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Reward = Vacation

Monday, February 22, 2010

I am in total agreement with how rewarding yourself throughout your journey will lead you to success. Rewards are your very own payment for reaching your mini goals and a personal way of saying "Thanks you "to yourself. So many of us fail to thank ourselves for getting up each morning and workout out, for staying motivated and on track 99% of the time. When we fail to thank our self we are belittling our own accomplishment. SO remember to say Thank you to your own body each and every day.

In March of 2009 I sat down and started my Sparks Journey again for the last time, as this time I was on the right track. I was determined and I followed Chris's advise and I wrote out my goals and rewards posting them on the refrigerator as my daily reminder of why my new lifestyle was important! I knew I wanted to get back all the health I lost with my weight gain and I was determined that I would live an active life with my grandkids. One of my original reward goals back on that March day was to reward myself with a vacation on a sunny beach. Even though I am not 100% to my goal weight, I am extremely proud of where I am today. I am a new person not only on the outside but also on the inside. And for my one year and 90 pound weight loss success I will be taking a family vacation with my husband, daughter, grandson and granddaughter for a week filled stay on Clearwater Beach. (Son-in-law can not get off work:-(. ) I might still dread the bathing suit but I am sure ready for the white sandy beach and warm sun.

I feel awesome living my new healthy lifestyle. I know with each and every small step, I am that much closer to my final goal. WIth each and every goal and reward I have met, I know as a bonus I will get to reach in my bag of lifetime dreams and decide on a new reward to take its place.

Seriously, I know Life does not get much better than this! emoticon emoticon

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MYSPARKS7 2/26/2010 1:08PM

    It took me a while to start rewarding myself because I always felt guilty for some reason. I have overcome that now and has gotten into the habit of it all and I am happy about it emoticon

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Yes Stefanie, Age is just a number to me

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

As I read the blog “Age is it just a number to you” I reflected back some 23 years ago. I remember feeling overwhelmed at “27” as that big 3-0 appeared to be drawing ever so close. I belonged to a volleyball group at “Butternut Elementary” in Aloha Oregon and one of the ladies told me life truly gets better in the 30's. Well another lady piped in and said, “no way 40's are even better yet“. Well at 27-I thought they were all crazy, as how could getting older be better.

This year I turn 50 and I have found that these ladies were exactly right and so is Stefanie’s aunt in her blog. I loved being 49 and I am even more excited to be turning 50 next month. One year ago in March I gave myself the best 49th birthday present, and it was to take control of my life and get healthy. I wanted to be able to play with my Grandkids and keep up with my own life.

I am so thankful that I returned to Sparks 11 months ago, as this time it was totally different. I guess I was the one totally different, as this time I was completely committed and had a cause. I bought myself some workout tapes, gave up diet Pepsi and started my healthy journey.

Next month I will not only celebrate my 50th birthday, but also my 1-year anniversary with Sparks and my new healthy lifestyle. Life really does only get better with age and I am loving it! Who would of ever thought those ladies at “Butternut Elementary” would be so wise and right! Age is really just a number to me.



Start Small Fast Break

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

As I reflect back over my last 10 months I am flooded with memories of my small fast break goals I set and how they are still a huge part of my daily lifestyle today.

My first nutritional fast break goal was to give up soda, completely and cold turkey. I found giving up diet pepsi much easier than I ever imagined, I never dreamed I could go one day let alone 10 months without my diet pepsi, but I have not missed it once. By giving up diet pepsi I found myself easily consuming my 8-10 glasses of water every day. I also gave myself a small goal of prepalnning my meals the night before to avoid any wrong impulse choices and as I logged my daily food I quickly saw how much I could eat when they were the right choices.

My small fitness goal was to exercise 3 days per week. I went out and bought myself a new DVD set and got started. I slowly added to my workouts and now I am working out 6-7 days per week, 3 times per day and loving it. I live to exercise and no longer live to eat. I find myself fueling my body with food to get me through my next workout and my body is loving me for this.

My small goals are constantly changing as I find the old one becoming a natural part of my new lifestyle. I add in something new all the time as I have found it is true setting goals is the secret to motivation and staying on track. My new fitness goal for this year, to train and enter my first 5K. Again last year this time I could not get off the floor after playing with my grandson, without my husbands help and today I am training for my first 5K how awesome does life get.

Sparks has given me back my life and I am so thankful to them. I have a new found energy that I never dreamed possible and I am loving my new healthier lifestyle. emoticon emoticon

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GETDONE 2/6/2010 8:37PM

    emoticonI have hope. emoticon

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SUNSHINE_ANGEL 1/27/2010 10:12PM

    You go girl!!!

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ASHABANNI 1/27/2010 1:13PM

    I couldn't agree with you more! I have found the small Fast Break goals have kept me so motivated! Even when I didn't want to do anything I still got on the treadmill for 10 minutes to say I did something instead of nothing!

Congratulations on all your progress!

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PAISHAR2 1/26/2010 10:43PM

    You sound like you have the hang of this!!!!! You go Girl!!!!! I am right behind you!!!!!! I love what this site and what the book has done to me and through me. Together we are doing great things!!!!!! Keep up the great Job!!!!!!


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Positive Attitude VS Negative Attitude

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I totally agree with Dean on his article how Positive thoughts and attitude will lead you to success and how Negative thoughts and attitude will break you down.

If you are dreading your workout and/or dreading what you are going to eat, then you are on the wrong road to success. Each time you tell yourself how much you dislike anything, you are allowing yourself a reason to quit. Once you find an exercise you truly love, exercise becomes fun and can become your reward for the start or end of your day. You will find yourself counting the hours till your next workout. You learn to count on exercise to relax and de-stress you, all with one simple pleasure.

The same process I found works with food. I had to find the foods I loved and make them work for me in my daily life. Once you have removed all of your favorite foods and make them forbidden, you have allowed negativity to run your life.

I would never have dreamed I would go out to eat dinner at my favorite restaurant and replace my loaded baked potato or french fries with a huge helping of broccoli, but I have. Not because I have to but because I want to. I love broccoli, so I replaced my unhealthy food with something I love. Do I ever order the baked potato or fries, you better believe I do, when that is what I really want. I know control and moderation is now the key to my life and my success.

I agree we all need to "Fire ourselves up with what sparks us". We need to find our own passion in an exercise that we love. I suggest you give Sparks 10 minute videos a try and see if one will spark you into a new passion like it did me. By trying Sparks 10 minute challenge 10 months ago, I found my love of kickboxing and I am all "Fired up"!

Sparks has helped show me what all I could accomplish and through all of this I have lost 85 pounds and I am still counting. emoticon

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VLVTGRRL 1/22/2010 1:15AM

    WOOHOO!! Very motivational!

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    great blog

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Week one of "The Spark"

Saturday, January 09, 2010

I just received my copy of "The Spark" and am in total awe. This book reflects so much of me and all the transformations that I have gone through over this past year. I had not realized since I got really active with SparksPeople over the past 10 months how much I have gradually changed on the inside and let alone the outside.
I knew I had lost somewhere over 85 pounds over these past 10 months, but I finally have realized how much I have gained as a new person on the inside. I had just finished the article "Pats Story" this past week when a co-worker of mine the very next day appeared at my office door. Pam had just wanted to let me know that she had joined a gym with her family because she wanted that same energy level that I now had. Wow, I had failed so many times beating myself up on how much weight I still had to loose, that I had failed to take a look at me as a whole person. I have come a long way since that March day in 2009 and I have all the members of SparksPeople to thank.

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40ANDTHIN 2/9/2010 9:06AM

    I've been debating as to whether I shuld get the book or not but now I'm sure that I should. Thanks!

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CHERYLE51 1/16/2010 6:44PM

    Sometimes it takes another person to put things in perspective. Great job on the 85 lbs. emoticon

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4AMAZINGME 1/9/2010 3:13PM

    What an awesome experience. emoticon

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MATER123 1/9/2010 2:50PM

    congratulations! emoticon

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