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Sent off 20 pounds to Island of No Returns

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hey hey hey, Sportsfans!!

I weighed in today, and what a pleasant surprise. As of today, I have lost 20 pounds with SparkPeople.com and all the support, education and encouragement from wonderful people.

I look better, feel better, move better............in fact, I AM BETTER!!

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TINKLOVESBEAR 9/12/2011 5:59PM

    Congratulations!! That is wonderful news!! emoticon

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KINSBAILE 9/2/2011 1:46PM

    NICE JOB!!!

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VAMACKGIRL 8/31/2011 6:41PM

    You go girl!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!! I just hit 10 but its all good, I have been sidetracked a bit as you know!! Back on track!!

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NOTFATCAT 8/29/2011 8:46PM

    Congrats for your weight loss. I know you are thrilled.

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TARAHA 8/29/2011 3:51PM

    Good for YOU!!!!!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 8/28/2011 7:48PM

    AWESOME!I am jealous....wheres this place at! lol GREAT going! Susana

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LOULOUBELLE2 8/28/2011 7:05PM

    Oh how SPARKTASTIC. emoticonI need to send some pounds off to the island to. Betterstart working on it NOW.
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4DOGNIGHT 8/28/2011 4:04PM

    That is wonderful! I am so proud of you! I have done nothing but waffle up and down and back up. I am having these feelings of maybe I might be ready to attempt this. Thanks for the motivation.

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/28/2011 2:53PM

    WOO HOO! I like that, Island of No Returns--congratulations, that is wonderful news and a great accomplishment!

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ME_THE_REMAKE 8/28/2011 2:38PM

  That's fantastic, well done! I hope I can post a similar blog sometime soon-ish!


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Bonus Spins Not for Me

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I was eager to get those extra bonus spins and garner more points once I reached 25 points on my own.

But then it started to nag me a bit. It felt like I was cheating just to amass points.

So today, I clicked the area that says "Never show me this pop-up again". It feels good to have done so.

Sure, I like getting the points. But better than that, I like being proud of my accomplishments. By simply spinning the wheel to get more points, I accomplish nothing.

AND Ms. Smarmy showed up too, letting me know that she thinks I was cheating, and needed to look at myself and do an honesty inventory.

I tried to ignore her, but she doesn't go away quietly into the night. Oh no. She stands there, all smug and superior, and stares me down and gives me her mouth.

Most of the time I want to drop kick her into the next county.

Not this time. I must admit, she was right.

So I did the right thing FOR ME, and am not going to accept any points I have not worked for.

Some days just feel GOOD!!!

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HELEN_BRU 8/24/2011 7:49AM

    I don't really mind (but may change my mind later - lol) because I like the remarks I get on the Friend Feed. I then know who is "around" and who isn't.

But I get what you mean!

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KKINNEA 8/22/2011 1:11PM

    I feel that way too! Maybe I should click the box too.

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/22/2011 1:06PM

    Being true to yourself is what matters . . . I enjoy the bonus spin because it gives me extra points for goodies to give away, but I can see your view, too. Glad they give us a choice here!!

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MARYANNGI 8/22/2011 9:16AM

    Sometimes that Ms. Smarmy makes sense. You must always follow what you believe to be right. You will be a happier person I think for following your heart. As for me, I am still straddling the fence. For members who have just joined SP, it's an incentive. For those of us like you and I, it's a choice. Hmmmm, will I jump to the right or to the left??? Only time will tell.LOL

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    Well I can see both sides of it. I can see ur side of it and yeah,, congrats for doing what it is your doing. :) Now me,,, I am SOOO LOW cos SP CHEATED me on NOT giving me my points when I got the new name,,and I WANTED My OLD points from my OLD name but that was NO GO so I'll SPIN TY very much ! OH YEAH ! you betcha ! Ill spin and last week,, I got 1,000 points (they don't count towards the level) but they DO COUNT so I can BUY things !) I went and BOUGHT A LOT OF goodies for those I could and HOW I SMILED ! That just FELT GOOD !

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MPENNE 8/21/2011 8:07PM

    It is always best to be true to yourself. I have to admit that I could also be guilty of the same thing. I'll need to take stock of things.

Thanks for sharing.

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Random Acts of Kindness

Saturday, August 20, 2011

This is certainly a busy time of year for a lot of us.

The weather is telling us we are headed toward the end of summer, and some of us will experience Indian Summer soon.

Kids are going back to school, and they have probably outgrown most of their clothes. Which means that ugly day of school clothes and supplies are upon the parents.

Summer jobs are coming to an end, and young adults are getting ready to go off to college. Moms will be tempted to "re-do" their abandoned bedrooms, but then feel guilty about it because the "Kids will be coming home for breaks".

New searches for lunch menus are going on, backpacks need to be checked for rips, holes and tears.

Hey! It's nearly cool enough to quilt too!! Have you noticed all the stores have their Autumn decorations up, the fabric shops are showing Christmas fabrics and patterns, and summer clothing is on sale everywhere.

I am even educating myself about putting in a winter garden of cauliflower, broccoli and the like. I have dusted off my dehydrater and gotten some of the summer produce and herbs dried and stored for winter, like a good squirrel should.

The summer mess in the garage is all cleaned up, and the car can actually fit with ease in there.

Life is GOOD.

For some of us.

Bossy Daughter went down to a town called Cordoba, Alabama to help with the hurrican victims. It is heartbreaking what she learned.

While our news is constantly doing political chatter, they ignore what is actually going on the the American people who are (yes, I said ARE) suffering so badly from the hurricane.

It seems that our wonderful government has forgotten these people. They are getting no aid at all.

The town was wiped out, people still do not have homes to live in, and they have no food.

There is much more than that to report, but I will wait to see if Bossy Daughter is going to post what she saw and learned. If she does not post, then I will.

But now I ask you to perform a Random Act of Kindness. I am doing so, and hopefully some of you will be able to as well.

These folks need donations for FOOD AND HOUSING. You can send money donations to Free Will Disaster Relief, 475 1st Street, Cordoba, AL 35550, Attention: Andrea Pate. Specify whether you want your donation to go to the Food Pantry or Housing.

Do NOT send packages at this time.

While no one is watching the store in Washington, D.C., because they all "need a vacation", we Americans must take care of ourselves and each other.

Please consider this random act of kindness, and let others know about the need.

You'll love yourself for doing so.

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DIZZYDOC 8/21/2011 1:32AM

    Thank you for sharing and helping those in need. You are an shining example of the true American Spirit. emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/20/2011 10:52PM

    Thank you, my FBC--it is usually we the people who step up to help the most in the end.

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    Those POOR PEOPLE ! After ALL this time too ! NO REASON for this !

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TOWHEE 8/20/2011 2:31PM

    Thank you! emoticon

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Don't let Sleeping Dogs Lie!!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Hey Spirited Underdogs! This post is for YOU!

What's the deal with letting other teams beat us with our goals??????

We are the fasted team in the challenge, so why are you sleeping the time away????


You got in to this deal because you wanted to lose and be healthier. So why are you sliding back to your old ways????

Do you need a visit to the vet to see what is causing the laziness????

How about this challenge: Post a photo of you doing your workout of TODAY.

If you need more inspiration, there's a brand new tennis ball for the dawg who does the most exercise minutes this week. So far today, I have 120 minutes of walking in, and will get more at the ball game because we are going to park one mile away from the stadium just so I CAN WALK!

We need to band together and get our show on the road!!! Move it while you CAN. I walk because I CAN, and so CAN YOU!

Get those shoes out from under the bed and leave the house NOW! Don't forget to take your pedometer with you. And don't forget to drink lots of water, too.
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JOHNTJ1 8/16/2011 8:39AM

    Thanks for the wake up call this beautiful Tuesday morning

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GRANDMA1951 8/15/2011 10:51AM

    Thanks for the inspiration. You're right. I know I've not been running with the dawg pack lately but I'll try to get more minutes in. Great walking you're doing.

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RUFFIT 8/14/2011 7:29PM

    Go Spirited Underdogs!! You can keep your tennis ball I have my own!!! Moni emoticon

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TYBEWALLACE 8/14/2011 4:37PM

    I hope you have a great time at the game this afternoon....
We ARE going to be in first place this week!!!!DAWGS RULE!

HUGS, Sheryl

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/14/2011 12:38PM

    You go, girl! Have fun at the ball park; we saw a GREAT game there last night (Mariners beat the Red Sox 5-4 with Felix on the mound). Hopefully the Mariners can do it again today for you, though there will probably be as many Red Sox fans there today as Mariner fans!

You are doing awesome, my friend; keep whipping those Underdogs into shape and getting those minutes in! I haven't posted all my fitness minutes for last week, but you probably DID beat me on them. We are probably going to get in a 2-3 hour run plus a lot of walking during the day today, so this week may be a different story . . .

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Who's Minding the Store???

Friday, August 12, 2011

We all know the old tattered saying "when the cat's away, the mice will play". Well, the mice must be having the time of their lives!

Amid all the shenanigans in Washington, all the "crisis" we are in, all the drama, the intrigue and hidden agendas, Americans are supposed to be tearing our hair out over all the castrophes.

We got hoodwinked on the debit/budget thing, which actually wound up to be the same old shell game. As usual, Congress gave us some good sounding talk, but still did their own thing, which was to immerse us into a greater hole.

Lots of subterfuge going on, that's for sure!

We have border problems, debt problems, credit problems, budget problems (for God's sake........let's not have a BALANCED BUDGET!!), no budget in site, magazines pulling cheap shots with photos and labels, we are in three wars (at least), entitlement problems, unemployment sky high, people with no homes or jobs, people hungry with no food or money with which to buy any, Gore screaming his head off with profanity while he throws another temper tantrum, the press sniping at any and all candidates for Presidency and bypassing any of the important stuff, and we are getting "polled" to death, a President who has decided he can do whatever he wants without the consent of Congress while his wife eats ribs and french fries while trying to make into law what WE eat. And the stock market is the newest roller coaster of death in the world.

Marie Antoinette would have loved it.

We are fast approaching becoming the richest third rate country in the world.

The list can go on and on.

So what does our illustrious President and Congress do?? TAKE A VACATION, OF COURSE!

Don't forget, we get to foot the bill. It will not be a surprise to learn that our Presiden't vacation will cost at a minimum one million bucks.

So what can we do about it? Nothing, you say?? Not True, Fellow Americans.

There's plenty we can do. But it will take reinserting our back bones and dare to stand up to the corruption that is so wide spread in both parties of Congress and in the white house.

An election is coming up, as we all hear constantly. We NEED an election! The sooner the better.

We need to get rid of the CONGRESSIONAL ENTITLEMENTS first. They need to get the same medical We get, and who in hell ever decided to give them all raises again this summer? They are all out of control with their raises, chauffers, private health care, and lifetime body guards and full pay after they retire.

Pay for WHAT?! Pay for destroying the credibility of our country? Pay for not doing one damned thing about unemployment other that point the finger at each other?? Pay for passing laws which the people find out about AFTER THE FACT??? Pay for all their trips, expensive lunches while their aids do all the work for them???? THIS list could go on and on, too.

They all need to get their butts back to Washington and actually EARN their pay. Unheard of, I know. But we, the people, need to demand they get back to work.

Our nation is on the slippery slope while they, like Nero, stay home and fiddle.

Americans, we need to take back our power. We need to vote these crooks out. We need to throw the thugs out of office.

We need to get involved!

Today, just for inspiration, I invite you all to join me in listening to a day of Patriotic music while you go through the hours of your day. Reflect on what each of us wants for our nation, and how we can help achieve that.

There is always something one can do for our country. Fly the flag. Wear red, white and blue. Go to your town meetings. Re-read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Make notes about how these two precious documents are in jeopardy and are being ignored, abused and ridiculed.

Educate yourself, America! Learn what is actually going on, and what it means for our country.

Volunteer in your own communities to serve those less fortunates. Get into your closets and pull out all those clothes that are just hanging there and haven't been worn for a long time, and donate them to homeless shelters.

Clean out the pantry, and get the food over to the food banks. Buy a homeless person a meal. For those of us who CAN, give the gift of a night's lodging in a motel to a homeless person. I am sure they would love to have a hot, soapy shower and nice clean sheets on a comfortable bed to lie in.

Sit our children down, and tell them about our nation's history. Visit a military cemetery with them, and have them put flags on the graves, or at the least, pull the weeds that grow over these brave heroes.

Let our children know that we, as adults, American Adults, are going to do whatever we can to leave them a better world than what is happening to them now.

Be a role model to our children, our neighbors, our families and our community. Get involved with doing the right thing.............for fun and for FREE.

No one is left minding the store but us, folks. Let's get the brooms out, and start cleaning!

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NOTFATCAT 8/13/2011 8:35PM

    Right on!!!

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MPENNE 8/12/2011 1:38PM

    Thank you for writing this. I hope it becomes the most popular blog post. Everyone needs to read this. I would participate in a team Citizens against Obamanomics. I too hope we get a new group of congressmen next year. I think the new republicans voted in last year are making a real difference. I also think that congressmen should not be paid or at least not paid very much. If there weren't so many perks and pay maybe they wouldn't be there for 40 years. That is just ridiculous.

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4DOGNIGHT 8/12/2011 1:24PM

    Is there a team on Spark called Citizens against Obamanomics? There should be. I'd be participating.

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4DOGNIGHT 8/12/2011 1:23PM

    Thank you for writing this! We need a complete change in the oval office. I have never been a political person but this election, I will be out there campaigning for anyone who runs against the current president. It just makes sense to me that if you spend more money than you take in, you will be in debt. DUH! The more we talk to them, the more they might listen. Americans are angry and we need to show it! And love our kids and grandkids.

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