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2014 hopes and plans

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

- survive this stressful job for 1 more year (substitute teacher)

- find more time for my family (especially my 2-year-old daughter)

- find time for exercising during the busy day

- walk to work as often as possible

- beat stress and depression

- survive till the summer break and have a marvelous summer vacation

- try to see the positive side of things, and not beat myself up if I fail

- cook and eat healthier food more often (apples, cabbage ...)

- be more involved in SP community

.. and many more ...

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MARYANNSQUEST 12/31/2013 5:09PM

    Love all your hopes and plans of 2014 emoticon

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 12/31/2013 3:04PM

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PERUSER918 12/31/2013 10:18AM

    These are all good plans. It is important to make plans instead of just winging it. Good for you.

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DRLMAZ 12/31/2013 10:18AM

  You can do it

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Losing weight in stressful times?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

It's Week 3 of the Summer 5% Challenge.

Up until now I've been happy with my progress and met goals.

However, since Saturday and the wedding I went to, I started to slack and eat after 7 again. It's been 3 days and I'm working on putting a stop to this, but it's not easy.

Why now, you may ask.
Well, school starts on September 2nd here. As an unemployed teacher in Croatia, I have to look for any job openings at the beginning of the new school year. The unemployment rate in my region is very high, and there aren't enough job openings as there are unemployed teachers.

This same day last year I applied for the first job for that school year, which ended up to be just one out of numerous applications I sent in the past year. I was lucky enough to finally find a substitute job in February at my last work place, but I worked for only 2 weeks, and then 2 weeks nothing, then I worked again for 8 weeks, then nothing, and again for 2 weeks in May. All in all, at least there was something.

But, the time of looking for the job is very stressful and long, as many of you know I'm sure, and in stressful times, it gets so hard to stay focus on eating right. I have problem finding motivation to exercise, and I don't want to gain more weight.

My husband has been very supportive but he can't do the exercises or go through this instead of me.
Somehow, I must force myself into taking care of my body.

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MOM_TO_AKI 8/15/2013 4:52AM

    I find the best stress relive in workout and highly recommend you try to do as much walking ore other cardio workout as you can. It gets you mind of your worrie and relives endorphin for you body to feel better.

I hope you get positive reply from some schoolīs soon. It most be a plus for you that you got few substitute jobīs last winter, that is good to have on your resume.

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JUNIORGOLDEN 8/14/2013 8:41AM

    My husband has been unemployed for the whole year and I totally understand the stress it brings to our daily life emotionally and financially. I highly recommend you to read the blog from MANDELOVICH, "Ditching Diets in Difficult Times" as her husband is battling with cancer in his last days.

My prayers and thoughts are with you. Stay strong and know that "This too shall pass!" emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/14/2013 12:50AM

    Good luck Selina !

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OOLALA53 8/14/2013 12:43AM

    Actually, focusing on eating well is one of the best things you can do for yourself in stressful times. Try not to eat "diet" meals and do work your favorite foods in with lots of great unprocessed food as well. It's actually easier than living with not doing it.

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GOULDSGRANITE 8/13/2013 6:01PM

    Stay Strong! emoticon emoticon
This is the time your body needs good nutrition the most! emoticon emoticon
You can Do it!

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GOCALGAL 8/13/2013 12:53PM

    Writing this all down is a great step in the right direction! Not only is it stress releasing but it lessens those feelings of powerlessness and being overwhelmed with this challenging, stressful situation.

Consider writing out a list of things you can do instead of snack. Maybe a hot relaxing bath, a hobby, Spark People, call a friend, go for a walk . Anything that would work for you. Post it on the refrigerator where you can see it. Possibly include a small weight goal on it of 2 or 3 pounds down and an inspirational saying. Right now mine is: "Successful people do consistently what other do occasionally."

We are going through some big stressful changes in our business. I have sayings posted everywhere. One is for both DH and myself "Fear is not a stop sign. .Keep moving forward."

Good luck! emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep Sparking!

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PROPMAN1 8/13/2013 11:55AM

  You are truly in a stressful situation but perhaps this is the time to gear up and take care of yourself. While you're waiting to hear from some school or whomever- walk, walk, walk (it's a freebie and great for stress reduction). You never know what might be out there that you aren't seeing.
Hopefully something good will come your way soon!! emoticon

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Day 7 - End of Week 1

Friday, August 02, 2013

It's Day 7 of the Summer 5% challenge and the end of Week 1


1) exercise daily emoticon but could be better on some days

2) eat in moderation emoticon for all days and meals except Thursday lunch

3) eat breakfast - goal met only on Thursday

4) no late night eating emoticon for all 7 days!!! I'm very happy about this one!

5) drink plenty of water emoticon

6) post hour commitments - didn't have time

7) check in with my team and record progress emoticon

Week 2 challenge: fitness minutes and food tracking.

I have to admit, I'm nervous about this week. This will be challenging, I've tried counting kcal before but it didn't work. I cook my own food so I don't know the exact number of calories in every stew, sauce, salad.. I'll try my best to not fail my team and get the hang of this.

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GOULDSGRANITE 8/5/2013 12:34PM

    Tracking food can be challenging. I cook most of the food we eat from scratch. When I search for the food in the tracker, most times something very similar is there. You can even search the recipes and add to your tracker that way - if it is a good match. It took me a WHILE to get the hang of it, but it is the cornerstone to keeping healthy (for me). emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/4/2013 12:03AM

    Great plan!

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GOCALGAL 8/3/2013 9:22PM

    Great plan and goals! emoticon emoticon

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MILLIFRED 8/3/2013 3:24AM

    The recipe calculator on the nutrition tracker is very helpful and once you put in a recipe you can save it for each time you make and eat it. I don't think I would have been nearly as successful at losing weight if I hadn;t used this tool! It is too hard to try to guess accurately or to use someone elses version of the recipe.

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    HI Selina,, you can put down the ingredients into ur tracker,, so that it does the cals, proteins and fats for you. :) I can't remembah how, but its on this weeks challenge,, so if you read down thru the posting for "Tracking" this week,, just click on the link. Its week #2 that it's listed on (Where we post our exer/LTGL)

I am SURAH you will find the tracker EXCITING !! For you can do ur best to hit ur total proteins you need each day,, as mentioned also the cabs and fats. It's VERY EXCITING to me to try to eat equally at times. I am NOT great at it, but it also totals up ur cals.



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Day 4 - The heat

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Today is Day 4 of the summer 5% challenge.

It's still very hot here. Yesterday was the worst, the heat was awful and I didn't feel very well. I managed to do some walking in the town and that's it. emoticon

Checkpoints (for Days 2 and 3)

1) exercise daily - emoticon

Sunday: 120 min - an excellent day
Monday: 20 min - could be better

2) eat in moderation emoticon

3) eat breakfast - didn't, I'm not doing well with this part, it's so easier to just drink coffee. I have to work on this.

4) no late night eating emoticon

5) drink plenty of water emoticon

6) post hour commitments - didn't do it, I have to find time for this one

7) check in with my team and record progress emoticon

I'm happy with these first days of the challenge. I walked a lot, I did some strength training, went on a bike ride, did indoor walking and heavy cleaning.
I avoided late night eating, which is huge for me! And I didn't eat double portions during meals for the past 3 days.

Most of my goals have been met, but I still have to:

1. make myself eat breakfast

2. post my hour commitments daily
(to not eat food until the next meal time) - this helps me avoid mindless snacking

+ try some new exercises

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GOCALGAL 8/1/2013 9:01AM

    Great checkpoints and great goals! All that positive reinforcement and planning rocks!l

Keep up the good work and you will reap fabulous results! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/30/2013 4:30PM

    Looks like you are making progress how awesome. I will say I only eat a 50 calorie Greek yogurt for breakfast and it has made all the difference I am now losing weight at a great rate !

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MARYANNSQUEST 7/30/2013 2:48PM


emoticon I Love your Checkpoints. It is a fantastic way to keep accountable for meeting your goals. emoticon emoticon

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Mary Ann

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Day 1 - Summer challenge started

Saturday, July 27, 2013

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It's 9:30 pm and Day 1 of the 5% Summer challenge is almost finished.

It was very hot here. The construction workers are still working on our building and the windows have to be closed throughout the day, and it's soooo hot, I'm literally melting. My daughter is very sensitive to AC so I have to use it only when I really can't stand the heat anymore.
But despite the heat, I worked out.


1) exercise daily - emoticon

100 min: 40 min walk, 15 min strength training, 5 mion warm-up, and another 40 min walk

2) eat in moderation - emoticon

3) eat breakfast - didn't, I just drank coffee

4) no late night eating - still in progress, but I won't eat

5) drink plenty of water - emoticon

6) post hour commitments - didn't have time

7) check in with my team and record my progress - emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/28/2013 6:14AM

    Great progress ! Do try to eat breakfast I resisted for ages but really started losing when I started eating breakfast !

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GOCALGAL 7/27/2013 6:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon We are off and running!
Let's rock this challenge!


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CANDOK1260 7/27/2013 5:41PM

    good luck with your challenge

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