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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

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I would like to wish all my Spark friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
You have given me the biggest gift of all, you have given me your love, your support, and your encouragement, looking forward to another wonderful year!

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KATELJM 12/10/2014 12:14AM

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas, thank you so much for sharing your loving spirit on Azure Island!

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JENSHAINES 12/9/2014 8:47PM

    And to you, too, LOVELY Elaine! What a bright joy you are! emoticon emoticon

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CARELLIGIRL 12/9/2014 8:46PM

    emoticon emoticon Merry Christmas Elaine!! May your holiday be full of joy and love!! emoticon emoticon

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MYTHMYTH 12/9/2014 7:25PM

    We LOVE you Elaine! You are such a positive and supportive friend and your happy , upbeat funny posts just make our day

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LADYHYJINX 12/9/2014 1:28PM

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Elaine, the merriest of Christmas and holiday to you, too.

I'm lucky to have found you as a new friend.

Peace always,

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JAIZWAYS 12/9/2014 1:12PM

    And you have given to all of us and more. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderfully Happy 2015. emoticon

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    same to you, Elaine! You are too cool mama!! emoticon

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EVIE4NOW 12/9/2014 10:29AM

  A very Merry Christmas to you.

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JUNA89 12/9/2014 10:28AM

    emoticon emoticon Happy Holidays!!! emoticon emoticon

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BLC 26 Experience with BLC

Thursday, December 04, 2014

My journey with Spark has been a very positive one, I started out by losing 30 lbs, got too sure of myself, and decided to strike out on my own, well I didn't fare well, I gained all the weight back.
I learned through that experience that I need the support and encouragement of my Spark friends. I'm back and have lost 17 of the 30, I have much more to go, my goal is 150, so 66 more lbs to shed.
I have learned that if I eat healthy, watch my portion sizes, and exercise that I will lose weight. Well this round was a hard one for me, I had 2 mini strokes, and had to have surgery to clear the large artery in my neck, then I ended up in hospital with a bad case of diverticulitis, I also found out I have to have a full shoulder replacement. I suffer with COPD, spinal stenouses, and have had 2 knee replacements,diabetes, and an under active thyroid, so the cards have been stacked against me, it may have slowed me down but hasn't put me out of the race.The most important thing I have learned is you only get out of the program what you put in, wishing to be healthy won't cut it, you have to apply yourself, and believe it can be done, and work toward it! Little by little, day by day, you will feel yourself improving and becoming stronger.

The progress I have made is great, I learned to drink water to keep my body hydrated, I plan my menus so I eat healthy, and I exercise everyday, now mind you I have to do chair, dance, videos and modify a lot of my other exercises, but I am still in the game, and very proud I didn't give in to the pain, and quit, because there were many days I wanted to.I have lost some weight so that is encouraging!I have also learned to control those late night eating sessions, no eating after 7:00 pm rule is working, no running to food when I'm stressed, find something else to do to keep your mind busy.
I also improved all my numbers, A1C, blood pressure, cholesteral, very good to have those back in control, so it isn't all about the scale, I have also lost some inches, so it is all good!
The team Azure has been great, I have found so much support and encouragement, the girls on the team are doing great and always share their tips on how they are being successful on their journey, the camaraderie is the best! The team is a lot of fun, so this makes the journey so much nicer.

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KATIE5668 12/5/2014 1:22PM

    You are an inspiration to me..I look forward to seeing your posts..hearing how you are and knowing that you are "after it" for yet another day!
Thru our struggles, aches, pains, heart aches and tears you have been there moving encourages me..puts a smile on my face to think of you.
My only regret is that you are so far away..cause I would love to spend some time with you face to face..perhaps someday..can't hurt to dream!
We are going to make it to our goals..of that I am sure.

emoticon You are a great friend!

Enjoy your break ..I will be waiting to see you again! emoticon

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CIPHER1971 12/5/2014 11:39AM

    Wow - I hadn't realised how much you are coping with in the background.


Have a great day

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    Great blog, Elaine! Thanks for being such a great presence on the team. Glad to have met you! emoticon

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PREDEL 12/5/2014 10:02AM

    Elaine, we may be not have made it where we wanted to this round, but it sure sounds like you've accomplished a lot. There's so much ground work that needs to be laid for a future of health and we've both been working hard on that! I'm still with you all the way! emoticon You're a wonderful team mate and even better friend! emoticon Pat

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MYTHMYTH 12/5/2014 8:57AM

    You have so many NSVs to celebrate! Elaine , it is really impressive what you have done when you consider the health issues that you have had to face along the way. I especially appreciate your support and the happy, positive attitude with which you face each day.
I wish that I could get in all of the water the way that you do. Please tell me how you figured out a way to do that! If I could count tea or herbal tea, then I could make it but I just can't seem to do the water and I KNOW it is good for me.

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KATELJM 12/4/2014 10:56PM

    Elaine, you are amazing, you embody

“Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.”

We're all sending thought waves to move up your shoulder surgery. Meanwhile, you're my role model for joie de vivre.

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GEORGE815 12/4/2014 9:08PM

    Keep up the good work.

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BLC 26 My Journey: Right & Wrong

Friday, November 14, 2014

Learn from yesterday... live for today... hope for tomorrow... The important thing is not to stop Learning... and to not give up... Keep Going... Go... Go

This is a blog about what is right and wrong about my journey for BLC 26. I am actually struggling right now, filled with the sense that the journey has taken over my entire life, I live , think and breathe, food and exercise and Spark, I wish I could get to the point that it just flowed with everyday life, I am trying to make some changes to my whole routine, I have started the South beach diet, to get off this plateau I seem to be on, gain a few, lose a few, back and forth, seems like I do a lot of work for so little reward!

I am diabetic, and have many health issues that hold me back, so it is imperative that I regain some of my health back, it is painful for me to exercise, and that frustrates me, but I will just do what is possible for me, some is better than none at all. It is because of my state of health I realize that I have to keep going!

I stop and ponder that when I started I was 233, now I am 216.2, it's 16.8 lbs so far, and that took forever, but it is progress even though slow. I had previously lost 30 lbs, and got off the routine and promptly gained it back, I am now losing this weight for the second time, I did learn a lesson, and that is to stick with it even though I get discouraged, because it does work, and my health is more important than whining about diets and exercise. I see from this blog that I have to regain why I joined Spark in the first place, and get the "sparkle " back!

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MYTHMYTH 11/15/2014 8:27AM

    Elaine, I am thinking about the idea that it has taken over you whole life. Sometimes I feel like that about tracking food - and that I just want something other than tracking. I am wondering if South Beach will help in that regard (just having that plan to follow). I am hoping that you will blog about how that goes. Hope that adding variety in your fitness activities will make it more tuna and less of a chore. I think that your title - Embrace the Journey- shows the right attitude. Each step is brining you closer to Onderland.

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KATELJM 11/14/2014 9:09PM

    Well, I tried not focusing on nutrition and exercise, and I gained over 30 pounds. I remember how weak I was -- I couldn't afford to get any weaker! I finally figured out that paying attention to my nutrition and doing real exercise - both cardio and ST - was not really optional.

So let's try to make the journey fun by mixing it up. The experts say we need to vary our exercise every 4 weeks or so or even our muscles get bored. I guess the same goes for food.

It seems that my diet (what I eat) incorporates a lot of South Beach principles. Applying calories wisely pays off big in satisfaction and health benefits. I hope it works well for you.

I can't wait to hear which new activities revive your spirits!

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STONECOT 11/14/2014 8:58AM

    I am with you about my weight issues taking over my life. I needed to lose a lot of weight, and have done so, but those last 20 lbs are eluding me. I have maintained at 150 for over a year though. Now I have to decide whether it's better to maintain where I am, and do that. It's even possible that if I stop forcing, it may start to drop by itself.

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BLC26 Leaving my comfort Zone

Thursday, November 13, 2014

We were asked to post a blog about being out of our comfort Zone, well this is a welcome challenge to me, I found I was getting bored with the same ole thing everyday! I have come up with 2 ideas to get things going in the right direction again!
I am trying the South Beach diet, with some of my teamies, this is a big departure from what I have been doing, I was eating everything in moderation, and that didn't seem to be working, so I am going to stick with South Beach for the remainder of the challenge, and see if any changes occur.

No 2 I need to rev up my exercise Regime, I will keep a few of my ritual exercises, but am changing the rest, I will be checking out new exercises here on Spark in the form of videos, articles etc.
I really needed this I was getting in such a rut, and was getting bored with my routine, my body will be in for some big changes, I will let you know in four weeks time if it made a difference in how I'm feeling and losing weight!

I am going to start my day feeling and being positive, I am going to make me number 1 priority!

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KATELJM 11/13/2014 10:37PM

    Those are big changes, they should wake up your body and invigorate you!

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CEIL46 11/13/2014 9:03PM

    Great blog. I really like your ideas. emoticon

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EMSSBEARS 11/13/2014 6:15PM

    Elaine - I am so glad to have you on the South Beach Diet too this is going to be fun. Look forward to this next week - it ought to be a good one for us.


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SUSANELAINE1956 11/13/2014 5:35PM

    Elaine, I'm glad you are doing SB. I have done it several times before and it always jump starts my efforts. I think we just need change sometimes. Hope you enjoy it. emoticon

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Here is a picture of a friendly way to decorate the outside of your home!

Now a little spookier version for inside

Here are some party foods:


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KATELJM 11/2/2014 1:00AM

    You go all out! Terrific!

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SUSANELAINE1956 10/31/2014 10:59AM

    Love it! Happy Halloween. emoticon

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    Love it Happy Halloween emoticon emoticon emoticon

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