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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sometimes we have to take a step back and look at our priorities in life. I've made "getting healthier" a big priority in my life. I've also learned to look at was is the most important thing that is worth using my time for. Some things are necessary. And the time spent in these necessary things is a given. But then the left over time we have, do we use to the limit or do we waste that time with the trivials. I decided many years ago when I was told that I have RA that I was not going to let it get the better of me. I have it and I have to live with it so get on with life. I did away with so called friends who were wasting my time with their gossip and their pettiness. I kept the friends who were true friend and that were happy and made me happy. Those that moan and groan are not worth being around. I just don't like being miserable with them. Then I started concentrating more on family and the things I like to do. I also have the personality that if I start something, I like to go at it whole hearted and to the finish. I went into the sparkpeople plan this way. I joined a few teams and then added a few more. I finally realized this past week that I needed to prioritize this area of my life as I was spending more time on these teams than I should have. I also had joined some teams that I was not being as productive as I should have been. So if I was on your team and you don't see me there now, it may be that I dropped that team. I am doing this to make myself healthy and more fit and can do it better without so much time being spent on this computer. So if you wonder why then this is the reason. Like I said sometimes you have to stand back and take a look at what is really important in your life. Also with the holiday approaching, I'm spending more time with my family and doing the fun things I so enjoy this time of year.

So you might want to take that step back and ask yourself what is the most important things for you to do with your time and energy. Hugs!

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MYMISSY 10/17/2008 4:24PM

    Well written Barbara, so glad you have found your space, a nice feeling isn't it. It will do us all good to just step back once in a while and look at what we are doing, where we are, who we are with and where do we want to go. I believe at this time in our life we should make what we want as a priority and go for it. You never really know what is round the corner, life is prescious, live it, enjoy it, share it and best of all not to worry about it. I like your "HATTITUDE" as the Red Hat Ladies would say. emoticon

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Friday, October 10, 2008

LIMITS---Iíve learned this by joining Sparks. I now know my limits and what I can and cannot do. I know exactly how far to push my body before it becomes a chore. I know that I get bored easily (ADHD adult) so I have to change up my routine. I have started this with little steps and gradually add to it as I progress.

I started small with counting calories. After a month of this with weight loss, I added the walking. Well with the RA I have I had to start with baby steps and walk short distances, but I would walk a few times a day. We live on a hill so now I can manage to walk an entire mile and sometimes 2 on my good days. Half of that is walking up my hill and other half walking down. When I started I could barely make the round 1 time which is a quarter mile. Now I can do 4 easy and have begun a 5th and sometimes up to 8 rounds. And doing it this way with my plans now to add the exercising part, has made such a difference.

I reach a plateau and stay there a week or 2 and then will be down a pound down. I feel Iím building more muscle tone now so know muscle is heavier and I keep that in the back of my mind. I have gone down 1 size and more and now feel Iím probably down 2 sizes. Iíve only bought 1 pair of (1 size smaller) pants and am continuing to wear the older large ones most of the time as they are loosely comfy and people comment more about the weight loss.

Also I reward myself each month with a full body massage which is as cheap as eating out at a fancy place or buying more clothes or candy etc. It is my incentive to keep at it. If I lose 1 pound that month then the massage is on, if not then I donít. And it seems I always show a loss each month. It may not be much and it may be slow but I'm sure the turtle wins the race.

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GRALLEN 10/14/2008 1:25PM

    Wow Barb! You are doing GREAT! Those baby steps can pay off and you are proof of that. Keep up the good work.

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COOP9002 10/10/2008 9:00PM

    You're doing great in taking these "small" but significant steps to make progress in your journey. Stay the course, and you'll be excited with the results.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

I've joined the Biggest Loser Challenge Team for 12 weeks and am hoping it will push me off this plateau. I'm excited but a little confused at all the posting and what all we are supposed to be doing but hopefully will get caught up soon. I've upped my walking and have added some core exercises. I really hate just exercising. I love the walking and look forward to it each day and try not to miss that time to comune with nature and God.

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the weather and all the fall colors. Our trees haven't changed much and won't until November but since my oldest granddaughter has a birthday on Halloween, I buy some kind of Halloween decoration each year. I've been going for more of the old time ones like I remember from my childhood.

I'm also busy working on some handmade Christmas gifts. I'm making sock monkeys for the 3 granddaughters I'm closest too. We rarely see the other 3 who don't live near. We are planning a family get together sometime in January, so will just do gift bags for those. I'm picking up things at the Dollar Stores. We have a new step grandson and I'm really finding it hard to get him something as he gets so much from his other side of the family. Our son and his new wife are expecting so he will have a younger sister to share with now. I've found some really nice baby things at some resale shops but I've given it to them already. I did get a victorian doll buggy with a pink flamingo to go inside, since they are doing the baby's room in that theme. Rather cute and unique I think.

My calorie counting is pretty well down on automatic for me now. In fact at times I'm finding it hard to make the low end of the range. Sometimes it is under so I keep the 100 calorie packs handy for just such days. I feel I get a treat those days.

Well off to bed to get those 8 hours of sleep in.

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GERRI/POLLYANNA 10/8/2008 4:11PM

    Good luck on your Biggest Loser Challenge emoticon

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TABBERDOODLE 10/8/2008 9:55AM

    emoticon on meeting your nutritional goals! I still find it difficult not to overeat sometimes. I love to hear sucess stories. It motivates me to know that eventually all my good habits will be a way of life instead of a chore. Keep up the hard work!

Good luck on your Biggest Loser Challenge!

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October starts a new month!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

September is almost over and October nears. I'm determined to make it through the fall and winter holiday seasons sticking to my diet and exercise. So I've decided to make posting to my calorie count and fitness count a regular daily event. I've done well so far with 30 pounds gone. But I would like to see more progress now that I'm beginning to reach a plateau. I've bonded with many of my teams and think this is a big help. I've grown and have been asked to take leader positions in 2 of my teams. I just hope I can do everyone justice and help lead the way.

Autumn is also my very favorite season of the year. The color changes are so cheery and it seems I get an extra burst of energy this time of year. The sun is out the majority of the time and I think I thrive on sunlight. I almost dread going into winter with the cloudy wet and cold days we have. I think it would be worse if I had to endure snow alot. We have relative mild winters with maybe one or 2 snows that last a day or 2 or we get ice but nothing like the 2-5foot snows they have up north. I'm thankful for that.

I'm also taking on getting my website running and posting more of my things there. I also plan to concentrate on my online craft magazine that I help out with a friend in Texas. And I also have a new granddaughter on the way. So I have alot to look forward to in addition of being healthier and a better me.

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BGGARDEN 10/4/2008 8:01PM

    How was the first week of October?? You need to blog it because I LOVE hearing from someone who loves to create things like I do!

Do tell what your craft magazine URL . I have a desk full of scrapbooking that I promised my MIL I would get done for her. I still have to finish the book I started from last Christmas. I like to collage the cards we are giving with photos from the season. :-) I am seamstress.... of sorts. I am starting a new Childrens' clothing line as well! BUSY BUSY MOMMY here.... Happy it is time to put the garden to sleep!

Happy weekend Dear friend.

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NIMAWEYGH 10/2/2008 5:20PM

    I know you can do this Barb. You can do anything you set your mind to.
I love using the calorie and fitness trackers and have since the beginning.

Like you Autumn is my favorite time of year. I just tend to do better in the weight loss area at this time of year so I hope that continues.

You are doing a wonderful job for us on AR Ladies.

Keep up the Great work.

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ZORAHGAIL 9/30/2008 1:19PM

    You can do it!

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5 months into Spark

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wow I can't believe it will be 5 months for me here at Sparkpeople and I've already lost 30 pounds. At my starting point at the end of April, I didn't think I could do this. I was at my highest weight ever and in worse shape physically and health-wise. I made the decision then that I would do this no matter what. I stuck to my promise to myself even when family and friends would entice me to take more or eat things I knew were not good for me. I have felt at times that I was not making any progress or that my progress was just baby steps.

My first obstacle was my husband. He offered me a second helping one night. I flat out told him no thanks. He kind of looked at me funny. I kept doing small things with our meal planning that I knew were much healthier. I started thinking back to when I was growing up and how I managed to be so thin and saw a decided difference in how I ate then to now. So I made changes in those areas gradually. I figured my husband would complain. One of the major change was not eating anything after 6p.m. My husband had been a big supper eater and never ate much in the way of breakfast. So I started fixing a nice balanced breakfast and I was so surprised when he started eating them. And then we would fix a nice lunch later in the afternoon. I would eat fruit or crackers for snacks between the 2 meals and so by 5 p.m. I wasn't hungry. My husband realized that even if he cooked a big meal in the evening, I wasn't going to eat, so now he snacks for his evening meals.

I also got rid of all the junky snack foods that I like so well. My husband didn't like that idea too much so we found some that he liked that I didn't and so I stocked up on them for him to eat. Since he is so physically active, the junk foods don't seem to gather pounds on him. But lately, I've noticed him weighing more and he is also eating more fruit instead.

So though I haven't had to say one word to him about it, the little things I've been doing and him seeing me go down in size and weight has really made him start taking better care of himself. And I know we both feel and look so much better today. This time next year, we will be even better.

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TABBERDOODLE 9/27/2008 8:47PM

    Great job with the gradual changes. It is much easier than trying to change your whole world at once. Your progress is a testament of your determination. Keep up the hard work!

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GRALLEN 9/25/2008 1:16PM

    It's neat that he is slowly changing his eating habits too. And yes, some of that junk food doesn't seem to affect men like it does us gals. Good job to the both of you!!

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TERJEGOLD 9/24/2008 10:35PM

    You have a great husband...a real keeper. It's wonderful when a couple is so in tune with each other that they can read each others needs and respond accordingly.

I remember reading something recently - not sure it I'll get it right - about eating breakfast like royalty, lunch like middle class and dinner like a pauper. Sounds as if you are doing just that and it's working well for you.

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