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Saturday, June 16, 2012

School, child raising, and life in general get in the way of diet and exercise... as I'm sure we are all well aware of. I, like many, am victim of this. I lost 10 pounds with Sparks before I steered away from my diet because of lack of time and probably a little bit of ego that I could continue solo. Fortunately, I did pick up some good habits and I did not gain the weight back. It's just a minor set back. I am ready to move forward.

What spurred me to get back on track? My figure drawing class. There is a huge mirror in the classroom/studio. Every day, when I sit on my stool, ready to draw, I can see myself. I do not like the bulge around my tummy and hips. I am very self conscious. When I get dressed in the morning, I look for outfits that compliment my figure when sitting. I have noticed at get-togethers with friends that I force myself to stand to avoid this (what I think) is unsightly bulge of fat. So instead of avoiding the issue, I need to address it.

We we go!


Week 1

Friday, February 24, 2012

I completed my first week!

I stayed committed to my diet and I was never hungry. In fact, I had a hard time finishing my meals. I am exercising too.

Before this week, I usually didn't eat much for breakfast and lunch was usually a peanut butter and jelly. By the end of the day, I would be starving and ate whatever I could grab that was quick. I would pig out at dinner, eating until I was full. I drank several lattes throughout the week and my fruit and veggie intake was pretty lacking too.

Now, I am very conscious of my food throughout the day. I was surprised at how much I can eat when it is all about quality! It takes time and effort, but it is well worth it. I have already lost 8 pounds and I don't feel like I have done anything special.


First Day, First Blog

Friday, February 17, 2012

First day, so I feel motivated. Motivation declines as pain from exercise kicks in or hunger from diet rears its ugly head.... Hopefully I can fight through it. I could use some discipline in my life!

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MOMMACASSEY 2/20/2012 9:41AM

    Hi, Silverbrush! Welcome to SP, and welcome to the Parents team! Like Ragamuffin there said, it's not all about the numbers, it's about becoming healthier--and sometimes that aspect makes things more challenging, but other times it becomes easier.

I ended up taking time off from school when I became pregnant with my second child (coming soon!), and found out that online courses work better for me than going to school full-time. I only devote a teeny bit of time a day to classwork and studying, and I know I still don't have time to get everything done with a toddler running around the house. (I also lost my job shortly after becoming pregnant, so I've recently become a stay at home mom until I can find a new job--which is impossible, as I go to interviews looking like a whale and watch the interviewers realize that as soon as they get me trained, they'd have to give me a couple months off.)

Even though I'm at home all day, it's hard to find time to take the care I'm supposed to of myself. It's hard to get toddlers to eat the way I'm trying to eat every meal, and it's hard to cook multiple meals and then see my daughter decide that she wasn't that hungry, and rather than eating her leftovers, I have to put them up for her to eat later or throw them away.

Also remember that even 10 minutes of exercise a day helps--if you park at one end of campus and have to walk across campus to get to class--or, what's easier, park across campus from your last class so you have to walk a little to get back to your car (that way you don't have to get on campus 10 minutes earlier in the mornings) that walk, especially carrying a bagful of books and supplies, counts as exercise!

All it takes to get started is baby steps--go easy on yourself, we all slip up or decide to cheat from time to time, and there's definitely nothing wrong with that. You have to be able to enjoy yourself while you're getting healthier, or you might decide not to stick with it.

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RAGAMUFFINKEL 2/17/2012 6:44PM

emoticonon writing your first blog and . It is an excellent way to get the help and support you need for the journey!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Some thoughts and suggestions as I say emoticonto Spark People.
emoticonThis sight has so much to offer! One of the easiest ways to learn a lot about what it has to offer is to go to your "My SparkPoints" tracking Page. Next to each opportunity to earn Sparkpoints there is a link that will take you to the place on the site that helps you complete the task. Some are one time opportunities, others are daily tasks. Complete as many tasks as possible per day.
emoticon don't emoticon to the temptation of making the journey all about the numbers. It is not about pounds taken off or inches trimmed, it is all about creating a healthier and more fit you. emoticon
emoticonBe on the lookout for the many, many, many non-scale non-tape measure victories you will achieve. Feeling healthier, breathing easier, enjoying activities that were once a drudgery, trying something new and enjoying it, choosing a healthy snack versus an unhealthy option, choosing a less than healthy food option over a decadent food option! The possibilities for non-scale victories are ENDLESS. emoticon
Some things to remember: emoticondrink plenty of water every day!
emoticon sleep well, it is probably more important than you know. emoticon healthier every day. emoticonDon't go the way of total deprivation, it is apt to set you up for failure and a binge that will leave you feeling devastated. Look for opportunities to emoticon every day. emoticonwhen you need to --it is healthier than emotional eating! Find ways to emoticon emoticon emoticonexercise that you ENJOY. The right form of exercise is the one you can stick with regularly!!! Something else may burn more calories in a shorter time, but if it makes you give up you won't burn any calories! emoticon
emoticonMAKE EVERY STEP COUNT. Even steps that seem to move you backwards or to the side have a purpose. Sometimes it is just to get another look at something you passed by without noticing.
Perhaps most importantly from my perspective DONíT LOSE weight or inchesÖTAKE THEM OFF, emoticonKICK THEM TO THE CURB. You arenít interested in FINDING them again. GET RID OF THEM through hard work, determination, accountability, whatever it takes!!!
Finally, join teams, make friends, encourage others, be encouraged, take challenges, write out SMART goals regularly and track! Track! TRACK!!! It will help with both accountability and motivation, and You will be glad you did!!!
Feel free to stop by my page, let me know if there is anything I can do to help you in the journey!
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WILSHAR7 2/17/2012 4:35PM

    I'm having the same trouble. I am at a standstill in my weight loss. I have been maintaining my 45 lb. weight loss for 9 months now. I am happy with my progress and if I don't lose any more weight, I will be happy with that. Sometimes I like to eat things that I'm not supposed to have and most of the time that's on the weekend. I would still like to lose about 25-30 more lbs., but it looks like it's not happening. I have been working very hard in maintaining what I've lost.
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