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No Magic but Still Streaking

Saturday, September 13, 2014





6 days per week

No magic, but staying true to the goal.

  
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KITT52 9/14/2014 10:15PM

    good job

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TX_WILDHEART 9/13/2014 5:53PM

    Great job! Keeping rocking it!
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    Keep up the good work!

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Waiting for the Magic

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ten minute streak six days a week still going - since June 23 I've kept the streak. I've missed 3 days since mid-May when I started the streaks.



Sparkguy says the exercise magic kicks in around 3 - 6 months. I've been in the magic place, but it's not here, not now. I'm still waiting for the magic to kick in since my re-boot; but the 10 minute goal has kept me focused. Today I didn't have time to do the workout I had planned to do in the fitness center at my workplace; but the 10 minute goal got me to do a 10 minute arm workout with 10 # weights when I got home. I set the timer, grabbed the weights and just did it. If no goal, today would have been a no workout day. Ten minutes is better than no minutes.

Now if I could just kick in the same with my eating. After all, you get fit in the gym and skinny in the kitchen. I was doing so good for awhile, but I seem to have lost my way - again! I want the mojo back of those early days on this journey when it all seemed so easy and I felt like I could do this forever. I knew then that it was a marathon, not a sprint, but I had mojo. The mojo isn't there right now. Life just seems to have overwhelmed the past 4 years. But you know what I have gained? Grit, determination and "never-give-upness." I've learned that about myself, or maybe it has developed. I have faltered, I have fallen, but I have not given up. There are days I wonder if it is really worth it, but when I consider how horrible I felt after regaining 20 pounds . . . yes, it is worth it. This is a journey for a lifetime, but I'll take a step at a time.

Waiting . . . hoping . . . for the magic to kick in, the mojo to return; but if not, I hope I can follow this:



I have never regretted a healthy choice.

  
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 9/5/2014 1:18PM

    So many things I can relate to that you wrote. I too am waiting for the magic. And wishing I could get back on track with eating. And not giving up. And sometimes 10 mins is all I do but it is better than not doing it . . . yep yep yep I soooo relate.

I guess this is just the desert of faithfulness we're going, on the way to the magic of the promise land.

We can't be defeated if we do not quit.
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LIFECHANGZ 8/30/2014 12:56PM

    emoticon :::nods::: grit comes from the battle!

emoticon Keep the faith & fight the fight! We're here doing the same!

(hugs :)

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TX_WILDHEART 8/30/2014 10:40AM

    Well... sometimes we just have to wait... or analyze what we are doing. and sometimes have to tweak it.

I fight the lazy urge after work.... but I have to make myself get back to exercising.. but Im getting there. Working harder each day.. we will get there.



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MYTURNNOW2013 8/29/2014 10:18AM

    Come back and join us on 100 Days of Weight Loss. Linda Spangle, the author herself, is now one of our team leaders and taking us through one day at a time. I know you from reading your posts on each day's thread, right before my own :)

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VALLITTLEMAMA5 8/29/2014 9:06AM

    I'm losing the same weight now I've lost with each of my babies. Seeing that needle "stuck" back in that same range again is really discouraging.

The endorphins from exercising kick in at 15-20 minutes for some people. Can you find that daily endorphin kick, instead of waiting for something 3-6 months out? I know this doesn't work for some people, who don't really get a nice endorphin boost.

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KITT52 8/29/2014 6:12AM

    not sure there is a mojo.....its just something we have to do....like bath, brush teeth....do you have a mojo for brushing your teeth.....nope we just get up and brush with out thinking or making excuses why we don't....
just my thought.....

maybe you are doing better than you give your self credit for...

have a healthy week end

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MOVING2LOSE 8/28/2014 10:21PM

    I hope you find your mojo soon. emoticon

Hoping I can find mine too. I know I want to. emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 8/28/2014 9:33PM

    this spoke to me. The other day I wanted to give some good advice to a Sparkbuddy and what came to me was simply to ask yourself whether this is a good choice. One step at a time, one day at a time, keep pushing as the little emoticon says..........

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JMARIES51 8/28/2014 8:42PM

    I hear you, I've been walking 2 times a day since April 1st, with maybe only 3 times of missing a walk. So that has been an average of 3 miles a day for 5 months now. It still feels like a struggle to get going everyday. Having the dogs is my strongest motivation. They get so excited that I feel like I can't disappoint them.

Keep on making those healthy choices. My thought is that as I get older as long as I keep moving, that is a positive sign. Have a great weekend.

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I Refuse to Give Up on Myself

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Struggling!

But still on track with at least 10 minutes per day of exercise 6 days per week. The last two days I was feeling so tired and discouraged, that my exercise consisted of 10 minutes of stretching. But my back and my hips needed it and it kept me moving.

My eating has been slipping. I really need to do a 3 day refined foods fast. Even my focus for that seems lacking.

My struggle is not just on my healthy living journey - it's just a struggle about life right now. I have more physical stamina - finally - with consistent exercise; but I feel emotionally and mentally exhausted.

But I will journey on.












  
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  good blog

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NASFKAB 9/1/2014 9:13AM

  thanks for sharing this great post just keepat it

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BABYSTEPS74 8/31/2014 11:55AM

  Thanks I needed to see this today :) and it may not be the case for you at all but if you haven't had any bloodwork done in a while ( think ugh Dr' general physical) you may consider it. I spent 6 months not able to get through work outs I had before, being totally out of breath after going up a couple flights of stairs. Long story short after 2 weeks of iron supplements my hemoglobin level went back up and I feel so much better! I still have a ton of health and emotional problems but I have hope :D

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MAYBER 8/30/2014 9:48PM

    Great attitude Like all your quotes
One day at a time
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WHITEANGEL4 8/29/2014 1:59AM

    Great log. Success is reached one small step at a time

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MARYJEANSL 8/28/2014 11:55PM

  It's tough - very tough - to keep going on when you feel exhausted, mentally and emotionally. I admire you so much for not giving up. I hope you feel much better soon!

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AMBER461 8/28/2014 10:12PM

  Never give up, thanks for sharing.

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    Refusing to give up is a good thing.

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NONNAOF2 8/28/2014 1:23PM

  It can be overwhelming at times in this darn journey we are on, but never give up!! It took me going through what you are going through for many years and now (better late than never), at the age of 67, I'm finally getting it right in understanding what I need to do to be successful and sticking with it! Hang it there, you're just stuck right now, but with persistence, you will once again move ahead! You can do it!!! :-)

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REMCMFA 8/28/2014 12:04PM

    Keep going!! I wish I did more stretching! (My hips talk to me, too!)

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 8/28/2014 11:31AM

    I refuse to give up, also.

This is my area of "spiritual Marines". My fight, to the end. For forever. Once a Marine, always a Marine.

Whatever it takes, I WILL NOT GIVE UP.

"But if not . . .", from the story about Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego. I certain; I am sure of whom I have believed. I WILL overcome, In Him. BUT IF NOT . . .

I will not give up, even if I die trying. This is my calling. Everyone has a different assignment, a different burden to carry, a different cross to pick up. This is my area of calling to being a spiritual Marine.

Semper Fi, sister!

Semper Fidelis: Latin for always faithful. Faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps (Corps = faithful to our assignment to overcome in this life).

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SUSIEMT 8/28/2014 10:12AM

    I know you can pull through this! We all have at one time or another! You can and will do this!

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VAINVT 8/28/2014 9:34AM

  Best wishes on your journey. Congratulations for sticking with your plan.

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MESHUGANAH 8/28/2014 8:55AM

    Awesome post! Thanks for being so real. I am there too but I refuse to give up on myself too. I'm refocusing and planning meals in advance and keeping healthy options in the house. I am committed to this. Thank you for helping me feel less alone and for encouraging me today. I will pray that you are successful today and reach your goal, one day, one choice at a time.

Blessings to you!
Jo

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    Every day is a new start!

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  Only WE can change us!

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  You can do it! This was motivating?

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For sure with this positive attitude you can do it.... God Bless You

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CATNURSE1 8/27/2014 3:03AM

    Awesome attitude! Never give up, never quit. That's the motto in our house. Sure has seen me through some rough spots.

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MSPROVERBS31 8/27/2014 12:08AM

    I feel this way sometimes, actually a lot of times. So keep on stepping forward and enjoying the journey!!

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TX_WILDHEART 8/26/2014 10:37PM

    You can sooo do this... You can.. you can... Y O U C A N !!

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Checking In With an Update

Saturday, August 16, 2014



Life has been very busy.

My Dad had cataract surgery, so making sure all was covered there with caregiving, Doctor appointments, eye drops, etc. was a very busy and stressful time for me. But all seems to have fallen into place and all going well. Caregiving on weekends and planning for caregiving during the week, continue there, occupying a great deal of not only time, but mental energy.

My garden has been keeping me busy. Green beans: I have canned 27 pint, given some away and have several quart in the fridge to freeze. I will use them in my home canned vegetable soup later this fall. The green beans are about done. Cucumbers, yellow summer squash: more than we can eat - plenty to share. Tomatoes: have blighted, but have a nice little supply of cherry tomatoes and am getting some for fresh eating - will have none for canning. French horticultural beans: ready to pick. I'll blanch and freeze them; we love them in soups, or a pot of ham and cabbage. Cabbage (speaking of): took off a lovely sweet head and cooked a pot of smoked sausage, cabbage, carrots, onion and horticultural beans last weekend- delish! Red Beets: took some out today and plan to do something new - oven roast the beets instead of boil, and cook the greens. I've not tried either before - any hints? Sugar Snap Peas: got 4 or 5 lovely meals. Swiss Chard: we have plenty but I was disappointed with it this year. We didn't like it as well for some reason, so I stopped taking it off. Turnips: everything went into the tops and the roots look more like . . . horseradish? Butternut Squash: have some nice squash developing. Lima Beans: don't look too promising - our growing season is almost too short, but somehow I keep trying. Corn: in about a week. I want to plant some fall crops if I can get to it, things that yield quickly and like cooler weather: lettuce, more red beets, maybe turnips again, radishes, spinach.


I am on track still with 10 fitness minutes per day 6 days a week. Losing Zumba and Fitness Class under a coach at my work place - something that has been an anchor for me for more than 2 1/2 years - threatened to throw me for a loop. But there are enough people interested that we are seeking to push through and keep something going. The room and the equipment is still there, just not the scheduled time or the instructor. We've fumbled a bit, but we'll get it, and I haven't lost a day of my fitness goal - I've just had to be flexible. A few days, I had to use my gardening as my fitness minutes, and some days I really only have gotten 10 minutes and not the greatest workout, but the 10 minute goal keeps me moving. It's been tough forming the habit, but not regrettable.

Batch cooking on the weekend continues to be a mainstay for my sanity and providing me with healthful, balanced meals throughout the week when my time is limited. Even so, my eating has not been stellar the past week. I have allowed some extra snacks and unnecessary food to creep in. Making zucchini bread last weekend didn't help. I'm thinking it's time for another 3 day sugar/refined flour fast. That helped to re-set me physically and emotionally in the past - likely coming up soon.

I continue with my 180 mile per day commute 4 days per week, with one day working from home; and some major stressors continue in my life, that I struggle to deal with that also steal a great deal of mental and emotional energy. Trying to take one day at a time and keep my head above water. I have many things to be thankful for, and I need to focus on them.

That's my life in a nutshell right now. Still checking in to SP daily - it's one of my anchors. We can do this - one day - one step - at a time. I'm not where I want to be, but I'm not where I was!

  
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NASFKAB 9/4/2014 5:10AM

  great all the best keep at it

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JMARIES51 8/24/2014 12:44PM

    Hi Warm, It appears that life continues to be a load of stress. Wow, I don't know how you do it all. So good that you are able to keep up the exercise. I just don't understand work that takes away fitness. If I remember correctly, you work in healthcare, don't you? Anyway, it wouldn't matter what work it is. I think that this is something that America needs to take a good look at. OK, got to get off that soapbox. Thanks again for checking in on me. Your continued support warms my heart! hugs, Joann

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/20/2014 8:16PM

    wow that is quite a garden - many if mine got eaten and I used a raised garden so I'm not sure what some of the things I was growing. Take care emoticon

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HORSEHABIT 8/17/2014 1:18PM

    Spark had a recipe for roasted veggies. I used beets and it was good. I think it was a special oil ( walnut? sesame?). Great winter comfort food. Hope this helps you find it!

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KITT52 8/17/2014 4:36AM

    garden is about the same here except our tomatoes are doing fine, just slow to ripen....we have had a rather cool summer so far....our turnips did great but not the beets, we have enough for eating but none for canning...

You have so much on your plate....do your best....we are rooting for you...


Have a healthy week

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NELLIEC 8/16/2014 7:47PM

    Just your 180 mile per day commute sounds like a major stressor to me!

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July Progress

Friday, August 01, 2014

I met my fitness goals for July of at least 10 minutes per day exercise 6 days per week.



This garnered me 699 fitness minutes for the month of July.

Chris Downing, founder of SP, says the exercise magic kicks in at about 3 - 6 months. I can't say the magic has kicked in yet, but I'm still forming habit, still operating out of willpower over what I want to do. I'm waiting for the magic to kick in.

I had determined that I didn't need to fill out a schedule for August, I could continue the same schedule that I used for July with 2 days strength training under a certified trainer at fitness class at my work place, 1 day of Zumba, 1 rest day, and either an outdoor walk, Walk at Home w/ Leslie, or the elliptical on all other days.

Now I've had a wrench thrown in my gears. My work place has announced that they are discontinuing fitness class. This has been an anchor for me the past 1 1/2 years. I'm going to need to re-think and re-plan. Which takes time. Which I don't have in great commodity. I have so many things going on at so many different fronts that it was a relief to me to have a schedule that works and I don't really have to plan or think about a great deal. Really in a bad place emotionally right now as well.

Out of kilter, but glad I've had this period of self-discipline at work for me - hopefully will be enough to keep me going. Had this happened in April, I would have sunk like a stone.

  
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MT-MOONCHASER 8/3/2014 2:38PM

    Did they give any reasons for discontinuing the classes?

If it is lack of participation, maybe some world-class arm twisting of co-workers could save the program.

Check with your health insurance company, they sometimes sponsor wellness activities. Do you have a local Y that offers classes?

There must be dvd's or youtube videos out there that have strength training routines, although it is much better to have someone that will watch your form. Maybe a wall mirror at home?

Just a few suggestions to give you food for thought...

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KITT52 8/1/2014 8:33PM

    wow that is such a disappointment...so sorry, wonder why they decided to do that.

Well take it one day at a time and get a new plan...

Have a healthy week end

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 8/1/2014 6:59PM

    I am out of kilter and in a bad place too, but am super sorry to hear you are. That surprised and saddened me.

I know how much you liked the class. When something works for you, you get dependent on it, in a good way, and yes I can see how it'd definitely be a big loss. And not something you need right now.

Like Chris with visiting his mother and trying desperately to get back on track, and walking as fast as he could from the hospital parking lot to her room, it helps me right now to just focus on one, tiny, thing. (Him sharing that really helped me.) So for me right now out of sorts and not making it, I'm just going to put blinders on and focus only on TEN MINUTES. Anything else I do outside of 10 mins, is just bonus.

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MTULLY 8/1/2014 6:54PM

    So sorry about your fitness class being canceled. I am hoping the old adage about "when one door closes, another opens" holds true for you. The 1 1/2 year commitment you had to the class is going to help you figure out something else, I have faith in you and your determination!
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NELLIEC 8/1/2014 5:47PM

    Now to keep up your self-discipline.

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