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  • v LITTLEDEB921
    Hi Leigh! I love and miss you! I am trying spark again to see if I can stick with it this time. I need motivation and would love for you to help be my encouragement as I for you! Let's do this and make our hubby's head's spin!!!! What do you think??? emoticon
    3304 days ago
    Hi there! I'm making the rounds saying hello to various "Kinect to Spark" members. I hope you are doing well today.

    If you haven't already done so, take a moment to swing by our team page. We have a few challenges going on now, including one that will reward the winner with a copy of the upcoming, Dance Central 2.

    Take care and keep on Sparking!
    3375 days ago
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  • v JANETLEE40
    Hi Leigh,
    Those are some truly good questions you have asked.
    How do I stay motivated??? Well ....let me start from the beginning of how I got to that.....I started out small with 3-10min sessions of cardio exercise a day. I would do them within half hour before or after each meal. Your body is burning fat faster at that time from working on digestion. I did not add strength training for 6 mths. (just working on the goal of staying focused). I faithfully logged on to Sparkpeople everyday and held myself accountable by doing my nutrition and fitness tracker. I also wrote in the journal that spark provides. I took pics of myself from my past (when I was skinny and gorgeous with a baby) and posted one in my bathroom on the mirror, one on my refrigerator so I would not be tempted to "cheat" and on the pantry door. I wrote a positive inspiration for myself....such as "I am BEAUTIFUL!!" "I am WORTH IT!" "I love me for ME!" I made it a goal to repeat them everyday everytime I saw the card posted. I have one in computer room (which is also my exercising equipment room) , one on my dresser, one on my mirror in bathroom under my picture, and one in the kitchen. Put them wherever you need motivation. Alot of the motivation comes from the fact I have made it this far and why would I ever want those 40 lbs back on!!! Even though I have hypothyroid....I don't want to use that as an excuse to not be healthy. I may not ever get down to 130 lbs....but I know I will be around for along time. I no longer take any medications (prescribed) and that is a huge milestone for me!!! Another two things that keeps me motivated is the desire to be with my family....and the success stories that I see everyday on Sparkpeople!!! I can so taste the victory that is mine!!! I know you can too....Just close your eyes and envision what that future you will look like!!!
    There are many many things that you can do to make a better YOU. But it will take time and it won't happen overnight...so please keep that in mind. I have seen so many folks come to sparkpeople with huge unrealistic goals and great motivation just to get burned out quickly because they were expecting a miracle to happen. Our bodies are a very unique complicated machinary. It will lose when it wants and where it wants. You have no control over that. So here we go......this is a successful Spark Journey guideline for you....
    1) log on here everyday and use your nutritional and exercise tracker. Visit at least one sparkteam and get involved. Write in the spark journal or buy a journal and use it like your personal Bible. (this is what will happen with it...you will write about your day, your moods, and what happened with those moods, such as with stress...did you emotionally eat? Did you visit a restuarant and find it hard to resist a certain food? This is just a guideline to get you started...but it is very important to be aware of your feelings at the exact moment when you face a challenge)
    2) weigh yourself and put the scale away!!! Measure yourself and log it with the current date. Make a goal date 1 mth from now, 2 mths, or even 3 mths from now. Use the scale periodically but don't rely on it!!! It will cause you to feel defeat...especially through the body's transitition. Measuring your progress is the best way to go. You can also use other ways to measure progress, such as how loose your clothes are fitting, how you sleep better at night, more energy than you used to have, how you don't huff and puff going up stairs, and even yourself confidence!!
    3) drink as much water as you can each day...if you are not one who normally drinks water....start with a small goal...such as try for 6-8oz glasses a day and build up to the 8- 8 oz glasses or more a day. Try to avoid drinking alot of soda. This will cause water retention from sodium and headaches from caffeine.
    4) eat healthier...if you are used to eating out often or like your snacks....don't deprive yourself...instead start out slow and build up your nutrition habits. Like example I did when I started out...I loved to eat cookies.....instead of going cold turkey and not enjoying lifes pleasures...I slowly decreased how many I ate and how often. Now I eat 1-3 cookies depending on size once a week. I enjoy other snack foods that are lower in calories and healthier, popcorn, trail mix, granola, fruits, yogurt, nuts etc.
    5) Set up some realistic goals. Make some small goals you would like to accomplish (remember ...be realistic) and set a date that you want to accomplish these goals.....Example of my goals...short term....lose 2-6 lbs by June 1, ride my stationary bike 3 times a week for 10 mins a day, walk a mile 3 times a week. Middle goal....lose 30 lbs by May 2011 (accomplished!!!!), lose weigh 215 by July 4, walk 3-5 mi a day..3 times a week, add 10 more minutes to my stationary bike by July 1, etc........Long Term goal .....to lose 90- 110 lbs by 2013, go back to school and get my degree in Psychotherapy in 2011, no more soda by Aug. 1, 2011.
    6) now rewards.....what do you plan to reward yourself with when you meet your goals....example first 5 lbs I lost....I rewarded myself with a new fragrance, when I rode my stationary bike faithfully .....treated myself to a movie with family, when I lost the 30 lbs....brand new wardrobe!!!! Bought new exercising equipment too!!! When I reach my biggest lifetime goal.....I am going on a cruise!! REVIEW YOUR GOALS AND REWARDS OFTEN TO KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE!!! AND TO KEEP IT REALISTIC!!
    What I have learned on this journey is that I am not alone!! I have a wonderful support group and I have someplace to vent or brag when needed. I have learned that in order to be successful...you have to fail first.....we learn from those mistakes. I have learned to teach what I preach!!! Now that was hard.....when someone had a bad moment and felt like a failure...I would readily praise them for what they have accomplished and tell them it's ok to make a mistake!!!....what??!!!?? are you kidding me accept a mistake??? Yes, you have to love yourself and respect yourself to make this work for the long haul. It won't happen overnight and it won't be easy...but think about it...would you downgrade your friend because she had a setback???.....nope...and so we should be just as respectful to ourselves. Don't dwell on the mistake...instead admit it, brush it off ...dust off your pants...and hop back on the Band Wagon (as we call it).
    I know you will be successful with this journey. I have learned how to live a healthier happier life...I have found weight loss is not the issue here....changing our lifestyle is and the weight loss follows. This entire process is a lifetime of learning all about YOU!!!
    I pretty much wrote a novel and I am hoping I didn't leave anything out. If I did, I will figure it out, lol. If you need anymore help please let me know.
    I do recommend that you buy The Spark book by Chris Downie...it will change your perspective of weight loss big time....... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3465 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/5/2011 3:19:41 AM
  • v JANETLEE40
    Hi Leigh,
    I will add you as a sparkbuddy if you are interested. I see you have not logged onto your weight tracker to show your success?? Do you need help in how its done?? I will be happy to show you....you deserve to show your success!!!
    Let me know if you are interested...its ok to say no....visit my sparkpage and see if you like what you see.....HUGS.
    3466 days ago
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