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Have You Noticed This About Goal Attainment?

Saturday, April 07, 2012

I've noticed that, once I achieve small goals, it seems easier to achieve others that are bigger. It's like momentum and being on a roll. Seems that one goal met provides the tenacity for others. Conversely, once I get back into one bad habit, they all crowd in like unwelcome guests. For example, if I were to start sugar again, then it would be caffeine and other similar behaviors.

For all of those celebrating any of the holidays this season, wishing you a happy one. And wishing all my sparkfriends a fun weekend.

  
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LUCYJOY 4/9/2012 5:43PM

    Very, very true!

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JAZZEJR 4/8/2012 6:13PM

    I agree; the small achievements fuel the momentum. So they aren't really so small, are they? Hope you are enjoying this Easter Sunday!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/8/2012 6:06PM

    I totally agree....the whole concept of "success breeds success." I'm glad you are making such good progress.

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FLORIDASUN 4/8/2012 8:06AM

    This is a beautiful and insightful blog. AND so TRUE. We are creatures that like a little competition...even if it's with ourselves. And streaks are powerful motivators. I love it when I'm in my exercise mode where I don't want to miss a day and blow the great streak that I've got under my belt. So true also with healthy choices. I now LOVE my coffee black where I used to have half milk half coffee. It's true that the caffeine isn't that great for you...but it's a little indulgence I allow myself. I've been through the no caffeine periods though and it surely didn't kill me. I'm proud of you for your wonderful achievements...just really, REALLY proud! Keep on keepin' on dear friend!

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LIVINGFREE19 4/8/2012 12:32AM

    It does seem to be that way for sure!
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BOBBIENORTHERN1 4/7/2012 6:20PM

  You are so right

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BLUE42DOWN 4/7/2012 3:51PM

    Agreed. Each goal, no matter how small, that we accomplish builds into a pile of confidence that we can meet more - a snowball effect.

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NATPLUMMER 4/7/2012 2:39PM

    Yes, that does seem to be the way things work.


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ROCKYCPA 4/7/2012 12:22PM

    Making small goals and achieving them is the best way to go. Good for you.

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JEANNINEW1 4/7/2012 10:32AM

  It just came to me, I changed my goal for the next month not 6 months. Once I achieve that then I can set what I want for the next mo. It is more realistic and I feel more in control.

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No Scale. Scale. No Scale. Scale.

Friday, April 06, 2012

No Scale. Until I began this healthy lifestyle adventure, I didn't own a scale. Never needed to. Then, about seven years ago, many factors started adding bulk to my bones - overwork, less activity, hormonal changes, stress, etc. Suddenly, for the first time in my life, I was fat. (no, not fluffy)

Scale. About four years ago, I bought my first scale and began the weekly weigh-ins to keep track of my progress. After 31 lbs down, I hit what I call a forever plateau. No matter what I've tried or changed, nothing budged to lower numbers.

No Scale. About a year ago, as a result of the plateau, I thought I'd do fine just maintaining for awhile so I forgot about the scale. Never did let it rule my psyche although it can tend to start to dominate consciousness if I let it. However, I've decided to kickstart my regimen again to get this last chunk of about 20 off my bones. Gotta gotta gotta do it. Gonna gonna gonna do it.

Scale. Two days ago, braced myself and got on the scale. Even though I've maintained the same size clothing, I told myself not to start this numbers game again that can mess with my head when losing weight and just let it be. Whatever the number on the scale, that's my new starting point. It wasn't as bad as it could have been.

So, I'm back to weekly weigh-ins, which will be on Thursdays or Fridays. Having the scale back in my life will keep me on track.

Wishing all a good day. (p.s. My yard saga goes on with more drama, as I posted yesterday. Guess this is going to be one of those issues that produce stress before it's resolved. Not going to let it get the better of me.)

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/10/2012 7:38AM

    Just do what works best for you. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/8/2012 6:09PM

    It seems like we each have to find our own balance (pun intended) when we come to the scale. I find that I gain weight if I don't weigh myself regularly, but my mom has never owned a scale and goes by clothing size. I don't think it matters one weigh or the other...it's just whatever works best for the individual.

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FLORIDASUN 4/8/2012 8:11AM

    Yep...the scale does tend to rule our psyche doesn't it? I weigh myself once a week. If I don't like the number I resolve to do better on my tracking. My tracking is a WAY better indicator of where I've been and what I should be doing calorie wise. It's time consuming but I'm learning to add in my favorites and make my groupings...we seem to achieve by the effort we put into things. You are doing GREAT my friend! I'm soooo thrilled for your successes! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 4/8/2012 12:31AM

    I don't like to weigh every day because it just downs my mood if i haven't lost anything or if I gained a little.
Everybody does what works for them though.
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KANOE10 4/6/2012 1:14PM

    I weigh everyday also. I need the feedback! Gald you are back on track and good luck with that scale!

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NATPLUMMER 4/6/2012 12:36PM

    It's good to get feedback from the scale every once in a while.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 4/6/2012 10:07AM

  I hate and detest scales because they do tend to rule my mind, will and emotions.

They tend to meke me over eat and to loose my want to, so, I understand where you are coming from.



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SHERYLDS 4/6/2012 9:47AM

    I weigh every day....scales are just another form of feedback.
Have a great weekend

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Leaks, Estimates, Stress & Mega-Bills

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Today started out with what was supposed to be a simple repair to the lawn sprinkler. Guy comes, finds the leak is not something he can do. Still have to pay him for his two hours.

Then two plumbers' estimates. Whoopee! Turns out to be main water line to house from street. Two more estimates tomorrow and visit from insurance guy to let me know if part of it will be covered.

Totally stressed with this on top of a slew of other stuff going on. But, you know, amidst the angst I had not even one thought of running to sugar and/or caffeine for comfort. Or food in general. VERY proud of myself.

Totally overwhelmed and wound up, not sure if I'll be able to sleep. But tomorrow is a new day.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/9/2012 12:25AM

    WAY TO GO on not turning to sugar and caffeine. You are doing a super job!!!

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FLORIDASUN 4/8/2012 8:16AM

    Wow...just another little hassle in the big lesson book of life. It must be in the wind...I am feeling particularly stressed right now. Sometimes you scratch your head and ask "Why me"...but of course we know..."why not me"...in the scheme of life ours is pretty easy when we look at the turmoil in the world around us.

I would think that the city has some part in this..since it's hooked to the main? I'd surely give it a shot in having them involved.

Hugs and hope your insurance helps you out on this one. Let us know what comes about. GREAT job in not running to your vices for comfort! I truly am amazed and so inspired by your wonderful resolve in choosing HEALTH over frustration! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 4/8/2012 12:34AM

    I hope you got some, if not all, of these issues worked out.
I can fully understand the stress!
It is great you didn't resort to foods that were unhealthy over it.
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CATLADY52 4/5/2012 9:39PM

    You can feel satisfied that you didn't run for your 'trrigger' foods. I wish you more days in the future, just not with the lawn sprinkler. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/5/2012 2:35PM

    Stress is no fun....I'm very impressed that sugar and caffeine haven't been calling to you. Hope things turn out to be not so bad as they seem.

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NATPLUMMER 4/5/2012 12:57PM

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TUMBLEANDTWIRL 4/5/2012 11:54AM

    House repairs are the worst :( I hope things work out, and soon! But that's so awesome that you have a new habit of not coping with food! Congrats!

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SHERYLDS 4/5/2012 9:21AM

    “The strongest oak tree of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.” ~Napolean Hill

this too shall pass
congrats on standing firm with your goals

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NANCY- 4/5/2012 8:37AM

    Congrats on not turning to sugar and caffeine!!!! What an amazing victory!

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JLITT62 4/5/2012 7:23AM

    Are you sure the town isn't responsible for it? That happened to us once - and yes, I know how stressful that can be!

Good luck. Good job on not turningto food!

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New Hula Hoop Arriving Today

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

I ordered one of those weighted hoops. Haven't done it since - well, I don't remember when. Hope I can get going with it and have fun.

  
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KRISTALD76 4/8/2012 1:02PM

    For 1.5 years I have been seeing these big hula hoop looking things with weird nobs on them at stores here in Korea. I've made fun of them a few times with a very curious mind of what they could possibly be. I decided they were for some weird way of massaging yourself. Then recently I read an article about weighted hula hoops and felt excited (and embarrassed) to have a new name for this mysterious hoops. Now I am thinking about buying one myself!

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SHOOTIN4STARS 4/5/2012 10:46AM

    They have a hoola hoop class at my gym. I've never taken it, but you have inspired me. I might have to try it soon. Have fun with it!

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KANOE10 4/5/2012 7:18AM

    What a fun idea. I hope you like it. Great for the waistline!
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/4/2012 7:24PM

    Can't weight to hear what you think about it (pun). I've had my eye on them too.

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CATLADY52 4/4/2012 7:09PM

    I have seen them used but never have tried one. Have fun. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 4/4/2012 2:05PM

    Yay!! Can't wait to hear all about the fun :-)

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RYDERB 4/4/2012 1:25PM

    emoticon I LOVE mine! It didn't seem "weighted" until I dropped on my foot! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 4/4/2012 12:33PM

    oh my ....
can't wait to hear about it.
have fun

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BEFITWALKING 4/4/2012 10:52AM

    You will have a ball. I don't have a weighted one, just the old fashion kind for now. Actually 4 are in the garage. My daughter and I pick it up from time to time or if her friends come over. Sometimes, we'll just hoola and talk or play some music. (good way to catch up with their lives :D) They are all 7th graders. If I can still hang with hoola hooping, so can you!!!! Put your hips in to it! LOL!

Have fun!!

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My Nailpolish Smells Like Cotton Candy

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

I'd bought a couple of new colors and while doing my nails last night, I started smelling a very familiar scent. Then I looked at the bottle and it's scented Cotton Candy color and fragrance. Sure enough, I found myself smiling at this as I'd never heard of nailpolish having this added feature.

At first, I thought it might become a trigger since I've not had sugar for quite awhile, but then realized that it's just a smell that makes me smile and think of carnivals. My other color is Peach Smoothie. I might have a tougher time with that one. But probably not. Just fun stuff.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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NANCY- 4/4/2012 11:43AM

    Interesting, I don't think I'd like my toes smelling like food. They couldn't make it smell like a flower? Hope the fragrance fades.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/3/2012 8:43PM

    Interesting!

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IAM_HIS2 4/3/2012 8:07PM

    Sound like something I'd enjoy too.

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CATLADY52 4/3/2012 4:51PM

    I could go for a Peach Smoothie but the Cotton Candy smell is not something I'd go for.

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CHANLSURFR 4/3/2012 3:17PM

    Interesting way to do your nail. Remind you of the carnival and look good.

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BLUE42DOWN 4/3/2012 1:54PM

    Well, that's probably better than the usual chemical smell they have. Do they retain any of the smell after drying?

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NATPLUMMER 4/3/2012 1:38PM

    Fun :-)

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SHERYLDS 4/3/2012 11:57AM

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RONNIEHUEY 4/3/2012 11:44AM

    One time I was playing a slot machine and it started smelling like pop corn. It was a state fair machine.I also found one that had a chocolaty smell.So have you started chewing on your polish yet?

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EJHEINRICH1 4/3/2012 11:38AM

    I have never heard of this what is the brand???

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JILLITA55 4/3/2012 11:31AM

    That is news to me.

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