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Are You Ready to Become The Biggest Loser?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BLC-26 = Biggest Loser Challenge - Round 26

Are you ready to do something for YOU this fall? emoticon It's TIME! The Registration Team for BLC 26 is NOW OPEN! Follow the LINK below to save your spot! We have LOTS of different teams that provide SUPPORT, ENCOURAGEMENT and if necessary, that KICK in the behind to get you moving towards your goals!

Make sure that you JOIN the team, then follow the STEPS that will get you REGISTERED!

Make sure that you follow the link and join the team before it goes PRIVATE! If you have friends, bring them along! We are looking forward to seeing you there!

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BLH507 8/21/2014 6:57AM

    'm ready! All registered!I

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Biggest Loser Challenge - The Best

Saturday, July 19, 2014

BLC25 may not have been the best round for me in the way of weight loss, but if I had not been participating, I would be dealing with a big gain! I have been doing the BLC for several years now and I have lost weight every round - not always huge amounts or quickly but I'm learning what I need to do to make living a healthy lifestyle a habit.

Because of the variety of challenges in the BLC, I no longer consider exercise a chore! I love competition and the challenges push me to do more - for myself and my team. I don't have a problem finding time for exercise any more.

The challenges have also made me realize that my biggest problem is staying in my calorie range. My team has helped me recognize that the quality of what I eat is just as important as the quantity! There's a big difference between 200 calories worth of sugar and 200 calories worth of protein! Yes, a calorie is a calorie but...???

Traveling during most of this round has caused me to struggle with my weight loss. But I know that if I hadn't been doing the BLC - I would be showing a gain by now with the temptations of eating out and touring. I used to gain 10 pounds for every trip we took - now at least, I'm holding my own and I still have a loss showing from the beginning.

Finding the BLC Team those many rounds ago was the best thing that Sparks has provided for me!

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4EVER21B 7/20/2014 12:20PM

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Traveling and losing is so hard.

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LITTLEDEBI 7/19/2014 1:45PM

    Gracie I totally agree with you, if it wasn't for the challenges and having to keep accountable to someone, I am sure like you the scale would be going up and up and up. I thank you for introducing me to the biggest loser here on sparks.

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PEGGYO 7/19/2014 9:54AM

    way to go Gracie!

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CHERYLN 7/19/2014 9:45AM

    Even though you didn't show the loss you'd have liked this round, you are still an inspiration to me just in the fact that you DO get exercise in every day and you DO so much for the team. It is quite an accomplishment not gaining weight while traveling!

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Front Yard Landscaping Job

Sunday, July 06, 2014

In early June, we started re-landscaping our front yard. It was looking trashy with plastic showing through some of the landscape rocks and weeks coming up everywhere. We also had railroad ties as part of the landscaping and were advised by the exterminators who treated our house for termites, to get rid of them - especially close to the house. We procrastinated for more than a year but finally decided to get it done this spring.

These are "before" pictures of the yard.

We tore out the railroad ties and put in blocks. We then landscaped the rest of the yard with a different color of rock. We had 9 yards of rock to spread!

Our grandson and I did most of the shoveling because of Dan's bad back! Talk about a workout! but it was worth it!

These are the "after" pictures!

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CHERYLN 7/8/2014 9:26AM

    Your yard looks great, Grace! Wow that was a huge amount of rocks to move. Thank goodness your grandson was able to help you with that project. Getting rid of the timbers gave it a good updated look. Nice!

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PEGGYO 7/7/2014 9:25PM

    looks great

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HEALTH4LYFE 7/7/2014 5:21PM


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4EVER21B 7/7/2014 3:50PM

    Absolutely Wonderful!!!

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SAASHA17 7/7/2014 12:32PM

    wow...looks awesome..

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BECKYSKEL 7/7/2014 11:48AM

    Looks amazing! You and your grandson do such nice work. Have you thought about going into business together?

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NYKIMMIE 7/7/2014 11:27AM

    Looks great!

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KMVBBAM 7/7/2014 10:33AM

    It looks great and I know you got a work out as I did those rocks a few years ago and it is hard labor!

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SUSANELAINE1956 7/7/2014 10:20AM

    It looks great. emoticon

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HOLISTIC5 7/7/2014 9:48AM

    Very nice !!!

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LITTLEDEBI 7/7/2014 9:13AM

    Gracie looks very lovely, yep that is a lot of hard work, but so worth it.

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NINETOZE 7/7/2014 7:30AM

    Looks great! Can't beat yard work for a great workout!

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LOPEYP 7/7/2014 6:27AM


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ALICIA214 7/7/2014 1:02AM


Lovely!! It looks so peaceful..


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DEBSZOO74 7/7/2014 1:00AM

    Lots of hard work! It looks very nice! emoticon

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MILLISMA 7/6/2014 10:02PM

    Love the difference!!!! Looks fantastic! emoticon

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EVIE4NOW 7/6/2014 9:51PM

  Looks wonderful. You did a great job!

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Spark Friend Meet!

Friday, July 04, 2014

emoticon I finally got to meet Steph - a Sparks friend for 7 years now! She was captain of the Red Hot Chili Steppers when I first joined the BLC challenge team. We've been friend ever since. Three years ago I was visiting here and did not realize that I was in her town! I had lunch at a restaurant 5 minutes from her house. It wasn't until about 6 months later that I found out where she lived - we were so close to meeting then!

But we finally had our meet. She is just as bubbly and upbeat in person as she is on the chat threads! Time just flew by! We even remembered to take a picture!

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SUSANELAINE1956 7/5/2014 1:03PM

    How fun! Glad you got the chance to meet.

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LIGHTONMYFEET7 7/4/2014 3:17PM

    What a blast we sorry to see the sun go down!!! You are so sweet ...and just as precious in person as you are on line!!!!

Enjoy the rest of your trip!! Thanks for remember the photo..I would have SOOO forgot!! Silly me!!

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PEGGYO 7/4/2014 9:30AM

    How great that you got to meet finally

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ONMYWAY1949 7/4/2014 9:02AM

    Great picture Grace and Steph!! So glad you got to meet and when time gets away from you, you know you're having a good time!!

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CHERYLN 7/4/2014 8:34AM

    You both look great! I'm thinking you both would be one of those best friends you haven't met yet! Glad you were able to make connections this time.

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LITTLEDEBI 7/4/2014 8:19AM

    Steph I miss you on our team
glad to hear your are healthy and all is well.
you both look so good!!!!
What a fun time it must of been.

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TRESSA48 7/4/2014 7:27AM

    Isn't it amazing how comfortable it feels when meeting a spark friend for the first time. It feels like meeting someone you've known forever. Looking forward to the day you and I meet in person.

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JHOPPER 7/4/2014 7:09AM

    You both look wonderful!!!! I know how much I enjoyed meeting Steph a couple years ago! So happy for you both!

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ACT0612 7/4/2014 6:47AM

    It is great to see Steph looking so good. How nice that you could meet up.

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BEWELL48 7/4/2014 6:34AM

    What fun!

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LIZARDG7 7/4/2014 5:56AM

    So wish I was there! How wonderful for you both!

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LOPEYP 7/4/2014 5:31AM

Always nice to meet a Sparkfriend.

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Back-up Plan

Monday, May 12, 2014

My back-up plan if I fall off the wagon -

Plan my meals
Track every BLT (Bite, lick taste)
Exercise every day - include some ST
Get support from my Sparks' friends

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LOPEYP 6/14/2014 7:09AM

How is it going?

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GRATEFULADY 6/12/2014 12:18PM

    Love your plan Gracie. I need to keep these in mind and make them part of my plan too. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PEGGYO 5/12/2014 9:18PM

    good plan

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 5/12/2014 8:03PM

    Looks good...I know you will follow through should fall off the wagon! emoticon

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