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Failure Is An Option

Sunday, January 05, 2014




I know there's a popular saying that goes, "Failure is not an option." I know where the sentiment is coming from but I think it would be more appropriate to say what the poster above says, "Failure is an option. Quitting is not."





When we fail, it gives us an opportunity to see what does and doesn't work for us. It gives us an opportunity to start over, to change, adapt, alter. We're not all the same. What may work for your 5'2" petite 102 lb. friend may not work for you. The key to success is discovering what works for you, for your body, for your mentality, for your schedule.





I have attempted many times in my life to get in shape, to get healthy and fit, but have not been successful in reaching my goal, maintaining a weight loss, or fitness routine.





Along my journey, I have learned many things about myself:


emoticon I've learned that I have to be conscious about my food all the time. I can't be slack on my program because that leads to a slippery slope of "I'll start back on my program tomorrow" (which, of course, turns into next week or next month and then never happens).''


emoticon I've learned I have to do my workouts first thing in the morning (at the ungodly hour of 4:15 a.m.) before my day even starts or it doesn't get done. If I put it off until after work, by that point, I'm tired and don't want to work out or I just don't feel like doing it.


emoticon AND emoticon I've learned that because of the way my metabolism is, I can't eat healthy OR workout, I have to do BOTH in order to have any real success.


emoticon I've learned that if I want to have the energy to get up in the morning to do my workouts, it's necessary for me to get the appropriate amount of sleep, which I never do (my plan this year is to get more rest).





But the most important thing I've learned over this long journey is that I never give up. No matter what has gone on in my life or in the life of those I love, I may stumble, I may fall, I may fail, but I never give up!





Don't get discouraged if you slip up. Don't throw in the towel if you miss a workout. Don't give up if you have an "off" week.





Just look at it as an opportunity to learn more about yourself, how you handle stress, what your triggers are, what doesn't work for you.





Be determined to not give up! Don't ever give up! As long as you keep trying, you cannot fail! It's when you stop trying altogether that you fail! Don't give up!


  
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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 1/16/2014 12:33AM

    So true. And just what I needed to hear today, thank you!

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TRAILRIDERKJ 1/13/2014 5:35AM

  So true!

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-ICANDOIT- 1/8/2014 4:37PM

    This is the blog I needed to read today! Really hit a spot in my spirit!! Thanks for that! And good luck to you as you keep on going!!!

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NEWCHICK 1/8/2014 12:43PM

    This was awesome. Thank you!!!!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 1/6/2014 1:34AM

    Love this attitude! emoticon

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JOYINKY 1/5/2014 9:46PM

    Great blog and really hit me today. Today I broke a 339 day streak of doing a yoga/abs workout. And, it's OK. I will do it again tomorrow, most of the time I can fit it in and I like the way it makes me feel, but I was starting to feel negative about it. My streaks are not part of what I consider my daily goals; I still got in all my fitness minutes, steps and miles. It's been an active day. Just needed the break. I don't think it's working for me to do it 7 days a week. On the other hand, walking and hooping are easier for me to get in every day. Life is good.

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/5/2014 9:43PM

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STEPH-KNEE 1/5/2014 8:54PM

    Very true! :D

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BLUEROSE73 1/5/2014 8:37PM

    I love this blog. Thanks for sharing.

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ILOVELIFE2012 1/5/2014 5:48PM

    never give up! Awesome! Happy New Year!

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Facing My Reality

Friday, January 03, 2014

In July, I started my Spark People journey off with not just a spark, but a roaring fire. I was going to conquer not only the world, but this battle with obesity that I've had for many years. My son deployed to Afghanistan in July and I was determined to totally transform myself before he got back in the early spring of 2014. As usual, I ran headfirst into my nutrition and workout regimen, determined to make a change.

Fast forward to August. I was having so much pain in my hips and my lower back that I could no longer workout. After visiting the doctor, I found that I have bursitis in both of my hips, degenerative disease in my lower lumbar, arthritis in my back and shoulders, not to mention they think I might have fibromyalgia. I have to go for some additional tests to find out why I'm having pain all over.



Needless to say, I was very discouraged and being an emotional eater, I have put on over
5 lbs, since August. Over the past few weeks, I have reevaluated my course of action for my health and fitness and come to one conclusion:



I have to face my reality. Daily pain is my reality. I have to find a way to cope with it without turning to food and still be able to do things that will make my health, physique, and quality of life better. I'm going to take things one day at a time. I realize I put far too much pressure on myself and I let myself down far too often. This time, I'm going to give myself room not only to succeed but also to fall and get back up again. I believe by taking my journey one day at a time, all the small daily steps I'll take will add up to a giant leap to success on this wonderful journey I've embarked on.


  
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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 1/4/2014 10:26PM

    I'm sorry that you are having so much pain. I hope that they will be able to help you out with that. I like that you are going to work through your pain and get yourself back on track.

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2BEHEALTHY2014 1/4/2014 8:15PM

    I'm sorry you've had so much pain. Great job not letting it make you stop. Taking things one day at a time is a great plan.

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JOYINKY 1/4/2014 10:26AM

    Great insights and I love the inserts. Especially the last one. I have to wonder how you were feeling, physically, in July when you started this high geared program. I totally understand your throwing yourself into it with your son being deployed and the mixture of emotions that brings. Regardless re assessing and slowing it down has to be a good thing and a healthy emotional outlet. Listen to your body and make healthy choices in food, activity and llifestyle. God bless your son, prayers for his safe return. emoticon

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SEASTARZ 1/3/2014 10:40PM

    Great job at re-evaluating your habits and thoughts. You CAN do this, have faith!!!
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MICALIMAR 1/3/2014 10:39PM

    Boy, can I relate to your situation. I'm great at setting goals but this maddening fibromyalgia throws a wrench into the works. I've suffered from it for years, and I've allowed myself to slide the slippery slope of "what's the point?" Why diet? I still feel crappy. Why exercise? It just continues to hurt. Etc, etc....

It was something I read recently that made me stop and take a look at myself. The article talked about how hard we are on ourselves and that we should "self-soothe". Would you tell your best friend, your husband, or your child what a loser they were because they weren't feeling well and hurt all over? No! We need to cut ourselves a break and console ourselves - not with food, but with love and understanding. We need to encourage that inner self that hurts, and struggles every day to get up and go to work. We need to forgive ourselves when we regress...it's the small steps forward that we take that we should congratulate ourselves about. Daily pain is also my reality, but so is a happy heart and smiling and being cheerful and loving my husband and feeling sexy. Pain won't define me anymore and I can see that it won't define you either. Good for you! We can do this. emoticon

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SAMMI-SAM 1/3/2014 10:33PM

    who wants to fail? NOT ME!!

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A Defining Moment

Saturday, July 20, 2013

As I finish my first week of my new nutrition and fitness regime, I reflect back on how my week went and I see a defining moment for me. My husband and I went to our favorite Chinese restaurant for dinner on Wednesday night. Now normally, I would order Chinese tea (with lots of sugar added), eat an entire bowl of fried noodles by myself (with lots of duck sauce for them), wonton soup, an egg roll, General Tso's Chicken, and sometimes a desert.

This time, when we went, I was very conscientious about what I chose to eat. Instead of having the tea, I had water. I ordered egg drop soup and shrimp in white sauce with steamed vegetables and brown rice. I ate half the serving of brown rice which was probably about 1/3 cup.

My husband asked me if I was going to have any of the fried noodles (they're my absolute favorite because they make their own noodles and they're so light and crispy!). I told him "no". "Not even one?" he asked with a surprised look on his face.

That's when I knew this was a defining moment for me. It proved to me that this time is different for me. That I'm motivated and determined and am willing to make choices that are going to keep me on my path to health and fitness. Yeah, me! Go Sue, Go Sue! emoticon

  
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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 8/15/2013 8:00AM

    I'm sorry I'm so late commenting on this blog--I"m still massively behind in my emails, but I just had to stop by and tell you how proud I am of you. WAY to GO!!!!

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HEALTHYN10 8/11/2013 10:00AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Great job!!!

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SNOOPYMOMMA72 7/26/2013 9:06AM

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Now you know this is all becoming a habit! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/22/2013 1:25PM

    It's learning to make the best choices you can in each situation that makes the difference. Way to go! Just don't beat yourself up if you don't always make the best choice or do things perfectly; what you do one time doesn't matter nearly so much as what you do regularly and consistently.

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2BEHEALTHY2014 7/22/2013 9:25AM

    Great job! Keep up the good work!

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MJ7DM33 7/21/2013 2:52PM

  WTG!

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PATTYKLAVER 7/21/2013 8:27AM

    emoticon emoticon Keep up the good work.

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NAPPIGURL 7/21/2013 12:53AM

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SKATER787 7/20/2013 11:31PM

    Congrats. BTW, home cooked Chinese food is nothing like that at all. emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 7/20/2013 10:59PM

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Yep... you got this!

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TAMWIL2 7/20/2013 9:38PM

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KHCHARMED1987 7/20/2013 8:56PM

    Way to go! Keep the good work and you'll reach your goal in no time!

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SIMABON31 7/20/2013 8:04PM

    Great job! Making hard choices is worth it in the long haul!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 7/20/2013 8:00PM

    Getting control of what you are eating early is good. But remember, at some point when you are able to keep it under control, you can have the fried noodles again.

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What a Waste!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

You know, it's occurred to me all the time, effort and money I've put into trying to get in shape and healthy in the past, without lasting success.

I was doing some cleaning today and had to put some things away in the closet. My closet contains book cases full of diet and fitness books and magazines. I have invested tons of money on these over the years, not to mention gym memberships, food, and supplements.

If I put the knowledge that I've learned through these resources to use, I would have been at my physical goal years ago!

But I can't think about all that's been wasted, all the time and energy. I have to look ahead, to the future, to when I will reach my goal by utilizing and putting into practice what I know I need to do to get where I want to be.

I have some really great resources and today, I got some of them out to form what will be my new nutrition and fitness regimen. I know if I stick with it and be consistent, I'll have success . . . wish me luck!

  
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2BEHEALTHY2014 7/15/2013 9:27AM

    You're not alone! I have several diet and exercise books, plus DVDs and haven't lost a pound.i don't know why it's so hard to put the knowledge that I've gained from these books into practice. Like you, I should already be at my goal weight. I read through them and made notes so I can refer beck to the notes. I'm restarting my journey today. Let's do this!

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STEVIEBEE569 7/14/2013 2:21PM

    Yes, look ahead and do what's best for you! You can do it! Keep pushing forward!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 7/14/2013 11:58AM

    Yup yup, thats pretty much all of us. I'm so grateful to have found spark.

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CSOSMAN72 7/14/2013 11:01AM

    I'm fond of telling my husband that SP is the ONLY thing that's ever worked for me all of these years.

I'm almost convinced that there's a conspiracy going on to keep Americans down via the way of food - other countries have the problem too but nowhere NEAR the "size" (ha, ha) of ours. I don't know how we can expect to be healthier if we don't know all the facts - SP helps with that.



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PATTYKLAVER 7/14/2013 8:39AM

    I have been on so many diets and read so much over the years, too. I am down on myself right now because I have picked up a couple pounds.
Thanks for your blog. It's giving motivation to keep going.

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LIVELYLULU36 7/14/2013 3:16AM

    I had tons of fitness related stuff too. Until I decided to stop stalling and start doing. Things are going great now. I have only lost 5 pounds so far, while "getting real with myself"

But this is only the beginning of one of the best journey's of my life. No book or gadget is right for EVERYONE, find out what will work for you and run with it. Good Luck on your journey too!!

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GOING-STRONG 7/14/2013 12:00AM

    I have tons of books, dvd's and gadgets also... I was always was looking for a "magic" cure. The cure is hard work, consistency and daily dedication. Weight loss isn't for wimps and it isn't easy.. if it was easy then no one would have a problem! Isn't it ironic that SparkPeople is free and those books and gadgets cost a fortune? SP is the ONE best tool I have to keep me on the road to health and fitness.

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/13/2013 11:05PM

  I guess we can collect stuff about a hobby or anything else, and then not follow through.

You will find alot at Spark to actually make baby emoticon steps day by day.

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A Military Surprise!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Let me just start off by saying I love surprises! And I especially love when I can get my son William who always ruins every surprise!

My son Justin is in the Marines. He's getting ready to deploy for Afghanistan. He's been gone since February in training. My other son, William, is in the Air Force. He's been deployed to Africa since February. So the brothers haven't seen each other in 5 months.

I found out a couple of days before July 4th that Justin was going to have a 96 hour leave but we live too far for him to come home. His girlfriend and I drove to Camp Lejeune, NC from Pennsylvania to see him. It occurred to me that my son William would be returning to the states from Africa and had a 10 hour layover in Virginia.

So you know what I did! I drove to Camp Lejeune, picked up Justin, then drove to Virginia to surprise William at the airport. He knew I was coming, but he had no idea Justin was going to be there. Talk about surprised! The brothers were glad they got to see each other since Justin won't be home from Afghanistan until next year. I drove a lot of miles, a lot of hours, but it was worth it! Gotcha,William!

  
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HEALTHYN10 8/11/2013 9:55AM

    That was really great what you did! You are a wonderful mother!! emoticon
I will keep you and your sons in my prayers!

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BESCATS 7/22/2013 7:39PM

    You pulled another one off Mom !! emoticon I'm sure there has been many over the years.

A great photo, and thanks to both of your boys, for their service to our Country. emoticon

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 7/22/2013 7:36PM

    What a fantastic mom you are!!!

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SADAPARIBHUTA 7/13/2013 4:40PM

    This brought tears to my eyes. What a great family!
Best wishes.
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MARINEMAMA 7/12/2013 7:44AM

    How wonderful!! You are such a great mama!!! Got tears reading!!!

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2BEHEALTHY2014 7/10/2013 11:17AM

    How awesome!

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PATTYKLAVER 7/10/2013 8:54AM

    How great that you did this! You're a fantastic mom!

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DAILYCHOICES 7/10/2013 5:57AM

    Thank you all so much for your comments. We appreciate your well wishes and support. Please keep my sons in prayer as they continue to serve. emoticon

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SUNSET09 7/10/2013 1:29AM

  emoticon That what Moms do! Thanx for stepping up and yes, it is worth it! They will remember this moment and I'm sure, understand what you did to make it happen! Air Power, Semper Fi! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MKRETIRED 7/9/2013 10:04PM

  You are a great Mom and have two wonderful sons. Thank you for your service guys.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 7/9/2013 9:52PM

    What a fun surprise for your boys!

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USMAWIFE 7/9/2013 9:52PM

    that is such a wonderful story. I know you are so glad to see both your sons.

thank them for serving our country

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