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Challenge Blog Entry - Day 7

Friday, March 08, 2013

I'm amazed that I actually blogged every day this week. I made the decision at the beginning of this challenge to try to do every challenge of the "Living the Good Life". By the end of the challenge I really want to be at my goal weight and developing these new habits should help me get their. Also developing these habits will help me maintain the life I want to live in my future. I don't want to go back to the way I was. It wasn't good, and it definately wasn't healthy.

Thanks team for all your support.

  
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SIRIUS2014 3/9/2014 8:35AM

    So glad you dug in and made a great start to your challenge.

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SPARKCHANTAL 5/22/2013 5:38AM

    and i'm amazed I haven't found you sooner!

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HAKAPES 5/16/2013 2:20AM

    And what did you learn?
How was it to blog every day that week?
I'm interested in your experiences!

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GOULDSGRANITE 3/9/2013 3:27PM

    Let's keep up the great support! Thank you Dawggie! emoticon

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POLYANNA2 3/8/2013 6:02PM

    It sure was a great week and I think a lot of us doggies have learned a lot from the blogging experience. Thank you for your support too. Now let's keep these tails a waggin'!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUFFIT 3/8/2013 5:32PM

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CLAIRESML 3/8/2013 4:46PM

    your consistence is to be commended. good for you!

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GWINNER1 3/8/2013 2:33PM

    I admire your consistency. emoticon emoticon

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RDGISME 3/8/2013 2:21PM

    You deserve more props!! Blogging does help and you are now able to keep it up or not, but how will we know to celebrate?! I can't wait to celebrate your Goal Line crossing!! You are right about something: going back to the way we used to eat and live is like giving ourselves poison!

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GRAMMAMARY 3/8/2013 12:04PM

    congratulations on blogging everyday emoticon

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LEANMEAN2014 3/8/2013 11:51AM

    Way to go!!! I have trouble blogging, but seeing people around me getting it done inspires me to try harder!

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RACEWELLWON 3/8/2013 11:48AM

    Sounds like a very good plan - I know its difficult to blog , believe it or not even for me ! Blogging does help in reaching our goal weight , incredible but a must do ! The sun is out two days in row !! Keep pushing ! Hugs K emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIANEDOESSMILES 3/8/2013 11:24AM

    Isnt that NEAT???? I laid here this morning thinking "before today, I wasn't all that clear about where I was headed, and how to get there, and NOW I AM !!" WPOOOHOO ANd like urself ,,, ALL COS OF BLOGGING this WEEK !!

AMAZING huh? To think we SHOULD of been doing this ALL ALONG !! I myself, WILL keep this up (maybe NOT everyday, but just about !) for it has me clearly MOTIVATED !!! AND I REALLY NEED THAT !!

I LOVE how far you have come this week and LOVED hearing it. YOU GO KIDDO !!

SUCCESS IS YOURS !!!!! What NEW GOAL have you now Developed from this? Such as today I decided I WANT BADLY to fit into a size 14 and I AM GOING FOR IT WITH ALL I HAVE by mid summer !! WOOHOOO ! (I am not sure how much I need to lose?) And ALSO I WANT BADLY to see Onederland WITH ALL I HAVE !! its CLEAR TO SEE now !!! I am 14 lbs from it,,, so prob 14 weeks from there,,,,June 14th ! WOOHOOOO !! Ok,,, so CLEARLY I'll be in the 14 around then also !! for if I remember right that's about 199. :)

OH YEAH !!!!!

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PRAIRIEMIMI 3/8/2013 11:15AM

  Applause from the Land of Oz!

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Challenge Blog Entry - Day 6

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Blogging or writing has never been easy for me. I'm not one to let others know what I'm feeling or what is even going on in my life. I usually hold things in and try to deal with it on my own. This past week I have learned that there are truly many good people out there who really want to help or give a shoulder to lean on. This team is always there to help me on my journey to leading a healthier life.

My chemotherapy has drained me of a lot of my energy, and sometimes wants me to give up, this week included. But today I did get great blood count results. This past week I also found out that my job was being eliminated due to budget cuts and I'm being moved to another position in another school building. I've been in this school and position for 10 years and it will be hard leaving this staff and the work I've been doing. I've also been dealing with the "drama" of an 18 year old daughter which is never easy. Needless to say it was a difficult week to get up and face each day, but each day someone would come into my life and surprise me with some kind word or support that kept me going.

Writing these blogs and getting the advice or support also helped me along and let me know that I'm not fighting a losing battle with my weight loss journey. I know that it is leading to a better life for me. I'm slowly being taken off some of my medicine including my blood pressure medicines. I'm no longer in danger of developing diabetes. These things help to keep me motivated. I want to thank everyone that has helped me this past week.

  
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GOULDSGRANITE 3/9/2013 3:26PM

    You have done a fantastic job of blogging. Spark is THE MOST positive environment, I just love it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GWINNER1 3/7/2013 10:54PM

    KEEP ON HANGING IN THERE! GOD WILL TURN THINGS AROUNG. emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 3/7/2013 1:34PM

    Hi Sue - I do apologize for not getting to your blogs this months . Everytime I think I am getting caught up it snows-lol . I think that you are doing marvelous under the stressful situation that you are in. I feel awful that I have not been there for you like you have always been there for me. As you know DH is facing a Heart Transplant so I to have been faced with some difficult situations . I am very sorry that you have been cut back from your position. Makes me sad to think that after 10 years that they can move you like a chess piece but who knows maybe this move will better for you. I know it will be hard to make a move right now from your support system in your field. I know you say that you are dealing with your daughter at an uneasy age. Perhaps she is rebelling due to your Health , out of fear of losing you - Just a thought -I think you know that I am pretty straight forward with my words - if I cross any lines please let know - You are in Thoughts and Prayers - Hugs Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CLAIRESML 3/7/2013 1:25PM

    My goodness you are strong!!!! So many challenges, but you are doing great!
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RUFFIT 3/7/2013 1:23PM

    When I start the negatives - I always turn to the positives!! No meds!!! No Diabetes?? That is just AWESOME!! You GO!!! Hugs, Moni emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POLYANNA2 3/7/2013 1:20PM

    SP is an amazing place for sure. And you will get through your treatment (you are already doing so well), you will make new, maybe even better friends at your new job, and your 18-year-old WILL grow older and wiser - honest - hard as that may be to believe right now, and you are going to be so proud of her.
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Challenge Blog Entry - Day 5

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Thinking about what I need to improve on, I got thinking about how I am close to goal. I worry sometimes that once I reach goal, I will fall off the wagon and go back to my old habits. I keep telling myself that this is a lifestyle change and not a diet, but once I'm at goal will I still think that way? I need to commit myself to continue logging in my food and keeping active with sparkpeople. I also need to continue with my water intake. Now is the time I need to start planning since I'm only 5 pounds away.

  
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GOULDSGRANITE 3/9/2013 3:22PM

    Congratulations on being so close to goal. I got really scared thinking about being at goal also. I have decided it will just be another fabulous sparkling day, like all the others that I have been enjoying lately. I will be glad to reach my goal, but I think everything else will remain the same. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NICELYSIMPLE 3/6/2013 4:07PM

    It is awesome that you are close and wonderful that you are planning for success. Would it be possible to set other goals, besides weight, so that once you reach the first one you are still striving for something? Perhaps a 5K run, a pull-up, consecutive meal tracking streak, etc.?

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AEROBISAURUS 3/6/2013 3:59PM

    Wow! Congrats on being 5 lbs away from your goal! Remember to just take one day at a time! emoticon

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GRAMMAMARY 3/6/2013 2:22PM

    emoticon on being so close to your goal.


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RDGISME 3/6/2013 2:13PM

    5 pounds away? emoticon I think that once you get there, you could always tell yourself that the "old way of eating" was really poison to your body.? I can't really relate since I am so far away from my goal, but I do hope to continue seeing you Sparking, daily!!

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Challenge Blog Entry - Day 4

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Today has probably been the hardest day to blog only because it was hard finding a few minutes for myself so far today. We started state testing at school. I assist with the special needs students, which takes up most of my time. After school I will have to drive about 20 miles to go pick up my daughter from college because we didn't want her driving in the snowstorm today. She is a commuter and my husband dropped her off this morning.

My goals I set for myself first thing this morning were:

Make time for a healthy breakfast because of my long day. Yes I did - had oatmeal.

Drink 8 glasses of water. I have had 3 so far and will have another with lunch.

Make time for myself - at least 30 minutes. I plan on doing that after dinner tonight. I have already told my husband and daughter I need "me" time, so hopefully I get it.

Yesterday I did achieve my goals. I want to continue on.

  
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GWINNER1 3/5/2013 11:53PM

    Keep on working your plan. Making time for yourself is of the utmost importance. You have figured out what's important so you are way ahead of the game.

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MARYANNSQUEST 3/5/2013 10:47PM

    Having "me" time is important. You have a plan and I know you will do great!
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MNABOY 3/5/2013 4:26PM

    Taking "me" time is important. Enjoy your daughter while she is home, for when they leave they are so much nicer and yet we can't be with them then. That may be why they are so much nicer? lol

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CLAIRESML 3/5/2013 3:54PM

    You have your plan in mind, and I am sure you will make it

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KANDOLAKER 3/5/2013 3:16PM

    Wishing you some "me" time soon. You are doing great by making time in your stretched schedule. Way to make it happen!

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Challenge Blog Entry - Day 3

Monday, March 04, 2013

Today I have decided to set my goals and start checking off what I have done so far. Tonight I reflect what I have done.

One goal is to eat a healthy breakfast. In the past, I have skipped breakfast thinking I could save calories. This has always backfired on me. I can already check this off as I had oatmeal with apples this morning.

Another goal is to get my 8 glasses of water in. So far this morning I have had 3 glasses. I hope to have 4 glasses in by the time I'm done with lunch.

My third goal is to set aside 30 minutes just for myself to relax and spend time just for myself. Being sick with leukemia, I have found that I get tired very easily, but I still am not taking the time to give myself the rest that I need. As a mom and wife, I keep busy around the house and taking care of the family along with working part-time. I know that I have to take care of myself and my health to be any good for my family. I plan on doing this when I get home from work when I have the house to myself and it is very quiet. This will be "my time".

As to achieving my habit for blogging. I plan on blogging after dinner each evening to note how I did with my day's goals and to see if I need to make any changes to what my goals are for the future.

  
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NICELYSIMPLE 3/4/2013 6:36PM

    Reasonable, measurable goals. Keep us posted on your success. emoticon

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MNABOY 3/4/2013 12:22PM

    you are on a roll, keep rolling

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GOULDSGRANITE 3/4/2013 12:00PM

    Awesome. Great plans for YOU!!! You Deserve it. Hoping for you to check all those goals off today! emoticon

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POLYANNA2 3/4/2013 11:25AM

    Planning your journey, establishing your goals and then giving yourself the time each day to reflect on progress or what needs tweaking sounds like a formula for success to me. I particularly like the daily quiet time to reflect and I think I'll steal that page from your book for myself. Sometimes the days just get away from you and you have to make a conscious effort to stop and smell the roses. Definitely worth the effort.
Great blog!!!

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LESLIELENORE 3/4/2013 11:22AM

    Great plan! Personal time is so important.

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