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Spark Motivator

Sunday, July 21, 2013

I earned my Spark Motivator badge 4 years ago...roughly. I seriously considered deleting my page and starting a new one. It has been a year since i have been active and I am now 2 pounds away from reaching 180 pounds. A weight that I said I was never going to reach again. And now I sit 2 pounds...2 small pounds away.

I have tried to do it on my own and I can't. I took a hard long look at my past and analyzed what worked for me. I lost 42 pounds the first time with Sparkpeople, a core group of amazing group and friends on here that helped me reach my goal. Not only my wight goal but my goal of completing several 5k's.

To keep my Spark Motivator or start over...I opted to keep it. To serve as a reminder of all my hard work. To serve as a reminder that I can do it! I have lost the weight once. I can do anything that I put my mind to!

Here is to a new start!

Oh and looking for motivating and supportive friends! emoticon

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DEBSZOO74 8/25/2013 1:57AM

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SPARTAN40 8/14/2013 10:32PM

    So glad to see you back. YOu can do it!

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SHIRLEYX 7/22/2013 6:14PM

    I'm so glad that you kept your Spark page. Many of us have regained weight through various things. For me, my beloved eldest son was diagnosed with a massive brain tumor in May 2011. The brain tumor was on his brain stem which meant that his automatic reflexes were affected (breathing, consciousness, blood pressure). After three months of sitting on my butt in the ICU unit, and another 11 months sitting on my butt while he tried to recover in a ward in two different hospitals I am at my highest weight ever....but I KNOW that I will lose this weight.

My son is still in a wheelchair, still unable to swallow - but he works hard trying to stand and walk every day, his speech is improving and he is working on his swallowing. He has a great attitude and has successfully completed his first year in the neuroscience program in the university where he holds two other undergraduate science degrees using only a letterboard which others type or translate for him. He is an inspiration to me, and hopefully to you as well. With all he has overcome, I am confident that both you and I can lose the weight that we have regained.

Keep in touch. I've missed you and your wonderful family.

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MOM2ACAT 7/22/2013 3:37PM

    You can do it! I have been here for 7 years now, and I think it helps to new members to see people who have been on Spark long term. Even if you have had set backs, people can see you are not giving up and can overcome them.

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BULLSBAMA98 7/22/2013 11:26AM

    I know you can do it. You have always been one of my motivators!

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/22/2013 7:25AM

    emoticon You WILL do it.

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-AMANDA79- 7/22/2013 7:25AM

    So happy to see you! I've come and gone from sparkpeople several times and always seem to gain when I'm away. This time, I joined the At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team. It has been a great way to stay active on SP and keep the weight off.


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LYNNIERN 7/21/2013 11:27PM

    What a great attitude! I love that you kept the Spark Motivator as reminder that you can do it, but also, it reminds you of all the other people who were touched by your story and that you motivated. Sign me up to be a supportive friend! emoticon

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need good juju

Monday, December 17, 2012

Last night I decided that today was going to be a new day and boy is it ever! I was laid off from my job at the end of March this has been tough! I was at my last job for 8 years and I loved it there! The only thing I dreaded was the 45 minute drive to get there and with rush hour traffic the hour plus it took me to get home every night! This morning I got a call for a job interview...YAY!!!!! And bonus points because it is 5, yes 5 minutes from my house!!!! Prayers and good thoughts that all goes well with the interview today! As much fun as it has been to be home and PTA mom, it is time for me to get back to work! The strain and pressure of my husband taking all the financial burden is too much for us.

Breakfast was simple today. 2 boiled eggs and some toast. For lunch I have some leftover chicken breast from last night's dinner. Good things are heading my way!

I HAD a walk planned for this morning. I will get SOMETHING done this afternoon/early evening.

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SHIRLEYX 12/20/2012 9:33PM

    Good to hear from you again! Best of luck with the job interview.


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SLIMMINJENN 12/17/2012 8:50PM

    Praying you get the job!!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 12/17/2012 5:06PM

    Praying that you get the job!

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-AMANDA79- 12/17/2012 3:33PM

    I had boiled eggs and toast for bfast today too. Great minds think alike. Keeping my fingers crossed for you on the job...

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DRUIDPRINCESS 12/17/2012 1:40PM

    The year is ending well, and next year is shaping up to be AWESOME! You go for it!! I look forward to hearing about your amazing year ahead.
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CINDYBEL 12/17/2012 11:58AM

    Good luck with your job interview. emoticon

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New beginnings

Sunday, December 16, 2012

I joined Sparkpeople in 2008. We are nearing the end of 2012. Honestly, I haven't logged on to SP in a while. I can't and won't use the excuse that "life got in the way." I have 3 kids and a is always going to get in the way. I need to make me as important as I do everything else.

Looking over my Sparkpage I was happy and sad....

I was happy that I have friends that care, friends who never gave up on me. I was happy to see that the last weight I registered on here MONTHS ago, is pretty much where I am now. Sad because, I have lost 40 pounds once. And now, I need to get it done again. Happy that I know what I need to do to get it done.

It looks like many of my friends have long left SP...I need to start making new friendships and joining fresh new groups. Tomorrow morning I will update my page and start fresh. Going to end the year with a bang!

Until tomorrow....

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SLIMMINJENN 12/17/2012 8:50PM

    welcome back!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 12/17/2012 5:03PM

    Hi Carol, its good to see you again! Never give up on trying to reach your goal. Keep pushing and be forgiving of yourself when you get off track...and then start over again. I'm here if you need support.


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-AMANDA79- 12/17/2012 3:30PM

    So glad to see you!! emoticon

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March Madness

Monday, March 05, 2012

Well March Madness is officially upon us…there are so many changes that have happened in our household! Can you believe it is March already!?

I guess I should start by talking about the love of my life…the man I call my husband. 15 months ago, he decided he was done smoking. After 20 years of smoking, he put his mind to it and quit. I am SO PROUD of him! Well, when he stopped smoking the pounds started creeping up on for him. I was fine with it…he stopped smoking! THEN, after 10 years of working evening and morning (midnight-8am) shifts, he finally went to days! This was life changing for us! Sounds crazy, I know! It should have been simple! We were going to be home like “normal” folks! For 10 years, I have done it all with the kids. School functions, football, dance, homework, baths, and bedtime…usually alone! I have never complained. I knew what his job entailed when I married him. But I also got used to sleeping by myself too! emoticon He came in wanting to do things his way and we all have our set schedules! It was rough! He just got into the routine of eating dinner, sitting on the couch having a few beers! I saw mad…fuming actually! emoticon I saw him getting bigger and not wanting to do anything about it! He would complain that his clothes didn’t fit but yet, here he sat night after night drinking beer not doing anything about it! But I knew if I said anything, I wouldn’t make things any better. He would continue to do what he was doing. Then one day out of nowhere, he said he wanted to change the way we were eating. He was only going to drink beer on the weekends. YAY ME!! He helps me with meal planning, grocery shopping, we pack lunches everynight and cook dinner together. Well what do you know that 2 weeks after doing that, he announces that he wants us to join a gym…double yay me!!! It is now on like Donkey Kong!!!
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Spring Football starts in a few weeks for the boys but we have devised a workout schedule so we can go in the morning! My daughter is excited to be my gym partner when her dad is too busy to go!

As far as WHAT we are eating….I have not eliminated anything from the diet. If I want a piece of chocolate, I am going to eat it. Everything in moderation. We aren’t eating out. The one time we did, we picked up Subway. It is so great to be cooking and spending so much time in the kitchen talking about our day. It has been such a blessing!

Craig usually has a salad-Light Italian Dressing with chicken breast for lunch.

Lunch: 3 Turkey slices, organic carrots and 1 whole organic tomato & ½ avocado
Tonight for dinner: Salmon and ½ cup of wild rice with green beans.

With this man by my side and all of my Spark friends, I know I can do it! Have a great day!

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SHIRLEYX 3/7/2012 10:02AM

    emoticonIt is so great that you and your husband are on the same team. You can't help but win! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MTNGRL 3/5/2012 4:04PM

    Fantastic! When everyone is on the same page it goes so much better!

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SWEETZMIX 3/5/2012 3:06PM

    OMG this is awesome. So much easier when dones as a family then alone!!

Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Dressing room Dancing

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hello Loves!! I know...I haven't been on SP much! BUT I have been getting my workout on! Football season has come to an end for 2 of 3 kids so I have a little more free time to dedicate to myself.
I decided to start back slowly. Workout when I have time. No pressure. If I don't get a workout in, I don't beat myself up. I have been eating well, I know that is helping!! I didn't cut anything out. Moderation in everything. And so far, it seems to be working! I don't feel like I am cheating myself of anything! I don't have to look forward to cheat days! I want a piece of chocolate, I eat it! NOT a ton just a taste. I am making sure I eat 6 small meals a day, and I am never hungry. Drinking my water! It has been great prep going into the holidays...FO-SHO!
I DID go shopping for jeans this past weekend. Lately, I have been buying a size 14 just because that is what felt comfortable! Not cutting my gut, room in the thighs...that sort of thing! Yeah, no! They were swimming on me! WOOT! WOOT! C liked the way my booty looked in the size 12. I didn't want to say anything but SO DID I....and they fit comfortable! I could have bought a size 10 I think but I would have had the discomfort issue! I was super stoked! I actually did a dance in the dressing room! I bought 2 pair of jeans a couple of shirts! It motivated me to do a little more! I am happy with my eating habits right now. So, that isn't going to change. I am just going to try to structure my cardio and strength training again...
Time to get back to work! Hope you all have a Terrific Tuesday!

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HICALGAL 11/28/2011 2:13PM

    keep up the great work and congrats on those jeans. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSB8604 11/22/2011 2:36PM

    AWESOME!!!!!!! Congrats!!!!!! Go girl!

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    yayyyyy!!!! That's fantastic girl!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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