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Saturday, July 17, 2010


After admitting yesterday that I am fat, today I admit, "I am a success." Why? Because even though I've lost only 5 or 6 lbs in six months, I've managed to return to healthy eating over and over to maintain that loss. The scale isn't moving at all except a few pounds in either direction but I keep returning to my healthy ways most of the time. So I have succeeded!

As I've mentioned countless times before, we eat out a lot. And when we eat out, we eat a lot too. And drink. When that happens, no wonder I don't lose, even if I try to order something healthy and within calorie range. We ate out Wed and we ate out last night.

I talked with my youngest son yesterday who has lost 20 lbs on WW. This from a kid who wouldn't touch vegetables or anything green. And he hates cantelope. Imagine someone hating cantelope. He is the one who inspired me to join WW online although he thinks I need to go to meetings. With Spark people, you are my meeting and using the online WW I can learn a lot by reading various segments of it.

My sister and her husband own a sailboat and they belong to the local yacht club. They have been trying to get us to join for years and we finally did about 2 months ago. Since we eat out a lot, we can eat there and sometimes for free. Last night, being Friday, of course there were appetizers for happy hour. So we went. I had a plate of fresh veggies which were delicious! and 2 corn tortilla spicy chicken wraps. They were small but delicious as well. I learned from WW that beer was 2 points so I had 2 lite beers and then 3 or 4 glasses of water. I stopped at 2. Then we went to dinner with them and I had the crabcake appetizer and water. This morning I was afraid to put in my points for fear that I had blown it. But low and behold, I was right at 21 points which is my limit. I didn't even move into flex points! I guess I had planned for the day's eating with the knowledge that I was going out and planned accordinglly.

Mind you, I don't expect quick weight loss or even any weight loss but I am a success because I have learned to be sensible and make a healthier choice.

We were going to go on a 5K walk this morning but I took Panda for her walk instead. And my sister has invited us on a long sail today so with that, I'll be tied up for a while.

I still need to work on my veggie intake but I am trying to increase that everyday. And I have committed to Pat to walk more, hopefully on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings and sometimes on Sat. And Panda loves her walk.

I'm a success because of Sparkpeople. And eventually, the scale will move, some day. I just hope it is soon. I am so looking forward to 179. Have a great weekend!

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LJCANNON 7/17/2010 6:22PM

    It really is all about Choices. I agree that Sparkpeople is a Big Part of my Success.

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FULLOFFAITH 7/17/2010 4:11PM

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. You made some smart choices during your outings. I wish you much luck on your weight loss journey.


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JWADDELL2 7/17/2010 11:25AM

    Great job!! Amazing what a little common sense and taking care of ourselves can do!!! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 7/17/2010 9:44AM

    The real keystone to any plan is HEALTH - and as you said, you have come a long way when you are making healthy choices a habit. Good for you, girl! You are doing GREAT! emoticon

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Friday, July 16, 2010


I ADMIT IT! I AM FAT! I've had plenty of excuses this year as to why I haven't lost but a few pounds this year in 6 plus months. "I like me the way I am." "I'm healthy at this weight and my cholesterol #'s were the best ever this year." "I am big-boned and can carry my weight." "I'm not obese, just hefty." "I look good at the weight I"m at."

This may all be true so why do I persist in trying to lose and nothing happens? We eat out a lot and I use that as an excuse because we eat and drink too much sometimes. Or I do.

Well, I've had a revelation! We went to the theater Tuesday night to see Grease and while there, we had our pictures taken for a student project. Hubbie's was great. Mine is awful. Looks just like me I guess. I am seated in front of an American Flag wearing a pretty red shirt that is a tad too small. A tad because I can wear it sort of as a jacket but I can't button it. My face is fat and my chin hangs a bit. I'm used to having my photo taken by a friend who airbrushes out all the deformities. My right arm is dead on in front in the picture and I look like a wrestler. Okay, okay, hubby says it is not that bad. And it really isn't. If I could find it on my computer I would post it but it's lost somewhere in outerspace.

I have about 20 extra pounds on me that could come off if they would. I joined WW online 2 weeks ago and have been getting oriented to that and I believe I can succeed with it. Counting points seems easier to me than counting calories. Too easy to eat a few more calories. I've been griping about this for years so why don't I get off my butt and do something about it?

My youngest son has recently joined WW and has lost about 20 pounds. Good for him. His wife is an avid WW having lost her baby weight via WW. They are coming to visit in August and that has spurred me on to become a WW too. I want to show them that I can count points and help them out as well and hopefully a few of my pounds will be gone as well. This weight gain didn't happen over night and it won't come off easily either. But I am determined this time to make it work! I appreciate any and all help I can get! I vow to win, no matter how long it takes!

Tomorrow morning is a 5K race and we have plans to go. This afternoon I have to wait by the house. We have a huge hole in our roof caused by some critter with big teeth. 12 to 15" hole. Later.

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JENNY888 7/16/2010 2:03PM

    What kind of critter with big teeth chews holes in roofs? The top top our house is constantly under attack with woodpeckers. I wish you luck with the WW.

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JUDITHANNIE 7/16/2010 1:09PM

    WW is a great program I lost 25#'s but gained it back. Our leader changed and I didn't like to new leader so I quit. I love Sparks and so far I've lost 22#'s keep on tryin it will happen.

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LJCANNON 7/16/2010 11:50AM

    We are very hard on ourselves so I think that the picture was NOT as bad as it seemed to you.
But at least you are making a Plan to change things and that is half the Battle. It will be fun to do the Points with your Son and DIL when they come.
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DONNAEDA 7/16/2010 10:23AM

    They say pictures don't lie, but they do put on 10 extra pounds on you. I saw my pictures from my last vacation and although I have lost 72 pounds I see I can afford to lose another 10 pounds. Will we ever be happy with ourselves? Congrtulations on joining WW it is a wonderful program. This is a lifestyle change and not a diet. You learn to eat healthier and make better choises than you have ever made before. What a surprise you will have when your kids come in and you will be prepared with all kinds of wonderful food for them. I bet she is wondering how they are going to stay on program when visiting your house. Surprise...........all of you will lose weight that week. woo hoo

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Thursday, July 15, 2010


I thought I blew yesterday with weight watchers as we went out and I had my usual 2 beers and enchiladas and this mornings weigh-in showed the usual 182 lbs which I can't seem to get off. So discouraged for not sticking to it. Then I went online to WW and entered the food as best I could and found I still have 19.5 flex points left for 4 days so it wasn't so bad after all. WW has a wealth of information so I am going to challenge myself to learn something about food and points daily. Today, there was an article on beer and I learned that a 12 oz bottle of lite beer which is what I drink, is 2 points. Hey I can handle that. Just one and don't drink 2. I sound like a lush but honestly don't drink that much. Just when we go out, that is my preferred drink, especially on a hot day. Sometimes I opt for wine.

Anyway, I can do better and I feel better knowing that I still have 4 days to adhere to the system with plenty of flex points if I need them. I have dinner planned. VEGGIES here we come. And fruit. We don't reallly have any plans for the weekend so maybe I can stick to it. I will try my best. Scheduled myself for a massage tonight. I so need one. Later. Thanks everyone for all your help!

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ANDI571 7/15/2010 11:23AM

    Good for you. You did succeed. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Thursday, July 15, 2010


There was an article in the Sunday paper about a new walking sandal called a FIT FLOP! Today I got a walking newsletter from Wendy Baumgardner http://walking.about.com where she reviews these sandals. The Fit Flop is constructed with a soft arch so that when you walk in it, it gives your ankles and calves a workout. Okay, I thought these might be good to try as sandals are the preferred footwear around here in the summer. She gives several places to order from and I selected www.footsmart.com because they give free shipping when you order shoes. $49.99 for a pair of black ones that I can wear with a lot.

You can subscribe to WEndy's walking newsletter at about.com. She really has good information if you are into that. Later.

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KASEYCOFF 7/17/2010 9:46AM

    They've been here for a year or two now, but I don't know anyone who's tried them for any length of time. Please be sure to post how you like them! :-)

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MCBETH 7/15/2010 10:36AM

    I'm anxious to read how you like them. I just saw an article in a magazine and really want a pair.

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KRISTEN0505 7/15/2010 9:12AM

    I love my Fit Flops... I bought them at Ross for $21.99

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SHORTCAKE48 7/15/2010 9:11AM

  Hey sounds interesting. I am always look for comfy walking shoes. Let us know how they work out.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Melting with the heat that is. This morning I had to meet a client at the local granite yard and when I stepped out of the car, I was nearly knocked down by the heat and humidity. Thank goodness I was wearing shorts and sandals. Ever been to a granite yard? This place has hundreds of slabs of granite to select from. You walk around the yard looking at them all and trying to pick one that works. Susan had already been there so she showed me the ones she had written down. Then I saw the perfect slab for her, Golden Dunes. We had to go further into the yard to look at the slabs that were still available. The yard man came over and flipped them so that we could see more of the one we liked. I say flipped but try doing that with a 1000 lb slab of granite or whatever it weighs. After about 30 min, I decided I had as much fun there as I was going to have. I was starting to wilt and needed something to eat. I headed for home and grabbed a fiber one yogurt. Then an apple with peanut butter and then a piece of string cheese. Not good. my stomach still needs somethng else and my points are climbing.

You can go online and google granite and see many of the pieces available for countertops, hearths, etc. IT's the big thing around here now to get granite in your kitchen.

Last night we went to see Grease at the local college theater. Now this theater is not your average theater. Built about 15 years ago, it is state of the art and the whole community pitched in to build it. We bought signature seats as did many others which helped pay for it. The entire cast of young adults was extremely talented and it was a fabulous show! The funny thing about this place is it is located in Niceville, Florida. Yes there is a Niceville. I can imagine big name groups that we get in here and broadway shows; what they must think when they find out they are going to Niceville, Fl. And then they get off the airplane which lands on the Eglin AFB Runway, brought in by AF controllers and it's in the middle of nowhere. It is on the military reservation so when you leave the airport, there is nothing but highway and trees for several miles until you get to some sort of civilization. If you come in at night, it is even kind of scary. I love living here!

We have a chamber of commerce ribbon cutting at 3:00 and I have to get ready for that. I imagine they will have food so my day might be a point flop, but I'll try not. Later.

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    Sorry of the heat-it is extremely hot here today. And you are right walk out and the humidity and heat knock you out.

I wish I had known of Grease, I love it.....

have good time at the ribbon cutting
which business is it for?

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