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A commitment to commit...

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Tomorrow is the last day of my first full calendar year with SparkPeople. And I'm thrilled with the changes I have been able to make in that year.
I've lost 30 lbs, and kept 25 of it off, for the whole year.
I've learned to love exercise, and continue to work out even on days when I have every reason in the world not to. That is my best achievement.
But my weight has started to creep back up over the holidays, and I really want to get control of that before it gets out of hand and I find myself right back where I was in 2011, when I decided that was the very last time I would go to bed on New Year's Eve promising myself that "tomorrow I will g on a diet, and finally get into shape."
As New Year's Eve approaches this year, I am in good shape and don't feel like I have to make any such promise, but there is room for improvement.
So, as I start out 2013 I'm committed to making a few changes for the better, and renewing my commitment to SP.
Change #1 I'm going to cut sweets out of my diet. I will break my sweets habit by being sugar-free for 21 days at least, and then keeping the streak going until I feel I can honestly afford to indulge without adverse effect.
Change #2 I'm going to do better at tracking my food intake. I won't make a fake promise to be 100% on that point, but I will be better than I have been.

I'll be back, on January 1, to start a day-to-day blog to help keep me focused and tracking my 2013 commitments.

I expect there will be a lot of recommitment blogs on SP this weeks, and I wish everyone the best of luck. Have a safe and happy, warm and healthy, New Year. emoticon

  
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STRINGI719 1/2/2013 9:34AM

    Way to go! I really need to cut sweets, too. Got WAY too many in my system the past 2 weeks or so!!!

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LYDDIECAT 12/31/2012 11:51AM

    I think your goals are realistic and focused. You made great progress in 2012; learning to love exercise, dropping 30 lbs, and getting in shape are amazing achievements. Here's to a healthy, happy 2013!

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KATHRYNLP 12/31/2012 11:28AM

    emoticon Happy New Year! Cheers! emoticon

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I too, am looking forward to doing this challenge with you!! emoticon

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TMCLEOD4 12/30/2012 10:36PM

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I'm looking forward to doing this challenge with you!!

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KIMSOKAY 12/30/2012 10:20PM

    Good luck on your journey

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ABC of me - borrowed from other SparkPeeps!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A. Are you at all artistic?
A little - more creative than artistic.

B. What are your favorite burger toppings?
Mayo

C. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Green

D. Diamond or pearls?
Diamonds, definitely diamonds!

E. What exotic pet would you like to have?
None.

F. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Can't remember... it was some time in July

G. What is the worst gift you have ever received?
A 1-lb canned HAM!

H. What habit would you like to be able to break?
Speaking too quickly...

I. If you could be invisible for one day, what would you do?
Sit in the Oval office

J. What do you like about your job?
Everything - I own my own business, work out of my home, and get to travel a lot.

K. Did you ever learn to knit?
Yes, and I do it all the time! LOVE it.

L. Would your friends describe you as 'ladylike'?
Probably not.

M. What is your middle name?
Ann

N. Are you a night owl or an early bird?
Both, I'm afraid. Never been any good at sleeping.

O. Do you like okra?
Never had it.

P. When was the last time you cleaned out your purse?
Don't carry one.

Q. What is one of your favorite quotes?
My dad used to say - Be your own best friend, and you'll never be lonely. And he was right.

R. What do you have on the outside of your refrigerator?
Nothing, it's stainless.. magnets won't stick.

S. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I do have! I am known as "Sarcasti-Girl! Guess what I can do?

T. Do you prefer a truck or car?
Car

U. What is under your bed?
Nothing... well a bit of dust, maybe. Or my dog.

V. Did you wear a veil when you got married?
No

W. Can you whistle?
Yes

X. Do you know what a Xenopus is?
I do now.

Y. Do you eat yogurt?
Yes, often.

Z. Do you enjoy zombie movies?
No

You are invited to copy and paste this and insert your own answers. I hope you do. It is a fun way to get to know people a little better!

  
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REFFIE1 9/30/2012 11:45PM

    I like diamonds too! I am part crow and love anything shiny. emoticon

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SUSANS706 9/22/2012 8:26AM

    Love this!! I think I will borrow too!! We have a lot in common, besides our age, and knitting!!! Diamonds for sure!!!!!

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LYDDIECAT 9/20/2012 11:12PM

    How did I not know that you're a knitter? I knit constantly.

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KATHRYNLP 9/20/2012 9:00AM

    A. Are you at all artistic?
No, definitely not

B. What are your favorite burger toppings?
Mustard, relish & tomatoes

C. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Pastel blue

D. Diamond or pearls?
Diamonds, I love sparkly things!

E. What exotic pet would you like to have?
None that I can think of

F. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Haven't been to a cinema in at least 50 years!

G. What is the worst gift you have ever received?
A paper shredder, yet I needed one!

H. What habit would you like to be able to break?
Procrastination, I'm terrible about putting things off!

I. If you could be invisible for one day, what would you do?
Go skinny dipping, lol

J. What do you like about your job?
The location . . . I'm a homemaker

K. Did you ever learn to knit?
Yes and loved it

L. Would your friends describe you as 'ladylike'?
Hmm, maybe some would

M. What is your middle name?
Frances


N. Are you a night owl or an early bird?
Early bird

O. Do you like okra?
Yes

P. When was the last time you cleaned out your purse?
Last week when I changed purses

Q. What is one of your favorite quotes?
Wherever you go, be sure to bring your own sunshine!

R. What do you have on the outside of your refrigerator?
Photos of family and 'to do' lists

S. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
To be able to read minds!


T. Do you prefer a truck or car?
Car

U. What is under your bed?
Storage boxes

V. Did you wear a veil when you got married?
Yes the first time, no the second time

W. Can you whistle?
Yes

X. Do you know what a Xenopus is?
No

Y. Do you eat yogurt?
At least twice a day, love it!

Z. Do you enjoy zombie movies?
No

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STRINGI719 9/20/2012 8:25AM

    Now I have to google Xenopus!!!
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SUNSHINEGB 9/20/2012 6:27AM

    Aha, so we DO both have a lot in common! I like sparkly diamonds too!
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What a great weekend

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The weather has been stellar!
I've gotten out to hike or run each day.
Had a wonderful lunch out with my husband and son today,
Just tracked all my food for the day, and met all my goals with 9 calories to spare!!
How great is that?

Pretty darn great, I say. emoticon

  
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FITFORMYFAMILY 9/17/2012 11:34PM

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TUNERVILLE 9/17/2012 9:03AM

    Life hardly gets any better than that, does it?!

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NEVERORNOW 9/17/2012 8:41AM

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TMCLEOD4 9/17/2012 7:29AM

    Awesome!! Glad you had a good time!

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SUSANS706 9/16/2012 10:22PM

    Sounds like you had a great weekend!! So happy for you. Our weather down here is about to make that change. We have to get some rain first, but that's ok, we need that too. emoticon

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LYDDIECAT 9/16/2012 10:17PM

    It's good to hear from you! I had a great weekend too...I wish there were not 5 days standing between me and the next one!

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STRINGI719 9/16/2012 9:43PM

    AMAZING!
Way to go!

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SHELLB7 9/16/2012 8:28PM

    I agree about the weather. Two gorgeous weekends in a row for us...hope the same was true for you, too!
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I'm a loser...again!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

I have been sitting at the same weight for weeks, months even! And finally I am off the plateau with a small loss...1 lb..two weeks in a row!

Woot! Woot!

I cheated a bit, weighing in on a Sunday night, but it was worth it! I'm happy! emoticon

  
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LYDDIECAT 8/9/2012 9:56PM

    likelikelike!!!!

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FITWITHIN 8/9/2012 9:38AM

    Excellent! I hate plateau's! But, you emoticonand didn't let it get the best of you. emoticon

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KATHRYNLP 8/6/2012 8:41AM

    Good stuff... I'll bet that's a relief! emoticon emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 8/6/2012 7:45AM

    Congrats on getting past the plateau!
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FITFORMYFAMILY 8/6/2012 12:20AM

    Great job! I'm happy for you!!

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TUNERVILLE 8/5/2012 11:03PM

    YIPPEEEE! Have a super week!

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TMCLEOD4 8/5/2012 10:51PM

    Good job!! Maybe I can follow your lead this week on Wednesday!

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PLUSSIZEWIFE 8/5/2012 9:17PM

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STRINGI719 8/5/2012 8:51PM

    WAY TO GO!!!!!
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PEACOCK15 8/5/2012 6:53PM

    Good job! It's fun to be a winner and a loser at the same time!
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SUSANS706 8/5/2012 6:50PM

    You go girl! I plan on becoming a loser again too!!!

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NANCYPAT1 8/5/2012 6:40PM

    That makes you a WINNER and NOT a loser - Great job and continued success.

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TORAMPAUL 8/5/2012 6:39PM

    Yay!! Plateaus are so annoying! Glad to hear you've broken through yours!

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Fabulous Saturday...so far

Saturday, July 21, 2012

I've had The nicest day today, starting with a casual walk with the dog, just about 3 miles and then taking a long(ish) bike ride through by ways and back roads of NH.

It is a beautiful day here, and I am just so pleased to be in good enough shape to do these things and enjoy them!

Thank you SparkPeople and SparkFriends for helping me get back here!

  
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STRINGI719 7/24/2012 9:40AM

    Such a blessing to be able to use our bodies to enjoy God's marvelous creation!
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HONEYPOT319 7/22/2012 11:36AM

    So glad that you enjoyed your day! :)

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PENNYPACKER3 7/21/2012 4:41PM

    It was a great dog walking day. I told my cat that and she winked at me and meowed.
i think she was being a smartass as i was getting ready to go walk to my bike to bike ride and I DON't have a dog.
Saw a few happy tail waggers out there.

felt good riding the bike and she was going a little faster and smoother.

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PHATPAT18 7/21/2012 4:19PM

    Glad you are getting the best of this beautiful day.

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NESARIAN 7/21/2012 4:11PM

    Sounds lovely!

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