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See, my tumble went like this...

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

July 1 was my grandson's birthday party. We had a barbecue in their back yard. My daughter works with someone who rents bouncy houses. You know, the ones that blow up and kids jump around in them. Well, after the party my daughter wanted me to get in it with her. I have always wanted to jump around in a bouncy house. So, even though my knees hurt, I decided to try to get in it.
So, I took off my shoes and socks, and put my left knee up on the step, then my right knee, but I couldn't go any further. Then the step gave out under my right knee and I gently rolled off the step and onto my back on the ground, apparently with my knees in the air.
My grandson wanted to help me up, and my daughter's fiance came running over to help me, but I said "no" as I was afraid of what would happen to my knees.
Finally, my grandson brought over a sturdy chair and everyone beheld the spectacle of me getting up off the ground. Glad there were no cameras handy. My grandchildren now have another "Gram" story.
And I came home with mud on my jeans.
By next year, I'll be ready to enter the bouncy house, bounce in it and go down the slide to exit.
A new goal to add to the others.
God bless you all, emoticon emoticon Have a healthy and happy 4th.
Janet

  
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CATDUG19 7/27/2012 3:41PM

    Even with the fall I think you were brave to try something new! My neighbour just got her kids a trampoline and my kids have been loving it and the more I watch the more I want to try it!! Thanks for posting this and I hope you are doing great!

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CELEST 7/17/2012 10:08AM

    You sound like myself, Im always getting into all kinds of things for the sake of my grown kids lol. Thankfully you didnt get hurt, but you'll remember the fun side of this long after the pain.

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IMAVISION 7/14/2012 7:20PM

    I am thankful that you were not hurt, Janet!

All our Grandblessings need "Gram" stories & your latest, thankfully, didn't involve a rushed trip to the ER.

God bless & keep you!

Ima

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HYATTI1 7/11/2012 10:58PM

    Hahaha cute story...bet you will be bouncing next year. At least you took it in good stride. Pat on the back for you.

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Joanna

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MAKINANIMPACT 7/11/2012 9:25AM

    I'm glad that you didn't get hurt! You at least tried and you now have a great goal for next year!

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NPA4LOSS 7/11/2012 8:53AM

    emoticon I love your new goal! I am glad that you were not hurt but ended with a new story to tell. emoticon

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JILL313 7/4/2012 1:27AM

    I'd say you have more "guts" than I getting into the Bouncy house. They do look like a lot of fun but so you'll have to try it out again next year. I think you did really well getting up by yourself as they would have had to call in a forklift to get me up! I am so glad you weren't hurt at all, maybe maybe your pride a bit. Try again next year!!

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PYNETREE 7/3/2012 11:06PM

    Gosh Janet...I loved that you tried! Never lose that love of play!

And aren't you glad it wasn't captured on video ...would have been a $ winner on America's Funniest Videos ! emoticon Be grateful!

And I do want you to be prepared next year...armed with a camera - to share your success with us. I know, by then, you'll be fit and limber, and bouncing with the best of them!! emoticon

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 7/3/2012 10:32PM

    I always hated those bouncy houses ever since one deflated while I was in it at a young age....But I think your attitude is great. Hope ALL your parts are feeling fine soon!

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/3/2012 5:41PM

    So sorry to hear about your tumble. Several years ago I stepped in a little hole in our back yard and down I went. At least it wasn't a hard landing in the grass. But, like you I was on my back with legs in the air...I felt like a bug kicking and rolling around. I had to crawl to the back steps to get enough leverage to get up. Not a pretty sight. Now I can get up on my own...still not a pretty sight, but I can do it. I'm just relieved to know your weren't injured...well, maybe your pride, but not your body. I've neer thought about getting in a bouncy house but it does sound kind of like fun. I wonder about a trampoline, now that i think about it. LOL! Love, Jeannie

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IMSOOZEEQ 7/3/2012 4:50PM

    Mom!!! I missed it!!! You would have had a ball bouncing inside! Just the fact that you tried is great!



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ESILBO 7/3/2012 8:21AM

    LOVE YOUR SPIRIT, KEEP GOING BUT STAT SAFE, JUST A LITTLE BIT...LOL
LOVE
LISE

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NYKIMMIE 7/3/2012 8:04AM

    emoticon i'm glad you didnt get hurt ,,bouncy houses can be fun,but then you feel it for days,lol

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MLH148 7/3/2012 6:39AM

    What were they thinking when they designed knees? emoticon
Thanks for sharing. Our smiles are a gift from you!

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CHEREEW 7/3/2012 5:24AM

    That's got to be one of the most fun goals I've seen! emoticon
Life is not just for the children, or we would all die young. I say live life to it's fullest and you seem to be doing just that. emoticon

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BOO-SHAY 7/3/2012 2:01AM

    You will get stronger and in better shape. My sister was walking and then started jogging, during one of her recent runs with her son, she stumbled and skinned herself up pretty good, but she is slowly mending, and had quite the bruises that we all picked on her about. Made for a good story, and she will get better, She has probably lost over 100 pounds and is looking great except for the purple and blue bruise over her right eye.

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VIMVIGOR 7/3/2012 1:43AM

  That's the spirit, never quit. Cheryl emoticon

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LEFTHANDLUKE 7/3/2012 1:17AM

    life is for the children

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EBURGITE 7/3/2012 1:14AM

    as you get strong, you'll fall less, or when you stumble, you'll have the strength to "right" yourself. i tripped twice today on the way home, and managed to not fall. so, keep it up! emoticon

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TORTILLAFLATS 7/3/2012 1:04AM

    I can see you doing just that! Going down the slide that is, hehehe

Hugs, Gail



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Peel, chop, heat, voila!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

I have felt for a long time that healthy vegan is the best way for ME to eat. But unfortunately I have been a meat lover, a cheese lover, and a fast food, junk food junkie. But for this past month I have been nearly totally staying vegan. I don't like to cook, either, which often led to my downfall because it's so much easier to run to Walmart for sandwich fixin's or to McDonald's. Both are about a block from my apartment.
So now I'm actually cooking. A couple nights ago, I was really impressed with how pretty my vegetables looked on my plate. So I thought I'd be like my friends who really like to cook and take a picture of my dinner and share it with you.
This is zucchini, summer squash, and carrots next to two black bean sloppy joes, one open, one closed. I have trouble getting enough calories and stay vegan, so I added this salad. also. It is cabbage, tomato, and cucumber with fat free honey dijon dressing.
In case you turned to this page and found my cooking boring, Here is my cute 5-year old granddaughter playing on my trampoline.
God bless you all. Hang in there! We'll all get to those goals together.
Janet

  
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ESILBO 7/1/2012 12:52PM

    BRAVO JANET FOR YOUR COOKING. YOU ARE DOING GREAT. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
HUGS
LISE emoticon

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TORTILLAFLATS 6/30/2012 1:49PM

    Janet, You have more will power than I do. I could not stay on a vegan diet.
Bless you too.
Hugs, Gail

PS cute GD

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TXMEMAW6 6/30/2012 10:43AM

    Janet, I don't think I could ever go vegan since I love meat too much, but that plate sure looked good. Made me hungry just looking at it. Take care and have a great weekend!
Hugz,
Sharon


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JILL313 6/30/2012 9:23AM

    Your dinner looked delicious. I love meat and cheese too much to go vegan myself. Just make sure you get all your nutrients in. I do get tired of cooking also as I've been doing it well over 45 years but it's far healthier than fast food places, etc. I don't even like to go to a Restaurant too often as still don't trust myself to always choose health! Happy Canada Day!! Enjoy your weekend.

Love,

Jill

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NYKIMMIE 6/30/2012 7:32AM

    Your food looks yummy,have a great weekend.

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I set myself up for a fall.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

After church Saturday night we celebrated my grandson Kirby's 3rd birthday with ice cream and cake. I stayed out of the kitchen and only accepted the serving given to me. I had pretty much planned that I would do that. So, we're good.
But there was a lady there selling Burger King coupon books to raise funds for her kids to go to church camp. They were only $5 and I felt I should help. Now I could have just given her $5, or I could have bought one and given it to my son and his family. But no, I put it in my purse. And...on the way home I stopped at Burger King and used one of the coupons.
emoticonThe way I set myself up was...I had to cook when I got home to have my planned dinner. Not ever my favorite chore. AND I had a kitchen full of dirty dishes that would have to be taken care of before I could start cooking. AND it was past time for dinner. AND some of the coupons were for FREE food.
I know having coupons for good prices at fast food places is a place of temptation for me. I like fast food and the cheaper the better.
So hopefully I have learned a couple of lessons. 1. Get rid of the coupon book. 2. Don't read the coupons that come in the mail. 3. Don't leave meal prep to the last minute. 4. Keep the kitchen ready for meal prep at all times.
Maybe this fall was worth the lessons learned. I think it was.
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PYNETREE 6/25/2012 11:49PM

    ..."Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again!" emoticon

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BELDONDOG1 6/25/2012 5:00PM

    Janet, I'm sure you couldn't find one person who hasn't done something similar to what you did. You know you made a boo-boo, owned up to it, told us about it-now forget it!! It's in the past, today is the present and tomorrow the future. Good Luck, Hon! Noel

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MOMFAN 6/25/2012 1:53PM

    If they don't have good choices you are best to give it away. We had taken the grands out when they were here and hubby got a free chili cheese fries with a purchase of Dr. Pepper. My fav! I caved later in the week because it was in my purse. I haven't drank much soda for a long, long time but there it was.

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IMSOOZEEQ 6/25/2012 3:14AM

    Mom, I know that feeling! I can see that you have identified the problem or I should say the temptation. That's progress! You hit one of those potholes in the road that we talked about the other day. Time to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move on down the road toward your goals! There is much to learn on this journey! I know we can do it!

Love you!

Susan

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TORTILLAFLATS 6/25/2012 2:36AM

    We win some and we lose some Janet. But the major thing is to forgive ourselves, learn from it and Keep going! Take the lessons you learned tonight and keep them close to you. You will be a winner. You have God on your side and all of your Spark friends.

Hugs, Gail

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BOO-SHAY 6/25/2012 12:53AM

    It a struggle every day, so tomorrow is a new day! emoticon

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MARYDSAN 6/24/2012 11:47PM

    At least you are aware for next time. They have bake sales here to raise money-so I tell them that I really want to support them, but cannot have the sweets-so here is 500 yen-please eat my calories for me. They are always willing to comply.

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Boy, was I surprised!

Friday, June 15, 2012

I was getting dressed this morning. I sat down on my bed and swung my foot up on my opposite knee to put my sock on. I did it without thinking. I haven't been able to do that for months. I was dragging it up by pulling on my pantleg, if I had a pantleg. Sometimes I had to bend way over and do the best I could.

Then I did it again with the other leg. I'm so happy. This has been the first real sign of progress. And I've only lost 13 pounds. (5 was before I joined SP.) AND I reached 30 minutes of cardio for the first time today. So exciting!!

I have a goal of reaching a 115# weight loss and getting fit for the first time in my life. I've also never been at "normal" weight since I was about 5. It seems like such a long way to go, and it is. But it's so easy to forget that life gets a little better all along that journey. I'm looking forward to all the little (and some big) things.

Blessings, Janet

  
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CATDUG19 6/20/2012 4:59PM

    That is a wonderful A-HA momment. I live for these little moments

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IMAVISION 6/19/2012 7:18PM

    This is wonderful progress.

I, too, am rejoicing with you, Janet.

God bless you!

Ima


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TORTILLAFLATS 6/16/2012 9:59PM

    emoticonanet. I am so excited for you! That happened to me a while back too. My dear sweet hubby had to put my shoes on for me but now I can do it again by myself. Sparking does work! Can't wait to hear your next accomplishment!

Hugs, Gail

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JILL313 6/16/2012 8:34AM

    Janet, You will keep seeing life improvements in yourself as you lose weight. I am so happy to hear you're already experiencing good things as a result of your determination to lose weight and get healthier. I'm in your corner sweet friend. I also have a long way to go to get to a healthy weight. But, I'm determined and will never give up on my dream for myself.

Hugs,

Jill

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HYATTI1 6/16/2012 1:41AM

    I'm happy for you and thanks for sharing your achievements. It gives us all hope there is something to look forward to.

Joanna

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BELDONDOG1 6/15/2012 11:04PM

    Good for you, Janet!!! You are one happy Sparker and I love your enthusiasm! It is wonderful to do the very simple things that everyone else does without thinking!
You go Girl!! Noel

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MASTERPIECE8 6/15/2012 12:03PM

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That's amazing, wonderful, terrific and so inspiring! Great job.



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IMSOOZEEQ 6/15/2012 11:24AM

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Mom, that is great! I am so happy for you!!!!

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CJBIRDJO1 6/15/2012 11:17AM

    Great job!! I noticed this morning, that my jeans zipped a bit easier. Not a great deal, and certainly not able to be noticed by anyone but me, but enough to keep my momentum spiraling up.

Congratulations!!!! emoticon

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ALIXOXO 6/15/2012 7:01AM

    You and I are in exactly the same place.... That was the very first thing I noticed, just the other day!!! Well that and, being able to... erm... shall we say, wipe the back side with a great deal more ease.. [I hope that is not inappropriate to say LOL] - Its the milestones like that that encourage us to keep going! Well done! :D

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SPARKLED146 6/15/2012 6:20AM

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TDL5685 6/15/2012 5:19AM

    emoticon and emoticon Keep moving forward.

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JENNI_X 6/15/2012 3:39AM

  I love your positive attitude!

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JUDITH316 6/15/2012 2:45AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon good job, keep up the great work !God's Blessings...

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TELFERS01 6/15/2012 2:44AM

  Awesome!

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Just get started

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

That's what I need to do, just get started. I joined this on May 31 after my daughter posted Sparkpeople on Facebook. Then I did nothing with it. I ate well a few days and lost a little weight, but someone said, Let's eat at Denny's. So, sure, why not? Then there was the coupon for two sourdough burgers for the price of one. Hey, if you're going to go on a diet, you need to use that first, right? So I did. But no more.
Then of course, there is exercise. Usually I start out walking, but I hurt my knee and have barely been able to walk for more than two weeks. Great excuse! But no more!! There are other things I can do.
I recently realized that I have been handicapped most of my life, and it is because of my weight. I couldn't climb with my children, run with them, swim with my grandchildren, or do many of the other things I would have liked to do. And it is pretty much because of poor choices I have made. I'm not saying this to beat myself up. I know that is counterproductive. I am saying it as a wake-up call to myself.
So, I am going to learn how to use this site to track what I want tracked, and get started. Not tomorrow. Now!!! Thanks, SparkPeople.

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CTUPTON 6/14/2012 7:31AM

    Janet, Thank you for commenting on my blog. I looked up the McDougall recipes. I think they will help me. God bless you and help make your journey a success.
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KATHIERAE 6/12/2012 11:57PM

    Wow, go you!!! emoticon

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JILL313 6/7/2012 9:45AM

    I love your positive attitude and healthy changes you are making. The choice to be fat or not lays in our hands. . .It's hard work but so worth all the effort and determination it takes. Be sure and use the Trackers. Start out slowly exercising and gradually add some minutes. Now is our Time to make ourselves our own top priority. I be here when/if you need me because I'm pretty much in the same boat as you are. I have a young Grandson and my dream is to watch him grow up. Have a wonderful week!

Hugs,

Jill

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IOWAGRAMMA 6/7/2012 8:40AM

    Wow, when you get started you really do it up right! You've already joined some great teams, built your SparkPage, posted on several threads and even wrote your first blog! Good going, Janet, and emoticon to SP! You are doing the most important thing of your life right now--taking charge of your choices and making changes that will lead to such a great new lifestyle for you! emoticon emoticon Hope to see you around lots of different places soon!! Hugs, Jeannie
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EATVEGAN 6/6/2012 11:42PM

    Thanks all you guys. I really appreciate your comments. It really feels like we're all in this together. emoticon

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IMSOOZEEQ 6/6/2012 10:36AM

    Hey Mom! You are on your way. I know you will like it here.. I have had lots of encouragement already. We can do this mom! I want to be around for Marlie too! She helped me with my cardio yesterday. I turned on a music channel on the tv and we danced. It was great. The other day I walked around in my yard and did some stair work. I'm not sure where that came from but I did it!

We can do this together!!! I love you Mom!

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RAINA413 6/6/2012 9:30AM

    Welcome to Spark People!! I am so glad you are here!

This is a great place to begin your weight loss journey. There are so many amazing resources to benefit from. From the fitness and nutrition trackers, to the teams and groups where you can get endless amounts of support, motivation, and advice to the articles which will make you fitness and health smart!

My best advice for you since you are new would be to set a goal for each day. It really helps give you focus and a sense of accomplishment. Also, I have to say I never used to be much for exercising, but it really is key! Use both your nutrition tracker and fitness tracker properly and accurately and you are guaranteed results!!

I started off slow. Best advice I can give you is to buy a decent pedometer. If you can reach 10,000 steps a day then you are considered to have a very active lifestyle. That is one big step towards a healthier you and it is an attainable fitness goal you can reach every day! From there walk on the treadmill or in your neighborhood. This is how I started off. Just walking. Slowly I began to go a bit faster then a bit faster. Before I knew it I was walking one minute jogging the next. This "break" between jogs soon became shorter and shorter the more often I trained. Now I am running 9 miles a day! Just take it slow. Baby steps. Focus on one goal at a time and before you know it you will be well on your way!!

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NIKO27 6/6/2012 7:00AM

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SPARKLED146 6/6/2012 6:51AM

    Small steps, one at a time will get you there!
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SWEDE_SU 6/6/2012 4:54AM

    yay you! there is a reason the say "just do it"! and emoticon

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KATHYGOULDSMITH 6/6/2012 3:39AM

    Taking that first step can be half the battle! Good Luck to you!

Kg

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