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I CHOOSE to make the REST of my life the BEST of my life!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

If someone would have told me 8 weeks ago I would be exercising 5-6 times a week by August, I would have had difficulty wrapping my head around that ... but it's TRUE! I've learned that exercise can completely turn my day around. It makes me feel GREAT! It helps me to control my blood sugar. My heart feels stronger. My blood pressure is crazy good. I sleep better. I feel more positive. I accomplish more.

I've learned the importance of drinking plenty of water. I now drink a minimum of 64 oz of water each day. Many days I drink 72 oz or more. My skin is beautiful and I've been told I "glow." I honestly think that's a combination of clean eating, exercise, water and vitamins.

I still eat out ... but SO much less. I'm spending my hard earned money on quality, healthy, fresh foods and I'm packing my lunch every day on work days. Some days I pack my breakfast. No more passes through Dunkin' Donuts drive thru (besides ... my coffee is better anyway). In fact, I've given up fast food for the most part. There was one day when I needed lunch and picked up a small chili and side salad from Wendy's, but I can make both better at home and usually do. I bought myself a trendy lunch bag (that really looks like a handbag) and I pack it each morning and clean it each evening. I invested in a good stainless travel mug at Target and I take my coffee each day with fat free half & half instead of 1/4 cup of cream from Dunkin! I plan around any special events or social engagements by trying to educate myself on the menu in advance and act accordingly. Sometimes I decline invitations because I don't really care to go, especially if there are no good choices for me. I've learned it's okay to decline sometimes if I don't really want to go!

I've learned how important it is for me to have proper rest. I function so much better at my job/around home and I can kick some a$$ at the gym if I'm well rested and following a good food plan.

I've learned to track each day, every bite, my water, blood glucose, exercise ... all of it. I can't know if I'm getting the nutrients I need if I'm not tracking and besides, I don't want to cheat myself out of one bite!

I've learned not to be intimidated by going to the gym or anyone who steps food in one. I have a purpose for being there and others probably care about as much about what I'm doing as I do them. I've learned to pack my gym bag so it's ready to go because it makes it more convenient for me. I try to add steps to my day whenever possible, by parking further, taking the steps (I don't get winded anymore) or making more trips than needed.

I reward myself with massages, pedicures, manicures, new sneakers or exercise clothing ... no more food rewards, it's so counter productive.

I read as much as I can about living a healthy life (plenty right here on SP each day) and by picking up a magazine here or there as an added bonus to myself.

I enjoy sharing the journey with the many friends and acquaintances I've made on SP. I look forward to continuing along this journey together, sharing victories and sorrows, learning together, living better with each other.

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 7/29/2012 8:50AM

    8 weeks and a lifetime :)

Nicely said...all power to you towards your goals :)

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BLUE42DOWN 7/28/2012 11:28PM

    A beautiful quote - and so much great progress for you!

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THRIVE2DAY 7/28/2012 6:34PM

    You're doing awesome. Congrats on all the non-scale victories (NSVs). emoticon

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MIRAGE727 7/28/2012 4:48PM

    Bella, you are such a fresh wind! Sail on, Girlfriend! Be strong!

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/28/2012 4:30PM

    Wow Bella, I will take lessons from you!

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LADYJNAR 7/28/2012 4:24PM

    emoticon Sounds like you are doing fantastic! emoticon

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Bad Vibes

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Did you ever notice when you're feeling up and doing everything in your power to live a healthy life ... some people are bothered by it or worse yet, completely ignore it?

"You're not eating enough."
"You're exercising too much."
"You'll go to the gym twice and quit."

Or worse yet ... someone who knows you well refuses to give you any credit whatsoever for your efforts, almost as if nothing has changed in your lifestyle with the way you eat, the way you exercise, even your overall attitude.

That happened to me this morning and at first it honked me off ... but now I'm just smiling about it. The same person is sitting at her desk coughing. Someone asked if she's okay and she replied, "I'm choking on something.

" I didn't say it, but I thought ... "go ahead, smoke another cigarette!"

Vent over!


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NASFKAB 7/26/2012 12:32AM

  understand how you feel people go out of their way to stop my healthier ways but ITS FOR ME NOT THEM

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PAPAMIKIE 7/25/2012 10:52AM

    Many people made comments on my loosing too much weight, eating too little or the wrong things (although most of what I dropped were quick carms, fast foods, etc.) and exercising too much (again, lower blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.) These same people did not say anything to me when I approached 250 pounds on my 5 ft 8 in frame.

However, I believe that most were actually concerned with the weight loss. Even my Doctor. I went in to see him after loosing from 244 plus down to 160. He asked why was there I said, I have lost 80-90 pounds and my wife and daughter thought I should be checked out medical. His mouth dropped and eyes widened.

I said, “No, this was by choice changing how I eat and exercise.”

He said, “Good because I was going to say if you have lost that already due to cancer, get your house in order.”

Funny although he had told me to loose some weight, when I did he thought “Cancer”.

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/25/2012 10:22AM

    Some people just refuse to be happy, for you or themselves. But you are doing this for YOU! YOU are the only person you can and will make happy!

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KSCRAP363 7/25/2012 8:23AM

    As I like to say, some people just AIN'T right!!! This a.m. must just be a good day for people to "honk" us off...I had someone doing that this a.m. (different reason though).

Let's just try to SMILE & annoy the heck out of them! LOL! emoticon

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SPARKABELLA13 7/25/2012 8:06AM

    You guys are GREAT! I'm over it !!!!


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GUCCI9300 7/25/2012 7:57AM

    So true!!! I have those people too that are always commenting on my lunch (it is usually turkey / chicken or salad - since I like to get a lot of my calories in for breakfast) and saying that it is too bland. I just want to say Leave me alone people!! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 7/25/2012 7:57AM

    You will run into this forever! It's one of the reasons I live by focusing on the positive. It's ME that I'm focused on and everyone that is on the journey! You will get negatives from everyone, including the family members that know everything and go by THEIR gospel! NOT in my house! It ain't happening! I have to bite my tongue though and just put the warrior in me to what I'm doing!. You know where you've been! You know where you are! And you know where you are going! I wanna party with you! Let's rock!


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AZMOMXTWO 7/25/2012 7:46AM

  I have the same type of people around me and I also just think to myself goahead keep smoking or drinking or what ever they do that makes the so ""ill"" then I just go on with my work

Have a great day

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Feeling a Breakthrough Coming Soon!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I have this feeling if I keep pushing, I'm going to make a breakthrough in the next week or two. It feels like the calm before a great electrical storm. I'm charged up. I'm increasing the intensity of my workouts. I'm breaking through the barriers I've always sabotaged myself with in the past. I'm eating healthy foods and tracking what I eat. I'm drinking water and lots of it. I'm powerful with bad temptations and using my willpower to the max.

I'm changing ... my mind, my body, my spirit!

Stay tuned for Sparkabella's S*P*A*R*K*S !!!!!


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NASFKAB 7/25/2012 12:25AM


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RAINCLOUD1996 7/24/2012 4:48PM

    A strong will and persistence will get you everything. emoticon emoticon

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MIRAGE727 7/24/2012 4:29PM

    Bring it!

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KSCRAP363 7/24/2012 1:42PM

    You go girl!!! emoticon

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CINDYSDAY 7/24/2012 10:41AM

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SWEDE_SU 7/24/2012 10:25AM

    wow!!! i feel your power! emoticon emoticon

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Exercise...check! Water...check! Staying on track...check!

Monday, July 23, 2012

I changed the ringtone on my phone to James Brown's "I Feel Good" because I truly do!

Went to the fitness center on my lunch hour (which is now 90 minutes instead of 60, thanks to my boss, so I can exercise on my lunch break instead of after work). I just stay an extra half hour at the end of the day. In my mind, that's MUCH better than having to tote it back out in the evening to exercise. More time to play with Aldo!

Got a good 15 minutes in on the elliptical, then worked my back/chest/shoulders in the weight room, then another 15 minutes on the elliptical. I've read conflicting reports about whether it's best to do cardio or strength training because of burning muscle instead of fat. What do you think?

Got a quick shower and back to my office to snack on my lunch (turkey breast and lorraine swiss on Fiber One Multigrain bread, and raw yellow bell pepper strips, carrots, and celery. Had a Kashi protein bar before my workout and my blood sugar is sweet! Afternoon snack will be half of a banana and some almonds.

I've already had 64 oz. of water and I've tracked every bite.

I feel good!

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NASFKAB 7/24/2012 12:11AM

  awesome great

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/23/2012 11:50PM


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KSCRAP363 7/23/2012 7:58PM


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BLUE42DOWN 7/23/2012 2:30PM

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I know what you mean about the conflicting reports. I've seen some that say we should do the cardio before the strength training because it ramps up our calorie burning, but others that say we should do less cardio on ST days because more cardio can cannibalize muscle.


I do the combination that makes me feel good when I finish. I personally don't think we're likely to burn more muscle than we build unless we're doing ridiculous amounts of cardio (2+ hours).

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FALCON_MONICAB 7/23/2012 2:26PM

    emoticon Good for you feeling so good! emoticon Keep it up! I love days like that! Such a great feeling. emoticon May this week continue to shine for ya! emoticon

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Sparked at the Church Picnic

Sunday, July 22, 2012

First of all, it's pretty rare that I would have blog-worthy content twice in the same day ... but today I totally do!

My plan was to avoid the church picnic today. This is the picnic where everyone brings their most evil (and most delicious) dish, none of which are typically healthy or good for a diabetic or anyone for that matter! A friend of mine was really pressing me to go -- and I thought, "hey, I can't skip every social event just because I don't want to face temptation. Temptation is EVERYwhere. I can do this. I've got it. I'm rocking it."

I took fresh fruit and veggies. I blew past every side dish (including the salads because God only knows what was in the dressings that were already added). I loaded up half of my plate with raw veggies, 1/2 of a burger, and about half of a cup of fresh fruit. I also drank 2 bottles of water. I totally bypassed the rolls, mac and cheese, mayonnaise-based white pasta salads, pink fluffy looking stuff, meatballs, Italian sausage ... ALL of it. And I didn't even glance at the desert table. I know what I saw people carrying around and that was enough to convince me to not even look!!

I actually didn't have enough carbs! Came home and had some low sodium pretzels with hummus to hold me over until dinner.

VICTORY! Warrior girl wins again.

Oh, and I continuously whine about how I've only lost 10 lbs., but several people commented at the picnic and asked me if I'm losing weight!

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NASFKAB 7/23/2012 12:22AM

  great job congrats

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KALANTHA 7/22/2012 6:05PM

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Way to go, Warrior Girl!!!

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KSCRAP363 7/22/2012 4:35PM

    You should be nominated for sainthood! You are a stronger woman than I...way to go!!!

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MOTHEROFBOYS5 7/22/2012 4:35PM

    Well done, you!!! emoticon

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ALDEBARANIAN 7/22/2012 4:10PM

    Good on ya!

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