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Very rude awakening

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

So I've been honest lately and have told you all how awful my eating has been and how the number on the scale keeps going up up up. Well this morning I was absolutely shocked at the number. This morning I hit 249 lbs. Two-hundred and forty-nine pounds. Oh my goodness. I vowed that I would never EVER hit 250 and here I sit on July 22, 2014 just 1 lb shy of that number.

Things change NOW. No more McDonald's for breakfast. No more fast food for lunch. No more constant eating at my desk. NO MORE. I absolutely positively refuse to weigh this much.

I have made excuses for the first 7 months of 2014 and will not be making those same excuses for the remaining 5 months. My health is more important than a tv show or 45 extra minutes of sleep. It's more important than that candy bar or cookie.

I want to be around for my nieces. I want to be able to run and play with them. And I'm still wanting to fit in that roller coaster seat better.

So starting TODAY, I will be drinking lots of water, eating the grapes, the apple, and the Smartone's meal that I brought with me, and I'll be staying away from the bowl of mini-Twix candy that is in the bowl right behind me. I allowed myself 1 this morning, but that's it.

I have decided that by July 22, 2015, I want to be below 200 lbs. That means I need to lose just over 4 lbs a month. And that's not so scary!

So here's to my new emoticon

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ETERNAL_FLAME 7/23/2014 1:27PM

    emoticon for having an "upper limit" and taking this moment in time as a chance to start over!

4-5lbs a month is an ideal goal (one which I am going to copy, if I'm honest!) and is very, VERY achievable!

You and I both know, it won't be easy. There will be cravings to conquer and tiredness to fight with, but oh my goodness, it will be so worth it!!

Don't think about what you are giving up, but what you are gaining - better health to enjoy life with your nieces, higher self esteem, better moods - it's going to be emoticon

Summer 2015 could well be the best summer of our lives so far!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/22/2014 2:45PM

    Good for you!

It sounds like this is a wakeup call for you. Rather than "limit" your sweets you may need to detox off of them. Often it is easier to give up something completely rather than to try to limit it.

I am wishing the very best for you!

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CARRIE1948 7/22/2014 10:26AM

    Your plan sounds great. Just be willing to be accept that there may be some backsliding. And, get in the habit of tracking your food and weighing yourself each day.

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PARKSCANADA 7/22/2014 10:22AM

    Have the best day ever and many more to come! You've drawn the line in the sand today, thrown the gauntlet down and now you are ready to tackle your challenges. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Happy Wednesday Sparkfriends!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

So I've been at my new job for about 3 weeks now. I'm still getting used to the new computer system, new procedures, and new co-workers. I would love to say that I love it here and am super happy, but I think it's a bit early to say that. I think that I will like it, but I'm just not quite in the swing of things yet.

Anyway, I've been eating terrible, not exercising enough, and gaining weight (again). I keep saying that I'm going to get up at around 515am and walk before work. That happens every now and then, but most of the time when the alarm goes off, I either don't get up or I find things that "need" to be done at home. My eating is off the charts terrible. I shoved 4 donuts from Dunkin Donuts in my mouth this morning and washed them down with a sweet tea from McDonald's. For lunch I had several pieces of thin crust pizza. For dinner we are supposed to eat out.

It's a beautiful day today, I should've brought my tennis shoes with me so I could've walked during my lunch, but that didn't happen. So here I sit typing this blog!

I just read a couple of other blogs where the bloggers were on 10 minute a day fitness streaks and it made me feel jealous. I am the only one holding myself back. And am I that lazy that I can't make myself do something for at least 10 minutes a day? It's just ridiculous.

The boyfriend has been asking me to go for walks with him and he's only got about a 50% success rate. I need to start going with him EVERY time he asks. It's not only good for me, it's good for him (he has diabetes) AND it's good for "us".

I think that I am going to start a 10 minute fitness streak of my own. I need to get into better shape or I'll never survive the 10k I'm in on October 12. I've been thinking about what kind of visual tracking system I'll use and I think I'll use a little glass jar and put a glass bead in it after every workout. If I miss a day, all the beads will be removed and I have to start over. PLUS I'd like to start posting a SP blog daily so you all can help hold me accountable too.

So stay tuned for my updates!

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KENDRACARROLL 7/21/2014 12:09AM

    I'm with TRAVELGRRL...!!!
How's that 10-minute a day streak going?
I don't blame you for not wanting to get up at 5:15 (that's just inhumane - unless it's a hiking day... :)), but 10 minutes of walking a day, really? Keep those tennis shoes in your trunk and get moving.

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ETERNAL_FLAME 7/17/2014 6:04PM

    I know just how you feel. You know what is the right thing to do but you just can't make it happen. Well guess what? YOU CAN! It's going to take a good bit of effort, but it is well within your ability!

Start those streaks and enjoy the consequences! :)

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TRAVELGRRL 7/17/2014 5:02PM

    Wow, that was quite a day of awful food!

You need to start over with babysteps...

You are right, you are the only one holding yourself back. Aren't you tired of posting the same blog, over and over again, month after month, saying you're not exercising, not eating right? I'm giving you some TOUGH LOVE and telling you to do TWO things tomorrow that are positive: go for the walk, plan a breakfast or lunch, forego the evening snack.

You can do it, and I'm cheering for you!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

After several 1st interviews and several second interviews, I am happy to announce that I got a new job! I am so thrilled. I was really starting to feel down in the dumps. I had even been to my counselor and she was beginning to worry that I was depressed and had even talked about putting me on meds. The very next day, Thursday, is when I found the job online, applied, got a call for an interview (set up for the following Monday AM), then got the offer on Tuesday! Talk about fast! about made my head spin!

Anyway, I immediately turned in my 2 week notice and will celebrate my last day at my current job on Wednesday the 25th, and will start the new job on the 26th. The new job is a bit closer to home, offers great benefits, and is not in a call center.

I've already checked out Google Maps and have already mapped out a 1 mile route. I'm hoping that when the weather isn't 95 and super humid that I'll get out and start walking again. Probably won't happen right away though, I don't want to be known as the "stinky new girl"! LOL

So things are finally looking up and I'm looking forward to that "normal" that I have been looking for!

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KENDRACARROLL 6/19/2014 5:49PM

    Great news! Glad things are finally looking up.
Sometimes we just seem to be stuck forever and cannot see our way out... (oh yeah, I know all about that!)
Wishing you well in getting back to your normal.

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VICKITS 6/18/2014 10:51PM

    Congrats! I am in the same boat, I had an interview today too. I thought it went well but I haven't heard from them yet...

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JAMBABY0 6/18/2014 10:49PM

    Great job!

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Another 2 months gone!

Monday, June 02, 2014

Will my life ever get back to "normal"? I've been asking myself that since January. And so far I have no idea what "normal" even is anymore. I'm still at the job that I thought was going to be temporary. I've been interviewing for other positions but nothing has worked out. I was supposed to hear back from one last week and so far I still haven't gotten the call. Sigh....God does have a plan...I know he does.

Nothing much has really changed. I'm still being lazy and not exercising. I'm still eating terrible. I'm still making excuses on why I don't have time to be healthy.

I did sign up for my annual Halloween 10k in October, so I have just over 4 months to get into better shape. I cannot do a 10k in the shape that I'm in now. The excuses have got to stop!

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GODSCHILD2_2011 6/15/2014 6:43PM

    In different stages of our lives, we all faces struggles and ups and downs.

I too believe that God has a plan for all of our lives. I know you want things that you want to come NOW but just hold on, it will happen at the right time.

Take one day at a time and take baby steps toward getting back on track. It also may be helpful to seek an accountability partner(s) to help you to get back on track and to help you to get and stay motivated.

Just know that you're not alone and we you spark friends as well as your St. Louis Spark team are here to help you with the support that you need.

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KENDRACARROLL 6/13/2014 1:47PM

    Hmm, normal, really, what is that? :)
I think my life's been crazy ... always ...
Heartbreaking since my son decided to go the way of alcohol and drugs 5 years ago.
Life changes daily, don't wait for the perfect time, it'll never happen.
Hang in there, get out there - summer's here. Sun and movement will make a much happier you.

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TRAVELGRRL 6/3/2014 8:53AM

    Hang in there! Signing up for the 10K is a great motivator -- you need to get ready so you don't waste the $$! I've gained back six pounds so I signed up for a half marathon in June and another one in December. I want to lose the 6 plus 10 more so it will be easier & waaay more fun to do the races. Hang in there Tiffany, you can do this!!

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Howdy friends!

Monday, April 07, 2014

So it was brought to my attention today that it has been almost 2 months since my last blog. I have no excuse other than the fact that I just can't get into the swing of things of my new life.

I started my new job on February 24. I really thought it would be a very temporary position that I would already have moved on from. But here I am, six weeks later and I'm still there. I'm having a really hard time getting used to my shift (10am-630pm). It really interferes with my evening.

Since I don't have to be there until 10am I thought I would find myself getting up at 6am and heading out for my morning walk. But instead I have only gotten up to exercise once AND I've been eating terrible AND have gained about 5 lbs.

I want things to change, but I haven't figured out how to make that happen. I put in a call to my counselor today. I'm hoping to get an appointment with her soon ... before I lose my mind completely to stress.

So anyway, that's what's up with me right now. Hopefully I'll be back to blogging more positive things soon!

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ETERNAL_FLAME 4/8/2014 4:03PM

    Good to see you post again - here's to turning things around and getting back to loving life! emoticon

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    10-6:30! You're working my dream hours :) Really.
Remember, change starts with one little step. You don't have to have it all figured out in order to get started.
Hope you'll get spiraling upwards again soon.

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ABAKER34 4/8/2014 8:23AM

    We've missed talking to you on spark! You'll get out of that rut as you get used to your shift. Maybe there's sometime during a break you can get out for a quick walk? Take care of yourself and hope to talk to you soon!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/7/2014 9:14PM

    I'm sorry to hear you can't seem to pull yourself out of the negative cycle...hopefully the appt. with the counselor will help. Remember when you did the sticky notes for the 10 mins of daily exercise? That seemed to really spur you on! Are you still working at Curves? If so, can you get there 30 mins. early or stay 30 mins late to get a workout in? I bet you'll feel SO much better and your will alleviate some of your stress. ((hugs))

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