Anniversary
Glad the Kitchen granite is in and you both like it
I love to redecorate wish I had the money to do every room in my house so doing one room at a time
Have fun redecorating the house

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STARLIGHT615 1/12/2012 9:12AM

    Happy Anniversary!!!

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TRISTAROSE 1/12/2012 5:52AM

    Happy Anniversary !!


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STILLFLYIN 1/12/2012 1:15AM

    Happy Anniversary! I can't believe it has already been a year.

I look forward to the picture of the kitchen counters.

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ARTJAC 1/11/2012 11:08PM

    happy aniversary pleased to hear your counters are in and you are happy with them jacque

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Finally Going to Meet Some Members in Person!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

emoticon I really am thrilled that I checked into another team, and now I will be able to meet others who are members of SparkPeople. It's good to have at least one "local" team, if possible, so you can meet person-to-person.

I live in the West Valley of Phoenix, AZ and finally had an "ah-ha" moment in that respect -- I knew there must be someone out there who lives close to me who had also found out about Spark. It's just too popular for me to be the only one. And one of the people I talked to just today lives maybe one mile from me. How lucky is that? WooHoo!

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4_MY_LIFE 1/11/2012 1:57PM

    Sounds like fun, enjoy yourself!

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LIS193 1/11/2012 11:13AM

    Have fun!

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STILLFLYIN 1/11/2012 10:52AM

    Yay! A mile - you could meet in the middle for walkies. :-D

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OLDERDANDRT 1/11/2012 10:44AM

    That's great! Have a great time when you get together with them! emoticon

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PSMITH3841 1/11/2012 10:44AM

    It should be a lot of fun getting together with a Sparkfriend...I have one very close to me too, but we haven't been able to get together yet, but it will happen! I can't wait, the friendships you make on this site are important ones... you can be sure if I ever get to AZ you can expect to see me on YOUR doorstep! emoticon

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STARLIGHT615 1/11/2012 8:36AM

    Isnt that just amazing!! I found a spark friend well actually 2 friends, one that is literally 10 houses away from me and another that is 1.5 miles away!

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/11/2012 5:48AM

    That is cool have a good visit and someone on my other team lives in AZ will ask what town and let you know

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ARTJAC 1/10/2012 11:45PM

    lucky you enjoy your meeting and hope you become friends outside of spark people jacque

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The Advantage of Short Goals

Sunday, January 08, 2012

That's how I felt when I first started out on SparkPeople. Sure, I wasn't actually obese but it's how I "felt." It was so unlike my normal growing-up and adult years that I just felt out of sorts and kind of tired. You know what I mean.

I discovered healthy cooking, and read lots of interesting articles when I joined this site! But although the weight was coming off, it seemed so far in the distant future that I was discouraged at times.

emoticon I guess it was time for my "ah-ha" moment, when I realized that when it too far on a long-distance goal, it's hard to stay enthused about it. And worse yet, I have the habit, like so many of us, of yo-yo-ing. Lose a pound, feel good, look at the scale the next day, and it's up .2 or .4, doesn't really matter, it's the fact that it's UP that's depressing. It may continue to go up a bit at a time, then there would be the slow .2 drop every day to get it back down. It's a tough life to yo-yo. It's different for these people who stick to the business of eating right and exercising and getting to their goal. Then they go back to their old habits and gain it back, usually plus a little extra. emoticon

These are NOT the types I call yo-yo, because to me yo-yo is more of an almost daily thing, which I suppose is natural. Too much sodium one day, not enough protein the next. Geesh! You have to be very detail oriented to keep track!

But starting out 2012 I did my usual projection, and figured I would take things easy by figuring I could lose a half pound a week. I even wrote about it. But the MAIN GOAL was 125 pounds and it still loomed way - way - WAY in the distant future. I'm a gal without a lot of patience! What to do? I decided to make myself a bunch of "short-term goals." Maybe I went overboard as I decided on writing down my WEEKLY GOALS.

Each Sunday on my calendar I penciled in the new weight I expected to be at. And when Sunday arrived I was able to write in -- with a PEN -- my actual weight which this Sunday happened to be 1.4 POUNDS below goal. Woo-Hoo!

Team-mates! Start making your own SHORT TERM goals, they work so much better that looking at something so far off you don't know if you'll ever get there.

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LYNETTEMOM 1/9/2012 3:10PM

    I'm participating in a group using the Beck books and one of the great ideas from her is that your goal should be to lose 5 pounds. Don't look too far ahead, just focus on that milestone. I find it very encouraging. Unfortunately, when I have gained, it has been more than 5 pounds but I just keep plugging at it and it has always come back down. Slow and steady........

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PSMITH3841 1/9/2012 10:11AM

    Congrats on making your goal and then some! emoticon I think you have something with the Short Term Goals..Great idea.

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ARTJAC 1/8/2012 9:55PM

    short term goals are the way to go emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 1/8/2012 4:55PM

    Great advice! I, too, have been learning this lesson!! My long term goal still seems worlds away, but little goals are going to be such happy times, when met, I'm hoping to meet the big one almost by surprise! hehe
Let's DO this thing!!! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/8/2012 1:02PM

    Short term goals is a good idea think I have to do that
Great Blog

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How Do Little Things Count?

Saturday, January 07, 2012

emoticon You want to lose some weight. We've all got that!
emoticon You want to feel healthy and fit. We've got that, too!

We're so eager when we first start a program that we go overboard and try to get it all done in a day, a week, maybe if we're real patient -- a whole month! But do we achieve much? Not usually? OK, the first week we've made ourselves sore to the point of being miserable, we feel deprived because we haven't been eating all our favorite foods, and we're almost ready to give up.

But, on the other hand -- we look at the scale and we've lost a whopping 7 pounds (which is a number I just made up, it could be more or less, but significant). We like the number on the scale, but know we can't keep up the pace much longer.

What to do? Read the articles in Spark, my friend! Does it advise you to go out and kill yourself or deprive yourself? If it does, you show me that article! NO! The truth of the matter is, they advise you to start out slow and small, taking baby steps. If you're used to eating 3000 calories (or more) every day, your body will think you're starving it if you start out at 1200 or 1500 per day! If your idea of exercise is to look around until you find the remote -- think again buddy because when you get on that treadmill, your body is going to blink it's eyes and say OMG! he (she) is trying to commit suicide! Ya! And in a sense you would be.

You can't take an old work horse out who has been used to plodding along in the field in front of a plow to the Race Track and expect it to win! Well, neither can you!

On the healthy side, let's start with your eating habits. Do you drink 8 glasses of water each day. No? Then that can be your first baby step. Make sure you get that water in you. Your idea of a small meal might be a double Whopper with the large fries -- and of course your giant-sized Coke. How about swapping that for a chicken sandwich (hold the mayo) and size it down to a regular fries and Coke. For me, even that would be a BAD meal, but we're talking baby steps here.

Now we'll mention the exercise -- something you need each and every day, but start out small. Let you body get used to it, so start out with something we all know how to do, but in today's world, seldom do. Start walking. If your mail is delivered half a block from your house, don't stop by there when you're coming home with your car -- walk back over and get it. Have a dog? Perfect! Start taking the dog for a walk. If you can keep up with the dog (almost ANY dog) you are doing OK. And the dog likes to sniff and check things out, so you'll have time to catch your breath occasionally. Spend about 30 minutes once or twice a day and both your body and your dog will be much happier.

The number on your scale may not drop as quickly with these little changes, but it will be something you won't notice too much, and you'll be able to adapt to it, and little by little add more little things to your daily routine. You can make little changes like this into a new HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!

Now you've learned how the little things can add up to big changes. But what about the other way around. Perhaps you think you are already living a very healthy lifestyle, but you've got another 10 pounds to lose - maybe more. Start tracking and you may see that what you "imagined" to be all good choices were not so perfect after all. You see those two cookies you ate added another 260 calories one day, the Chef's Salad with Chicken seemed like a really good choice when you went to Chili's for lunch with a girlfriend. IT WASN'T. Looking it up now on the Internet, you find it contained over 1000 calories (uh huh -- you estimated it at 250 calories, didn't you?)

The same way little changes can add up to good results, those little changes that are bad can sabotage our chances of losing those extra pounds.

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PSMITH3841 1/9/2012 10:29AM

    Good blog, girlfriend! Baby Steps....those little things you don't even consider.... emoticon

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CATLADY52 1/8/2012 4:11PM

    You hit it right on the nose. Keep reminding me that 'Baby Steps' are the way to go.

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ARTJAC 1/7/2012 11:33PM

    great now we have to put it in practice

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STILLFLYIN 1/7/2012 12:50PM

    Another well thought out and inspiring blog!

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MEME102 1/7/2012 11:34AM

    Loved your blog!! I love babysteps -- my dh who believes that eating only ONE meal a day will help him lose weight -- can't believe I eat 3 meals plus a snack (or 2) and still lose! He also thinks BREAD/POTATOES are the evil of all evils....I'm trying to educate him but in some ways I don't think I'll teach that 'ole dog' new tricks!! :)))
I am the 10 min exerciser -- and somedays I find I can go 30-50 but I always start with the premise you only HAVE to do 10....and mostly its more but if its not I refuse to feel guilty!!

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LIS193 1/7/2012 11:17AM

    Great blog! Baby steps work well for me when it come to exercise but when it comes to eating cold turkey does the trick for me :)

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Thinking over Day 1 of 2012

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Party time is over and it's time to settle down into some serious planning about how to obtain results on all those goals!

As today was Sunday and the gym was closed, I decided it was a "me" day, with the exception of a nice long walk with Amber (trusted Scotty companion) lol
When we finally got around to taking that walk it was "down to" 81F -- not bad for the middle of winter, huh? Granted Phoenix is wonderful in the winter, but it's literally a hot oven in the summer!

I wiped the slate clean and decided to start over. Of course I still have all my friends and preferences, my spark points haven't gone away, nor have the fitness minutes that were earned since I joined. But other things have been wiped out -- I'm starting fresh. Raised the bar a bit on what I want to lose, so now I can no longer say "I only have 10 pounds to go!" Perhaps it will motivate me a bit more -- that and the fact that I know I have to stop the mindless nibbling that I experience nearly each evening. I start off the day really good, a nice healthy, hearty breakfast. Lunch time and I'm still doing good. I take a nap every day, and when I get up I'm sort of hungry, so I'll have a snack, and the ball starts to roll downhill. Dinner comes and goes, and most times I am still OK. But as the evening wears on, I don't know where my willpower and brainpower go -- but I find myself putting things in my mouth that I know will cause the scale to wiggle around, and then go to the same old weight -- maybe even add on a little just to give me a little shove. Some days, even if I don't nibble the scale won't move -- probably knows something I don't know!

This year I will reach my goal. I'm tired of being in the 140's. OK, I'm not obese. I'm only 1.6 away from having a 'normal' BMI. I'm looking for better medical checkups, maybe even throw away the blood pressure and cholesterol med's.
I want to write a success story for ME, instead of just reading about others!

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ROBBGIN 1/7/2012 1:26PM

    I feel like you will succeed with your determination. However, I have to agree with you on one thing because I have the same problem. My determination takes a nosedive as the day wears on, especially if I haven't been eating properly. I gained four pounds over two days because I skipped breakfast and lunch and then went with kids to a Chinese buffet on Thursday night. BIG MISTAKE! Hang in there and hope you continue to do well.

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PSMITH3841 1/4/2012 11:42AM

    You can do this, my friend! Here's to a healthier 2012!!! emoticon

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CATLADY52 1/3/2012 5:28PM

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4_MY_LIFE 1/2/2012 1:42PM

    I too started fresh yesterday. I believe that both of us will make our goal this year!

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LIS193 1/2/2012 12:43PM

    Starting fresh is a great idea! I'm with you getting out of the 140's even if that is in the normal BMI range for me (I'm tall: 5'8") but I felt my best around 136-139.
Let's get rid of those last 10 pounds!

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STILLFLYIN 1/2/2012 12:07PM

    Brand new years with brand new goals are so cool!

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/2/2012 8:32AM

    Me too I want to write that I made my goal this year
So we will do it together
I have one more party today but will exercise before I go and really will try to be good
WE will make 2012 our year to see our goal

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ARTJAC 1/1/2012 11:49PM

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