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Thursday, August 21, 2008


I love seeing all the different ways to "lose 15 lbs in 2 weeks." Or "in this issue - diet that works." When it comes down to it, most diets are about eating healthy and eating the right portions. Hello - LIFESTYLE CHANGE!!!! People just need to be smart about their bodies! The other funny part is the diets don't mention the exercise those people did to "tone" their bodies. So eating right and exercising - that is the way to go!

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face ... we must do that which we think we cannot.
-Roosevelt, Eleanor

Today's goals:
strength train (done)
10-15 min movement (done)
read (done)
play with the kids (always of course!)
finish & tie blue quilt (done)
tie green quilt and purple quilt (done)
clean bathrooms (done)
water plants (done)
change cat box (done)
practice trombone (done)

  
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PRINCESSTTM 8/24/2008 12:12AM

    ok, like this is way too funny... thanks so much for sharing!!!!

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STARTSPARKING 8/22/2008 1:04AM

    I also get a kick out of reading those magazine covers in check-out stands. "Lose 20 pounds in 7 days"... "She lost 200 pounds in 5 months, and so can you!" ... Yeah, right! Get real!

Cute cartoon, great insights, and wise quote. emoticon

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Exercise?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


There are sooooo many different ways to exercise. Even the littlest bit of resistance and weight helps to develop your body. Be creative - try something new - BE STUPID! Sometimes being stupid works your body in a way you would never think. However - don't be dangerous stupid!!!!

Goals for today:
strength train (done)
10-15 minutes movement (done)
dust furniture (done)
pick music for church choir (done)
read (done)
play with kids (yes - of course!)

  
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SSAINTJEAN 8/21/2008 6:06PM

    Is that you Ang?!?!? LOVE the pic and the posting!!!

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STARTSPARKING 8/21/2008 5:08AM

    That kitty is no dumbbell, right? emoticon I love the variety of my exercise classes. The new round of turbo kickboxing just arrived, so I am enjoying the challenge of learning new choreography. Keep up your great work!

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MRSPCLAYTON 8/20/2008 11:12AM

    If I did this with my 18 lb cat, I would be in the hospital. She doesn't take kindly to exercise!! emoticon
Hope you have a wonderful day and keep touching those toes!!

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SCAROUSEL1 8/20/2008 10:18AM

    LOVE YOU BLOGS!

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Yes You Can. YES I CAN!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Thank you to all who are supporting for and rooting for me.

“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” - Gail Devers

Yes - all things are possible. So many times we loose faith in ourselves. I do it quite often. When we loose faith we allow ourselves to have a negative outlook. Then it all becomes a self defeating cycle. We can all do this!!!!

Today's Goals:
Laundry (done)
Floors (done)
play with the kids (OF COURSE!!!!!)
read (done)
strength train (done)
10-15 minutes movement (done)
finish green and purple quilts (done)

  
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SCAROUSEL1 8/20/2008 10:16AM

    THANK YOU FOR CHEERING ALL OF US ANG! IT'S THE LEAST WE COULD DO FOR YOU IN RETURN!

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NOMI_822 8/19/2008 11:02AM

    OMG you hit it on the head. How do you do that. That is why I spent last week in the midst of an eatathon. Lost faith in myself and with me not sparking I did get all negative. You have a real gift for knowing just the right things to say. You are a true Gem. emoticon emoticon

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Another day

Monday, August 18, 2008


here I am today. Trying to simply make it through.

Goals for today:
Take3 yr to meet new preschool teacher (done)
make grocery list (done)
go shopping (done)
finish purple quilt top (done and cut back)
finish blue quilt top
Do floors
Strength train (done)
10-15 minutes movement (done)

  
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STARTSPARKING 8/19/2008 4:39AM

    Keep believing in yourself and be sure to take time to take deep cleansing breaths throughout the day. Eat mindfully and take time to exercise for stress relief.

You CAN do this! I'm rooting for you, my friend!

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NOMI_822 8/18/2008 3:57PM

    You sound like you have a full day but you have a full day everyday with the kiddos running around. I know you will be glad for school to start back. You can do it! I wanted to tell you Thank You for all your comments and checking on me. I still haven't got it all figured out but excluding my spark time is not helping is is only making it worse. I suppose it is because I don't dwell on stuff I can't change when I am sparking. You are a special spark friend and I am so very lucky to have you among my friends. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SCAROUSEL1 8/18/2008 2:55PM

    Can you do it? Yes you can! Have fun marking things COMPLETE on your list today!

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LEANVIXEN 8/18/2008 1:51PM

    Looks like that kitty is as determined as you to get everything done today. Good luck on your goals. *hugs*

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Please - help me figure myself out!

Sunday, August 17, 2008


Ok - I am so frustrated with myself. Why can't I stay on track? Why do I constantly allow myself to cheat, to not exercise, to drink that Dr Pepper, to EAT junk? I just get sooooooo stressed and think the food/soda will make me feel better. I am losing ground and know it. I have posted this type of blog several times as of late. So, something is going wrong with me, my attitude, my ambition, my drive. The downward spiral has set in and it is also effecting my self perception.

Things that stress me out:
hubby
kids
PMS
church commitments
friends

Before I moved I would post a goal list on my blog for the day. That helped me stay focused on my tasks. Then at the end of the day I would update the blog with accomplishments. I should start doing this again.

I used to do a trek for myself with goals for the month. Then I would post daily accomplishments in my journal. I should start doing this again!

People say "hey at least you have caught it now." Yes, I have caught it, but a can't seem to overcome it. I keep trying to simply make myself feel better and allow others to stroke my failure. Since I lost the initial 35 lbs, I just think I am doing fine, when I am not! I have gained back weight and my clothes are tight. So, what is going to help me do this?

I need suggestions, I need help. Should I go back to stage one? Should I go back to the provided meal plans?

Thank you for any advice.

  
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STARTSPARKING 8/19/2008 4:36AM

    Sometimes being close or reaching goal weight can create a lot of stress. I was hoping desperately to get to my goal weight by losing the last three pounds by my Sparkiversary on 8/15. I started off being more mindful of my food choices, then I ended up sabotaging myself when I hosted a family gathering at my home last weekend. I was also having PMS at the same time. Would you believe that I gained back SEVEN pounds?!?!

Fortunately, I used my Sparkiversary as a significant date to renew my commitment and determination to a healthier lifestyle. I truly believe that it's more of a struggle in our minds than actual hunger for junk food. FIND your motivation somehow. If that means taking baby steps by going back to stage one, so be it. If that means blogging five times a day, do it! If it means sparkmailing with SP friends for support, go ahead.

Life is a series of choices. Everyday is a new day of opportunities to make better choices. You have many SP friends here to lift you up, my friend. I'm sending positive energy your way. emoticon

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SCAROUSEL1 8/18/2008 2:52PM

    WHOA... I feel like you stopped by and pulled all these words out of my head! Why oh why are we sabatoging ourselves? I'm and trying to focus on baby steps right now and I would encouage you to do the same.

One step, one meal, one day at a time girlfriend!

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DEBULACLARK 8/17/2008 10:39PM

    Hey friend. I'm sorry you're struggling so much. As you've told me and everyone else...one step at a time. Pick one thing and focus on that. You said the food/drink is consumed when stressed to feel better. It's not helping with your stress - it's actually contributing to it. You know that. Let's do this together again. Pick something that you want to focus on for both of us to do. I'm not at goal yet and I want to get there and if I can help you get back to goal, that would make me happy too. I said I would do it with you and I will. I really miss all the challenges we were doing together before.

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MARINEMAMA 8/17/2008 8:47PM

    I can relate. I stress eat as well. Maybe it would help you to go back and blog your goals..both fitness and food. I know that I am extremely visual..so seeing it written down helps. Helps me be more accountable. I know it is tough. You have been doing great..so don't beat yourself up. Try to re focus and start again. YOU will do it!!! YOU can do it!!! emoticon

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