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Monday, September 22, 2014

Having just finished an incredible week in Branson, Missouri, with a group of RV Sparkers, this is a good time to consider what I want to do for BLC 26, and the rest of 2014.

My expectations are to resume the habits I know work for me that I've let slide, specifically tracking all of my food and staying in calorie range. I also need to plan my meals ahead, a week at a time, because I make less impulsive choices when I plan. I will continue to make exercise a priority but focusing on nutrition will lead to the 5 pound loss I want to see.

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SPARKED2BFIT 10/6/2014 10:24PM

    A big CONGRATS on being in maintenance!! it can be just as tough as losing weight and planning seems to be the basis of success on this journey, even life itself although it's nice to have spontaneity once in a while to add excitement and variety.

Your support and encouragement on my latest blog is appreciated...thanks!. Have a nice evening, a great week and a beautiful season.

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TXGRANDMA 9/25/2014 8:41PM

    So glad that you had a good time with the RV'ers in Branson! I wished we could be there but we did have a wonderful time in Hot Springs, Arkansas with our Good Sam's group. I see that you are staying in Little Rock for a while? I thought Arkansas was beautiful, had never been off the interstate before in that state. emoticon

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JAMER123 9/24/2014 11:12PM

    We did have a ton of fun in Branson!! I hope we never stop having fun as it keeps us young. I enjoyed our visits and meals together. I know what you are saying about getting back on track! Once we get back to TX and I have a pool and lots of walking space, (as it Branson didn't) I hope to take off the summer's gain and more!
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SHARONSPARKLE 9/23/2014 3:31PM

    We surely did have a fun week in Branson!

I am proud that you have kept the majority of your weight loss off. The few lbs you want to lose will slip back off if you go back to tracking!

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CHRISTINEBWD 9/22/2014 8:45PM

    emoticon These all sound like good plans to meet your goals! Hope you lose those pesky 5 pounds! :)

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NORASPAT 9/22/2014 8:29PM

    I am so glad you all had a good time.
I would have been really unhappy not going but having my Granddaughter and our son and DIL I have many busy hours.
I let us wait too long to do much traveling. Happily I can find endless places to go to in Maine. I met another Spark friend here and we had a very nice time together for 2 days.
I hope you and your DH can have many R.V. jaunts. You are in an area where you too have many places to go to. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROCKPORT9 9/22/2014 7:37PM

    You know what works for you! emoticon

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How Do You Really Feel About Challenges?

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Weeks 8 of 8

Record a blog telling us what a Challenge means to you. Iím going to assume that this question addresses group or team challenges, and not ones we set for ourselves away from Spark.

For the last week of a challenge I joined 7 weeks ago, we need to write a blog describing what a challenge means to us. This is my third year with Spark People, and I can truly say that team challenges, no matter what team Iíve joined, have helped me become better informed about my health and better able to keep my weight in check. emoticon

In my first year I lost a lot of weight, and reached my goal in my second year. Since then Iíve regained 10 pounds, and seem to juggle gaining and losing the same 2-3 pounds. Itís frustrating, but then I remember that I still am 40 pounds lighter than when I started this whole journey. I am not at my maintenance weight, which was set by my doctor, and do need to lose that last 10 pounds. That said, Iím still working on it, and challenges keep me from quitting.

Challenges have helped me develop healthy habits like strength training 2-3x per week, drinking 8 glasses of water a day, tracking my food and exercise, and eating much ďcleaner.Ē I get regular cardio most days, and miss it if I donít. I eat breakfast every morning, something I did not do for more years than I want to share!

Challenges have also helped me gain and give support. I value the friendships developed on Spark, and will certainly continue to seek out group challenges.

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CASSIOEPIA 6/13/2014 11:24PM

    Currently love the bingo challenge!

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MARYDSAN 6/13/2014 9:59AM

    I agree-if nothing else they add the element of focus-which for me is so very necessary!

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GRLTAZ 6/8/2014 5:09PM

    Marianne, well said my dear friend, well said. The challenges help us focus on different parts of the whole that make for healthy living. Keep pushing ! That last 10# will drop away.

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PKCTTS 6/7/2014 11:11AM

    They seem to be an essential part of my staying at a healthy weight and fitness level. And I'm so glad that they so often include spending time with you. emoticon

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    You, my Spark Friend, always add to any Challenge you are involved with. It takes dependable people to make them work and you are one of the best! You will reach that final goal but in the mean time focus on your success and just emoticon

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    Well said and I agree completely!

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NHES220 6/3/2014 4:50PM

    I agree, the challenges help me reinforce my healthy habits. Good for you, you'll tackle that last 10 lbs!

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ROCKPORT9 6/3/2014 4:40PM

    emoticon Challenges can help you be more focused and build supportive friendships. emoticon Hugs, Laurel

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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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