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60 Days In and Lovin' My SP!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Today marks my 60th day on SparkPeople. It's been a rewarding, enlightening journey thus far. I've lost 10 pounds, proven to myself that I CAN write a blog every day (some better than others, of course, but at least I'm doing it!), increased my fitness level and decreased my daily calories consumed, learned lots about fitness and nutrition, and made SO many wonderful new friends!!
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I hear that some people are leaving SP because of some recent drama that occurred on the site. That just seems so silly to me. Wherever you go, you're going to find people, and people are fallible -- they'll make mistakes, say things that offend, act childish and even downright mean -- that's just the reality of being around other people! The grass is always greener...in the end, whatever site you move to, you'll find more of the same because people are people wherever you go.

What I don't understand is, why should it matter what other people do on SP? I can choose to read only those blogs and board posts that are positive and uplifting -- when I see a title that is negative, or start reading something that I discover is a downer, I have the ability to simply move on. No need to get upset about it, 'cuz I can choose whether or not to allow it to affect me.

There's that word again: CHOOSE. We all choose whether to eat whole, nutritious foods, or to stuff ourselves with junk. We choose whether to take a walk or sit on the couch watching t.v. We choose to fill our minds with positive, uplifting messages or negative, hurtful ones. We choose to go with the flow or create our own path. We choose whether to live life with a smile or with a frown. It's up to each one of us to choose how we will act and how (or if) we will REact.

It's just that simple. My choice? To keep on lovin' my SparkPeople and using all the tools and support this fabulous website offers to keep creating a happier, healthier ME!

Thank you, SparkPeople! emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/15/2011 6:58PM

    Gosh My comment will be boring now after the last one, lol! I think this has already blown over. It is sad, I suppose we don't have all of the facts. Still I don't think there is any other way to see this. I feel bad for the folks who have taken a hit. I sure would not want to be the one who got picked on & I might just leave if they did. but blaming Chris Downie is ludicrous.

Also shout out to the hubbies given out all the compliments! emoticon

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DONNALIZ67 5/15/2011 11:26AM

    I've been away for a while so I'm not sure what drama you're talking about, but I'm kind of glad I missed it - who needs it???

Great attitude and great post - and congrats on all the progress you've made.

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JULIEANNCAN 5/15/2011 1:02AM

    Love this! Congrats on 60 days and losing 10 pounds! :)

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LVMAMAW 5/14/2011 9:43PM

    You hit the nail on the head! Glad I read yours today, but then I always enjoy your blogs!! emoticon

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4EVER21B 5/14/2011 8:26PM

    Great blog! Glad I visited your page. emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 5/14/2011 5:58PM

    I'm in total agreement

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SEEMAINE 5/14/2011 2:18PM

    Wonderful blog again! I'm always so uplifted and happy after reading! You're right - being around other folks is tough but that's just life and choosing to do what's best for you is the important thing! Keep on blogging! I love it!

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GRACEISENUF 5/14/2011 2:06PM

    Yep! It's all about choices...hundreds EVERY day. I still think it all boils down to loving your neighbor as yourself.

I too love SP and I was just sitting here after my bike ride thinking I don't hate the way I look naked anymore!~ *I know kinda random huh? LOL (That's me!) My hubs told me this morning he likes the way I look too!


Your blogs are great and I love your spirit spark buddy!


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Choose Your Attitude

Friday, May 13, 2011

Today is Friday the 13th. Not that I'm superstitious or anything, but that probably should have been my first clue that today would not be the greatest of days.

emoticonWoke up at 3 a.m. and couldn't get back to sleep (NOW I remember why I don't drink coffee in the afternoon!).

emoticonStumbled through a 35-minute walk (I try to do at least 40-45, if not 60).

emoticonShowered and tried to style my hair like the stylist taught me after my haircut the other day (she made it look SO easy!).

emoticonWent to pick up a car that DH is considering buying, to take to our mechanic for a once-over (that "little fender bender" apparently wasn't so little, after all).

emoticonWent to have my annual mammogram. (*squish!*)

Came home & picked up DS1; took the car back to the dealer, then went to Joe's BBQ for dinner (why BBQ? Because DS1 asked if he could have ribs when he got back from college, and I foolishly acquiesced).

emoticonOrdered a "small plate" that held a whopping 2 beef bbq ribs, and a whole lot of coleslaw, potato salad and baked beans (how do I track THAT dinner? No clue, but I'm betting I went over my ranges in spite of eating light the rest of the day).

emoticonCame home & found an email from DH saying that he's stuck on the tarmac in Cleveland, Ohio and will most likely miss his connecting flight from Chicago to Houston -- could I please check to see if there are any open seats on the 9:30 flight? (He neglected to say if I was supposed to BOOK that seat...am I in trouble if I don't? Or if I do? Can't reach him by text or email to clarify!).

emoticonI still need to do my ST workout and some more cardio. Do you think I feel like it? Nope. Not at all. But, of course, I will...'cuz if I don't, the bad day wins. And I am NOT gonna let that happen!

UPDATE: DH made his 7:20 flight (barely!). Now he's sitting on the tarmac in Chicago, b/c the plane is having mechanical difficulties... *sigh!* Well, better to find that out while on the ground instead of in the air, right?!

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MRS_TOAD 5/15/2011 9:33AM

    What a day! I'm so glad to know that you are strong enough that you didn't let your bad day win! (Loved how you worked in those emoticons!) emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 5/13/2011 10:42PM

    I hate missing flights cause I'm all nerves the rest of the day worrying if I'll catch another one

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GRACEISENUF 5/13/2011 10:20PM

    WOWZA what a day! I can't drink coffee after lunch time either. I fire up the decaf in the evenings sometimes.

I had lunch out with my Mom, Sis and BIL today as we were all down to visit my Dad in the hospital. I know I went over too...UGH!

Well tomorrow is the 14th..let's try again!

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SEEMAINE 5/13/2011 9:58PM

    You always have such a great upbeat attitude despite how your day goes! I hope you DH makes it home safe and sound! emoticon

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NEVADAPP 5/13/2011 8:31PM

    Ah gee! What a day! I always say, if we never have a lousy day we would never know what a good day was! Just remember to breathe! (((hugs)))

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Celebrating Successes!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I feel like I'm in a rut.

Not a really big rut. More of a slight indentation.

It probably wouldn't even be bothering me if it weren't for that Big Goal looming just 4 days from now. An unexpected 4-day road trip followed immediately after by the onset of TOM slowed my weight loss considerably, making the likelihood of my meeting that goal more unlikely than ever.

And yet...

During that road trip, I ate healthfully (having brought my own food) and within goal ranges. I exercised even more than I usually do at home. I drank my water, as I always do.

In short, I did everything right.

And so, I won't allow myself to stress over this brief setback. Yes, it may take a little longer than I would have liked to reach that birthday goal, but I know I'll get there within the next few weeks.

In the meantime, I can celebrate my successes:

* I have lost 10 pounds since joining SP on 3/16/2011.
* I have upped my fitness minutes from about 300-350 a week when I started to 500 or more a week and rising.

* I have increased my consumption of freggies from 4-5 servings a day to 7-9 servings.

* I have dropped one full size.

* I have gone from an "Obese" BMI to "Overweight", and am closing in on "Normal".

* I have "spread the Spark" and gotten my DS1 onto SP, and am setting an example for him and the rest of my family.

Sometimes, the going is a whole lot slower than we would like. But perseverance will allow me to prevail in the end. I can do this! I WILL do this! YES!!

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RISENABOVE 5/13/2011 9:05AM

    You're doing a FABULOUS Job! emoticon

As my page background says...."Consistency is better than rare moments of greatness!"

Keep chasing that goal! emoticon

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MRS_TOAD 5/13/2011 7:34AM

    You are doing so well! I tip my hat to you! Keep up the great work.

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JULIEANNCAN 5/13/2011 1:42AM

    You're doing SO AWESOME! Don't let a number put you in a rut. You will get where you want to be. Look at all the great things you've accomplished! emoticon

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HAPPYCUPCAKE 5/12/2011 10:10PM

    Woohoo! Awesome positive attitude :) And congratulations on going down a size...that's great!


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LVMAMAW 5/12/2011 5:39PM

    Congrats my friend!! You are doing fantastic!!! Yes you can, yes you will!! I am sooo proud of you!! emoticon

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IDLETYME 5/12/2011 2:35PM

    I am sooo proud of you! You've done so well. So if you don't reach your goal by the 16th you've go the rest of May. Concentrate on the positive results - down one dress size! - That's great! SMILE!
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SHELLEY81 5/12/2011 12:00PM

    Awesome successes! It' so wonderful that you are focusing on those instead of a "set back" Keep up the great work! emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/12/2011 11:34AM

    Let's celebrate!

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BLESSEDGIGI 5/12/2011 11:31AM

    emoticon Yes, you can do this!!

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Sharing the Spark!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My oldest DS is home from college, about 30 pounds heavier than when he left last August. He's not happy with the change in his body ("Waaaahhh! I'm fat!" was the message he Skyped me a month or so ago), 'tho I'm not sure he's mentally ready for the changes he's going to have to make to his lifestyle in order to turn things around. He is, you see, his mother's son.

Like me at his age, Ty lives a very sedentary and solitary lifestyle. In my case, it was books that kept me squirreled away in my room; for him, it's the computer. Like me at his age, he eats as though his body will never know the difference whether he chooses ice cream or a piece of fruit. Unlike me, however, his body DOES know the difference -- I was blessed (cursed?) with a few more years of happy oblivion before my metabolism shut down and my hips suddenly spread with abandon right out of my size 4 skirts (uh, clarification here: my son does NOT wear skirts!).

And so it is that DS1 now has his very own SparkPage (which he is choosing to keep private for now, as I did when I first started; I do hope he'll seek out some fellow Sparkers in his age group eventually!), and is beginning to learn how to log in his nutrition and fitness minutes. We'll take it in baby steps, and with my encouragement I'm confident that he'll stick with it and grow to love SP as much as I do.


In the meantime, Ty is learning that "ice cream" can mean Blue Bunny No Sugar Added "Bunny Tracks" (yum!), or a frozen banana or other fruit blended in the Vita-Mix with a touch of milk (even better!). That a serving typically means one cup or a half a cup, not 3 cups! That creamy sauces and deep-fried foods are to be avoided, and a taste developed for whole, clean foods.

This is a great time of year to begin such a journey. We'll make a trip to the farmer's market on Saturday, where there will be a plethora of fresh, local produce from which to choose. Instead of stopping for doughnuts or a calorie-laden restaurant meal, we'll eat a healthy but tasty breakfast at home before we leave. Speaking of which, Ty has discovered a new favorite breakfast: a cup of vanilla nonfat yogurt mixed with 1/4 cup raw oats and 1/2 cup blueberries or strawberries and a sprinkling of cinnamon. My sister made this for us when we spent the night with her on the way back from Lubbock, and I was shocked when Tyler loved it so much that he wanted the ingredients for it as soon as we got home! He went through a large container of yogurt in a day and a half (he had the concoction twice in one day, then again for breakfast the next morning), so I picked up 4 more containers and another container of blueberries at Sam's Club yesterday. I imagine the novelty will wear off after a while, and he'll move on to something else. Still, I won't complain when he's eating yogurt instead of ice cream!

It really feels great to be sharing the Spark with my son. Together, he and I will lose the excess weight and become healthy again...and, create an active lifestyle that we can enjoy for the rest of our long, happy lives.

Thank you, SparkPeople!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/11/2011 7:07PM

    So Instead of the freshman 15' he got the freshman 30. We got an article back in round 9/10 that I sent to my DD about the freshman 15, have you read it? Nice for you to spark with your DS.

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JULIEANNCAN 5/11/2011 4:33PM

    Awesome! Best of luck to Ty! :)

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LVMAMAW 5/11/2011 4:30PM

    Awesome!! What a great lesson early in life to carry with him - you are a great Mom!!! emoticon

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SEEMAINE 5/11/2011 2:15PM

    How awesome that you and your son are working on this together! He will do great with SP especially since he likes being on the computer. He has a wonderful teacher!

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JECKIE 5/11/2011 1:36PM

    Go Ty!

That is almost exactly what I eat for breakfast 5 days a week: 1 cup of yogurt (I eat Greek yogurt), 1/4 cup of granola, 1/4 cup of berries (blackberries or strawberries for me) and a touch of honey. It has just the right blend of protein and carbs to make a great breakfast, and it's DELICIOUS! And I've NEVER been a yogurt eater, so this is shocking for me!

I'm so glad he has you to teach him this stuff now. It's so much easier to make these habits when you're young.

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SHELLEY147 5/11/2011 1:06PM

    Way to go, spreading the Spark to your son! :)

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/11/2011 1:04PM

    Your a Wonderful mom! My DD just returned from her first year at school. She has about 50lbs to lose. She really doesn't want me to talk to her about it. She goes on the treadmill about 4 days a week but other than that she won't track her food, won't even check the nutrition facts. I'm trying to lead by example and hopefully she'll want to really get serious about it. She has already admitted to me, even cried, that she knows she'd be happier.

Best wishes to your son! And YOU!

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HEATHER409 5/11/2011 12:55PM

    That is awesome! You are able to share something that means so much to you with someone that means even more to you. You truly are blessed, as is he to have you there by his side!

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GRACEISENUF 5/11/2011 12:54PM

    My DD would kill me if I posted about her on SP. I wish him great success!

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KWHITEHEAD9 5/11/2011 12:50PM

    I am glad he is sparking..... good job getting him to join.

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Breaking a Sweat

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

There was a time in my life (ok, the majority of my life!) when I looked upon exercise with disdain. If it caused me to break a sweat, I wasn't interested. Being pathetically uncoordinated contributed to my attitude; tennis, aerobics, soccer, volleyball...I tried, but just fell over my own feet. Zumba's all the craze now, but I just can't see myself doing it. And, I can think of a few people who would rather NOT see me do it!

It's funny how many exercise gimmicks have been developed over the years, even before the age of Spandex...

...and many others in more recent years:

I'm not foolish enough to believe that a machine that "does the work for me!" will actually be effective in helping me to lose weight and tone my body, any more than a pill will simply "melt the fat away!". I know that it requires real EFFORT to create a lean, healthy body.

And that means sweating. Especially if you exercise outside, in Houston, in the summer (or even, as in this case, the spring!).

NOT a pretty picture. But, this is one of the sacrifices I've chosen to make in order to regain my health. I have learned to sweat, and I have even learned to enjoy it!

Sure, I could walk in a nice, air-conditioned mall. But that comes with its own hazards...

I'll probably start going back to the gym in the next month or two, as the temperatures continue to rise here in Houston. But, wherever and however I choose to exercise, I WILL exercise!

And I'll happily break a sweat doing it.

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LVMAMAW 5/11/2011 4:36PM

    I agree: sweat=progress!! Not pretty, but progress!! You obviously are on the right track!! Go girl Go!! emoticon
So appreciate your humor in your blogs. Thanks for another chuckle!! emoticon

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VERONICAVW_140 5/11/2011 10:19AM

    Ahh sweat! My friend and I call it "progress". I hope you have much progress in your near future! :)

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MRS_TOAD 5/11/2011 9:28AM

    Thanks for the chuckle. I had forgotten about the ab roller I bought many moons ago until I saw it in your blog. The funny part is that I sold it to an unwitting customer at my yard sale several years later AFTER demonstrating it's effectiveness on the sidewalk in front of my house. After all, how could I convince her to buy it unless she knew how to use it!!!! Moments later I was $10 richer, my MIL was dying laughing at my sales technique and I have a funny story to share with future generations.


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SEEMAINE 5/10/2011 5:55PM

    You've cast a new light on that subject for me because I have joined you during those many years of making excuses to not exercise; sweating being on of them! You're doing great! emoticon

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JULIEANNCAN 5/10/2011 5:16PM

    I hear you! I don't care much for sweating myself, but I know it's good for a person. Keep on keeping on! :)

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JULIENMM 5/10/2011 3:17PM

    I have issues with sweating, in that I rarely sweat. I can exercise like crazy and my face will turn bright red but I hardly sweat at all. Weird, huh?

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JECKIE 5/10/2011 12:32PM

    I learned, strangely, that I love to sweat! I feel so accomplished. (I love the feel of that shower afterward even more, though! lol)

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