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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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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 didnít 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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