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16 Days Left to Meet My Goals!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

LOL!!! I'm not going to make it by Jan. 1. I was just looking over my Spark Goals and it is not going to happen!

*I did lose weight this year, but have slowly gained it back since June.
*I haven't run a Half Marathon yet and am nowhere near one. I did run a 10K in July, but wouldn't be able to today.
*I am trying to eat healthier, but have indulged in sweets this month big time!

Oh well, I can't give up. There is nothing I can do but keep moving forward. Maybe I will reach my goals in 2013! They are not unrealistic. I just need to get back on track...

***The BEST NEWS is that I am a grandma for the first time!!! Welcome to 3 month old RJ!

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Enjoy your holidays...with moderation!!!

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SUITABLE 1/18/2013 7:10AM


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LESLIESENIOR 12/20/2012 12:16PM

    Oh my gosh, you grandson is fantastic. I will tell you from the 20 months I've had with my granddaughter, it is truly heaven. The kids are expecting another little one in June.
Congratulations and have a blast visiting.
I found that my granddaughter was an excellent motivation to stay committed to moderate goals for health and nutrition. It was fun to go out for a walk or run and say, "This one is for you, my little darling. Grandma is going to stay healthy".
I know you will set new goals in 2013 and work towards them the very best you can.
Have a blessed and joyful holiday!

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PCASEY7 12/20/2012 11:07AM

    As you said you just need to recommit in 2013 and I'm sure you'll reach your goals! Take that new grandchild for walks in the carriage if you can...he's adorable.

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THRIVE2DAY 12/20/2012 9:01AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on the beautiful new grandbaby!

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SWEETROSIE2 12/20/2012 8:00AM

    I love this photo how cute is he.

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GHOSTFLAMES 12/20/2012 6:48AM

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PATSYB7 12/20/2012 5:58AM

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TCANNO 12/20/2012 5:16AM

    Keep at it you will get there


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Holiday Happiness!

Friday, December 14, 2012

I am happy that...

We had a teacher holiday potluck last night. Lots of candles, trees, and food in our apt. building hallway. It is in the 80's now in the desert and cool.. .I ate small portions of the food and desserts.

I can run outside now in the cool weather around our compound in Saudi Arabia. There is even a breeze!

I have my first grandchild this Xmas. He is almost 3 months old!

My son got an extra part time job teaching film classes! He has a new baby and it will pay for daycare.

I am slowly making new friends. My job is settling down.

My husband and I are healthy. We will meet our daughter for the hoidays.

I am grateful for my life at this moment and am trying to enjoy each day!

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JESSIKA_56 12/22/2012 2:01PM

    A lot of great things to be happy about!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/14/2012 1:58PM

    Wonderful blog! Gratitude is beautiful and certain to add to your blessings!!

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JODROX 12/14/2012 1:23PM

    You sound happy! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 12/14/2012 1:07PM

    Great things!!

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Trying to get back on track...

Thursday, December 13, 2012

And it is hard! Once I start eating sweets, then it is a slippery slope. Last night we went to an International Food Festival. I tried to pace myself all day. It was a day full of temptation! After a small lunch, I only had small bite size portions of food at the after school Baby Shower. The carrot cake looked so good, but I resisted! At dinner, I tried small portions of a lot of exotic dishes. I felt OK about my food intake.

This morning I started right by running outside for 30 minutes. Now I am off for a morning coffee and croissant with my husband. The holidays are tough to keep on track, but I am trying! What works for you???
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NATPLUMMER 12/13/2012 11:44AM

    I think you did very well....small bites :-) I try to do the same.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/13/2012 8:19AM

    Trying is definitely the key to success. Once I say I've blown it and give up I find 15 extra pounds on my body in a couple weeks. As long as I do the best I can at each event and with each challenge I can keep on going. In between events I eat as healthy as I can: high fiber, low fat protein, plenty of freggies, nonfat milk, and drink plenty of water. I'm half a pound over my maintenance range as of this morning, but by next week I'm gonna be there, holiday or no holiday!!

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DIET_FRIEND 12/13/2012 12:22AM

    I thought I was doing pretty good but today I overindulged in low-cal/Low-fat treats. If you eat enough of them, they break your diet! I'll try to do better tomorrow! I have been trying to track better and to get in a lot of exercise.

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MEDHOPEFUL777 12/13/2012 12:14AM

    Sounds like you are doing wonderful! It doesn't sound like you have anything to get "back" on track with, you are doing great!

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Holiday Treats in Saudi Arabia

Monday, December 10, 2012

I am teaching in a Muslim country with more food temptations than the U.S. Everything revolves around food...and I am gaining weight! Help!!! I am still running, but not as much due to the heat and humidity. I need to get control of my eating.

I have come this far and have been really good about eating healthy food and running every other day. I can't lose control now...

However yesterday there were two birthday celebrations at school and I was given two pieces of chocolate cake and I ate them! Next week at school is a cookie exchange, a potluck dinner, a holiday lunch, and an after school gift exchange with food. Then I tutor after school and they put desserts in front of me. I tell them I am full and can't eat, and they insist. Serving food in the Middle East is a custom and I am impolite if I don't eat it! 'Tis the season to indulge worldwide. Enjoy your holidays and send me some of your self control tips!!!

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BUSYGRANNY5 12/10/2012 7:23AM

    What an awesome experience! My suggestion would be the same as PATSYB7, try a taste and go on... which of course is easier said than done, so you may have to work on getting more exercise in for the next few weeks or so!

Enjoy your blessings!

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PATSYB7 12/10/2012 6:35AM

    Wow, that must be difficult. Can you take one bite, exclaim over it and then save the rest for "later"? I'm not sure what the custom calls for but it might be worth a try. Can you ask a local person for help? Good luck and have a great day. emoticon

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Let me count the ways....

Friday, August 10, 2012

that I overeat and make excuses to myself...

1. Take half a roll from the bread basket and half a pat of butter at the restaurant and then finish the other halves!

2. Tell myself I won't eat the baked potato with sour cream that comes with my meal and then I do!

3. Intend to have one bite of my husband's dessert and then eat way more!

4. Eat the ice cream on top of the cone and throw away the cone!

5. Eat a bowl of healthy cereal and then another and another until the milk is used up in the bowl!

Hmmm...I could go on and on. I can lie to myself, but the scale tells the truth!!! Today is the start of a new day and new decisions!!! My son made this painting!

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NATPLUMMER 8/13/2012 7:21PM

    I think most of us do some or all of these things.

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PATSYB7 8/10/2012 12:59PM

    Great post--love the picture. We all have our ways to justify our behaviors--thanks for the timely reminder. :O)

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JODROX 8/10/2012 10:03AM

    I hear you! All those "this little bit won't matter" treats add up!


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NORAB52GOOD 8/10/2012 8:59AM

    I hear ya. It is better for me to not start cause I won't stop and I know that. emoticon

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CAREYWYNN 8/10/2012 8:44AM

  I feel like some sort of feeding monster. If it's fook and it's free, I'll nosh...Noshing has no effect, right. Then it's "just a slice of bread" slathered with margarine, a little of this and that. Drive through doesn't count either. I'm just cruising the river of Denial when I tell myself these things.

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    For me, it's the "little" handful or scoop of pretzel pieces (candy, chips) from the community bag at work. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Sigh

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