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    OAKSHAVEN   15,287
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Week 2, gaining control of my life

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I'm well into week 2 of my restart, and only one fairly minor slip. In fact, I need to get in an additional 200-300 calories by tonight, and I've already eaten dinner. The only slip was a McDonald's bacon, egg and cheese biscuit on Monday morning. I was half-way to work, and realized I hadn't eaten breakfast (hit the snooze alarm too many times). I've exercised every day, and may hit 750 minutes for the month, after all. I still need to get that in today, but I knew if I didn't come home between work and choir practice I was going to lose control, and not only eat everything in sight, but pay out money for the dubious privilege of being in a position to berate myself for my lack of self control.

So, this week, I'm still avoiding spending extra money on food, trying to eat at home most of the time, the exception being tomorrow, when I won't have time between work and rehearsal to get home, and exercising at least 10 minutes everyday. I read the article about how to find and extra hour a day, and was struck by the amount of time I spend Sparking, so I am trying to keep my Spark time down to no more than an hour each night. That means that you aren't going to be hearing as much from me. I have also decided that I can't allow myself to go read blogs that friends happen to have responded to, no matter how interesting they sound. It not only takes time, but then I collect more friends, who I then begin to follow, and it becomes a never-ending stream of blogs that I don't have time to really savor.

My hour is almost up at this point. I am going to leave the computer in sleep mode so that I can track my exercise and whatever I am going to eat for those extra few calories when I get home tonight. Then I will need to shower and get in bed--sleep also continuing to be a challenge, since I have so many other things I want to do with my time.

So, I'll be seeing you, just not as much. Bye for now.
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AAAACK 8/30/2012 4:52PM

    I, too, am limiting my Sparktime b/c of trying to meet my own goals, so I get ya sister! In fact, I stopped even joining teams, and basically only springboard off "friend feed" instead of doing the blog-web thing that you described. I wish I could be there for everyone, but it just spreads me too thin to be able to nurture myself. It sounds like you're in the same boat.

So, ship ahoy, matey, sail on, and have a fantastic rest of week 2.
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UMUCGRAD 8/29/2012 8:55PM

    Fantastic! I love those kinds of reports. They motivate me, too. emoticon

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NORASPAT 8/29/2012 8:08PM

    emoticon The McDonalds choice could have been worse except for the sodium. If it happens again and you walk in there do try the oatmeal, it does have to stand to thicken but it tastes great and so many less calories DH and i order it often when we travel ho swollen ankles that way.
The Biscuit Breakfast has 440 calories in it so if you ate no apple pies or fries you are good to go. 18 grams good protein so you see it is not so bad. I am proud of you. Stay with it till it once again becomes a habit. You can do it HUGS Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEARGODDESS 8/29/2012 7:34PM

    You're doing great Oak! emoticon emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/29/2012 7:31PM

    Great job! Keep it up and come back when you need to. Sparking should always be on your terms.

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