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I've been christened a gourmet cook

Thursday, October 14, 2010

This year I've been trying to make more of my own meals. When I first got married, I tried a recipe that included marianating pork for a day, then making the dish...so basically it took me 2-3 days to prepare. My husband came home from his second job that night and said "I'm not hungry." That was the last time I offered to cook for him.
I've taken cooking classes for a couple of years now and for my birthday make a full spread rather than having my family take me out to dinner.
When my guests came in this week, I made several favorites (not diet friendly)...
she crab soup (I went to Charleston to perfect that one);
layered pea salad (I use spinach, red onion, celery, mayo and Parmesan cheese for that);
halibut (grilled, and it was FABULOUS);
BBQ shrimp (also grilled, and SO GOOD);
herb butter (made fresh myself);
mixed fruit salad (no one opted for the yogurt this time);
bison steaks (so yummy, and much leaner than beef);
quinoa and brown rice;
steamed broccoli;
my Mom's pound cake - I added the lemon glaze, it was GREAT;
a spinach salad with goat cheese and avocado...
These are just samples of what I made over the past few days.
My guests were impressed, and we had a wonderful visit.

Back to soup, salads, fruits and oatmeal the rest of the week...

  
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VIVIBARAJAS 10/19/2010 10:06AM

    Nothing fried? You are such a goodie-foodie. The food sounds sooo good!!
I love being in the kitchen, cooking, nibling, chopping, baking all except cleaning.

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STRINGI719 10/16/2010 9:51PM

    Sounds AMAZING!!! emoticon

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IZADORA 10/15/2010 2:12AM

    Sounds yummy! I think sparkpeople and just eating healthier in general brings out the chef in all of us!

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THENEWME43 10/14/2010 11:37PM

    Wow! Sounds like you sure know your way around the kitchen! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VEMAN1 10/14/2010 11:10PM

    I am not sure what you call diet friendly. Your menu appears to be quite varied and exceptional. I think you did great. And, as long as you had some fun, all the better!
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COLD_GOLD 10/14/2010 10:06PM

    wow! that sounds awesome! what a great talent to nurture~

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KARLOTTA46 10/14/2010 5:48PM

    My mouth is watering just reading this!

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250STRONG 10/14/2010 10:46AM

    MMmmmmmmmmm

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PAIGESMAMA 10/14/2010 10:25AM

    Wow sounds like you made some great things for your guests.

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ABSOLUTZER0 10/14/2010 9:21AM

    Glad I had eaten before I read this! Sounds like a menu I would enjoy!

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LOURON 10/14/2010 9:11AM

    I love all your great foods. BTW I too have a husband who too can not be the most supportive when it comes to my cooking esp when it's healthy emoticon

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VTORIA3 10/14/2010 8:22AM

    Fabulous menu. Yum.

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PARKIE 10/14/2010 7:08AM

    sounds delicious and Happy Birthday!

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GEMINISUE 10/14/2010 4:55AM

    Sounds like the cooking classes paid off. I know you had to feel, so proud, of yourself.



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LIVINGONMYTERMS 10/14/2010 12:26AM

    It all sounds so good too! Sounds like you and your guests had a fabulous time. I like to cook but my hubby likes to try to change it alot of the time. emoticon

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Blooming in autumn

Friday, October 08, 2010

This is just rambling, so don't expect any inspiration today.
There's an annual event in town next week, so I am expecting guests.
This has been the stimulus for getting my house clean, and it is very relaxing to have open space and feel prepared instead of rushed.
I'm looking forward to cooking some special dishes (including BBQ shrimp).
And every second Sunday a group of friends gets together to listen to live jazz. So even though I have not been exercising according to my scheduled training, I feel good, I feel happy.
The outward manifestation has been not only inside the house, but outside. I went to the Lowe's and picked out a bunch of lawn items. There's now fresh mulch, fresh pine straw, new flowers of various colors and types, and the yard is transformed. It pretty much says "WELCOME." And it says, "this home is cared for, not simply a house."
I can imagine the same for my body. When I put on coordinating clothes in colors that accentuate my skin tones, add a little lipstick and take the time to style my hair, I'm probably sending the message "This body is cared for." It's a reminder that I'm worth the effort.
Looking forward to a fun few days... don't expect to hear from me too much til the middle of next week emoticon emoticon

  
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CORKYTHEMOM 10/11/2010 11:34AM

    "Our bodies are our gardens - our wills are our gardeners." WE WILL ACCOMPLISH OUR WEIGHT LOSS GOALS!

I am so PROUD of your INSPIRING weight loss! Since you haven't patted yourself on your back for a PROGRESS WELL DONE, I took the liberty to do so myself. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL!! I am sending lots of YOU ARE A WINNER hugs and BELIEVE IN YOURSELF as much as I do in you!! I always told you, I'm right by your side, walking along this path towards your weight loss goal.

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VIVIBARAJAS 10/11/2010 9:57AM

    If I don't care for my body who will? No one else but me. Only I can do it. Thanks for helping. emoticon

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LIBRARYLASS 10/11/2010 2:28AM

    Have fun! And I like your "cared for" ideas for both self and home. Sadly, neither of mine are "dressed" very well, but I'm working on it!

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ABSOLUTZER0 10/10/2010 4:40PM

    Enjoy your guests and I am sure your body enjoys you taking care of it!

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COLD_GOLD 10/10/2010 3:46PM

    ahh... I know how you feel... hope the visit goes well!

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KIRSTEN 10/10/2010 2:18PM

    I should take a cue from you and make a trip to Lowe's and redo my front yard. Too bad I am so lazy. LOL.
Seriously, it does really help to get your surroundings in order, you feel so much better! great job!

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THENEWME43 10/9/2010 5:34PM

    Great analogy - So true! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! emoticon

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FRANCESCANAZ 10/9/2010 2:20PM

    I feel glad that you feel good & that you feel happy. emoticon This is a really sweet blog. I enjoyed reading.
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PAIGESMAMA 10/9/2010 10:32AM

    Have a lot of fun.

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250STRONG 10/9/2010 10:27AM

    "This body is cared for" - love that. I can picture that as a little sign hovering in the air over your (and my) head. :)

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TURTLE_MOM 10/9/2010 9:15AM

    I love the part about taking care of your body. I have really noticed that I'm taking care of how I look more - rather than just t-shirts and pulling my hair up in a bun!

Sounds great - I love Autumn!

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JUDITHANNIE 10/9/2010 6:16AM

    Have a great time with your firends

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/9/2010 6:14AM

    Enjoy your guests... you sound prepared, physically and mentally! emoticon

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REJ7777 10/8/2010 10:42PM

    Have a great time! emoticon

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Welcome Bruce the Betta

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

emoticon I'm not so tech savvy as to be able to post the actual photo yet (will work on that for the half marathon), but wanted to send out the announcement on the newest "member of the family." Growing up, my grandparents had a farm, so I am used to all sorts of animals and considered being a veterinarian before I became a physician. But since I travel extensively, I have not owned a house dog as an adult. I put a bird feeder outside the kitchen window, and that is quite entertaining. But since moving to Durham, I have had a series of Betta fish. Solitary creatures, the males fight if put in a tank together (that's a sad existence, don't you think?)
My first Betta was obtained shortly after my trip to China, so I named him Lan Yu - "Blue Fish" in Mandarin. He survived quite some time before deciding the outside of the bowl held something of interest and I discovered him some time later on the carpet. RIP Lan Yu. emoticon
His successor was going to be Lan Yu Two (I have a little Dr. Seuss in me), but he was such an odd little fish, with a totally different personality if something with a 3 second memory can have personality, that my daughter's friend christened him Bob. That reminded me of the Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss movie "What About Bob?" (I STILL get a laugh out of watching that movie), so the name seemed appropriate and stuck. (Bob in the movie also had a pet fish he carried around.)
Bob slowed down over the past month or two, and I tried various things to make sure his tank was extra clean, but it appears old age caught up with him and he made the final trip to the great white trash bag.
Betta Number 3 (3's a charm, right?) had no name for most of the week, but in honor of the shark in JAWS (I still don't like to swim in the ocean!) I have dubbed him Bruce. Last name Wayne. You get the joke.
Long live Bruce Wayne. Where's that Fish Signal? emoticon

  
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KIRSTEN 10/10/2010 2:25PM

    I have also had some Bettas as pets throughout the years. I had a maroon one named Betazoid that lived for 4 years, that's about 150 in human years! After he died, his successor did the Kamimaze to the carpet about 3 days after I got him. I was so bummed out, I never got another one.
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NANADERRICK 10/9/2010 3:22PM

    Yuk, yuk, yuk!!!

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ABSOLUTZER0 10/8/2010 7:12PM

    LIVE LONG AND PROSPER BRUCE!!!

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FITJEANS 10/8/2010 12:40PM

    Lol bruce wayne emoticon it yes im definitely hoping 3rd time is the charm too.

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VIVIBARAJAS 10/8/2010 11:31AM

    Have you watched Finding Nemo? If you haven't you have to rent it today. It is so funny!! I love it.

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ARILLIUS60 10/7/2010 10:49AM

    Advise to Bruce: ANYTHING that looks like a bat stay away from! Loved your stories. It's great to add a new member to the family! emoticon

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TURTLETALK 10/6/2010 9:57PM

    I like your idea of a pet. I am just to selfish to have a pet that actually requires time. Take care of Bruce Wayne. My betta commited Hari Kari by jumping out of his newly cleaned bowl to his death. Long live Bruce Wayne.

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REJ7777 10/6/2010 9:20PM

    emoticon I hope Bruce Wayne enjoys a long and happy life! emoticon

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KIMROID 10/6/2010 4:20PM

    Perfect name! Congratulations on your new pet. emoticon

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POKIEFUZZBUCKET 10/6/2010 12:16PM

    Welcome to Bruce! I had a few bettas for a while, they were neat fish! Lost them to old age and not my cats fishing, surprisingly.


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JOANOFSPARK 10/6/2010 11:27AM

    emoticonLove it.....Welcome, Bruce Wayne

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250STRONG 10/6/2010 9:56AM

    Bruce Wayne. Love it.

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PAIGESMAMA 10/6/2010 9:36AM

    Welsome home Bruce.
I love the movie what about Bob too.

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LADYBIRD82 10/6/2010 9:19AM

    WELCOME BRUCE WAYNE! emoticon emoticon (HAHA)

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Take the A Train to Weight Loss

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Yippee! Iím below BMI 30!
Having reached that milestone, I was thinking how this journey is like riding the subway.

(Hats off to NYC,

but special love to BART in the Bay Area,

and shout outs to DC Metro, Chicagoís El, and all the other special cities worldwide that have this form of public transportation.)


You start off at one station, you have to travel for a while, then you come to another station. You may choose to get off there, or you may be headed for a destination farther down the track.

The stations are the middle goals and successes along our trip.
It is that first 5 lb. Losing a pant size. Looking great at the reunion or wedding.
Finishing our first 5K. Joining a team and completing a challenge.
Seeing our waist again in who knows how long?
Climbing a flight of stairs without getting winded or having our joints give us pain.
It is whatever change you notice that surprises and pleases you!

The destination station is your goal weight.
REALIZE THIS: You get off at the station, but you still have to get home.
That is to say, you will likely end up with a range, not a single number, that your body and your life agree to allow to be the balance you maintain.

After all, along this journey we realize ITíS NOT ABOUT THE SCALE.
Itís about HEALTH.
Itís about confidence. Itís about finding out we are powerful, capable, and valuable.

So which direction are you headed in?
How close are you to your destination station?
Are you willing to ride the train all the way to the end of the line?



  
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VTORIA3 10/14/2010 8:26AM

    Congrats on your success to date. Me, I'm riding the A train to fitness and health. Only, who knew the journey would last my lifetime!

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CBARRETT10 10/2/2010 2:43PM

  emoticon on getting below your BMI! Great analogy! I have a few more stops before I reach my goal! Continued success!
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FITJEANS 10/2/2010 2:32PM

    Yes love this i am willing to ride that train all the way to my destination thanks for sharing this blog itis giving me just the motvation I need to get my bottom up off of this couch and do something because how am i gonna get there if im sitting here. Great blog and congrats on lowering you bmi and getting closer to your destination.

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LIBRARYLASS 10/1/2010 2:58PM

    Great analogy and great pics, especially the last one! Thanks for sharing! And congrats on the BMI! I hope I'll join you there soon!
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INTHEWORKS1 9/30/2010 11:51PM

  Congratulations! That is my next milestone. You have done great and I can tell you have the attitude that is going to keep you going on. God bless and I pray you continue to pass milestone after milestone.

Keep on motivating us!

By the way, I am at a 30.4 BMI Another 4 pounds or so and I will be under 30! Can't wait to be merely overweight! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSINGW8FORME 9/30/2010 11:51PM

    That is AWESOME!!! emoticon

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MLKDUD 9/30/2010 11:11PM

    It IS about the health. Once you reach the health, the weight loss happens! Way to go!

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FITWITHIN 9/30/2010 7:04PM

    emoticonon reaching your goal. emoticon

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VIVIBARAJAS 9/30/2010 4:03PM

    Congratulations!! I still have to loose 27 more lbs to get to a 30 BMI
You have done an awesome job!! emoticon

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ANDI571 9/30/2010 3:59PM

    Great blog, and Congrats on the lower BMI. That's exciting.

I think I got off at the wrong station a couple of weeks ago, with the health issues, but am hopping right back on in the right direction to get to my right destination.

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FXYGMA 9/30/2010 3:27PM

    Really great blog. emoticon on the lower BMI.

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HALLORAN84 9/30/2010 3:25PM

    Congrats! I love the last picture :)
You are so right, this is a life-long journey and not a sprint to a specific destination.

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SUZYMARC 9/30/2010 1:53PM

    emoticon on lowering your BMI!
This is an awesomely insightful blog and you've written it so well!

I've rode on the "T" in the Boston area, and I hear you on the destinations. Health is the key and goal not some "number" on the scale- I honestly don't know if I've hit my final destination since my body seems to be happy where it currently is. Am I at a "way station" a plateau, I am unsure.

You've given me something to think about and everybody knows its wonderful to reach beyond your "norms" and get your brain thinking.

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REJ7777 9/30/2010 1:52PM

    emoticon Congratulations on a BMI of below 30! emoticon
That's an important milestone! emoticon

That's a great analogy with the train.
And to answer your question, "yes, I'm willing to stay to the end of the line!"
We can do this!!! emoticon

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TURTLE_MOM 9/30/2010 1:46PM

    So awesome! BMI below 30 is just amazing!

Great metaphors and perfect words of motivation!

Congrats :)

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PLAYBLUES22 9/30/2010 12:43PM

    Sweetie, that is so great emoticon

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BOOKAYB 9/30/2010 11:39AM

  What a wonderful ride!!!

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MOMMYBYCHOICE 9/30/2010 11:32AM

    now that was fun....

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TREASURINGLIFE 9/30/2010 11:17AM

    Congrats on achieving that monumental mark!!! Woooo-whoooo!! :)

- Michelle

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NOTSPEEDY 9/30/2010 11:14AM

    Congratulations on the weight loss. Keep up the good work.

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TURTLETALK 9/30/2010 10:26AM

    Nice pictorial and congrats on the loss.

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PAIGESMAMA 9/30/2010 10:19AM

    I live it and congrats on the BMI

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LADYBIRD82 9/30/2010 9:50AM

    Enjoyed the blog! emoticon emoticon

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GEMINISUE 9/30/2010 9:33AM

    CONGRATULATIONS on meeting 1st goal, I also loved your blog, it was thrilling,and informative, at the same time.

Hugs
Linda

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RAINSTORM17 9/30/2010 8:48AM

    Congratulations!!! This journey is not easy, but its a journey we choose to say on. Great job. I am so happy for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAURIEB27 9/30/2010 8:43AM

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!

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SEMBRY859 9/30/2010 8:33AM

    Awesome Blog and great questions for me to think about! Congrats to you on reaching your milestone. Thank you for the encouragement to keep moving forward. emoticon

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PARKIE 9/30/2010 7:57AM

    I liked this one. You are a great blogger!

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MOUNTAINMERMAID 9/30/2010 7:46AM

    I enjoyed reading this Blog!
Thank You!

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FUTUREYOGI 9/30/2010 7:34AM

    emoticon emoticon Wonderful milestone, hopefully I'll be there soon too

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NINJA-NED 9/30/2010 7:33AM

    congrats!! great milestone!

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WANT2BEFIT10 9/30/2010 7:29AM

    Great blog! Congrats on all your success!

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BUCKHOLDT 9/30/2010 7:19AM

    Great post and congratulation on the goal.

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102633 9/30/2010 7:12AM

    Keep up the healthy work! You work the plan and the plan will work for you!!

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TRLYBLSD 9/30/2010 6:03AM

    CCCCCCCCCCCCCOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNG
GGGGGGGGGGRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAT
TTTTTTTTTTTSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

Lin

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CHLOE453 9/30/2010 6:00AM

    Congrats!!! I am soo proud of you!!! All your hard work has paid off big time, what a glorious feeling. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/30/2010 5:36AM

    Love the metaphor! And it fits so well. emoticon on reaching this milestone!

emoticon I know home is calling to you, but that shouldn't stop a person from enjoying the scenery and surprises and celebrations along the way!

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TRKELLY4 9/30/2010 5:07AM

    What a neat way to think about this journey!
Thanks for sharing!
Rita

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183WANTS2B140 9/30/2010 5:00AM

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LADYBREN1 9/30/2010 3:38AM

  Good job emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPEEDY143 9/30/2010 2:26AM

    Nice analogy emoticon

You betcha I'm headed in the right direction and my destination station is about 110 miles down the track but I'm willing to ride the train all the way to the end of the line with a little help from my friends emoticon

emoticonGo "Shooting Stars" emoticon

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MCKATIE2 9/30/2010 1:53AM

    Congratulations!!!!!! emoticon Thank you for sharing your fabulous news!!!
Katie

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We are all meant to shine... My 2 month Sparkversary!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, ďWho am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? ď
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, 1992, pp. 190-191.
Quoted in a speech by Nelson Mandela, and featured in the movie ďAkeelah and the Bee.Ē

Itís my 2 month Sparkversary! So far Iíve lost 12 lb, 4% body fat (=13 lb fat), and 2 BMI points (32.4 to 30.4). My waist is down almost 5 inches! Last week I was 1(!) lb away from getting below a BMI of 30.
All I had to do was keep working my plan. Well, subconsciously, I freaked out. I think part of me is still listening to that negative voice, that ďcriticizing parent,Ē that little fear that says I donít deserve it. So for a couple of days, I didnít get my regular exercise done and the scale headed back north.
Then I gave myself that little smack in the face, saying ďall you have to go is reach out and claim what you want.Ē I CAN achieve my goals and I DO deserve to live my best life.
So thanks to the wonderful SparkFriends who set an example of living their dreams every single day, this weekend I got back up and got moving again. (Shout out to Mickidee44!)
Ran a 5K, biked (until the rain stopped me), learned my upcoming half marathon route, and did not succumb to fast food but made my own healthy meals.
Even though I may take another week to reach that overweight instead of obese goal, I WILL get there and KEEP GOING!

Sometimes we need a push, other times we need a hand up or a pull, but with all you wonderful supportive, inspiring, amazing, motivated friends it will be a joy and a honor to continue the journey.

  
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MEANCARLEEN 9/30/2010 8:59AM

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    Congrats on getting up and moving forward again!
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DENSCHERI 9/28/2010 11:18PM

    congrats and keep it going! emoticon

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FITJEANS 9/28/2010 9:47PM

    whats funny is i was about to leave a comment on here of some love and support and i realized i already commented on this blog you just have 39 comments and I am on the 4th page emoticon still emoticon emoticon and happy emoticon to be your emoticon along this emoticon journey. This blog is emoticon emoticon emoticon. so good i had to leave a second comment emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon off to sleep emoticon good emoticon drb13_1

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MAMAFEELGOOD 9/28/2010 9:06PM

    Way to go and thank you for being so kind to me.

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COLD_GOLD 9/28/2010 8:12PM

    wow! good job! I think the hardest part of self-sabotaging is recognizing that one is doing it. Way to grab what you want and deserve!! emoticon

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    Congratulations!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHAPNUP 9/28/2010 6:09PM

    Congratulations on your 2 month anniversary AND your 12 pound loss and all your other successes! AWESOME! I didn't realize you had only been on Spark for 2 months. Feels like we've been friends forever!

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CORPUSANNIE 9/28/2010 5:41PM

    Hey there! emoticonon your anniversary. Great focus has helped you accomplish so much in 2 months. You're definitely on the right track. emoticon

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-PAULA 9/28/2010 5:12PM

    You have accomplished a lot in two months! Keep up the good work!

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WOW!!! You have accomplished, in two months, more than some of us in the years that we have been here on SP. That is truly commendable and your blog post is truly inspirational, to say the least. Keep up the emoticon work so that you can continue to encourage others and be the testimony that most of us need.

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PARKIE 9/28/2010 10:20AM

    Congrats!!

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INTHEWORKS1 9/28/2010 9:40AM

  Keep up the great work. You are doing great and God bless you on this journey. We are all in it together.

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RAINBOWZLPN 9/28/2010 8:01AM

    Happy Sparkiversary!!!! You are a strong woman, & have been doing a great job so far in your jpourney... keep up the great work!!! emoticon
Jennifer

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DRB13_1 9/28/2010 4:28AM

    emoticon to each of you who took the time to read my blog! I really appreciate YOU!
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ADELCASALE 9/27/2010 10:51PM

    Congrats...I knew you could!

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SUNNYARIZONA 9/27/2010 9:23PM

    Sounds like you are definitely do GREAT!!!!

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FUTUREYOGI 9/27/2010 7:46PM

    emoticon job in just 2 short months emoticon

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PAIGESMAMA 9/27/2010 7:13PM

    I know what you mean about getting freaked out when you are getting close to a milestone or something big. Just remember you can do it and you are worth it.

I am always here for support if you need me.

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IZADORA 9/27/2010 6:41PM

    LOVED the quote!

Keep on going, you are doing emoticon! You've already done a fivek and you can do so much more! Your sparkfriends believe in you!!!

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LIBRARYLASS 9/27/2010 6:36PM

    Yay you! Such great results and good for you for giving yourself the smack in the face. I need to do that to my inner voice more - I'm learning, but it still pops up.

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IZZYBEBOP 9/27/2010 5:11PM

    You've done amazing in two months! Way to go!

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REJ7777 9/27/2010 4:16PM

    emoticon Glad to see you're back on track!
emoticon Congratulations on your amazing progress in just 2 months!
Keep up the good work! emoticon

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BEAR_GURL 9/27/2010 3:43PM

    You ARE worth it; no need to hide because you are beautiful! Keep movin' that gorgeous body and before you know it, we'll be discussing you at your goal weight= )


HUGS,

Melissa

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GEMINISUE 9/27/2010 2:39PM

    Great Blog! Happy Anniversary 2nd month with Sparks! Continued success, coming your way, stay positive and you will achieve all you desire!

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AUSTEXGUY 9/27/2010 2:05PM

    Excellent progress! Happy Sparkaversary!

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YOSOYLINDA 9/27/2010 1:28PM

    Happy anniversary! I've been at this forever, but it has definitely been worth it--and it will be for you as well.

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TMCK-40 9/27/2010 1:15PM

  Very nice! Thank you for inspiring and sharing. YOU ARE WORTH IT!

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STRINGI719 9/27/2010 12:54PM

    emoticon WOW! All that activity you got in is so inspiring! I thought I was going to pass out before I finished my 5K on Saturday!

PS - I LOVE that quote! It inspires every single time I read it!

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TIARAG03 9/27/2010 12:53PM

    Wonderful blog!!!!! emoticon keep on pushing forward you are doing an emoticon job!!!!! Good luck!!!!!!

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THENEWME43 9/27/2010 12:43PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
emoticon on accomplishing so much during your first two months sparking! emoticon

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SROUS1340 9/27/2010 12:41PM

    Nice blog and congrats on your 2 mo sparkaversary!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 9/27/2010 12:19PM

    This is the best blog I have read to date. Congrats on your weight loss and keep up the good work.

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TAFFIN2000 9/27/2010 11:24AM

    Congrats on your accomplishments! Happy Sparkversary!

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LJCANNON 9/27/2010 11:21AM

    One of my Curves T-Shirts has Glitter Letters across the front that spell
"Every Woman Deserves To Sparkle"
Sparking definitely is helping us ALL Sparkle!!! Keep Sparking!!
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NATKITA 9/27/2010 11:20AM

    That Marianne Williamson passage is one of my all-time favorite pieces of inspirational prose! Happy 2-month Sparkversary, you are doing AWESOME!!!!!!! ALMOST 5 INCHES FROM THE WAIST ALONE???? THAT'S INCREDIBLE!!!!!!

Keep rockin it the way you do, and come take a tour of my closet any time LOL!

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POKIEFUZZBUCKET 9/27/2010 11:18AM

    Happy 2 month sparkaversary, and congrats on your progress so far! You are doing so well!!
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Patti

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FITJEANS 9/27/2010 10:55AM

    Congrats this is a dream, being healthy never thought this would happen and its happening for both of us i am so proud of you and how far you have come in such a short period of time most people dont lose that amount within a year letalone 2 months so emoticon emoticon

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CYNTHIALEE45 9/27/2010 10:28AM

    Nice blog & very inspiring. I'm lighting candles to chase away the drariness of the day, and going to do a Firm DVD now. Thanks!

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SHAWWB 9/27/2010 10:11AM

    Good for you. That positive talk is great. You will do this, no matter how long it takes. We can all do this. Congrats.

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/27/2010 9:59AM

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The most difficult weight to lose is that between our ears, the mental stuff that holds us back and keeps us sliding back into old ways. Way to go on recognizing what was happening and turning it around--you CAN do this, you WILL do this, you ARE doing it!

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RAINBOWZLPN 9/27/2010 9:58AM

    Happy Sparkiversary, & congrats on your success so far..... you're right, we ALL deserve it!!! emoticon
Jennifer

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