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Had a little gain this week. Disappointed in myself, but determined to lose that gain and then some. I am trying out Spark Coach this morning. It is helping my motivation so far. Plan to blog about it later -- don't have time right now.

One goal met: I wanted to be out of the 170's by my 75th birthday (today) and I made it! I refuse to allow the scale to determine my attitude for the day, but I admit it made me happy this morning when I weighed 168.3! ...
Had a little gain this week. Disappointed in myself, but determined to lose that gain and then some. I am trying out Spark Coach this morning. It is helping my motivation so far. Plan to blog about it later -- don't have time right now.

One goal met: I wanted to be out of the 170's by my 75th birthday (today) and I made it! I refuse to allow the scale to determine my attitude for the day, but I admit it made me happy this morning when I weighed 168.3!

Next samll goal: 165 pounds. (



I have been loyal and disloyal to SparkPeople for longer than I want to admit. However, I am back this time with COMMITMENT!

Things have changed a lot and I am getting adjusted. The funniest thing is that years ago we were supposed to make a VISION STATEMENT ... a reminder of our goals and means of reaching them. I never completed mine, although I collected quite a few pictures and quotes which I saved in a big envelope and I even bought a poster board. I am so determined to reach my goals this time that I finished my VS two nights ago. When I was going to get my points for finishing it, I discovered it has been replaced with a Goal Board, which I really like because it comes up on my Start page! But OH, the time and effort I put into that VS! LOL! I decided to upload it to my photo file. Now the problem is that it is too big to photograph well, so I am going to upload sections of it in separate photos. It's not a total loss; It actually encourages me many times throughout the day as I glance at it. Undoubtedly, the Goal Board will do the same, so I have Double the Encouragements!

Something else that I am really excited about it my SPAT! I had been researching activity trackers before I came back to SP and could not justify spending the money on most of them. How happy I was to discover the SPAT! I put it on my shoe the first day it arrived (after I had already walked on the treadmill), but every day since then (except Sunday / Sundays are very sedentary for me / will have to wrok on that) I have walked more than 6000 steps! That is an amazing accomplishment for this old, fat, partially crippled (IS that like being a little pregnant?) woman! It's a great feeling to discover I can do more than I thought I could! Eventually, I want to raise my goal to 7000 steps, but I will lose a little more weight first.

How do the words go from that song in "Cabaret?" ...

The FIRST thing I started doing in the WHATEVER IT TAKES column was to get to bed earlier in order to get more sleep! I was going to write about it here, but there was a blog about sleep/weight loss that I read this morning and here are my comments that I copied and pasted:

It's probably not possible, but I think it would be interesting to study the association of WHY people don't get enough sleep, thus having more problems with weight loss. My dear mother was a lonely divorced woman, an RN who worked double shifts (this was in the days of 8-hour shifts) who never got enough sleep and overate continually, even after being diagnosed with diabetes. (Yes, she eventually became obese, not just overweight, and that was AFTER the diabetes diagnosis.) I suspect the same stresses that caused her to overeat contributed to her lack of sleep. I also think that being tired makes it more difficult to be self-controlled as well as more difficult to identify fatigue or hunger that needs to be satisfied.

The SECOND thing I did was to decide to start a dessert-free streak. The next day I discovered the 4-weekSUGAR CHALLENGE and joined that. It's bound to help me stay off the desserts and probably learn other ways to avoid sugar.

The THIRD thing is a reward. I give myself a reward of $1 each day for each successful day. Rewards have not worked for me in the past, but this one is working. I love seeing that jar with my little wad in it every time I walk into the kitchen, and I look forward to adding $1 each night. :)

The FOURTH thing I did was to start back on my 10-minutes a day / 5 days a week exercise. (I usually do more, once I get started.) I will never be able to walk enough to generate weight loss, but it is good for my cardiovascular system plus I feel so much better about myself just having exercised that little bit of self-discipline!

My weight was down only .9 of a pound this week, but it was DOWN! It continues to go down slowly. I'm still positive!

An interesting insight: Yesterday as I wrote a very private journal about my negative feelings toward a certain friend, among other things I discovered is an inner conflict I didn't know I had. I LIKE the inner me very much; I HATE my (outer) body. Mmmmm ... something to think further on!

Several things have come together serendipitously that have encouraged me to start over.

Last Sunday our minister was speaking about making God the number one priority in our lives, and among other things, he said DO WHATEVER IT TAKES! I do want God to be the prevailing priority in my life, but the rule applies to all goal seeking.

Then I watched Steve Siebold’s video on STARTING OVER, which made me realize that my backsliding doesn’t mean I have to give up. There are times when it is necessary to start over; this is one of them!

Wednesday I read NEVERORNOW’s blog that she wrote on Friday, April 27, expressing her thoughts on the NEVER QUIT pledge that is going around SparkPeople. She said that before SP, she’d have quit and gone back to all her old habits and undone all the progress she has made. (She has lost 60 pounds!) I was on the verge of doing the same thing! (Again!) Like Karen, I have been inspired repeatedly by articles, blogs, challenges, and messages on SP. However, I have been away for such a long time, it was very tempting to throw in the towel … again. If I had, I know I would never have tried to lose weight again; I was standing on the edge of a cliff! If anyone reading this is discourage, I recommend her blog!

Notes to myself:

(a) Put this on my SparkPage as my new beginning, using dates to track my progress as well as my struggles.
(b) Read THE SPARK again
(c) Follow the steps in THE SPARK (I’ve been working on [read “fiddling around with”] a vision board for more than a year!)
(d)Use more recipes from THE SPARKPEOPLE COOKBOOK. (Those I have used are delicious!)

(a) Get to bed early enough to get a good night’s sleep!
(b) Sign in to SP every day
(c) Be open and honest with my weigh-in. (Log it weekly, even if it is a gain.)
(d) Be open and honest with my food tracker. (Allow others to see it.)


I am signing the pledge here and now AND I’m copying it and posting it on my fridge … or pantry!


Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and
downs I pass through,
I will continue on my journey.

I pledge to make a NEW START today,
and forgive myself for my past,
and to stop being so critical of myself.

I pledge to take control of myself,
To stop making excuses,
And stop blaming other people or situations.

I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best
Because that is who I am.

I pledge to stay in the race
and to be a WINNER.

Signed – Barbara (Puglover1999) 5-3-12

August 2006 (I think): (On 11-4-14 I deleted most of this.)

I joined Spark People several years ago, but have not been active. However, I continue to read articles (WONDERFUL ARTICLES) that are sent to my email and have decided I have probably been ignoring the biggest help available to me (second to God's answering my prayers ... when I pray)! So ... here I am again ... still fat, but hopeful.
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 current weight: 163.0 

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Member Since: 8/16/2006

SparkPoints: 26,869

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My Goals:
11-4-14 Changing my goals:
Goal Weight:
150 pounds
Attitude Change:
I am learning to love and care for the body God gave me. It is the temple of the Holy Spirit!
Self-Talk Change: Changing each negative thought to a positive one.
Habits Change:
Log-in to SP daily
Eat Slower
Drink LOTS of water
Limit desserts to one / week st the most
Walk at least 6000 steps every day

My Program:
1. Check into SP daily
2. Track nutrition
3. Track exercise
4. Read articles
5. Participate in teams
6. Repsond encouragingly to at least one other person's post daily
7. Earn at least 50 points every day

Personal Information:
My name is Barbara ... I am a Christian ... a wife (51 happy years) ... a mother ... a grandmother ..a mother-in-law (My daughter-in-law is my daughter-in-love!) ... and a friend (Have to mention that b/c my friends are so important to me!)

I am a private person and do not connect SP to my FB page because I appreciate the anonymity of SP.

You can tell by my name that I love dogs (our last one was a pug), although we do not have one now. I just don't have the energy to deal with anohter "baby" at my age plus we are gone from home a lot, whch is not fair to a dog. But I do love them! I enjoy watching them on the Animal Planet channel. :)

I also love to read, cook, have dinner guests and/or house-guests, cross-stitch, and play word games and card games (versions of Solitaire) on my smart phone.

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I will add pictures soon. This site is a bit overwhelming ... and can be very time-consuming, just like Facebook! (Except I get more out of this one for me. )

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Member Comments:
11/26/2014 7:05:39 AM

Thanks - my bday was sunday - I have reached 63!

I am sorry for your binge and only hope I didn't cause it. Track it and keep going. Sometimes mine last several days but I just keep on trying and eventually I break through it.

I have been on track again for several days now. We gotta live too. There is room in my program for junk foods. Just not unlimited, lol.


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11/24/2014 7:59:00 AM

Been fighting the "binges" lately and that makes me less "social" but I thank you so much for kicking me in the butt with your visits.

You make sparking funner!


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11/23/2014 9:34:41 AM

Daily walking helps but I really do believe that using Leslie Sansone's Walk Away The Pounds videos did more for my body than anything else. And pretty much anyone can do them. Just 4 basic steps.

Feel free to "copy" any of my goals! I felt stupid when I listed them but for me they were important. What a rush to be lighter than my DH again! And especially to weigh less than it says on my drivers license! WooHoo!!

*sigh* but I still cannot wear my original wedding band. such is life! I am just as married without it, lol.

Maintaining is not easy - but it is doable. Desire helps a lot. But I still have "bad" days and I accept them too - own it and then move on is my motto. I am not one of those that swears off all goodies forever - it is part of enjoying my life. But I no longer live for sweets - they are there when I want them.

Hugs dear friend,

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11/21/2014 6:13:59 AM

YES! I am able to visit your page now - and I am friending you as well!

Thank you - your prayers are much welcomed!

My mother used to say that old age isn't for sissies. I am learning just how right she was even though she was being funny.

God has blessed me with Ray for 29 years now and I learned some time ago to take life ONE day at a time. Oh the lessons we learn in life! Things like food is here for me - I am not here for food. (change the word as needed) I learned this the first time I didn't feel like getting on my computer - it doesn't matter how much it cost - it is still here for my convenience, not the other way around.

Thank you for coming into my life! I am glad your DH is doing well - and yes, I can imagine how scary it all was 6 years ago. We are excited, scared, borderline frantic but we are hoping for the best possible outcome with Ray's heart. I have assured him that if things do not go well, he won't suffer. I hate to see anyone suffer.


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11/3/2014 2:15:05 PM

Thank you so much for such a nice and encouraging comment on my blog post! I can't wait to see myself getting smaller and smaller ;) You rock!

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