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Monday, March 29, 2010


Whew, what a week and weekend! I had a successful home show and I woke up this morning to an article in the paper with a picture of my booth! Attendees at my seminar were quoted as saying it was the best one and they had wanted to call me for a long time and now they will. You can go to www.nwfdailynews.com and go to business, home show article and pictures. I needed that little boost to my self-esteem after struggling so much this year. I saw vendors and prior clients that I hadn't seen in a long time and it was refreshing.

Now, I must start out today and get back to sparking. I weighed in and I've gained 2 pounds. That didn't stay off long enough for me to count it but I'm going back to strict nutrition tracking and measuring my food and eating more veggies. Last week was so hectic. Thursday morning I have the chamber breakfast but I can have eggs and don't have anything else until April 9th when we go to Jacksonville for the Barbershop convention. Then its 2 nights of Hooters and eating out. I feel down on my running 101 program but I will attempt to get back into it tomorrow night. I am about coming to the point of accepting the fact that I may not be running but continuing my walking instead but at least I will participate in the 5K and finish.

Thanks to all of you who have kept with me and motivated me. I'm back.

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    Whooop! Whoooop! Way coooooool!!!! I'm really happy about all of the leads and the interest that was sparked! Sounds like the winter slump is over and you are on a roll! My two pounds came back, too, and I think it is because I quit walking and drinking my water. Why don't I keep walking and drinking water when every time I do it for a week, I lose two or three pounds (and not the same two or three)? Go figure. Have a fantastic week!!!!!


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KASEYCOFF 3/29/2010 10:53AM

    Nice shot of you conducting the seminar - and I especially liked the quote about 'She's very knowledgeable'! You done good, kid. Now you're right, it's back on track, but what a wonderful week / weekend it's been. :-)

p.s. Eating out: eat the veggies first. Don't even get potatoes or rice with your entree; ask them for two portions of the day's veggies. They won't mind, and you will have two lots of better nutrition!

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JENRYAN9278 3/29/2010 9:45AM

    emoticon Glad you had a great show. Keep up the good work!

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Sunday, March 28, 2010


The Home Show is over and I'm taking the night off! It was a successful day today and I got several good decorating leads from it. Today I gave a seminar and talked about color psychology and then showed before and after slides of newly decorated rooms. It was well worth the effort and I was interviewed by a newspaper reporter after the show. She came by the booth and took pictures afterward so that was nice.

I have got to get back on the Spark Track tomorrow. I still haven't returned from the birthday celebration. Hubby went grocery shopping today and bought more ice Cream! What was he thinking. I guess I am going to have to incorporate the ice cream into the menu. I also haven't been good about eating my 5 fruits a day and veggies. Hate to get on the scale tomorrow. But I must. See you then.

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KASEYCOFF 3/29/2010 5:40AM

    Celebrating a birthday - or any other holiday / event - is a 'must.' As long as you focus on 'healthy' and make that your goal, the sidetrips are just that: the fun stuff that makes life worth living. It's no good to live to be 109 when you've plodded your way thru and kept blinders on. I know what they say about 'emotional eating,' but sometimes celebration comes with built-in food (like birthdays and cake!) and you are not feeding bad emotions, you are feeding your heart and soul as part of the good times.

Now: it's Monday morning, do the post-game analysis, and re-focus. You've got an automatic distraction, as you have some new projects to work on!


p.s. That 'psychology of color' sounds like a VERY interesting concept!

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AJDOVER1 3/28/2010 8:14PM

    It sounds like you love what you do!

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Saturday, March 27, 2010


It was a beautiful day here on the Emerald Coast in Florida and I was stuck inside all day at the Home Show. Business was steady and I talked to several people about decorating. Tomorrow I do a seminar about window treatments and decorating. I think it will be good for business. I would have preferred being outside but hey, you do what you have to do. I will have to delve into Spark next week and get back on track.

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KASEYCOFF 3/28/2010 4:12AM

    Yep, you're doing what you gotta do in order to do what you have to do - but it all works out in the end! I'll still be here when you're ready to Spark. :-)

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    sorry you were inside today-spring fever is hard when stuck inside and so pretty outside.
have a good night

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Friday, March 26, 2010


Today marks 90 days of my spark journey of perfect attendance and daily blogging! What have I learned?

1. Nutrition Tracking is the most important tool there is! It has helped me up my fiber intake and eat more fruits and vegetables! I've also learned, that if I track my food, even when I think I had a bad day, it is not as bad as I thought.

2. I learned again that is really tough for me to lose weight. We have such a busy lifestyle with lots of social and networking activities where food and alcohol is involved. However, I know I will be successful eventually with the help of my Spark friends! I weighed today and I'm up a pound but have had a loss of 6 pounds in 90 days. Not incredible but consistant and better than 90 days ago.

3. I've committed to Running 101 to get off the couch and participate in a 5K on May 1. Unfortunately, this week, I have fallen down in participation but will try to regroup next week. We had another social activity where the Chamber of Commerce took a group to the Ice Hockey game in Pensacola and we stopped for pizza on the way over. I missed my running class but what's a body to do? My husband works at the Chamber and organized the event. However, I did spark the two people sitting next to me at the game when they mentioned they were both on diets. One woman had lost 20 pounds in a week by only eating 500 calories a day. She needs the Spark! This weekend is the Builder's Assoc Home Show and I have a booth so I'll be stuck there for 2 days. No clue about food but I'll take an apple and a bar with me and some water. I will also miss my run on Sat morning but business is business. Maybe I'll take my shoes and take a walk in the afternoon. Depends on how busy I am. On Sunday, I am teaching a seminar about window treatments and what's Hot!

4. I've learned that if there is ice cream or cake in the house, I will eat it until it is gone. The trick is not to buy it or have any more birthdays.

5. Planning is key. I don't have any future eating occasions that I can't plan for until April 9th. So I've got two weeks to devote myself to tracking, walking, and planning. Hubby sings Barbershop and we have a district competition April 9, 10, and 11 in Jacksonville. Staying in a hotel and eating at Hooters doesn't do too well for a diet either. But what's a body to do? I have almost 2 weeks to get organized for it and hopefully lose a pound or two.

I've got a busy day and weekend ahead so got to go!

Here I am taking a break from setting up the Home Show. Beautiful day in Sunny Florida. That's the life!

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KASEYCOFF 3/26/2010 1:07PM

    To plan is to succeed - emoticon

...I also kind of like the idea of not having any more birthdays: does this mean we are in a holding pattern for age? In which case, can I go back to 24? I'll even settle for being like Jack Benny, lol...

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LJCANNON 3/26/2010 1:06PM

    Tracking & Planning are the Major Keys to success on this Journey, as you already learned.
I feel so BAD for people like the lady trying to eat 500 Calories a day, or my Friend who lost weight by eating Strawberrys and Lettuce for weeks on end. Some of them are just not READY to hear the Truth.
emoticon emoticon emoticonAs far as your 2 Days at the Home Show, can you take a small cooler with Milk, or Water in it? I have also packed Bushs Baked Beans (i like them cold but not every one does), Bananas, strawberrys, Hard boiled eggs, and Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010


I have an early appointment today and a hockey game tonight so I'm not able to get to my running 101 meeting tonight. So this morning I decided to take a half mile brisk walk with Panda, my border collie. She loves to walk! Her tail wags the whole time and she trots along. We had her groomed this week where they shaved off her winter coat and left a nice soft undercoat. She looks so pretty. Our other dog is a blind and deaf dachshund and he was adjutated when she was gone all day. And very happy to see or sense her when she got home. He doesn't do much except eat, sleep, and bark, poop and pee. I don't know how such a little dog can have so much. Maybe I can squeeze in another half mile walk with Panda later today.
We are stopping at a pizza place tonight on the way to the game. So I don't know what is in store for my plan. Later.

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4DOGNIGHT 3/25/2010 1:36PM

    Unfortunately I would be coming home with half the dogs from the shelter. emoticon This kind of looks like her.

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KASEYCOFF 3/25/2010 10:39AM

    Hiya, Carol! Sounds like you have a good plan for the day, especially to make up for the 'walk-run.' Have a good 'um, kiddo! :-)

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LJCANNON 3/25/2010 10:38AM

    Just eat small, healthy meals today, and then be reasonable about how many slices of Pizza you have tonight. (this coming from someone who has NO control when it comes to Pizza!) CiCi's Pizza might as well be a Crack House as far as I am concerned emoticon

emoticonIt sounds like Panda looks good and knows it. I am thinking about volunteering at the local animal shelter to walk the dogs. I think that would be an awesome exercise and FUN, too.

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