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A&E Series 'Heavy'

Monday, January 17, 2011
This series is premiering right now on A&E. I am recording it because I have a lot of online catching up to do tonight. It will follow 2 people every week (20 people in all) on their weight loss journeys. This show WILL give you motivation to eat right and get moving. If these people can do it, so can you!

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GETFITNLEAN 1/19/2011 3:11PM

    Nope, I have not watched it yet. I plan on watching it while on my elliptical. Anyone else see it yet?

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SCAROUSEL1 1/19/2011 1:50PM

    Did you watch it yet? I'm thankful it is on Comcast's On Demand menu because I plan to watch the premier episode Friday while I ride my exercise bike.

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BIBS4664 1/18/2011 12:03PM

    Me too Mandy.

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MANDYG2898 1/17/2011 10:21PM

    I will have to check this out. I watch the Biggest Loser for inspiration!

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My Motivation & An SP Article

Thursday, January 13, 2011

After last weeks water heater issues, I am 'trying' to bounce back this week. Yesterday all the school districts in our area had off from school....except for my daughter's. The roads by her school were terrible and still aren't in great shape today. I extremely dislike driving when the snow/ice is caked onto the road. So I had a lot of anxiety about it yesterday.

I haven't been sleeping well so then during the day I am dragging and have no motivation to do much of anything. This cold, blustery weather isn't helping my motivation any either. I am really trying to get in gear today. I have laundry to put away, at least 3 loads to wash/dry and a lot of organizing I want to tackle around the house. I am taking baby steps and that's what I have to do to get back into the exercise groove and healthy eating again. I've gotta do it soon too because the pounds I lost a couple months back are creeping back.

I'm not sure if any of you have seen this article Coach Nicole from SP shared today, but I'm going to share the link in case you missed it. Do not be put off by the title '5 Reasons Why SparkPeople Suck'. This is a satirical article:

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SMYLEERED 1/16/2011 10:57PM

    Loved the article, it's worth passing around to friends in email. Taking baby steps is a good start. Don't bite off more than you can chew. It takes time, patience and lots of support.

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RCOMTE 1/15/2011 8:29AM

    To battle the winter blues, I find getting outside really helps! I shovel my walk, then go to neighbors and shovel theirs just to be nice. It's a workout as we all know. The air is so crisp. Really lightens things up for me. Or if everything is shoveled, I go for a walk. Then when it's time to come inside, the inside seems so welcoming b/c it's warm and toasty.

Being from upstate NY, I'm used to the cold weather. I lived farther south now, and I find most that don't like being outside aren't dressed warmly. It's so cozy being outside when you are bundled up.

Maybe I'm crazy though.

Anyway, just wanted to say keep plugging and try to enjoy little things everyday. Celebrate each task. You can do this!

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SCAROUSEL1 1/14/2011 5:17PM

    Never give up and never give in. You can do this! I am off to read the article you shared.

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TURNER1445 1/13/2011 10:46PM

  Great article. You will feel Better when the sun comes out. emoticon
we were snowed in for two days. Ugh! Take another baby step tomorrow.

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CITYGIRL27 1/13/2011 6:42PM

    Great article. So true. This place is amazing.

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55TUCKER 1/13/2011 4:53PM

    Thanks for your post. Enjoyed the article! Hope your sleep improves and keep plugging on the motivation step at a time.

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What Else?

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

So, I took down the tree today, re-arranged the living room and put some of the Christmas decor up in the attic. So what happens tonight? After I give the kids a bath and whilehubby is taking a shower, I go in the basement and there is water all over the laundry room and in the back storage area. The hot water heater burst! Yeah. It's been a long evening. Having a couple glasses of red wine so I can sleep soundly tonight!

Christmas night we had water over half the laundry room because we had roots in our lateral line. In the past we've had issues (flooding in the basement because of hurricanes, laundry hose on the loose, etc.) but never two incidents this close together. Is God testing our patience or what? We will survive. I am very thankful hubby has a friend who is a plumber and came over to help and will be back tomorrow morning. Guess who doesn't get to take a shower until this is all fixed? Me of course ;-)

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GETFITNLEAN 1/7/2011 11:04PM

    Thank you all! The new water heater was installed Thursday and I finally got my shower Thursday night. Today was a *snow day* for my 8 year old, but she spent the afternoons at a friends. So I caught up on some laundry (still a few more loads to do), but am hoping to get back on the elliptical tomorrow. Thanks again for your comments!

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SCAROUSEL1 1/6/2011 11:53AM

    Geesh! Talk about lame. I hate when you feel on top of it and something knocks you upside the head like that. I'm hoping that everything gets fixed quickly.

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KENDALL7261 1/6/2011 10:31AM

    Ugggh! I hope it gets sorted out, dried up and cleaned up! Hopefully this is the worst 2011 will get! All good straight ahead!

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NATIVE_ONE 1/6/2011 8:16AM

    Isn't always that way? Atleast for me it is, it usually happens all at once...and always the last one to benefit from something even as simple as a hot shower! Best of luck here!

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JUNEBUG160 1/5/2011 10:34PM

    ahhh maann! that bites big time but thank God for friends with skills! Hope the year gets better and better for you.

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Update~Down in the Dumps

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Hello Spark friends! Happy New Year! I hope these past few days of the new year have helped you decide on what your goals will be in 2011 and that you are taking the steps needed to achieve them. I was trying to be optimistic, but over the past few days, things have been bringing me down.

A few days ago (Sunday to be exact), I went through all my e-mails from SparkPeople and then went to the groups I am a leader for and welcomed every new team mate I could. I am so looking forward to incorporating SP and the members here into my life again! Even though I was feeling tired, I pushed myself to exercise. Although I did not feel any more energetic, I felt at least I did it. This was all on Sunday.

Yesterday, Monday, my tummy and digestive system was really bad. IBS or just paybacks from all the wrong foods I had been eating over the holidays? Today its a little better, but not enough that I feel I could get on the elliptical. And I weighed myself and it is official, I have gained 5 lbs back, so I have re-adjusted my weight on Sp to reflect the gain.

Then today, I had to take my dog to the vet because he needed his anal glands expressed. (I had dogs growing up and never knew of this problem until this dog....more info. here if you are interested:

He was actually into the vet for this same thing 3 days before Christmas but the vet could not express anything from the right side and told us to bring him back if he persisted licking or scooting. Well, we didn't bring him back in time and now she did express the right side, but he has an infection. This happened over the summer and let me tell you, it was miserable. Mainly because the steroid prednisone they put him on makes him drink water like crazy and then he pees on the rug!!!! We've had this dog for 12 years and he never had accidents, but this medication makes him not be able to hold it throughout the night. I'm in for a long week and a half and I'm hoping to try to not let accidents happen, but it's almost impossible. I'll be awakened during the night hearing him go on the rug. Last time he woke me up to go, but then he went on the rug anyway! I'm just a but bummed by all this.

Lastly, I feel my S.A.D.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) kicking in. It just might be a combination of the holidays being over and finally being able to NOT run around like a chicken with its head cut off! You'd think I'd be overjoyed to finally get some down time? The Christmas tree is still up. I plan on taking it down tomorrow. I guess I need to go sit in front of one of those lights emoticon

I called my husband when we got home from the vet and he was not happy with the prednisone Rx. So he called the vet and spoke to her after he did some research online. Turns out prednisone can be harmful to older dogs, not to mention there are other ways this can be handled....Omega Fatty acids being one way. So for now, we are NOT giving him the prednisone and hopefully will hold off and be able to return the meds (expensive!) I am feeling a bit relieved about this since it is a big burden off of me emoticon


Quick Update

Monday, December 13, 2010

Hello Spark Friends! emoticon

I just wanted to stop by to tell you all that I have been spinning the wheel (when I remember) on SparkPeople, but that's about it. I've been so busy shopping for presents, wrapping presents, cleaning the house, laundry, throwing a surprise sleepover party for my daughter, cleaning up, then having a family birthday party for my daughter. The a dear friend and neighbor lost her 2 year battle with cancer on Saturday 12/11/10, so I will be attending her funeral on Wednesday morning. None of the Christmas gifts are wrapped and I still need to buy some more gifts for certain people. I am trying to take a breather, but it is difficult. I can't wait to get back to a more 'normal' routine that include exercise and eating properly. I miss SparkPeople, but right now there isn't a lot of time to squeeze it in. I will return soon though!

emoticonMerry Christmas friends! emoticon

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MRSMILLER777 1/1/2011 10:19PM

    emoticon It's a NEW YEAR, so, it's time to make time for YOU! emoticon You have to take time off sometimes, BUT, you need to also make time for you and put yourself first! Here's to a healthy happy new year!!!!!

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EGRAMMY 12/15/2010 12:51AM

    Dr. Oz Fans look forward to your return. But we understand dad to day living gets in the way sometimes

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SCAROUSEL1 12/14/2010 8:55PM

    Thanks for the update and Merry Christmas to you too! You can start your journey to the new you when the new year begins.

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INIT2LIVEIT 12/14/2010 6:43AM

    Thanks for the update, we miss you on the team. Good luck with everything and don't forget to breath!

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SMYLEERED 12/13/2010 10:50PM

    Good to hear from you...this is a busy time of year for sure. Will see you after all the busyness ends.

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