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Loving My Body One Part At A Time & a challenge

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

I haven't blogged about this for a while. I've been working on loving my "sexiness". I have been trying to find it and embrace it. I have TONS of new undies and nighties. And really, although I do have a boyfriend, the truth is, wearing them makes me feel sexy for ME! I've been wearing more make-up (well, wearing it more often). Doing my hair with a little more time consumption. And, I finally found my SKINNY JEANS! Oh Yeah! Last pair, in my new smaller size, at (of all places) Target! I rock those things!

For the month of February, I've been thinking back to a very dark year in my life. It was the first year after my divorce. I was about to face (duh, duh, duhn) Valentine's Day--all alone. I didn't want to be feeling like a victim, all sad and pouty. So, I planned a very "romantic" night for myself. Doing all the things that I like and that fill me with joy. I bought food I liked, set a fancy table, lit candles, had a lovely wine, cooked my fabulous food, ate it, and watched romantic movies. I celebrated romance.

I also took the time to write myself a Love Letter. I have kept that letter all these years. (It's been 7) I still go to it and use it as a reminder of everything that is so wonderful about me. As I wrote the letter, I went "out of my body/mind" and thought about it as if I were writing to my very best friend. There is no criticism in it. Only love.

I challenge you to write your own this year. Post it on Valentine's weekend. Let's celebrate love and romance.

Are you in?

  
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DISNEYSMOM 2/9/2010 12:26PM

    I love the idea of the letter, taht is awesome! Thanks!

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DETERMINED_ME 2/4/2010 4:13PM

    What a great idea!

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BIRDRIPLEY 2/3/2010 10:05PM

    What a super idea...divorced or not. emoticon

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POSEY440 2/3/2010 3:51PM

  WOW that takes a lot to do that. I have been divorced since 99 so I know how it feels too. i am living with my son so I cannot do this but I may postpone it and do it when I get home in April thank u for the idea. Hope it works for u let me know. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIXIED88 2/3/2010 2:07PM

    OOOoooh, a challenge....I likey! You'll just have to remind me or I could put it on my list! lol

I've been doing the same "pretty for me" by wearing jewelry that I had forgotten I had. I just lay it out with my clothes each night and for some reason it makes me feel prettier just b/c I took the time to clasp a necklace or bracelet.

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POSITIVELY_EB 2/3/2010 1:57PM

    LOVE the challenge! I may take you up on it!

Hugs! Beverly

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Taking Action is Success

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

I always forget this. I know action creates motion, but it is also the first step of SUCCESS!

Even if I ate sucky, snapped at someone, didn't finish all my To Do list, if I did a set of jumping jacks or 10 minutes of cardio, or drank 8 glasses of water--I have done good.

And, it does seem to make the momentum to keep doing more good.

On my worst days, when I'm sitting on the couch at the end of the day feeling sorry for myself--if I do one strength exercise rep--I feel immediately better. If I come up with one positive choice I did that day--My attitude perks up!

We can do this! We can turn our lives around! We already are successful!

  
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BUTTERCUP76 2/2/2010 3:35PM

    I'm still working on my January to do list, I renamed it February's to do list. Maybe I will correct that to first week of February's to do list!

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DIXIED88 2/2/2010 2:12PM

    It's all in how you look at it! Glad you are having a good day!

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ZNEKITA 2/2/2010 12:43PM

    Loved your blog - you have the right attitude and we DEFINITELY can do this.

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POSITIVELY_EB 2/2/2010 12:37PM

    AMEN! How true!

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CHUBBYPIE 2/2/2010 12:33PM

    This is so true!! I will have to remember this on my "bad" days

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JUSTMISHY 2/2/2010 12:31PM

    Yep, yep, yep! February is as good a time as any to love ourselves by being positive!

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MITURN 2/2/2010 11:01AM

    It is all about building the success, isn't it?

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TIMEFORVACATION 2/2/2010 10:54AM

    yippee...awesome blog

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Spark program day one of 28 day challenge

Monday, February 01, 2010

I am feeling a little slow this morning. Still have the head cold. Did not eat well this weekend--figured I was starting new today so I cut myself some slack. I still didn't eat as much as I would have a year ago, I am making progress. But I'm sure the greasy stuff accounts for my sluggishness.

I also have tons to do this morning. Can not believe I still haven't filed the FAFSA forms. I made myself a promise to do it this morning--no more procrastination.

As far as the Spark Book, I am loving it, but also feeling a bit behind. I haven't gotten as far in it as I thought I would. Guess now is a good time to not beat myself up over mistakes and just learn from them.

I need water! I am looking forward to some good eats. Indulging must become a once in a while treat and not an every weekend treat. I am promising myself that too.

My goals: Drink my water, dutifully.
Watch my calories and sodium.
Make good choices.
Eat at least 1 fruit and 4 veggies daily.
Get at least 10 min. of exercise daily.
Tell myself, I love you. Everyday.
Encourage at least one person on their journey everyday.
Try to take the time to turn negative thoughts into positive thoughts.

I may think of more, but I really think this is all I can handle right now.

  
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MSNICHOLS39 2/1/2010 7:29PM

    I started my program today, and I blogged my goals, Glad to on board with you all.
Andrea

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JATOBY51 2/1/2010 6:15PM

    Sounds like a very doable plan. We can do this!! One day at a time! I hope you are feeling better soon!!

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USEANDLOSE 2/1/2010 2:42PM

    Way to get started on the 28 day plan! Me too! Love those goals - realistic and definitely attainable!

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CANDICE_A 2/1/2010 1:46PM

    February is the perfect month for a 28-day program! Wish I had read that far into the book to start today......

I like your goals! Easy to slip into your day and make habit-forming. You can do it!

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BUTTERCUP76 2/1/2010 1:34PM

    Keep it going, your headed in the right direction!


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MISSM0929 2/1/2010 1:18PM

    Great blog. I am starting the 28 day program and for some reason, this time it just feels right. I had a great workout this morning and have done well with my eating so far today. My 3 fast break goals for this week are: Drink 8 cups of water a day; exercise for 30 minutes a day; give myself an "I love you" pep talk everyday; I think if I can keep these up for a week, it will be a great foundation for whatever else this challenge may bring. Thanks to everyone for sharing your ups, downs and goals. emoticon

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MOM210 2/1/2010 11:59AM

    Awesome blog! That's the beginning. I'm doing the 28 day makeover thing too but I get confused because I started other goals and I think I'm doing well on them, so I can't decide if I should just drop them and start over or kind of march in place til I catch up with myself (on the 28 day makeover part). Does this make any sense? Thanks for being so inspirational! I need to remember to love myself more. Thanks for reminding me emoticon God Bless you!

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LORELD 2/1/2010 11:49AM

    I like your goals! I'm sitting on the fence about having a sigmoidoscopy test tomorrow. I probably should since my half-sister was diagnosed with bowel cancer a few months ago. She says to get knocked out but she had a colonoscopy which is a more invasive procedure. If I have the test done, that means I can't eat anything after 2 p.m. today. Maybe I should re-schedule for the summer after my daughter is out of school. I have to pick up my son from work at 12:00 midnight, and take my daughter to school by 7:00 a.m. All this and my sister says I will be up all night from drinking the magnesium citrate.

I love your goals also, and will incorporate "I love you" to myself everyday. Thanks. emoticon

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BNADINE 2/1/2010 9:58AM

  Love your plan - I tell you what! I steal as many ideas of this website as I can - fairly new user - love it!!!

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DIXIED88 2/1/2010 9:49AM

    Very good plan. emoticon

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DORSKI 2/1/2010 9:30AM

    Great goals good luck.

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SCOOTER4263 2/1/2010 9:24AM

    OMG the FAFSA forms! *face palm* Okay, add that to the list of things I need to do yesterday. emoticon

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DHSPARK 2/1/2010 9:19AM

    You've got your goals set and now it's time to reach for them!
We can do this!

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ANANDINI 2/1/2010 8:39AM

    Hi there - I'm also starting the 28 day program today, after a month on Spark, as well as starting the lose 10lbs in February challenge. Thank-you for your very honest blog - I liked it. All I can say to everyone is LET'S GO FOR IT!!!! Life is too short, and we can keep each other going. All the best and keep in touch

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LINDALOU142 2/1/2010 7:57AM

    I also like your goals. I'm having some of the same things to deal with that you are. Good luck.

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POPPYPENN 2/1/2010 7:22AM

    I love your goals and I will use them. Especially, saying I love you everyday.

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I'm gonna do it!

Friday, January 29, 2010

I am going to do the 28 day plan from The Spark. I'm going to sign up on the book bonus page and I am going to do it! It starts Monday Feb 1 and goes the entire month. I am excited to have a goal, a program, support, and hopefully full health.

I'm currently only on chapter 4. There is a lot to take in and think about. Even though I've been on Sparkpeople for over a year, there is so much more I need to learn and absorb.

I have definitely begun to feel a routine and a lifestyle change. But, I still have the ability to slip into old habits when life throws me some curve balls. I need to really work on healthy methods of dealing with stress that can also become habits. And, I need to have a better game plan when I become sick. I have not been eating well, despite all the reminders to do so. I have gained weight.

My head goes to places I just can't fight when I am sick. The devil certainly knows our vulnerable points. And, well, he got to me these last two weeks. But I am feeling so amazing strong today (even though I am still a head of snot). I found a "happy" place in prayer and in reaching out to encourage others (even when I'm not feelin' it myself). Maybe when I'm sick, I need to cut myself some slack and simply support others. Celebrate others. Lord knows, you all have loved on me plenty during this weird sick phase. Thank you.

This is just a part of my journey. I love to learn. And even though I fear change a bit, I know that change is what makes me grow. I also know that next year at this time I will be smaller in size, stronger in my physical abilities, and a much improved emotional being. Knowing this keeps me going.

  
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USEANDLOSE 1/29/2010 9:12AM

    Wow - I could have written some of this blog myself! I'm also on chapter 4, and I'm amazed with how much I'm still learning - its taking me a long time to read it because I keep stopping to THINK! I'm starting on Monday too! Let's do it!

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RUTHIEBEAR 1/29/2010 8:48AM

    emoticon I believe in you. Keep us posted how you are doing on the 28 day plan.

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Head Cold?!?!?!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

How much more can I take? It feels like I will never recover! I am giving myself permission to take a break. To get better. To come back (next week) fully alive, fully motivated, fully breathing, fully charged, and ready to lose some fat, gain muscle, and be stronger and fabulously fit!

Now, just think happy, healthy, germ fighting thoughts.

  
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KATIERIVERSMOM 1/29/2010 6:40AM

    Hope you are feeling better today...I've had strep throat myself & am very tired. Warm lemon water (1/2 lemon squeezed in warm water...add a touch of honey) is soothing to the throat, cuts the mucus and the fat (double duty :) Definitely keep up the healthy eating...lots of fresh garlic (builds the immunities) and water...not so much juice (you want to watch the sugar, just creates more mucus :P), but the exercise will help too...just take it easy and don't over do it.
Don't mean to be a butt-in-ski, but I've studied health and nutrition for about 17 years now and these are the tricks I've learned...hope they help.
Also go for the vitamin D, not just C.

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MAMAEAGLE 1/28/2010 3:34PM

    Prayers for healing going out for you!!! Get better soon!



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DIXIED88 1/28/2010 9:53AM

    Take off from exercise but try to still eat healthy. It will help your body recover faster. Water, lots of liquids (chicken soup comes to mind!), HOT showers to break up the yuckies in your head, and don't forget your vitamins!

Feel better soon! I miss you! emoticon

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WARRIORWOMAN90 1/28/2010 8:11AM

    I just am getting over being sick too. Get lots of rest and drink lots of water,tea,juice. That's the best you can do. You can jump right back in when you feel better. Meanwhile,watch carefully what you eat. good luck and hope you feel better soon.

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VEUVEGIRL 1/28/2010 7:47AM

    So sorry you are sick, get better soon!

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