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Thursday, August 28, 2014

I have GOT to add more protein to my diet! I am barely getting 30 of the 60 grams that I need! Yikes! Gee, why do I feel so tired?? (at least I can chuckle for a moment). I'm not vegetarian, but I don't eat much meat. I'm trying to eat more, but it is soooo high in fat and hormones, and I can't always afford the organic meats. Protein powder is an option, I suppose, though I hear the taste is horrible and it is high in calories too. Soy is an option, though that is mostly made with GMOs these days unless you can afford the organic.... I think beans may be my saving grace (though maybe no 'grace' for anyone around me HAHAHHAHAHAHA!) emoticon

What do YOU do to get more protein in your diet? Something lower calorie, lower fat, NOT ARTIFICIAL that tastes good?????

Any suggestions would really be appreciated. Thanks in advance, my Spark friends/sisters/brothers.. We CAN Do This!!!!



Once You Start Tracking...

Sunday, August 10, 2014

(or tracking AGAIN in my case)

Oh, yes, the horror begins again of what actually LOOK at what you've been feeding yourself!!! (even though you know better from doing this before)

Just gulp, gape, and laugh, then laugh again, because it goes uphill once you KNOW!

I was extremely lazy this past weekend (at 2 or 3 days back on), but I was hungry. I opted to order a pizza (because I'm bloody BRILLIANT! LOL!) Here is what it looks like for 2 slices of what I ordered...

Pizza Hut Thin N Crispy Large Double Mushroom - 1 Slice, 2 serving ⊗ 340 42 12 16
Onions, raw, 3 slice, medium (1/8" thick) ⊗ 16 4 0 0
Green Peppers (bell peppers), 2 tbsp ⊗ 6 2 0 0

wait... where did the bacon go??? Well, suffice it to say, there was bacon on it too. And I took my multi vitamin (please do this if you don't now)

Knowing very well what my BODY actually LIVES on.. there are a few things missing.

Protein!!!! (really, yeah, even with bacon, it isn't much)
A TRACE of a single thing that is FRESH!!!! OMG! What happened to me????? I used to eat TONS of raw, healthful, water-filled and nutrient dense foods! I lost the habit and gained it again my 1st time around on Spark. Apparently, I lost it again.. *sigh*

I SOOO miss feeling like the rock star I felt like when I was eating well, seriously, you have NO idea! It will sneak up on you, bit by bit, and one day you're doing cartwheels because you feel THAT good!

Ah, friends! Isn't it so funny what you do when you haven't been paying attention?????

No problem.. I've GOT this!!! New goals for me this time. Choose yours with care and in easy steps... seeing those first CHECK marks on your reports will bring you strength. When I had reached my goal and 'left' Spark, my goals were so much higher than I started with... actually 5-6 servings of produce? (fruits and veggies) 8-10 oz of water a day? 30 min of activity EVERY day??? Yep..

I'm back now at 3 servings of produce, 3 cups of water, and 10 min of activity. I know I can reach that and feel the success.

It WORKS! Build your success up with something REALISTIC, and only JUST out of your reach when you change them when you want to continue growing. This is YOUR journey! Set yourself up for success!

My Love and very best to you all out there!!! emoticon Willow

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Muffin Tins?? Did you see this link??? AMAZING!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

I don't use my muffin tins very much. Apparently, I must have been using them wrong! LOL! I've done one or two of these before, but this is more than I thought of!

Check out this link for some really creative, perfectly portioned ideas!

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/8/2014 11:00AM

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The BEST blog I ever posted on my success... revisted, in case you don't know me (yet)

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

I'll leave the first part off, this is me remembering what it felt like :) This is from 2011, and I'm BETTING from 2014!!! I REALLY think this captured my experience and explains why I came back.

Monday, May 30, 2011 - How Things Change

My journey here on Spark has been a particularly cathartic experience for me. Nothing I thought I would ever do, but mostly because it wasn't something I ever thought I COULD do.

Now for the real blog (LOL!)

I thought I would share some of the changes I have experienced with my friends and passers-by in hopes that you can see some of them in yourself. :)

- I will totally stay up until 11:00 at night to make sure I have packed a decent lunch for work.
- I DO consider that yard work IS a work out and I can do it more (my yard looks GREAT for that!)
- I VERY rarely want to eat anywhere other than my own kitchen (turns out I am a fabulous cook!)
- I do some kind of exercise in the morning whether it is 1/2 hearted or not, because it makes me feel good for HOURS!!
- I (mostly....still working on this one) eat breakfast on the weekends because I already know I need the nutrition and I feel MUCH more balanced when I do.
- I am not so shy to be seen in public
- I have realized I am MUCH stronger inside than I thought I was
- I actually love looking at my biceps LMAO! (but I do!)
- I am keeping up MUCH better with not-so-close friends and my family
- I am taking SO MUCH better care of my house
- I am sitting up straighter and breathing more deeply
- I am more curious about life and what I have to offer
- I am taking better care of my personal appearance
- I am accepting help because I realize that I give help all the friggin time, and I DO deserve help in return
- I feel less 'guilty' or 'worthless' (one small change, apparently, effects MANY places inside!!)
- I realize that I have held on to a lot of objects that have absolutely no use to me and I am purging them from my home.
- I have deeper thoughts. I don't exactly know what that means, but I know it is happening (does that make sense? lol!)
- I spend more time thinking positive things
- I want to encourage other peoples dreams more
- I am more daring about facing my inner demons
- I am STARTING (just starting, mind you!) to feel more social
- My dreams have gotten weirder lol! Purging from the inside is weird!
- I have started to find my respect for my Self
- I realize that challenges are more about a challenge to myself than competition with others
- I also find that I rather enjoy challenging myself to do JUST a little extra
- I listen more closely, and with more compassion to other peoples experiences
- I feel more grounded

I don't know why or how all of these changes came/are coming about. I just know that I like them, I feel free to embrace them, and that there are a lot of great things with me now and in front of me to experience.

This journey really isn't about loosing weight. It is simply about finding out who you are, how strong you are, what you REALLY like, and the REAL, HEART-FELT freedom to do it.

Yes, I'm thinner. Yep, I have the (almost) 'right' number on the scale. Yeah, the jeans are an 'acceptable' size. It is SOOOOO not about that, though! The energy I have is WAY good! The silly little confidence I have cracks me up sometimes! The care I take of myself is almost maternal. What I have learned about myself was the journey. IS the journey! Hey, I'm not stopping now! LOL!

I hope that wasn't too scattered, I'm a little overwhelmed from writing it all out. WOW! What a fantastic journey we are all on! (me included!)

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So why start over again? Why come back?? Goals??

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Hi there, friends! I know people come and go on here like a rotating closet rack (which I don't have, by the way), and I have been on and off twice (3rd time is a charm????). The GREAT thing about Spark is that when you have attained your goal and run in circles celebrating life, and doing crazy things you never would do before, because you've never felt so GOOD!, you need to to do that! AND, if you have made it a lifestyle and 'gotten it' to the core of your being.. FLY! Fly, Fly, Fly! Even if I miss you... FLY!!!! emoticon

HOWEVER, if you suddenly find yourself with a few pounds back on and blood pressure in the SCARRY figures (like I did), you get your butt RIGHT back as quickly as possible to remedy the situation.

That is what I am doing. I recently had $3,000 worth of dental work done (and that was just the FIRST 1/2 of it!). It took them 1 1/2 hours to 'calm me down' (even with mild sedation) and they have told me won't see me for the rest of what I need to have done until I see my doctor about my blood pressure since it was a whopping 180/106. Yep. It was that high. *sighs and frowns* Blood pressure??? What?? I've never worried about that!

It was always a bit high when I went to the doctor UNTIL I started sparking. Then it was PERFECT! (truly! my doctor kept asking me what I was doing!!!) Yep, I spread the emoticon as far and wide as I could!

The bottom line is that it wasn't like that when I was eating good food and exercising regularly! WTHeck??? Yes, yes, I have a very stressful job, but it was MUCH better balanced when I cared more about my SELF than my work.

Granted, I have become 'more important' at work, but it didn't come with more $$ (not that that would fix anything but my flooring and kitchen!) and it only means I am working late every night and working at least 1 day of my weekend, which hasn't left much time for much else but a cold beer to relax the stress away. (great plan, huh?? LOL!)

Gaining 10 lbs doesn't bother me so much... inner turmoil, lack of balance and peace, and my body going all haywire?? THAT bothers me!!!

Time to get this show back on the road!!!!!

Let's kick some butt!!! I'm back with my same, simple, sane approach. LITTLE CHANGES MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.


1st - Get my nutrition back on track
2nd - Start slowly with exercise
3rd - Ramp up that exercise, baby!!!!
4th - Appreciate myself for doing it (again! :) ) and incorporate this as a lifestyle, NOT an 'emergency button'

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ONEWAYALI 8/10/2014 7:33PM

    Welcome back! I've been sparking and resparking for several years. I'm up 15 pounds from 2 years ago because unfortunately life happens! But I am making small changes again and going in the right direction (I think). Life is one big adventure with ups and downs, it is not easy to put yourself, health and fitness first in our society so I think it will always be a bit of a juggling act!

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WDEJESUS13 8/6/2014 9:24PM

    Thanks for the great read. I am so on the same page as you. Off and on like a roller coaster. The highest I have ever been and it is scary that I may never see the 150's again. Baby steps. Thanks and good luck to you

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