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Day 100: 100 Weight-loss joy
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You've reached a fork in the weight-loss road. If you follow one path, you'll continue to use the tools from this book. you'll also keep studying and learning about ways to reach and maintain your goals. On this road, you'll keep doing those things every day for the rest of your life. And, almost guaranteed, you'll become a long-term success story.
Remind yourself to stand tall, breathe deeply and rehearse your affirmations and self-talk. Say things such as, "I can do this, I am strong and committed, and I'm living in weight-loss joy." Then go through every day with a powerful image of long-term success!


Phyllis ~~
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20/20 Vision- What we focus on expands. “Never give up on the dream!”


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Day 96: Pull yourself back up
Well I’ve been doing this one kind of wrong although it is a go-to for me when I don’t want to do anything.
1. Do tasks (Choose mundane tasks that don't require much thought or making decisions.
2. Make music (Pull out some of your favorite inspiring or entertaining music. Soak up the music and allow it to heal your spirit.
3. Get active (Find a way to move your body for at least ten minutes.)
4. Read a book (Stay away from self-help books. The purpose here is to give your brain input, not make it do any work.)
5. Reflect (Sit in a quiet place and intentionally fill your mind with positive images or thoughts. Meditate, pray or do a visualization exercise. Invite your worries to leave and peacefulness to fill its place.)

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Day #92 How not to maintain
Waiting until meal time to decide what to eat
Not checking first before eating in a new restaurant
Talking about changes I need to make but not following through
Not working on my daily activity, sitting too much

Flip to maintain
Make a basic weekly menu before shopping
Filling out my weekly menu plan on “StartYourDiet”
Doing a web search for restaurants before going
Stop talking so much about what needs changing and just do it!

Day #91 Its up to me
It really is up to me day after day, week after week and year after year!
What works is meals based on lots of fresh veggies, less carbs and “white” food.
What works is to only snack when I’m really hungry, not to just passe time.

What doesn’t work for me.
Not planning doesn’t work.
Not knowing what’s for supper doesn’t work.
Staying seated doesn’t work.

Planning without doing doesn’t work.
I need to make activity as important as the items on the daily menu.
It’s time to get back to step counting, setting the timer to keep active throughout the day.
It’s time to get back to a balance of nutrition, activity and fun!

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Day 88: Junk in the backyard
Oh how life takes a turn and how continuing to process these lessons makes lasting impressions on me.
“Picture yourself living in a small house with a fenced yard behind it. When you step out into that yard, you realize all you see is emotional junk.”
It isn’t emotional junk in our backyard but there is a junkyard of old cars. We luckily have no windows in that end of the house so I didn’t think about it until now!
We have neighbors with beautiful flowers and nice yards to look at.
I’m sure flowers will come my way for Mother’s Day.
I’ll keep the junk in the backyard, keep looking forward and be grateful for the view.


Day #87 Allow a grace period
The reason I decided to join another challenge was to keep my “grace period” from going on way too long. I knew that moving would be stressful, however, I didn’t know how difficult it would be with all offices and government places shut down.
Because I don’t do all our business on line there were many times I was on the phone for over an hour to reach a human person.
Because buying and/or selling property involves the government, nothing is finished yet.
Because hubby was not on board at first, the problem feels one-sided and adds to the anxiety.

Today, because I simply love my more simple home, I will keep dealing with the other stuff one by one but it might be time to question how long I can justify the “grace period” that lets me eat something as a reward for getting past the stress of the moment.

Day 86: Talk to the bear
This is why I repeat these lessons. First time I couldn’t relate, it didn’t fit my style of coping.
Second time I got a picture of a bear and could somewhat relate.
I think it depends where your life is at the time.
Today with the uncertainty of the world maybe I need to revisit the thought of a real stuffed object.
emoticon It just hit me that I have a couple of home-made dolls that will fill the need for this lesson! Even if it’s in my head at first, I can now give it a try.

Edited by: MAWMAW101 at: 5/6/2020 (08:14)
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Day 84 Body memories
This is one of those lessons that the experiences of bringing up those painful memories when I’m dealing with other things seems to just overwhelm me.

R I don’t want to go there. Been there, done that and today I’m sure I’m making more “body memories” over the isolation, uncertainty, disappointments of what feels like life interrupted.

Day 83: No one takes care of me
It is amazing how I can see clearly that my brother got angry and broke things; one sister got sick (nothing serious) but she got her way; one sister always started a fight (still does)!
I get angry, hurt, ignored, whatever it is and I shut down (sulk?) and when things are really bad I hide and cry.

It has taken me years, some therapy and a lot of talks with wonderful women friends to see my own way of coping.
Finding ways now to ask for help, to know how to “take care of myself” when necessary, and to know that if things are so bad that sometimes I just need to cry it’s ok!

Day 82 Whose problem is it?
Most often I’ve still been able to not get involved with other people’s problems. I’ve even been able to back off and let hubby sometimes fend for himself.

Currently we have moved to a new neighborhood, now it will be another lesson in how much to get involved with what’s going on here. Sometimes it doesn’t take long to know who you just want a very superficial friendship with.
This comes to mind today:
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. Eleanor Roosevelt

Day #81 Problem or predicament
Identify a couple of predicaments in my life that won’t change quickly.
1. Living in a pandemic
2. Living a less healthy, less active lifestyle

Problems
Pandemic causes isolation, need to depend on others
Me feeling down, spending time alone, being disappointed in myself

Today’s solution-
Put myself, my health and my clean home first!
Make a mask and go grocery shopping.
Call Linda for meet up in the park tomorrow.

Edited by: MAWMAW101 at: 4/30/2020 (07:27)
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Day 80: Too comfortable

Day 79: Rebellion
Truthfully I feel like I have been in a state of rebellion all week.
It is not possible in my current world to figure out “self-sabotage” “rebellion” “food addiction” ?

After two very good weeks in the challenge I’m in, here I am looking at the scale, looking at my nutrition chart, looking at my “red dots” and knowing the problem!

However knowing how to really handle that problem is not so clear.
Some wonderful people in our life bring all our needs to us so we can be safe.
Sometimes they add to that order.
Sometimes I just don’t want to waste it (and so waist it).
Sometimes I am just plain tired of resisting because I really do want it and hubby can watch something for days and not care.
Me, not so much, I see, I want, I resist, eventually I give in!

So today my identity must be to live in my plan as a strong, capable adult and get out for a walk even in the rain!
emoticon Truth be told, if I eat it or toss it, nobody knows but me.
Well and all of you sometimes!

Edited by: MAWMAW101 at: 4/27/2020 (06:57)
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Day #78 Self-sabotage
This is an ongoing issue in my life. I have lost and regained the same few pounds for the past three years.
emoticon Still going for goal though because taking care of those same pounds is better than starting over with more!


Day # 77 My sabotage toolbox
There are several things I’ve learned to keep in my toolbox.
Saying I’ll wait a while or getting in the buffet line last helps.
If I’m waiting I can grab a water and chat with everyone.
If I’m last in line nobody pays any attention to what I choose most of the time because they have already chosen.
My best friends and family don’t push food and many now eat more healthy.
emoticon This generally leaves the choice up to me to be the saboteur or the hero of my plan.

Day #76 Stop sabotaging me
Most days I am my own saboteur.
Although I’ve gotten better at pinpointing emotions and situations that cause me to overeat or choose badly, it is not any easier to stop wanting to eat when things pop up.
emoticon I must remember, nobody really cares what the scale says but me! Actually nobody really knows but me unless I share the information!

Day #75 The people hook
“ It's not your job to fix people. It's your job to love them!”
Sometimes other people want more from me than I am willing to give and I have gotten pretty good at helping out when I can but not involving myself so much that I take over their job of helping themselves.

I can’t help but worry that as I get older, I will be that hook for others. I will ask for help when needed but keep doing as much for myself as I can.
I have a friend that I admire so much because she keeps going in spite of everything. It is my hope that I too will keep going no matter what.
emoticon It is my intention to keep that “ old age” card to use when all else fails.
Who knew a pandemic would force me to use that card before I’m ready!
When you know the best thing is to “shelter-in-Place, someone else must take care of things for you! Bless everyone of them!

Edited by: MAWMAW101 at: 4/22/2020 (07:56)
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Day #74

Day #73 Manage special days

Day 72: Renew your vision
Vision is my “word” for 2020 and it is truly time to remember why I chose vision to work on. At the time I had no idea how my vision of my world would change!

20/20 Vision
Vision Board - Creating a sacred space that displays what I love.

SIMPLIFY:
*Eat Less (need to work on this)
*Move More (really need to work on this)
*Sleep Well (doing ok)
*Hydrate (doing very well)
*Laugh Often (seems impossible at this time)
*Hug (this is impossible with social distancing !)

Day #71 Setback or failure
When I think of setqback or failure the thing that comes to mind is generally something physical or something I can’t control which is a setback.
Failure only happens when I quit.
If I quit doing what works for me:
drink water
eat vegetables
weigh & measure food
lower sodium
get enough sleep
join Spark challenges

Edited by: MAWMAW101 at: 4/22/2020 (08:06)
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Day 70 – Eating instead of thinking
The issue that now seems to occupy my mind is getting to the age where I am dependent on others for every day needs.
This seems to be based on what it feels like to “shelter in place” and not just go get what I want.

Sitting with the thoughts makes me realize that I do have what I truly need just not always what I want at the moment.
I will now make sure to pause, take note of my feelings and be more grateful for having the “necessary” things at this time.
emoticon emoticon Eating more, constant eating or reactive eating only hurts me.
More Texas toast never fixed anything!

Day # 69 Hurt feelings
It seems that with my insistence on moving that my husband now must disagree with everything I think is right from where to park to picking up the limbs from a storm.
After a while it gets very annoying and without my usual outs of meeting friends for coffee (because of the Covid-19) I feel frustrated every time he leaves.
The unbroken rule, he should agree or at least talk about his reason for not agreeing.
That rule doesn’t make any sense because we each have a right to our opinions!

Day #68: Guilt is not an emotion (same as before)
Guilt is a familiar place for me, sometimes it’s things from the past and sometimes it’s the simple daily things that pop up.
Things like being too busy for a friend’s call so I ignore it; procrastination until no decision needs made because time has taken care of it.
If I wasn’t feeling guilty, what would I be feeling?
* indecisive
* lazy
* secretive
* weak
* irritated
Identifying my feelings will take time but be worth it.

Day #67 Let it go (from the last time I shared)
In working through this I realize I still hold a grudge with an acquaintance who I spent a lot of time helping financially, emotionally and having what I shared of my life and family used against me. The only real benefit is having people feel I am right to now keep my distance.

In doing this lesson I am faced with all the things I’ve given up to hold on to my hurt and anger associated with this person and a few others from my past.
In order to have a complete and happy life I really do need to “let go” of all the hurt and anger I’ve built up.

FROM TODAY:
I went on a “solo retreat” to a sacred place and spent time letting go of lots of hurt and heartache from my past. I am happy to say the person I wrote about was left under a bench in the middle of a labyrinth in the retreat grounds along with other hurts.
Until today I never thought of her again!


Day #66 Kicking kettles (circumstances change, some strong emotions remain the same)

Ironically, today is one of those days with strong emotions that are making me want to eat.
I think it is both the excitement of moving and the slow movement of selling the old place because everything is shut down.

When I have a disappointing outcome, I want to eat.
When I get bad news from family, I want to eat.
When I can’t fix a problem, I want to eat.

Solutions: call a friend, go to my “safe” spot or put on an exercise video and get moving!

Edited by: MAWMAW101 at: 4/10/2020 (09:51)
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Day #65 Showing emotions
The only emotion shown by my parents as I grew up was anger (usually alcohol related) and later sadness.
There was a time with my grown children when hugs and “I love you” messages became very important to me and the interaction between our own family members is a constant source of joy for me.
As we get older my hubby is less demonstrative with me. He has learned to hug the kids and tells them that he loves them which is very important to me and to them.

Day 64 Courage to feel
You’re afraid that if you start crying, you might not be able to stop. Or you worry that letting out your bitterness might cause you to explode and say mean, hurtful things that can never be taken back.

I feel…Because…       
Frustrated      Husband not being helpful during our move
Stressed         Lots of decisions needed that affect our future
Worried        Savings we have spent a lifetime for, going fast
Scared For our children who must work during the pandemic
Happy          Our three children are wonderful and helpful
Grateful For a best friend who feels like a “true sister”
Blessed For the care and concern of our town leaders
Contented     I love our new home and our neighbors

• Sit with the emotions and allow yourself to feel them and heal from them.
Sometimes easier said than done but so important!

Day 63 – What do I feel?
Well one thing is for sure, I no longer feel conflicted as I did the last time I read this lesson!
I have made the move to a small home in town.

Someone asked what I miss and so far it’s the Stars at night, the morning sunrise and evening sunset. And the barn cat who greeted me every morning on the back step.

There are copious other feelings that I have today:
Happy - because of our kids who take good care so we stay as safe as possible
Content - because my husband finally made the move and is adjusting nicely
Scared - because there is so much we still need to get thru as a nation
Anxious - because selling our farm is on hold because of the Court House shut down
Grateful - because I can come here and think about and express how I feel


Day 62: Revive my feelings
After the past several months I feel I am closer to the thoughts in the picture “Shifting”


Day 61: The Emotional Box
As an adult I can see that I grew up in an alcoholic home and was threatened with something worse if I cried which was generally how I expressed my emotions I think.
It was then that I learned to stuff emotions of being hurt, being scared and being disappointed. Of course I didn’t realize any of this at the time.
Now when I’m hurt I still tend to hide and cry!
When I’m angry or frustrated I am now able to express it although I realize I tend to go “on and on” when I just need to make my point and stop.
Recently I remarked to my best friend that when our move is over I’d be very fat or very skinny because being under a lot of pressure can cause either reaction for me. Currently my activity has evened out any off plan eating.

Edited by: MAWMAW101 at: 4/6/2020 (07:42)
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Day 56: I'm so bored
At the moment I thought this lesson isn’t for me today because I am so busy and so frustrated. But then I remembered yesterday as I waited for our son to arrive to hang window binds in the new place. Sometimes waiting gives me the same feelings as being bored, and the same outcome. Three snacks were devoured in that time!

There are so many crafts I love packed away, the lack of spouse support and the wait for things to be done is causing great frustration for me.
Getting back home to a husband who was not much help all day but still wondered what was for supper didn’t help either.

Today I will cry (already done)
I will meditate to calm myself down
And I will pray for patience as I face another difficult week.
And I will pray for all you wonderful people who give me a safe place to be with my feelings.

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Day #55 Food as a reward
Write a praise letter to myself. (I wrote one and emailed it to myself)

Non-food rewards: (Cold weather, moving and Covid19 changes the list!)
Find time for meditation (prayer)
Find time for a chat with my best friend
Ask for help - thank those who do help
Spend extra time on activities I enjoy


Day #52 The food fix
It’s the same old story!
When I get to the bottom of this one, it’s not being appreciated by my husband of 59 yrs!

Procrastinating with food:
emoticon Today I need to give myself credit for what’s done, not focus only on what is not done.
Today I need to quit second-guessing myself and be able to not worry if my ideas are mistakes.
Today I will find ways of taking care of myself without food.
I will reach out to our grown kids for the help I need, it just takes patience on my part to wait for them to find time.

Day #51 Emotional needs
My emotional needs are what keep me on this team of wonderful supportive Sparkers!
During this time I am encouraged by the care and concern of our kids and grandkids.
We are blessed to have them close by.


Edited by: MAWMAW101 at: 3/20/2020 (06:45)
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3/11/20 8:34 A

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Where we have been since February of 1970. It was a perfect country home for a big family but I’m way past ready to move on.


Colonial Estates - a small “55 and older” community in town.


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Day 49: Laugh away stress
Spring break is coming so I’ll invite some of the family out to our house for a couple of days since most people are staying close to home.
The idea of a few hours of no technology sounds good. We have games, lots of area to roam and always a fun time.
They can also help with our move that will come soon.

Day 48: Stress is not life
The areas in life that tempt me to eat in response to stress are different. I’ve learned that by going through these lessons and looking back on what was happening at the time.
Yesterday I ended up at the store after a couple of disappointments. I did not resist the snacks which normally I have no problem with.
Today I’ll get back to planning, eat what is on the plan and not neglect exercise even if it comes later in the day.
A “meditation walk” is what I will opt for in the future instead of a spiral into “poor me” syndrome.

Day #47

Day #46 Disappointment
I can fix my disappointment with a weekend for myself!
Saturday I went to a “wild game/fish” dinner to raise money for a family suffering through cancer. It always puts my issues into perspective and I so love that our family gets so involved in helping others.

I am so much in the stress/anxiety/fear category.
Last week I told my best friend that before the move/sale/husband issue is done that I may be very very fat or very very skinny!
The weekend was like last weekend where I took care of myself and enjoyed every bit of it.
From the book Simple Abundance, I’ve selected the Joyful Simplicities for March I can do.
From A Weekend to Change Your Life, I selected the section Repair Body and Soul.
And the Day #45 Safe Place reminded me to plan my space (aka Hygee spot) in my new home... when I get it! I selected a small desk and the important things to put on & in it.
Things are looking up.

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I copied this picture from this day the last time I did the lessons in the 100 More Days book.
Today I will take the time to share my personal struggle because I so love this team of sincere and caring friends.
As most of you know I’ve been in the process of letting go of a past life that served me well and moving on to the “rest of the story”. My hubby of many years was not as eager to move on but, he doesn’t sweep, mop, care if we have dirty windows and spider webs! It truly amazes me how he can claim to not see the obvious. Bottom line, he got to retire completely, I on the other hand will never get to!
So this entire month has been spent somewhere between the joy of knowing it’s my turn to make some of the decisions about my life to the fear of making life changing decisions I may regret. The joy of down-sizing and the knowledge of finding out our kids and grandkids do not treasure “stuff”. They go places, take lots of pictures, do not make albums to pass on!
Thank heavens for the past 10 lessons that I can look back on, know I have friends to call and know it is really time for me to be in charge of this life I’ve been so blessed to have.
emoticon Still moving from 10 rooms to basically three will be a challenge!
Wish me luck.



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Day #32 Make exercise work
Linda says "You don't need to love it................focus on loving your body and taking care of it. Then work on using exercise as a tool to accomplish your goals."
"What's important is that you move versus not move.............

The older I get the more I must just focus on getting up, doing something and keep moving!
The what, when or how much isn’t as important at this moment I’m my life as “just do something!”

Day #31 Restore yourself
My restoration list:
1. Look for best place to move to, make check list
2. Take time to plan basic meals for the week
3. Exercise, I still don’t really enjoy it!

**visit areas of interest this week with girl friends
**make grocery list
**Extra steps today; walking meditation that I love!
emoticon The painting of “apples in a bucket”:from previous day on this topic was taken by our grandsons wife for their new home being built.

Sunday
1. Do tasks - pack blue containers/ 1 & 2 / showing the house
2. Make music - YouTube selections
3. Get active - stairs, outside & treadmill
4. Read - Simple Abundance
5. Reflect - good day!

Edited by: MAWMAW101 at: 2/18/2020 (06:04)
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Day 30 – Feel Blessed
Create a one-day plan for extreme self-care. Include non-food things that feel nurturing.
emoticon How appropriate that this comes on Valentine’s Day.
I will spend extra time with a new lotion I received as a gift.
I will finish reading a book I’m enjoying.
I will get outside for a meditation walk and find moments of gratitude.
I’ll watch a movie “A Year by the Sea” that I am looking forward to.

Day #29 Healthy Day Hat
This is a great concept, it will be added to my list of good ideas from this book!
* I keep water beside my bed and drink some first thing before my coffee.
* Breakfast is usually at home and healthy.
* Sometimes at a new restaurant I still need to take my time and not to just to say yes to the added fries or chips added to a meal. I usually give in and eat them,
* Consistent exercise is always my downfall!

Each time I am with some of my friends and feel it necessary, I will just reach up and adjust my “virtual” hat. As someone said, let them try to figure out what you are doing,”


Day 28: Get your money's worth
The last time I wrote about this day I was going to an “all you can eat” buffet to celebrate my brother’s birthday.
I have actually been back there twice more since then for my sisters birthdays.
Now I make my main meal from the salad bar, choose a grilled or roasted entree, add more veggies, leave off the dessert and I am fine.
emoticon I have found that eating out now isn’t the problem, it’s at home when I’ve made something I like and go for seconds!

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Day 27: Skip it or savor it
My reaction is to just skip it.
There are now times that I know what will be served, I plan for it and try to savor it. On vacations and holidays I try to choose wisely and savor it if I think it will be memorable.
I have learned however, that if I choose something that isn’t really good, I do not have to eat it all!
In my day to day living I am better off to just skip it. The food samples, the extra food at odd and unplanned times are just “not my food”.

Day 26: Vacations and reunions
This is a lesson I learned the first round with 100 More Days when on a one week vacation I gained back all the weight that it took 6 months to lose. I was so disappointed that I vowed never to do that again because only one meal was memorable.

My last two vacations I actually lost a few pounds because I made sure to put activity over food although I can remember some excellent meals from both those trips!

Spring break with a great friend this year is being planned and although I’m not yet sure where our destination will be, I am sure I will spend more time really enjoying the food because it will be second in importance to the activities and new experiences.

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Day 25: After the party’s over
**Identify situations where you are at risk for eating after an event is over.
This was my situation after the holidays. I was very focused on not gaining through the holiday seasons like the year before.
I look back to see January (waiting for a challenge to begin) was not good.

**Come up with three self-care things you will routinely do to manage this.
I will not make my road so narrow during the fun times (holidays & vacation).
I will not base my days on “challenges” because that is the old on-again; off-again diet of the past.
I will take my life “one day at a time” because that’s how it comes.

**Create a detailed after-the-party plan for the day (or two) after the event.
I will stay off the scales for only 3 days maximum and spend time focusing on what a good time I had.


Day 24: Planning to overeat
It is not always a question of overeating but a question of too many high-calorie foods at the same time.

This weekend is our semi-annual trip to a favorite restaurant to celebrate birthdays. It is not that I plan to overeat, it is that the menu is somewhat limited, is served family style and is very very good.
The one thing I do now is to always bring home the extra instead of eating so much that I’m stuffed as in years past.


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Day 23: Food and nurturing
My food issues usually are in the late afternoon, too early for dinner but seems too late for a snack. Once I begin to think about cooking dinner, I feel a need for food.

I have realized that I can just walk in place while I’m waiting for a pot to boil. (Leslie Sansone tapes)
Most days if I remember to just move around the kitchen I can wait for dinnertime.
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Day #22 When not to eat dinner

Since I’m retired I don’t have much problem with this lesson.
My solution for times when appointments take way longer than I expect is to carry a protein bar. It’s much better than grabbing junk or fast food and will tide me over until I get to my planned meal.

Day #21 The couch is calling

I’m still a work in progress on this lesson. At least there has been progress since the last time.
My thought is that maybe I’ll never think it’s enough because I don’t ever like it.
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Day 20: Rebuild your hope — “Of course I can do this!”

It takes commitment and a look back at my success to push forward!
Sometimes rebuilding hope can happen in an instant if I choose to focus on the positive. It’s not always easy but it is possible.
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Journaling
Meditation
Reading positive stories
Joining Sparkpeople challenges


Day 19 Hope - The Secret Word
This is a word I’ll return to many times over the next few weeks.
For the time being I’m doing well with my food plan and reasonably well with activity levels.



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Wednesday
1. Do tasks - general house cleaning
2. Make music - Fight Song!
3. Get active - walking meditation
4. Read -
5. Reflect -

Day 18: I know what works
Plan nutritious balanced meals and then stick to the plan
Plan some form of activity every day and then do it
Weigh every morning and look at the trends
Remembering this is a lifetime commitment to good health

Tuesday
1. Do tasks - bathroom; laundry room & run sweeper
2. Make music - Fight Song!
3. Get active - extra 20 minute walk with friend
4. Read -
5. Reflect - a nice day!

Day 17: Do I really care?
How many times I begin the day with “I really do want this” only to end the day trying to decide what’s for dinner?

The message in this lesson for me is to always look ahead, plan
my days and then stick to the plan.

I really do care because my plan affects my health, my plan affects my energy levels and my plan affects my numbers at the Doctor.
This in turn affects whether I stay off medications.
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Monday

1. Do tasks - laundry room; back porch;
2. Make music - Fight Song!
3. Get active - de-clutter more
4. Read - genealogy stuff
5. Reflect - it was a good food day, not so much activity?

Day 16: Compulsive or impulsive eating?
For me I think most times it begins as impulsive eating.
Smells, pictures, thoughts, reading recipes, conversations about food, etc.

Then if I give in, knowing it will be way off plan, I sometimes just think “I don’t care” or “it’s only one” etc.
At this point depending what kind of day I’m having those actions can lead to disaster.
emoticon Doesn’t matter what the label is that I put on it!


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Friday
1. Do tasks - sort, discard or keep... repeat, repeat, repeat
2. Make music - Fight Song!
3. Get active - lots of stairs today;
4. Read - Unclutter Your Life
5. Reflect - every day gets easier!

Day 15: Beat myself up
For some reason, maybe because at this time I am doing well, but I don’t want to even think about the last time!

But if I must, it was ordering an unhealthy item on a breakfast menu. Luckily it was not good so I won’t do that again but I have regretted that decision since I made it.

What happened? It was a restaurant I hadn’t been to before with limited items to order.
I wasn’t in the best place mentally to figure out a solution so I took the easy way out.
It was way past breakfast time for me, so I settled.

In the future, I will take my time, even if the waitress seems in a hurry because it’s my plan that is important.
It’s also my money paying the bill!
emoticon Again, like last time, I just need to remind myself that regret never solved anything.

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Day 14 Ditch the parent (Total repeat— still my thoughts today)
I am having a little trouble with my thoughts on this one. For me it’s not cookies because sweets aren’t my thing but carbs are a different story.
Seems if “I choose” to when I want to, I will stay where I am on the scale or go back up.

Day #13 Get some passion
Maybe it’s the cold gloomy weather but I am finding it very hard to find passion in this day.
Maybe it’s knowing I have a meeting later that I am dreading but I am finding it hard to find passion in this day.
Maybe I’m just sad, overworked and underpaid today.
But as Scarlet says “tomorrow is another day!”
I’ll look for some passion tomorrow.

Tuesday
1. Do tasks - make soup;
2. Make music - Fight Song!
3. Get active - get to town!
4. Read - lessons from 100 More/ inspiring stories
5. Reflect - didn’t get that soup made... maybe tomorrow!

Day # 12 Success somewhere
One thing I can do today that matches my goals is to ask for help with my current feelings of being over-whelmed.
I can find joy and peace in a visit with a friend.
I can remember “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and my current state is not permanent.
I can breathe deep and trust that my life will be good again.

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Monday
1. Do tasks - gather all trash; 2 boxes of pictures; clean tabletops
2. Make music - “Fight Song”
3. Get active - going to town; walk in Lowe’s long aisles;
4. Read - lesson 11 & 12
5. Reflect - (plans changed) no walk .. tasks done

Day #11 Never give up
Times when I give up on losing weight are when I’m overwhelmed; when I’m I don’t see a change in the scale for long periods of time; and when I convince myself that my goal isn’t that important as long as I don’t gain.
I need to make my plan clear and stay on it more consistently before deciding to make changes.
My goal is worth all the time it may take to get there.
“Never give up on the dream!”

Friday 1/17/2020
1. Do tasks - bathroom cabinets; laundry;
2. Make music - soothing CD
3. Get active - yoga
4. Read - lesson of the day
5. Reflect - another productive day

Day #10 Do it in the fear
Recall when fear took over my thoughts:
During my entire life I was afraid of being in water over my head.
Because I was so afraid, I took all our children to the Y for swim classes to stop the pattern.

What did I do to get past the fear?
I signed up for a Fall swim class at local University (almost 40 years old)
I attended every class even when the weather turned cold
I practiced stepping off the edge using the stairs in our house
The final class- I stepped off the high dive (scared to death) and have never forgotten the feeling of accomplishment!

Identify places in my life now where I can “do it in the fear”:
Determined to go to the unknown of a small house in a new neighborhood after being in the same house for 50 years!
Leaving lots of “stuff” behind
Not turn to food in the frustration of it all

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Thursday

1. Do tasks - continue in my quest of de-clutter for a move
2. Make music - peppy cd today
3. Get active - walk the farm; PT exercises
4. Read - Inspirational articles
5. Reflect - it’s been a very productive day!

Day #9 When to use plan B
Plan A -
stay within Spark recommended calories
get exercise of some kind every day
pay attention to nutrients; watch sodium intake and hydrate
Plan B
occasionally skip programmed exercise, opt to park farther from stores and get extra steps where I can
vacations - enjoy a few local foods wherever I am

There is NO Plan C!


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Wednesday

Do tasks - continue on sorting crafts; clean bathroom and kitchen floors
2. Make music - cd
3. Get active - stairs and long walk
4. Read - motivational reading
5. Reflect - long hard day! But it is done.

Day #8 Set NOW goals
Today, I will stick to my menu plan
Today, I will keep sorting and de-cluttering for a move
Today, I will attend a funeral (for Stella) and offer lots of hugs

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Tuesday
1. Do tasks - continue with moving plans; laundry;
2. Make music - cd while I sort
3. Get active - decide take it or not - bedroom
4. Read - finished book yesterday, probably only inspirational articles today
5. Reflect - turned out to be a very good day

Day #7 Not willing to change,
but finding a way to solve my problem.

I’m not willing to give up eating out.
I am willing to go to the restaurant website when possible and log my choice before I go.

I’m not willing to eat low fat or fat free food unless it tastes good.
I am willing to eat less of high-fat items like butter and salad dressing, etc.

I’m not willing to give up snacks.
I am willing to stick to only pre-planned items like nuts, hummus and veggies, cheese and fruit.

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Monday
1. Do tasks - finish cleaning parlor; start bedroom drawers
2. Make music - cd while I work
3. Get active - out for haircut; breakfast and meditation walk
4. Read - finish “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate (great book)
5. Reflect - a really great day from start to getting all chores done!

Day #6 Monday Diet
In my past a lot of diets started on Monday.
For the most part I have a food plan that works for me every day, one that I can live with.
My problem is sometimes eating too much of a good thing so weighing and measuring begins again.
Because I’m retired I don’t have the Monday to Friday routine of my past that made the weekend so special.


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Friday 1/10/2020
1. Do tasks - cedar chest; book shelves;
2. Make music - cd playing in the background as I worked
3. Get active - very active all day!
4. Read - inspirational reading
5. Reflect - it was a very long and productive day

Day #5 No willpower
Today I plan a day at home with lots of things on my to-do list. Unfortunately I sometimes procrastinate so the battle of searching for food “first” to prolong getting things done is always there.

I have the meals for today planned.
I will put supper in the crockpot to avoid changing plans.
Because I didn’t sleep well, as I tackle my to-do list, I will plan for a cat-nap if I need it.

My mindset needs to be that anytime I want to change my day, it is a choice that only I can make. It’s always MY CHOICE!

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Thursday
1. Do tasks - FlyLady List; parlor;
2. Make music -
3. Get active - get outside!
4. Read - Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
5. Reflect -

Day #4 Today I am on my plan
To stay on plan today, I will continue to weigh and measure my food. I will slow down and savor my food.
I will put everything on the nutrition tracker and pay attention to carbs from bread and pasta.
I will focus on my plan to stay within my calorie range and to eat a variety of good nutritious fruit and veggies every day.

My emotional issues for the immediate future will be moving.
Hubby and I have survived a lot together but this move may test everything.

My self-talk:
“Everything doesn’t have to go my way!”
“This too shall pass, I will survive!”

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Wednesday
1. Do tasks - My FlyLady List; breakfast with Tina; lunch with Sandy
2. Make music -
3. Get active - walk in cemetery today
4. Read - Lesson 4; papers from realtor
5. Reflect - too cold and windy for a walk; girl talks were awesome!

Day #3 What if I fail?
Because I have spent the past two years at the same weight even though I say I want to lose more weight, the possibility of failure this time is there for sure.
Maybe it’s my personality to always think from my emotional side instead of the logical side.

When thinking it through, nobody cares when I get to my goal weight except me (and maybe the doctor who puts it on my chart).
That printout always tells me how close I am and so I will find my logical side that says I really do want this.
My logical, positive message is to remember this is not a temporary fix but a lifetime change in my lifestyle day after day!


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Tuesday
1. Do tasks - FlyLady list
2. Make music -
3. Get active - walk while in town
4. Read - Before We Were Yours / Lesson 3
5. Reflect - brought 1/2 lunch home for dinner; meeting went very well; going to bed early!

Day #2 I’ll start tomorrow
This has basically been my mindset since before Christmas.
The one thing that has been stopping my weight loss for a long time now is eating larger portions than my body needs.
To get past this I plan to use the half-off idea when eating out (which I will do today).
I plan to weigh and measure my food more often, track everything and be consistent.

I also plan to go back to the exercises I have from a Balance class and the physical therapy exercises I have been given.
And I will get back into my 5% team which encourages exercise minutes daily that I will track on the fitness tracker.


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100 More Days of Weight Loss -
Day #1 Others have done it
People who have kept the weight off:
There are people on Spark who have been in maintenance for years. If you are on this site long enough you will cross paths with them.
People I know from my old Weight Watcher and Take Off Pounds Sensibly Days have done it.
They all will say that to stay in maintenance means to continue doing what you do to lose weight, it really is a lifestyle change!

I joined Spark on 12/28/2012 and so have been here for 2,565 days according to my Spark record.
In the beginning I lost 30 pounds pretty easily but the next 10 pounds took much longer.
When I look back I’ve been basically the same weight since December 2017.
I’m glad I haven’t gained the weight back but a new year in a new decade and a new Facebook picture has given me a new incentive to continue my quest of a normal BMI number.
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Monday 1/6/2020
1. Do tasks - clean out front closet; do FlyLady list; send bills; call Josie
2. Make music - put on the CDs
3. Get active - morning try Tai Chi; afternoon walk; turn off TV
4. Read - Before we Were Yours; and Day#2 lesson later
5. Reflect -

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That's a good idea, Phyllis - I think I'll copy you and put my 5 things with the daily journal notes. Thanks!


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Day #1 Monday, January 6, 2020

Sunday -
1. Do tasks - day of rest
2. Make music - hymn at church today
3. Get active - afternoon walk
4. Read - day #1 lesson & Before we Were Yours
5. Reflect - a very calm, quiet day

Saturday -
1. Do tasks - put Christmas things away; sweep room;
2. Make music - just not my thing!
3. Get active - make sure to get extra steps
4. Read - Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
5. Reflect - yesterday was good until nighttime snacking;** spent part of day with my best friend

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