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Motivational Poster

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

For my White Tigers team we are supposed to make a motivational poster and hang it up then take a picture and put it in a blog.

Well, I made 2 posters. I have one hanging in my bedroom by my bed so I can see it first thing when I wake up in the morning. The other is hanging in my office so I can see it while I work.





Mostly they are just reminders of the healthy habits and attitude that I need to succeed, and the important things in my life that I need to get healthy for, like my family.

  
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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/9/2014 1:24AM

    I love it. I realize again that I need to go back to asking or devine help. Who can fail when one is praying for real help.

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COASTAL6 1/4/2014 6:43AM

    You go girl, you did great.
I like your posters!
I'm rooting for you!
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KENDRACARROLL 1/2/2014 1:37PM

    Happy New Year! Glad you're still here.
Wishing you well with your 2014 goals.

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KNH771 1/1/2014 9:37PM

    Great idea. I love the divine mercy image too...

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 1/1/2014 9:19PM

    2 posters are double incentives and motivation!!!

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DYNAMICDEB53 1/1/2014 7:50PM

    So cool, I really like that you haveo ne at work.
How cool you are a white tiger, I am a blue sapphire. Love seeing you here my friend.

Hugs and smiles
Deb

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STINAMARIE86 1/1/2014 7:50PM

    Looks great! Good job on getting 2 posters done!

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DJPERAZA 1/1/2014 7:48PM

    Both of your posters look awesome!!! emoticon

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SCRAPPY_RN 1/1/2014 6:33PM

    2 posters is a great idea. I am working on healthy habits also

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DIANER2014 1/1/2014 5:14PM

    Great vision boards! emoticon

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DECLARE74 1/1/2014 5:10PM

    Awesome work with 2 posters and I love the fact you have focussed on healthy habits - I am soooo hoping to really form healthy habits to replace all my old unhealthy ones - lets make 2014 the year we get addicted to a Healthy Life

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Lent

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I'm attempting a serious come-back to SP and a serious attempt at being healthy.

Here's where I am at:
190 pounds (gained 3 pounds in the past month).
Not eating well at all, or even attempting to really.
Not exercising at all for months until just a week ago when I started up some walking again.
I look fatter than ever, feel fatter than ever, have no energy, my body hurts all the time in various ways, etc...

Here's my plan:
No junk food as my Lenten resolution.
Track everything I eat and try to keep it under 1800 calories a day.
Exercise several times a week, walking my son from school as a start and then more from there.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KENDRACARROLL 2/16/2013 2:25PM

    Yes, start again with baby steps.
And don't be such a stranger. Good things happen when you stick with SparkPeople.
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TEDYBEAR2838 2/13/2013 3:06PM

    It is a great start and all you really need to
do to be successful, but those of us at SP
for any amount of time, KNOW what to do,
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DYNAMICDEB53 2/13/2013 2:35PM

    Love knowuing you are here and still trying.
I think that your plan is really sound, you arent going overboard but you are setting yourself up for success. Remember that you might mis step but keep trying, you can do this. I know you can.
Hugs and smiles
Deb

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KNH771 2/13/2013 1:37PM

    It's nice to see you again! Welcome back. Simple starts are always best.

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TATTER3 2/13/2013 11:02AM

    You can do this!!!

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LIVELAUFLUV 2/13/2013 9:28AM

    Great plan! Start small as big steps are sometimes overwhelming! You CAN DO IT!

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October Alternate Challenge Blog

Monday, October 01, 2012

Despite cutting back on team activities to concentrate on the basics, I feel I'm ready to participate in a challenge this month. I did pretty well in September, but could have done better. Maybe focusing on one challenge that lasts one month will help.

For this challenge I have to set a goal for the month, find a weekly reward, pick a quote that moves me, blog about it all, and print this out so I can read it each day.

Goal for October: At least 3 days each week, (going to try for Tue, Wed, Thu) count my calories and keep them at 1400 or less. I will attempt to do this by not snacking at all on those days, by eating a small but healthy breakfast (oatmeal most likely), not eating out those days each week, and having only soup or a salad for at least 1 meal each of those days.

Reward: Each week that I accomplish this, I will give myself a goody, and if I accomplish it every week this month, then I will buy myself a new outfit (pants/top).

Quote: “Promise me you'll always remember:
You're braver than you believe,
and stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think. "
-A. A. Milne

The quote is more sentimental than motivational, but I do really like it, and it makes me think of my son - which will motivate me to do my best.

  
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KNH771 10/4/2012 6:50PM

    Nice to hear from you! I like your challenge... small challenges to build consistency.

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KENDRACARROLL 10/2/2012 10:34AM

    Let's rock October.
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DYNAMICDEB53 10/1/2012 8:18PM

    Great challenge and reward. It sounds like you have thought about this and made it something you really need to do for you. I also really like the quote.
I know you can do this.
Have a great month and I will we watching to see how you are doing. Next weigh in will be better.
Hugs and smiles
Deb

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/1/2012 7:54PM

    Excellent blog. I enjoyed your quote! Good luck with the alternate challenge and all of the goals that you've set for yourself.

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TEDYBEAR2838 10/1/2012 7:40PM

    They are definitely things you can do! I'm with you
let's do this!

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Reflection Blog

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

For my BL team I need to blog about my past 10 weeks, so here I go.

I did not reach my goal, not my a long shot. In fact I gained weight. That about sums up the past 10 weeks.

I have been reflecting and planning and coming up with a new strategy. I've decided I'm trying to do too much. I have decided to cut back on my team activities and cut my priorities down to 2 main things.

1. Eat Less
2. Move more

I have already started getting back to tracking my calories. I am going to track everything I eat 6 days a week, with Sunday being my "off" day. To begin with, so that I don't "fail" right off the bat, I'm going to attempt to keep my calories between 1800 - 2000. My normal calorie range is somewhere around 2800 give or take a few hundred, so this will be challenging for me, but not so challenging that I feel like I can't do it and just give up.

To move more, I'm walking or biking my son to and from school again mostly. That's regular exercise that I can always count on during the school year. For now that's all I'm going to do until I get my calorie intake under control.

That's about the gist of it. I'm just going back to the very, very basics with my main priority being to log my calories and keep them in the range I've set for myself.

For anyone wondering HOW I intend to keep them in that range, when I'm used to eating more, my strategy is this:

Breakfast - 1 serving of oatmeal and 1 cup of milk OR 1 yogurt and 1 cup of milk OR a "diet" bar or shake and 1 cup of milk.

Lunch - Canned soup and fruit OR salad and fruit OR "diet" bar or shake and fruit OR 1/2 sandwich, fruit, and veggies.

Dinner - Whatever I make for the family, but keeping track of the calories and portion sizes so I don't go over my goal for the day. If eating out for dinner, try to stick to lean meat and vegetable dishes and water to drink.

Snacks - Preferably NO SNACKS AFTER DINNER! However, during the day if I feel especially hungry I will snack on fruits, vegetables, or "diet" bars or shakes, with possibly a handful of nuts/seeds for protein.

That's generally what I'm going to try to do. I've also been planning my dinner menu ahead of time for the past month or so, which is making it easier to know what I can eat during the rest of the day.

Let's hope this works!

  
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DYNAMICDEB53 8/26/2012 9:25PM

    Getting back to basics is sometime the best way to get ourselves going. I think that you plan is a sound one. I might suggest to help with sodium and nutrition, the canned soup might be something you make, then can store in freezer is portions to that it is pretty easy to thaw and eat. I do this a lot and it helps with planning too. Also a plus is it is economical.
Keep taking those baby steps forward and you will see success.
Hugs and smiles
Deb

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KENDRACARROLL 8/23/2012 10:20AM

    Back to basics is a good strategy when things seem too complex.
Reading your blogs for a while now, appears to me that you're playing terrible mind games with yourself. I see that as a huge stumbling block, and probably the no.1 reason why you're backsliding.

Make sure your breakfast and lunch are big enough. I find that if I skimp on meals I'll end up with the munchies and am a lot more likely to snack on things that I had not planned for, which can be a binge trigger.

Watch out for too much salt (soup) and sugar ("diet" bars and shakes are EVIL :))

You can do this!!!!

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CINDYKC2000 8/22/2012 10:38PM

    One step at a time! Work on one area and then move onto the next. emoticon

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NEHAHKOO 8/22/2012 3:42PM

    I love the fact you are biking your son to school. Hitting to objectives in once is an awesome idea. Love where you going with all of this. I think you got a hand on it all. If you need any help just send me a email. Cheers!
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LNZMANSFIELD 8/22/2012 11:53AM

    Going back to basics is sometimes necessary! I have had to do that too! My only goal is to walk every day outside no matter what the weather is! Even if it is just for 3 minutes...I just need to get out and take one loop around the block! Generally, I walk more because it feels great, but just saying to myself I only have to do one block is reassuring. I am horrible at tracking, so I like your strategy. Sometimes, if I find time, I will track before if I know what I am going to eat for that day.

You should check out Self.com...coach nicole started the self diet club for September issue. It is loaded with all sorts of exercises and meals/snacks. You can join online for free too!

Good luck...we can do this!

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/22/2012 11:25AM

    I need to EAT LESS & MOVE MORE!

Also.

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STEPH219121 8/22/2012 11:08AM

  I track my meals ahead of time and that really helps! I have been snacking on cherios late at night because it is really hard for me to go without from dinner to breakfast. It sounds like you are motivated!

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Ultimation Blog

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Today is the first day of my BL team's summer challenge. We are supposed to write a blog stating our goals for the challenge (10 weeks) and how we will achieve them.

Goal by the end of the 10 week challenge:

Lose at least 10 pounds.

How I will do it:

Keep my calories below 2000 every single day.
Keep my calories below 1600 at least 4 days a week.
Exercise of some sort 5-7 days a week.

Now I just have to do it. I'm going to do it this time. I'm sick and tired of being fat. I hate putting on my summer clothes and barely being able to zip up the shorts or look at myself in a mirror without cringing. I'm going to do this. Anyone can lose 10 pounds, right? Right. Here I go.

  
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LEFTSOX 6/24/2012 12:25PM

    HEY!!! How have you been? I see your back and refocused...Me too!!! We will have to "Get R Done" this time around for sure!

Good luck and hope to see you around here in the future!

Jenn

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AMYBINTN 6/18/2012 10:03PM

    You're a great planner with an optimistic point of view. I know you can do it!
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NEHAHKOO 6/17/2012 12:39AM

    Sounds like you got a rock hard plan there! Good luck! Cheers!
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DYNAMICDEB53 6/14/2012 6:03PM

    Yes YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!!!
Track and keep motivated.
Smiles and Cheers!!!!
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KENDRACARROLL 6/14/2012 10:36AM

    Maybe it would help to be a little more specific with your goals.

How will you accomplish 1600 calorie days?
How will you structure your eating?
How many meals, at what intervals?
Approximate calorie range per meal/snack?
I find it helps tremendously if I spell out the specifics: Let's say, breakfast every day between 8 and 10, max. calories 400. (Something along those lines.)

Same for exercise. Exercise of what sort?
Spell it out!
Maybe you want to alternate walking with 10 minute Coach Nicole videos?
Maybe work on building a streak of doing 10 minutes every day throughout the entire challenge.
Schedule it. Put it in your calendar.

The fewer things you leave up to chance the better.

Hope you'll blog throughout your challenge so we know how you're doing and also so we can cheer you on.

10 lbs in 10 weeks is a great goal and very attainable.
You can do this!!!
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KNH771 6/14/2012 10:31AM

    A pound of week is reasonable. emoticon

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