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Monday, September 08, 2014


I am glad to be part of the Summer 5% Challenge. I know that these challenges keep me "on track" toward building a happier, healthier life.

I am reading a book right now called, "The Diet Fix: Why Diets Don't Work" by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff. The book reinforces what I am learning from sparkpeople.

One line I like: "The more weight you want to permanently lose, the more of your life you're going to have to permanently change." THIS IS A LIFESTYLE!!!

Another idea from the book I really like is about "what to do when things aren't going to plan?" Dr. Freedhoff suggests asking yourself two questions, "What can I do RIGHT NOW that I can be proud of?" and "What can I do RIGHT NOW that can help a little bit?"

There's a lot in my life right now not-going-according-to-my-plan. It's "Serenity Prayer" time. But with the help of sparkpeople I can make good choices that will build a healthy, happy life.



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I just finished my seventh (!) 5% Challenge -- up 10 pounds!!!!

I am struggling...not making the best choices... BUT I'm not giving up.

I decided to look back at my "ups and downs" -- because, while I still have a lot to lose, I have lost over 40 pounds.

I started sparkpeople in January 2013 (OK -- my sister set up an account for me a year or so before, but in January 2013 I REALLY started. I weighed 254.

Winter into Spring 2013 5% Challenge
Start 242
End 227

Spring into Summer 2013 5% Challenge
Start 228
End 222

Sumer 2013 5% Challenge
Start 219
End 209

Fall 2013 5% Challenge
Start 210
End 210

Winter 2014 5% Challenge
Start 210
End 205

Spring 2014 5% Challenge
Start 201
End 198

Summer 2014 5% Challenge
Start 197
End 207

So... In terms of weight, I'm pretty much where I was a year ago. BUT I look better in my clothes, have learned how to do the weights at the Y, did a 10K with 15 minute miles, almost hardly ever never binge on a whole bag of chips or package of cookies. I DO want to lose more weight, so I have to "up my game." More exercise. Better food choices.

The spark continues.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 8/19/2014 12:04PM

    You and I are in the same boat it seems. Last year I lost over 40 pounds. This year, only 2. "Where have I gone wrong?" I ask myself almost everyday. But I don't give up. I exercise in some form each day and love it. I challenge myself and take any NSV that comes my way as a positive in my life. Keep it up. It will happen!

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TERI-RIFIC 8/19/2014 5:50AM

    Never give up and you have come a long way! Hang in there. You can do it.

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ZRIE014 8/19/2014 1:13AM

  don't stop because it sometimes take time to find the change.

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GRANNIEC1 8/19/2014 1:07AM

    It looks and sounds like your doing a FANTASTIC job!! You've had a minor setback, but it's NOTHING when you look how far you've come! DON'T GIVE UP, HANG IN THERE and CONTINUE FORWARD!!
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22 Days

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I will turn 55 on September 4...three weeks from today...if you include today AND my birthday that's 22 days. I have decided to CHALLENGE myself to not-eat-after supper between now and then.

The whole eating-eating-eating after supper (especially between 9:00-11:00 pm) is a HUGE problem for me. I know I'm not hungry. It's just a very bad habit. Sit down on the couch and EAT.

So. 22 days.

I spent a very brief time in "onederland" and I liked it. I probably can't get back there by my birthday, but I can get headed in the right direction.

I'm doing the August 31 Challenge to walk a mile every day. I already have 21 miles down (on August 14 -- woohoo!).

I just need to get this eating thing under control

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4MEIWILLDOIT 8/16/2014 5:23PM

  You can do it! I know you will be tempted but I know you can do it!

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MLH148 8/14/2014 10:17PM

    Small challenges are so much more achievable. You can do it!

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COOP9002 8/14/2014 6:49PM

    Nice challenge.

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TERI-RIFIC 8/14/2014 5:26PM

    Good challenge! If I counted the times in whole life when I overate most of them would be during that deadly evening time! What works for me is eating a high protein breakfast. It sets the stage for the whole day. Plus I have a planned small dessert after dinner and I say to myself I've had my treat and that's it. It is hard to break bad habits but you can do it!!!!!

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Summer 5% Happiness Log

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I did many things today that I enjoyed...a class on Centering Prayer in the morning, reading an interesting article while I ate my salad w/ grilled chicken at lunch, getting some things done at work, listening to James Taylor on a re-run of "Prairie Home Companion, supper with my husband, some quiet prayer time at the end of the day. The thing that made me happiest was probably GOING TO BED EARLY.

A hard day. Work was "work." Lots of chores at home. "Fussing" with my husband. My right leg hurting. BUT. I watched a rerun of an old tv show, "The Bold Ones: The New Doctors" from 1973. I love medical shows -- the old ones (Marcus Welby, Medical Center) and the new ones (ER, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Night Shift). AND I marched in place and did stretches while I watched tv. It felt good to move.

I FINALLY went to a store that specializes in running/walking shoes. This has been on my "to do" list for months. I walked on a treadmill and they analyzed my gait, etc., etc. They also measured my feet (of course!) and put me in a size 12 D (wide) woman's shoe (I had been wearing a 10 EE man's shoe). Anyway -- I hope this investment in a good shoe will bear fruit in much walking. I DID take a lonnnnggg walk tonight -- longer than I planned because I got lost! I found my way home, but it was a bit of a dangerous route (two-lane road, no sidewalk). Next time: I map out my route IN THE DAYLIGHT.

This is kind of a "double edged sword." My happiness today was stopping at a new restaurant in our neighborhood. It's a small Chinese place, owned by a married coupe with a 15 year old daughter (who also works there). I am so happy to see small, family owned businesses start. I hope they can survive and thrive! Of course, I have to learn how to eat HEALTHY at a Chinese restaurant: MEASURE THOSE PORTIONS!!!

The thing I did today that made me most happy was working with someone from the Diocese who is helping me get all my records "up to date" (record keeping is a part of my job that I REALLY struggle with!). It required working on several different computer screens at once and toggling back and forth and it was HARD. Lots of data. But I did it and I learned new things and the woman from the Diocese was very nice and patient. It was humbling to admit I didn't know what I was doing and ask for the help. But in the long run, asking for help made me HAPPY.

There are some really hard things going on at work. We had a LONNNNGGGG exhausting meeting about them. One thing I did that made me happy was talking to a friend about the situation. The other thing: I walked, I stretched, I watched some tv.

I called a friend and cried on her shoulder. Well, I cried, anyway. Sometimes on a bad day, that's as close to happiness as you can get. I am very grateful for my friend.

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NHES220 7/29/2014 3:41PM

    I love the medical shows too! Very smart of you to go to a running store and get fitted properly. I am a big fan of that! I am hard to fit, flat feet, bunions. My advice to you now that you are using the right place - if these shoes are not comfortable after a couple of walks (3-4) bring them back. They will stand behind them and get you something else. That is how my store works. They are more interested in you as a repeat customer than a one time sale.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 7/27/2014 5:40PM

    One of my favorites too! The weekend is great for catching up on sleep. emoticon

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HOLLYM48 7/27/2014 9:50AM

    I do love it when I can go to bed early and sleep through the night! I always feel so refreshed in the morning! Glad you had a good day!

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What one thing...?

Friday, July 25, 2014

A little more than two years ago (June 21, 2012) I was at an inservice for work. One of the questions for reflection was WHAT ONE THING, THAT YOU AR NOT DOING NOW, IF YOU WOULD DO IT, WOULD HAVE A GREAT IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE? I wrote down "exercise and eat right" -- but I didn't share it with the group. I was too embarrassed. About six months later my sister MLH148 invited me to join sparkpeople. It has been verrrrrryyyyy slowwww and there have been a lot of ups and downs. But I am exercising more (yesterday I WALKED to a lunch shop a mile away instead of driving my car) and eating better (who knew that I don't need cheese and croutons on a salad or meat on a pizza?).

Sometimes it is scary to me... I have to KEEP DOING THIS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.

The other day a friend said, "be might be able to lose weight, but it's really hard not to gain it back...I lost a lot of weight on Weight Watchers and I look at me now." I don't think she was trying to be mean. Just realistic.

One day at a time.

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MLH148 7/26/2014 9:32AM

    I think you've got a realistic handle on lifestyle change. You take it slow, you get off track sometimes, you keep doing it for the right reasons. Too many people are looking for a magic number or a specific time frame. Remember, the past is gone, the future uncertain so be sure to open your present-to good choices

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 7/25/2014 5:22PM

    Yes you do have to do it for the rest of your life. That is way it is a lifestyle change and not a diet. You are doing fabulous. 2 years in and you are still sticking to it. emoticon

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KATIBUG49 7/25/2014 3:20PM

    It's so hard to not listen tot he negative thoughts from with in us as well as those from others. You can do this - just take one day at a time & don't give up on yourself!

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COOP9002 7/25/2014 12:31PM

    Sounds like you're right on course. Blessings to you on your continued journey.

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