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Day 35.....finding your focus

Thursday, February 04, 2010

WOW....I made it to the grocery store.....and out with NO junk food at all! Kroger even had Edy's ice cream on sale and I had a $1.00 off coupon; I just marched right past the showcase of ice cream and felt sooooooo strong!!!! YAY!!!!!

I read an old article on finding your focus, and here it is:

What do you really want to achieve by the end of 2010?? We know it's far away, but if it was anything like 2009, it too will be here before we know it!!!! Do you want to shed a few pounds? Finish a degree program? The fact is, while you may want to do it all, to succeed you will have to focus your efforts on a few things that really matter. Let go of all the things that aren't so important and really focus your attention and energy on reaching one thing at the end of this year.

This is what I am keeping in my mind...seeing me 20# lighter, feeling so much better, my back hurting less, the clothes feeling and looking better on me.....Visualize yourself right now.....what do you want to look like, or where do you want to be or what do you want to be doing? We can do it!!!!

From Spark: cultivate friendships. The happiest people spend the least time alone. Attend social gatherings, host a party, and call your close friends to catch up as often as possible.

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TKT123 2/4/2010 7:26PM

    I had to tell you this right away before I forget...Eddy's has a frozen yogurt that is only 100 calories a half some cones at only 15 calories and you have a wonderful snack...yup that is what I do...they have this cappochino chip frozen yogurt that is outstanding..I love it and have it every few days as my, use your coupon (I did) and buy that frozen yogurt..xxxooo T

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WOWEETOO 2/4/2010 4:55PM

    and eat i never saw any blog with so much food in it all the time i could never live your life because i don't think i am strong enough to pass it all up
i will say i did 378-105 and maintaining now for 2 plus years here..just in case i want to broadcast that again and it wasn't nearly as much fun as you are having lol the lady mary

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/4/2010 4:02PM

    Kinda ahrd to do but you did great. My downfall is the bakery section with fresh goods. Ugh but i do good there, too.

However, I do get a package of skinny cow sugar free only. Now and again.
Your doing good.

P.S. on my facebook accnt if you look at my recent wall photos you wills ee flashbacks of me growing up.

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MYFEETHURT 2/4/2010 2:08PM

  Sounds like a winning plan for 2010. After unsuccessfully looking for a dress for a funeral today...I am so ready to be able to put on one of my old dresses. With just a little more dedication...I'll be able to. Let's keep going in the right direction. Full speed ahead. Well, maybe not full speed...slowly but too. As long as we keep going! mary

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day hat lunch out!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

I woke up not feeling too well...not sure why, but I was lying on the couch after I got up around 8AM; my cute little Bella came and laid on my legs; then around 10, I started to feel better, so I got in my red hat gear.....purple sweater, red hat, dark jeans and went to a neat tea restaurant....a prearranged lunch where we selected our meals beforehand, and I chose the Victorian salad with chicken and a raspberry vinaigrette and it was really good. The friend the left of me chose the chicken pot pie........covered in gravy, It looked really yummy, but I'm sure it was pretty high caloric, and the right to the right of me had the cheesy quiche, and boy did that look good and also pretty high calorie I'm sure. Ya, I wished I had ordered the quiche, but so glad I did not have to add up those calories!

If you're headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns. Barbara Johnson

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MTNGRL 2/3/2010 10:29PM

    emoticon good choice on lunch!

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LOULOUBELLE2 2/3/2010 10:27PM

    Wish I liked vinaigrette.............I would have order the salad but with Ranch on the side.
Hope your note coming down the the nasty virus that I just got over with. It's not fun, so take care my friend. Get your sleep and drink your water. Like I HAVE to tell you THAT!!!!!

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TKT123 2/3/2010 6:01PM

    Hope your feeling better this evening Barbara...I have a bad cold and sure hope your not coming down with this virus sure takes a lot out of you..hugs, T

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WOWEETOO 2/3/2010 5:50PM

    i felt like that also but just rolled with it mine is proabably laziness and the fact that i am not getting my spark stuff like a ton of other people hope you feel better!! hugs the lady mary

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 2/3/2010 5:45PM

  Your choice sounds the yummiest for me! I hope you are feeling all better now. Enjoy those Bella cuddles!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/3/2010 4:20PM

    Theres been another flu/crud going around or a virus. today I woke feeling really heavy in the muscles. It was an unusual feeling but am okay now.
Hope you don't get something bad.

Enjoy your day!

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Day 32........and planning for imperfections

Monday, February 01, 2010

I went over to my new friend's for breakfast......She fixed us quiche with egg whites, basil, a little cheese and oregano, and it was so good along with grapes and cranberry orange scones, of which I had one; it was nice and small too! It was a great way to start my February!

I was reading an article for 10/09 in the Parade.....that I had saved. One of the headings was PLAN FOR IMPERFECTION. I will give you the jest of the article.

Nobody is perfect. Recognizing that fact and planning for the slipup will almost certainly increase your chances of keeping your resolutions over the long term!!!!! Just because you had a moment of weakness doesn't mean that you should throw in the towel. Instead, reaffirm your commitment to actually crossing the finish line. See it in your mind. List one or two small actions you can take immediately to get yourself back on track to attaining your goal!

Did anyone have a slip up in January? I certainly did, and I never really thought about planning it, but it does make sense. Get over it, and move on......really MOVE IT!!!!

Goal this month is........REMOVE 5#.....20 sticks of butta!!! Believing I can do it!!!!!! What's your goal???

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LINDA! 2/3/2010 1:18PM

    My goal is to keep moving each day. In one form or another, I wnat to exercise!!

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LOULOUBELLE2 2/2/2010 5:40PM

    Hey There barbara.......I'm right along with you on this goal. 20 sticks of Butta gone by March 1st. We can do this....YES WE CAN..........

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TKT123 2/1/2010 8:55PM

    This is such great advice..thanks so much for passing it on to us..sounds like you had a wonderful day...nothing better then spending time with a friend is there? One day it will be yours and mine turn...I promise..hugs, T

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MTNGRL 2/1/2010 8:02PM

    I have a goal of removing 20 sticks too! Think we can do it? I do!!

Great blog again. I sure did slip up. I bought too many treats for my husband, knowing full well who would be eating them. I got carried away in the beginning of the month but by the middle of boot camp I realized I was only hurting myself.

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VISUALLYRICS 2/1/2010 7:49PM

    Great Blog, Barbara!! ...thanks!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/1/2010 4:20PM

    the breakfast at your friends home sounds delicous. I've never seen or heard of a scone but will look it up.

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Day 31

Sunday, January 31, 2010

It is hard to believe this is the last day of January....removed a total of 3#.....12 sticks of butta.....better than a gain! I'm trying to be optimistic about this whole thing, but these dreary days here in SE MI can get a gal down, so I'm trying hard to make it "sunny" inside!!!

DH and I are going out to dinner and take a walk around and see the rest of the zoo sculptures! I'm sure they will still be there, with temps in the 20's......and that's the high too!!!!!

A lot of people get through thinking before they get through thinking things through. Barbara Johnson

Hope everyone's February starts with a bang.......only 28 days!!!!! Make it count!!!

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MYFEETHURT 2/1/2010 9:20AM

  Hope you two kiddos had a nice date. Highs in the 20's...brrrr! Huge congrats on those lost 3#'s...I would call that a very successful month. mary

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LOULOUBELLE2 1/31/2010 11:48PM

    12 stick's of Butta.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MTNGRL 1/31/2010 9:41PM

    That's a lot of butter!!!! emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/31/2010 5:29PM

    Hope you have fun tonight.
that really sounds cold.
We're 40's and 40's. Still too cold.

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ETERNALMINDED 1/31/2010 2:58PM

    I had to laugh at your three pounds loss or 12 sticks of butter! LOL! What a way to look at it! Congrats on the loss! You and DH enjoy your outing! Blessings from a fellow sparkster!

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DEBBIEKAY1 1/31/2010 2:57PM

    AMEN! Have a GREAT week!

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Day 30

Saturday, January 30, 2010

What a fun but very cold day yesterday was.....the high was 16!!!! I met my friend for lunch.....did eat a little out of my health range....chicken ciabatta..baked though with a little cheese and mushrooms and it came with fries, which I shared with my friend who had the Italian Ciabatta and onion rings, which she shared and I had two small ones. I did NOT, however, have the tall beer (22oz) that she ordered! We walked afterwards so I didn't feel quite so bad about eating that wonderful sandwich!!!

Our town is having an ice festival, so my friend I had lunch with, two other friends and my DH and I met them at a warming ten downtown, walked around, took the free horse trolley and looked at the zoo animals ice was very cold....15, but it was a lot of fun, especially when around 7:50 the fireworks began!

The tent had a few fattening foods for sale; I only bought a water......was still full from lunch, but my girlfriend bought marshmallows to roast on the fire that was outside the tent......I did not, and I felt good about not partaking in that.....I know they are lo cal, but they're so full of sugar. I'm paying more attention to grams of sugar as well as the sodium and fat content of foods. When DH and I got home, I had my leftover ground turkey with pasta dish and was quite content with that.

I slept so well last night too........probably cuz I was outside and breathing in that COLD fresh air a lot!!!!

It's not the load t hat brings you down, it's the way you carry it. Barbara Johnson

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TKT123 1/30/2010 2:55PM

    I wanted to make it to your ice festival, but...didn' is so beautiful..thanks for the special blog..hugs, T

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 1/30/2010 1:28PM

  Oh, I would love to see an ice festival! It sounds wonderful! Good job on the food choices & getting in so much walking.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/30/2010 1:08PM

    It may have been cold, Barbara, but it sounds like you had a wonderful time. A delicious lunch and great choices thoughout the day. Best wishes for a fantastic weekend and an even great month of February.
Blessings and hugs,

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/30/2010 12:12PM

    You made excellent choices. So glad you ahd fun yesterday. We're not nearly as cold as you. We've been in the 40-50's yet I am bundled up good and warm when I go out. Gloves, knit scarf, knit had that wraps up almost all my head and face.

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MTNGRL 1/30/2010 11:36AM

    Great quote again! You sure had a nice day. Sounds like lots of fun and way to go on making better choices!

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