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In my case an absence meant "I quit!"

Thursday, October 04, 2012

No, this is not what you are thinking or expecting. I am so sorry (all of my Sparkpeople friends) that I have been absent for a very long time. I did not quit exercising as you might think. The last year has been emotionally challenging for our family on many levels. The timing of my post is perfect since we are in October and October is Breast Cancer awareness Month. Cancer of any form is sad, scary, and emotionally draining on everyone who has ever been affected by it.

Why is this topic so Important today?

Our family has dealt with a loss this past July due to Lung Cancer. Yes, this was heart-wrenching, sad, and very emotional to get through. But, let me tell you there is another side to Cancer that we often do not talk about or think about.

My Aunt smoked for many years and quit smoking seven years ago. She often tried to encourage the rest of us to quit too. Every one of us did what we usually do when an ex-smoker talks to us about quitting. We say, "someday."

Well, now here is the Blessing that was bestowed upon our family. Her loss had a very BIG impact on myself. I quit smoking 1 month and 1 day after her passing. So sometimes little miracles and blessings come from the most difficult places. The Irony is, isn't this the way it always works?

It is never easy when we are creating new habits, fighting to keep exercising, conflicted over what we ate today, or even struggling with finances or something more personal in our lives. Rewards come with hard work.

I can say this with confidence now, I quit smoking on August 2, 2012, (I smoked for 35 years)

Yes, I am eating anything and everything as if I have a bottomless pit. No, this is not great for my weight. However, on the health front, I am very proud of the lowering blood pressure, and do you want to bet my next Cholesterol check will be lower too? So, I will keep walking (I walk every other day for an hour and a half) and I will continue to fight my cravings and get a better handle on them. And then, I will get back on track with my eating goals. To many challenges at once could lead to failure and I am NOT getting on that Train!

Tackle one thing at a time and know that each of your choices are leading to a healthier living, and better life. Slow and steady you will win the race. I am proud to say that I currently am.

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DEBBIE19584 10/9/2012 4:57PM

    I read in ad magazine in a quote someone said, " Your life today is the result of your attitude and the choices you have made in the past; your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitude and the choices you make today". emoticon

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    Sorry for your family's loss. My Dad smoked (close to 3 packs a day) for years and quit in his late 50s but the damage had already been done. We lost him to lung cancer 7 years ago. I think cigarettes are one of the greatest lies/evils we have to face. They are so addicting. I smoked and quit as well - it's been about 6 years since my last cigarette and I am SO thankful that God helped me muster up the strength to stop. Besides the hideous health effects, the costs of cigarettes is disgusting.

Here's to you and your family!! Stay healthy, Pat

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GARDENCHRIS 10/5/2012 6:58AM

    so sorry for your loss..... but be thankful for the gift that you Aunt did give to you... you quit smoking and started to take care of you.

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GINNJEN1974 10/5/2012 6:28AM

    Way to go! One step at a time one hurdle at a time. You will get to that place in your time.

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HERE2BME 10/4/2012 9:59PM

  Awesome! I have been there and done that! Quitting smoking is what led me to SP. I gained 10-12 pounds instantly and decided that wasn't for me. Things will come around and you will level out. My BIL has lung cancer (not from smoking). His metastasized from a tumor in his leg. Long hard road, but he's still going! Very blessed.

Just keep on keeping on and you will be like me, it has been 4 years for me this month! Wow! See you there!

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GRAPEVINE60 10/4/2012 7:25PM

    I'm so proud of you for quitting. That is awesome!

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    Awesome post! So proud of you for quitting smoking after all these years. My in-laws both faced the same situation when my grandpa-in-law passed away from lung cancer. They both quit smoking cold turkey the day of the funeral.

Good for you, also, in knowing that you can't tackle everything at once. It sounds as if you have a good plan, and good insight into your priorities.

I sure wouldn't bet against you at your next cholesterol check!!! emoticon

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Happy Dance!! ~~

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Not long ago, The scale would not move, no matter how much I spoke to it. It would not listen to reason, argument, or desperation. Those numbers just stared back at me silently. Almost as if I never said a word.

So, I spoke quietly and calmly at first. Then I began to get more demanding.
That scale could care less!

So, I blogged in pure frustration, "I am stuck."
Well, guess what?! I won the argument, eventually. It started on Sunday. That blessed scale moved down 1 LB. I thought I had gone to heaven! 1 LB, 1 LB!! emoticon

Then today (a total fluke, mind you!) I stood on that blessed flat scale, holding my breath and asking myself why was I weighing again only two days later?
And, I beat the scale at it's own game! I lost another 2LBS. 2 LBS! 2 LBS!!

3 LBS in less than a week! emoticon emoticon

So, here is a moment to share that the scale is NOT your friend, but it is not your enemy either. We all reach plateaus and feel frustrated, but do not despair, and PLEASE do not give up. The scale will move eventually.

Many blessings to all of my Sparkfriends and smile because you will win!!

You win when you feel less winded.

And, also when you have more energy.

Another win is when you notice your measurements have changed.

An aha moment when you actually feel "good."

Every step you take leads to a greater goal and ultimately a healthier future.

So, please don't let the scale be your be-all. It, isn't.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GRAMCARM 2/15/2011 8:26PM

    Kim, you are the true SP Spirit! One of my most critical tools is to post every day cause it keeps me focused and motivated but I notice not many members feel the same. Then I got your message today and my determination was renewed! I am ready to face the scale tomorrow and give my SP plan a fresh start. Thank you and big hugs ...

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APIRLRAIN888 2/15/2011 4:35PM

    Wooohoo yes that Mr scae can be a charmer sometime!

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GRAPEVINE60 2/15/2011 2:19PM

    emoticon I am so glad it moved for you!

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LAURAMCKEANE 2/15/2011 2:15PM

    Very awesome..and a great reminder!

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LOVEBYRD 2/15/2011 1:55PM

    So glad for you!

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HEALTHYME47 2/15/2011 1:43PM

    Congrats! Your body just follows its own timetable sometimes but if you stick with it, the weight DOES come off. Way to persevere!


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TRANSFORM724 2/15/2011 1:33PM

    I'm doing the happy dance for you! Great job!

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Walking partner? Jackson County, Oregon

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hi All!!
I know this might seem a crazy way to do this, but....
I am looking for a walking partner in Jackson County, Oregon.

Maggie and I go for walks, but Maggie is not ready for a longer duration and her mom is!! If you are interested and live within the Rogue Valley Area of Oregon.. please send me an email. Maybe we can start out meeting at the Mall and walking there, and as the weather gets warmer, extending it to all of the beautiful Oregon trails that surround this area.

Interested? Drop me a line.


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ERIN_POSCH 11/6/2014 5:02PM

    are you still looking for walking partners.... i'm in MEDFORD?

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LAURAMCKEANE 2/15/2011 2:15PM

    I would be interested too...depending on the time!

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DIGHUMOR25 2/14/2011 11:45AM

    I might be able to walk with you? I'm out in White City...


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GRAPEVINE60 2/13/2011 10:02PM

    Sorry........I'm on Oklahoma.

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APIRLRAIN888 2/13/2011 6:17PM

    hey I have another solution. do you know about SP virutal 5k race? it's walk. walk/run. run ;p
it's on sparkguy's blog, a new feature! it runs weekly!
the idea is you race against yourself or others ;p
chk it out! I did my first one today ;p

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Aha Moment

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The nutrition tracker really does help and is worth taking the time.

A nice feature on Sp that really works when you use it and then run reports to see your trends.

I just realized that I have been eating at the lowest caloric recommendation for a few weeks. Prior to that, when I was eating at the top end of my caloric recommendation, I was actually losing weight. Lately, I have not had any change on the scale. Hmmm. Might need to increase my caloric intake!

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ATHIMAE 2/12/2011 1:31PM

    Wow that's great! It definitely helps to see patterns like that and make adjustments.

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CAROL3SAN 2/10/2011 7:17PM

    Hello there. Increasing my caloric intake sounds like music to my ears :) But I guess I'll just stick to doing what's working for me. Enjoy! emoticon

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IBECCA 2/10/2011 2:18AM

    I live by the SP tracker!!!! heheh

How are ya? Great I hope
hugs and hugs!!!

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GWENAEL 2/9/2011 8:22PM

  I track every single thing that touches my lips! Glad lipstick doesn't have any calories!

Have a great evening!

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STARLITEGIRL44 2/9/2011 4:14PM

  Yes it's great isn't it. Really makes you aware. It's all a game to trick your body to keep up with all the exercise your doing reminds you to eat more when needed. Keep up the good work it will come. Might be time for some good old extra nuts or some other yummy good fat. emoticon

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GRAPEVINE60 2/9/2011 3:06PM

    I do keep track of my calories, but I focus more on my carbs. If I eat less calories and more carbs, then the scale either doesn't move or it moves up. If I eat less carbs (even if it's more calories), I usually lose. So I try to focus more on the carbs I am eating.

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I am stuck..

Sunday, February 06, 2011

I am not sure what to make of my progress (or lack of!) right now. The scale is not moving. I am eating within my calorie range, drinking plenty of water, and pushing myself to do some activity everyday.

Maybe it is time to take pictures of now and look back in a month?
I am struggling not to become discouraged and remind myself over and over that progress is happening (even if I can not see it right now)

Most importantly I know that I can not give up, or allow excuses to deter me.
That would be the "easy" way out and I REFUSE to go there.

I know I am not alone. I am reminding myself that this is temporary.
Maybe it is time to mix things up.

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STARLITEGIRL44 2/9/2011 7:08AM

  Never ever give up on your efforts and what you learned along the way you have to keep going strong everyday when things aren't moving like you want then mix things up go deeper within your strength push yourself harder on activities and workouts , lift heavier weights, eat more protein , don't eat three hours before bed and it will come just takes time this happens alot to me every year , every season but sometimes like you said progress pictures for yourself or here to see , keep a record of your progress in a journeal book or something like that to see your progress will keep you wanting more and going for the best you can do. Theres tricks to finding new motivation by going to others pages and reading what worked from them or joining a team to fire you up on exercise will work. A good book on eating healthy seeing pictures. things like that work for me. Good luck emoticon

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GWENAEL 2/7/2011 3:34PM

  Hang in there! I know it's hard, but you can do it!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 2/6/2011 7:40PM

    The scale is stuck for me right now too, but we can't give up. Let's commit to continuing to do our best. The scale will move eventually!

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    Just keep going - you're doing emoticon
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SHORTLY 2/6/2011 4:19PM

    So as long as we are still bloging, sparking and being active, stuck is ok, it's going to come to both of us, just not as fast as we would like. God bless.

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GRAPEVINE60 2/6/2011 4:18PM

    Don't give up. Sometimes if you are eating the same. Amount of calories you just need to switch things up. Maybe eat a little more. emoticon

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    I hope you're also tracking your measurements. In January I didn't loose a pound at all. Nope, stayed in the same range. It wasn't until my monthly measuring that I realized that I still did make progress, even if the scale wasn't showing it. Sometimes our bodies also go in spurts where it might be time to try a new exercise to jump your body back into the loosing mode. I found that my best times for actually weight loss come after a plateau of sorts.

Keep trying!

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CAROL3SAN 2/6/2011 2:51PM

    Hello dear lady, Sorry you are not happy with your progress right now, but don't be discouraged....WE CAN DO THIS, AND WE WILL DO THIS IN 2011 :) Just rearrange your food a little or change up on your exercise. It is going to happen for us you'll see. You are right, this is only a temporary pause in progress. Be well. emoticon

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GRAMCARM 2/6/2011 2:16PM

    I truly think the weather and barometer has a lot to do with our body chemistry just like the full moon. Have you ever noticed that about 5 days before the full moon you feel bloated and kind of pissy? Right now I am so fed up with winter and I feel the urge to walk outside but it's too miserable but my body feels bloated even though I'm eating fairly well and putting some steps on my pedometer. I bet a couple of days of sunshine will show a significant drop in the scale and we're all going to be cheerier. Just don't give up now cause it's just a matter of days before we'll get the sun. Thanks for posting and hope it helped you cause it helped me. Today I'm going to a girlfriend' s house for super bowl and for me (not being a sports fan) it's a chance to get together with friends and eat. I'm only staying til after halftime so let's see how much damage I do by then.

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