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Monday, April 27, 2020

So I joined Spark on April 4th. WooHoo! I've been logging in ever since. i really appreciate all of the support, friendship, and encouragement I have received on here. To those who read my blogs, send me goodies, quotes etc.

I finished the new member challenge and can't believe I've been tracking my food consistently ever since I joined. I don't like to admit it, but keeping up with goals is not a strong suit for me sometimes, but I am so determined to change. I am tired of self sabotage and not accomplishing things! Perfectionism is my biggest enemy, but I'm happy to say, we broke up! I decided attempting to do everything perfect just isn't worth it

With everything going on in the world right now, I was tempted to not even restart this journey. However, I realize that I can't use that as an excuse. I can't let that get me down. I still need to live my life. The gym is closed of course, but I can still exercise at home, take walks, do spark people workouts, and eat healthy and in moderation.

SparkPeople is such a positive atmosphere and a light, not to mention community of helpful and caring individuals. I am now starting two challenges with Spark friends, and I look forward to them as well. I also joined a bible study team on here that refreshes my mind daily. It's simply amazing what meditating on scripture can do for you. It doesn't have to be overwhelming. One scripture a day. Quality over Quantity

That goes for many things in life: Quality -good food, good sleep, good friendships!

Do any of your family members or friends say to you "I'm just so busy?" You may have reached out to them, but yet they still don't call, or, unfortunately, only contact you when they need or want something. Many of us have been there.

In a world where so many of us deal with that, Spark friends are such a blessing. It's a life saver just to have people on here "pay it forward" and say kind things, showing that they care. You never know how your words might brighten or impact another person's day!

On another note, I've started a Sparkpeople/Healthy Lifestyle/Self Care journal. I own so much stationary (I love it!) I am even using a sparkly orange notebook, like the Spark book. emoticon And I am posting quotes, things that have helped me, journal entries, and goals in it. That's one way to get your mind off food, is by finding a creative outlet.

I also wrote a reward system. For every 10 pound loss, I give myself something. Example: jewelry, lush cosmetics, Bath and body works, new clothes. And once a long time ago when I was on here, someone suggested the idea to me where I create a video blog every time I reward myself and share what I did. I can't remember which spark buddy told me that, but I thought that was a cool idea! I'm going to be doing that soon.

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    You have a lot of great things in place. You will rock this!
    372 days ago
    Great blog post today, it was exactly what I needed to hear right now! emoticon emoticon

    373 days ago
    Such wonderful goals, & determination, and being positive for yourself & to others!
    I'm so glad you are rewarding yourself..you are worth it!
    Thanks for including me on your journey..means a lot.. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    375 days ago
  • no profile photo CD25385636
    I'm not one for tracking on a daily basis but since most of my meals are the same, I've grouped each meal which makes tracking less time consuming and easier. I also love rewards. Being on this journey for quite some time, I've rewarded myself with exercise equipment, workout clothes, an ipod and new playlist, dvds, street/home clothes and my latest reward... several bottles of celebrity and designer fragrances. I told DH it's my aromatherapy...lol. Have a great day, keep up the good work and best wishes on making and keeping those CHANGES. It's not easy but we're worth it. Hugs.
    376 days ago
  • SELFCARE2023
    I like all the things you are doing to set your goals. congratulations. It sounds like you are doing awesome. I especially like the video that you are planning on creating. You definitely have a positive environment at SP.

    One thing I do suggest is after you reach your goal. Please continue to maintain. One mistake I did in the past which I hope everyone learns from my mistake was that after I lost the weight I thought I was done and I wasn't. I needed to maintain instead I starting eating more and gained even more. I did learned that losing weight and keep it off is a lifestyle change and it's not a diet. I never knew that. Please don't fall on the trap that it's just a diet, please learn from my mistake and maintain maintain maintain after you lose the weight. Now I'm sparkpeople again but from a different mindset.
    376 days ago
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    377 days ago
    emoticon SP is a place we can come share these kinds of things & share the spark! you're doing gr8!
    378 days ago
    I've been a member for a while, but I just recently started getting myself for acquainted with it and I'm loving it. So many wonderful ideas and resources are given on a daily basis, and all the support from other members is fantastic and absolutely motivating. I wish you the best on your journey!
    378 days ago
  • MACMOM57
    You’ve got this. Keep going strong.
    378 days ago
    Great goals and great blog, it is difficult trying to lose weight with all that’s going on right now but we can’t let that effect and take over our lives, we need to persevere and stay strong, spark has all the tools and people who can help us get there, good luck we got this❤️
    378 days ago
    378 days ago
    You did good coming back to SP. It's such a supportive place to get back on track, help you reach those goals and have fun. I love your reward system. It's very motivating and a good way to keep moving forward. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    378 days ago
    emoticon spark is great, so many times someone came to help me, right when I needed it. I think you have the right attitude and are doing great. I love the reward system too. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    378 days ago
    Spark Friends are the Best!

    I really enjoyed your blog. You are focused and positive!

    Keep on Sparking! You got this!

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    378 days ago
    For one thing, I like the idea of rewarding yourself----that is a great motivator, and when you lose ten pounds, you deserve a reward. I do like the community here in sparks and have met so many fun and supportive friends---so glad you are back!
    378 days ago
    379 days ago
  • LPORTER2015
    Welcome back to the Spsrk family!
    379 days ago
    SP really is a supportive bunch! Good luck on your challenges!!! You should post some about them and let us know how you're doing :)
    379 days ago
    I can't remember how many times I have fallen off the wagon when it comes to eating healthy and exercising. But "progress, not perfection" is my mantra. :) I believe in you!
    379 days ago
  • LINDA!
    emoticon You are doing great.
    379 days ago
    sounds like you are on the right track. emoticon
    379 days ago
    Your blog is spot on for what SP is all about!

    You are doing awesome!!!
    379 days ago
    Keep up the momentum! You're doing well. Yes, for sure, the comraderie and positivity are what keep me sparking!

    HUGS. Stay well, stay safe, keep the faith.
    379 days ago
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