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SparkCoach (Wednesdays) Daily Visualization

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Imagine yourself inside on the couch. Now picture yourself running outside. What do you notice about the contrast between the two scenes? Which scene is more vibrant and full of life? Remember this if you're tempted to skip your workout today.


My couch self appears very sad and bored. She's not living life to its fullest and she's letting the day burn away. She's also letting Diabetes win.

My active self is happier, enjoying life and fighting to beat diabetes. She is seizing the day, and I think her older self will thank her someday. My active self is vibrant and full of life.

Side Note: I live in San Antonio, TX and its 100+ degrees today. I still walked on all my10 min breaks. I wear a fitbit and despite the skin melting heat I managed to climb 50 floors by climbing up and down dirt hills behind my building at work. I did this breaking them up throughout the day, 5 hills here 10 there. I plan on rounding out the day by going to the gym after I get off at 5pm. I do not know what tomorrow will bring because I am battling several auto-immune diseases. I must live each day with the motto of Carpe Diem in the back of my mind. I'm lucky I can do these things today for tomorrow I might not. If I can do it, you can do it to!

BTW since I used the term "Carpe Diem" I thought I'd throw this in ->

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NANNABLACK 8/8/2013 7:12AM


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SIRENALEANNE 8/7/2013 10:51PM

    In response to CATINC's Comments, " using practical wisdom and caution. No sense setting yourself up for a heat stroke in order to get healthy."

I guess when you live in Texas you kinda get used to the heat. We are going on almost 20 straight days of 100+ heat. Mind you I'm only out for 10 min max at a time and not at risk for heat stroke by limiting my exposure. No sense setting yourself up for a unhealthy habits in order to escape the heat. In South Texas, August is hot and humid, all the time, day and night. Avoidance is futile so I'm making a conscious effort to embrace this challenge.

"Dear Prudence, won't you come out to play?
Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day
The sun is up, the sky is blue
It's beautiful and so are you" -Beatles


Comment edited on: 8/7/2013 10:58:49 PM

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CAT-IN-CJ 8/7/2013 5:53PM

    Well, I had a cat named Prudence . . . and I think prudence is the word for the day . . . . using practical wisdom and caution. No sense setting yourself up for a heat stroke in order to get healthy.

I'm learning to be content by honestly doing the best I can each day. I am only cheating myself if/when I cheat . . . and when I do my best, it gets me that farther down the road on my journey to health.


Love the Jack Black bit !!!

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FATTYBOY230 8/7/2013 5:48PM

    does your cat have a membership on SP. He needs to tone up a little.. Hes addorable emoticon

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20 Changes you have made since starting on your healthier lifestyle journey

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

1) I use spray butter instead of real butter
2) I've cut down on Pasta, Bread and Rice
3) I take my blood glucose several times a day now
4) I joined a gym
5) I walk on most of my breaks
6) I keep track of my activity with a fit bit
7) I monitor my sleep with my fit bit
8) I write down everything I eat in the Spark People Food Tracker
9) I utilize SparkCoach 5 days a week
10) I make more of an effort to enjoy what I eat
11) I am more aware of the foods I am putting in my body.
12) I strive for 7500 steps per day
13) I try to relax
14) I pray more
15) I am more comfortable in my own skin and body even though I have a long way to go
16) I measure my progress by how I feel and not just by the scale
17) I make an effort to get out of the house more and not stay home and veg out
18) I'm making better judgments on eating when I'm hungry and not when I'm bored or stressed
19) I've invited friends and family to work out with me instead of being ashamed of how out of shape I was I know find it encouraging.
20) I march in place during commercials instead of being a complete couch potato

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IDLETYME 8/7/2013 11:48AM

    Wonderful list of changes. Congratulations!!!! emoticon

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SWEETNEEY 8/7/2013 6:25AM

    small changes add up.

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SISTERPRETTY 8/6/2013 11:10PM


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MCFITZ2 8/6/2013 11:08PM

    Wonderful list of accomplishments. You have embraced a lifestyle not a diet. emoticon

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Letter to Younger (or Older) Me

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Dear Younger Self,

Try not to stress out too much, enjoy every moment you have, ride it out because everything passes. Good Times and Bad Times come and go. Be smart with your money, credit cards are evil. Be nice to your brothers. Exercise, it really is fun. Don't eat to make yourself happy. Eat to live. Be nice to your husband, he loves you and he really is trying his best. Listen more and keep your mouth shut because you might miss something along the way. Discover Dave Matthews now, the man is a genius. Go easy on the drinking.

You are going to have a beautiful life with lots of blessings. Don't sweat the small stuff because these things are out of your control. Just go with it and have fun.

Your older 31 year old self

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IDLETYME 8/7/2013 11:50AM

    You really have yourself on the right track. Very creative blog!! Love it!!! emoticon

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Right now, at this moment, what do you want most?

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

I want a house and to be at peace. Being at peace and finding happiness is journey and not a destination I know what. As far as the house; I am a former military wife, we moved 6 times in 10 years. A house is important to me because it means stability, it means growing roots and it means it's one thing that is mine, that can't be taken from me through no fault but my own. The one thing I've always wanted since I was a little girl is my own home.

I'm lucky and grateful to have a roof over my head but its not my own, we live with family. I am learning to love the things that I have because I have all that I need. I thank the lord everyday for my blessings, but, Right now, at this moment, what I want most is my own house.

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BESCATS 8/7/2013 1:30PM

    I'm 65, and have had my own home a couple of times. When you own your own home, you can do what you want with it, when you want to do it (or can afford to). A home can also be a lot of work to maintain, and as I get older I may want to do something else, but for now "there's no place like home".

Don't give up your dream, someday you will have your home !! emoticon

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IDLETYME 8/7/2013 11:54AM

    I'm 75 and my home is WELL WORN but is very loved. My girls grew up here, my Husband, Mom and Dad died here. I know how you feel about a home of your own. I'm sure you will get it before long!!!! emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 8/6/2013 11:32PM

    After being "displaced" for nearly 5 years, I understand completely!
Hurricane Ike and other financial issues curtailed me moving back into my home.
My prayer for your own American dream to come true!


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    The thing I want most right now is for my hormone levels to return to normal, so my husband and I can try again for a baby (I miscarried in June with my first pregnancy).

The thing I want the most in the entire world is a baby emoticon

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DIBANANA 8/6/2013 10:46PM

  It is always hard to live with others even if you get along. A home is a special place. I hope you get one soon.

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SparkCoach: Blog about 3 things you did today to improve your health

Monday, August 05, 2013

Keep in mind its only 10 am but so far I
1) walked around the building during my first work break
2) ate Breakfast
3) checked my blood glucose numbers

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BIGPAWSUP 8/6/2013 9:13PM

    emoticon I know you had a wonderful day with such a great start!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/6/2013 1:04AM

    Great job! I hope the rest of your day was as productive!

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HENLADY11 8/5/2013 9:47PM

  3 Good Things! emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 8/5/2013 4:52PM

    Wow - you got all that done before I finished my first cup of coffee today! Way to go!!!


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