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Monday, June 14, 2010

I've seen several people blogging about making adjustments in their Sparking lately. What a healthy thing to do: figure out what's working, what's not, dumping what's not, deciding to try something new... cutting back on blogging, starting to blog more... being more consistent about tracking, or cutting oneself a little slack on the tracking.

Bottom line is that Spark has so much to offer, you can make changes in which tools you are using to fit your life at the moment, and when you're ready for another side of things, a fresh point of view... that's here, too.

Me? I've almost completely quit tracking nutrition. I do that on paper, anyway, pretty much know what I need, and only track on those occasions when I go "off"... to give myself a reality check. Fitness for the most part, still find it motivating to be able to stop by end of day and count it up... so a little more consistent on that.

The past week I've done a little more blogging, as self-motivation has been what I needed... sometimes I disappear for a week at a time or longer, though. In short, I take my own advice about Sparking: find what will work for you, do that. If it stops working, adjust.

Love this tool!

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CJROARK 6/14/2010 5:34PM

    Taking Sparkpeople and making it work for you! Great advice!

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WALKINGANNIE 6/14/2010 1:07PM

    Great advice Barb - to yourself and others!

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ANONALEE 6/14/2010 9:46AM

    SparkPeople offers so many tools to use, it takes a while through trial and error to find out what works. Doing them all with a lot of enthusiasm quickly leads to the realization that there's not enough time to do them all and still have a life outside the magical world of the internet -- choices must be made! I think the people who are ultimately successful here craft a program around what works for them ... just like you, Barb!
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KASEYCOFF 6/14/2010 9:36AM

    I don't have any way of measuring food when I go out, so to offset that I always measure food when I am home. I figure that even if my 'eyeballed portions' are a bit off in a restaurant, they won't be far wrong, and I can be assured that at home my meals are accurate in terms of amount, calories, etc. Opposite to your tracking, Barb, as I am not so consistent about the fitness tracking - I should be, as I think it would be useful in terms of my 'reality' check and to find out if I need to adjust it. I'm in complete agreement as to your statement about loving this tool - SP is one great website! :-)

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ANDI571 6/14/2010 9:30AM

    I am with you, and that is what I am starting to do now, find out what is going to work for me to get the scales moving again.

I think on this weight loss journey, we are figuring out something about ourselves. Before we wouldn't even had thought about it. emoticon

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KATIE33MAHALA 6/14/2010 9:24AM

    Thank you for the post, and your so right. We all have to find, our comfort zone, and what works.

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THIAGRAM 6/14/2010 9:14AM

  I love this very practical idea! Thanks for sharing!

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SUNNY332 6/14/2010 8:59AM

    Absolutely - what works for me may not work for you. You are doing GREAT and I loved the post today.

Have a GREAT week.

Sunny

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JAM2DREW 6/14/2010 8:57AM

    Glad that you are finding what works for you. Personally, I'm still searching for the right combination.

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No problem getting activity in today!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Semi-before.

All that shows is the exterior of the kids' little house... what it doesn't show is all the lifting and cleaning and packing and loading and unloading. No problem getting the step count up today. And no problem counting the lifting as strength training, either.

Semi-after.

So when my son comes home, this is the home he'll come to. Isn't the internet great? He got to see photos while his wife was house-hunting, while serving halfway around the world.

  
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CONCHA77 6/14/2010 7:02AM

    Hey Barb, first of all, YOU LOOK GREAT! Fit as a fiddle!
I think it's great that you are helping out with the big move, I am sure your DIL and son does appreciate it very much.
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KASEYCOFF 6/14/2010 3:29AM

    Myself, I think the 'net is the greatest thing since sliced bread, lol... Love the soft gray with white trim. Very neat and tidy. And what fun now to decorate! That's what I like about moving. I don't like the hassle of packing boxes and lifting furniture and so on, but I love picking colors and deciding where to put thing in 'the new place.' Best of luck to your son and daughter-in-law in their new digs! :-D

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/13/2010 9:15PM

    Awesome!!

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THIAGRAM 6/13/2010 9:06PM

  I love your picture! You are a beautiful woman! Moving someone is tons of work!!

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Wow... "Kaseycoff is"...

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Apologies for publicizing your name, Kasey, but seriously, you posted a status today that blew my socks off. It was just the one word, "is". I commented back on your status, but do you have any clue how profound that one word "is" is?

Is is the first person, present tense of the verb "to be". And is that not the very essence of life? The statements "I am", "you are", "he is", "she is" are usually followed by modifiers of one form or another. And most of us fill in our status that way, too.

"____ is getting ready to run"
"_____ is tired"
"_____ is fired up"

But the most important part of that statement is that we ARE! Spark is here to help us stay that way.

Thanks for the great reminder, Kasey! Life is good!

OneKidsMom... i.e. Barb... IS, today! I am. And, I am grateful.

  
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KALIGIRL 6/12/2010 4:55PM

    We ARE !

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SHAWWB 6/12/2010 12:00PM

    Wow, I'm impressed that such a small word can bring so many thoughts and inspire thoughts in myself as well. Thanks for the blog and for making me think!

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SROUS1340 6/12/2010 11:19AM

    You are absolutely right Barb, just being "is" something to celebrate! Sometimes we lose that in the "doing" of it all!

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LJCANNON 6/12/2010 10:15AM

    What a wonderful way to go through Life. For such a little word, 'Is' is very powerful when you stop to think about it.

emoticonThanks to Barb for calling our attention to this, and to Kasey for just BEING "Kasey"

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APRILLSCOTT 6/12/2010 10:02AM

    Barb,
Kasey "IS" just that way always "Inspiring!" A little crazy at times but always "Inspiring!" that's her gift! emoticon

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SUNNY332 6/12/2010 9:10AM

    I know how it "is".

Have a inspired day.

Sunny

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CONCHA77 6/12/2010 7:46AM

    My grandma use to say, all the time, "I is what I is" and she lived her life that way. Not a bad way of looking at things, I don't think. She was very happy in her "own skin" and she was a terrific inspiration to me.
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KASEYCOFF 6/12/2010 7:24AM

    I love it that 'is' sparked your thoughts, Barb. I is very glad to have inspired you! emoticon

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That aura of "dissatisfaction"

Friday, June 11, 2010

So, my friends, you've done well on your program. You've fought the good fight. You made it to maintenance. Maybe even have been maintaining for a while. And then, that little devil-voice comes into your head...

emoticon (yes, she's ba-ack!) "Is that all there is?"
emoticon What are you saying?
emoticon "You're still not happy."
emoticon "All that hard work didn't solve your problems."
emoticon "The world is still full of woe. Just look at the folks that have lost loved ones, or are out of work, or have some debilitating disease."
emoticon Again, just what are you saying?
emoticon "You are no better than they... you don't deserve to be happy or healthy."
emoticon OK, I'm starting to recognize you.
emoticon "Yeah, how dare you be happy when I'm not?"
emoticon You're the voice of my ex. The voice of my inner demons and self-judgment. The voice of perfectionism.
emoticon "And you know I'm right, too! I tell you who you are and what you SHOULD feel! Because, I really am you!"
emoticon No, you're not me. You're a part of me, and you can talk, but you can't take over. See this? emoticon
emoticon "Yeah, so what?"
emoticon It's a boundary. It's a reminder that even though these thoughts are talking to me... I do not have to act on them or sink down into that despondent place. I'm worth taking care of, and I am hereby surrounding myself with boundaries... no matter what you say, I don't have to give in to you...

I can go take a walk to clear my head, so I can separate out your messages from my better thoughts. emoticon

I can eat a healthy meal or snack, instead of the candy or fat-filled junk you're pushing at me. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I can talk to a friend, write a blog entry, or sing a song. And how could I POSSIBLY make a difference in the world if I give up and climb down there with you? Yes, you may have a voice, but I have a powerful weapon against that negative voice... I have a history to look at... I have a mission to complete... to do my best to live a healthy remainder of my days!

Just for today, I will rejoice in the journey... no matter what other voices present themselves to me! emoticon

  
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REJ7777 6/12/2010 7:37AM

    What a great blog! emoticon It states so well the inner struggle we all face when dealing with our weight. I especially like the way you end the blog with the wise choices we can make rather than listening to the inner disatisfied troublemaker! Here's to choosing wisely! emoticon

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LJCANNON 6/12/2010 12:08AM

    AWESOME BLOG!! It's as if you hear the Voice in My Head!!!
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DEBRITA01 6/11/2010 2:12PM

    emoticon for reminding us that those voices are always going to be playing in our heads - no matter how much we weigh. Best to focus on the positive messages and disregard those old negative ones. It's all about choices isn't it?

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ANDI571 6/11/2010 1:59PM

    Those old demons always wants to haunt us and talk us into going back. Unfortunately, I did, and I am paying for it now trying so hard to get it back off.

Don't you listen to that old devil head. Keep listening to the angel head, it knows best.

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KALIGIRL 6/11/2010 1:10PM

    "to do my best to live a healthy remainder of my days"
The most perfect life mission of all!
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ANONALEE 6/11/2010 1:05PM

    The voice is also the voice of "why bother?" It reminds me of a sermon I once heard (which I blogged about in another incarnation) wherein the priest started listing all the woes of the world and said we may not be able to do anything about these things but we're not called to do nothing. In order to do "something" of course we need to be present and capable which is where your voice of reason and sanity is so helpful. Good working through, Barb!
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THIAGRAM 6/11/2010 11:00AM

  So true! This goes right along with what you said yesterday! I am in charge of me, not the little devil on my shoulder or the voices from the outside world! Great thinking! Great blog! emoticon emoticon

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MZLADY77 6/11/2010 10:36AM

    GREAT BLOG!! CHOOSE TO DO GOOD AND HEALTHY THINGS!! Amen!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 6/11/2010 10:04AM

    Oh, Barb, that is really good! And it's almost like you've been listening in on the dialogue that goes on in my own head, lol...

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RITAROSE 6/11/2010 9:58AM

  Loved your blog! Good to learn to recognize those voices that play in our heads and call them as they are! You're right, a good walk helps to clear the mind again! Keep up the great work!

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BUGGYS 6/11/2010 9:32AM

    It' in s all about recognizing why we give in to temptations and how we overcome them...I have slowly learned that food does not replace a problem or a thought I am having...if I am stressed, I now take a walk instead!

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SUNNY332 6/11/2010 9:22AM

    We all deserve to be happy and happiness is an inside job. When we do what we are suppose to do, we are happy with ourselves and it spreads to our outsides.

Hugs, Sunny

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 6/11/2010 8:08AM

    This plays out in me, in various forms, daily. Thank you!

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CONCHA77 6/11/2010 7:59AM

    Great blog Barb, Makes me think.
No "horns" for me today, only halos.
Have a wonderful day.

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Time for a thoughtful one...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

So I put a couple of endorphin bubble filled blog entries just because. This morning I have been more thoughtful. You see, that work project that I swore was NOT going to undermine my exercise and healthy habits has kicked into a phase that's different.

The phase of meeting with lots of people and documenting requirements is past. We are now in the plate spinning of integrating different sets of requirements and juggling our way through construction. And that holds a whole different set of temptations for me.

Remember I confessed to being a geek? OK, folks, I program computers for a living. I love doing this. And this particular phase of a project has a siren song all its own as I get things "almost working" by quitting time.

"Just stay for one more test", my little inner voice emoticon says.

"But you need to take care of your health! You know what happens when you use up your energy on work... you become a couch potato at home!" emoticon

emoticon "But other people are depending on your output, and tomorrow there are so many meetings, you won't have it ready for them!"

emoticon "If you don't take care of you, the output will end... remember the last project? The fifty pounds that came on while you sacrificed your body?"

emoticon "OK, I give up. You're right... I can't torment you if you aren't here!"

Think about it people... whether your inner demon is about work, or the kids, or someone you have to take care of, remember that in order to do that thing you love, you first have to show up for the game!

Hope you're having a great week!

  
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NELLIEC 6/10/2010 3:58PM

    emoticon Beautiful blog! And I love the little demon and saint icons!

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REJ7777 6/10/2010 1:11PM

    "We have to show up for the game." I had been really exhausted and anxious at work during the weeks before my heart attack in January, sometimes working until 6, 7 or 8 pm. Other factors contributed to the attack (diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and genetics), but stress was undeniably a major factor. I just could not find the time or energy to take care of myself.

Well, I'm still half-time at work. Doctor's orders until September. Sometimes it takes that kind of wake up call to realize our limits. It's hard to say "No", especially when people are counting on us! But if we don't, maybe our body will say "No" for us.

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KALIGIRL 6/10/2010 1:10PM

    So glad 'you' are winning!
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ANDI571 6/10/2010 12:05PM

    I loved the statement we have to show up for the game. That is a powerful statement. Well said. emoticon

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SROUS1340 6/10/2010 10:45AM

    Great blog Barb, I have to keep reminding myself of all these things too. Too easy to blow off healthy things to take care of "business" when the real business is taking care of ourselves health wise so we can be productive, happy and healthy. Love it!

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ANONALEE 6/10/2010 10:08AM

    Barb, this is great reasoning. The fact of the matter is, for most of us, the house will never be totally clean, the tasks will never all get done, the computer testing could always use one more run, etc. There are a million reasons why we should thrash ourselves daily to do more, but even so, it will never, ever all get done. So, why not take care of ourselves as a priority and let the other things wait until tomorrow. They will still be there, and if we take care of ourselves, so will we.
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THIAGRAM 6/10/2010 9:41AM

  This is so true! I love the way you have said this! It's not easy to take care of the #1 person in life. It sometimes feels selfish. But nobody else can sleep or eat or exercise for that #1 person. I am the only one who can take care of me! I am the only one who can feel what is inside of me and I am the only one who can deal with those feelings. I have to care for myself and my physical body, because nobody can do it for me. Nobody else can do that for me! I must not love me more than I love others, because then it does become selfish.
This came thought came from 2 blogs I read so I'm going to make it my own blog too! Thanks for writing a great blog!

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SUNNY332 6/10/2010 9:37AM

    We all fight that inner demon, don't we. Good for you to put up a great fight. Know you are an inspiration to so many of us who battle daily.

Hugs, Sunny

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KASEYCOFF 6/10/2010 9:06AM

    Barb, that's really good - and I love your use of the emoticons for the pros and cons. Good way to analyze things and to check yourself. Clever lady, you!

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