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Three Recent things I am proud of

Monday, March 11, 2013
Share your "three things" in a blog entry today. You could even make this a daily habit!

Today's Program from Your Coach - Focus on the Positive
Write down 3 recent accomplishments that you are proud of. These can be things you've achieved at work or school, at home, along your healthy lifestyle journey---anything at all.

The truth is that we often harbor negative feelings and dwell on bad experiences---including the times we mess up. But we don't spend enough time celebrating all the things that go RIGHT. So that's what this challenge is about today.

Now next time you feel bad about a little slip-up, you can look at this list and keep things in perspective. You can even date your entries and make this an ongoing challenge if you'd like.

1) Loseing 28 pounds
2) Lowering my A1C to 5.8
3) Learning how to ride a motorcycle

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ISAVEDME80 3/11/2013 7:11PM

    congrats and you should defiantly should be proud, you are amazing darlin

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IDLETYME 3/11/2013 1:15PM

    Wow - you should be proud!!! emoticon

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Suggestions for staying motivated for the long haul

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Here are some suggestions for staying motivated for the long haul:
(From SparkGuy)
•Update your vision collage to reflect your goals as they change, and as you set new milestones to reach.
•Start your own weekly blog series that documents your journey to a specific goal.
•Begin each day by finding an inspirational quote you like, and share it on your SparkPage to Spread the Spark.
•Read your old journal entries to help you realize how far you've come since the beginning of your journey.
•Motivate others in your life to get healthy--it will inspire you follow your own advice so you can be a good example for them.
•Start a SparkStreak of your choice. If and when you streak ends, use it as motivation to outdo yourself next time.
•Create a motivating rewards system. For example, put money in a jar every time you make a healthy choice. Use that money to buy yourself something fun at the end of the month!

I need to remember to keep the spark alive. I spread the spark by sending my co-workers Spark Quotes and motivation picture through out the week. emoticon

I also need to remember to take a look at old photos of myself to keep in mind all the weight I have lost. Since it's a slow process I forget.

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NANNABLACK 1/31/2013 7:22AM


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SWANATOPIA 1/29/2013 1:24PM

    This is a great list! Some things I have learned......

- Visual motivators are the best! They help me all the time. I like to place motivational pictures above my computer, on the fridge and I have one framed on my night table so when I wake up I remember. I think of it as using subliminal messages on!

- Blogging is so important. It is a great way to ask and receive help from a community that is going through what you are. It is like any other meeting (think weight watchers). I don't think I would have gotten this far without the help from others. Also, reading blogs are great motivators!

- I absolutely love reading inspirational quotes. There are so many online and I make sure and change my wallpaper every week with a new one! They help so much!

- This one may seem odd right now but I find myself going back to my number one blog written and just sitting there in awe. I can actually bring back the feelings I had that day when writing and it makes me remember what I am working for.

- At first, I was shy about my journey but then I realized, this isn't temporary....this is the new me! My friends are going to have to accept the new me or not. This is when I started being open and sharing the "Spark!" It's amazing how silence tells all. I have many Facebook friends that have started their new journey and I am hoping they are not just doing it for New Years resolutions but because they were Sparked!

- Spark streaks can be good and bad for you. It's a real downer when life makes it difficult and you have to break a streak, so I don't do these at all. I did accidentally start my 5 mile a day streak since Jan. 1, 2013 but had to break it due to over training. I don't feel bad about it though, because it wasn't a streak I was set on keeping, just an accidental (reverse psychology)!

- The money in the jar, eh, well it never worked for me...I ended up giving it away to my kids or spending it on snickers all the I did find that rewarding my overall achievements worked best for me. When I learned to cook healthy and my family ate everything on their plates....I bought me a new cooking set. When I was able to exercise without slapping myself bought me some Zumba DVD's. When I broke the soda/tea/coffee habits...I bought some herbal teas and really good natural drinks.

I think my number one motivation has been my weekly pictures. I work towards that next picture and it is my accountability with Spark Friends that helps as well! That helps me to stay motivated week to week and I never try and think beyond that!

Your doing emoticon Keep it up!

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To my future self: Things to help me become motivated again when I become stuck

Monday, January 28, 2013

Action Step:
Look back at your previous journal or blog entries, and think back over the past few months. You have tried many different techniques and strategies to make healthy eating and exercise a part of your daily life. Some probably worked better than others. Identify the best and most seamless ways you incorporated new habits into your life and got results. Continue to use these techniques from this point forward. It worked before, and it will work again.

What has worked in the past to get me motivated and back on the "horse" Has been to either start exercising or starting to write down my food. Just one or the other and everything else falls into place eventually.

Another way to get back on track is to monitor my blood sugar more closely. Numbers over 140 make me want to get back on track.

The thing that keeps getting me is my urge to binge, but the way I've been fighting that is by working out more. If I work out just enough I'm not too sleepy to do anything but just calm and relaxed enough to not want to over eat.

I still have a hard time controlling myself at my Mom's and mother-in-laws because they have so much food within arms length. To better combat that I need to pack more of my own snacks and water to help me not over eat.

My husband still brings food in the house but I am getting better at controlling myself. And he is getting better at hiding the stuff from me. I still wish he would jump on the band wagon with me.

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SIRENALEANNE 1/29/2013 11:01AM

    Thanks! I think I might start a bank and bank up some calories for the week.

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SWANATOPIA 1/29/2013 12:19AM

    I allow myself to pack on the calories once a week. This way, I don't feel "deprived" of food. Most the time, it is saved if hubby wants to go out to eat (Chinese food) and then, I eat, come home and try and work as much off as I least half the calories. The next day, I don't think much about it. I have been doing this since I started and it seems to not be hurting my process.

Your doing great and will find what works for you soon enough!


Comment edited on: 1/29/2013 12:19:47 AM

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SIRENALEANNE 1/28/2013 10:50PM

    but Snakes are full of protein. emoticon Hubby is slowly hoping on board.

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BESCATS 1/28/2013 5:01PM

    Great action steps. I still get those urges to binge, we all do. I even give in sometimes, and hate myself later.
Are you sure you really want to pack your own "snakes:? I think you would be happier with "snacks". emoticon I sure got a chuckle out of that.
Keep talking to your hubby about eating healthy, eventually he will see you are right. You are doing a good job. emoticon emoticon

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New health goal

Friday, January 11, 2013

Blog or post about the new health goal you chose to focus on starting today! Share your action plan and the steps you'll take to make it a reality.

My new Health Goal is to try and better manage my stress. I will try to do this by meditation, Prayer, exercise, sleep and eating healthy. emoticon


The last time I fell victim to my own "all or nothing" attitude about food

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Blog today about the last time you fell victim to your own "all or nothing" attitude about food or fitness. Was your choice really rational or helpful like it seemed in the moment? How can you make a different choice next time?

The last time I feel victim to my all or nothing attitude was last week, I went over a little on my calorie range for the day and figured screw it I’ll go all out and ended up going over my calorie range by 2500 by getting a Big Mac Meal and Shake! And I already had dinner.

My choice was not rational or helpful. I thought it would provide instant gratification and make me feel better about my situation but I was filled with regret and it set me back a whole week because I gained that week.

Next time, I need to focus on my journey and why I am doing this. It’s ok to have a free day once and a while but it is not ok to binge to make myself feel better. Next time, if I’m still hungry I can eat fruit and make a healthy choice. It’s ok to go over a little bit and it is ok to go to bed a little hungry. It is not ok to kill my self with food.

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TAMARA6905 1/10/2013 12:03PM

    Great blog. I think that thinking affects many people. We see a tiny slip as an opportunity to throw our hands up and have at it. I always like to remind myself that I can start over tomorrow, but better yet I can start over right now. I would rather be over my calories by a couple hundred than by a couple thousand. Now that doesn't always work for me, but it works a lot more than it used to!

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    If you got a speeding ticket on your way to work (or school) first thing in the morning, would you contine to break the law throughout the day? I'm sure you wouldn't. When you experience the first slip, take a step back and talk to yourself and then remove yourself from the situation (kitchen, store, wherever).

Be patient with yourself and give yourself a hug when/is you slip up - I hope this helps, Pat emoticon

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