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I missed the end of the month... better late than never...

Saturday, July 02, 2011

End of the month coming on a Thursday kind of put a crimp in my style. But progress (in maintenance, as in loss) must be documented. So end of last June (2010) and this morning's photos are on the front page.

Last night's one thing slopped over into the arena of "Spring Cleaning"... I actually pulled the fridge out of its cubby, and cleaned behind it. Don't think I've done that in four years. Feels good!

And yesterday our family finally got our act together in planning the 4th gathering!
emoticon emoticon One of my nieces wishes to have one. I volunteered my house as the venue, since I have the 5th to recuperate. I'm feeling so good about this... it means my "do one thing" initiative is working. It is making me feel more welcoming, in terms of my mind set.

My son brought the grill back to my house for the occasion. And I have today and tomorrow to deal with groceries and all that without too much stress over the state of the house because "doing one thing" has led to a house I'm not ashamed to invite people into! It's almost like reaching a goal. I deserve a reward! emoticon

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REJ7777 7/3/2011 3:27AM

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Happy 4th of July! Wishing you a great get-together!

You can celebrate your own increasing freedom as you celebrate Independence Day!

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_LINDA 7/3/2011 2:02AM

    Well done!! Way to stretch beyond your boundaries! It just keeps going and going doesn't it??
Just enjoy your holiday!! Have a great one!!
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MSLZZY 7/3/2011 12:39AM

    Make it a good one! HUGS!

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SUNNY1432 7/2/2011 12:41PM

    HAvE A gReAT WeEKenD!! emoticon emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 7/2/2011 11:46AM

    Way to go, Barb! I hope your celebration turns out fantastic.

Happy Grilling!

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Observation and tracking changes the outcome

Friday, July 01, 2011

I became a Nielsen family for a week starting yesterday morning at 5 a.m. Surprise! I think twice about turning on the TV and what I'm going to watch, knowing I have to write it down. Because it has to be five minutes within a fifteen minute block, I might choose NOT to turn on the TV because I have to write it down. Or, I have to actually pay attention to what is playing because I have to write down the program name and channel.

This is one of the puzzles of modern day physics... that the very act of observing and tracking something can alter the outcome. Haven't we all found that as we Spark along? When we track, truly track, what we consume and how much we exercise... doesn't it change what we decide? "I don't want to write down that I ate THAT!" So I don't eat it?

Or, "I have this streak going, I don't want a blank space... I'll drink that extra glass of water!" Or, "My plan says I should do dumbbell flies... I want to check that off..."

And, we have to pay attention... we might actually READ a nutrition label to see how to track it!

See? Observation and tracking changed the very decisions we made and the actions we took. And that is how we got to goal.

Mindfulness is required to observe. Observation changes the outcome. Mindfulness keeps us "AWARE! AWAKE! ALIVE!" and hopefully "Appreciative of ALL there is" (copyright for the phrase Becky, KaliGirl).

Life is good. Spark on! And Happy Canada Day to all the Sparker of the Great Nation to our North. emoticon

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DRB13_1 7/2/2011 12:39AM

My problem is, I have the information - putting it into action is the link that needs to be strengthened.

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COMPUCATHY 7/1/2011 10:10PM

    Wow...that is SO true. Funny how you've noticed that in the tv tracking. I know it makes all the difference with the eating. It has definitely been a big key in my weight loss success so far. Thanks for the perspective! Hope you have a great holiday weekend! Spark on! emoticon

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REJ7777 7/1/2011 6:57PM

    I was amazed when I saw some videos on You Tube, demonstrating the phenomenon that the very act of observing and tracking something can alter the outcome. It was WEIRD stuff!

I had never thought about applying it to tracking, but I must admit that tracking really does affect my choices.

I find that science is catching up with many things that were called "spiritual" before. I was reading an article today about the power of thought, and certain metaphysical effects that occur when a great many people think about the same thing at the same time (like looking at the Superbowl, or when Princess Diana died, etc.) After reading the article, I couldn't help but think about the power of concerted prayer.

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PENNYAN45 7/1/2011 5:42PM

    For sure, when we have to record what we do - we change what we do.
And I'm so grateful that happens!!

Happy 4th to you, Barb.

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WATERMELLEN 7/1/2011 10:52AM

    Yup, the act of tracking changes what there is to track . . .

And: happy July 4th to you coming up!!

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TURTLETALK 7/1/2011 10:23AM

    So true!

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_LINDA 7/1/2011 9:23AM

    Tracking is what lost my weight and is keeping it off. It does make you accountable! It also helps you with your choices when you see how your calories and nutrients are going for the day and know what you need more or less off. No excuses, this plan works! Thanks to Spark People for introducing this concept to so many people!

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KARIDIAN1 7/1/2011 7:04AM

    I believe in tracking, it has keep me focused for these first three months on the changes I am making.

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MSLZZY 7/1/2011 7:04AM

    Excellent observation! HUGS!

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Just a quickie!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Love my shiny stove top, thanks to several small efforts at "do one thing" morning and after work. Next in that: the stove front! I managed to clean the toaster as one of my "one thing" efforts and that side of the kitchen is starting to shape up nicely. Honestly, I am not much of a housekeeper, but it feels SO GOOD to see these tiny areas of order emerging.

I continue to train for that upcoming 5K, and to try to keep up with my son's increasing fitness levels... wish me luck on that, he's got 30 years on me... and that male muscle mass thing. emoticon emoticon But I do OK for me, and that's all that's required. Last weekend he told me I was fitter than I thought I was. Methinks he's doing his encouraging SGT talk, but it still felt good to hear it.

Have a great Wednesday, fellow Sparklers! It's ALMOST our Holiday (Sparklers? Fireworks? US Independence?) Yeah, bad, bad pun.

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MSLZZY 6/30/2011 9:44AM

    I'd say you are enjoying getting ready for this since DS is encouraging you.
Just show him how fit you really are. Think positive because you are fit.
I know you can do it! HUGS!

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REJ7777 6/29/2011 9:05PM

    We'll be getting out our Sparklers before yours! LOL! (Canada Day is July 1st.) emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 6/29/2011 7:26PM

    Very good luck on the 5 K------ Nice blog!-----Lynda

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KALIGIRL 6/29/2011 1:10PM

    Love that your 'one' things are giving you such pleasure - a reward in itself.

Here's to training! I managed to survive 15 intervals (3 min run/1 min walk) this morning and logged in 13,000 steps - think our 10K will be a walk in the park for you.

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HOT4FITNESS 6/29/2011 12:28PM

    Thanks for the quickie!! Good luck on the upcoming 5K!! I am doing one July 22nd, looking forward to it.

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_LINDA 6/29/2011 9:47AM

    Well done in all areas! Yes, no competing with a young male, not fair at all, but glad he sees you as fit!!
Keep up the great work!!

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MARVEEME 6/29/2011 9:14AM

    LOL....good job on all fronts!

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CONCHA77 6/29/2011 8:50AM

    Happy Hump Day to you. Your son is a sweetie! Have fun and enjoy!

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MKGARNER1 6/29/2011 8:43AM

    Omg, your joke was so corny it made my morning. It was funny!

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/29/2011 8:42AM

    I will have to try this ONE SMALL THING approach!
So what is the Cornhuskers Games? (I know.. it sounds like I really OUGHT to know this but alas... I don't!)

And... lady.. you are MY inspiration for sures!

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46SHADOW 6/29/2011 8:22AM

    Very cool!

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In defense of crashing and burning

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

It's truly part of the process. It's OK. Don't let it get you down.

I have observed of recent episodes of going after the carbs, it has often been coupled with disrupted sleep cycles. When I couldn't get my nap in on Sunday (it just wasn't working), that's when I started the carb grazing. Simple carbs bring you up and then crash you. I know that's what I was trying to accomplish: make me sleep!

Anyway, yesterday was normal. And my stove is a 3 inch square cleaner. And my mirror in the family room is shiny. And the cobwebs that were growing on the windowsill there are gone (until they get rebuilt, anyway). And it's a fresh, new Tuesday. Off to work!

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KALIGIRL 6/29/2011 1:09PM

    It IS part of the process. If it wasn't we wouldn't know how well we were doing!

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_LINDA 6/29/2011 2:06AM

    Never thought of food as being able to put one to sleep. I personally feel uncomfortable if I eat too late before sleeping. Look at you go with getting some chores done! I spray an invisible, odorless bug spray around my apartment to make sure there are only dead bugs are around (I hate dealing with webs and after getting a nasty spider bite want to make sure they don't survive getting in)
Ever try warm milk or a hot soaking bath?
Have a good week!

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MSLZZY 6/29/2011 12:05AM

    Positive attitude!

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DEBRA0818 6/28/2011 2:51PM

    For me, crashing and burning is undoing a substantial weight loss. What you're describing is more of a bump and slight temperature rise! But, whatever it was, good for you to just accept it as part of the process. Plus, I don't know if life would be all that great without a little heat now and then!

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SLM0305 6/28/2011 12:54PM

    You go, girl! (In a quote from the 'Batman Beginnings' movie, "Why Do We Fall? (or 'fail'), "So We Can Pick Ourselves UP!" emoticon

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ELSEEBEE 6/28/2011 8:57AM

    Sometimes I think it's absolutely necessary we get "off track" temporarily. Our bodies are very wise and if we listen, they'll tell us what we need. I love your example of carb grazing because you needed rest.It was a temporary situation and now you're back on track. emoticon

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So, if you were wondering when I would next crash and burn...

Monday, June 27, 2011

Sunday won the bet.

I said it was a great afternoon for a nap, which it was, but I only nodded off for about five minutes. I proceeded to sedate myself with carbs. Today, back on track. Sundays are a tough day, especially when I start stressing over how busy the next weeks are going to be.

Sleep is good. emoticon Nutrition is good. emoticon emoticon emoticon Exercise is good. emoticon

Balance is very good. emoticon

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_LINDA 6/28/2011 1:54AM

    Sounds like you need to line up some fun activities for your Sundays to take your mind off the coming week. Think of what escapist fare you can get into next time. bowling, swimming, movie, any kind of out of the house activity. You can do it!!! Most people do lose it on the weekend as their work week gives them very little time to mess up and easier to stick to routine.
Hope you have a good week and not get too many stressed out times..

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DRB13_1 6/28/2011 1:01AM

    hope your new streak lasts a good, long time...plan for those weak days and remember to ask yourself are you physically hungry or do you have a need that is asking for attention? hang in there!

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MSLZZY 6/27/2011 11:46PM

    I missed the flames LOL! Balance is the key-hugs!

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WATERMELLEN 6/27/2011 10:46PM

    Not a 'crash and burn'

Just a small mistake, and you're right back on track.

Not to worry. Really.

We've gotta find ways of making our work lives less stressful . . . yeah!!

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REJ7777 6/27/2011 10:08PM

    Aren't you glad every day is a new beginning?

Balance is very, very good! emoticon

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