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Putting it out there for everyone to see

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Did you all notice that I changed my tracker? It used to be the one that tracked my fitness minutes and it really helped to motivate me. Because I am doing so much better with consistent exercise I have decided to change my tracker to the one that shows my goal of pounds I want to lose and tracks those pounds coming off. I hate putting it out there for everyone to see but I think I need that accountability!


With this blog post I have made it even more public! How's that for a motivator!

  
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FITNHEALTHYKAL 7/11/2014 6:20AM

    One habit established emoticon ! emoticon

NEXT......You CAN and you WILL succeed at this next goal too! Baby steps and a lifestyle journey! emoticon emoticon

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STEPH-KNEE 7/11/2014 4:59AM

    Is it interesting how our motivaton and accountability needs change. I have had my ticker show only the pounds lost (when I was afraid to post my actual weight), but as I became successful and lost over like 50 pounds I didn't mind putting the actual weight. It took a long time though... then I had a phase of doing the fitness minute tracker (which I think is great) when that was my main focus. You do what is right for you... and just remember, on Spark there is nothing to be embarrassed about... and look at it this way.. with such a wide variety of us on Spark, your starting weight is someones goal weight. So there is definitely nothing to be embarrassed about, we are all here for the same reason. emoticon emoticon

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DEBSZOO74 7/10/2014 10:32PM

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SLENDERELLA61 7/10/2014 8:49PM

    Congrats on establishing the exercise habit!! Way to go. Like your commitment shown with the new ticker, too. Best wishes for a joyous journey to your goal!

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FT4EVR 7/10/2014 8:47PM

    Hope it's been a healthy day! I will be watching your tracker! emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 7/10/2014 8:18PM

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REALTYLADYLISA 7/10/2014 6:09PM

    There you go! Transparency, Accountability....Success!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/10/2014 1:49PM

    That's really getting it out there, now to work on your goals.

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FITAT50 7/10/2014 1:28PM

    Way to go Mudder!!!

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The buck stopped here

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Literally! During my glorious walk this morning I detoured through a wooded meadow and almost ran into a buck. He didn't seem very afraid of me and we stood quietly and assessed each other for a few minutes before each going our separate way. It was a pretty cool way to start the day.

  
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IRON_RESOLVE 7/4/2014 9:25AM

    It's always amazing just to see their antlers. Then you KNOW you've seen a Buck and not a Deer. We had company, and they looked outdoors, and saw two fawns with their mother, and then more deer pass by. I love nature!! Keep on getting fit and enjoying your walks

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CHAR8026 6/12/2014 5:13PM

    Oh wow, so very fun. I love nature, and what I see when I am just out and about.

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 6/1/2014 7:31AM

    You are blessed that you see so much wildlife on your walks!!!!

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STEPH-KNEE 5/31/2014 8:49PM

    That is awesome! :D

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DEBSZOO74 5/31/2014 3:35PM

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FITAT50 5/31/2014 3:07PM

    How cool! I see ducks and rabbits, LOL.

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ALICIA214 5/31/2014 2:23PM

 


Beautiful animals aren't they? But we should always be aware that they are wild . and
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GAYLLYNNE 5/31/2014 12:36PM

    I love nature. Just be careful because it's mating season and they can be dangerous. Enjoy your walks!!!

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Derailed? How can you tell?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hereís how you can tell if I am derailed from my healthy living habits Ö.. you donít see or hear from me much. I fade away into the woodwork, I donít have much to say, I contribute just the minimum to my sparkteams, I withdraw from active Spark life.

Good example, no blog here in 6 weeks, none, not a word, nada. Also my food tracker goes unused and itís got more than a few blank days in the past 6 weeks. I would guess that I am not alone in the disappearing act or the blank tracker days when I am acting out with my food plan. Can anyone else relate?


Fortunately, I had the ďcome to JesusĒ talk with myself and I got Sparking serious again a week or so ago so I am currently moving in the right direction. I just wish that I hadn't undone all of the hard work that I did in the past months with those last few weeks of bingeing and Mayhem in May.

Itís amazing how quickly the pounds pile back on and how slowly they come back off! Can you say ďtight pantsĒ and ďmuffin topĒ?

Actually, now that I think of it and being perfectly honest (which is really my only way out of this mess) itís more than just May Mayhem that has contributed to the piling on of those pounds. There were also those first couple of weeks in October when I first stepped away from what had been working for me for 7 months, followed by a huge relapse for 10 days or so during the Christmas and New Years holidays and then there was that two week March Madness foray and now the Mayhem in May! Itís a wonder Iím not in worse shape than I am!! I really should be grateful that I did not put on all of the 25 pounds that I lost those first seven months on this site!

One of the contributing factors to my still being here and probably for not gaining all of the lost weight back is that in the 416 days that I have been on SP I have worked out every single day and now consider myself a year round exerciser. Before I joined SP in March of last year, I rarely ever worked out from November Ė May. This year I was out walking in even the bitterest cold Michigan weather.

Also, I have friends here at Spark People whom I cherish and who I know want me to be successful. I think part of my shutting down when I am derailed is the fact that I donít want to disappoint them. But really I am only as sick as my secrets and you all canít help me if you donít know that I am suffering.

Following the lead of one of my favorite Spark friends, STEPH-KNEE, I have decided not to reset my tracker, start a new Spark account or ask for a do over, instead I am facing the music, putting one foot in front of the other and humbly asking for support from my spark community. I KNOW that I canít do this alone.

Can I ask a favor? If you donít see me around, please come looking for me, I probably need your help or a kick in the pants, or both!

  
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FITNHEALTHYKAL 5/28/2014 9:33AM

    You have put yourself out there for all of your friends to see and we are here with open arms to support you and help you in any way we can. I see/hear MANY of us that are in the same boat. Love all of your alliterations. emoticon You CAN and you WILL make this happen! emoticon emoticon emoticon Together we CAN!

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PKCTTS 5/28/2014 6:17AM

    To slip up from time to time is normal. If I'm typical, that muffin top will come and go many times. LOL It's knowing you have to get back to work and then getting it done that keeps things us healthy and happy.

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STEPH-KNEE 5/27/2014 7:29PM

    First of all, I think you are absolutely fabulous!! And I thought that long before I got to the part where you were sweet enough to mention me. ;) I am so sorry you have had a rough time, we all go through that for sure. I think it is great that you were able to lay out the changes that you need to get back to business. But I also think it's extremely important to give yourself credit where it's due. All that exercise and being so consistent with it is truly inspiring and quite an accomplishment! :) I have a hard time remembering which spark friends don't really like to blog and who might be quiet for other reasons, but now I know and will put u on my radar. ;) I care about u and want u to reach your goals. You can always spark mail me if u need any added support. :) p.s. There would be tons of emoticons but I'm on my iPod and it won't let me. ;)

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FITAT50 5/27/2014 6:20PM

    I can so relate to a relapse :-( You've asked for accountability, you've got it! I won't to see daily, quality posts on how you're doing each day, the good, the bad and the ugly. I believe we're really close in steps and will gladly challenge you. Robin and I are in a daily challenge and it sure makes me walk more!

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LUCYLU22 5/27/2014 5:47PM

    I LOVE the point you made about shutting down when you're derailed because I think SO many of us do that when we FALL short. We ALL need to realize that each of us have been there at one time or another, and that is the BEST time to get the support we need to move forward instead of staying in a stagnate situation. I will definitely make it a point to check in with YOU!

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MARAGRAM 5/27/2014 5:29PM

    You sound like you can make the commitment now! Good going,

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MJRVIC2000 5/27/2014 5:15PM

    Remember that there is BIG difference between making a DECISION and making a COMMITMENT! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Sleep Well!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Not sure why but I can't seem to get enough sleep lately. Or phrased another way, I don't want to get up in the morning lately. It doesn't seem to matter if I stay up late or hit the hay early, I could stay in bed til noon. Because I work full-time and have commitments on the weekends I never actually do sleep until noon but boy is it tempting. This is all quite unusual for me as I typically require less sleep than most people I know.

I've been wondering if it's related to Seasonal Affective Disorder, cuz one thing I know for sure is that I am sick to death of Winter!

  
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FT4EVR 4/17/2014 12:29PM

    I hear ya! I don't ever sleep in either but I have been feeling the sleep issue too. Yes, let's blame winter! We just got 18 inches of snow yesterday! Hope it didn't head your way!

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DEBADEAU 4/15/2014 7:46PM

    Blame it on Winter. I've been blaming everything on it lately. The important thing is you are getting out of bed, even on the weekends! Don't let the mind take over the body ;)

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GORIANA 4/15/2014 6:55PM

    I was having the same trouble and my doctor suggested keeping a cool room. I've been turning on the fan lately and that seems to help....also I joined the sleep challenge on sp. Maybe that will help too. Good luck.

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SALGUOD2 4/15/2014 6:21AM

    I know this lst week I have felt the same

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EJB2801 4/14/2014 11:05PM

    Maybe you are experiencing the accumulation of stress? Do you find that you are unusuallyfatigued at times of the day other than when you are waking up? That might indicate that there is a physical need underlaying the tiredness. Maybe you need some "margin days" during which your calendar and to-do list can be ignored.

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Start Somewhere!

Friday, April 11, 2014

I've been in a reflective mood this week. There are many areas in my life that could use some improvement. It can be overwhelming to consider all of the changes I would like to make and when I feel overwhelmed I experience self paralysis and I do nothing and that keeps me stuck. Boo!

Saw this quote on a twitter feed today and it struck a chord with me;

If you wait for conditions to be just right before you start, odds are you'll never do anything. #inspiration


Guess I just need to figure out where to start and then just leap in. I know the temptation is to make certain all of the conditions are right, to wait until Monday or the beginning of next month or after my birthday (in July!) or start fresh next year. In reality I know that positive changes can no longer be put off without dire consequences.

I think that tomorrow is a great day for a fresh start and to that end I commit to beginning with one of my favorite activities ..... list making. List making is also a good way to minimize my stress and fear. Once I put things down in writing my angst is lessened and I can begin to work toward goal achievement and check things off the list as they get completed.

There, I feel better already and after a good night's rest I'll be able to face "start somewhere Saturday"!

  
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FT4EVR 4/17/2014 12:25PM

    I am a list maker too. I make lists off my lists! Possibly I am doing it to avoid the actual list?!

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FITAT50 4/12/2014 11:38AM

    You should see my lists! I could never stay organized without my lists.

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GADGETCC 4/12/2014 9:56AM

    I loved your blog. I know how you feel.... but I know that you can achieve your goals.

Carpe Diem!

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KIN59VARA 4/12/2014 9:12AM

    What a great blog, good luck on this journey.

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PKCTTS 4/11/2014 11:19PM

    Oh, I love lists - I'm surprised I don't have list of list I need to make. LOL Great for organizing you thoughts.

Good luck getting it all sorted out.

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