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PLUGINALONG SparkPoints: (30,258)
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2/16/14 6:29 P

of course.

MJEFFERSON23 SparkPoints: (32,691)
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2/16/14 5:44 P

Not anymore!

SLLYONS51 Posts: 3,169
2/16/14 9:58 A

no. With the kids grown I'm pretty much #1

BABYSOX Posts: 3,063
2/16/14 7:43 A

I used to be, but now I am #1 and I do not apologize for it.

MEMEJ4 Posts: 1,199
2/10/14 8:50 P

I think I am at #3 now, movin on up

KEEP_GOING247 Posts: 2,350
2/10/14 8:21 P

I used to be. Right now i've moved up on the list

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (309,906)
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2/10/14 6:43 P

No, not anymore. I learned the hard way. I'm an empty nester now. Things are much more hectic when you have children in the home and all of their activities and social networking comes first. I have lowered demands made on me through church, social; and community obligations.

JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
2/10/14 5:43 P

I used to give everyone else's needs for my time priority - I always came last behind family, clients, employer, you name it, until I had a major health issue out of the blue and realized that I needed to rearrange my priorities. Surprisingly enough, the sky did NOT fall, the work still gets done, and I make time for workouts, eating well and getting some down time. Funny how that works... :)

2/10/14 1:03 P

He wants us to be number 1
Proverbs 19:8 - He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,823
2/10/14 12:53 P

Being healthier has made it easier to deal with my aging parents, job, help friends, etc. Sometimes, like when I've been stuck at the hospital, I may not be able to make the best food choices, but I do my best with what I have. I also plan, plan, plan as much as possible for snacks, etc.

Exercise has sometimes had to be bumped a day or so, but I rarely go more than a day without formal exercise and still try to be active (standing vs. sitting, walking as much as possible, etc.) as I can.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
2/10/14 12:32 P

God is first on my list- everything else follows that.

BETRHO48 Posts: 15,496
2/10/14 12:59 A

yes, but I am trying to change that

KAYAHSLOANE1 Posts: 10,526
2/9/14 9:16 A

No I am first on the list since I have to be careful with my health, everyone else comes after that~

KIPPER15 Posts: 10,248
2/9/14 8:08 A

Usually near the bottom

KKLENNERT809 Posts: 10,742
2/8/14 9:39 P

No I am not. I am in my 50's and my children are on their own. So I have plenty of time for me.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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2/8/14 5:18 P

No way baby! Yet it has taken a lot of work to be the top of the priority list. Basically I have been number one for awhile so that I can be the best for my family.

2/8/14 3:16 P

I am slowly working my way back to the top of the list.

BANKER-CHUCK Posts: 6,730
2/8/14 2:36 P

No. I am in charge of my health and well-being.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,483
2/8/14 6:03 A

I've had more than a few enlightenments. Now I'm at the top of the list.

JOHN_SKIM Posts: 216
2/7/14 11:07 P

Not any more!

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
5/20/13 12:05 P

I totally did. I stopped giving an eff, because my kids' father didn't give an eff, and now...I'm miserable in my own skin and that's not a good place to be.

5/20/13 9:37 A

Sometimes I feel as though some folks will use others on their priority list as an excuse NOT to lose weight.

AMARANTHA120S Posts: 474
5/18/13 5:33 P

I am not first on the list but very near the top lol.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
5/18/13 5:27 P

finally put myself on the list. I may not be first but I am near the top.

MEBAZI SparkPoints: (22,543)
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5/18/13 10:32 A

That is something I work on daily. With 4 kids and one of them being 6 months old, it can be a challenge.

TENNISJIM Posts: 11,750
5/18/13 6:21 A

No, I am not

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
5/18/13 6:19 A

Oh no, I'm first on my list. I live alone, kids grown and live far away it makes it easy to be first.

GREEN-EYED-LADY Posts: 2,327
5/17/13 1:20 P

Not at all. My health (physical, spiritual, and emotional) is my number one priority. It's got to be that way so that I can take care of those I love. SparkPeople has helped me improve my health SO MUCH. Now I can be a better wife and mother. emoticon

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
5/17/13 12:50 P

I have put my child first many times when it comes to food. When we did not have a lot, I gave her the better healthier food because she was still growing and developing and I was not. I would absolutely make that choice again as a parent.

Other than that situation, I choose to eat healthier than many people. I am not going to eat something unhealthy just because someone else prefers unhealthy foods. I don't have to eat whatever they want to eat.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
5/17/13 12:09 P

I agree, Sheryl. What we need and what we want are very often two very different things.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,483
5/17/13 11:35 A

My NEEDS have to be first ... if I'm going to be of any good to others.
My WANTS are a different story. the needs of those I love come first.

It may sound contradictory ... but it's not

JANCARD SparkPoints: (120,161)
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5/17/13 10:56 A

I used to be like that. Then a health scare made me realize that if I didn't start making it a priority to make healthy choices (food-wise and in other areas), then I probably wouldn't be around to take care of anyone else on the list. Suddenly it didn't seem so selfish to make it a priority.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (251,734)
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5/17/13 10:45 A

dang...that girl is totally AMAZING! 200 crunches in 7 minutes? 400 leg lifts in 7 minutes? PLUS pushups, planks and side planks! With all the amputations she had...just WOW.

Her dad said they got lots of calls around the 1 year anniversary of her accident earlier this month, requesting interviews and wanting to make a movie. When he told Aimee, she said, "Dad, I haven't done anything! There is no story to tell. Wait until I actually DO something, then maybe we can talk."

LUV2SURFCHIC Posts: 2,507
5/17/13 10:37 A

I was when I had younger children. Now I'm an empty nester and for the most part am the top priority.

MYUTMOST4HIM Posts: 11,453
5/17/13 10:36 A

I used to be

MIRANDAFRM2 Posts: 291
5/17/13 10:33 A

I used to be last, but now I take time for myself in the morning before anyone gets up. I feel much more positive since I have done this and enjoy time with my kids even more. It helps that the weather is nice too.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
5/17/13 10:27 A

If I don't keep "bad" food in the house, bad food choices aren't an option for anyone. Easy peasy.

I'm bored. I think I'll go do some wall push-ups.

Edited by: GLITTERFAIRY77 at: 5/17/2013 (10:28)
5/17/13 9:51 A

@OM2: AWESOME! I hope people read your reply.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (251,734)
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5/17/13 9:33 A

why would thinking about somebody else cause you to make bad food choices for YOU? I cook healthy. DH will eat what I eat, or fix something for himself. Or sometimes I will add a little something to his plate (if I eat a meatless meal, I'll cook a piece chicken or something as part of his meal). He likes those frozen healthy meals, so I buy them for him. I can't remember the last time I ate one.

I don't have kids, but do they really NEED junk food? Granted my experience is through family or friends, but I know several whose kids eat good food. My nephew's favorite after school snack has been raw veggies and ranch dip since kindergarten (and he's 14 now). He does like Krispy Kremes, but that's a treat. Not a daily thing.

as far as where I fall on my priority list - I set aside my exercise time for ME, just about every day. There aren't many things that I do JUST FOR ME, but that hour or two is MINE. Yes, I will change things around for emergencies or very special occasions (and Friday is NOT a 'special occasion'). But when it's a pre-scheduled event, I just move my planned exercise time. Usually that means making sure I get in a morning workout.

it IS all about what is REALLY important to you. If you really want it, you'll find a way. If not, you'll find an excuse. Aimee is a prime example of somebody who will not let ANYTHING keep her from doing what she wants.

INSIDEOUT2010 Posts: 572
5/17/13 9:26 A

My list used to look a lot like this. But now the children come first, I come second and everything else comes after.

5/17/13 9:17 A

My children come first, even if it means that I have to make bad food choices for myself.
My spouse comes next even if it means I have to make bad food choices for myself.
My parents/siblings are next even if it means I have to make bad food choices for myself.
My close friends are next on the list even if means I have to make bad food choices for myself.
My Job is more of a priority than myself even if it means I have to make bad food choices for myself.

Does this "list" sound/look familiar!?

For me, all of the above are true except the second part of each sentence, I make good food choices and NEVER use family & friends as an excuse to make bad food choices for myself. Time & again I'll read or hear people talk about how they'll lose weight but got too much going on right now for that non-sense weightloss stuff.

IDK, maybe I got it all wrong and nobody thinks this way....

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