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What I have Learned from my Husband

Saturday, November 17, 2012

1. Greek yogurt is wonderful. The solution to any end of the day remaining hunger pains.

2. Vegetables can taste better than I thought.

3. Opening myself up to new foods and trying new things has lead to the discovery of new favourites.

4. Vegetables are the key. Fall off the wagon? Vegetables. Decided to splurge? Vegetables. Still hungry? Vegetables. Craving something sweet? Fruit.

5. Salt is the devil. Drown it if you can't avoid it.

6. Sleep is essential. Sleep makes you happy, healthy and wise. Not to mention a bad night's sleep can add about a pound to the scale. Every time.

7. You don't have to be hungry to loose weight, you just have to eat food that is good for you.

8. Hungry is often thirsty, drink first, eat second.

9. Active is sexy, at any size.

10. Loosing weight takes a long time, it has to become habit.

11. Obsession is a useful tool in the beginning. Because unabashedly obsessed - use that enthusiasm that you have at the beginning.

12. Don't worry about moderation, it has a way of seeping in on its own.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUSHENO 11/18/2012 1:24PM

    Very true. emoticon for sharing.

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TXGRANDMA 11/18/2012 11:29AM

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GOLDENRODGIRL 11/18/2012 10:16AM

    Love it!

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SUNSET09 11/18/2012 7:39AM

  I call it a learning opportunity! Good for you......and him! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMMY2MADILYN 11/18/2012 12:05AM

    Your husband is very wise! So awesome that he supports you!

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MS_PERCEPTION 11/17/2012 11:07PM

    Sweet that you and DH can help each other! Keep up the support. It's priceless!

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ARNETTELEE 11/17/2012 8:28PM

  a great list!

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Living with Success is not Always Easy

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thanks to the work, support and inspiration of my wonderful husband, I am over halfway to my goal. No longer obese, but still a ways away from being "healthy" (although significantly healthier than I was). As my husband nears the end of his journey, I have started to think about what I have learned so far.

1. I would never have been able to do this without him. He has made it so easy, I feel like I'm cheating. Loosing weight should be harder than this, but having someone else to support me and do the vast majority of the planning has made this almost too easy.

2. Even with everything laid out before me, I have still managed to regularly sabotage myself. Avoiding treats at work is almost impossible, I just don't have that kind of willpower. Thankfully, my meals at home have been so good these little dips have only slowed me down, not stopped me outright.

3. As a woman and as someone who doesn't have the same kind of flexibility, time and, sadly, drive, it is simply not possible for me to loose as fast as he does. It is hard not to find that discouraging, and it is hard not to be jealous, even while being proud all at the same time.

4. Eating right and exercising are only part of loosing weight. The biggest, and hardest part, is mental. And that has to come before everything else. Dealing with the psychological stuff is not something that you can put off or avoid. In the end, it is the source of my weight problem, be it looking for that quick boost of energy, that momentary comfort or that momentary stupidity of deliberate self-sabotage. I have had to come face to face with my demons and I have to be okay with the fact that sometimes they got the better (or rather worst) of me.

5. Even when you are on the journey together, you can feel left behind. My husband used to ask me to slow down on our walks, now he's always two steps ahead of me. Neither of us is obese anymore, but he's starting to looking like a Greek statue and well I'm not. This doesn't seem to register with him, he's so proud of me, but sometimes it's hard not to be a girl - if you know what I mean - and I have to just get over that and be happy with what I am right now for myself.

6. After months, success is sometimes not motivating enough to avoid that milkshake. After a week of thinking about it, giving in is okay as long as you plan for the splurge. And order a small instead of a regular.

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MS_PERCEPTION 11/17/2012 11:09PM

    Sounds like progress to me! Bless that husband of yours (and husbands who see their wives as beautiful DURING the process. I'm blessed to have one like that too!).

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Fall Goals

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Week 1 (09/16) - Walk to Work
Week 2 (09/23) - Start swimming
Week 3 (09/30) - Consistently do weight training
Week 4 (10/07) - Add playing Kinect back in
Week 5 (10/14) - Run three days a week
Week 6 (10/21) - Send out all thank you cards
Week 7 (10/28) - Limit Halloween candy to one a day
Week 8 (11/04) - Try something new
Week 9 (11/11) - Mix up weight training
Week 10 (11/18) - Figure out winter cardio routine
Week 11 (11/25) - Start back into yoga practice
Week 12 (12/02) - Start activity #1 of winter routine
Week 13 (12/09) - Finish Christmas shopping
Week 14 (12/16) - Start activity #2 of winter routine
Week 15 (12/23) - Enjoy but not overindulge at Christmas


Back into Gear

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fourth day back into work and the regular routine. My legs are killing me, and I'm pooped. I did however pass on the Halifax Donair while having a drink after work - so yay! me!

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K1TT3N 9/22/2012 1:44AM

    Keep up the awesome job

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PLATINUM755 9/20/2012 6:47PM

    Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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The Insider and the SparkSummary Calendar

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

I have been on Sparks now for about 6 months and I am still discovering things. This is a big part of what I love about this site. It seems like every time I am getting a bit tired of this whole process, the site pops up something that re-energizes me in my efforts. Today is the SparkSummary Calendar. I had never seen it before and yet, wow, does it make your trends and weaknesses (as well as your strengths) visible.

It took me a while to find it though so I thought I would note it down here in case I forgot or someone else is looking. You find the SparkSummary Calendar off your start page at the bottom of the my Goals & Progress box under the quick buttons to my Trackers.


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