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Doing Much Better....

Monday, August 06, 2012

I'm doing so much better thanks to some close support of some spark friends. Accountability for me is key. I'm so thankful for that. Tonight I'm exhausted from a difficult start of the work week. I plan to blog some thoughts in the next day or two. Off to bed for me right now.

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29POINTS 8/7/2012 9:24PM

Have a good night. Accountability, and knowing others care, is so important. Keep up the good fight.


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EJOY-EVELYN 8/7/2012 6:23PM

    Great to hear! If you get a chance to join a team that offers small group support, that too is a great way to get a kick start back to healthy living. That is was got my last 40 (of 100) pounds off with barely a plateau but for perhaps a week or two. I praise God for SparkPeople!

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EFFIEANNIE 8/7/2012 7:38AM

    Glad to hear you are doing better- just hang in there.

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BRENDABUNNY 8/7/2012 12:37AM

    Good glad to hear your doing well..I am a person that needs accountabilty keeps me going in the right direction emoticon emoticon

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LHLADY517 8/6/2012 10:03PM

    "Accountability for me is key." So true.
Rest well

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Looking for 1 Spark Buddy ready to loose 100 lbs. and won't accept or give any excuses.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

I know the title sounds harsh. I have been on Spark almost 1 year. The support has been phenomenal, I did have success but I have recently fell down and rolled to the bottom of the hill and need to start on my way again. As my Spark Anniversary approaches I'm tempted to delete my page. I'm embarrassed as well as mad at myself. What's stopping me it that I know the tools and friends in Spark is what will help me reach my goal. I'm looking for someone who is near my age (49) and ready to live life to the fullest. I have been blessed with pretty good health despite sabotage to myself. You can look over my Spark page to know me better if you are interested. We are all so good at supporting each other when we fall. We are great at applauding success. These are some of the things I love about Spark. There is so much expertise here from real people. But I'm looking for 1 person to set goals with me and help me be accountable. I will do the same for you. I'm tired of my own excuses. I'm tired of a closet of fat clothes and clothes I hope I can wear again. I'm tired of struggling to tie my shoes in a graceful manner. I'm tired of thinking oh my gosh when I look at my picture. I want to dance. I don't want to be the heaviest person in the room. I don't want to be the classmate that "use to be hot". I want to wear shorts. I want to tuck my shirts in. I want to shop in the cute clothes stores. I want to look great at my childrens' future weddings. I want my husband to think "Wow my wife is beautiful". I want to love my body. I'm pretty much a positive person who has a great life but my weight is holding me back from being all that I can be. It you feel the same about yourself and want to be my virtual health and fitness buddy let me know. I need someone who is also ready to give up the excuses and who is looking for solutions. emoticon

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JENNA54 8/7/2012 6:29PM

    I am so glad you are not giving up! Reading your blog I felt I was reading about myself. I have been at my goal weight in the past, but I have never been able to keep the weight off. I know I can do it but I let things get in the way of success. I have been with SP for over 18 months and I have lost the same 10 lbs over and over again. I am sick of myself at times! At the moment I am doing well and seem to have got into better habits and I am very hopeful that at long last I am learning to add a bit of self discipline into my eating. I have a long way to go still, but I am trying to break the journey down into 10 lb chunks. SP has been amazing - the blogs the advice and the support are so motivating. We can all do it together - good luck, and I'm with you every tortuous step of the way.

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WILDFLOWERMA 8/2/2012 10:49PM

    Count me in! At 29, I was overweight by 30 lbs and lost that. By the time I was 35, I weighed 225 lbs and lost 60 and also became very fit from kickboxing so felt great. I am now 43 and weight 268 lbs (down from nearly 290). I want off this horrible weight gain rollercoaster, so I'm simply focusing on putting good things in my body and moving more. Let's cheer each other on. I plan to check out the SSS also.

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MENNOLY 8/2/2012 7:46PM

    You know you can do it! It takes consistency and persistence. Being honest with your self and not making excuses. The Seriously Special Sparkers is a great team for checking in. Welcome! I came to your page because of your water comment. Yes we drink a lot of water. When you exercise as much as we do you absolutely crave the water.. I thought I was done at 11 today but as I sit here typing I am working on 13. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CRYSALLIS1 8/2/2012 8:13AM

    These measures are helping so much. emoticon emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 7/31/2012 9:04AM

    I am very glad you found a team you liked. Joining a team or a challenge was the first thing I thought about as I read your blog, as people there tend to have clear goals and to be even stronger at encouraging each other than other Sparkfriends!
Like you, I want to succeed. I have looked for the solutions and I think I have found the ones that work for me, but the situation is complicated... I cannot just eat less, exercise more and see what happens next unfortunately (although I do that as much as possible!). Yet, I do hope that one day soon it will be as 'simple' as that for me.
Go Crysallis go, I look forward to encouraging you and seeing your success!!! emoticon

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CRYSALLIS1 7/31/2012 12:02AM

    Thank you for all your support everyone. I'm going to try Seriously Special Sparklers. I would very much appreciate tough love for this part of the journey. The group is small enough that accountability is possible. I absoulutely love Spark & my friends.The understanding and support is phenominal. But I am at the point that I feel lost in a big univeristy. I need someone ready to call me out if I'm sleeping in class. If you are serious I think that the group will accept you too. I'm ready for a NO EXCUSE Approach. I plan to listen, learn, do the work (eat right and exercise), turn in the homework (record food and fitness) and take the tests (weight & measurement). I feel very good about this decision. emoticon

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 7/30/2012 11:20PM

    Did the same emoticon roll over you too? I just posted a blog the other day about how discouraged I was and tired of hiding and quitting. I am in my 40s and need to lose about 80 pounds. I would love to check in with you daily and hold you accountable! I'll kick your butt if you'll kick mine!

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CHLOE453 7/30/2012 9:32PM

    I think you may have lots of support on this blog today also is very similar. emoticon Count me in, the more support the better (especially when I have more than 100 lbs to lose). emoticon Kelly

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BRENDABUNNY 7/30/2012 9:12PM

    Wow your blog looks almost like the blog I wrote today...feel free to go to my page and read it..I would welcome being your sparkfriend emoticon emoticon

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THINNYGINNY 7/30/2012 4:17PM

    I am going to second the recommendation for seriously special sparkers - it is great for daily accountability - most of us there are REALLY serious about getting the weight off through healthy eating and exercise....lots of women on there older than me who shame me by working out harder than me - come join us!

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MOMFAN 7/30/2012 1:06PM

    I am working on it all over again. I understand. I lost the 100 in 2009 and have gained almost all back in the last three years. I am going down finally and able to finally stick to the healthy lifestyle once again, but it has been a real struggle getting back on track. Check me out.

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PEPPYPATTI 7/30/2012 10:55AM

    I myself do not have that much to lose but I have a team set up for others that you might be interested in called the Seriously Special Sparkers. If you cannot find it just go to my page. This team consists of strictly accountability. How many waters did you drink?, your exercise & whether or not you tracked your meals & where you ended up. No room for spark points or how is your weather, just the basics. And we are a very supportive small group. Come check us out. If this is not to your liking & you would still want a friend for accountability, I am always here for you!

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EFFIEANNIE 7/29/2012 8:12PM

    This is the right place. Hope you can find someone in the right age and weight group. That sounds like a great plan. You can encourage each other every step of the way. Good luck.

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Vacation-Old Me vs New Me

Thursday, June 14, 2012

emoticonEat anything & everything. emoticon Eat healthy.
emoticon Exercise later. I'm on vacation. emoticon Yeah! more time to fit in exercise.
emoticon I'm on vacation. I'm going to sleep in. emoticon I'm going to get up early so I can fit in a morning bike ride.

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emoticon I can do it and so can you!

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/15/2012 5:56PM


Hope you see some great new sights, too!

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EFFIEANNIE 6/15/2012 7:21AM

    Wonderful changes to make and so much better for you. Enjoy your vacation!

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Drop the Donut pick up the tennis shoes!

Monday, June 04, 2012

I'm hanging in there as blogged so many times before. I'm making progress in so many ways. But it's the occassional fast food hamburger, donut, cookie, chips, etc that keep my weight way to stable. So I intend to loose lots of tread off my shoes this month and to keep a little more jingle in my pocket! I might be amazed what it will do for my waistline. emoticon

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DISNEYDAMSEL1 6/12/2012 10:38AM

    Your title gave me the smile I needed today! Keep on running, and you'll find the will power as you go!

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 6/6/2012 11:09AM

    Great reminder that we all have something we could fill in the blank where you put donut! It is scary how fast I can go back to slipping up and letting certain foods work their way back into my life. emoticon Let's make this a joyful jumping June as we fill it with healthy choices!

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    Your title made me laugh! And I understand completely about the little things we eat on the side preventing weight loss... Bravo for not giving up!

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GLASSART43 6/5/2012 10:46AM

    Love the blog title! My reminder for today - emoticon

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CRYSALLIS1 6/5/2012 7:20AM

    Thank you for the support and suggestions. I need both greatly! When I have been able to give them up before I was able to rewire my brain for awhile. Then later I foolishly gave into temptation and old habits. When I'm on track I'm amazed how sweet fruit is etc. Today is a new day. I will start with a 7 day challenge right now. emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/5/2012 1:19AM

    I listened to Dr Oz today and they came up with some great "cheats" for those who want to give up some of the foods that we have come too addicted to (especially sugar). It's almost as bad as trying to give up smoking and alcohol . . . one almost has to go cold turkey in order to get the dopamine levels in our brain to respond appropriately to the natural sweets that can be found within the foods we have (primarily fruits). I've made Kale Chips (
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ckpea-popcorn) and now want to try the 'true' Black Bean Brownies and banana ice cream as found at
-bean-brownies-and-banana-treat. Dr Fuhrman suggests whole foods eating 90/10 (90% freggies/10% meats) for seven days and provides some great recipes to aid in the journey that I, too, would like to try and perhaps add to my recipe box.

Salt and sugar are foods that have a cause and affect on the body that is not healthy. While it may be difficult, it may be worth a try to eliminate them for one week to see if you can get your brain's need for these foods under better control again. I know if given the chance, I taste the sweetness and saltiness in foods I never thought were that sweet or salty, after lessening these two ingredients greatly.

Continue to hang in there. Do the best you can for what you know will work best for you. This journey is yours -- may you enjoy it thoroughly. Hug, hug!

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Memorial Day is Fast Approaching.....

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Memorial Day is a time to remember our service people and our loved ones that passed on before us. The garden flowers are ready to decorate family graves.
During this time of remembrance I plan to care for my body a bit more then usual. Likely I will spend some of it with family or friends. I also plan allot of good food. Good food is defined by lean meats, fresh fruit, and veggies. Plenty of water as well. I also plan walks or bike riding every morning and afternoon.
Ah, I'm ready. emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/23/2012 12:57AM

    Time seems to pass quicker and quicker each year. I'm happy to remember my Dad's WWII service to his country. He inadvertently left his WWII Veteran's cap in my car during my last visit, so I'd best see him this weekend to return it. Have a great week!

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