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My 4th Sparkversary

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Wow - 4 years of Sparking.

Giving a big SHOUT OUT TO ALL YOU SPARKFRIENDS OUT THERE!!! You all ROCK!!!!!!

4 years of this:
28,015 Sparkpoints
19,056 Fitness Minutes
23,228 hits on my Sparkpage (that one blows my mind!)

4 Years of logging nutrition, blogging, reading, learning, encouraging, relearning, exercising, falling, dusting myself off, getting back to basics, learning, reading, tracking, etc. etc. etc.

4 Years of being consistently active on Spark. Sure, I have taken tracking breaks here and there...but they were just that...mini-vacations from the lifestyle journey I am on.

I have been thinking of what has become a solid part of my life over these 4 years, and here they are:
emoticon I drink 9 glasses of water a day - in fact, I have the same water bottle I started with 4 years ago...it's a part of me and my kids know not to touch it - it's MINE!
emoticon I track my nutrition 90% of the time - yup, second nature by now and I know exactly what the calorie count of a meal is by how my body feels. Kinda cool huh?
emoticon at 10am - I eat 10 almonds and I miss them if I don't!
emoticon I eat one pineapple every week...buy it, cut it up, fridge it, ready to eat.
emoticon I never gave up bacon on Sundays...because I track my food, I never deny myself - all things in moderation!
emoticon I do not exercise regularly - I go in cycles depending on my life. In fact, on my reports, I see distinct patterns for each season and time of the year...very interesting!
emoticon I do NOT beat myself up when I don't exercise - I am VERY active and I rarely sit down...when I am not actively exercising ( ideally, 3 times a week, for a half hour) - I pay attention to my nutrition by tracking it. Simple as that.
emoticon I accept "bad eating" days as part of life...these too shall pass, and life is meant to be enjoyed!!! So birthdays, celebrations, holidays, PMS - come and get me! I will enjoy you in moderation and when you are over, you are over and I AM BACK to my normal the next day.
emoticon Day ones - I have had a BUNCH of them...and I get back to my Fast Break step each and every time.
emoticon I remember that getting back on track is HARD...and all those "Days ones" and "Week ones" are HARD because it's "here we go again!" ..again! But I accept that as part of my life and I pick up the pieces and don't dwell on the past. What's done...is done.

As you can see...things become a habit if you do it long enough. It's making the good habits out-weigh the bad. It's making the bad habits a "once in a while" and the good habits the "every day"....like ying & yang - one cannot live without the other.

Over the last 4 years I have read...a lot! I have read blogs about every different scenario under the sun : from losing weight for a special event........... to using a specific product to lose weight......... to guilt about not getting one's exercise in......to people tracking nutrition but tracking donuts and heavy creamers on their nutrition trackers as their breakfast (I kid you not) and never once changing over to a healthier alternative......to people who are 120 pounds and want to become 100 pounds (that blows my mind - to each his/her own)......to people preaching about this & that.......to people insulting one another........even to Spark Success stories and Motivators that are completely out of date. There are THOUSANDS of other scenarios and stories, but these stick out in my head the most.

My heart breaks for people I friend and never hear from again....and for others who cannot find their way in other ways.....so much struggling which makes me wonder why something finally clicked for me after so many years of my own weightloss attempts.

It makes me think about my overall philosophy on weightloss that I have now and why maybe I have had such success...aside from getting such great support from my awesome SparkFriends and my Maintenance buddy Jenni (Oakborn)....

emoticon I never sought out to be "thin by this date" - I just wanted to be healthier than I started because I wanted to be able to run and play with my kids without getting winded.

emoticon I wanted to stop feeling like crud - and I had an underlying feeling that changing my diet would be a solution to the problem. After reading and getting Sparkpoints for it, I realized I was SO uneducated about SO many things in regard to nutrition.

emoticon I think that being involved in a community has helped me tremendously...I have a voice here, and sometimes, I even get heard! LoL

emoticon I am VERY realistic about life! I read about people running this race and that race, and while it's inspiring and it does get me motivated - I have no real desire to over-push my body because, let's face it, can I really keep that up when I am 60 years old?? Some will be able to, and that is admirable, but I know myself too well. What is the phrase: "Know thyself."

emoticon I keep my eye on the horizon and at the bigger picture because every day in a new day, with no mistakes in it.

Here is my future goal: When I am 60 years old, I want to be doing exactly what I am doing today: maintaining my weightloss through nutrition, being active, and exercising in accordance with my life at the moment.

It is not a glamorous goal-filled future.

It is boring.

It is simple.

It is life.

And now... on to another year!

  
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ASUPERCOOLCHICK 2/10/2012 2:48PM

    I hate to admit that my comment lost some of its original pizazz. I read your blog the day before yesterday (I think or may've been yesterday) and I loved it, I had planned to post a very excited comment that you would've been able to feel how excited I was for you and this post. but having to leave the comment days afterward its just not the same lol.

I know exactly what the calorie count of a meal is by how my body feels. Kinda cool huh?
I love this and I'm getting to this same place myself and it feels amazing!!

I do not exercise regularly - I go in cycles depending on my life. In fact, on my reports, I see distinct patterns for each season and time of the year...very interesting!
This fascinates me, I've also noticed patterns by season or month and this is something I would have never known about myself without going through this amamzing process.

I will enjoy you in moderation and when you are over, you are over and I AM BACK to my normal the next day.
TRUTH!

This entire post is full of wonderful things that had it not been for Spark and the journey to aqcuire your spark we would be wandering around completely clueless. So thank you for writing this amazing post.

I hope you dont mind but I "liked" the blog. I'm not sure if I've ever liked one before but this needs to be plastered on the Success Stories and Motivating Sparkies pages!




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SUZYWM 2/8/2012 7:57PM

    emoticon Yay!!! Love this post - thank you for sharing your personal "recipe" for success! I especially love that you still eat bacon on Sundays!

Thank you so much for sharing yourself - you're awesome and fantastic and such a dear!

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NUOVAELLE 2/8/2012 2:08AM

    I've always believed that moderation is the key to everything. You are the proof!
Thank you for all the wonderful advice and for this amazing blog!
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RUTHXG 2/7/2012 11:41PM

    Huzzah for the great habits that have become part of your life day in day out, week in week out!

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REBECCATKD 2/7/2012 5:50PM

    CONGRATULATIONS on 4 years of great decisions!!!

I love your post, and I am so proud of you for...BEING YOU! Your introspective is always insightful, and I thank you for one year of amazing support!

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DONNACFIT 2/7/2012 5:30PM

    Congrats on 4 healthy years!! Love this blog..very inspirational! Thanks for being my Spark friend and sharing your journey with us..YOU DID GOOD!! emoticon

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AUDRAEH 2/7/2012 2:29PM

    I totally love this post! You are such an inspiration, and I hope 4 years from now I will be writing something so great! Keep up the good work and thanks for the encouragement you have given me the short time I have been here. emoticon emoticon

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OAKBORN 2/7/2012 1:54PM

    Congratulations my dear friend!!

(Thanks for the mention!)

You speak with the wisdom of the "Got the Shirt" Club and the panache that makes you the amazing person you are!

Here with ya, Sistah!!

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DWEXCEL 2/7/2012 12:47PM

    My Dear, Dear Spark Friend and Sister!

You are the BEST! I am so proud of everything you have done and accomplished for you, and for the things you have done to help and inspire others, including myself.

I could probably be your biggest fan! You truly do epitomize the essence of what Spark People is all about!

Congratulations to you for a Fine 4 Years!

Love ya!
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Focus...focus...focus.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Oy! having such a hard time today for some reason!

I know I have to make a list and prioritize, but even with that I just cannot focus on more than one thing at a time today!

Very frustrating and very rare that I am this distracted....I was hoping getting it out would help me focus my attention back to the billion tasks at hand, but as of right now...it's really isn't.

Ick...I hate this.

Well, we had some heck of a weekend...Saturday was work, then a birthday party (traveling on icy road a long ways to get to it too) and then, we got a call from our friends down the road from our house that they were having a last minute get together at 7pm....kids included! From the birthday party, we left at 6pm, got to the other party after dropping off my nephew at 7pm and then, the kids got a second wind and we staying until 11pm!! It was an unexpected fun day and night that was totally out of the norm for us to do...a good thing!

Yesterday was football day....Hubby is a huge NY fan, so he invited people over to watch the game...but the time slot & all the action kept the kids up until 10:30pm!!! Ugh...they are going to be GROUCHY today...hopefully not at school, but after school I am not looking forward to it! Maybe they will be OK. Either way, they are going to bed at 8:30 tonight!

Tonight I have scouts...we are meeting at a school and not my house to talk about "Positive attitude" and the School System. Hubby is a teacher, so I am hoping he takes the reigns on this one. But even so, I have to prep for this a little bit. Afterwards, we are going to get the kids a slice of pizza across the street as a treat.

We also have another scout thing on Friday - the pinewood derby race...or as I like to call it, Hell night. I don't care how organized we make this thing each year...it still has its headaches with 48 families coming together all at once. This year, we get to go to a completely different location too!!!! So you KNOW people are going to screw this one up - BIG TIME. And my kids haven't even done one lick of making or painting their cars or stands. It's going to be a long week....or probably a short one because you know how it goes...when things HAVE to get done, time runs out fast...but if you have NOTHING to do...time just drags along. Murphy's law! LoL

Maybe my subconscious is wanting to just go back to sleep and hide until next week.

On an upside - I have my workout gear on and I am planning on getting in 10 minutes of treadmill time with each wash load I switch out!

Wish me luck that I get my focus back before school let's out! LoL And if it doesn't....tomorrow is a new day!!!

  
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YAMINOKODOMO 1/28/2012 9:32PM

    Hope you got your focus back! lol I hate when that happens, that happened to me the other day. I was trying to study and I just could NOT get myself focused on what I was reading. I read the same paragraph like three times and if you ask me what it was about.. I dont even remember. I actually gotta get on that tomorrow emoticon

Wow sounds like a busy week for you! Hopefully everything runs smoothly!



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OAKBORN 1/23/2012 6:48PM

    With all that going on, you are worried about focus... wow. You blow me away and make me vewy vewy tiwed.

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ANNIEONLI 1/23/2012 5:42PM

    Thanks all! I pretty much got everything done...including the laundry put away! I wound up taking a nap for an hour and that seemed to help a lot. ...and so did some tea and a vitamin!!
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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/23/2012 2:22PM

    I felt the same way this weekend, could not focus and get one thing totally done. Except the jigsaw puzzle I was working on emoticon

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HS1056 1/23/2012 12:53PM

  I don't know if this is what's going on with you, but I know for me personally, I will fill my waking hours with all kinds of activities to keep me "busy" in order to avoid "focusing" on a certain issue I don't want to deal with. If that's not the case with you, maybe you just need some down time. Some me time. A break so you can catch your breath and give yourself a little pampering and then be ready to go again.


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BEATLETOT 1/23/2012 11:56AM

    I think it's contagious, because I'm having the same problem, too! We'll see what we can do!

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STSCOTT11 1/23/2012 10:56AM

    Your doing a heck of a job Miss Missy...don't be too hard on yourself.
When you spread yourself thin, as you did this weekend, FOCUS isn't always the easiest thing to call on.
But step by step once your back into your routine things will smooth out.
Wishing you GOOD GOOD LUCK...you definitely have the right attitude.
Take your vitamins...sounds like you need them. :)

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KATEATITAGAIN 1/23/2012 10:39AM

  Don't be too hard on yourself that you're having trouble focusing. Just take it one step at a time. Sometimes multitasking can be overwhelming, so at least you're moving in the right direction!

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Last challenge blog

Friday, January 20, 2012

WOOHOO!!!

Just got another 10 points for the team!

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I think I liked this part of the challenge the best....might I suggest that they start off the next one as such!

I hope everyone had fun reading my blogs - I sure had fun reading yours and getting to know everyone a little bit better. It's been a long time since I did a challenge like this...wait, hold on...this is my first real challenge since being on Spark for almost 4 years! LoL It sure does keep one on ones toes!

Enjoy the non-salt challenge...as for me, I'm one who needs salt because I don't eat too many processed things like canned soups & stuff, so I will do my best nonetheless to avoid the heavy overprocessed stuff...which means chips on football Sunday! AAAAAHHHHHH!! Forgot about that stuff.

Good luck!!

  
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THISISIT-PA 1/21/2012 5:17AM

    I loved this week's challenge. I think your suggestion to start with this one is a good one. emoticon

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TEXASTITCHER 1/21/2012 12:19AM

    Just don't add extra salt to the chips and you are fine for the challenge. I'm going to have a hard time when we go out becasue some of the food is underseasoned.

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BEATLETOT 1/20/2012 10:59PM

    I'm glad you enjoyed it! It's one of my favorites too! It was the first week several challenges ago...maybe it will be again soon! =)

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KAYTIE22 1/20/2012 10:50PM

    This week's challenge has been very interesting. There are a lot of good challenges on Spark and it helps us grow when we push ourselves out of our comfort zones.

I have enjoyed reading all the blogs and getting to know more about other Sparkers on the team too. We can all learn from each other.

Keep blogging and joining other challenges in the months ahead.

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MOMFAN 1/20/2012 10:26PM

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RUTHXG 1/20/2012 10:08PM

    It's been fun reading a couple of your irrepressible posts! Happy chipless football watching, heehee! But wait, the challenge is just not to ADD salt to anything, right? emoticon

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LYNNOTT 1/20/2012 9:25PM

    I've enjoyed reading the blogs, although I'm not a blogger! Good luck with the last week!

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DONNACFIT 1/20/2012 9:18PM

    I have loved this part of the challenge, too...got to know so many new, fun sparkers. The salt challenge isn't too bad for me..I never add any salt on any thing at the table, never add salt to anything when I cook or bake either. Just try not to have too many salty packaged foods, and yeah I love my chips too!!

I think I'll keep blogging, since I have that as one of my January goals..maybe next weeks blogs will be about salt :)

It's been great gettinng to know you :)

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HELLODANAE 1/20/2012 8:34PM

    yeah salt is not an issue for me either.....and yes this was fun!!!

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Dark chocolate is da bomb!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

So in my state of breathing through stress yesterday...of thinking and compartmentalizing that issues at hand & how to deal with them logically instead of emotionally (ooo, that's some good psychobabble there, huh?!? LOL) ... all I really wanted was...oh, SOMETHING!! First thought: glass of wine... next thought food....next thought...STOP!!!

Ahhhh!!!! NOoooooo - you can't do that!!! for SO many reasons!!!

The #1 reason - eating is NOT the answer to stress....took a long time to learn, so why, oh why, are you thinking of that?!

#2 - THIS TOO SHALL PASS...it always does, especially if you decide and TALK ABOUT IT with whoever you need to talk to - whether it be a co-worker, a family member, a girlfriend, texting a bff long distance, blogging on Spark, beeotching on FB...WHATEVER - just TALK it OUT! even if it's just to remind yourself to BREATHE!

#3 - after all is said and done and said and decided and said and done again...some things are AOK to have when your head is on straight.....and when you log it. Which brings me to THE DARK CHOCOLATE emoticon

Let's just say this...this one small piece of Belgian Dark Chocolate truffle...O. M. G.....Like I died and went to heaven!

You know those commercials that have the piece of chocolate and the silk cloth all wrapped around a lady savoring each bite of the chocolate - well, that might as well have been me! ROFL it was that darned good.

Maybe it's because I don't have really good chocolate like that all the time....it really was a nice treat....very different from Hershey's Dark...or Lindt truffles...my usual guilty pleasure manufacturers. It was actually calming....like I felt every chemical reaction that they say dark chocolate gives you! It felt very weird...and very cool!!

Maybe it was satisfying that SOMETHING I had when the stress started....but when I handled it on my own terms and came back less emotional and more in tune with having the piece of chocolate, (again, on my own terms instead of the stress's terms)...maybe that is what made is so good.

Well....whatever it was...this one little piece of dark chocolate was da bomb!!!! and SO not guilty when you only have one piece...and SO healthy to have too.

BTW - Thanks for all the feedback the last couple of days on my blogs...I appreciate it. I'll be seeing you guys later tonight!

Have a great day!

  
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OAKBORN 1/19/2012 10:34PM

    I think your blog illustrates my whole thing of Moderation not restriction!

And the good thing is that when you don't gorge yourself on something all the time, a little bit goes a lot farther and means more to you!!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/19/2012 7:09PM

    Mmm I love dark chocolate - even the not-as-nice dark chocolate kit kats! I eat one or two fingers when I'm desperate!

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MOMFAN 1/19/2012 5:57PM

    They key is taking the time to enjoy it and not shoving it in your mouth one after another, but stopping at one. WooHoo!

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ROXIT22222 1/19/2012 3:00PM

    Great now I want chocolate... ;) I do know what you mean though. OVer the holidays we went to many christmas parties. Lots of yummy stuff to tempt you. Most had little tiny bite size desserts. I would scam them out pick ONE and have it at the end of the night as we were walking out the door. (so I wouldn't be bale to be tempted to have more than one).... They tasted soooo good. I think when you limit things like that the small amount you have you savor and it wakes up the tastbuds.

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LINDABENEDICT 1/19/2012 12:43PM

    Great blog ! And I know what you mean about the chocolate !!!

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HS1056 1/19/2012 11:09AM

  When did YOU get inside my head??? LOL You described it so well. I usually just have that conversation with myself. My dog looks at me strange when I do it. And when hubby is home he'll say What? I just say I'm talking to myself again. LOL I commend you for your discipline in only eating 1 piece of chocolate. Great job and great blog!

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BEATLETOT 1/19/2012 10:04AM

    Wow, your descriptive abilities are so great! I was savoring the chocolate with you and trying to reach the feeling you had as you were eating it, and I'm jealous I didn't get there! Wonderful!!!

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JSPEED4 1/19/2012 9:19AM

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NUOVAELLE 1/19/2012 8:31AM

    The first paragraph of your blog describes my day exactly!!! So, I really needed to read the 3 reasons that follow and get myself together! Thank you so much! Too bad I don't have a piece of dark chocolate available...
And how great that you managed to stop at only one piece!!!
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REBECCAMA 1/19/2012 7:52AM

  I remember the first time I had Godivas. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. :-)

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REDSHOES2011 1/19/2012 7:21AM

    What was you trying to handle that made you emotional? Solve that you won't need food or other stuff to put a plaster on the sore.. Confront what is stressing you- the feeling of mastering a problem is more satisifying than just coping.. I had a problem with disagreeing with other people- keeping to the subject can avoid issues getting personal.. I recommend a non violent communications class. The relief was omg wonderful..

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Good habit: breathe

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Actually...this is more of a reminder.

Inhale pink........exhale blue.

Inhale deep through the nose - filling every bit of lung with air.....exhale slowly - being conscious of each long breath.

Inhale pink.......exhale blue.

Sure...it's important to do when you are exercising...it brings oxygen all throughout the body's cells, aiding in the exchange of the good, the bad & the ugly in our blood streams.....but it also helps when you are hit smack up side the temple with stress.

Ahhhh.....stress. My olde friend....how I have missed ye. emoticon

Can't run and do a few laps on the treadmill all the time to get it out of your system, so it's time to breathe....and to remember that THIS TOO SHALL PASS.

  
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MARYBETH_OHIO 1/18/2012 11:25PM

    Wow I like this I will keep doing it thank you so much.

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MOMFAN 1/18/2012 10:29PM

    Breathing is something I just forget to do when I am concentrating. I really worked at it at the pool while exercising today. Thanks for the reminder of how important it is.

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RUTHXG 1/18/2012 10:18PM

    I'm so sorry life has been highly stressful for you. I hope breathing deeply & consciously really helps, & I hope the stressful situation gets sorted out & all the nasty stress-barbs removed SOON.

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JMCADE 1/18/2012 7:37PM

    Just Breathe!!

What a great reminder.

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MADAMES 1/18/2012 7:19PM

    Good reminder...thank you!! emoticon :) Evelyn

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LINDABENEDICT 1/18/2012 7:19PM

    Good advice :breathe !!!! Thanks !

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AMYLONGHORN 1/18/2012 6:30PM

    I always feel like I breathe the opposite way you're supposed to...like I breathe in when I'm supposed to breathe out and vice versa! LOL!! Hope the stress was manageable today and that you took your own advice and remembered to just BREATHE!!

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KIM--POSSIBLE 1/18/2012 5:52PM

    Need this reminder this week! Thanks!

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JSPEED4 1/18/2012 4:39PM

    Sometimes I breathe deeply into my chest, expanding my back and tensing my inter-costal muscles as I exhale slowly and strongly.

Sometimes I breathe into my belly, letting my whole body relax as I exhale.

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