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Day 42 Make it matter
Reasons to work on healthy behaviors - all 10s...equally important!
1. Health Promotion and Disease prevention
2. Independence to care for myself
3. Narrow down clothes - (downsizing)
4. Energy to exercise and keep active
5. Strong muscles to maintain balance and flexibility
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water, veggies, track, ST, walk outdoors, meditate & rejuvenating sleep
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- intermittent fasting, tacking food and exercise
- eating mindfully, eating protein for breakfast
- cutting back on sugar and refined carbohydrates
- eating plenty of fiber, balancing gut bacteria, getting a good night's sleep

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Day 42 - Make it Matter

1. Make a list of ways that being overweight bothers you. Using the scale of 1 to 10, rate each of these issues based on how much they affect you.
Does affect mean they bother me or they affect my health?

-Having an untrim mid-section - bothers me 8
-Not being able to do some things that I would be able to do if I wasn't as heavy as I am
like doing chin-ups (very dependent on weight-to-strength ratio), or not being able to hike or run faster - bothers me 6 (because I am fairly fit, just not goal fit)
- Being near goal weight and not getting there and staying there for so many years bothers me 10


2. Now raise the importance of each of them and mentally push the level even higher. Write the new numbers here.

untrim mid-section - 9
not being able to do some things due to current weight - 9
trying for years to get to goal weight and not getting there - 10

3. Remind yourself that your weight bothers you a lot and you can’t wait to see improvement. Write a few notes about this.

Being at a healthy weight is always worth it.
I am at a healthy weight, but not at goal weight, so I rationalize a lot when I want to eat more than I should that I am fairly healthy and fit. If I really want to get to goal weight, I have to want it more and stick to the plan. I have to want it more and stick to the plan. I have to want it more and stick to the plan.

I don't have health problems, I did have gestational diabetes when I was pregnant, but haven't had high blood sugar since, my cholesterol and blood pressure is fine and I don't have any family history of these ( or of diabetes, and was very surprised when I had gestational diabetes). Family history of strokes later in life and of Parkinson's. My parents died - father was 82 and had Parkinson's, mom was 92 and didn't really have anything. Paternal grandfather was 84 and had a stroke. Paternal grandmother was 52 and died from weakened heart due to rheumatic fever as a child. Maternal grandfather was 89 and had a heart condition. Maternal grandmother was 98 and didn't really have anything specific, faded. Aunts and uncles - Faded (97, 90, 102, 93) Accidents (31, 86). Cousins accident (70) cancer (68, 74), suicide (68),

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- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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My health due to family history of diabetes and heart disease.

Definitely self esteem

Move better - let's face it. If I didn't carry around this excess I'd be more flexible and have better balance. Those are huge goals for me and I'm making progress.

Smaller clothing sizes are cheaper!

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Time for a fresh list!

- being able to wear EVERYTHING that is in my wardrobe - I hate it when I stand there thinking "that's a bit tight on me" or "no, I can't wear that at the moment." It's so freeing to be able to just choose anything and be confident that I'll feel OK in it. (6) it bothers me quite a bit, but I'm as lazy as possible about it

- self-esteem - it matters to me to be able walk tall, and have good posture, and feel trim.(8)

- I still have a flabby middle section, and although I am smaller than I used to be, I am self-conscious about this and often wear clothes that hide my mid-section. To lose this I'd need to get rid of another 7lbs, and work harder to tone up my abs! (5) this is one that is in the 'doesn't bother me enough to do anything category - I just keep covering up!)

- staying healthy - I know this is not completely dependent on weight, but a healthy weight certainly improves health outcomes, and not having to take medication means my body doesn't have to deal with those toxins and side-effects either (7)

- it's important to me to be able to walk and cycle and get about independently and go on adventures (7)

So - Most of these already matter quite a bit:-

- being able to fit into my clothes (6) - I can move this to an (8) and stick to my diet plans

- self-esteem (8) is OK - exercise, stretching, yoga, walking etc are all good for this one

- flabby mid-section (5) - this is the one I need to push up to a (9) and get exercising on those abs - I'll check out some crunch-free abs videos etc and use my hula hoop more often

- good health (7) - I guess this is a (10) really and I need to be willing to do what it takes - like drinking more water

- physical strength/stamina (7) - this is really a (10) too - so setting myself goals to maintain my strength and stamina are important - if I can't run or walk outside, what will I do indoors? I can be very lazy about indoor cardio. I have a mini-trampoline which is quite fun. Indoor walking workouts are good too.

I recently revisited theories of habit-formation, and the key point it to start SMALL and don't try to change too many things at once.

I am going to take the one that needs most change - the abdominal flab one - and think of a way to apply mini-habits to this. I think the hula-hoop might be involved!



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~ Make a list of ways that being overweight bothers you. Using the scale of 1 to 10, rate each of these issues based on how much it affects you.
I do not look my best. 7
I am afraid of future health problems. 10
I can't wear my favorite clothing. 7
I am often embarrassed. 9
I tend to avoid situations and people due to my appearance and feelings that stem from me being so fat. 10

~ Now raise the imporance of each one of them and mentally push the level even higher.
They are all pretty much a level 10

~ Remind yourself that your weight bothers you a lot and you can't wait to see improvement.
Every day.

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Day#42 - Make it Matter

I am so grateful to be a member of this team. Each day is an opportunity to read and think of ways to live healthier. By reading Linda's thoughts I start thinking I can be more efficient in living a healthier life.

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Day 42 - Make it Matter

I feel sometimes that I am too fanatical about trying to lose weight, but obviously I don't make it matter enough, be consistent for enough consecutive days with eating according to my weight loss plan, or I would be at goal weight instead of still trying to get there.

For the next few months, it so happens that my main 3 nutrition and fitness support teams are going at the same time
On October 1, today, I just started the Beck Trek 6 weeks (42 days) to overcoming weight loss obstacles. On Saturday, the first day of the 8 week 5% Challenge on the Cloverleafs team - so I will have 3 Spark teams with daily nutrition and fitness challenges going. I am getting intense about making it matter, reaching and staying at goal weight and fitness.

The 100 Day Challenge with weekends off -- August 5 to December 20
The Beck Trek - 6 weeks - 42 days - October 1 to November 11
The 5% Challenge - 8 weeks - 56 days - October 5 to November 30.

I love these teams, they really help keep me mindful, I have not experienced them stacking like this before. I was thinking, hoping, planning to reach goal weight in December. It could be over the top, it could be just what I need.

Edited by: JUNEPA at: 10/1/2019 (18:39)
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Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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That fence is ready to touch the ground from all the times I sat on it!!

For the life of me I cannot figure out why I did this to myself. Yes, I did it to myself. I can't blame another soul for putting trash in my mouth. Thank goodness I found SP years ago or I'd be ballooning and ballooning from shoveling more in.

Today -
1. I move more whether I like it or not. The fact is it's finally - FINALLY!!! - becoming a habit. That's what it had to become - a good habit, something I look forward to and enjoy.
2. I still like the taste of unhealthy food but thank goodness I enjoy healthy foods that I never even used to think of eating.
3. I drink a lot of water. Still drink a lot of coffee and haven't made the change to decaf or even 1/2 and 1/2, but it used to be worse.
4. I value myself.

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Day 42: Make it matter
Do you ever get discouraged and wonder if you really care about your weight or your fitness level? *Yes I do!

Change how much it matters:
My stomach sticks out - 5 change to an 8
My new jeans are too snug to wear all day - 5 change to a 9
I feel old and tired - 5 change to a 9

My stomach will never be flat but it doesn’t need to stick out farther than my butt!
My jeans are new and I want to wear them comfortably like they used to be.
I am older but when I eat right and exercise I am energetic and happy!
I want more healthy happy days.

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Day 42, 100 days Make it matter

Yes I care about my weight and my life and recognise that small changes can make a big difference! No matter what gets in the way I am going to continue to make my Health matter!

I know there are a few people who can eat what they like and stay fit and healthy but I am not one of those people so I have to work at it because it matters to me! I want to maintain my almost 7 stone weight loss as it makes my Happy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Being overweight bothers me because of my appearance, clothing choice, and the way I feel living in and moving my body. It is uncomfortable to me to have rolls of fat on my midsection. It is mentally uncomfortable to suddenly discover "back fat" pushed out over my bra when I'm trying to see if my rear-end looks big in the mirror. emoticon And, speaking of my rear-end, I don't like sporting saddlebags that make me hesitant to wear stylish exercise pants.

These reasons are all very important to me. I haven't mentioned health, but that is important too! I was in the range where my health was not affected so much by the amount I weighed, but rather maybe eating too much saturated fat (cream, cheese, etc) was causing my cholesterol numbers to begin to be noted as something to pay attention to by my Dr. at my annual physical. Now that I'm at goal in part due to cutting back saturated fats, my numbers are better as well.

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I love that I can go back and read my posts from 2014-2018 and see how much I have achieved.

This is my post from 2014.

"...now, you might look at my stats and think that being 127lbs is not a problem - but that 10lbs or so feels as much of a problem to me as the larger numbers other people are dealing with - although my health risks are undeniably much smaller - I'm still in the 'danger' zone with my apple-shape.

My initial ways that being overweight/fat bothers me were all rated at 5 = it bothers me, but not enough to do anything about it! I raised them all to an 8 or a 9!

- it restricts my choice of clothing because I mostly think 'I'd look fat in that'
- I'm always covered up - hiding my middle podge
- it makes me feel old
- I worry about being invited to the beach (and I live by the seaside!)
- It puts me off going swimming (pool or sea)
- I don't like how I look
- I feel self-conscious about my spare tyre "

And I am now at 114lbs and all those reasons above are now redunant. Those 10lbs make all the difference to me.



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This lesson reminded me of what I learned years ago when I was listening to Anthony Robbins tapes. I don’t know if it’s mentioned in this book or something similar. But he said everything we do is to either gain pleasure or avoid pain. If you want to change something in your life, you have to make what you want ultra-pleasurable and make not getting it painful (in your psyche.) I believe there was an exercise to do where you projected yourself into the future feeling the pain of not getting what you wanted and then one where you felt the future pleasure of reaching your goal(s)

So, with weight loss I have been somewhat successful - I have lost and gained a bunch of different times, but I am currently over twenty pounds less than my highest weight and I still have 20-30 pounds to lose to get to my goal. I often think about why I am not able to get past a certain weight and reach my goal. It must be because I would have to reduce my food intake more than I want to - the extra calories are more pleasurable to me than losing the weight and getting the body I want to have, and on the other side of the coin, staying AWAY from the sweets and other snack foods is more painful to me! I think affirmations and visualization are the key for me - each day I need to say what I want like I already have it and visualize what I want my body and health to look like to increase that importance to me.

These all will get 9’s in importance

Feeling vibrant and energetic
Wearing my size 10 clothes again
No bulging stomach and rolls showing under my clothes

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I had a response all written out and then my computer ate it! ERRRRRRRR!

Well, the bottom line for me regarding this lesson is that it is all mental. I have 20# to lose. The same 20# I have lost and regained for the past 5 years. Darn! No one to blames but myself, I know. I find it difficult to find sufficient motivation to stick with my weight loss efforts because my weight does not adversely effect anything I want or need to do.

The thing my weight effects is my self-esteem because I keep failing myself and, consequently, end up feeling like a failure. I do have some extra rolls around my waste, my belly, and that darn area on my back at the edge of my bra, but they can easily be disguised with clothing. Losing my 20# would take care of these (I hope) and build my self-esteem by proving that I can be the person I know I am.

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100 Days Challenge, Day 42 Make it matter

Today’s assignment

1. Make a list of ways that being overweight bothers you. Using the scale of 1 to 10, rate each of these issues based on how much they affect you.

I'm disappointed to see my reflection in the mirror 10
I worry about the sturdiness or arms of a chair 10
Nice clothing in my closet that won't fit 9
The size of my hips 9
Have stamina 10
Being able to breathe 10
The size of my upper arms 9

2. Now raise the importance of each of them and mentally push the level even higher. Write the new numbers here.

I'm disappointed to see my reflection in the mirror 10
I worry about the sturdiness or arms of a chair 10
Nice clothing in my closet that won't fit 10
The size of my hips 10
Have stamina 10
Being able to breathe 10
The size of my upper arms 10

The importance of each of them was mostly at a 10 so there wasn't much to push higher.

3. Remind yourself that your weight bothers you a lot and you can’t wait to see improvement. Write a few notes about this.

I'm slowly beginning to love myself right where I am. However, I can't wait to SEE improvement. I need to be patient because this is a long journey for me. I have to admit that the remark of a doctor disturbed me. When I commended myself in his presence for having lost 24 pounds (at the time), he exclaimed: "That's not enough!" OK, so I realize exactly how far I have to go but that comment hurt. If I hadn't already been positively motivated, it could have thrown me off track. Instead of just 'raining on my parade' I felt like he threw a tsunami of negativity at me. I will not return to him. Hubby told me it was because he was a 'foreigner' and that there was a cultural difference. It was clear to me that he did not like large women by the way he looked at me as if I were an unpleasant 'bug' or something. Tough experience, but I will overcome it.

Joy is a Choice. Choose joy moment by moment.

When all else fails, persistence prevails.

Injoy:) Carolyn

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Interesting-this lesson is not resonating today. In some ways it feels like I’m being told to beat myself up harder. I don’t think this is what is being meant, just how I am responding...



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I agree! Gill you emails are very motivating!

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Cat hang in there...2 lbs is 2 lbs... a total of 72 lbs lost is amazing!! emoticon As the saying goes, "Slow but steady wins the race" emoticon emoticon

Gill, It is so motivating to have an email each day with all the wisdom and encouragement offered from Linda and everyone here. emoticon

My response is the same as my last. The more I make my health and fitness matter, No Matter What the more of a habit it becomes. Life gets crazy, things happen but stress eating does not solve anything. Plan ahead as much as possible for success but slip ups happen, forgive, forget (better yet learn) get right back on track. Take a pause when needed but DON'T give up...ever! emoticon

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This lesson comes at a good time ... in February 2017, I started and stayed on an elimination protocol for 6+ months. I lost weight every week for a total of 60+ pounds with a grand total loss of 100+ pounds.

Life happened ... and I lost my stride regaining 30 pounds. I have been struggling ... but I have been on track the last couple of weeks faithfully with a total loss of ... 2 pounds. Yuck poo.

Make it matter ...

I want to breath better.
Move through life with ease.
Only have clothes in my closet that fit and fill my soul.
I want my tummy bloat ... gone.
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Losing weight and keeping my blood sugar low is important. To do that I have to watch what I eat.

Laundry is done..... gotta run. I will post more later.

OK, back for a bit before band practice,

So it DOES matter to me, but I often have a strange way of showing it. Motivation is often not "chosen". Sneak eating seems to rule these days.

Do I want to lose weight? Yes
Do I want lower meter readings? Yes

Are these things important to me? Well if they were would I continue to sneak eat, and eat high sugar / carb foods? No

What am I going to do about it? If it matters to me what am I going to do to make it happen?

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Day #42 Make it matter
My top reasons to continue to “make it matter” are:
1. To stay off medications
2. To be physically able to take care of myself and others who need me
3. To enjoy my retirement years to the fullest
4. To never go back to obese on the Doctor’s Chart
5. To always fit in all the clothes in my closet

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I am now 16lbs lighter than I was when I first started working through this book back in 2014. So, that's 4lbs a year! A lifestyle change, not a diet!

Now that I'm a 'maintainer' I am more strongly motivated to maintain it. When I was 'trying to lose weight' it was quite demotivating really, because the change is so very slow and so very hard to see.

So, maintaining my healthy weight, and my strength, flexibility, fitness is VERY important to me. Sometimes I take a break, so I think I can say that these things are all at at least a #9 in importance. So very high priority.

It matters to me to feel confident about my body
It matters to me to know that I don't have a spare tyre
It matters to me to know that I am strong and fit
It matters to me to stay flexible and supple and not allow my joints to get stiff
It matters to me to keep my core muscles strong and avoid back pains
It matters to me to exercise well enough to sleep well at night
It matters to me to eat a healthy diet to support my well-being
It matters to me to stay in a size 8 or 10 (UK) and not have to go and buy bigger clothes



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Day 42 Make it matter

When something becomes really important to you, getting motivated is easy, happens almost naturally, you feel a sense of enthusiasm bubble up within you.

How does your weight affect you?

Raise the importance - Imagine a scale of 1 to 10.

~ 1 on the left has no effect on me whatsover.
~ 5 in the middle bothers me some, but not enough to do anything
~ 10 overwhelms me; I think about it all the time
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Boost my motivation to stay on a diet by making the outcome more important. I need to recognize how much it hurts me, bothers, and is holding me back.

Yoyo dieting does not work for me. I truly need a lifestyle change where my weight goes down and I maintain the loss.

List of ways that being overweight bothers me. Remind myself that my weight bothers me a lot and I can't wait to see improvement.

5 I want to feel younger
5 I want to look younger
10 I want ease of movement
7 I want to be healthy
10 I do not want to be the fat girl in the picture
7 I want to feel confident
10 I want to take on new interests like kayaking with Mrs. Santa
10 I want to fit into attractive clothes
10 I need to see the numbers go down on the scale so I feel accomplishments
8 I want to reduce the impact of my arthritis
7 I want to be able to hike 10K’s and go wherever I want
10 I have been on Spark 10 years! Enough!!!!

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No matter what gets in my way I am going to make my Health Matter!

I agree that there are a few people who can eat what they like and stay fit and slim but I am one of those who have to work at it because it matters to me!

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What I wrote last time still stands - it definitely does matter and I find that I put that thought first more easily as time goes by.

One thing that heartens me is that there are more and more articles appearing in the media, from mainstream medical professionals, who now emphasize how important diet is. The detrimental effect of snack foods, junk foods, is now being taken seriously - for example removing snack and drinks machines in schools, considering a sugar tax. In the UK they are looking at reducing the package sizes for things to stop people over-eating them.

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It's good to be reminded how important it is to "Make it Matter". In the past, the holidays and the first two months of the new year had been super challenging for me and my goals of a healthy and fit lifestyle. Weight creep was an ongoing battle.

Each year and each time through these lessons it becomes a bit easier. Still there are some slip ups but not quitting and getting right back on track is critical.

I am finding that I can be successful at weight loss/maintenance when I consistently make it Matter...No matter what. emoticon emoticon


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Reminding myself why losing matters to me.
At one time (40's - 50's) I weighed about 30 pounds more than I do currently. I feel "OK" now, but want to lose 5 to 10 pounds. I've been on what I consider maintenance for over 10 yrs now (I will be 65 in January), but during that maintenance period I've gone through occasional cycles of upward trends that I work to nip in the bud. That's where I find myself now. Pants a bit tight in the waistband.

Back in the bad old days when I was at my heaviest I would literally become a recluse during many celebrations. It was a miserable experience shifting through my closet trying to find the perfect combination that would hide all the excess and make me look slimmer. I hated going out to eat with a group as I felt everyone was judging what I ate.

I was not seeing a Dr. regularly, but a couple times when I had my blood pressure checked it was on the borderline to start watching.

I have always exercised regularly, and when I was heavier it was not so pleasant seeing myself in the large mirrors on the wall where classes are held. It was also harder doing some of the moves with the excess weight.

Appearance, health, and ease of movement (not necessarily in that order) are all very important to me.

These 5+ pounds I've gained over the last stressful year and a half do bother me quite a bit and now I'm committed and on the case and "can't wait to see improvement."!


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It will soon be five years since I began the journey on SparkPeople to good health and an end to my yo-yo dieting. I think at this point too many times I revert back to “sitting on the fence” when faced with choices.
Because I’ve accomplished some really good goals, sometimes it gets too easy to get back “on that fence” when faced with choices day after day!
The reasons to make it matter are really more important the older I get. To stay off medications, to be self-sufficient, to be able to travel and enjoy my life are only possible if I eat well and exercise each day.
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To my own detriment, I've often found being overweight to be my "safe" zone. I was truly the invisible fat lady. People didn't notice me as much. It sounds strange that people did not notice a 338 pound person, but it's true! At least, that is how it felt!


Ways being overweight affects me:

all level 10

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I am on medication for high blood pressure, have been since 2009 .


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The plus size stores charge sometimes two or three times the amount for clothing as the regular sizes.

emoticon Never having to use one of these! emoticon or those!

When I had my emergency gallbladder surgery in October 2012, I was so worn out by it that they wanted to send me home on oxygen. I convinced the doctor otherwise, and came home, having to use my husband's walker for almost two weeks until I was strong enough to go without it. I still needed the motorized cart at the grocery store. It was another 6 weeks before I could do the shopping with just hanging on the the grocery cart.


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What bothers me about being over weight: how I look, how my clothes fit, my lack of stamina, joint pain, concerns about my health. These matter to me. I was sitting on the fence about doing anything about it...taking the easy way of ignoring these issues ...until my knee surgery. I woke up. I made a promise to God and was still dragging my feet. He kept prodding me and a comment that was not even directed at me gave me the wake up slap I needed. My promise is important. My 10 reasons are important. I fell off the fence on the good side this time.

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Medical issues going on at present and this certainly underlines that health and self care are really important! It matters!

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If "it doesn't matter", what's going on!?!

Reference entry on yesterday's lesson:
*Thoughts - Make sure the thoughts I'm thinking are ones I decide to think (Brooke Castillo, The Life Coach School)
*Self-talk - Observe my self-talk! (Martha Beck, "The Four Day Win..."

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It matters to me. That's why it's important. I'm putting myself first. How unusual!! emoticon

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I agree, it has to matter! If it does not matter then you will not stick to it!

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I have accomplished a lot of goals since beginning this book the first time. I've changed a lot of things along with the weight, like attitude, seld-care and consistency.
I also know things can all go wrong quickly if I let my guard down. But even being on guard can't stop some of the things that happen in our lives.
I can now focus on the fun parts of my life and let food just be nutrition.

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There is no doubt at all that my weight does matter to me, so does my fitness, my strength, my flexibility, my health.

When people say things like that imply is doesn't matter, I find myself more likely, these days, to reply 'it matters to me' and leave it at that.

There are very few people who can just 'eat what they like' and stay fit and slim. Most of us have to work at it - and we work at it, because it matters, to us.

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Wanda emoticon I truly hope all goes well!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Day 42, 100 Days make it matter

It does matter. It matters hugely. My health affects not only myself but everyone around me and I want to be a positive! I may just never get to goal....the scale is not moving much but I am lighter, stronger, and more energetic than I was several years ago. I don't walk around being tired of being tired and being sick of being sick. Life is good...not fair but good!

My husband will be having surgery next week...so not fair...he has had so many serious health issues. We are praying that this one will be resolved by surgery and that the tumor that has grown throughout the sinuses on the right side of his head will be benign and completely gone after next Wednesday. I have not said much about this on Spark and will not make it my focus when I'm here but feel that I should let my teams know that my posting may become sporadic for awhile. I want Spark to remain a haven and a place to get away from these issues.

Just a heads up to everyone....HEALTH MATTERS!! We can't always do anything about some diagnoses but we will weather illness better if we are making healthy choices.

Apart from this post, my last post on this day pretty much says it all if you wish to scroll down.

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As always, it seems that these lessons are timed perfectly to where I am in life. I am at a point where I'm seeing lack of motivation affect my eating plan and exercise. I'm in this for the long haul,not just some fad diet. I'll try the exercises she mentioned and see where it goes.

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Day 42, Make it Matter

This statement is on my SparkPage...it really is my only goal and my only reason to persevere on this journey:

I intend to be a very healthy, very old woman, surrounded by great-grandchildren and still living independently and enjoying my life. I want to be as healthy as I can be at age "almost seventy". I want to lose weight to a goal my doctor has set for me.

AND.......that first great-grandchild is on his way!

Strength exercise 42/100 - back to lunges and squats - lurching back and forth in my hallways!

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Day 42: Make it matter
Do you ever get discouraged and wonder if you really care about your weight or your fitness level? Any time you sit on the fence regarding staying on your diet or exercise program, you'll almost always fall to the wrong side.
Ambivalence is the one of the biggest enemies of change. If you aren't sure if you really want to take action on something such as your weight, ambivalence will usually win. To get past this roadblock, you have to raise the importance of your goal and make it matter.
When something becomes really important to you, getting motivated is easy. You simply jump into action, not stopping to think about what's involved. For example, if your mother calls to say that she's coming for a visit, you suddenly become motivated to clean the house. Instantly, the dishes in the sink and the towels on the floor become a lot more critical.
How does your weight affect you?
In the same way, you can boost your motivation to stay on a diet plan by making the outcome a lot more important. To do this, think about all the things that bother you about being overweight, and then just convince yourself that it's crucial you make changes in this area.
Now make a list of all the ways your weight affects your life. For example, is it hurting your health or your energy? Maybe it's harming your self-esteem. Does it influence the ways you cope with emotions or manage stress? Do you wish you could wear nicer clothes or at least fit into the ones in your closet?
Raise the importance
On a scale of 1 to 10, rate each of these issues based on how much they bother you or affect your life.
1 Has no effect on me whatsoever
5 Bothers me some, but not enough to do anything
10 Overwhelms me; I think about it all the time.
Now raise the numbers higher by making the outcomes more important. For example, if you rated having more energy or wearing your favorite jeans as a 4 on the scale, tell yourself that not having these goals affects you a lot more than that.
Convince yourself that these issues are so important that you must see changes in them. Then push their importance to a 7 or an 8 on the scale. Make them matter by focusing on how much you'd like to see improvement.
Make a list of ways that being overweight bothers you. Using the scale of 1 to 10, rate each of these issues based on how much they affect you.
Now raise the importance of each one of them and mentally push the level even higher.
Remind yourself that your weight bothers you a lot and you can't wait to see improvement.
1. To be active with my family (10)
2. To remain a KOPS (10)
3. Be active at home (8)
4. Walking for fun or exercise other than work (8)
5. Lowering goal- (7)
6, Being an inspiration, example (10)
7. Making friends (6)
Ways to make it matter
1. Make a date with self to get to gym more often Movement
2. Less sitting
3. Stay on exchange plan but make a few adjustments
4. Journal and track exchanges
5. Measurements
6. Ask for help
The reasons matters because we matter!
Looking back on my previous post I am excited to say I will graduate as a KOPS at IRD. without asking for help and working the plan with my ups and downs I wouldn't be. Now I can say being an inspiration moved up to rating of 10 of importance. Yes I need to move the others up too. so I plan to work on number 4 which will make all my other reasons rise. We matter and it is worth all the work to get to where I am now. do I want to keep improving myself YES and yes small attainable goals will get me there. I AM WORTH EVERY EFFORT!

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These were my original reasons when I first began this book.........1/10/2016
Reasons- 1. No cholesterol meds (still true)
-2. Fit in my clothes (True, but the clothes are smaller size)
-3. Keep traveling (Just had a 1300 mile trip)
-4. Enjoy life (I do)
-5. Be healthy (I am)
-6. Be happy (Most days I am very happy)
-7. Be confident (Just had coffee with a new friend from Sparks)
-8. Be a help to others.....Shannon & Josie (Plan to meet Josie at the end of month)
-9. Make Michelle proud (she is!)
-10. Enjoy my 75th birthday!
I have accomplished all 10 but as I get closer to another birthday I've learned things can all go wrong quickly if I let my guard down.
I can now focus on the fun parts of my life and let food just be nutrition.

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I matter! I love myself! I want to treat myself well! There is so much more to life than food!
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Loving the "I used to statements"! I find myself using that phrase a lot.

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Day 42 - for the 4th(?) time....and I'm STILL making it matter!

Day 42 is really amazing to me still. This is what I said the first time around:

Make it Matter

Being overweight makes me:
Feel sloppy that's a 9
move awkwardly that's a 6
embarrassed around healthy people that's a 7
makes me moody that's a 5

WOW, I can remove those issues from my life by keeping my motivation up and reaching my weight goal. Of course there will be new issues but guess what? If you can do this, then you can take on those too!

I used to think I couldn't achieve but now I achieve at least some of my goals every day!
I used to think I would never feel good about myself but now I do because I've learned to remember that I have had successes in the past and that the future will be decided by ME!

Yep, I said ALL that...turns out it was true. The issues I listed are mostly gone. No I am not at my ideal weight but I am thinner, and healthier, stronger, and more confident.! I did not start the 100 Days team believing that I was an emotional eater but I learned that emotional eating was a huge component in my poor health and self image. My "I used to..." statements have never been more true!


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Thank you Chele!

I'm hoping by 2017 I'll have this 'down' to a fine art - ha! I 'still' from time to time fall back on the way "I used to" eat ... I never feel as good ... I can tell the differences right away...not to mention that stuff doesn't 'taste' the same to me anymore either. That is the type of 'yo-yo' syndrome I've been doing lately (last couple of months) ... not in weight loss/gain ... but in choosing foods I 'used to' eat. So I'm at a point where I'm DONE with that ... onward with the fresh real stuff!!!! It's only taken me 3.5 years almost to make this transition - ha! Some things I'm a slow learner in - ha!

Now if I could JUST get dh to change so I wouldn't have to have separate foods/meal preparations going on - ha! But this has been MY journey ... not his!!! So it's okay ... just have to go with the flow ... life is not perfect after all ... but really darn good!

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Dj, I hope your choices make you feel great!!!! You matter! emoticon

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I am still on the same page as my post last time regarding this lesson. It's all about HEALTH for me ... not the weight in numbers per se or the size clothes I wear or how I look - it's about how I FEEL ... how I can or cannot move relatively pain-free ... how I can become the best I can be mobility wise as I grow older...remaining independent and free from all medications and doctor/hospital visits.

So it DOES MATTER to me now daily - more than ever - and only I CAN MAKE IT MATTER daily by choosing whole real foods, plant based foods, nuts and seeds, etc. - as little processed foods as possible - and to exercise moderately and appropriately for my current physical conditions ... to keep my blood pressure normal, to keep my body 'clean' from toxins and sugars/fats that are not good for me, to boost my immune system... in other words - to give my body the fuel and activity it needs so it can support my daily needs and heal itself naturally all at the same time.

I love how our bodies cooperate with us ... when we give them half a chance and what they require to do so!

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"Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to Wisdom." ~ Buddha
"When diet is wrong medicine is of no use, when diet is correct medicine is of no need." ~Ayurvedic Proverb


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11/20/16 12:00 P

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Ways my overweight affect me:

To my own detriment, I've often found being overweight to be my "safe" zone. I was truly the invisible fat lady. People didn't notice me as much. It sounds strange that people did not notice a 338 pound person, but it's true! At least, that is how it felt!

HEALTH: Increased cancer risk = 10
HEALTH: High blood pressure = 8

QUALITY OF LIFE: Painful knees and joints = 10
QUALITY OF LIFE: Being able to hike, climb stairs, walk/run a 5K = 7

ENJOYMENT OF LIFE: Shopping in the "regular" size departments = 9
ENJOYMENT OF LIFE: Living longer to spend more time with Tom = 10+



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11/20/16 10:57 A

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Leslie: I wonder if you can see how much you have come of your shell of uncertainty since the first time you went through this book. The fact that you met your goal of last time of being in KOPs (keeping off pounds or maintenance to the non-TOPs world) is amazing. I am so proud of the work you have done.

Fisker and Skirunner: Wow! I could have written each of those words verbatim. I fence sit at times and I do believe it is because I get distracted with dealing with my RA so much that I haven't much energy for anything else. I do hope that will change since this new medication seems to be working (I have been taking it about 9 days).

Phyllis: I agree with you about staying off of medications. I reluctantly went on B/P medicine (my daily B/P is 133/71) and I decided to go on it for one day. I had a horrific reaction to it and ended with a migraine that did not respond to other medicine until I can taken a second dosage. As I told my husband, Paul, I can not take other medicine to counteract this medicine and also I felt like a whole day was wasted since I was dealing with that. I was wore out by the time my husband came home.

This day's message came at the right time. All of my blood work came back 'borderline'. The only reason why I was given a B/P medicine is my B/P was high but I came there with back spasms and my left shoulder and neck in a lot of pain. Even the nurse said she felt my B/P was reflecting that. Anyway, I decided late last night that with all of these numbers being borderline, I am going to take this as a sign for me to double down on my efforts to get them down to normal with my diet, exercise and weight loss. I don't think doctors (or at least this one I saw) seem to believe patients can do that. Well, he didn't know me so I can understand his skepticism or lack of support. Yes, it does matter to me! I do not want to have another reaction to a drug that I was reluctant to take to begin with but it does mean WORK on my part. Sobering proposition.

BTW the Reuben sandwich was awful at Subways. I wasted my calories. When I want a good Reuben I will go to a place called "Three Dollar Café" ( no nothing is $3 which is the irony of their name LOL). Maybe, the bottled water. LOL.

Glad this day came up right before Thanksgiving. It will help me plan my meal accordingly.

Edited by: TWEETYX2 at: 11/20/2016 (11:03)
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A Look Back: January 4, 2017: 265.4 lbs.
January 1st, 2018: 231.6 lbs.
Total Wt. Loss in 2017: 33.8 lbs.

2018 Wt. Loss Goal: lose 52 lbs.
End of Year 2018 Wt. Loss Goal: 188.2 lbs.

This is not a race to the finish but a journey to the end.















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11/20/16 8:17 A

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Day 42, 100 days Make it matter

Bummer it all disappeared.

Reasons I want to Maintain or change my goal weight
I reached my goal weight I am below it. but I am listening to my body and it seems to want to keep losing.

1. I feel good. (10)
2. Receiving compliments (7)
3. To wear clothes in closet and narrow it down (9)
4. To be active with my family (10)
5. To remain a KOPS (10)
6. Be active at home (8)
7. Walking for fun or exercise other than work (6)
8. There are so many other reasons. (5)

Ways to make it matter
1. Make a date with self to get to gym more often
2. Less sitting
3. Getting rooms cleaned.
4. Stay on exchange plan but make a few adjustments
5. Ask for help

Maintain and remaining a KOPS matters and I need to work my plan get moving and ask for help when needed that is the hardest to do. emoticon


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11/20/16 8:16 A

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Day 42: Make it matter. My life matters!

Most days my health and fitness levels matter to me. There are times / days where my motivation is not as strong. I notice lack of motivation has a better chance of happening on “S” days. I find I eat too much sugar on “S” days. I choose to make “S” days matter. “S” days have created a yo yo weight loss pattern for me. I had a good Saturday, motivated for a good Sunday!

How does my weight affect me? (Scale 1-10, 1= Has no effect, 10= I think about it all of the time) All 10!

It lessens my self-esteem.
I do not like how I look. I am not happy with my body.
Hurts my knees and back. (knees bother me sometimes)
My fat can hide other issues during medical exams.
I have less energy.
The weight hurts my body/life.
I can not wear the clothes I would like to wear that are in my closet.
My weight gives me an excuse to eat. Since I am already overweight I might as well eat “that”.

I MUST see changes in everything I listed. Everything I listed matters. My weight bothers me a lot and I can’t wait to see even more improvement. I will see improvement!


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