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8/25/08 9:54 A

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8/20/08 12:39 A

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I am so excited for you! I would love to be brave enough to do what you're doing. Congratulations and good luck!

~Shannon

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8/19/08 3:32 P

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Congrats on your soon-to-embark academic life! Sounds like you have a mix of excitement and a tinge of apprehension...as it's sure going to be a lot of hard work!

Good for you to plan to keep up with the cardio...if you work it in right from the beginning you can avoid the backsliding so many college students experience!

Keep in touch...fill us in on the trials, tribs and triumphs!

Don

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NURSEGIBSON's Photo NURSEGIBSON Posts: 567
8/19/08 1:54 P

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Well the time for Nursing is finally here! Today I went to Orientation 20 pounds lighter thanks to Spark. I am happy to report that my clothes are looser and my confidence higher.

I am a bit sad that I will not be able to Spark nearly as much, but I will check in to say hi to my friends and keep in line. I will not be tracking calories anymore, unless I get out of control. I plan to keep track my cardio, because it will be important for me to get fitness into my new routine.

I was sitting around the room full of future nurses and I realized that these were the people I will be spending alot of time with for the next 2 years. Right now I don't even know their names! I imagine I will look around again next year and know most of them.

The truth was not padded or withheld - we will be busting our humps with classwork, tests, labs and clinicals. It will be hard and it will go fast. These 2 years will be over before we know it and then on to a job in the Nursing field. Everyone was excited about it but nervous too.

So onward I boldly go!


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NURSEGIBSON's Photo NURSEGIBSON Posts: 567
7/31/08 10:33 A

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Looking back since I started SPARK on May 10, in less than 3 months I have lost 20 pounds and 10 inches. I tape measured myself in early June so it is probably more than 10. I was a bit disapointed that July wasn't productive, but I did lose and I learned alot. I also was pretty laid back in July, certainly didn't GO FOR IT! July was a nice month, I did concentrate on establishing walking as a habit and keeping in line with my caloric intake. I got a bodyfat measurement (how brave!) and healed from my back injury. So now I kick it up a notch!
Nurse G's August Goals:
Lose 5 (or more!)pounds - to my half goal weight of 230
Lose 5 inches
Start Strength training 3X week
Walk 2+ miles - 5X week
No eating after 7PM (lite snack allowed) This will take some planning to make sure I have veggies and lite snacks available.
No desserts at parties! (OK just a taste!)

The key to this is planning planning planning!!


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NURSEGIBSON's Photo NURSEGIBSON Posts: 567
7/22/08 10:55 A

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July is winding down and August is around the corner. July has been a challenging month, many summer social events and my daughter's surgery. I have lost a few pounds but feel a bit stagnant lately. I feel that I need to kick it up a notch.

In late August I will have a major lifestyle change, my time will be consumed with Nursing school. I really don't know how busy I will be at first and it will probably fluxuate for a couple years. So I am happy to be incorporating better eating habits now. I must concentrate on getting enough cardio and feeding my body properly while on the fly.

All in all I am happy with my progress and that I have been sticking. I get impatient with myself from time to time, but I have been keeping it under 2000 calories for the most part and bringing up activity for sure. I suspect that the next 20 pounds will be much slower, but they WILL come off.

Thanks again to the SPARK community for support and for helping me reach my goals.

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NURSEGIBSON's Photo NURSEGIBSON Posts: 567
7/11/08 11:36 A

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My weekly update:

I had challenges staying on track the weekend of the 4th - Calorie wise. I understand that I am instilling life changes. It seems that I will always be challenged at social events. I did not totally go off, just too many carbs and I went into a cycle that took about 3 days to shake. Moral of the story: It is very important for me to get enough protein, or I crave carbs all day. Parties = Carbs.

I have been doing terrific in the exercise department - walking at least 2 miles daily. This is new for me, I have never been a daily exerciser. I will keep it up to make it a habit.

I also overate carbs during my trip to Cedar Point and definately feel the effects today. It is all I can do to not open the fridge door to see what I can munch! I got plenty of walking and exercise in, and I think that it made me feel justified to overeat some junk. Not too bad - much better than before, but something to plan for in the future.

Now it is the weekend and I have a couple challenges, including a birthday BBQ for my hubby. Since I am in control of what is served, I will be fine.

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NURSEGIBSON's Photo NURSEGIBSON Posts: 567
6/30/08 9:43 A

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Here is my weekly update!

I am reflecting on June, partly because of Shannon's challenge and I am also thinking about July's goals. Most importantly I am savoring the moment - I had a nice start to the morning by taking my measurements. I have lost another pound (17 total) and 6.75 inches!

Quite a different feeling than last month when my eyes popped out of my head at the numbers!

In May I left the 250s and in June I left the 240s. My goal for July is to leave the 230's. If I lose 7 more pounds it will put me at my goal of 25 pounds. This is actually my half goal, but I wanted to strive for a reasonable number. 25 pounds lost will be 10% of my bodyweight. Very cool.

I am finding that measuring portions is easier for me and making smart choices just makes me feel better. Last weekend I had a Hersheys Bar and I felt very tired within 30 minutes. It took me down, pretty much for the day. Even the savor of chocolate is not worth it! I can get my chocolate fix in Stonyfield Farms Chocolate Underground - not a hersheys bar, but it seems to do the trick.

Other changes I have made around eating includes making desserts fit into my daily calories, eating a small frozen yogurt in a dish when we go out for ice cream. Definately the biggest change is portion control and mindfullness in eating - no more TV eating.

I am proud of myself that I was able to work through this back injury. I definately notice that when I exercise, the pounds come off and especially the inches.

July Goals:

Reach my half goal of 25 pounds (lose 7 pounds)
5 inches + lost
faithfully walk 2 miles - 5 days a week
Start strength training regularly
Increase Freggies










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6/24/08 7:34 A

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sounds like you are doing great - congrats in the healing and keeping up the good work!!

here is to continued recovery!!! emoticon

(notice that is a glass of water and not beer!!!)lol

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6/23/08 11:59 A

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Don't forget inches...! Sometimes you'll see progress as you measure yourself in that way, in addition to the scale.

Good for you to enjoy yourself and "stick with the plan"! :-)

I love morning workouts as they get it out of the way first thing, no struggling to make time for the workout later.

Don

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NURSEGIBSON's Photo NURSEGIBSON Posts: 567
6/23/08 11:09 A

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It seems that I am best at updating this weekly, unless I have an issue that comes up.

Busy week coming up! I have so much stuff to do and will have to plan well to keep exercising and making Spark a priority. I was already thinking about not walking today because I have a giant to do list but then, here I am sitting typing and I certainly could be walking today. I have some gardening to do as well and that tends to be hard work. I will wait until my daughter comes home from school (3 half days and then no more school for the summer!) to help me with that.

This weekend had several social challenges and I am quite happy with how I did. Many parties and I kept it limited to serving sizes and healthier choices. I ate desserts, but only a half portion compared to what I used to take. I really enjoy sweets, so I am not cutting that out entirely. I seem to be doing OK with it mentally. Seems like I am satisfied with what I am eating and the calorie range seems about right between 1400 - 1600 for me.

No one has noticed my weight loss yet, although I have had comments "You look good" so there is something going on. According to the scale I have lost 15 pounds but it doesnt seem to be that much to me. I am noticing changes - slower than usual though, probably because I am eating more than I usually do when I "diet". I cringe to use the verb "dieting". When people start asking me if I am dieting I will say "Nope I am lifestyle changing!"

My back is much better although there is still pressure in my L5 and twisting still hurts a bit. I figure another 2 weeks and I should be about 100% but with a new respect for my back.

Until next week...




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DDOORN's Photo DDOORN Posts: 23,528
6/16/08 11:26 A

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One step back, TWO steps forward! I like that mentality...my phrase for that is that 'mistakes are opportunities for learning!'

I had a bit of a setback yesterday too...don't know how many calories, since I'm still resisting calorie counting...but my wife treated me to a barbeque dinner at Theo's for father's day. Yum! Just HAD to have some of their corn bread! At least I didn't scarf it ALL down...lol...brought the rest into work for others. That's my strategy for any contraband that finds it's way into our house: treat my co-workers! :-)

Don

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Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda

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6/16/08 10:46 A

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A very challenging weekend for sure! There were plenty of food challenges.
The biggest motivation is tracking my calories here on Spark. When I eating appetizers and putting food on my plate I was memorizing so I could accurately input the food into the calculator. Made me really think.

I took only serving sizes, no seconds. Chose a small chicken breast instead of a white hot or burger. Took a couple extra fresh strawberries instead of chips and dip. There was an absolutely delicious homemade Tira Misu. I decided to go ahead and eat a small portion. It was very decadent but when I entered my calories for the day, I was amazed that the lone piece of cake was equivalent to my whole meal plus about 35 grams of fat! I will think harder next time. This is how we learn...

I thought alot about how I would have proceeded 2 months ago. I would have not measured, had seconds and would have eaten a large piece of Tira Misu. It would have been at least 2000 calories in one meal. Then I would have ate more later. Hmnnn...I have to reward myself for making better choices.

I went to my chiropractor for the 3rd time since my injury. He would like me to start stretching and start back exercises next week. I am feeling much better but when I twist I feel a deep stabbing pain. I have a massage scheduled this week - lucky me, my sister in law is a massage therapist.

My hubby was starting to fall off his eating and workout plan and I asked him if there was a problem. Seems he lost some of his momentum and I was hoping that he can regain it. I want him to stay healthy, too. Also, it is so much easier when we are doing this together. You can motivate others, but when it comes down to it, you have to be ready and committed deep in your spirit, in order to make it over the obstacles thrown your way. The excuses come easy!

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NURSEGIBSON's Photo NURSEGIBSON Posts: 567
6/13/08 11:19 A

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GO FOR IT!!!!

BREAK ON THRU TO THE OTHER SIDE! (Sung like Jim Morrison)

Good to plan ahead for the slow time. My injury didn't give me the opportunity and I felt confused and unprepared. The rest of my body is geared up and crazy ready to go and so is my head, but my back said NO WAY.

Weird - I have to tell my healthy legs and arms and brain's desire to exercise to calm down, be patient and wait for my back! Had to tell the body "HEY BE NICE - we are all in this together!!" HAHA


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6/13/08 10:51 A

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re: "Here is to a wonderful weekend and breaking through the barriers!" Absolutely! That has been very much my focus as well! I don't always live up to my expectations, but keep pushing ahead nonetheless.

I anticipate a few weeks of slowing down later this summer when I eventually go for hernia repair surgery. I already have a goal for myself, as, would you believe I STILL have yet to learn to use the treadmill without HANGING ON?!?!

So that's my goal when I'm recovering from hernia surgery, as I'll be forced to slow WAY down. I'll get on my treadmill at a snail's pace, but HANDS FREE and just walk ever so slowly to build my confidence and stability.

The hernia problem I have is not bothering me, so my doc said get all the pounds off you can beforehand and surgery will go much better. Makes sense to me. And as I'm sorta plateau-ed out for now (hopefully will break through it sooner than later!) I'm thinking this may be the time to go for it.

Don

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Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." --- Buddha

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NURSEGIBSON's Photo NURSEGIBSON Posts: 567
6/13/08 10:44 A

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Thanks Don, I swear life immediately tests our commitment. If we are not serious, we can easily fall overboard. Kinda like any addict, ya have to truly want it and give it up to the universe. Or you stay in the cycle.

I am looking at my recent injury as "My FIRST Test" And by golly, I am going to work through it and overcome it. emoticon

Another interesting thing is that with this comes a change of thinking. I must deal with problems in other ways instead of eating. Awareness is the key - that is why it is smart to start slow and learn my M.O. When I am stressed, I reach for food and I need to learn how to replace that habit with something else - walking, breathing exercises, meditation. My behavior was conditioned by years and years of repetition.

Spark is great for giving me this insight.

Don, I imagine when I have lost as much as you and Kobe have, there will be bigger things to face. The 25 pounds on my ticker is just half my goal overall, but that is what I want to lose by the end of August when I start Nursing school. It is looking positive!

There will be people - major players in my life - who will be uncomfortable with these changes. I would like to inspire these people but refering to my first point, you have to really be ready.

Here is to a wonderful weekend and breaking through the barriers!
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6/12/08 8:56 A

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Good for you to bounce back as well as you have been doing!

I have such a tough time when my body let's me down and I suffer a setback such as yours...thankfully it rarely happens!

Don

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Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." --- Buddha

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6/12/08 8:44 A

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I thought it might be a good idea to write to myself here publically to keep motivated toward positive change...

It has been one week since Friday that I injured my back. I am grateful that I have excellent medical and family support. Both my sister in law and mom brought meals over for my family. Very nice of them. I have good support with my friends and I am grateful for Sparkfriends.

It was very hard for me to lie in bed for the hottest weekend we've had - with a heating pad, no less. I had to give some stuff up that I didn't want to give up. It wasn't fun but certainly not the end of the world. I had a pity party - John, my hubby said it was hosted by Ben & Jerry and I laughed. Party's over now!
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There are now empty time slots and I plan to fill them with positive and doable goals: walking again (at whatever pace I need), meditation, strengthening my back with yoga and working in my music studio.

It seems my brain and body want to move like I was moving last week yet I am unable to physically do that right now. That was driving me nuts! I am learning to breathe and I have been using meditation techniques and that has been very centering.

I am able to get around better today - yesterday I was able to walk around Target with my Hubby and we walked to the Pet store and back to the car. I was pretty sore from manipulation, deep in the muscles around my messed up disc (L-5). Good news, I can twist my body without wincing now.

Soon, I will take my first official stroll and will stop immediately if any discomfort comes. I don't want to risk injuring more by forcing rehab too quick. Patience is the key in this lifetime journey and everyone will face hurdles and challenges. I'm not alone!

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