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Day 26, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Today has been a good day. I'm tired & hot. The past two days I have been sweating like crazy. This is very unusual for me. Funny that we had one of the coolest Augusts in years. 2 days into September and BOTH have had higher temperatures than we had in the entire month of Aug. I taught 3 hours of classes in the pool this morning. I didn't do my PT exercises today. It's too hot in my room & there is no where else for me to do them but the front porch floor. I am not too keen on doing that. I have PT tomorrow. I'm sure I'll get a good workout there. My son has a job interview in the morning. I am so proud of him. It's the first job interview he's had in YEARS. He really seems to want this job. I am thinking very happy thoughts for him. Please keep him in your prayers. We watched AGT tonight. we always watch it as a family. It was really good. I need to go vote. I finished the afghan that I have been working on. It's my favorite so far. I'll start another one tomorrow. 4 down 6 to go. Time to get to bed. DH has to be at work at 6am & I will have to drive him. Thanks for taking the journey with me. Bright blessings to you all.


Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1) I like to read to the grandchildren
2) I like to spend time with my family
3) I do my best to keep my promises


Daily Positive Quote: emoticon "Decide today that you won’t give up on your dreams and desires. Keep pressing forward, believing that you are anointed and empowered." ~ Anonymous

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon Oooo. Another good message. The gist of it is: "Help is not telling another what to do, or even suggesting it. Help is being there for someone; to share experience, to lend support, to do what needs to be done when a friend's burden becomes crippling."

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon +121 over calories, Net carbs 40
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 253 mins cardio, 30mins strength
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon finished the "blues" afghan
Daily Phone call: emoticon Denise
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon
Daily BLOG: emoticon

  
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ZRIE014 9/3/2014 12:43AM

  have a nice day

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Day 25, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Monday, September 01, 2014

Today has been a pretty good day. It's just been VERY hot! I'm really sweating. UGH. I did my PT exercises and was really hot.. my clothes were soaked! I've been crocheting most of the day. My food is good. My fitness is good. I am feeling good about my start to SEPT. I lost 3 pounds in Aug. I'm trying not to be discouraged. I lost 51 pounds from Jan 1- July 1. I have only lost 8 pounds from July 1- Sept 1. That's HALF of what I was averaging before. The first 6 months I averaged about 8.5 pounds per month. Now I am only averaging 4 pounds per month. I really need to kick things up a bit. I am DETERMINED! I am definitely back on my NO SUGAR NO STARCH plan. I WILL SUCCEED!!!! I'm really excited about the upcoming Fall Frenzy BLC. My team family, The Lovely Limes are really getting excited and posting in a "frenzy". It's fun to see folks so excited! I love these folks! Here's hoping that everyone had a nice Labor Day. Besides crocheting & exercising, I have been playing catch up with my DVR'd shows & watching some movies as well. Time for bed my friend. Thanks for being on the journey with me. SPARK ON!!!


Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon finished Genesis & started Exodus, still reading Matthew, Psalms & Proverbs. I enjoy this reading plan.

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1) I am willing to share 2) I am generous 3) I am concerned with good personal hygene

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon I have 2 today:
"Let your dreams be bigger than your fears....and your actions louder than your words"....unknown

"Happiness is part of who we are. Joy is the feeling."~ Tony DeLiso

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon good read. Pointing out that the more I work my OA plan & the 12-steps... the better relationships & develop

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon calories 44 over, Net carbs 33
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 60 mins cardio, 88 mins strength
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon I have about 5 rows to go. Only 1 more color. I had hoped to finish it today but I am just too tired.
Daily Phone call: emoticon Amy
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!

  
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REALTYLADYLISA 9/2/2014 9:22PM

    September IS going to see our metabolism rev up...I know you are determined, and so am I...Let's just both make it happen! (I've been stuck since the last challenge ended, but I AM sticking to the plan and I am going to trust the process.) Low carb, plenty of movement, sticking in our calorie range...the weight HAS to come off! Keep it up girl!

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LIMOM2TWINS 9/2/2014 8:05PM

    Good for you! your spirit is shinning through this blog and blinding me - emoticon - I love it thank you!! emoticon I really cannot wait for our Limes challenge - a 1st challenge for me & I am so glad that it is going to be with all of you!!


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BARBARAROSE54 9/2/2014 6:56PM

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BRE2003SB 9/2/2014 6:30PM

    Keep up the GREAT work! emoticon

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AUNTALICE2 9/2/2014 3:16PM

    I am so proud of you!! You have lost a considerable amount of weight! Maybe you are not losing at the pace you were---you are still losing!! Please post a picture of the afghan when you are finished! Looking forward to it! Thank you for being such a positive influence on my life! love you! emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/2/2014 8:14AM

    emoticon Have a great week!

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DONNA_VT 9/2/2014 7:56AM

    You have such a positive can do attitude that it is contagious. . . .I too feel like I can get my act back together and get my weight loss going again.

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WISLNDR 9/2/2014 6:54AM

    Your weight loss so far this year is a great accomplishment! emoticon emoticon

I hope your day today is a wonderful one!

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WISHICOULDFLY 9/2/2014 6:19AM

    You are in the GROOVE baby! emoticon

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Day 24, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Here is my information for the month of August:

My average Calories & Nutrients over TIME:

Average for the Month of AUGUST:

calories 2093

fat 121g

protein 151g

Net carbs 78g


I feel that for the most part that is a good showing. Admittedly I have cut

my caloric range since I am exercising less. It used to be 1800-2800.

Recently I cut it to 1500-1950. However, I am finding that I am always

hungry and the past 3 days I have been above my range. I am going to revamp

AGAIN tomorrow & change it to 1500-2500. I am exercising a little bit more

now that my PT has been settled & is not hurting me. I am definitely going

to totally rededicate myself to the NO SUGAR NO STARCH food plan. Today I

ate a couple of things that are TOTALLY off that plan and I am going to get

clean tomorrow. I am not sorry about what I ate today. I made the conscious

decision to eat it prior to doing it. However, I am going to really get

hard-core now. Historically I have always gained weight from the month of

October through January. I REFUSE to do this again. I WILL stick on my food

plan. I WILL track my food & continue my commitment to DAWN!!! I am worth

it. I have only lost 3 pounds since I was told to lose 50. That isn't very

promising for me to be able to do it by January. Sad really. However... I

am going to keep my eye on the prize. I know that I WILL lose it and then

can get the knee replacements that I need.

Today has been a good day. Church, family time & lots of crocheting. I hope

to finish my project tomorrow. I'll post a picture once it is done.


Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon
Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1) I belive in God 2) I believe in myself 3) I am willing to stand up for

what I believe is RIGHT!

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon "Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat." -F. Scott Fitzgerald (sort of reminds us:NEVER GIVE UP)

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon WOW! Very powerful reading today. I have to share part of it: "Hope and hopelessness are part of my disease. Hope tells me there is a better way; hopelessness says, "What's the use?"
THOUGHT: My potential is in direct proportion to my willingness to let go of the shackles of self-will, to get out of my own way.....

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon high calories & net carbs (potluck lunch)
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 30 minus cardio AND strength
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon crocheting most of the day
Daily Phone call: emoticon MaryHelen
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon
Daily BLOG: emoticon

  
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BIBS4664 9/1/2014 12:26PM

    The quote spoke to me too. TY Dawn.


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WISHICOULDFLY 9/1/2014 11:25AM

    Dawn, I hear you on the calorie ranges. I am HUNGRY on less than 1800, but I think I'm going to have to get used to being a little hungry sometimes, which CAN be good, because when I am truly hungry, I enjoy my food more.

Let's both keep our EYES ON THE PRIZE! emoticon - Connie

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/1/2014 11:23AM

    Awesome quote!

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AUNTALICE2 9/1/2014 10:26AM

    You go girl!! Keep at those goals and do not give up!! I am following you and cheering for you! love you!! emoticon

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THEVOW2013 9/1/2014 8:47AM

    I love that qoute! emoticon
NO a defeat is never final unless you give up!

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BARBARAROSE54 9/1/2014 7:56AM

    You really have a handle on what you on doing Dawn. Keep up the good work and you will reach your goal. emoticon emoticon

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EDLEAR 9/1/2014 2:17AM

    I like that you have a strong plan and the ability and willingness to follow it. I like that you face your choices and own them. I know you have the strength to accomplish your goals. emoticon
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REALTYLADYLISA 9/1/2014 1:34AM

    Awareness of those patterns is SOOO key to your success...recognizing that you need extra diligence Oct - Jan is a sure sign that you're going to do it right this year!


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Day 23, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Today has been a really good day. I taught 2 classes of swim lessons this morning & did an additional 30 minutes of exercise for myself. Then Paul (DH) & I went to breakfast together. Very nice. Then it was home to Spark & do some crocheting. Then back to the Y to teach 2 more hours of swim lessons & do a little more exercise. Got home & loaded the grandchildren in the van and off to the park we went. They played in the park AND got to play in a bouncy house & eat cotton candy that was there for a celebration.. FREE... my favorite word. We had a grand time & I also got a lot of crocheting done. Then it was home for family meeting, talked to Lisa (my friend & co-leader of the Lovely Limes) More Sparking & my PT exercises... currently watching "Peppa Pig" with Aurora... but I'm going ready to take back my tv & do some more crocheting before bedtime. Tomorrow is church followed by a Pot-Luck luncheon. My whole family is going. That is a happy happy thing! Sweet dreams everyone. Thanks for taking the journey with me. Bright blessings to all.


Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1) I am generous with my time 2) I am generous with my talents
3) I can read people pretty well

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon
"What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul." -Yiddish proverb

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon The main point for the day.... "Only by being willing to give up the safety of the old can I find out what the new has for me." (FOR TODAY)

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon calories too high (+700) net carbs 8
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 300 mins cardio, 88 mins strength
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon steadily crocheting on the "blues"
Daily Phone call: emoticon Lisa (wonderful!!!)
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!!!!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

REALTYLADYLISA 9/1/2014 12:26AM

    I thought it was WONDERFUL talking to you too! Thanks!


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BIBS4664 8/31/2014 8:05PM

    Blessed Sunday!!

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WISLNDR 8/31/2014 6:17PM

    I hope your Sunday was wonderful!!

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LUCYCAN7 8/31/2014 1:55PM

  Thanks for sharing,have a great time at church.Hugs and Blessings
to you and those grand children. emoticon emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/31/2014 1:05PM

    Enjoy your luncheon!

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WISHICOULDFLY 8/31/2014 12:06PM

    Sounds like a fabulous, busy day! And who doesn't love FREE??? emoticon

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EDLEAR 8/31/2014 3:17AM

    Thanks for sharing your life with us here, Dawn. This is very comforting to me.
You are a busy woman! emoticon

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TRYN2SURVIVE 8/30/2014 10:42PM

    love your blog! your exercising is going to really make a difference. keep up the good work! emoticon

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AUNTALICE2 8/30/2014 10:22PM

    I love reading your blog! You do some interesting and upbeat activities. Those grandchildren are definitely loved! emoticon

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Day 22, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Friday, August 29, 2014

Today has been a good day. I taught 2 hours of classes from the deck this morning. It was so hot that I was sweating like crazy. Then I went to lunch with DH & my friend Sandra. It was nice. Saw my niece there. Today was payday. Always time to pay the bills. SIGH. At least I had a pay check & that is a blessing. Then it was back to work. I taught 2 hours of swim lessons & did some personal exercise time. Then we went to the grocery store before heading home. I did some homeschool work with both children. I am teaching the 4 year old to write her numbers and letters. It's an interesting task because she is left-handed. I'm learning too! I did my PT exercises, including bridges on the new exercise ball that we bought today. After dinner it was time for some more sparking. Now I am heading to bed AFTER I crochet at LEAST one more row on the afghan. Hopefully I'll finish it before Labor day is over. I am off on Sunday & Monday so I should have time. Bright blessings to you all. SPARK ON!!!
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Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon enjoying the story of Joseph & his brothers... and the parables of Jesus in Matthew.

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1) I am willing to change 2) I am willing to work hard to reach my goals
3) I am willing to push myself further than I usually THINK I can go

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon "Try to learn something about everything and everything about something." ~ Thomas Henry Huxley

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon Basically the message today was about the importance of LISTENING... something I definitely need to work on.

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon calories were a bit high (midrange for the old caloric range that I had) but about 200 calories above my new range.
NET CARBS were 41

Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 193 mins cardio, 88 mins strength

Daily work on Crafts: emoticon I have been too busy but PROMISE to do at least 1 row before I go to sleep.

Daily Phone call: emoticon Denise

Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon sent out goodies...
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!!!

  
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MISSM66 8/30/2014 6:26PM

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AUNTALICE2 8/30/2014 6:18PM

    I am proud of your determination to just live. You do not give up no matter what challenge is put before you. I admire your strength. love you!! emoticon

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REALTYLADYLISA 8/30/2014 6:01PM

    I hear your SIGH about paying the bills....but I rejoice with you because you are able! In spite of your pain, you've been able to push through and work and bring in a paycheck...even if it's not quite as large as usual...keep it up girl! You got this!

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DONNA_VT 8/30/2014 9:01AM

    Sounds like a nice day. I am left handed from a time where they tried to switch you to be right handed. Very confusing. I write and eat left handed, bowl right handed and most other things I can do with either hand. Good Luck

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WISHICOULDFLY 8/30/2014 7:21AM

    Enjoy your weekend Dawn! emoticon

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WISLNDR 8/30/2014 5:42AM

    You're really flying on those afghans! I'm glad to hear that your day was a good one; I hope your Saturday is equally amazing!

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JAMER123 8/30/2014 12:30AM

    I had to smile when you said you were teaching your left handed GD to do letters. I am left handed and have done teaching to several right handed people. I do the mirror method esp. with needle work. The best way is to sit face to face and the other people can see the help in the correct mode.

Great goals and you did well to get as many done as you have!!
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TRYN2SURVIVE 8/29/2014 11:54PM

    Way to go! I love your entries and your great attitude. It inspires me!

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