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...13 Weeks til Christmas - 1 week down

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

My 13 week countdown started not too bad. I got my steps in every day except one (I was dizzy). I didn't quite lose 2.5 pounds - but 2 pounds will do. Although I got a new scale and now I've gained almost 2 pounds overnight. I've decided to just stick with the new number and try to beat the scale anyway.

Didn't get 8 cups of water every day - one day we were traveling so I deliberately didn't drink much (so as to avoid stopping at every bathroom along the way).

It was great to see my brother - first time since 2002, so 12 years. He's remarried and they now have a 9 month old. They live in L.A. so it's a big deal for them to come all the way up here, with a baby. We had a picture of our son (he was 10 then) and my brother standing in a certain pose from back then so we duplicated the pose - DS is a giant now compared to his uncle. Funny to see.

My new SIL is a sweetie - I think she'll be good for my brother - I hope he can see that. His ex-wife has their 2 kids in Switzerland. I met her at their wedding in 1997 but I've never met my other nephew and niece - sad and weird to have a global family and be strangers. My brother converted to Judaism and went to live in Israel when he was 21 so he's been away from Canada for over 22 years, just one trip home in all that time until now.

I was totally shocked to open up my computer and see OCTOBER as the date. Wait!! I'm not done with September yet!! Not to mention it's the middle of the week already! Sometimes I just want to stop the clocks for a couple of weeks and catch up!

This week is going good so far - all my steps and most of my water and keeping an eye on portions due to the 5% challenge this week. Hopeful for another loss this week.

Guess that's enough rambling for this morning - have a couple of little jobs to do before hubby gets up (he's home sick - men are such sucks when they have a little cold!)
emoticon Have a great day, everyone! emoticon

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ROCKPORT9 10/1/2014 6:55PM

    I am glad you got to see your brother and his new family! Congratulations on staying on your plan and the weight loss!

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    Sounds like you had a wonderful visit, are doing well with meeting your goals and yes time is flying by! emoticon emoticon

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WILDKAT781 10/1/2014 5:07PM

    wonderful that you got to see your brother

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APONI_KB 10/1/2014 2:36PM

    I'm glad you got to see your brother.

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PINKPANTHERS 10/1/2014 1:48PM

    So glad you got to see your brother and enjoyed your visit. It is shocking how quick this year is going that is for sure!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 10/1/2014 11:47AM

    Oh the new scale woes ... i am familiar!

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    I enjoyed your blog.
You are getting the work done.
Family getting together is so-o-o-o good. And wow the changes the years make.
Love your wallpaper !
Love and Hugs, Audra

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BEATLETOT 10/1/2014 10:19AM

    I really enjoyed reading this blog! I'm glad you got to see your brother, and that his life and yours are going so well!

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EVIE4NOW 10/1/2014 10:03AM

  I can't believe the holidays are just around the corner. Always a busy time for me but have gotten a bit of a head start this year. Hopefully I can continue the pace so I won't be so rushed this year.

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The Best Yes - book study group?

Friday, September 26, 2014

If anyone is interested in going through the book "The Best Yes" by Lysa TerKeurst as a group here on SP, let me know (or join the team I set up)

The online study started this week but the online small groups are full - we could have our own small group if anyone is interested.


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PINKPANTHERS 9/26/2014 11:52PM

    Good luck with your study group! emoticon

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ROCKPORT9 9/26/2014 5:13PM

    I wish you well in your studies and Spark group. People who join will soon learn what a wonderful person you are!

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13 Weeks til Christmas

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Can you hear the sleigh bells??
Well, a bit more than 13 weeks - 13 and a half - but 13 full weeks

I've set myself a high goal to lose 30 pounds by Christmas - roughly 10 pounds per month.

I know I can do it - I've done it before....and re-gained it before....twice.

My plan is to do what worked before:

Be conscious of increasing my activity without setting inflexible thou-shalt-do lists
Drink more water
Not get all caught up in counting every calorie but be mindful of what I'm eating by using the DOT method for eating and activity - it's visual and it's simple and it worked

My hubby is holding me accountable. I will have to put up with his nagging.
I hate being nagged, that alone will keep me on course.

I'm doing the Fall 5% Challenge so that will keep me somewhat on track here on SP.

Now I just need to make a poster or something to stick on my fridge to remind me so I don't forget.

All I want for Christmas is to deflate some fat cells

EDIT AGAIN - One of the things I don't do very well is set goals - I realized that having this huge "I have to lose 30 pounds by Christmas" goal isn't a good place to start - so 13 weeks is about 2.5 pounds per week. So that's my little goal.
And steps - my steps goal is to go from 2500 steps per day (SPD) to 10,000 SPD in the next 13 weeks (increasing 500 SPD each week, if that makes sense)
That's better.
All I have to worry about this week is...this week!

EDIT: the Dot method is just a visual way to track how you're doing at a glance on a calendar

Get a blank monthly calendar and three colours of dot stickers: red, green & yellow (or just make your own dots with pencil crayons/markers, or colour the days in on the calendar as you go...whatever works)

At the end of the day ask yourself - Did what I do today contribute to my health? --- green dot goes on the calendar
Or did what I do today keep me in the same place (weight wise or activity wise) --- yellow dot on the calendar
Or did what I do today set me back in my journey ---red dot

More than one red dot per week and you have a trend that's going in the wrong direction - time to take another look at what you're doing

Also works on a moment by moment basis -
at meal time - is what I'm about to eat going to give me a green dot or a yellow dot or a red dot
Is my activity level so far today heading toward green, yellow or red?
Is my emotional state putting me in the red, yellow or green

It can be used in so many ways - and it's easy to remember & do a quick self-check

Not my idea - got it from Linda Spangle's startyourdiet dot com website - they offer a free online version of the calendar

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    I have committed on a team challenge for 5 lbs loss for October but I am going for 10 right along with you! emoticon

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MNDEBBIE1 9/23/2014 5:02PM

    like your plan. never heard of the dot system, but sounds like something to try.

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KRISTA987 9/22/2014 11:19PM

    I've never heard of the DOT method, but it sounds good! A nice visual to keep you in check. & OMG ONLY 13 WEEKS TILL Christmas!!!!! Good thing I've started my shopping already!

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KATESCAPE 9/22/2014 3:11PM

    emoticon Blog! Good luck... emoticon

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PINKPANTHERS 9/22/2014 12:59PM

    I walked into Sears this weekend to see Christmas outfits already on the racks. Great way to break down your goals into manageable bits. The DOT method sounds like a good reinforcement for me on keeping track of my progress and logging. Here's to meeting those goals, you can do it!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/22/2014 12:39PM

    Wow the dot method sounds great!!! emoticon

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CROUCHINGFLEA 9/22/2014 8:11AM

    I like the sound of the DOT system! And I love what you said "All I want for Christmas is to deflate some fat cells " I'm using that one!! LOL! Best of luck, and I'll be praying for you!

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FUNZ81 9/21/2014 9:21PM

    emoticon The dot system sounds like a great motivator. I'm going to try it!! emoticon

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WILDFLOWERS15 9/21/2014 6:03PM

    emoticon Going to investigate the DOT method. Need something to get going in the right direction. emoticon emoticon

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    Move to this beat...
Laugh your a$$ off...


Wish that you achieve your Christmas goal(s)
Hugs, Audra

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MARYBETH4884 9/21/2014 4:44PM

    You can do it!

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MAGGIEVAN 9/21/2014 4:20PM

    Make your wish true and then keep on keeping on to make sure you won't gain it again.

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BEATLETOT 9/21/2014 3:18PM

    I'm going to Google DOT method, as I don't think I"ve heard of it. You sound very determined! Go STARfish! emoticon

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SLLYONS51 9/21/2014 2:40PM

  Thanks for the reminder. Guess it is time to think about shopping for my Grandson! I hope to deflate some of those fat cells too!

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ROCKPORT9 9/21/2014 2:28PM

    Nice ring to your last sentence....which I sang to myself. emoticon emoticon

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So, yeah, that was a disaster of Titantic proportions

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I joined the Summer 5% team 8 weeks ago and then life took a couple of left turns and I basically fell overboard entirely.

Between losing our internet for 2 and a half weeks (and not able to connect to my fitbit or my teams), my vasculitis surfacing again, DS's ongoing drama (which affects the whole house) and a week of staycation I'm down exactly.....drumroll.... half a pound.

I know I could have done better but I'm not going to beat myself up over it.

The vasculitis did take me by surprise - it's been almost 2 years since a flare-up, I thought I was over it. I don't know why it came back so I don't know what I can do to avoid it. That combined with MS makes it hard to sleep, move, or think. So I guess the fact that I didn't eat myself into oblivion due to stress is a big improvement.

Tomorrow I start again - and I'll probably strike an iceberg and sink again - but I'm not quitting. This weight has had control for too long. If it takes 5 years, I'm losing it.

I could moan and groan about how I've only lost 14 pounds since I joined SP a year and a half ago but I choose instead to remember what I've learned:

- at least half a dozen ways to exercise in my own living room without fear of falling or having to work out self-consciously in front of other people

-to eat breakfast every day, without fail - 2 eggs scrambled, no toast - it's just automatic now

-that I don't have to run an hour every day, I can do 20 minutes of strength training and accomplish just as much

-that I can exercise in a chair even when I'm too dizzy to stand up

-I can say no to chocolate ice cream and not feel like I'm depriving myself of anything

-I can say yes to chocolate ice cream and have a "normal" portion without going overboad and pigging out

-there is life without potato chips

-salad for lunch every day can be a little boring but it turns into a challenge to find new treats to add to it - an awesome trail mix that I got last week adds a great crunch to a bowl of greens

-I can't do this alone. When I'm not on SP I don't do as well. Some things are better with friends, but friends are essential for Sparking.

So, yeah, the last 8 weeks was a disaster of Titanic proportions but I'm still swimming.

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APONI_KB 9/27/2014 8:17AM

    I think that given the issues you're facing that losing anything at all is a big win.

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KLMEIRING 9/20/2014 3:31PM

    It was encouraging to read this blog today. I know that it has been a little while since you posted it, but it was timely for me to read it.


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IGNITEME101 9/5/2014 6:32PM

    sometimes not gaining is an achievement~

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PINKPANTHERS 8/18/2014 1:44PM

    Sounds like what could have been a disaster turned into a lot of NSV's and a half pound loss. You can use those lessons learned to turn the next challenge into the wind in your sails! emoticon

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SONFLOWERGAMMY 8/17/2014 11:08PM

    You always make me laugh, cry, understand, empathize and want to keep going! Thanks for another inspiring blog! So happy your back up and running with the internet!

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    Hope things go better for you!!!

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FRENCHTOSD 8/17/2014 7:48PM

    I lost "half my size" between 10/10/07, when I joined Spark People and 10/05/11 when I declared victory on my weight. You will make it if you keep trying and don't give up. I exercise in bed and that helps a lot. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, so I also fall over a lot. At least if I'm in bed, I need to roll off to hurt myself.

I only lost 5 pounds in the second year of my weight loss. It was discouraging but I just kept trying new ideas until something worked. Finally 130 pounds were gone for good. I know you can do it if I did. Best of luck and Keep on Sparking. This is the place to be.

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BEATLETOT 8/17/2014 4:18PM

    This is a great blog...I love all you've learned!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 8/17/2014 3:38PM

    emoticon look at all the NSVs you have! emoticon

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    WoW, and I think you did a marvelous job... 8 weeks and all those negatives and you did NOT gain 5 pounds!! You did an awesome job and are recognizing and practicing your new skills and habits... making your new life-style. Yes, I vote a well-done.
note: we all want better than what we get.. if we lose 5 pounds we want 6 or 10, lose 10 then it should have been 11 or 14.. We do have a real problem being grateful for where we are and how far we have come, even when we still have a long way to go.
Hugs, Audra

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FORMYDARLINGS 8/17/2014 2:40PM


This is just a blip on your radar and actually, you have come out smelling like a rose! I know, you ALWAYS smell like a rose . LOL Given your trials, you did extremely well, better than I would have done, and are ready to get back in motion. We are here with you and can't wait to challenge you in the Fall 5%. I , hopefully, will still be a CHampion of the Kitchen. Had a blast this round. You were missed here by all.


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    Way to go on maintaining and and even having the 1/2 pound loss, that is definitely an accomplishment! I'm very impressed you didn't have a gain. Hang in there, it sounds like you've learned a lot so I know you'll do great this fall!

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MARYBETH4884 8/17/2014 12:18PM

    You were doing a great job practicing maintenance!!! I would look at it as a mini NSV! You could have gained all 14 pounds back in 8 weeks with too much effort!! It's those little things you've learned over the past year and a half that will set you up for this life time journey!!! emoticon emoticon

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ROCKPORT9 8/17/2014 11:53AM

    Wow! With life and health hitting you in all directions, it is amazing you lost even 1/2 pound! Hang in there! Hugs, Laurel

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BHENDRICK2 8/17/2014 11:44AM


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Even SparkGuy has to hit the re-set button

Monday, July 14, 2014

If you haven't seen it already, I encourage you to check out SparkGuy's blog about the challenges he's been facing this year - and how he's pushing through it.

It's not just you - even SparkGuy can't do it all, all the time.


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NOWYOUDIDIT 7/14/2014 10:49PM

    Life happens when you make other plans!

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    Consistency & Perseverance excellent words to live by !

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    That's right!

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MAINEALI 7/14/2014 2:38PM

    Thank you for the link. What a wonderful blog post. Have a great day!

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JENNY888 7/14/2014 12:17PM

    Thanks for posting this link. I had not seen the blog.

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DUKEFAN86 7/14/2014 11:42AM

    I was encouraged by his blog post, and am glad to hear his mom is doing better.

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