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BLC 22 SMART Goals

Monday, June 10, 2013

SMART Goals for BLC 22

Specific – I want to lose 15 lbs during this round.

Measurable – I will log my food everyday even if I’m playing catch up at the end of the day. I will use a paper and pen tracker and add it to Spark People. I will exercise at least 6 days each week for a min of 30 minutes.

Attainable/Achievable – Tracking and exercising are things that I have control over. I will count success for achieving those two goals regardless of the number of the scale.

Relevant – I am working on losing weight to improve health and to help me have the energy to keep up with Jason and his various and sundry activities.

Time – I will stick to this throughout the BLC 22 session including the week that I am gone on our family cruise.

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GSDMOMMA 6/11/2013 10:39AM


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NEVADAPP 6/10/2013 10:50PM

    Stay focused and you will meet your 15 pound weight loss goal!!

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BECCA315 6/10/2013 7:19PM

    Good goals! emoticon

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SINGER73 6/10/2013 7:17PM

    Definitely do able emoticon

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Buddy dog woes

Thursday, June 06, 2013

One of the things I love about Spark People is the friendships that you form with people who are fighting the same battle, have the same goals, and yet there is still a sense of anonymity that gives you the freedom to really pour out your heart.

Buddy dog is sick. I took him in for his yearly yesterday and planned to talk to the vet about how rough he looked and how lethargic he has been in the past few months. The vet told me that Buddy looked like he had aged several years. Preliminary diagnosis is Cushing’s disease. Not much you can do there, but it could also be hypothyroidism or male femization syndrome. For my small town, one man office, vet, the tests to determine what we are dealing with are on the very expensive side. Needless to say, when I got home yesterday afternoon, I was little on the stressed side.

Picture of Buddy from last summer
Picture of Buddy yesterday – note his bald tummy

So, big decision, what, if anything to do? Cushing’s disease is expensive to diagnose and difficult to treat. Male feminzation syndrome, you treat by castrating the animal and since we had that done as a puppy? At work, one of my staff knew of a clinic in downtown Fort Worth that is somehow affiliated with the humane society. He used them to have his last dog, a stray he took in, to be fixed and said they are very inexpensive. He’s going to bring me the contact information tomorrow. So my plan is to schedule an appointment for Buddy Dog to basically a second opinion and have his thyroid levels checked. Hopefully that is what is the problem is and we can solve it pretty simply with a daily medicine.

Part of me is just relieved to have come to a compromise in my mind. Pets become such a part of your family that it hurts almost as much when they are sick.

On a side note, Jason and I talked after the vet appointment and he is understandably worried about his dog. The vet said that if we didn’t treat him, that he would probably just continue to lose his hair and would probably slow down even more. Jason’s answer is that “We love Buddy for who he is, not how he looks, right?” Absolutely!


Winter 5% Challenge - 6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

So this is an easy one this week. Right now I'm going strong, but I do want to thank everyone for the motivation and advice that you have already given me this week through the course of the assignemnt. And... I will be sure to ask for help, when I hit the point again where I need it!

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SETAGOAL1 3/7/2013 9:02PM

    You have not given up on yourself. You now know you are the only one that can make it happen for you.

You have the power to succeed or fail. You have chosen to succeed.

Few baby steps complete a long journey


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Winter 5% Challenge - 5) What can you improve upon?

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

I'm doing pretty good about tracking and staying within my range. I'm on day 6 and feeling pretty proud of myself even if the scale is not reflecting it. Definitely a NSV!

So what can I improve on? I think I need to spend more time pre-planning my meals. Logging what I eat after the fact is one thing, but if I'm going to stay on the track of sticking to my range, I see the need to plan ahead. I know that if I don't, one of these days I will wind up with only 100 calories left for supper.

Tomorrow - 6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it!

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ANNEROUSSEAU 3/7/2013 8:07PM

    emoticon NSV!

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BELTONWALKER67 3/6/2013 11:33PM

    You are doing great! Keep up the good work. emoticon

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SETAGOAL1 3/6/2013 10:37PM

    positive lifetime changes will work over time! emoticon


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LESLIE2561 3/6/2013 3:29PM

    I try to keep each meal to 400 calories or less and that way I can have a snack if I need it and I don't have to worry about going over my calories for the day. emoticon emoticon

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MTULLY 3/6/2013 3:28PM

    I am so glad to see that you are not depending on the scale to validate your success this week. Good for you!!! I think that your idea to spend more time pre-planning is a great next step. For me, it makes all the difference. Keep up what you are doing. You are definitely on the right track!

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Winter 5% Challenge - 4) How are you doing day by day?

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

I'm on day 5 of my new habit and still going strong. For the past 5 days, I have logged all my food and also stayed in range. Feeling pretty proud of myself.

I took a peek at the scale this morning and it was still headed in the wrong direction. Hopefully my official weigh in for BLC 21 tomorrow will be better, but even if its not I'm not going to let it get me down. I intend to stick with the tracking. I know that it is key to getting this weight off.

Tomorrow - 5) What can you improve upon?

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BARBARASCH 3/6/2013 5:01AM


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ANNEROUSSEAU 3/6/2013 3:44AM

    Tracking everyday and staying within calories is the key. Do that everyday, and you know that you are controlling the things you can control - you can only control the behaviors, not the results. But those results will come in time. The scale can have ups and downs independent of our efforts. That can be vexing, but don't let it discourage you!

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FUSCHIA6 3/5/2013 11:59PM

    Way to go! You are going in the right direction overall, so just keep it up. Good for you.
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LESLIE2561 3/5/2013 11:32PM

    Keep tracking! emoticon

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POSHAMY 3/5/2013 11:23PM

    Good job!! Sorry I missed this challenge, it sounds like fun!

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-AMANDA79- 3/5/2013 10:43PM

    Great work! Make sure you are drinking plenty of water and staying away from the salt. The scale will eventually have to cooperate...


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KIM--POSSIBLE 3/5/2013 9:04PM

    The number on the scale is just a number! Congrats on your progress this week!

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SUNNYSIDE20 3/5/2013 9:02PM

    Great job! Keep it up if you can; emoticon it will pay off!

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