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Cel-A-Brate Today Come ON!!!! It's my celebration!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

WOOT WOOT WOOT WOOT!!! I AM DOING IT!!! I CAN SUCCEED!

OMG!!!! Yea BABY, yea!

I'm so happy to report that today is my 8th week of my "forever" commitment to myself and my body and after 8 full weeks (back) on Sparkpeople, I weighed in this morning at exactly 15 lbs lost!

It's no miracle, I read every article I can on sparkpeople and all my emails. I track everything I eat, for better or for worse. I probably give the most credit to monitoring my nutritional reports and feedback daily to see I am going over in areas and where I'm defiicient. I try to do this when I planning all my food for the day so that I know exactly what I am going to eat and can tweak the menu to get enough fat, protein, carbs and fiber. I have even added sodium and calcium to the feedback to ensure I am covering the bases! I have a Weight Watchers background, so I am already good with understanding portions and nutrition, but this site has taken it so much further than I thought I would go, and I'm learning all the time!

Another major help has been Spark people! Reading the blogs here, supporting and being supported by you is absolutely invaluable and I'll be the first to say it empowers me to keep going. I've started spreading the Spark, too, because I want others to feel this good.

2 months ago, I thought, geez, it's going to take sooo long to lose 40 lbs., it seems like forever. but, every week that goes by with a positive change is an improvement that really does add up! Taking it slow gives me the power to believe I will achieve!

My next goal is another 5 lbs. and I'm going to continue to take it slow and steady. It really isn't a race, it's my life, and I will get there and STAY there!

Thank you to each and every person reading this today, because you are the one helping me reach my goals!

Remember, today, you have a brand new clean slate, forget about yesterday, just focus on what you do with your moment now and don't worry about what you cannot control.
xo
Rebecca

  
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SHAWNEDA 9/19/2011 12:42AM

    Congrats. You're doing great. Keep sparking!

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REMODELINGPAT 9/15/2011 10:47AM

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Right This Minute...TODAY...NOW..You CAN choose!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

No matter what happened yesterday, no matter what happened last week, or last month or last year or last decade, or how bad your pms was or how evil your boss is or how much your Mother-in-Law grates on your nerves, or how your husband or wife or kids don't appreciate you, just do yourself a favor and live in this minute, right now, with a good choice.

Regardless of what you ate last night that you allowed yourself to feel guilty over, you have a choice to choose a good thing RIGHT NOW! Stop the life of living in regret, and "falling off the wagon" and "screwing up" and "failing" and eating everything in site because a couple of bad moments MADE you do it. Stop making excuses!

JUST STOP IT NOW! The very next thought you have ought to be this:

"I love myself! I can and I am going to choose well on THIS meal."

...Then, do it again on the next one!

Have a great day,
Rebecca

  
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SHAWNEDA 9/12/2011 8:33PM

    emoticon Love it, great attitude, thanks for the encouraging post. Keep sparking!

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FITSUNE 9/12/2011 3:05PM

    All Right!

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GREATERGOODDAY 9/11/2011 7:15PM

    Well said!

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ATLANTANS - Please join me for a fun evening tonite!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Studio Artists Exhibition!


If you are in the Acworth, GA area, you are invited to drop by for a very special event tonite featuring the 7 Artists in Residence at the Gallery 4463 Art Center!

7 artists with a very diverse range of talents will be exhibiting in the Gallery and leading studio tours! I am fortunate to have a studio in the Art Center and it has been a wonderful year.

The Resident Artists are Lynn Edwards, Valerie Gaudemer-Maker, Betty McGlamery, Dinah Rose, Michelle Scott, Brenda Smith and myself.

The gallery is a vibrant place to visit, with works from more than 35 artists on display, and media ranging from jewelry, to weaving, to pottery, to glass to painting and more! We not only have a featured show each month, but our member artists display their work and we have a print rack as well!

If you are looking for unique gift ideas for the holiday season, this is a great place to visit, because regardless of your style, you will be sure to find something you will love! Giving becomes so much more special when itís a piece of fine art or a handmade item! Come see us and take home a treasure today!

Opening reception is 6-9pm and wine and appetizers will be served.
Help us by letting others know who may be able to join us tonite!

  
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SLENDER_Z 9/16/2011 1:08AM

    Oh wow, you're an artist too! I didn't even realize that when I added you -- I just like a comment you wrote on a blog and thought, "Here's somebody I want to know." emoticon

I hope your opening was awesome. How did it go? If we lived in the same city I would love to hang out. (I'm in Phoenix.) Off to read more about you!

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SEAGIRLRUN 9/12/2011 8:15PM

    thanks shawneda! it did. :)

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SHAWNEDA 9/12/2011 8:07PM

    Hope it went well. Keep sparking!

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The Vortex Wont Suck Me In!

Friday, September 02, 2011

Ok, tonite's the night. We are going to the Vortex, home of the city's most coveted burger.

Well, I've already chosen my dinner, er, poison...
I am ordering a naked chicken burger, buffalo blue style, with the sauce and cheese on the side for a few little dips with my fork (a Weight Watchers trick for salad dressing).

I WILL eat my fries, I'm prepared for it. Probably about half of them - Because I will probably be visualizing cellulite or something if I eat too much. LOL I could remove half or sabotage them with beer so I wont be able to finish them. snort.

I read an article the other day, probably here on Sparkpeople that said Japanese people live by the addage " Hara hachi bu", which means to eat only until 80% full. Google it!

Yup, I am keenly aware of my satiety these days with little tips:
Eat a piece of fruit before going out, apples are good.
Chew, chew chew.
Put the fork down and talk a little.
Eat only half of your food and relax and assess.

Other ideas for restaurant eating:
Start with a salad or clear broth soup.
Order things with these words: Grilled, broiled.
Avoid these words: creamy, cheesy
Order red wine or light beer.
Always leave something on your plate!

I am going to order a Guiness, too. Because I can.

Wow, I sure am a long way from a half pound of high fat ground beef, a large bun, bacon and cheddar!

Superstar!

Have a great weekend full of movement and happy unregrettable choices,
Rebecca

  
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SEAGIRLRUN 9/2/2011 10:02PM

    Wow, Deb. I'm sorry about the loss of your old friend and your sisters diagnosis. I will send some positive energy her way.



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DEB1204 9/2/2011 9:22PM

    Planning before you go to a restaurant does help. It also helps when there are no restaurants to go to...

Oh, but I just remembered we had a restaurant open in town named Johnny's Place after a member of our community passed away from bone cancer one year ago today. I didn't forget about the restaurant opening, but rather today is the anniversary of losing Johnny. He was the first person I met when I moved here.

We have a Terry Fox run, http://www.terryfox.org/, at our school next Friday, and I just had 4 little ones at my door looking for pledges. This year's run will be very significant for me as my sister-in-law was diagnosed with stage 4 colon and liver cancer in June.



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SEAGIRLRUN 9/2/2011 2:57PM

    hee hee snort! Thanks ladies!
Just about to sign up for the cancer walk Shawneda. Can't wait to meet you!

Rebecca

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KAKAKALI4 9/2/2011 2:55PM

    Awesome! Enjoy that Chicken burger and chew chew chew! You are doing great .. and you have this planned out wonderfully! Keep it up girl!
Teri

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SHAWNEDA 9/2/2011 2:46PM

    Great post Rebecca. I learned about the fork dipping on a SparkLive meeting. Gonna try that next time I have a salad or sauce. Thanks for sharing this post was really inspiring and educational. Keep sparking, ROCKSTAR!

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Anatomy of a muscle pull - advice from a middle ager to the young Sparkers!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

So, after I "conquered" Kennesaw Mountain on Saturday I found myself nearly unable to walk by the end of the day Sunday. Found out yesterday that I have a pulled Hip Flexor. I am nursing it now. Should be 7-10 days, doc says, with care and gentle stretching.

THEN, once I recover, I have to slowly build my core and continue to strength train so it doesn't happen again. In my research I read that, for some, this happens over and over. It was only then I realized that I, in fact, have injured this muscle group before and didn't take care of it then either, but the macho in me seemed to think that I should be able to do whatever I want and not suffer the consequences.

As I have gotten older I've realized that I have also gotten weak through the lack of strength training especially in my core. Whenever I had the opportunity to exercise, I always just did cardio and ignored that most important need to protect the muscles, joints and bones. If your core is strong, those muscles you use to run and hike will function more effortlessly because they wont be trying to compensate for weaker abs and back muscles.

If you are young (under 40), please heed the warning! You will lose bone density and muscle mass as you age regardless of what you do, so weight bearing strength training is going to be the key that will let you walk gracefully into your golden years. Plus, science tells us that you will burn fat if you lift weights and that is what you want, right?

To learn my lesson, I am watching tutorials on caring for pulled hip flexors, icing my leg, watching Law and Order and reading The Spark.

Have a Sparkie day,
Rebecca

  
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SEAGIRLRUN 9/1/2011 10:32PM

    haven't tried kettle ball yet, but we are getting a medicine ball this weekend!

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DEB1204 9/1/2011 10:22PM

    Have you tried kettle bell swings? They are awesome for core.

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WILDFLOWERS15 8/31/2011 8:14PM

    Good advice. Strength training is my weak point but I'm working on it. Take care of yourself!!! Hope your recovery goes quickly.
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SHAWNEDA 8/31/2011 1:17AM

    Hope you're hip flexor feels better soon. Keep sparking!

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SEAGIRLRUN 8/30/2011 2:40PM

    he he, thanks JoyMichelle...I'd say that this really is a good experience for me, because I needed to be reminded that this is why I'm here, to take care of my body so that I keep it healthy as long as possible! And also that I'm at the beginning and should be kind to myself! Here's to being healthy!
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JOYMICHELE 8/30/2011 2:21PM

  I hope your recovery goes well!

I, too, tend heavily toward the cardio and often find myself lacking when it comes to strength training. I've been trying to work in regular healthy doses of the latter over the last year, but your advice comes at a good time for me. Thanks for sharing (although I hate that the info is coming from a negative experience for you!).

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