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Take Back The Control In Your Life!

Set yourself up for success and take back the control in your life. We control food; it doesn't control us. I say this to myself constantly. Sometimes I slip up too. Old habits are hard to break. It is reassuring to read the blogs of successful Spark members and see that they had slip ups too and we're still able to reach their goals. Mistakes and bumps in the road are all part of the journey. I read several blogs by INDYGIRL, SLENDERELLA61 and RUTHIEBEAR and found that they all ...
Set yourself up for success and take back the control in your life. We control food; it doesn't control us. I say this to myself constantly. Sometimes I slip up too. Old habits are hard to break. It is reassuring to read the blogs of successful Spark members and see that they had slip ups too and we're still able to reach their goals. Mistakes and bumps in the road are all part of the journey. I 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!

Set your personal goals and post them somewhere, where they can be seen by you and everyone else. This reminds you of what you are working toward and holds you accountable. Make a sign that says that says, "Quitting is not an option!" and post it on the refrigerator and on the bathroom mirror, where you can see it. You may want to consider putting a copy of your goals and the "Quitting is not an option" sign in your car. This is especially effective if you drive past any fast food or "sugar food generating" places in your travels. It helps to keep you strong to avoid those "self made" detours on your plan.

Our bodies are amazing machines. It is mind blowing what your body can do if you take it out for a little exercise. I never considered myself to be an athlete until I started working out on a regular basis. Who knew that under all of that extra weight beats the heart of an athlete? Find your inner jock and run with it! Try out different things until you find an exercise routine that seems like it is more fun than work. That is the key to staying with your workout routine. If only I had known that 15 years ago, I would be in even better shape than I am now and I would have enjoyed the journey!

Schedule your exercise and "me time" just like you would schedule any other important appointment. Stick to your schedule and don't let others talk you out of working out or pampering yourself. They need to adjust to our schedule and not vice versa! Yes, my family complained a little (okay a lot) when I started to do this, but they did adjust. They also commented about how much better I do when I am on a schedule (Especially one that I make up myself!). I think my mood improves with exercise and I know my appearance improves with exercise. When I feel good about me, my thinking is much more positive. I'm nicer to be around too.

Taking back the control in your life can be scary, especially if it has been a long time since you've had control over it. What works for me is making one or two small changes per week so that I don't get overwhelmed or burned out. I've belonged to Spark People for 5.5 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: 173,786

Fitness Minutes: 155,968

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 by December 1, 2012 Achieved on Nov. 30,2012

Lose a total of 25 pounds
Achieved March 7,2013

Achieve the addional 10% loss Goal by 4/15/13
Achieved April 5, 2013

Lose a total of 30 pounds by June 4 Achieved June 5,2013

Lose a total of 35 pounds by June 23, 2014

Lose a total of 40 pounds by July 31, 2014

Lose a total of 45 pounds by September 10, 2014

Lose a total of 50 pounds by October 31, 2014


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

Earn 100,000 Spark Points
Achieved 2012

2012 yearly goal of 18,000 fitness minutes
Met on 7/9/2012

2013 yearly goal of 20,000 fitness minutes
Met in August 2013

Earn 200,000 Fitness Minutes.

Earn 200,000 Spark Points


My Program:
I will use food to nurish 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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Member Comments:
DONNABRIGHT
4/20/2014 9:01:45 PM

Thanks for the Easter basket and I hope you had a awesome day!



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MYSTIQALWOLF
4/10/2014 11:11:11 PM

Thank you for comment on my blog. Writing down the up and downs of the journey helps keep me focused and moving forward.



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SLENDERELLA61
4/10/2014 4:37:09 PM

Hope you are well! I'm back in town. Hope to see you at the Y soon!! -Marsha



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MAPFARMS
3/31/2014 2:28:08 PM

Thanks for the goodie and the encouragement on my March blog!! emoticon



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DONNABRIGHT
3/30/2014 7:08:10 AM

Thanks for the soup. I am somewhat better. I'm staying home from church today so I don't give anyone else my germs. I will try a short walk this morning if I feel up to it but it is almost like starting over again after four days with no exercise. Enjoy your day!



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