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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Procrastinations is the theme for my 2012 goals. Or rather to stop procrastinating, as many of them have been around for awhile, if only on my mental to-do list.

Here it is, already the middle of the month, and I realized I have been procrastinating starting work on my goals to reduce...procrastination. It is a vicious circle.

So without further delay, and in no particular order, my goals for the year:

1) Maintain my weight at +5 / -14 pounds, putting me in range from 120-139. This should be very doable as I have been maintaining since September.

2) Become a half fanatic by the end of August. This will require a minimum of 3 half marathons in 90 days (I think that is one of the ways to qualify, I will have to double check).

3) Do some sort of housecleaning or maintenance daily. This can be as simple as cleaning the sink, I just need to start a new habit of doing a little bit every day so I'm not faced with a seemingly insurmountable housecleaning task by letting it all pile up. Track in Other Goals.

4) Break my dependence on Splenda. I drink 4-6 cups of tea daily, each with 3 Splenda packets. I want to reduce this to a maximum of 1 packet per cup, if not eliminate its use entirely. I will do this by the end of March. In January I am down to using 2 packets per cup, February will be only 1 packet, and March will see if I can do without.

5) Finalize my budget by the end of January so that I will pay off at least 3 loans by the end of December. These will be my furnace loan, student loan #2, and personal loan #2.

6) Earn my black belt! Somehow this has slipped my priority list as other things came up. No more! I will detail the steps I will take to do this in a separate blog; I intend to be ready to test by the end of June.

7) Finish replacing all the light switches and wall outlets by the end of March. Then focus on completing 1 room at a time instead of jumping all around the house and never really finishing anything. Complete the 3 in use bedrooms by the end of December. Completing a room involves replacing all moldings & trim, doors, light/ceiling fan and drapes.

8) Run my first marathon by October 21. This is the date of the Detroit Free Press Marathon, so it will be this one if I don't decide to run something earlier in the year. I probably won't because I will be focusing on black belt training the first half of the year and I don't want to distract myself and take up my time by also training for a marathon.

9) Other goals as they occur to me.

10) Have fun and stress less!

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MADZOE 1/18/2012 5:11PM

    Other than the black belt and full marathon training, I'm pretty much with you on most of these. Including finishing (remodeling) rooms in my house. And I too am such a procrastinator. I have a one "elephant in the room" a week project. So far I've gotten rid of an unused bed frame (free on craigslist), and reduced our VHS collection. This week is to paint the ceiling in the bathroom we are currently remodeling.

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    I was going to comment on this blog, but I'll get back to you on it....

TOMORROW! emoticon emoticon

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KKINNEA 1/16/2012 2:21PM

    Great goals! For #2, yes, 3 in 90 days is the entry level and the one I'm working on. Good plan to focus on black belt the first half of the year then a marathon. You should have until July to work on the black belt goal before you pick up marathon training. Let's rock it in 2012!

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MCJULIEO 1/16/2012 1:51PM

    You're ON A ROLL!
And I know that you can do this! ALL of this!

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BUTEAFULL 1/16/2012 1:23PM

    post your list and check them off as you complete them or better yet find gold stars to mark them that will inspire you even more

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EMMANYC 1/16/2012 1:09PM

    Ooh - I'm a procrastinator as well. It's interesting to see that some of your goals are similar to mine. For example, your housekeeping goal (#3) is like mine, in that it focuses on frequent but time-limited tasks. I know there are other people who can only get and stay motivated if they start and completely finish a project (e.g., I will clean my house top to bottom and keeping going until it's done). They get stressed out by something being incomplete and it drives them to finish. It's the opposite with me. If I set that kind of goal, I'm guaranteed to never get started because I can't bear the thought of having to keep going until it's done. On the other hand, if I commit to tidy my apartment for 20 minutes, 3 times a week, and to shred mail for 10 minutes, 3 times a week, I can do it.

To take my goal-setting one step further, I've promised myself a major "gift" if I can firmly establish the tidying habit. I've promised myself a new camera, but I can't have it until I achieve a lengthy "Sparkstreak" with my tidying habit. If I can keep my streak running for 30 weeks, then I can buy a new camera. The concept of a "Sparkstreak" prize for one of your hard to achieve goals might be something for you to consider as well.

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CBAILEYC 1/16/2012 12:59PM

    Excellent! I like your timeline for your goals as well - quite doable!

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HOLLIEWALLY 1/16/2012 11:00AM

    Such a great blog! Rock those goals, girl!

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123ELAINE456 1/16/2012 7:47AM

  Great goals worth accomphishing. You can do it. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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NYKIMMIE 1/16/2012 7:03AM

    great blog

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/16/2012 3:24AM

    Sounds like you have a plan. Strong, set goals for the whole year. I like # 10 - maybe you should move it to #1?

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CODEMAULER 1/16/2012 2:32AM

    Ambitious and do-able; I can't wait to read and learn more about how 2012 goes for all of us!

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/16/2012 12:35AM

    Those are all great, achievable goals! I have been procrastinating about my goals as well, I had best get to it before the month is out. Way to go!

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IMREITE 1/16/2012 12:34AM

    I did a lot of puttering today so i did not get much done, but i am going to try to break down my goals and to -do lists so i can knock some stuff off and enjoy that it is done.

i am going to try to do 5-10 minutes at a time to see if that helps me get to what i wanted,

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EUPHRATES 1/16/2012 12:08AM

    Great goals!

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SARAWALKS 1/15/2012 11:19PM

    Awesome goals! Sparking has helped me become a reforming procrastinator.
The organization necessary for healthy eating and exercise has spread to other things and I truly am procrastinating less. emoticon emoticon

I can truly identify with your housecleaning/maintenance goal. I am doing just the same and adding a goal of cleaning up one area which I have allowed to FESTER. You know those areas...

so thanks for the reinforcement! Let's rock in 2012! emoticon

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DOODIE59 1/15/2012 10:50PM

    The best plan is a clear plan. Sounds like you've got it right. Good luck!

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SWAYDE 1/15/2012 10:33PM

    You've got very detailed goals that are certainly attainable. You can so do this! GO GO GO! emoticon

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DLYNN122 1/15/2012 10:12PM

    procrastinating is one of my worst traits! working on that sounds like a great idea...since most of my goals have something to do with it anyway :P

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

At work some of my co-workers are starting their 3rd "Biggest Loser" challenge (unofficially) with a cash prize (it costs $20 to participate, winner takes all). Several people have commented that I should have been in last year's competition because I would have won. Then they ask how much I've lost (70 lbs.) and how I did it (SparkPeople)...and what size I am.

That is a tricky question. I don't believe my size is accurate and it embarrasses me.

Vanity sizing has gotten out of control.

I had noticed over the years that about every 10 lbs or so I would start wearing the next size up or down. Until I reached size 14 a few years ago...and stayed there for a 30 lb gain over those years. The clothing size was growing along with me!

And then in 2011 as I started to lose the weight I still noticed the "10 lb. rule" for clothing sizes...but something seemed wrong.

20 years ago I weighed 122 pounds and wore a size 6.

10 years ago I weighed 142 pounds and wore a size 8. Based on the "10 lb rule" it should have been a size 10.

Today I weigh 132 pounds and wear a size 2. Based on the "10 lb rule" it should be a size 8.


10 pounds heavier than when I was 20 and 2 sizes smaller?!?

Yeah, right.

Clearly the clothing manufacturers are not doing us a good service by catering to vanity sizing. Sure it makes us feel better to have a "smaller" clothing size but it just helps us rationalize our overweight lifestyles. "Oh, I'm only an 8 / 10 / 12 / whatever so I'm not really "that" big; I don't need to lose weight. Marilyn Monroe was a size 12 and so am I"...except that Monroe's size 12 is not exactly equivalent to today's clothes with that size label.

Personally I'd prefer to have clothing sizes more along the lines of men's where you shop based on waist and inseam, instead of a meaningless arbitrarily assigned vanity number.

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FUSCHIA6 1/15/2012 7:15PM

    I was thinking about that on Friday. Now, at 166 pounds, I fit a size 12, but I know that in grade 12, I weighed 144 pounds & was also a size 12. I think that the industry used to be more carefully regulated & now they do whatever they want to sell, sell, sell.
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P.S. I hate shoe sizing even more. How come there are way fewer width selections, when everyone owns 10x as many shoes as they used to?
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RUSSELL_40 1/15/2012 4:01PM

    Maybe they know that a size 2 of 20 years ago would not be worn enough to make them a profit, so they discontinued it, and made the smallest size available a 2, even though it is bigger, then spaced it out evenly. Men's sizes make more sense. They just put the inches on the waistband, and you buy a certain length, and cut. 36" waist cant change.

the idea that you could have a 28" waist on a woman, and she called it a size 8? whatever. That was also vanity. 8 sounds better than 28 , right? Every woman knows what the sizes mean in actuality, although us guys are clueless as to what a 10 is. It's not like you would tell a guy, "I am a 10". He might say, " nah, maybe a 7 ". So it is just to make you feel better about oneself. The manufacturer assorting the sizes according to the size of the people wearing them coinciding with women wanting to think they are smaller, is just a bonus for them. Can you blame them?

Kind of like McDonald's calling a 20 oz. pop a small. They make more money, and you think you drank a small pop. Temporarily it's a win-win.

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CAROLYNINJOY1 1/15/2012 3:52AM

    Very good thought provoking blog. Thanks.

My favorites has always been "One Size Fits All", yeah right! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 1/15/2012 2:12AM

  Will agree with you. They change sizes on us all the time. God Bless You and Have a Wonderf Week.

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    I TOTALLY agree with you! I am 52. I remember being in high school and I was not heavy (not skinny, either) and I wore a size 11/12. When Drex and I got married 24 years ago (almost), I wore a size 10. Now, I keep marveling that I can fit into a size 6! I have proven them wrong, though! I kept my wedding dress (it wasn't a traditional wedding dress, just a dressy blue dress), and it fits me NOW, when the manufacturers are telling me I wear a 6/8! It was a 10! So, you are RIGHT!

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MIQUEY73 1/14/2012 6:14PM

    Women should have the same sizing rules as men. Then there would be no deception.

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MARIFLOWER 1/14/2012 5:35PM

  I too recognize the size discrepancies. I just look forward to going down in sizes but don't really care what it is.

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MCJULIEO 1/14/2012 4:36PM

    You make an excellent point....

Tell us what we can do!!!

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GETMETO50 1/14/2012 4:33PM

    You said it! Do people really feel better about themselves in a "fake" size when they KNOW they aren't really that size?! And the Marilyn thing gets me every time I see it because her size 12/14 is todays size 8!
I like actual numbers and I am NOT afraid of the truth of my is what it is. I prefer actual sizing.

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    Amen, sister! I've noticed the same thing. Right now, I'm about 20 pounds heavier than I was 10 years ago, but in some pants, I'm the same size as I was back then!

It would be nice to know what size I REALLY am!


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CBAILEYC 1/14/2012 2:56PM

    I absolutely agree about men's sizing. I'd much prefer that, and have picked up a few pairs of men's jeans to see me through an inbetween-sizes spell.

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CELIAMINER 1/14/2012 2:41PM

    Amen, amen! I used to order from catalogs because I was just buying stuff that would cover my multitude of fat sins. Now that I want clothes that *fit* I MUST try them on, because the vanity re-sizing is not a standard thing. Thanks for posting this.

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DRAWNTHISWAY 1/14/2012 1:31PM

    The problem is that vanity sizing has hit men's clothing as well! hubby and I noticed it several years ago, and now it is starting to get attention in the news...

this link has a chart describing how much vanity is in a men's set of pants...
ashion/pants-size-chart-090710 I just wish they would be honest, and let us be honest with ourselves....

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SWAYDE 1/14/2012 1:02PM

    I totally wish they would have actual waist sizes and chest sizes on clothing. Sizes are so terribly off kilter. Even among brands there is quite a difference between one size 14 and any other. I agree with you though. I am losing about 1 size every 10 lbs. as well, but I am still about 30 lbs. away from where I was when I used to be these sizes. So yes, I do think they have adjusted them larger for vanity sake. It makes it extremely hard for people to buy clothing for women. Which stinks because I hate shopping and I like when my mom buys me clothes, but even it's always hit or miss if they will fit based on size alone.

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CHEEKY1000 1/14/2012 12:59PM

    Hi! This has been a major point of contention for me as well. I recently bought a size 6!! What??? But I know I'm not really a 6 (I'm 5'2" and way on this planet is that a size 6). I have a pair of 10's in the closet from a few years ago, and they are just right--finally. lol Actually, I suspect the 10's are off a bit too. My bottom line is that at least I'm a heck of a lot smaller than I was in June--no matter the pant size. lol

Like you, I also wish women's clothing did the man-style sizing. There are some brands, but they're usually the expensive ones (I believe Lucky brand does that). Maybe when I get to my goal, I'll be able to treat myself to a pair.

Congrats on all of your amazing achievements (I read a bit of your main page)!! Oh, I'm a huge HP fan as well! emoticon

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IPSILY 1/14/2012 12:16PM

    It took a while for me to finally stop hating myself once I had to face the reality that I was a size 10/12 instead of an 8.....but there was an undeniable surge of confidence when i fit comfortably into an [obviously mislabeled] size 6.....

It's really disheartening, the power numbers have over us.....

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ALLISON145 1/14/2012 11:54AM

    I agree wholeheartedly! They should go back to a sizing standard, preferably waist and length like you said. Of course, I'm also biased on the length issue because I'm 5'7" and it's a crapshoot whether I need average or long length women's pants, and even then they aren't usually just right. :P I'm currently 157.8 pounds and a size 8. I know 10 years ago I would have been in a tight 10 or a loose 12. A medium shirt? Forgedaboudit! This is the first time I've ever worn medium tops as an adult. It boggles my mind that when I reach goal I might be in a size 4/6 and a small top. What on earth do the truly petite ladies wear??


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MAIDAMONTREAL 1/14/2012 11:51AM

    I find my sizes have increased with weight and age. I was a size 10 in my 20's when I weighed in the 120's/130's. Now that I am weighing in the 180's I am a size 16/18 depending. Even if I lose the weight until I reach 140 I do not know if I will ever be a size 10 again. I find my body has changed over the past few years because of my age, especially my bust size which keeps on getting bigger and bigger by the day/second. I am looking forward to wearing smaller sizes no matter what they are and to fitting into my clothes sitting in the closet.

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 1/14/2012 11:26AM

    So true. My size 12 wedding dress from 41 years ago will not zip up. Oh it's a lot closer to fitting than 180 lbs. ago, but still too tight, even though I am regularly wearing size 8's (slacks), 10's (jeans), and mediums in blouses, that size 12 from 41 years ago is too tight.

I think people have gotten larger over those 41 years. And clothes designers and manufacturers want us to think we're still small so we'll happily buy their clothes. It's working. I LOVE wearing single digit clothing in slacks. I've never worn single digit anything in my whole adult life. But in the back of my mind, I'm always aware, that I'm not really that small. Kinda ruins it, doesn't it?

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DABLUECAT 1/14/2012 10:46AM

    I agree. It's so misleading the sizes. I take a large in some clothing lines, medium in another and people are surprised but it's just a label. Some things I want snug, others loose. I like it when they offer a size chart so I can measure and see what of "their" size I would be comfy in.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

I’m a loser & damned proud of it!

Jan. 1 was my 1 year Sparkversary. So, as seems to be the custom, both for anniversaries and the start of a new year, here is my 2011 retrospective.

I joined on January 1, 2011, the result of a New Year’s Resolution. OK, I actually made the resolution several months earlier…we are all familiar with the “I’ll start dieting / exercising / quit smoking / etc. on Monday” promises we make to ourselves. In my case it was “I’ll start in 4 months”. I never make resolutions as statistics show resolutions almost always fail. But this time my resolution was simple…I resolved to check out SparkPeople and see if I wanted to try “it” to lose weight…whatever “it” turned out to be. It couldn’t hurt and I avoided failure by not really committing to anything.

So 1/1/11 rolled around, I stood on the scale, swore, replaced the batteries, stood on the scale again, created some awesome new curses, came to SP and created an account. The scale lies…except when it tells the truth, and it was in full disclosure mode that morning. I did all the newbie things…created a page, joined some teams, panicked when I saw the meal plan because it was full of things I don’t like or eat (dairy anyone?)…and then figured out how to turn it off. I started blogging, made SP friends, became addicted to getting points…and somewhere along the way lost a whole bunch of everything.

I lost weight and I lost inches. I lost and reached my goal of 70 lbs on September 1 – four months early. But after a short bit of time on SP losing weight wasn’t even the important part anymore. What were important were all the other things I was losing in addition to the pounds.

I lost embarrassment over my appearance. I lost a fatalistic acceptance of how I was and would always be. I lost the need for perfection that paralyzed me before I even started. I lost the start of weight related health issues. I lost the fear of not being able to do “it”, whatever “it” might be at the time. I lost the certainty of the impossible. I lost impatience, negativity, self-pity, a glass half-empty outlook. I lost the need to self-destruct.

And gained the world.

Why do resolutions fail? Because they are nothing more than wishes. And wishes generally don’t just happen no matter how much we hope they will. Wishes and resolutions are still a way to avoid taking responsibility for oneself and placing “blame” everywhere else.

You want your wish to come true?

Work your ass off for it.

Only then it isn’t a wish, or a resolution, anymore. It becomes the ultimate power…a goal.

A goal has a plan on how you are going to achieve it. A goal has a timeline. A goal has accountability which can be a frightening thing. It is so scary that many people prefer to wish things would change rather than face that monster under the bed.

And this is why SparkPeople works. You start with a resolution, a wish to lose weight and get healthy, to improve your nutrition. And SP is able to turn the wish into a goal. You input your goal weight…so now you have a specific target to shoot for. You’re asked by when you want to achieve your goal…so now you have a timeline. Your Spark Page asks for your goals…and then asks for your plan to achieve them. You track your progress and perhaps choose to share it with the community…and now you have accountability, even if only to yourself.

And that is why I am a loser.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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LORIANNE61 1/23/2012 8:49PM

  Just starting out this year, I have already lost 16lbs. when you should only lose 2 or 3 lbs. a week. I am hoping to do well as I am one of the local Biggest Loser Group at the hospital. We are going to run the program til April 1. I have many pounds to lose and hope I can find friends here to help me along my journey to my first year anniversary.

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GEOFFREW 1/22/2012 3:45PM

    vEry Nice. As a nEw member to I am relieved to see a success stOry that is genuine and honest. I hopE to have the same type of testimonial at my 1 yr sparkversary. Thanks for the gReAt post !
#Droppingweightandfeelinggreat !

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JUSTCHELLE75 1/19/2012 11:39AM

    I love everything you lost last year but even more everything that you gained.

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AGENTMNA 1/19/2012 11:03AM

    Great post! emoticon

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EDOHERTY107 1/17/2012 4:27AM

    wow! amazing post! thank for posting it!

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JESS_HARDY 1/16/2012 10:59AM

    This was really inspiring, as I started SP initially as a New Years Resolution just this year, and I now have a goal...wish me luck! I hope I gain from this what you did :)

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ODAYSKI11 1/16/2012 7:56AM

    What a wonderful well written and well thought out blog, it is really an inspiration to me! Thank you! emoticon

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THEIS58 1/16/2012 7:12AM

    Just great! Being a loser is a good thing !

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SPEEDY143 1/16/2012 2:58AM

    emoticonkeep up your good works emoticon

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/15/2012 10:44PM

    Awesome inspiration!!

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HEALTHY4ME 1/15/2012 9:25PM

    Awesome and you are a CAT to boot!!! great for our team!!! congrats on all the hard work and persistance.

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FUSCHIA6 1/15/2012 7:20PM

    Fantastic Rebekah! I think you deserve motivator of the day!

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  What a fantastic and inspiring entry! Thanks so much for sharing!

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DESERTFLOWERG 1/15/2012 2:30PM

    Yes it is "work," but it is also awfully fun!

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MEMEME75 1/14/2012 11:05PM

    FABULOUS! Congratulations!

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TERRESS 1/14/2012 11:03PM

    This blog brought tears to my eyes , everything you said is so true , and so inspiring congrats on your lose. I just hope that I have the stamina and ambition that you found.

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GOIN4GR8 1/14/2012 10:43PM

    Ditto what everyone else has said. Loved this blog--very encouraging! I've only been at it for 15 days (this time) ... if I had 70 lbs off by September I'd be turning cartwheels!!!!

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MSROZZIE 1/14/2012 10:37PM

    Good blog! emoticon Thanks for sharing, Spark On!

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REENIE131 1/14/2012 10:12PM

    Congratulations! And thanks for this great blog.

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TACYLEE 1/14/2012 9:55PM

    Fanspankintastic! Thank-you so much for taking the time to write this. I "joined" Spark two years ago, but never did anything more than create a page. I recently, OK it was yesterday, discoverd Spark again, and I'm determined to be involved this time - I want to be a loser, too!

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MANILUS 1/14/2012 9:30PM

    Amazing work, I am going to get on my elliptical as planned tonight, thank you!

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    Absolutely what I needed to read this week. I have been sparking for just over six months and am doing great, hit a road block and am waiting for the return of that empowered feeling, this truely helped gain some of it back. It shows how much support I will have when I do hit goal andl learn that I can do "it" also! Thanks and keep up the amazing work!

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RUNNER12COM 1/14/2012 7:56PM

    Yep, I love everything about this blog!

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HARLOW10 1/14/2012 7:54PM

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ALIHIKES 1/14/2012 7:00PM

    Congratulations on your amazing success! It was very inspirational to read emoticon

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DANA564 1/14/2012 6:04PM

    Terrific job! Thanks for sharing your insight. Everything you've said I have found to be true. I'm working but butt off to be a loser! emoticon

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TIFFY0906 1/14/2012 6:02PM

    emoticon blog - its great to be a loser isn't it

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MARIFLOWER 1/14/2012 5:25PM

  Loved your blog and really needed it. I just joined. I did the same thing, checked into it. Figured no real commitment and spur of the moment put in a weight loss goal etc. etc. Something concrete and I'm naturally taking steps, slow as I'm still learning the ropes like the food tracker, but if nothing else I'm keeping track and that's the main point! Thanks a million for putting your blog out there!

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MCJULIEO 1/14/2012 5:18PM

    Here's to the Next Victory, you Loser,


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DAVIEGRRL 1/14/2012 2:40PM

    Congrats on gaining the world! Love the quote..."Want your wish to come true? Work your ass off for it." AWESOME!

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YINETTV 1/14/2012 1:43PM

  Happy late anniversary

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NINETOZE 1/14/2012 1:18PM

    Thank you for a great insight in to why SP works!

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TRISHREYES 1/14/2012 12:23PM

    I love your story! I too have had great success with Spark and have found that the bottom line is you have to work hard at anything that is worth it. There are no simple solutions.


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KRISTEN_SAYS 1/14/2012 11:12AM

    Congrats and thanks for posting this blog!

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    Loved your blog!! Yes, we can all be losers and be proud! Thanks for the motivation and encouragement! emoticon

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APRILDAWN84 1/14/2012 10:40AM

    Great motivational story!

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TRIMNFIT 1/14/2012 10:06AM

    Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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SNOWFLAKE337111 1/14/2012 10:04AM

  I just started monday and I read your blog and you really have given me the inspiration to keep going. Congrats on your weight loss and I wish you luck on everything else.

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EMPTRS 1/14/2012 10:03AM

    I love it! Congrats on being such a loser! : )

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SHEILAM45 1/14/2012 9:57AM

  You have such a great blog.. Congrats on your weight loss.

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SISI281 1/14/2012 9:33AM

  emoticon emoticon :D!!!!!!!!

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ANGELDROP50 1/14/2012 9:29AM

  I am so encouraged by your post. I too am starting this year with a goal to change my life and seeing this makes me feel even more that I can reach all my goals even if they seem crazy! Like Running a 1/2 marathon and just being the fittest me so that I can see my grandchildren grow!

Thank you so much!!! I'm inspired!

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Paris Day 3 and going home

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Saturday was our last day in Paris. We started early with the Hotel des Invalides / Musee de L'Armee. Napoleon's actual tomb is surprisingly understated from what I had expected. Afterwards we made our way to the Catacombs, where 6 million Parisians have their bones stacked in an old quarry under the city, from the 18th and 19th centuries. Their remains were relocated there from the cemeteries because of plague and disease kept spreading from the mass graves in the cemeteries.

I was OK with the idea of this until I read a little further and learned that the guy whose idea this was took it a step further and decided to arrange the bones in patterns to be more interesting and get people to come and look at them (apparently tourist traps existed 200+ years ago too). A cemetery / ossuary I can understand, and be respectful of the final resting place of the dead...but somehow deliberately arranging human remains in pleasing patterns crosses the line with me. And then to read there may be a bag check as you leave, looking for bones people try to take as souvineers...seriously, what is wrong with people that they would do that?

It is a very humbling place to visit.

I had wanted to take Jacq to Montemarte to see Sacre Couer and the Espace Dali (Salvador Dali museum) but she really wanted to see the Mona Lisa. By the time we got out of the Catacombs there would not have been enough time to do both, and I've been to Montemarte before, so we went to the Louvre instead for the rest of the afternoon.

If you've been reading my trip "adventures" you'll have noticed art museums have not been on my list at all...they are not generally something I enjoy unless I have a specific interest in the particular artist or style (like Dali / surrealism) and the periods contained in the Louvre just don't do it for me. Yes, I am a Neanderthal but I just don't get the specialness of the Mona really isn't that attractive to me.

But now I can say I went and saw it in person.

We have not had any luck with our hotel/airport transfers. In London the guy left us at the airport; here in Paris the company was to have sent a fax to the hotel Saturday to confirm our pick-up time for the morning and failed to do so. I can't figure out the phone number to call them and when I went to the desk to ask for the hotel's help some couple was there taking forever to do whatever and I gave up waiting after 15 minutes. We will take the subway instead.

Sunday morning we go home. It will be a long day, especially coming back with the 6 hour time change lengthening our day. We don't have a direct flight and have to transfer in Minneapolis to get home to Detroit. Then a hours drive home from the airport. But it will be good to sleep in my own bed again, even if I do have to go back to work on Monday.

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LUEYGIRL 1/9/2012 2:40PM

    Hope you made it back safely.

Europe is fun, but it's nice to come home!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/8/2012 8:38PM

    Have a safe trip home

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INIT2LIVEIT 1/8/2012 3:15AM

    It's a long flight, but worth being safely home again. Hope you enjoyed the time with your daughter.

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QUEEN_REINA 1/8/2012 2:36AM

    Ah, what I wouldn't give to be on a trip to somewhere in the world right now!! I would definitely see the Louvre...

Ya know, once I saw the Mona Lisa in person, when it was on loan to Chicago, at the Chicago Art Institute. It was so awesome, so old!! and I could see the cracks like the whole thing was made of cracks. It was pretty cool.

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AJB121299 1/8/2012 12:56AM

    have a safe trip hpme

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Paris Day 2

Friday, January 06, 2012

Friday we started with the Arc de Triomphe, all 200+ stairs to the top as a warm-up for the Eiffel Tower. And this time I climbed straight up the entire way without having to stop on a landing to rest like in 2008 & 2010. And this time I bought the CD collection of Edith Piaf I looked at last time but decided to get at home and never could find.

We walked down the Champs Élysées...and walked...and walked...through the Tulieres until we got to where the voucher said to get on the tour bus. And waited for nearly an hour for a bus that never came, got fed up and headed toward the Louvre where I assumed the tour bus would have a stop. We saw the bus go past us but not where it stopped so took the subway to the Eiffel Tower.

There are approximately 704 steps up to the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower. I may have lost track of a step or 2 but my count should be pretty close. All 704 without stopping! You can only get to the top level by lift and there was another long line to do so; Jacq didn't want to wait and I've one it before so we took the lift back down to the ground instead...where we finally found the tour bus stop, exchanged our vouchers for tickets and got the map that shows all the stops.

We got off at the Hotel des Invalides, where Napoleon is entombed but got there 5 minutes after they stopped selling tickets so we will have to go back on Saturday. We then went to Notre Dame, had dinner in a cafe where I got to try out my poorly pronounced attempts at speaking French and headed back to the hotel.

Saturday is our last day in Paris, and of vacation; we fly home Sunday morning.

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/6/2012 9:57PM

    Sounds like you are having a whoopty good time! keep enjoying the rest of your trip!

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CODEMAULER 1/6/2012 9:57PM

    It sounds like more good than bad; kudos on Edith Piaf and all those stairs!!

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BUTEAFULL 1/6/2012 9:02PM

    I can't wait to see some photos of the trip, I've been to Paris but didn't get to go in the Louvre sure wish I had though

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APIRLRAIN888 1/6/2012 7:40PM

    Yahooooo congratz on 200+ stair and hope u took a ton of pics

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    IT's so good to hear that you're having fun there! I hope you get to do the Napoleon visit tomorrow like you wanted to today! I'll bet you've taken lots of pictures! emoticon

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LUVL42 1/6/2012 4:59PM

  I love Paris even though I have only been there once and I think that was way back in 1987. I would love to go there for New Year's and watch the fireworks.

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