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November Goals

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

I thought it would be a good idea to write (or type) my goals up so that I can look at them every day when I log in!!

- 1,080 minutes of fitness activity (including strength and running)
- at least 18 miles of running a week
- find a new activity that I can do on my cross training days
- get more calcium!!!
- stay within my calorie range 1,220-1,550 every day
- Lose at least 4 lbs

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IZZYBEBOP 11/3/2011 2:05PM

    Good luck with your goals!

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A&I BSG Autumn Leaves Week 1 Blog: Motivation

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

“MOTIVATING ADVICE and TIPS” – I'm sure, at one time or another, we’ve all lost our motivation and gotten off track. What advice would you give for someone who has lost their motivation to workout and/or eat healthy? What did YOU personally do to get yourself back on track?

My advice would be to take a step back and be truly honest with yourself about WHY you got off track. There have been many times that I have just stopped exercising and eating healthy and it turned out the only true reason/excuse I had was because I didn't want to. It was that simple. I didn't want to go for a run. I didn't want to eat healthy. I wanted to sit on the couch and watch endless hours of TV and scarf down a whole package of Oreos. I told myself every excuse in the book, but the real reason was simply that I just didn't want to.

Then, I stepped back and looked at myself. I didn't like how I was treating myself. I wasn't treating myself with respect and I DO deserve to be healthy and happy. Now when I just want to sit on the couch and veg, I actually step outside of myself and ask why. More times than not, I end up going for a run or walk anyway because that is what I WANT to do now. I want to be healthy. I want to be happy and active. I deserve it.

You have to tell yourself that you are worth it. Period. Then, do it.

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ASHAIXIM 11/8/2011 11:48AM

    Great advice!! I have often looked at my life and what I ate and thought... would I feed my neices this?? FOR DINNER?? It gives a whole new perspective on it. I wouldn't abuse them by feeding them poorly so why do I abuse myself by feeding myself poorly? Definitely something to consider next time you decide to eat ice cream for dinner!! ;)

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AMYBELLES 11/8/2011 12:18AM

    I can honestly say that I have also felt the same way, not wanting to eat right and/or exercise (I can be very stubborn at times!) But not giving up and starting each day with a positive attitude is what will steer us in the right direction to build a lifetime of healthy habits that become a part of our daily lives!!!

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CJWORDPLAY 11/7/2011 10:08PM

    Your advice is so very wise. What an important question - it isn't just about what we are doing (or not doing) but WHY. Sometimes I'm afraid to ask the "why" question, but it always leads me to an important truth and helps me grow. Thanks, friend for this timely reminder. emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 11/4/2011 9:08PM

    emoticonblog and advice! You are right about stepping back to analyze why you have gotten off track. Glad to hear that you have decided that you are worth being healthy and happy! You are doing great! Keep up the great work!

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RFJSJ50 11/1/2011 11:42PM

    Making ourselves a priority is so important - your words are so wise!
I have the following printed out and posted above my computer and on the refrigerator door:
I am worth all the effort I put forth to be successful on my Spark Journey. I have faith in myself and my ability to be successful. I will stay focused on my goals, determined to reach them, and positive that I will!"
I give myself a gold star goodie on days that I've stayed on track and I always type that in the message section.
It helps keep me motivated when I just don't want to continue on!

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BARBIE176 11/1/2011 10:09PM

    This is an awesome blog Andrea. I am so glad that you have decided you are worth it and realized the reason for your prior difficulties. Keep up the good work and you'll reach your goals before you know it.

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IZZYBEBOP 11/1/2011 6:34PM

    So true, Andrea. I think that's why I stopped...because I just didn't want to. Working out got boring, even with trying new things. That and I had "satisfied-itis" in the fact that my clothes fit so I figured, heck I can take a couple of weeks off. Well, those couple of weeks soon turned into more than a couple of months. I've now realized that this isn't something that I can just do off and on because the more OFF I am the harder it is to get back ON the fitness track.

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    Fantastic blog, Andrea! You are so right! We determine our own destiny. We have to learn to make the right choices!


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MARITIMER3 11/1/2011 10:32AM

    Love this blog. I had a bad October... why? because I didn't make myself a priority. I ate things that I shouldn't have, and I didn't exercise nearly as much as previous months. As a result I'm up 2 lbs. I'm probably pretty lucky that it's only 2 lbs., and I'm not going to make excuses for myself. As of today, it's back to basics for me.

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A&I BSG Weel 4 Blog: Favorite Quote

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"You can't build that all important stairway to heaven by just standing around with a hammer."

- Stephen King

I was reading one of Stephen King's books when he said this quote about his writing and writing in general. However, I think that it works for just about everything I do in my life. I can't just sit around and expect good things to happen. I can dream, that's for sure, but I can't achieve those dreams if I just wish for them. I need to take those small, attainable steps in order to achieve those dreams!

For the past couple of years, I have totally given up on myself. I thought that I wasn't smart enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, etc., to actually deserve anything. However, that is not true. That is just something I had been telling myself. I am worth everything I WORK for! Things will not be just handed to me and it is much more rewarding if I can look back and see how hard I worked to get something.

I am building that stairway one step at a time, and I am doing all the work. I am not paying someone to construct it for me.

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AMYBELLES 10/29/2011 3:16PM

    To be honest, I am not a Stephen King fan, but I am very impressed with his quote! I am SO glad that you have not given up on yourself and realize that you are worth taking care of! You CAN build that stairway, one step at a time, taking action to reach your goals and dreams. You are doing GREAT!!!!

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ASHAIXIM 10/29/2011 2:10PM

    LOL!@! that's great :) I know a lot of folks who do that!!

I'm not sure how I missed your post!! Sorry I'm so late :)

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IZZYBEBOP 10/29/2011 11:34AM

    As the saying goes "If wishes were fishes we'd all be living in the sea". Wishing for something won't make it happen; action makes it happen. Thanks for sharing your quote and your personal thoughts.

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/29/2011 1:21AM

    emoticon blog and quote! You are right in that it can apply to anyone at any point in time in their life. I think society puts a lot of pressure on women and girls. I hope society will change at some point in time and not focus so much on how we should all look like these airbrushed, anorexic models they put on magazine covers. You are worthy of everything you work for and you are right, no one is going to hand it to you. Even if they did you wouldn't appreciate like you do when you've worked hard for something. We are all on our own journey's but with the help of our friends we can / will become successful in whatever we work for.

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BARBIE176 10/25/2011 9:48PM

    emoticon blog Andrea. I like that quote and you're right it does seem to apply to our lives. Isn't it strange how we are so hard on ourselves? I think you are beautiful, both inside and out, so I am glad you have come to recognize that! I love that picture you added too. It is very pretty! emoticon emoticon

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48MYYEAR2014 10/25/2011 2:01PM

    yes i agree with you all on this one, you can only do this journey by yourself for yourself but with help from friends if you need it, i think that`s what i mean it is hard to put it into words

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SURENDERISNOTME 10/25/2011 12:46PM

    i love the quote! I have read a good deal of Stephen King in the past. I think that this is a quote to incorporate into your life.


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CJWORDPLAY 10/25/2011 12:08PM

    Your blog shows that you have spent a lot of time reflecting on this subject. Sounds to me like you now have the tools and the courage to build toward your heart's desires. That's wonderful. You no longer have to wait until you are " ----- enough" to start living your life. You already are enough right now.

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A&I BSG Week 3 Challenge: First Day of the Rest of My Life

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I truly think that you have to believe in yourself in order to change your everyday habits. There have been many times that I said I would start over "today" and I never really did it because I didn't really want to; I didn't have the drive or motivation to change. However, I made the decision a month ago to change my life because I wasn't happy. That was my motivation, that was my deciding moment that I had to do something to make myself happy. No one else can always make me happy.

I did not have an ideal childhood or adolesence. However, I would never change it for the world. I have a loving and supportive family. I have a boyfriend that I would not trade for the world, and I am beginning to love myself. All the struggles that I have endured, have made me who I am today. I am starting to like myself, so there is no need to change anything that has happened. I just need to set the path for the future.

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/22/2011 11:05AM

    Good for you for realizing that while your childhood may not have been the best it is part of who you are now. I think many of us tend to focus on the bad and not realize that while the bad times were bad they have helped to shape us into who we are today. It can be hard to love or even like ourselves at times. I think that the way society focuses on being thin and outer beauty makes so many women not like themselves. Good luck on "setting your path for the future"!

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BARBIE176 10/21/2011 8:16PM

    emoticon blog Andrea. I am happy to hear you say you are starting to like yourself. You are a much quicker learner than I am, but I think I am there now too. You are an amazing lady and I am happy to have you as a emoticon. I wish you an emoticon future! Thanks for sharing little tidbits about yourself. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ASHAIXIM 10/21/2011 2:14PM

    Very nicely said!! There are lots of things I would love to change about the past, but you are right if I did I wouldn't be the ME I now am :) I might be better... but I might be worse too!!!

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SHOYER 10/21/2011 11:33AM

    Understanding where we've been and how we got to be who and where we are is truly necessary before we can accept ourselves enough to move on. I don't speak from experience -- yet -- but someday I will. In the meantime, I'm like you -- ready to set my path.

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DARKTHOR 10/21/2011 11:28AM

    Refuse to listen to any voices in your head other than 'I will do this."

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RFJSJ50 10/20/2011 10:55PM

    I really admire you - you've reached the point where you are seriously working to improve your life! I was there a few years ago, did well - and then lost my strength and determination. Reading words like yours inspires me to search for that "something" that will keep me wanting to continue this journey.
Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

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IZZYBEBOP 10/20/2011 10:57AM

    You're so right on with everything you said, and it fits me. I wish you all the best.

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CJWORDPLAY 10/16/2011 11:57PM

    You have gained a lot of wisdom and I'm glad you have set yourself on the path for the future you want. You are on your way. Hooray!

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A&I BSG Week 2 Blog: 10 Things I Love About Myself

Monday, October 10, 2011

1. I have a huge heart.
2. I would take in any animal and take care of them if they needed me.
3. I am a good listener.
4. I like my hair (some days :D)
5. I love my family: faults and all
6. I do not apologize for my faults.
7. I give people multiple changes.
8. I like my smile.
9. My calves are nice haha. :D
10. I am aspiring to be a better person every day.

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/15/2011 6:40PM

    Great blog! I really like #2, #6 and #10! The best way for us to grow personally is for us to try become a better person everyday! Thanks for sharing what you like about yourself!

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SURENDERISNOTME 10/10/2011 11:39PM

    Terriffic blog, Andrea! I am a animal lover too! Husbands swears that if he let me I would take in every stray cat, dog and bird! I admit I have faults but I don't appologize for them either. lol


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CJWORDPLAY 10/10/2011 11:32PM

    Thank you for sharing your list with us. I have to agree with you --there is lots to like. It's clear that you have a great smile emoticon and I'll take your word for the nice calves! emoticon The best part is that we are growing better every day.


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48MYYEAR2014 10/10/2011 2:09PM

    great list, i especially like number 6 emoticon emoticon

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RFJSJ50 10/10/2011 12:56PM

    A great list - I'm not sure I could come up with 10 things I liked about myself right now!

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JANEYINMADTOWN 10/10/2011 12:32PM

    In other words, you are emoticon!

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BARBIE176 10/10/2011 10:24AM

    What an awesome blog! I am definitely looking forward to getting to know you better. You have some great qualities about you! emoticon emoticon

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