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Two Years

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

What a lovely surprise from one of my teams this morning - a reminder that this is my two year anniversary of maintenance! emoticon

Even though I'm 10 lbs over my goal weight, I have kept 47 lbs off, so today I choose to celebrate that achievement. Tomorrow I can go back to lamenting the fact that I'm not perfect! emoticon

I have made so many changes in the nearly three years I've been with SparkPeople. I track my food daily, drink lots of water, and eat breakfast every day. I have developed the habit of daily deliberate exercise - no one is more surprised than I am!

So emoticon to SparkPeople, incredible team support, and the many friends I've made.

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THREEWHALES 4/15/2014 7:59PM

    emoticon Marianne!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 4/15/2014 7:37PM

    Congrats! Awesome job on the maintenance. You CAN do it.

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POPSY190 4/3/2014 2:57PM

    emoticon that's a wonderful achievement!

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DOGLADY13 4/1/2014 4:34PM

    Great! You are an inspiration.

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GRLTAZ 4/1/2014 3:51PM

    emoticon Fantastic accomplishment. Glad to know you Marianne ! You motivate me more than you know. thank you for that BTW. TC

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FITAT50 4/1/2014 1:16PM

    emoticon Congratulations!

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ROCKPORT9 4/1/2014 11:31AM

    You are wonderful! emoticon Hugs, Laurel

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TANYA602 4/1/2014 10:44AM

    What a wonderful way to start the new month! Congratulations on your achievements!

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PKCTTS 4/1/2014 10:35AM

    emoticon Way to go Marianne!

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Arts and Charms - Struggles With Crochet

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Hogwarts team offers some interesting challenges and I particularly like the Arts and Charms class; we tackle a different project every week. These projects have the additional benefit of keeping my hands too busy to snack! emoticon

While I sew and can knit a basic scarf, I have never crocheted before. I did not expect to have such a tough time! I watched the videos, looked at online demos and referred to a book I have. I even dropped in on our local Chat and Stitch club where a patient woman, old enough to be my mother, spent 90 minutes teaching me to do a few basic stitches. I could tell she thought I was hopeless! emoticon

When I reported my sad progress in team threads, several people offered support and helpful suggestions. I couldn't give up now!

Last night and tonight I started all over again, until I finally produced something barely adequate. The pictures below show a couple of false starts and the final bracelet.

As frustrating as this experience was, it was a good lesson for this retired teacher. No one is good at everything, and everybody helps. Simple lessons I used to teach my students and a necessary reminder for me.

So thanks to the special Hogwartians for the encouragement, and to the other teams I've been neglecting this week, now you know why! emoticon

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GRLTAZ 3/24/2014 10:00AM

    Ahh, a lesson learned. Isn't life grand ? You did step out of your comfort zone and you can feel proud to have done that ! Tc

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PKCTTS 3/22/2014 12:28PM

    emoticon With all the things you are good at - I would have thought crochet would be a breeze. Wonder what the difference is. Crocheting is something even I can do.

So are you on a mission now? Or happy to put it away now that your one project is complete?

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MYLIBERTY 3/21/2014 6:25PM

    So true. There is a place for everyone because each person brings a special talent to this world.

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KIN59VARA 3/21/2014 4:36PM

    Sounds like a fun team! Good for you trying something new.

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JMOUSE99 3/21/2014 12:25PM

    That looks great Marianne! I remember crocheting when I was a teen, but I sure couldn't do it now without instruction. You must be proud of yourself for not giving up!
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MARUKI52 3/21/2014 10:25AM

    I learnt to crochet a few years ago and struggled at first until I found that,as having been a knitter first, if I put the hook in my right hand (being right handed) and then used the yarn in my left hand as I would if I were knitting - instead of moving the hook round the yarn I was putting the yarn round the hook - I was able to get on very well. It took a while to get my tension even but I mastered it and went on to successfully make a Doris Chan top for myself.

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DRADDIE 3/21/2014 10:10AM

    Way to go! I found crochet last year and have really enjoyed it! I picked up knitting too! Both of them require some good patience! Well done!

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ZOEANAEL 3/21/2014 8:52AM

    I started crochet in january and find it so relaxing! But I can't knit to save my life!

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HOLDINGMYOWN 3/21/2014 8:14AM

    emoticon it posted twice! It really must be emoticon eh?

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HOLDINGMYOWN 3/21/2014 8:13AM

    emoticon for hanging in there!! emoticon

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PEGGYO 3/21/2014 8:12AM

    you can do it!

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CHALLENGER15 3/21/2014 8:11AM

    I think it is MARVELOUS!

I have crocheted since my teens, and just recently my mom told me that she thought I "would never learn"! LOL! Knitting has not been the best experience, and even the knitting machine that my BF gave me is sitting in the closet! LOL!

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HSMOM2JE 3/21/2014 5:36AM

    Perseverance paid off--it looks very nice emoticon . Even those who have crocheted for a while (or any other craft), started at the beginning--nobody is perfect out of the starting gate..

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An Opportunity to Join Another Wonderful Team!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

With the start of 2014, I have been looking for new motivation, and new challenges. Several Spark friends have put a great new team together, Camp Wannaberfit, which I think combines the best from challenge teams I enjoy. As my friend, Pam (PCKTTS) says, "The team is about 2/3 full without going public. But we are still looking for some friends (both those we know and new ones) to join us. I'm just going to post the "Welcome" post here. It does a good job of describing the challenge."

Read the description below, and if this something you might be interested in, Sparkmail me and I'll get you an invitation.


We are a group of Sparkers that decided we want to move beyond weekly weigh ins and weekly challenges built by someone else. We know that pounds are not the only way to measure success. We need the flexibility of taking Tuesday off from exercise some weeks and donít want to feel guilty about it. We know what works for us, what our time constraints are and what we enjoy doing.

We enjoy hanging out with an active team; we need the support and the fun. We are also just a bit competitive and appreciate the fact that having a team depending on us can push us to work just a little bit harder.

With those things in mind, we put together this team. Camp Wannabefit consists of several challenges in the form of camp activities. There are a variety of exercise activities for you to choose from that range from beginner to seasoned athlete in difficulty. You have several nutrition options as well. Then we threw in some of what we call Life Style activities so that you can work on everything from organizational skills, to getting that stack of books read, to doing some writing and self-reflection.

You will have the ability to build your own challenge each week or build your perfect week once and then just get it done. The activities are lead by folks with experience in their subjects. So, if, for instance you want to become a runner Ė we have a great camp counselor all lined up for you with a plan for meeting your running goals. Want to get your Ooommm on - we have yoga covered too. Cycling, Strength Training . . . yep, we have them.

Traveling this week? Cut back on your camp commitments . Need to get ready for an event? Hit it hard. Have a race this week - you wonít lose points for needing to load up on those carbs. In maintenance? Take a simple Healthy Habits challenge and then join the book club or work on some other life challenge.

Each activity has a point value Ė thatís where the challenge comes in. You will be part of a team that is counting on you to rack up those points each week. Bragging rights are a wonderful thing!!

Space is limited, but we are an ongoing challenge, so as folks move on to other things, we will fill their space with folks from our wait list.

The challenge will officially begin on Sunday, April 13th, but we will invite you to camp ahead of that date so that you can get settled in. Hope to see you there."

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RONI122 3/12/2014 1:37PM

    Hey girlie!

I'm interested I the new team. Would love an invite.

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Hogwarts Arts and Charms

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Here are some pictures of my studio space for glass-cutting and creating small stained glass projects. Before we sold our house and moved last April, I had a huge glass studio in a 12 x 12 space, with counters, glass racks, and plenty of light. Now I have a bench at the far end of a shop I share with my husband, so I have just enough space for small projects. This is a close up of my 40 year old light box with space below the counter to store stained glass. The glass insulators are waiting for inspiration to strike me!

We re-purposed old cabinets for storage. The workbench is centered under a window with wall cabinets on either side above, and drawers and cabinets below. My daughter and her husband took these out of their house years ago and my husband saved them. Very handy!

The light box is where I cut the glass - my tools are within easy reach.

Having a dedicated area with natural light is important to me. Ventilation is also necessary because of soldering fumes. I can open the window and door, and there is a solar fan in the ceiling to help with cross-ventilation.

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SHARONSPARKLE 3/9/2014 12:04PM

    I see you downsized everything, your house and your Studio Space. I think you will enjoy the new smaller spaces. I'm glad to see you were able to find a nice area to make into your personal space. Now we anxiously await some of your finished projects!

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DISPATCH91 3/4/2014 9:45PM

    oh, how wonderful creative you are to do stain glass. Thanks for sharing.

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THREEWHALES 3/4/2014 5:32PM

Good job on showing us your work space! I cannot wait to see some of your completed projects. I love your light box! My light box is a plastic clear tub with Christmas lights inside. Works great for tracing my embroidery patterns onto material.
Great blog, thanks for sharing:)

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JFROGSPYDER 3/4/2014 4:35PM

    This is something I always wanted to do!! There is even a studio in a town near me that has classes. but no point now that I am moving!!!! Maybe there will be one wherever I end up living!!!! LOL!!!! LOVE your space, well organized & good light!!!!

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JMOUSE99 3/4/2014 3:11PM

    Very nice! I like the natural light.

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HSMOM2JE 3/4/2014 1:40PM

    I have a friend that does stained glass work too..She would drool over your space. I have glass insulators I am waiting for inspiration for too..some sit out in my flowerbeds to catch the light but that's about it. I can't wait to see some of your projects.

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MLDRLD 3/4/2014 1:20PM

    Your space is well organized! I'm anxious to see photos of some of your creations. Thanks for sharing with us!

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1MIN17SECB412PM 3/4/2014 12:30PM

    Oh, Marianne, this is sooo AWESOME!! I love it - I love it - I love it!! I *wish* I could watch you work!! I don't think I've ever done anything but repurpose and make 'do' and it's gone viral like 'saving the planet' when eons ago, I used to trek through the rivers and scoop up the human litter. Now, I feel so ***in*** LOL!! Thank you for inspiring me!!

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GRLTAZ 3/4/2014 11:21AM

    Marianne, looks like you have done the best you can do with what you have. Way to overcome and see your potential ! I love hanging fruit and small glass angels in my kitchen windows and mom loves southwest anything but especially kokopelli. Just some ideas. TC

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GOLFGMA 3/4/2014 8:27AM

    You have an ideal space for your art. Have seen several projects using the insulators. I received one as a gift on my birthday which is an insulator turned upside down, sitting in a black heavy iron wire shaped base with a tea light in the insulator . Hope you will post photos of your art in the future. emoticon

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Update Progress On SMART Goals

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Originally I said I wanted to lose 8 pounds during this BLC round and I've lost 3. The following behaviors are what I aim for daily.

1. Track all food on Spark tracker
This is a habit, so even if I go over calorie range, I track it.

2. Wear my SPAT and track exercise
Yep! Very motivating, especially if I need to take a walk or get on the treadmill to add some steps.

3. Stay within my calorie range, paying attention to sodium and calcium levels
Looking back at the last four weeks, I did this 22/28 days. Could be better!

4. 30 minutes daily exercise, whether it is cardio, ST, yoga or other stretching or balance activity
Except for two days when the bronchitis was really bad, I do get in at least 30 minutes of deliberate exercise.

5. Track my CICO every day for the duration of this challenge, aiming for a 500 calorie deficit a day.
This has been enlightening, and I'm well on my way to making it a habit. It's easy to see why I didn't lose one week - I didn't have at least a 3500 calorie deficit! My goal is one pound a week, so by the end of March I would like to lose another four pounds.

For me, paying attention to the numbers helps me be successful. I'm really close to my maintenance range and determined to get there.

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GRLTAZ 2/26/2014 3:52PM

    Marianne, I repeat myself, but we keep learning. Isn't great that it is in black & white to reinforce pretty much what we know ? You are doing really well with your goals. Keep it up ! TC

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CAROL_31649731 2/23/2014 9:04PM

    Sounds like you're doing VERY well. Consistency is key & you've found that key. Good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PKCTTS 2/23/2014 11:16AM

    emoticon I know you are back on track, so it's just a matter of time before you hit that maintenance range again. I've determined that maintenance for me is just a continuing of all the stuff that got me there in the first place. I love the numbers too.

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SHARONSPARKLE 2/22/2014 9:49PM

    So glad our Challenge has helped! I am going to continue checking my daily deficit after the challenge as it is such a good way of keeping on track.

You have indeed been sick, bronchitis is no fun! I think your new goals are very realistic and I'll be there to cheer you on come the end of March!

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SALGUOD2 2/22/2014 8:55PM

    Very realistic

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PFARRAR65 2/22/2014 7:14PM

    Thank you for the encouragement and all the good ideas.

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