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Looking Back: Weight, Exercise, Eating Out

Thursday, January 09, 2014

My Weight Watcher card they gave me when they went on compute verifies what I remember. When I started with SparkPeople on 9/2/09 I weighed 145.4 at WW; by the end of October I was down to 137.2. Even though I came to SP for maintenance, I found that I could lose more and liked it! The SparkPeople nutrition tracker and articles gave me a big boost. I quit eating so many diet foods (fat free cheese, fat free mayo, fat free sour cream, Weight Watcher treats, reduced-calorie breads) and focused on the SP Super Foods.

I also started strength training seriously, and for the first time made sure I took a recovery day in order to build strength. And I increased my cardio dramatically, partly because I read it helped, and partly because I became almost obsessed with getting SparkPoints!

My blog on Nov 9, 2009, was about going out to eat. I commented that I had become comfortable with estimating WW points at restaurants, but I didn't have a clue how to count all the 75 nutrients I was tracking on SP when nutritional info was unavailable. I ordered blackened redfish without the sauce and a double order of seasonal vegetables and felt good about it the next day, even if I couldn't say how many vitamins and minerals were in it.

What lessons are there for me here?
*Maybe just for nostalgia creating some of those "go-to" foods I originally lost weight on would be fun. But overall, I eat better now.

*I need to get back into regular strength training. I've been fairly hit and miss, with injuries being sometimes a reason and sometimes an excuse. Even if you have a sore glute AND a sore hand you can still do core exercises, for example.

*I realize I've greatly increased the intensity of my cardio workouts now that I'm running regularly, but I also realize I've cut way back on the length of my workouts. I'm going to spend more time in enjoyable cardio in between running days.

*I no longer fear eating out in restaurants, but I prefer to eat at home where it is easier to eat healthy.

*SparkPoints don't motivate me so much any more, but that is perfectly okay!


  
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AQUAGIRL08 1/10/2014 8:05PM

    I prefer eating at home too. I can control my sodium better that way. :)

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TINAJANE76 1/10/2014 11:56AM

    I've experienced lots of the same shifts that you've described too and think that they're indicators of just how far we've come in really shifting to permanent, healthy lifestyles. It's not about dieting and total restriction, but about happily living with our healthier choices. And you're doing a great job of that!

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MEXGAL1 1/10/2014 10:10AM

    I loved your line...Sparks points don't motivate me anymore"

I still like my sparks points and get as many as I can each day...just a fun hobby for me.
Have a terrific day Marsha.
Sallie

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BABYSTEPS123 1/10/2014 7:13AM

    I love read your reflections and re-evaluations! Makes me think I need to write more about my experiences so I can learn from them. Thanks for sharing!

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MSLZZY 1/9/2014 10:59PM

    Through the years, you have learned what works and what doesn't and how to adjust. Keep on SParking and do what feels good. And only you know that will be.

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RUN4FOOD 1/9/2014 9:53PM

    Sounds like you are maturing in your health activities. Your running and weight have been great. Hope you can keep that up for yourself.

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SUSANNAH31 1/9/2014 9:25PM

    What a great idea, to look back at your own blogs - and compare them to how you are doing now. It helps us to remember those lessons we learned along the way - that we may no longer think about.

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/9/2014 9:13PM

    I originally came to SP for motivation to not slide back into bad habits after weight lost. I started to love fitness from SP articles, blogs, member stories and got into running! Love that we all came for different reasons but have all found great tools, inspiration, motivation and support! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 1/9/2014 8:20PM

    When I look back (and you are inspiring me to think about where I started) it's true that I lost weigh with "diet foods" but now to a much greater extent I eat "super foods". Real food, not manufactured diet versions of not so healthy stuff.

It's genuinely become a way of life for me too.

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BLUENOSE63 1/9/2014 8:14PM

  Get that sore GLUT on a foam roller! Marsha, I know you have one like every other distance runner I know.

I think you do a great job on SP and as for the points, just think of SP like the bar in CHEERS -- where everyone knows your name!

Bluenose63

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ME_B4_INSANITY 1/9/2014 7:00PM

    You stay active in the community, and when you find a few pounds creep up, all your recipes, trackers and Spark family will be here for support. But what you have accomplished, is truly made a healthy LIFESTYLE so second nature you don't even have to think about it. But by looking back you are realizing where you have been and where you are going, you are inspirational.

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GABY1948 1/9/2014 6:53PM

    I am loving these blogs of yours, Marsha! It helps me to see what you did and where you have been. I have never had a problem eating out....always actually found it easier...but I don't like to cook because I never had anyone to teach me.

After reading this, I also realized that I have been hit or miss on the strength training...so your blogs are VERY good for me, Marsha! emoticon

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DIANNEMT 1/9/2014 6:17PM

    I am still a sucker for Spark points! Wish I could catch the running bug--I do it because I should, not because I love it. But I'd love to lose a bit more--so cardio is likely the way for me to go. You have done a GREAT job!!

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Blog About Life!

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

I love what JOYINKY had to say in response to my query about blog relevance, those "off topic" or not specifically about eating and fitness. What I took from her comment is that everything we do to enjoy life is putting food in proper perspective. A healthy lifestyle involves all of life. So blogging about our lives and our projects is not off topic! I feel free to keep on blogging even (am I dreaming?) when eating right and staying active becomes second nature to me.

To continue the review of my old blogs:
11/1/2009 - Double Pleasure Walk told of a friend I've known over 30 years. We walked in her neighborhood, a beautiful spot with canopy oaks near a lake with many birds. I remember the time we saw an eagle fly into the tree above us. That reminds me. I should call this friend. Haven't seen her much recently.

11/2 and 11/3 - Marvelous Monday and Terrific Tuesday told about activities with Natalie. She was just 2 years old and we did things like Hokey Pokey, Ring Around the Rosy, and chasing bubbles. She'll be 7 next month and now loves gymnastics. Her little sister is 3 and we do some of those games when Natalie is in school now. I should enjoy these activities as the time will pass shortly ---

11/4/2009's blog pointed out that as a kid I never wanted to run, dance, or move much because I was embarrassed for people to see my fat jiggle. I recognized that I no longer had the embarrassment and didn't even have much fat to jiggle any more!

Every blog had at least one comment. Every comment was positive and a jewel to keep me blogging and focused on success! Again, thanks, SparkFriends.

  
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WATERMELLEN 1/9/2014 4:07PM

    Yup, this journey is about all of life -- and it's great to see your exuberance and commitment in every area of yours.

Plus I get to enjoy your grandgirls vicariously, right?

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DNRAE1 1/9/2014 3:06PM

    Wonderful blog! Joyful memories help us in all sorts of ways. There are also learning memories from mistakes or mistaken ideas that help us grow! Keep on blogging on whatever you want!!!!

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DONNABRIGHT 1/9/2014 1:38PM

    Blogging about other stuff keeps us in balance and not so focused on food - that is a very good thing!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/9/2014 9:52AM

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring stories with us!

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    emoticon focusing ONLY on weight is a sure way to doom yourself.

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BOOKAPHILE 1/8/2014 9:18PM

    I'm loving how you see growth from where you were as well as reminders to do some things today you might not otherwise have thought about. This is a bit reminiscent of ONEKIDSMOM's comparing her answers to questions today with those of 2 years ago. Growth is apparent.

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MSLZZY 1/8/2014 5:06PM

    That is what is the most fun about looking back-all the great support. Just think of all the lives you have touched and those who have touched you during the years. HUGS!

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GABY1948 1/8/2014 3:59PM

    I think MOST of us can relate to so many of your statements in your blogs! You sure brought some things up in my life that I had not thought about for a LONG time! emoticon emoticon

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ME_B4_INSANITY 1/8/2014 12:33PM

    Our journey is about where we come from, it's amazing to look back on where you come from.

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PEGGY11 1/8/2014 11:31AM

    Everything we experience impacts our feelings and that influences our food intake and exercise. They are inseparable. emoticon

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_LINDA 1/8/2014 11:29AM

    Every little thing we do, experience and think affects our lifestyle choices. So its all relevant. Personally, I would like to hear more of my Spark friend's personal lives rather then just their struggles with the scale. Its nice to get to know you!

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LAILATN 1/8/2014 11:07AM

    How great to revisit those good memories - I do that with my paper journals once in a while. You're right - these blogs should include more than just weight loss/maintenance. Our lives are so much more!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/8/2014 10:58AM

    I too have been a member of Spark since 2009 and I'm sure would be amazed at what I blogged about if I were to go back! I'm enjoying your reviews!!!

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JOYINKY 1/8/2014 10:44AM

    emoticon When I was a kid, entering double digits, I didn't want to try new things because I didn't want to look like "a beginner"! Silly now, but it wasn't to me then. Love being older and wiser! Quirky even, when I'm out in the yard hooping with the neighbors trying "not" to watch! Smiles.

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MEXGAL1 1/8/2014 10:42AM

    I think this is such a safe place to blog about what ever....it all seems to effect how we feel and what we put into our mouths. I think this is a great place to get things out in the open and helps us make plans and goals.
Have a terrific day Marsha.
Sallie

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Thanks to Consistent Cheerleaders on my Blogs!!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

My second blog was a little off topic. I mean, we are here to achieve health and fitness goals, aren't we? But then everything in our lives affect our mood and our mood affects our ability to follow our health and fitness plans, right? So maybe nothing is off topic?? Second blog, Oct 29, 2009, a true story that had just happened and I loved:

'Yesterday I asked 2 year old Natalie to count the number of legs on a horse we could see in the field behind my house. She started well, "One- Two-Three- Four," but then she went on, "Five-Six-Seven-Eight-Nine." I was already to tell her it was good counting, but.... When she stopped and with a pixie grin looked me straight in the eye and said, "FOUR!" '

Aquagirl enjoyed it. She's still a great SparkFriend online and in person!! She's been there for me from the beginning. Thanks.

Third blog (10/30/09) was definitely on topic, very relevant for me, but not much analysis, just the facts:
"Earlier this week I ran into two people I hadn't seen for a year when I was 40 pounds heavier. One woman (prom queen/cheerleader type) was very complimentary. The other, who fights her own weight problem, said I was too skinny. I just pretended that both of them had given me compliments."

ONEKIDSMOM provided the helpful analysis:
"Good for you, and good attitude about the comments! A reminder I find I have to give myself when someone gives one of those 'change back' messages: you don't have to slide backwards just because someone else struggles or is not doing as well. Being gracious about success does not mean giving up. It's OK to succeed and feel good about it. " Barb has been an important part of my success. Thanks.

My fourth blog 10/31/09 expressed surprise that I weighed 137.2, below my goal weight at the time, and celebrating 6 weeks of averaging 2 hours of cardio per day. I smile that I thought 135 was way too skinny, when now I'm happy at 130 but really like 126 and think that even 122 wouldn't be too skinny. I had to gradually adjust my idea of my ideal weight as I found out what was possible me while choosing meals informed by SparkPeople articles and meal plans. That SP gave points for up to 2 hours of cardio and points for strength training helped me to become consistent. Thanks, SP. And again thanks to Cyndi/Aquagirl for cheering me on!













  
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DAYLILY1601 1/8/2014 8:23AM

    I am so impressed by your gratitude to others. Could "gratitude" be tool to weight loss? I think so...... I am so enjoying your blogs and just what this "newbie" needs! I am grateful for you! Thank you!

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_LINDA 1/7/2014 11:13PM

    Interesting how our perspectives change as we grow further into our healthy lifestyles and figure out what truly feels right. That is great to have such wonderful friends right from the start that stood by you! I have certainly appreciated your support ever since I 'met' you!


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AQUAGIRL08 1/7/2014 8:38PM

    You are a real inspiration for me Marsha!

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GABY1948 1/7/2014 6:21PM

    You are such a great inspiration! And so many of us benefit from it. Thank you for sharing all your ups and downs along the way! Such a beautiful lady, inside and out! Love your blogs, Marsha!

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WATERMELLEN 1/7/2014 5:44PM

    I am so enjoying this walk down memory lane, reminiscing about where you've been and what you've come from! You've been one of my most consistent cheerleaders here, Marsha, and I'm so grateful for your support always!

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BLUENOSE63 1/7/2014 4:34PM

  I love to read your blogs Marsha!

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BOOKAPHILE 1/7/2014 12:01PM

    The walk down memory lane is fun, but it's also good to see how much you've grown and progressed in your healthy lifestyle.

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CELIAMINER 1/7/2014 12:00PM

    Great reflections! Thanks for your consistent inspiration!

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JOYINKY 1/7/2014 11:07AM

    You do a great job Marsha!

My approach is different; a critical part of MY health in fitness is to keep my mind and body moving on OTHER things. Thus my picture blogs, photography, Sugar and Xena tales, house and garden projects. For me, not spending too much time in the kitchen and keeping things simple is important. I so share on my walking because that is a big part of my fitness. Fun exercises are included. But, I have to focus on a full life that's not just about health and fitness even though that's important. Blogging helps me do that. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed doing the "from the nest" series. Blogging itself has become a healthy activity for me.

Point is we're both long time maintainers and each have our own way of doing it. It's working for each of us. I'm here to maintain health and fitness goals; I'm just doing it differently. We all have to find "what works for us". I love hearing about your girls too!


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JIBBIE49 1/7/2014 10:58AM

    You have done FANTASTIC.

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    emoticon Reflection is good for the soul. Thanks for sharing!

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Screen Names, Positive

Monday, January 06, 2014

I first found SparkPeople on September 2, 2009. At first I was overwhelmed by all of it, but 3 weeks later I had a day off work without commitments and spent my time wisely. The first thing I learned and used was the nutrition tracker. I had heard about SparkPeople on the Weight Watcher maintenance message boards. I heard you could analyze your nutrition and learn from maintenance meal plans. Yep, it was all here. Later I'll highlight my learnings as I review my old blogs.

I didn't post my first blog until October 27, 2009. I remember being a little reluctant. I wondered if being honest about my experiences battling obesity would make me an object of scorn. So, my first blog was just a little dabble. I explained that I chose the screen name, OLDMOM3, was because my granddaughter calls me Old Mom. BTW, she still does; and now her sister does, too. (When the older kept calling me "Mommy" I told her I was too old to be her mom.)

Through experience I learned that SP is a place you can be totally honest. No one has ever given me a negative comment about my struggles. I have found so much support and help here. I did find that even though I love it when the grandkids call me Old Mom, I really didn't like other people to call me that. So later I changed my screen, and I'll share that in more detail later, too.

If you aren't crazy about your screen name let me recommend you find a name that is powerful and really speaks to you. It is easy to change on SparkPeople. I didn't lose a single SparkPoint, blog, tracked meal, message or anything. You just go to "account preferences" and change the name. Nothing else changes.

If we look at people who have been really successful on SparkPeople I'm betting that the great majority have very positive screen names. What do you think?

  
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MSLZZY 1/7/2014 7:47AM

    Keeping your name positive helps motivate you and others. I think I'll just keep my name for now. HUGS!

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JULIA_211 1/7/2014 4:03AM

    What a wonderful post! You have been such an inspiration for many of us! I remember when you changed your name, I thought it was so clever! I totally agree about choosing positive screen names! emoticon

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_LINDA 1/6/2014 11:49PM

    Totally agree, never liked seeing some of the names on here. I was so happy when you changed your original name -I just didn't think it defined you.

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/6/2014 10:39PM

    I totally agree!

Having a positive screen name is so important!

I started Spark with a different screen name. Not a negative one, neutral. When I started Spark I was not a runner! It took a lot of reading others blogs to start to think I could train for and run a 5k.

Now I call myself a runner. It took a lot of time to accept that I was a runner. Or even to admit to others that I liked running or races. Now I am proud to call myself a runner. My Spark name makes me feel inspired and proud. I'm so glad I changed it. You're right--it's super easy to do and you don't lose anything.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/6/2014 9:48PM

    I still like the Freudian typo "Splenderella" emoticon
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AQUAGIRL08 1/6/2014 8:24PM

    Several years ago, I changed my screen name too. Aquagirl08 sounded like someone who has super powers to make exercising in water something special. It is special and I took my hubby's nickname for me and turned it into my screen name. By now, I love my screen name because it stands for something about me that I like. Owning your screen name and letting it represent something positive about you as a person is very motivating!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/6/2014 7:07PM

    I like your new name better too. Funny that one word for Grandma in Slovak is Stara Mama which literally means "old mother." Somehow it never sounded so bad to me as a kid.

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JOYINKY 1/6/2014 6:27PM

    I remember being so glad when you changed your screen name! You were definitely and OLDMOM to us and it did seem negative. I fully understand. I love being "grandma", but it can take on a different connotation when an adult out of the family calls me "grandma". I absolutely believe in positive screen names.

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GABY1948 1/6/2014 6:20PM

    I can't wait for more of your information, Marsha! Yes, I agree about the name it should never be negative. I have always loved positive names like yours but I am not creative like that either. And BTW you are definitely NOT "OLD MOM" no matter who called you that! You have a great one, especially living in FL near your "sister" "CINDER"ELLA! My name is my initials GAB but my hubby always called/calls me Gaby and I just added the birth year because whenever I sign up for a username on something there are always a bazillion Gabys.

This was a great blog...I love learning more about my inspirations on spark! Keep 'em coming.
Gaye

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SIMONEKP 1/6/2014 5:29PM

    It's a good thought, I'm not that creative so I just use my name.

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WILD4STARS 1/6/2014 5:24PM

    There should never be anything negative attached to something you're doing to improve your life. I cringe at some of the screen names I see sometimes. If your heart really isn't in to making it positive at least make it neutral and not negative.

Great blog, hope it gives some here something to think about. You are always an inspiration.

Will admit though, I remember when you were OldMom and I liked it after hearing the story behind it!!!

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BOOKAPHILE 1/6/2014 5:23PM

    I enjoy names that are unusual and are neutral or lean toward positive when considered all by themselves. It's hard to think of a thrilling name when you are faced with making one up on the spot so you can get to the information you want!

Thanks for sharing how to change a name and not lose anything else.

I don't think I'd want any of you to call me Oma, though some of my grandkids do. (That's German for Grandmother, not short for Old Ma. Lol.)

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MEXGAL1 1/6/2014 5:18PM

    I think positive screen names are an asset. I chose Mexgal1 as I love living in Mexico and I always want to be number one.
Here's to positive screen names.
Sallie

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TRAVELGRRL 1/6/2014 4:40PM

    I am continually horrified by some of the screen names I see -- those that are really negative about their weight/appearance and also those that are too tentative, such as HOPETOLOSEIN2014. (I hope that's not a real one, but you get my point.)

I think our messages to ourselves are very powerful, and negative ones are just as powerful as the positive ones.



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STRIVERONE 1/6/2014 4:38PM

    I'm glad you wrote this. I've noticed a few self deprecating screen names and debated saying something to an individual that might be taken the wrong way. In the end, I kept silent.

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HARROWJET 1/6/2014 4:25PM

    I believe in positive screen names

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JURASSICSUE 1/6/2014 4:07PM

    I think you're right and I apply this to passwords as well. If I'm going to be typing something every day then it can became a mini 'inspiration' moment. So I use words like Success or Enjoy as part of my password.
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WATERMELLEN 1/6/2014 3:41PM

    Hmmm. You may recall that I once contemplated changing my WATERMELLEN name to something more along the SLENDERELLA lines!! Maybe EXCELLENT (which also incorporates my name and which I used jokingly on a short term conference basis one time: but is a bit too braggy and in your face for ongoing use for me!! ) But actually WATERMELLEN doesn't have negative connotations for me . . . hope it doesn't for others here either. I absolutely love it.

I do think that the truly and overtly negative names are a poor idea whether for Spark or even for dogs!! Call your dog, "Rebel", and you're setting him up for flunking obedience class for sure!!

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KLMEIRING 1/6/2014 3:40PM

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Reflecting and Relearning

Sunday, January 05, 2014

When it comes to health and fitness, there are many lessons I've had to learn over and over again. Probably the most important of these lessons is simple at its core: don't give up. Do the best you can. Forgive yourself when you mess up. Get right back to healthy living - not Monday or tomorrow but NOW. Grab a glass of water. Do a little exercise. Recommit this minute.

As I approach my 5 year anniversary of attaining a healthy weight, I think now is a good time to reflect on where I am and where I have come from, looking for any lessons I need to relearn. I'm going to try a series of blogs, reviewing my blogs starting in 2009. I'm almost certain this exercise will have value to me and I hope it will be useful for SparkFriends, too.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 1/6/2014 8:18PM

    What a good idea. I think I will look back at some old blogs as well.

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_LINDA 1/5/2014 9:43PM

    Sounds great! If we cannot learn from our past mistakes we are doomed to repeat them!!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/5/2014 6:42PM

    "...Forgive yourself...Grab a glass of water..." Marsha, I'll think of this often. Thank you!
Wishing you the best a new year can bring!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/5/2014 3:35PM

    Sounds wonderful. Kind of like Pinkhope's "Tales from 100# Down." I can't WAIT! You obviously have some serious wisdom with five years behind you.

From the time I've known you I would say that one of the lessons you've learned is to keep it fresh!

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TAICHIDANCER 1/5/2014 1:18PM

    Almost five years: such an achievement.

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DAYLILY1601 1/5/2014 12:40PM

    Fantastic! As a newbie; I look forward to your insight.

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SOKKERNUT 1/5/2014 12:19PM

    Great idea! emoticon on your 5 year anniversary!

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BUSYGRANNY5 1/5/2014 11:38AM

    Self-reflection is a wonderful thing...

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CELIAMINER 1/5/2014 11:17AM

    Five years! Good on ya! Thanks for the reflection, since the message is just what I need right now.

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OHMEMEME 1/5/2014 11:00AM

    Best wishes for relearning...sounds like a great plan.

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WATERMELLEN 1/5/2014 10:44AM

    Reflecting and relearning -- day 2 of Siebold fatloser was about 100% compliance, just as is required for alcoholics (and for marital fidelity!!).

Yeah. Something I have to relearn over and over again (not the fidelity part!!).

And I'm most definitely looking forward to your review of your prior blogs!!

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OHMEMEME 1/5/2014 10:44AM

    I am a follower! Congrats on maintenance of a healthy lifestyle and weight management!! Thanks for sharing. Especially looking forward to hearing about the process of overcoming binging! keep Sparking!

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MEXGAL1 1/5/2014 10:37AM

    Wow, isn't that the truth....we sure have learned lessons. Many times I wish I hadn't wasted so much of my life not knowing what I know now. Would have prevented much pain. But at least I know now what and how to do things to be healthy....so I am happy for that.
Looking forward to your blogs reviewing goals.
Have a great Sunday.
Sallie

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JOYINKY 1/5/2014 10:05AM

    emoticon I think when we forget where it started, we get in trouble. Remembering why we started in the first place is important; reviewing is great!

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BOOKAPHILE 1/5/2014 9:43AM

    I can't wait to read them. I've learned a lot from you.

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TORTISE110 1/5/2014 9:28AM

    Five years of maintenance! emoticon You rock! Eager to read your posts.

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NATPLUMMER 1/5/2014 9:11AM

    Excellent!

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/5/2014 9:07AM

    Five years... Way to go Marsha :) I look forward to the reflections.

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DONNABRIGHT 1/5/2014 9:05AM

    Awesome. Give yourself a pat on the back - you deserve it!

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MSLZZY 1/5/2014 9:00AM

    Right on!

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MIRAGE727 1/5/2014 8:57AM

    Happy New Year, Marsha! Outstanding effort and blog! I don't think you need to relearn. You've become successful! It's just "tuning up!"
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ONEKIDSMOM 1/5/2014 8:53AM

    emoticon A perfect way to reflect on those five years of maintenance and commit to the NEXT five! emoticon

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MJRVIC2000 1/5/2014 8:28AM

    Remember that there is a BIG difference between making a DECISION and making a COMMITMENT! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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JAROL7 1/5/2014 8:27AM

    You are so right. Congratulations on your success and your maintenance. I am just entering my maintenance process. I am on Day #150 of my journey.

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SHERYLP461 1/5/2014 8:23AM

    It seems you have it figured out, good for you!

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KLMEIRING 1/5/2014 8:22AM

    Sounds great! I look forward to reading what you have to share.

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