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{Rediscovering My Spark} Best Part

Monday, October 14, 2013

What was the best part of your day today?

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The best part of my day was the nap I took. Yep, it was that kind of day...

I made a mess of my weekend. It was Xander's third birthday and a few family members joined us for cake and snacks. The food was just too much of a temptation and I overindulged... letting myself eat until I was bloated and drink soda.

I had set my sights on a great day today, but I just couldn't find it in myself. I just continued the bad habits of my weekend. Not only did I overeat again, but I ate high-fat, processed crap. Even now, I'm sitting here thinking how much I would love a dish of ice cream.

I hope that tomorrow will be a better day.

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HAPPYJUNEBUG 10/15/2013 10:54PM

    I need a nap. I admit.

Having a cheat meal is not a bad thing.

I still enjoy the foods I used to eat but now I make more of an effort to eat healthier foods. For example, in the same day, I might snack on potato chips and cookies, while earlier I had apples and oatmeal for lunch. Then, I'd drink lots of water.

This weightloss journey works for everyone in different ways.
You're doing a good job so far, so hang in there!

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ANDI1984 10/15/2013 12:45PM

    The fact that you can look back and say "I did ....... wrong" is a good thing because it means that you acknowledge the good habits from the bad so now you can choose to move on from them. Ice cream is also a HUGE temptation for me so I just don't buy any and if I do, I take 1 or 2 servings and then leave it at my mom's house for them to eat. I find that keeping tempting foods around me that are my absolute favorites are my dieting traps. So, I just don't bring them into the house. Of course, I made the mistake of bringing in egg nog this last weekend, but I made the fiance drink the majority of it. He was so sad about that ;-).

Take each day as a new opportunity to make the best choices for you. (I personally believe that a "free day" every now and then doesn't hurt either.)

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THINFITFEMINIST 10/15/2013 6:21AM

    Looking at what you did wrong and feeling guilt and remorse is much easier than looking at the triggers. I'd suggest the next time this comes up to sit and write about what you are thinking / how you are feeling. Then just look at it with a gentle smile. Forego the actions that perpetuate the personal pattern.

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IMREITE 10/15/2013 12:55AM

    I took a good nap too. was a bit sleep afterward, but i still went outside and did about 25 minutes of yard work. later i did some cardio kickboxing. so 1 good part of my day gave me energy for 2 more.

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{Rediscovering My Spark} Half Empty

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Are you a “glass-half-full” or a “glass-half-empty” kind of person? What are ways you can start to think and act in a more positive way?
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When it comes to my progress in losing weight I can definitely be a very “half-empty” type of person. I look in the mirror and compare myself to what I used to see in that mirror. I see the thinning of my face, but I don’t allow myself joy in that… instead I think of how much further I have to go. I step on the scale and automatically calculate how much weight I still have to lose rather than celebrating the loss I’ve had. It gets disheartening.

To move toward a more positive outlook, I need to stop comparing to what I once was and focus more on the progress that I’ve made. I believe setting smaller goals to achieve may help me with this. Rather than focusing on my big goal of getting back to 125 pounds, I will set smaller increment goals… and then reward myself (without food!) every time I reach one of these goals.

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KNYAGENYA 10/10/2013 10:25AM

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IMREITE 10/9/2013 12:46AM

    I am a half full person. i then mentally make plans to add more to it.

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{Rediscovering My Spark} Your Day

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

What was the best part of your day today?

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It's going to sound so completely shallow, but the best part of today was dinner. My mother-in-law and father-in-law brought over a bunch of stuff from their gardens, so we have a bunch of fresh veggies and fruits available. I took fresh chicken breasts and simmered them in a light balsamic dressing along with red, yellow, and green peppers. We had side salads packed with ripe, red tomatoes. I also made some flavored rice and mixed veggies. For dessert, I used some of the apples brought to us... sliced and then baked with a little sugar and cinnamon.

I did so well with planning out today's meals that I even have over 200 calories left to indulge in a snack this evening. I'm thinking of trying something my mother-in-law told me about... provolone cheese and a thin slice of pear toasted on a slice of French loaf. Mmmm.

So, what made your day special?

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NANADERRICK 10/1/2013 6:22PM

    Mine was dinner too. I cut off the rest of the chicken from a rotissetie and made a pizza. Made the crust, sauce and topped with the chicken and veggies from our garden. Love it!!! Glad you had a nice healthy meal with garden fresh veggies and fruit!

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TOKIEMOON 10/1/2013 6:18PM

    A healthy meal with family. It just doesn't get much better!

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{Rediscovering My Spark} Inspired

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Find a quote that speaks to you, then spread the word.

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I sort of do this (almost) every Monday with my Motivate Me Monday series( tyrneathem.com/category/health/motiv
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I like this quote because it applies to so much more than just fitness. So often, we are afraid to try new things or begin something because of a fear of the mistakes we'll make. It's hard to remember that some of the greatest inventions and advances in our world began with a series of mistakes. The saying goes that "we all make mistakes" and it's true... the trick is learning to discover something in those mistakes.

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IMREITE 9/26/2013 1:02AM

    it is only a failure if we can not learn or grow from it.

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FANTASM01 9/25/2013 9:47PM

    This is so very true! I tried to quit smoking and failed so many times. Finally about 12 yrs or so ago I tried again. That time I did it! Failure is only a bad thing if you can't get past it. Failure should never be the end, only the beginning of the next attempt to do something. I think it's awesome that you realize this. It means you will NEVER give up on your dreams. Good for you!! emoticon emoticon

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BARCLE 9/25/2013 5:53PM

    Yes I agree; to me this covers more than just fitness. Sometimes the hardest part is trying emoticon

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{Rediscovering my Spark} Excuses

Tuesday, September 24, 2013



Blog today about the most common excuses that get in the way of your workouts--and plan to counter each excuse to stay on track!

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Over the years I have come up with many excuses to not work out. It's funny that I do that, because I actually enjoy being physically active. Some days the lazy side wins out, though.

My most common excuse for missing workouts is my son. I will set out to do a workout DVD or a set of resistance band exercises and then something will come up with Xander. I will wake early to exercise... and he wakes early. I will schedule workouts for his nap time... and he won't nap. I'll try to get him involved... and he is a two year old, what can I expect?! I've even found excuses popping up when I'll simply be putting him in a stroller to go for a walk. A sniffle or a cough will show up and I worry about taking him out. By teh time my husband gets home, I'm simply too tired.

This has been my most difficult excuse to counter-attack. I guess I just need to keep pushing on and getting a few minutes in here and there when I can. I did purchase a FitDesk a few months ago, so I can bike while I work. I'll have to power through the afternoon exhaustion and do more when my husband is home.

That sort of leads in to my second most common excuse... exhaustion. My son has a crazy sleep schedule. He can go weeks getting just an hour or two of sleep in a day. Naturally, that means I am getting little sleep. If I'm lucky I can sneak in a quick nap once my husband gets home, but that's supposed to be my time to work out!

This excuse is simple going to have to be waited out. His sleeping is improving and I can only hope that it gets closer to normal as he gets older. I do need to stop trying to get everything else done in the afternoons and allow myself that nap when it's needed.

My third big excuse is that it doesn't seem to be doing any good, so why bother? Those that have followed me for awhile know that I struggle with losing weight since being on Predisone. I can put in hours of workouts and watch every bite that enters my mouth and I still gain! I lost my healthy and fit body in just a few month's time and now I've spent years trying to get it back.

In this case, I just have to keep doing what I'm doing. Keep pushing on. I've had moments where I let it get me down and I gave up for awhile, but I keep getting back up and trying again.

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