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Broke the 10 lb. mark!!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Woo, hoo! I weighed in yesterday and I am down 10 lbs! I will be a 2 month member of SP in a few days (March 12th) and that's about 5 lbs a month. That's pretty good...not too fast or too slow. I am feeling great, too. More energy and I don't even want to eat unhealthy anymore. I'm driving everybody crazy because I plan my meals all the time. I haven't missed entering food in my nutrition tracker once in 2 months. I think that has really helped me out the most! I'm still lagging in the exercise department. I just don't feel the motivation there yet, but I am looking around for a dance exercise class that will help fill that void for me. My goal is to get to the point where I want to WANT to exercise, not feel that it is a chore that I do not look forward to. I admire people who love to exercise! I'm still only walking a bit, but have not started any type of official exercise program. That will hopefully come soon, because I do need to tone up. I have 6 lbs to go to reach my SP goal of 142. I don't know what criteria SP uses to choose goal weights, but I think that will be a good weight for me. Maybe 140 just to give me some wiggle room! Thanks to everyone for all the support and encouragement! I have really enjoyed the ride to my destination so far!

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ELIZACG9 5/23/2013 10:24AM


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    emoticon emoticon Good job...keep it up! Before you know it that goal will be history!!! :) emoticon

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BETHANYBOO 4/13/2008 6:46PM

    Congrats! I hate exercising as well. I am so jealous of people who really enjoy it. I've found that the elliptical machine is at least tolerable to me and that it helps to spend about 10 minutes on the treadmill/elliptical/bike so that I don't get too bored.

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LJACKMAN 4/9/2008 10:51AM

    10 lbs!!! You go girl! So, have you found the magic exercise yet that does not feel like exercise? The dance class? I have some dvd's from college video that are pretty good. It is not as fun as a group though. Keep up the great work!!!

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*JULIA* 3/30/2008 6:22PM

    Yay, congrats! I see you like dance exercise: why don't you try bodyjam? Check out lesmills.com for info and locations...I'm not much of a dancer, but I tried it myself and although I keep moving to the right when everybody's moving to the left and vice versa, it's SOOO much fun!

I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter's friend (in your first blog). We had kind of the same situation in our family a few years ago (a friend of my brother's was killed in a head on collision, she was only 16 years old). Everyone from school went to her funeral and although I didn't know her that well, I was totally wrecked. I understand this has a great influence on your family. Unfortunately, these things happen in life and what I've learned from it is that it could all be over in a split second and I should enjoy every day that I'm given with my loved ones. My thoughts are with you and your family!

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PUKIHI 3/28/2008 3:31AM

    Em I think that is great. I am shopping around for a good exercise routine too. I don't live close enough to town to join groups so I want to feel like the video I use is playing not working. I hope you find what you are looking for. I bought a camera to motivate me in the exercise dept. I want to look great for my monthly pictures. Cheers to you for your progress. C-U O

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AIMLESS07 3/22/2008 5:48PM

    congrats on making your 10 pound loss!! and i totally understand on the exercise issue. there are so many times that i just don't want to do it even though i should!

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BROWREN 3/22/2008 1:05PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss. The additional motivation to exercise will come with time. I think that you just have to keep trying new exercises/classes and will finally find one that sticks and gets you excited to exercise.

For me, it is my Pilates classes and soccer games. I love the competition of soccer, the relaxation of Pilates, and I can definitely see my improvement over time with both activities. I think that improvement is the key part of my motivation, I'm still striving to be better. I love my Pilates class so much that I was even contemplating giving up free box seat NHL tickets and transportation to the game for my class. Then I remembered that my class was cancelled for the day of the game.

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KRHRN97 3/21/2008 9:13PM

    Congrats on your weight loss. Baby steps is my motto, it took years to put on the weight it will take time to get it off and slow means it will stay off. Happy Easter..

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MCHAL001 3/15/2008 11:42PM

    WTG!!!!! Thanks for posting on my wall. You're doing great. I finally posted. You're doing so great. WTG!!! Thanks for the encouragement!

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LISSCO 3/13/2008 1:23PM

    WooHoo!!! Congrats on 10lbs!! Thats wonderful!! Keep it up, you are an inspiration to all of us!!

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KINGMAMA 3/12/2008 5:11PM

    So happy for you! You just may surpass your goal. Good going!

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KELLZIE 3/12/2008 3:17PM

    Congrats!! WTG!!! The motivation for exercise will come as you continue to feel better and have more energy. I have started Belly Dancing and just love it!! It is awesome overall exercise and makes you feel good about yourself. There are also other types of dance classes that might help motivate you. Maybe you could do it with your girls.

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KASSIST 3/11/2008 7:21AM

    YAAAAA!!!!! Congratulations!! Well Done!!

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FADED_ROSES42 3/10/2008 10:47PM

    congratulations way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DAVELUVR 3/10/2008 10:00AM

    I can't believe how dedicated you've been with your nutrition tracker, that is so great!! I log pretty closely, but I miss a meal here and there. If you think you have energy now, you should really get into exercising, that's where I get my energy from. I have found that you might have to try a bunch of different types of exercise before you find what is right for you. I know I HATE the eliptical machine, but I love spin class. Once you find something you enjoy, you'll want to do it all the time! Remember that it takes time to build a habit, so don't give up, give yourself a good 2-3 weeks to get into an exercise routine. Let me know if you need any suggestions!

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ITISTIME2 3/10/2008 9:47AM

    Weigh to go girl!!! You're really doing well. We all are learning to take it one step at a time and that this approach will really work. Keep it up. See you around the campfire. Gisela

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GRALLEN 3/10/2008 9:17AM

    Wow, congrats on your loss. Keep up the good work. I understand about the exercise. I have several tapes I use at home. Keeps it interesting for me too.

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MONKEY8BANANA 3/10/2008 8:58AM

  congrats! you are doing terrific!

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BAMAGIRL58 3/9/2008 8:45PM

    Congrats on the milestone. I admire that you are so diligent in tracking your food. I am making conscious choices about my food but I have not been tracking. I did once at the beginning and it was an eye opener.

Good luck in searching for an exercise program that works for you. I like doing DVD's--I know that it is boring to most but it keeps me honest. I push myself to keep the pace. I am concerned that I wouldn't really work as hard on my own. I think a class is a good choice--would work the same way.
Congrats again, Nancy

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Two Weeks Down!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Wow, it hasn't been that bad. 5.5 lbs down on my scale and I feel much better. I had two events that didn't allow me too much freedom...both were the basic brisket, potato salad, beans and bread. Pretty basic for banquets here in Texas. I wasn't a member of the clean plate club this time, so that was good. I was amazed at the number of calories and fat in brisket, though. That was a surprise because around here that's a staple at weddings, showers, parties, etc. I will know better next time and eat half of the plate. I will continue this blog later because I am needed by my family.

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BOBING 3/1/2008 10:22AM

    Hi Em,

I just visited your page and I am amazed at how beautiful El Paso is. I have never been there. I had no idea.

I have 1 daughter who mved from the north and now lives in San Antonio. That is a pretty city too as you know having lived there.

5.5 lbs. down. GREAT. Keep u the good work!


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    Em, congrats on your accomplishment! I think you're doing great. Being aware of what's on your plate is just as important as whether you eat it or not. When you know something is particularly high in calories you can then make a conscious choice to just eat half of it and fill up with an extra serving of veggies instead. Good for you!


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KASSIST 2/3/2008 10:58PM

    Hey I just read this. Congrats. That's a great amount. Keep it up and you'll meet your goal in no time.

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DIANATURNER123 1/30/2008 3:38PM

    That's wonderful progress for 2 weeks. You're doing great. It is definitely a learning process. I am learning so much about food in general. The more we learn the more control we have over our health. Keep up the good work Em!

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RONNIEO1 1/28/2008 9:19AM

    Wonderful! It sure sounds like your on your way to meet your goal. I wish you the best! Let me know if I can help you in any way. Ronnieo

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GREEKGODJB 1/27/2008 9:09PM

    Dang...down over 5 lbs already! That's great news..keep up the good work!!

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One week down!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Ok. One week today. 2.5 lbs lost. Improved my diet tremendously! No fast food!!! I am enjoying a nice 3 day weekend, thanks to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. My new Spark friends have been great with their offers of support and encouragement. I have discovered so much just surfing the Sparkpeople website and I still have so much I haven't even touched upon. I did get my 20 year old daughter involved. She is really gung-ho about her health already, but this just gave her another tool to assist her in maintaining her goals. My mom passed a milestone in her life. She reached 3/4 of a century. If you read my previous blog you know she is not in good health and it wasn't as much of a celebration as it should have been. Alzheimer's is such a cruel disease! My 16 year old daughter lost a best friend in a horrible accident last month and we are trying to deal with that right now,too. A drunk driver slammed into her car from the back at 80 mph as she was stopped at a traffic light. She didn't have a chance! The last two weeks have been a nightmare for all of us. We had a memorial fundraiser for the family and it was beautiful, but very sad. Any help or advice that will assist her through her grieving would be greatly appreciated. All of us are having a difficult time. I'll stop by next week and check in with everyone again. Hopefully 2.5 more lbs away by then.

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KITCATT143 1/22/2008 2:19PM

    You seem to be dealing pretty well considering all the events going on in your life. Congrates on the loss and I hope Spark offers tons more information for you and your daughter!

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GREEKGODJB 1/21/2008 8:06PM

    Sorry to hear that! I am glad you are finding a lot of useful information on the site though, I know it has helped me a great deal!

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

I decided to try out this sight when I heard about it and then checked it out. I am coming close to the "Big Five-O!" I just turned 48 last week and I remember when I used to think that was soooo old. I usually feel about as good as I did in my 30's, except for my energy level, and I think I look about the same, too. My weight has fluctuated on and off, especially when I had my babies, 21 years ago and 17 years ago. I am still carrying around a few of those lbs! Hah! I guess I can't blame it on baby weight anymore. I don't have too much weight to lose, but I do want to improve my optimal health. I hate to exercise and I love chocolate, so those are my vices. I try to eat well, most of the time, but I get off track with friends and family who I enjoy eating out with. I don't cook much, so maybe eating out is another vice! I jokingly tell people that I use my oven for storage, because people don't believe that I do not cook! Just ask my daughters! It's either take out or eating out. I want to fit better into my clothes instead of going up a size. I hate the mid-section roll that pops out over the jeans waist band, especially when I sit down. I didn't used to have that. I guess that is something that comes with age. I am a middle school teacher and I have enjoyed that for over 22 years. I have two beautiful daughters, one in college and one in high school. I love it when people ask if we are sisters! I love to read, write, camp, hike, travel, keep my home updated (I'm always remodeling or decorating something or another) and spend time with my family. I am single and it seems to work well for me for right now. The majority of my stress comes from watching my mother's painfully slow progression into the abyss of Alzheimer's. It often pulls me into a depression and raises my anxiety level. It has taken a toll on my family and especially my father who has developed his own health issues dealing with the stress of watching his life partner progress through this horrifically long good-bye. It's been over 10 years for my mom and there is no recognition, emotion or speech. We actually lost her about 10 years ago, she's been bed-ridden for about that long but her small, frail body is still intact. Her living will states no artificial means of support and she can't eat much, but she is still hanging in there. For what? I have no idea. She is at home and will remain there until she passes on. My dad will not consider any other options, so she has almost full-time home care from a personal care-giver and daily health checks from a visiting nurse. I'm running out of space so I will continue in my next blog entry. I would love to hear from anyone dealing with a severely ill parent, especially an Alzheimer's patient. I can already feel that this is going to be cathartic for me.