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Been gone for a while...

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

I am making a pledge to myself to make time for Spark in my life. I have packed 15 lbs back on from my lowest and am digging in my heals. This is the beginning of a new chapter in my quest for health.
My Hubby was laid off back in November and I have been working 2 part time jobs on top of raising 2 teens and a toddler.
My muscle is slowly turning into flab due to lack of serious cardio. I have just gotten lazy.

1st step...I met with a personal trainer and he is setting up a routine. I think he means to "Biggest Loser" my a$$ which is both exiting and terrifying. *grin* So, I'll most definately be increasing cardio and strength.

2nd...Post to my team pages weekly.

3rd..Tracking my food. I've got to do this or I can forget everything else because when it comes down to it...Tracking=Accountability.
4th...the hardest and most important...I must pry my head out of my A$$!
This, after I sleep:)

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CATIATM 6/3/2009 10:40AM

    Hot d*amn! I'm missed you, girlie! Welcome back!!! emoticon*muah*

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CTRILLO3 6/2/2009 1:18PM

    Welcome back!! I've been gone for awhile myself and packed on an extra 6 lbs. I am digging in my heals also. Bought the Jillian Michael's 30-shred CD and the workout makes me sweat, but it feels so good.

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LIBRA73 6/2/2009 7:12AM

    That is on my to do list as well! Good luck with that!

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GUNGHONIA 6/2/2009 6:48AM

    Gee, wish I could find somebody to 'Biggest Loser' MY a$$, hehe. Glad to see you've returned!

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DSDONEBTFG 6/2/2009 2:19AM

    Nice to hear from you. I'm barely back myself. Just sticking my feet in on spark but have been walking/jogging at the track and I've managed to do almost 10 miles these past two weekends.

Your body will remember all that hard work and your muscles will perk right back up!! I haven't tried a challenge yet. I don't want to get ahead of myself and burn myself out again.

Good luck!

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If this world makes you crazy....

Wednesday, July 02, 2008


~to those who I respect and admire...who inspire, teach, fight and persist...even when it seems to be getting you nowhere at all.
Never give up...Never give in...never say NEVER!

www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/c/cyndi_la
uper/true_colors.html


You with the sad eyes
Don't be discouraged
Oh, I realize
It's hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
And the darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small

But I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that's why I love you
So don't be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors
Are beautiful like a rainbow

Show me a smile then,
Don't be unhappy
Can't remember when
I last saw you laughing
If this world makes you crazy
And you've taken all you can bear
You call me up
Because you know I'll be there

And I'll see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that's why I love you
So don't be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
Your true colors
Are beautiful like a rainbow


(Can't remember when I last saw you laughing)

If this world makes you crazy
And you've taken all you can bear
You call me up
Because you know I'll be there

And I'll see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that's why I love you
So don't be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors
True colors are shining through

I see your true colors
And that's why I love you
So don't be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors
Are beautiful like a rainbow


  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LIBRA73 8/18/2008 10:29AM

    love this...

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YEPITSMEH 8/13/2008 5:08PM

    Awww man you made me cry.... dammit......

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FIREFLYJD 7/29/2008 8:11AM

    Every time I come to your Spark Page I see this headline and it makes me start humming that Cindy Lauper song ... great stuff.

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MESACHICK 7/11/2008 8:41PM

  Loved the song...but I love the photo even more! So awesome!

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SHAWSAXON 7/11/2008 10:06AM

  I love your page/blogs/pictures- You keep it real. I like it . You inspire me. Bravo to you for making the journey. Will you be my friend?

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ANGELBELIEVER 7/10/2008 8:04PM

    Thank you for that beautiful song. I do not know that one. But it is so beautiful and full of beauty.

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MOEDANCING 7/4/2008 5:24PM

    Sweet darlin

You have my heart

-M

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FIREFLYJD 7/4/2008 10:38AM

    Love the pic, love the song, love the post. Thanks for posting this, water ... I had a very bad day/night on Tuesday (emotionally, not nutritionally) and have been healing ever since. This is just the thing I need to think about during the challenge today. Sincere thank you.

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PUMPKINFACE73 7/3/2008 10:50PM

    LOVE that song.....Never say Never.....LOVE it!

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DSDONEBTFG 7/3/2008 12:16PM

    My very favorite pic (I have it hanging in my living room) and song!!! Girl, this was just for me huh?? I know it...lol.

Beautiful Water.

emoticonHappy 4th!!! emoticon

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TRACY368 7/3/2008 12:02PM

    Love Cyndi Lauper, she is from my "era" LOL

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HOTMAMMA72 7/2/2008 9:43PM

    Hey Water! I LOVE THAT SONG!!! The lyrics are really great, especially if you have taken the time to really listen or read them!

Hugs!

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MOMMYDV8 7/2/2008 9:36PM

    interesting that you post that on the day I received this...enjoy...

http://www.y
outube.com/watch?v=cXrWRM0E6YA

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ANITA1962 7/2/2008 9:17PM

    Love your blog
Love your webpage
You are very unique!

Anita1962

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CHAZELTON 7/2/2008 6:36PM

    That's pretty good!! I like it!

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VP Health and Fitness...

Monday, June 09, 2008

vphealthandfitness.blogspot.com/2007
/09/tracking-tools-calculators.html


I came upon her page trying to find the author of one of my favorite quotes...

“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

This woman has so many cool links to Nutrition and Fitness information. Very cool. It will take me a while to read it all:)

I hope my friends can get something out of it as well.
Love you guys:)

  
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TNKITTY 7/10/2008 11:45AM

    Oh I like that! I'm going to put that on my page so I can read it everyday, thanks!

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SPACEMONKEY_D 7/1/2008 12:56PM

    Love the quote!!!
Taking it and using it!!!

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YEPITSMEH 6/13/2008 1:10PM

    Thanks! With mah new high speed internet I should be able to get through it! Woohoo!! *hugggles*

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DSDONEBTFG 6/13/2008 10:32AM

    Thanks, I'll head over there now.

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HISHAPPYAPPLE 6/9/2008 10:59AM

    Ooooh! More goodies to go read! Thank you!


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PEACHYCYN 6/9/2008 10:32AM

    Thanks emoticon

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DESIRE2BFIT 6/9/2008 9:45AM

  That is a great quote. Full of wisdom. Thanks for posting it!
~Paula~

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CATIATM 6/9/2008 6:51AM

    Excellent! Thanks!

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Harris-Benedict Equation...

Sunday, June 08, 2008

www.lifescript.com/channels/diet_fit
ness/other_tips/calculating_your_daily
_caloric_need.asp?page=4&trans=1


I am using the Harris-Benedict Equation because it factors in age. I skip figuring in the activity level to get the # to maintain with no activity at all(2019). I have to burn or eat 1000 cals less than that figure to burn 2 lbs a week.
I am using my Sparked cals burned to determine my exact activity level.

675 min & 6432 cals burned for the week

My weeks consumption is 13,214 cals.

13,214(weekly cals)-6216(cals burned)=6998
6998/7=1000 cals per day average

Based on the Harris-Benedict Equation, I need
2019 cals to maintain without activity
I need to eat 500 less or burn 500 per day to lose 1 pound per week.
If everything is accurate then I should lose 2 lbs this week.

Can't weigh until July:(

  
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SFOSTER 6/22/2008 9:40PM

    WOW I must have totally messed up the whole thing as I got 3205 using the first way and 4687 using the Harris Benedict method...can I sparkmail you my info and see what you get???
Shannon

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MOMMYDV8 6/8/2008 7:07PM

    wow...that's a very interesting equation. I am going to certainly see how it applies for me. thanks for sharing.

I really enjoy your comments on my blog. I've been so busy lately I haven't had a chance to pop over until now. I so understand that electric charge on skin when you are completely in a a moment. I wish they happened more often. We take those moments for granted too often - which is why as soon as I am done typing this I am off to the yard to sit on my swing, read and enjoy the gentle breeze taking the edge off this miserable heat.

Have a great week, and keep us updated on your progress with the equation's calcuations.

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READY4MO 6/8/2008 2:51PM

    I am sure you will loose. Good luck!

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CATIATM 6/8/2008 2:15PM

    Very scientific. I'm impressed! Let us know how it goes.

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FABAT402009 6/8/2008 7:28AM

    I see at least a 10 pound drop come July 1st for you!!! All that hard work and commitment will pay off.



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I found the athlete inside me and I have never looked back

Wednesday, June 04, 2008


Picture taken on the deck of a Mountain Yurt. The trail was either a 2.5 mile gradual climb up and around or under 1.75 straight up...we snowshoed straight up:)

This began as a response to a friends blog...

Not long after getting married and having my first child, I kinda shut myself off to everything else. Soon, I was *lost* to my small circle of friends. I spent years being bitter and angry...which made me a lousy parent and wife.
I never exercised and ate what ever I damn well wanted. I convinced myself, that my life was as I designed it...(this is how I gave myself power and felt in control) The problem is...sure I had designed my nice little cage but down deep, I knew it was weakness, not strength, that built it.
After several failed attempts at weight loss, I joined a gym. I decided, if I can give birth in front of strangers, I could certainly exercise in front of them. I did better...I got into a swim suit:)
I started out doing the elliptical and recumbent bicycles and then began Water Aerobics and Spin...You want friends, join Water Aerobics! It doesn't matter how good you are at shutting people out, they'll find their way in!
I had to leave my comfort zone, which scared the hell out of me cuz I am a control freak. I am a more patient mother and wife. I have a a group of friends that I snowshoe and socialize with. My depression still comes from time to time but I control it mostly with cardio.
I found the athlete inside me and I have never looked back.

  
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SIZE-0-4EVER 6/7/2008 9:47AM

  WOW!!! emoticon You've just given a testimony of more than half of us girls...Dont let go of that...never let go of it.(Titanic-ish I know...but true). emoticon

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GRALLEN 6/6/2008 2:48PM

    *stands up and claps* Bravo brave lady, bravo.

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FABAT402009 6/5/2008 12:15AM

    As everyone else already mentioned I can relate, especially about being a hermit. I've lost a few friends over the past couple of years because I stopped living, only existing for a while.

I'm still working to find my "true" athlete but I'm a mini me in the making. lol

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XTIGERLILYX 6/4/2008 3:03PM

    You're such a rockstar, Water Baby!

I can totally relate to your story -- when I got married I moved to a new town and basically insulated myself (some of it *literal* insulation, gaining 100 pounds over the course of ten years).

I haven't yet found the athlete inside, really. A bit premature for that, I'm afraid, but I'm working on it! And I have noticed myself wanting to reach outside the comfort of my cave a bit more lately, so perhaps that's a good sign.

Water, you are one of a handful of people who really inspire me on SP -- not just to lose the weight, but to become more complete as a person and to really get the most out of this journey.

You kick ass, babe!

xTLx


Comment edited on: 6/4/2008 3:01:36 PM

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LIBRA73 6/4/2008 2:00PM

    You are a very impressive woman. No holes barred, live life and make no apologies. I love that about you. You make me want to move mountains. And you make me feel I can. Thanks for posting this blog. It really moved me, because I felt the same way for years. Time to be the herione I want to be, to my kids and my husband. You go girl. Rock life.

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HISHAPPYAPPLE 6/4/2008 1:13PM

    This week I have been thinking like an athlete... Its made a huge difference. It may be because I am not focused on my scale.. so I have to focus on something else.

RIght on! What a journey!
After having children I haven't been out with friends much either. I'm working on it. My hubby is like me... hermit. But because I'm trying to get out more with people so is he. He even told me today he was going to call some friends and invite them for dinner. My hubbs NEVER does that! He got some major brownie points!
I used to do water aerobics.. oh they are fun! I am hoping to get back into it. (Easy on my back and knees).
Eventually we want to get a membership to the Y so we can all go as a family.

Remember, us athletes have to stretch too!


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CATIATM 6/4/2008 12:37PM

    You rock, Water Monkey. I get such a kick out of you, and your fabulous take-charge, take no prisoners approach. I think it's awesome that you step up to adversity and kick it squarely in the "special" place, leaving it crumpled on the floor, sobbing! I get how hard your weight loss journey is, and I really appreciate how strong you are to keep going, no matter what.

*muah* emoticon

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DSDONEBTFG 6/4/2008 11:53AM

    Great discovery. I'm happy for you.

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THEGREATMILENKA 6/4/2008 11:40AM

    I can relate to the whole settling-down-and-losing-touch-with
-everyone thing. Since I moved in with my fiancee (and moved 2 hours away from my hometown), my social life is not nearly what it used to be, but I'm working on building it back up. :)

You've got a good idea though, sharing your story of how you got here and how you've changed on your blog. I think I'll do the same on mine.

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CPT.SPACEMONKEY 6/4/2008 11:14AM

    Water, I can SO totally releate to this post! I had that exact thought yesterday. Some one actually called me an athelete and I had to take a step back and think about it.... It's true. I have become an athelete in my own little warped way.... and i like it and I am NEVER going back!

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