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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

I was trying to achieve 100,000 spark points this week, it might be possible if I get a few nice bonus spin rolls. The team bonus wheel was not very kind today, unfortunately, I might not make it by Saturday night if I get another day such as this.

I am happy to report another pound lost, at this point in my journey (91.1 lost so far) every tiny bit is a major victory and takes tremendous effort. I am updating my ticker to show not my starting weight but my progress toward the elusive 100 pounds lost goal, when I figure out how to do that on my spark page. I'm very determined to get to that goal and hope it might happen by New Years (one can hope, but if it takes longer it won't be a failure--holidays are coming!)

Keep on Sparking! I have learned a great deal about weight loss and what works for me in the process of getting to 100,000 spark points, by reading articles and through message board support. I won't be stopping there either, level 20 will be a new beginning.

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CATFISH_FAN 11/6/2014 10:21AM

    A 50 and a 20 in the Spark Team bonus wheel spins today pretty much seals the win, I'll hit level 20 on Saturday for sure now...

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CATFISH_FAN 11/4/2014 6:59PM

    Thank you for the support! emoticon emoticon

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GO_VEGGIE 11/4/2014 6:50PM

    Congrats on the weight loss, Doug! You're doing awesome!

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KNEWTON11 11/4/2014 1:34PM

    Good job

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Goal! Weight loss achieved!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I hit my goal weight today, plus an extra pound of loss besides. I have been working very hard and consistently at this and it is paying off. I am SUPER PSYCHED! From 312 pounds to 224 is a lot of weight loss, 88 pounds. I hope to continue the trend as I will not stop the workouts.

I believe in setting goals and rewarding myself for reaching them. I have reached a large milestone, and I'm soon to get to level 20 here as well, so I want to treat myself with something neat. I don't know what though. I don't have a lot to spend, just bought new tires for the car today ($630, ouch!), but maybe one of those new Amazon Kindle Fires or somesuch, I will have to think on it. I don't own a tablet other than a regular Kindle so I have some research to do to find the one I want at the price I am willing to pay.

I am not ashamed to say "WAY TO GO, ME!"

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FITWITHIN 10/21/2014 8:35PM

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GO_VEGGIE 10/21/2014 7:10PM

    Oh Doug I'm so proud of you! You've accomplished this and are still going! WOOHOO!

I have a Kindle Fire (older version) and I absolutely love it! I probably have 100 books on it! It can go online too!!

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CAROL494 10/21/2014 6:47PM

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nieces birthday / MI Awareness

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Two of my sisters daughters have birthdays today, a family get together is planned. The older is 8 years old and the younger is 3 now. I'll struggle to stay within my calorie goals with pizza, cake and ice cream for the dinner tonight, but one day over my range isn't going to derail all my progress. I wasn't sure what to get my nieces so I went with cash for a gift, let my sister have all the fun taking them to the toy store, ha ha.

I recently read a statistic that reported family shame is 40 times greater in families with a relative dealing with a Psychiatric Illness than in families whose relative has cancer. That is horrible. This is Mental Illness Awareness Week, established by Congress in 1990. 10/10/2014 is National Bipolar Awareness Day. I am very blessed to say that in my immediate family I feel no family shame for my illness, I am supported and loved unconditionally by my parents and sister and her family. Extended family is another story, there is some stigma there that I feel when around certain uncles, aunts and cousins, but I suppose ignorance is prevalent everywhere in our society, eh? We need to work on correcting that.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 10/12/2014 10:22PM

    It is good to hear that you have family supportl It can help a lot.

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GO_VEGGIE 10/9/2014 7:25PM

    A very happy birthday to your nieces! Hope the party was fun!

I'm grateful for my positive and supportive family too. Mental illness isn't easy to live with so we need all the support we can get!

My city is sponsoring a NAMI Walk this Saturday and I'm going by myself as my mom is going to be at a meeting. I'm very much looking forward to it! I've been on these walks before and always run into someone I know, so I won't be alone for long!


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CATFISH_FAN 10/9/2014 7:36AM

    Yeah, I didn't think of that, I am from Michigan too, near Grand Rapids. I get the MI 10 cents deposit for every discarded beer can I pick up along my walks on the road, sometimes I carry a bag and I have gathered over $1 worth on a single walk before. emoticon emoticon

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PICKIE98 10/9/2014 5:29AM

    I have a sister with mental illness, but I was attracted to your blog my "MI" . That is the symbol for the state of Michigan!! emoticon

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I harvested a batch of tomatoes for canning today. The water bath canning is now completed, from picking, washing, blanching to remove the skins and cores and chop the tomatoes, heating them on the stove, preparing the jars and lids, and processing in the canner for 45 minutes, two batches of 7 jars. That is a lot of work for tomatoes. The rest that are still ripening in the garden will be turned into juice for the freezer, I like to mix it with store purchased veggie juice (half and half) all winter long for nutrition.

Here are a couple of pics:

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MAGGIEVAN 8/20/2014 3:12PM

    Yes, it is a great job, but you are finished now. Well done!

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Last month: right on target

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The last month has been great. My weigh in this morning showed a 10.4 pound loss over the last month, which averages to 1/3rd of a pound per day, or 1% of my body weight per week for me. Perfect. I am so happy and proud to be on track and seeing results once again. I can do this.

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VALIENDRA 8/13/2014 12:56PM

    I'm so glad for you that it is working! But heh, we already knew it worked, right? Just have to stick to it. Congrats =)

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SIOL55 8/10/2014 4:57PM

  Good for you. You're an inspiration to the rest of us!

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PINKEUROGIRL 8/10/2014 4:53PM

    Wow great work!!

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