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A fresh start

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Tomorrow is a brand new day. Not only a new day, but a new chapter in my life. I am starting a job within walking distance, and I'll be getting over 10 hours a week back in time I won't be commuting to work. This is amazing.

Also, my grad classes are ending, which will free up some time. And!!! Tomorrow afternoon is closing on our house. We found a buyer for the house we've been renting out, and tomorrow at 2:30 we will no longer be homeowners. Hurrah!

So all this good stuff going on means that the next logical step is to add self-care back into my life. I've been seriously slacking on nutrition, and I feel so awful. I have been making excuses all summer and fall and I'm ready to stop. Ready to get back into my pants. Ready to feel my best.

One of the ways I can follow through with this is to log onto Spark every morning. Since I'll have time in the morning again, I can spend some of this time on the computer doing something productive.

Just now I went and got a big glass of water. That's what Spark does to me! It makes me drink my water!

Time to work on some school work and plan out my day tomorrow... I have to meet with HR to do some paperwork and my first day of actual work is Tuesday. I can't wait!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 12/1/2014 12:07PM

    Go,you!!!! That's alot of hours back to you.

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MUFFIY831 12/1/2014 10:21AM

    That's all very exciting stuff! :)

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/30/2014 10:08PM

    It all sounds so exciting!

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Counting on strength in numbers...

Sunday, November 02, 2014

I haven't been on Spark since June - it's the longest break I've taken since I started Sparking in 2009. And you know what? I can tell when I'm active on Spark and when I'm not. I've gained back the 10 pounds I lost after eating clean and vegan, I've been slacking on my workouts, and my motivation is hanging on by a thread. In the beginning of the fall, I used the excuse that I was starting two grad classes and a new job. And now it's been two months, and I'm still using that excuse.

I use the excuse "I really dislike my job, so I deserve to eat ______" even though I know that's not the attitude I should have. I deserve to be healthy and happy, I don't deserve to eat a donut every day.

So here we go - back to Spark, back to tracking online, back to blogging and reading posts. There is strength in numbers, so I'm counting on the "numbers" here on Spark to help motivate me and keep me strong.

- pack lunches for the week
- drink two big bottles of water
- run 16-18 miles this afternoon
- replace stress/procrastination/comfort eating with another activity (i.e. writing, reading, cleaning...)
- stay positive! I've done it before, I can do it again!

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CHSHULER89 11/4/2014 1:04PM

    awesome! You will rock it! I am getting there too, but yes definitely need to get back to that even healthier place. Yes, numbers of sparkers definitely helps! emoticon

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MUFFIY831 11/3/2014 8:40AM

    Yay!! Welcome back!

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SEEHOLZ 11/2/2014 8:20PM

    16-18 miles? That's a LOT! Are you training for race? And as for motivation.... Hang in there!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/2/2014 2:29PM

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PATSYB7 11/2/2014 9:28AM

Welcome back--you've got a great plan! Go for it!

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SUSANELAINE1956 11/2/2014 8:34AM

    emoticon You can do this! Amazing goals.

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Pep talk!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I am having SUCH a hard time adjusting to my new work schedule. My eating is totally off - making really poor choices with food, and having a hard time with a meal/snack schedule. And I definitely feel it. I'm tired, I have to work really hard to stay positive, and I just feel *off*. Plan plan plan. I MUST prioritize the planning part of my new job. And I MUST get in the habit of drinking MUCH more water at work. My water bottle needs to be full and in view at all times. I've come too far to fall back! And I start marathon training in a little over a month - I need to be ready for it!

I'll keep giving myself a pep-talk in my blogs.

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New job brings new challenges

Thursday, June 05, 2014

First, I'm very excited to be working full-time again. It's a relief to have some income and some breathing room with our bills. However, I need to figure out how I will keep up my healthy eating and work it into my day. I am so used to eating at home, having hubs cook healthy meals for me or leaving easy-for-me-to-cook meals in the fridge. My job has me working in an administrative office, and one challenge I have is finding food to being that can go in the fridge and is easy to prepare/no prep.

Unfortunately, the last week and a half has been filled with WAY too many pastries. I tell myself "it's vegan!" but really, I know that's not okay. The problem with eating processed sugar is that it's hard to stop. Truly addicting stuff! So I'm a little frustrated with myself because my weight has crept up. Nothing unmanageable, but still disappointing since I was doing so well with my nutrition. I guess it doesn't help that I recently increased my running miles by a pretty significant amount and I seem to be hungry ALL THE TIME.

Runners, how do you deal with this? Does it even out at some point?

Off to get ready for my day... meeting, work, and then teaching. It's going to be a long day!

- water
- make healthy eating choices
- stay productive when I can

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CFMOSS 6/5/2014 8:27PM

    Encouragement to you....not so much answers because they usually involve balance and I'm not so good at balance right now....encouragement...encouragemen will find a way.

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MUFFIY831 6/5/2014 1:11PM

    Like others have said, I'm a fan of batch cooking. Personally, I don't mind eating the same thing for lunch 4-5 days in a row, but some can't handle the monotony. I always bring breakfast and lunch to work with me. If you have access to a fridge and microwave, your opportunities are only limited by your imagination. It's a habit, though, and it takes time to build.

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JAMIRBLAZE 6/5/2014 9:25AM

    I usually make a dish to bring to work for lunch. Portion it out, and then throw in the microwave, if necessary. Some weeks, it's PB sandwiches with a veg and a fruit and some weeks, it's more elaborate.

I didn't notice a huge increase in my hunger when I increased my mileage. After long runs 8+ miles, I generally do allow myself an indulgence on the weekends. I did increase my eating a bit though - filing veggies, protein and more whole grains.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/5/2014 8:45AM

    I usually make extra food at dinner and bring the same thing for lunch the next day.

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FITWITHIN 6/5/2014 8:23AM

    Prepare you meals in advance for that week. Pack your food and snacks for the day. Keep healthy snacks at your desk along with you water. You've worked to hard to go back to square one. emoticon emoticon

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A new plan for snacks

Monday, May 19, 2014

One of my biggest challenges in keeping up with my Sparked self is motivation. Or rather, keeping my motivation up during the entire day. Evening is the hardest time for me, especially with my eating. I get SO hungry and just eat whatever. My excuse is usually "well, I ate healthy all day and it wasn't really that much." So my plan to combat this evening eating thing is to eat more during the day; maybe add some snacks in, fruit and almond butter, guacamole...

Overall I feel pretty good. I woke up at 5:15 today (not with an alarm, I just got up!) and decided to have a good breakfast and head out for a walk. What a great way to start the day - walking for an hour. This may become part of my daily routine on non-running days.

- drink all my water
- track my food
- have an awesome yoga class!

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CFMOSS 5/19/2014 9:45AM

    Good doable plan. Have a wonderful day.

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BRAINYBLONDE5 5/19/2014 9:05AM

  I love getting something in before my day starts! yoga, a walk SOMETHING just starts my day off right! to keep my motivation at night, I plan my favorite meal for dinner and make it as healthy as I can so that I stay on track! I also make my breakfast as filling as possible to get me through my morning so I dont want to stuff my face for lunch and save those calories for my dinner! Water with lemon is my favorite thing to get me through my day, too. It gives me flavor without having to eat! I hope you have an awesome yoga class, too! Namaste!

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GEORGE815 5/19/2014 8:51AM

    Sounds like a working plan!

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