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Family Contest

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

So I just got back from visiting my son and his family in Arizona. While I was there we discussed a contest for our whole family in which we will see who can lose the most percentage of weight before we go to Disney World in March 2011 as well as most inches lost in the 4 months. My daughter in law is pregnant so she can't lose so we have decided if the total inches of lost is the same as her gain then she can also win something too. I love that my family is in on this incentive so that we all will be eating more healthy and exercising. We want to be able to enjoy our life and the memories we can make together.

So weigh in and measurements are due on Monday October 25, 2010. Let the losing beginning! I am excited for this and even through the holidays it will be a great way to help me stay focused on eating healthy!



Friday, October 08, 2010

So I have been encouraged by one of my sparkteams leader to write a blog about my journey on Sparks. I know that I am not a big writer and usually don't do it often but I took on the challenge to write what I am doing on Sparks.

First off, I have not reached my weight goal and there are many things that I still need to work on in my goals. But one thing that I have found is that I have tried to be consistent on my exercise and getting cardio as well as strength training in 5-6 days a week. I have had my interruptions such as vacations or house guests but I have always missed the time that I am not doing something and staying active.

My last child just headed off to college this fall and so my husband and I have tried to really focus on eating healthier and staying active. My husband travels often but when he is home we go everyday for at least a 3 mile walk around our neighborhood. We have done this even when it has turned off cooler, we just put on a jacket and continue on. We have in the past when our children were younger walked every day no matter the weather...so we are going to continue doing so unless our safety is in danger.

As I stated above we are trying to eat healthier and I am getting so much better at not having snacks in the house which I did often with a growing teen-ager in the house. Although I must admit that I do occassionally still crave and will buy a small quantity of dark chocolate.

I also love trying new recipes that I find on Sparks....I know that I can attain a better eating habit and a better life for myself I just have to do it as well as I do my exercising.

In March I am going on a family trip to Disney World.....I would love to lose more weight but more importantly be able to buy smaller size clothing!!!!

SparksPeople has been such a great find in my life and I need to really use it. Maybe this blog writing will help me stay focused on my lifelong journey of a healthy lifestyle!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GOLFCHICK2-0 10/19/2010 2:15PM

    keep up the great work!!!

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LEEANNE1980 10/8/2010 8:42PM

    Thank you very much for blog. I really enjoyed it. I am glad that your husband walks with you. I have always wished mine would but got decided I was going to have to do that on my own. Wow, Disney World - very nice to have a goal to work toward! Consistency, so true...

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Thoughts of Mine

Friday, March 12, 2010

So here it is the 12th of March, 2010. I found Sparks over 2 years ago, it has changed my life and I feel like I know what I should be doing to get where I need to be. I still exercise and enjoy it, I lost like 40 lbs but have gained alot of it back because I slacked off on the eating right. I am really trying to focus more and be more consistent. I have let things and people get in my way and derail me. I bought The Spark and it reminded me of the importance of Goal setting, key to any success story.

I set new goals and realistic ones that will help me become more consistent in my journey to a better me. I do feel healthier and one of the things that I struggle with is eating the right portions, slowing down when I eat and to try and refrain from eating out of bags or in front of the television (which is hard because we eat popcorn while we watch a movie).

My main goal has always been to be a healthy and fit (and hopefully thinner) woman, mother, wife, and grandmother and to enjoy life to the fullest. I really do love what I have learned here at Sparks and hope to learn even more on my journey to a better me!

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SHIMMY2BFIT 3/15/2010 12:55PM

    The day we quit learning is the day we die!! Keep moving forward and remember this is a journey not a destination :D

Much love and belly kisses

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LEEANNE1980 3/14/2010 8:48PM

    Never give up. I have learned alot on Spark and still have alot to learn but the thing that has helped me the most is the the shortened time between fails. If I go off the wagon it isn't days, weeks or months before I dust myself off and go again. Everyday his a new opportunity to do a little better than the day before. It is great not to on the journey feeling like we are completely alone. God bless.

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Wow It's been awhile

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wow, it's been awhile since I wrote a blog on my page. So much has gone on in my life. I have a new grandson and expecting another granddaughter in Sept. My college girl is home for the summer and we are doing the swimsuit challenge together. It is always fun to exercise with someone that doesn't judge and supports me. I am trying really hard to get back to where I was before the holidays hit last year. I am still exercising almost 6 days a week and trying to eat better. I have an addiction for dark chocolate which I need to curtail! We love to have desserts at our house and I really enjoy them too, but sometimes a little too much. I try to make low fat or healthy treats but need to work harder on that.

I am trying to stay positive and work hard!

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JUNICA 5/20/2009 1:49PM

    keep it up, you can do it. I also had a lazy winter.

if you are wanting chocolate, i recommend fiber one chocolate + oat bars. just enough chocolate to curb the craving but not just chocolate. Just watch you don't overdo the fiber. :)

if you don't like those, try other things perhaps? dark chocolate protein bars. Either you'll get your chocolate fix or you'll not like it as much cause the taste will be off (?).

Good luck either way! emoticon

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Happy Birthday and Anniversary to me!!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Today is my birthday and the week of my one year anniversary with Spark People. What a year this has been. I have learned so much and although I haven't necessarily reached my overall goal, I am grateful for the experiences and sucess I have had. I am wearing clothes that I never dreamed I'd be able to wear and I feel better than I have in years.

A lot of events have happened in my life, with one of my children leaving for college and so far away. I now only have one child living at home and he is a Jr. in high school and very involved. My married children live away so I travel often to see them. I have really learned to enjoy life but to try and eat healthy and stay focused on what is important. My family is my biggest motivation to be a better person so that I can be there for them but also enjoy my grandchildren as they continue to come along.

I know that I need to work harder at eating better and get away from the treats in the house (since the holidays it has been bad). I do plan to have a piece of my birthday cake with some light ice cream.

I really like the challenges that are offered in my different teams that I have joined and they help me keep my workouts fun and with a variation of things keeps it not so mundane. I do look forward to exercising and in a way I have become an addict to it. My family thinks I love it more than them sometimes! emoticon

2009 is going to be another year of new experiences and events that will enrich my life and help me be a better person. And I owe alot of it to finding Sparks!



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