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Sunday, October 05, 2014

A little over a week ago I quit my teams and streamlined my Sparking.

Reason -
Over the past year I've lost my Spark and I've recently realized that all my Spark activities are for points. I'm not reading articles, participating in teams, tracking, or anything to help with my program.

I'm doing it all for points. That's not good enough.

A few weeks ago I decided I was only going to post in forums that helped me in my program, and skip the games. The forums I participate in have to be of some value to me in my program. I tried that for a while but it wasnt helping.

I'd been debating on quitting Spark but that seemed too drastic. So I decided to quit my teams, except for the Spark Tracker, since that's my main source of info about the tracker.

My lost Spark began about a year ago, when my spinal arthritis worsened, with new pains in my upper back and neck, in addition to my ongoing pain of 20+ years (low back, left groin, top of left thigh, "knot" in left butt). I was frustrated, angry, defeated. The only exercise I could do was walking. No strength. No elliptical. No DVD's. I almost quit Spark then but took a break instead. It took several months for things to settle to a tolerable level. Then, after a long car ride, the pain was aggravated again. More frustration. I was on a course of prednisone, restarted a med for chronic pain, at bedtime, to help me sleep. Then a smaller daytime dose was started. The combination of better sleep and some daytime relief allowed me to do more upper back and neck exercises and the pain is now in better control.

I did some damage during those long months of struggling with the pain, eating for comfort, a big no-no. I regained some of what I lost and now want to take off 10-12 pounds. Fortunately I have kept off most of what I lost. Thank you Spark.

Since sitting too long is hard for me, I want to use my Spark time to read more articles and blogs, and do what I can to get my Spark going again.

For now, I will Spark just for me, not for points. I plan to rejoin teams again, just not sure when. Im taking a step back for now. Im still online and Sparking daily, just quietly, in the background. And quickly, since Im not doing any team activities.

Hopefully, without the distraction of trying to get points I'll be able to get my Spark back and eventually find some new teams to join that will help me in my ongoing journey.

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SPARKED2BFIT 10/7/2014 7:34AM

    we have to do what's best and productive for our health and I totally support you in your decisions... bravo!!

and thank you for your encouragement and support which is always appreciated. have a great week!!

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MADMANSMAMA87 10/5/2014 7:22PM

    You can do it, Sweetheart!!!
You do what you need to do just know I'm always here for you:)


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KRISZTA11 10/5/2014 3:11PM

    Good plan!
I hope you get your spark back soon.

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Maintenance Anniversary Attitude Change

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

As I approach my 6 year maintenance anniversary Im working on an attitude change. I reached my goal weight in March of 2008. It took me a year to get there. I hit several plateaus along the way but never gave up. I was determined I would make it this time, and I did.
Once I hit goal I maintained within a 7 pound range for about a year and a half. It wasnt easy. It was definitely a struggle. The fall/winter of 2009-2010 was a difficult one for various reasons and I began comfort eating. I regained about 10 pounds that Ive been trying to take off ever since. Every time I think Im on track to get those extras off, something derails me, usually me, and the pounds come back. Each time this happens my bod returns to the same, higher than Id like, weight, leaving me feeling like Im kidding myself to think Im maintaining. I growl at myself and try again.
I read recently that the National Weight Control Registry considers it successful maintenance even if you keep only 10% of your original weight off.

This got me to thinking.

I AM maintaining. Ive kept off more than 10% of my original weight, for 6 years next week (March 11). No, Im not at the weight Id like to be, but maybe Im at the weight my BOD wants me to be, and thats why when Im not super diligent I keep returning to the same weight. The fact is Ive kept off 30+ pounds! And thats nothing to sneeze at! In fact, its amazing, considering my age (63), the slower metabolism that comes with that, and my exercise limitations.
Not only is this the first time I ever reached a weight goal, but its also the first time Ive ever maintained a weight loss. I still have work to do, my snacking habits could be better, but my meals are excellent, and I exercise regularly, so I need to stop growling at myself about the higher weight Im maintaining. Because I AM maintaining.
Its time for me to enjoy my accomplishment and let my bod be at the weight it wants me to be.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SPARKED2BFIT 8/26/2014 5:36PM

    maintenance is just as tough as losing weight. congrats on both!!!

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AALLEY2 8/17/2014 3:06PM

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FITANDFAITHFUL1 5/28/2014 9:22PM

    Yes! You did it! You are doing it! You are right. Enjoy this great accomplishment and continue in the freedom of maintenance. Someday, I will be writing a post about being in maintenance! emoticon
Ps. I love your Kitty photos. We have two cats who are so wonderful...Tia and Miry. emoticon

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HOLLYM48 5/11/2014 7:29AM

    I agree that our bodies sometimes have a different thought process than our brain and it is not easy listening to it when it wants a little more weight that our brain and eyes do! Great job on maintaining all these years. That is one awesome accomplishment! Be proud of yourself, I sure am!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/22/2014 3:47PM

    Congrats! It is definitely time for you to celebrate. -Marsha

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MILLIE5522 3/17/2014 5:11PM

    Congratulations! That is an amazing achievement. I am also at maintenance and would like to be a few pounds lower but finding it very difficult to motivate myself at weekends which are my downfall. So here I am at SP determined to keep logging on here. SP helped me before so I know that as long as I log in every day I will succeed! emoticon

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KRISZTA11 3/12/2014 11:16AM

Keeping 30 pound off for 6 years is amazing!
I wish you many more years of successful maintenance.

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SLENDERELLA61 3/11/2014 9:26AM

    You are right! You should be very proud of your accomplishment!! Take a bow!!! Love the new, positive attitude. -Marsha

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MICKEYH 3/11/2014 8:55AM

    emoticon emoticon keep on keeping on! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/4/2014 10:39PM

    Awesome accomplishment! HUGS

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NEW-CAZ 3/4/2014 4:24PM

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CARAMELSMOM 3/4/2014 2:38PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Congratulations on maintaining. What a great reflection on your accomplishment.

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Spark break over

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mini Break over.

I took a Spark Break the last week and a half. I was feeling frustrated by the neck and upper back pain, which had returned with a vengeance. I was preoccupied with how miserable I felt and did a lot of comfort eating. My exercise plan suffered in that I was doing no strength exercises at all and doing less cardio than usual. My heart wasnt in it when I Sparked so I decided to pull back for a little bit while I took care of me. I did minimal Sparking, only reading articles, spinning the wheel, reading blogs, but no team participation at all. I got lots of extra rest and gave myself permission to do and eat whatever I wanted.
Im still having upper back and neck pain, in addition to my usual pains (low back, butt, groin, thighs) but its time to get back to the healthy routine. I miss it. Im glad I took the break but it just doesnt feel right being off my healthy routines.


Take it slow.

Set daily goals for healthy eating and exercise.

Focus on cardio.
Look for exercises that will help, not hurt, the upper back and neck.
Modify all exercises, especially strength exercises, for upper/lower back and neck pains.

Daily accountability journal.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AWESOMECHELZ 1/23/2014 9:46PM

    Those breaks are important. I am glad you are okay and sorry about the pain. I sometimes take a break due to chronic pain and the rest is just as important as exercising. I hope your weekend is peaceful. emoticon

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REMEMBER_THIS 1/22/2014 11:11PM

    Glad you are back, hope you are feeling better each and every day!!!
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MADMANSMAMA87 1/22/2014 12:14PM

    Glad you're back!!!!
You can do it!!!
Stay Positive,


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PATRICIA441 1/22/2014 12:12PM

  Journaling is a big plus for me. Tracking my food is a must too. Is there anyway you can get to a gym with a pool ?That would enable you to exercise without added stress to your body. Moving is important and really can be helpful. You do not want your joints to freeze up on you girlfriend. I know when I wake up my hip and back aches but once I start walking around and stretching it goes away for the most part. I'm here for you!! A click away! Tender, healing hugs. Pat

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1CRAZYDOG 1/22/2014 12:09PM

    Glad you're back. Feel better!

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DOLLFACEDX 1/22/2014 11:49AM

    Great to have you back....I deal with back pain myself...remind me the cause of yours - perhaps I can share a thing or two I've learned to keep me going in spite of the pain.


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NEW-CAZ 1/22/2014 10:56AM

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Unique items dropped on New Year's Eve

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I live in central Pennsylvania, and since living here the past 8 years I've noticed some of the things that get dropped for New Year's - Lancaster, a red rose; York, a white rose; Lebanon, Lebanon bologna! It made me curious about other odd things that are dropped on New Year's Eve.

My search turned up a list of things that are dropped, and Pennsylvania has the longest list, with New York coming in second.

This is Pennsylvania's list -

Allentown, Pennsylvania: A liberty bell replica is dropped to commemorate when the liberty bell was stored in Allentown during the American Revolution.
Akron, Pennsylvania: A purple-and-gold shoe is dropped
Beavertown, Pennsylvania: A beaver is dropped.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: A 100-pound yellow illuminated Peep made out of fiberglass. (The producer of Peeps, Just Born, is based in Bethlehem)
Blain, Pennsylvania: A wooden cow is dropped from a silo.
Carlisle, Pennsylvania: An Indy car is dropped (car shows and drag racing here)
Cleona, Pennsylvania: A pretzel is raised
Columbia - Turkey Hill ice cream cone
Cornwall, Pennsylvania: A Cannonball Drop commemorates the historic Cornwall Iron Furnace. The Civil War-era bowling-ball-sized cannonball is courtesy of Sgt. Damian Smith, command historian for the Pennsylvania National Guard
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania: Two pickles are dropped
Duncannon, Pennsylvania: A sled is dropped
East Petersburg, Pennsylvania: A large "Haydn's Jug" is dropped. ((Haydn Zug ran the general store on the square from 1925 until his death in 1969 at age 93. It is now the name of a restaurant in the square.)
Easton, Pennsylvania: A ten-foot Crayola crayon is dropped at 8 pm to accommodate children's bedtimes
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania: A giant M&M is dropped. This changed to a Dove chocolate bar in 2012-13; both Dove and M&M's are manufactured in Elizabethtown
Falmouth, Pennsylvania: A stuffed goat is dropped
Halifax, Pennsylvania: A Hemlock tree is dropped
Hallam, Pennsylvania: A replica of the Haines Shoe House is dropped (a shoe shaped house)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: A strawberry is dropped (it cracked this year during a test drop a few days ago and they had to quick make a new one)
Hershey, Pennsylvania: A Hershey Kiss replica is raised
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania: A lollipop is dropped
Ickesburg, Pennsylvania: A french fry is dropped
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania: For 2014, a steel mushroom will be dropped. Kennett Square, often called "The Mushroom Capital of the World" is one of the largest growers of mushrooms
Lancaster, Pennsylvania: A red rose is raised.
Lebanon, Pennsylvania: A 100-pound stick of Lebanon Bologna is dropped. The bologna itself is distributed to a local food bank and animal shelter following the drop
Lewistown, Pennsylvania: A bag of Hartley's potato chips is dropped
Lisburn, Pennsylvania: A pair of yellow pants or "britches" is dropped in honor of the Yellow Breeches Creek
Lititz, Pennsylvania: A Moravian star is raised
Liverpool, Pennsylvania: A canal boat is dropped
Media, Pennsylvania: A ball is dropped
Manheim, Pennsylvania: A ball is raised
McClure, Pennsylvania: A kettle is dropped in honor of McClure Bean Soup Festival
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania: A wrench is dropped
New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania: A box huckleberry is dropped
Newville, Pennsylvania: A big spring is dropped
Palmyra, Pennsylvania: "The Giant Shoe" is dropped
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Heinz ketchup
Port Royal, Pennsylvania: A sprint car is dropped
Pottsville, Pennsylvania: A bottle of Yuengling beer is raised
Red Lion, Pennsylvania: A wooden cigar held by a lion is raised
Richland, Pennsylvania: A cigar is dropped
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania: An anchor is dropped
Strasburg, Pennsylvania: Ping pong balls are dropped
Shamokin, Pennsylvania: A chunk of coal is dropped, turning into a diamond at the bottom
York, Pennsylvania: A white rose is dropped

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Happy New Year!

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SWEET-SUE 2/25/2014 8:17PM

    In Nashville, TN, ("Music City"), we drop a guitar!


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HAKAPES 1/3/2014 6:37AM

    What is this tradition about dropping things? I've never heard about it!

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2DAWN4 1/1/2014 8:31PM

    Marcus Hook, PA: Nothing is dropped by pots and pans are banged at midnight!

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NEW-CAZ 1/1/2014 3:51AM

    Happy 2014 to you my friend emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/31/2013 9:05PM

(`v) Just stopping by to say hello
``.. ♥..+***+...♥...+***+..&
(`v) Wishing you all the best for 2014`
. (`v) ♥...+***+...♥
(`v) . Thanks for the daily laugh and information.....
blessings and hugs..........
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PATRICIA441 12/31/2013 7:22PM

  You and I girlfriend are going to Drop Weight! We are going to make this the very best year ever!! Wishing for very best for you. Sending lots of hugs!

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BLUBIRDY00 12/31/2013 6:41PM

  This was so fun! Thank you for sharing! Happy New Year! emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 12/31/2013 2:33PM

    WOW!! I had NO idea! I always thinking of confetti! emoticon Interesting facts and I thank you for sharing. AND...

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND THE BEST FOR 2014!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Fun Christmas! (pictures)

Friday, December 27, 2013

Several years ago we changed the way we do Christmas. Christmas shopping had become too much about how much to spend, what should we buy, would it fit?, would they like it?, would it need to be returned? It really wasn't fun. Plus, we're on fixed incomes (it's my Mom, DH, and me) so spending a lot on gifts didn't make sense.

What started as a practical solution has turned into a lot of fun. We buy each other ten $1 gifts, wrap each individually and put them in gift bags. We each end up with 2 bags filled with 10 gifts each bag. We can buy anything we want as long as it only costs one dollar, and can only spend $10 on each person. When we open gifts on Christmas morning it's hysterical! Some of the gifts are totally silly. One of the rules when we open gifts is that if anything is wearable we have to put it on. One year my DH ended up wearing two different pairs of socks, a knit hat, reindeer antlers and goofy glasses with a big nose attached!
This year both my DH and Mom gave each other goofy glasses, and DH gave Mom a clown nose. This is them posing in their gifts -

We had a blast opening all the gifts. It took us a good hour to get through them all and we had a massive pile of paper in the middle of the floor. Cosmo played with the tissue paper we piled up, ripping it to shreds!

The cats got dressed in their holiday finery too -

Toby -

Cosmo -

Henry -

After opening gifts we watched two DVD's - Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, and had more laughs!

It was a fun, laugh filled day!

Hope you all had a Wonderful Holiday!

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PATRICIA441 12/28/2013 4:50PM

  You Rock Girlfriend! What a terrific idea and so much fun too! Love the pictures too! Have a super weekend! Big High Five and lots of hugs. Pat

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SONGBIRDPAULA 12/28/2013 10:22AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon And Howdy! From the DFW area of Texas!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this blog and looking at all of the pictures that you shared with us.It is very evident that a good time was had by all! Everyone looks so festive in their new decoration wear! Thank you for sharing part of your celebration with us.

Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/27/2013 3:10PM

    SWEET!!! Hugs Love the pictures.

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NEW-CAZ 12/27/2013 12:45PM

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AWESOMECHELZ 12/27/2013 12:38PM

    I am going to share that idea with my family and friends. Thanks for it! So many of us have limited incomes and it is SO difficult.

I love the photos. You have a special family and your cats are adorable! I can't believe they let you dress them up. My cats would go crazy if I tried.

My cats, Lucy and Baby, send their love to Toby, Cosmo and Henry. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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-SHOREIDO- 12/27/2013 11:58AM

    Thanks for sharing your fun with us!! Great stuff and nice way to spend the day off the beaten path.
A Happy and Healthy New Year to all of you!!

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GOODFAITH 12/27/2013 11:30AM

    A wonderful way to ease the stresses of Christmas! I'll try it next year, though I'm not sure Tulip would take kindly to a Santa costume... emoticon

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PRINCESS_SOFI 12/27/2013 11:19AM

    Aww the cats are adorable. I will have to dress mine up next year.

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SUSMAX 12/27/2013 11:09AM

    Sounds like a great way to spend Christmas! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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