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Holy cow!! I'm in One-Derland!!!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Okay, it's not "really official" yet. While I step on the scale most mornings for slightly obsessive reasons... My Official Weigh In Day is Tuesday.

But there it was this morning. 199.0. I did it 4 more times 199.0, 199.0, 199.0 and 199.0. I know that squealed a little bit, did a jig around my apartment. If I could have, I would have done a back flip.

So, I have now lost 30 lbs. That's 10 (count 'em TEN!!) tubs of Crisco!!
30 lbs. = 2 West Highland Terriers
30 lbs. is also the average amount of cheese that an American eats every year.

Once again, I thank you all. My Spark Friends, team mates and biggest support system.
You all RAWK!!!

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30 down, between 30 and 40 to go!!

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MEOWMMYX3 7/29/2010 12:57PM

    Congratulations on the 30 pounds......that is totally awesome!!!!

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KIYOSHI04 7/10/2010 8:02PM

    congrats girl. i cannot wait to be there with you some day.
i especially loved the part when you said if you could have done a back flip, you would have.

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WHEELS54 7/8/2010 2:08PM

Keep up the good work!

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    That's Great!!!! Keep It Up!!!

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IZADORA 7/8/2010 12:03PM

    Congratulations! Keep up the good work!

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Father's Day

Saturday, June 19, 2010

(Sorry guys, this might be a little heavy)

It's been 16 years worth of third Sundays in June since my Dad passed away. I miss him daily. I was the baby of the family, and the only girl. Yeah, as much as I could have been, I was "Daddy's little girl". My Dad wasn't perfect. But I have come to a place where I choose to see the good parts and not the other stuff. My parents were divorced when I was in High School. I'm not sure how they ever got together in the first place. I know that there were some good times. But they never fit together right. It was a good thing. I'm not one of those kids who couldn't deal with the divorce; I think I loved them both more for having the strength to admit that it wasn't working

My Dad was a Jack-of-all-trades. He was a mechanic, truck driver, cook. He was that guy who everyone in the neighborhood called when they needed help and he was always there. He was big and loud and friendly and had loads of friends. Dad had his first stroke in October of 1989. When you take away the physical ability of someone who works with their hands, they start to crumble. He wasn't one to sit still and read or work a crossword puzzle. But, even in the rehab hospital, he was doing okay, as long as there was someone else that he could help, someone that he could cheer up with a bad joke.

I stayed with my Dad when I graduated college in May of 1990. He was getting out of the rehab hospital right about the time I got a job in Boston. He needed help and I needed a place to live. Eventually, he was okay on his own again, for a while. I ended up moving out, but staying close. Long story short, there were more strokes, worse health issues and Dad ended up in a nursing home. There were so many times that we talked about things. I had said my peace with my Dad many times, not knowing if this would be the last time. I didn't want to have any regrets, any words left unsaid. And there were none. My Dad was gone for a long time before he finally passed, November of 1994.

Father's Day can be difficult for those of us who have lost our fathers. I decided to celebrate my Dad's life instead of continuing to mourn. Every year, I do something in his honor. I buy a new tool in his name. This year, I will be replacing the well used cordless drill I bought 10 years ago. I think of my Dad and smile every time I look at the art desk that I designed and built for myself. I remember when I bought my first car and he sat in the lawn chair and had me jack up the car and learn how to change a flat tire. I enjoyed getting my hands dirty when I replaced my alternator, with Dad over my shoulder.

He is with me still, in my heart. Happy Father's Day Dad!

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NURSESUSIE51 6/23/2010 12:27PM

    This was a great tribute to your father. I'm still fortunate mine is alive and well at 82, but I know the day will come when I will miss him terribly. And I love your buying tools every year to remember him. How creative!

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EKKING 6/20/2010 10:25AM

    That is a wonderful tribute to your dad. Thank you for sharing your story.

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CHRYS13 6/20/2010 7:52AM

    Such a beautiful tribute to your Dad! It's so wonderful that you carry him with you in your heart....

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CHUNKLEEN 6/20/2010 7:45AM

    This will be my 10th year without my dad... Kudos to you for how you celebrate your father's day.

Cheers to our fathers - may they rest in peace.

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A special quote

Monday, June 07, 2010

A friend of mine posted the following quote on facebook the other day. I can't get it out of my mind now. It needs to be shared. I hope that you all see yourself in this quote.

At some point you have to own up to how great you are, how beautiful you are, to how much inner dignity and potential you have. Stop complaining about what other people didn’t give you or do for you, or how they mistreated you. Take repossession of your Self and you will rise to a level of greatness that has been yours all along. ~ Michael Bernard Beckwith

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EKKING 6/8/2010 12:47PM

    That's a great quote. Thanks for sharing!

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CAPECODLIGHT 6/8/2010 10:39AM

    So true.... It's what we do with the hand we're dealt that makes us what we are.

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TINATC26 6/8/2010 8:49AM

    very nice..if we took ownership of our lives, imagine how much nicer the world would be!

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CHRYS13 6/7/2010 7:38PM

    Thanks for sharing...(not only greatness, but also a sense of peace and happiness!)

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Ben and Jerry's and Will/Won't Power

Monday, May 24, 2010

It's easy most days to avoid the pint of Ben and Jerry's Phish Food. Frankly, I don't even look most days because I refuse to pay $4 for a pint of ice cream But it was on sale! 4 for $10! That's just $2.50 a piece!

Here's how I used my Will Power:
I bought just one pint. I have succeeded in eating only one measured serving at a time, and I logged everything. I enjoyed every taste. (There is still half a pint in the freezer)

Here's how I used my Won't Power:
I did not buy 4 pints. I did not eat the entire pint in one sitting. I did not let eating this special treat suck me into the evil vortex of binging on bad food.

It was NOT "cheating". It was a conscious decision to eat something yummy. I logged every calorie. I was still within my calorie range for both days. I also worked out a little extra on both days. Not because I had to, because I was having too much fun on my Wii to stop.

I have control of what I put in my shopping cart. I have control of what I put in my mouth. And frankly, isn't that one of the things we are here to learn?
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CHRYS13 6/3/2010 7:42PM

    Great blog....great will and won't power! emoticon
I need to take this to heart when it comes to crackers....I've never met a cracker I didn't like, or at least introduce myself to. emoticon

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VICD25 5/25/2010 7:14AM

    Can those evil Girl Scout Cookies be far behind?
What great control you have. I passed the B&J stand in the airport yesterday and just about caved. . .I will take your lesson to heart.

(BTW, try the Skinny Cow Truffles. they are amaazingly rich. Not B&J rich, but pretty good).

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MEHOPEFUL2 5/24/2010 9:42PM

    That is what we're here to learn. Not dieting the old way but controlled and healthy with a measured dessert now and then. Your in your calorie range and guilt free, Yea! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REDHEAD582 5/24/2010 8:14PM

    Well done, I peruse the frozen treat aisle and if its on sale, i carefully read it and decide if i want it and want to count it. A few weeks ago i bought Haagen Dawes minis and they were yummy and totally within my calories.

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ROCKINFOX 5/24/2010 3:52PM

    Amen sister!!! We are here not to deprive ourselves, but to learn how to eat consciously. I'm proud of you for not buying 4 pints and sticking to only 1. I'm happy to hear that you did not go on an ice cream binge and end up eating the entire pint in one sitting. That definitely takes Will power!!!

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SATYAGRAHA 5/24/2010 2:21PM

    Good for you! I wish I had that kind of will/won't power when it came to Phish Food (HANDS DOWN my favourite-est ice cream EVER!). Perhaps you'll inspire me to find some will/won't power! emoticon

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DEBNICU 5/24/2010 2:15PM

This was the exact comment my DH and I had at lunch today.
I did not eat within my calories but I tracked every bite and my weight stayed the same.
I enjoyed what I ate and I am back to my healthy eating today.
I know if I would have deprived myself I would have started the downward spiral the way I have done before.
New healthy living, a new way of life, for a lifetime.

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My Vision Collage... Finally!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Since I started with a GIGANTIC piece of posterboard... i filled it. Here are some of the details:

Both sides of the collage are lined with small orange squares. Each square represents a calendar square for a Monday, which is my weigh in day. They are all dated and I will put my current weigh, total lost and weekly progress. (note to self… maybe start with smaller poster board next time! :-)
Beat this date (referring to the orange square with the date of my 25th reunion). ‘ 43’ on the square closest to my birthday.
There is plenty of white space left for golf, Red Sox and any other references.

Here are the words that I selected. Since the board is so big, it's hard to read
Start => / Start something Good / Plan it right with… / investment in your health / Start the New Year with our proven program / Rules for Healthy Eating in 2010
eat healthier, live happier / Go ahead , throw your weight around. / In the Know.
Healthy Heart / Wake Up Energized. / Healthy living. /The path from health leads to happy.
Whip up some fun. / Easy as Pie. / The friendship Factor. / Important Facts.
Burn Baby Burn! / Wii FIT. / Water your body./ More energy. / Game on!
Flawless beyond any stretch of the imagination. / Look on the Bright Side… 
The enlightened Cook.
I made up my mind that if opportunity ever did knock again, I would say yes no matter what.
If you can walk, you can work out. / 50 small changes that can make a big difference.
Oh, yes I can! / Commitment. / Elevate. / Nail it. / More than a snack. / On your mind.
Good(enough). / Strong Bones. / Copy that! / Dance your health out.
This year, bring fresh ideas to the table. / Super-fun sweets.
Food 4 thought. / The goods. / More choices.
Our new rules for healthy eating may surprise you. / Not having to give up the things I love.
Get your power back. / Smaller dress size. / Sensational. / Get the look.
Comfort food. / Choose a sensible lunch option. / PARTY.
The cheese is everything. / We hear you… /Good health./ Top secret.
The winner is… Longevity. / Super. / Oops! / Perfect 10. / Healthy dinners.
Where good living meets good eating.
The results speak for themselves.
Finish =>
To be continued…
Zaftig (definition) For I am, and always will be a curvy girl!!) Picture of Mae West and ‘Zaftig’ magazine cover
Center of the page has the cut out from the SparkPeople article… Look familiar?

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MEHOPEFUL2 5/24/2010 9:45PM

    LOVE IT! and an inspiration to work on my own! emoticon emoticon

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OSUBUCKI101 5/23/2010 7:09AM

    Visualization is key and you have all of your motivators front and center. It looks great and will no doubt help you on your journey.

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CHRYS13 5/23/2010 12:28AM

    Wow! Now that's is the person who created it! Good for you! You're on your way and you will do this!
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STRIVE4BALANCE1 5/22/2010 10:43PM

you never cease to amaze me! Awesome work. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the squares for each weigh in day. What a great way to come back to your vision collage each week and reflect. You're rockin' it girly...keep up the good work. emoticon

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DRPOOH63 5/22/2010 10:10PM

    Great idea and it looks like you did a great week.

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SCOOTER4263 5/22/2010 9:40PM

    Every time you chose one of those pieces, you added another bit of energy to the future you create for yourself. "See it, be it!" Good work!

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FITMAMAOF4TOB 5/22/2010 9:40PM

    Awesome job on your vision board! I love that you put the orange post its with your weigh in weight. Hang it where you can see it everyday - I have mine in my kitchen!
Keep up the good work!


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FLORIDASUN 5/22/2010 9:37PM

    I LOVE your positive and will obtain your dreams I just know you will! emoticon

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