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Round Round We Go….

Monday, January 06, 2014

How is it 2014 already? Yikes! so much for my 2013 goals….. let's just say that it was like running around in a big circle - moving forward but not increasing the fitness or decreasing the weight - ended up right where I began…. well not really… I learned a lot about myself along the way.

Let's just say I had more than a few major stressors this past year and I was not good at staying on track and looking out for me when things slid sideways.

I had 2 new job starts this year - in May which was a disaster - and October - I was invited back to a place I used to work - which is working out not bad. I had a medical emergency in June which landed me with major allergy outbreak and to date they have not figured out what the trigger was…. we've eliminated all foods etc. but who can say… I still keep the epi pen in reach just in case….

My mom passed away in Sept after a month bout with cancer. We were never very close - but the family dynamic with an older controlling sister who was mom's best friend has become even more strained. And add to that having to look after my dad who has always been more than distant has been another challenge.

Lots of emotions flying everywhere and me being an emotional eater - well lets just say it has not gone well.

Today I am back. I've thought about spark a lot - and my spark friends. I had to be ready to come back. I've cleaned out the holiday junk from the house. I started eating better last week and watching my portions. But I know from how my pants fit that it ain't gonna be good news on the scale. So we will post pone that event for a week or two till I feel more in control of what I'm eating and how much I'm moving around again.

Life is tougher some years than others. I'm getting better at looking after me. Looking forward to catching up with all my spark friends in the next couple of days.

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STEPH-KNEE 1/7/2014 4:20AM

    I am sorry that 2013 was such a rough year for you and I hope 2014 is much kinder to you and you are able to achieve your goals. You deserve it! emoticon

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68ANNE 1/6/2014 8:09PM

    Glad to hear you are back with us. I also cleaned out the junk food and holiday trashy foods

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BOOKAPHILE 1/6/2014 7:40PM

    One more thing... only quitting is a failure when you want to lose weight. Many of us take multiple runs at weight loss before we are successful. I hope you can find a way to reduce the stresses in your life. That's a lot to deal with at once.

You've taken two great steps - eliminating the things that tempt you and watching your portions. You are ahead of your last starting point! Welcome back. You can do this.

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BOOKAPHILE 1/6/2014 7:34PM

    I have also been in the position where I didn't want to acknowledge my "starting" or "starting over" weight. I waited until it came down a few pounds before I "officially" recorded it.

Now I wish I'd put the higher weight from the beginning because I would have a more accurate record. I did the work and would like the credit for losing all of it. That's my experience,(twice!) for what it's worth.

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What's in a Month

Monday, December 16, 2013

Well, all I can say is I've been gone for about a month and I'm trying very hard to get back into the swing of things. It has been stressful with family stuff and getting used to a new job…time has been tight and I confess to not making many nutritious meals - opting for frozen pizza and hamburger helper on more than one occasion….
But it hasn't been all bad. The cold winter came early so I have been hunkering down on the couch in the evening complaining to myself about the cold while I sip on low cal hot chocolate… I need some tips from my spark friends on how to cope with staying active when the temps are just too cold outside to be comfortable…..

I plan to get out the slow cooker so any easy healthy recipes are welcome…. Just been overwhelmed and missing sparking. So I commit to coming back for a few minutes every day to log in the good the bad and the ugly info - just to get back into the routine of being healthy.

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68ANNE 12/18/2013 9:54PM

    I have such a hard time moving when I am cold too. I know jumping jacks are and awesome way to get the blood pumping but it is the oomph needed to get moving.

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BOOKAPHILE 12/17/2013 1:27AM

    When I need a few more steps, I walk around the dining room table. In fact, that's now my default for phone conversations. I rarely have trouble anymore getting 10,000 steps a day. When I started, 5,000 was a stretch. I can talk or read as I go, and it makes the time pass productively and quickly.

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STEPH-KNEE 12/16/2013 11:41PM

    I hear you. I have been eating badly since Halloween and have a 10 pound gain to show for it. This time of year is tough on almost everyone and sometimes it is hard to fight it. I am glad the new year is coming soon and we can hopefully gather some extra sparkle and motivation from it. emoticon Super glad to see a post from you though! emoticon

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This Week I Will...

Monday, October 21, 2013

I will work hard to stay on track.... I'm starting a new job tomorrow and I have to be super vigilant with what I eat during the day when I am out and about in the community.

I will walk at least 5 kms over the week.

I will drink my water - every day - throughout the day... and so far so good with no diet coke for 4 days now...

I will pack my lunch and eat it instead of giving in to fast food drive thru's.

I will cuddle up with my husband on the couch one evening to get some together time in so I don't get cranky.

I will have some fun - I will sing out loud to the tunes on the radio - when I am alone of course....

I will not worry about when it is going to snow....

I will spend one evening with my dad.

I will be good to me because I deserve it....

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68ANNE 10/22/2013 8:29PM

    I will create a list like this. . . .I love it
You will do it

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BOOKAPHILE 10/21/2013 5:42PM

    Good, mostly measurable goals. Can't wait to hear you met them!

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Saying Goodbye to Diet Coke.

Friday, October 18, 2013

This is one of my top Love-Hate relationships. Diet Coke. Cold right from the can. Love it!
Hate being addicted to it.

I know - I've been eating fresh - home made = got rid of all the processed foods.... but this was my last hold out. I've been downing this stuff since my early 20's - was it out then? That seems to be the memory - from Tab to Diet Coke 30 years of this???? (Now there's a blast from the past - who remembers Tab!)

Time to get smart. I have fatty deposits on my liver. I know this from last years gall bladder situation - they did a scan and I have fatty deposits.....I am overweight. And not just afew pounds. More like 100 lbs overweight. And clearly as I have packed on the pounds over the years - Diet Coke is not doing me any favors. Sure I've read all kinds of stuff on the internet as I try to convince myself to give it up.

But really? Do I need to look at the internet? I had a talk with myself the other day and we decided that it was time to just give it up. I quit smoking 16 years ago. If I can do that - I can kick the diet coke craze!

Today is day 2. What am I substituting? Water. With Ice and a squeeze of fresh lemon. Yup. that's it. Water. How do I feel? A little edgy to be honest. Missing my evening sit down with my diet coke in my favorite koozie right now... missed it for my mid - afternoon pick me up.....

This is huge for me. There is no diet coke in the house. There is no secret stash. Cold turkey is the strategy. I have to get past this addiction to be true to my eating clean. Time to flush all those toxins out of my liver.

Its also sad. My diet coke has always been there for me. To celebrate a good day... to soothe me on a bad day. Cool crisp and no calories. Time to say goodbye.....

Today I'm choosing to be healthy. I'm choosing to be true to me. Chemical Free Me....
Wow. Its a big one. But I'm done with the Diet Coke.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BOOKAPHILE 10/21/2013 5:45PM

    Good for you! Hang in there!

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68ANNE 10/18/2013 10:24PM

    No more

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MAGGIEVAN 10/18/2013 8:11PM

    Good on you! You will find another healthy pal. Mine is water.It is so delicious when I am exercising and when I am hot. In winter time a cup of hot water is just the thing to get the insides going. We can learn to any thing and to develop a taste for it.

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MISSJANE55 10/18/2013 8:11PM

  Hard one to break free of, well done. I've had to let go of somethings that have been long term 'friends'. So, now, when I have a craving, I'll remember your post and feel inspired to stay away from that garbage.

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Okay - This is going better....

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

So it is halfway through the month and I am finally getting it together.
This past week I really focused on getting the eating under control. And I lost 2 lbs.
Yeah for me!

I think at times I get so crazy trying to do it all that nothing sticks. So I'm working on keeping a focus where it counts the most. Food and nutrition. I heard from a nutritionist that with weight loss it is 80% what you eat, 10% exercise, and 10% supplements. Weird I thought. And then she said - so how far do you need to walk to work off the extra potatoes compared to how fast you can chow them down???? I see her point. And it's usually the exercise that falls by the wayside when I get busy.... so focus this month is on what is passing these lips.

I am ramping up the lean protein and easing on the carbs. But not cutting out the carbs completely because - the nutritionist is right - when I cut the carbs I'm okay for a few days and then I go cuckoo for carbs! So looking for the right fit.

And my mood is leveling out. I'm not doing that emotional eating at the end of the day this week. By getting more protein in me at each meal - it seems to help me level myself out emotionally. If I get enough balance during the day --- I can manage my self and stay away from the peanut butter and honey after 10 pm.... this is huge for me.....

And on the fun side - I must admit I struggle shamelessly between crushes on Bob or Dolvett - who would I pick for my trainer.... Biggest Loser - yes I watched last night ... I wish they would spend more time on nutrition.... education... it is amazing what they can do with focus and full days spent on workouts....I'm just happy with my 2lb loss and a chance to do goo goo eyes at the training guys....

Focus my friends. Pick one thing and do it exceptionally well this week.

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STEPH-KNEE 10/17/2013 12:22AM

    I am so proud of you, and congrats on the 2 lbs! emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 10/16/2013 7:51PM

    I need to focus on tracking my eating well, too. My exercising has been good, but "you can't outrun your fork!" I hope we BOTH have losses next week!

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68ANNE 10/16/2013 7:39PM

    I so agree with you. I must focus on one thing this week!

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LIFENPROGRESS 10/16/2013 11:50AM

    Good for you! Focus is everything! You CAN do this -- one step at a time!


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