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Feeling slightly... victorious?

Monday, March 05, 2012

As I sit here Sparking before work and contemplating the plan for the day, I did that "feelings check", and realized that I made it through an entire weekend "on plan". I did the mileage I needed to do. I did not binge eat. In short, I am feeling that sweet "victory" feeling of having kept promises to myself.

The cautionary note to self for Monday is "now, don't get cocky!" Just keep on following the plan. Which is: I want to leave work on time tonight and get a moderate swim in, as today is "off" from mileage building.

Tomorrow, which is supposed to be a really nice day with high in the upper 60's, I hope to walk home from work. This is a nice, long walk, and will necessitate walking to a bus stop Wednesday morning to get back to work, since I will have left the car at work.

Anyway, that's the initial plan. We shall see what monkey wrenches life tosses into the mix! Life's good. Spark on!

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_LINDA 3/6/2012 12:39AM

    Fantastic!! That is great! Here is hoping that momentum will last your work a day week!
You go girl!!

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/5/2012 10:55PM

    I have the same experience, followed my plan ALL weekend and am on top of the world... and I donīt want to get cocky over it because that usually leads me to the wrong place. One day at the time – but oh. how glorious it is to have two really good ones!

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SHARON10002 3/5/2012 9:58PM

    emoticon on sticking with it through the weekend, and for such a good plan for the next two days! emoticon

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COMETER 3/5/2012 9:24PM

    Yes, there IS something wonderful about looking back on days of success. I'm so glad that you feel so good...and yes! the weather is looking better and better for adding some outdoor activity.

Good going!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/5/2012 8:27PM

    Sweet victory! You're AWESOME!!!

Thank you so very much for YOUR comment on my blog (DS left for Basics today). I appreciate it so very much.


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HOT4FITNESS 3/5/2012 6:57PM

    Today is the day that the Lord had made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. Here is to sweet victories

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KARIDIAN1 3/5/2012 6:27PM

    Today was a good day for me too.

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NETOPIASGAL 3/5/2012 2:04PM

    I'm feeling victorious today too!

That's a good reminder to not get cocky. I know I've done that before and sabotaged myself.

Have a great Monday! emoticon

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SUE_2U 3/5/2012 10:26AM

    You are certainly planning wisely! emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 3/5/2012 9:18AM

    Please send some of your motivation - and nice weather - my way! (Congrats on a successful weekend!)

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ARD1962 3/5/2012 8:53AM

    good deal. u doing gfeat
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MAYGIRL14 3/5/2012 8:40AM

    Sounds like you had a good weekend, and that your plans for the week are good! I hope the monkey keeps his wrench to himself!!!
Have a great week! emoticon

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MSLZZY 3/5/2012 8:31AM

    Good luck and have a great day!

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SUNNY332 3/5/2012 8:02AM

    Yea for the sweet victory. Do have a good day at work.


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DONNA088 3/5/2012 7:49AM

  Awesome! Way to go!

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Where do YOU live?

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Apparently I'm not sure where I live. I pretty much live a virtual life. Yesterday I had the experience of signing up online for something that required verification of identity. The process asked a number of questions, one of which was about associations with street addresses. It gave me a list of five or six to choose among, or "none of the above". I did not immediately recognize any of the addresses... five of them I could absolutely reject immediately.

But one of them sounded vaguely familiar. Hmmm... what *was* the address of that transitory apartment we only "camped" in for a year or so? I found myself doing a Google maps search of the vague address to verif that in fact, at one time, it had likely been mine!

Being, well, me... this led to some ponderings over whether I have *ever* lived much in the real, physical world. Whatever my street address.

I've always been a bit of a dreamer. Some folks are well grounded in the space they occupy on the planet. Not one of them, here. I seem to require time to read, become immersed in fantasy, reverie, movies or TV, whatever... but to go somewhere ELSE than where my head lays down at night.

I was pondering that this morning as I navigated the vacuum over a couple of rooms I hadn't done in a few weeks. Hmmm... why is it that some people *see* what needs doing and do it?

When I visited a resident of a half way shelter, I observed that the residents were given regular chores, including cleaning. This was inspected regularly, too. This was to prepare the residents to take care of themselves independently.

Most of us had similar lessons from our mothers. But some of us have chosen not to follow them once we lived on our own. I have used various justifications for *not* keeping house well. I have to admit they sound a lot like the excuses for not taking better care of nutrition and activity!

I see some folks posting photos of their tidy sinks, and so forth. I made a special effort for several weeks last year to "do one thing" before and after my work day to contribute to a harmonious, dignified dwelling place. Honestly, my home is in better shape than it was when I first started that effort. But the effort petered out after a while, and I chased some other shiny something.

As I pick up my training for the half marathon, I find it starts moving me into the "living in the present" direction... dragging me out of my fantasy space, and making me conscious of my surroundings. Again.

OK, so it may be intermittent. It may be sporadic. But here I am. I live HERE. In the NOW and in the LOCAL. Like it or not.

Life's good. Spark on! emoticon

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    I consider myself to be ground white pepper on silver-flecked formica countertop.
Stir me up and I'm the biggest presence in the room. Barely visible but annoying.
Enjoy me while I'm there as I'm spicey and make your nose tingle!
Once I settle down I'm too involved in my own world to get involved in much else. This includes cleaning my house if you come over, getting my socks out from under (near) the bed or the papers off the kitchen table.
I think if my house was clean it would be because I was having no fun.

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SHARON10002 3/5/2012 10:16PM

    I'm in agreement with most here. I never have liked doing housework. I prefer doing something else. I would hate to depart this earthly plane and knowing that I died while doing housework. What about all the time I could have spent with my family? Doing the things l loved to do? I don't obsess over it, and dust and vacuum each day. It's a lived in clean. But I do belong to the "clean sink club"! We have been de-cluttering our house, too. It's so easy to accumulate "stuff".

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ALOHAEV1 3/5/2012 6:01AM

    Amazing about the street addresses. A few years ago that question was asked, I answered none of the above and they tried to tell me I wasn't who I said I was. After several attempts to talk to someone, grrrrrrr, finally convinced them they were the mistaken one.

That reminds me, I have to finish putting away the Christmas decorations. Get so used to seeing things that just seems like they belong there. The carpenters were riding out a tornado warning in the house, one of them really liked my stuff.

I see myself at one point or another in everyone of these great comments you've gotten, so for this I'd have to check all of the above.

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_LINDA 3/5/2012 1:13AM

    House cleaning is a very low priority on my list too. Life is too short to waste on menial tasks..My kitchen is the cleanest place in my apartment -out of necessity as its so tiny I only have one counter I can use so can't allow any clutter to build up there..
Enjoy being in the present -the exercise will get your motor running!

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COMETER 3/4/2012 7:40PM

    "Here and now" does include the kitchen sink.

I've also been enjoying my New Years resolution to do a little housework each day, and to try to do tasks other than the usual dusting-sweeping-etc. It's been nice. And shows that I am showing up.

And my mom gave me great training--I know what needs to be done, even when I choose not to do it! In fact, one of my first realizations that I had become an adult was one day when I was with at my folks' house after my mom had had surgery. I was there to help. Mom handed me her cleaning caddy, told me how she liked to have the bathroom done, and then I did exactly as she asked--no arguing, no shortcuts, no using only one cleanser on every surface.

And you rock! Thanks for the great post. Rock on!

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KARIDIAN1 3/4/2012 7:37PM

    I like things neat and tidy, but don't spend every minute worrying about keeping things that way. We have worked on decluttering and getting rid of "stuff" the last few years. Amazing what you can get rid of and not miss at all.

Enjoyed reading your blog as always.

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LEANJEAN6 3/4/2012 6:47PM

    Great blog--live in the present----and try to not sweat the small stuff!--It's all about "'life"" eh?------I thought you wanted to know where we all live(LOL) when I saw the title of yer blog----- Lynda

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READINGLOTS 3/4/2012 6:10PM

    I love your blog. It is good to live in the present (but I prefer not to spend all my present cleaning!!)
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SUNNY332 3/4/2012 4:12PM

    Living in the here and now just makes sense to me.

We can look forward and we can look back but all we have is "right now".

I am thankful for each day!

I saw a sign the other day that said "What if you woke up this morning and only had what you thanked God for yesterday?" Wow!

Love you, Sunny

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STRIVER57 3/4/2012 2:54PM

    i have very strong feelings on this subject. no one is ever going to say at my funeral, she as a terrible housekeeper. and if they do, the people who loved me will shut them up. that is far from the most important thing you can do with your life. yeah, living in the present, at least some of the time, is quite useful. and it's nice to have a house you're not embarrassed to have people visit ... but shiny sinks? and vacuumed daily? and no dust anywhere? if it makes you happy, then go for it. but don't criticize those of us with other priorities.

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CANNIE50 3/4/2012 1:22PM

    Someone taught me long ago to tend to the "business of daily living" and that, for instance, making my bed each morning signaled my willingness for my life to be more manageable. I will never have an immaculate house, but I do often have a tidy house because order lowers my level of anxiety. Like you, I adore reading and movies and t.v. - alternate worlds that I can visit. When I start spending too much time there I know it is because something in my own world needs tending. That is when I tell myself to spend 20 minutes, or an hour, or 5 minutes even, to tend to something that is nagging at me - a phone call, or some paperwork, laundry, whatever I have neglected. Anyway, I do think clutter and weight are very related. I eat more when I am not taking care of business. I really enjoyed your blog. Thank you for putting so much care into writing it.

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/4/2012 12:38PM

    I am the one with the shiny sink... and it is the only thing in the house that is tidey as long as I report it as a Sprak goal. The moment I quit it will start to slide ack to the same old sloppiness as usual - or maybe not. My plan is to keep on until I do it naturally. It will probably not happen but still... the thing is that I love my house when it is tidy, when I donīt bump ino things and when I find things immedieately.. and when I donīt have to clear the livingroom table before putting my teacup there or I donīt have to clean my bed from clothes before getting in it.

Flylady - the one with the shine-you-sink program has helped me a lot as she sees it as a practical thing ot a moral must.

If I could be a happy camper in my mess I would because I donīt have any idea that it should be clean just to be clean. But it feel like more air and freedom when there is not a lot of clutter...

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/4/2012 12:19PM

    I enjoyed this blog a lot and voted for it. Thanks for the reminder and the smiles as I share similar thoughts. Have a wonderful day.

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MSLZZY 3/4/2012 12:14PM

    Live in the "here" and "now", the best place to be.

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MAMADWARF 3/4/2012 11:08AM

    It might just be your astrological sign influencing you...sagittariuos or Aquarius perhaps? It is hard to go against who we are naturally isn't it. Especially when it means we have to conform. Good for you for doing what you can!

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EVWINGS 3/4/2012 11:04AM

    I do believe we are sisters from another mother. The worlds of reading and writing where we are forced into imaginary locations if only for a while seem so much better, yes? Are they excuses? You bet! Are they very similar to those used to avoid a healthy lifestyle? Oh, how do I count the ways? What beautifully put thoughts into writing into action!!! Thank you so much and I'm off to check your Spark Page to learn more.

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JOHNTJ1 3/4/2012 10:33AM

    I totally agree. The most wonderful and amazing place to live is in the present. A number of years ago I spoke with a person who told me something I will never, ever forget. "Where you are is where you are supposed to be, right now!!!"

Looks like you are living that mantra.

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CONCHA77 3/4/2012 10:19AM

    Dreamer or not, Spark on! Love the new profile picture. You look Great!!!

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WATERMELLEN 3/4/2012 10:18AM

    I'm domestically challenged.

No question about it.

And if I were any more perfect, I'd be so insufferably self-righteous such that nobody could tolerate me at all at all.

My excuse and I'm sticking to it.

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PYNETREE 3/4/2012 10:18AM

    LOL! emoticon Oh so much easier to not be weighted down by these real, actual physical places that need regular maintenance, cleaning, daily chores!

But, we must! I have recently become a master at avoidance of the upkeep. Not as good as my husband...who really doesn't see anything wrong, or lacking in our space. But good enough to live with the stacks of magazines, Newspapers, and catalogs, that threaten to clog traffic through the living room. And I don't know how the vacuum is still used to get fed every third or fourth day, now it has gone week without it meal of dust, and dog hair.

This is what those "tied to mortal bonds" mean...we remain anchored to this the chores that pull us back. emoticon emoticon

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MAYGIRL14 3/4/2012 10:11AM

    My motto is, "An immaculate house is the sign of a dull woman!" I do try to improve on my dedication to keeping things neat and clean, but when something more interesting calls, I seem to be off and running!
I also want to welcome you to the Blue Stars Moms team!

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Confessions of a woman on the edge...

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Sheesh, the way I feel this morning, you'd think I had re-developed HORMONES! Of course it didn't help that one of the first things I did this morning was to review journals from a year ago. I was looking for training mileage... what I found was the last weekend of my Diamond's lifespan. Yep.

Then I took my son's car in for a six-month service. I asked advice for how to best care for it the next nine or ten months while he is deployed and its insurance is on "in storage". The young man who helped me was so kind, and when he went over the service showed me how he'd gone and searched for online coupons to apply to the bill, and told me his mom had taken care of his vehicle when HE was deployed. I was ready to melt into tears.

Now, if you know anything about women and being on the verge of teariness, you know this is NOT a good time to get a haircut. But that's what I needed to do this morning. One should wear a sign, "It's not your fault!" for the poor folks who end up taking care of you! No matter how good the haircut, you won't like it.

Anyway, it isn't a bad haircut. Styled a bit differently than I normally do, but that will change. I managed polite and gave a decent tip, but I'm still a bit on the emotionally fragile side.

This weekend's plan includes at least a 6 mile outing on hoof. Because I need to be boosting mileage. I've done 4.5, 4.13, and 4.25 in evening treadmill sessions earlier in the week, but it is the weekend: long walk required. Thinking about a coffee shop about 35 blocks away... walking there for coffee would fulfil the required mileage.

Life is life. Choose it. Experience it. Don't stuff it away with food. Spark on! emoticon

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MAYGIRL14 3/4/2012 10:22AM

    I read this blog and almost came to tears myself for you. My daughter hasn't left yet for her deployment, but is currently at a hospital in Maryland for one of her final trainings. She, too, will leave her car with us. What a sweet boy your mechanic was to go the extra mile for you. That is one thing about the military family, they look out for each other. That does give me comfort.
I will keep your family in our prayers.
(and I bet your haircut looks great on you!)

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ALOHAEV1 3/4/2012 9:11AM

    It isn't hormones it's a natural reaction of pride and fear of having our own flesh and blood go off to defend us. So keep the tissues handy.

It's a good reminder about the insurance, when our son deployed the second time leaving his car in Norfolk instead of home it was suggested he disconnect the battery don't remember the logic to that. We all would love to have a helpful mechanic like yours by the way!

Must be a really great cuppa joe to walk that far. Sip away!

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MOBYCARP 3/4/2012 8:10AM

    Walking is good. Walking long distances has really helped me at some emotional times of my life. I'd love to walk those 6 miles with you, but . . . it is not to be in the near future.

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/4/2012 12:40AM

    I had never heard the word deployed before - means that he is on a mission somewhere far away?I have a friend who has been in Afghanistan on a military mission since october and I really miss her - she is a communication officer and should not be in danger but I mis talking to her.

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PENNYAN45 3/4/2012 12:24AM

    If a mom can't feel emotional about her son deploying -- then nobody has a right to get emotional about anything!!


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_LINDA 3/3/2012 9:57PM

    Of course you are upset and emotional, worrying about your son and his deployment. That isn't hormones, just normal emotions. So glad you got that nice young man for a service tech who could understand.
I always feel lightened and better after a hair cut. Ready to get a good, sweaty workout in and the wash up after is so much easier and saves on shampoo. I didn't care who did my hair as long as it was short and the cheaper the better, but as I have this nice lady in my building, I can go to her always now.
I hate walking aimlessly, getting to the coffee shop is a good goal to keep you focused! Hope you have a nice day for it!
What is this Diamond?
That is a great background photo!
Hope you have a brighter weekend and feel better!

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COMPUCATHY 3/3/2012 8:44PM

    Hang in there. You are awesome! Hope DS is safe in his deployment. Mine is scheduled to deploy next March. I'm so glad you got the nice service tech and he was so helpful and thoughtful. Son's are the best...well, daughters are awesome, too. Wishing you a super March! Keep up the good work! Spring is on the way! Thanks for your encouragement! Spark on! emoticon P.S. Love your background pic.

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SUE_2U 3/3/2012 7:24PM

    ((((hugs))) You're every bit as much a soldier as anyone deployed to Afghanistan. I have no sons in the service, but Ron's daughter was deployed for 18 months. Thankfully, she's home, now.
Bless you and I bet that is a great haircut! Just needs to grow out a bit first.

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SUNNY332 3/3/2012 6:34PM

    That would have reduced me to tears also, Barb.

The hair will grow.

Huggers, Sunny

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KARIDIAN1 3/3/2012 6:08PM

    Take care, that is hard knowing he will be so far away. At least now with the internet you can stay in touch if possible. Both my husband and I cut our own hair. Haven't had anyone else cut it for over 20 years now. What is nice is we can cut it when ever we want and never have to wait for a convenient appointment- and no tips!

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KALIGIRL 3/3/2012 5:53PM

    Save some time for an afternoon walk tomorrow.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/3/2012 4:37PM

    What is it about women and their hair? I just KNOW that if I could find the right hairstyle all in MaryWorld would be perfect. LOL! Hope you're feeling a little less emotional as the day wears on. Hang in there.

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MSLZZY 3/3/2012 4:26PM

    Sounds like a little post-traumatic issue. Son is deployed
and you are on your own again. You miss him and it
shows. So the haircut isn't quite what you wanted but
hair grows. A good walk will help clear your mind and
you might even find a little peace in it. HUGS!

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KRISZTA11 3/3/2012 2:31PM

    I'm with you - I don't like haircuts anyway.
After a haircut I feel strange and awkward, and I feel OK only after washing and drying my hair.
I like my hairdresser a lot and she is good really, but I go as rarely as possible.

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FITFABJENN 3/3/2012 1:51PM

    Walking with a purpose is always more enjoyable, too.

Feel better.

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ANDI571 3/3/2012 1:43PM

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My motto has always been: You can't change life, but you can change your hair.

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Dialing back the calorie range: it works!

Friday, March 02, 2012

I know this is no big surprise to successful Sparkers. But it had been a while that I've been on maintenance, and I had got used to having not just my olives on my lunch salad, but a couple of tablespoons of crumbled low fat Feta cheese. I had got used to my evening snack having three graham cracker squares added to my lite yogurt.

Those are the only two changes I made this week, dropping one or the other of the items added to my salad, and dropping the graham crackers. Total calories saved? Only about 130 but that, believe it or not, is enough to make a difference. I also made sure *this* week to have lunch sized entrees for lunch. With my higher training levels I had been "getting away with" dinner sized entrees... another maybe 50 calories difference on average.

If you take that 180 calories times 7 days average... it comes out to 1260, which implies about a third of a pound deficit. But add to it some increased burn as I up my walking miles, and it should add up to half a pound a week. On average.

We shall see if this is enough to meet my March plan. The important thing? I am MAKING these small changes, and committed to them! That alone makes them worth it, as they make me feel good about me.

The most empowering thing in life is keeping a promise to yourself. One little promise. Today. One day at a time.

Life is good. Spark on! emoticon

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COMETER 3/4/2012 7:42PM

    This was timely--thanks!

I've realized that I also need to dial back down my eating. Step by step.

Bite by bite.

Olive by olive.

But--I still intend to savor every bite.

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MOBYCARP 3/3/2012 8:42AM

    I've had to make several adjustments to my calorie range in just 3 months of maintenance; it's not shocking that you should need to make an adjustment once in a while. It's kind of like playing Asteroids after you move the ship; you can always move it back to the center of the screen, but keeping it there requires attention and periodic adjustments.

One of the things I took away from discussions on a weight lifting board has to do with calories in/calories out. A guru there measures calories burned with the VO2 max method (sp?) - a high tech means of measuring how much oxygen is used by the body. She says it's impractical to measure calories burned, and the best she can do with her own body is make adjustments to how much she eats if the weight moves up or down.

If the people who actually understand the science have no better guide than scale movement to determine how much to eat, I don't feel bad about using the same method.

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KALIGIRL 3/3/2012 7:45AM

    Here's to changes - one day @ a time!

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/3/2012 12:20AM

    That is so true and it is weird that it is so hard to follow... thaks for the inspiratio!

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KARIDIAN1 3/2/2012 8:57PM

    Amazing how those little things can add up fast. Thinking back to how I ate before SP is really scarey now.

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_LINDA 3/2/2012 12:00PM

    Great planning! All those little changes are going to add up for you! Being a Nutrition Tracker fanatic, I do see how something small and innocent can sure add up over time. It sure doesn't take a whole lot to go over the calories you need :( It has to be a constant vigilance..
Hope you have a Fantastic Friday and a great weekend!

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MIZCATHI 3/2/2012 11:20AM

    These are the kinds of steps I'm taking this month - cutting out all those little extras that I enjoy, and seeing how I react. It's good to feel like I can do it, much less get my brain around the concept at all. I'm rooting you on!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/2/2012 10:09AM

    Oh, how I envy you, Barb. Sure wish I could get "there" mentally. Still struggling but not giving up hope.

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/2/2012 10:03AM

    Thanks for the reminder! Those little changes DO make a difference, and I need to make 1 or m2 of them myself! 1st one is forgoing the afternoon chocolate from the office goodie stash! Have been staying out of that over a week now.

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MSLZZY 3/2/2012 9:43AM

    Excellent plan and one I should be looking into.

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CONCHA77 3/2/2012 9:41AM

    As far as keeping our promises to ourselves I could not agree more. We must be true to ourselves.
Way to Go on a great week!

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SUNNY332 3/2/2012 9:14AM

    It is the little changes that give big results.

Thanks for a great post.


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MAGGIE101857 3/2/2012 7:52AM

    It's the little things that add up, both positive and negative. Thanks for highlighting it this morning. This has been an off week for me being sick, and little exercise, and my eating has been off as well! Add to that sinus meds, water retention, and my scale is up (hopefully just a temporary glitch).

Think I'll change my foods up this weekend (vegetarian daughter arriving today for the weekend), go for more veggie meals with her and see what happens!

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    Good luck with reaching your goal and staying focused. +Mark

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SUE_2U 3/2/2012 7:41AM

    Good planning! March On!

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HOT4FITNESS 3/2/2012 7:41AM

    Thanks for sharing. It is amazing that just by changing little things in our diet and lifestyle that it can make a huge difference in our progress. Happy training!!!

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Marching forward... watching backward

Thursday, March 01, 2012

First of a new month, time to assess.

It's been a while since I took a progress photo, and it's a work morning, so I haven't today, either. I need to soon, though, because I'm one of those folks who doesn't "see" the image in the mirror... too influenced by my mood.

The raw statistics:
From a year ago?
Up 4.6 pounds.

From the first of the year?
Up 1 pound.
Waist is up half an inch to 28.5.
Hips, similarly up half an inch, to 35.5.
The rest of the measurements are the same.

So, my rocky maintenance is continuing, a bit up from a year ago, but then again, a year ago I was further along in my training for the half, not having been sidelined by those illness issues I experienced in January and February.

All in all, I can't feel terrible about where I am in my "self-assessment", especially as I have resumed training. It has an amazing positive influence on my mood.

I was reading LeanJean's blog this morning, and she mentions a goal of 5 pounds in March. That's certainly do-able, and worth striving toward. If I *were* to achieve it, I'd be back at training weight range. So, here it is, the March goal... to pursue the walking time and distance training plan, and though the scale will do whatever the scale will do, eat at enough of a deficit to support weight loss this month.

Life is good, no matter that 'tis busy. Spark on!

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/1/2012 11:37PM

    Good plan, I would need one as well! emoticon

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_LINDA 3/1/2012 6:24PM

    Nothing like being free of illness and feeling those exercise endorphons rolling in to get your March kickstarted!
No looking back now, its only full steam ahead for you!
Spark Steamroller coming through -look out March!!!

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WATERMELLEN 3/1/2012 4:52PM

    Forward March!! Left right left right . . .

You don't want to look backwards too long because . . . you don't want to march into a wall. Yeah. You're resolved, committed, and that's all it takes.

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MSLZZY 3/1/2012 2:37PM

    Right on! SPark on! March on!
I'd also say "Game On!" Go for it!

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SUE_2U 3/1/2012 2:31PM

    Spark On! March On!
You're not just surviving... You're Thriving!

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KRISZTA11 3/1/2012 1:07PM

    Looking forward to see your progress photo!
It's great you got through all that illness.
Spark on!

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KATHRYNLP 3/1/2012 9:24AM

    emoticon SPARK-ON!!!

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KALIGIRL 3/1/2012 8:39AM

    Here's to the 'the walking time and distance training plan'...
Sounds like marching forward to me!

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FITFABJENN 3/1/2012 7:45AM

    Sounds like a solid plan. Despite a very slight gain, you have made significant progress in the last year. Spark on.

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