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Sparkabella13 Triumphs Over the CAKE!

Thursday, June 28, 2012



I love cake. I just need to put that out there. Especially vanilla cake with vanilla icing. Don't get me wrong, I'm also a chocolate lover, but white cake is something I generally don't pass up, even if I only take one bite.

Yesterday, I triumphed over the cake at the retirement reception at work. I triumphed over the crackers, chips, dips, pretzels, mini chocolate donuts, and the CAKE!

Instead I opted for carrots, celery, cucumbers, snap beans, hummus and two pieces of cheese. That was my pre-workout snack.

If I give in to sweets, my body just craves them all the more. When I'm really needing a fix, I'll have a low carb no sugar added popsicle or a small piece of angel food cake, or a piece of Dove chocolate. However, yesterday was such a victory for me because my plan was to skip the cake and I did.

After the reception I had my group training session at the Y and did some cardio warm up, an upper body weight workout with free weights, followed by another 10 minutes of cardio. The trainer said you don't have to go in there and kill yourself on the cardio machines. It's better to just warm up, work with weights, which burns the carbs, then do some cardio to burn some fat.

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I totally blew that cake off!!!!!!!!!

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BRENDALA11 10/4/2012 11:16AM

    That's awesome. Great job! I know how hard that is to pass that up. You deserve a pat on the back. emoticon

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CNUDRAGON 6/28/2012 12:31PM

    I totally know how you feel. I fight that battle a little more often than I would like. I make cakes on the side and boy do those cake scraps and leftover icing tempt me!!!! I need to think of your victory the next time I make one!

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SPARKABELLA13 6/28/2012 10:15AM

    Wow ... they brought the leftover cake back to the office ... I am fighting the fight all over again today!!!!!

I will win !!!!!

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DEBBYFROMMT 6/28/2012 9:52AM

    Dang that cake looks good! Ooops, sorry, GOOD FOR YOU! But it's nice to be able to fill up on veges!

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MIRAGE727 6/28/2012 8:09AM

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Another victorious battle won!
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PHOTOFAN440 6/28/2012 8:04AM

    AWESOME! Sweets are my weakness also. Anytime I can look that cake, cupcake, cookie in the "eye" and not fall for it's fat-laden, calorie busting sweet talk is a huge win!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Feeling GREAT!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

There's nothing like waking up in the morning and feeling GREAT. This is the first day in 4 that I didn't wake up all congested/water/itchy and I am very much appreciating it.

Some goals for today:

* I will exercise
* I will drink 64+ oz of water
* I will track every bite
* I will make good choices
* I will bypass the cake & other junk food at the retirement party this afternoon and instead opt for a Kashi bar prior to going to the gym
* I will send good thoughts your way for healthy and happy day

Over and out sparkies!

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NASFKAB 6/28/2012 1:28AM

  great blog

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THISISGREAT2 6/27/2012 10:06PM

  Good for you.....I could feel your excitement just by reading your post! emoticon

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PEAJAY50 6/27/2012 8:32PM

    You go gurl-fren!!! Wooo-Hooo!!!

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DEBBYFROMMT 6/27/2012 9:35AM

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Struggling

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I haven't been feeling so hot the past few days. Whatever weed is active right now is kicking my butt! I've had headaches, itchy/watery eyes, sneezing, congestion, and this general overall feeling of YUK. I'm a little ticked with Mother Nature right now.

I'm fighting back. I'm going in to work a little later this morning and am going to do everything in my power to help myself to feel better. I'm armed with Allegra, Visine A.C., Nasonex, tissues with lotion ... and most importantly, my refusal to give in to this allergy junk. I'm going to take a nice hot shower and emerge feeling stronger.

I will get a workout in today even if I'm not able to do my overall best, it will be the best I can do for today.

You know, it's ridiculous to let a little allergy nonsense knock me off my success wagon. I refuse to give in to it ... and I refuse to lay around on the couch again tonight. Even if I go to the gym and get 30 mins of cardio in, that's better than nothing. And missing yesterday is not going to send me into a downward spiral. I didn't develop obesity and lack of exercise overnight and I'm not going to fix those things overnight. This whole journey is about doing things better, doing things right, and getting back up.

Today, I will think nothing but positive thoughts and I'll fight for my health and my happiness!

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NASFKAB 6/26/2012 11:27AM

  hope you feel better soon

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RADFEN 6/26/2012 11:07AM

    emoticon Sometime with allergies, all I can do is walk - so I do. Hope you can get back to normal soon.

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DEBBYFROMMT 6/26/2012 9:13AM

    Wow, you are doing so well, to have determination with your allergies. I take a zyrtec every morning whether I need it or not because I know once I get up and going, I'll need it. I hope your ac is fixed at work soon, that will help. Until then, I'm rooting for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 6/26/2012 8:49AM

    It's tough to keep on keeping on when we don't feel well, but it sounds like you're armed with a plan! Have a wonderful day! Hope you feel better soon!

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You Are SO Worth It!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Tomorrow begins the third week of my 8-week Kick Off the Summer membership at the YMCA. When I committed to this program, I told myself in order to truly change my life and incorporate REGULAR exercise, I would need to go 3-4 times per week for a minimum of a half hour. I figured if I could keep that up for the entire 8 week program, I would succeed.

Week one I went 4 times (and then took my beach get away), but still made sure I got my walks in. This past week, week 2, I went 3 times (and will make my 4th visit today). My minimum cardio workout was 40 minutes (which was actually yesterday) and my maximum cardio workout was 70 minutes. The two weeks prior, I was getting 2-3 brisk walks (40-65 minutes) in per week for 2 weeks.

I'm developing the self-discipline to exercise, which is so important to my health. I'm making better food choices, eliminating white bread, white rice, and most processed foods. I eat far less "junk" and try to nurture my body with more whole grains, vegetables, soy, and healthy sources of protein. I'm taking my meds, every day, along with a multi vitamin. I'm drinking more water. And in addition to the exercise, I'm more active in so many ways. I'm enjoying life.

It's been difficult fitting the exercise in. I have to forgo some other activities in order to give that time to myself, but I'm working it ... and this is working. I wish I could share this feeling with anyone who is struggling to exercise. Just start small, make that 10 minutes for yourself every day, and within a short period of time, you'll find you WANT more. Everyone has a different limit, just start somewhere and see what it does for you. You are so worth the effort to make healthy lifestyle changes -- we all are.



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DEBBYFROMMT 6/24/2012 9:40AM

    That is EXACTLY how it was for me! You are telling my story! LOL! Now I feel sluggish if I don't get my workout in. I like doing it first thing in the morning, but will workout in the afternoon if I'm working or have appointments early. Keep it up! You are doing SOOOOOO well!

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REDHATSHAPELY1 6/24/2012 8:26AM

    Great account on how to incorporate exercise into life. I especially liked what you said about your mental self talk. That is the key. We are so worth it! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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NASFKAB 6/24/2012 6:56AM

  great

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I'm Not Giving Up--I'm Giving In!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I've been jumping on the scale day after day, and it's giving me nothing. But I don't care! I'm not giving up. I'm giving in to leading a healthier life. I've noticed some major changes since I committed to this.

1. I have more energy, and lots of it.
2. I feel happier.
3. I have less aches and pains.
4. My clothes feel better.
5. I'm sleeping better.
6. My blood glucose has improved.
7. I feel less stress.
8. I'm accomplishing things I thought I couldn't do.
9. I'm enjoying exercise.
10. I have a desire to read and learn more about the things I can do to take better care of me -- and then DO those things!

I'm giving in to living a healthier life!

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SEXBOBOMB 6/24/2012 7:41AM

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NASFKAB 6/23/2012 8:07PM

  inspiring

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DEBBYFROMMT 6/23/2012 4:06PM

    You are an incredible sparker!

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MIRAGE727 6/23/2012 7:56AM

    I know you are doing it! I also know that you will break through the wall! Every "body" will go through it several times. I always feel good when I see others "getting it!" Girl, you got it!
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