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Restart

Sunday, April 20, 2014

I'm feeling the need to restart. Trying to get back on track since I was in Kansas has been tough and my prior actions aren't naturally fitting back in again. I've reset my streaks and chosen some replacement goals. My priority will be log in, spin wheel, and do the Spark Coach program. Once I've rebuilt that in I'll focus on the next step with goals. Ready. . .Set. . . Go!

  
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ECCOVISION1 4/20/2014 4:24PM

  Put a hypnosis tape and listen to it with earphones when you sleep. That will get you back to the fitness game!

You have motivation and determination. I know that you will get back on track!
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BUSYGRANNY5 4/20/2014 1:20PM

    Start with small steps and build from there!

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Baby steps to drinking my water, baby steps to finding NSV's, baby steps to 10K steps a day

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I'm reflecting a bit today because I really really want those 10K steps, every one of them. I started thinking though that it is all about my plan my way and I need to chill.

I came to this realization tonight - I was looking for snacks and immediately thought I probably should drink. I walked past the fridge and thought about drinking another liter of water. I decided to hold off or I'll be up peeing in the middle of the night again. I decided to give it 30 min and recheck with myself instead of doing either. Thus here I am reflecting. . .

So about August of 2013 I was drinking no water everyday. That's a zero. Only had diet Dr. Pepper daily. I trained myself to drink the water by saying positive words about the water while I drank (great tip from other Sparkers). Now I get my waters in and then some everyday. I barely think about it most days and typically I can get 8 cups in by noon. Nights like tonight I have to hold back a little to avoid overdoing it even.

Around the same time in 2013 I was getting on the scale everyday. Everyday I would step up almost like habit or compulsion and there would be no significant change. Then I finally said that can't be what I continue to do because it clearly isn't working and I'm not crazy enough to keep doing something now that isn't effective. I needed a new reason to do this and a new gauge of doing it well. In came non-scale victories such as successful streaks, improved endurance, and eventually clothes fitting better.

So 10K steps being put in perspective now can chill a little bit. I should be hugely proud that being off routine today and only having 900 steps at 4pm I am ending the day in the 7K range. This is ok because I did the right thing today. I was frustrated about the steps and got on the boards for once and looked for what people do to get their steps in. I found that I was doing all those things so I looked for the subtle differences in what I read. Genius moment here was that I'm likely not wearing my SAT in a position that is reliably getting all my steps. I don't like wearing it on my shoe, but I will do so because I do like the idea of 10K steps!

All of this reminds me that sometimes I'm still too close to the problem to have perspective that is helpful. Thanks fellow sparkers for all the ideas that have helped me along by the way. Without those little tidbits I'd be sitting in my chair today with 1,000 steps and feeling sorry for myself. I'll take the baby steps toward success any day over that!

Tomorrow I'll get 1 more step in than today and it will be awesome!!!

  
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XXHARLEYXXB 3/16/2014 2:59PM

    You and I have a lot in common, I too used to drink 0 water and replaced my water with 3 or 4 energy drinks a day and Ive been getting really discouraged because I was getting on the scale every day sometimes 2 or 3 times a day! Your so inspirational and I know you can get to your goals! :) :)

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TERRIEHICKS 1/23/2014 12:11AM

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ECCOVISION1 1/22/2014 8:55PM

 
Congratulations for stopping the soda!!! You might want to track and see if you have less arthritic flares.
It is wonderful that you continued despite the unresponsive scale! I have several Spark people friends who have given up.

You have several victories! I am sure that you will win and become a Spark People Motivator.

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CATTUTT 1/22/2014 2:16PM

    I, too, have to be careful not to overdo it with water at night. I have to wake up during the night enough as it is without making it worse.

Baby steps are the best steps when it comes to permanent change. Sounds like you've figured that one out.

Good luck with your goals!

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ADARKARA 1/22/2014 7:52AM

    I just recently cut back from drinking 20-24 cups a day to only 16, lol. I was starting to feel sloshy!

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LADYDG 1/21/2014 11:13PM

    Yes I too came to the realization that when drinking water we must not try to drink too much at once. It seems to be that how fast it goes in it inevitably comes back out at the very same speed. So, I drink slower now.. :) And I suppose baby steps are the way to go on most other things too, especially exercising until you build your strength and endurance, for how many people and how many times have there been injuries for not being practical?? GL

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LADYDG 1/21/2014 11:13PM

    Yes I too came to the realization that when drinking water we must not try to drink too much at once. It seems to be that how fast it goes in it inevitably comes back out at the very same speed. So, I drink slower now.. :) And I suppose baby steps are the way to go on most other things too, especially exercising until you build your strength and endurance, for how many people and how many times have there been injuries for not being practical?? GL

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Uping my Spark to 10,000

Sunday, January 19, 2014

I have a horribly sedentary life the last six years. I have 40 pounds of weight gain in that time to show for it too. When I've started getting more steps in it was a challenge to get 5000 a day and the same was true recently as well wen I bought my Spark. I immediately set the goal to 5000 and I don't hit it everyday, but I do better. Lately I have been getting into the 6000 or 9000 range when I do well though.

I was reading some other posts and it clicked in my head that it's time to change the goal. I won't reach it everyday, but on the days I do it will feel incredible! So here I go with my new goal today. So far 6700 steps in today so I know upping it from my 5000 is the right choice at the right time. I can definitely do this. I want to make it to 10000 one day this week for starters.
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MEMKEEPR 1/21/2014 9:03PM

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NHES220 1/21/2014 7:00PM

    Good for you and you can build up to it. The studies say that 10,000 steps a day is the key to lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and lowering your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. So that is some pretty good incentive right there! I have my Fitbit and I go for 10,000-12,000 steps per day. Even if I finish up walking in place in front of the TV at night to gt them in!

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PROUDNM1987 1/21/2014 6:47PM

    I find myself jogging in place a lot..Lol..hey it is still moving and it counts as steps!!! You can do it!!! emoticon

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STEPH-KNEE 1/20/2014 12:11AM

    That is a great goal! Way to push yourself! emoticon emoticon

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CATTUTT 1/19/2014 9:40PM

    Good luck meeting that goal, you can do it!

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ECCOVISION1 1/19/2014 9:32PM

  Go for it! You can do it! emoticon

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ASHERAH38 1/19/2014 9:14PM

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I upped mine too. And I don't always get to my goal especially on the days when I am not @ work, but it challenges me. And I love those glow getter awards!:-)

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Accomplished

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

I am officially back on track and with a vengeance.

I lost all that water weight on me
Worked out every morning and usually at night too
Drank my 8 cups of water everyday
Today I didn't even have a soda (monumental accomplishment) emoticon
We started an exercise at work program and I did the first day today (1 of only 4 who did)
I've meditated every day
And the best thing I got back is my better eating habits- been in range of calorie goal last several days emoticon


I've so got this today emoticon

  
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PENNYLANE15 1/8/2014 10:23AM

    Congrats!!! Keep up the great work!!!

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CATTUTT 1/7/2014 9:38PM

    Congratulations! Sounds like you're really rocking the healthy living, that's awesome!

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ECCOVISION1 1/7/2014 9:16PM

  Congratulations!!!!
I always knew that you would succeed! emoticon emoticon

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STEPH-KNEE 1/7/2014 9:03PM

    You are doing great! emoticon emoticon

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My poor Chiefs

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Very hard every year to stay with them. Choke after choke after choke. emoticon It's a mind game just like it is for me.

You get too confident and let little things slip and next thing you know you're scrambling to get the basics done well. You psych yourself out thinking you can't do something and you miss seeing all the chances that came open for small progress that could have you ahead of the game.

I keep hoping for them like I hope for me. Bottom line though is that I can only get in my head and win with my attitude. I could have felt very very down this week with my weight up and puffy limbs with fluid retention for whatever reason. I was snacking the last couple days. Not mindlessly though. I knew I wasn't hungry and made the choice each time to eat anyway. My stomach was hurting and food was all that was making it feel better. Today I'm ok though. So I got to keep it in my head that after every string of choices or actions that aren't fully respecting me I'm still respecting myself and keeping the hope alive by believing I got this. I have to endure tough patches that feel like failure to see the success come flying through on the side.

I mean you have to believe that a running back can fumble to the QB who dives and makes the touchdown for that to happen. You watch and wait for any crazy opportunity to win. That's what I've got to do. Still emoticon my Chiefs despite all these years of choking, but there's always next year for them and always another tomorrow for me to win!

  
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ASHERAH38 1/20/2014 11:19AM

    That was a painful game wasn't it? Started off with such hope and the hope just fizzled out slowly. But you are right, maybe next year huh?

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CATTUTT 1/4/2014 9:35PM

    Sorry about the Chiefs game, that was a serious bummer. My stepdad is a big Chiefs fan and I was cheering for them. Now I'm hoping the Saints do better.

And you are right, there are always more opportunities to do better for yourself. You have a great attitude about it.

Hope you're having a great weekend {other than the Chiefs, bah.}


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