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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

What do I mean by SparkDreaming? Well, the dreams I had before SP came into my life were actually dreams that would probably never happen because I did not realize that I needed to invent the steps to my goals. I needed to reach all those mini-steps in order to reach the bigger steps that would take me to my goals. My life is much more than reaching my health goals, yet everything is interconnected so that when I work towards goals in one area, the other areas of life are affected. I have not reached goal weight. I have gotten off track in regard to that many times. And I come back to it.
Also, a person can only do so much and when things get overwhelming something has to give. I don't give up. But more and more, as time passes and I am older and wiser, I understand better what I must hold as priority and what I can let be for awhile. I am expecting things to let up a bit these next several months so I am refocusing on steps toward the weightloss goals, which begin with the basics of knowing how many calories I ingest and having the best ingredients available when prepping meals.
Gonna try to keep this brief - lots to do this week.
I started tracking food yesterday. Going to check out my new SP DVD this afternoon. Finished up two online courses yesterday. Have hardly done anything else since starting these right after our return in January. I did it! And, I passed them both. One is a pre-req. for the next one that I will begin next week. And, it was tough! I have been stretching so much - incredible (I think) for someone my age; course I don't look my age! Hah!
Beginning exercise at 4 p.m. most days. It has been super-hot here in the past several weeks - over 100F/40C. So, I am not sure the late afternoon exercise is going to work. I do not plan to do the intense long-distance walking I did a year ago and before so it might just work out okay. Will try it and if not, revamp! Pushing to drink more fluids, esp. water, in this heat.
Eating is going fine. Have stuck with vegetarian and since we are at home, it is easier to make what I need rather than so much eating out (and not always finding what I needed so substituting things I shouldn't eat to get by) that we did in the states. I made my Calico Bean Salad today and it is wonderful. Have been trying to figure out how to get more protein in. I do not eat milk derivatives or soy, so it is not easy. Do have eggs once in awhile, so bought some albumin and will see if I can get this more balanced.
Being careful to eat less or no GMO foods; another BIG challenge here. Looked at combining foods for more complete proteins, which I did a lot when raising our children. Have been wanting cornbread but no organic cornmeal around. Difficult to find variety of organic grains. Have seen quinoa but don't much like the flavor of it. Find myself wishing for a nutritionist to help me but no money for that so will keep reading. The SP Nutrition Tracker really does help me with this. Down at the bottom you can click on "See today's full report" and see how well you've done. Breaks it all down so I know where I need to work on it.
Feeling tired - also trying to get to bed earlier this week especially since I don't have homework deadlines! Did not sleep enough last night so will try to go to bed just a wee bit earlier tonight and see if I do better. Because I am taking just one class the next 8 weeks, I hope to be on SP a little bit more often. I'd like to interact with my SPFriends a bit - miss you guys! I know you understand.
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In a few days, I will complete my 7th year as a SparkPerson!!! Time seems to have passed so quickly and I have learned so much being involved here! Glad for all that has been done to facilitate my growth. Every year, I accomplish more than I ever imagined possible!
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    1814 days ago
    You have a great plan, and I know you can do it. You are such an inspiration for all of us.

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Great job on the successful completion of your classes! Which online college are you attending?

    Congratulations on your 7 year anniversary here on SparkPeople!
    1830 days ago
    Great to see you!! You have been one busy lady. Glad things might settle in for you a bit more now. Hope to see more of you.

    Congrats on your 7 years!! I think I hit 8 this coming October, so we're pretty close in Spark age ... :-)

    Good luck on your class ...

    1831 days ago
    So good to see you! I've so enjoyed this journey with you on SparkPeople. I've been quite ill for several weeks, but I think I'm finally on the mend. I've got a sustainable balance with my nutrition right now, I just need to increase my fitness minutes as I regain my strength.

    Let's make this a great year!
    1832 days ago
    1832 days ago
    WOW sounds as if you are doing well. Glad for the update and hugs.
    1832 days ago
    WOW... great planning and an inspiring life! Buy food on line if possible ... you can make sure they have the certified organic seal and standard written on the web page, the food is less expensive but the shipping costs will eat up any savings you may have had. Ever now and then when I can't find something around here, which is rare, I will a friend who lives in a more organic community where most stores carry a large variety of organic foods, he will send me a a package, I send him a list and the money he dutifully collects the things I desire and occasionally he will toss in something new and different for me to try.

    GOOD LUCK with your new class, adn congratulations on the 7 years of sparking! That's inspiring....
    1832 days ago
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