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Sparkpeople Motivator! I'm honored!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I just got an email that I've been nominated by The SparkPeople Community as a motivation to others! I'm super honored!

I guess the community can vote for SparkPages that are motivational and based on Community involvement, personal accomplishments and more, I have received enough votes to become a "SparkPeople Motivator"! I now have an icon on my SparkPage! How cool is that?

You know, I do hear how much I've motivated alot of you in your journeys, but I seriously want to thank you all for how much you all have motivated me in mine! I am SO glad I came here early on in my journey. In fact, I almost think it was the perfect trifecta. I chose the diet first... 17 Day Diet, the support team, SparkPeople.com and found the team on here, 17 Day Diet as well as other interests Need to lose 200+ Pounds, Scrap & Craft to Lose! and Wii Exercise and then just the Blogging community in general, then the Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pound tapes and here I am 126 lbs later, into my 212 lb journey.

I started my journey on March 19, 2012 with my husband, Ivan. He and I haven't really lost any momentum. We are very focused, we are very motivated (me more so than him, but he's here and still going strong)... and now, I'm writing a book, I've started a blog outside of SP as well called ExtendingOurHappilyEverAfter.com and I hope to get to my goal by October of this year.

When I started my journey I wasn't able to stand more than 2 minutes, now I regularly walk 4 and 5 mile workouts every night after work. I am a different woman. I want to be here to help anyone, that's what makes me happy. I remember only too well that feeling of not knowing what to do and thinking it's such a far off reality to be in control of your own health and fitness. But, it's not even been a year and I own this. I understand it now and it's only been through the help of all of you! These teams are true gems. There are so many people here going through the daily struggles.. they've had your same questions and know the answers! ASK THEM! Ask me! ASK! lol

It's a wonderful community that is on 24/7! How awesome is that? My husband is a huge support, but he works and he sleeps... It's ok... he needs to! LOL But, that's the gem of the internet... I can always ask a question here if I need to. And I've needed to! Or, I've seen a friend that has needed a question answered and I'm honored to have been up to answer it.

Again, thank you! What a wonderful feeling to be so held in esteem by your friends online and in life! I really feel honored and blessed! You all make me smile so very much! I hope I make you smile!

  
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CHRIMSONFYRE 1/19/2013 10:55AM

    Congrats, it is a deserved honor. I will continue to follow your journey to your goal and continue to keep you as motivated as I ca on the wii fit team as well. Keep up your great work and great attitude!

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PSHOWS 1/18/2013 9:46AM

    Wow! What a great success! I love this!

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JERSEYGIRL43 1/17/2013 10:53AM

    Congratulations! I just wanted to say how much you've inspired me today. Every day I try to read a success story and I don't know why, but I could really relate to you. I just read your blogs (all of them!) and looked at your pics and you are amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your story. emoticon

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WACFIT 1/17/2013 12:36AM

    Congrats! You deserve to be acknowledged for being willing to spend your time encouraging others like myself. Happy for you.
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MRSJOCCO 1/16/2013 8:37PM

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You deserve the recognition!

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CRAFTINWIFE 1/16/2013 7:21PM

    emoticon You deserve the recognition!! So happy for you!

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GEORGIA_KAY 1/16/2013 6:48PM

    You've made me smile more than once for sure :)

You deserve as many accolades as they can dish out because you truly embody what SparkPeople is all about, helping yourself while helping others on the sometimes daunting, monumental journey to lose weight.

You've encountered obstacles, and very generously shared the tips and strategies you've learned to overcome those obstacles.

Bravo!!

Congrats and best wishes along the way!

hugs--Georgia
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LILLEAN 1/16/2013 6:26PM

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NYMORNINGGLORY 1/16/2013 6:25PM

    You have motivated a good many people here --- I'm glad you're being recognized for your wonderful accomplishments!

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JOYFULJUDYLYNN 1/16/2013 5:43PM

    emoticon CONGRATS!
As one newbie motivator to another... isn't it amazing that the struggles we had now help motivate others?!? Blows me away.
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BOBOBOBBI 1/16/2013 5:29PM

    That is awesome!!! Congrats to you!!! emoticon

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3G1RLS4ME 1/16/2013 5:28PM

    What a great feeling that must be congratulations keep it up.

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Husband has helped me - We are a team!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

192.5 lbs between us... gone forever and 9 months, 6 days in.

On March 19th, we started this challenge together! Look at us now!

Ivan is 16.5 lbs away from his goal. I'm 92.5 away. It'll be done.

So excited... life is good! Everyday is a joy and new things are being discovered! I'm stronger. I'm able to get up from benches just with my legs now... I feel that's my core and strength in my legs, right? I'm starting to wonder that when the fat sheds, will there be muscles waiting to greet me? I am so curious to see what waits for me and it's so exciting. My collar bone is ready to show itself... I feel it... but can't see it yet in the mirror, but it's there... maybe a week, maybe two. I remember when I saw it when I was in my 20's... it made me feel sexy. Silly, maybe... but it did.

Check out the new us... We are beaming!

  
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ZOIEBETH 1/11/2013 8:35PM

    Looking fabulous! I understand that excitement. It's a great feeling! Keep on Sparking!
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TERRRI 1/5/2013 2:42PM

    Not sure if you made your goal but where are you going to find 92lbs to lose? Did I read that right?

You bet there will be muscles when you get to your final weight. You have been exercising since the beginning I think. Just tense a muscle and poke at it and you will be able to feel the firmness even if you can't see it yet.

I am going to adopt your can do attitude and from now on tell myself this is the last and final time I will ever experience the process of losing weight because this is it!

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BOTTLEDIGGER 12/27/2012 1:22PM

    Yes, you are a fantastic team!!!!! Ya'll look so good...I can feel you beaming all the way down south!!!! Ya"ll look healthy and just plain glowing...I just can't explain how happy I am for both of you!!!!!What a gift to give yourselves!!!! You will make your next goal...I just know it!!!! emoticon Teamwork!!!!!!

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CHRIMSONFYRE 12/27/2012 10:28AM

    What a fantastic duo! Keep up the great work! Hope to see you both reach your goals in 2013!!!


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CRAFTINWIFE 12/26/2012 11:26PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You both look fantastic!

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CLPURNELL 12/26/2012 6:51PM

    You two look AMAZING!!!!!! Well Done!!!!

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MJZHERE 12/26/2012 11:32AM

  You both are beaming! You have worked hard and more than deserve the reward. How great to do this together. What a wonderful year awaits. Thank you for blogging and inviting us along on your journey - really enjoyed seeing the pics. emoticon

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YESCURLYCAN 12/26/2012 1:35AM

  emoticon to you both; you guys look awesome. It is great to have someone by your side through the journey. Spark on!

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JACKIE542 12/25/2012 9:56PM

    emoticon You both look great, way to go!

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CRAMOMMY 12/25/2012 9:40PM

    Amazing! emoticon

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Merry Christmas and so proud of you both!

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TATTER3 12/25/2012 7:49PM

    Yea you,,,both!!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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OJ_2_OK 12/25/2012 7:42PM

    Wow you guys look great! Thats so awesome that you are both doing it together!

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TREE57 12/25/2012 7:17PM

    You look awesome!


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CRISSA1669 12/25/2012 6:51PM

    Congratulations! You both look wonderful!!! I can only imagine how great you both are feeling! What a wonderful encouragement to couples who might need a little motivation!

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My Year... my goals... This is it!

Monday, December 24, 2012

This is my time... and I'm going to do it!

For once, this is the most motivated I've EVER been. I've made the mini goal of trying to be down 120 lbs by Christmas... I am at 118.5 and tomorrow is the big day. I've been VERY good... even WITH the parties at work. I MAY not make my goal... but wow, I'm close! Do I want a cookie? Sort of. Do I have cookies? Yeah. It's nearly Christmas! I mean, c'mon! BUT... I WANT THIS. I want to see if I could do this... and I'm trying HARD to do it. It is 4:24 pm lol I can do this... Tomorrow, I'll weigh in... I'll either hit it... or I won't... but what I won't do is I won't say that I didn't try! And I WILL be proud of myself. And, I'll probably have a cookie! LOL

Okay, let's see... I have the day planned out... I do have some sweets planned. I did take a baggie in to work to take some cookies and a few candies (ONE baggie... a husband, a teenage boy and myself)... we are sharing. I didn't eat it at the party... so I am even proud of myself for that, too! ALL to get me to my goal tomorrow. I got one of those little Chinese take-out boxes of some type of cookie made by a co-worker... it went straight into the freezer... that'll come out... we may try some of those, too. Anyway, we are having turkey bacon and egg white scramble with vegetables... my green tea... a greek yogurt... (of course, my lemon water in the morning)... Not too sure what I'll eat for lunch... but it will probably be a lean protein and some vegetables... Dinner is Salmon, green bean casserole, small smashed baked potatoes and roasted carrots... not too bad... and for desert, we are having some chai bread pudding... Not perfect, but it's Christmas... and then Christmas is over and it's back to the plan... and back to the next goal.

I joined a contest at work... the Turkey Buster Challenge... as of now, I'm in the lead with a 17.4 lb loss (since after Thanksgiving)... and it ends on January 9th. The way I see it is that I'm only going to lose this weight once. Therefore, I feel that I should win this contest! LOL It's pretty simple, really... I won't be able to enter this contest next year or the year after, because, I'll be at goal and won't be able to win then, right?

Another thing I'm doing... and I'm sure it sounds totally ridiculous (it probably is)... but for Christmas... I asked my husband to buy me clothes in my goal size... size 10/12. How risky is that? I'm only in size 14/16 tops and 18/20 bottoms now. I must be insane, but I just don't see wasting the money... plus, I see it as incentive for me to get into those clothes and it just keeps me on track... so the ONLY item of clothing I will be opening tomorrow is a nightshirt in current size, because all my nightshirts are falling off my shoulders now lol

Never, EVER, have I been this goal oriented and determined... it feels amazing... I feel like another woman! I'm loving it!

  
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TERRRI 1/5/2013 2:33PM

    Just catching up on your blogs now. I love your enthusiasm! Your logic about winning now cause you won't have another opportunity is priceless. Now, I am going to read your next blog and see if you made it but it doesn't even matter because it is only one day and look how far you have come!

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BOTTLEDIGGER 12/27/2012 1:30PM

    Enjoyed reading your blog...planning ahead is the key my friend...I hope you win that Turkey Buster cause you sho do deserve it! emoticon ...you have been working so hard for yourself and for others...spreading the Spark...you both are such an inspiration...I am going to sit down and set some goals for myself...and work, work, work at meeting them!!! Here you are come March 19th emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/24/2012 6:20PM

    canīt wait to see how your weigh in tomorrow goes i am almost vertain you have reached your goal after all you are so determined and have worked so hard for itlove.you plan for tomorrow sounds good.keep on keeping on you are doing great. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RICKISMOM1 12/24/2012 5:54PM

    Fantastic! You're doing great!

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THESLIMMERME1 12/24/2012 5:39PM

    emoticon emoticon You will be there! - this a.m. I discovered that I had reached my goal for the year which was 1/2 way to goal = which surprised me as I had decided in view of the time of year, I would be happy just to maintain till after January, then get back into my exercise routine. emoticon Best of the holiday season! emoticon emoticon

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Made a few changes to my Department's Christmas Meal... It's all in the planning!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My department is celebrating Christmas tomorrow. Our managers will bring in lunch, then my coworkers each bring in something... well, I had to find out what was being provided, so I could figure out what I was going to be able to eat. Asked my manager and she told me that we were getting wraps, pasta and meatballs on the side. I'm on the 17 Day Diet, which limits carbs and so, pretty much none of those were really safe for me... however, it's the holidays, so I would probably indulge in a meatball or two, even though it's probably red meat with breading... I ask.. "What about a salad?".. nope. Okay... heavy sigh.

Go to my co-workers. What are you bringing? "Breakfast platter". That sounds interesting. What's that? "Donuts, pastries and bagels". "Sounds good!".. moving on... What are you bringing? (luckily, my g/f has sort of been on the plan with me and knows that the breakfast platter wasn't at all anything I could partake of, so she says, I'll bring in turkey kielbasa... I smile and I'm like "Bless you!" lol She smiles. Moving on... go to the guy in the back. "Dave, what are you bringing?" "I thought I'd bring cookies" (now, our dept party coincides with the United Way bake sale)... "Why, what is everyone else bringing?".. I tell him that the bake sale is going in... what the managers are bringing and that there isn't even a healthy salad (had to get that in there) and he was like.. "Really? I can do a salad!" and I"m like.. "You don't have to, but that would be great... " "No, really... I can throw one together very easily... I'll do a salad!"... "Thanks so much, Dave! A Salad would be great!" on to the next co-worker... "Barb (head of United Way committee)... what are you bringing to the party?" "Well, I thought I'd just bring in extra cookies (makes total sense)... why?" "just asking... that makes sense"... "what is everyone else bringing"... I tell her "hmmm, I can bring in veggies"... "really? That would be great! I mean, there will be soo much baked stuff available and it would really be nice to have healthier options... would you mind?" "No, really, I love vegetables, let everyone know, I'll bring veggies"... "You got it!"...

Now, I'm feeling PRETTY Good about everything right about now... thinking to myself that I really only need to bring in my yogurts and some fruit and I'm just about set! LOL I see Rich walking the halls... "Hey Rich, what are you bringing on Thursday?"... "What do you want me to bring?"... (really? could it be that easy???)... "could you bring in some fruit? Nothing much, maybe some grapes or something?") LOL "Sure!"...

to round everything out, we have hot wing chicken dip, chips, candy, cookies, cheese (to go with the kielbasa) and a banana/pineapple bundt cake... and crackers... (I had preoffered to do the bundt cake from months ago)... it does have 2 fruits in it, but that unfortunately does NOT make it healthy.

I'd have brought in my own food from home, but now, only have to bring in my yogurts... All in all, it was a very successful party planning day, and that, my friends, is how you stay on plan during the holidays... oh, and I weighed in today and lost 2 lbs and am only 3 lbs away from my mini goal of losing 120 by Christmas!

I Got this!

  
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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/20/2012 7:04PM

    you indeed do have this love.guess i will have to look into this 17 day diet.who is the author so i can maybe order the book. emoticon

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    emoticon Great job pre-planning!

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WACFIT 12/19/2012 11:26AM

    That's awesome! Love it when a plan comes together! And everyone will have some healthier choices. Good job.

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THESLIMMERME1 12/19/2012 10:46AM

    emoticon I know that most business events I was attending seem to be high on sugar and fat - so you did great Happy Holidays. emoticon emoticon

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Made a few changes to my Department's Christmas Meal... It's all in the planning!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My department is celebrating Christmas tomorrow. Our managers will bring in lunch, then my coworkers each bring in something... well, I had to find out what was being provided, so I could figure out what I was going to be able to eat. Asked my manager and she told me that we were getting wraps, pasta and meatballs on the side. I'm on the 17 Day Diet, which limits carbs and so, pretty much none of those were really safe for me... however, it's the holidays, so I would probably indulge in a meatball or two, even though it's probably red meat with breading... I ask.. "What about a salad?".. nope. Okay... heavy sigh.

Go to my co-workers. What are you bringing? "Breakfast platter". That sounds interesting. What's that? "Donuts, pastries and bagels". "Sounds good!".. moving on... What are you bringing? (luckily, my g/f has sort of been on the plan with me and knows that the breakfast platter wasn't at all anything I could partake of, so she says, I'll bring in turkey kielbasa... I smile and I'm like "Bless you!" lol She smiles. Moving on... go to the guy in the back. "Dave, what are you bringing?" "I thought I'd bring cookies" (now, our dept party coincides with the United Way bake sale)... "Why, what is everyone else bringing?".. I tell him that the bake sale is going in... what the managers are bringing and that there isn't even a healthy salad (had to get that in there) and he was like.. "Really? I can do a salad!" and I"m like.. "You don't have to, but that would be great... " "No, really... I can throw one together very easily... I'll do a salad!"... "Thanks so much, Dave! A Salad would be great!" on to the next co-worker... "Barb (head of United Way committee)... what are you bringing to the party?" "Well, I thought I'd just bring in extra cookies (makes total sense)... why?" "just asking... that makes sense"... "what is everyone else bringing"... I tell her "hmmm, I can bring in veggies"... "really? That would be great! I mean, there will be soo much baked stuff available and it would really be nice to have healthier options... would you mind?" "No, really, I love vegetables, let everyone know, I'll bring veggies"... "You got it!"...

Now, I'm feeling PRETTY Good about everything right about now... thinking to myself that I really only need to bring in my yogurts and some fruit and I'm just about set! LOL I see Rich walking the halls... "Hey Rich, what are you bringing on Thursday?"... "What do you want me to bring?"... (really? could it be that easy???)... "could you bring in some fruit? Nothing much, maybe some grapes or something?") LOL "Sure!"...

to round everything out, we have hot wing chicken dip, chips, candy, cookies, cheese (to go with the kielbasa) and a banana/pineapple bundt cake... and crackers... (I had preoffered to do the bundt cake from months ago)... it does have 2 fruits in it, but that unfortunately does NOT make it healthy.

I'd have brought in my own food from home, but now, only have to bring in my yogurts... All in all, it was a very successful party planning day, and that, my friends, is how you stay on plan during the holidays... oh, and I weighed in today and lost 2 lbs and am only 3 lbs away from my mini goal of losing 120 by Christmas!

I Got this!

  
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