Great-nephew Cash (16 months) snacking on an apple slice - glad it's a healthy snack!
Peaches (bearded collie)
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Ready to Change
~~ MARCH 6, 2014 ~~
I think I've hit bottom and been scraping along it the past few weeks. I have just felt exhausted and have had no energy to do anything. I feel like I've let myself and my Spark Friends down. I know that changes have to start with me (and I was telling myself that as I sat and mindlessly ate a bag of jelly beans) and am struggling to find the motivation to start the needed changes. I need to keep reminding myself to focus on every small change and consider that a ...
~~ MARCH 6, 2014 ~~
I think I've hit bottom and been scraping along it the past few weeks. I have just felt exhausted and have had no energy to do anything. I feel like I've let myself and my Spark Friends down. I know that changes have to start with me (and I was telling myself that as I sat and mindlessly ate a bag of jelly beans) and am struggling to find the motivation to start the needed changes. I need to keep reminding myself to focus on every small change and consider that a victory and a step forward on my path.
~~ FEBRUARY 1, 2014 ~~
Here I go again! I'm determined to make February the month that I break my cycle of failure. Yes, I do consider my inability to stay focused, maintain progress made, and push forward as a failure on my part. I do well for a week or two and then just fall apart. I need to understand why I'm afraid of working toward success. January was off to a great start but ended dismally.
~ ~ JANUARY 8, 2014 ~ ~
i am proud to say that 2014 is off to a good start. I've exercised for at least 30 minutes every day AND stayed within my calorie range 7 of the 8 days. Now, my job is to maintain my motivation and keep pushing myself to make the better choices in eating and to continue exercising (one of my least favorite things). I need to keep reminding myself that weight loss is not a one-day event and to stay focused on what I can do instead of fretting about what I can’t go back and change.
~ ~ JANUARY 1, 2014 ~ ~
Welcome 2014! I'm starting this year with a positive attitude and a desire to make a difference in my life. December was the best month I had in 2013. I managed to stick with a challenge on my favorite team - something I had not done all year! I am beginning my year with the idea of "mini" - a daily mini-goal for strength exercise; a daily "mini-goal" of 10 cardio minutes - I'm focusing on small steps. I'm finally understanding that these small steps, done consistently, will lead me toward my goals - slowly but surely!
~ ~ DECEMBER 11, 2013 ~ ~
I've had some good days and some not-so-good days but I refuse to give up on myself. i am worth all this effort and I have faith in myself and my abilities to be successful. I am focused, determined, and strong!
~ ~ DECEMBER 3 & 4, 2013 ~ ~
Days 3 and 4 of my "restart" have both gone well. I ate more calories today (due to the small Wendy's chili) but was still only at 1200 for the day. I am finding it difficult to make myself exercise because I know the pain that will result! I have to push past that because I know exercise is key to success.
~ ~ DECEMBER 3, 2013 ~ ~
Day 2 was successful! I ate around 1100 calories once again and increased my vegetable servings. I walked my mile but didn't do any cardio because of my pain level. I did do 15 minutes of strength exercises. I am hoping that staying on this track will help me drop enough pounds that the knee/leg pain will subside.
~ ~ DECEMBER 2, 2013 ~ ~
Day 1 of my Spark renewal went well. I ate around 1100 calories and stayed in all nutrient ranges but sodium. I walked a mile but did not do the planned exercise DVD I wanted to.
~ ~ DECEMBER 1, 2013 ~ ~
I am no longer going to live in the Land of Excuses but am publicly accepting responsibility for the poor shape both my body and my life are in!
I lost all focus on living a healthy lifestyle during this past year and have regained ALL the weight I had lost using Spark.
It's time I quit making excuses for my actions and take charge of my life once again. I have not walked or exercised regularly and my muscle/joint pain has intensified which only gave me more reason to justify not exercising.
I know the lack of exercise and my eating patterns have accelerated the weight gain - which in turn increased the pain.
SO - TODAY IS DAY ONE OF MY LIFE OF LIVING WITH THE PAIN AND GETTING RID OF THE GAIN!!!
Member Since: 6/24/2013
~ Walk no less than 4500 steps per day.
~ At least 15 minutes of "formal exercise" daily; a mix of cardio and strength.
~ 64 ounces of water daily
~ Stay within calorie range: 1200 - 1600 daily
~ 6 servings of fruits/veggies daily
~ Lower sodium intake
~ Lower blood pressure
~ Lower cholesterol
~ Remove/improve pre-diabetes diagnosis
~ Lessen muscle/joint pain
~ Live in NE Ohio
~ Retired elementary teacher
~ Love reading (any genre except horror)
~ "Parent" of two cats, Jake and Nellie