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Feb. 9, 2012...My journey so far...

Thursday, February 09, 2012

I had no idea when I was blindly "googleing" that I would stumble upon what I have been needing for sooooo long. I found this wonderful site with tons of information, inspiration, motivation, and exactly what I had been searching for.
I am 40 days into my "New Year...New Me" journey! I have never stuck with any weight-loss plan this long. The difference is, I'm not "dieting". I'm actually making lifestyle changes. Everytime I think about making a change, I step back and think if this is a "quick fix" or is this something I can do for the rest of my life.
I have discovered all those veggies that I thought were "nasty"...are really good. Still working on some of them, but I have greatly increased my intake of fruits and veggies. I have also found that by eating more veggies and fruits, I can decrease my intake of other not so good for me foods like bread and sweets. I have made it a point to try and find atleast one new fruit or veg to try everytime I go to the grocery store. Even my "I only eat potatoes" kid has jumped on the veggie wagon. It's amazing to see the transformation, not only in me, but in my whole family.
I have also rediscovered my love of walking. Prior to kids, I walked atleast 3 miles a day. After kids, I let taking care of everyone else get in the way of taking care of me. But, now I'm getting up 30 minutes before everyone else and enjoy quiet time on the treadmill.
Yesterday, I had an "Aha" moment. Last month I got up almost every morning and walked. The last couple of weeks, I have been slacking off on my walking. Not real sure why...well I do know why...I still like that extra 30 mins of sleep. But I sat and thought about the days that I didn't walk and I was more cranky, tired, and did not handle job stress as well as I do when I get up and walk. As a nurse, I know it's the endorphins...but I like to think it's because I get up and do something for myself first, then I can handle doing for everyone else the rest of the day.
So here's to drinking water, eating veggies, and WALKING!!!
Enjoy the journey!!

  
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MILLERGIRL719 2/10/2012 5:16PM

    Congratulations! 40 days is a huge accomplishment! Keep it up!

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APIRLRAIN888 2/9/2012 3:47PM

    Woohoo u can do it

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Day 1 of the next phase of New Year...New Me!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

I can't believe I actually did it, but I actually ran today. My girls and I went on a walk and we decided to run around the pond, then after a "short" walk to catch my breath, we "ran" through the woods, then we ran around the other pond and then did the same thing on the way back. I say I "ran", but it was more a fast walk/slow jog, but it was the first time I have done anything even remotely close to running in a LONG, LONG time...and it felt wonderful...except for the "I can't breath" part....and I CAN"T WAIT TO DO IT AGAIN!!!
I have read other peoples blogs about starting to run but never thought I could be one of those people...but here I am. I can't wait until tomorrow so I can go running again. Maybe there really is something to this running thing!!

  
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DEEGIRL50 1/27/2012 12:54AM

    Loud Applause!! Trying something new... stretching yourself... practicing and improving... learning and changing... you're doing it!
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MOVING4WARD2012 1/24/2012 11:46AM

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 1/24/2012 10:43AM

    Way to go!

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SLAWS1 1/24/2012 9:35AM

    40girl...If I can do it anyone can. Like I said, it was not a "run", it was more like a really slow jog...but it felt great and I can't wait to go again this evening!! emoticon emoticon

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40GIRL 1/23/2012 10:26PM

    That's wonderful! I am very scared of running, so I am so impressed that you were able to accomplish that! That is very encouraging, and I hope I will be able to do the same thing soon! emoticon

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New attitude!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Today is day #4 that I have had salad for lunch...and liked it. I have never...and I do mean NEVER eaten only salad for a meal. I do admit that one was a taco salad and I do put salad topper & Tortilla Strips in my salad, but I am eating Salad. Even more surprising, I am eating vegetables. I have always said I didn't like any vegetables other than corn, potatoes, and a couple of types of beans. I have come to discover that Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Black Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Mushrooms, Squash,Bell Peppers and several more are actually really good.
I have always planned our meals for the week, but now I'm making better choices. I'm always looking for ways to add vegetables to our meals. Bell Peppers, Mushrooms, and onions chopped up and added to spaghetti sauce. Baked Sweet Potatoes can actually go with more than steaks...Who knew?? My Crock Pot is my new best friend. Who knew you could throw alot of vegetables and chicken in the Crock Pot and have dinner ready when we get home in the evenings.
I'm loving my new attitude!!
New Year...New Me!!

  
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DEEGIRL50 1/20/2012 5:42AM

    I discovered that there's more than just iceberg lettuce out there!
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It can become a game to see how many veggies you can sneak into a meal. A good game to win!!

You're doing emoticon I love this blog.

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ROSIESNOW 1/19/2012 5:23PM

    Your new discoveries are wonderful and are going to make a big difference for your healthy lifestyle. Excellent choices. Good attitudes rub off - I hope yours rubs off on me!

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GETMETO50 1/19/2012 12:43PM

    I LOVE salads! There are many ways you can make a salad interesting!

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LRK4CHRIST 1/19/2012 8:03AM

    Thats right! A New Attitude is always encouraging and motivating!

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Day 15...Ups and downs...but still going

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I am loving this journey. Friday was not a good day, but instead of letting it get me down, I just looked at it as a chance to start over. I got up Saturday with the mindset that it was a new day. Prior to this journey, I would have just given up.
I am still struggling with snacking, but doing much better. Tracking everything I eat is definetly helping.
Looking forward to the spring. Ready to go zip-lining...hopefully that harness will be more comfortable since I'm losing weight. Also planning a trip to go white-water rafting this summer.
My girls are getting into this journey too. My 13 year-old has joined Spark Teen and I'm trying to get my hubby on SP. I think it will really help him. So glad I found SP.
Happy Sparking!!

  
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LILOLME105 1/16/2012 8:21AM

    I love your optimism, and it's great that your encouraging your family, awesome job, keep it up!

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Day 12...Still going strong!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Today is day 12 of my journey to a new me. There have been ups and downs, but I'm still going strong. I have rediscovered my love of walking, I have discovered a new...not love, but like...of vegetables. I am also learning alot about myself and my relationship with food. I have always known that I am an emotional eater and that I eat out of bordom, but I am discovering that I do have willpower when I actually try. I love this!!
I know I've said it before but, I am so glad that I found SP. The tracker is my new best friend.!!

  
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SLAWS1 1/13/2012 9:12AM

    Thanks for all the encouragement!! That's one of the things I love about this site...Love all the support!!

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DEEGIRL50 1/13/2012 4:54AM

    Explore Discover Grow Learn Live Change
You are on a path to health & fit.
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DRUIDPRINCESS 1/12/2012 11:16PM

    It's wonderful to read a blog like yours, where you have obviously adopted your new lifestyle of healthy eating and exercise and you are well on your way to meeting your goals!

Keep up the excellent work! You can do it!
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FOODIELOVER1 1/12/2012 8:20PM

  emoticon great job !

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TPETRIE 1/12/2012 8:19PM

  Keep up the good work. Remember 1 day at a time. emoticon

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ADJQUILTER 1/12/2012 8:17PM

    emoticon Sounds like you are on the right track! Best of luck!

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LISA_B68 1/12/2012 8:14PM

    Keep up the great work

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