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Streakin'... Day 2!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

(I won't do one of these every day, but for now the sense of accomplishment helps me do it all again tomorrow...)





First there was...

Streakin'!!!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744420








...then came:

I am NOT a SparkFraud!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745119











Streak started: Wednesday, July 23, 2014



...and now we're HERE: Day #2!











#1. Though my sleep is severely disrupted, I was up at 6:00 AM, and I have a new routine forming! Yay ME!
(We won't discuss just how grumpy I felt about it, LOL)



#2. I did my 5 minutes on the rebounder... modifying like crazy... and only almost fell off once. It is clearly going to be a long time before I am doing this routine as is, but as long as I'm bouncing and trying to execute the moves, I'll take it.

(this reminds me of the nightmare that was my aerobics phase back in college... I just am not coordinated enough to copy someone else's moves)



#3. I followed that with 'Bring Sally Up" which actually went a lot better than the rebounder, though still modifying... except for the Burpees.

My 'trainer' (who is enthusiastically shadowing my every move) asks, "what's Burpees?" I reply (as I steal myself for the ordeal), "An exercise to make fat adults either puke, or cry." 'Trainer' matter of factly replies, "Well then, I hope you cry," and proceeds to do hers double time to mine.

(but surprisingly I'm better at squats and planks!!!)

The clip for each of the six exercises runs 4 minutes. I was able to do the whole 4 minutes, with several 'sets' to failure (I'd fail, rest, and begin again).

...oh and it was all capped off by the first training installment of 'how to make mom look silly... I mean HOOP' designed by my trainer... I must admit, she's a pretty good instructor, and I do seem to be improving, LOL!



#4. I continued decluttering the laundry room... 30 minutes (yesterday and today: 10 loads of laundry washed, dried, folded and PUT AWAY)



#5. Continued making my 'reclaim the house' list... and my biggish jobs today also included cleaning the bathroom, and bottling 18 bottles of probiotic (fermented) beverage - Jun & Water Kefir Ginger Beer - and then setting them to work anew. I'll have to bottle the Kefir again in two days time the Jun in just over a week. I've got it down to a science so that it is routine now, and doesn't seem disruptive.





Oh yes they call her the STREAK...
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(oh! and when I get to goal, I will have MUSCLES rippling as I STREAK by... my butt cheek will NOT be languishing on my thigh as above!)





Anybody else out there streaking right now? How is it going?








...Because CONSISTENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY are the glue that holds your goals and dreams together!

So, JUST DO IT.

UNTIL.





UNTIL. (My 'Just Do It' blog)
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3541059



'BEFORE' Pictures (May 31, 2009 - September, 2011) & Continuing PROGRESS (February 2012)! Next pictures April 2014!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108514

(I'm now keeping these right under my nose... in addition to being part of every blog I post, they are printed off and taped to my bedroom mirror... and I update whenever I feel the need... to either see for myself what feel like significant changes, or to encourage myself to keep the faith when I feel no change at all despite my efforts)


Measurements, Musings & Motivation to MOVE!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108455

(UPDATED/rewritten: JUNE, 2012)


I've Reached My Goal Weight!!!!!!!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108522

NOTE: My weight tracker is NOT a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
(Tom Venuto)


DONE Girl Love...
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3694266

(the footsteps into which I place my own feet)


Why I'm STILL here... my SparkJourney Saga
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=1656330



Words CAN Be Enough... page 4
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745766












Paleo... Do you really know what you're talking about?
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964697



In Answer to Your Questions (Letter to Our Family Regarding Our Nutritional Plan: RESEARCH LINKS)
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484209



Comparison Chart: Primal/Paleo/Ancestral, etc.
www.eat-real-food-paleodietitian.com
/support-files/dietcomparisonguide.pdf



What Does It Mean to Be Fat Adapted?
www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-it
-mean-to-be-fat-adapted/



What Does It Mean to Be Fat Adapted? (Part 2)
www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-it
-mean-to-be-fat-adapted-part-2-qa/#axz
z2q1LlNKZ4



Gender Differences in Fat Metabolism
www.marksdailyapple.com/gender-diffe
rences-in-fat-metabolism/#axzz2q1LwWzrG



Motivation Is Out, Mindfulness Is In – Why Motivation Doesn’t Make Lasting Changes
www.girlsgonestrong.com/why-motivati
on-doesnt-make-lasting-changes/



5 Emotional Roadblocks That Are Keeping You Fat
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
ion_articles.asp?id=1969



The Myth of Loose Skin
www.bodyfatguide.com/LooseSkin.htm

















  
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EDDYMEESE 7/25/2014 12:14PM

    I'm putting post-its on my list of shopping today!

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    One day at a time! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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    Streaking -- eight to ten 8 oz. glasses of water/day
eight hrs. of sleep/night

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JOJOSLIVIN 7/24/2014 8:03PM

    AWESOME! I'm still plugging along getting up early to exercise. Streak on!

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Words CAN Be Enough... page 4

Thursday, July 24, 2014

...to set the world on fire, to move mountains, to change a life... because words taken to heart become the arms, legs, hearts, and souls who stand in solidarity, who love as required, and do what must be done.

Words have always had a very important role in my life. I like how they taste... their texture and flavour as they roll over my tongue is something of a wonder and marvel to me!

They have nurtured my spirit and my personality.

They have informed my conscience and challenged my thinking.

They inspire, conspire, confound, delight, and humble me.

They have cut me to ribbons and have stitched me back together.

They have revealed themselves to be a powerful tool in my own hands, and in so doing, they have taught me (in addition to the things still being revealed to me) temperance, judiciousness, compassion, simplicity, economy, contrition and flexibility.

Thoughts/beliefs are essentially words strung together for maximum effect and we create what we repeatedly think. The words we choose to carry in our hearts, those that echo in the corners of our minds, and with which we choose to define our 'self'... these are the affirmation or death knell to our purpose and dreams.

This is my place to honour the words that touch me as I journey. I'm recording here the words that I want to carry forward with me. I hope you find something here to feed, encourage and inspire you.

Visit often... I will keep adding to the page... and I invite you to leave some words of your own!


















emoticon "Life is too short to stress yourself with people who don’t even deserve to be an issue in your life." AUTHOR UNKNOWN


emoticon "Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful."
MARY SHELLEY


emoticon "Forgiveness frees you to give and to receive love – to joyously do what you came here to do." KAREN BRODY


emoticon "If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain." GEORGE SOTIROPOULOS


emoticon "The more room you give yourself to express your true thoughts and feelings, the more room there is for your wisdom to emerge." MARIANNE WILLIAMSON


emoticon "In the choice to let go of your known way of being, the whole world is revealed to your new eyes." DANNA FAULDS


emoticon "When we give up on trying to change what can't be changed, and simply embrace what we love, a miracle occurs. We notice that the moment to be happy has already arrived. It's here, now."
MARTHA BECK


emoticon "In any encounter, we have a choice: we can strengthen our resentment or our understanding and empathy. We can widen the gap between ourselves and others or lessen it." PEMA CHODRON


emoticon "The thought manifests as the word; the word manifests as the deed; the deed develops into habit; and habit hardens into character; so watch the thought and its ways with care, and let it spring from love born out of concern for all beings. As the shadow follows the body, as we think, so we become." BUDDHA


emoticon "Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit." e. e. cummings


emoticon "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." VIKTOR FRANKL


emoticon "You are imperfect. Permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful." AMY BLOOM


emoticon "Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers." VERONICA A. SHOFFSTALL


emoticon "Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." RUMI


emoticon "Where you stumble and fall, there you will find gold."
JOSEPH CAMPBELL


emoticon "With all the messy stuff, no matter how messy it is, just start where you are - not tomorrow, not later, not yesterday when you were feeling better - but now. Start now, just as you are."
PEMA CHODRON


emoticon "Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living In better conditions." HAFIZ


emoticon "Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you." AUTHOR UNKNOWN


emoticon "We do not think our way into new ways of living, we live our way into new ways thinking." RICHARD ROHR


emoticon "To be engrossed by something outside ourselves is a powerful antidote for the rational mind, the mind that so frequently has its head up its own ass." ANNE LAMOTT


emoticon "There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
ALBERT EINSTEIN


emoticon "Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave." MARY TYLER MOORE


emoticon "We are like the little branch that quivers during a storm, doubting our strength and forgetting we are the tree—deeply rooted to withstand all life’s upheavals." DODINSKY


emoticon "To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go."
MARY OLIVER


emoticon "What if the hokey pokey is what it's all about?" MANDELOVICH


emoticon "Your flesh is not a reflection of your soul. So when you look in the mirror, remember that your light outshines your flaws."
D. ANTOINETTE FOY


emoticon "Your words alone can either tear someone down in a matter of seconds, or support them for a lifetime. Chose to make a difference with your words and chose your words wisely." DEBBIE ALLEN


emoticon "The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." ELEANOR ROOSEVELT


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It seems SparkPeople DOES have a limit to how much will fit into one blog entry, LOL, so I must begin yet another new page! You can find my other inspirational words pages here:


Words CAN Be Enough... page 1
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2056351



Words CAN Be Enough... page 2
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4149637



Words CAN Be Enough... page 3
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4932741





  
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EDDYMEESE 7/25/2014 12:12PM

    "If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought"

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    We had our thoughts on the same thing today . . . words!

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Feeding Obesity: Fixing the Fat Problem (FREE Viewing)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Feeding Obesity Testimonials
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeVyk
5dJ15g#t=14

These people - Milton (71 pounds), Carolyn (26.5 pounds), Shawn (98 pounds) and MJ (69 pounds), and their stories, are VERY compelling!!! Collective weight loss: 245 pounds in four months - 10% - 14% drop in body fat percentage each!

(Truthfully... their stories are my story, and my family's story, too.)




LARGER IMAGE: media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/msnbc/Compone
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Feeding Obesity - Trailer
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwHx0
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I don't know how long this will be available, and I have not yet watched it myself, but I have watched other movies by this same group and I always learn A LOT!

I wanted to get this out there in case it isn't FREE for long.



FEEDING OBESITY: Fixing the Fat Problem
"Follow the journey of 4 people's fight for their lives as chronicled by award winning filmmaker, Ken Kerry and Randy Argue. It's an experiment... put 4 people in a house for 4 months and see if they can lose weight by eating... A LOT... beating obesity by feeding obesity fresh, whole nutritious food."
www.feedingobesity.com/



If you watch it, I'd love for you to share your thoughts here!



Points to ponder upon viewing the movie:

"Not only do diets not work, diets make you fatter."

"Feeding obesity can fix your fat problem. Food - fresh, whole natural food - can actually be the answer to the obesity problem."

"It's processed food if: it comes in a box or a bag, it's not alive, it's never been alive, if it's been altered from its natural state, if it can sit on a shelf and not go bad - and THAT is what is making us fat. Every step in this process takes us farther away from nutrients, and it takes us further away from the ability to digest nutrients."

"It's not about eating less, or counting calories. It's not about working out longer, or harder. Losing weight and getting healthy all comes down to one thing - feeding obesity with fresh whole foods that satisfy your appetite and keep you energized all day long."

"Anyone who is obese is 100% MALNOURISHED."
(Who's surprised to hear this?)

"Hunger is your body's voice telling you that you need nutrients. As long as you are eating food that does not serve the body, you will get signals to eat."

"If you are hungry while 'dieting', you are guaranteed to regain the weight, hands down."

"We are all experts on how to 'diet'. How many of us really know how to eat food without censure?"

"All the things that made us obese... we were learning we could really live without them."
(What can you learn to live without in order to gain all you desire?)

"If you 'just' want to lose weight, you will never succeed."

"At the end of the day, it's personal choice. Who's holding the fork?"
(Have you considered how the world could change if we all voted with our forks?)

"All anyone has to do to eliminate fat: EAT STUFF THAT NOURISHES YOUR BODY."

"Which do you prefer? Eating less (to satisfy a calorie restriction)? Or eating what's right for your body (and eating all you want, whenever you want)?"

"It's exciting to know that the best years of my life are AHEAD of me!"




Loved, loved LOVED this!!!

Definitely worth the hour of time it takes.

Fat/obesity is not the problem... it is the SYMPTOM, and FEEDING obesity IS the ANSWER.

I want to sit with this awhile before I say more... this movie speaks to the heart of my journey... I feel deeply gratified to be so well understood an portrayed.






LARGER IMAGE: visual.ly/obesity-around-world








  
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EDDYMEESE 7/25/2014 12:11PM

    Thanks for the share!

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N2IT4LIFETODAY 7/24/2014 7:59AM

    Thanks for sharing this. I hope to watch it this evening. I have been following a path away from diets also. I believe that they set you up for failure. We don't need to punish and restrict ourselves. We need to develop a healthy relationship with food and understand our bodies need for nourishment. I am reading The Gabriel Method which brings up some of the same points you listed. Again thank you for the information.
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WATERMELLEN 7/24/2014 7:43AM

    Hope to watch this later but gotta say -- I eat fresh "real" food 99.99% of the time and yup, it's pretty satisfying and I'm POW (previously obese woman!)

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GARDENCHRIS 7/24/2014 7:09AM

    nice ...thanks

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    emoticon for such great blogs!

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    emoticon Ramona, great blog!!

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    Thanks for sharing, this was very neat.

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I am NOT a SparkFraud!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

This entry is an amendment to yesterday's blog... you may want to read it first:

Streakin'!!!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744420










As I was making supper last night I was thinking about all I'd written earlier in the afternoon, mulling over my desire to begin and sustain a meaningful streak, and fretting over whether or not I really could do it.

It then hit me right between the eyes so hard it startled me...

I HAD ALREADY DONE IT!
Several times over, in fact.

I'm not a SparkFraud in any way, shape, or form, after all!

So, how did I manage to over look something like a streak?
(you might ask)

As a commenter on the previous entry pointed out, she was so solidly living her lifestyle that she didn't even notice her habits as 'streaks' any more.

I never really considered all I do 'streaking' because I never set out to specifically plan and accomplish a streak... most of my streaks started out with 'what have I got to lose' or with a 'wish and prayer' or with quiet desperation, and they became my lifestyle before I thought any more about it... but that doesn't make them any less streaks.

The bottom line is that anyone who has achieved any amount of success has developed and maintained a streak, or many.

Here I was beating myself up for being streakless after six years, when I have clearly demonstrated I have the qualities to succeed that I genuinely feared I lack: determination, courage, self-discipline, and focus (I've always been told I had none of these things, and that voice insidiously whispers its poison still).

Some people plan a streak and celebrate every day they accomplish their plan. Marking the time is an integral part of their process. When you have something new you want to make an integral part of your life, planning a streak is a great way to encourage yourself, and others, to make a desire or dream a reality.

Other people (like me, apparently), simply decide to JUST DO IT... UNTIL... and then they do.

The streaks most significantly related to accomplishing my goals here at SparkPeople include:

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I have 6.5 ACTIVE DAILY years (since January, 2008) on SparkPeople. No matter how I have felt throughout this time, I've never stopped logging in and using the tools this site offers.

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Since June 1st, 2008 I spend 20 minutes eating every meal, and I drink somewhere around 4 liters of water a day.... 6 years.

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Since December 1, 2008 I have never once stopped believing that healing and vitality is possible for me, and I have spent specific time every day, working toward that result in my life (unwavering faith in yourself, and life in general, is often the hardest streak of all to maintain).... almost 6 years.

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Since August 29, 2011 I have religiously followed an Ancestral (Paleo/Primal/Weston Price) nutritional plan. I have not eaten anything containing grain of any kind in all of this time.... almost 3 years.

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Since August 29, 2011 I have not had one can of soda/pop. I went cold turkey from a 4 can a day Coke Cola habit.... almost 3 years.

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Even though prior to I routinely did otherwise, since August 1, 2012 I have lived every day actively (I move more than I sit)... I run my own errands up and down the stairs, I join my 10-year-old daughter in whatever physical nonsense she cooks up, I initiate physical activity within my associations, not once in all of this time have I declined to participate in any activity my family invites.... 2 years.

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Since August 1, 2013, after doing so for over 50 years, I stopped biting my finger nails (nobody in my 3D life - including myself - ever thought they'd see the day).... very nearly 1 year.

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Since February 1, 2014 I have been 100% sugar/starch (disaccharides & polysaccharides) FREE, and processed food FREE... this has meant, incidentally, no restaurants... so in addition to being sugar free, I have shopped for and cooked three meals a day, every day, for my family.... nearly 6 months... this streak will continue for at least another 6-7 months.


Why have I adopted and maintained these commitments to myself?

...Because I decided that they are each integral to my well-being and to the life I want.

Now, with the energy and wellness to support my efforts firmly in place, I've decided that daily intentional exercise and an orderly peaceful home also fit in the category of 'integral to my well-being and to the life I want'.


...and so it begins:


(Just like Shelley's, LOL! I still need to find a little box to put them in and give them the respect they deserve.)

















I was up at 6:00 AM as planned... though it was NOT easy. Usually my Mr. (or the Divine Miss O) wakes me up with a kiss on my forehead. There is something about having to answer to an alarm clock that ruins my sleep, but I think (hope?) this will pass.

I decluttered in the laundry room for 45 minutes before starting laundry (my goal is 15 minutes twice a day).

I did my 5 minutes on the rebounder... like getting up, not as easy as I'd hoped, but I'm looking forward to seeing this improve... I feel so AWKWARD, and my balance STINKS... but these are both reasons why I've chosen the rebounder. I can't wait 'til tomorrow... I'm sure 'Bring Sally Up' will go SO much better (HA!)....

ASIDE: my trainer (AKA the Divine Miss O) declared this new behavior on my part AWESOME! and hooped while I bounced... and then proceeded to show me up completely by hooping WHILE bouncing on the rebounder. SIGH. I still can't decide if I'm annoyed, or impressed, LOL.

As soon as I post this I'm off to work on my big organizational task for the next several days: making a detailed checklist of all that needs to be done in each room (checking things off helps me see what I've accomplished and not becoming overwhelmed by all that remains to be done). This list will also assist me in formulating a plan of attack. If I don't do this, I'll keep doing what I have been doing for the last five years... start into it, get upset, depressed, overwhelmed, frustrated, and instead of continuing, go off and do something less aggravating.



To be clear, the only item I am officially 'streaking' for the rest of this week is getting up at 6 AM.

I'm working out the bugs on the other stuff - finding the best time of day to do each item, getting my life to fall in line around my new priorities, trouble shooting (for safety reasons, I feel I need a bigger rebounder - mine is only 36" and I just about fell off twice - if I stick with the rebounder as a primary exercise tool for 3 months, I'll get a bigger one)....

I'm not looking for perfection, either (I did NOT look at all as graceful and happy as that rebounder video feels to me as I watch it). The first 15 minutes I was awake I sat blearily in a chair trying to get my stomach to quit heaving. I almost bailed on the laundry room... because, after all, I'd already done 2 hard things today.
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(why aren't good habits easier to build, than bad habits are to break... or is the problem that you are doing both simultaneously?)

Now that I've recognized that I am in fact a successful streaker, I know the initial days of starting a streak can be really frustrating and feel very uncomfortable. I'm using my initial enthusiasm to help myself through the growing pains on all fronts (apparently August is a really good time for me to start things).




Oh yes they call her the STREAK...
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(oh! and when I get to goal, I will have MUSCLES rippling as I STREAK by... and my butt cheek will NOT be languishing on my thigh as above!)








...Because CONSISTENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY are the glue that holds your goals and dreams together!

So, JUST DO IT.

UNTIL.





UNTIL. (My 'Just Do It' blog)
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3541059



'BEFORE' Pictures (May 31, 2009 - September, 2011) & Continuing PROGRESS (February 2012)! Next pictures April 2014!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108514

(I'm now keeping these right under my nose... in addition to being part of every blog I post, they are printed off and taped to my bedroom mirror... and I update whenever I feel the need... to either see for myself what feel like significant changes, or to encourage myself to keep the faith when I feel no change at all despite my efforts)


Measurements, Musings & Motivation to MOVE!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108455

(UPDATED/rewritten: JUNE, 2012)


I've Reached My Goal Weight!!!!!!!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108522

NOTE: My weight tracker is NOT a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
(Tom Venuto)


DONE Girl Love...
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3694266

(the footsteps into which I place my own feet)


Why I'm STILL here... my SparkJourney Saga
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=1656330



Words CAN Be Enough... page 4
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745766












Paleo... Do you really know what you're talking about?
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964697



In Answer to Your Questions (Letter to Our Family Regarding Our Nutritional Plan: RESEARCH LINKS)
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484209



Comparison Chart: Primal/Paleo/Ancestral, etc.
www.eat-real-food-paleodietitian.com
/support-files/dietcomparisonguide.pdf



What Does It Mean to Be Fat Adapted?
www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-it
-mean-to-be-fat-adapted/



What Does It Mean to Be Fat Adapted? (Part 2)
www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-it
-mean-to-be-fat-adapted-part-2-qa/#axz
z2q1LlNKZ4



Gender Differences in Fat Metabolism
www.marksdailyapple.com/gender-diffe
rences-in-fat-metabolism/#axzz2q1LwWzrG



Motivation Is Out, Mindfulness Is In – Why Motivation Doesn’t Make Lasting Changes
www.girlsgonestrong.com/why-motivati
on-doesnt-make-lasting-changes/



5 Emotional Roadblocks That Are Keeping You Fat
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
ion_articles.asp?id=1969



The Myth of Loose Skin
www.bodyfatguide.com/LooseSkin.htm










The most successful people are also the most consistent... though not consistently perfect!




  
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EDDYMEESE 7/25/2014 12:05PM

    Of love the post-it thing - how is that going to work? Do you write your plan for the day on the back first, or just what you did at the end of the day? I'm loving your list of streaks and you are so right! It is SO easy to get bogged down and forget everything we've accomplished. I can't say I've been consistent in anything, so I'm thinking I might join this post-it thing if you can explain it to me a bit more?

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BERRY4 7/24/2014 1:42AM

    Yeah!!!!!
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Big hug! Back slap! & high-5! for doing it for you! -- You are so very worth it!
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I'm only good with 60-90 sec at a time on the rebounder. The last successful mini-circuit I set up was 1 min of each item to a total of 20 min.

Will try to resume when I have any extra to add to my current scenario.
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COMPUCATHY 7/23/2014 10:16PM

    Awesome...great insights. YOU are doing TERRIFIC! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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SANDICANE 7/23/2014 10:12PM

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1CRAZYDOG 7/23/2014 10:04PM

    Glad to see this amended!

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TINATC26 7/23/2014 9:20PM

    ...as I said.. xo

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NURSEMOMTOTHREE 7/23/2014 8:00PM

    Thanks for the motivation , considering I just broke a streak a couple days ago...back on the horse for me.

You're an inspiration.

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MAVERICKDR 7/23/2014 7:19PM

    Your achievements are amazing. Not just a couple of streaks, either. Great job!!!

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CHELLEBELLE104 7/23/2014 6:52PM

    yay! woohoo!! love it.

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JOJOSLIVIN 7/23/2014 6:37PM

    AWESOME! Its so important to see that you already streaked by making new habits until they are just a part of life.

I have issues getting up early too. I found to have what I need to workout in in a pile where I can get to it quickly enough to not crawl back into bed ;-) The second week was much easier than the first. I even started to wake before he alarm. that will get easier.

This is a journey of getting to where we want ourselves to be even if it changes along the way.

WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/23/2014 6:01PM

    Wow! I did read yesterday's blog and quite frankly have never thought of you as a "Spark fraud", of course not! But: look what you've accomplished if you reframe your consistency as "streaks". Doesn't matter what we call it: what matters is what you've done and continue to do.

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/23/2014 5:40PM

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CYNTHESIS 7/23/2014 5:32PM

    Wow! You have such an impressive list there! I'm glad you took the time to review everything you have done and gave yourself credit for it.

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TWIRLNYC 7/23/2014 5:01PM

  Love it!

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Streakin'!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxUfg
3uCBbg

Don't look Ethel, LOL!



Anybody else think of that song when they hear someone mention a streak, or am I the only one this old around here, LOL? It cracks me up every time I hear it!



All kidding aside, I think about streaking (the clothes on kind) A LOT.

I've always been aware of the Spark 'streak' blah blah blah philosophy, but I was too preoccupied putting out any number of other fires to give it much thought.

I started thinking about it seriously right about here:

DAY 300: Prepare for Glory!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4708342


That anyone could actually really truly manage a 300 day exercise streak was to me nothing short of miraculous... not possible for a mere mortal like me.

...And then Shelley drew me in... because she's not miraculous at all... and I started paying attention.

Shelley's not all that different from me, actually... she is a mom, with weight to eliminate, with a really cool kid (and some guinea pigs, and a dog), and a job, and a family to care for, with ups and downs and demands and disappointments and challenges and hurdles... pretty ordinary on the face of it all (like Clark Kent)... yet she is as different from me as night is from day in one very crucial respect: she's figured out how to live her truth, desire, dreams, and best self NO.MATTER.WHAT.

In this critical respect Shelley has managed to work her way into SuperHero status. LOOK!


Shelley - MOSTMOM1
Day 1000 (with a little help from my friends)
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584748


Shelley has maintained a just over THREE YEAR daily intentional exercise streak!

...and I cannot blah blah blah my way around this idea any longer.



The whole streak thing has been drilling down on my heart since January... and truth be told, I feel like a SparkFraud in some respects because, even though I have achieved some success and I can clearly recognize the value in streaking, I can't personally claim a steak of any kind... well, except being pretty consistent about being HERE for six years now, and never giving up.

Another SPARKling told me today that she thinks I rock because I do so many things right, and suggested that perhaps all I really need with regard to accountability is to begin documenting what I am already doing. Hmmm....

While I may 'rock in so many ways' (sometimes even in the corner under a blanket, LOL), consistent intentional daily EXERCISE, and getting on top of the clutter/mess in my house, continues to defeat me (I am a FlyBaby wannabee www.flylady.net/ , and I struggle with CHAOS).

The wheels fell off of my life with regard to these things some time ago when our house flooded, and I just cannot seem to get traction under me again.

(I don't even recognize my house anymore, and it is a burden on my heart unlike any I've ever had)

If I had to put my accountability needs into specific words...

(even this is hard to do... there is something about getting very specific and focused that terrifies me... likely because this challenges and puts to the test some very real and negative core beliefs I hold about myself... and what if I find out they are actually true?):

...I want to:

#1. Do my 5-minute rebounder routine, plus at least 5 minutes of other intentional exercise, Monday through Friday
www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_6e8
U9lSmw&list=PLKjsnlgbwLKxprF6rrPBD_zsY
ZNTeecTJ&index=16


#2. Do my 'Bring Sally Up' routine for 20 minutes, every second day: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.
www.youtube.com/playlist?list
=PLze5mTelFoioe8kUzA2iL5KIl4e-KuQNA


#3. Engage in a family physical activity (walk, bike ride, other) twice a week at least... but absolutely for sure on Sunday

#4. De-clutter for 15 minutes, twice a day, Monday through Friday
(right after breakfast, and right after supper)... once things are under control again, this will likely become once a day while the rest of the family is clearing away supper, doing dishes and packing lunches.

#5. Tackle one big cleaning/fixing/organizing job a day, for two hours, Monday through Friday, until my house/yard is back to where it was before we flooded FIVE YEARS ago (I'll need to make a comprehensive list)

#6. Getting out of bed at 6:00 AM... and staying OUT, LOL!
To quote another SPARKLING: "I have started by making it a priority to get up 30 minutes early and do something anything as long as when the alarm went off I got out of bed." JOJOSLIVIN

(as you can see, knowing HOW to do these things is not my problem)

UGH! Just writing out this list out gives me the heebie jeebies.
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My SPARKling friend's point that, "it might be a simple matter of documenting what you are already doing" is well taken.

I do all of this (or at least something similar... and so much more) many days, but I am NOT in any way consistent, so my effort doesn't really show at all, and I can't get any life-changing momentum going.

Additionally, my on-going issues with the idea that if I can't do all I want to do, I just don't start, remains my central battle in this process of creating the me, and the life, I want.

Looking at the list in black and white (now also in order of importance to me), I now realize that I can't start all of this at once, or I'll fail the first day out (I think I can begin #1 & #4 simultaneously... but I'm going to start with #5 immediately and see how that goes).

I'm going to have to tackle my potential streak components in a 'build on my success' sort of way (another Spark blah blah blah, LOL)... focus on one habit at a time, and when it's solidly in place (2 weeks, perhaps?), add/focus on the next one, until I'm doing it all, as planned, consistently, and for as long as it takes (daily intentional exercise and daily de-cluttering are forever deals).

If I could be doing these five things consistently by September 1st, I'd be so excited and grateful.

Sound good? Crazy? See any loopholes?

Maybe I just need to be more public about this in general (time to stop being ashamed/overwhelmed and be courageous and bold and proactive).







Okay... just entertaining the idea of streaks and accountability, and me going through the process of writing this all out, has lit a fire under my butt... I just now went and took BEFORE pictures (80 of them!) of every room in my house, and of the things I desire to be different!

You see! I think about this A LOT... I just never buckle down and DO IT.

Back in January, I even purchased a stack of rainbow coloured note paper (like Shelley's!) upon which to record my days.

As I type this I have a snazzy planner heading my way to facilitate turning my desire into a rock solid plan (I buy a planner of some sort every September, and use it to varying degrees... this one seem well-designed for my current purposes).
www.thegrommet.com/day-designer

I'm even toying with some checks and balances (accountability partner, rewards) to shore up the cracks in my burgeoning resolve.


Finally, while I'm getting myself organized to finally do this streaking thing, I'm going to blog in greater detail about some of the things that have come up for me as I've contemplated this in detail today:

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why I think even attempting a streak is important

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the burden of shame

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some very real and negative core beliefs I hold about myself... and what if I find out they are actually true?

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why each of my streak components are important to me

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"Being lazy is reactionary to being fearful of change." Hmmm...

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accountability

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rewards

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whatever else comes up


...and speaking of 'whatever else' I'd really appreciate some well-considered feedback.

This is my blind spot... I need the eyes of others to help me see myself and this process clearly. The rah rah stuff and pats on the back feel really good, but they don't help me grow in ways I must to realize my goals and intentions.

So how about it? Can you help me get to where I need to go?








...Because CONSISTENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY are the glue that holds your goals and dreams together!

So, JUST DO IT.

UNTIL.





UNTIL. (My 'Just Do It' blog)
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3541059



'BEFORE' Pictures (May 31, 2009 - September, 2011) & Continuing PROGRESS (February 2012)! Next pictures April 2014!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108514

(I'm now keeping these right under my nose... in addition to being part of every blog I post, they are printed off and taped to my bedroom mirror... and I update whenever I feel the need... to either see for myself what feel like significant changes, or to encourage myself to keep the faith when I feel no change at all despite my efforts)


Measurements, Musings & Motivation to MOVE!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108455

(UPDATED/rewritten: JUNE, 2012)


I've Reached My Goal Weight!!!!!!!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108522

NOTE: My weight tracker is NOT a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
(Tom Venuto)


DONE Girl Love...
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3694266

(the footsteps into which I place my own feet)


Why I'm STILL here... my SparkJourney Saga
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=1656330



Words CAN Be Enough... page 4
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745766












Paleo... Do you really know what you're talking about?
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964697



In Answer to Your Questions (Letter to Our Family Regarding Our Nutritional Plan: RESEARCH LINKS)
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484209



Comparison Chart: Primal/Paleo/Ancestral, etc.
www.eat-real-food-paleodietitian.com
/support-files/dietcomparisonguide.pdf



What Does It Mean to Be Fat Adapted?
www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-it
-mean-to-be-fat-adapted/



What Does It Mean to Be Fat Adapted? (Part 2)
www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-it
-mean-to-be-fat-adapted-part-2-qa/#axz
z2q1LlNKZ4



Gender Differences in Fat Metabolism
www.marksdailyapple.com/gender-diffe
rences-in-fat-metabolism/#axzz2q1LwWzrG



Motivation Is Out, Mindfulness Is In – Why Motivation Doesn’t Make Lasting Changes
www.girlsgonestrong.com/why-motivati
on-doesnt-make-lasting-changes/



5 Emotional Roadblocks That Are Keeping You Fat
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
ion_articles.asp?id=1969



The Myth of Loose Skin
www.bodyfatguide.com/LooseSkin.htm










  
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TINATC26 7/23/2014 9:18PM

    pick one and do the baby steps, Ramona. You can do it, and you are no fraud.. xo

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ONTHEPATH2 7/23/2014 7:22PM

    Oh my! A spark fraud. Ouch!

I was trying to get a log in streak going - I did it for something like 50 days and then one Saturday morning I got out of bed, got in my car and went out with friends came home after midnight and the streak ended. Just like that - with one mindless day. I am trying it again - 30+days in.

Then I think - if I can't do a simple thing like log in every day, how am I going to do more????

I am with you on the house - I am a procrastinator. I just blogged on that a couple days ago. I am improving. I have clutter everywhere!

I like your ideas. I need to get organized and have a plan - because right now I don't!

I'm doing well with the exercise due to a virtual walk, which I do have about a 3 month streak going. So, I know I am capable of streaking....

I don't WANT to be a Spark Fraud! Yikes!!!! OK self, start working, make a plan......

Thank you!

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CHELLEBELLE104 7/23/2014 6:48PM

    Awesome blog! Thank you.

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FANNYMANSON 7/23/2014 5:09PM

    Hey I'm a Flybaby wanna be too!!

I read about a cool ladies group that meets at each gals house for a couple of hours each weekend for hardcore cleaning/organizing/project doing, and then they rotate among each others houses. Plan and organize tasks for your helpers. Maybe serve refreshments before everyone goes home. It's a good way to get a lot done.

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MSFROGGIE 7/23/2014 1:11PM

    Goals? Yeah, get out of bed in the morning and go to work! emoticon

Of course, I won't lose the weight and feel better if that's my only goal.

Thank you for the thoughts, I will work on those goals!!
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EDDYMEESE 7/23/2014 10:22AM

    I completely know how you feel. For me, thinking about the fact that I've been here for 8 years now...still not at goal, still not streaking and on and on and on. It makes you wonder and I, too, feel like a SparkFraud.
I do find that improvements beget improvements - with the house stuff, it used to be that my house, about once to twice a week, would just become a PIT. Like, really bad...and then I'd spend my 2 days off cleaning up. Usually it was because I let the dishes and laundry and grossness pile up. Then, I started doing a little every time and now I'm at a point where I can't go to sleep without washing dishes. My house looks good enough that if a friend stopped by unannounced, I wouldn't be horrified. But I've stalled - my house is very old and basically is bad enough that it really should be gutted and redone, but that's not going to happen. So that means that I should be scrubbing, scrubbing, scrubbing at least once a week to keep the dinge away that accumulates, but I don't. So now I'm feeling bad about htat.

That's where the streaking and SparkFraud feelings come in - it's like I/we are willing to do only so much and then sit on the laurels watching everyone else pass us by. It makes me think of sprinting the starting line and then walking the rest of the race...I don't know if that makes any sense!

I'm tired of feeling like a SparkFraud. I'm starting to feel like that fifth or sixth-year Senior, lol! We have all of this great advice but while everyone around us is graduating, we're still here, skating by!

I also have a day planner but it is a regular one...I wonder if the Grommet that you posted might be better for me, or at least more "fun" to use. Do you think the planner starts in January or September? I'd hate to buy a 2014 now for only a few months...Any idea?

Well, I don't know much, but I know that you and I and many other Sparkers are capable of anything. I'm up for working on streaking - I've started many a streak only to fail miserably. Shall we?


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NEW-CAZ 7/23/2014 2:58AM

    My streaks have become a new lifestyle now so don't even think of them LOL

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1CRAZYDOG 7/22/2014 8:23PM

    All I can say is that for me, it takes closer to a month to establish a habit I want to continue. I can work on 2 behaviors maximum. Otherwise the efforts become disjointed and the mission isn't accomplished.

My goals are written out, as is my action plan. This keeps me accountable. You have to discover what is going to help you reach your goal.

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ANAWESOMELIFE 7/22/2014 8:13PM

    Your blog made me think about getting a rebounder. The Bellicon looks good. I've heard nothing but good stuff about rebounding and it looks fun.

I've certainly felt overwhelmed by all the chaos around me. After spending 6 months incredibly ill a few years ago, I had to face the fact that my house had not been cleaned in 6 months .... No vacuuming, no dusting, no nothing. My husband tried to do what he could but he was really overwhelmed and inept ... I had no strength and very little energy so what I did was tackle it all in 15 minute segments ... One step at a time. I also started in the private rooms, the master bedroom, master bath, etc because the point was to take care of us. The more public rooms just had to wait. And they did ... It took while but now everyone always tells me they think my house is so well organized .... Cracks me up!
I think spark streaks sound like a great idea. I used them to help me get into a routine on supplements. I just don't overdo streaks because I am easily overwhelmed by having too much on my plate.
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JOJOSLIVIN 7/22/2014 7:49PM

    WoW. I myself have been contemplating the streaks. I'm tackling the exercise streak and the de-cluttering ones myself first. THANKS!

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SUBMOM2 7/22/2014 7:40PM

    Right now I am working on a streak of 10 fitness minutes per day. Consistency is something I struggle with in so many areas (fitness, eating, organization) so I thought I'd give streaking a try. I picked fitness because exercise gives me a boost to get to the other things I need to do, but I often get distracted, or lazy. Today is day 10 for me.

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