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DAY 15 of a GREAT HABIT

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Greetings Sparker family!
I am now a year older and I have much to share with you. emoticon
As some of you know, I am on a journey to establish the good habit of tracking my eating on Spark and striving to stay within calorie range. I have seen some amazing results already. emoticon The scale is changing as I am forming this good habit. In 10 days I dropped 5 pounds. I did nothing extreme. I ate plenty, but I had those evenings when I looked at my calorie total and said, "Okay, I'm done. No more eating until tomorrow." Some days I ate at the low end, but many days ended with me eating at the higher end as well. So, I was thrilled!
HOWEVER, the ultimate challenge for me was being away from home for 4 days and 3 nights. PLUS, add to that one birthday party for me. emoticon
"What happened?" You ask. Well, The weekend was packed with busy and I did not have full control over what foods were cooked and served. BUT, I still tracked and I wore my Fitbit and synced it each day too. Did I eat over my calorie range? Yes. But I did not mindlessly eat. I stayed aware of my calorie consumption.

GREAT NEWS: emoticon I walked over 18,000 steps in Washington, DC yesterday on my birthday! This is my highest daily total ever! Plus, we went bike riding to see some of the monuments and memorials for about 2 hours. I have to say, it was one of my most FAVORITE birthdays so far, and this is my 48th birthday! God is so good to me! To be able to actually gaze upon the Lincoln Memorial and read his words carved in the walls is an unforgettable moment in my life.

TODAY is Day 15 and I am back home. I am tired, but ever so happy and excited for this new year of life. I am keeping a visual reminder of this great habit that I am establishing.
(Photos of our trip to DC will be coming this week emoticon )

Let me cheer you on, Sparkers. STAY STEADY. KEEP GOING. YOUR BREAKTHROUGH IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER! emoticon

  
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PANFRIEDTROUT 4/22/2014 9:59PM

   
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That was an *amazing* amount of steps! and then you rode a bike for 2 hrs?? Holy Cow .... that's wonderful.

Glad that you're seeing results .... you are living proof that when a person has goals backed by action, good stuff happens.

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Marie (Legendary Lemon & Determined Daisy)


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My new friend, Bubba

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hey sparkly Sparkers!
I wanted you to meet my new friend, Bubba. He's gonna help me drink delicious refreshing ice cold water everyday! emoticon

  
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LULUTU 4/17/2014 10:39AM

    Hooray for Bubba!

Go Tiger Monarchs!

Lulu

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DEBBIEDAY 4/16/2014 10:23AM

    Hi ya Bubba!!! :)


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KATIBUG49 4/16/2014 9:27AM

    Love it, I need to get me one.

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BABY_GIRL69 4/15/2014 11:33PM

    Great & you can do it!!

God bless,

Dee

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MARIANNMC 4/15/2014 7:13PM

    Excellent! Drink on!

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OFFICIALOLDY 4/15/2014 6:01PM

    Bubba looks like a good addition to your fitness tools. Enjoy your tasty cold water and your new, handsome friend! emoticon emoticon

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Day 5 of Forming a Good Habit!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

emoticon The alarm went off inside of me 5 days ago and my tricycle has turned into a motorcycle! emoticon
SO, today is Day 5 of me forming a really good habit of tracking my eating on Spark. I am currently reading and discussing a book with some of my friends called "Making Good Habits and Breaking Bad Habits" by Joyce Meyer. In her book she states that 30 consecutive days are needed to form a good habit or to break a bad one. This book is awesome!

Well, I need a visual reminder to remember me that I am no longer a mindless eater, but a woman who is aware of what goes into my mouth. So at first I stuck a label on myself saying "Day 3," but I would stop noticing it after awhile. So, below is my reminder that I am on DAY 5 and I will track what I eat AND stay within my Spark calorie range. It's also exciting because the goal for this week in the 5% Spring Challenge is to track my food on Spark (10 points) and stay within range (5 more points). Along with exercise!!!! emoticon

I AM GOING TO SEE THE SCALE GO DOWN BECAUSE I AM FOCUSING ON THE LITTLE THINGS I CAN CONTROL: I CAN TRACK MY EATING ON SPARK AND STAY WITHIN RANGE.

What good habit do you want to form in your life? Today is the perfect day to begin with your Day 1!!

  
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KARENE10 4/12/2014 8:26PM

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SABLENESS 4/12/2014 9:27AM

    Good strategies! Tracking & staying in range are the focus of Spring 5% Challenges, and I know that doing it will get me back on track and get the scale moving down again. emoticon

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CRAZYGARDNER1 4/12/2014 9:21AM

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Focus on the Little Things...

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

PLEASE READ MY SPARK PAGE!
The new content there is my post. emoticon
I would love to here about the little things that you can control.
I really need your encouragement Sparkers. I am sick of playing around, and I am ready to hunker down and WIN. emoticon

  
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KARENE10 4/10/2014 8:17AM

    Drink that water,go for that walk,track those calories~ One day at a time~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARIANNMC 4/8/2014 5:13PM

    I can...decide what I think about. My mind might wander to worries or "to do's" or regrets, but I can DECIDE to think about what makes me happy! Worrying about other people's bad decisions just makes me feel crazy. "Not my circus, not my monkeys." I can...keep my focus on ME and MY LIFE.

Thanks for your inspiring sparkpage!

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FIT4MEIN2013 4/8/2014 12:07PM

    If you want it badly enough, you will get it. It sounds like you are there. You go, girl!!!

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KATIBUG49 4/8/2014 11:27AM

    I'm so right there with you, one week left to prepare taxes - then it's all on getting healthy! emoticon

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Keep Going!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

For the next 10 days there are 2 good habits that I am pursuing for ME.

emoticon To have QUANTITY time with God
emoticon To faithfully track my eating on Spark staying within my calorie range
7/10 days or better

I am discovering that I cannot have "quality" time with God without having more "quantity" time with God. Two days ago I woke up dragging. Everything was a struggle. I turned off my phone, locked the doors and set the alarm clock for 1 hour. I spent this time talking, worshipping, listening as I read the Bible...Wow...best hour of the whole day AND I was changed from the inside. I had a great night at work too!

Tracking my food is VITAL for success with my health. Let me say this AGAIN.
TRACKING MY FOOD IS VITAL FOR SUCCESS WITH MY HEALTH!!!

emoticon WHY set a 10 day goal emoticon

I am a chart and sticker girl. I also need a measurable time period where I know I can succeed. This is Day 3 of my "Forming Good Habits" Challenge. Does anyone want to join me? I would love to hear from you!

Ps. The last challenge I gave myself with "Tracking Food" was a HUGE SUCCESS!
My reward was a pedicure...I am going to have pretty feet this Friday.

Pss. Also, I will be "in the zone" for the BEGINNING of the 5% Spring Challenge. Wahoo!

  
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 3/20/2014 8:22PM

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Time with God - yep that's where it's at!!

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67YKCEB 3/20/2014 5:05PM

    I seem to be in a better mood when I have my quiet time with God in the mornings. But I'm not a morning person, so it takes me an hour for my brain to start working after I wake up. And to be honest I get wrapped up in other stuff that I forget to spend the time with Him. I do good for a while, then I won't. It's like a roller coaster ... up and down, up and down .... LOL! I need to follow your example. ... but I'm more of wing it kind of gal!

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