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Sunday, November 02, 2014

Drop 2.5 lbs/week
Clean/organize daily
Code Daily
Draw Daily
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RITZIBROWN 11/7/2014 9:54PM

    Sound Goals emoticon Is there any "you" time or "outside" time allotted but not listed as a goal? I'm thinking of your home=based job and the windowless basement office. Our 5% is over next week. emoticon emoticon 's and AA's.

Sept. and Oct. were overly filled with deep down time. I decided to evaluate and see if I needed to forgive myself since this down time has happened yearly. I've worked on around 90% of the issues, some of which didn't need to be forgiven, just laid to rest. It's early yet so I'm trusting nothing will ignite that 10% ember that still lies within.

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USMAWIFE 11/2/2014 10:25PM


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1CRAZYDOG 11/2/2014 10:16AM

    Good luck!

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SWEDE_SU 11/2/2014 6:41AM

    #2 is for me too…. i can see half my desk now, just have to find the other half!

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TENNISJIM 11/2/2014 6:02AM

    Good goals

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/2/2014 5:35AM

    #2 is the one I should focus on.

Thanks for the reminder.

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It's the hard that makes it good.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"It's the hard that makes it good...." -this quote was in the movie 'A League of Their Own" and I think is a good accompaniment to "Pick your hard"....

I have been having a bit of a sad time in the past week because of something that happened with my work, and found that I just TOTALLY stopped caring about things that were important to me before (which was weird, because I really had been caring about SP), and ended up on some binges, (albeit healthier than previously). The ennui and depressed feeling wore off as the week wore on, but I ended up not exercising much either, and missed the climax of the fall color here by stewing in my windowless basement office - I work remotely so little contact with others, and no commute. Without my regular hikes, and partly because of the rainy weather, I had no reason to go outside, or even see much beyond the windows, mostly just the wood paneled basement walls, and pc and tv screens.

BUT thanks partly to time, and partly to my 5% team commitment (wherein I depressingly plateaued right at the start) I checked in with Spark for the weigh-in, and then did a little workout, and today, had a good 90 min hike, and then went to the gym to do a 30 min weights circuit.

In the locker room, there was a buff woman doing poses as she made selfies. She saw me get off the scale, and mentioned how hard it was to measure progress on the scale, and how hard it was to make progress at all. I quoted the quote in the graphic above to her, because it has kinda become my new mantra- it is very hard to be fat - so self-defeating, depressing, and self-reinforcing, until one 'disrupts' this cycle, which is also hard.

However, the result on the scale, and moments before in my circuit, where I really challenged myself, and muscles, were good; several pounds lost all of the sudden, and muscles engaged, worked, and pumped: good.

It's the hard that makes it good. emoticon

EDIT: The woman doing selfies was actually doing 'after' shots when we had the "hard" discussion (we had a little chat about it as I was at my locker; I should have made that clearer.)

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ARTISTSBRUSH 10/30/2014 4:46PM

    Good for you! Moving again. Take a trip further south so that you can see the peak of the autumn leaves some weekend, treat yourself and take a hike when you get there.

You did it. You got moving again. Good for you also talking to the lady doing the selfies. If you hadn't you wouldn't have known that she was doing after pictures which puts a whole different spin on it doesn't it? She's celebrating change!

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USMAWIFE 10/22/2014 3:57PM

    for me my initial hard was convincing a doctor something was wrong with me and no one believing me until one finally listened did the test and showed I was not insane and I could not loose weight even just drinking water.

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K80DALY 10/22/2014 1:10PM

    The hard for me would have been not busting out laughing at the woman posing for selfies. As judgemental as that sounds, I just don't get the whole selfie thing. But I digress.... I have found that the harder something feels, the greater reward along the journey. We all go off track from time. That you jumped back in is a true show of strength and commitment.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/22/2014 11:58AM

    Well, sounds like things are pretty much back on track, and that's good.

Yup . . . we have to choose our hard!

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HOLIERTHANTHOU 10/22/2014 11:18AM

    Glad to hear you bit the bullet and got back on track. I often hear on SP that rain is a reason to not get outside, but I tell you---------I love walking (or running) in the rain. The trick is having the right gear: a pair of excellent wellies, warm thick socks, a really good industrial raincoat (I buy mine from a place that supplies uniforms) with a hood that completely covers your head. Make sure it is big enough so that you can wear a warm sweater or two underneath. And then you are good to go!

Good luck with your challenge!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/22/2014 7:45AM

    I'm glad you turned it around. It sounds like you enjoy your hiking. The HARD part is overcoming the inertia and getting out there. Good for you!

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2015TODAY 10/22/2014 7:24AM

    I like the quote. But I also feel that it is very important to find things we LIKE about living healthy. So that it is 'fun', as well.
For example I can find great joy in going out on my bike and be in the fresh air, out in nature. It is not just a way to exercise but also me-time that helps lift my mood and clear my head. The same is true for certain dishes that I learned to make that are very healthy but also have great taste.

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TENNISJIM 10/22/2014 5:33AM

    Yes it is -- it's hard.

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Re-sparking for the week -last full week of OCT

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I haven't been online much lately, so little tracking of food, and no exercise, so no tracking of it. (Hmm-never really thought about how when I exercise, I am motivated to record it on spark, which motivates recording food, which motivates exercising to have something to record, and on)

The weather has been kinda crappy (cool, gray, rainy) even though the leaves are peaking at their autumnal glory, I have only seen it from the yard.

Gonna go for a hike in an hour or so though, and excited about it. Stupid phone/charger cord not charging phone, and don't like to go without it, plus watching Fareed, Candy, et al on CNN etc like I do many Sundays.

Plus I don't really like my gym much. Its very cheap, but the women's room TV is set to weather radar (which I'm a superfan of normally, EXCEPT when I'm exercising on fitness machines!) My old gym, which closed, and was 5-6x more a month, had ellipticals that had a view and personal tv's with cable; the ellipticals at the new one are in the middle of everything, no view, and just a few tvs with stupid sports (NFL etc) on most of them. I also don't feel as comfortable with the other people there; somehow I felt like my big body 'flew under the radar' at the other gym, which propelled me to go daily. Here I'm barely going weekly, which has also been part of why I have to re-spark - motivation can be so precarious!
Luckily, the 5% team commitment is keeping me tethered to Spark otherwise I might have drifted away already.

Instead, in Spark article:
ss_articles.asp?id=1651 (Strategies for Long-term Success -which is really about maintenance, not yet for me) reiterates this statistic:

"Journal :
Multiple studies show that people who track or journal the foods they eat lose more weight and keep it off for the long haul. In fact, the National Weight Control Registry, which tracks more than 3,000 people who have lost an average of 50 pounds and kept it off successfully for five years, has found that logging foods is one way to stay on track well after they've lost the weight. In another study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, those who used a food diary while dieting lost twice as much weight as those who didn't."

TWICE AS MUCH. Okay. Re-sparking logging. Gotta get the phone app this week. May get spark fitness logging gadget too. Heard it's on clearance as new model comes in!

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BBEAGAN 10/20/2014 8:23AM

    I track everything I eat and it really makes a difference. I enter ahead what I plan to have for the day and then find instead of being focused on cravings, I am focused on rounding out my nutrition report! ("I need 25 more grams of carbs but no more fat and 3 more grams of protein.... hmmm, what would that look like?") Good luck resparking!

Your gym sounds challenging... Mine has a bank of TVs on different stations, with closed captioning on. But I actually ignore them and get totally into my own music.I have play lists crafted to ensure a particular pace on the eliptical. On the occasions when I arrive without a charged-up music device, the cardio part of my gym routine is MUCH harder!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/20/2014 7:07AM

    Oh yes, get the Spark Activity Tracker. It's great motivation for $29.99 and my first week of thoroughly testing it has been a success. I find that it works really well both for accuracy and motivation.

I hear you about the gym environment. We have only a few TVs on the wall with the sound set up high. The worst is the blaring new reports and "talking heads" yelling at each other. That alone increases my heart rate. I find a machine as far away as possible to block out the noise.

Good luck and keep on tracking.

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TENNISJIM 10/20/2014 5:54AM

    You can do it

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HOLIERTHANTHOU 10/19/2014 7:01PM

    I log everything I eat, every single day. It makes a huge difference because it not only provides parameters that help guide every choice I make, it also keeps my head in the game day after day after day. I guess for me this is about forming good habits and the trackers get me there. Best of luck to you!

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BONNIEMARGAY 10/19/2014 3:32PM

    You can do this!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/19/2014 1:35PM

    Good for you for re-sparking your commitment to log. It really does help.

Good luck!

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I put my Curried Pumpkin Lentil Soup (vegan) recipe into SparkRecipes

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I wanted a pumpkin soup today (we had our first frost last night, so 'soup is good food'; and wanted some protein, so added lentils. Couldn't find the recipe I wanted on SparkPeople, so I made my own:

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JUSTYNA7 10/16/2014 6:13PM

    I'm making the recipe as we speak! DD can't have spices so I will divide it into two (it only has cinnamon, parsley and salt in it right now) and add the rest of the spices to mine. I had pumpkin in the fridge leftover from muffins I made and exactly one cup of red lentils... meant to be, right? Thanks for sharing this. Justyna from the Wriring Diet team. emoticon

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JUSTYNA7 10/16/2014 6:13PM

    This posted twice... sorry emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/14/2014 1:47PM

    Sounds awesome!

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BBEAGAN 10/13/2014 5:15PM

    Darn, I just made pumpkin soup too, butI didn't think to add lentils. And I went with cinnamon and nutmeg, rather than curry. I bet it's delicious with curry... Trade?

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CANDOK1260 10/12/2014 12:24PM

    you making me hungry emoticon no really the soup look good

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HOLIERTHANTHOU 10/12/2014 9:57AM

    This recipe looks amazing and is exactly what I am in the mood for. I am going to make it this afternoon. I don't know what asafetida is either. I suppose I could google .... but I'm lazy.


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K80DALY 10/12/2014 7:23AM

    Thanks so much! I'm adding to this week's dinner menu! Can't wait to try!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/12/2014 6:35AM

    I saved it in my recipe collection. I'm glad you mentioned it's OK to substitute. I don't even know what asafetida is. LOL.

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TENNISJIM 10/12/2014 6:12AM

    Awesome -- thank you

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Belated October Goals

Saturday, October 04, 2014

A little late but my list of goals for October* & my Hallows harvest emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

1) eating seasonally, organically, locally, as much as I can: lots of pumpkin and squash things and apple things, last harvests of herbs from the garden - very healthy; also some spaghetti squash instead of pasta; also mixing it up with grains (the first of the harvests was at the beginning of August) and grapes emoticon emoticon emoticon
2) Losing 2 lbs a week emoticon emoticon
3) Writing on non-Spark blogs - 1 a day for the rest of the month* emoticon
4) Also pre-writing and researching for Nanowrimo in Nov* ~5555/day emoticon
5) A graphic a day* emoticon
6) Min of 1 hr exercise; bonus for 2 hrs/day exercise 6 days a week emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
7) An hour of web code ed; an hour of house work; 100 sparkpoints daily emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
8) 10 sites* emoticon emoticon
9) 10 job apps* emoticon emoticon emoticon
10) 1 hour standing computing daily emoticon emoticon

-will have to make a daily schedule, as I fell quite short on some of my Sept goals; and this is a little more ambitious, but focused emoticon emoticon emoticon

*keeping in mind that Oct is also mostly under Mercury Retrograde influence this year emoticon

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CANDOK1260 10/7/2014 7:03PM

    great goals

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RITZIBROWN 10/5/2014 1:49AM

    Your goals are incredible! You have the life plan goals so balanced and doable, also making time for you. Exceptional. emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/4/2014 8:00AM

    Nice to have goals beyond just food and fitness - a great all-around plan.
Go for it!

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HIKING-4-ME 10/4/2014 7:47AM

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