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"Normal” HEALTHY BMI…in 299 days & some NSVs too

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Normal” HEALTHY BMI…in 299 days & some NSVs too

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I DID IT! In 299 days I DID IT! I weigh 136 lbs. and now have a “NORMAL” HEALTHY BMI of 24.9

When I started my Spark journey on Jan 1, 2011, I weighed 190.1 with a BMI of 34.8, right in the middle of the obese category. I didn't even know my number then. I knew I was fat, I just didn't know how bad it was, numerically speaking, I mean.

I am now down to the “normal” healthy category. Why do some people call it "normal"? I prefer “healthy”.

I have never liked the word "normal".
Maybe because I have been called abnormal.
I don't think I am abnormal, just anti-normal.
Normal is highly over-rated!
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I weighed 120-125 all through high school and got up to a high of 135 in college...still in the healthy range...though, at the time I thought I was as big as a barn.

I weighed 115 when I got married 14 years ago...my natural weight at that time was 120-129...I lost extra weight for the wedding pictures...mistake…my DH even said at the time, that I was too thin.

I weighed 125 when I got pregnant with my first child...
gained 50 lbs...mistake...
lost 45 lbs.

3 years later...
weighed 130 when I got pregnant with my second child...
gained 60 lbs...mistake...
lost 60 lbs.

gained all 60 lbs. back when my brother-in-law(like the brother I never had) died, I mourned and grieved his death medicating my sad self with food for years.

It's worth repeating, to maybe help someone in some small way...I used food as part of my grieving process...
learn from my mistake...do NOT do that!



So here I am today, back in the healthy BMI range. My body is not the same shape as it was 14 years ago. When I had my huge baby boy, my hips opened up like the Grand Canyon, and did not go back to the previous position like they did after the birth of my DD.

Wouldn't you just know it, this is all a man's fault. emoticon


I not sure if it is age or mommy gravity working here. The weight just seems to be in different places than it used to be. I need to work on tone in the upper body. If I could take the extra mommy belly skin and make it into some sort of Joey pouch that would be great! You know, when you need a third hand for something...just use your Joey pouch. emoticon
Could make it a fashion statement too, maybe some tattoos or piercings. Why not? Hey ,could I get Spark points for that?




Will I just wake up one day and say "this is it"? "This is my goal weight"? I am not sure where my natural body weight will be now.

I feel like I have already won the war, so to speak. So do I say "done"? My life habits have changed permanently. Thanks Sparkpeople! I do not fear the last quarter of the year, as in the past. I am confident I have what it takes to successfully get through:

Halloween parties...

dysfunctional family functions...

trick or treat...

Thanksgiving...

dysfunctional family functions...

holiday baking...

my birthday...not sure which one...

dysfunctional family functions...

Christmas...

parties...

did I mention...dysfunctional family functions...






Almost forgot about the NSVs...

My latest NSVs:

Two of my co-workers have said that I need to STOP losing weight. emoticon

My son called me skinny the other day. He is only 10...but still. emoticon

I can wear a SMALL now. I did miss out on some great medium fall pants that I had. Oh well, not complaining. My pants are size SMALL, 8s and 10s. I can even wear some EXTRA SMALL tops. emoticon

And a negative NSV if there is such a thing...

The operations manager at work ran a stop sign in his company truck, totaling it. It was delivered to our shop on a flatbed. It was a mangled mess. He was lucky to walk away with only 5 broken ribs. We had to get company property and his personal belongings out of the truck, so the insurance company could take it. It was a full size club cab pick up. But there wasn't much room to get in the cab. The cab had been reduced to about half the original size. None of the guys could squeeze into it. So one of the them said, "Hey Trish, I bet you can get in there." I could fit! So lucky me had to clean out all of the crap. At that moment, I thought, for a brief second, that I wouldn't have to do this crap if I wouldn't have lost all of that weight! NO! It was so worth it! Bring on the crap!



And I would like to thank you for the support and encouragement along the way...Sparkpeople...
my Spark friends
my Clover team &
my Onyx Outlaws team...
I really appreciate it!
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Spark on!
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Trish

  
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AGAPEJOY 12/2/2011 2:24PM

    emoticon You did it!! I guess all that exercising counts for something. Keep up the good work. All the best to you!


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EJOY-EVELYN 11/27/2011 10:14PM

    Congratulations! -- You won the war! The rebel in you should know there's another war around the corner that will pull at your shirt tails and you'll need to be strong. People of envy will sabotage your efforts to continue your losses towards a mid-range BMI . . . stop when you know you're ready to stop. Stay strong, stay focused, and continue to practice healthy living habits, like those modeled in the 5% challenges, and you'll be fine! The warrior in you will serve you well! My best to you as your rock another great challenge.

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CAROLJ35 11/27/2011 9:38PM

    You are such a good writer! I giggled the whole way through.
Hope you stay on Spark because you are such an inspiration for the rest of us. We are all so proud of you and your accomplishments!!!

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LUCKYSWIMGIRL11 11/5/2011 8:30AM

    Congratulations!!!! What an amazing accomplishment! You have so much to be proud of and you are such an inspiration. Again, congrats!!! And like you said, your changes are part of your life now, so no going back. Well done!

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KIPPER15 11/2/2011 9:42PM

    Wow! Great job and good advice. I have a fridge magnet that says normal is just a setting on the washing machine. emoticon emoticon

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CHANGING-TURTLE 10/31/2011 11:02PM

    CONGRAT YOU GO GIRL YOU HAVE INSPIRED ME TO KEEP GOING THANK YOU

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/31/2011 9:05PM

    You go girl!!

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CMPEARL 10/31/2011 3:30PM

    emoticon! Thank you for posting your success story! I couldn't help but laugh over the mommy weight dispersion and the Joey pouch...I could totally make one of my own with my C-section belly that just won't go away! LOL!! I love being on the Clovers with you...you always provide a spark when I need it the most :) emoticon

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 10/31/2011 12:35AM

    Great blog. Funny to read that losing weight and getting small sometimes doesn't work out to your advantage. But it still had to feel good to be able to do that!

I know what you mean about goal weight. I had a goal in sight, and hit that (160) on April 15. I just kept doing what I had been doing and slowly but surely I'm still losing weight. As of this morning, I weigh 139.2. When is it enough? To me 160 was fine. I"m loving being in the 130's. BUT....I'm so afraid to try to be normal. I'm afraid as soon as I do, I will lose control and GAIN!

It's a fine line we're walking. You never had an enormous weight problem like me, although I know your problem was just as real. But it's hard to know how to be normal now in everything, now that we have normal BMI's. I'm afraid that for me, normal is THIS lifestyle. This constant vigilance, counting every calorie of everything I put in my mouth and denying myself much of what I'd really like to eat. I guess that's okay though, because with this weight loss I have GAINED so much!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 10/30/2011 3:03PM

    Fantastic... I am so happy for you.. and a teeny wee bit envious... I can't wait until I am posting a similar blog!

You have become another motivator for me to keep moving my fluffy butt!

Way to do the work and get the reward!

~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)

"plan to work and work your plan"

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 10/30/2011 1:28PM

    I love the anti normal!! I remember telling my mom that normal was boring emoticon

Way to go on being in a small!


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REDROSEMARIE 10/30/2011 1:27PM

    Wow, what a feeling that must be! Congratulations! emoticon

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KITTEN0908 10/30/2011 11:05AM

    Awesome! Congratulations!

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IGSBETH 10/30/2011 9:30AM

    Awesome!

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VAWHITE 10/30/2011 8:28AM

    Wow! With all the ups and downs and those notorious ...dysfunctional family functions...(I feel your pain!), you still did it. You are an inspiration to me. I don't have as much weight as you did to get to a healthy BMI, but it's taking me forever. I need to make a concerted effort to change some lifestyle habits that are holding me back.

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46SHADOW 10/30/2011 8:26AM

    Way to go! inspirational!

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DAS92687 10/30/2011 7:48AM

    Fantastic !! I love all of it emoticon

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LOPEYP 10/30/2011 5:45AM

    emoticon Congrats!

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SNUZSUZ 10/29/2011 6:36PM

    Congratulations! What a good feeling that would be!

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WALLAHALLA 10/29/2011 2:51PM

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Glad to celebrate with you!

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KELLEEH 10/28/2011 2:19PM

    Wow! I am SO HAPPY for you! Congratulations! I love your NSVs, too!

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MOSTMOM1 10/28/2011 6:35AM

    Anti-normal, I LOVE it! Trish, you are AMAZING! Healthy BMI? What?? Amazing! Bring on the crazy crap, you totally have it covered. Go You!
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GUITARMAMA80 10/27/2011 10:50PM

    Woohoo! emoticon

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CAPECODLIGHT 10/27/2011 8:47PM

    Absolutely wonderful! Congratulations!

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BABYSTEPS84 10/27/2011 5:22PM

    PROUD of you!!!

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IGSBETH 10/27/2011 12:48PM

    Way to go!

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SPARKARINO 10/27/2011 10:49AM

    Wow that is fantastic -- that's an accomplishment! Hope you enjoy all the upcoming holidays and congrats for figuring out how to handle dysfunctional family events -- I am still working on that!
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MISSY455 10/27/2011 12:25AM

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You are doing so well! I reached my original weight loss goal of 50 pounds, and then adjusted it after that. I realized it wasn't enough, and agree about the body not being what it was pre-children, or 30 years of indulging and dieting. I don't expect to get the old body back, but I want to feel comfortable in my own skin. I think I will know (or hope I will know) the weight when I get too it. You will too!

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RUARUGBYNUT2 10/26/2011 9:06PM

    HI TRISH
Fab blog you must be thrilled to lose 4stone 4lbs in just over 8months thats fantastic no wonder your a Sparkmotivator. And you know out of the mouth of babes and all that SKINNY have to change your identity to SkinnyGermanIrishGirl!. There,s no way your gona fall of the wagon and pile the pounds on & dont you just love it to be told to stop losing weight you know its worked when your collegues tell you cos they aint family!.
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APIRLRAIN888 10/26/2011 8:53PM

    Awesome congrats!!!!!

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COMPUCATHY 10/26/2011 8:49PM

    That is so awesome! I am so happy for you! It's great to hear from someone who has made it to the "promised land" of a healthy BMI...that's where we are all headed...come on guys...it's over here...she found it! Congratulations! Keep up the good work! Spark on! emoticon

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-CHERYL 10/26/2011 6:30PM

    This is an awesome blog post!! I know too much about the dysfunctional family thing too.



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MINDA31807 10/26/2011 6:23PM

    WTG! The holiday season can be rough, you can do it though.

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DOTTIEJANE1 10/26/2011 5:27PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Congrats to you .I am happy for you . JOB WELL DONE .

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MELLIL 10/26/2011 5:10PM

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Goooooooooooooooo YOU! That is totally emoticon!!!
You have really stuck to your guns and you got the job DONE!
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JENNIFER_67 10/26/2011 4:28PM

    emoticon That is great. So proud of you!!

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JUSTCHELLE75 10/26/2011 3:16PM

    Congratulations

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TEXASFILLY 10/26/2011 1:14PM

    emoticon emoticonand a big emoticon on your emoticon success, sister! *hugs* YOU DID IT! I'm so proud of you I could emoticon (jump for joy)! *hugs* Celebrate well, dear Trish! You've earned it! emoticonBB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 10/26/2011 11:18AM

    Congrats to you! I laughed when I read the part about the Joey pouch and how the weight moves. You ain't kidding sister! I put on a belt that I hadn't worn in 20 years, when I was last at this weight. And although it fit, it was waaaaay further out on the notches than it was 20 years ago. Now the last place to go is my muffin top...but I'm not at "healthy" (aka normal) BMI yet, so there's hope!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/26/2011 10:58AM

    Fantastic!!
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love your story! and your negative NSV made me giggle :)
I also hear you about things not being in the same places - I am now what I weighed in high school (or less) but things aren't where I left them!

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CHALLENGER15 10/26/2011 9:22AM

    emoticon for both the inspirational and funny blog this morning. I always like inspirational/motivational and I was in horrendous need of funny today so thank you, thank you, thank you, SMALL Clover! emoticon

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FITNESSMONSTER8 10/26/2011 9:21AM

    Congratulations!!!! emoticon

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LOSEITFORLIFE83 10/26/2011 9:13AM

    emoticon I'm working towards getting in the 'Normal' BMI range also. Let's see how long it takes to get there.

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    Woohoo! Congratulations on reaching a *huge* milestone! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMTONOAH 10/26/2011 9:06AM

    Congratulations on reaching a healthy BMI! What an incredible milestone. I love your funny blogs emoticon emoticon

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ELIZINJAPAN 10/26/2011 9:02AM

    Congratulations!!!!! Nice job! It feels SO good to break into that "healthy" category, doesn't it??

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I said MAYBE to the dress...

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

At the local Labor Day festivities, emoticon a day before our 14th anniversary, my DH says"Here's what I am thinking..."


When he says that, I get nervous. It sometimes involves a lame idea--think rope, chainsaws, and ladders. emoticon Sometimes it involves OUR money going to my in-laws, which irritates me to no end. Sometimes it is perfectly harmless and I let him have his way.



This time he says, "since next year will be a big one, I think we should renew our vows." emoticon


What?



You see, big one, is a relative term here. We lived together TEN years before we got married. emoticon




I know, I know. I just wanted to be sure he was the one. emoticon



So every year at anniversary time, he looks at 2 different gift choices. This year was 14 years or 24 years with his adjusted math. I don't care, as long as it involves jewelry. emoticon



Now you are saying, wow, its a good thing those two people found each other. That way, they are not screwing up two other peoples lives. emoticon



So with his adjustment, next year will be 25 years. I have never known anyone that renewed their vows. I have been to 50th anniversary parties. They seem to be celebrations of the mere fact that two people lived together and didn’t kill one another.


What adds more "ew" factor is that he wants me to wear my wedding dress. emoticon



WTH! I weighed 115 lbs. when we got married.


And he thinks I could get into the dress NOW. emoticon



Oh that is really sweet honey….YOU NEED GLASSES!



WHEN I get to goal weight of 119 I don't know if it will fit.



But you know what…it doesn’t matter. emoticon



According to a SP quiz I took…I love my body. My results:



How Positive is Your Body Image?

Quiz by Liza Barnes, Registered Nurse and Health Educator
Body image affects how you feel about yourself, how you project yourself, and how you care for your own health. Answer the following questions to find out where your body image stands now—and how you can improve it.
You love your body.

Congratulations! You have a positive, healthy image of your body and tend to treat it with respect. You realize that there are far better ways to spend your time than obsessing about the way that you look, and you incorporate healthy behaviors into your lifestyle in order to feel better, not just to look better. Keep up the good work and don't let others pressure you to change if you're already happy with your body.






I didn’t think of it like that before. I thought I was just accepting the aging process.


I didn’t want to fight it…and it beats the alternative of being DEAD.


So it is OK with me that my boobs hang so low I could throw them over my shoulder like a Continental Soldier…as long as I don’t trip over them, that is all that matters. emoticon




And my hips opened up like the Grand Canyon duing both pregnancies. After the second, they did not go back.

Oh well…the Grand Canyon is a beautiful place. emoticon




So I said...


...here is what I am thinking...yes, I will marry you all over again…just maybe not in that dress. emoticon




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BSEANACAIN 3/4/2012 11:12AM

    alright

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 10/31/2011 12:39AM

    Funny! I tried on my 41-year old wedding dress. It was a 12. I'm wearing 8's and 10's now. The wedding dress won't zip up. I know sizes have gotten smaller in the last few years, but I also blame my changing body shape. OMG, I laughed at your boob comment. SO TRUE! When I lay in bed, mine disappear. OH...there they are, laying off to the side. Literally, they hang to my waist when I'm upright. TMI!

So if you can get into your wedding dress again--KUDOS! But a new dress would be so much nicer!

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AHODGES7 10/4/2011 9:39AM

    Looks like you are having a BLAST!
Good for you Trish, congratulations!
Keep Looking UP!
Andrea

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TRICOTINE 10/1/2011 12:19PM

    CONGRATULATIONS on 25 years and how romantic to your husband to want to marry you again!!! emoticon

You made me laugh a lot too! I love what you said about the boobs and the Grand Canyon! emoticon

Have fun picking up a new dress! emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 9/14/2011 9:19PM

    LOL! You crack me up... the boob thing... totally get you there!

Have fun planning. I'll bet you find an awesome dress! Congratulations on those 25 years. That's awesome!
Chris

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TEXASFILLY 9/14/2011 7:47PM

    *ROTFLMAO* You, dear Trish, are a woman after my own heart! I love your wild sense of humour~ and YES! As long as it involves jewelry! *LOL* What's that saying: Some women like poems, others like flowers~ I prefer jewelry! *LOL*

Congratulations on 25 years with one man! My hat's off to you both! Celebrate well~ *hugs* All the best, BB~

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FTHOODBABY 9/11/2011 8:40AM

    You can do it!!!

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LNDASMS 9/11/2011 5:32AM

  he is a keeper!

emoticon on your summer 5 % challenge...one of three out of 53...that is amazing! You rock!

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ANGEL636 9/11/2011 5:07AM

    Good excuse to buy a beautiful new dress and some matching shiny things. That is really sweet, gotta give him credit for wanting to do that.
We want photos & am so glad you love yourself just the way you are.
Beautiful! emoticon

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LOGCABINMAN 9/10/2011 4:38AM

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SCRAPDAWG2 9/8/2011 4:22PM

  emoticon on the soldier and grand canyon...too funny!

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CMPEARL 9/8/2011 4:00PM

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I am in complete agreement with Dottiejane1...enjoy this special anniversary!!

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DOTTIEJANE1 9/8/2011 10:12AM

    This is soooooooooo sweet , get a new gress and have fun planing. Marry the guy again !!!!!!

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ADEWYN 9/8/2011 8:25AM

    What a nice idea :) renewing the vows :) and as for the dress i think that is cute....weather or not you do the dress or not it was sweet he notices and is supportive and Have fun planning that party :)!!


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KELLEEH 9/8/2011 8:08AM

    How cool! You and your hubby sound pretty awesome! Me, personally, I would have no desire to wear something I wore 25 years ago (my taste was pretty bad back then lol), so I say Bring On the New Dress!

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REGAN49 9/8/2011 6:07AM

    Great blog!!

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BABYSTEPS84 9/8/2011 3:00AM

    That was a fun blog to read. Pure fun.
I'm very happy for you!

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GLORYBLOGS 9/8/2011 2:46AM

    Awww. And I was just thinking I'd like to take Hubbie on a second honeymoon.

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MELLIL 9/7/2011 10:05PM

    PFT! The heck with the dress or the pounds or the hips! THAT MAN is a KEEEEEEEPER! You BETTER marry him again! emoticon MY husband didn't propose to me the FIRST time! And YOUR husband's done it TWICE!
That is toooooooo sweet!

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NEWMAC2011 9/7/2011 9:38PM

    What a great blog! Happy 14th or 24th Anniversary. It's wonderful that you have such self-acceptance. We can all learn from you.

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NYS_EMT 9/7/2011 9:13PM

    Your husband sounds very sweet... it's usually the women wanting to renew vows and whatnot! :)

And I LOVE LOVE LOVE what you said about the Grand Canyon! I have two beautiful children and baby 3 on the way and I have to tell you I have been having some SERIOUS body image issues lately, but your comment REALLY helped! So thank you for that! :)

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46SHADOW 9/7/2011 9:06PM

    AHHH! So sweet. get the new dress!

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CHALLENGER15 9/7/2011 8:42PM

    I think that is a wonderful idea!

Maybe DH is showing great support for your sparking efforts in talking about the dress? I think that is sweet...

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/7/2011 7:32PM

    That is so sweet!

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/7/2011 7:17PM

    This blog is absolutely hysterical.

Loved it. I think it is sweeter than sweet.

You go girl!

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MINDA31807 9/7/2011 6:55PM

    How sweet! emoticon

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FINALLYBEINGME 9/7/2011 4:36PM

    Oh, that is the sweetest thing to get your vows renewed. Your hubby deserves kudos for that idea :). I'm sure you'll look beautiful no matter what dress you wear. emoticon

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AGAPEJOY 9/7/2011 2:37PM

    My cousin is actually renewing her vows at the end of the month for her 25th anniversay. But, I also, know someone that renewed her vows at 15, if not less, too.

Lovely, thought from DH, lovely. I like it.

Blessings to you.

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RUARUGBYNUT2 9/7/2011 2:35PM

    You have never known anyone who renewed their vows
because there are,nt too many as lucky as you two after 25years
together who obviously still love each other.
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Congratulations and GOOD LUCK on the next 25
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MTULLY 9/7/2011 2:20PM

    You have a good head on your shoulders and a great sense of humor (and self!). How wonderful to have such a romantic husband and how lucky you both are to have each other. You have a great plan to make your 15/25th anniversary a truly memorable occasion. Go for it!!!

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CAPECODLIGHT 9/7/2011 2:12PM

    Too funny (and sweet at the same time)!

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STACMOMTO2 9/7/2011 2:10PM

  Yay! My parents resaid their vows and it was alot of fun. I plan to do so as well, but we are only on #11 ;) I told hubby that we will do so someplace warm, on a beach! So glad you have great thoughts on your body image... I agree with others you will look great in whatever you decide to wear. Congrats!


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IRISHBEANERGAL 9/7/2011 1:10PM

    What a lovely thing for him to suggest - he's a keeper! I'm impressed (even if it does involve ladders and rope LOL)

~Irish

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/7/2011 12:58PM

    I have to say you got me with the "Wow" comment!

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VICD25 9/7/2011 12:31PM

    You are delightful! Really made me chuckle.

Good luck on the wedding dress. I go rid of the dress my BF kept asking me to wear so now I can say. . I just don't know where that is.
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wedding dress or not, it's great you have such a loving hubby!
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LOPEYP 9/7/2011 12:06PM

    You have a great attitude! Have fun at whatever you do and whatever you where.
I mentioned renewing vows to DH once and he said "Why I haven't forgotten the original ones?" I thought about it and decided this was true. Nice excuse for a party and second honeymoon though. emoticon

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MJK0430 9/7/2011 11:46AM

    What a lovely blog, it has me grinning ear to ear. I love the adjusted math!

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ANIMAL_L0VER 9/7/2011 11:14AM

    Woohoo! Awesome that you have such a great body image! Awesome that he wants to renew your vows (aww)! Awesome that you will look beautiful no matter what dress you wear!

So happy for you!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/7/2011 11:12AM

    How awesome!

With that dress or another - it is awesome he wants to do that!

I wanted to renew ours but DH wasn't "so inclined" so we didn't.

Go get 'em girl!!

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It is NOT not about the Twinkie(fill in the blank-- junk food of your choice)in your grocery cart

Monday, September 05, 2011

It is NOT not about the Twinkie(fill in the blank-- junk food of your choice)in your grocery cart

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Please, no Twinkie bashing. I don’t even like Twinkies. I think I subconsciously used the word Twinkie, because one of my co-workers uses the word to describe an incompetent co-worker(the company president’s daughter). She is a sweet girl, not very intelligent, not good for the company(it is a waste of money to pay her). She doesn’t want to work there, but she can’t land another job, despite her numerous attempts. So she is like a Twinkie.


Just for the record, there were no Twinkies in my cart. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


While in the grocery, waiting in line, looking in my cart, and other shopper’s carts, I had some random thoughts in my head. emoticon Thank you SparkPeople emoticon. It went something like this…


Imagine the body that you want to have. Not the airbrushed, super model, cover girl body. The body that you will feel comfortable inside. The ideal body weight for you. emoticon The fit and trim you. This is your vision for YOU. This is the starting point and the point we will re-visit. This starting point has nothing to do with the excess weight you have. If you focus on the weight, this will not work. emoticon Getting fit and trim is rarely about the weight. Well if it’s not about the weight, what is it about?


It is not about the food. BUT it is NOT not about the food either. This is where emotional eating comes in, (well duh—do people really say that?). Food is fuel for your body. To sustain and nourish it. Not something you do when you are bored, sad, grieving, pissed, or feeling out of control. If you can eat an entire box of Twinkies and get to that goal vision you have for yourself, then GREAT. Knock yourself out. But if the Twinkies are getting in the way of achieving that vision…WHY are they in your kitchen? Or WHY are they even in your grocery cart? Is the food in your cart going to help you reach your goals? Or is it going to get in the way of your vision?


Does your body even want the Twinkie? No, your mind wants the Twinkie. Eat what your BODY wants, and STOP when you’re full. Don’t clean your plate! emoticon I don’t care what Mother says. She knows how to push those buttons because SHE installed them!


Commit to making the changes you want. It is not going to take care of itself. It will take time and effort. emoticon And above all, celebrate your successes. emoticon Take time to reflect on your achievements.


Be realistic.
Be happy.
Be Sparked.


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ZIPCONTROL 11/28/2011 3:22AM

  What a great thought !!! Hello my mind...you no longer decide what I eat ! emoticon

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PHIREBALL 11/20/2011 8:20AM

    I know twinkies are not a healthy choice for me. BUT, for me they represent a powerful connection to my grandfather who used to work in a Sunbeam bakery in Clarksburg, WV. When I'd go visit my grandparents it was all about fishing, homemade pies, picnics, and a visit to the BAKERY. The bakery had this wonderful baking bread smell and we'd watch the conveyor belts with all the different kinds of bread being kneaded, moved, baked and packaged. It was facinating! And the visit always ended with a package of Hostess Cupcakes or Twinkies. See the problem? Spending time with my grandfather (that I'd give my right arm to see again) = Twinkies! This is a powerful emotional connection to the darn things. But I don't eat them anymore. Lord I miss 'em. But I had to let them go. Besides, somewhere along the way, they changed the ingredients. They're not as good as they used to be. Wish I could see my grandpa again.

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BRAVEHEART4ME 10/31/2011 12:29AM

  Nice blog!

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SUNSHINE20113 10/21/2011 12:49PM

    This really gave me the lift I needed today! Thank you!!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 10/20/2011 2:17AM

    I agree and I always tell myself: "What will that food do for your body??" Good insight to have.

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TOASTIE 9/7/2011 2:15PM

    Totally agree -- my body wants good nutrition! But will settle for empty calories if I am not giving it what it really wants! And will settle for chocolate if I don't drink enough water.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 9/6/2011 11:54AM

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IMIN2GENES 9/6/2011 11:44AM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing the insights.
Chris


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TGSM64 9/6/2011 11:37AM

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JENNIFER_67 9/6/2011 9:44AM

    So, so true!!

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MOOSEMUFFIN 9/6/2011 4:40AM

  That is AWESOME...thank you so much...I love your blog.



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MOOSEMUFFIN 9/6/2011 4:36AM

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MOOSEMUFFIN 9/6/2011 4:36AM

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REGAN49 9/6/2011 3:45AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Great blog!! Guess you can tell what my weakness is!! LOL

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MTULLY 9/6/2011 12:51AM

    Great post! You made several key points, but the one that spoke loudest to me was your line: "Commit to making the changes you want. It is not going to take care of itself. It will take time and effort." Such a simple truth, but so easy to forget when weight loss slows down. Thanks for the reminder!

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YUMYUMJENNY 9/6/2011 12:12AM

    I loved this, thank you! I am definitely going to think twice about those Twinkies (or emoticon in my case). :P

And I also enjoyed that comment, Lopeyp!

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BABYSTEPS84 9/5/2011 10:36PM

    I loved the twinkie talk! :D
We all seem to know someone like your 'twinkie' at work - interesting to call someoe like that by that name - it made me think a little.
Thanks for making me think! It's good to reflect BEFORE you buy your food!

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READYRACHEL 9/5/2011 9:48PM

    Great insight. Thanks for sharing!

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MOSTMOM1 9/5/2011 9:36PM

    Ah, SparkGuru, I bow to your wisdom.
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THETURTLEBEAR 9/5/2011 8:00PM

    Good insight!

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GLORYBLOGS 9/5/2011 7:52PM

    Great Post. emoticon

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SCRAPDAWG2 9/5/2011 7:46PM

  I really like this. I am going to use that as my new mantra. emoticon

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LOPEYP 9/5/2011 7:05PM

    You are right! It's your mind that wants the Twinkie! I once watched an interview with a morbidly obsese man at the Brookside Clinic (I think that's the name of the place). The interviewer asked if he ever considered having gastric bypass and he said no and then said that the surgery he needed was here (and he pointed at this head). How true!

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MINDA31807 9/5/2011 6:05PM

    Food is still one of my trouble areas, lots of not so healthy things end up in my cart.

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LOGCABINMAN 9/5/2011 6:05PM

  You are so funny...and right too!

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TAKINBACKMYBODY 9/5/2011 5:38PM

    Awesome advice emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 9/5/2011 4:53PM

    Excellent advice! Thanks! Loved the part about Momma knowin' how to push those buttons 'cuz SHE installed them! *LOL* So true! Thanks again, dear heart! *hugs* All the best, BonnieBlue~



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LNDASMS 9/5/2011 4:47PM

  I loved this. I am going to remember this next time at the store.

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-CHERYL 9/5/2011 3:59PM

    I love your explanation about how a Twinkie can be used to describe a person! I like looking in carts sometimes to, I mean what else can you do while waiting in line?

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MAGGIE805 9/5/2011 3:14PM

    Great blog and I will definetly think twice before I put the bag of M n M's in the cart. I just need to remind myself of just how happy my body gets when I eat nutritiously. emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 9/5/2011 2:41PM

    And what about those deep-fried Twinkies that they talk about at the state fairs? emoticon

I haven't even really thought about Twinkies in years...but I have had thoughts about a lot of other foods that are NOT good for my body...you are absolutely right! It's a mindset...

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IILAAD65 9/5/2011 2:20PM

    I like this!

I need to sit down and write a Self-Road Map to ME at my goal weight.

Since I have heard/read this twice today I really need to do it!

Thanks!!

Beth

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/5/2011 2:19PM

    One of my biggest challenges in the beginning was to not clean my plate. What we are taught as kids can stick with us.

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JENNYD97 9/5/2011 1:32PM

    I often think about what is in my cart or what other people have in their carts. I am not mean in my thoughts but sometimes I do wonder why certain things are in certain people's carts and I always try to think of a "good" reason LOL. My carts are always funny I think I will have weight watchers and lean quiseens (how ever you spell that) and fruit along side cookies or something for the hubby, who I am slowly trying to wean off the junk and at home I am succeeding but I am not sure about when he is at work :)
I totally agree whatever gets you to where you want to be is what you need to do :)


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KELLEEH 9/5/2011 11:12AM

    Love it! This is great! Thanks for the inspiration!

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AFRESHSTART2 9/5/2011 10:39AM

    emoticon blog! It all comes down to your mindset - not the food you eat! If you have the right mindset then you will automatically take the positive actions that lead to your goals!

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CERIUSLY 9/5/2011 10:32AM

    Great Blog!

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MELLIL 9/5/2011 10:19AM

    emoticon!!! I'm going to point our team to this post at the beginning of our FALL challenge -- it is perfect for that early motivation! Thank you! emoticon

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MOUNTAINMERMAID 9/5/2011 9:41AM

    Can I come Move in with You???
Loved this informative,TRUE, Inspiring Blog!

emoticon On making YOUR 5% Summer Challenge GOAL!!!

PROUD to be a emoticon Too!!!

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SPIRITELLO 9/5/2011 9:31AM

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DOTTIEJANE1 9/5/2011 9:20AM

    GREAT blog , we all know your take on diet is emoticon thanks for sharing .

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MARCHEM 9/5/2011 9:07AM

    So true! Eating healthy (I just ate Cheerios with blueberries) makes me feel better than eating twinkies (or other junk)! For me, its not about the scale, its about how the clothes fit and how I feel.

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FINALLYBEINGME 9/5/2011 8:47AM

    This whole weight loss thing is definitely not about the food. Great blog :). emoticon emoticon

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YO~YOLANDA 9/5/2011 8:45AM

    Nice perspective!!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/5/2011 8:42AM

    great blog!

I don't think "mom" came up with clean your plate either - I think it might have come from "the great depression" when you were lucky to have food on your plate and didn't want to waste it.

like the ideas you have planted about the food helping you or just feeding an idea in your brain.

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ANGEL636 9/5/2011 8:30AM

    Very well said, Thanks Trish emoticon

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TERRIPAL1 9/5/2011 8:29AM

    Nice blog we all know you're right lol!!
Damn twinkies, I must say I like that expression for your underachiever coworker!
Thanks! emoticon

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GR8DAY2SPARK 9/5/2011 8:28AM

  Reading your blog was a great way to start off my week. Enjoyed your postive attitude and motivating comments. (I must say that the title DID catch my attention!)

As you so aptly stated:
"Be realistic. Be happy. Be Sparked."
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ANDYSGIRL73 9/5/2011 8:21AM

    I like it!

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CAPECODLIGHT 9/5/2011 8:20AM

    Eating what your body wants, not what your mind wants - really struck home for me. I'm going to use that next time I am craving some useless food. Thanks!

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a NSV that WARMS a MOTHER'S HEART

Saturday, August 13, 2011

A NSV that warms a mother's heart emoticon emoticon

Actually, I had 2 non-scale victories this week. emoticon The first happened at the water-park. I always keep a swim-bag packed, ready to go, in my car. Sometimes we are spontaneous and just decide to go swimming on a whim. We had not been swimming in about a month. We decided to go the other day. I didn't have to pack the swim bag, so I didn't think about my suit not fitting. When we got there, I put my suit on, and was shocked, happily so, that my suit is now TOO BIG. emoticon YEAH! emoticon I’m going to miss that suit. I liked it so much, I bought it in 2 different sizes (that was the smaller one). Oh well, glad to let it go.


My proudest NSV, up to now, happened when we went to Taco Bell after the water-park. By the way, not my restaurant choice, but sometimes you have to go along to get along (with other people, I mean). We hardly ever go to TB. First, let me say, in January, when I started my Spark journey, I did not force my new eating habits on my family. I knew they would come around with less resistance if I let them come along and join me at their own pace. At first, I had to prepare separate meals for myself. But not anymore. The DH and both kids are on board 100%. They are all into shopping for and preparing our food together. Which is FUN! That whole Spark thing changing other areas of your life really works! I feel like I am a better mom. emoticon

My 9 year old son was the first one in the Taco Bell door and the only customer in line. The cashier asked him for his order. He spied the printed pamphlets listing the nutritional values. He said "Oh wait a minute, I need to check your nutritional values before I can order." The cashier looked like a deer in the head-lights! I said "At-ta boy!". After he ordered, I asked him how he decided what to order. He said, in such serious tone, " Well, I looked at the fat, sodium, and calories of everything." emoticon

Both of my kids ordered water to drink. emoticon The self-serve pop machine did not have the water button clearly marked. There was a man at the machine finishing up when my kids started to get their water. He could see my son trying to figure out the water thing. And he asked him what he was trying to do. My son said "I am getting water". And my 12 year old (going on 17--yes, I know I am trouble) daughter said to the guy, without any hesitation, "That's what your body wants." The guy was probably thinking that I have my hands full. I LOVE the monsters I have created! emoticon

So, for me, as a mother, I am proud that they are "getting it" at such a young age. And I didn't have to force it on them. To me, that is the best NSV I have ever had. emoticon

Spark On...Together with Your Family!
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YO~YOLANDA 9/5/2011 8:56AM

    Good job Mama!!! Those are some Great Tools to pass along to the kidd-os. Now that hasta feel reeeeal good!

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ANDYSGIRL73 9/5/2011 8:27AM

    Aawwww...this is what it's all about! emoticon

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AMANDA_A_725 9/2/2011 11:05PM

    Awesome! What a great role model you're being for them!

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LITTLELADYHOPE 9/1/2011 1:52PM

    AWESOME!!! Congrats, babe!!

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FINALLYBEINGME 8/19/2011 8:47PM

    Wow, I am so impressed that your kids are "sparking" as well! Great job :). emoticon

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MARTHA503 8/19/2011 2:42AM

    OMG! Awesome! Wow, what an accomplishment. I love your monsters. Great job, mom.

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MEADSBAY 8/14/2011 9:36PM

    omg- YES!!!!!
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DOTTIEJANE1 8/14/2011 5:12PM

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DANCINCAJUN1 8/14/2011 3:51PM

    you go girl !! fantastic emoticon

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BABYSTEPS84 8/14/2011 12:36PM

    I'm not a mom - but I still liked your blog :)

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ELIZINJAPAN 8/14/2011 3:01AM

    That's just awesome!

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MISSY455 8/14/2011 1:49AM

    emoticon wins both!!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/13/2011 10:35PM

    ADORABLE!!!

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JATHUENER 8/13/2011 10:22PM

    he listened that does feel good and for your suit to be too big you had a 2 for 1 deal woo hoo

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ELSCO55 8/13/2011 9:39PM

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TARANITUP 8/13/2011 9:37PM

    This is great! My 2 year old will join me in a Jillian DVD and say "eh-size Mommy? Eh-size?" haha :)

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MELLIL 8/13/2011 9:17PM

    emoticonGOOOOOOO MAMA!!! That is totally emoticon!!! And emoticonon the swim suit too! emoticon

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TGSM64 8/13/2011 8:57PM

  I really "liked" your blog. This has motivated me to try and change my kid's eating habits. emoticon

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REDWRITINGHOOD 8/13/2011 7:59PM

    emoticon My youngest is trying to eat better, but the rest of them will be slower to jump on board, I think, lol.

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IMIN2GENES 8/13/2011 7:29PM

    Awesome! I've noticed my 9 year old has been checking out labels too. Now, if I could get her on the whole water thing consistently!
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NEWMAC2011 8/13/2011 6:45PM

    That is fantastic! First that your smaller bathing suit doesn't fit and second that your kids are on board with the healthy lifestyle (actually I think I should reverse the order!) I bet they will influence their friends and who knows how many people will be positively affected by your journey! I can relate as my DD is very into health. She actually ate a salmon cake tonight & liked it! It's great that we can make sure that our kids won't have to suffer through what we have.

Good for you & your kids!

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MARCHEM 8/13/2011 4:36PM

    Way to Go!

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LATVIAN_SANDY 8/13/2011 2:50PM

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WHIRLEDTRAVELER 8/13/2011 2:08PM

    Wow! Yay for you. What a great day, bathing suit, kids, and all.

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LOGCABINMAN 8/13/2011 1:34PM

  Your kids are so lucky to have you there to educate them now. It is harder to learn later. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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-CHERYL 8/13/2011 1:01PM

    That is totally awesome!! I love that the kids are on board with the healthy way to eat! My 18 year old is because of weight lifting. He's brought me home stuff from Taco Bell & Subway saying "You can eat this, it's healthy! I love that your bathing suit didn't fit!!

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JENNIFER_67 8/13/2011 12:03PM

    That's fantastic!! My boys are not quite that into it yet. But they do choose fruits and vegetables over chips or candy, and water over soda. So that's huge. Congratulations on setting such a great example for your kids.

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ANGEL636 8/13/2011 11:00AM

    How rewarding to put something on that is loose emoticon
& don't you love is when the kids make the best choices. What a great mum you are. WTG.

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LNDASMS 8/13/2011 10:57AM

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LAKEGAL81 8/13/2011 10:33AM

    That's awesome that your kids are making great decisions for themselves and not being forced into it. emoticon

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KELLEEH 8/13/2011 10:00AM

    Great stories! I love your non-scale victories! Your kids are awesome!

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EUPHRATES 8/13/2011 9:57AM

    That is awesome! Way to go mom!!

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GAYLLYNNE 8/13/2011 9:53AM

    Fantastic!! You are doing a great job and have instilled a life long love of being healthy in your children! emoticon emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/13/2011 9:49AM

    First, I didn't have any idea what an NSV was!

WTG on raising your family right!

I did the same with DH - cooked separate meals, his first. Now he demands his share of the veggies!

Spark On!

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TRICOTINE 8/13/2011 9:46AM

    emoticon Your kids ROCK!!! emoticon emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 8/13/2011 9:21AM

    Wooty, woot, woot! Bet the TB staff was bemused for the rest of the day. And the swimsuit was a sweet surprise! Good for you!!
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DOTTIEJANE1 8/13/2011 9:15AM

    Love your blog of NSV .What an emoticon day . Be proud of the kids and your too bug suit .YEA!!!!!!!!!!!

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HEALTHYOTTER 8/13/2011 9:08AM

    Great victories. I truly can't imagine my kids passing up soda for water :) Hope the too big suit stayed in place well enough! emoticon

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CMPEARL 8/13/2011 8:56AM

    Awesome, awesome, AWESOME NSV!!!! What a proud moment as a Mom...great job on teaching your family on making better choices!!! emoticon

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Vacation—tips that helped me pack my bags and avoid packing on the extra pounds

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The word “vacation” doesn’t mean to vacate your new healthy lifestyle that you have worked so hard to achieve. I picked a mini vacation for my reward for reaching the half way point of my goal weight. If you don’t have rewards for yourself, I strongly recommend it. It can be a great motivator and they don't have a cost a lot either. For example, I buy myself a goodie each week---how cheap! While I was eagerly anticipating my vacation that I had worked so hard for, I was concerned about undoing all of my progress up to that point. So I armed myself before I even pulled out of the driveway.

We (family of 4) stayed in a condo with a full kitchen. So I had the benefit of making my own breakfast and snacks every day. I also packed a picnic lunch or supper every day. We decided before we left home, only one meal out per day. That is not only Sparkplan friendly, but also saved $$ too. Here’s what I packed:

Healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack items…same food as when I am at home

Water …and more water

Coolers and ice packs…to take food and water on daily excursions so you don’t get hungry through out the day…my husband is still in shock that I must eat 5 times a day

Measuring cups and spoons…ya, I still measure everything

Food scale…measure and weigh…I did not take the bathroom scale though, I only weigh once a week. One week out of the month, I gain and lose 5 lbs. in that week. Net gain/loss is zero. I just accept that 1 week out of 4 the scale is not going to move for me.

Pedometer and HRM…to monitor all of my activities, make even sight-seeing count

Fitness DVD…just in case I did not get enough cardio or strength training in every day

Droid smart phone…for tracking everything that goes in…when up in the mountains when I had no service, I would take a picture of what I was going to eat and add a “sticky note” in my phone with a brief description so I could enter it later on SP.

Laptop…used it at night to do my Sparktime…track at least food and fitness everyday.


Just because you are on vacation is no excuse for not working out. No matter where you are, you can do SOMETHING. There was a treadmill and elliptical and weights at the condo for guest use. I didn’t use them, but I did swim every day. I also took a fitness DVD with me. For this particular trip, I wasn’t too worried about getting in fitness minutes. We did a lot of strenuous hiking. The kind where it is just as much of a workout going down the mountain as it is going up. And I volunteered to carry the water for added weight…more calorie burn. And it was still less weight than I carried up the mountain last year. It was fat instead of water.

For meals that we had to eat in a restaurant…I engaged the Mom Veto Power…NO buffets, and sometimes we ordered 2 or 3 meals and split them 4 ways. Here’s where the phone came in handy. I could look up food BEFORE I ordered. If I had to estimate something, I went on the high side to be safe. I enjoyed decadent foods IN MODERATION! Yes you can enjoy good food without deprivation.

Be realistic in your goals…I only expected to maintain my weight during my vacation time. But I actually lost 1.5 pounds. I tracked everything every day. I stayed in calorie range every day but one. The day that I did go over, I still had a differential because I was so active that day. If you are not familiar with the Single Day Calorie Differential Report, I recommend it. I look at that daily, and it really helps keep me on track.

Above all, have fun! And don’t feed the BEARS. In fact, just leave them alone. And don't pick the flowers either. This is my public service announcement/rant for the Great Smoky Mountains…I find it irritating that a mother bear and her two cubs have been removed from the park and taken to NC three times. According to the ranger, they think she MAY become too aggressive(with humans that are irritating her). HELLO, maybe she doesn’t want to leave. It IS HER HOME. When in the wild, YOU are the guest, so act like one. OK, rant over.

With a little planning you too can Spark while on vacation! And if you do pack on pounds while you are on vacation…so what…just get back to SP when you get home.

Spark on!

  
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FIFIFRIZZLE 10/18/2011 12:21AM

    This is just what I need at the moment, I am planning two holidays, one driving holiday soon, just a week but I've been wondering how to keep with the program. Great ideas and so sensible.
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YO~YOLANDA 9/5/2011 8:51AM

    Excellent Planning!!! I am taking a mini vacay in a couple of weeks and I am going to ponder your words yet again...pack some of your tools with me...and let's go for that maintain...with a surprise loss! =D

Thanks for sharing!

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JOANOFSPARK 8/23/2011 12:46PM

    well, better late than never, I guess....but I just discovered this blog.....probaby because the word 'vacation' just leaped out and hit me. *grin* :) but it is a great blog and I really liked how you planned well in advance.. I will be going on vacation in September and while we are planning, well in advance, there will definitely be times when healthy eating is not to heard of...we are taking plenty of water along....and my pedometer, and though I will not be able to get online....well, not sure about that, certainly not with my phone, but there might be some access along the way at some of the Comfort Inns that we will be staying ....so it is not an impossibility but I will definitely be tracking both my meals and exercise in my handy dandy Calorie King food and exercise journal....just have to remember....everything in moderation...especially in Vegas.....*grin* but we will be doing lots of walking and even though I am taking a wheel chair, I plan on walking part of the time, but the wheel chair will make it much more enjoyable for all of us...but, I do plan on coming back at least one lb lighter.maybe more.....we will see.*grin* but I know that I can do it...just because it is there, doesn't mean that I have to eat it.:) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 8/2/2011 9:14PM

    emoticontips here!
I love the 'mom veto power'
I rarely gain wt on vacation-
I try to stay active.
DH and I spent 9 days in Paris (!) in April, put 70 miles on my pedometer and I only gained 1lb.
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FITNESSMONSTER8 8/1/2011 9:59AM

    Thanks for the great advice. I always find vacations the hardest time to stay on track.

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FINALLYBEINGME 7/30/2011 11:46PM

    I am so impressed with all the planning you did in advance for a healthy vacation! emoticon

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SSORENSEN1 6/20/2011 10:47AM

    You are proof that "It's a lifestyle, not a diet!
Thanks for sharing, soo inspirational! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 6/18/2011 10:27PM

    All GOOD STUFF! Congrats on the weight loss too - WOO HOO!!

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JOMAMA 6/18/2011 3:29PM

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MOSTMOM1 6/18/2011 12:04PM

    Oh you smart, smart girl! GOOD JOB!!
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/18/2011 11:55AM

    Your bottom line says it all - do the best you can and deal with it when you get home again!

WTG!!
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WONDERJUL 6/18/2011 10:53AM

    Loved it! My two favorites things that you said were "be realistic" and "the Mom veto".
Thanks.
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NUOVAELLE 6/18/2011 10:24AM

    Really useful advice! I'm going on vacation next week and I really don't want to mess it up. Thanks for sharing. Have a beautiful weekend!
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SWEETNIGHTSHADE 6/18/2011 10:23AM

    Thanks for the tips! I'm getting ready to spend 8 days in Vermont for my graduate school residency, and these are great tips not only for traditional vacations, but for business travel as well.

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