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Canít Believe I Missed It!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Yesterday was my 6-month Sparkversary. I canít believe that I forgot, until I received a SparkGoodie from my now-friend ASHL_84. [Thank you!] But maybe thatís a good thing. Maybe it means that the Spark People healthy lifestyle has become so second nature to me that I no longer count the weeks (as in, ďIíve been on a diet for 26 weeksĒ). I donít think Iíve ever been on a weight-loss program where I reached the point where Iím no longer really aware of how long Iíve been on it... I just live it. Now thatís progress!!

Thanks, SparkPeople!!!

  
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ALASKASKY 11/23/2011 8:51AM

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NPDSLEUTH 11/14/2011 11:06PM

    I know what you mean with all of it! Sometimes when people ask me how long I've been on this, I have to think. Like you said, "forgetting" it's a program is good!

So proud of you and all of your success!!

Happy Anniversary girlfriend! xx

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SMILEYBEE 11/11/2011 5:52PM

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SUSUSUZZZIE 11/11/2011 10:32AM

    Oh yes, we started the same week! LOL! Mine is tomorrow.

Happy 6 Month SparkVersary! Congratulations on all of the SVs and NSVs!

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Made my day!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I witnessed the nicest thing today, that absolutely made my day! I was working the cash register at the Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store, and was ringing up a young mother who had a 6-month-old baby with her. She was buying some clothes for the baby, and a few shirts for herself. She was being very careful about how much money she was spending, and her purchase came to about $7.50. Before she could give me her money, the woman in line behind her handed me $20 and said, ďIíd like to pay for her things.Ē The young mother looked surprised, but smiled and said ďThank youĒ to the woman. It certainly made my day, and judging from the reactions of the other customers , it made everyone feel pretty good! It's nice to know that there are such nice people in the world.

  
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ILOVEROSES 11/11/2011 6:21AM

    Thank you for sharing your story.

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ARLENE_MOVES 11/11/2011 12:01AM

    There are so many good people in the world that are that way - just because. Thanks so much for sharing.

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PEPPERCHILD 11/10/2011 11:40PM

    Beautiful and reading this made me smile.

I was in a business meetings all week and just made it home today. We had a team building exercise assembling bicycles. We put together about 50 bikes. When everyone finished we talked about the roles everyone played etc. As we were presenting they opened the doors and in came 50 children. Turned out that the bike were for the YMCA and the children chosen to receive the bikes were from low income families. There was not a dry eye in the place and the children were so happy.

Thank you so much for sharing your story. If we all shared more - what a wonderful world this would be.

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SMILEYBEE 11/10/2011 11:05PM

    Random acts of kindness are so touching! Thanks for sharing!

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SMILEYBEE 11/10/2011 11:05PM

    Random acts of kindness are so touching! Thanks for sharing!

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WINFIELD28 11/10/2011 10:23PM

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story. A true 'day brightner!'


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LITTLEBJANET 11/10/2011 9:59PM

    That just makes me smile!! How nice to see that.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 11/10/2011 9:35PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this story. I've been having a tough day due and I needed this so much! I'm really grateful that you posted this!

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TXGRANDMA 11/10/2011 9:26PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us! What a kind gesture! I appreciate hearing about the good people in the world! emoticon

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Letting Go of the Safety Net

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Today I finally took the big step of giving away all of my ďfat jeans.Ē I have always hung on to a variety of sizes of jeans, since I knew that eventually I would ďneed themĒ again. Well, no more! I decided that keeping jeans that are several sizes too big is the same as admitting that youíre going to fail. If Iím living a healthy lifestyle, exercising and eating right, then thereís no reason why I should EVER need my fat clothes again. So theyíre gone! Donated to Habitat for Humanity. They may as well do someone some good (the money made from the sale of donated items is used to build Habitat houses).

So good-bye fat jeans... hello success!!

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NPDSLEUTH 11/10/2011 12:22PM

    I agree with everyone else -- you clearly did the right thing! I got rid of all of mine too because I just don't ever want to be tempted to go back.

It's funny because I saved a few pair to wear around the house. They make me feel so sloppy -- and give me such a false sense of my size - I have decided they're going too!

So proud of you girlfriend! xxxx

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TXGRANDMA 11/10/2011 2:16AM

    Hoo Ray! what a brave thing to do! I commend you for that....Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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ILOVEROSES 11/9/2011 9:27PM

    You're so right for getting rid of those jeans. You'll never need them again! emoticon emoticon

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SMILEYBEE 11/9/2011 8:47PM

    You've made such great progress in six months ... I'm impressed (and envious emoticon). Giving your never-to-be-needed-again jeans to Habitat is a good things to do on several levels ...
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LITTLEBJANET 11/9/2011 7:06PM

    Wonderful. They're like a security blanket waiting for us to come back to. You don't need them because you're never going back there! I just did a closet check and have a box of pants for GoodWill. I'm keeping one pair of the biggies for before and after, but the rest have to go. I've made this mistake before. My DH even said I should get rid of them and buy new ones. That's a lot coming from him, believe me. Happy Shopping!
Janet

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ARLENE_MOVES 11/9/2011 6:31PM

    Free at last!!!! emoticon

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SUSUSUZZZIE 11/9/2011 5:16PM

    Awesome and congrats! Isn't it somewhat freeing to know that you will NEVER-EVER need them again? No place to go but smaller and better from here.

And it is awesome that giving them away is going to benefit those in need.

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ROCHELLE62 11/9/2011 3:52PM

    Good move, you won't ever need them again, and it takes awhile to realize that.


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WINFIELD28 11/9/2011 12:49PM

    I so identify with your blog here today!
It took me 'too long' to say "So Long!" to my old, larger size jeans.
I donated them to Goodwill where I hope they will be needed.
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BARBAELLEN 11/9/2011 12:32PM

    It's not only good-bye fat jeans. It's good riddance fat jeans! They are useless to you, they're only taking up space, and they will NEVER fit you again.
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Slacking on Tracking Leaves Weight Loss Lacking

Friday, November 04, 2011

I have to admit that lately Iíve been a Spark Slacker. Iíve been logging on and tracking my food and fitness, but not as diligently as I was, and sadly, I havenít been very good about keeping up with my Spark friends either. But Iím determined to get back with the program.

The scale is proof that slacking is not a good thing. Iím actually creeping toward my goal, but considering that Iím supposed to be at my goal weight in about a week, and I have 3-1/2 lbs to go, I need to get back with the program. Up until recently I was doing a much better job of letting the Nutrition Tracker help me plan my meals. I would put in my breakfast and lunch info early in the day and then track what I planned to eat for dinner before I ate it. That way, if I was going to be over my calorie goal for the day, I could adjust my meal plan before I ate. Lately though, Iíve been tracking my food after Iíve eaten... obviously too late to do anything about the calorie count.

The only thing thatís kept me from backsliding is that Iíve been pretty faithful about walking with my Leslie Sansone DVDs. So I havenít gained back any weight, but Iíd certainly like to be losing more than an ounce or two a week! Thereís really no excuse... Iíve just been lazy!

To my wonderful Spark Friends who are always so supportive, thank you!!! Itís hard to slack for very long, when people are cheering you on. Youíre what makes SparkPeople work!!

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SMILEYBEE 11/6/2011 11:58PM

    It must be slacking season! I too need to rededicate my Sparking effort. Good job on continued weight loss!

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UTMIZ_2000 11/5/2011 8:41AM

    I say good job anyway. I think it is more what I read below, the time of year. Our bodies are doing a lot of adjusting to temperatures that can't decide where they want to be, changing of the leaves, wardrobe change (more significant for some than others), shorter days... Anyway, it's a lot to deal with.

I think being so close to your goal and your commitment to exercise are great things. You will be there really soon.

Look how much you've learned here in Spark Land.

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BARBAELLEN 11/4/2011 11:35PM

    Good luck on getting back on track! I've blogged recently that so many of my friends have been in the same place you've described. (That includes me, for sure.) Who knows why? I can't figure it out, but maybe it's just that time of year. One common thing I'm noticing, though, is we're not really backsliding, so at least we've maintained enough focus to at least stay in control. Right? Right.

Again, good luck with your SP kickstart. Don't consider it slacking -- consider it a little "rest." You've done great, and I'm confident that you will continue to do so!

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WINFIELD28 11/4/2011 10:21PM

    You'll reach your goal shortly, I know you will!
Thank heaven for Leslie's DVD's. They help me so much when other areas become a challenge. I realize that she and exercise will be a part of the rest of my life if I am going to maintain my weight.
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NPDSLEUTH 11/4/2011 7:46PM

    HI girlfriend,

You and I are really in the same boat!

I actually am "recommitting" to both my SparkFriends and my water this weekend -- no kidding.

Like you, I haven't gained any weight (thank God) but I want to lose 20 more pounds by my birthday (Christmas Eve as you know) and obviously we're not on course for that.

So picking myself up and not slacking but doing some big time tracking.

BTW -- sorry I haven't called. Working in an office last week put me way behind. Will give you a buzz this week and fill you in. Quite the story.

Signed,

Tracki
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SUSUSUZZZIE 11/4/2011 4:17PM

    I love your blog title! And Congratulations for feeling a little more Sparky and getting back to it. There must be something in the fall - maybe shorter days that impacts so many of us.

And you are so right about what good our SparkFriends do for us. At least I feel that way every day!

Good luck getting back on track!


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Spreading the Spark

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

On Fridays I volunteer at Habitat for Humanity with a wonderful 76-year old gentleman who has a lot of pain in his knees because of arthritis (he is also rather overweight, which doesn't help). I have been telling him about Sparkpeople for a while now, and loaned him the Spark to read. After a week, he tried to give it back to me, saying that he had enjoyed reading it, and that his wife was also reading it. I insisted that they keep it as long as they liked, so that she could finish it too.

Fast forward a few months. He tells me that he never realized how important drinking 8 glasses of water a day could be, and that he has now switched from drinking soda to water, and always gets in his 8 glasses a day. He is not using the website, but he is watching the size of his portions, and has now lost 9 pounds! His doctor is thrilled, and so is he. The last time I saw his wife, she made a point of thanking me for telling them about Sparkpeople. Youíre never too old to Spark!!

  
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ARLENE_MOVES 9/28/2011 11:24PM

    Love spreading the spark. I've told alot of people at my Y about it. I haven't got any feedback tho. Maybe I'll ask them tomorrow!

It is nice to help people help themselves. Sparkon!!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 9/28/2011 8:15PM

    Doesn't that just make your day to see someone have success and feel so good about it because you took the time to share and support?! When I hear things like that, it's even more motivation to keep making progress right here. I'm very happy for your "volunteer friend" and I'm happy for you too.

Keep up the awesome work!
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BARBAELLEN 9/28/2011 6:57PM

    Good story. You are a good missionary do-bee!

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FREESPIRITANGEL 9/28/2011 5:25PM

    Way cool!!

Continue spreading the Spark!

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WINFIELD28 9/28/2011 4:35PM

    What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing it! The power of Spark!

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SMILEYBEE 9/28/2011 4:34PM

    That's really cool Terry! WTG!

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