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My healthy lifestyle quest will continue in December with focus on the following items to keep me on track:

1. Eating healthy
2. Getting in my 10,000 steps a day
3. Remaining calm when under stress
4. Portion Control - no more estimating
5. Losing weight so I can fit comfortably in an MRI for my annual Breast Cancer Screening.

This month's focus will be of course related to the Christmas holiday . . . so I have selected the following quote . . .

"You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there." ~ Unknown Author

What about our emotional ties to the upcoming holiday season. It is time to attack the stereotypical customs regarding Thanksgiving. It does not have to be about the food. We need to focus on a healthy relationship with food everyday . . . particularly Thanksgiving. If we fall into the trap of believing that the day is about gluttony, then we will gain weight. . . Or worse, we will feel that we missed something if we don't have that slice of pie. The truth is we must change our belief regarding the traditional desserts and food served at all the social gatherings over the holidays. Try to eat a very small slice of your favorite food . . . and be fully satisfied. We do not need to have a sample of everything. We must focus on changing our relationship by planning ahead. By preparing in advance to challenge our traditional feast to be one that is healthy and focused on our family.

This entire month I will remind myself to eat only when I am hungry and after I have first finished a full 8 ounces of water. I will only take a single portion of food . . . eat it and then wait 30 minutes to evaluate the real benefit of having any more. I will not fulfill the stereotypical belief that people who are overweight just cannot push away from the table. We are not "stupid birds" . . . we know that it is unhealthy to overeat on a daily basis and even on a holiday. We owe it to ourselves to be smart and push away from the table.

So I am going to print out the photo and quote above. I will post it on my refrigerator to remind me to push away from the temptations of the holiday season and focus on a healthy me!

We can . . . Yes we can . . . We can be victorious.

We will never give up!

Note to my Friends: I try to keep my friends in alphabetical order except my sisters and those without profile pics. So if you do not see your profile, check the entire list. I won't forget you!

Member Since: 3/16/2008

Fitness Minutes: 8,906

My Goals:
1- Overcome my workaholic behaviors and put my health first!
2- Lose sufficient weight to be healthy and avoid organ damage caused by diabetes.
3- Lower my Blood Pressure.
4- Improve my fitness so I can enjoy an active life.
5-Ability to walk up the mtn from lower campus to my office without out of breath!

My Program:
1-Log my food daily.
2-Drink 9 or 10 glasses of water daily.
3-Eat 5 Fruits/Veg'ts a Day.
4- Work out everyday at least 30 minutes . . . building to 45 minutes.
5-Complete strength exercises at least 3 times a week.
6- Eat 3 meals and 2 snacks each day . . . healthy snacks.
7. Take my food to work everyday to ensure I have healthy choices.
8.Say NO to any new requests for classes or work related tasks.
9. Eliminate stressors in my life . . . manage those I cannot eliminate.
10. Manage my emotions . . . focus on the positive.

Personal Information:
I teach in higher education. I have a difficult time telling students No . . . but I do need to take better care of myself. Without my health I will not only shorten my lifespan, but I cannot fully enjoy the life I have now. Live each day to its fullest!

Other Information:
Lee Iacocca: "You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance."

Unknown Author:
"You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there."

So it is time to get out of the water! or in my case, get healthy!

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  • v MMWILLIAMS1984
    Welcome to the Teachers Learning to Lose Spark Team! We're so glad you decided to join us! I look forward to getting to know you.

    Have a great day!


    4398 days ago
    Hello Linda,
    Thank you for adding me as a friend. I will be here if you need help on the site.
    I will be here to encourage and support. I think that you have done well by coming here and wanting some help. I do not use the word "diet", b/c it's not in my vocabulary or in my dictionary... (if you know what I mean....) I don't say that word is what I am saying ....

    Always, ERNA
    4398 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/18/2008 10:26:58 PM
    welcome & hello Linda
    It's good to see and meet you here at Spark People Good luck on your goal(s) and I'm here if you need help on this site. Take care and talk to you soon. Stay focused and have a positive attitude will help. I'm here to keep you encouraged and to be supportive.

    1) come in and read the posts
    2) read and join any teams that you think you like
    3) get it know the people
    4) read some articles
    5) most of all :: have fun and enjoy yourself
    You are doing great, making progress every time you come in.

    If there is anything that I can do to help, give me a holler. If I do not know the answer, I will find it. Our leaders are really great and help when you need it too. So don't hesitate to ask. That is why they are here.

    My name is ERNA.
    4399 days ago
  • v L*I*T*A*
    welcome to the team .....sparkpeople class of march 16-22...2008
    so glad you are here and looking forward to getting to know you better and helping you with your lifestyle changes...............join in on the threads on the team and let's get started....................blessings and hugs................lita

    4399 days ago
  • v EMLIGHT60
    Welcome to SP! I am also a recent member (from Jan 12th) and have really enjoyed the support and encouragement very much. As I skimmed your page and your teams, I noticed we have a few things in common and I just wanted to stop by and offer you a buddy or just someone to vent to about anything. Stop by my page and let me know how you are doing. I know we can do this. Good Luck to us!!

    4399 days ago
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