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SP and out of town trips

Monday, September 09, 2013

Well, I had to go to my physical office last week for training on our new software and boy was it hard. Staying in a hotel and eating out was very difficult. I did have salad every day for lunch and dinner and ate a healthy breakfast, but my snacks were non-existent and it was really hard to keep up with my water. I only walked the first day because I was so busy after that it was impossible to fit it in. I was going to try to workout at the hotel but their gym did not open until 6:30 and that was too late for me. I gained five pounds this last week. Although I was very disappointed I will not give up and I am walking again, made it up to 10,000 steps on my morning walk this week and so now I will just focus on increasing the speed that I walk those steps. It really helped me to see how important some things are like the water, snacks and daily exercise. When I follow those things it works. At first I was really having a hard time with my schedule being out of wack but than I realized that the stress was not going to help my situation and so I just did the best I could given the circumstances. I do feel encouraged though since I got home and I am sure that I will be able to get the 5lbs off and than some in now time. I really missed SP too, it was hard to find the time to even log in everyday and I had such a hard time tracking my food while there. So glad to be home and getting back into my routine!

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IGNITEME101 1/25/2014 12:32AM

    i HOPE YOU FIND TIME TO WRITE BLOGS AGAIN! I appreciate your encouraging words, but don't know how to encourage you very well.

I hope you were able to get back on track, as you explained in this blog. It's easy to slip away though when our routine is broken!

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HEISTHEANSWER 10/10/2013 7:16PM

    I had the same problem back in April when I went out of town. I regained weight and it broke my will to continue for awhile. Now I think I am on the right track, with so many wonderful encouragers around.

Best luck in your walking.
Glad you joined our team today.


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JAXMOMMY 9/19/2013 11:35AM

    Hope those 5 pounds disappeared as quickly as they appeared! 5 pounds is alot in 1 week, so I feel it had to be water retention and stress weight! I find it hard to track and even stay on track as well as you did when travelling and/or under stress! Keep up the good work and it will all fall back into place!

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LADYWYNDY 9/18/2013 11:08AM

    Travelling can really send you for a loop and hotel/restaurant food always seems to have something in it that just holds onto the weight, probably salt or MSG. Glad you are back and have learned something about your program. That is an important step now you know that water, snacks, and exercise make a big difference to you. Have a better month. emoticon

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WARRIORGIRL121 9/14/2013 10:34PM

    It's always great to come back home!

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CATLOVER98 9/11/2013 11:25PM

    It is always nice to come back home and get back in the routine we had before we go some place. How is every thing else coming?

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JANET552 9/11/2013 9:43AM

    You certainly learned a lot about getting and staying healthy while you were at your training. That's a good thing. I hope the process of getting back to routine goes smoothly!

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GABY1948 9/10/2013 8:15AM

    Glad you are back...and yes, we learn every step of the way what works and more importantly what DOESN'T work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Kick starting my exercise

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

I unfortunately did not lose or gain this week, I tend to only lose every other week. Even though I am increasing my walking distance each week I am going to be out of town this week and the hotel that I am staying in has an exercise gym so I am going to do my best to walk each day as I do now but I am also going to try to do some other type of workout daily while there to see if it has any effect. Let me know if you have experienced any type of exercise that will jump start your metabolism and build up the upper body core. emoticon

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LOSTLIME 9/23/2013 11:49AM

    I walk most days. I do strength training with dumbbells 3 times a week. I am a tortoise;
I tend to go slow and easy.

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LADYWYNDY 9/9/2013 11:40AM

    Strength training I hear is the best way to start your metabolism working because muscle burns more calories. I noticed the other day when I started feeling better that I have lost a tremendous amount of strength over the past 2 years of laying around. Time to start the bathroom pushbacks and get out some weight bells. emoticon

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WARRIORGIRL121 9/4/2013 10:35PM

    for me, 6 small meals a day and making sure I get an hour of walking or other cardio every day, plus whatever other workouts (weight training) I plan. Wish you the emoticon emoticon

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JANET552 9/4/2013 7:22AM

    I wish I had an answer for you. Kudos to you for jump starting your exercise this week. I understand that you'd like to lose faster but slow weight loss is weight loss! Keep up the good work!

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AVANELL 9/3/2013 10:19AM

    Each one of us has to find what works for us. God made us as individuals with individual metabolisms and needs. Seek Him for that direction and then follow His instructions! emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 9/3/2013 7:34AM

    Slow and steady wins the race! I just walk and follow direction from spark...small meals scattered throughout the day and my metabolism LOVES it...

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Spark Radio Interview

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I just finished listening to Spark Radio the interview with Robert Wadhams is awesome. If you are struggling with keeping to your goals, no matter how small, you should listen to this interview. I have been doing exactly what he talks about and it is working for me. Self talk and being committed to yourself is so important along this journey to healthier you. Please share what you think after listening to him. emoticon

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JAXMOMMY 8/29/2013 6:27PM

    I'll check it out! I've been meaning to listen anyhow and need to do that as I walk today! Thanks for pointing out a good one!

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SILVER1369 8/28/2013 10:57AM

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LISA_SUMNER08 8/27/2013 2:32PM

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I needed to hear it!

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JLPEASE 8/27/2013 1:35PM

    I'm going to check it out right now!
Thanks for sharing!

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ANNROMICK 8/27/2013 12:20PM

    I really think that the the way to talk to ourselves is so key when it comes to success. I always remember what Joyce Meyer says "The battle is in the mind" and that where ever our thoughts go we will eventually follow. I do not always succeed but I try really hard to push any negative thoughts out and replace them with positives or scripture. Thanks for posting on my blog! Have a blessed day emoticon

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LOSTLIME 8/27/2013 12:01PM

    It was awesome! He made some valid points. Some that I am trying to follow through. But my biggest downfall is negative talk in my head. So I am slowly trying to work through it. Have
good day!

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Discouraged but learning

Monday, August 12, 2013

Well, today was definitely an off day. I had decided that I would take Sunday's off from my walking, woke up with a migraine, only lost 1 pound this week, felt like I did much better this week than last so I really expected more of a loss, so disappointed. But what I did learn is that when I don't walk I really don't feel very good all day, so far now I think I am going to continue walking everyday if possible. I also found today that once I realized I had blown it, I just kind of gave up today. I know that is not the way to reach my goals and so I am hoping to get back on track tomorrow. I have also found that I do not do well if I make even the slightest adjustment to the nutrition menu plan. I guess I really just need everything drawn out for me and I need to follow it to succeed. Feeling kind of alone right now emoticon

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LADYWYNDY 8/26/2013 12:38PM

    Don't be too discouraged. The biggest thing that you accomplished this week was that you LEARNED what works and doesn't work at this moment in your adventure. If you apply what what you learned, you will have a giant step forward and the results will show up faster. Plus you are less likely to fall into those traps in the future. We are take steps forward and then backwards, the trick is to learn and apply those times to our life more that 50% of the time. Thats when we make progress.

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JAXMOMMY 8/13/2013 11:46AM

    You are never, neverr, ever alone as long as you keep Sparking! We have all tried, all failed, all had to start over again! At times I only lose parts of a pound each week and the thing I keep in mind is that any loss, is still a loss and that maintaining is not gaining! So, keep up those healthy habits, keep blogging and remember you are never alone here!

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CJMOK1121 8/13/2013 8:58AM

    HI ANN: Just remember those 1 lb losses add up to 52 pounds a year, If you can loose just 1 lb a week, next year at this time you will be 52 lbs lighter. emoticon emoticon emoticon Besides thats 208 sticks of butter from off your body.

GOOD FOR YOU: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SILVER1369 8/12/2013 2:04PM

    1 Pound gone forever!! That is wonderful!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSTLIME 8/12/2013 11:50AM

    You are not alone. That one pound is a step in the right direction. I should know. I was at 172
at the end of May. But I gained 8lbs because my husband had surgery at the end of May and did not get out of the hospital til July 6th. He had a lot of complications that he is still dealing with today. I was very stressed out at the time. Now I am finding that I am so out of shape that
I can only do 10 minutes of exercise at a time. So for now I do 10 minutes and watch what I eat. I try to stay away from the scale because I can get so fixated on the numbers.
I know that it is so easy to get discouraged but talk to the Lord. He can help you along your journey. Have a very blessed day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANET552 8/12/2013 11:21AM

    You have learned something so there wasn't any failure whatsoever. When things don't go right, it is our chance to learn and move on! You keep doing what you know works for you. The weight loss will happen even if it isn't as much as you think you should lose.

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/12/2013 11:11AM

  At least you lost that pound. Your just in the progress of relearning what works for you. Then after awhile, you mix that up and add variety so you don't stay stuff.

All this happens to all of us, that's why we help each other. Hang in there. We are all learning to be consistent, until we see or feel results. emoticon

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ANNROMICK 8/12/2013 11:10AM

    Wow, thanks for all your encouragement ladies. You are all so encouraging. I walked today and currently my goal is 6,000 steps a day for one week and than increase to 6500 and so on. I downloaded an app pedometer to my phone and it even tracks when it is on sleep mode and that is helping a lot. You are so right, looking at a pound of butter is so helpful, that is a lot, so one pound is not so bad. I know that the Lord is there, He is my encourager and the joy of the Lord is my strength. Today, I had to tell myself that "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" to get myself out of bed and walk but hallelujah I did it! emoticon

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JUST_BRENDA 8/12/2013 7:39AM

    I really understand how you feel as I am going through the same thing too. These "small" losses of a pound at a time really do add up. Have a look at a pound of butter. That is not insignificant. Keep pushing, and keep trying.

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AVANELL 8/12/2013 7:28AM

    This is a learning process, Ann. Everyone who has ever succeeded in something failed before they reached success. That's a part of life. You are not alone! There are others around you who have been there and done that as well. We are all here together. Just start over again.

I know that I can't go without walking every day. I don't feel good if I skip it. Once a habit is formed it's easier just to keep it going. God will help you reach your goals. Lean on Him and those around you who are supportive of you.


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GABY1948 8/12/2013 6:05AM

    You are NOT alone. We have all been is truly a leaning experience. I walk everyday too....I have to stay consistent or I have those days too....I wear a pedometer and some days dh has walked all over the house and outside with me to get my 10,000 has worked for me. You will learn what you "have" to do and with what you can ease up on.

It's a new day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GEORGIAGIRL26 8/12/2013 5:31AM

    Welcome to the Emotional Eaters Group.
Hugs sister. You are not alone. We all get discouraged from time to time.
Keep on pushing sister. I am here for you! You will make your goals.
If you need a friend and fitness buddy feel free to add me.
We can reach our goals together. Your friend in Fitness, Holly emoticon

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WARRIORGIRL121 8/12/2013 2:06AM

    Ann, you haven't blown anything. you are learning what works for you and what doesn't. So just plan to modify your plan and change things up as you need to. our bodies are so different, not only from each other's but also within ourselves from week to week. Stress, hormones, the foods we eat, so many things can affect us. Just determine to keep going forward.

You're not alone, honey. You have friends and the greatest friend of All - the Lord God - is with you and here for you. emoticon emoticon Karen

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Why do I want to lose weight?

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

As I watched the video from SP Coach this evening and he asked "What is my goal?". That is a really hard question for me. There are always the pat answers about feeling good, looking good, feeling better, etc.....I really do not know what it is that will motivate me to keep going when the going gets tough. Nothing has motivated me in the past, even those mentioned above, I've even had someone offer me a full wardrobe from anywhere I wanted if I could lose weight, and that was not enough. It is not that I am giving up just trying to come up a real reason for wanting this, and one that will motivate me to stick with it. Maybe someone else can share their reasons and it mine will become clearer.

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  I have a deep hunger to be healthy and strong as never before and will do all that it takes to achieve this with Holy Spirit revealing the truth about myself so that I can then have the victory.

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ANNROMICK 8/1/2013 11:04AM

    Thank you all for the encouragement and words of wisdom. I think for me one of the hard things is that I have never been a thin adult, and so I really do not know what it is like to feel good and healthy. Your encouragement has helped and I know that I can make it if I keep my eyes on the Lord and what he wants for me and that is to be healthy and honoring his temple, to prosper and to be the head and not the tail. emoticon

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WARRIORGIRL121 8/1/2013 8:14AM

    I agree with all here, with Jesus at the top of my list! For me I have a little list for myself:

taking care of my body for the Lord and so I can be available and fulfill His purposes
to feel well and not sick and tired and depressed
to be able to buy clothes that fit without having to try on 50 things or have them altered
to have more energy to do more with family and friends
and... I know everyone does not have this but there was a time when I lost weight previously and was a very healthy size 8 for quite a while.... I felt so much better and looked great.. so I keep a picture of myself from back then for inspiration also.

Hope you get some good ideas to help you.. I know it's tough! emoticon

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JANET552 8/1/2013 7:56AM

    I agree it is hard to find a goal that will sustain you when the going gets tough. I believe it isn't just the goal that does it. You have to arrange your environment to support that goal.

Good luck!

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CATLOVER98 7/31/2013 11:17PM

    To become more healthy and enjoy life with family.

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JENNY712 7/31/2013 5:12PM

    emoticon words of encouragement AVANELL! emoticon

You can do it! Love and prayers Jenny

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ANNROMICK 7/31/2013 9:53AM

    Thank you so much for those words of encouragement, it does help. I guess sometimes it is habit to look for selfish reason and so easy to take my eyes off of the real purpose of my life, and it is not about me.

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AVANELL 7/31/2013 7:35AM

    God has promised in His word "With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation". (Psalm 91:16) I know that my part of that promise is to believe it, receive it and act on it. That means that I must do some things in the natural to cooperate with what He has promised. If I don't take care of my physical being it will be subjected to sickness and disease which works against God's promise. If I eat healthily, exercise, get the proper amount of rest and take good care of the tent that God has given me as my earthly home then I will be cooperating with what He wants to do in me and through me. I can't have the physical strength and stamina to fulfill the call that He has on my life to impact people's lives for Jesus for eternity in God's heaven without being in good health. That's my goal! Hope it helps to motivate you!

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