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Numbers Lie! - Challenge Within a Challenge

Sunday, February 02, 2014

So the Challenge within a Challenge continues. I have been waiting for Ceri to post her blog to let us know how she has done this week but I guess she is either afraid or she is waiting for me.

On my end...
For many reasons this was a more difficult week to ensure I was able to max out on my daily minutes. Too many meetings at work, too many calls to parents of students and too many days where I was feeling wiped out and drained. When I stepped on the scale yesterday to weigh in, my weight loss was no where near last week's loss of 4.6 pounds. In fact it was only 1.6 down. It was down which I am happy about but why not more? Was it lower activity, was it the stress, poor eating or lack of sleep? Obviously time to investigate.

For the 5 % Challenge and our Challenge within a Challenge rules, individuals can max out minutes at 120 per day. Checking through my daily results, at the end of the week my active minutes didn't look too bad compared to last week. Seven hundred forty-two total active minutes for the week were only down 65 minutes from last week. Doesn't sound too bad. But when I took a closer look at the real numbers it was scary different.

I decided to get rid of our max out number of 120 and look at my real active minutes. According to my fitbit and the Sparkpage fitness tracker. I discovered that this past week I had actually dropped from 1302 minutes down to 978 minutes which is really 324 less minutes of activity, or five hours and 24 minutes less time being active. When I looked at my steps I discovered I had walked less dropping from 79981 Steps to 44292 Steps, a difference of 35689 Steps, almost half the number of the previous week. This was a significant difference between activity from week one to week two and clearly numbers can lie when we don't take the time to look at them carefully.

A few good things that I do recognize…

I am down another 1.6 lbs. and down 6.2 lbs. for this challenge. When I lose another 7.4 I will have meet the 5% Goal.

Another good thing is I recognize that I do have to pick up my activity level when I can and increase those steps. Ideally I would like to 87500 Steps per week but that may take some time to get there.

Thirdly, if I follow this plan Ceri is going to posting a pic saying "Andy is her fitness hero."

Ceri, watch out! I have decided to follow a training program for a 10K run. I even bought a couple of apps to help me on the way..Run Keeper and Zombie Run. Can't wait to update this next week, unless the zombies get me.

So, how do your active minutes look? Ceri, how did you do this week?

Below are more details for my own records...

Jan 25-Jan 31
Saturday Exercise … 97 Challenge Minutes (5591 steps) (97 FitBit Minutes)
Sunday Exercise … 120 CM (9813 steps) (136 FB minutes)
Monday Exercise …120 CM (5754 steps) (127 FB minutes)
Tuesday Exercise ….88 CM (4393 steps) (88 FB minutes)
Wednesday Exercise…77 CM (4374 Steps) (197 FB minutes)
Thursday Exercise … 120 CM (8184 steps) (77 FB minutes)
Friday Exercise … 120 CM (6183 steps) ( 156 FB minutes)
(44292 Steps and 978 FB Minutes)

Jan 18-Jan 24
Saturday Exercise ... 15041 (197 FitBit minutes)
Sunday Exercise … 10218 (144 FB minutes)
Monday Exercise …15665 (271 FB minutes)
Tuesday Exercise ….13053 (240 FB minutes)
Wednesday Exercise…8113 Steps (164 FB minutes)
Thursday Exercise… 13362 steps (199 FB minutes)
Friday Exercise … 4529 steps) (87 FB minutes)
79981 Steps …1302 minutes

  
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NOTSPEEDY 3/1/2014 9:58AM

    Great blog. I just stumbled on to the Challenge within a Challenge but will be following it. I appreciate your analyzing the numbers. It is an incentive for me to watch mine more closely. Hope you both bring us up to date on how you are doing.
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JUSTYNA7 2/23/2014 6:42PM

   



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SHARON10002 2/20/2014 6:50PM

    Very interesting blog and analysis of the numbers, Andy! Those numbers are nothing to sneeze at! emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYM48 2/16/2014 2:31PM

    Sounds like you are doing awesome! Keep up the great work and enjoy your challenge!

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MESEATURTLE 2/4/2014 8:24AM

    Great job !

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MARTHAWILL 2/3/2014 6:09PM

    Andy, both you and Ceri are inspiring so many others, including myself. Keep up the great work!
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SVELTEWARRIOR 2/3/2014 4:03PM

    Great job Andy!!!!!

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SHERYLP461 2/3/2014 8:18AM

    Way to go Andy, we are cheering you on!

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JUDITHANNIE 2/3/2014 7:57AM

    Wish I had your dedication, might do better if I did emoticon

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NEW_PARADIGM 2/3/2014 7:35AM

    Great outline. I just did (much more simplified) similar for my steps numbers over the last few weeks and 'learned' the same thing. I'm excited to see if/how those 'little' differences through a day 'just' getting steps in really add up!
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ROXYZMOM 2/3/2014 5:49AM

    Nice analysis! Congrats in your weight loss! Don't forget your water!!

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LINDAK25 2/2/2014 11:50PM

    You're doing great!
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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 2/2/2014 11:26PM

    Ceri's link led me to your blog. This is the first time I have seen somebody at SP use the Runkeeper. I use it all the time and love the way it shows you not only the time walked/run, but the distance, average speed, living surrounded by mountains, the altitude climbed, calories burned - a great tool, indeed. But, I also use my fitbit, that can give me instant gratification.
We, the Starfish buddies of Ceri, will keep on following your little competition. I hope it will help both of you to accomplish more.


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GIRLINMOTION 2/2/2014 11:11PM

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_RAEVEN_ 2/2/2014 10:43PM

    emoticon You're doing awesome Andy. You'll make your 5% in no time.
Now get up and get moving. Get those steps up where you want them. emoticon emoticon

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FUSIONFITNESS3 2/2/2014 9:38PM

    emoticon emoticon way to motivate yourself through a challenge with a dear spark friend. emoticon you on to the finish line. emoticon emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/2/2014 8:49PM

    Training for a 10K run will really be great incentive to make this one of your best challenges ever! Stay strong, stay focused. -- You can do this!

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DOUGLYE 2/2/2014 8:36PM

    Congratulations to BOTH Ceriusly & AndyInBC.
What a GTREAT way to motivate each other and declare it to the (Spark)world.

Keep up the great workout.
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TUDAFD 2/2/2014 7:32PM

    Keep up the good work. Have a great week!

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KITTYLADY1259 2/2/2014 2:58PM

    Hang in there Andy! Sometimes it takes an extra day or two for the true results to show themselves. Besides 1.6 is great! Any loss is a loss and to be celebrated!!!

Glenna

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DITZYMUDGIRL 2/2/2014 2:27PM

    1.6 is nothing to sneeze at! Way to evaluate!



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CERIUSLY 2/2/2014 2:25PM

    Andy my Buddy my Friend. I am proud of you. I haven't had time to blog yet, but I too have been thinking about those numbers. You'll have to watch for my blog, but I think at the end of week 2 we might be pretty close. I appreciate the extra incentive more than you know.

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MSHEL7 2/2/2014 1:14PM

    Great job Andy, I hadn't thought of the numbers lying, I'm going to take a closer look at my own numbers. I'm glad you posted this. You're on your way to a win!!

A little post blog trash talk: Go Bronco's, they are gonna kick the Seahawk's tails!!
Have a great afternoon, hope you get a chance to watch the game.

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Challenge within a challenge - Week 1 Finish

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Last week marked the beginning of the 5% Challenge but it also was the start of a special challenge within a challenge. The first ever Team Ceri vs. Team Andy competition to lose weight and gain fitness minutes was initiated. As noted, the winner of this little side bet would get some special bragging rates but with that the losing person would post a picture on their page, send one to the winner to post on their page and of course write a blog with pic to bemoan the fact they were not quite tough enough to beat the other.

Firstly, I have to say that I appreciated the comments posted on my blog and knowing that there are lots of people cheering us on. Your postings and support give extra motivation for both us us to succeed. So "Thank you!"

This challenge has been great for me and I am determined to ensure Ceri's picture is shared with all of the Spark people universe. To that end I kept busy throughout the week, making sure I was active during the day getting in lots of steps at work, going for walks after work and putting in extra time on my stationary bike.


This week, as per our challenge guidelines, I almost maxed out on active minutes each day, set at 120. My total for the week was 807.

Saturday 120
Sunday 120
Monday 120
Tuesday 120
Wednesday 120
Thursday 120
Friday 87

With this I was also very careful with my food intake, staying away from the junk foods and pretty much eating healthy and keeping calories near or below 2000. In the end, at the end of week one, I have lost 4.6 pounds.

While I would love to keep losing weight at this rate I know there are going to be rocky days ahead and weight fluctuations are inevitable but in the meantime I just want to say...

Take that Team Ceri! I can see the pics now proclaiming my victory.


  
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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 2/8/2014 10:04PM

    Big congratulations on the 4.6 pound loss Andy, way to go and wow!!! to 120 fitness minutes each day. That is impressive. I'm cheering you on but I'm cheering Ceri my friend on as well. Both of you will be "winners" at the end no matter who is the official winner because you will both have lost weight and increased your fitness in a great way. Way to go Andy!!

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KIMALEE54 1/30/2014 10:11AM

    W-O-W!
Nicely done.

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RIVERNANNA 1/29/2014 9:49AM

    I enjoy reading about your challenge. Keep it up Andy!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/28/2014 12:50AM

    Those are some awesome numbers! You are on fire! You're both winners this week! (PS . . . Did I ever tell you that it was Ceri who introduced me to the Teddy Bear Team in the 5% Challenge?) Stay strong, Andy! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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KALISWALKER 1/28/2014 12:20AM

    Way to go Andy! 4.6 pounds! That's amazing and still 7 more weigh ins.

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MARTHAWILL 1/27/2014 6:56PM

    What fun! Way to go! This is going to be a win-win-win challenge!
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SHERYLP461 1/27/2014 8:52AM

    You are rockin' Andy. Keep pushing along, I know you will make it!

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NEW_PARADIGM 1/27/2014 8:07AM

    Excellent progress -- and the team gains from your extra motivation to boot!
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ROXYZMOM 1/27/2014 8:00AM

    Congrats on the weight loss! Great idea on the side competition! I will be Cherri g you both on!!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/26/2014 11:58PM

    You are doing great!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KAYTIE22 1/26/2014 7:28PM

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Excellent progress and a great start! Wishing you continued success and a good week ahead.



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LINDAK25 1/26/2014 6:38PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss! Great week, too. You lost more weight than Ceri, but she has 3 fitness points more than you. Being a guy, you have a weight loss advantage, since men lose weight faster than women. Is that going to help you?

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/26/2014 6:12PM

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Go Team Andy!!!

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DOUGLYE 1/26/2014 6:07PM

    Nicely Done!
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JUDITHANNIE 1/26/2014 5:19PM

    great star, keep it up

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SPARKLED146 1/26/2014 5:07PM

    Those exercise minutes are emoticon
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DIANER2014 1/26/2014 4:35PM

    Great job on the minutes and the weight loss! Good luck with the challenge! emoticon

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_RAEVEN_ 1/26/2014 4:27PM

    emoticon Great blog Andy. Keep up the great work. I'm rooting for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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MSHEL7 1/26/2014 4:04PM

    Awesome sauce, that is super great!!! Keep up the wonderful job you are doing and I can't wait to see those pictures of Ceri!!!

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GIRLINMOTION 1/26/2014 3:57PM

    Awesome on the minutes and the weight loss. It is amazing thought that a challenge motivates you to make the time to get the minutes in and weight loss. My question to you is this something that can fit in with your personal needs of family and work in the long run?



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CERIUSLY 1/26/2014 3:31PM

    Awesome weight loss emoticon ! I am proud of us both! Please ask your Dear Wife to add camera batteries to her shopping list. emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 1/26/2014 2:20PM

    Good luck in the challenge!!! emoticon (both of you!! )

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Challenge within a challenge!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

So, here starts another 5% Challenge and I am going to participate yet again. Now while I love these challenges I have not been as faithful to the team as I could be and have had difficulty remaining diligent to the end. This time I have a slightly different plan to keep me on track, along with another good Sparkfriend of mine.

You see, Ceri, aka Ceriusly, one of the challenge leaders and I have been doing these 5% challenges for a few years and we are upping the ante a bit. This time we have our own personal challenge within the challenge. Actually two of them.

One of our challenges is to see which one of us can lose the most weight and the second is to see who can accumulate the most fitness minutes. But here's the catch. This time we are playing for more the Spark goodies or bragging rights. This time, with the bragging rights, the loser has promised to take a photo of themselves holding a sign that acknowledges the winner. That photo will be posted on both people's Sparkpages, along with a blog entry admitting defeat.

So, in the rare chance I should lose, I will post a picture of myself saying something along the lines "Ceri kicked my butt and she is definitely awesome." Now I don't particularly care for losing so I really can't wait for Ceri to post her pic and write a blog, admitting that I lost more weight had more exercise minutes and that I truly am her hero.

Keep posted, for in eight weeks, you will read a blog, from one, or both of us admitting that one of us is the champion, or victor, of our personal challenge with a challenge.

  
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KIMALEE54 1/30/2014 10:10AM

    I'll be looking forward to the result. And, of course, you both will "win"...
Go Andy!
Go Ceri!


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DFOLKARD 1/28/2014 4:36PM

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    emoticon love it

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 1/27/2014 6:07AM

    LOVE this Andy! Bring it!!!!

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MABELL1WFTX 1/27/2014 6:02AM

    I am new to 5% and find this so inspiring. Nothing like a little side challenge with a good friend. The best to both of you. Regardless of who racks up the most numbers, you will both be great winners from your results.

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TUDAFD 1/17/2014 8:37PM

    Great idea and a good motivation for both of you. :)

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/17/2014 5:31PM

    Oh I love this!!!!!!!!!!!! I have no idea who to root for........I love you both!!!

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LYNNIERN 1/17/2014 9:07AM

    Love it! Good Luck!!

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KALISWALKER 1/17/2014 12:55AM

    The challenge within the challenge will make it interesting for all of us. Cheering for you both!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/16/2014 11:32PM

    May you both be winners! Stay strong and stay focused. You can do this!

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SHERYLP461 1/16/2014 10:05PM

    Love this, lots of fun!!

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JERSEYGIRL24 1/16/2014 9:52PM

    This is so cool!!! Good luck to both of you. Can't wait to see who wins. emoticon

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KAYTIE22 1/16/2014 9:18PM

    What a great idea! This is a perfect way to really get motivated for this challenge and keep up your momentum. Can't wait to see how it all turns out. Good luck to both of you.

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/16/2014 8:56PM

    Sounds like fun! Can't wait to see how it plays out!

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MARYANNSQUEST 1/16/2014 8:55PM

    Love it Andy, Good Luck to you both, Can't wait to see the who wins!


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JUDITHANNIE 1/16/2014 8:49PM

    Can't wait

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    I am hoping for a tie, that way you both can say how emoticon you both are.

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LINDAK25 1/16/2014 7:38PM

    Good luck! If you lose your sign should say " Ceriously got my butt kicked!"

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SISSYFEB48 1/16/2014 7:31PM

    Great idea! Will be watching to see which of you wins the inner challenge. Good luck to all of us emoticon

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MARTHAWILL 1/16/2014 7:31PM

    This should be fun to watch. And inspiring to us all! Good luck to both of you!
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CERIUSLY 1/16/2014 7:27PM

    Wellllll! Of course I will be the winner! emoticon

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_RAEVEN_ 1/16/2014 7:19PM

    LOL.. What a great idea. You two will have an awesome challenge together. I cant wait to see which one of you holds the sign. emoticon

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/16/2014 7:08PM

    Looking forward to following this challenge within the challenge. Glad you're on my team this round because you'll definitely rack up some air miles for the team.
Maria

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LYNCHD05 1/16/2014 5:09PM

    I hope it is a tie and you both lose weight!!! How's that for cheering you both on!!!

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TIME-4-TINA 1/16/2014 4:24PM

    First of all, nice to be seeing you on here. Hope you had a nice holiday.

Regarding your challenge, sounds great! good luck! But seriously, that's it? A picture with you holding a sign??? I think you should at least be forced to wear some kind of embarrassing attire!!! Like say, a speedo, a prom dress or maybe a chicken costume! (not that I would ever see these because you are not going to lose, right?)

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 1/16/2014 2:21PM

    emoticon and the best to each of you!

You know.....Shooting Stars ROCK?

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SPARKLED146 1/16/2014 1:30PM

    emoticon Best of luck to you! I look forward to seeing the loser's photo.

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KITTYLADY1259 1/16/2014 12:15PM

    Good luck Andy! Sounds like fun!

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    Rock on Andy! emoticon

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GEMLADYONE 1/16/2014 11:45AM

    Great fun...and good for both of you!

I can't wait to see the winner! Best of luck to both of you!

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MJRVIC2000 1/16/2014 11:08AM

    Make your FAITH bigger than your fears! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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MESEATURTLE 1/16/2014 11:06AM

    So much fun!!!

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MSHEL7 1/16/2014 10:57AM

    I love this idea. It's great, can't wait to see who wins.

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What's Your Desperation Point?

Saturday, October 12, 2013

What's your desperation point? Over the last few months I have watched the numbers on my scale climb. As I had done before, I reached a milestone goal and then turned direction and headed back towards my starting point. I watched those numbers grow, but I had convinced myself I could get back on track. I stepped on the scale, saw an ugly number but assured myself it wouldn't be long. Each time the numbers rose I justified it with knowledge that life had been throwing me too many challenges and eating properly and exercise would just have to wait.

But then last week, I hit my desperation point. Perhaps it was the fact I was tightening that belt and realized it was squeezing earlier than it used to. Perhaps it was the fact I looked in a photo and instead of pride, I now felt remorse that my weight loss was no longer apparent. I had even been hiding from the scale but last weekend I stepped on and realized I had hit my desperation point. I had almost come full circle. I weighed in and was three pounds short of last years starting weight. Twenty five pounds of fat has been added back to my body and I am choked.

So what do you do? On Monday, I made an effort to wake up half an hour earlier and get back to doing what led to previous success, riding my stationary bike and sparking. Just starting my day in this way gets my focus on being active and healthy. I am still crazy busy but this 30 minutes of activity seems to lead to a more active day and with a focus on health I am eating more carefully. Somehow hitting this desperation point led to exercise and now I am on a Spark streak of daily morning exercise hitting 6 days today.

I hate being back to a number that I have been at previously. I hate acknowledging that I have not had the success I wanted and have actually been losing this battle but I am here and back to exercising and eating healthy. I don't really know what it will take to stick to it long enough to get to my ultimate goal of a healthy weight and healthy lifestyle but I am back on this journey and so far, in one week, it's led to a degree of success. In one week I have lost 3.4 lbs. While I know the weight loss won't continue at this rate it is great to see it heading in the right direction.

  
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NASFKAB 12/5/2013 4:57AM

  we can do it just have to keep pushing NO excises

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SUPERMODEL2BE 11/21/2013 1:48PM

    You should strength train as well since men have more muscle mass than women, they lose more weight faster!! I bet you'll be at your target weight in no time emoticon

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KDYLOSE 11/18/2013 1:08PM

    Here's what I think - when I read the blogs of people who have lost a lot of weight and kept it off, the common thread I see is that they found a form of exercise they truly enjoy, and they found or learned to cook healthy food they truly enjoy. You can only white-knuckle it for so long, life has to have some pleasure in it too.

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JUSTYNA7 11/17/2013 11:56AM

    It has taken me a very long time to realize that I need to eat NORMALLY. I feel like I have been on a detective mission to figure out what that means. No seconds. Normal portions. No junk. No night eating. Clean foods with no processing. No treats except when they should be treats which means not every day or even every week. Instead of eating in a way that will maintain my weight, I am eating to maintain the weight of the person I want to be. No diet. It's working. Onederland!

I need to be active. Something... every day. Just do it.

No extremes. Just... living like I want to be the rest of my life. And bringing my family along on the journey. emoticon

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KAYTIE22 11/15/2013 10:18PM

    Andy, congratulations, on your Popular Blog Post Award! You certainly deserve it because this blog is a good one. I am getting to my desperation point for many of the same reasons you have mentioned. Your blog is very inspiring and certainly a good motivator for me.

This is all part of the journey and we just have to take one day at a time. You are focused, determined and have come up with a good plan. That really sounds like a recipe for success and you are certainly headed in the right direction. I know that you can do it.

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MICKEYMAX 11/15/2013 9:46PM

    My desperation point arrived last week, and I am back on track. I exercised at the gym 4 x this week! Wishing you well on your journey. great blog

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JSLATE2K 11/15/2013 4:54PM

    It took me 16 months to reach my desperation point, as you put it. I came back to SparkPeople just this week, and it's comforting to read this blog entry. It reminds me that I am not alone.

Thank you for sharing this.

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ALLISON145 11/9/2013 3:09PM

    I hit my desperation point two weeks ago as well. I'm back on track and headed in the right direction, and it sounds like you are too - we can do this!!!

-Allison

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IAMFAT4NOW 10/30/2013 2:03PM

    VERY proud of you. Acknowledging our here-and-now at any point and learning from the past is so important. You're doing great things for yourself. Looking forward to celebrating your progress.

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WHITEANGEL4 10/26/2013 9:43PM

    I needed to read this as I have been where you have been It encouraged me to pick myself up and get going

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LEEW0LF 10/19/2013 2:00PM

  I have been in the same boat for the last 3 years. I read something that suggests that we try to determine what was going on and how we were feeling at the time we started to regain and why we decided on our decisions at that time then try to predetermine ways to counteract those moments and decisions should they come up again. it sounded good to me.


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FELICIASMILES 10/19/2013 10:31AM

    Good Morning Andy,
Reading this reminds me that we all may have similar struggles. I'm so glad you invited me to be part of the Accountability Team. I know I haven't made a huge turn around, but it sure is great to have the personal support from people who are becoming more then some words on a screen from someone you don't really know. Support is out there. When it is personal support I think it changes the game. I know you'll will continue to stick to the right path and get back to where you were. I even have faith that you will be exactly where you want to be someday. I want to be there when you do to help you celebrate! Happy Saturday Friend.

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SHERYLP461 10/18/2013 8:24AM

    Remember you are awesome and you will make it happen. good for you!

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MARTHAWILL 10/16/2013 7:49PM

    You certainly are not the only one beating yourself up for the same reasons. You are turning this around and starting a new streak. You haven't failed unless you have given up and you haven't given up. You go! You and I CAN and WILL do it!
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RIVERNANNA 10/15/2013 10:37AM

    After reading this blog I can stop beating myself up for my returning pounds! After reading the comments here I understand that there are a lot of people in the same situation. You are not alone Andy, and neither am I!

There are so many SparkPeople here that will help us, we just need to re-commit as you have done.

Good work on the 3.4 loss!!! And kudos to you for getting back on track!



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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 10/14/2013 1:16PM

    Congratulations on your your new streak and on losing 3.4 pounds, that is a great start, you CAN DO IT AGAIN, I KNOW YOU CAN!!!!

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MARYJEANSL 10/13/2013 11:37PM

  Just remember my mantra - you only fail when you quit trying. Keep up the great work you are doing now, and you will get there!

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SCRAPBECCA 10/13/2013 11:22PM

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CICELY360 10/13/2013 9:20PM

  Good blog

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MISSLISA1973 10/13/2013 9:06PM

    I, too, have been headed in the wrong direction. It has been for quite a while now. I have slowly been building up to turning things around, and think I am now (finally!) headed back in the right direction. I think the important thing for success is never to give up on ourselves. Keep working at it until we find those things that really, truly work for us. Focusing on why we love our new health, and how bad unhealthy eating makes us feel. Keep at it. I know we can do this!

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CHARTHESTAR 10/13/2013 8:59PM

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JSEATTLE 10/13/2013 7:54PM

  Admitting to your Desperation Point is more than half the battle! Stay strong and best of luck to you as you realize your goals!

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DIANNEMT 10/13/2013 7:52PM

    I have been there--you CAN do it again but we need to NOT let it get out of hand!

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JUDITHANNIE 10/13/2013 6:52PM

    Good for you, never give up. You can and will do it. emoticon emoticon

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JOANNHUNT 10/13/2013 6:16PM

    CONGRATULATIONS ON THE REALIZATION THAT YOU HAVE A DESPERATION POINT. NOW TURN IT BACK AROUND AND FIND YOUR HEALTHY LIFE POINT AND TRY TO STICK WITH IT AS THAT IS ALL WE CAN ASK OF OURSELVES. WE CAN BE THE BEST AND HEALTHIEST WE CAN BE. KEEP PUSHING WE CAN DO IT AND THAT BELT WILL GET LOOSER.

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LCRUMLEY81 10/13/2013 5:21PM

  Just keep moving forward

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IDICEM 10/13/2013 4:25PM

  Congrats on the great start! Just keep moving forward.
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SWEETNEEY 10/13/2013 4:23PM

    emoticon You are not the only one at this station. Lost 3.4lbs emoticon

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PENOWOK 10/13/2013 3:33PM

    That is awesome!! We are counting on you!!

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KIMALEE54 10/13/2013 3:13PM

    Having a goal is great, meeting it is grand. Yet trite as it sounds, the journey is the important part. Andy, you ARE successful—on your journey to being straight with yourself, and losing weight is often a by-product of that awareness.

I celebrate that you are back on a road that makes you feel better and count it as a resounding success. Hope you do too--!

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NONNAOF2 10/13/2013 3:08PM

  Yesterday has to be just that, a day in the past. You are so amazing in not giving up and it is so easy to allow that to happen!! I'm so proud that you have picked yourself up by the bootstraps, so to speak, and are moving ahead in trying to get your weight back under control. I'm always trying to lose weight back and forth, but I try not to give up either. Eventually, it will all come together. Way to go and keep up the good work!! :-)

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SUSIEMT 10/13/2013 2:58PM

    Andy! I know you are a busy man so just making that 30 min. effort in the early AM may just keep you focused! It helps so much having a diet and exercise buddy. I don't think I would have come as far as I have without mine. Once you make that exercise a daily habit and truly decide that these are healthy lifestyle choices for ME that was when I realized I wouldn't go back. Even when I was temporarily injured and couldn't do ANY exercise for about a month I knew I would be okay. I made sure I changed my fitness settings to zero calorie burn and stayed within the spark recommended calorie range! Easy peasy as my great nephew says. I was able to maintain my weight.
You can do this Andy! I have so much faith in you! Just remember! Don't go into the teachers lounge! LOL!

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HAPPYMENOW58 10/13/2013 1:53PM

    You can do it!

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WEEPINGANGEL74 10/13/2013 12:22PM

    Don't dwell on the past, keep diving deep and stay strong. The past is gone and the present and future is yours! You can do this Andy! One day at a time!

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GARDENCHRIS 10/13/2013 12:06PM

    good for you.... we have all been there done that at one point!

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    I'm right there with you emoticon , and like you I have reached that point where I know I have to recommit! Thank you for the reminder that it does happen! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STEPBYSTEP1955 10/13/2013 9:44AM

    I am happy that you've grab a hold of the reins and have headed back in the right direction.

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Out of Hiding - Briefly

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Just felt like I should check in as I have received some amazing Sparkmail, Sparkgoodies and Sparkpage messages asking me what's up and where I have been.

I have definitely abandoned Sparkpeople for awhile and with that a few extra pounds have crept up and the fitness minutes decreased. Believe me I want to be here, I want to be active and I want to be eating properly but life has thrown a few challenges my way and I have taken them on.

The biggest challenge I have recently accepted is taking on the role of principal in an inner city school. This school is amazing, with teachers who put their heart and soul into difficult job. We have many immigrant families coming through our doors, unable to speak English and hoping we can provide their children with the tools they need for success. Along with these families, we have others who are very poor and beset by difficult life circumstances. Our school though small, provides breakfast and lunch programs for the kids, special English classes for the students as well as the parents, through community donations we provide clothing and furniture to the families that cannot afford these purchases. There is so much happening at this school, and in my role as principal, I oversee the programs as well as the learning of the students. This job has been crazy, busy, overwhelming, challenging, exciting and fun. I am loving it but it has a life of its own and my next challenge is trying to contain it and finding a way back to taking care of my health and fitness.

On the home front, there are struggles as my DW has been battling health issues that do not seem to want to go away. The medication she takes seems to create other problems, stomach pains, vision problems, headaches and more. But if she does not take them, the original health concern is only aggravated and the days get very difficult. Unfortunately my DW has found that her once close friends have fallen to the wayside and her burden seems too much too bear. I wish I could get her to join Sparkpeople as this is a community that always seems to care.

Somewhere in this picture I do have my two amazing daughters. They continue to bring joy to each and everyday but I know they are also challenged by my new job, my DW's health problems and their own school work and more. I am so thankful that they are doing well. Hey, my oldest has gone 64 days seizure-free and my youngest is doing well and happy at school.

Believe me, I do want to be here on Spark and seeing how all of you are doing, cheering you on. I am actually surprised that I am here today but I felt like I was missing something and had to peek in on all of you.

So many of you amaze me. You persist through difficult times and you find time to encourage and support the wayward Sparkpeople like myself. I appreciate the Sparkmail I have received, the Goodies that have come my way and the messages on my Sparkpage. I would like to respond to each and every one of them but haven't, believe me, it is not for lack of caring.

I am hoping to be back here more often and providing support to all of you but for the meantime it is going to be sporadic. I will pop in and out of hiding but briefly.

Until the next time, good luck on your adventure to better health and fitness,

Andy

  
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TUDAFD 10/10/2013 8:31PM

    Congrats on the job. Happy to hear your daughters are doing well. Keeping your wife and all of you in my prayers.

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JUSTYNA7 10/10/2013 3:23PM

    Do what you have to do. Yes, I agree SP is an amazing community and there are probably people here with similar problems who she could relate to. It certainly is a place where people try and get healthy and share the journey. I'm so pleased you have a job so satisfying, Don't get burned out. Here for the long run, Justyna

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 9/29/2013 8:33AM

    Look at the outpouring of love and caring Andy. Is there anything we can do to help you bring your DW into the spark fold and family? Show her this outpouring and encourage her to join us. I have never experienced such absolutely non judgmental TLC as here...

What a blessing YOU are to that school and community Andy! I have goose bumps and tears.

God bless you! Sending hugs, love, and fairydust wishes. Congrats that your daughter has been seizure free for so much longer than ever before since this condition befell her.

You came bearing joy. Thank you for finding time to share with us where your life path has taken you.

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WILSONWR 9/24/2013 9:21AM

    Andy, I guess while I was ignoring the "Friend Feed" for a while, I missed this! I realized a lot of what you were going through based on your comments on the team page, but this was a lot more detailed. You definitely have some challenges, but you will work through them. The inner city school sounds like it does take a lot of your time, but the kids will directly benefit from your efforts. Hopefully it will take less of your time as you get your programs going.

Take care and good luck!

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RELLIMTENAJ 9/18/2013 12:49PM

    Wow, so many comments in so short a time. You truly are loved and appreciated on this site.

Sounds like you are facing quite the challenges. I trust that you find the balance you seek. Have your wife push her doctors to find something that helps. My doctor told me that balancing side effects of drugs is even more difficult than finding the right one(s) in the first place.

I'm hanging in there.

Janet

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MNABOY 9/17/2013 8:11PM

    I need all the men that will participate, so try to make another hour show up in your day and give half of it to SP and you.

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KIMALEE54 9/17/2013 11:38AM

    So glad to read what you've been up to Andy. Bravo to you for taking on the challenge of the new position, and also to your dear family who support you.

I sympathize with your DW and am sure that's been disheartening to her. Luckily she has such a good friend in you, her spouse.

I too have recently watched as my core group of friends has dwindled and morphed to a new, less connected state. In the beginning it was hard to accept but now I believe that room is being made for other kinds of friends, more like minded and able to support through all of life's experiences.

Hopefully your wife will consider your urging to join us here at SparkPeople. She will find many who are listening, and watching, and supporting even if in cyberspace.

Carry on Andy and I'm sending, "two snaps up" your way--!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 9/17/2013 11:02AM

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KARENLEIGH32 9/16/2013 10:48PM

    Goodness! Sounds like you have both hands full! It is so great of you to take on the school with such problems, sounds like it is very fulfilling also! Don;t stay away too long, just peek in on SP from time to time!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/16/2013 1:04AM

    You have a very special anointing for these difficult tasks you face. Continue to do your best and I pray that you and your family can find ways to bring glory to those areas in their life that are going well in hopes a healthier way of living become evident. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/16/2013 12:24AM

    Andy thank you for letting us know how you are. It sounds like you love your new job even though it is challenging. I am sorry to hear about your DW. Please remember to take care of yourself. We will be here waiting on you.

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ALDEBARANIAN 9/15/2013 8:52PM

    Life. Can't live with it, can't live without it.

We certainly do care about you and your DW. We'll be keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.

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SPARKLISE 9/15/2013 7:33PM

    Good luck on your new adventure.
Hope your wife decides to get support here!
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DOTTIEJANE1 9/15/2013 6:24PM

    emoticon You plate is rather full take some time to handle life .We shall be here waiting to here in the mean time prayers to you and your family .

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NEWCHINELO 9/15/2013 6:11PM

    I always knew you are with us in spirit,GOODLUCK with your new job!

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HEALTHYBARB1 9/15/2013 4:46PM

    Hi Andy...
Will keep the friends team going while you work on the current challenges!! Your plate sounds very full!! Try to make a point to eat healthy along the way and get out exercising with your DD's on the weekends. You could also go out an walk or jog with the PE classes or cross country team to get to know the kids at school or before or after school!! You can find a way to fit in healthy lifestyle choices...I believe in you!!!
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FELICIASMILES 9/15/2013 4:45PM

    Andy, We will see you when we see you. Take care of yourself and your family. Your love of your job shines through when you speak of it. Good luck. I know things are going the right direction and you'll be able to focus on yourself again real soon.

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KALISWALKER 9/15/2013 4:39PM

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Great to hear from you. You have a lot going on. Your family and your job are huge commitments to so many. I wishing you all the best in all areas of your life. I hope some time soon you have time for yourself to rest and recharge.

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MARYANNGI 9/15/2013 4:31PM

    And I thought my plate was full!!! You have me beat hands down.

emoticon on the new position! What a wonderful and challenging time your life must be right now. You never know what life will throw at you, but you are juggling things and will handle things as they come along. Wonderful news about your DD. Sixty-eight days is huge! Sounds like the new meds are working great.

I have to agree with MSHEL7 - don't forget to take care of you! Your family is priority one, but you need to take care of you to be able to care for them. Try to find 15 minutes a day to give your mind a body time to say AHHHH. Those 15 minutes will recharge you in amazing ways.

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LINDAK25 9/15/2013 3:34PM

    Wow! It sounds like your plate is full. Just don't neglect your health. Your job sounds like an incredible opportunity. How fulfilling. Sorry to hear your wife is not doing well. She would find great support here.

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HOLLYM48 9/15/2013 3:04PM

    It does sound like you have your hands full! It is awesome that you are part of such a great school that is helping so many immigrants. Not an easy thing on either side. Best of luck with all of that.
I am sending well wishes for your wife. I hope your medical issues can get cleared up and she can find some more supportive friends that are there thru thick and thin.
Glad to hear your daughters are doing well.
Best of luck with the school year as it progresses.
Spark people are the best and will always be here no matter how busy you get!
Take good care of yourself and your family!

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LYNCHD05 9/15/2013 3:01PM

    Andy, wonderful to hear from you. Your life is so busy, so full, no wonder you have disappeared for awhile. What an amazing job you have landed for yourself......not sure how you are enjoying the commute unless by inner city you don't mean Vancouver.
I am so sorry to hear your wife is still struggling. It is so very hard to deal with these type of problems. Like the others have said, she would get so much support here. There is probably a team with her problems!!!! Just a thought.
Good news about the kids!!!!!
So thanks for stopping by......you are missed but we will be here when you are ready!! Look after yourself!

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RIVERNANNA 9/15/2013 2:09PM

    Sounds like your new job is an amazing challege. You are in a school where students are in need of so much more than an education. You do have your hands full!

I am espcially happy to hear that your oldest daughter has been free of seizures for 2 months. On top of that the youngest is doing well in school, great news.

Now if only your DW's health would improve. I do hope that her healthnturns around in the very near future.

Get on that stationary bike, it will help with stress from work.

Congrats on the new job!

Deb

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GIRLINMOTION 9/15/2013 1:27PM

    Andy I know life can throw those curve balls and sometimes they even hit hard. But, if you don't take care of yourself first, how can you take care of others? You could always have fruit and vegetables handy for quick energy when needed (snap peas are great) instead of poor choices of "it was convenient".

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SWEETNEEY 9/15/2013 1:23PM

    We'll keep the light on.

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TIME-4-TINA 9/15/2013 12:55PM

    Awwww, Andy, sounds like you've got a lot going on. Your doing amazing things with your school! Making a difference. It's a good feeling. But I can understand why you wouldn't have time for spark. Sorry to hear your wife is not well. Your right, spark might help her. People are so supportive on here. It's a positive place to be. Especially since her fair weather friends don't seem to be there for her. Going on spark may also take her mind of her pain. I know when I'm on here I lose all track of time. There's a lot to explore on here. Well good luck to you both. Hope to see you both on here again soon.
Tina

ps. I was looking to give an apple for the teacher, but there aren't any on here! So here's a tomato instead.
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MSHEL7 9/15/2013 12:37PM

    Hey there, so glad to hear from you. Sounds like some crazy busy times. Sorry about your wife, I guess I did not know that she was sick. I hope she finds something that helps soon. As far as Sparking, we all have to take time away sometimes, but just don't forget to take care of yourself along the way. You can do this and must for you and your family. Writing this blog is proof that you are strong and will persevere. Have a great day.

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