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Friday, May 28, 2010

Better because...

5 Jars of Freezer jam made
3 Chocolate Strawberry Milkshakes (for me, hubby, and Ethan)
About 10 strawberries eaten throughout the day.
1 bowl dropped off at the in-laws' place


We were picking for about 40 minutes or so, about an hour's work including walking, standing, leaning over, picking, etc. Good work out (sweat was POURING!) and hubby was suddenly so happy that we had ventured out for this adventure. Ended up with a little over 11 pounds of strawberries and only paid $13.95 for the whole bunch!

Thank you, all of you, for reminding me to push through the Blah. I knew it, I swear I did...but I just felt so darn BLAH! "Hearing" you guys "say" those things helped so much! I'm not 100% --- In fact, my knee did end up popping out when we got back to the's really sore now. But I'm alive. I'm healthy. I'm full of yummy, fresh, completely ripe, locally grown, hand-picked strawberries.

Hartley Farms

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ALIMESSA 5/30/2010 1:17AM

    Glad you got through it! Have a great rest of your weekend...the strawberries look delicious!!

As always,
Stay Strong!!

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GRANDMAMAOF3 5/29/2010 1:38PM

    Glad you got through the Blahs! The strawberries are worth it.
I found cherries this morning! YUM

Have a safe and happy weekend. emoticon

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KNOWMOREBBK 5/29/2010 10:45AM

    I'm so jealous! Those strawberries look so YUM! In the mood to go the farmer's market now. Glad your feeling better. emoticon

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PRETTYMANDI 5/28/2010 10:14PM

    way to go!

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Blah - W6.D6

Friday, May 28, 2010

Blah ....I have cramps again. Trying to manage.

Blah's really hot outside - YET AGAIN! *sigh*

Blah ....Hubby is still in bed when I want him to be up and doing things with me.

Blah ....I feel bloated and fatter than normal today.

Blah ....I had a really bad night last night. Stress.

Blah ....I'm looking for more jobs to apply to...yet again. And not a single call or email yet.

Blah oldest son is still refusing to do his school work, while my youngest was just tested to confirm that he is as smart or smarter than 92% of kids his age who have taken the same test.

Blah ....I'm supposed to look and feel my best for a wedding tomorrow and all I want to do is crawl back into bed and not come out until Tuesday.

Blah is still tight and I'm having to consider a third job. This is causing problems between Hubby and I because he's been out of work for more than a year now while I've been busting my butt. While he used to make up for it by making dinner and doing some of the things needed to be done around here, once school ended for me he went back to expecting me to do all these things. I am tired.

Blah ....Sex and the City 2 just came out. This reminds me that I have no friends to go see this with while one moves across the country and the other is getting over the death of her father. It also reminds me that I'm not skinny enough to wear any of those great clothes or shoes, and that even if I were that skinny, I can't afford it anyways.

Blah ....while I'm excited that clothes aren't so much fitting anymore, I'm bummed that I don't have the money to go get some clothes that do fit.

Blah ....I want to go pick strawberries today (but it's hot) or go to the lake (but hubby isn't up yet).

Blah workout yesterday was a bit of a joke (but at least I did SOMETHING!). I need to kick it up a notch today (but I don't much feel like it).


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KNOWMOREBBK 5/28/2010 6:28PM

    Calli-girl, you can beat these blahs. They happen to all of us. You are strong and beautiful and so able to tell those blahs where to go. Have a fun weekend! Pick those strawberries! Eating some fresh picked strawberries would put a smile on my face. emoticon

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AKJADE 5/28/2010 5:57PM

    Ravensong said it wonderfully! Turn those blah's around! Yep, we all have those days, the trick is to not let it bring us to the bottom. You're doing great, and you will continue to do so!



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DLEE27 5/28/2010 3:12PM

    I'm in for the Blah Blah Sisterhood! Haha
Hope tomorrow is a better day. emoticon

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BUTBYTHEGRACE 5/28/2010 12:41PM

    Oh, those "blah" germs must be travelling clear across the Country, because I'm feeling them up in Washington State; may He change our Blahs into Blessings! Sometimes the Lord reminds me to thank Him for the negative things in my life, not just the good. So today I am thanking Him for my messy house, for my disorganized and unmotivated mind, for my disobedient teenagers, and for the blahs! I love that verse in the Bible "in everything give thanks". emoticon

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RAVENSONG37 5/28/2010 12:10PM

    Expectations are premeditated resentments. The blahs are normal and to be expected...especially after the big ups you have had lately. It takes a lot of energy to get so excited and fired up...and we expect that to last for a long time. You have lots of valid blahs...but don't let it throw you off track. Just know that if you do what you gotta do, it will pass. Don't give in to temptations to eat poorly or skip your exercise. I know you can keep going on this journey. And frankly, I need your support for mine! Try to remember that you are going to that wedding tomorrow because someone cares enough to have you witness their commitment to another person..and that it's a fun day and no one really cares what you are wearing or how you look cuz they are all focussed on the bride! Money troubles really suck....maybe post something on your local spark page about doing a clothing swap...where you give your too big clothes to someone who needs them and someone gives you their too big clothes! And finally, you don't need special clothes or shoes to look gorgeous. You are super pretty and in my humble opinion, most of that designer crap is hideous!


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PRETTYMANDI 5/28/2010 12:10PM

    I am having a "blah" day too. We could start a club and call it the secrets of the blah blah sisterhood hehehe

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-SHIMMER-ANN- 5/28/2010 12:10PM

    ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope things get better by tomorrow :)

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Hold Me Back! - W6.D5

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Seriously, hold me back! I'm trying to athlete! ACK!

I took my regular walk to the market yesterday on my lunch break. I thought about trying for my 2 miles, but I knew (1) it was really hot outside, (2) I only have a 45 minute break and I didn't know how long it would take me, and (3) there are no showers at work. Instead, I took my regular's about a mile walk total, not including any walking I do inside the market. (BTW - picked up a great haul including some amazing peaches and that fig bar I'm in love with now!)

But all afternoon I realized I still wanted to try my two miles. I guess I could've just waited until today, but I didn't want to wait. (I'm not real good at waiting for anything...) So I went home, kissed the hubby, announced that I was going on a walk and changed my clothes. The boys ask, "How long?" *lol* Cautious, I see. Afraid of another 3.1 miles! *lol* I informed them it would be 2 miles and Ethan says, "Oh, well I can do 2 miles!"

This is one unexpected twist to the 5K attempt this weekend. Sure, all of us were complaining. (I probably cursed more than any mother should around her children.) I was hot. I was tired. We ALL were! But when I announced to my sons last night that we were going to do 2 miles, both of them shrugged and said, "I can do that!" I have a feeling that a week ago their response would have been different...something more akin to "TWO MILES!? AT ONCE?! BACK TO BACK!??!" Suddenly, in the afterglow of our accomplishment this past weekend, 2 miles was just a spit in the dirt. "Easy-peesy, lemon-squeezy!" as Ethan would say.

So I (we) head out for my two miles. I make myself take it slow for just a little bit (warm-up) and then I push myself to go quickly the rest of the way. (I swear I tried to slow down at the end, but I knew I was timing myself and I just couldn't keep my feet from moving as fast as they wanted to.) Ended up doing 2 miles in 42:59.9. (See, I saved myself from 43! *lol*) I didn't have a specific time in mind, I just knew that this would be a starting point for me...

Also after that 5K Sunday, I have found myself, on more than one occasion, looking up information on races in this state and those neighboring it. I even started mapping out a plan for doing one a month every month! I have decided on one for sure - I will be doing the Charleston Distance Run 5K on September 4th. I haven't registered yet for the simple fact that I don't know whether I'll be walking or running this one. I'm fine to simply walk it...but I don't want to hold myself back if I'm ready for something a little more advanced by then. I mean it's more than 3 months away - and look at how far I've come already in just ONE month! So, I have until the end of August to register. (Also, I think I'm secretly hoping to be down a shirt size so I can actually order a shirt from the race...*shrug*)

And last night, before I went home for my 2 miler...I drove past the skating rink again...the one that has been holding Zumba classes for about 2 months now. These things are so darn popular the parking lot and road around the rink fills up each night! So I called them to ask when classes where. Apparently M & W classes don't start until guess where I'll be next Wednesday? Best part? Only 3 bucks for an hour workout! Beat that big cities!!

And it turns out...I'm okay being the "athlete". (This isn't the right word...I need to combine fake and athlete somehow - fathlete... *lol* Fat Athlete - Fathlete! I'm using it!!)

So it turns out I'm okay being a fathlete! I'm looking into buying some good walking/running shoes this weekend while I'm in Columbus for a wedding. And I've got an order all ready for Old Navy workout clothes (I think I'll even order one shirt a size smaller...just in case *wink*) and a new gym bag! It's exciting, yo! knew there was a but, didn't you? But, I need to make sure I pace myself here! The last time I went out too fast and furious and I injured myself several times over. Only, I kept pushing through the pain. And the doctor encouraged that because she knew what I was trying to do and she felt like if I could manage the pain then it wasn't too bad for me to stop. She simply told me to listen to my body and prescribed some 800mg Ibuprofen. (And I'll be making an appointment to go back to her for advice next week...all a part of being a fathlete.) But I got burned out and I stopped. And I don't want that this time. So if any of you have suggestions for what to do/what not to do...let me know!

So far the plan is as follows:

New workout clothes (that fit!)
New shoes (without holes and wear/tear)
A sweatband (I totally get this now!)
A mini MP3 player of some sort and sport headphones
A better water bottle of some sort...easier to carry
Zumba classes

Tai Chi

Fit in:
Cycling (for real and on the inStride)

And Work Toward:
Walking 2 miles comfortably
Running a mile
Walking that 5K without dying!
and ...eventually...running that 5K!

Truth is, I'm having trouble figuring out what kind of schedule I need because the runner training schedules are too advanced (even C25K right now) and there isn't a lot out there otherwise least not that I've been able to find. *sigh*

Ah-well...this fathlete is off to plan her next workout. (Probably not walking tonight...don't want to overdo it, so I'll only do my walks every other day...that sounds about right. Right?) Tomorrow I will be picking strawberries as my workout! YAY YAY YAY!! Can't wait to have some fresh strawberries in the house!

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ALIMESSA 5/28/2010 1:47AM

    You are doing a great job...keep up the great work!

As always,
Stay Strong!!

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KILA1228 5/27/2010 6:32PM

    You know I never thought about doing any kind of marathon. I think I well, you have inspired me! Now, I just need to find one...after I start walking and seeing where I stand with that. I usually work out on the elliptical glider but with summer here I would rather be outside walking!

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RAVENSONG37 5/27/2010 12:22PM

    YAY! Such a great attitude you have! One way you won't get burned out is by keeping me on track!! Together, we can do great things! One piece of advice regarding beginning to run is this...get to a point where you can comfortably walk FAST for 25 minutes straight. Until you can do that, it will be much tougher to start to run. Once you have the 25 minutes of walking under control start REAAAALLY slowly with walk one minute, jog one minute, walk one minute, jog one minute and slowly turn it into walk one minute, run two minutes - for a total of 25 minutes. Build on should be able to increase by a minute of running every week or two if you are practicing at least 3-4 times a week. Take it from me...running is a slow thing to learn how to do right. Just as an FYI, I was 260 pounds when I ran/walked my first 5km and it was the most amazing feeling!

One more thing...I'm SO proud of you for including your kids in your activities (that note about the 2 miles being a breeze is so true!) but also that you take time to do things on your own! Great balance ladyface!

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PRETTYMANDI 5/27/2010 12:17PM

    I love it! I am going to be a fathlete too! I was already a mathlete once, so maybe that will help me adjust.

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I'm in Love, I'm in Love, and I Don't Care Who Knows It!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Heck yes that was a Buddy the Elf reference. And double heck yes on the double blogging today. Yeah, sorry about that...but I just had to share with you a recent find. Recent, as in today...

I was checking out at the whole foods market near my work (Yes, I know how unbelievable lucky I am to have this within walking distance, therefore, I am able to combine buying fresh produce, plants, and meat (including fish) with my afternoon exercise) and, once again the line was really long. This meant I was looking at POS (point of sale, you know the impulse crap they put up by the register) stuff...something I don't normally do. Because it's usually pricey junk food, stuff for your kids to taunt you while you wait in line for 40 minutes (okay, 5 minutes) "Mommy, I want it! PLEASE?!?!"

Anyhow, I glanced over and saw these packages that looked like protein bars. Turns out they're Whole Wheat Fig Bars, in varied flavors. All natural. Made by a company called Nature's Bakery. While it was $1.50 for one package, I decided to splurge so I could have something fun, a little treat if you will.

I took to rereading the nutritionals a few minutes ago and discovered there are actually two servings per package (this drives me INSANE by the way!). I look at the little tiny portions they give me...they look like bulked up, brown fig newtons really. I got the apple cinnamon flavor. So I go to eat this thing, and within one bite I'm hooked. Of course, now I'm thinking - SCARY! - because I know I'm going to want that other half. the end of the one little serving I was feeling full! No, no...I still ate the other one...but I know that if I would've let that full feeling carry I could've easily gotten away with just eating one. I ate the other because I wanted to and I have the calories to do it and...well, it was so darn good!

So, if you haven't tried them - DO! YUMMM!

Now I just need SUGIRL06 to let me know that these are 100% what they claim to be and, dare I say it?...good for me! If so, I'll go pick up a few more flavors tomorrow! *lol*

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CALLIKIA 5/28/2010 10:10PM

    Went and picked up a few more bars... here are the ingredients for the regular Fig Bar version:

Dough (Whole Wheat Flour, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Canola Oil, Brown Rice Syrup, Caramel Color, Apple Fiber, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Baking Soda, Lecithin, Baking Powder) Filling (Fig Paste, Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Rolled Oats, Mollasses, Citric Acid, Sea Salt)

110 c/ 2.5g fat/ 0g sat/trans fats/ 0 cholest./ 10mg sodium / 21g carbs/ 2g fiber/ 11g sugar/ 2g protein

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AGAINALWAYS 5/28/2010 6:38PM

    I used to pass a Whole Foods on my way home from work and could never resist the lure of their amazing beverage section! I discovered Kombucha tea, single-varietal grape juices and my all time favorite - LightFull Satiety Smoothies. I couldn't eat on the 2-2 1/2 hours bus ride home, but I could have a beverage. These expensive little beverages really did the trick in making me feel satisfied and not wanting to eat fried stuff as soon as I got off the bus.

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ALIMESSA 5/28/2010 1:50AM

    Will have to go get one and try luck would have it there is a Whole Foods right over by Dave and Busters!

Thanks for sharing!

As always,
Stay Strong!!

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MERALO 5/27/2010 5:03AM

    I love markets like that! You get the best stuff there...

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CALLIKIA 5/26/2010 11:03PM

    Dude, that would be wicked awesome, dude! (Yes, sometimes I use dude twice. I feel it rounds off a sentence quite nicely...)

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PRETTYMANDI 5/26/2010 8:55PM

    you are blogging all over the place today! I couldn't stop giggling because my best friend always says "hecks yes" and there you were. If you start calling everything "wicked awesome" while using a british accent and holding your finger over your lip to imitate a fake mustache I will wonder how there can be more than 2 wonder twins...because there can't be, right? That would make us :dare I say it?: Wonder triplets! lol!

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CALLIKIA 5/26/2010 8:08PM

    Ack...I was holding onto the wrapper but I think I dumped it. Will post ingredients tomorrow so I can get your take on it...just gives me another reason to stop by and pick up another few packs! *lol*

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SUGIRL06 5/26/2010 6:19PM

    LoL! I am the ingredient queen! I couldn't find the ingredients online (any help?) BUT if it claims its 100% Natural, I can tell you that the word Natural is regulated by the FDA so if it claims its all natural, then it is. But you have to remember some things we don't recognize as food can still be considered natural (carrageenan is made from algae apparently!). But these sound pretty good! And I always like to try new foods by buying just one bar in the check out line or whatever to make sure I like it before I invest in a whole box so good choice! I am going to look for these next time I'm at the store but I think I'll have the same problem. They're so good I'll eat the whole package!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 5/26/2010 6:17PM

    Yummy - those sound absolutely great!

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KILA1228 5/26/2010 6:09PM

    I'm going to have to look for those bars!

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AKJADE 5/26/2010 5:44PM

    they sound wonderful! I don't think we have them here, but I'll have to look. OT, how do you get pic in your blogs??


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Why Bad Day Blog Posts Are Good - W6.D4

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Lately I've been reading some blog posts from people about their bad days. And I mean - a lot. This is not a bad thing, but what worries me is the apologies they make for posting a "non-motivational" blog post...especially from those who have been crowned with the Spark Motivator crown. While I understand their emotion, I have a little something to tell my motivators - all of my motivators, whether you wear a crown that Spark made or an invisible one that I have placed upon your head without you knowing...

Your "bad day" blog posts are motivation too!

Sometimes when we feel like people are watching, or when we hear people say "You've motivated me to do better!" we feel a sort of obligation to that person. We feel like all eyes are now on us and we must not fail to remain the motivator they have come to expect in us. But two things happen here.

1- We stop living for us, and start living for them. The collective them. A specific them. It doesn't matter. It is no longer about what we need, about what we feel or desire, or the pain we've experienced. It's no longer about our journey or the loss of motivation we have, and our struggle to find someone to motivate us. It's become about the people who look up to us. We imagine ourselves on the pedestal there, and we're afraid if we fall we're going to crush the people below us under a ton of marble, and not only will it be "ruined" for us, but for them as well. -- That's just too much weight to be carrying around!

2- We stop realizing that "motivation" is a circle. Think about order to be motivational, you have to have been motivated. You keep people in your life who motivate you and inspire you to be your best. For me, it's my husband, my children, my mother. But I've had people come up to me and say that I motivate them to be better as well. Like my friend yesterday, who kept walking because I wanted to. Who doesn't really need to lose any weight, but is trying to get fit - and who is also going through the sudden loss of her father. I pushed her not because I wanted her to walk more, but because I needed it. And if she had said she was done, I would have stopped and finished my workout later in the day. That's just part of being a friend.

Your "bad-day" blogs remind us that bad days happen to everyone. It is much easier for us to aspire to be "like you" if we know that you are human, that sometimes you fail/fall, but you get back up again. If we didn't see you fall, like ever, we'd simply assume you'd been bitten by some radioactive spider and while we might admire you, we could never aspire to be you - not really. Because we understand that we're not perfect. We understand (especially those of us that are larger here) that it has been a long road of not being perfect to get us to where we are today. AND we understand that we'll have falls along the way, because we aren't perfect, and we never will be.

If I was designed to be perfect, I'd be one of those boney girls like my friend T, who weighs less than your average African swallow and actually has trouble finding clothes that don't fall off of her. I'd be able to eat whatever I wanted and never have to worry about things like calories and fat grams. And, even then, I would not be perfect. Because while I would look skinny, I would not be healthy. I might have insomnia because of my poor eating habits, like one friend of mine. Or I might have stomach ulcers, like another. Either way perfect is not possible.

Last night I did a "bad" thing too. I went to the chinese buffet. WHAT? Yeah, you heard me. The CHINESE BUFFET! I haven't really been out to eat without checking my tracker once since I started this whole thing. And I've really wanted some chinese from our little buffet in town. So as we're realizing we have a bare fridge last night, and hubby looks right at me and says, "What do you want to do?" and I know what I want to do but I'm afraid he'll be disappointed in me (see? there it is!!), and the kids are saying "Chinese!" because they know how much I love that little buffet...Dad turns to one and says, "That's not really the right place for your mom's diet." I smirk and say, "Well, actually...that's exactly where I want to go..."

"Really?" says hubby...unsure...waiting for me to take it back.
"Yes." And then I did what I always did, I felt the need to qualify or justify my reasons to him. To explain why I thought it would be okay for me to go to the buffet. It went a little something like this - "I want to see if I can. I don't want to say that I can never go to another buffet again, ever! And I'd rather do it now, while I'm in control...rather than wait until I'm having a bad week and have my 'screw it' mentality and really blow things!"

So...we went. And I ate. And I paid attention to portion sizes and had more white rice with a tiny bit of fried rice thrown in to trick myself, and a few small pieces of my favorite chicken dishes and some broccoli. And an orange slice or two for dessert. I survived my "bad day" in a way. And, honestly, I don't see it as a bad day, because I was conscious. I was awake and alert and paying attention...I have never done that before at a buffet. EVER.

So thank you, Motivators - crowns or no...because you motivate us every day by showing us that a life can be lived this way. A full life with ups and downs and twists and turns and joy and sorrow. I never wanted a thank you. For everything. Even your bad days!

Now get back on that treadmill and inspire me again! emoticon

Finally, leaving you with my fortune cookie from last night:
"Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success."

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ALIMESSA 5/28/2010 1:44AM

    Your blog totally fit right in with my day today...thanks...I needed it!

As always,
Stay Strong!

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MEGS4148 5/27/2010 1:17PM

    You are exactly right! This sight should be a place to share the good and bad days, because that is reality. If we all had things perfectly figured out, we wouldn't need each other so much.

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WHITEJM11 5/27/2010 9:19AM

    Love this post. Thanks for reminding me that we are all humans and that we need to remember that good and bad days happen to all of us. THANKS

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    Well I can't think of anything not already said. Great Blog!! emoticon

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AKJADE 5/26/2010 5:42PM

    Totally wonderful blog, and now you have inspired ME! This is a wonderful reminder that it's ok to be human, for anyone who may be doubting that. I love chinese food as well, so it was great to hear that it IS possible to go to a chinese buffet and survive! As someone else said, you ROCK!


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MOMM4LIFE 5/26/2010 2:19PM

    emoticon Awesome blog!

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RAVENSONG37 5/26/2010 2:12PM

    Thanks for this! I too am way more motivated by people struggling and working through challenges than those who seem to skate through life or who never feel comfortable being vulnerable enough to admit to difficulties. Making ourselves vulnerable allows people to connect with our real selves and it's such an amazing experience!

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WINDEE52 5/26/2010 1:48PM

    Right on sister! Grest blog!! emoticon

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RAWKNRUN 5/26/2010 1:41PM

    Awesome blog, I often don't post my "negative" blogs just because I don't want to bring / let people down. Hugs

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DLEE27 5/26/2010 1:05PM

    I totally agree. I have actually been discouraged by a Spark Motivator or 2 for that exact reason - they seem to perfect. Great job at the buffet too!

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SUGIRL06 5/26/2010 1:02PM

So true!

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MERALO 5/26/2010 12:31PM

    Nicely said! You're so right, I also enjoy the bad day blogs and I always gravitate to them if I can tell from the title that they're about a bad day.

I'm seriously proud of you for conquering the chinese buffet...that's a big victory. Learning that we can live and still be healthy is a great feeling! I wouldn't bother checking out an addicts program just're all right there.

Nice blog, thanks for telling us to go back to the art of being human!

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ERIN1128 5/26/2010 12:09PM

    Love this blog!!!

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_DASH_ 5/26/2010 12:06PM

    you rock. 'nough said. :D

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CALLIKIA 5/26/2010 11:04AM

    Wow! Well, hard to respond to all of that, but I'm glad it's helped some of you. :)

And, yes...I did well at the buffet...but I have to remember that this needs to be a RARE thing, rarely than the once a week event we USED to have with it. I'm a chinese food addict, I they have programs for that?

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HEATHERALENE 5/26/2010 10:59AM's funny that today is the day you chose to write this blog...and that I came across it. Today my blog was a 'bad day' blog. I've been feeling very unmotivated and down lately and decided I needed to vent today. And as I read your blog, I realized that at the end of mine, I too apologized for the negativity. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Reading this made me feel a little better about that much needed vent I had this morning.
YOU motivate ME!


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GETFIT2LIVE 5/26/2010 10:57AM

    You are SO RIGHT! We need the 'bad day' blogs as much (or maybe more) than the rah rah, we can all do this, ones. Finding out that the people who lost a ton of weight struggle just like me and seeing how they pull out of the blue funk we all get in from time to time helps me keep getting back up when I stumble and fall. Life isn't perfect, and no one here is either. Thanks for stating it so well!


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CREATINGAMANDA 5/26/2010 10:46AM

    Totally agree with you ... gold star


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MOMM4LIFE 5/26/2010 10:42AM

    This is a great blog which puts life all into perspective - right? I mean, we all have our bad days or off days or whatever kinda day label we want to use. Being here on Spark with everyone has made this weight loss journey bearable, fun, hard, all over the place, but it has worked! I feel accountable to me, my Spark friends, and those who just happen to stop by! Thank you for stating that journey so elogquently. Isn't funny how others want to help you succeed? emoticon

Be Sparked! emoticon

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BAMBI04 5/26/2010 10:38AM

    Soo very true! And great job having self-control during your chinese buffet!! You are making great progress, keep it up!

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TENACIOUSTIGER 5/26/2010 10:34AM

    well done on the chinese buffet, I find eating out the hardest as your just guessing cals and portion size and also so much choice, Ihave always used a big stick not a carrot to motivate me but are trying to change that emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MICMANSELL 5/26/2010 10:32AM

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