4EVER21B's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=4EVER21B 4EVER21B's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Final PAWSE - Keeping it Going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972692 Sadly, this is the last week of this round of the BLC. This round I was able to accomplish so much! Not just my scale results , but overall better eating and more fitness. However, I know me and I must keep this momentum going in-between rounds. So this is my plan to stop the yo yo dieting. <BR> <BR> NO MATTER WHAT – NO EXCUSES ALLOWED <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/63477f6a-8c9b-4158-ba0a-722b7a3d323f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Plan is COMMITMENT and REWARD! <em>9</em> <BR> ... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 16:03:11 EST Celebration Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968734 <em>244</em> It has finally happened <BR> <BR> ONE-DER-LAND!!!!!! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3b137bf1-5c29-49b4-988f-582e998fdc44.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes, as of today, I weigh less than 200 pounds. I can't begin to tell you how wonderful this feeling is. I have been so close before, but I have finally achieve this goal. <BR> <BR> Yes, I know it does not mean I am skinny. In fact, I am still medically obese. That is not the point. <BR> <BR> What this ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:05:21 EST Standing on the edge of Success – about to jump in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965006 Wednesday's PAWSE <BR> <BR> This week I lost 1.5 pounds. I am now one pound away from my short term weight loss goal. Right now, I feel like an Olympic competitive diver. I am just one dive away from my medal. <BR> <BR> And yes, it is just that serious to me. <BR> <BR> I am one pound away from a number I have not seen in over 5 years. I have worked hard to get to this point. More importantly, I have never, never, ever, ever given up on myself. And it has not been easy. But, somewhere... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:22:06 EST That Stingy Scale - Week in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961294 Wednesday’s Pawse <BR> <BR> This week I maintained from last week. Yep, my nemesis aka “the stingy scale” is up to its old tricks again. It is trying to discount my good efforts this past week. <BR> <BR> But I am wise to its trickery. <BR> <BR> I know that I recorded my food, exceeded my fitness minutes goal and drank my water. I also know that my clothing size is getting smaller. I wore an XL shirt on Monday. Not a 1X or even and 0X. The tag said XL and I bought it in the regular (n... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:04:13 EST Another Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957633 Wednesday’s Pawse <BR> <BR> This week I gained a half a pound. At first it was amazing to me that it was only a half a pound because of all the things I did not do. However, when I think about what I did right, it makes sense. <BR> <BR> What I did right: <BR> <BR> 1. Enjoyed myself on the 4th of July with family and friends and extra special foods. <BR> 2. Exercised on Friday, Monday and Tuesday. <BR> 3. Took some time to rest on Saturday and Sunday. <BR> 4. Returned to healthier ... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 16:13:57 EST Wednesday and it continues! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954015 Wednesday’s Pawse <BR> <BR> This week I lost another pound. I am a steady shrinker! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I was also able to get in over 300 fitness minutes, but it was a struggle. Actually, the whole week was a struggle. Part of it was an indifferent attitude that I just can’t explain. And part of it was just so much to do! Fortunately, I was able to check a few things off my list and that helped me feel a sense of accomplishment. And, I also used the Weekend Challenge to overcome my in... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:45:39 EST Wednesday’s Pawse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950368 Wednesday’s Pawse: <BR> <BR> This week I lost 1.5 pounds! Here is my happy dance: <em>354</em> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> <BR> <BR> I did over 375 minutes of fitness. <em>34</em> I also stayed in range 5 days. <em>301</em> I especially pleased with the fitness minutes because my foot was acting up because of overuse. I had to switch up my exercise to more seated fitness which does not burn as many calories. To offset the lost in calorie burn, I increased my minutes. <BR> <BR... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:41:51 EST Weekly Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947316 This week I lost .5 pounds, but more important to me, I had over 300 fitness minutes that included cardio, ST and yoga. Also, this weekend, I was able to stay in calorie range AND exercise! <BR> <BR> Plan/Prepare for the coming week <BR> <BR> This weekend is Father’s Day and that means buffet for Dad on Saturday. My plan – enjoy! <BR> <BR> I have enough fruits and veggies and will continue to plan meals based upon my existing pantry and freezer stock. <BR> <BR> Act with consistency and ... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:59:14 EST Wednesday's Musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943022 <BR> This week I lost 3 pounds, but more important to me, I had over 300 fitness minutes that included cardio, ST and yoga. Also, this weekend, I exercised better control over night snacking. <BR> <BR> Plan/Prepare for the coming week <BR> <BR> My weekend is still my biggest obstacle, but I am getting better. Flexibility is the key. I thought Sunday would be my rest day, but it turns out that Saturday was an unplanned rest day. It took a bit of effort, but I managed to do 45 minutes of fi... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:34:23 EST Wednesday's Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939149 Wednesday’s Pawse <BR> <BR> As part of the Tenacious Jungle Tigers (BLC), posting a blog about reflection and planning is encouraged. This week I lost 1 pound, but more important to me, I had over 300 fitness minutes that included cardio, ST and yoga. <BR> <BR> Plan/Prepare for the coming week <BR> <BR> I already shopped for this week. I have plenty of fruits and vegetables- fresh and frozen. I will continue to plan meals around the items in my freezer. <BR> <BR> The weekend is still my... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 16:10:00 EST Wednesday's Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935258 Wednesday’s Pawse <BR> <BR> As part of the Tenacious Jungle Tigers (BLC), posting a blog about reflection and planning is encouraged. This week I lost 2.5 pounds, but more important to me, I had over 325 fitness minutes that included cardio, ST and yoga. <BR> <BR> Plan/Prepare for the coming week <BR> <BR> I still have batched cooked chicken available for salads and any meal. I also have frozen shrimp. I batched cooked some pasta, so that is also available. I may need a bit more freggi... Wed, 27 May 2015 16:01:48 EST Wednesday's Reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931506 <BR> Today is the first weigh in for the BLC round. My focus will be a bit different than last round. I know I can do the team’s requirements. That was something that worried me last round. This time my goal is to incorporate what I have learned into a permanent lifestyle change. What is the point of all my hard work, if as soon as the round ends, I go back to my old ways? <BR> <BR> Enough, already! <BR> <BR> One thing that I know that works is journaling in the morning. I make my to-... Wed, 20 May 2015 16:05:18 EST Biggest Loser Goals - Round 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929545 Goals for Biggest Loser Round 28 <BR> <BR> Time to start another round of BLC. Last round was very successful - weight loss, better nutritional habits and more fitness. I know that with the support of my team, I can do more than I think I can. <BR> <BR> My short, term and long term goals involves eliminating stressors that frequently lead to binge or mindless eating. I will focus on those stressors that are within my control. <BR> <BR> 1. Each night I will make a 3 item to-do list - work... Sun, 17 May 2015 10:32:13 EST Getting there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891232 This week the scale stayed the same. I will take it! Of course, I prefer a loss, but it is certainly better than a gain. <BR> <BR> I am feeling too good about what I did right this past week to focus on the numbers on the scale. Tracking and exercising, of course. But more important is the change in my attitude. I have made exercising and tracking a priority in my life. Sometimes that means less computer time. Sometimes that means putting off chores. It doesn’t matter as much if I am maki... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:28:50 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887642 As of yesterday, I am more than halfway to my 12 week weight loss goal. It is getting easier to make better choices and to walk away from unhealthy foods and just plain old laziness. <BR> <BR> I took a good look at my fridge and freezer and I have lots of options available for the upcoming week. As part of my desire to vary my meals, I plan to make a roasted veggie salad with bleu cheese and shrimp or chicken. <BR> <BR> Fortunately, there are no special events for this week. However, t... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:01:26 EST Wednesday Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878238 Wednesday Reflections <BR> <BR> Just finished week five of the BLC challenge and I have lost half of my BLC weight goal. I am happy, but I know there is more work to do. <BR> <BR> As funny as it seems in my long journey to a healthier lifestyle, I finally know what it takes to reach my goals – making my own choices. <BR> <BR> Here are my choices: <BR> <BR> I chose to exercise. <em>362</em> <BR> I chose not to eat trigger foods. <em>230</em> <BR> I chose to stay in range. <em>292</... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:14:15 EST Week Three - Determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869741 Welcoming Another Week of Lifestyle Change <BR> <BR> Yep. Lost another 1.5 pounds and you bet I am over the top proud of myself. <em>224</em> I did not cave in to stress eating when Mom was in the hospital. She is home now and much better. <BR> <BR> I also did not substitute food when I needed sleep. I did get one good of day of exercise, but did not push myself to try and make up 2 days of no activity. <BR> <BR> Definitely on my way to making a lifestyle change. <em>521</em> <BR> ... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 00:21:21 EST Step by Step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867197 It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. –Confucius <BR> <BR> During the past 24 hours, I have lived by these words. I thought my biggest weekend obstacle would be the Super Bowl party. Life threw an unexpected curveball. My Mom became ill and as I write, she is in the hospital. She had the classic symptoms of a heart attack. Thankfully, that was ruled out, but she is undergoing more testing because of her medical history. <BR> <BR> When the emergency occurred, I had... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:18:00 EST Still On Track - Week Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864631 With my weekly weigh in, I am down 2 pounds. That calls for a bit of a celebration: <em>353</em> <em>355</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> This was a challenging week because of a work convention. This annual convention is always filled with vendors with tempting goodies that I love - candies, cookies, pastries and crackers. But, I walked away from all of those temptations and concentrated on fruit or just saying no. Also, I walked during the seminar breaks with a co-worker. I used the ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:23:32 EST On Track - Week One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861203 <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Week one of the BLC27 is completed and I am down 2.5 pounds. During the week, The biggest obstacle I faced was a family dinner event. I decided that the day of the event would not be a "free day". That is what I would do in the past. I would then proceed to eat anything I wanted. Instead, I made sure I made the best healthy choices prior to the event. Then at the event, I enjoyed the dinner. Oh, only one bite of the cake, probably helped as well. <BR> <BR> Finally,... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:38:26 EST Next 12 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850656 <BR> Overall goal for the next 12 weeks - 20 pound weight loss. <BR> <BR> Lose an average of 1.5 pounds every week <BR> <BR> Exercise - 300 minutes a week. My first 4 week schedule: <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of stretching or ST in the morning - 5 days min. <BR> Write down a list of exercises and stretches in advance, so I can check them off until they become second nature. Use SP exercise library. Vary the parts of body. <BR> <BR> 6 days - exercise of 45 minutes of cardio and/or ST. Need to... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 22:03:15 EST My Not So Secret Key to Breaking My Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840259 SparkPeople has so many resources that sometimes it is hard to find what you really need. I was lucky enough to ask a Spark friend about her success and she told me about a great team challenge. <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 12 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. The challenge has been around for 8+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness. It consists of multiple teams that focus on different aspe... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 00:29:23 EST Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783797 My BLC 26 Goal <BR> <BR> Goal: 25 pound weight lost <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> It is time to step up my game! I have been satisfied with small goals when I KNOW I can do better. I am so lucky that I do not have hypertension, diabetes or other problems that is usually associated with obesity. But I can't rely on luck forever. <BR> <BR> I am also motivated to continue losing so I can wear smaller sizes. That means all new clothes. <BR> <BR> I also desire the additional self confidence ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:13:39 EST Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783795 My BLC 26 Goal <BR> <BR> Goal: 25 pound weight lost <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> It is time to step up my game! I have been satisfied with small goals when I KNOW I can do better. I am so lucky that I do not have hypertension, diabetes or other problems that is usually associated with obesity. But I can't rely on luck forever. <BR> <BR> I am also motivated to continue losing so I can wear smaller sizes. That means all new clothes. <BR> <BR> I also desire the additional self confidence ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:09:41 EST End of BLC Round 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743050 Biggest Loser Challenge <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> I joined SP over 4 years. I jumped in with both feet, desperate to lose weight. I signed up for all the SP official challenges and joined so many teams I can't recall all of the names. Yes, I lost a few pounds and then regained some pounds and then lost a few more. <BR> <BR> I decided to shake things up by streamlining my teams and focusing only on the ones I thought could make a difference. I lost more weight and gained some back. <BR>... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:19:31 EST NEVER, EVER, EVER GIVE UP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693761 My plan if I get off track: NEVER, EVER, EVER GIVE UP! <BR> <BR> I strongly believe in getting up after every fall. I do a self analysis, forgive myself and move on. Long gone are the days of regret or self-pity. That does not get me anywhere, but depressed and feeling unworthy. So, if overeating is the problem - the change may be tracking or strict adherence to my calorie range with the next meal or day. If my exercise is lacking, maybe switching to a different type or maybe I do need a res... Mon, 12 May 2014 22:55:59 EST Getting There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688558 I completed the BLC fitness test. I was quite surprised with my time for my one mile walk - a little more than 17 minutes. I am hoping that by the time I finish this round of the BLC, I can walk a 15 minute mile. Then I can start aiming for 3ks that will not hurt my foot in terms of time. I need to factor in the waiting time, the distance from parking to the start line, etc. All the extra time standing, waiting and walking prior to the start of any race event. I hope to be able to return... Tue, 6 May 2014 00:28:18 EST Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686181 My BLC 25 Goal <BR> <BR> Goal: 12 pound weight lost <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> To avoid any medical problem that is preventable with weight loss, better food choices and regular exercise. I am so lucky that I do not have hypertension, diabetes or other problems that is usually associated with obesity. <BR> <BR> I am also motivated to continue losing so I can wear a size 14W (or smaller). That means all new clothes. It also means that I will be closer to my ultimate shopping goal -- to shop... Sat, 3 May 2014 02:25:07 EST Reflections and a Request for New Opportunities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665644 My BLC Goal - Reflection <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> When I started BLC Round 15 my primary goal was to lose 15 pounds. My secondary goals were to lose the pre-diabetic diagnosis, a dress size smaller and noticeable difference in inches. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> When the challenge ends on Wednesday, I know I will have lost over 10 pounds, but I am not sure it will be 15 pounds. I have not measured, but I know I have lost inches as some of my larger clothes are too big. I have also purchase... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:36:27 EST Motivating Goals (other than weight loss) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625401 Today I read an interesting blog about goal setting. The focus was not the scale or even to lose weight. Here's the link: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=5_goals_to_focus_on_instead_of_the_<BR>scale </link> <BR> <BR> I decided to post my own motivating goals: <BR> <BR> Performance goal: to consistently walk a 5k in an hour or less. <BR> <BR> Real-life goal: get rid of the car seat belt extender <BR> <BR> Health goal: get rid of my pre-diabetic diag... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 09:44:01 EST BLC Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599945 My BLC Goal <BR> <BR> Goal: 15 pound weight lost <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> I want to lose weight to eliminate the pre-diabetic diagnosis I received at my last annual check up. The doctor informed me that continuing with my weight loss and regular exercise should change the diagnosis. Maybe as little as 10 pounds with regular exercise. <BR> <BR> I am also motivated to continue losing so I can wear a size 14W (or smaller). That means all new clothes. <BR> <BR> Plan <BR> <BR> Short answer ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:51:46 EST Survival For the Holidays - No Gain Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567428 As I indicated in an earlier blog, I am going to use challenges from BLC to maintain my weight (or perhaps lose a pound or two). <BR> <BR> Starting on Friday through Tuesday I will F.O.C.U.S. every day: <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> FREGGIES: 7 Servings of fruits and veggies <BR> <BR> <em>542</em> ORGANIZE: 30 minutes of whatever it takes to distress (paperwork, housework, etc.) <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> CARDIO: At least 30 minutes of cardio <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> UMPH: Strength/Toining: 1... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 16:54:39 EST Reflections and Strategies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565832 I spent the past 12 weeks on the True Blue Team of the Biggest Loser Challenge Round 23. This was my first time participating in a virtual BLC. I was motivated by the success of Spark friend, Tacones. <BR> <BR> When I started, my goal was just to lose weight. And I did lose weight. What I did not expect was the community of support from my Team True Blue. Through everything, I was cheered, consoled, praised, motivated, inspired, pushed and encouraged. Nothing that I experienced was too ... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:27:46 EST No Excuses Allowed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529795 <BR> <BR> Waiting for the right time, place or situation is an excuse too frequently used. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l638522822.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Too often, people give up, before they start. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1860605324.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Or people focus on what they should have, could have, but did not do. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1778524432.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What we must ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 05:25:54 EST Time Crunches! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510004 Lately, I found myself running short of time to do all the things necessary for the BLC. I mean I have literally been exercising at 9 pm! Although it is clear that I need to plan better (whenever possible), I think it is also reflection of my commitment to myself. I am no longer saying to myself, it is okay, because I had a long day. I am no longer saying to myself, skip it and do it tomorrow. I am no longer okay with any excuse I try to come up with to avoid exercise. <BR> <BR> Now, do... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:06:11 EST Nurturing My Whole Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500760 <BR> I am in the BLC23 True Blue Team. I requested to be on this team because I believed that it would help me address non-weight problems that are interfering with my goal of healthy eating and more active lifestyle. This is the first week of the challenge and on the very first “Mindful Monday”, True Blue has helped me view things in a different light. <BR> <BR> The question of the day asked me to choose from a list, my number one non-weight goal. And there is was, on the list – something... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:49:08 EST The Game Has Begun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496041 It is official here! <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> The beginning of the BLC23! I weighed in and set my first week's goals. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am realistic about this week because, believe it or not, I have 4 day vacation! But because of the pre-training (which also occurred during another vacation,) I am confident that the scale will move down or stay the same. I am challenging myself to move it down by making sure I get my exercise in and opting for salads and seafood on my... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:50:17 EST Almost Time for the Official Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484789 The BLC round 23 begins on September 25, 2013. "Officially" begins that is. I have fully participated in the training program for the challenge. It consists of daily challenges and 4 day weekend challenges. Already the scale has moved in a big way. Already my fitness numbers are higher than usual for this time of the month. <BR> <BR> I am so motivated and at the same time scared. I know that 12 weeks will not make me skinny, but I want so badly to see a change. A significant change. ... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:01:42 EST Goal Setting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478028 I joined the BLC 23 Team. As part of the team challenge, I am asked to set forth my goals for the 12 week challenge. Goals that I can do within the 12 weeks. <BR> <BR> My OVERALL goal is to enjoy a more healthy and active lifestyle. <BR> <BR> For this 12 week challenge, my SPECIFIC goal is to weigh less than 200 pounds and no longer be deem pre-diabetic. That is about 2.5 pounds a week from my starting weight. <BR> <BR> I will be able to MEASURE my progress towards a healthier lifestyle ... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 18:03:45 EST Enjoying My Time Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471343 Thanks to my brother, I am on vacation. My brother is handling the day to day things for Mom. I still talk to her 4 times a day for her meds, but that is minor compared to what I had to do this summer. <BR> <BR> I am not on vacation from SP. I applied to join the Biggest Loser Team which has a 12 week program with assigned teams and tons of challenges. Although the program does not begin until late September, we are in "training" right now. I am loving the intensity and the support of this ... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 00:12:36 EST Time to Slow Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460098 Okay, I admit that it has been a challenging summer. I admit that I have placed other people's needs before my own. So, I was super excited when I had a free Saturday just to take of me. <BR> <BR> So after doing 20 minutes on my stationary bike, I took my car for some long overdue repair of my air conditioner. I was there bright and early when it opened at 8 AM. I was super pleased when they explained what the problem was and how much it would cost to repair it. I did not even mind that... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:56:58 EST Good Bye July! Hello August! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441251 The last 5 weeks were such a challenge. I am so happy that a new month is here! I am bursting with gratitude to be able to move on. It is important to me to acknowledge that gratitude and so much more... <BR> <BR> I am grateful for my family. <BR> <BR> I am grateful that I was able to help when needed. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for the many prayers that provided me strength when I was tired and frighten. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for the kindness and compassion of the medical staff that dea... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 15:32:47 EST I am... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440032 I have heard repeatedly phrases like "believe and you can achieve" and "name it, claim it, it's yours" throughout my life. I acknowledged them, but only paid lip service to them. <BR> <BR> Well, I was watching Super Soul Sunday again (same show), when it finally clicked. Those phrases are not throw away words. Those phrases can empower you. If you let them. And the most powerful phrase I know begins with the words - "I am". <BR> <BR> Since my crazy self is always trying to triumph over m... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:26:36 EST Trying to Find A Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437574 My brother is finally able to help with Mom. That has made a big difference. I much rather pay him to do the necessary things, because Mom is comfortable with him and I do not need to hire other people ...right now. Since it is a paid job, my sister-in-law does not complain about the time he is not spending at home (at least not very much). <BR> <BR> We are focusing on de-cluttering, safety and good hygiene. That means a pretty long checklist of things to do which is mostly housekeeping. ... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:01:16 EST Good Habits Work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433311 Yesterday, I was so glad that I exercised in the morning. Life was upside down crazy the rest of the day. It was no way I could have predicted that I would not be home until 10:30 pm. Tired and emotionally spent. <BR> <BR> Making morning exercise is a good habit. It works for me! Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:54:46 EST Changing My Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432090 On that same Super Soul Sunday program I talked about in my earlier blog, Tony Robbins talked about self-sabotage. What resonated with me is that he said that we all have a story that we fall back on to explain why we have not achieve our goals. That story becomes a belief that we internalize and make into fact. He said that you may not even realize you have a story. <BR> <BR> For example, your story may be that you are big boned and thus, you do not make any head way in losing weight, be... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:20:47 EST Raising the Bar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429585 I very seldom watch self-improvement programming, but a week ago I tuned in to Super Soul Sunday on the OWN channel. I not only watched the program, but recorded it as well. There were two speakers - Iyanla Vanzant and Tony Robbins. <BR> <BR> Ms. Vanzant's story about her eye examination struck a chord with me. When asked by the optometrist about her glasses, Ms. Vanzant told her that she did not wear glasses and did not need glasses. Her optometrist explained to her that she did, in fact... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:58:06 EST Clarity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426613 Today's question: What happens to my mental clarity on days when I eat healthy and exercise? <BR> <BR> I love this question! It is a powerful reminder of how good I feel when I know I have exercised and eaten well. <BR> <BR> Whenever that happens, I feel GREAT! And it is not just a feeling. It is reflective in my attitude. I feel more confident. I KNOW I can get there. I am joyful. <BR> <BR> It is reflective in the way I look at myself. I can envision my arms with muscles and not ju... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 15:45:27 EST Stumbling Blocks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425550 Today's questions: How do I sabotage my efforts to eat healthy and exercise? How can I change it? <BR> <BR> I am a bit ahead of this question. I acknowledge that my exercise is hampered by inconsistency. I am using the SMART technique to create a better habit. So far, I have exercised at least 25 minutes daily since I started last Monday. The missing key - exercising in the morning before I am overwhelmed with the day's events. <BR> <BR> Another self-sabotage is using food to take the... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:13:40 EST The Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424368 Today's question: What will it take for me to make exercise and eating right a top priority? <BR> <BR> I never fully realize how little commitment I have to my own goals of more exercise and eating right until I started answering these questions. I made everything and everyone a priority and kinda just fit in my goals. I know I can't change overnight, but I will make changes using the S.M.A.R.T. approach. I will focus on one inconsistent area at a time with the goal of changing my behavi... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:52:09 EST