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Wk 22 Weigh In

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Hey, what do you know... another flat week!! It has been a very stressful week. Daughter got sick and we had her in the ER at AI Dupont only to be told that she had a virus. That went away in like 2 days.

Then we had her back at the Dr. on Friday and Saturday b/c now she had a runny nose and was coughing. She has asthma as well so when she starts to cough, we don't mess around we get her tush to the doctor. Dr. said it was only allergies. So she's been on like 3 medications for allergies and 2 for her asthma for the last few days. She's doing much better now, but now I've got something going on.

Feels like a cold sort of, but maybe a minor cold. Just have the jacked up sneezing and runny nose. It's probably allergies as well. Thank god for Claritin!

I did something to my back yesterday cuz it felt like someone had a knife jabbed right in the middle of my lower back. It was painful to sit, walk, climb stairs, or do anything! The only thing that didn't seem to bother it was when I laid down.

I think that my problem now is that because I've lost 42+ pounds I've almost gotten sorta cocky about it. Like, 'eh if I have a bad week, so what, I've still lost 40 pounds'. That's the type of attitude that's gonna get me right back up to 270 in the blink of an eye.

It seems like I've lost that drive and desire I had when I started this back in April. If anything I need to focus even more to make sure I stay on track. People at work have definitely started to notice and I've been getting compliments every time I see someone who hasn't seen me in a while.

I still get up at 530am every day but instead of exercising, I'm on the computer.

Anyone have any suggestions on how I can get myself re-focused? I had a goal to be around 210 by October 26th but I don't think I'm gonna make it at this point. I've got about 5 weeks left and I need to lose 17 pounds.

I'm really struggling to keep going (with the plan, not LIFE!!) at this point.

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HEATHERL219 9/16/2010 4:01PM

    First of all, I'm glad your daughter is doing better and I hope that you feel better yourself!

Second of all, DON'T GIVE UP! Just as you told me in my blog, KEEP ON GOING! YOU CAN DO THIS!

I'm not the best person to give advice about lack of motivation or reaching the point of not wanting to do anything, because previously, I gave in to that. So, if there's anything I can do to help, let me know!!!

I believe in you and I know that you believe in yourself, as so many others do as well! I BELIEVE YOU CAN DO THIS AND KEEP GOING! emoticon emoticon

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SROUS1340 9/15/2010 10:45AM

    I think we all hit those flat spots. I only lose a couple of pounds a month no matter what I do so I have come to embrace that; 2lbs is 2lbs down. Pay attention to your portions, and make sure you are getting some protein and carbs everytime you eat. The exercise-I don't know what to tell you about that. I walk, some days more than others and do lt weights on an exercise ball. I also use housework and gardening for activities because they both burn a lot of cals. Maybe change up your exercise routine, paint a room in your house or clean the gutters or dig a new flower bed. It's exercise and you will see other results which you might find motivating. Bike ride with your family? Trampoline jumping with your daughter?
Just some ideas to break up the routine. Stick with it!
You are doing great! You may need to readjust your goal date to be more realistic, but don't give up! You'll get there!

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RKINUGIRL 9/15/2010 8:57AM

    Yes, don't give up! I recently felt my motivation dropping. So I joined two challenges with my spark teams to up the ante! Then my six year old came home with a family fitness challenge from his school. I thought "hey, why not" and it will help my son win some prizes. He is excited and I found ways to keep it challenging. I'm here for support by the way... emoticon

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TINYC887 9/15/2010 6:15AM

    ont give up. I make a rule to workout before the computer, sometimes i wake up early to play and then im still at the gym by 420. Look at your daughter, shes motivation for you. you are doing great, keep in mind that goals sometimes need to be tweaked.

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September 11th....

Friday, September 10, 2010

It's 9 years later and I remember it like it was yesterday...

I woke up for work like I did every other day and checked my pager and found that there was a message about a plane crashing into the World Trade Center in NYC. I turned on the news and started watching the broadcasts and was shocked by what I saw.

I heard mention that it was a terrorist attack and that there was concern over how many other flights may have been hijacked. I was watching the live news broadcast when I saw the 2nd plane hit the other World Trade Center building. The thought that I just watched several hundred people's lives vanish in a fireball left me speechless. I absolutely couldn't believe what I had just witnessed.

I kept hearing concerns about other planes and that all flights were being grounded and told to land immediately. I called work and asked if I still needed to come in as many businesses were encouraged to close. Working in the bank heavy downtown Wilmington was a concern as a possible alternate target. I was told that it was business as usual for now so I headed in.

As soon as I had made the 20 or so minute drive and got to my desk, my wife paged me and told me that work had called back and that the call center was closed so I headed out and went back home.

I remember getting home and I was still glued to the news broadcasts and in much of the footage I could see people deciding that it was just too much and jumping out the windows of these 2 huge skyscrapers. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, I couldn't believe that people had to make a choice to either burn or jump. I couldn't imagine what it must have been like to be in that position to have to make such a choice.

I heard about the attack on the Pentagon and saw the videos and again couldn't believe what was happening. I couldn't understand why this was happening, how many more innocent people were going to have to die before it was over?

I watched the 2 towers collapse and again I was taken to a new low. The thousands of men, women, and children... YES CHILDREN!! that just lost their lives for no reason floored me. The emergency responders that had given their lives to try and save others against insurmountable odds. I was unsure of what would or could happen next.

I heard about the plane that crashed in the PA field and wondered where it was that the plane was headed for and who its intended target was.

I just sat there stunned all day glued to the tv for any information that was available and couldn't believe what had happened.

I've watched shows on 9/11 every year since then and I still can't believe what happened. My parents stop in at the memorial in Shanksville, PA when they come out here to visit. The first year my dad said there wasn't much, now it's grown to a fairly large memorial site. I hope to make it there some day and I'd like to make it to NYC to see the site where all this happened.

There were a lot of lives lost that day and there were a lot of them that were saved by either emergency responders, co-workers or complete strangers. I didn't lose anyone in the disaster, but my heart goes out to anyone that did lose a loved one that day. I hope that I don't see another event like that in my life time and I hope that my daughter doesn't either.

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WILMABEAL 9/12/2010 10:53AM

    emoticonThanks for sharing

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LADYFOLDER 9/10/2010 4:35PM

    A friend of mine wrote this poem just a few days after September 11th.
This poem may be freely shared, just keep her name & date with it.

Tears In Her Eyes

The Lady in the Harbor has tears in her eyes tonight.
Her heart has been broken but everyone can see her light.
She stands for freedom for all people no matter what their race,
A tiny baby, a young teen, a sweet mother, even an old man full of grace.
God, please help us with your infinite care.
We know you will always be there.
God bless the little ones that don't quite understand the tears that fall,
Help America make her well again for the sake of us all.
Temper the hate and let us see
This is a land of Liberty.
Oh please help us each in the years to come to be
The Land of the Free.

©Sharon Green
East Carbon, Utah

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DMURPH409 9/10/2010 1:04PM

    Thanks for the comments guys!


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SAM910 9/10/2010 12:43PM

    Great Blog, well written, a good reminder of something we should never forget. Thank you!

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TIGGER6567 9/10/2010 11:48AM

    Great Blog! We all need to remember and never FORGET!

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TINYC887 9/10/2010 8:54AM

    definately not something to forget, my students wrote a book about it, maybe someday it will be published

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SNOWFILLY 9/10/2010 8:07AM

    Great blog. Thank you!! emoticon

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KRAFTIJAN 9/10/2010 7:09AM

    It was the same down under. I agree, just like yesterday..
Lest we forget we shall remember them. emoticon

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COFFEEMUG2009 9/10/2010 6:40AM

    emoticon emoticon never forget

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WINDEE52 9/10/2010 6:31AM

    Thanks for the wonderful memoerial blog. emoticon

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WESLEYV 9/10/2010 6:30AM

    We should not forget.

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Spreading the Spark!!!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Ok, so I was getting some hot water today for my oatmeal at work and a co-worker came in and said hello. Then she said and you're on... what diet??!? I proudly said that it was a free website called I told her that it's been mentioned on several news broadcasts and that there are a lot of people doing very well with the program.

I told her how easy the site was to use and that there are security options if you don't want anyone to see your information.

She said that she has 2 daughters that could stand to benefit from losing a few pounds so I told her I'd send her a link to the site.

I sent her the url, a link to my personal page so she could see what kind of stuff is posted and I sent her my referral link and asked that if the daughters do join to please have them use the link so I get my referral SparkPoints.

I love spreading the Spark!!!

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CINNAMONGURL06 9/9/2010 2:03PM

    That's so cool! It feels good to spread the Spark love within and outside of the community! I love me some Sparkies! LOL!

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TINYC887 9/8/2010 9:41PM

    thats great, keep it up

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GROEDER 9/8/2010 7:44AM

    That is GREAT!!! Isn't it fun to "spread it around" and help other folks find ways to make changes in their lives?
Did you notice how it motivated you to keep going on yourself too?
Keep it up.

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Wk 21 Weigh In

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

I'm down 1.8 this week. I'll take it! It's really been a struggle this week. I'm still having issues with not going back to the pots and eating more food.

I have to come to grips with the fact that food is something that your body needs to stay functioning, it's not a hobby!

Now I have sort of an idea what an addict feels like when they are battling something, it's not easy at all. But some of the best things in life aren't easy. Raising a child isn't easy, but it's definitely one of the most rewarding things a person can do! I'll stick with the program until I get to where I want to be.

I have no choice but to succeed. I have to fight to get back to a healthy weight, I have to fight to stay around to see my daughter grow up.

I'm in it to win it!!


Here's a pic of my little motivation on her first day of Kindergarten.

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ODIROM 9/9/2010 5:08PM

    Struggle as you will...1.8 is better than .4 (point 4)....but yeah...rough week all around. Keep on keeping on!

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SAM910 9/8/2010 10:14AM

    About wanting to go back for seconds, put the food away after your first and only serving. This will keep you from going for seconds. Too much trouble to get it out of the refridgerator and reheat. Keep up the good work. Your daughter is beautiful. emoticon

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ELLEMTEE 9/8/2010 9:49AM

    Woo hoo! Way to go...staying on track is such a wonderful accomplishment...some people don't last 21 days--and look at you!! Love the pic--precious!!


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DTCATSPARK 9/8/2010 6:32AM

    Good post, seem close to the same track here. I can relate to the re-visiting of the food, it is a tough decision and almost seems to be a subconscious action at times to re-fill.

Good luck on rest of years journey.


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TINYC887 9/8/2010 6:03AM

    awww how cute. you are doing amazing

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GROEDER 9/8/2010 6:01AM

    Good for you!!! You are doing it.
Keep up the good work and you'll reach your goals.

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IMAGINE_IT 9/8/2010 5:57AM

    1.8pds gone?? That is good!! So be proud of yourself emoticon And your beautiful daughter is a great motivation for you to stay on track... emoticon emoticon

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ROSEWCI 9/8/2010 5:55AM

    Awww...such motivation! Congrats on what you've accomplished thus far! You're on your way! Wahhoooo!!

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JREA24 9/8/2010 5:53AM

    Keep moving, you'll get there.

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Wk 20 Weigh In

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

I only lost .6 pounds... that's point 6. Ugh!!! The last few weeks have really been a struggle. Starting to get very frustrated.

The only option I have is to work harder. I'll have to try walking every day instead of every other.

I realize that it's going to take a long time to get to my goal and I'm ok with that. I have a short term goal of 200 by December and if I keep having bad weeks, I'm not going to make it and that would REALLY bother me. I'm only 29 pounds away and it's sooooo close I can taste it!

Hopefully things go better this week.

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CINNAMONGURL06 9/3/2010 12:19PM

    Goals are good to keep us on track but, I am finding that most months my goals must be re-evaluated (sometimes scaled back and sometimes scaled up). This journey is difficult to predict- it seems we start off strong and we make great strides in the first few monhts- then the dreaded plateau- you break through that but overall- the weight loss seems to be significantly slower the further in the process we get.
As another Sparker mentioned, strength training is a good way to keep progress going and it also gives you something else to track (your measurements)- I have found that when the scale stops moving- I'm losing inches (gaining muscle) and this is just as important as the fat loss, which eventually takes off again.
You are doing awesome- don't get discouraged- just keep pressin' on!

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    Have you added in any strength training? That usually helps me with plateaus.

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SUPERSMILE37 9/2/2010 11:33AM

    six lbs is great!!! Hang in there!! at least it was not a gain!

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CUATROMOMMY 9/1/2010 10:24PM

    December is still quite a bit away. I'm sure you will have no trouble getting to your goal in December.

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34MIMI 9/1/2010 8:55AM

    Platueas stink! I understand how you feel! Just keep walking and thinking positively. This is part of your journey! Good luck to you! emoticon

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STEPHANIE0982 9/1/2010 8:30AM

    Keep a positive mind - you can (and will) do anything you put your mind to!

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APATRICIAO521 9/1/2010 7:57AM

    YOu can do it! .6# is better that 0.0# or a .6# gain right?!?! Just keep working, you bosy is probably in an adjustment phase right now from recent losses you will break through! keep your head up!

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TINYC887 9/1/2010 7:36AM

    don;t get discouraged, it takes time, a loss is a loss. I havent lost anything in months but I know I will. Even if you dont make your goal by December, that's ok because you are healthier then you were when ya started. Hang in there an never give up.

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