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2014 Goal & Time of Reckoning

Friday, January 03, 2014

Re the Reckoning re Weight Gain
I started to gain my weight back when I stopped tracking food and doing daily scale check. My eating habits have gotten even more out of control since I retired in August. Based on clothes not fitting -- buying bigger sizes -- and then them not fitting, I knew I had gained weight but was in avoidance. Weighing myself has been a big wake up call. I will adjust the info on SparkPeople today to reflect the bad news.

Weight loss goals.
I've gotten close to 170. This is the most I have ever weighed in my life. My first goal will be to bring that weight down to 140 by May 1st. Around that time, I'll be doing to do a more rigorous 2 day hike in a state that has more elevation gain than Florida. I need to be physically prepared.
After that goal is reached, will set new goal of 130 to be reached by end of year.
A calorie strategy that has worked for me is to take goal weight x 18. From that number, I subtract 100 for odds & ends. The final number is my goal calorie per day. By eating that amount, I retrain my eating habits for the weight. It is a little slower than other methods but re jiggling fat - slower is better.

2013 GOALS
I am readjusting the priority of my 2013 goals. That being said, To Accept & Love myself is a life long goal.
1) Get physically fit
2) Loose weight
3) Cut down on Clutter
4) Accept myself
5) Enjoy life
6) Be more creative

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AQUAGIRL08 1/6/2014 8:29PM

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LILYBELLE8 1/5/2014 4:05PM

    I like this entire list and could easily make it my own! Good luck, friend.

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2013 GOALS

Sunday, January 13, 2013

1) Accept myself
2) Get physically fit
3) Enjoy life
4) Loose weight
5) Cut down on clutter

I wish I could feel like adding "Do Art work" but feeling blocked. I need to accept myselt right where I am right now & where I am right now most minutes I'm lacking in desire. There are moments however when I see something beautiful & something in me aches to express what I am feeling.
When I felt the most like being creative is when I have dropped the perfecionism that blocks my desire.

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/14/2013 11:30AM


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SLENDERELLA61 1/13/2013 9:09PM

    Great goals, Eileen!! You will do it!! Wishing you no blocks and your heart's desires!!! -Marsha

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AQUAGIRL08 1/13/2013 8:37PM

    I fight the perfectionism too. Sometimes it is hard to give up habits that are lifelong. I'm a work in progress. Your goals are good ones! Congratulations on putting them down on paper. You can do it!!!

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CAROL494 1/13/2013 7:03PM

  Great goals! I especially want to "lose weight." emoticon

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Back to beginning - kind of.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Over the summer, I lost my exercise steak. I made it to 72 WEEKS. I also let my Fruit & Veggie Streak go--it was at 411 days.

Since my computer time became limited at work, I have gained back some of the weight I lost.

Starting tomorrow, Monday, 9/12/11, I will be resetting my Streak info AND I will work on establishing new streaks. I WILL EXERCISE MORE. I will also track calories more work days.

I have reset my weight info to reflect where I am now and not where I was for awhile.

I have a goal to loose the weight by New Year's Day.

Here's to new beginnings! emoticon

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EILEENV3 9/25/2011 7:48PM

    I have two+ weeks of exercise and 13+ days of fruits & veggies.

This past week was difficult. I've come down with a nasty cold. It started as an allergy attack from new paint smells. I had to cancel kayaking on the Hillsboro River this past Sat. I still hope to kayak on the Peace River next week. BUT I still managed to exercise my four times/week.

I have not tracked every workday BUT I have tracked more days that I was doing. Still have a ways to go to get back on track with this goal.

All in all, I am getting back in the groove. emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 9/12/2011 9:28AM

    Here is to new beginnings! emoticon You have great goals and you are determined. That is 75% of the battle. I know you will be successful!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/11/2011 4:47PM

    To new beginnings!! You'll soon have those streaks going again!! -Marsha

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Sadly I will be Sparking less.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Change is a way of life--some we choose & some are chosen for us.

I chose to take an art class. It finally started a week ago. It means that one night a week I get home late. I didn't want to give up my minimum of four day/week exercise; so I now exercise on Sunday afternoon instead of one workday. This does give me less time to do a lot of the Spark that I have done in the past.

In addition to Sunday afternoon, I have done a lot of my Spark reading & other on my lunch hour. Due to company policies, I will no longer be able to use the computer during my lunch break.

As a result, I have decided to withdraw from three of my Spark team as well as cut back in other ways. There is a lot that I will miss.

I will still log some of my activities on Spark and certain days I will calorie count on my break time and after supper. There is a lot of interaction I will miss. emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 2/13/2011 7:51AM

    When life throws you lemons, make lemonade. You do what ever you have to do. Your job is important so you have to follow company rules. Exercise and art class are also important. I'm so glad that you decided to follow your dream and take that art class! I hope that you can still attend our team dinners. You will have lots of wonderful things to share with all of us!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/12/2011 9:47PM

    Eileen, I'll still be thinking of you. Do what you can. Enjoy your art class. Accept company rules -- what option is there? Your time for exercise and doing the things you need to succeed as far as weight maintenance goes is top priority. Your life and your program come first; Spark is great, but it comes after. Just the way it is. Take care. Regards, Marsha

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LILYBELLE8 2/12/2011 6:49PM

    Even though you won't be "sparking" for a while, we'll be thinking of you. Stop by whenever you get a chance and let us catch up on your news!!! And good luck with the class!!!

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Reflection on starting 2011

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I had hoped to be more eloquent with this entry but a cold has me under the weather. However, just as it was important to me to start the New Year with a hike, it is important to also start it with some reflection.

Exercise--Continue what I've been doing. Every week in 2010, I worked out for a minimum of 30 minutes/day for a minimum of 4 days/week. This week with my cold may be a challenge. My health is more important than my streak (56 weeks). I know I have the exercise habit and one or two weeks will not derail me.

Eating habits-Continue what I've been doing. Thanks to tracking on Spark my daily sodium level has come down dramatically. My blood pressure has come down from preHypertensive & some days hypertensive, to NORMAL. I journal my food almost daily and track calories several days a week. In the beginning I tracked calories more daily. I have lost over 20 pounds and am keeping hem off. I have a few more pounds to come off but would like to lose them VERY slowly. (At 63, it would be easy to get more loose skin from additional weight loss.) I have added more fruits & veggies to my life. I have eaten a minimum of five fruits and veggies daily for over 180 days.

What I want to add to my life: Get back to doing art work. The right side of my brain has been neglected for too long.

What would be helpful to change: Spend several 15 minutes increments of organizing my house per week.

My two biggest challenges: Perfectionism and dealing with stress. These are the two areas, that in the next few week, I hope to come up with concrete steps to deal with them.

My body off & on has wanted to come down with the office cold I have been exposed to. Most weeks, I don't get enough sleep during the week & catch up on the weekend. But before last Friday, there were only fleeting moments of thinking I might succumb to the cold. Friday during the day it hit. I had hoped at first, it was only not drinking enough water. What was different for me this past week was my stress level. The cold is a message that I need to add something (or let go of something) that will help me deal with stress. My initial thought that meditation would be a good tool. Now if I can figure how to fit it on regular basis to my life.

Re Perfectionism, it might be helpful to add positive affirmations to my meditation plans. RE THIS, I AM SO OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/4/2011 1:40PM

    I didn't know that you were into art! See, you learn something new everyday. What ever you decide to do, start with baby steps so that you don't burn yourself out. Doing too much too soon creates stress and you're trying to reduce stress. Just a thought....

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RAZZYJAXX 1/2/2011 3:07PM

    Hi there,

Thank you for sharing what you have. Your cold did not hinder you from inspiring - for you inspired me.

In this new year of your life I encourage you to purposefully strive to "Get back to doing art work.". Your right brain is obviously telling you it longs to be reawakened! :)

Perfectionism is a lie that binds us and prohibits us from accomplishing and living out all we are meant to be! We cannot achieve perfection. However, we CAN defeat the lie of perfectionism simply just by DOING.

Don't even take a lot of time to figure out what to DO, artistically.... just pick up the brush, the pen, the pencil ~ whatever medium sings over you ~ and DO something. And then dare to share it with us! :) For in doing so, you will give us a gift! :)

Be blessed in this day! Give comfort to yourself, and LIVE the moments at hand, in whatever way they present themselves to you.

Smiles to you,

~ Sherry

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing. ~Harriet Braiker

Sometimes... when you hold out for everything, you walk away with nothing. ~From the television show Ally McBeal

When you aim for perfection, you discover it's a moving target. ~George Fisher

The human story does not always unfold like a mathematical calculation on the principle that two and two make four. Sometimes in life they make five or minus three; and sometimes the blackboard topples down in the middle of the sum and leaves the class in disorder and the pedagogue with a black eye. ~Winston Churchill

The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form. ~Stanley J. Randall

Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it. ~Salvador Dali

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