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Restart week one.

Monday, January 10, 2011

It is snowing here. emoticon I know some places routinely get tons of snow but for middle Tennessee, 3 inches is a major event. emoticonI tried to post the photos I got this morning...but this program says they are too big. Maybe I can find a way to resize and post..I am not good at manipulating the photo programs on my computer. emoticon

Today was weigh-in for my first week since I decided to reevaluate everything. I have been on SP for nearly three years. I have actually lost 16 lbs..and if all were as it should be, I would be well on my way to my goal. of today, I am right back at my original starting weight...and that with the two lbs I lost last week.

The scale read lower last Friday. I am not discouraged (granted, was a little annoyed this morning!) but I KNOW I must do this. Seeing my friends and others work so hard and see the lbs roll off ...and realizing that I have been on SP for so long really got my attention. There are many here who lose over 100 lbs in less than a year. Obviously, what I am doing has not been working. emoticon

SO, last week I began this journey anew. I am tracking my food intake...which I have done off and on for a long time. I am trying to boost my physical activity level...also something I have been working on for some time. Now I must do it more consistently. I really need results.

It is positively ridiculous that I KNOW what to do, KNOW how to do it, and still am sitting at the starting gate. I do know I am more healthy now than three yrs ago. I did have a health event I would have preferred to have skipped. Still, no excuses. I have been coasting along, enjoying Sparkpeople but not applying what I know to my own advantage.

So...week one...two pounds "officially" gone...again! Yea, me! I might add, that I FEEL great...and also feel all the tweaks I am achieving with the added workout efforts! Eek! is snowing again. emoticon

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JENROD4410 1/13/2011 8:47AM

    Asta, I know exactly how you feel. I also know EXACTLY what to do to lose weight, and yet I've struggled with my weight since High School. I realize that I get lazy with the food tracking, and if I exercise I think I have this liberty to eat more. But you will do it! You will reach your goal! Thank you for the inspiring blog!

PS. And thanks for the friend add! emoticon

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CASJ57 1/12/2011 6:54PM

    Good job on the restart - and yes, why is it we don't apply what we know?
Here's to the new year!


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GAMOMMY3 1/10/2011 8:49PM

    emoticon Yes, Asta, let's all get on the ball and lose this weight! Time to get serious! I'm glad we can all do this together!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/10/2011 7:05PM

    It's always good to assess things and tweek what we are doing. BTW 100 pounds in a year is not healthy at all. Just do your best emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOVINGMYSELF101 1/10/2011 5:47PM

    Good for you Asta! I know together we will form healthy habits that will last us a lifetime. May Jehovah reward us and our efforts, may we stop using chocolate for emotional stress, LOL!
Big Hugs! -Rose

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BOOKWERME 1/10/2011 2:44PM

    EEK! I am a year has been nearly FOUR years!!! emoticon

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CELEST 1/10/2011 12:37PM

    Isn' t that comment just too beautiful and encouraging. Your story is sooo much like most of ours. We could make a new team but that would encourage us not to make the effort.
You are making a new start and thats awesome. I have too. I am proud to say that I have lost 2kgs (4.4pounds) since the start of the year. My biggest issue is keeping the weight off...not so much losing it. So here's to us.....onward march.

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COOLCALLALILY 1/10/2011 12:31PM

    I'm proud of you, Mom! emoticon emoticon

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Recommit with someone else's great idea!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

I don't make new year's resolutions.

I don't get involved in projects with groups though I would often like to...I simply have too many other things going on and too many other projects to add more.

BUT! Today I heard an idea that I think I AM going to adopt. A friend of mine has just lost 7 lbs (in one week)..the first steps in a long journey to come. She decided to make a quilt for herself: "I have come up with an idea to help me stay positive. I am going to start a quilt. Each block will represent one pound lost. This is something I can see and hold in my hands, and each square I add will prove to myself just how far I've come." LovingMyself101 has a great idea here.

Her quilt will have many more blocks than mine will, but I love this idea. I would LOVE to have it made by the end of this year (so far, to my horror, as of this morning I have a net gain of 2 lbs in nearly three yrs...though I have lost weight and definitely gotten healthier).

I am going to invite my friend to join the quilting team I am part of...don't know if she will. But thought I would share this great idea with you and publicly commit myself to giving it a try!.

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BOOKYETI 1/9/2011 9:33PM

    What a neat and creative way of tracking your progress. Whatever works! And you can have fun while you're at it. :)

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BOOKYETI 1/9/2011 9:31PM

    What a neat and creative way of tracking your progress. Whatever works! And you can have fun while you're at it. :)

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    Great idea, go for it!

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GAMOMMY3 1/1/2011 4:09PM

    That is an emoticon idea! And much better for that quilt to keep her warm then weight!

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CELEST 1/1/2011 3:39PM

    I love the idea of something tangible that you can hold in your hands. Great idea, I will have to think of something I can do too.

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SUNNYDAZE9 1/1/2011 1:50PM

    What a terrific idea! Thanks for passing it on--both of you!

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MA_DIDDLES 1/1/2011 1:27PM

    This is a teriffic idea. However, I have never made a quilt in my life. I also like to stay on the move exercising, so maybe for every pound I lose I could reward myself with a flower to put in a bouquet and watch it grow over the weeks - and of course remove the flowers if I gain.
That doesn't sound like a bad idea. I think I will go look to see if I have a vase to put my bouquet in.
Good luck with the quilts. Hopefully you will both post photo's of the quilts some where down the road on your weight loss journey's. MA

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BOOKWERME 1/1/2011 11:37AM

    On your little lake? I can see me in a bikini (well, maybe...I still have the one I wore yrs ago!) but just can't envision me on a surfboard unless it is sitting up on the beach!...or being used as a paddle board in gentle waves. LOL Guess we will see in due time, my friend!! emoticon We can swim together!

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LOVINGMYSELF101 1/1/2011 11:33AM

    Wow, what a compliment, I don't know what to say *blush*! I am using 6 inch squares, they will make a bigger quilt. I am so glad you liked my idea so much, I don't know what to say except if I was able to light a Spark in you, I am grateful.

ps, this does not mean we won't go surfing someday too!

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Wii, Wii, Wii all the way home

Friday, December 31, 2010

Couldn't resist that title! LOL

I have been hearing a lot about the Wii...what fun it can be, how much different ones like different programs and so on. I kept hearing about the Wii Dance and that appealed to me. emoticon

We decided to take the plunge...though neither of us have ever used any of the Wii programs. Two of our adult children have it, and enjoy using it.

I did my homework checking prices...and Tuesday went shopping. Came home with the white Wii console, a game that came with another controller thingy, the game that came with the console and two others...four in all.

Then Wednesday, we set it up...and couldn't get it working. I called my son. He and grandson came down, walking in just as it finally got going. They helped us figure out how to play a few different games and then had to leave. Pretty funny to have a six yr old teaching me to play the game!

Thursday I got home mid afternoon to find that DH has been playing WII! I am so pleased...with no work, he has had time on his hands..and some days ended up sitting in front of the TV for wayyy to long. Now he is up and playing. emoticon emoticon

Today, we were out and about...did some walking together emoticon and as the late afternoon brought us in again...HE turned on the Wii. We each played for a little while...we both need lots more practice in navigating this system...but it is fun so we are surely going to keep playing.

SO...Wii Wii Wii is here at stay. With four children plus three spouses and five grandchildren....I am SURE this will prove to be a good investment for us. emoticon

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BOOKYETI 1/9/2011 9:34PM

    Just found your post, Asta! :) Too funny that we chose the same subject title! LOL! I know you'll enjoy the Wii as much as we have. We had it for almost a year before we got the Wii Fit Plus this winter; when you do get it, you'll love it!

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ASRMOM 1/2/2011 12:03PM

    I got mine for Christmas! Please keep me informed on what games you like. I got the Fit but somehow I only burn 100-150 calories every 30-40 minutes. It's okay, but if you find something burning 400 let me in on it!

Let us Wii "together"!!!

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BBGYRL4 1/1/2011 9:23PM

    I want a wii so bad! Glad to hear that you and your husband are enjoying it. Have fun!!

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GAMOMMY3 1/1/2011 4:08PM

    Wii Wii Wii!!!!

Good for you! I have a lot of fun with it. And I like the games that make us move. Sadly, DH has bought a few games that only require fingers to move, not whole bodies, which my boys love... so I kick them off those and tell them it is time to move!

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MA_DIDDLES 1/1/2011 1:34PM

    I have the WII FIt Plus and Love it. It gives your BMI and weight, counts calories burned.
I have heard of the WII Dance and thinking of checking it out.

I am sure the family will enjoy all the games and it will provide hours of great wholesome entertainment. ENJOY!

LOL - Loved the WII WII WII comment.

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BOOKWERME 1/1/2011 8:23AM

    I must point out SHE burned that...not me!

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CELEST 1/1/2011 8:04AM

    400 calories is fantastic in anyones book.......have an enormous amount of fun. You are tempting me to think about investing in a wii as well.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/31/2010 8:02PM

    Sounds like there is going to be lots of calories burned in your home emoticon

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BOOKWERME 12/31/2010 7:30PM

    AND just heard a friend also bought a Wii...and burned 400 calories today with her Wii fit! Gotta get that program, too! emoticon

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The family trail...

Friday, December 24, 2010

Tracing family history has been especially interesting to my husband and me since we purchased the home we live our family since the early 1800s. It is like solving a giant puzzle as one traces different ones through documents, photographs, stories and anything else that might help.

Today, DH and I visited a family cemetery to photograph some of the family headstones. This cemetery has been badly vandalized...and the search for information is made much more difficult by the damage. Still, my husband has found several graves that the family has been searching for....there are burials in a number of small cemeteries.

It is an interesting quest. My husband is more involved with it than I am...along with my aunt and some of my cousins. It is fun seeing the involvement as different ones uncover a fact or discover a document or, as in my husband's case, find a lost grave site!

Going to try to add photos. Keep forgetting that just 'cause I save 'em, doesn't mean I can find 'em! lol Here we go!!

My great great great great grandmother's headstone (as much of it as we can find so far)

Lydia's gggggrandfather

As you can see, little is left intact here. We will keep searching for clues and headstones.

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2CATS2LOVE1 12/29/2010 12:44PM

    Makes the resurrection hope more desirable, doesn't it?

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GAMOMMY3 12/26/2010 7:43PM

    How cool to find these. Years ago we were in Scotland after a business trip to England. We went to Scotland because my hubby's family came from there. There is a small coastal town called Montrose and his great great great (not sure how many greats) uncle was an Earl of Montrose. They had a statue of him in town and he looked just like our favorite uncle, who my oldest child is named after. We were also able to visit a family castle in another area - or what was left of it. And we found an old church were he was buried. So fascinating to be there and walk where family had been.

Now what I would really enjoy is finding out that I had family in the Caribbean to go visit! It is very cool that you were able to live in St Croix and have family from there.

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LOVINGMYSELF101 12/26/2010 5:01PM

    It will be so awesomw to be able to ask these people directly so many questions. What a history! WOW! Great pics!

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KADEJAH 12/26/2010 11:03AM

    WOW....Built in 1790??? what a piece of history! Is it considered an historic site? My oldest relative is my Aunt Kate, my father's sister, she's 93 and has an unbelievable memory, and every time I visit her I learn more and more about my family. It always puzzled me why she was sooo light skinned and my father was dark. She explained that my great great grand father was from England, moved to the U.S and hooked up with the housekeeper...Voila!! hence the variety in shades between her and the four brothers. When I commented on her age and how wonderful she looks (I swear she can pass for 60) and the fact that she has out lived all her brothers, my father being the last, she simply said "We'll I told them boys about eating their vegetables, they wouldn't listen"

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LOVE2WALK1 12/25/2010 10:41PM

    Like I've told you before, you stirred up a desire to find my heritage too. It is a thrilling jigsaw puzzle.

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BOOKWERME 12/25/2010 7:28AM

    I think our interest was kindled by the house we now live is steeped in family history...built in 1790 and in our family since the early 1800s. As we met family connected to the house...there is a lot...we heard the family stories etc. Now as we become the older generation, we realize how much is lost when our parents and grandparents leave us...all the unanswered questions..many we just never thought to ask. It is an interesting quest...but will be even more so when we can ask these folks directly after the resurrection in the new system!

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CELEST 12/25/2010 4:49AM

    Yeah I hate vandals too. Its so unnecessary. Glad your finding your generations Asta. I barely know any of mine. My mom was ousted years before my birth for some misdemeanor and they have never connected again. Because of my unusual maiden name, I've many times thought of tracking some of them down....but never gotten around to it, got busy living in the moment with my own family.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/24/2010 9:05PM

    It's such a shame when vandals go in and dstroy the head stones or out right streal them.

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Its's pouring...

Saturday, December 11, 2010

We were on our way to a memorial service for our friend Barbara who died yesterday morning.

It was raining hard...I hate being on the road when it is like this. We stopped and picked up Anne, an elderly sister who rides to all the mtgs with us. Right after we picked her up, my car dropped the serpentine belt! We made it as far as a park entrance.

We called my answer. We called and finally got someone to pick up Anne. We called AAA. It took 45 minutes for AAA to come. It turned out to be the same tow truck guy that collected us the other time the van dropped the same belt. It apparently is a flaw in this model hit a puddle and the belt slips!

SO, we missed the memorial service. The car got towed home and now I am grounded. Bruce able to fix my least not till Monday.

NEVER a dull moment!

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HONEYDRIPPER 12/12/2010 6:03PM

    When it rains it pours doesn't it? Hope tomorrow is sunshine and roses.

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BOOKWERME 12/12/2010 4:46PM

    Thanks. We have a second vehicle...Bruce has it today for MS school. Plus he has a work van, so I am not really grounded altogether. With today's cold and snow...I am content to be home. Wish I were DOING more. but that's another story.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/12/2010 4:34PM

    So many being lost. Our speaker brought out today that many are losing family or cong members and that it's an added tribulation. Hope nothing comes up before Bruce can fix your van. emoticon

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CELEST 12/12/2010 1:47PM

    Oh my word, did I send the van jinx over to you? LOL mines running smoothly since hubby fixed it. So many deaths in this old system, we just had a brother die in our congregation too. He has only been married 5 yrs (older brother). His heart stopped during an op. Ugh I hate all this sadness. Roll on the paradise when we see them all again.

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/12/2010 10:26AM

    sorry darlin' that your having trouble. but it is nice to see that you have a friend close by that is willing to help. Thank you Calla! HUGS to you and Bruce!

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CJSARGENT1 12/11/2010 11:41PM

    Some days are stones.

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COOLCALLALILY 12/11/2010 11:21PM

    If you ever need to, I have two vehicles. I can drive the Jeep and you can borrow the Mazda if you ever need to. (Or you can drive the Jeep, I don't care!) Sorry you're having car troubles. Hate that. It was a full house at the Memorial service, despite the TORRENTIAL downpours. Missed you. emoticon

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