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YAY! I FINALLY SHOWED UP IN THE RIGHT-HAND COLUMN OF LEADER BOARDS

Monday, October 19, 2009

In a few days, it'll be 9 months that I've been on this great website. The weekly team leader boards have shown me at the top in the left-hand column for sparks points, but I eventually wanted to be in the fitness column. YAY! Yesterday I showed up in the top five in six of my teams and it felt like a validation of all of the hard work I did this week. Hooray, hooray, I hope to continue my new higher level of exercising.

  
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AMYMLE 10/22/2009 10:01PM

    I don't even know where the leader boards are! Are they staring me in the face and I just haven't paid attention? Anyway, congrats! You go girl!

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TIFFWINTER 10/21/2009 9:35AM

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MSLZZY 10/19/2009 8:49AM

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GOING2LSEITNOW 10/19/2009 6:26AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon That is fantastic. I am happy for you. I also saw on the wall that you are making progress.

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IRONGRANNIE 10/19/2009 4:35AM

    Absolutely fantastic emoticon

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SURENDERISNOTME 10/19/2009 1:27AM

    emoticon emoticon It is good to know that all your hard work has paid off.
Keep up the good work.

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/19/2009 12:59AM

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AWESOME Job my Rockin' Spark Friend! Keep up the great work!
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Ah Oh! The Perils Of Thinking I Can Eat More Because I've Exercised More

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I've really worked hard this week, and thought I was "entitled" to eat out of my regular menu today. I was out at a great Mexican restaurant, and even though I didn't overdo it, had more than I bargained for today. I'll have to watch out as I exercise more and think that I've earned the right to chow down. That could lead to counterproductive behavior, that's for sure. Wishing all of you a wonderful day. (p.s. See what I do to myself? In the last blog, I talk about how I expect a great weigh-in day. Then, a day later, I feel entitled to eat the way I want because I've been a good girl and exercised my brains out. Can't have it both ways, I'm afraid.)

  
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SKYEFYR 10/20/2009 10:23AM

  I think most of us fall into this trap. Good for you for realizing it so you can be conscious of it in the future!

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RICH530 10/18/2009 2:51PM

    Sounds like you have things under control!! You know what you have to do and you can do it!!!! You can do anything!!!!
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NERVOUSWRECKIAM 10/18/2009 1:14PM

    Good blog.

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CHANGES4KAREN 10/18/2009 7:43AM

    I used to feel that way because it gave me carte blanche to have whatever I wanted though after a while, a switch goes on in your brain saying," Wait a minute, I don't think this make sense." like you just did. About two years ago, one of my sisters said to me, "Listen, Karen, it is a simple formula, exercise 250 calories more a day and eat 250 calories less and you will lose weight." She was right. It takes consistency and time but moderation and consistency over time, it goes. Exercise is a fantastic feeling, I like to reward myself with healthy food and then something I like to do like a good hobby or a relaxing activity or fun time with friends or family or a phone call I haven't made in a long time. It is not that I don't reward myself or that I don't eat. My rewards have changed a bit and the food that I eat has too. I do once in a while have "treat" food. And family vacations are challenging but after a while you go with the flow. Not that I don't have a long ways to go myself. But, I like my sisters formula! Hang in there!

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Good luck and Keep fighting the good fight!!! Good thoughts!!!

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DAIZYSTARLITE 10/18/2009 1:12AM

    That has been my biggest problem. I will to think of ways to "reward" myself other than lasagna lol...

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You'll Hear My Scream Far and Wide

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Monday morning will not be just any weigh-in day. It'll be a day when I'll go nuts if, after all my very hard work this week, I don't see a loss and downward trend after a very long plateau. If I don't see a loss, every city will reverberate with my scream of frustration. And if I do, a huge scream of delight. (smiling) It's Halloween soon, so what better time to let out the frustration with a cathartic scream?

  
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HOKU-ALOHI 10/18/2009 12:46AM

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On your awesome focused workout this past week.
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RICH530 10/17/2009 10:30PM

    Stay positive!!! I will keep my ears open for that scream of delight!!!!
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JCORYCMA 10/17/2009 10:27PM

    That mean old scale owes you an apology! Let's hope Monday is the day!! My fingers are crossed for you!
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CORNPICKER73 10/17/2009 9:22PM

    Congrats on your recent milestone and for resolving to 'kick it up a notch'! I hope you have a great weigh-in on Monday and we won't hear you screaming. ;)

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KAYLSLYNN 10/17/2009 11:08AM

    YOU WILL MAKE IT KEEP ON KEEPING ON. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS KAY emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Multi-Tasking While I'm on SP Website

Friday, October 16, 2009

While I'm thrilled about this website, I'm also unhappy with how much time I've been spending here. Working on the computer as a writer, I'm often on and off the SP site. In order to make this productive, healthy time, I've added a couple of things while I spark. I have a mini-cycle under my desk that I peddle. Recently, I've changed it up to stand and do a variation of squats while I add to the message boards. And always, I make myself have water nearby so that I continue to drink during this time. Little things, but they make me feel that I am not spending too much time on the computer without some physical benefits as well as the other great benefits gotten from SP. Wishing all a fun day.

  
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GEMSTONE1952 10/16/2009 9:23AM

    Great ideas. I use a stability ball as my "chair" and bounce. So I'm not sitting still and I get a core workout. I can't really feel it working, but according to "sources", you have to use your core muscles to stabelize while on the ball. It would be great if you could post your suggestions on the Wacky Walker Coffee chat thread.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/16/2009 9:04AM

    Great blog. I've thought about doing the same thing and you have given me some ideas.

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RICH530 10/16/2009 7:05AM

    This website can be addictive!! What an invetive way to multi-task!! Great job!!
Happy pedaling!
Hugs,
Lee

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CATE195 10/16/2009 6:08AM

    I agree that it is difficult to not be drawn in and spend so much time on this Website. I get up early and get on before I head out to my exercise class. Later in the day, I get back on to track my food and fitness minutes, then just before bed I close out things for the day. Some days I really get tied up in reading the articles. This site has been so helpful to me! emoticon

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Honest Assessment

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I have just met my one-year anniversary date on October 13 marking the beginning of this healthier lifestyle change. Been giving the past year a hard look at all of the things that worked for me, and what didn't. Only through being completely honest with myself can I progress. I've often blogged about "kicking it up a notch," but now I have to come to grips with concrete ways to do that. The biggest one that jumps out at me is making the exercise I do count. That is, I tend to move a lot, but not sweat too much (or at all). I've never been a jock and I don't expect an inner athlete to pop out at this point (although you never know), but I have begun my second year with this week full of sweat. Yes, real sweat! This is going to be an interesting year 2 of this adventure, I can feel it in my bones. (smiling)

  
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HOKU-ALOHI 10/15/2009 8:34PM

  That's because you are a Spark Star!!! WooHoo!
Great totally awesome job on your workout!
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Aloha ~~ Maya
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Best of Luck as you ramp things up a notch!!!

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MSLZZY 10/15/2009 4:44PM

    Planning ahead is a good thing! Sticking to it is even better! I'm smiling with you!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/15/2009 4:33PM

    Congratulations on you one year anniversary!!! That's great! It's also great that you are thinking about what you will be doing in the future. emoticon

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PEDIPOD 10/15/2009 4:04PM

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FAMILYTRADITION 10/15/2009 3:17PM

    Happy Anniversary! And great thought.
I'm where you were a year ago, I guess. I'm wanting to work on moving more...I know I'll need to work on the sweating in the future, but right now I'm not at that point. Here's hoping I'll be in your place in one year ;)

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LOOSEINGIT 10/15/2009 2:53PM

    Happy anniversary..Keep up the good hard work..

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ADDISADDICT 10/15/2009 2:35PM

    Good for you! Congrats on your 1 yr anniv! Looking forward to hearing about the year to come. Hug your kitties for me. :D
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SURENDERISNOTME 10/15/2009 12:23PM

    You are going to have a fantastic second year. I am rooting for you. have a great day.

Debbie

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THORNBIRD1 10/15/2009 11:44AM

    I had the same issues. I become a lot more active than my usual sedentary life but that doesn't mean it was of a cardio nature. The problem is though I hate boring repetitive exercise so I joined a Zumba class that I feel is now kicking my butt. It is fun and it tones and offers the cardio I needed. Good luck to you.

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HMARTO 10/15/2009 11:27AM

    Way to go on making it a whole year. I think that you have the right attitude going into year two. Keep up the good work!!!!
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