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Weigh in time again, You want fries with that shake?

Friday, July 24, 2009

Surprisingly enough I am happy with this mornings weigh in, I will get right to it and say that I weighed in at 337 pounds which is a single pound heavier than my pre-vacation weight and only 4 pounds more than my lowest weight to date. I was not expecting that number when I woke up this morning but obviously glad to see it and though I do have a cold and am not really exercising the way that I should be I am going to shoot for a new low next week. I mentioned in another post that I have been going slightly over on my calories and if I am dropping the weight this fast by doing that I may adjust my intake up a little bit and add 100 calories to each day, this is only an idea right now and I will decide if that's what I do over the next week or two.

It has been raining on and off all week so I have not been outside as much as I would have liked to be, add that with this cold (which may be more than that as its been here for a while) and I am itching to get out and go on a nice long bike ride, honestly I would settle for a nice long walk! Wify and I were talking about how fun this bike has been for both of us, she has been borrowing her moms bike and coming out with me for rides and its nice to have her along with me, its almost like a mini vacation from the kids which is nice sometimes. Riding with wify brings up some interesting conversations as well.

I am a HUGE Queen fan, I listen to old Queen songs all of the time and was talking to wify while listening to fat bottomed girls yesterday and she asks out of the blue "Am I a fat bottomed girl?" and after a short pause and a grin from me she laughed and realized that she had put me in that place that husbands never want to be, I mean how do you answer that? "Ya sure are honey!" or "yes" can get the response "so what are you saying? that I have a fat ass?" or perhaps "did you just call me fat?" and then on the other side of the coin we have the "nope" to which the reply might be "so are you saying that you don't like my ass?" so I told her that I would have to think about that question and get back to her, but anyways to my point.

I think a lot of things that are exactly the same can be completely different to different people and what dictates how it is seen is that persons outlook. Weight loss is what it is, the basic concept is to eat for fuel instead of eating for sport, some people look at it this way "You mean I get to eat grilled chicken and sweet potatoes as much as I want? woohoo!" and others see it in a different light "All I get to eat is grilled chicken and sweet potatoes? no way I can do that" I can grill chicken about 10 different ways and it always has just about the same calories in it and never boring so I fall into the first group, I LOVE grilled chicken! its sort of like that comparison about two people that work in a place that has a dress code, the first guy sees it as "I have to get dressed up every day in this monkey suit just to talk to customers? bleh!" where as the second guy sees it as "wow! I get to go to work dressed up in nice clothes every day, man that's gonna help me out in the women dept!" the way things are perceived can make all the difference in the world and if you look at losing weight as something that is hard, or something that you do not want to do guess what? It WILL be a difficult road to walk down, if you look at it for what it is, the task becomes easier than you expected it to be and you will be successful in dropping the pounds.

This post felt a bit random again, I guess its a random kind of week for me, I am happy with the weigh in this morning even though it is still higher than my lowest weight it is much lower than it was last week and within a pound of my pre vacation weight. I do not feel like "Man! I had to RE-lose that weight! Gah!!" because thats just the way life works, there will be ups and there will be downs but as long as the reigns stay in my hand and I control the ups I am doing what I need to do and better health will follow.

The last thing that I will do in this post is answer wify, YES you ARE a fat bottomed girl, and I love me some fat bottomed girls so there!

Now to wait for the next inquiry "honey you said that you love you some fat bottomed girls, whats that S about?"

Thanks for following and drink that water up!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/25/2009 9:39AM

    Another great post. While random and a little disjointed, lots of great points . . . especially about that wife trap.


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FAIRYELEPHANT 7/25/2009 2:35AM

    Another fab blog - more wise words. Cheers as ever! emoticon
Take care
Jackie emoticon

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PJDKSMITH 7/24/2009 12:56PM

    I have to hang my head in shame; I'm afraid I used that line on hubby *not the fat-bottomed, but close enough* not that long ago.
I fell into a large vat of "HOLYGAWDDON'TANSWERTHAT" hyperventilation. If he chose one way I could twist it the WRONG way and be pissed at him... if he chose the other way I could AGAIN twist it the WRONG way.
Why do women do that???!!!
Loaded questions need not be asked.
Trust in ur man; if he comes out and says, "Your arse is HUGE, fat, jiggly mass of cottage cheese, ICK" WELL THEN.. a woman has a right to complain!
But be happy with what they say, swing it so that NO MATTER WHAT they say it will be in ur favour... they are, after all; IN LOVE WITH US!
Thanks Tony,
Drinking water as we speak!

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KROLES55 7/24/2009 12:34PM

    Glad to read your post and to know that you are on the road again...

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JLUVSHIKIN 7/24/2009 12:18PM

    Thanks for the usual great post. I enjoy reading your post because of your candor!
Congrats on being happy about your weigh in.


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WENDYSPARKS 7/24/2009 12:16PM

    You are on the ROAD TO RECOVERY my friend. Keep up the good work!! I enjoy reading your blogs and hope you get rid of that cold real soon! Enjoy biking when you get out! Keep Sparking, wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNSHINEBILL 7/24/2009 12:04PM

    It is always a pleasure to read your blogs. Your openness and candor are encouraging as well as straightforward. I practically appreciate your optimism that is all about getting healthy and not a diet. Life is what you make it! Your journey has given all Hope that we too, can reach our goals.
I have also appreciated the other Sparkers comments in regard to your discussion on "fat bottomed girls". Sometime men know what not to say, but aren't sure what to say!
Keep on giving us your thoughts and observations.

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PUMPKINFACE73 7/24/2009 10:51AM

    Way to rock a vacation dude! inspire me...and I love your bike...on that note.....

I want to ride my bicycle...I want to ride my bike...rin, ring(bell)...hehe
Very curious to see house you answer the "S" question...get ready to ride tomorrow..well after a swim, by the time I get to your place I will be 1/2 dead..

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AINTSKEERD 7/24/2009 10:22AM

    Yes, perception IS everything. And a positive outlook is perception's mama! Even with my kids, I find that encouraging optimism can dramatically change their perception of a matter.
Congratulations on the surprising weigh in.
Another great blog. thanks-tam

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CAROLINA_KOUKLA 7/24/2009 10:14AM

  That is awesome you went on vacay and only gained 1 pound! That shows how determined you are! :)

I went on vacation and well umm yea... we wont talk about what I ate lol. I'm so proud of you!!

You are doing great - keep it up!


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SUNNY89 7/24/2009 9:59AM

    Very true about the perspective discussion. It surely can make a difference on the outcome as well. Positive vs. negative and so on.

Congrats on the weigh in.

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CINCYDORA 7/24/2009 9:41AM

    For the record, the correct answer to your wife's question is: "I just know I like looking at it." That goes for butts, tummies, faces, legs, everything! You can't go wrong by skipping over the judgement and focusing on her, not the body part in general.

Good luck with that one and congrats on getting back on track. Hope you kick the last of that cold soon.

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ELFITZPA 7/24/2009 9:27AM

    Congrats on a surprising weigh in!! And I FULLY agree with your about perception being the key. I had a pretty bad month back in May and I made it my goal to turn everything that COULD be a negative on its head and instad see the positive in it. I can't imagine it's much fun to focus on the negative anyway!!

Have a great weekend!

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SWEETZMIX 7/24/2009 9:24AM

    LMAO @ the big debate on answering the question. You slick answering it here and it became a joke. lol

emoticon on dropping that vaca weight. Sometimes all we need is a week of good eating to get the crap out :D

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FRENZTI_QUISTIS 7/24/2009 9:11AM

    i think its all about our own perspective. its how we see things. Even when things are down, I try to find something good about it. I've always felt that i was an optimistic realist. the glass is always half full, but not always sure what its full of. haha!

Have a great weekend!

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Old habits die hard?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thursday is here and tomorrow I will post an "official" current weight, I do not expect it to be anything great but if I can get in under 340 I will be happy with it. I have been going over my calories a bit all week because of having this cold and me not counting the honey in my hot green tea nor any of the oranges that I have been eating throughout the day so not so bad but still above. I would like to try and get out on my bike after dinner tonight and hit the same route that I rode last time which involves going up this pretty big hill and I want to make it all the way to the top without a foot hitting pavement this time around. My week has been pretty much uneventful and there are a couple goals but I would say that this paragraph pretty much summarizes how I am feeling and doing right now, with that let me switch it up and say that I just got a reality check not more than 20 minutes ago as to just how much of a tight rope has to be walked with my "habits" (old and new) even after all of this time eating right and moving more.

I was making my lunch just a bit ago and an old habit popped in for just long enough for me to literally stop and think "wow did I just almost do that?" and I smiled and corrected what I was about to do. I have to eat low fat for a spell and decided that I would make a couple of toast & tomato sandwiches to have for lunch, I do not know if toast & tomato sammies are something that everyone eats as I have had people ask "a what?" when I mentioned it, it is basically just 2 slices of toasted bread with a light spread of butter (smart balance in my case) sliced tomato and black pepper and voila a toasted & tomato sandwich. My grandmother would eat these all of the time and I sometimes like to make them for something light but in my fatter days I would make them a bit different and its not exactly light when you eat 3 or 4 of them.

Back about 200 pounds ago what would happen is this, open the bag of bread (white bread) pop 2 in the toaster and while it was toasting grab Mayonnaise and a couple tomatoes from the fridge, ~pop~ pull the toast out and place 2 more slices of bread into the toaster and start slathering mayo onto the toast, lay some maters down and bamn! the first sammie was done. By the time the first sammie was done being created the second toast was finished so in went more bread and the process repeated but there was never more than 2 sammies done at a time because while the third set of toast was in the toaster I would be eating the first sandwich, ~pop~ 3rd set done and I had already went half way through the second sammie and in went the 4th set of toast. Between finishing making the 3rd sammie and eating the second the toast would pop up and I would make the 4th sammie, fill a big gulp cup with whole milk and walk into the living room to eat the remaining tomato sammies along with my bucket O milk, that was then.

Just now when I was making myself lunch I started the toast and just like back then I gathered the rest of the stuff, Smart balance spread, a tomato and black pepper. I started slicing the tomato up and ~pop~ toast was done, I pulled it out popped two more slices into the toaster and started making the first sandwich. Immediately after the lid went onto the first sandwich I took a bite and went for more bread, this was the "wow did I just almost do that?" moment, the bread had already been tied up and put back in the cabinet as the "new habits" are who took 4 slices out of the bag but I guess its been so long since I have made toast & tomato that the old habits kind of just started acting on their own. The tale ends with the previously fatter man taking his 2 sandwiches (one with a bite taken out of it) into the living room with a big gulp cup of home brewed green tea and physically smiling about what had just occurred but man! I guess old habits are hard to break.

Now I don't think for a second that I was even close to making a third sammie past the motion of my hands towards the bag and the bite that I took, but the fact that my instinct was to immediately take a bite from the freshly made sandwich and go for more bread proves that there is more to losing weight than just following an eating/exercise plan. So much of being over weight comes from years of following bad habits, the mental part of being among the more rotund people on our planet plays a HUGE role in whether a person is able to lose weight on a constant basis or not. I have been eating better since January 2008 and not more than 30 minutes ago saw first hand that old habits are hard to break whether I caught it or not.

All of these months later I find myself even if ever so slightly, still battling old habits and have a feeling that this lifestyle change will never truly be 100% without effort. With that said I am still a firm believer in you get what you put into something and if a person does not want to at least try then they have failed before they have even started because I did have the option to make that third toast & tomato but instead I recognized that I instinctively took a bite and went for more and corrected it and that is where I think a lot of people fail when trying to lose weight.

I did not want a 3rd sammie, an old habit popped in for a split second and back in the day it would have been made and eaten without a second thought, something to think about.

Thanks for following along and don't forget that H2O!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/23/2009 11:33PM

    Those old habits are probably always going to be there. At the end of the day, we are food addicts. We are always going to be a bender away from going back to who we were. I know that I am that way.

It's great that you caught it. That is the first step to defeating this.

Off to drink a quick glass of water before bed.

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REDEE2DROP 7/23/2009 11:14PM

    I'm just starting and only think about the good habits I'm trying to create, I never really thought about the bad habits that lurk around the bend. Thanks for the heads up, you've given me something to thing about and be aware of!

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NONNATERRY 7/23/2009 10:20PM

    Ahhhahahahahaha! I first learned about the ol' tomato, mayo & pepper on toast from my Grandmother! Isn't that funny!??? And ooooooh YES they are scrumptious! But--hey! Look at the bright side! Aren't you glad you caught your old habit before it was too late? It's a good reminder of how far you've come! Keep up the good work! --Terry
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BIGGIRL2082010 7/23/2009 7:06PM

    Ooh. I *love* tomato sandwiches - haven't tried 'em with toast, and I prefer mine with a slice of cheese instead of butter/spread. :) Loved the eat-as-you-went story ... good thing you don't do that any more. :)

My gotcha? Rice. Potatoes. Oh, yes, white bread. :)

Ah, these are *old* habits. They'll sneak up when our guard is down, but, as you just proved, we're now hopefully wise enough to shake our heads and smile ruefully and resist that habit! :)


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ZIRCADIA 7/23/2009 4:41PM

    OH MAN, that old toaster routine realllly brought back memories. For me it wasn't tomato sammies -- it was just toast. I was a TOTAL toast addict. Cinnamon sugar toast was KING (w/ lots of butter underneath of course), followed by super butter toast, followed by butter w/ jam as long as it wasn't grape jelly because even the fat me turned up her nose at grape jelly. While making the first toast, the second set of slices goes in... rinse repeat until massive amounts of toast are consumed... wow. I forgot about that.

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KEEPITMOVING 7/23/2009 4:28PM

    gotta love your mindfulness and new, healthy, eating habits! unlearning takes time, as does the substituting. but you're doing it with the best of them! rock on, 3 sammies be damned!

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AINTSKEERD 7/23/2009 4:14PM

    This is a great example of the difficulty in breaking old habits. Good for you catching yourself BEFORE it was a problem.

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VEEJAY3 7/23/2009 4:04PM

    While reading your blog, I could almost smell the rubber and smoke as the brakes you applied screeeeeeeched you to a halt.

Great maneuvering your way around that pothole!

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TELERIE 7/23/2009 3:52PM

    That tomato sandwhich sounds very much like what I got to eat as a starter in Italy called bruschetta: Toasted bread, chopped tomato, basil and a drizzle of olive oil. It's so yummy.
Great job being AWARE. That's the effort - tuning in on our awareness and presence every day, and keeping on. Way to go!

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RACKETMOM 7/23/2009 3:34PM

    Yep, nothin' better than a mater sammich-YUM!! That's what I had for dinner yesterday, but slipped a couple of slices of bacon on it! BUT I only had one sandwich unlike before finding SP, would have easily had 2 or 3. And I'm really trying to eat at the kitchen table instead of carrying my food to the living room in front of the TV-that's an old habit that's hard to break for me!

emoticonHave A Great Afternoon-I'm headin out to buy some more maters!

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DIFROMWYOMING 7/23/2009 3:27PM

    When I first started here I would find myself doing this ALL THE TIME, but mine was eating while cooking. I probably used to eat a whole dinner while I made dinner, and then sat down to dinner with the family. Sometimes I'd find myself putting food in my mouth without even thinking about it first! Kind of scary, actually, that it's that much of a reflex. But things have gotten better, that's for sure, and I haven't been here nearly as long as you have! Wonderful blog and great reminder to watch out for those habits.

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SWEETZMIX 7/23/2009 2:28PM

    hmmm those old habits do creep in even though we are not thinking about it. I also believe (well for myself anyway) that I may have to keep working at this for the rest of my life. But I do know over time it will get easier, it might take a few years to get easy, but I am down for the challenge.

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    WOW! A great blog--and one we can all relate to. (I still have to drive a different route home from work, so that my car doesn't automatically head to McDonald's. LOL) Interesting point about how, even though you've eaten healthy since Jan 2008, those little habits aren't far from the surface.

Congratulations on a 200 lb. weight loss! That is SO INSPIRING! And gives me hope. I had 92 lbs. to lose when I started SP. So far, down 10. Actually 2 yrs. ago I weighed even more than my starting weight on SP--so really I've lost 30 lbs.
But I have to keep going in a straight line and not yo-yo.

Again--great blog. Thanks for sharing with us! And congratulations again on your phenomenal journey!

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AMBERROGUE 7/23/2009 2:25PM

    CONGRATS on catching yourself!! And thanks for posting this, too. I've been fighting the call of the chocolate my coworkers put out this morning and the call just got *THAT* much worse. But reading this blog reminded me to keep my fingers clean because I'm not that person who indulged in candy all the time anymore!


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Day something and random randomness, really? yup

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

It has been one of those weeks for me, sort of a go go go kind of feeling all while holding at a complete stand still, but not really. I have since coming home from vacation been steadily pushing the weight back down closer to my low weight and have done pretty well with keeping the calories where they should be but I have also been under the weather since getting back too so that's effecting things a tad. I have sort of a lingering cold that's mild enough that I am still taking rides on my bike (I found a killer hill that I need to defeat) but bad enough that the mornings are rough, such is life but I just haven't felt like typing out posts which explains the lack of posting this week.

Over all I am doing great good with keeping to the calories this week, I have been at or under my 1700 calorie limit for the most part barring the random day that I go over by 200-ish calories with a random treat but like I said over all its been a decent week. When I returned from Florida I was up more weight than I would like to admit BUT since I started this blog so that I would have a place to post up my weight and to have some accountability, here goes. The day that I got home from FL I immediately hopped on the scale when I walked through the door and what the scale said literally shocked me, granted I was fully dressed and had just driven 20 some odd hours straight eating lots of things that I probably shouldn't have and drinking instead of my regular green tea a 4 pack of Arizona diet green tea energy drinks (I was excited to find these btw) and hey it was after all green tea right? but anyways the number that I saw was 357 pounds, 357 pounds?? no f***ing way! is what I thought and onto the scale again I went and bamn 357, it was what it was and on my way I went.

I immediately began sucking down as much water and tea as I could get my hands on and we went out shopping and filled our fridge with buku veggies and I have basically been eating salad and grilled chicken all week, within a day I was down 5 pounds, and then 2 pounds per day for a spell so I know that it was just a bloated fat man from a week of not taking care of myself the way that I should have but that is a whopping 24 pounds more than my lowest point! Knowing that when I left for vacation I was not my svelte 333 pound lowest I will add that I was 336 pounds on July 4th (my last official weigh in before vacation on the blog) but any way its sliced I was up A LOT! This morning I weighed myself and am back down to 340.8 pounds so I am bringing it back down to "pre vacation" levels and am within 5 pounds of what I weighed before I left and 8 pounds of my lowest weight to date, yes yes this is a good feeling once again.

I have been riding my bike (big surprise eh?) almost every day, and I know that I am starting to sound like a broken record but I don't even feel like I am exercising when I am out on that piece of metal and rubber! I am thoroughly worked out after a ride and my rides have been lasting roughly 30 minutes lately (I ride kind of hard and don't stop, just ask Pumpkinface, er Heather) but I want to get up to an hour per day on week days and more than that on the weekends. Wify has been coming along for the ride lately and its nice to have her to ride with and she is getting in a workout as well so its a win win in my book. I have to say that where I live is ALL hills, when I say all hills what I mean is that I cannot honestly think of one spot that is flat for more than 30 to 50 yards before a hill comes into play and it feels like there are more ups than downs which I know cannot be the case but man! my legs get burning on some of those assents! which brings me to the descends, I am still getting use to being perched up top on a bike again and because I am me I have to try and do whatever I am doing as hard as I can and I was coming down a decent sized hill and hit 35 mph (which to people that ride bikes probably is not all that fast) but when you are 340 pounds, back on a bike for less than a month and on a mountain bike (knobby tires) when cruising down a hill at 35mph and gaining speed the thought of "what would happen if" starts going through your head hardcore and the brakes are applied. I know that the answer is ride more and get a set of road tires so that I will feel better as well as handle the road better but I want to keep the knobby tires on the bike so that I have some resistance because I am after all using the bike for exercise and that's free burned calories there, plus I do ride on a section of grass and dirt when I ride around the lake.

As I am feeling random, my post shall reflect that and onto another subject, my calories for yesterday came in at 1830 which as you know is above my allowance but I am ok with that as I am still getting things together in the fridge and meals are planned again so I should not have a problem going over again this week. I went out and bought $53 worth of fruits and veggies yesterday and there is some green tea brewing out on the kitchen table as I type and I feel great about my intake over the next couple days, now if I can kick this cold that I have I would be doing as great as I feel, um about my eating, not physically because I am sick, but then I just said that so now I am being redundant.

With that I will end the post for today and I hope everyone is keeping on with the keepin on, or something like that, or at least I hope you are all getting that H2O into your days.

I am off to catch up on some of your blogs and read through a few emails, thanks for following along.

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WENDYSPARKS 7/23/2009 2:54PM

    Hi. I hope you start feeling better soon! Great blog! Keep Sparking, wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GLORYTOGLORY 7/23/2009 1:37PM

  yeah back on track woohoo! where did you go in Florida we just got back from Orlando!

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HEIDIS2NDCHANCE 7/23/2009 11:53AM

    Botzz you definitely have the right attitude to succeed. You have had such huge accomplishments thus far and will have many more to come. Hope you get feeling better soon.
Hugs, Heidi

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MBVMFLUTIST 7/23/2009 8:42AM

    You are doing such a great job and you are always such an inspiration to me! Thank you!

Road tires are overrated, just want you to know. I have them and when the road gets rough, the tires are temperamental! What I would give to have knobby tires! :)

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BILLALEX70 7/22/2009 9:12PM

    You look great cruising down that hill!!!

Keep at it.

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SIRIRADHA 7/22/2009 2:24PM

    Wow! You can lose weight FAST! Reading your post, I kept thinking that if I could get the weight off like that I'd be at my goal in a few weeks! The closer I get, the harder it gets to shuck off the pounds.

You're awfully good at taking things in hand and pulling it all back together! I applaud your determination, sir!...and going downhill fast on my bike still scares the heck out of me! emoticon

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GLOBALKEEWEE 7/22/2009 2:16PM

    As I have said to many a Sparker in the "Travel Lovers" SparkTeam...Do NOT weigh in when you first get home from a trip. Give your bod a day to reaclimate to your normal water intake and the altitude (or in your case, deflate "carseat butt affect").

However, knowing that your vacation did a bit more than just cause water weight gain, I offer this tidbit...
Think about how crabby it made you to realize that you had just undone so much work. Honestly. Beat yourself up a little. Then think about the goodies and/or inactivity that lead to that waste. Where they really that great knowing you have to re-lose that 25 lbs while you could be losing the NEXT 25? Ultimately, you will probably decide what you will do differently the next time you take a trip, and that is how we excel.

For me, I now make a plan before each trip that identifies where my pitfalls will be (i.e. that great greasy spoon I WILL stop at, or a disrupted sleep schedule) and all the opportunities it presents (i.e. cooler weather for walks, or access to a kayak). Then I make the plan for how I will balance out the goodies, and throw in a few 'risk mitigators' like what I will do if presented with a 'too good to pass' treat. In the past 3 months I've made 4 trips and have kept pretty close to the plan and have had no unpleasant surprises upon returning home (like I used to!) Hope this helps.

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AINTSKEERD 7/22/2009 1:34PM

    Even though the scale was not so nice when you got home, it's always good to recognize it as a 'bump' and not a complete detour. Great job on the progress you've made, and what excellent focus you have, to gain control so quickly. What a great example you are!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/22/2009 1:25PM

    Good to hear you back at it. I've got a weekend trip coming and then I have to get my mojo back.


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KROLES55 7/22/2009 12:22PM

    Glad to hear that you are on track....and did not get detoured from vacation... Keep up the excellent work.. I enjoy reading your posts...I'm going to go back thru your post and see what kind of green tea that you brew...

I located a blog in jan 08 regarding the tea's... I'll check it out

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ELFITZPA 7/22/2009 12:22PM

    Glad to hear how quickly you've gotten back on track. I think it says so much that facing that number on the scale you DIDN'T give up or give in, you just forged ahead and chipped away at it. Look back and seriously consider if that would have been your natural response in the past, because I know a lot of people would be so thrown by it that they'd throw in the towel. Make sure to give yourself due credit for handling these kinds of challenges so well, THAT'S what proves how much your entire lifestyle has changed!!

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LAURIE5658 7/22/2009 11:05AM

    Botzzz, you know what the numbers are and it sounds like you are doing what it takes to change those numbers. That is the key to this weightloss madness IMHO. Personally, before Spark I would have been screaming into the nightwith dispair over a weight gain...not now though.

Hopefully soon, you will be back to your lowest weight and back to feeling 100% again. Those darned vacations can really zap the momentum out of you.

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WENDYSPARKS 7/22/2009 11:04AM

    Hi. I love this time of year with all the farmer's markets and the fruits and veggies there to eat. Very healthy!! Good luck with your bike and continued weight loss. You are a great motivator for me! Keep Sparking, wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 7/22/2009 10:50AM

    I can picture you and Heather riding away like some crazed fools (in a good way)!! So the bike was a very good purchase! Weight goes up and down and we know that. After a night of Chinese food, it's like I gain is what it is, that is why we don't live by the scale. It's just a guide. SO it seems you are feeling somewhat better and enjoy all the fruits and veggies. Especially the fruits, this is the best time of year to have them...melons, mangoes, grapes...yum!

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NONNATERRY 7/22/2009 10:33AM

    I just browsed your page! Down 200 lbs. Are you kidding me? That is PHENOMENAL!!!! Wow! Today was my first weigh-in and I'm down 5.8 lbs. and I thought THAT was good. You are an inspiration! Have an amazing day!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 7/22/2009 10:08AM

    Sounds like you are back on the right track. Funny how easy it is to get way way off, isn't it? I should get on my bike again. I feel funny when I ride it, feel like people are looking at me, but I need to get over it. I love to ride, it feels so nice and not like regular exercise :) Hope you kick your cold to the curb!

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    I love reading your posts! You think like me in circles! But seriously youre doing a great job and in my case you are inspiring what wasonce thought to be uninspirable! yeah thats right im talking about me! emoticon emoticon

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A review of sorts, Seasons 52 is a must go to place for the calorie counter.

Friday, July 17, 2009

I am late! this morning has been a bit busy and I had a new window installed in my bathroom so I have not had the time to get on here and post up but here I am. I am down in weight from my initial "after vacation weigh in" so I am feeling good about that but I am still substantially heavier than my lowest weight to date so that I am not too happy about but it is what it is and ain't nothing I can do but get back into the groove so that's the plan.

I want to talk about my bike for a paragraph or so, I am thoroughly addicted to riding it, my children got sick on the way home from Disney and thus as is the way things go I got it too, I picked it up yesterday but did that stop me from going out for a ride? nope! in the past during this whole weight loss extravaganza when I was sick I would stop the exercise immediately because I felt yuck, but with this bike? yuck just doesn't seem to matter, I just keep on riding the bike. Upon returning home from FL I took a ride, yesterday after dinner I took a ride, and today I feel worse than I did yesterday yet when wify gets home from work the plan is, you guessed it to take a ride! I cannot believe that I was worried about what someone might have thought about a rotund fellow riding down the street on a slender bike because I just don't care any more, it appears that Freddy had it right once again.

Bicycle races are coming your way
So forget all your duties oh yeah
Fat bottomed girls they'll be riding today
So look out for those beauties oh yeah
On your marks get set go
Bicycle race bicycle race bicycle race

I mentioned that a restaurant was recommended to me by another blogger, before I left for Florida I emailed the other Tony that has lost more than 200 pounds because I had remembered that he lived down there. I asked him if he knew of some beaches that may rent bikes and had a boardwalk as well as if he knew any place to get a good not so bad for you meal out there and he gave me the name of a place called Seasons 52 so I made a note of it and decided that I would check it out.

When we pulled up I noticed that the restaurant overlooked a lake and had outside seating which looked like a good idea if it had not been so hot the day that we went so off to a good start, we walked in and were seated (inside) by one of the most courteous greeters that I have ever met. We sat down and shortly thereafter greeted by Marcie, our waitress who was honestly an amazing server that was polite and prompt about every aspect of our meal. Marcie talked with us about the concept of the restaurant with a seasonally inspired menu with none of the dishes having more than 475 calories and went on to recommend a few items to us after taking our drink order. We started off with an appetizer and chose to get the caramelized crab and shrimp stuffed mushrooms with roasted garlic and Parmesan cheese, very tasty and was quick to come to the table so I was happy with that. One thing I will mention is that there is not much of a kids menu but Marcie recommended some of the things on the menu that could easily be adapted into a kids meal and my son chose to have a grilled turkey burger with portobello mushrooms and mozzarella cheese and my daughter had a flat bread pizza which was honestly pretty good, you know that I had to take a taste.

On the menu was Copper river salmon which came with corn risotto & corn sauce, grilled asparagus & red peppers and a sour cream dill sauce, Marcie mentioned to us that this is only on the menu for 3 weeks out of the year (there goes that seasonal concept) and since I am a huge fan of salmon I just had to order that dish, Wify ordered a flat bread pork taco which had marinated pork, pablano peppers, goat cheese, jalapeno, pico de gallo and a chipotle sour cream on it and had a mixed green salad with toasted sunflower seeds and white balsamic vinaigrette on the side, and both dishes were full of flavor and cooked perfectly, the salmon was flaky and very good, the corn risotto complimented the flavor of the fish nicely and who doesn't love grilled asparagus with red peppers? so I was very pleased with my meal. Wifys flat bread taco was about a foot and a half long and she loved it, you know that I had to taste that as well and I have to agree that it was full of flavor and decently spicy but then with all of those peppers on it it should be! The main entrees were if I had to pick a word amazing!

Taking pictures of dessert, on my vacation, for my blog? that's dedication!

Onto dessert, you knew there had to be a dessert right? Seasons 52 has what they call mini indulgences, and what they are is individual servings of classic desserts, basically its a double shot glass made into a tasty treat that's just big enough so that you get the point but small enough that loosening of your belt will not be necessary. The mini desserts range from Key lime pie to Summer blueberry cheese cake right on down to Market fresh fruit, I opted for Pecan pie with vanilla mousse while wify chose the Key lime pie and the kids of course picked the most chocolaty of what was there, I do not recall exactly what they each got. The desserts were very yummy and like I mentioned were just big enough so that you felt that you were bad, Wify had coffee with hers and over all I am very happy that We decided to ride on over. Amazing service, and I mean that, it usually takes a lot for me to be impressed with service at a restaurant but our waitress was great (she deserves a raise seriously) and the food was just about as perfect as a meal could be so props to the cook as well. I do hope that Seasons 52 expands into my area, I know that they would make a lot of the green stuff off of me because over all it was a 100% positive experience that my family and I had, here is the address of the Seasons 52 that we went to.

Seasons 52
At the Plaza Venezia
7700 Sand Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32819

The week that I have been home has gone well with my keeping to my calorie range and I have ridden my bike every day this week so I am getting in some exercise and hopefully I can get within a few pounds of my low weight come Friday. I am staying hydrated (something that I did not do in Florida) and in fact I am trying to over hydrate because of my vacation, I have not had a chance to go through all of Emails that I got within the past few weeks but I will get to them so if you asked me something and I have yet to respond know that I am reading them. That's all I got for today so keep on keepin on and all that and don't forget to drink that H2O!

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JANNIEWANNIE 7/22/2009 12:59PM

    Thank you for the restaurant tip. My niece lives in Palm Bay, which is about an hour away from Orlando. When I visit in February, I will plan to eat there. Have a great day! Janet in central Illinois.

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SKYEFYR 7/22/2009 7:15AM

  Oh, I love those little desserts. I think every restaurant should offer them. It's a chance to feel like you're misbehaving but you're not being that bad (all things considered).

If I ever go to Florida I'll have to check out that restaurant. I'm actually surprised that more places aren't more calorie conscious with the number of people dieting these days.

Hope the scale is down again on Friday for you! You're doing everything right and deserve to see some postive results!

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SWEETZMIX 7/21/2009 3:41PM

    That place sounds really good. And PF Changs have mini desserts too. I love them! Hope you are feeling some what better today and you know it's kind of chilly out today & lots of rain. If you got your ride in yesterday, I hope you are taking today off!

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TRACYZABELLE 7/20/2009 5:37AM

    keep on drinking-- I overdid some kettle corn... so I am swollen-- punishment-- big water pill and many trips to the loo!!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 7/19/2009 8:04AM

    Addiction to riding the bike - I am with you there bro. Too bad work gets in the way LOL I was in Mid-ohio yesterday riding my bike 77 miles with four other sparkers (three from OH, one from PA). Had a blast.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/18/2009 2:19PM

    That does sound like a tremendous restaurant. I think that it would have to have a different menu depending on the region of the country that it is in but as long as the look and service were the same, then it would work.

Good to see you back.


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FAIRYELEPHANT 7/18/2009 2:43AM

    I love the sound of this restaurant. Don't know of anything similar here in England but as with most things we'll probably get round to the idea a few years after the States.
Another great blog - keep 'em up!
Jackie x emoticon

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VEEJAY3 7/17/2009 11:35PM

    Two of my favorite topics:

I'm afraid you sound like you have the same consuming addiction from which I suffer. I'm CRAZY for my bikes. Yes. Four of them. 'Cause I'm just a cycling maniac. Went for a 40-mile ride yesterday, and heading out for another 40 tomorrow. (about 4 hours, in case you wonder)
Thank goodness I don't have little kids -- my son's a h.s. senior and daughter's in college. No one depending on mom to be somewhere. 'Cause she's got her fat bottom on a bike somewhere out on the trails!

Oh -- and in my son's bedroom? BIG poster of Freddy, mic in hand, mid-stride, belting it out. And a signed record album of "News of the World." Yeah. We're big fans here. And we DO know all the words to Bohemian Rhapsody. We're a regular "Wayne's World" over here.

Thanks for making me smile tonight! Ride on.

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BIGGIRL2082010 7/17/2009 11:34PM

    Sounds like the bike is your "thing"! You're riding it even while you feel unwell - which means it's just something FUN to do, rather than just a workout! Yay! I LOVE finding things I will do even when I'm "not in the mood"! Good work!

And that restaurant sounds fabulous - wish we had things like that around here! Thanks for sharing - if I'm ever in Orlando I'll have to check it out.


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QUILTINGB52 7/17/2009 6:46PM

    The next time I read your blog, I will have to wear a I don't drool all over my keyboard!!

I live in Minnesota & just hearing the descriptions of the food was enough to make me wanna take a road trip!!

Glad you had an enjoyable vacation!!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 7/17/2009 6:21PM

    mmmm I want some! Salmon is my fav too and that sounded great! If I ever make it down to Orlando I'll keep this in mind. Glad you're back!

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TELERIE 7/17/2009 5:27PM

    That restaurant sounds great - glad you had a good time on vacation and very good to read about all that bike riding! Keep it up!

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WENDYSPARKS 7/17/2009 5:13PM

    Glad you guys all had a nice vacation! Hope you are all feeling better real soon...and have fun riding your bike! My husband loves to ride his bike also. Keep Sparking, wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOCOHOLO 7/17/2009 3:30PM

    Ok, now my mouth is totally watering! You're making me want to visit my weird family in Orlando just to try that place out. I guess I could sneak into Florida and not let them know that I was there. :-)

I love your enthusiasm for your bike. I've been thinking about getting one, but there's always something else for me to spend my money on and I just haven't made it a priority. Plus, here in Phoenix it's 110+ degrees right now so there's no way I'd be riding it anyway. Maybe in the fall.

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/17/2009 3:09PM

    wow so glad you are riding that bike even when sick. i hope they have more restaurants like 52 . i would go. i dont want to waste the calories or my money for 1000 calorie meal that i feel sick from after. the mini dessert is awesome. emoticonkudos for eating out sensible on diet,

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ZIRCADIA 7/17/2009 3:04PM

    WOW, that place sounds AMAZING! :D

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LAURIE5658 7/17/2009 2:54PM

    I truly hope that more restaurants start offering meals like the ones Seasons 52 does. That is awesome and looks delicious. Its so nice to have you back, Botzzz.

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I'm Back! Groggy and up in weight but here I am.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

If you follow my blog regularly, you have probably been wondering about the lack of posts lately and if you are new to the blog it likely just appears that I do not post often. I was on vacation for the past week or so hence the lack of posting but I have returned! you can now stop crying because you missed me, awe.

I want to start off my return to the blog by saying man did I eat bad while on vacation! it was not so much over eating as it was not eating the right things, don't get me wrong, I DID eat more than usual but hey I am on vacation right? I know, I know vacation is no reason to go off plan, this is after all a lifestyle change and not a diet right? Yes, yes it is. The way that I look at it is like this, it is a lifestyle change and it is easy to just let my guard down for a little more than a week and just go with the flow grabbing food on the run but those choices are not always the best and on a tight schedule getting a good solid nutritious meal is not always an option so I traded off "good solid counted meals" for "eat when I can" because it was not really what I would call a laid back vacation, we were sort of go go go! the whole time and in the spirit of getting as much in for the kids, meal planning went out the window, yeah it was for the kids, that's it!

He offered me corn but I took the cake instead!

Over all I did a lot of walking on vacation but I did eat way too many bad things and I am up in weight today, I am not going to do a weigh in post for tomorrow because I know that I am dehydrated, I am sore and the ships have been docked for 2 days and I don't feel that it would be a very accurate weigh in, so I will wait until next Friday for a weigh in post. I do want to mention that on one of the days I was out in not so sunny Florida (it rained like every day we were there) that I had the opportunity to check out a restaurant that was recommended to me by another blogger, his exact words in the email to me were "The best restaurant ever"and I have to agree with him on that because the food was amazing, the service was even better than that and it was a healthy way to spend an evening so I felt good about being able to get it into our time in FL. I will be giving that place a post of its own (it deserves it!), maybe tomorrow to replace the weigh in post.

I am still a little groggy this morning as I type because of our twenty some odd hour drive back to New England (we drove straight through) but I wanted to get a post up, so here it is. I have some weeding to do in my garden and want to get a nice leisurely ride on my bike in this afternoon so I will end the post here for now.

It was a great vacation and some junk was eaten but I am back home now and its time to get back into a groove and hit my weight loss and health goals for the year. Thanks for following along and now I have to follow my own advice and get hydrated!


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NAENAE1213 7/23/2009 11:50AM

    Good job. Now you're home and back where you should be. I think you have to let go and enjoy yourself every so often. Glad you had a good trip!

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WALKWITME 7/19/2009 5:08AM

    I Like You Attitude

It's Your Lifestyle Change

I'm glad you and your family had a Terrific Vacation


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SNEAKYGREG 7/17/2009 8:27AM

    Sometimes when we take that break we come back stronger and after all it sounds like you had a great time. Now have a glass of water and go ride your bike

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/17/2009 8:03AM

    Glad you had a good time. I know we had a great time in Disney in the spring. It's kinda weird to see the pictures and say "I was there!"

Probably a good thing to skip the post this week as you have had your routine all screwed up. Take this week, get everything straightened and rock it out next week.


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SKYEFYR 7/17/2009 6:59AM

  Sounds like you had a fantastic vacation! With all your hard work, you deserve a little breather. As you always say, it's a lifestyle, not a diet. I'm sure you're already firmly back at your new lifestyle choices and making good food and exercise choices also. Go you! You're a winner!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 7/17/2009 5:58AM

    must have been a great trip as a thinner man!! congrats

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BILLALEX70 7/15/2009 9:11PM

    Nothing is better than Disney!

Glad you had a good time and enjoyed yourself!

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TSABONIS 7/15/2009 6:58PM

    When on vacation with the family and seeing the sights, unfortunately it is nearly impossible to eat right. I went on a weekend trip to the zoo before the 4th, and I also ate poorly, but had little choice.

I found that after getting back I was constantly tempted to keep eating bad, because the bad food is SOOO good. I resisted and am comfortably back on the path.

But that wont happen to you. You have been doing this longer than me.

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    You know what, After you loose the weight you want to loose life goes on....and it's good to know they hey you lived like a normal fella! And blame the enchantment of Disney it'll make a man do strange things... A week of plan is fine as long as when you get home its back to the grind....


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TELERIE 7/15/2009 3:01PM

    Welcome back! Splurging a bit is what special days and vacations are about. I'm sure it was different from vacations you had before being Sparked.
I find with myself once I'm back in my regular life I'll have ships sailing in no time.

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KEEPITMOVING 7/15/2009 2:17PM

    good deal, let your hair down, at some unusual things, didn't do your normal exercise routine, didn't have your normal eating habits.....hey, sounds like a fine vaca to me! living in FL, i can't wait to hear more details about your awesome restaurant experience. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease you way back into your routine, knowing it's always there, waiting....welcome home!

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AINTSKEERD 7/15/2009 1:50PM

    Yep, we missed you. Glad you had a good time; I hope the ships set to harbor soon!

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KNH771 7/15/2009 1:12PM

    Welcome back home! I'm glad that you enjoyed your trip.

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LAURIE5658 7/15/2009 12:34PM

    Welcome home Botzzz! Our family is EVERYTHING Disney!!!!!! Woot! Woot!

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PUMPKINFACE73 7/15/2009 11:48AM

    great pics and so glad you all had a nice get weeding
and riding :-)

glad you are back....oh and I didnt miss ya at all..ok I lied of course I did...wanna ride this weekend? I may have to push myself to ride your place..yep I am crazy..!!


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SWEETZMIX 7/15/2009 11:43AM

    sO you know I could of fit somewhere in the car. hehe Glad you had a good time & vacation is vacation. Plus it was for the kids emoticon

OH & more power to ya for driving all those hours. I couldn't do it...nope not even sit in the same spot for all those hours either.

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JBMT08 7/15/2009 11:24AM

    I know you will be back in the spark frame of mind in NO TIME!!! I am so glad you had a FANTASTIC TIME in FL, even though it wasnt sunny! I CANT believe you drove all the way!!! my DH did that in a weekend, and we are forever banned from driving to FL (Live in NY)! emoticon Joni

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WENDYSPARKS 7/15/2009 11:11AM

    WELCOME BACK HOME TO SPARKPEOPLE! WE MISSED YOU HERE! LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR BLOGS!...wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELFITZPA 7/15/2009 11:10AM

    Don't blame your vacation eating on the kids - it's not fair to those of us who don't have kids to blame their bad vacation habits on. LOL! Welcome back!!

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