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Why here and not there?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I'm visiting my parents in WA right now, because my dad had back surgery and I traveled out here to help my parents out. This is not my first trip to WA state, we were stationed here before and I love this state. This is the state where I ran my first half-marathon. This is the state where I quit smoking. This is the state where I started working and decided to pursue my degree for teaching. I have a lot of positive associations with this state.

We currently live in VA Beach. It's a nice place to live. The weather isn't too bad. My kids have friends. We bought a house (finally). We have jobs and there are a lot of good things there too.

Since I have been back in WA, I have walked consistently. I have walked in the rain. I have walked in the fog. I have walked in the freezing cold. I even started running again out here. So why here? Why can't or won't I do this at home? The rain/cold/fog isn't different where I am currently. Is it because I can feel the echo of my old self here? I need to capture this feeling and transport it with me back to VA. If I don't allow the cold/rain/fog..etc., to be an excuse here, it certainly shouldn't be an excuse at home.

Tomorrow will be a rest day due to flying and a super early morning. Saturday I need to get outside and move, no matter what. No excuses...

  
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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 3/22/2014 9:06PM

    I do hope that you capture the feeling and can bring it back with you. Could it be that VA has the wrong kind of humidity for you and WA has the right kind? I spent 4 lethargic years in VA (although I read a lot of great books--I also gained a lot of weight).

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MRSKATEDUVALL 3/21/2014 10:52AM

    I also love WA state. I live in the Eastern part, so we don't get as much rain, but a bit more snow. I like to think that it's a state of mind, and that can go with you anywhere.

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I am soooo guilty of this!!

Friday, March 14, 2014

A big mistake people make when trying to get healthier is when they fall off the wagon a bit and think, ''I have to start over!'' - SparkCoach Nicole

Umm...this is me. Totally and completely me! I suffer from this delusion. This is not my first SP account and I've started and stopped WW more times than I'd like to admit. Perhaps I constantly start over, because I'm scared a mistake will stop me from having progress? But that doesn't work, because I haven't had progress due to my inconsistency. Starting over doesn't magically give me a clean slate. Starting over doesn't magically stop me from eating crap. Starting over doesn't magically stop me from sitting on the couch instead of working out. Consistency does though.

I need to stop starting over and I need to be Consistent and Intentional!!

  
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MRSKATEDUVALL 3/15/2014 6:41PM

    as long as you keep stepping forward, the journey goes on, if if you step sideways into inconsistency. Get into a routine. Pretend that you started yesterday, and are already on the journey.

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HAPPYDAWNM 3/15/2014 9:09AM

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POSITIVEHOPE 3/14/2014 12:54PM

    I don't expect to be consistent. Life will always be putting speed bumps in my path. When they happen sometimes it is hard and food happens. When I have a difficult time, I try to assess and figure out what is causing the problem. I want to be resilient by being aware, flexible and mindful but without the negativity that we used to associate with awareness. It's like shock absorbers for the journey.
Weight release can not be completely permanent. For instance, Illness can impede exercise leading to a temporary unexpected gain and travel can make healthy eating difficult for a time. An emotional blow can still trigger old patterns of behavior. Reframe the inner message to the positive. It's been a long time since I did this or recognize your bodies reaction to overeating or eating junk food when you feel less healthy and less energetic even after one unhealthy meal. Those don't resemble the negative self talk of "what's the use or all's lost so I might as well" that used to happen in my head.
I guess the permanent change I see is mindfulness, awareness, assessment without guilt and then making a course correction to return to the healthy journey within 24 hours. Even after a prolonged time of overeating find a positive way of looking at it as becoming aware that there is still something inside me, some trigger that I was unaware of, that I now know needs to addressed and corrected. Start working to find that new trigger and then find a way to deal with it. It gives you something to do, a task instead of just feeling.
My naturally thin friends make comments that fit this. They can stop after one too many bites without guilt for the one bite too many and without the struggle we feel to stop eating. Ever see someone not finish a delicious dessert and grab their tummy and express discomfort? I know that their sensitivity to their bodies feedback is awesome and much more sensitive than mine. Maybe the "permanent change" I'm looking for is to be more like my naturally thin friends and become more sensitive like them. I'm still a work in progress.

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Excuses - SparkCoach Blog

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spark Coach is dealing with exercise excuses today and we are supposed to blog about our excuses for skipping exercise and our plan to counter those excuses.

Excuses 1 - I'm Tired! Honestly, I am tired at the end of the day. However, I'm not so tired that I won't watch TV shows before going to bed. If I want to watch episodes of something, I need to do it on my treadmill! One episode usually equals 42-45 minutes on the treadmill.

Excuse 2 - I don't have time today. If my day is really that busy (sometimes it is), then I can fit in a short 10 minute SP exercise video. There are tons on the site and they are free!

Those are my two excuses for not exercising. They come up often, but I am now going to bust them!

  
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_CYNDY55_ 3/20/2014 2:43AM

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JAMER123 3/16/2014 12:50AM

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I can hear myself in this! Good job with exercises!!

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JAMER123 3/16/2014 12:49AM

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I can hear myself in this! Good job with exercises!!

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AJB121299 3/15/2014 10:45PM

    Nice

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MOIMAGGIE 3/15/2014 2:25PM

    I really like the first thing in the morning idea. I'd hate it, but it would effectively get rid of the all-day guilt of not doing it at all. Thinking short-term discomfort vs all-day burden....it's a no-brainer. Thanks!!

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OUATEONE2 3/15/2014 10:29AM

    Very true! Excuses are so much easier than doing something. emoticon

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HAPPYDAWNM 3/15/2014 9:07AM

    Walking the treadmill while watching tv works great for me, it not only gets in the exercise but stops the snacking I used to do while watching.

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RUBYSNANA 3/15/2014 8:50AM

    It really is easy to use excuses to skip our exercise, but when you become aware that you are doing it then you can make a plan to fix the problem. My plan is to try and do my exercise early in the morning so nothing can get in the way. When that doesn't work I commit to doing 30 minutes before cooking our supper because I know that once I eat I'm done for the day! That being said….some days the best of plans fail. When that happens I either make that day my weekly rest day or add some extra exercise to the next day!

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DRAGONSDAWN 3/15/2014 6:32AM

    You need to know yourself. I know that if I exercise at night then I will probably not do it. Other things will always get in the way. So I get up at the horrible hour of 4am so that I can exercise before work.

I hate every second of it but feel great when I'm done. Then I don't have to worry about it for the rest of the day. I know I've already accomplished something.

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TRAVELGO 3/14/2014 1:14PM

  Great excuses that I've used many times over the years. Over and over and over again.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 3/14/2014 9:38AM

    emoticon I also have found that identifying all of my excuses has been helpful. I've got an intricate web of excuses but they really do not stand up to careful scrutiny!

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AJB121299 3/14/2014 8:49AM

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LOPEYP 3/13/2014 8:33PM

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TMNORD 3/13/2014 4:44PM

    Great exercise to do. You sound like you have a plan. Great job!

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GOOSIEMOON 3/13/2014 10:17AM

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Down a pound!!!

Sunday, March 09, 2014

WooHoo! I'm a down a pound since last week. I had a low mid week weigh-in, but it wasn't real. I'm okay with that, because I am down a pound from last week!

I took a good look at my weight chart in SP. I extended the dates out to next Sunday, so I can see what my goal weight is supposed to be and that is what I am aiming for. So I am working towards being 188 on weigh-in next Sunday.

On the medical side of things, I'm having thyroid issues! It's been over a year since I have had normal thyroid levels. I have been hypo and hyper. What is really weird is that I have been hyper lately, but I haven't really lost any weight. Usually when I'm hyper, I lose weight pretty quickly. I've seen three different doctors, played around with my synthroid dosage and still no results. The doctor I'm seeing now is referring me to see an endocrinologist. I'll hopefully get to see the specialist at the end of the month.

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LOPEYP 3/10/2014 7:55AM

    Congrats on your weight loss!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 3/9/2014 8:53PM

    Congrats on the weight loss!!

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CORKYTHEMOM1 3/9/2014 10:48AM

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Slowing Down This Journey

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I'm someone who has to jump in 100%. The problem is...I can't stay 100% for any real length of time. I was reflecting on this yesterday and have realized a few things about myself.

1. I'm 40 years old and thing like my knees...hurt when I do too much. (I've noticed my knees hurt when I don't modify TurboFire workouts).

2. I'm closer to 200 lbs than 150 lbs. I need to respect my body by easing into workouts now. I used to be able to jump into to something, but now I need to give my body time to adjust to it!!

3. I need to make gradual changes. I'm going to back to running, but I'm going to tackle it like I'm a beginner training for a 5k. It's been a while since I've run and my body needs to adjust.

4. I need to change my eating habits. I've known this, but I need to make gradual changes so I don't feel like I'm turning my world upside down!

  
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MRSKATEDUVALL 3/2/2014 6:01PM

    little steps done consistently make a big change. Just tweak one or two things, get them to be a habit, then go for another. Good luck on running.

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