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~~ 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 canít 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!!!
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Member Since: 6/24/2013

My Goals:
Exercise
~ Walk no less than 4500 steps per day.
~ At least 15 minutes of "formal exercise" daily; a mix of cardio and strength.

Nutrition:
~ 64 ounces of water daily
~ Stay within calorie range: 1200 - 1600 daily
~ 6 servings of fruits/veggies daily
~ Lower sodium intake

Health
~ Lower blood pressure
~ Lower cholesterol
~ Remove/improve pre-diabetes diagnosis
~ Lessen muscle/joint pain


Personal Information:
~ Live in NE Ohio
~ Retired elementary teacher
~ Love reading (any genre except horror)
~ "Parent" of two cats, Jake and Nellie

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123ELAINE456
4/19/2014 2:57:10 AM

Thank Yu for your Easter Message. It means a lot to me. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Happy Easter. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take Care.



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4/18/2014 11:42:09 PM

Thank you for the Easter message. I wish for you all of God's blessings,
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4/18/2014 5:18:29 PM

JESUS (the sweetest name I know) ~

His shed blood means we can live each day in His forgiveness.

His resurrection means we can walk constantly in newness of life.

His day of victory makes all our days complete!

Praying His Very Best Is Yours this Easter Season!


For in Him we live & move & have our being. ~ Acts 17:28 NIV


There will never be another act of love
so pure or triumph
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as the humility of the cross
& the miracle of the empty tomb.

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Have a wonderful time of rejoicing in the Resurrection!

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