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Look on the Bright Side

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Some days are more difficult than others to maintain a positive attitude. I am generally a very happy person, but there are days when stress, pain, fatigue, and yes laziness threaten to derail my plans for a healthier lifestyle.

I have been practicing portion control and some days I feel deprived. I grew up in a family that didn't have a lot of money, and I don't like feeling deprived...especially when it comes to food.
However, those same feelings of deprivation have turned me into someone who manages her money pretty well. I can easily put off spending money in the short term, so that I can enjoy financial security or save for a big ticket item down the road.

I'm trying to apply that same mindset to my eating. I may have to give up that extra serving, but if I do that consistently, the long term payoff will be better health.

As I left work today, I was very hungry. My husband and I have a small balance on an Outback gift card. We had talked about stopping by there for appetizers and a drink. I was in such a mood today that I thought "What the heck- get the Blooming Onion." Fortunately, my wiser self prevailed because I had planned out my dinner and it was already cooked and ready to serve when I got home.

As I was driving home, I did talk myself out of the Blooming Onion (and Outback altogether), but had to look up the calorie count...are you ready...depending upon who you ask, a Blooming Onion with dipping sauce is 2,000-3,000 calories! WOW!

On days I feel "food deprived" I just recount all that I had to eat that day, and give thanks for my many blessings...and drink lots of water.

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LAURAB_143 2/14/2012 12:23PM

    Thank you for sharing your struggles AND your wisdom, which leads to VICTORY.

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SHIMMY2BFIT 2/8/2012 11:23AM

    Fabulous control there my friend! Having food ready when you get home makes the decision a little easier. The slow cooker is my friend. Now if only I could remember to make the menu's a month ahead of time it would be even easier lol

I know that when I have the urge to 'snack' I like to have a couple of handfuls of sunflower seeds handy - they take a bit to eat because they are still in the shell.

Anyway - GRATS my friend! You did yourself proud! :) :)

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SUGARSMOM2 2/8/2012 9:46AM

  a good point . we might not consume as much as we want. if we only look up the caloric content of the desired item .when the last time i went with my hubby to our local dairy queen . He asked me what i wanted . I told him what i wanted and what i was ordering where two different things . He looked at me like i was insane . my clearer thinking kept me from consuming a lot more then i really wanted to devour . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Challenge Goal

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I just set myself a mini-goal to lose 20 lbs by Easter. Easter is 13 weeks away. If I were to lose 1.5 lbs each week- it would be 19.5 (which would still land me in the 180's). Even if I lose a pound a week, I'd be under 200 lbs for the first time in a very long time. Either way it's a win-win situation.

I changed my goal, and don't know where "old goals" are stored.
For the record: I started this particular journey on 7/4/2009 at 237 lbs.

Does anyone else have a mini-challenge?


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SHIMMY2BFIT 2/5/2012 12:13PM


What steps are you taking in order to reach your goal? I'll join you! emoticon

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JLRYLADY 1/31/2011 1:19PM

  Meeting the small goals will lead you to success in the big goal.

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BRENDY_28 1/22/2011 10:41PM

    good luck with your mini challenge. :) i really should have my own mini goals. *sigh*

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CYCLEGIRL36 1/22/2011 8:46AM

    Mini challenges/goals are wonderful. They seem so much attainable than the big ones - especially if those like - need to lose a lot of weight. I actually just changed my goals to not include anything that has to do with weight. It's all stuff that I can do and get better at. I put them all on my sparkpage if you want to head over there and see it.

You can achieve your mini-challenge. You go girl! emoticon

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I had knee replacement surgery on 12/15/10. My recovery is going well. I will continue to take weight off so this knee will last as long as possible and so that my other knee replacement will be easier (now that I know what to expect). We did take our trip to Spain in September and had a very good time.

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JLRYLADY 1/13/2011 9:13AM

  Just make sure to follow your doctors recommendations and don't try to add to much exercise too soon. Otherwise keep up the good work and I am glad you had a good time in Spain.

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BRENDY_28 1/12/2011 8:00PM

    It's great that your recovery is going well. :) Good luck with it

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NAGEM26 1/12/2011 12:20PM

    That is great to hear. Good luck with your recovery and keep up the awesome work!!!

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JESSBOND 1/12/2011 11:21AM

    I'm glad that your recovery is going well!
And I'm sure you can keep on losing weight!

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The ABC's of Me

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A is for Age: 52

B is for Booze: Coconut Rum

C is for Career: Payroll and Travel Unit Team Leader

D is for Dad's name: John

E is for Essential items to bring to a party: My husband

F is for Favorite song or music: Just got Paid (It's Friday night) by Johnny Kemp

G is for Goof off thing to do: Play games on I am the Free Cell Queen

H is for Hometown: South Schodack, NY

I is for Instrument you play: None

J is for Jam or Jelly you like: Blackberry

K is for Kids: Kyle (30), Serena (28), AJ (26), and Amber (19)

L is for Living arrangement: My husband and I moved into our new home five years ago. Our 26 year old son and 19 year old daughter(when she's not at college) live at home.

M is for Mom's name: MaryEllen (I miss her and my father)

N is for Name of best friend: Dee (other than my husband of course)

O is for Overnight Stay in a Hospital: Four pregnancies and one female surgery

P is for Phobias: None-they're all rational fears (like driving in the snow)

Q is for Quote you like: "Yesterday has gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin." -Mother Teresa

R is for Relationship that lasted longest: My husband Alan (married 30 years in October 2010)

S is for Siblings: Four brothers and three sisters

T is for Texas, ever been? Yes - Twice

U is for Unique trait : I often don't complete sentences when I talk (and I use a lot of parentheses when I write).

V is for vegetable you love: Corn on the Cob

W is for Worst traits: Gossip, swearing...this could take all night

X- is for X-rays you've had: Lots

Y is for Yummy food you make: Beef Stroganoff

Z is for Zodiac sign: Capricorn

That's me in an alphabet

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BRENDY_28 2/11/2010 11:27PM

    great to know more about you :)

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JESSBOND 2/11/2010 8:09AM

    It is nice to know more about our spark friends! emoticon

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Rejoice...for your soul is alive

Sunday, January 24, 2010

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” –Eleonora Duse, Italian actress (October 3, 1858–April 21, 1924)

I like this quote because so many things have the power to move me in a positive way. I know that many people who struggle with weight issues and lifestyle changes, also struggle with emotions, moods, and other issues.

I firmly believe that the key to successful weight loss is in our minds. Using visualization, maintaining a positive attitude, reading spark people articles, message boards, blogs etc., are all mental tools that can be used to keep us focused on our goal (and eating a healthy, balanced diet and daily exercise aren't bad ideas either).


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