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SparkCoach Action Steps:

Monday, September 02, 2013

From CoachJen
Your action step for today is to identify the major sources of stress in your life and start thinking of ways to eliminate or lessen those stressors. Although it might seem difficult to cut down on your stressors at first, it will get easier when you begin to realize how much better you feel without them. Additionally, make a list of your favorite calming activities to do when you feel stress coming on, and use it as a reminder when times get tough.

The two major stressors I have in my life are my husband and my work.
And I can't completely eliminate either. Well, not without good conscious.

A little backround about my husband. He is the youngest and only boy in his family. He has a mom, dad and 3 older sisters. Even though he's 32 now he never really grown up. He still has those youngest child tendencies. He plays video games for hours, thinks its funny to make me stress out and doesn't do things because they need to be done, he only does them when told. It's annoying but after 11 years of marriage and 15 years together I know he isn't going to change but what I can change is how I handle him. The fact that he knowingly tries to get under my skin is the most disconcerting.

A little background about me, I'm 31 and the oldest only girl in my family. I have a mom, dad and 2 younger brothers. Somehow our marriage dynamic though stressful sometimes just seems to work.

I'm getting better at growing up and not letting my hubby bother me. I remove myself from those situations and just stop reacting. Usually he lets up. (I could go on and on and write 100 blogs just about my hubby but I digress)

My second stressor is my job. I work as a quality control auditor for a government contractor. Work Instructions change all the time and often time they defy logic. When these changes happen I get really stressed out and my blood pressure sky rockets.

I'm getting better at handling stress. The techniques I most use are; controlled breathing, warm showers, hot tea and of course Dave Matthews music. The best way I find to be proactive about preventing stress is; getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating quality foods. I find also that its great to remove yourself from the situation and think in a year from now, will any of this matter, in 5 years? Those things that will plague me on my death bed, those are the things that matter, not any of these small things.

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SWEETNEEY 9/3/2013 7:32AM

    Stress for me usually comes from my job. I find exercising and having some other interest besides my job allows me to compartmentalize and I handle my stress. Other things I do are (kinna) gardening, cooking, knitting, dancing, trying to learn or improve on things like swimming or playing the piano. I don't bring work home (unless it is an emergency) and I don't talk about work when I leave. I try to find things going on in the community and participate- like this year I volunteered for a golf tournament. I don't play or follow golf - but they were looking for volunteers and I said why not. It was a nice experience and for bonus I walked alot (even though it was hot).

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The scale plays mind games.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

I lost! The scale played a viscous trick on me.
So I ended up losing weight this week after all. I must have been holding 2 or 3 pounds of water weight. I'm not going to weigh my self again till next weekend. The scale plays mind games.

A non-scale victory I have to declare is that I have filled up a bag of clothes that are way too big for me now. It's a great feeling.

Daily Dave Matthews Pic

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JENS1974 9/3/2013 4:45PM

    I hate the scale. My husband has even started scolding me when I get on it before my weigh in. If I've learned anything recently, it's that I have to focus on those non-scale victories!

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SWEETNEEY 9/2/2013 5:37AM

    emoticon it must feel very good to be discarding clothes that are to big, emoticon

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CHRIMSONFYRE 9/1/2013 11:34PM

    The scale can play games, and you should only weight at most once a week, the same time and same day to get the most accurate changes in weight.

Congrats on the clothes too big, that is great!

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MSGO72 9/1/2013 11:09PM


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KELLIEBEAN 9/1/2013 10:27PM

    Yes the scale can be tricky!

That's great that you bagged up all those clothes. Congrats!!

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Gained this week

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Well I gained 2 pounds this week. I know its cause I worked out too much because I stayed within my calorie ranges and met all my goals. It's ok though cause I feel good and know I'm loseing inches. I'll weigh myself tomorrow to make sure.

Sorry no Dave Pic today. I'm writing this while on the treadmill on my phone. Just some really light walking not enough to be considered cardio but I'm earning steps on my fitbit.

Have a great weekend!

"Celebrate we will, for life is short but sweet for certain" -Dave Matthews Band

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KIMKING6 9/4/2013 4:21PM

    Positive thinking! Way to stay motivated! Good luck! emoticon emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 9/1/2013 3:08PM

    Great attitude!!

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SWEETNEEY 9/1/2013 4:08AM

    Keep on trucking

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KELLIEBEAN 8/31/2013 9:23PM

    Great attitude. Don't let the gain get to you, keep on doing what you're doing!


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SparkCoach: Daily Visualization: Imagine that you decline someone who offers you a tempting treat

Friday, August 30, 2013

Today, imagine that you decline someone who offers you a tempting treat because you know it won't fit into your food budget for the day. What do you say? How do you remain firm? How does it feel to know that you are in control of what you eat? Think about this scenario the next time you're tempted to give in.

This one wasn't hard at all today. We had a luncheon at work and the boss bought us Grady's Bar-B-Que. I swear I think my department would go into shock if they ate anything healthy. Anyhoo, I asked for a salad and I got it. I felt a little like the odd man out but I'm glad my boss was supportive and didn't push food on me.

I could have par taken in the bar-b-que but I planned out my cals for the day and I have a bottle of Dave Matthews Dreaming Tree Everyday wine waiting in the fridge waiting for me, allotted for and ready to go. It's been there all week. This delayed gratification thing is for the birds! I bought it last weekend but promised myself I could drink it if I made it thought this week! Works been crazy lately so it'll be a nice treat.

It feels awesome to be in control of what I eat to to be able to allow myself treats here and there on my own terms. And I wasn't really depriving myself either because even though I was surrounded by bar-b-que I was really happy with my rabbit food, I didn't feel a hint of craving. I guess its cause I kept my eye on the prize!

Have an awesome Labor day friends!

Three Day weekend calls for Three Dave Matthews Pictures....You're welcome. emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 8/31/2013 5:56AM

    emoticon emoticon that is a victory

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BIGPAWSUP 8/30/2013 6:30PM

    emoticon congrats!

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SparkCoach- Daily Community Task - Reflect on your current exercise program

Friday, August 30, 2013

Today's Program from Your Coach - How Too Much Exercise Can Backfire
Coach Jen Mueller
"Write a blog reflecting on your current exercise program. Are you exercising too much? Too little? Write out any changes you think you need to make to your workouts.

I went overboard with my work out this week. I went quite a few days straight without taking a break in between. So much so that I gained a little and I burned myself out. I HAD to take a break yesterday. I really wanted to work out to but I physically couldn't. I have to remember to take a break in-between day. I also started strength training again and for some reason when I strength train I gain weight. I kept trying to work out 5-6 days a week (like the recommendation) but when I do I gain or hit a plateau. I need to find balance again. I'm hitting the gym today but just cardio.

Daily Dave Matthews


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