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Results Aren't Made In Your Comfort Zone

Tuesday, July 29, 2014



I decided that a good way to keep myself motivated and on the right track is to start rewarding myself more often for my efforts. So, to start myself off, I got myself a new pair of turquoise strappy high-heeled sandals and a jeweled flower necklace, a t-shirt from Julep and some eyeshadow this morning. Getting glammed up is a good motivator and I think every couple of weeks is a good time to implement a reward of some kind for sticking with the program I've set forth for myself. It will give me something to look forward to and a reason to keep moving forward along with the desire to lose the weight.

Thinking of some ways to get me out of my comfort zone. I know that I'm more likely to get results if I push myself and no one else is going to push me, I have to push myself, so I'm devising a plan for today on how I can really get the most out of the day. And the best way I can think of getting out of my comfort zone today is cutting back on coffee and pushing more plain water. I think I'll feel better--more hydrated--and be able to perform better throughout the day. I'll also be a lot more likely to reach my 8-cup target for the day. I'm trying really hard to reach my targets each day and 8 glasses of water is one of those targets that I haven't reached lately. I've been close, about six glasses, but not quite 8.

One of my big focuses this week is that in order to create happiness for myself, I have to look within myself and not to outside sources. Only having recently gotten back on my pills and having just seen my psychiatrist again and having my pills changed a little bit, my moods have been back on the upswing again, but I do feel somewhat emotionally exhausted from going from being abysmally depressed to being happy again. And in finding my happiness again I am taking steps to ensure that I keep it, steps to deepen and enrich it. And getting back on track in August is a big part of that. Knowing that I can turn things back around and start reaching my goals again.

  
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IDICEM 7/30/2014 11:14PM

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HONEYBEESBLISS 7/30/2014 3:42PM

    I'm always rewarding myself too! It was hard for me at first to make the 8 cups but now I'm getting around 12 a day or I feel dehydrated! LOL I only have coffee in the morning unless I feel super tired and then I'll occasionally have another cup! I used to at least have 2 every day!

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WHYTEBROWN 7/30/2014 2:34PM

    emoticon Sounds like a emoticon plan!! You're doing an emoticon job!! emoticon emoticon

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NANCY- 7/30/2014 8:03AM

    emoticon and you WILL do it.

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KAYDE53 7/29/2014 10:30PM

    Great idea about rewards!! Glad you're feeling better!! emoticon

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IMSTILLYOUNG! 7/29/2014 8:50PM

    I've been noticing that when I reach for a coffee late in the afternoon, it doesn't usually help me feel more energized--but water and exercise do. I, too, want to be building the habit of drinking enough water!
Good luck!

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ICECUB 7/29/2014 6:19PM

    I LIKE THE IDEA OF REWARDING YOURSELF. GLAD YOU ARE FEELING BETTER.

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 7/29/2014 1:52PM

    Thanks for sharing with us your ideas and your spirited effort!

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COOLRAIN 7/29/2014 1:16PM

    SUPER_CIARA, I'm so glad you're feeling better and taking care of yourself. I really like your idea of rewarding yourself; I think I'll start doing that too--for my exercising streak. (By the way--your sandals sound great!) Keep up the good work. emoticon

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EMMACORY 7/29/2014 12:59PM

    Look forward to you modeling your new look! 8 glasses is do-able... emoticon

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EMTCHICK109 7/29/2014 11:58AM

    I love your reward choices! You will get to where you want to be. Give yourself time.

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KATELJM 7/29/2014 11:37AM

    I'm part of that small percentage of people who do better with coffee; my digestive system and my sinuses respond better to a little kick-start. I learned a long time ago to restrict myself to 2 cups a day. Before I started using a Keurig single cup brewer, I mixed my own batch of half regular (Starbucks French Roast) and half decaf (Chock Full O Nuts).

The latest articles I have read say coffee doesn't dehydrate you as much as once was thought because it does have water in it after all. I started drinking 8 cups of water a day in June. I just didn't go to bed before I drank them. Then I graduated to spreading the water throughout the day, so I now have usually drunk 8 glasses by the time I finish dinner.

As for happiness, I like to start out each day giving thanks. Outside, I am thankful if the sky is blue. If the sky is gray, I think "ah, a much kinder light on my skin."

There is no doubt in my mind that you will succeed. You are a force to be reckoned with!

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MISSLORI5 7/29/2014 11:35AM

    Great reward choices!! I hope you are able to find your "happy place" and stay there forever!!! emoticon

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AHAPPYSPIRIT 7/29/2014 11:07AM

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Winning But Not Racing

Monday, July 28, 2014


I have been focusing on non-scale victories this week. In order to get myself back on the right track and back to winning again, it's important for me to not focus too much on the weight because that's going to take a little time to get straightened out again. Instead, I've been changing my mindset and my action plans and been working on getting active again so I can get myself headed in the healthiest direction possible.

The biggest step I've taken and certainly the most different step is that I have changed my attitude about eating. Before I was cutting my calories as low as I could. Now I have a fixed diet of 1500 calories and I am eating meals at regularly scheduled times along with a morning, afternoon, and late night snack. This is keeping my metabolism up and also fighting the problem of extreme hunger that led me to end up having eating disasters like the one that I had most recently. I have a calorie burn target each day of 2500 and can meet this by walking 6 miles a day and then anything else I do is just extra points for me. I'm also changing the kind of diet I have. I'm making an effort to eat as many whole foods as possible whenever possible. I also have a goal of eating 5 fruits/vegetables every day and 8 glasses of water a day. This has been improving my overall feeling of wellbeing a lot. It has only been a few days but I am already noticing a difference.

In the fitness department I have been slowly upping my game, but slowly since I didn't get much of any exercise throughout the first part of July. I'm walking six miles most days instead of three, making an effort to get in morning as well as evening yoga in order to help my back and hips and I've decided to try for 20 minutes of kickboxing, too, and two days a week of weight training. Nothing more than that until about January when I should have built up some momentum. There will be days when I won't be able to get this all in because I do have a four-year-old that needs attention, but the point is to just try to be more active!

One thing I've learned is that it's okay to take the longer path to your goals. It's definitely easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle than an unhealthy one. So I feel fortunate to be able to learn these lessons early and have the opportunity to put them into practice. The last few weeks were long and difficult but I am confident that now that I am ready, there is going to be a shift in my life and I am going to have that breakthrough where everything changes and I can start reaching all of my goals again. It seems rather inevitable since I am doing all the work again and doing it the right way.

What it really comes down to is that being successful each day is a matter of making choices every day and keeping in mind what you want in the long term and how the little choices you make today will effect that long term goal. All the choices you're making today determine your tomorrow. But, it's easy to get caught up in stressors and distractions and temporary wants and so that's where renewing your motivation comes in. I know for me I have to renew my motivation every morning and when I do that I am successful that day. My strategy has become to collect pictures with motivational quotes, save them on my computer and then watch them in a slideshow every morning and that inspires me to get out there and make the most of my day that day. I've noticed that when I don't watch my slideshow in the morning, I have a tendency to get distracted and have slipups, maybe overeat or neglect to exercise, but when I watch my slideshow I'm always super motivated that day. So, it's good to find something that can motivate you and carry you forward throughout your day.

After all, the best thing you can do for yourself is to take a step forward in healthy eating or in fitness or ideally in both. When you do that you are building your best self. You are winning.

  
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WHYTEBROWN 7/29/2014 10:07AM

    emoticon blog!! SOOOOOO much truth!! Your plans sound emoticon and I look forward to celebrating with you as you achieve them!! emoticon emoticon

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OSDOWNS 7/29/2014 8:03AM

    Great blog. You have some good eating and exercise goals. You can do it!!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 7/29/2014 7:08AM

    Super blog. Full of wisdom and great ideas. You are a dynamo!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/28/2014 9:12PM

    Your blog is full of such wise advice! Thank you.

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ICECUB 7/28/2014 6:40PM

    emoticon I AM LUCKY TOO GET 3 MILES IN THE MORNINGS emoticon YOU ARE AMAZING!!

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BEACHCALSIX 7/28/2014 4:30PM

    Great job! I find that 6 miles is the magic number for me and the weight slowly comes down. Just be careful not to over do it like I did ugh. You'll burn out and be soo sore it's not fun! Try not to go over 2 hours a day and you should be fine :D

Great job getting back on the wagon, you are definitely a winner!!!
We've got this!!
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KATELJM 7/28/2014 1:32PM

    I had to smile when you spoke about walking 6 miles as "going slow." That is at least 5 miles more than a lot of people do on a normal day.

This year I re-examined my nutrition "rules", too. I decided I needed to eat more protein, calcium and healthy fat, so the Luna bars and instant oatmeal I ate in 2009 took a ride into the sunset. I focus on quality nutrition now. I feel a lot better and have fewer salt/sugar cravings. I have been enjoying my 8-10 glasses of ice water; it's hard to imagine a glass of wine tasting good enough for me to make room for it in my calorie range.

Keep your focus on form and quality. You're right, success is inevitable!

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IDICEM 7/28/2014 12:09PM

  Great blog! I love the slide show method. Must try this. Thanks!

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KIRSTENLYNN62 7/28/2014 12:05PM

    Fantastic blog. I like what you said about making choices... It all pretty much boils down to that! emoticon

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OXYGEN9 7/28/2014 11:58AM

    What a great motivational blog! I collect pictures with motivational quotes too - a great idea to watch a slideshow, I will do that tomorrow morning! Thank you for sharing.

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NANCY- 7/28/2014 11:35AM

    WTG you are developing a healthy lifestyle.
Isn't it wonderful that we get to choose!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 7/28/2014 11:05AM

    emoticon blog!!! emoticon emoticon

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/28/2014 10:40AM

    There is simply so much in your blog I hardly know where to begin!

That you consider it "inevitable" to succeed. Why yes, of course. If we put in the work, the result is utterly, undeniably going to become our reality.

That you are taking the long-range view. Certainly makes sense...

That you have a specific plan in place for so many facets of your program. Yep. There really isn't any other way, right?

That you intend to get out there and make the most of your day from the outset. Well sure! Attitude is the FIRST and most important element of any plan.

You are a wealth of knowledge and helpful insight. Thank you!

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RHOOK20047 7/28/2014 10:39AM

    Great blog with many good ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 7/28/2014 10:36AM

    Very good blog. Great goal and plans for reaching them. Very positive and motivating thoughts. Thank you for posting such a great post. emoticon emoticon

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The UP24

Saturday, July 26, 2014


My birthday is coming up, so I decided to do something good for myself to boost my motivation and get myself going strong on the path of health and fitness. I already have a Bodymedia FIT armband that helps me track my calories, exercise, and sleep, but there is a new little gadget out called the UP24 that looks even more in depth and Bodymedia emailed me about it, even including a code with a discount so I could get the bracelet for $126 instead of $156 and of course Sparkpeople has been pushing ads about this bracelet nonstop so I had to at least check it out and see what it was all about, right? So, it turns out the UP24 has a pretty enhanced food tracker that even has a thing called a Food Score that lets you see how healthy your food choices are, something the Bodymedia band doesn't have. I can track my meals with my armband, but not anything in depth like that. It has sleep monitoring with PowerNap and a Smart Alarm to get you to sleep and wake you up at optimal times. Now my armband monitors my sleep and gives me all the data, but it doesn't have any alarms or anything like that. And the UP system also has a coaching system that guides you in making decisions about having an active life. It has step tracking workout logging and insight reports. It has Idle Alert to remind you to move throughout the day and you can add your friends to your team to cheer you on and be cheered. Much more in depth than the coaching program on my Bodymedia band. All of which added up to me ordering it this morning. Obviously I had to have this little gadget. It just seemed so cool. And, worse case scenario I don't like it as much and I just end up still using the Bodymedia band. But! Best case scenario I end up getting a much needed boost to my motivation and start reaching my goals even faster. I'm hoping that after I test it out and see how well it works, maybe I can even convince a couple friends to get one so we can try out that cheering function.

So happy birthday to me! And I definitely encourage anyone who's interested in upping their weight loss game to check out the UP24. Here's a link to watch a video about it https://jawbone.com/up
After all, there's no time like the present to start improving your life. And it really isn't too expensive at all. And I may be wrong but I heard there's no subscription fee like there is with the Bodymedia armband.

So I am pretty excited about moving forward from here with a new band and new goals and August should be a pretty landmark month for me. I have also made a grand commitment to focusing on being healthy rather than focusing on being skinny. I'm eating clean and I've resolved to stop skipping meals and stop reducing my calorie intake too low. I'm eating a solid 1500 calories a day now and I'm eating six times a day (3 meals and 3 snacks). It's a good solid plan that I'm feeling very positive about. I know personally I do a lot better when I eat a lot of little meals throughout the day at fixed times. And the UP24 should help me with meal plans and to analyze my foods and keep me eating as clean as possible. So now I'm just focusing on staying in the present and making the most of each moment.

  
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MAYBER 7/30/2014 11:24PM

    Thank you for sharing thoughts you are an inspiration and motivator
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GOOSIEMOON 7/28/2014 11:31PM

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SLLYONS51 7/28/2014 12:27PM

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COLLEENCONQUERS 7/28/2014 10:14AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon you are going to LOVE your UP24 .. i have one and i love love it .. being bi-polar and having insomnia issues i really also love the sleep monitor so i can track my sleep .. i got the pink one and i too LOVE the 'idle' feature .. i have mine set to remind me if i am idle for an hour .. so i can get up and move around for 10 minutes out of every hour . it is awesome .. so emoticon emoticon emoticon this is a great present you bought yourself .. it motivates you to out do yourself and stay fit .. so it is a great present to yourself ..

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GRLTAZ 7/28/2014 10:12AM

    Awesome plan and I hope your new gadget works as well as you hope it will.

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PENOWOK 7/28/2014 8:15AM

    Sounds like a great way to gain on losing!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/27/2014 8:33PM

  HAPPY UPCOMING BIRTHDAY!!! It sounds like the perfect gift. And.......it also sounds like your present plan is the exact one you should be using as it is obviously working out well for you. emoticon

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CICELY360 7/27/2014 6:05PM

  good blog

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WHYTEBROWN 7/27/2014 5:31PM

    emoticon Ciara!! I hope you had an emoticon day!! emoticon to your new UP24. I hope it works out emoticon for you!! Your plans for August sound emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITWITHIN 7/27/2014 5:25PM

    emoticon Enjoy you UP24 when you get it.

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LCRUMLEY81 7/27/2014 2:10PM

  You can do it

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JYGETSFIT 7/27/2014 2:03PM

    The new gadget sounds awesome. I'm glad you treated yourself to it for your birthday! I have a fitbit and I don't use all of its features all of the time but I am happy with it so far. I am thinking about getting the fit bit scale, I think they call it Aria, it records your bmi, weight, and other information into your fit bit app. That is my present to myself to get remotivated. Thanks for sharing your blog with me.

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CHARTHESTAR 7/27/2014 1:11PM

    It sounds like a great birthday gift to yourself!

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NONNAOF2 7/27/2014 10:47AM

  It sounds like the perfect birthday gift with all the bells and whistles that you can use to continue on your healthy journey! Happy Birthday! :-)

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JSEATTLE 7/27/2014 10:05AM

  Sounds neat, I' going to check it out.

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JERICHO1991 7/27/2014 9:29AM

    Sounds like another fun tool for healthy living.

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    Have a blessed and Happy Birthday emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TINAJANE76 7/27/2014 9:01AM

    A very Happy Birthday to you! What a nice way to treat yourself.
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SHARON7464 7/27/2014 8:35AM

    I currently have a Fitbit but the UP24 sounds amazing! What a great birthday gift to oneself- the gift of health emoticon

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BESSHAILE 7/27/2014 7:27AM

    Woo woo! I LOVE Birthdays! I celebrate mine the entire month. And I love fitness toys too. Happy Birthday!

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/27/2014 7:27AM

    I for one hope you will provide a follow-up blog about your experiences with this little gadget. It might just make a wonderful Christmas gift to myself!

As always, thank you for sharing your wealth of insight and knowledge.

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/27/2014 7:18AM

    emoticon enjoy your gift and please let us know how it goes

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CARRIELYN56 7/27/2014 6:55AM

    Happy Birthday and thank you for the sharing!

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REALITYCHECK86 7/27/2014 2:34AM

    Ok, I'm intrigued! I'm definately gonna check out the UP24, maybe I'll even order one. I look forward to hearing how you like it. Happy Birthday too BTW! The best gift to yourself is one that encourages a better lifestyle, and it sounds like that's exactly what you've done!
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AMYISSUCCEEDING 7/27/2014 1:54AM

    Thank you for sharing. Wishing you a Happy Birthday.
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JIBBIE49 7/27/2014 1:11AM

    NOW is all we ever have.

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MICKEYMAX 7/26/2014 9:47PM

    Happy Birthday and great going in putting yourself first! GOOD JOB!

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BLUEEYESCANADA 7/26/2014 9:41PM

    Great choice to give yourself for your birthday. You are so worth it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I got myself the Fitbit Flex for my birthday. I hope by the time my birthday is here I will be at a good place with my health.

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KAYDE53 7/26/2014 6:30PM

    emoticon emoticon sounds like a good motivational tool, have fun!

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KATELJM 7/26/2014 5:04PM

    emoticon oh, you are pushing my Gadget Girl button! I also have the Body Media Armband, but it started giving me a rash. I'll have to look for an email from Body Media and check it out.

Best of luck to you, sounds like you're back in the groove.

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TREATL 7/26/2014 1:57PM

    I'm impressed with your fitness program! Happy Birthday emoticon

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MISSLORI5 7/26/2014 12:51PM

    Have a happy birthday!! I think you've chosen a very worthwhile gift for yourself, I have certainly been blessed with my tracker, which I got myself for my birthday!! But this armband you are talking about sounds so much more complete, and I hope your goals are easier with it!! I'm having trouble right now because my body keeps yo-yoing on me again between 201 and 204. I just can't seem to get over that 200 hump!! But I will keep going at it! Never give up, right?!!! Have a terrific weekend and enjoy your latest jewelry!!! emoticon

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PHEBESS 7/26/2014 12:29PM

    Happy birthday! and have fun with your new toy!!!

(When is your birthday? Mine is Aug 3 - are we birthday twins? Neighbours?)

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THOMS1 7/26/2014 11:29AM

    emoticon for sharing. I also hit the like this blog button. emoticon

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 7/26/2014 11:13AM

    Thanks fir sharing, sounds like a very interesting little piece of equipment. Let us know how it works out. Hope you have a wonderful birthday. Hugs.

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NANCY- 7/26/2014 11:11AM

    Love your attitude!!!
What a wonderful gift. You so deserve it. Enjoy!
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IDICEM 7/26/2014 10:55AM

  What a great birthday gift to yourself! I hope it works out well for you and that you have a wonderfully happy birthday! emoticon

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AHAPPYSPIRIT 7/26/2014 10:07AM

    Happy Birthday to you. You will be very successful. emoticon emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 7/26/2014 9:08AM

    It sounds like you have a PLAN and that you will find great success because you intend to work that plan. Happy Birthday and have a great time with your new tool.

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A Lot of Little Steps

Friday, July 25, 2014


I had a difficult road ahead of me in July. At the time, I thought I could never endure it. I thought I'd never make it through it. And I was close to giving up. I wasn't sure if I was going to ever be able to lose any more weight. It just seemed like the scale was "doomed" to go up again. But, difficult roads do often lead to beautiful destinations. Since I've gotten back on my pills, they have now fully gotten in my system again and while I was on my walk yesterday afternoon I really noticed the impact of my journey so far. I have been so lucky to have been able to undertake this challenge and I have accomplished so much so far, it is certainly too soon to give up. It's going to take a lot of hard work to make up the ground that I lost, but it is far from impossible. And I will learn a lot in the process. And I am really enjoying the process these days, more than I have in a long time. I am just being right now. I have stopped trying to become something. I have dropped the idea of becoming someone because I am already a masterpiece. I cannot be improved. I only had to come to it, to know it, to realize it. And in experiencing that, being that, I can be more fully present on this weight loss journey and in truth in my life in general. And as for my life, I am now making a choice to be less passive about it.

I am taking charge of my world and being present in it. In August I am painting in bold colours. I look to spend a lot of time devoted to my personal inner journey. To create my world from the inside out. To begin goal-setting again and to really renew my excitement about losing this weight.

And so, I am really changing my mind. That's where the key is. Before you can change your body, you have to change your mind. And once you change your mind, you can change your whole world. I'm keeping my goals simple and straightforward and attainable. Taking little steps each day so that I can burn 2500 calories every day. That's the big goal. But, this morning I'm going to set aside a little time and make a detailed plan about what my goals are and how I can accomplish them and go over my agenda, make some adjustments where I need to. Because goals without a detailed plan are just wishes.

And most importantly, it's just about really believing I can do this. Deciding what I want, believing I can have it, believing I deserve it, and believing it's possible for me. Believing in myself. Because I can really do all this. And there's so much to enjoy and experience every day, even in the mundane. Most especially in the mundane.


  
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KOHINOOR2 7/26/2014 12:55AM

    Awesome blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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KATELJM 7/25/2014 10:14PM

    You are a masterpiece!

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BLUEEYESCANADA 7/25/2014 8:18PM

    Wow! Very inspirational.. I am trying very hard to find that inner peace and really loved your blog. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/25/2014 6:05PM

    Ciara, you are awesome! You are putting one foot in front of the other, moving on the path and even with a detour, are back on the path. THAT'S true sparking!

HUGS

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DREAMSEEKER9 7/25/2014 4:37PM

    Love your message and your commitment! Thanks for inspiring me. emoticon emoticon

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AHAPPYSPIRIT 7/25/2014 11:33AM

    Thank you for this inspiring Blog. May you have a wonderful weekend!

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WHYTEBROWN 7/25/2014 9:54AM

    WOW!! emoticon plans and emoticon attitude!! With an outlook and presence of mind and focus like this there is nothing but success ahead of you!! emoticon emoticon

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NANCY- 7/25/2014 9:19AM

    Attitude is everything. What you think is a foundation for your actions.

The biggest little step is what we think.

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NANCYPAT1 7/25/2014 9:18AM

    keep up the great work

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/25/2014 8:40AM

    William James devoted a year to believing he had control over himself and his destiny, to believing that he could become better. He had no proof, but he freed himself to BELIEVE, all evidence to the contrary, that change was possible. He wrote, I will assume for today and for one full year from today that change is not an illusion. My first act of free will shall be to believe in free will.

He then ACTED AS IF his control over himself and over his choices was never in question.

This is, in essence, what you are doing--creating the habit of belief in your free will to make choices. IMHO, all other changes in habits follow directly from this one change.

Congratulations on your good work. You are definitely on the right path.



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EMTCHICK109 7/25/2014 8:18AM

    Great Blog!

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INGMARIE 7/25/2014 7:53AM

    emoticon great blog ,great reminders ,Thank you emoticon

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BMCOLLEY 7/25/2014 6:48AM

    This was indeed a great blog to wake up to. You may have had some hurdles to overcome, but I think you have come out on top. I would strongly suggest you print this blog and post it in several places so you are sure to see it each day. emoticon emoticon

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CSMAIL71 7/25/2014 6:08AM

  thank you for such positive thoughts this morning. Good luck on your journey

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MARYJOANNA 7/25/2014 5:34AM

  Just be yourself. As Joyce Meyer says, "Where the mind goes, the man follows." This is her way of taking from the Bible the verse that says as a man thinks so is he.

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RASPBERRY56 7/25/2014 4:56AM

    Keep up the great work! Thank you for sharing such a great post - your positivity in the face of challenge, and your awesome sense of self-awareness is bound to inspire and motivate others!

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A Smooth Sea Never Made a Skillful Sailor

Wednesday, July 23, 2014



In July I took a detour that I didn't intend on. But, I assure you it IS a detour and not a dead-end street. On the fourth of July I reached a milestone. I got down to 178 pounds and was successfully halfway done losing weight. But, I also ran out of my depression, mania, and migraine medication and the prescriptions were out of refills. I mistakenly thought I had to wait until I saw my doctor on the 24th in order to renew the prescriptions. So, I wasn't taking any medication. This went disastrously, as you would expect. I slipped into a very dark depression and lacked any kind of energy or motivation. I lost all interest in all activities that I had once been so pumped about. I had been losing weight at a great pace before, but without meds I suddenly started going in the opposite direction. I gained ten pounds and didn't want to take any exercise anymore, I just wanted to stay in bed. The only thing I could manage was watching episodes of Game of Thrones and re-reading the book. My emails piled up and I never logged into Sparkpeople. I avoided everything. My grandmother noticed my newfound lack of interest in my weight loss efforts and asked me if I'd been taking my medication and I told her how my prescription had run out. She insisted I call the pharmacy and I told her I was going to wait until I saw my psychiatrist because it was only a few days. She said I absolutely couldn't wait any longer because I wasn't doing well at all. I argued with her even though I knew she was right. The next day she called the pharmacy and they faxed my psychiatrist. He filled the prescription right away and my grandpa went and picked my pills. After the second day of taking my pills I'm now feeling 100% better already and getting myself back on track.

I ended up having to withdraw from the couple of weight loss challenges that I had been in because I neglected to sign in to them for so long, but that may be for the best because I have a lot of work ahead of me in getting these ten pounds down and getting back on the journey again, but I am enthusiastic about it and I know that if I commit to it, I can definitely get the weight off in the next month or two. Then I will be halfway once again and I can work from there! So, really, it is not the end of the world, and not such a big deal as I was thinking it was when I was in the midst of it. It's a setback, true, but there are worse things and at least I am getting back on track now before I gained any more weight. And I have a renewed sense of commitment and energy now.

I can only think, what is in store for me in August? My birthday is coming up and we are planning a trip to Walt Disney World in September. I am determined to lose a few pounds for that because we will be going by airplane and I want to be sure that I will fit in the seats! Not to mention the rides. I want to be able to enjoy the trip as much as possible and not be worried the whole time about my size. So, it's important to me to be able to get down a few more pounds. At least back down to 178 where I was. And I believe I can do it. As much weight as I've lost so far and as far as I've come with as much ambition as I've had, I know that this is really just a fluke and I know the reasoning for it. I will be sure not to go without my medication again! And of course now I know if my prescription runs out I can just have the pharmacy fax my doctor. Which I really should've just tried to begin with. But, we live and learn I suppose. And now I've learned a valuable lesson about how easily one can regain weight and lose ground. It will be something for me to keep in mind when I am done losing weight and start maintaining.

It's good to learn these lessons early so that we can modify our behaviour, I think. To become wiser. I've certainly learned that I need to stick with Sparkpeople if I'm going to succeed. To start using Sparkcoach. And I need to track my food! When I stopped doing those things, I started gaining the weight again. I know what tools to utilize in order to make progress and it's important not to stray. And it's also important to keep on going. To not give up. The only way to get to where I want to go is if I take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way and keep forging ahead. Success happens through trial and error.

And I think the most successful people are the ones who fail the most because they are always out there trying. I may have come up against a little bump in the road, but now I am learning about the things that don't work in my life. It's an opportunity for me to see what's not working for me and if I'm clever, I'll take advantage of the chance to change it.

So, for August I am going to begin ahead and start on a brand new path. I'm going to revise all my goals and change the things in my life that aren't working for me. A fresh start.

After all, the path to success isn't the straight line that people imagine it is. It's more like this:

And it's never too late to be fit, to be healthy, to be the best of you.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NANCY- 7/25/2014 9:28AM

    Love, Love, Love your attitude.
Even Edison found ways that things didn't work, until he found what did work.
Love that you are living and learning.
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AHAPPYSPIRIT 7/24/2014 6:05PM

    emoticon Take Care.

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WHYTEBROWN 7/24/2014 10:36AM

    I was so worried about you because I knew that with the momentum that you had something MUST have happened for you to just disappear like you did. I'm happy though that you've got back your medications and that you're seeing this setback for just what it was a setback. You will rebound and recover from this just like the champ that you are and I look forward to cheering you on as you make great leaps and bounds with your goals for August!!. emoticon emoticon

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COOLRAIN 7/24/2014 10:21AM

    emoticon I'm so proud of you! Thank you for the inspirational blog post. Sharing your bumps in the road and the lessons you learn from them speaks to so many of us. You're an inspiration. Thank you for being my Spark Friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/24/2014 8:01AM

    What I'm most drawn to in your blog is, "I think the most successful people are the ones who fail the most because they are always out there trying."

Congratulations on having realized this truth--and by the way, you do realize that you are, by your own definition, a truly successful person., right?

Job well done on getting past the blip in the road and moving forward with renewed commitment. Cannot wait to read your Spark Success Story!

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2BDYNAMIC 7/24/2014 7:11AM

    Hey-you've made great ;plans for August and that is what counts .............. Glad you got the medications back and are getting right back on track .............. I know you can do it; you already have accomplished so much ............... Here for you! emoticon

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OXYGEN9 7/24/2014 3:01AM

    I'm glad things are okay now and you're back on track! I've had setbacks like this too, it's important to never give up and emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REALITYCHECK86 7/24/2014 12:45AM

    emoticon Slip-ups happen sometimes and it's OK! And now you've learned a valuable lesson that will help carry you forward. You should say a big "thank-you" to those grandparents of yours who obviously care about you a lot! Glad to see you're ok and feeling good again. I think losing before your trip is a good goal for now and I wouldn't worry too much about your weight. I should think you'll fit on the rides and even on the plane even at the size you are now, but it still sounds like it will make a good motivator! Good luck and keep moving forward!
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KAYDE53 7/23/2014 9:53PM

    Sounds like you have some wonderful grandparents! Glad you're rebooting & are going to keep on going! I know you can do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/23/2014 9:28PM

    Blessings to your Grandparents for helping you in this situation!! I am so glad you're feeling better now. THAT;S the biggest thing. The rest will fall into place, m dear.

HUGS and so glad you're back with your Spark Family.

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SUEARNOLD1 7/23/2014 7:22PM

    Take care and you'll be back on track before you know it!

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ICECUB 7/23/2014 6:56PM

    emoticon TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

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WORKNPROGRESS49 7/23/2014 6:42PM

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EMMACORY 7/23/2014 6:38PM

    So glad you got your medication issue resolved and that you are back on track. We missed you on the Lemon team. Failure is only failure when we fail to learn from it. Life is about progress not perfection. We will all have some set backs and the invitation to begin again is new everyday. Peace! emoticon emoticon

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