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A Thank you to my SparkFriends

Friday, January 07, 2011

I was going to do a long list on here with names of individuals who have stood out to me, but I really don't want to make it look like I am forgetting others (which I am bound to do). So, I will be sending goodies out later on today to those I need to really send to.

First of all, the positivity on the Friend's Feeds and in the blogs in general have been truly awesome and have relit the Spark in me! I feel like Katy Perry in the video "Firework" which, coincidentally, I watched for the first time while running this morning. I was feeling not too great during my third mile when it came on, and I needed it!

Just like I need all of you. I have been FEEDING off your energy, your motivation, your encouragement, and your want and need to be healthy! Those of you who are struggling, I take from you, too, because I know how easy it is to slide back into being unmotivated and, especially during these winter months, feeling down in the dumps and just not wanting to move.

Someone the other day asked me what it took for me to lose this weight. I said to her, "For my nutrition, Weight Watchers. For fitness, the gym and running. But for everything else, for motivation, for getting my feelings out there, for planning, for EVERYTHING, I turn to Sparkpeople." And that is so true.

I need all of you far more than you need me. And I am grateful to you for that!

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Erin

  
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BRENDY_28 1/9/2011 5:40AM

    I might have long ago quit without SP!

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PRICANSTINA84 1/8/2011 12:37PM

    so true! i love sp!

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RUNNER12COM 1/8/2011 9:57AM

    Hello, my name is SanDiegoJohn and I'm a Sparkaholic.

*clap* *clap*
Hi, John.
Welcome, John.

It's been less than an hour since I Sparked. And I know I'll Spark again soon. And I have no intention of quitting.

*clap* *clap*
Hooray, John!



(Yeah, it's like that.)

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ILIKECACTI 1/8/2011 9:42AM

    So true! I couldn't stay motivated without SP either!

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MIECHI7 1/7/2011 10:09PM

    Thanks a billion for my bouquet! In reality, I hope you know that you are the source of my, and so many others inspiration! I know how hard it is to be a mommy, wife, sister, daughter, employee, friend, runner, etc. and it takes a special person to keep on, keeping on every day. You seem to do it with ease.

Isn't it amazing how someone we have never met can make such an impact on our lives. I consider it an honor to be your Spark Friend!

Erin emoticon THANK YOU!!


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IMSMILEY88 1/7/2011 10:09PM

    What a nice post! Isn't SP great? I'm not sure how I would be doing what I'm doing without SP & all of my great Sparkie friends, either!

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SUGIRL06 1/7/2011 9:44PM

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Its so true!
~Ang

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THEHONESTME 1/7/2011 7:12PM

    Beautifully written, Erin! Thank you for inspiring ME -- I love to read your messages, they are always so positive emoticon

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ROBYN168 1/7/2011 6:58PM

    I couldn't agree more with what you said. It is here that I find not only motivation but honesty.....and I need both.

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RAVENSONG37 1/7/2011 6:34PM

    I dunno Erin, you are a shining light in my life and I need you!! I so cannot wait to meet you in March!!

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DUSTYGIRL25 1/7/2011 6:10PM

    So beautifully stated. Also you are such a wonderful motivator.
Every time I read what you write and see how much you are putting into achieving your goals, it inspires me to work harder. You have so much going on in your life and still find time to help others. Thank YOU for being there for all of us.
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NITELITE72 1/7/2011 5:38PM

    You started motivating me long ago...I hope you know what an inspiration you are to others!!

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ELFITZPA 1/7/2011 5:34PM

    I couldn't agree with you more - I'm in charge of the nutrition and working out but I get my motivation from all our wonderful Sparkfriends!!

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PINKBEANBOO 1/7/2011 5:15PM

    This blog is motivational & so are you. Thank you for being my Sparkfriend.

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EVRLNGFOO 1/7/2011 5:06PM

    emoticon thanks for the kind words! firework gets me going everytime! i added it to my motivational playlist. emoticon

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-POOKIE- 1/7/2011 5:04PM

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What a lovely blog! Its nice to get AND give support on here, I often find helping others out keeps me on track as well, and you get it back when you are needing it. Its a wonderful community!

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Recap of my day/Goals for Friday

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Well, another day of not hitting the gym since Kaylee had me up again from 1 to 5. I read it is normal for toddlers at this age to be going through a big change in sleep habits because of their growth spurt. Not sure if knowing that makes me feel better or not. I did ask DH to be the one to get up tonight, though, if it happens again because I absolutely NEED to go to the gym tomorrow.

I will say, though, that I didn't let that get me down! I still made sure I had a positive attitude, and everything that went on the rest of the day fell in line for me including the fact that I ran on my lunch hour outside. I didn't get in 4 miles like I had hoped, but I did get in 3, and will do those 4 tomorrow. I didn't have any real cravings but for at dinnertime when my DH asked me right before supper was finished if he could go out with his brother for dinner. So I had mashed potatoes and corn for Kaylee, and steak, baked potatoes, and corn for me. But a double portion of it. I also had way too many mashed potatoes made for Kaylee, so there were leftovers. A little emoticon on my shoulder said I should have all of it. ALL OF IT! All of the steak, and all of the leftover mashed potatoes, because they are SOOO tasty with corn mixed in!

But, instead I had a smaller portion than I was even planning of my steak, I had my baked potato as planned with corn, and put everything else away as leftovers for DH and Kaylee. I spent the rest of the evening with Kaylee and she helped me clean and organize things. I gave her a bath, and we played some more until bedtime at 7:30. Now, I am in bed typing this and will plan to be sleeping by 8 (just in case Kaylee is up again in the middle of the night.

So, here is how I did with my goals:

1. Nutrition: I am thinking a bigger breakfast with a low-calorie English muffin with reduced-fat PB, one egg sunny-side up, and fruit. For lunch, I want to have something small...thinking veggies/corn and cottage cheese. For supper, I am planning on splitting a steak with my DH and having a baked potato with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and a small amount of fat-free sour cream with a sprinkle of low-fat cheddar cheese and broccoli. Snacks will be fruit/veggies. emoticon I ended up having no PB on my English muffin for breakfast. I did veggies and 1/2 cup of cottage cheese for lunch (thinking to save points for dinner). And I had my steak , baked potato, and corn as mentioned above. I am really proud of myself for not diving into food just because DH ditched me this evening (that punk!) :o}

2. Water/no caffeine day #6: I want to aim for 130 ounces of water with 1 can at most of Diet 7-Up for dinner. emoticon I was only at 80 ounces at 5:00. So, I guzzled water until I hit 130 ounces. And I will be up peeing, I just know it. I have to pee now, actually...ooops, TMI. I had 1/2 can of Diet 7-Up for dinner, so mission accomplished!

3. Fitness: Running for 1 hour in the morning at the gym (not focusing on speed or mileage). Circuit training either during work (if the jobs are low again) or in the evening. Walk dog at least once around the block. emoticon partially. I ran 3 miles on my lunch hour. I didn't do circuit training because the jobs didn't run low today and this evening was spent with my daughter. I would have done the workout if DH was home, though. Oh, well! I did walk the dog around the block, too, and she was happy about it!

4. Keep busy. Whether it's cleaning, getting out of the house, or talking with DH about the future. emoticon I kept my booty busy for sure! Not one minute of standing around, and that really helped me from straying or grazing!

5. Spark on! The more I visit this site throughout my day (within reason work-wise), the more motivated and inspired I am!!! emoticon

6. Again, be in bed by 9 p.m. and hopefully asleep by 9:15-9:30 (my sleep initiation isn't the bed as I tend to think about my day and my future when I lay down to sleep). emoticon As above, I am going to bed even an hour earlier than that because I fear Kaylee will be up in the middle of the night again. If she isn't, then I will just be making up the sleep I need anyway!

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Goals for Friday:

1. Nutrition: Main thing is to have no more than 29 WW points. Also, focus is on protein first, freggies second, and fiber third. Keep it low-fat and as clean as possible. I need to do my progress pictures for the Rachel_Mac challenge on Saturday, so need to keep that in mind!

2. Water/Caffeine: 120+ ounces of water for sure, and try to get most of it in by 6 p.m. if not all of it! 1 can at most of Diet 7-Up for day 7 of no caffeine!

3. Fitness: Go to the gym and run on the treadmill for 45 to 60 minutes. ST at the gym and at home. Plan on doing SP videos. Walk dog around the block.

4. BUSY BUSY BUSY: Friday is usually a rough day for me since DH is working until midnight and I always go to the grocery store so Kaylee can see daddy. I will need to make sure I go there NOT hungry, and to stay focused. Also, I need to make a plan of action with Kaylee, whether it be to stay at home and play or to go to the mall or Target to walk around. This one applies to work, as well. If I hit my line count, I will get incentive pay on my check, which is gravy! I need that! I will also need to work on getting our Holiday/New Year's letter/photo together and ready to be sent out Saturday (if they come in the mail). Yeah, I'm late. I know.

5. Go to bed by 9 since I am getting up with Kaylee on Saturday morning.

Countdown to Cancun: 56 days with 16.4 pounds left to lose (will check weight next on Tuesday).

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Recap of my day/Goals for Thursday

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Today I had a couple of challenges. First was that my daughter, who is going through a major 18-month growth spurt (she is up 3 pounds in 1 week so far!!!) and teething like mad, was up many times during the night, so at 5 a.m. I turned off my alarm for going to the gym because a) I didn't want to chance waking her up again while getting ready and b) I really needed a couple more hours of sleep.

My second challenge was at the grocery store this evening. I ate an apple before going so I wouldn't be hungry. But, that didn't really cut it. I almost bought a bag of those Golden Oreo's (I've never had them before), but I thought that my daughter would love them for snacking. Yeah, right. Those were for me to pig out on, and I knew it. So, I put them back. I had a fleeting thought of buying a 3-pack of the grocery store's cookies, but again I walked away. I then had a thought of buying Kaylee McDonald's for supper, like a 4-piece Chicken McNugget and a small fry. Yeah, right. Even if I wasn't going to get anything for myself, I should still not be feeding my child that. Not only that, but I would probably have eaten half of it myself. I talked myself out of it, and knew she could eat part of my dinner (couscous with mixed veggies, turkey bacon, and 1 egg...tastes like a healthier pork-fried rice).

So, here's a recap:

1. Nutrition: Focus on protein, and otherwise eat fruits and veggies. I am thinking eggs for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and couscous for dinner. emoticon I had 3 egg whites and 1 egg for breakfast with fruit, a deli meat sandwich with broccoli for lunch, and the above-mentioned couscous for dinner. I had veggies and fruit for snacks.

2. Water: Aim for at least 100 ounces of water, but try for 120 ounces. As before, I can have 1 can of 7-Up. No caffeine for day #5!! emoticon I had 125 ounces of water today, and I had 1/2 can of 7-Up! Yay for no caffeine still and yay for finally not having a caffeine withdrawal headache! I had to pee a lot, but that is a good thing :o}

3. Activity: Spinning (crosstraining) for 55 minutes along with ST to include push-ups and crunches at home. I will do lunges and/or squats if my quads are okay. I will take my dog on at least one walk (no matter how cold). Okay. emoticon for most of this. I didn't spin, but I did 30 minutes of videos on SP, plus 10 minutes of jumping jacks, plus a bunch of strength training. I did pushups, crunches, lunges, and squats. I do wish I could have done more, but this is really my day off so I am happy with it. Oh, and I did walk my doggy around the block, even though it was frigid :o}

4. I will have a great productive day at work, and will do 1 load of laundry and wash dishes. Any cleaning otherwise will be the icing on the cake :o} emoticon I did all of these, except for extra cleaning. Instead, I did the extra workouts.

5. I will go to bed by 9:00 p.m. My body seems to like this amount of sleep!! emoticon Love it!

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Goals for tomorrow:

1. Nutrition: I am thinking a bigger breakfast with a low-calorie English muffin with reduced-fat PB, one egg sunny-side up, and fruit. For lunch, I want to have something small...thinking veggies/corn and cottage cheese. For supper, I am planning on splitting a steak with my DH and having a baked potato with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and a small amount of fat-free sour cream with a sprinkle of low-fat cheddar cheese and broccoli. Snacks will be fruit/veggies.

2. Water/no caffeine day #6: I want to aim for 130 ounces of water with 1 can at most of Diet 7-Up for dinner.

3. Fitness: Running for 1 hour in the morning at the gym (not focusing on speed or mileage). Circuit training either during work (if the jobs are low again) or in the evening. Walk dog at least once around the block.

4. Keep busy. Whether it's cleaning, getting out of the house, or talking with DH about the future.

5. Spark on! The more I visit this site throughout my day (within reason work-wise), the more motivated and inspired I am!!!

6. Again, be in bed by 9 p.m. and hopefully asleep by 9:15-9:30 (my sleep initiation isn't the bed as I tend to think about my day and my future when I lay down to sleep).

Countdown to Cancun: 57 days with 16.4 pounds left to lose :o}

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-POOKIE- 1/6/2011 9:06AM

    Im glad you decided to not feed your girly what you wouldnt eat yourself! Setting her up for a healthy diet is always a good choice.

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RAVENSONG37 1/6/2011 9:04AM

    GRRRREAT job resisting temptation!!

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LUVDOGZ 1/6/2011 8:51AM

    Way to go, for making a plan and sticking to it! The grocery store is hard, isn't it? All those temptations, but you did great and stuck to your goals for the day emoticon

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_AIYANNA_ 1/6/2011 6:43AM

    I am so proud of you for setting your goals and sticking to them!!!! Bed at 9pm would be paradise for me but since I don't get home from work till after 9:15pm, I'll have to skip that dream!!!

Keep up the amazing work you're doing, Erin!!! :) emoticon

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ILIKECACTI 1/5/2011 10:07PM

    Way to accomplish your goals! You have my respect!!

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Recap of my day/Goals for Wednesday

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

I'll get right to my goals of today and how I did:

1. Eat clean. No processed foods. Just protein-rich foods, freggies, baked potato, etc. Lower sodium! emoticon An example of my eating today includes dinner, which consisted of a lean steak (rare..yum) with 2 medium baked potatoes with light sour cream and I Can't Believe It's Not butter with pepper. I had a sprinkle of low-fat cheese, which added sodium, but was a bit of a treat for me. I had broccoli on the side. Otherwise, I just had fruit during my day including bananas and clementines (YUMMY!)

2. WATER! I am going to try to get at least 100 ounces of water in. Goal NOT quite met. I had about 60 ounces, which is still better than I used to have, but needs to be consistently more. Again, only had 1/2 can of Diet 7-Up so now am ending my fourth day of no caffeine!

3. For exercise, the calendar tells me I need to run 4 miles (training for the Frozen Feat 10K in February). I may hop on the elliptical for a bit after that, just to round out the morning. I am also going to run most likely with the runner's group at 6 p.m. for about 3 miles. No ST today. emoticon for the most part. I ran 4 miles and went on the elliptical. I skipped the runner's group for 2 reasons: My quads are UBER tired, and it is way too cold out there tonight to run.

4. Go to bed at 9 p.m. since it seems like a good time! emoticon Since it is now 8:45 and I am almost finished catching up, and already am in bed with my teeth brushed!

My weigh-in at WW was PERFECT. My goal was to weigh-in at 163 pounds, and I weighed exactly that.

My weigh-in for the Periwinkles is tomorrow morning, and I am hoping for 161, but would be happy with anything under 163 really.

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Goals for tomorrow (Wednesday):

1. Nutrition: Focus on protein, and otherwise eat fruits and veggies. I am thinking eggs for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and couscous for dinner.

2. Water: Aim for at least 100 ounces of water, but try for 120 ounces. As before, I can have 1 can of 7-Up. No caffeine for day #5!!

3. Activity: Spinning (crosstraining) for 55 minutes along with ST to include push-ups and crunches at home. I will do lunges and/or squats if my quads are okay. I will take my dog on at least one walk (no matter how cold).

4. I will have a great productive day at work, and will do 1 load of laundry and wash dishes. Any cleaning otherwise will be the icing on the cake :o}

5. I will go to bed by 9:00 p.m. My body seems to like this amount of sleep!!

Countdown to Cancun: 58 days!!! 18 pounds left to lose before then :o}

  
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SHERLYN-WILL 1/5/2011 5:47PM

    WOW great plan and GREAT "DOING IT!" NO caff.is huge.. way to go!

I too gave up caffeine.

I struggle with the water!

BUT will get there!



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TREASURINGLIFE 1/5/2011 9:47AM

    Keep up the great work! You're doing great and you'll definitely hit your weight-goal by your Cancun trip, I'm sure! :)

- Michelle

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ANMRUNNER 1/5/2011 6:29AM

    You're doing great! I'm really liking your daily goals and check-ins... I might start doing that!

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THEHONESTME 1/4/2011 10:15PM

    18#, 58 days? YOU GOT THIS, GIRL! No doubt in my mind at all -- if anyone can do it, you can!

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Recap of my day/Goals for tomorrow

Monday, January 03, 2011

I am a bit jazzed right now with energy to spare, and my "bedtime" isn't for another half hour. So, I'll just recap now rather than tomorrow morning, and set up my goals!

First of all, today kicked A$$. I am really proud of myself for what I did today:

1. The majority of my intake today will be freggies, proteins, fiber, and other yummy foods. I will be having whole grain spaghetti with marinara sauce for supper, but a smaller serving with a bigger side of broccoli and cauliflower. emoticon I didn't stray AT ALL on my intake of food today. Nary a snackaroo!

2. Drink water, water, water! No caffeine (on day 3 of no caffeine so far). I can have ONE can of Diet 7-Up. emoticon I had 100 ounces of water, which for me is HUGE. I had only half a can of Diet 7-Up :o}

3. For exercise, spinning for 55 minutes plus strength training throughout the day including push-ups, crunches, lunges, squats, and supermans. emoticon for the most part. I did my spinning. Then, the day got away from me (keeping busy, busy, busy!) and after I put Kaylee to bed at 7:50 (a bit late for her) I realized I hadn't done these at all! So, I put some exercise clothes on, my shoes, and got to work. I did the following: Upper body: Bicep Curls, Tricep thingys (forgot their name), Arnold's, Rows, Tricep Kickbacks, Chest presses, lateral raises, front raises. The only thing I did for lower body was 50 squats (25 regular and 25 sumo). My quads and my IT band are aching, so I took it easy on them. I then did a total of 50 push-ups, 10 supermans, 2 scorpions, and 250 crunches. After this, I did stretching followed by foam roller action, which hurt like the dickens. Ouch!

4. Keep as busy as possible. When "bored" that is the time to either get out of the house to go window shopping with the family or stay home and clean or play with Kaylee. emoticon Kaylee went to my mom's today, so DH and I had dinner together, then walked for an hour at the mall followed by window shopping at Scheel's. Never a second of boredom today! Oh, and I also cleaned, doing 2 loads of laundry, 1 load of dishes, and cleaning various rooms.

5. Go to bed by 9 p.m. Oh, crap. It's 9:02! I better finish this up. I thought I'd set my bedtime at 9:30. Oh, well! Goal NEARLY met.

Goals for tomorrow:

1. Eat clean. No processed foods. Just protein-rich foods, freggies, baked potato, etc. Lower sodium!

2. WATER! I am going to try to get at least 100 ounces of water in.

3. For exercise, the calendar tells me I need to run 4 miles (training for the Frozen Feat 10K in February). I may hop on the elliptical for a bit after that, just to round out the morning. I am also going to run most likely with the runner's group at 6 p.m. for about 3 miles. No ST today.

4. Go to bed at 9 p.m. since it seems like a good time!

I am not worried about staying busy tomorrow, since Tuesdays are always, never fail, my busiest day of the week with working 8-5, going to weigh-in at WW right after work, going to run with the Red River Runners right after WW until 7, going home, eating, and winding down for the night.

Goal weight for WW tomorrow: 163 pounds.

Goal weight for the Periwinkles (Biggest Loser team) on Wednesday morning is 161 pounds. (I know it seems like a big difference, but weighing in clothed at WW at 5 p.m. versus the next morning weigh-in with no clothes tends to be about 2 pounds!).

Countdown to Cancun: 59 days!!! Goal weight for Cancun is 145 pounds, which may seem ridiculous, but is 2 pounds a week, and I think I can at least try to do it!

Phew! Have a great night everyone!

Erin

  
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-POOKIE- 1/4/2011 4:51AM

    Excellent!!

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SROUS1340 1/3/2011 11:28PM

    You go girl, Cancun is a big carrot!

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GRACEISENUF 1/3/2011 10:25PM

    WOW! What a productive and healthy day. I got tired reading the blog, tee hee.

Seriously wtg on sticking with your plan and eating healthy!

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