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There are a million excuses...

Monday, April 04, 2011

to misbehave. There is only ONE good reason not to: because I'm worth it.

I had a bad weekend. It started out feeling unwell Saturday morning... a little headachy, nauseated. Pushed through what I needed to do in the morning, but then essentially gave up the rest of the day... ate to self-medicate... clearly didn't drink enough water... but started feeling a little better by the end of the day.

Sunday... I wrote this blog to try to get myself back in the sparking mood... but then fell off my plan, rebelling against the long walk that's on my training schedule. All kinds of excuses: "over-training?" "You were sick yesterday." "You have household chores to do." But mostly just "I don't wanna!"

Bottom line, Toddler Barbie took over, and I was a slug. Didn't even get my 10,000 steps in, either day. But the good thing is that every new day offers a new emoticon. Today is, like the old saw says, the first day of the rest of my life. Today I am worth it. Not that I wasn't yesterday, but yesterday is past... all I have is today.

Today I will take care of me.

  
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3FAITHFUL 4/5/2011 7:59AM

    You're right, there's always a million excuses...I hope you are back on track and feeling better! emoticon

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LINDAJOYWK 4/5/2011 6:47AM

    I like that anology-toddler Barbie! I will remember that one-even when you are bad
you help me-I will think about being a toddler as opposed to an adult...just keep
moving forward,yesterday is gone-smile!

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REJ7777 4/4/2011 5:13PM

    Aren't we blessed that every day offers a new beginning! emoticon

Ralph Waldo Emerson says it so well! "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."

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MOTTAMAMALOU 4/4/2011 3:42PM

    I've been sluggish the last few days and can't get my act together. I've fallen off the food wagon and need to get back on.
I will but when?
Are you feeling any better today? Hope all is well, my friend.
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BUGGYS 4/4/2011 3:32PM

    I had a day like that on Saturday, only it was dealing with two parties and too much food but I got back on track yesterday and today I feel great...yesterday is over, today is the present, do the best you can do! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 4/4/2011 2:40PM

    Toddler Barbie came out to play...I can relate. Thank goodness every day IS emoticon Yesterday is over...gotta keep moving forward. You are worth it, and so am I. emoticon

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SUNNY332 4/4/2011 9:28AM

    I know all about the "toddler" inside of me....We all understand. Been there, done that.

I have had a rough weekend with my allergies so not really feeling up to par either but am off to the sun room to get some exercise.

Hang in there and kick all those excuses " not to continue" to the curb and remember you are totally worth all efforts.

Sunny

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MSLZZY 4/4/2011 8:36AM

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SAMI199 4/4/2011 8:30AM

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I'm sorry you felt crappy this week-end. emoticon Yesterday a slug-today a beautiful
Butterfly! What a difference a day can make! emoticon You are worth it everything you do to maintain your health-you're the BEST!!!!! emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/4/2011 8:24AM

    You go girl!!

I know the feeling - but together we ARE going to get back on track!!

Today is the tomorrow we talked about yesterday!!

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ROCKLAND2010 4/4/2011 8:16AM

    Sometimes you have to be a 'slug'. I know I have days like that. We have so much stress and pressure these days, it can be overwhelming. What is important is that you get back on track.

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Why I Spark.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

I spark because maintenance is hard. I spark because the biggest hurdle to recovery and healthy habits for a lifetime is "giving up" and deciding that maintenance is "too hard". I spark because I'm human.

There is this phenomenon of weight loss. When you reach the mythical land of "thin" you're tempted to think you're done. When you reach the mythical land of "thin" other people who are still struggling sometimes think you have all the answers. Which, in case you were wondering... you don't.

I spark to avoid the trap of self-condemnation. I spark to remind myself this is worth it. I Spark because when I check my e-mail there are encouraging words from others. I Spark because I can read when others are struggling and offer encouraging words of my own. I Spark because it offers a community of experience, strength, hope, and acceptance. I Spark... because it works!

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To all my kindred spirits... Spark on!

  
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GROEDER 4/4/2011 8:08AM

    You summed it up perfectly!!!!
It works because of people like you who are out there helping us all!!!
Thanks.

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WATERMELLEN 4/4/2011 8:04AM

    Maintenance IS hard -- and I'm glad you're here doing that hard work of maintaining right along beside me!!

This is a terrific community of like-minded people: so glad that we've found it!!

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PENNYAN45 4/4/2011 1:00AM

    ...and I am so glad that you Spark!

You are a voice of persistence that is real.

You are intelligent and honest.

You are lighting up the path ahead.

Thank you.

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SUNNY1432 4/3/2011 8:36PM

    How True!! Now if I can just get to maintenance I would be happy!!
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BUGGYS 4/3/2011 5:37PM

    Sparking makes us honest with ourselves...another great blog, Barb! emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/3/2011 2:06PM

    So very true! HUGS!

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SUNNY332 4/3/2011 1:44PM

    Maintenance is where the real work begins. Hang in there and know we appreciate you continuing with Spark.

Hugs, Sunny

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 4/3/2011 1:05PM

    This is why we all love SparkPeople!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/3/2011 11:39AM

    VERY good blog! I plan to continue to spark on when I've reached my goal, too! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 4/3/2011 11:22AM

    Ditto! 'cept I'm not at maintenance yet, lol...
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ANDI571 4/3/2011 10:46AM

    Spot on!!!!!

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SAMI199 4/3/2011 10:35AM

    I agree-I had lost a significant amount of weight years ago,only to gain it all back plus more!
I did not have Sparks then-But I do now-thank goodsness. My Sparkfriends are a blessing!

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MNTWINSGAL 4/3/2011 10:32AM

    Amen, Barb!

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DEBRITA01 4/3/2011 10:24AM

    emoticonThis site is invaluable...truly a blessing! Keep Sparking... emoticon

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LJCANNON 4/3/2011 10:03AM

    There are days when~~even in Maintenance~~you are tempted to think 'One more helping won't matter'. But the truth is, it DOES matter. We make decisions every day that keep us on our Journey, whether we are still losing, or if we are Maintaining.
That is why I Keep On Sparking, and I think I always will.
emoticonAnd, No, being at our Goal Weight does make us 'Experts' nor does it mean we have all the answers.

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CONCHA77 4/3/2011 9:35AM

    "Spark On!"
Wouldn't want to be anywhere else on the journey. Keep on Sparking.

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REJ7777 4/3/2011 9:13AM

    I could relate to everything in your blog, except the part about being at maintenance. I don't want to think about where I'd be without SparkPeople and the support of my SparkFriends! emoticon

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LADYRH 4/3/2011 9:02AM

    emoticon We are all so lucky to have this site and the support it brings.


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Guiding principles

Friday, April 01, 2011

Some of you know I'm a self-help junkie... unfortunately with lousy follow-through, as a general rule. I'm not talking about the healthy habits thing just now, I'm talking about life in general.

I guess I could consider myself something of an absent-minded professor sort. My focus just isn't ON certain areas of life, until some event brings them into sharp focus. It was that way with the weight... I would focus on it for a period of time, and with great concentration and prioritization, it would come off. Then it would lose my interest and without some focus and priority, what would happen? Well, obviously, without the vigilance, the pounds would come back!

The same thing seems to happen with the clutter in my home, at my office, in my life. I am not paying attention, and then "company's coming" and I go nuts. I have long ceased trying to clean up for the kids, but still feel this when my siblings come to call. I just don't seem to be able to multitask as well as some folks I know.

So those of you who are looking at the progress photos on my page and saying "Wow, that's great"... there is a cost. And in my case the cost is that I'm maybe slipping in other areas. I have to wonder if I'll ever achieve that elusive "balance" before I die.

Enough whining! It's April! Wow, one month from today is that Half Marathon. But in the meantime, with the dog gone and kids out of the house, I'm thinking about goals and visions for the rest of my life... or at least for the next phase of my life.

And my current self-help book is all about organizing and the first point is to determine what the PURPOSE of the organizing effort is all about. (How Spark-like!) So... for the next few days, I'll be pondering that. I want my home to be functional and to support the life I desire without adding burdens. I know I need to keep these healthy habits, let's make sure the organization of my home supports that ongoing goal.

  
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ARTSY_CANDICE 4/3/2011 10:51AM

    Get outta my head emoticon I am the same way!! We just have to keep trying! emoticon

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SAMI199 4/3/2011 1:22AM

    "A clean house is a sign of a broken computer."

Seriously-you should be doing the things that are important to YOU-if you need to de-clutter in order to feel good-then out it goes-either way -it 's a hard task to maintain perfect balance in life...

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SUNNY332 4/2/2011 10:32PM

    Oh my goodness, my husband says I just "float along" until there is company company and I turn into the "cleaning nazi" so guess what - I relate totally to this post.

I am doing better but need to really make some "to do lists" and get on it with a little more passion come Monday.

Sunny

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777GRACE 4/2/2011 3:55PM

    Hey, are writing my thoughts?
You sound like me!
I think when we get to heaven, we will finally get it right!
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CHRYS13 4/2/2011 1:30PM

    I really do know what you're writing of....I don't know when my functional home atmosphere left, but it's gone! When I come home from work now, I shake my head and am thankful that no one is coming over! I know that if I can de-clutter and reorganize, many other aspects of my life will also fall into place. I guess we pull-up our panties and begin (LOL)
Best wishes.....we can do this!

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MSLZZY 4/1/2011 5:59PM

    I can relate, sister! HUGS!

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ANDI571 4/1/2011 2:52PM

    I found out several years ago, when I was doing good on my eating, my spending goes out of control, and vice versa. I am trying to work on both of those areas. Not always an easy thing to do.

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REJ7777 4/1/2011 1:16PM

    I know what you mean about balance, sometimes I feel like a juggler trying to keep all those balls in the air! And every once in awhile... rather, pretty often, I drop one. There's no doubt that having an uncluttered, organized home helps in every area of life. I already read, "Cluttered house, cluttered mind". I have so much trouble decluttering! But I have to do it. I wish you as much success in your organizing as you've had in your weight loss! emoticon

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Another month comes to an end...

Thursday, March 31, 2011

and, in my case, that means progress photos! I continue the series of "a year ago" and "today" on the main page.

I'm about 40 pages from the end of the book that wanted to keep my attention this morning and I'll be reading it on the treadmill in a bit.

Today's reverie has to do with rewards and treats. When does a treat cease to be a treat? In my case, it's when the treat is a daily expectation. I was thinking about this in relation to, of all things, a box of Girl Scout Cookies.

I purchased this box of cookies on Sunday. Just one. And my current favorite, the Caramel Delights... they have three things going for them: chocolate, caramel, and coconut! Two cookies make a 140 calorie serving. Surprisingly, I have had exactly four cookies since that time. This is so un-me! Well, un-old-me, anyway.

But if I am careful... and remain spiritually fit, and use them ONLY as a special treat after my treadmill session... they should last me a while. My goal and my resolution is to do exactly that. Savor them and make them last.

Hold me to it, OK? emoticon

  
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ANDI571 4/2/2011 10:46AM

    I like your statement of, When does a treat cease to be a treat. That is so true. Years ago when I did so good, I could buy a candy bar, cut it into 4 or 5 pieces and it would last awhile. Then I started eating the whole candy bar with the expectation of wanting another one. That statement is spot on.

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THISYEARSMODEL 4/2/2011 7:29AM

    Good for you, and congrats! It's life, not jail. Far better to learn enjoy treats sensibly within the controlled environment of SP than to try to deal with them after we're maintaining! emoticon

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FITFABJENN 3/31/2011 9:15PM

    Absolutely! Those cookies are hard to resist, so good going!

Have an awesome April!

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MSLZZY 3/31/2011 9:08PM

    I may just do that! Here's to success! HUGS!

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SAMI199 3/31/2011 8:27PM

    You are a strong lady-I like the definition a treat not being an expectation.

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WATERMELLEN 3/31/2011 8:16PM

    I am all for "bribes" in moderation -- such as my bag of Lindt 85% cocoa dark chocolate squares, which I keep in my locker at the gym to reward me for working out!!

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FYRCOP 3/31/2011 7:44PM

    This much closer to summer!

Be careful of the cookies... the one's you described used to be my favorite!

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Food and me... a vision for the rest of my life

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I'm not going to lie to anyone: I love food. Food of all sorts. Well, almost all. There aren't many foods I dislike.

But in my lifetime, I have misused food. Had I not misused food, I would not have reached my lifetime high weights. What's sad about the misuse of food is that often, there is no joy in its consumption: when I stuff food in to push emotions down, I do not enjoy its flavor, its texture, its aroma. I simply self-medicate with calories attached.

I'm sure there are some who will scratch their heads over these statements. And there are others who will nod knowingly. Those of us who have been there recognize the truth about the misuse of foods.

In the proper use of food, it's not just fuel. Food is a blessing and a joy, and should be. It's one of the pleasures of life. I have a vision of my relationship with food... the relationship I desire to have for the rest of my life. That vision is: to eat mindfully, to savor each bite, to have nothing completely forbidden from my diet but to be very careful about when and how much! To be conscious of my choices, that is the goal.

I recognize there will continue to be times when I reach for food to self-medicate. My goal for those times is awareness: if I am conscious that this is what I'm doing, I can make the choice to do so, or not. And if I choose to indulge, I can recover more quickly, without self-blame.

I like to quip that in the past nearly two years, I've been eating less but enjoying it more. That is also a truth. My vision for my relationship with food for the rest of my life is one of honesty, balance and enjoyment.

Here's to the joy in life including the enjoyment of our meals and snacks! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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CONCHA77 3/30/2011 5:30PM

    Great Insight ;) I will have to keep it in mind next time I shove my food down.
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ANDI571 3/30/2011 1:59PM

    I've always said, There is no bad food, just bad choices. I do understand completely with the over medicating of food. When I have done my best in my weight loss efforts, is when I don't see food as a dangerous evil thing. When I just allow myself to enjoy it within the realms of what food is suppose to be, is when I can eat with enjoyment, and not gain weight.

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KALIGIRL 3/30/2011 1:13PM

    Isn't it grand we can add enjoyment to our healthy journey?
You serve as an inspiration!

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DEBRITA01 3/30/2011 1:13PM

    Nodding knowingly, also...Having a balanced relationship with food is what we all strive for. I like your vision... emoticon

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REJ7777 3/30/2011 1:03PM

    What an insightful blog about our relationship to food! "I've been eating less but enjoying it more." That is becoming my experience too, most of the time. I'm eating more mindfully and enjoying the experience so much more. emoticon

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TURTLETALK 3/30/2011 11:59AM

    This blog spoke to me more than any other you have written. My friends/family often ask me what is different during this weight loss attempt as compared to any other. I think you hit it on the head. I have learned to eat less and enjoy it more. I no longer get satisfaction from mindless eating and I have learned to really enjoy a piece of fruit or a great salad. Thanks for the Eureka moment for me!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/30/2011 10:16AM

    "I've been eating less but enjoying it more."

That's what it's all about. My sister brought out Godiva chocolates after dinner last night. I was quite satisfied with eating one very slowly, but did have a second. However, in the past I would have easily scarfed down 6 or more. It's all about enjoying the company and conversation with food coming in as a distant third.

"I've been eating less but enjoying it more." That's what I need to work on.

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ARTSY_CANDICE 3/30/2011 10:14AM

    Nodding knowingly... We will get to a healthier relationship with food if we just keep working it!! emoticon

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LJCANNON 3/30/2011 10:09AM

    emoticon emoticonI am definitely 'Nodding Knowingly'. But I am also encouraged that I have Spark Friends with me that will show me that my relationship with food CAN be a Healthy, Happy one. I have finally learned--through Sparkpeople & Spark Friends--that food is not the enemy

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MSLZZY 3/30/2011 9:53AM

    It seems the one comfort is life has always been food. You recognize it and now
know that comfort can be found elsewhere. HUGS!

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MJMONE 3/30/2011 9:25AM

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just what I needed, our goal is not just losing weight, but finding that balance!

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SUNNY332 3/30/2011 9:02AM

    I feel it is not in the food that we eat, it is in the portions. I think everything is OK but in moderation.

Hang in there - keep making wise choices and enjoy an occasional treat.

Sunny

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WATERMELLEN 3/30/2011 9:01AM

    "And there are others who will nod knowingly."

Yup, I'm one of those.

And I'm also a "lifer". But had some residual faint hope of parole for exemplary behaviour.

Not going to happen, you're telling me? Gotta serve the full sentence?

Oh, well. Oh, well, Oh, well.

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777GRACE 3/30/2011 8:26AM

    Bible states, "everything is permissible, not everything is beneficial" I agree and nod in agreement!!!!
Hooray for you!!!!

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HOLDONHOPE 3/30/2011 8:25AM

    Amen to that!

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 3/30/2011 8:20AM

    *nodding knowingly*

love your honesty

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FITFABJENN 3/30/2011 8:18AM

    I love what you said about eating less but enjoying it more. Sparkling truth...

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