PUGLOVER1999   17,248
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Snagged this/ email pointed out the tortoise walks very slowly or not at all & lives 450 yrs! :)

Reminds me of Romans 5:11 and Galatians 5:22! :)

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The FIRST thing I started doing in the WHATEVER IT TAKES column was to get to bed earlier in order to get more sleep! I was going to write about it here, but there was a blog about sleep/weight loss that I read this morning and here are my comments that I copied and pasted:

It's probably not possible, but I think it would be interesting to study the association of WHY people don't get enough sleep, thus having more problems with weight loss. My dear mother was a ...
The FIRST thing I started doing in the WHATEVER IT TAKES column was to get to bed earlier in order to get more sleep! I was going to write about it here, but there was a blog about sleep/weight loss that I read this morning and here are my comments that I copied and pasted:

It's probably not possible, but I think it would be interesting to study the association of WHY people don't get enough sleep, thus having more problems with weight loss. My dear mother was a lonely divorced woman, an RN who worked double shifts (this was in the days of 8-hour shifts) who never got enough sleep and overate continually, even after being diagnosed with diabetes. (Yes, she eventually became obese, not just overweight, and that was AFTER the diabetes diagnosis.) I suspect the same stresses that caused her to overeat contributed to her lack of sleep. I also think that being tired makes it more difficult to be self-controlled as well as more difficult to identify fatigue or hunger that needs to be satisfied.

The SECOND thing I did was to decide to start a dessert-free streak. The next day I discovered the 4-weekSUGAR CHALLENGE and joined that. It's bound to help me stay off the desserts and probably learn other ways to avoid sugar.

The THIRD thing is a reward. I give myself a reward of $1 each day for each successful day. Rewards have not worked for me in the past, but this one is working. I love seeing that jar with my little wad in it every time I walk into the kitchen, and I look forward to adding $1 each night. :)

The FOURTH thing I did was to start back on my 10-minutes a day / 5 days a week exercise. (I usually do more, once I get started.) I will never be able to walk enough to generate weight loss, but it is good for my cardiovascular system plus I feel so much better about myself just having exercised that little bit of self-discipline!

My weight was down only .9 of a pound this week, but it was DOWN! It continues to go down slowly. I'm still positive!

An interesting insight: Yesterday as I wrote a very private journal about my negative feelings toward a certain friend, among other things I discovered is an inner conflict I didn't know I had. I LIKE the inner me very much; I HATE my (outer) body. Mmmmm ... something to think further on!

Several things have come together serendipitously that have encouraged me to start over.

Last Sunday our minister was speaking about making God the number one priority in our lives, and among other things, he said DO WHATEVER IT TAKES! I do want God to be the prevailing priority in my life, but the rule applies to all goal seeking.

Then I watched Steve Siebold’s video on STARTING OVER, which made me realize that my backsliding doesn’t mean I have to give up. There are times when it is necessary to start over; this is one of them!

Wednesday I read NEVERORNOW’s blog that she wrote on Friday, April 27, expressing her thoughts on the NEVER QUIT pledge that is going around SparkPeople. She said that before SP, she’d have quit and gone back to all her old habits and undone all the progress she has made. (She has lost 60 pounds!) I was on the verge of doing the same thing! (Again!) Like Karen, I have been inspired repeatedly by articles, blogs, challenges, and messages on SP. However, I have been away for such a long time, it was very tempting to throw in the towel … again. If I had, I know I would never have tried to lose weight again; I was standing on the edge of a cliff! If anyone reading this is discourage, I recommend her blog!

Notes to myself:

(a) Put this on my SparkPage as my new beginning, using dates to track my progress as well as my struggles.
(b) Read THE SPARK again
(c) Follow the steps in THE SPARK (I’ve been working on [read “fiddling around with”] a vision board for more than a year!)
(d)Use more recipes from THE SPARKPEOPLE COOKBOOK. (Those I have used are delicious!)

(a) Get to bed early enough to get a good night’s sleep!
(b) Sign in to SP every day
(c) Be open and honest with my weigh-in. (Log it weekly, even if it is a gain.)
(d) Be open and honest with my food tracker. (Allow others to see it.)


I am signing the pledge here and now AND I’m copying it and posting it on my fridge … or pantry!


Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and
downs I pass through,
I will continue on my journey.

I pledge to make a NEW START today,
and forgive myself for my past,
and to stop being so critical of myself.

I pledge to take control of myself,
To stop making excuses,
And stop blaming other people or situations.

I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best
Because that is who I am.

I pledge to stay in the race
and to be a WINNER.

Signed – Barbara (Puglover1999) 5-3-12

August 2006 (I think):

I'm discouraged. I KNOW all I need to know about weight loss, but I seem to be more determined to be fat and ugly and disobedient to God than I am to be healthy, slender and obedient to God. I'm saying "obedient to God" because I believe my self-indulgence and my using food to satisfy needs that I should trust Him with are sins. I joined Spark People several years ago, but have not been active. However, I continue to read articles (WONDERFUL ARTICLES) that are sent to my email and have decided I have probably been ignoring the biggest help available to me (second to God's answering my prayers ... when I pray)! So ... here I am again ... still fat, but hopeful.
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I would like to lose45 pounds, but that is more than I believe is possible. SO, I'm going for losing 15, which almost seems impossible, too. However, SP is giving me hope. The Nutrition Tracker, the encouragement from SP friends, the examples of people who have achieved remarkable success and the motivating articles are helping me stay focused and helping me to feel positive about changing my eating habits.

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I am using the Nutrition Tracker, trying to stay within my calorie limit and checking on my friends. Reading blogs and articles also helps a lot! I'm also doing a little exercise, but part of that is physical therapy which cannot be recorded on SP. I'll do it anyway ... for me!

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My name is Barbara ... I am a Christian ... a wife (47 happy years) ... a mother ... a grandmother ..a mother-in-law (My daughter-in-law is my daughter-in-love!) ... and a friend (Have to mention that b/c my friends are so important to me!)

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3/2/2014 2:22:10 PM

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Hey Barb, Are you still here? Happy March!!! With Spring just around the corner, this is a great time to get re-motivated and re-energized!! Let's DO this!!!

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2/21/2014 7:12:32 PM

I would like to invite you to join the Spring Biggest Loser Challenge!
If you're interested, go to this page: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_

It is to the BLC All Team page. The Spring sign up thread is the second thread in the General Discussion Forum. Just add your name to the list

I'm on the Turquoise Titans Team!
If you want to be on Turquoise, you need to add that beside your names
Patty picks those who indicate a specific team to place first.

I hope to see you there!

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1/7/2014 5:29:50 PM

Hello My Friend..thanks for the note.,.. In 2013, I was pretty consistent with walking/jogging. However, I wasnt as committed with my eating habits. So although I feel better, I pretty much broke even weightwise. I'm actually a pound or two up from January 2013. However, supporting one another, we can get back on track and recommit to being our best selves. So, let's get back to Sparkin'. We can and will do this!!!


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8/19/2013 2:38:07 PM

Hi, you! Just stopping by to catch up with SparkBuddies from the past. I rolled off the wagon and now I'm trying to pull myself back on. OOOOF, it's a struggle with no conditioning and all that extra weight. Give me a hand up?


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4/8/2013 4:16:10 PM

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Just dropping by with some spring flowers and wishes for an awesome week! I hope all is well with you!

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