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Days #187~207 Today I take Responsibility!

Friday, October 05, 2012

Hello! To my wonderful Sparkers!

A Biggest Loser Coach tip: Take Responsibility! Acknowledging that you are the one responsible for where you are can be a bitter pill to swallow, but it is empowering. The issue isn't the circumstances that we find ourselves in; the issue is how we respond to the circumstances. YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THINGS & CREATE A BETTER & BRIGHTER LIFE FOR YOURSELF!

Today is day # 207 for me. I started March 16, 2012. I've released 33.2 pounds so far. I've been the same weight since Sept. 14. I guess I'm on a plateau. I think I know what is going on. Lot's of chaotic energy, more work, more exercise, staying on high end of calories, etc. BUT this is WHY I joined Spark People, to figure out how to live a more focused life, even when things get harried!

There is so much going on & I am not being very focused on time management! I like to not have to even think of the clock! I jump from 1 activity to the next & am a little manic about it. Then I am out of energy to finish what has to be done. Taking care of my body takes a lot of time. I KNOW IT IS WORTH IT, but IT DOES TAKE TIME! (I exercise on ave. 100 minutes a day, I used to do about 15 a day!) Things are going OK. But when I start an activity, I have to move to the next before I finish, THEN getting back doesn't happen for several days.
I miss spending hours Sparking. This is where I feel the Main support! I'm back into that feeling that I am 1 meal away from blowing the whole experience! I am NOT asking for advise, this is my problem & I need to figure it out! I, of course would love YOUR support, but THIS is my life lesson, to stay healthy & balanced even when there is chaos going on around me. Many projects are of my own choosing. IF I decide to let anything go, I will. But right now, I want to do it all!

I have been clearing out stuff, closets, cabinets, my alter, the garage, AND my mind. This is the storm before the calm, I'm sure of it! I have to de-clutter, before I can organize. Of course also working at 2 businesses we own.

The biggest challenge I have right now, is to stop eating in front of the TV, (it is the only time I have to watch), the computer, while I am sorting out all the stuff, etc. I keep eating at the high end & I KNOW this is why my weight hasn't changed. Last night's dinner I ate without ANY distractions. I have to say it felt VERY odd! I started thinking about the veggies & how they were grown. AND the turkey, giving up it's life so I could have it's protein. It was a VERY light, lovely, simple dinner. 3 oz. Turkey breast & 1 cup Cauliflower & 1 cup Asparagus with cayenne pepper on top. That's my simple delights! Generally I might add 100 calorie pack white cheese popcorn, but I had all the carob's. I needed for the day. I felt reverence for this meal! It was delightful! I'm not sure I can keep going like this, but I can see the point of it!

I have 23 more pounds to release AND THEN STAY AND MAINTAIN! I've always been a good releaser, especially during the holidays. For some reason I REALLY watch it starting before Halloween. The ave. american gains 12 pounds between Oct. 31-Jan. 8! I NEVER want to do that again! So I get VERY focused!

I hope your Autumn is going along, fabulously! I love my spark teams AND friends, wish I had more time to relax & play with them & YOU!

Have a Sparkling Weekend! I'm performing tomorrow at a Renaissance Fair, should be fun with LOT"S os walking. I'll do it after my hike!


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Have a bite! NOT in front of the TV or while driving, hahaha!
Berries in Oregon, I took several years ago

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    Love your positive attitude!!
We all have times when we feel the stress of like. Keep up your great work!


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AMOMENTSNOTICE 10/30/2012 1:21AM

    TV is a huge trigger for me, too. It's good to slow down & have reverence for a simple meal. Kind of an eating meditation.
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TUNERVILLE 10/10/2012 9:01AM

    Uh...was that you or me you were blogging about? Chaos everywhere and I am on a mission to organized!? Lost 20 pounds and then a screeching halt...but I think I am healthier. Keep your chin will get there!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 10/10/2012 8:33AM

    love your blog! It is true; we alone are responsible for your happinesss and recovery!

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MRSSCHENCK 10/9/2012 7:03AM

Thanks for your honesty in this blog. I sometimes think that I'm the only one struggling. Not that I'm glad that others are struggling, too. But just glad that I'm not alone on this journey. emoticon

And of course...a big emoticon on the 33.2lb loss so far!!!

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FLORIDASUN 10/7/2012 2:22AM

    It's a GO GO world and we all allow ourselves to get caught up in it. I think the best thing to do is just tackle one new GOOD habit until you have that firmly embedded in your psyche then move onto the next. I like you, want to have it all, be it all, and RIGHT now this minute. We can't sustain that pace forever so it becomes a matter of choices.
There is NO earthly reason that I should be up sparking at this insane early hour, but I try to cram SO much into my day that sometimes I cheat the sleep meister in order to squeeze it all in. I will crash and burn about 6 p.m. today as a result of this poor decision...heck even the CAT isn't up. He's the smart one...along with the hubs...still snoozing away. emoticon This happens rarely and when I wake up with too much rattling around in my head...I just go with the flow.

I think you do that too. Just keep believing in yourself, stay away from processed crappy food, keep your healthy exercise in and tackle things one healthful step at a time. You know what to do and decluttering is very freeing. It lightens your soul and therefore I think frees you to lighten all areas of your world.

And oh...if ONLY we could burn calories for brain burn...I'd be a skinny minnie!

Keep the faith sweet friend...keep the faith! emoticon emoticon

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KMEYERRING1 10/6/2012 11:16PM

    very good message and also inspiring for me, thank you for posting. you're a stong woman with great energy. i have faith that you'll achieve what you put your heart to, look at how much you have already achieved.

have a wonderful weekend !

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BOOKWORM27S 10/6/2012 10:54AM

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SEASONS__CHANGE 10/6/2012 8:29AM

    You are so right,

"I have to de-clutter, before I can organize."

You WILL find a way!

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HIKINGSD 10/6/2012 3:44AM

    emoticon I believe in you!

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JAMBABY0 10/5/2012 11:08PM

    You can do this remember YOU ARE WORTH IT!

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SPARKFRAN514 10/5/2012 8:31PM

    I'm glad that I'm a loser of weight!
Without a doubt, I'll win this bout!

With each pound I drop, I move faster toward my goal!
Halve it and you can have it.
I'll try not to think of what I don't have, but what I do have!
enjoyed your blog you are so lucky to not have eating problems from Halloween to New Years .
you said you guessed you're a plateau. those are a pain to sometime get over just keep on doing what you are sounds like you have a good plan tracking working out . you did not talk about getting your water in each day that is a big help i learned this when i was on a scales stand still. changing your work out around might help and how are you sleeping. I learned from the sleep challenge that you need proper sleep to get weight off. like everyone else I like your blog and it helped me think about my own journey here on the Spark trail. you can do it just take one day at a time. eating at the computer is a problem for most of us i started saying no brk at the computer and then no lunch and now working on snacking at the computer but like you won't give up the eating and watching TV its company for me happy sparking to you emoticon

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    Sounds like you are burning the candles at both ends. I am wondering if you can figure out a way to slow down with something, put something on the back burner, delegate, lower standards, say no to request, or just decide something is not worth doing at all?

You have been doing a great job with releasing what you don't need, but you are not in a race with anyone!

Take care. I will try to check on you. I was going to reply earlier, but the power went out for 2 hours.

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MS_SWEETHEART 10/5/2012 5:50PM

    Hang in there, things will get better for you. Love that positive attitude. Good luck on your show, and have a beautiful weekend. emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/5/2012 4:19PM

    You are an inspiration!! I too am decluttering, and its time i got back to being serious about helping myself. i've been so bury i literally forgot!! Thank you for showing me some reality!!
I know you can do this....someone mentioned a renaissance lucky you are to have one near enough to go to..i would LOVE that!!!
Hang in..stay strong, stay greatful..simple abundance!!

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FLASUN 10/5/2012 3:54PM

    Have a wonderful time performing at the Renaissance Fair and just know that you have done emoticon and will keep doing have just hit a plateau and I'm sure the weight will start coming off again!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IRP1114 10/5/2012 3:49PM

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JUDSTERF 10/5/2012 2:15PM

    emoticon on your 33# weight loss!! The scale is always correct ya know!!! How do your clothes fit? Looser? emoticon


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KKINNEA 10/5/2012 2:09PM

    You asked for support but I think your blog actually made me feel supported! Keep shining your bright light!

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ROCKMAN6797 10/5/2012 1:41PM

This is an opportunity to prove to yourself that you can keep to the plan even when your world around you seems so chaotic. Gain strenght from this circumstance and pat yourself on the back for sticking to the plan!


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SLENDERELLA61 10/5/2012 1:26PM




Yes, you will figure this out for yourself. You are 100% correct. It takes time to plan meals, it takes time to grocery shop, it takes time to cook good meals, it takes time to workout, it takes time to do extra workout laundry, etc. And you are 100% correct, it is worth it.

Keep up the good work and you will bust through this plateau!! Don't let it get you down, you have done great!! You are doing great!!

Very good, honest blog! I'm voting for it.

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ARCHIMEDESII 10/5/2012 1:16PM

    Losing 33 pounds is fantastic !! Don't get down on yourself because you haven't seen a loss in a month. That really is perfectly normal. Losing 33 pounds is significant. Your body needs time to adjust to the new weight ! Before you know it, the scale will start moving again. Be patient with yourself and your body !

As the old song goes,"accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". Give yourself credit for the positive things you do and don't beat yourself up if you're not perfect. In short, you haven't regained any of the weight in the last four weeks. That says you're doing something right !!


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WONDERFUL2BME 10/5/2012 1:03PM

    This is what I was thinking about last evening as well. I also need to recalculate my BMR which I have been told needs to be done every 10 lbs. Wow, every 10 lbs really? I guess so because this is the first week I am remaining the same. I still have a couple of days before the official weigh in but I always peek half way and I usually see the scale budging.

So, I am off to calorie calcultions 101 to recalculate. Have a successful day not eating in front of television or computer!

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STITCHINGNAN 10/5/2012 11:56AM

    As already said its no mystery to you, its just? A matter of working out how to achieve it, you sound like a confident person or is it outward show only..?
If you sort out time management do let me know,I need to work on that good luck. Ree emoticon

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BLUEFAIRYTALE 10/5/2012 11:54AM

  Great job. It sounds like you are on the right track. I struggle with eating in front
of the tv too, but we can do this. Have a great weekend. Those berries look good. emoticon emoticon

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CRYSTAL_MOM 10/5/2012 11:49AM

    You seem to know what to do and what to watch. I am personally on a spiritual healing journey right now and not focusing on what I can't fix. I am still maintaining my healthful habits, but I am being freed. Currently, I am fasting any tv shows I would normally watch. We don't have cable, so I would access online.

I feel I was knocked down with a pretty heavy blow, but I am back up and fighting. We can keep fighting together.

My current schedule doesn't leave me much time to Spark either.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

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MEXGAL1 10/5/2012 11:26AM

    Good job!

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MSLZZY 10/5/2012 11:22AM

    As hard as it may seem, you have to learn to focus
on one thing at a time. Jumping back and forth
will cause stress. When you do sit down, your
body is still wired from whatever activites you
accomplished in one day.
Take heart, I do the same on my Saturdays when
I have all the things on my to-do list plus the
things DH has decided I need to do too. Wanting
to do it all is fine but try to pace yourself. And
LOVE the skin you're in now. You ROCK!

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MRSJOCCO 10/5/2012 11:18AM

    Well, I think instead of me encouraging you, YOU'RE ENCOURAGING ME! emoticon

You're getting stronger and healthier everyday--look how much you've accomplished so far. emoticon

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FEB_SHOWERS16 10/5/2012 11:14AM

    I'm so happy to read this! I have no doubt you will start to feel much better, lose weight, and continue to be a success!!!

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JESSYVIRGINY 10/5/2012 10:46AM

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