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The revelation is still feeling RIGHT - We cannot "fail", "fall off the wagon", or even "do over". We are on a SINGLE journey and our weight losses and gains are all a part of that ONE journey. Regardless of our choices, good, bad, functional, dysfunctional, joyous, blessed, or catastrophic, we get to LIVE WITH THEM FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES. We ONLY GET ONE JOURNEY and all of the mistakes, successes, etc. are PART of that ONE JOURNEY. That makes me JOYFUL.

I have been struggling recently because I have had to deal with watching a dear friend who happened also to be my stepmother face the final days of her life and then her death and all the implications of that loss. I have been feeling alone and lonely and hurting and sad, and then had a fall that has left me needing PT and I don't like to be less than . . . less than whole and less than capable. I continue on my journey and my roller coaster ride. I have to keep reminding myself that my journey is something of a patchwork quilt of totally separate patches that are sown together with the threads of family and friends.

Why? Why would I be JOYFUL about having to live with all of my past mistakes? I am joyful because I KNOW that the progress I see is the RESULT of the positive choices I am making now and the watering down of the negative ones from the past. I am taking my journey with all its ups and downs as a learning experience and the fact that I am still HERE and I am still learning from my journey, I am STILL ALIVE and can change. Think about it - all of those FAT people who are DEAD can no longer turn things around - they can just lie there and be DEAD - I CAN CHANGE. I CAN BECOME WHAT GOD intended me to be. THAT IS SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE. So are the little successes along the way - I ate ONE brownie, not three. I had salmon for dinner NOT half (or maybe even the WHOLE) pizza. I chose to PLAN my snacks so I can grab something healthy instead of something that makes my stomach hurt, my knees cry for relief, and my brain fuzzy. I can find a celebration and a success in lots of small things most every day. I CAN be positive even when my world is collapsing around my shoulders. I can stop and take time to talk with God about HIS plan for me while I am trying to figure out my own plans.

I added meditation and moments of conscious gratitude to my day to help me remain upbeat and positive - knowing that what I think also affects how I am doing - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I try to release negativity as soon I it starts to creep in. I journal and track. I am listening to my inner wisdom more deliberately. I recently discovered Tai Chi and have added that to my days. This helps bring balance and peace to the day.

Today is the first day of this new phase of my journey. Only a phase, not another NEW JOURNEY because we only get ONE journey through this life. THANK GOD FOR THAT!!


Member Since: 7/2/2008

Fitness Minutes: 222,845

My Goals:
Wholeness, health, wellness - insulin free for GOOD - I have not needed the insulin this summer, but I am afraid with the stress of school I may have a temporary return to the insulin - BUT I will get off it for good soon.


My Program:
BALANCE - Eat natural. Eat healthy portions. Eat mindfully. Focus on faith, love, sleep, meditation, exercise, healthy relationships, and renewal. Eat so that I will live more joyfully and more serenely. Stay positive and focused on the IMPORTANT things in life - NOT THINGS but PEOPLE.



Personal Information:
My name is Nancy. I live in West Virginia. I teach in a self-contained special education class with students who have autism and other intellectual and behavioral challenges at a local middle school. I have a cat and my son has a dog. We live together in relative peace and harmony. My father passed away in October 2011, at age 92, so, I expect to live a LONG time in years and would like those years to be healthy. My stepmother is 90 and she and I are close friends. We swim and do water aerobics together and have gone on several trips as well.

I KNOW that my relationships are more important than THINGS or MONEY and it is a good thing that they are because I have no money. I also don't have many things, but I DO have a wonderful BLESSED GOD, a loving and gracious family and friends I can count on when I am down and/or out.


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I am blessed more than I can fathom. Maybe making lemonade isn't such a bad pass time. After all, I get so many chances to deal with challenges and crises that if I at least get the lemonade, I get something out of all these learning experiences.




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  • v SURVIVOR61
    emoticon stopping by to remind you that when we commit to losing weight, we need to create small realistic goals that are attainable. Small goals could be anything like getting in your daily serving of fruit and vegetables.

    Remember when it comes to vegetables, we are just talking your typical tomato, carrot and celery to eat or snack on. When it comes to vegetables then are many to chose from like kale, collard greens, mustard greens and other dark leafy greens. The darker green the leaf the more fiber the vegetable has and the better it is for your digestion.

    We also have purple, yellow and orange carrots, purple potatoes, red, green and yellow onions. Then there is whole multitude of other vegetables like summer, butter, winter, pumpkin squashes, radishes can be white or pink, even red. Then look at those beautiful black egg plants they to can come in different colors. The point is don't be afraid to experiment with different types of foods. And let's not forget our fruits, they can be sweet or sour, you can use them for desserts, smoothies, juices, snacks and so much more if you are a creative cook.

    If you don't like water, this too can be another small goal, try making a goal to drink at least 5 glasses of water 5 days a week.

    And most importantly when you reach your small goal, don't forget to reward yourself with a non-food reward for achieving that goal.

    Then it is time to move the goal up a little. Like the water from 5 glasses to 6 per day.

    And also you will want to "Fire up your sneakers to get at least 10+minutes of exercise at least 3-5 times a week." emoticon I know you can...You are ready to take that first step and commit yourself to a "HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE".... "A HEALTHIER NEW YOU"....

    emoticon emoticon I am here with you......
    135 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    emoticon Spark Friends,

    If you or anyone you know are having trouble tracking or are stuck in a plateau, then please read this or share it with your spark friends.

    Remember attaining weight loss is possible and permanent weight loss is absolutely doable. If you are will to start changing your life and lifestyle one habit at a time. After all that is how we learned how to talk, walk, dress, bathe and eat. Was one step at a time. Our Mothers and fathers were very good at teaching us what they knew.

    But, most of them did not know what healthy eating was. Not really. Nothing like a dietician would know. So remember when starting out you want to set up small attainable goals. Even if you are having trouble anywhere in your weight loss journey, you may just want to take a step back and look at where you are actually at.

    Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

    1) Are you where you want to be?
    2) Are you losing weight?
    3) Are you really tracking everything that you eat?
    4) Are you being completely honest with yourself?
    5) Are you setting realistic goals?
    6) Are you drinking your daily water?
    7) Are you eating at least 2 fruits daily?
    8) Are you eating at least 3 vegetables daily?
    9) Are you getting at least 10+ minutes of exercise daily?
    10) Are you getting any me time? This is the most important one.......

    Drinking 8 cups of water.....every day is very important to stay hydrated.
    • Eating at least 2 fruits and at least 3 vegetables every day will help keep you full longer and ensure that you are getting enough fiber
    • Not eating in front of the TV....you do not want to be distracted, enjoy your meal and put down your fork or spoon between every bite, while sipping water. It takes at least 20 minutes to ensure the brain starts to signal the stomach that you are getting full.
    • No soda or sweet drinks....you will want to cut out as much refined sugar as possible, lowering your risk of diabetes.
    • Eat breakfast every morning: This is the most important meal of the day, you need at least 300 - 400 calories to start your day and get your metabolism reeved up for the day.
    • No candy, cake, potato chips or other high carb junk food, instead try a piece of fresh fruit, granola, veggie slices or nuts. Sometimes even a glass of water can keep hunger at bay. Try it infused with slices of fruit or veggies.

    And if you are stuck in a plateau, try mixing up your exercise routine. A strength training program, with some cardio and walking the pounds away may be just what the doctor ordered. Talk it out with a trainer, a dietician, your doctor or weight loss buddy may also be an answer too.

    Just do what it takes for you..... what works for one, may not work for you.

    I love all of you and want each one of you to be successful in your journies! KEEP ON SPARKIN'
    Jill emoticon
    142 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    Our new Mantra~ emoticon

    My body is a marvelous machine and when I take care of it, It meets my every expectation! emoticon emoticon

    145 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    emoticon emoticon As I was visiting working my spark challenges, I read so many comments concerning regaining the weight after reaching goal weight.

    This concerns me, my friends, as I too have regained some weight. Even though I hadn't reached my goal weight. I had slipped into depression and had stopped exercising. I do know the reason behind my weight gain.

    I would like to point out that this is not a diet, it is a way of life. It is not something you do to fit into that special dress or to look good for your daughter's up coming wedding or your reunion. This has to be a new learned way of eating healthy for the rest of your life and exercising regularly. I cannot stress it enough that this must become a life style for you it YOU WANT to remain at your healthy goal weight.

    Once you get to your goal weight, you may want to discuss with your doctor on how best to increase your calories for weight maintenance. Yes, I said increase your calories. You will slowly increase your calories just a little, in order to maintain that new you. But you must continue to exercise in order not to regain weight.

    Again, I cannot stress this enough that you need to talk to your doctor or even a dietician. Losing weight and exercising is a great way to get in shape, but there is so much more to maintain that new found health.

    I want all of you to be Happy Healthy and Fit.....read, research and talk to fitness experts, doctors and dieticians.
    Love
    Jill
    148 days ago
  • v GODS_TEMPLE
    Happy 8 year Sparkversary! emoticon + emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    151 days ago
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