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Monday, November 03, 2014

So I had planned to post this blog on Saturday, but Saturday ended up being quite a busy day for me and Sunday was even busier!

I have really fallen off the wagon this year. My life changes completely threw me for a loop and I have yet to really get back on track. Iíve been posting blogs all year saying that I was going to get back with it, but nothing ever happened. I fell into a serious lazy streak. But I have no HAD ENOUGH. Iíve had enough of being out of breath just from bending over to tie my shoes. Iíve had enough embarrassment of having to have 2 Six Flags employees push down on the bar on my favorite roller coaster just to get it to lock. Iíve had enough of having to buy bigger and bigger clothes.

I decided to wipe my slate clean and start over on November 1. This is my FINAL do-over. I am re-committing myself to a healthy lifestyle. I am re-committing myself to Sparkpeople and the 10k A Day team that I am a leader of. I am re-committing myself to ME! I want to be healthy. I want to be able to bend without smooshing my insides. I want to ride The Batman & Screaminí Eagle without embarrassment.

I am very thankful for a SP friend of mine who invited me to a friendly Fitbit Weekend Warriors Challenge. It really jumpstarted my desire to get healthy. I found myself walking in place in order to stay in 1st place. Going to Six Flags all day yesterday really kept me going and I ended up being the Champion with over 21,000 steps in 2 days! I cannot tell you the last time that I stood around walking in place in order to get my step count up.

Iíve also gone to a running store, True Runner, and purchased a lovely pair of tennis shoes that actually fit my feet properly and will help with a small heel issue Iíve been having. I wore them all weekend and they were super comfortable. I had a bit of pain late in the day yesterday, but heckÖwho wouldnít after getting in so many steps in just 2 days?! Especially a person who hasnít really exercised in months! :)

I donít have a definite plan/schedule on how I want to accomplish my goals. I just know that it includes more exercise, more Sparkpeople, and less candy!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TRAVELGRRL 11/19/2014 5:02PM

    Hope you are keeping it up! Keep sparking!

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KENDRACARROLL 11/8/2014 12:38AM

    It's a good start. Welcome back!

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    emoticon emoticon I'm so proud of you for starting over and for winning the weekend steps challenge!

Your plan sounds great - more exercise, more SP and less candy will get you a long way! :)

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A new plan

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Greeting my friends.

I've spent a lot of time thinking since I posted my blog yesterday. I was having a pretty rough day yesterday and I let a lot of things get me down. Things were just not going well financially and my weight was up. I woke up this morning with another email from my bank and I thought, "ugh, here we go again", but I made a plan and things WILL get better. My plan may be frowned upon by most, so I've chosen not to post about it, but trust me, it's nothing illegal! :)

As for the weight gain, my good friend TRAVELGRRL got onto me about a few things, and got me thinking about the person I used to be. So as of today I will be starting a new 10 minutes of daily fitness streak. I will take my stack of blank post-it notes to track each day. I'll also take a picture of each post-it note and post it on my blog, so you all can help keep me accountable. My first round of exercise won't be until I get home - cause I wore a dress to work today. So look for my first post-it note pic tomorrow!

Thanks so much to all my SP friends for everything! :)

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ETERNAL_FLAME 8/28/2014 12:56AM

    Great to hear you have a plan. The old post it note trick used to work a treat so hopefully it will work again for you. emoticon

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HEYRED221 8/27/2014 6:47PM

    A new sunrise puts a beautiful light on a new day. Glad today is better. I love the idea of a 10 minute streak. emoticon emoticon

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STLADEE 8/27/2014 3:27PM

    emoticon As I read your blog I am felt as if I could have wrote it. Little steps and you make the change needed. A plan is what is needed to make a move in the right direction and you have one so don't worry about others do what you need to do!

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THINAGIN2 8/27/2014 12:03PM

    It's amazing what a day's think and a good night's sleep do can for ones attitude! So glad that you made the transition!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/27/2014 11:52AM

    YAY! I'm glad the gentle but firm "tough love" got you back to committing to your 10-minute streak! If you are like me, 10 minutes often leads to more.

Sorry about your financial issues; hope they will be resolved soon. Probably the worst thing you can do about that is NOTHING, so I'm glad you have a plan. (Just hoping it's not a payday loan, those things are PREDATORY!)

Wishing you all the best!


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KENDRACARROLL 8/27/2014 11:47AM

    Hey, glad you made a plan regarding your finances.
Looking forward to that first post-it tomorrow.

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Quest to find "me"

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Somewhere along the way I have lost "me". I've lost my spunk. I've lost my strength. I've lost desire to get things done. I am no longer the person I used to be. Every now and then I'll get that drive I used to have and will wipe out the refrigerator or do some random household chore that desperately needs to get done, but overall I'm just plain.....lazy.

I don't want to be lazy. I don't want to do the bare minimum. I don't want to have my debit card declined or have my checking account be overdrawn because I don't keep track of my finances correctly. I don't wan't to sit on the sidelines of my life.

Maybe I'm just in a funk today, but I really feel like this entire year has been wasted. I've gained weight. I've not been exercising consistently. I've charged up way more debt than I can afford.

I know what needs to be changed, but why can't I make myself do it?

I need to find "me" again. I need to find my likes, my dislikes, and what makes me tick. I need to get into a groove. I need to do some soul-searching. I need to get my act together before it's too late.

This may seem like an odd place to end a blog, but I'm just not sure what my action plan is yet.

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TRAVELGRRL 8/26/2014 7:10PM


Pick yourself up by your big girl panties and pick something to work on! I agree that you may be depressed -- if you have insurance please go see a doctor or psychologist.

If that isn't an option, just pick ONE THING. JUST ONE. Positive action breeds more positive action.

OMG, girl, I miss your "10 minute sticky-note challenge." WHERE ARE YOU?????

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KENDRACARROLL 8/26/2014 4:09PM

    Hey, sorry you're in such a funk. Sounds like you're a bit depressed.
Remember that taking absolutely no action is the worst you can do. Even a bad action plan is better than none. Hope you can get yourself going again soon.

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COOP9002 8/26/2014 12:14PM

    Hope you're able to find what and who you're looking for soon. Blessings to you on this journey.

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Monday, August 04, 2014

So I apparently have a seriously distorted view of being healthy & weight loss. After being so good a couple weeks ago (eating healthy, tracking, exercising, and losing 4 lbs) I apparently thought that was enough and I went right back to eating terrible and not exercising. My official weigh-in day is tomorrow, but I peaked this morning and am back up 3.5 lbs. Instead of getting back with the program today, I have done nothing but shove junk food in my face. Why do I always sabotage myself? In what world does eating well for 1 week undo all the bad eating of the past 20+ years?

I'm just not sure what I'm going to do with myself. I am so tired of all the ups & downs, but I guess I'm not really willing to do what it takes to do anything about it.

This isn't a "feel sorry for me" blog, it's just the facts. Something has to change. I'm just not sure what it is, or how to do it. I know what I "should" do, it's just a matter of getting myself to do it...

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TRAVELGRRL 8/5/2014 5:58AM

    There are so many things this could be...are you depressed? Using food to avoid problems in your life that should be addressed? Addicted to the sugar/fat/salt that makes junk food light up our brains with pleasure?

I did the same thing as you for years -- it was EXHAUSTING. In fact, one of the reasons I wanted to lose weight was to "end this exhausting rat race once and for all." And now, 40 pounds down, I think I've finally done it. NOT that I have to stop working, I don't. But I don't feel like a hamster on a wheel, losing & gaining the same 5 pounds over and over again in an endless cycle.

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results." Keep looking for what works for you and NEVER give up. For me, it was a group of Sparkfriends and the Beck Diet Solution that addressed my crappy habits, like eating in front of the TV, always grabbing bits and bites of any food that was in front of me, learning to eat slowly and mindfully, etc.

I don't think any of us really changes until the pain of staying where we are is GREATER than the fear of moving into the unknown.

I certainly agree with what Kendra said; it IS a whole body connection. Yes, the work isn't easy but you ARE worth the effort!

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    "If hungry ain't the problem, food won't fix it. Sucks...but it's true."
I stole this from my SparkFriend CARTOONB. There is so much truth in this. Hit me like a ton of bricks when I read it. Thought this might help stir your thinking into a different direction.

20+ years of bad eating can only be fixed by 20+ years of good eating. But, in my opinion, that's not the whole picture. Not by a long shot. For me it's a body, mind, soul connection. Work and healing needs to happen in all these areas. Striving for and mastering some balance here is key.

So, keep working on it! It'll happen!!!

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Feeling good!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

So I'm down 4 lbs from last week, I've been exercising more, and I've been eating less. Oh, and I've been spending way more time on SP. Things finally feel like they are "normal" again.

The new job is going well. I've been getting high praises from clients, my boss, the owner, and some of my co-workers. I know there's still a lot to learn, but luckily my co-workers have been in the travel industry FOREVER and have so much knowledge that it's ridiculous!

Now, my next task is to thoroughly clean my apartment. It's so gross! It needs to be cleaned from top to bottom. I'm hoping to work on it a little bit at a time throughout the month of August. Hmmm, 31 days to clean my apartment. Sounds doable, right?!

Anyway, that's it for today. Things are good!


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KENDRACARROLL 7/30/2014 8:32PM

    Hey, so glad things are looking up!
Happy apartment cleaning. A clean house always make me feel so much more settled.
Keep up the good work!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/30/2014 1:35PM

    Wow, what a great feeling to be back on track! Today is MY Day 1 after a long vacation. I'm happy to be home and hope to get back to a normal routine.

Congrats on the job going well!

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PINKEUROGIRL 7/30/2014 10:59AM

    Sounds like everything is going great!!

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