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Monday, August 05, 2013

I've been here at Spark for a year and a half, and I have learned a lot and made some positive changes in my habits:
*I drink 8-10 glasses of water on most days.
*I exercise at least 10 minutes a day most days.
*I wear a pedometer that encourages me to move more.
*I take vitamin supplements.
*I am more mindful of eating whole foods and less inclined to eat processed ones.
*I have lowered my blood pressure to the point where I no longer need medication.
*I have been working toward being less critical of my body and appreciating the things it can do.

I have accomplished a lot, and I'm proud of myself. There are, however, three bad habits that now need my attention, because they are the reason that, despite all the healthy changes I listed above, my weight has been yo-yoing for the past year and a half. These bad habits are:
*not being mindful of the portions I am eating at meals
*too much alcohol
*out-of-control snacking (especially night-time snacking)

Now that I have the other healthy habits in place, I feel that it is time for me to really focus on portions, booze, and snacks. When I first started here, I sometimes felt overwhelmed by the number of changes I needed to make. Now I feel like I have more than enough time and energy to tackle these three bad habits and get them under control. I like to make goals for the month, so here are my goals for August:

1. Measure portions
2. Eat dinner off a smaller plate.
3. Start a "no-mindless-snacking" streak and change my ticker to reflect this goal
4. Get active again on the "Cutting Down the Booze" team and join a challenge there for August.

I can do this! Look at what I have already accomplished. I am stronger than these bad habits!
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THROOPER62 8/7/2013 6:45AM

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BIGPAWSUP 8/6/2013 9:11PM

    You have made wonderful strides forward!!! I know you can get the rest into place.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/6/2013 11:42AM

    You have definitely made huge progress!! Congratulations! Given your previous success, I know you can achieve those 3 goals. :)

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CAROL_31649731 8/5/2013 8:37PM

    Very well said! You've come a long way already--which proves you can do this! Keep telling yourself, "It will be worth it . . . I am worth it!" emoticon emoticon

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EACHMOMENT2 8/5/2013 5:45PM

  This is very good goal setting. See how S.M.A.R.T. you are.

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CAPECODBABE 8/5/2013 5:06PM

    emoticon New Goals!!! emoticon

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LYDDIECAT 8/5/2013 2:58PM

    I did think about the possibility of healthy snacks, like fruit or yogurt. I decided against saying "I won't snack at night" and instead saying "I won't mindlessly snack." If I do decide to have a snack, it needs to be whole healthy food and it needs to be a small portion. Eating chips straight out of the bag is not a choice! lol

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NILLAPEPSI 8/5/2013 2:38PM

    emoticon emoticon You go girl!!! emoticon

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 8/5/2013 2:33PM

    great evaluation of your challenges - can I suggest a possibility - you could still have snacks in the evening, just make them healthy - it took me a few weeks to stop craving the unhealthy stuff but it was worth it - now if I want a snack in the evening (or if I need to "up" my calories for the day) I have fruit or yogurt or a *very* small chocolate milkshake. If I've eaten a proper supper I'm usually too full to eat very much later anyway. Just something for you to consider.

Good for you for recognizing what changes still need to be made!

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KENDRACARROLL 8/5/2013 1:06PM

    Time for a new set of goals. That's awesome!
Means you're definitely on the right path.
Keep up the good work.

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NICKLESPICKLES 8/5/2013 12:11PM

    You totally ca emoticon n do it and you are worth it. Be kind and gentle with yourself. Blessings.

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MELISSIMAUS 8/5/2013 12:10PM

    These are great goals! You can do this.

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