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Positive changes !!!! :o)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

So I have decided to switch my rewards around a little. I have been wanting to get a heart rate monitor that tells me the calories burned. Instead of just going and buying one I am replacing my running shoes 1st 8 week streak for staying in my exercise range with it, due to the fact that I need the running shoes ASAP to continue in my training. My feet are starting to hurt a little in a few places. I am going to do things right and go tonight and have them tell me what shoes would be best, not pick them for how they look at all!!! :o)

I have done good today so far with food. After my snack that I have for this afternoon the only thing I need is carbs , fat, and calories. I have all my vitamins, nutrients, protein, fiber, etc past the lower limits. Yeah!!! I like these days. It almost feels like a freebee for dinner in a way. I think I may have a small baked potato with some broccoli and a veggie patty for dinner, yum yum !! Hopefully I will be walking tonight in my new shoes watching the biggest loser!!!!!

Last night I can't believe that I went from almost not exercising to almost going 4 miles. WOW what a change!!! Also at work today I found out that a weightloss challenge will begin in almost two weeks. I won't make the mistake this time by letting myself go up a little or stay to make it all count, I'm going to keep moving forward to my goals as fast as possible even if that means I don't have as much to lose for the challenge. I will do great in the challenge but I win if I get the weight off no matter what !!!!!

As far as weigh-ins go I may start next week, I stopped due to the few weeks off I took in Dec and went up a little and the fact that when I start working out sometimes I go up a little bit. I just have to figure out which day would be most motivating for me. hmmm . Or maybe just weigh-in when I feel like it since I'm focusing more on my non-number goals. Afterall accomplishing my goals will get me where I want to be and in those skinny jeans feeling great!!!

Enough babbling for now, better get back to work. Hope everyone has a great day!!! Tonight I may try to think of who I can spread my spark to next...........

Happy sparking!!!!

My picture of the day is from my trip back to Ohio in August in ithe picture is my dear sister, brother in-law, neice, nephew (they all live in Ohio), my dad, and me (we both live in Arizona) It is taken outside my sisters lovely home (other than it doesn't have good AT&T signal. LOL)

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BARBARA_G 1/13/2010 10:09AM

    What a fantastic day!

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KRYANPRINCESS 1/12/2010 3:27PM

    Good For You!! I feel you on the shoes, mine are just wore out...ASAP I will finding a new pair too!! Sounds like you are having a great day!! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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SALINA78 1/12/2010 2:58PM

    Sounds all so GREAT!
I can't wait to see what shoes you get!

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MORNING_NOONAN 1/12/2010 2:53PM

    Congrats on improving your fitness so much! You really are an inspiration!

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I got my trophy!!!!!!! :o) YEah Gotta love the spark points

Monday, January 11, 2010

So I am walking on the incline trainer. We'll see how this goes. It's wierd typing alot, but I love the multitasking. It makes exercise go by fast and I want to watch the Bachelor in a little while before crashing.

After work today I was really tierd and hungry. I think I was hungry because I didn't eat as much yesterday, but not sure. I was still able to stay within my calories though. In fact I still have 100 if I want them. I was thinking for a while after I got ome that I would take today off the incline trainer, but then started to think about all my encouragement to others this last week for turning it around when they didn't want to exercise. I also thought about the fact that I would e missing a day so early in the week, I do want to go and reset my streak I have, so here I am. :o)

I have to say I just love reading peoples story and helping motivate others in turn helps motivate me. So thanks to everyone. :o) Hope everyone has a great evening and think about how you to can spread the spark in some way, making someone smile or feel good is better than anything money can buy. :o)

I leave you with a wonderful pictures of my grandfather and me back in October about a month before he passed away from a long battle with cancer. I'm ery greatful I got to go up and visit a few more times this last year to get my butt beat at rummy and chat. xoxoxoxoxo Smile because it happened !!!!

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BARBARA_G 1/12/2010 12:10PM

    Congratulations on the trophy!

Good job for hanging in there and not making excuses for not exercising!!!! Keep it up!

I'm sorry for your loss and am glad you had time to spend with your grandfather before he passed away.

Keep on keeping on,

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KRYANPRINCESS 1/12/2010 10:36AM

    WOO HOO!!! Good for you!! Ur doing a great job! We are gonna meet all our goals this year!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOBBI1968 1/12/2010 8:38AM

    Congratulations on your new trophy!! Also, way to go on your incline trainer today - I think sometimes just getting started is the hardest part, but once you start it's hard to stop!!

I love the picture of you and your grampa - it is definitely a blessing you got to enjoy time with him before he passed. I'm sorry for your loss!

Take Care!!


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SALINA78 1/11/2010 9:45PM

    Great multitasking and getting your trophy!!!

So sorry for your loss!
Thanks for sharing the sweet photo!!!

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LUCKYMKAY 1/11/2010 9:38PM

    Ha you sound so much like me, I try so hard to multitask -it's crazy. I have so many to-do lists, but somehow I manage to get it all done!

Keep on do the incline. And keep posting, just as the other motivates you, yours motivates all of us.

Keep on goin'!
I love your post!

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Streaking & Spreading the SPARK !!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Friday at work things were a little better. I was talking to a couple of the girls about sparkpeople last week. I got one of them to join and the other to start using it again. :o) Friday morning I recieved an award thanking me for helping someone. Last month I missed a training class to help someone try to push a payment through and stayed late another day because of some problems with the set up of it. It's nice to be appreciated every once in a while. So the thing I got was a $25 on-line gift card to redeem from a list of places. It really sparked my day.

Friday night was my sons Birthday party at Chuckie Cheese, my plan was to eat dinner before we went and have one of the skinny cow ice cream sandwitches. I also had planned on not having time for the incline trainer. When I got home I saw that I had an hour and a half till I had to leave so I decided that I could have my daughter wrap presents and I could jump on the incline trainer for an hour and I would still have time for a quick shower. When I was done with all of that I forgot about eating dinner, so I quickly made a shake in my beloved Vitamix. I just snuck it in with me. During the party I stayed really busy giving out tokens playing with the kids making sure everyone had pizza, cake, etc. When it was cake and ice cream time I had my sandwitch ony because if I didn't my cal would have been too low. I was also fine without pizza because we only got stuff that had meat. :o)

Hmmmm what happened Sat, wow that seems so long ago....... Oh yeah I took my daughter to her practice then I went to pick up my fruits and veggies from the co op. Sat afternoon hubby and I went to China Express, we logged what we were going to have before we even left the house. The reason we went there was we had a gift card, but we did it with a plan :o) Then we came home and I got on the incline trainer while watching tv playing online listening to Jillian podcasts etc.

Today I got on the incline trainer in the morning. I was playing on facebook and sparkpeople and lost track of time, by the time I took the laptop off I had almost gone 6 miles :o) So I did a slow run of another mile ending at 7. I think my next wish list thing will be a heart rate monitor that tell me calories burned. I'm so proud that I now have 8 days in a row of burning over 1000 calories.

I'm a streaking fool!!! Whooo Hooooo !!!!!!

Tomorrow is Monday :o( but I will try to stay positive and find ways to turn work around foor now.

Oh yeah back to the spreading the spark, someone spread the spark to me Friday so that got me thinking how I can spread it to someone else. Earlier I told you about the two girls at work that I talked to about sparkpeople. Well I got the $25 gift card and decided to go with Barnes and Noble and that was almost enough for two of "The Spark" books. So today Trever and I went down and picked two copies up for them. :o) I'm excited!!!!!! I really like the book so far and hope they will too and maybe they can spark someone else.

So now it's Sunday night and I'm winding down writing this, for some reason I have trouble blogging on the treadmill. I can read others and post but just not do my blogs. Tonight I hope to be in bed by 9:30 maybe read a little and hopefully asleep by 10. :o)

I leave you with some pictures from chuckie cheese, the co op stuff, my treadmilll reading from today, and me in my spark shirt that Trever got me for Christmas (The pic was taken this afternoon) Good night and keep spreading the spark in any way possible Hugz!!!

Trever and I


Chance and I

Incline Trainer Summary from today ( I was on it a couple hours) Whoo Hooo

Fruits and Veggies from the co op..... yum

Almost forgot the pic of me in my new spark shirt

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BARBARA_G 1/11/2010 9:52AM

    What a fantastic weekend you had! And you were so good at the birthday party emoticon emoticon emoticon

Have a great week,

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Please don't co-sign my B.S.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

I ask that no one signs my B.S. excuses if I ever say I can't. This is the year of NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!! Go 2010 !!!!

So I have now burned 1000+ calories on my new treadmill the past four days in a row. My upper legs and hips are a little sore. But it's a good sore. I have 1 more day that I have to burn atleast 500 cal, and 3 days to do it. I'm totally on fire!!!!!

I'm going to start to brainstorm what types of things I would like to do for a job and research my options. I know I would just love to be a personal trainer and help people. Being heavy since about 4th-5th grade I feel like I can give alot of encouragement and hope to people to know they too can lose the weight with diet and exercise. When I left being 264 lbs behind I also left behind being quiet, shy, and very sad. I would also maybe like to be a massage therapist or something. I know I definately want to do something where I am able to help people in some way. I love the volunteer work that I get to do. It's hard going from a decent job to figuring out what I would feel good about doing, but not lose my home doing so.

I just know long term I'm not happy at all right now. I could go all day most days with my job and not talk to a single soul. It's driving me crazy. I do talk to some of the people I work with, but at times I feel bad about it, like I'm not "working" when I talk to others.

I need a plan :o) My first step to "my plan" is to brainstorm some different jobs that might make my day :o) I want to feel accomplished about what I do for a living both financially and emotionally. hmmmm maybe two part time jobs. If you have any ideas please shoot them to me . Thanks

I'm off to bed here soon to read "The Spark" and get to bed so I can get up early and get my work out of the way.

MY goal to get me through the days right now is to randomly find people's pages and blogs that I don't know and post to them to try to help encourage or inspire. Every person I can help weather I'm aware I helped or not makes the world that much better of a place :o)

I can and WILL change, Thanks again for NOT co-signing my B.S. :o)

I'm leaving you with a picture from my workout tonight. Hugz love ya all. Thanks!!!!

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BOBBI1968 1/8/2010 1:34PM

    I love your treadmill display - you are doing an AWESOME job!! That is a nice idea you have to randomly choose some sparkers to post to - I bet they will appreciate the gesture, and it will probably make you feel good, too! Ah, to have a job that one loves and still allows bills to be paid - haven't found that one yet, but if you come up with an idea, please let me know - LOL!

Keep Sparking!!


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BARBARA_G 1/7/2010 11:03AM

    How cool to have a new treadmill. That in itself is inspiring. And you're certainly burning the calories!

In regards to professions it's tough to work somewhere were you don't interact with people much if you're a people person. Both trainer and massage therapist are professions you could practice on the side until you have enough of a clientel established where you can financially make it. Massage therapist you even can do out of your own house.

Wear out that treadmill!

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KRYANPRINCESS 1/7/2010 10:09AM

    WOW GIRL!!! Look at you!! You are on FIRE!! WOO HOO!!! Keep going! I love your attitude and passion to want to help other people. You are gonna find what makes you happy and do GREAT things with it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AFLBANDWAGON 1/6/2010 10:54PM

    YES!!! Keep the SPARK!!!!

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My 2010 Resolution is to start streaking

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

My 2010 Resolution is to start streaking.................... ;o) Lol

now that I have your attention get your mind out of the gutter. Allthough by the end of the year I should have a steaking body ha ha ha!! I also just started reading the Spark and hope to finish it soon it's very hard to put down :o)

I will also continue to take pictures at the begging of every other month (to be posted maybe this summer)

When I get a streak of 8 weeks on my personal goals I will get the reward listed.

1100-1550 (2 free days allowed per 8 weeks) *vacations outside of Tucson allowed 1 free day per week instead of month
Reward: 1st Make New Years reservations
2nd Highlights
3rd Trip to Vegas
4th Jeans
5th Book snowboarding trip
S- x 5 a week
Reward: New lotion or body spray
T- x 7 a week
Reward: New lotion or body spray

500 cal burned x 3 a week AND 1000 cal burned x 2 a week
Reward: 1st New Running Shoes
2nd Trip to CA
3rd Book a trip
4th Jeans
5th New Running Shoes

Date Goals

Happy Job by 8/1
Reward: Movie and Cafe Poca Cosa

Current size 1/5/2010 comfy in 14

Size 10
Reward: by 4/1 - I new Jeans, top, and necklace
5/1- I new Jeans and top
after 5/1 - 1 new jeans

Size 8
Reward: by 7/1 - I new Jeans, top, and necklace
8/1- I new Jeans and top
after 8/1 - 1 new jeans

Here is a pic of two of the kids on Christmas (My fav.) :o)

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JACOBSS914 1/6/2010 7:55AM

    All I can say is WOW, in a good way, way to lay out a plan and reward system. I need to go back and restructure my rewards.

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BARBARA_G 1/5/2010 8:44PM

    The picture of your kids is precious.

Nice how you've planned out everything. Those rewards certainly would motivate me emoticon

Good luck!

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SALINA78 1/5/2010 6:55PM

    Love the plan and goals you have laid out!
ANd the picture is precious!

We are going to ROCK 2010!!!

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KYREE90 1/5/2010 6:08PM

    I, too, got the book, and was intrigued by the idea of "streaking." Odd how it doesn't have the same ring on the Web site as in the book, eh?

My goal for the month is to do at least 10 minutes of exercise a day ... that'll be my streak.

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    WOO HOO!!! Good for you for having a plan! We are gonna kick butt this year and finish our goals!! emoticon emoticon

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    Did you read the book?

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MMEQUEEN 1/5/2010 2:40PM

    I think Bobbi and I have the same brain - I had visions of a Sparker running nekid in public and thought I had to look... I love your goals - you have given it a lot of thought!

Cutie kids too!

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BOBBI1968 1/5/2010 2:24PM

    I won't even let you know what popped into my mind when you said you were going to "start streaking" - LOL!!

I just love your reward scheme going on. I never really implemented something like that before - I may give it some thought (thanks!!)

This is going to be a great year!!


That picture of your children is fabulous!!

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