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Thankful to be alive and loved

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanks be to God for His love and my life!
It was nearly one year ago that I joined Spark People -- how time flies. I've not been active on SP for several months, and during that time I've not been living very healthy either. That is why I begin this post giving thanks that I am still alive without having suffered any major health problems over the past year. The older I get, the closer I feel to a major health problem. I know what I need to do to change that, I just have not made any consistent and lasting progress.

I know there are others out there who have been down this road; the road that zig zags around obstacles and has curves that have to be taken on two wheels. Won't you please drop me a note and tell me what you have done to get all four wheels back on the ground and keep moving toward your goals? I feel I've started again so many times over the past 10 years, I'm seriously questioning if I am able to make lasting healthy changes in my life.

Thanks Spark People.

  
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RASPBERRY56 11/30/2013 8:14AM

    Well, I'm still struggling with mood and motivational "start-up" issues, along with a few curveballs that life has thrown at me and mine the past few years......in fact, I've discontinued my original username and started fresh with a new username, page, etc...........I still have my harsh moments on the site but it seems to have been helpful for me......

All I need to do is to just get that "battery" starting up!

I wish you all the best in your journey - take care!

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DOVESEYES 11/30/2013 6:10AM

    My journey has had it ups and downs along the way but I'm so grateful for the Sparkers who have stayed with me and encouraged me.

"Just keep going" are the words that have helped more than anything.
I have started a choice for ME that WILL show rewards.

I've lost over 37 kgs and have given myself rewards along the way. There has been frustration and whining and tears, but all through those closest to me on SP have helped me to see we are all the same. We can make great choices even if we have to prove it every minute of every day.

We care about each other and we allow each person to vent and approach this in THEIR way. But we do help to confront them and advise them they are the ones who need to make the right choices day in and day out.

The photos of each goal, the looking down and seeing my feet !!! Finding those 'bones' that have been hidden for decades, new clothes, kind comments. Making changes to what i eat and seeing the difference in my energy levels.

No more bags of crisps or blocks of milk chocolate-now its six almonds in the morning and 1-2 pieces of dark chocolate.

I've had a hiccup just recently where I had to stop exercising and take more heart meds. I was so low but my Spark friends have been AMAZING in their care and love for me as I struggled with the gain and torment and getting used to new side effects.

If you go wrong starting again is a great thing --the hard thing is to let it go as part of the journey.

I hope you get lots of stories to spur you on.

Thanks for opening up to us so we can share and help you know you are not alone here.



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Week 4 - Healthy Holidays

Monday, December 24, 2012

It's a chilly but sunny Christmas Eve here in northern indian....and more snow is on the way on Christmas day! emoticon

I tend to be a couch potato when staying with family for holidays and weekend visits. But this year, I am going to be active! I arrived yesterday afternoon and went for a much needed walk after the 3 hour drive. It felt great, even if it was a bit colder outside than I expected. I also did my daily stretching last night, which always feels good.

This morning, I did 10 minutes of strength training using the SP excuse-proof workout guide. No equipment needed, so it's perfect for exercise when away from home. Later today I will take another walk, even if only 10 minutes before our Christmas Eve get together begins.

You're probably starting to see a trend here....to get some movement in each day, if only in short spurts. What do you do when away from home, or when busy times appear on your horizon?


I hope you all have a blessed Christmas filled with love and peace.

Christina

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KELTIC-CARA 12/25/2012 2:13PM

    After a long drive, a good stretch is definitely what is needed. Short burst of activity is a good way to go and I'm glad to read that you are stretching each day. Enjoy your Christmas

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XNANNY 12/24/2012 6:53PM

    I am doing well so far as I do not celebrate Christmas until the day it's self. Next Saturday when I weight I might have a different story to tell.

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Good information from "Best of SparkPeople"

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Here is a link to the SP slide show "6 Sneaky Ways to Add More Nutrition to Your Meals" in case you haven't yet seen it. Good ideas!


www.sparkpeople.com/resource/slidesh
ow.asp?show=58

  
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GOPINTOS 12/20/2012 6:59AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
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KELTIC-CARA 12/18/2012 1:14PM

    I need to add a couple, thanks

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A year from now.....Week 3

Monday, December 17, 2012

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Here is a great motivational quote I found right here on SP:

"A year from now, you'll wish you had started today."

Can you relate? I know I can! When I want a Blizzard from DQ or some other yummy treat, my go-to mantra is "I'll get back on track tomorrow." So after 12 years of "tomorrows" here I am, starting again. Next year at this time, I want to be a good distance along the road to better health, not starting another "tomorrow."

This is my third week with Spark People, and I've lost four pounds. I'm not sure how that happened because living my goals has been a roller coaster ride so far. I'm still not getting into a regular exercise routine other than stretching, and I'm still going through periods of craving sweets and caving to the cravings.

I've been working my way through the SP article "Mind over Body" in the SparkDiet Resource Center. The item about putting the "I" back into my vocabulary made me aware of the unhelpful self talk I give myself, and how a different type of self talk can help me change my thoughts and actions toward meeting my goals.

So this week I will be working on putting "I" back into my self talk. If you are doing the same, let me know how you do and any tips you have to share.

Have a great week!

  
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GOPINTOS 12/20/2012 7:00AM

    love that one!

Thanks for sharing!

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CHRIS3874 12/17/2012 8:21PM

    Keep at it one day might be harder than the last but KEEP at it you CAN do it!!!

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4 is a beautiful number! (Day 12)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Four pounds down! What a good feeling. What's even better is the slight ache in the muscles I've been using this week as I began strength training. Especially my lower body, not so much upper body. I'm going to bump up the weight I use for my upper body exercises so it is more of a challenge. It's a cold but sunny day here in central Indiana, perfect for a walk with Rocko.

Did you read the Spark People wellness article "60 Second Health and Fitness Boosters" -- if not, here is a link to it. Good stuff.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
s_articles.asp?id=1557



Have a great day everyone!

Christina

  
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GOPINTOS 12/13/2012 5:41PM

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Thanks for sharing!

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MISSB8604 12/12/2012 1:24PM

    Yahoo for 4lbs gone!!!!

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STEVIEBEE569 12/12/2012 11:56AM

    Great job! Keep up the good work!

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