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Hitting the Re-Start button

Saturday, January 01, 2011

I hate to use the "R-word". When you look at the stats and fugures about resolutions, most of them don't make it past the first few weeks. My goals are the same no matter what day of the year I make them. And here they are...

1. Watch food portions
2. Exercise more
3. Get organized at home and work
4. Give myself a break on occassion
5. Laugh more
6. Get in touch with old friends
7. Make some new friends
8. Get finances in order so I can buy a house
9. Watch more sunrise/sunsets
10. Take my camera out to play
11. Lose 1 pound a week till I get to goal weight, and NOT gain it back!!!
12. Eat more fruits and vegetables
13. Golf more!!!

2011... Here I come!!!
Wishing you all a Happy Healthy New Year!!!!

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EPHY-MARIA 1/1/2011 3:00PM

    Happy New Year and have a great fresh start! Hope to be back on track as well!

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 1/1/2011 2:42PM

    I love it! I think we Sparkers have an advantage over the general population--we know how to set goals and follow through (and we have the tools and support to do so!).

We are going to rock 2011, my friend :)

Keep up the amazing work!

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Back on track and feeling the (Group) Power!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The benefit to falling off the wagon is that some times, you need to fall a little, to see how far you've come.

Long story short... I started SP 1/10/10, Set goals, logged food and activities, blogged and followed all the rules. And then I reached "THE" goal. I had done it... I lost 30lbs just in time for my 25th High School Reunion, July 31st.

And then, I lost my spark. I stopped logging food, stopped measuring, worked out sporatically and didn't keep track. I gained back a couple of pounds. But I did one thing right. I kept coming back.

Last week, I decided to re-dedicate myself. I joined a gym on a short term basis ($25 for 30 days, just to make sure I LIKE the gym). I went in whole heartedly. Love the classes. Found some more support. And I am back on track.

One of the great classes I found is Group Power. It is an 60 minute barbell based weight lifting program, set to music, with a little core workout thrown in at the end just for funsies.

I have even started talking up SparkPeople to my GP Instructor. Hopefully, she will share with some others and bring some more peeps over to the Spark Family!

What it all comes down to... Fall down seven times, get up eight. Or as they say in Galaxy Quest... "Never give up, Never surrender"

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SHERRIJ61 1/13/2011 1:54PM

    I LOVE Group Power! I wish someone would record it on DVD so I could do it at home. I take the class at the gym every Saturday followed by an hour of Zumba!!! I can't make it during week. Classes aren't convenient. Keep it up!


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ROCKINFOX 12/15/2010 4:48PM

    Awesome on the Group Power class!!! Hopefully we'll see more sparkies here soon.

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ANELAKANOA 12/14/2010 8:25PM

  emoticon emoticonWe have a class like that at my gym called body pump, I've always wanted to try it but am to chicken. lol


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BUGSMOM211 12/14/2010 4:03PM

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I am overweight!! YIPPEEEE!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Now, that doesn't seem like a good thing to most. And many people wouldn't be happy with being overweight. I am.

The fact is... yesterday my Wii Fit said "That's obese!" when I stepped on the evil machine. Today... "That's overweight!"

It's a sign. I'm going in the right direction. I'm doing the right things. Granted some of that weight loss this week is due to the fact that I feel like crud warmed over and haven't felt like eating...

I'm waiting for the day when "That's normal!" happens. Until then, I'm happy being just Overweight!!

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CHRYS13 11/17/2010 9:13PM


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NURSESUSIE51 10/17/2010 10:09AM

    emoticon Can't wait to join you there!!

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PIXIEMOM13 10/16/2010 3:54PM

    Oooh, I hate when the Wii says "That's obese" . Might be one reason I'm not using mine at the moment. (LOL)

For me I believe 185 is the "magic" number to be only "overweight" by bmi. One day I'll get there and you can believe on that day I'll be singing and dancing like I won the lottery (LOL)

That's quite an accomplishment, congratulations!

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THEREALME2011 10/16/2010 9:45AM

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I just found out last night that I have to be at a weight of 168 pounds to be overweight. emoticon

I just got under 200 pounds this week emoticon

I so can't wait to see how that feels to be where you are today

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ABB698 10/16/2010 1:14AM

    Bet you never thought you'd be happy to be 'only' overweight!
emoticon that is a great accomplishment! Keep up the good work!

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GINNY1215 10/15/2010 7:30PM

    I remember doing the happy dance when I went from obese to just simply overweight! I did the happy dance like I had won the lottery. It is a great feeling and I am very happy for you! Much continued success!

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RAPIDASHRACHEL 10/15/2010 1:37PM

    ...Does it really say it like that? What kind of exclamation point is it? Is it an angry 'THAT'S OBESE! ARGH' or a cheerful 'Oh, hey, that's obese, that's great!'
Just wondering, lol.
I remember when my BMI was FINALLY in the overweight range, it made for a good day. Congratulations!!!

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MYSHANON 10/15/2010 12:53PM

    How do you like using the wii fit? BF and I are considering getting one but I've heard mixed reviews.

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PMAY0313 10/15/2010 12:50PM

    Outstanding! Keep up the great work!

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CINNAMONGURL06 10/15/2010 12:48PM

    emoticon Congrats! Wishing you continued success in the journey!

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MSKIZ69 10/15/2010 12:46PM

    emoticon I remember the thrill too! Welcome to the club!

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The chocolate monster and how I have tamed her!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Hello... My name is Gretchen... and I am a chocoholic.

I have learned that I cannot exist with out chocolate. I have tried. I go without for fairly long periods at a time and then... complete collapse, full on blow out, 2 days of calories in a single sitting.

I have learned that I can (SERIOUSLY... I CAN!!) have small amounts of chocolate every day. Yep, I mean in EVERY day. I bought a Costco bag of dark chocolate squares almost 6 months ago. I still have over half of the bag. I have 2 containers of Trader Joe's mini peanut butter cups in the cabinet, 3 months, not even 1/3rd gone on the first container.

No, the cabinet is not locked. No, I don't have a giant troll sitting in front of the door blocking it. I live by myself, so there is no one to stop me, but me. I know better than to sit down with a king size snickers bar. If I buy it, I will eat it.

What is the key? When I have chocolate, I have GOOD chocolate. I enjoy it, thoroughly. Have you ever really paid attention to what you are eating? I have heard it and thought it was a myth.

Try it some time. Take a small bite of something. Savour it. Chew slowly. Get all the tastes flowing through your mouth. Try it again with the second bite. Not as great, not as enjoyable, not as much impact.

So now. I sit, pull out my favourite piece of chocolate, eat it in small bits, and enjoy it. The little fun size bars work great for this. PORTION CONTROL IS YOUR FRIEND!!!

I love chocolate, but I love me more. I make allowances for it. I will work out a little more or eat a little less, but I will not deny myself.

Be well and enjoy life!!
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GOLFCHICK2-0 9/13/2010 12:26PM

    Trust me my SparkFriends, there are many more beasts to slay. I hadn't realized how well I had done with this one until I was out to eat with a friend who I hadn't seen in a while, actually, hadn't seen here since before loosing 30 lbs.

Sharing the Spark with friends has been great at keeping me going when all I want to do is dive into a pint of Ben and Jerry's!!

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EKKING 9/13/2010 11:26AM

    Love it!

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TINATC26 9/12/2010 8:15AM

    Great blog, Gretchen.. You are finding your way, one step at a time, my friend. Thanks for sharing, and for the inspiration. One of these days I'm going to re-discover my balance, and I never know what little thing I do or what blog or article I read is going to do it for me, but I don't waste any of the wisdom..for now, I must be content with taking your and others' tidbits and filing them away..

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ROCKINFOX 9/11/2010 11:27PM

    I'm with you totally on this blog. I will only have good chocolate and won't waste calories on some crappy watered down chocolate bar. Good for you for finding a chocolate fix that works! emoticon

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LEXUSIASIS 9/11/2010 8:34PM

    You have signed the peace treaty with chocolate that I have not been able to sign. If I have any at all in the house I will eat it all. Thanks for the inspiration to try just a bite. emoticon

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CHRYS13 9/11/2010 7:53PM

Taste, savour, enjoy......
I agree wholeheartedly. I will work-out a little more in order to have just a little time with my "favorites"!
Thanks for a great post!

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I'm donating blood today. Why aren't you???

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

This afternoon I am going to the local fire station for their Red Cross blood drive. I brought this up with the people I work with. Not a single one is willing to donate. The list of excuses is ridiculous.

Guess what... I am afraid of needles. The site of blood sickens me. I HATE being poked and prodded.

Just think about it... the person that receives your donation could be your friend, your relative, your child.

If you haven't donated blood ever, here is a link with some good information...

As someone who has had severe anemia issues, I used to get rejected 2 out of every 3 times I tried to donate... but I tried. Unless you have a condition that means you CAN'T donate, you should try.

If you are just pumping excuses instead of donating, consider it, the life you save may be your own!!

Oh yeah, and don't forget, you also get to have juice and cookies, guilt free, afterword!

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EKKING 9/10/2010 1:01PM

    Good for you! I used to work at the Red Cross, part time as a recruiter, pre-marriage. I used to donate every 56 days, on the dot. Got myself into a little anemia because I was donating so much! Now I'm good for 2-3 times a year, when they get a blood drive near me. And you are right. There is NO substitute for human blood. So when there is a shortage because people can't get themselves up the nerve to do it, that means people DIE. Period.

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TIGZMORDAN 8/12/2010 10:51AM

    I'm so happy that so many of you are happy to donate your blood to people who need it. I went to try and donate a few months ago. Unfortunately I'm not eligible for some stupid technicality that I'm not particularly happy about... my blood's as good as anyone else's... so would you please go an extra time, for me? :)

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CHRYS13 8/11/2010 7:21PM

    I donate as often as allowed. Having received that gift of life years ago, I'm mindful to pay-it-forward!
Way to go!

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CRAZYK8S 8/11/2010 6:44PM

    I tried the "tattoo" excuse but apparently if it was done here in the US at a licensed facility you can still donate...DOH! so I will be going in tomorrow. I don't like needles and they almost always collapse at least one vein. But I go...because I feel guilty if I don't.

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TXGLENNA 8/11/2010 4:53PM

  Good Job!
I went to a fair at the local hospital with a friend. She told me that she was donating blood afterwards, so I did too!
It has been years since I donated and I am so glad that I did! I will be donating again on a regular basis again.

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