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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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made goal for Reunion... time for next goal!!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

How often have we all tried so hard and lost weight for a particular occasion just to get there, and then gain it all back?? Was it a Reunion, Wedding, Trip, bathing suit, cruise??? And 3 months later, how did it feel when you were back in your "fat clothes"???


My goal was to lose 30 lbs. for my 25th High School Reunion. I did it! I look great. I feel great. I even Sparked a couple of my classmates. I realized when shopping for my dress (size 16) that I am only 1 size away from where I was for my 'Senior Night Out' dress in '85 (size 14). Yes, I'm one of those people who has been overweight my whole life.

Time to refocus. What is my ultimate goal??? Is it to enjoy one night? No. My ultimate goal is to be healthy. That means losing 30-40 more pounds. That means being more active. That means changing for life. That means not giving up my health for one fun night.

Next mini goal: Thanksgiving with my friends in Detroit, where I will get to go to the Patriots/Lions game. 16 weeks away, I'm thinking I can manage 12 lbs. If I make it to 16, I will be ecstatic!!

Be healthy, be well, and Spark On!!

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7777BEV 8/5/2010 12:46PM

    Great attitude and goals! I sort of feel the same way - I wasn't trying to lose weight before our 25th anniversary dinner in July but as time went on and I was doing well it did become part of my focus and goals and I also made it to where I wanted to be for the party. We'll both keep this attitude of yours and be winners! Yea!!

You went to Boston too? We just got back from a sort of second honeymoon and spent 5 days there and got to see the Red Sox play my husband's Tigers. Sox lost but I got to see Ortiz hit that grand slam and there is NOTHING like being in Fenway for a grand slam with all those awesome Sox fans - that totally made the week even though they lost - it kept my hubby happy and I was ecstatic! Isn't Boston an awesome town? I love that city - my favorite one to visit. We really enjoyed our time and walked our legs off - visiting the Commons, Public Gardens and a lot of the other historic stuff. For our anniversary we took a dinner cruise which was spectacular. Hated to leave and am already wanting to go back. lol

You get to go to a Patriots game? Now I'm really envious! That is awesome! Of course those are my husband's Lions and he is a die hard fan for them even though they struggle so terribly. I know you'll make your goal and you will have a fantastic time. I'm so happy for you to be able to celebrate your reunion in making your goal - I'm sure you were glowing! =) Congrats and keep up the great goals and attitude!!!!!!!
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VICD25 8/4/2010 1:59PM

    way to remember that life isn't a "one-night stand"!
Go for it. Congrats on the FIRST of many goals. . .


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EILEENV3 8/4/2010 1:25PM


I'm so glad you are realizing you need to stay focused in order not to gain it back. You have definetly made it mentally,


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KAILIIA 8/4/2010 12:37PM

    Congratulations! On to the next goal!

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A week on the road...

Monday, July 26, 2010

I've been logging in just enough to get my SparkPoints and leave an occasional message this last week. I miss my Spark.

I left my house at 6 am Sunday July 18th and pulled into my driveway at 10:30 pm on Friday the 23rd. Logged over 1000 miles and never left the state! My job involves going to every golf course in Oregon and SW Washington over an 8 year cycle. In this one, I went to several small... and I mean SMALL towns.

There was Seneca, OR. A town of about 250 people, 2 hours from the nearest full sized grocery store. They have a 9 hole golf course maintained by a crew of volunteers in the town, using farm equipment. While the course was not "Country Club" standards, it was still a special place. An oasis in the middle of a sprawling high desert. Pay at the corner store up the street, or put your fee in the box. $9 for 9 holes or you could play all day for $12.

I could have spent a few more days in Seneca. I had lunch at the (and I mean THE) bar in town. It is the place to eat, dance, play pool or darts. The knitting group meets here once a week. If you want news on who's who, that's where you go

I had the pleasure of meeting several of the people who live in, or outside of town. Everyone knows everyone else. They are the type of townfolk that bring you food when you're sick, make sure the little old lady down the street is okay after a long hot spell, lend you their pickup when yours is busted.

It just reminded me a little bit of my journey. Even though I am single, I live alone, my family is 3000 miles away, I have SparkPeople. I have support when I need it. When I'm feeling down, my SparkFriends have been there to pick me back up. When I am happy, you are all here to share in my joy.

And I thank you, each and every every one of you!
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CHRYS13 8/3/2010 7:49PM

    Sounds like a wonderful little town! I'm sure you were the celebrity while you visited!
Proud to be your Spark-friend!

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OSUBUCKI101 7/27/2010 8:00PM

    Proud to be a Spark Friend!

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NURSESUSIE51 7/27/2010 6:37PM

    Do you get to play all those courses, too?

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JERRY2 7/27/2010 12:01PM

    Sounds like you had a great trip!

I have been to every state except Maine, Wisconsin, Alaska and Hawaii. Yet, there is still so much to see!

Alaska and Key West are on my "bucket list".

Your Spark Buddies are always here for ya!


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SWEETZMIX 7/26/2010 7:45PM

    It's awesome you get to travel, but I can imagine it can wear on you. It sounds like an awesome town to visit. And nothing beats our sparky friends!

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SLEEKKITTY 7/26/2010 1:38PM

    Sounds like a job that beats being at a desk all day.

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