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Soon to lose our dog of 13 years!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I'm an emotional Wreck!!!!

Decisions had to be made today, Trooper hasn't been himself all winter and he's been to the vet 3 time in the past week, Today he was wheezing, and theVet told me his heart is just about ka-put, along with his liver, diabetic and thyroid troubles.

That's my sheltie for ya! A trooper, and that's how he got his name! (really he got it when Lacey was 3, she used to drag him all over and in every position) That's where Trooper name came from.

Bob Lacey and I have been talking about it and what we should do when the "time" came, the DR said he's in pain, that's why he hasn't been eating or drinking anything. When he said the WORD... pain... I know its time.

So Friday at 3 pm were all going to hold him while he goes to the big backyard in the sky!! (dang, here comes the tears again)

My heart hurts!!! Do you realize he's greeted me at the door about 4700 times!! not including lunch time

For those of you who read this, pass the word, that I may be MIA the next few days, I'm going to get the WIS team set up for May. But my mood, and personality suck, so... see ya later!

Thanks for listening and understanding!

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WOLFSPIRITS 10/25/2009 1:27PM


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WENDYSUE72 9/5/2009 11:06AM

    Definitely the worst decision that a furry pet mama ever has to make. We made the same decision in June when our dog (Little Dog) had to be put down. She was 17 years old and our first baby. We got her when we moved into our first home and months before our oldest daughter, Dani arrived. I still go outside and expect to see her......

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BAILEYS7OF9 6/19/2009 11:05AM

    Oh sorry... It is never easy but thankfully you know when to let him go. I feel sorry for dogs whose owners do not know when to say goodbye.

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THIN4HIM5 5/12/2009 2:50PM

I am so sorry! It is so difficult to see someone or a pet that we love hurting so & knowing that we have to make some kind of decision. My heart & prayers are with you.
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Love you,

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GRAMMAOFFIVE 5/9/2009 10:47PM

    Barbie, My heart goes out to you. We had to put our Golden Retriever to his rest in August, He had cancer and was losing weight rapidly. He would have been 12 three weeks later. Your heart will heal and you will have many fond memories. My prayers are with you during this time.

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LAVALLE 5/5/2009 11:31PM

    I am soo very sorry,

We also had this happen to a trio of our family that made it to 18 years old.

They are a part of our family just as much as any child.

Hang in there..


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PMWALKER 5/3/2009 11:26AM


I am so sorry to hear about Trooper. I know how much they are a part of our families, and it's so hard to say so-long. We're all here for you...and sharing your sorrow. His memories will be something you will cherish.

God Bless!

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MISTERZ 5/3/2009 9:40AM

    BARBIE...I am so sorry to read about Trooper. Losing a pet is just so very difficult. I know how hard this has been for you and I am thinking about you and your family and your Trooper. Take care of yourself. emoticon

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WASCALLYWONE 5/2/2009 9:24AM

    So sorry you lost your little friend. I know the pain of making those decisions. I had to put my 17 1/2 yo cat down 18 mo. ago and I still miss her greeting me. Here's a HUGE HUG for you, my dear. You know Trooper is a happier dog, now. emoticon

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OAKEYSON 5/1/2009 8:58AM

    So sorry to hear about Trooper. It breaks my heart. I am sending thoughts and prayers your way. emoticon emoticon

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KRISSYMAC 5/1/2009 6:19AM

    (((Barbie))) tears along with you, I know difficult this is. take care, sweetie

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STERLINGSILVR 5/1/2009 12:27AM

I'm so sorry about Trooper. You know I have a dog too and it breaks my heart knowing that he's getting older and I may face the same as you have today, very soon. I will be away this w/e but my thoughts and prayers will be with you. I send you a big cyber hug and my dog, Otis sends you a big cyber puppy kiss.

PS Don't watch Marley and Me till you're ready - maybe you've seen it already.

PPS You be as grumpy as you need to be. I will totally understand. emoticon

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SANDYC17 4/30/2009 8:42AM

    To My Dear Sparkbuddy,
I am so glad I took a minute today to log in. As you know I've been MIA a bit with my sister in town. I wish I had more time to write/talk this morning but I actually came to work for a little while.

Anyway.... I am SOOOO SORRY to hear about Trooper. I have also held the paw of a dear pet that I loved when her time came. As painful as it is, just remember that you are doing the right thing for Trooper. I will be thinking of you.

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FITJEAN 4/30/2009 8:06AM

    So sorry for you and your family. I too have been there. It is one of the toughest things I have been through. One thing I became convinced of after reading the bible is that we will see our dogs in Heaven. As tough as it is-you are doing the right thing. I will remember you in my prayers. Hugs, Jeannie

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    Barbie my heart and thoughts are going to be with you and your family for the remainder of the week. I am crying pretty hard as I am typing this, so please bare with me if it doesn't make sense.

I can only imagine how you and your family must feel. Our dog Ginger is getting old and starting to have some troubles, but I can't even think about her not greeting me at the door each time I come home. They become a big part of our families and I think it hurts just as much when they pass on.

Hold on to the memories and like everyone else has mentioned put photos up of Trooper. Take the last few days and really spend some time with him when you can. I am sure he would love that. (Wow, I am really crying now!)

I'll definitely be thinking of you and sending you lots of hugs and warm wishes. And don't forget to smile (even though your attitude sucks) because I bet you have lots of great memories with him that can put one on your face! And take your time getting back on here.

Take care Barbie and remember we all have you in our hearts and on our minds.

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HILLRUNNER 4/30/2009 5:29AM

Tears are flowing here along with yours. I so hurt for you! We went through the loss of our beloved Geoffry last year and it ripped us apart. His pal Mozart is now nearing 15 and we know we won't be blessed with him for much longer. Our pets bring us so much love that it breaks us when they leave us. My prayers are with you.
Hugs and comfort.

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CEELEE1111 4/30/2009 12:01AM

    Even when you know it's the best for them, they are still our babies.

You have a lot of people sending you love and hugs!


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DEBBIECK 4/29/2009 11:01PM

    Barbie - I'm so sorry - I know what an emotional wreck you must be at this time! I've been through it, too, and it was also with my sheltie, Tarra. We were set to take her in on a Wednesday afternoon and she passed away the day before on her own. It was like she didn't want us to have to make the decision or go through it.

I'll be thinking of you. Take care.

Love, Debbie

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ZEBRAMOM1 4/29/2009 9:50PM

    Oh Barbie - emoticon

I had to do that last year and it was horrible. It was very unexpected. I watched her deteriorate while I was trying to make the decision. That's all I had to see.

Thoughts are with you.

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HOCKIMAMA 4/29/2009 8:27PM

    Barbie, I so understand your pain over this. We had to make the same decision about our Shih-tzu, Henry a few years ago. It was tough, but he was 15 1/2, had a stroke and was really going downhill. We didn't know he had a stroke at the time but just knew he was "old" . It was a tough decision, that I made one morning with Steve's help. We called the kids to come over and say goodbye. None of us had the courage to be there for it, so my BIL came and got him. It was a tough time. We buried Henry in our back yard under the plum tree and my daughter painted a headstone for his buriel site. (here come my tears) ....we go down and talk to him most days all summer long :) Keep pictures of Trooper up always and remember the good memories you have, hun. Sending you lots of hugs. You're doing the right thing. Now dry your tears, ok?

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SUSMAX 4/29/2009 8:18PM

    I'm so sorry. I know how hard it is. Prayers coming for all of you.

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TLB513 4/29/2009 8:10PM

    emoticon Thinking of always! If you need!

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Ziploc Barbies Lips!

Monday, April 27, 2009

I'm up early this dreary Monday,
As you know I'm not a daily blogger, but lately I've been inspired by a few blogs I've read. Maybe its time to clear my head.
So here I go.

My last blog was titled very depressed, I'll try not to have that again, I'll wait until the end of this blog to see what this should be titled.

Did you notice I've gained the last 3 month in a row? I layed in bed on Sunday and tried to figure out what my issues are, I'm stumped, I know my husband has been home a bit more, and my DD needs me so little now that she driving and works a job. I think I'm up about 10 pounds.
Even exercise isn't as appealing as it used to be, and if you know me, I love my aerobic classes. I lived to log my minutes onto spark for years.

So here I sit @ 3:30 in the morning wondering where the heck my mogo for dieting went. Feeling a bit guilty about the food I ate right before bedtime.
I even feel fatter, my arms and legs and chest, my belly still feels good. Thanks to my weeklly abs class.
Theres are reasons to drop a few pounds in my life too right now too. 25th class reunion this summer. Summer in general. and were FORSURE going on vacation in Jan/Feb of 2010.

So there ya go! That's me in a nutshell. I still don't have a title for my page though.

Nevemind... I just got it off a coupon! LOL!

Thanks for listening! Maybe I'll try it again tomorrow with a what I'm going to do about it blog!

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DIVALICIOUS7 9/27/2009 11:00PM

    Human - aren't you - doessn't get any easier - keep the faith
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WASCALLYWONE 4/28/2009 11:18AM

    HEY! GUESS WHAT!! YOU'RE NORMAL!!!! A real, live Human Person! So gather some of that love that you always have for everybody else and lavish some on YOU! I can't wait until we go for our first walk together... next Tues, Maybe? (I still have water aerobics tonite)
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TRISH2007 4/27/2009 9:26AM

    I know exactly what you mean Barbie. I seem to have a good run going, and then suddenly, I'm distracted by work and family. I do end up getting in cardio minutes, but it just seems as if I'm going through the motions, and the weight just doesn't come off.

If I had an answer for you, I would certainly let you in on the secret. But, I'm still trying to figure that one out for myself. But, just know, we're all here for you whether you gain some or lose some. We're all in the same boat!


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ZEBRAMOM1 4/27/2009 8:54AM

    It is hard to keep this up. It's so much easier to fall back into our old habits. The weather lately has not exactly been very helpful and could be contributing to your emotions.

If we were closer I would happily be an exercise buddy with you. Is there someone near you that you can walk or workout with? Might help you stay on track, and doing it with a friend is always wonderful.

You are such a warm and bubbly person and so motivating to so many of us, but I know you've been struggling. Remember that you're not alone. There is at least one other person right there with you!!!

Big old hugs to you!!

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DEBBIECK 4/27/2009 8:36AM

    Oooooo, Barbie, can I join you in the land of 'what the h**l went wrong? I am so in the same place right now. I woke up this morning with a renewed sense of purpose. Of course, I wake up every morning with a renewed sense of purpose - LOL. I just need to stop overthinking the whole darned thing and 'do it'.

For sure, Lacy growing up and needing less of your time is one reason. It's hard when those girls start doing things on their own. I'm not sure I've adjusted yet and my daughter is 28! Also, hubby being around more is a factor. We always eat 'worse' things when we're just hanging out. I don't consciously think of it as self-destructive, but I suppose it is.

I LOVE the title for your blog! You know, when you're a sunny person, like yourself, and things get a little cloudy, people get shaken a little - it's different from their norm. Lots of pressure, huh? But don't you worry about anybody but yourself. You'll figure this out (at least for a while). I believe that if you and I can even go a LITTLE bit in the weight loss direction it will motivate us to do more. At least, that has been my history. I'm with you on this girlfriend and looking forward to your next blog. I've decided to take your suggestion that I blog once a week to heart - you do it, too!

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VERY Depressed!!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Well, I'm not one to blog to much, but the e-mail today said it helps keep you on track.

1st off, I gained though the holidays! I bought a new scale today that matches the YMCA and my Dr. scale. Which means... I right away gained 4 lbs on top of the 6 holiday pounds. that's 10 pounds to start out the NEW Year... NO FAIR!!!
So I swollowed my pride and moved my ticker!

Are ya following my depression so far?

Next.. I had a body fat % test done at the Y, Oh my! I was in tears, Really.

Then my lovely daughter and I had a slight tiff, Grrr teenagers! You would think I was pmsing, but I'm not!

I did have a Sparkfriend that I cried to today. (thank you for that by the way) She put a few things straight for me! XXOO

Ok, so here's where I turn things around. I went to the Y, did an aerobic class, which I felt like a over weight tuba player holding his tuba while working out! Ha!
Then after, I signed up for a 7 week Saturday morning sunrise class (7am) So the plan is to work out 3 days a week Forsure.
Well, since I was bitting ALL my bullets today! LOL! When I got home I had Hubby take 2 full lenght photos of me in my aerobic clothes. Sigh...
I should go to bed now!

I'm leader of the Wisconsin team, which now has 50,000 members, its a bit overwhelming, and I just hope they know, I'm struggling right along with them, I of course do not have all the answer to weight loss as you can see, but I'm there to cheer them along. I do love doing it, and have made wonderful friends along the way. So Thats not really a complaint. I just want everyone to know... I'm struggling too I guess.

Hey, Their right, I am starting to feel better blogging.

Thanks for reading gang... today was just a bit much with the scale and body% and photo thing. don't ever do them all on the same day. LOL!

Much love all!
I'm going to make 2009 the year I make ME proud!

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JANERS070 2/13/2009 11:15PM

    You are so funny!

So where are you at? Im a member of the Y too! if we live close we should workout together

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GRANNY2 1/31/2009 3:01PM

    I am in Door County WI

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GRANNY2 1/31/2009 3:01PM

    Don't be so hard on yourself! I can walk 4x a week, 3 miles in 22 minutes, eat only 1300 calories, and do I lose? Nope. I am trying to not even think of what I should lose, still my highschool size, only that is re-distributed! emoticon

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RELIVGAL 1/21/2009 11:15PM

    Hey Barbie! I saw your note to me and guess what? I'm FROM Stevens Point! We're going to have to chat, seriously.

And hey, if you would like some help with your weight loss goals, I work with a nutritional science company that is absolutely changing peoples' lives.

I've lost 12 pounds so far, and my friend from Green Bay has lost 70! If you'd like to hear more, e-me or call my cell: 715-923-7358. Would love to chat!

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JOELLE_ANNETTE 1/20/2009 9:12PM

    Oh my gosh Barbie you are so great! Thank you for being the head of the Wisconsin Team! You really do make me feel more welcome on this thing.. Holy Cow you have lost some poundage girl! you are amazing.. i hope i can see my ticker go down soon.. but remember- don't obsess about the scale. You are in the middle of a Lifestyle change.. an emotional, personal, and physical change. I'm proud of you and I don't even know you! I just hope i can face my fears of failure as well as you are..

you rock!

joelle from madison-

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THIN4HIM5 1/13/2009 10:30AM


First off ~ I can SO empathize with your Barbie. I have struggled off and on pretty much for as long as I have memory. I really want to just be normal~ NOT ~ stick thin, but normal size. I have also struggled with depression for many many years. Last week I was PMS'ing and this week of course it is just MS'ing. DS was home from school most of last week due to an incident the week before as well as 5 other boys. He made a stupid choice and knows it. DH was a bear and continues to be a doofus. I like when he is at work and I am home with the kids by myself. That is pretty sad huh?.
We have to do a health risk assessment every year for DH's work. I really want this year to be a good one. I want to be at or very close to goal. I hate taking that fat % test. OMG!!! Barbie~ you can do this. It sounds like you have a great plan and have set things in motion. I wish that I lived in Point so that I/we as a family could utilize the YMCA. My second son went to gymnastics there and loved it. He was really good too.
I am proud of you for hanging in and working through this. I know that it is not easy. Thank you for your honesty here in this blog and I am cheering for you!

God Bless,
Wendy emoticonMMWWWWAAAA!

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CLOUDJEJ 1/13/2009 9:25AM

    I too gained weight over the holidays and am totally depressed about starting the New Year off this way! I have fallen off the wagon and need to hop back on! I did one of these BMI calculators online and it said I was overweight. Just this past summer, my doctor said I needed to stay active but I was still within my healthy BMI. Now all I get from my online BMI is that I am overweight!!! I don't even want to go to the doctor to ask for help because he will see how much weight I have gained over the last couple months! I will offer any encouragement that I can to you if you'll do the same for me! It helps to have a friend that is going through the same things you are (or similar). You can do it girl!

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LILYPUTIN 1/10/2009 11:26AM

    I hear you Barbie. I'm up 10 too, but aiming down in 2009. Looking on the bright side, I handled this holiday better than the last and the next will be better yet. I wish I got do-overs with my kids the way I get do-overs with the holidays! Just do your best with them - it's really all we can do.

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MAGGIET9 1/10/2009 12:39AM

  Hi, Barb.
I will be coming home to Point in a few weeks. Am in Colorado right now. I'm going to try to do a lot of cross country skiing whenn I get there. Do you ever take part in this sport? If so, maybe you would like to join me? I've never done the body fat thing at the Y. If I did, I'd also be mucho depressed.
I've raised five daughters through teenagerhood so far and have three left to go; it can be one of the most enjoyable, yet miserable times of your life.

I hope to get on some teams soon.. just need to figure things out.


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WASCALLYWONE 1/8/2009 9:32AM

    WOW, that was a hard day for you -- for anyone! I think I would've had to have several DRINKS to numb the pain that night. You are stronger than that. That bubbly personality won't let you quit and you are the BEST at what you do -- keep us going in the right direction. Wish I would have read this sooner, but here are BIG HUGS from me. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KMREIN 1/6/2009 2:00PM

    Hey, Barbie-just wanted to thank you SO much for all your work leading the WI team and give you some encouragement. You are such a great role model for all of us and I think it makes you even more amazing that you are willing to talk honestly about your struggles! emoticon

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HILLRUNNER 1/5/2009 5:50AM

    Hey Barbie! emoticon and emoticon to you!

Brave and honest post!
I'm feeling the pain.. and the tighter clothes as well. It's good none of us have all the answers, we are part of a puzzle with pieces that fit together to help one another. Thank you for all that you do and your great message you left on my page.
Keep moving forward and yes, 2009 will be the year we make ourselves proud!!
You are a star!!

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TLB513 1/4/2009 4:11PM

As you know, I haven't been a very good Sparker lately... Thus, missing your post until just now. But... I know that you are doing what you need to do, to get right back on track! WE CAN DO THIS!!!

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ANGIE_JCFD520 1/3/2009 6:47PM

    Oh Barbie! I soo know how you feel! You are doing such an awesome job at getting back on track! You are going to do it and you are going to look Awesome by camping season....we both are!

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    Even our leaders tumble every now and then. You are special and admired for taking on this WI group.

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KRISSYMAC 1/1/2009 11:48AM

    ((Barbie)) this a super big hug to my super friend! Sorry I'm reading this two days late...I just want you to know that you have succeeded in sooooo many ways, regardless of what the scale says. You truly bring me up and bring a SMILE to my face with every post, thank you for that! You do those crazy 90 minute classes of exercise, you are a force to be reckoned with!!! Don't forget will have those extra 10lbs off in NO TIME, I know YOU!!! One day at time. I want you to remember how much joy you bring not only to myself ,but MANY, MANY people!!! Love ya!!! Happy New Year!!!!

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CHRISTINA_CSR 12/30/2008 6:07PM

    Hey Barbie, I bet your heart rate is aWesOMe, unlike mine (82 at rest!). Think of all the healthy side affects from your toils, not the scale. I gained 10lbs too, a hard 10, that I can't seem to budge even 2lbs off. So thanks for caring and visiting me, ... I will be on the ACTIVE list in 2009. I got a heartrate monitor and I am going to use it. It will tell me what my calorie burn REALLY is, and how to keep my heart rate in the burn mode. We will be active in the new year, that's how you lose it (and portion control). You Go Girl!!!

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BRENDA_2010 12/30/2008 3:30PM

    Barbie- emoticon emoticon emoticon

I am so proud of you. You did all three of the "enemy" lines in our weightloss journey in one day. Good for you. You are doing the right thing and getting on the right track. You are our leader, but you are also human. I am here for you!!
We TOGETHER are going to start the new year out right and kick some butt. emoticon I am with you all the way.


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P.S. You should blog more, it does really help!!!

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SANDYC17 12/30/2008 9:01AM

    Dearest Exercise Sparkbuddy,
You are one brave woman to have faced all that in one day. But being the strong supportive sparker that you are, you know that the only way to get back on the wagon when you slip and fall is to put all the negative stuff behind you and move forward with a positive attitude. If there is anything that I have learned about you over the past year (??? how long has it been??) is that you have a positive attitude -- AND YOU WORK YOUR TAIL OFF! So, just think of this as a little bump in the road on a long journey that we are on. I have complete faith in you and I'm right here taking the journey with you.
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    Barbie...I feel your pain! You are doing the right thing so don't fret! The new year will be bright and you will lose even more. I know you will. Judi Pearl emoticon

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A Barbie review!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Well, I stunk up the last challenge. I haven''t weighed myself for about a week.

Tah-Duh, Tomorrow is September 1st. I think its time for me to review myself.
Well, I do good when I write eveything down, I did that for about 3 weeks of the last challenge, I love the healthy feeling of good for me food and exercise.
And August was the worst month for me with exercise too, I did have a few hoof problems, but I'm better now.
The food... oh the food, I think I eat pretty healthy, just too darn much, maybe if I eat more protein, I'd fill up faster.
And that dog-gone beer I love, That's gotta go!
Ya know, I thought writing this all down may motivate me some, I sure hope so. Say a little prayer for me if your reading this. Thanks!

So here I go again gang,
I'll weigh myself in the AM
And September 1st.
1. Journal Everyday! If I bite it, I write it.

2. Keep in my calorie range everyday.(1450 weekdays 1600 weekends)

3. Drink all my water everyday.

Weekly goals:

1. Exercise 4X a week. 50 min or more each.

2. lose at least 1 pound a week. ( keep your fingers crossed)

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SANDYC17 11/11/2008 8:21AM

    Hi sparkbuddy,

Just belatedly reading this blog! Cute - "if I bite it, I write it"... Love it!

I agree with Debbie ( the last person who left a comment) - don't give up the beer!
emoticon We just need to give up something else to have that ice cold beer on a hot summer day!

Talk to you on our "active" thread.

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WHISKEYWOMAN3 10/22/2008 9:10AM

    Barbie,Don't give up your beer!! I will say a little prayer. Debbie emoticon

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ANGIE_JCFD520 9/1/2008 9:10PM

    Good luck Barbie! You can do it! The busy summer season is ending. I miss chatting with you!!!

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JILLWILSON2102 9/1/2008 10:58AM

    Barbie - you know you are definitely this team's cheerleader and we are always here for you. You are on the right track, as always. I do think it is easy on this journey to have times where we just aren't as motivated as we want to be. It's hard to be "up" every day, BUT you are up every day. You can do this and we will help you. You go girl!! Jill

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RAIDERMOM2277 9/1/2008 7:41AM

You can do this. Cheering you along.

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HILLRUNNER 9/1/2008 5:46AM

    Hey Barbie!
Here's to you! Got the poms poms out!!!

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It's My time!!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Look Who hasn't blogged since March! ME!!
I haven't been serious about losing weight in awhile, partly because of summer, partly because I've been lazy.

I'm recommiting Monday June 30th and going to lose5% of my body weight by Labor Day.
That's about 8 pounds or so. I have a few special friends here on SP joining me in this mission. But I could use a few more cheers along the way.

Barbies Personal Daily Goals:

1. Journal Everyday! If I bite it, I write it.

2. Keep in my calorie range everyday.(1450 weekdays 1600 weekends)

3. Drink all my water everyday.

Weekly goals:

1. Exercise 4X a week. 50 min or more each.

2. lose at least 1 pound a week.

Seems pretty simple when you look at it written down. Now start the hard part.

There! It is written!!

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KATRINIA17 7/20/2008 1:00AM

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You can do this! We can do this! We both can do this!

Yay us!


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INSPIREDAT30 7/14/2008 11:25PM

  Hey Barbie it's Crystal. I finally stumbled upon your sight after you telling me about it a couple years ago. I saw you at the parade on the 4th and thought you looked GREAT!! Keep up the good work!

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TLB513 7/1/2008 12:29PM

    Wooohooo! Hold on tight, 'cause here we gooooooooooooooooo!
Your goodie message made me SMILE!

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ANGIE_JCFD520 6/30/2008 4:33PM

    Hi there! I sure miss you and could use your motivation myself! I know you can do it!

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WASCALLYWONE 6/30/2008 12:54PM

    You are a super-motivator! I love your way with words -- so fresh and sassy! YOU GO GIRL!! emoticon

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