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April Goals

Sunday, March 31, 2013

I am losing about 2 ounces a week. Granted, that's better than gaining. But I want to get more serious. March has been a month of hard work for me and now that April is just about here, my job will ramp down a bit.

My goals in no particular order for April:

1) Start getting serious about the Beck Diet Solution by Judith S. Beck. I think if I can spend at least a few minutes a day thinking about this I should know by the end of the month if I want to do it.

2) Continue doing exercise DVDs at home to augment my gym workouts and my walking.

3) Try to spend time picking up more healthy recipes. I am not bored with the food I eat, but now that there will be an influx of seasonal vegetables and fruits, it's time to do more. I have a New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook from the library and I want to try a few recipes.

4) Keep up my Sparking. When I spend time Sparking, I spend time thinking about health, fitness, diet, and nutrition.

5) Become a real person here. I know that sounds a bit strange. I am a little reserved and withdrawn here. I have, since I was about 2 or 3 years old, kept the "real me" a bit secretive. Why? I think that I am hardly unique and barely interesting, yet I feel out of step, out of place, with a lot of people. I'm a palimpsest covered with many many layers of self-defense, irony, sardonicism, ersarz intellectualism, etc. Sometimes I want to be accepted so badly that I suppress what seems real and authentic to me in order to "fit in".

6) End up BLC-21 with a great record and try to help my team, the Violet Venuses, finish strong.
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  • EDWARDS1411
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    Wonderful goals. Enjoy April!
    2999 days ago
    I will be looking forward in seeing how the Beck diet goes.

    I need new recipes too. I'm in a huge rut.

    I look forward to unwrapping the layers of the onion that is you. LOL.
    2999 days ago
    I am a slow loser too. I am lucky to lose a half pound a week. Just keep it up and you can make it.
    3000 days ago
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    Sounds like you have great goals to work toward!! I also find getting on spark everyday helps me to focus on me and my goals also and keeps me motivated especially when I see how others are doing. Hope you have a great week!
    3000 days ago

    We have been talking a lot about the Beck daily motivators over on the Sheriffs and I think they have helped a great deal!

    And I can't wait for seasonal produce! C'mon Spring!
    3000 days ago
    feel comfortable with yourself, the rest will follow....?
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  • POPSY190
    There are a lot of intoverts on this site (I'm one of them emoticon ) - there's not a lot wrong with being self-sufficient. On the other hand, it is hard when you feel you have to hide your real self from those around you. I found once I retired I could be more myself and have easier interactions with people. Teaching is a job that requires you to be in role such a lot it's hard to dispense with that, and not all colleagues are going to be truly compatible. I love the team you set up and get a great deal of pleasure from the interaction it promotes.
    Your April goals are very sound; you've reminded me to think about my own!
    3000 days ago
    I love your goals, they sound very do-able. I especially like the idea of the Mediterranean diet, it sounds so fresh and delicious. It inspires me to work more fresh and seasonal produce into my diet.
    3000 days ago
    I like your sardonic qualities, and I don't think there's anything ersatz about the intellectualism. Don't scrape those off the manuscript page!
    3000 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Love your goals! You can do it. I thought about and researched gluten free diets for about 2 months before I decided to try it. Still not there yet as I'm getting rid of all the wheat foods in the house still. We did a major shopping trip and bought a lot the week before I decided I really was going to try the new diet.

    Good luck!
    3000 days ago
    2 oz. a day is almost a pound a week. 3.5 sticks of butter. I think that's phenomenal!!
    3000 days ago
    Sounds like some good planning to me, hon... both inside and out.
    3000 days ago
    2 oz. a day ain't bad. I'm going to try to beat the oscillation syndrome, yoyo effect, whatever you want to call it - up some, down some, all cancels out in the long run!

    A steady creep is progress.

    As for # 5, I know what you mean. It started for me when I skipped 2nd grade and was considered terminally weird by the other 3rd graders...
    These patterns are so persistent! My current job has helped me let more of myself be seen but there is still quite a lot that I keep back also.

    I see that pink-bonneted kitty peeking out...she's lovely!
    3000 days ago
    Great goals, Natalie.

    Whoever you are - I like you. My mother always said, "To know you is to love you." I didn't believe it for a minute. But, as I get older (and older, and ...) I think I know what she was trying to say, and I'd like to pass it on.
    3000 days ago
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    It's a big step to become a real person on Spark People. I know exactly what you mean. I think the authentic you is peeking through the layers many times and I like her very much. These are all positive things. Don't be too hasty on weight loss speed. I'm in the same category (I had a couple of weeks where I lost a whole pound recently and to me it felt like a roller coaster). I feel like the slowness helps me deal with the issues I've been using the weight to hide or to bury as it melts away.
    Best of luck to you. I admire your determination.
    3000 days ago
    Sounds good. Beck team is very supportive.
    3000 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13425678
    Thanks for the blog, Natalie. The start of a new month and season is a good time to freshen up the goals... If you're losing a couple ounces a week you're probably gaining a bit of muscle each week too, so the over-all balance is shifting from fat to lean. That's a good thing! And slow is more sure than fast in this arena of life. If you bump up the fitness minutes (more intensity maybe, or more time) the shift should speed up. I agree with you about Sparking. Spending time on this site keeps me focussed and motivated. And - I hope you do let the real Natalie out more in your day to day world. Is she the Natalie we see on Spark? Because she's certainly unique and interesting. It's hard, though - but you can do it!
    3000 days ago
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