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Map Out A Plan For Yourself

I am a planner by nature and I like to map out a plan for myself so that I know where I am going and how I want to get there. Usually I set several short term goals and several long term goals. Start out small and build yourself a firm foundation. In the past, throwing myself headlong into a new program that is too restrictive has caused me to burn out and feel frustrated. I didn't get this way over night and, in all honesty, the weight isn't just going to melt off over night. It will ...
I am a planner by nature and I like to map out a plan for myself so that I know where I am going and how I want to get there. Usually I set several short term goals and several long term goals. Start out small and build yourself a firm foundation. In the past, throwing myself headlong into a new program that is too restrictive has caused me to burn out and feel frustrated. I didn't get this way over night and, in all honesty, the weight isn't just going to melt off over night. It will require a level of consistency and effort on my part. Finding something that I can stick to is the key. My plan has to allow me to live a normal life but a much healthier life.

I had to make a big adjustment to my thinking about diets in general. This isn't a diet, it is a healthy way of life. I had to get used to the fact that my new eating plan is forever. This adjustment involved some mental temper tantrums, I am embarrassed to tell you. Eventually, I adjusted but it wasn't always easy. If you lose weight and go back to your old way of eating, you won't keep those pounds off for very long. The idea, for me anyway, is to develop a lifelong plan. Build some occasional treats into your plan so you won't feel deprived. Deprivation can lead to a pity party and binge eating. We've all done it a time or two and it isn't pretty!

I am not perfect and there are times that I have lost my way. Old habits are hard to break. Getting back on plan as soon as possible is the key to being successful. The other thing, I had to give up, is beating myself up over making mistakes. The self criticism has to go! I would never talk to a friend like that, so I can't allow myself to do negative self talk either.

It is reassuring to read the blogs of successful Spark members and see that they had slip ups too and were still able to reach their goals. Mistakes and bumps in the road are all part of the journey. I have read several blogs by INDYGIRL, SLENDERELLA61 and RUTHIEBEAR and found that they all experienced slip ups and plateaus. Since all three lost 80 pounds or more, this gives me hope for being successful on my own journey and you can be successful too!

Taking back the control in your life and embarking on a new journey can be scary, especially if it has been a long time since you've had control over it. The question, "What if I Fail?" is a valid one but you can't let your fears rule you. Okay, you may fail sometimes but getting right back with your program is the only way to achieve any level of success. I've belonged to Spark People for 7 years now. When I look back and see how far I've come, I have to say, "You've come a long way baby!"
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Member Since: 8/4/2008

SparkPoints: 244,463

Fitness Minutes: 180,328

My Goals:
Learn to eat for nutrition instead of medicating myself with food
Log food daily

Learn to pay attention to my body's pain signals

Lose 5% of my body weight Achieved on Nov. 30,2012

Lose a total of 25 pounds
Achieved March 7,2013

Achieve the addional 10% loss Achieved April 5, 2013

Lose a total of 30 pounds by June 4 Achieved June 25,2013.

Lose a total of 35 pounds

Lose a total of 40 pounds

Lose a total of 45 pounds

Lose a total of 50 pounds

Earn 100,000 Fitness Minutes. Achieved 4/3/2012

Earn 100,000 Spark Points
Achieved 2012

2013 yearly goal of 20,000 fitness minutes Met 08/ 2013

Earn 200,000 Spark Points
Achieved 10/20/2014

Earn 200,000 Fitness Minutes

My Program:
I will use food to nourish instead of using it to medicate myself.

I will drink 8 + cups water daily.

I will eat 5+ fruits/veggies daily.

I will choose foods by their nutritional content.

I will add anti-inflammatory foods to my eating plan .

I will do some sort of cardio for 10+ minutes 7 days a week .

I will keep a food diary daily either written or online.

I will stay away from processed foods.

I will get 7+ hours of sleep per day.

I will pace my activities daily.

I will pay attention to pain levels daily.

I will rest and use pain reduction techniques instead of medicating myself with food.

I will be kind to myself if I slip up and will get right back on my program.

Personal Information:
I'm a retired teacher who still loves to learn new things.

I am an optimist and refuse to dwell on the past. It is better to learn from it and move on.

I love animals. Their love is unconditional!

Doing creative activities always lifts my mood and I'm already a happy person to begin with!

Other Information:
I enjoy:
Reading, photography, crafts, helping other people, music, creative healthy cooking, exercising in water, using my brain, being creative, acting silly/laughing, and learning new things.

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8/2/2015 11:25:46 PM

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One Choice, decided your friends.
One Choice, defines your beliefs.
One Choice, determines your loyalties - Forever.

ONCE CHOICE CAN TRANSFORM YOU ~ Veronica Roth, Divergent
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Hope this week is full good choices to move you closer to your goals.



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8/1/2015 12:00:46 AM

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emoticon A - A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it
emoticon W - Walk your talk.
emoticon E - Every day is a chance to begin anew.
emoticon S - Stop worrying about missed opportunities and start looking for new ones.
emoticon O - Opportunities are easily lost while waiting for perfect conditions.
emoticon M - Make today count!
emoticon E - Either you run the day, or the day runs you.


emoticon A - All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
emoticon U - Unlimited opportunities are waiting for you today.
emoticon G - Great changes may not happen right away; over time many raindrops will fill a pool.
emoticon U - Until you decide to change, nothing else will change.
emoticon S - Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.
emoticon T - Today you CAN succeed!
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7/31/2015 12:22:29 PM

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♥ .•*´¨ ) ..•*¨) -:¦:-Just dropping by to say Hi and
(. ;.•.♥ Leaving a sprinkling of good wishes especially for you ♥.•*¨)
♥.•*¨-:¦:-. ;.•.♥ -:¦:-Hope July is ending on a high note for you.
♥ .•*´¨ ) I hope you remembered to put on your I Can Do It Attitude for today!•*¨) -:¦:-
♥.•*¨-:¦:-. ;.•.♥ -:¦:-Remember to take some time today just for you to restore balance, vitality, and happiness.
(. ;.•.♥ Most of all, remember that you are so loved!♥.•*¨)
♥.•*¨-:¦:-. ;.•.♥ -:¦:-Let's all start the weekend right by doing our Friday Happy Dance!
-:¦:- Have a wonderful weekend!
´¨¨)) -:¦:Sparkle On! ¸.•´ .•´¨¨))
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SHARON10002
7/26/2015 11:23:21 PM

Thank you for joining me at my “Friday Happy Hour” blog, and for making them a part of your Friday afternoon routine.
I am so very happy that they bring a smile to your face, and a giggle from your belly! That is precisely the intention for which they are created, and I welcome and love reading every single one of your comments and feedback. As long as you keep coming, I’ll try my best to keep you rolling on the floor with laughter! I’ll see you next Friday!



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