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Bargains!!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Yesterday had a chance to do some just-for-fun shopping. Had a $10.00 off coupon so DIL, 2 kids and I went shopping. We just wandered through the store...and almost out..I spotted workout wear on sale. I have been thinking about trying some workout pants. I am horrified at how my regular pants all look...really baggy in the legs/rear! I was astounded in how these fit and feel...and LOOK! They were originally $40.00. On sale for half price..then with my coupon..I got them for about ten dollars. NOT bad!

Then, today, I took a $15.00 gift card that expires today to Coldwater Creek. They are having the up-to-70% off sale. I wandered...didn't find much. Tried on one shirt but didn't like it. As I was about to give up, spotted two jackets folded on a bench. One was WAY too big, but the other came home with ME! The price on the tag...originally $69.99 but now....$14.99! SO...with my coupon, it was free! I purchased two small items so DID pay something, but not for that jacket!

Next stop was for SAS shoes. I have had injuries to both feet in yrs past..and good support/comfortable shoes or sandals are really important to me. I had a $15.00 off deal..and the shoes I selected were already on sale (for this week)...so though I didn't get a bargain like my other two, I still managed to save on something I was going to purchase anyway.

All in all, I am quite pleased!!! emoticon

  
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BOOKYETI 4/6/2011 4:17PM

    Nothing like a good bargain! Your buys sound awesome! :)

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CELEST 4/5/2011 4:14PM

    I looooooove bargain hunting. My dil and I share the same passion when it comes to that, so either we are together or she finds for me or visa versa.
Glad you found some great bargains.

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MRSSCHENCK 4/4/2011 9:10PM

    Kindred spirits! emoticon

Bargain hunting is my favorite thing to do.

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NOVEMBERLOVE 4/2/2011 9:13PM

    I love a great bargain!!! I wish I was with you. emoticon

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NTSOHLTHNT 4/1/2011 8:21PM

    Sounds like you shopped very smartly and you got some great deals. That's awesome!!!!

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2CATS2LOVE1 4/1/2011 6:18PM

    emoticonnothing like good finds. emoticon

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AJCHARTERS 4/1/2011 10:07AM

    Sounds fun! Great finds.

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JENROD4410 4/1/2011 7:51AM

    That's awesome! I'm glad you found something that makes you more confident when you work out.
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I l0ve it when I find sales like these. I remember one time I found a $7 pair of jeans (Old Navy) reduced from $40, a $13 pair of Nike slip-ons (DSW), and a $15 pair of Steve Madden heels (DSW) all in the same day. And I had a gift card for DSW, so I really only paid the $7.

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MOMMYNURSE 4/1/2011 4:34AM

    Pics?? :)

I love bargains too! I bought my DD a dress last week and had to spend $40 which seemed so expensive! But she is so tiny she is hard to shop for and find things that fit her. I did find another dress for her for $18 so that was good. Kids clothes look too babyish for her, but juniors are usually too baggy on her. So when she finds something she really likes I try not to balk at the price. Now to try and find new dress shoes..she wears a size 8-9 women's and everything looks SO grown up and heels too tall. We will go again next week and look at more stores.
I'll be glad to finish losing weight so I can buy end of season deals and know they'll fit when the season rolls around again!

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GAMOMMY3 4/1/2011 1:57AM

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SUNNYDAZE9 3/31/2011 11:10PM

    Don't you just love shopping at such great prices!

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RASCALSMOMMA 3/31/2011 10:58PM

    Im impressed! the only way i seem to get "bargains" is to go to Goodwill. Although some of Their stuff is nothing to sneeze at either! Original tags and all! HUGS

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WDWGIRLS 3/31/2011 9:26PM

    Yay, a bargain day! Makes shopping worthwhile! I am determined to never buy anything for more than 50% of retail and usually only pay 25% or less of retail. My pioneer daughter is also a real bargain shopper. We wait until end of season stuff is 70% off the last markdown of 50% so have scored big on winter coats (which she always needs for service). I tend to buy for everyone in the family if I find a good deal - or used to before I retired - now I have to be a little more careful with my spending, and am trying to learn to do that.

Is this something only women get a thrill from -- I'm not sure - lol!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/31/2011 6:25PM

    emoticon emoticon Awesome buys. I only wear SAS shoes except my gym ones. They do wonders for the feet.

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DREAMS2LIFE 3/31/2011 6:25PM

    Congrats on finding your treasures! I love a good deal! emoticon

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BOOKWERME 3/31/2011 6:05PM

    Both of my DILs are terrific bargain hunters. I used to work at it much harder when I had four little kids to clothe and feed. I have done really well at Coldwater Creek the last few times. Last time, got two skirts for total of $8.00. Was shocked to get home and discover the original prices were around 95$ each!

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DUMBELLE 3/31/2011 6:03PM

    I love getting things on sale

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today is not weigh in day, BUT....

Saturday, March 19, 2011

I was delighted (and surprised) that as of this morning I have succeeded in losing 10 pounds since I reevaluated in early January. 8 of those are off in the 8 week Diabetes Challenge! emoticon (Just hope they are still off on official weigh in day Monday!!) Could it be that things are FINALLY moving!????

  
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BOOKYETI 3/23/2011 7:26PM

    Awesome work!!! *HUGS*

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MOMMYNURSE 3/20/2011 3:11PM

    Whoohoo Asta! I'm down 10 or so lbs since the first of the year too. Sometimes it seems the scale moves so painfully slow but those little losses add up over time!

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CINA-MINI 3/20/2011 1:55PM

    emoticon Your hard work is paying off!



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GAMOMMY3 3/20/2011 10:56AM

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MAMALISA1975 3/20/2011 9:00AM

    Awesome News!!!! emoticon

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MAMALISA1975 3/20/2011 9:00AM

    Awesome News!!!! emoticon

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MAMALISA1975 3/20/2011 8:59AM

    Awesome News!!!! emoticon

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CELEST 3/20/2011 8:46AM

    Well congratulations, it certainly seems so. Whenever I "whine" about things not moving, my nephew regularly reminds me that anorexics eventually get so thin they die. emoticon
Keep going, your work is paying off.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/20/2011 12:42AM

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KERRYFINE 3/19/2011 9:58PM

    Yay! Congrats on your accomplishment! emoticon

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Linear loss

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Today is not my weigh in day. BUT, I do step on the scale frequently just out of curiosity. I have been on SP for several years and my weight has been up and down the same few pounds..over and over. In January, I decided I needed to shift gears. Obviously, what I was doing wasn't working.

Made some changes...then was frustrated since it seemed to be taking forever to get ANY results. This morning, my casual step on was another surprise...hope it is still that way Monday! For the second day in a row, I appear to be down another pound..which will be a total of nine. THIS time , with no UPS to go with the DOWNS! Can I really be making progress FINALLY? I sure hope so. I am seeing it in my clothing...I feel great. Our recent schedule changes have messed up sleep patterns (time change just made that worse!) but over all, something is going right!!! Now if I can just keep it going!!! I haven't been here in several years...and in just a couple more pounds, will be under 170 for the first time in over 6 yrs. Guess we will see. My delight in today's developement has me thinking about what I will wear to the Memorial of Christ's death held April 17th! What will I be able to fit this year!!!?

  
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MOMMYNURSE 3/20/2011 3:14PM

    I have thought about that too Asta. That's another 4 weeks away so we may be even skinnier by then!
I am SO gonna try on new stuff this week. I know I've been in a size 12 but I'm down 7 lbs since I last went clothes shopping. I'm curious to try on some 10s just to see how tight they are :)

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CINA-MINI 3/18/2011 8:45PM

    I really like that jacket you showed just a little while back. That would look so nice with a cute skirt!

Great job! I am so happy that the scale is moving for you and in the right direction!



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CELEST 3/18/2011 11:56AM

    That was cute Laurie. I can imagine how much fun you are going to have trying on and preening yourself in front of dh to get his intake on your dresses too.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/18/2011 1:17AM

    I am so glad for you. SP tells us we need to change things to get our bodies going. I'm trying to change some of mine too and it also appears to be working as the scale is going down too. Like you, I hope it keeps dropping. It will feel great when I get into the 170's.

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RASCALSMOMMA 3/17/2011 11:55PM

    That pretty one over there! NO wait Asta! This ones better--how bout this? Try em all girl. You are doing it! HUGS Laurie

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Link to satellite photos before/after earthquake and tsunami

Sunday, March 13, 2011

www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/
13/world/asia/satellite-photos-japan-b
efore-and-after-tsunami.html


I found these photos amazing...and they really bring home the magnitude of this disaster.

  
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JOYCEATH50 3/15/2011 3:22PM

    There was something on the news this week about how many power plants we have in the USA. I didn't realize there are over 100 here! We definitely need Jehovah to bring to ruin those ruining the earth. I am glad that our Heavenly Father is keeping his eyes on the situation here...or "no flesh would be saved". We all need to keep our faith strong and our love for eachother alive. All the friends are never far from my thoughts and in my heart and prayers. I look forward to the time when we will all know eachother as well in person as we do in our faith. What a wonderful organization we have that gives us this likeness of mind and purpose. Love to you.....Joyce

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CELEST 3/14/2011 8:10AM

    Absolutely heartbreaking. Powerless to do anything to help from this side except to constantly try to reach peoples hearts about how close we are to the end, which is the good news too because it means the end of all these disasters.

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RASCALSMOMMA 3/13/2011 10:20PM

    Dont forget about the reactor as well. Poor Japan has a real fight on their hands. One of the comments I made in one of the articles I wrote something about them evacuating the country and WHERE were they gonna GO? Still wondering Thanks Asta

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/13/2011 10:07PM

    This is so devistating! They showed so much of this on the live feed we watched. Our area is also on a fault.

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CINA-MINI 3/13/2011 9:34PM

    Oh my goodness! My heart is just breaking for them! I saw on the news that there are so many people dead and still missing. It is just terrible!

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FITWITHIN 3/13/2011 8:22PM

    It's so sad.

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CHRIS3874 3/13/2011 6:56PM

    wow I am sure thankful I wasn't there. I feel sorry for those poor folkd that were.

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Plateau or just slow?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Today Sparks sent this info in one of the emails:
"Question: How do I know if I've reached a plateau? What can I do to jump start my weight loss again?

Expert Answer: If you've been exercising and cutting calories for several weeks, and you're no longer seeing the same results that you experienced in the beginning, then you've probably hit a plateau. This occurs when your progress comes to a standstill, and can be described as not making any "gains" (such as improving your fitness level or losing weight), but not necessarily moving backwards (losing endurance or gaining weight). "

The rest of the article directs us to more info re: plateaus.

HOWEVER, it struck me that "no longer seeing the same results that you experienced in the beginning" suggests a plateau...but I am seeing EXACTLY the same results....VERY very VERY slow weight loss. Thus, according to the above comment, I am NOT on a plateau...this is just slow going. And I AM seeing gains...slowly..but steadily.

I have been on Sparks for years now. Some folks have done astonishing things in that time. This year, I actually got so frustrated/aggravated, I reset my tracker...higher than when I started! That was an awful feeling. I also have concluded that since I wasn't really losing successfully, I needed to keep changing things till something happened more effectively.

I AM much much much more healthy than when I started. I feel the difference in so many ways. BUT, my blood sugars HbA1c has barely dipped...the pounds cling resisting my efforts to peel them off..though they are going s-l-o-w-l-y. My clothing is fitting differently..but the tape measure belies my success.

When I stepped on the scale this morning, I didn't even realize it was registering another little loss...but one I have been aiming for and wanting for a long time. Official weigh in is Monday..so will wait to see if it is a true loss. Last week's hope was dashed on Monday.

BUT, the conclusion of the matter, all things having been heard...I am NOT on a plateau....just on a very slow moving effort (that seems herculean at times!) I am not discouraged though at times it is frustrating indeed. I know there are so many ways to measure progress.

Best of all, though, is I FEEL GOOD, I am IMPROVING my HEALTH and I know I am saving and protecting my life.

  
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SANDYZEE 3/12/2011 9:21PM

    Good for you. I am a slow loser too. The only time I really appreciate that fact is when I am NOT losing or I have gained.
I guess acceptance is the word. LOL

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Sandy in CA

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/10/2011 7:54PM

    Aren't they great articles? When alls said and done, feeling good and improving your health is what counts most. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINA-MINI 3/10/2011 5:38PM

    I am glad you are determined not to give up! There are so many great ways to see progress. Even though the measuring tape and the scale are moving slowly, feeling better is fantastic!
Great job on your progress!


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RASCALSMOMMA 3/10/2011 4:57PM

    what counts is your health asta! in that you are headed in the right directon

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CELEST 3/10/2011 2:24PM

    I couldn't agree more..... emoticon

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