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Blogging - a new team goal

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Well, since I'm the one that created this new team goal, I guess I better blog something.

Typically, I only blog when things aren't going well so having to blog once a week might very well change that.

This is what I told my team members about blogging:

"Blogging is supposed to be good for you because it helps release some of your stress by writing (typing) stuff down. It's also good for us because it gives us an insight into you (other members) that we wouldn't otherwise know. So, please blog once a week to help you and to help us."

What do you think? Does it sound reasonable?

Anyway, I enjoyed a nice sunny afternoon here in southern Ontario by sitting on the deck and reading my magazine called "Best Health". It's clouded over now and soon I will have to think about making dinner. I'm making pasta with meat sauce - hmm, yummy!

I'm also doing laundry today. I didn't get any chores done yesterday because I had a 2 hour nap yesterday afternoon. But, I did do 50 minutes of aerobics. emoticon

Today, I only did 20 minutes because my left wrist was killing me. I, eventually, put an ice pack on it.

Got to go. I'll chat soon. Have a good week, everyone!

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MARIARITA1 9/29/2008 4:25PM

    Blogging is a great way to learn more about people. I have been to Onterio twice in my life, and Canada is awesome. I hope your wrist feels better and thanks for sharing a part of your day with us, blogging for me helps me to clear my thoughts and stay focused on life, sometimes many are listening other time just that small few, either way it always makes me feel better. Hugs....Rita

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JERIBERI1 9/28/2008 5:05PM

    Blogging is fun! I think it's a great goal for a team.

I hope your wrist feels better soon. Maybe you should sleep in your wrist splints a few days.

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Thanks for the support!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Thank you to all my friends for their support.

I think I will try eating at the low end of my calorie range (thanks ITSME51) and I also think I'll try to do without the scale for awhile but I don't know if I can because it can be addictive. It's the easiest way to see how you're doing.

Don't worry; I won't give up. I've been trying to lose weight since 1998 and I probably won't stop now (although, it's tempting when you're doing everything you're supposed to do and still gain - I might as well eat chips and chicken wings again!).

It's just very, very frustrating. Two of my sisters are going to be measuring me again on the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, which is the second weekend in October (they're my personal trainers). Last time I measured myself on Labour Day weekend, I'd lost an inch off my thigh and an inch off my calf but I'd gained an inch on my hips. So, we'll see how it goes.

Thanks again, everyone!


I'm always going to be fat!

Monday, September 22, 2008

I hate the scale! I've been gaining and losing the same 5 pounds all summer. I weighed myself this morning and I'd gained 3.4 pounds!

I exercise 6 days a week. I keep in my calorie range most of the time. I drink my water. What else can I do?

And, I know what the platitudes are: "Maybe you're retaining water", "It's probably muscle", etc., etc.


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TOOTSBABY 9/22/2008 9:17PM

    Hey Girl....Don't you quit on me, I/We need you to hang in with us...The advice is great from everyone. Another challenge like this one without the scale will be a great one. And yes, I danced with the same weight for a longggggggg time then all of a sudden it started dropping again...I just stayed the course even when I sounded like you now only then I didn't have anyone to listen to me....It's taken me since March 2007 to lose 16 pounds and five of it has been since I joined SP in June....So you just hang tough and remember we are here. When you think fat......Think I'm a Fantastically, Attractive Thin Woman already .
............T........... emoticon emoticon emoticon
Throw out the scale....get an outfit to work towards....maybe a size smaller keep it within range.....you can get another when you get into that one and the beat goes on......Pam

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    Everyone is giving you great advice....measure inches, observe your endurance level, the way your clothes fit and how you feel.

Maybe it's time to revamp our arthritis challenge - go for a month without weighing. We can brainstorm another way to choose the winning team.

If you must use the scale - take a good look at it..... are you wearing the same thing every time? weighing at the same time? is your scale old and needs to be replaced? take a look at those things also.

Hang in there....you're getting healthier, even if the scale is stubborn. emoticon

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MARIARITA1 9/22/2008 2:24PM

    I have been stuck too for many many months, and I eat all the right things and excercise. I have an underactive thyroid, and I do think that is my reasons. I am just glad that at least it is not going up, but I have teetered 3 pounds up and down for many many months, it is upsetting, but I feel healthy and happy and strong, so maybe it is best not to focus on the scale. I wrote a blog myself and included my saddness with the scale. I did get on and the weight was the same again. I guess know that you are healthy as that is the most important thing.

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LINTAM 9/22/2008 10:27AM

    I agree with both posters.
I just put my scale away too. I have yo-yoed back and forth for so long I'm tired of looking at the dumb scale. emoticon My clothes fit looser now so I take that as a very good sign. I measured myself and I have lost inches. Another good sign. Try not to stress over your weight ups and downs. If you're like me that will just make you want to grab a food you don't need and munch away.
Keep up your exercise! Wish I could exercise more. You're doing all the right things. It just may take a while to realize how good you really are doing. emoticon Try putting your scales away for a few weeks.
The word 'Weight' has been on my mind for so many years. Waaah I'm trying to do all the right things and just not think about it all the time. Easier said than done sometimes however.

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ITSME51 9/22/2008 9:28AM

    Stay positive.... and speaking from my own experience I try to always stay as close as possible to the lowest end of my calorie range and not go over the high end. I know that if I can do it, you can too. Just try to go at least 2 weeks with keeping your calorie intake at the low end of your range and I am sure you will see a difference. Keep smiling!!!


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WYCKEDSTEPMOM 9/22/2008 7:26AM

    Maybe it's time to put away the scale and concentrate on how you're feeling? Do you have more energy? Do your clothes fit better? This is the first program I've done NOT using a scale, and while I'm torn between wanting the affirmation of seeing the numbers drop, I don't have the frustration of seeing them not drop when I think they should.

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Spark Friend in Hospital

Thursday, September 18, 2008

One of the members (and my friend) from my Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis team is in the hospital and isn't doing well at all. Her Spark Name is TRAINOF4 and her Spark Page has the latest updates on her health. Please pray that she gets better.

Thank you.


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MOLLIEMAC 9/19/2008 9:05AM

    Joanna, I wish her well...MJ emoticon

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Back from vacation

Saturday, August 09, 2008

This is where I was for the last week. Nice "cottage", eh? It was great. There were 10 people there (me, my dad, two of my sisters and their husbands and kids). But, the cottage was so big, we all had plenty of privacy and quiet if we wanted it.

The lake was also quiet and calm. I read 4 novels. I also did 3 times as much exercise as I usually do and gained point 2 pounds but we ate tons more than I usually do, too, so I figure that's not bad. My sisters and their families seem to eat every 3 or so hours and not always healthfully but since I'm avoiding wheat, I didn't have any of the chocolate chip cookies or muffins or pancakes that my sister made so that's probably good, too (but it sure was tempting because they smelled so good).

It's raining here all weekend and then it's back to work on Monday, when it's supposed to be sunny again (figures). I'll just have to look forward to my next vacation/time off, which will be the first week of September. That's not too far away...

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GEMMAJO 8/18/2008 6:12AM

    wow the cottage looks awsome welcome back I ve just come back from a short break away

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CDRAKEAK 8/10/2008 5:09PM

    Joanna, that looks like an awesome place to vacation! It sounds like you had an awesome time.

Welcome back!

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MOLLIEMAC 8/10/2008 10:22AM

    Looks and sounds like a wonderful place to veg out. Good on you for resisting the baked goods, BTW....MJ :)

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