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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Just Do It! Again!

October, 2012 ~
It's time to re-focus! I am 16 pounds above my goal.

I haven't been faithfully logging my food & exercise. Eating what I want in larger portions than I need.

I have gained this weight since January, 2012 and it's time to lose it once more!

I have been logging in each day, eating a healthy breakfast, exercising some days - but not consistently. Consistency is a KEY for me. I need to get and use that KEY again.

I had reached my SparkPeople weight loss goal on May 21, 2011. But, like I have done too many times in the past...I got sloppy, lazy, tired, bored, *(fill in any excuse) and gained some of the weight back. The good news, if there is good news - is that I didn't gain it all back. But it still tells me that I haven't been 'in this to win it' and paying the amount attention I need to be paying to maintain my weight. I've been 'asleep at the wheel.' It's time to wake up and get moving again.

It's been a stressful year...but life will always be stressful. I need to find ways to deal with the stresses that will always be a part of my life - WITHOUT reaching for food for comfort.

I also need to 'take it, a day at a time.' That has been the best way for me. Slow and steady. I just have to get my head back into this game and JUST DO IT!

My SparkFriend, ROSEWCI has a simple, but effective goal list that I have been implementing too:

"These are the KEYS"
1. Keep Tracking: Food and Exercise
2. Be Mindful while Eating
3. Stay in Calorie Range
4. Drink Water

Simple? Yes, but if done consistently over time will yield the results I am looking for:

Healthier food choices.
Regular, consistent exercise.
Just the right amount of fuel for my body each day to operate and lose weight at a healthy, steady pace.
Water to stay hydrated, healthy and happy.

These are great building blocks...that will help me re-create a solid foundation to move forward on being that healthier and happier me.

Oh, and while exercise helps with stress for me, I do need to add some other steps to help with stress. So I will explore that topic too.

"Slow and Steady" will get me to my goals.

I want to be healthy & happy not just for today, but for the rest of my life!

A long time goal of mine has been to find balance and moderation in ALL areas of my life. The adventure continues.

Thank you, SparkFriends for your encouragement and support!

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SEATTLE58 10/17/2012 11:02PM

    Oh Maria, it seems that I've lost track of you over the course of a year plus. You were one of my very first friends and you encouraged and supported me so much in those first months when I needed help to get started. Since I've grown some wings and have flown I guess. I was looking through my list of friends and thought that I sure could check up on you. So I did and saw and read this blog of you going at it from the beginning again. That's about what we have to do, isn't? Just to get right back down to the basics! I've lost about 60# now altogether and I feel that I've come to a halt. I haven't been able to exercise like I'd like for a while and that kind've through me off. And now it seems that it's getting back into the exercising but not the eating like I should. Errr! So I know that I have to go back to the basics too. So here I am, back to the beginning. and I found you again! I know that you can do all that you need to do to get those nasty pounds off again and I know that I can get my nasty pounds off for the first time in a long, long time. I'm seeing numbers that I haven't seen for at least 20 years! Now that should encourage me enough, shouldn't it? You can concentrate on how goooood you felt those days you met your goal and how you savored those days of feeling so good. You can do it, Maria! I know you! Hugs, Karen

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ROSEWCI 10/9/2012 11:59AM

    Thank you Maria, for all your love & encouragement! You've always been an inspiration for me! And I have no doubt you will reach your goals...slow & steady! It's the way to do it! One day at a time!!!

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LIFE-FAITH 10/7/2012 12:00PM

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Great plan!
I just posted on our team 25 ways to get back on track - please check it out.

I know you can do this!
Best of luck!

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CBEVNOW 10/5/2012 7:57PM

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MEADSBAY 10/4/2012 9:51PM

You know exactly what you need to do!

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1BEACHWALKER 10/4/2012 2:40PM

    Good for you! That is hard for all of us to not slip back into bad habits! It isn't easy, especially when you seek food for comfort during stressful times! I know all about that to well! I know that is why I haven't lost more weight by now, to be honest. I keep slipping week after week and it is always on the weekends, where I succumb to the good foods at the restaurants or on the grocery sweets isle! But, just like you we never really give up! I really need to get these pounds off to help with my cholesterol-that is why what the scale does is important to me. I don't want to use Statins since I am so close to 200, so I think the weight is keeping me from going lower. You have stuck with SP and your SPF's giving encouragement all this time-which has been appreciated very much! We will help you stick with it and together we will beat this! One day at a time--Slow and steady- I live by that too!
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Life Lessons worth sharing...

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Got an email from my brother this morning and wanted to share it with you:

"Regina Brett's 45 Life Lessons and 5 to grow on."

(Regina is not 90 years old like several emails have indicated. She is 56, but her list is still full of wisdom, in my eyes.)

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1BEACHWALKER 10/4/2012 2:55PM

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MEADSBAY 10/3/2012 2:49PM

    Love it!

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NEPTUNE1939 10/3/2012 12:21PM

    Nice read.

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Having "Compassion" for those with "Weight Issues."

Saturday, September 29, 2012

I ran across this blog today & wanted to share it with you,
"More" of the Farmer's Wife:

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LIFE-FAITH 10/4/2012 10:30AM

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SMARGED 9/30/2012 12:18AM

    Thanks for sharing that great blog, Maria!

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ROSEWCI 9/29/2012 4:00PM

    Wow! Well said...& then some! I CAN relate!
Thanks for sharing Maria!

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1BEACHWALKER 9/29/2012 3:20PM

    Wow-what a great blog by this person. She sounds like me growing up as far as food at home. When I got married at 18, that is when I discovered the wonder of junk food and baked goods! Well, except for Doritos that was my allowance would go for on occasion growing up at home.
We all go through different struggles with addiction and I have learned so much here at SP & changed so many bad habits! So many really have a hard time with the food, like binge eating, etc. We do need compassion and patience with these ones. I am going to share this article with some SPF's! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 9/29/2012 2:27PM

    I ONLY buy candy I don't care for.
But then, I'm not a big sweet eater.

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GOLDENRODGIRL 9/29/2012 1:42PM

    Thanks for sharing that.

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MARZIPAN22 9/29/2012 1:17PM

    Thanks for bringing our attention to this interesting blog. I copied it to ponder on some of the points as situations come up in the future.

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Halloween Candy Survival Tactics ~ Will These Really Work???

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Halloween Candy Survival Tactics – Will These Really Work???

I grabbed a couple magazines while on my break yesterday afternoon at the Library. I came across an article on how to handle the temptations of Halloween candy. Here are the suggestions as I remember them, with my immediate thoughts.

1. Buy only one type of candy; mixed bags makes you want to try all of them.
I agree.

2. Keep it in a covered container.
I still can open it if I really want that candy.

3. Donate the leftovers.
There will be leftovers?

I am sure these tactics will help a lot of people.

I just need different strategies to survive.

I can buy candy that I am not overly tempted by and still end up mindlessly reaching for it and eating it.

Is it best to not buy any candy at all?

Sometimes, yes, that would be the best solution for me.

But I really am trying to learn how to eat anything I want in moderation.

I live with a man, my dear husband, who has already brought a huge 100 piece bag of Butter Fingers, Baby Ruth’s, Crunch Bars & 100 Grand Bars into our house last week already.

Have I had any yet? Yes. Not a lot. But some.

I have tried to secretly remove several pieces from the house – without my husband realizing that his stash is dwindling.
I have taken it to work where it was warmly received by my boss.
I promised him that more would be coming on a weekly basis until it’s all gone. Maybe this is my form of “donating the leftovers.” LOL!

Actually, the best plan I can have for surviving the Halloween candy invasion is by being choosy and planning my treats.

The same tactics I would use any other time of the year.

I will choose the candy I really want to eat in a reasonable portion and totally enjoy it.

No guilt.

Because I will plan it into my calorie range for the day.

Do you have problems with candy at Halloween? How do you handle the temptations?

After reading ROSEWCI's response...I had to add that we live in the country, on a farm. It's been years since our nieces and nephews were at the age where they would come to trick or treat. They are all grown up now. They were our regular trick or treaters. So any Halloween candy that is brought into our house is eaten by US! Another reason not to buy it in the first place.

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LIFE-FAITH 9/30/2012 7:04PM

    emoticon I try to fit one or two in my week - I do only buy one kind! Too tempting if there is more than that - because I have become a chocolate lover late in life!!

I too live in the country with NO visitors... I will give some to the grandbabes... although if memory serves me correctly Halloween candy from last year is still in my cookie jar!! Ok so see how good I am about candy... lol its not chocolate though!
best of luck on your candy eating


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WARMSPRINGDAY 9/30/2012 11:35AM

    "Buy only one type of candy; mixed bags makes you want to try all of them. "

Yes, yes, and yes. I've told my husband this for a long time!!!!!

I am totally with you on this. My husband brings the candy into the house. If it were just me, I wouldn't buy it. I can let it in the store. I just can't let it alone once it is in the house.

So we've moved it out of the kitchen to an out of the way place that I don't often pass. It is in a container with a lid. And my husband has to put it away. I can't deny him his candy just because I can't have it. I need to learn to control myself, not him.

Like you, I'm trying to learn to eat the things I like in moderation. If I don't, I find myself ending up on a binge that doesn't want to stop.

Thanks for this blog.

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SMARGED 9/30/2012 12:08AM

    LOL!! I had to laugh at your tactics to get rid of some of that candy!

I usually have some candy and cookies in the house for the kids - and I'm usually not so successful at keeping away from it! Especially these days when I'm so busy and tired! But I do try to be at least fairly "moderate" about it! emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 9/29/2012 3:15PM

    I just saw a health pro talking about how much sugar is in things we eat! Wow-what an eye opener-even in just regular food! When she showed 6 pieces of candy corn has 2 1/2 tsp. of sugar in it- I couldn't believe it!!! Even if you eat this candy in moderation or off and on, whatever just think of the sugar your body is taking in. And if you are a sugar addict like I am- you can't only eat one! So, I avoid the isle of candy-can't even look. If I want some- I go straight for the 70% dark chocolate and rush from the isle! My husband sounds like yours! He will linger and the last time I got aggravated with him and said " No more-you have the dark chocolate-don't look, get back" And do you know he listened for the first time! He is diabetic too, and He knows better than to feed his sugar addiction too! We don't get trick or treaters either-haven't for 30 years-country living also and adult communities in FL! emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 9/29/2012 2:35PM

    oops- my candy reply went to your more recent blog.

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ROSEWCI 9/29/2012 11:47AM

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Oh yes! I remember buying the candies I LOVED so I could "raid" the stash!!! Sometimes I would even have to rebuy candy before the big day...cause hubby & I would've eattin' 'em all up! True!

Now our development doesn't really do Halloween cause there aren't any children here, so...the problem doesn't exist anymore! But hubby STILL buys candy (he's a chocoholic!)...& he just hides it! I actually know where he puts it but it's outta sight-outta mind, as far as I'm concerned! Plus he buys what he likes....& it's none of my favorites! So, it's not an issue!

I like that you're taking control of this candy thing...allowing yourself your favorites, allotting for it in your daily plan, & suffering no guilt! That's the way to do it, by golly! Everything in moderation!

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Stop trying to do your best & start doing as well as you can!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I found an article on improving one's mental health today...the above line really 'spoke' to me!

I Bet I Can Improve Your Mental Health in One Hour
By Dr. Richard Boyum

Stop trying to do your best and start doing as well as you can.

When you focus on doing as well as you can, you put both eyes on the task. When you focus on doing your best, you are looking with one eye on the standard and only one eye on the task. Research shows that when we stay focused on the task rather than on what others think of the end result, we do better. In fact, we eventually transcend our best. In reality, in doing as well as you can, you will have a lot of "C Days" but C means making satisfactory progress. By doing so, paradoxically, you will end up having more "B Days" and "A Days". Try each day to do as well as you can. Remember, you cannot always control the circumstances in your environment.

Here's a link to the entire article:

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THINRONNA 8/31/2012 3:38AM

    Thank you for the great article! I have come to realize that as well. Now that I have had all of these health issues I can only do so much and HAVE to be happy with what I CAN do not the ideal.

I sent a link of the article to my self to re read later too when I have more time.

You are great!

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1BEACHWALKER 8/31/2012 1:41AM

    Great article! Yes, if we push ourselves to extremes to gain perfection or to satisfy others, we will only wear ourselves out and get less done or discouraged! emoticon emoticon
Good to see you blogging again Maria!!! Thanks for stopping by my page - hope all goes well with your family/brother!!! emoticon

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ISHIIGIRL 8/30/2012 10:50PM

    Very Nice, thanks. It certainly is food for thought!

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SMARGED 8/30/2012 9:44PM

    Hi, Maria! I loved your blog... I went to the link and read some of it. I liked it very much, but I'm too tired to digest it all tonight, so I bookmarked it to go back to it and spend more time on it when I am less tired!

Thanks so much for sharing! emoticon

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COOKWITHME65 8/30/2012 8:36PM

    This is so true Maria. I'm going to print this out and put it on my mirror, fridge and on the cover of my notebook of things to do/goals etc....

Thanks for sharing!

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ROSEWCI 8/30/2012 8:27PM

    I LOVE it! And that's exactly what I do Maria! Focus on one day at a time! Do your best on that particular day! Each day is different & comes with its' own set of challenges & obstacles. We also have our stressors & emotions to deal with...& that can weigh heavily on what we're able to accomplish. So, we do what we CAN do! And ya know what? Tomorrow's another day!!! And we CAN do day at a time!!!

Thanks Maria! You hang in there!!!


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CHALLENGER15 8/30/2012 7:07PM

    I like it! Thanks for posting.

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