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Going on Maintenance Mode

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Well, I've been between 168-163 since January so I am officially going on Maintenance Mode.

I am VERY happy with my progress!

For some, I know 16anything is a horrible number, but for me...it appears to be perfect.

My fitness is perfect for me, my portions are under control and my diet is a healthy one that will be easy to maintain for life. My fibromyalgia is manageable, my thyroid levels are steady, I am off both blood pressure meds, and my glucose numbers have been in the normal range for months.

Physically, I can do anything I want to do or need to do or have to do!

Mentally, I am stronger.

Spiritually, I am stronger.

Emotionally, I am healthier.

The only thing I can think of which I CAN'T do is fit into a size 10 or smaller. WHO CARES!!!!! Not me!!!!

I am thrilled with my size 12!!!

Saturday is my 1 year SparkVersary. I have gone from a size 22 to 12 in a year--that is EXCITING and WONDERFUL!!!

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JANEMARIE77 5/16/2012 5:08PM

    emoticon health not a number you go girl

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RUNNINGOMA 5/16/2012 12:13PM

    How amazing! That is HUGE progress in such a short time. Maintaining is also work (so I hear, but have yet to experience it!)

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KIDTREE 5/16/2012 7:07AM

    Very exciting! You have accomplished so much in a year - congratulations!

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THECRAZYMANGO 5/15/2012 10:02PM

    CONGRATS!!!! My 1-year mark maintaining at 160 is coming up as well!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/15/2012 9:56PM

    Excellent job!!

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KK10TM 5/15/2012 8:50PM

    Congratulations! What an inspiration.

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ILOVEPEOPLE 5/15/2012 8:30PM

    emoticonon a job well done!Keep up the good work as you maintain a healthy weight. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WENDYLEE15 5/15/2012 3:02PM

    I am so proud of you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EROUNDY 5/15/2012 2:40PM

    Congrats! You have accomplished something wonderful! emoticon

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DENNISWIFE 5/15/2012 12:17PM

    Woo hoo! Congrats!!! emoticon

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FITNFUNJEN 5/15/2012 12:14PM

    Congratulations! You have come so far in a year! I think it's important to find a comfortable place where you can maintain and be happy and it sounds like you have found that!! Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed and not meant to chase an elusive number on the scale. Yay for you!!

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TOSHARRI 5/15/2012 12:10PM

    Fantastic job HEIDISHOPE!!! I hope to be where you are in a few months...halfway there and hoping to keep cruising right along.

Congrats on your success - you should be so proud of yourself!!!


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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 5/15/2012 12:07PM

    Congrats on all your success! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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So blessed!

Monday, May 14, 2012

I was so blessed this Mother's Day!

Here's why........

(Candice, Brian, Jack the dog, Lincoln)

(me, Lincoln, Brian and Jack behind bush)
We went on a hike as a family! That has been one of my major goals! Oh, it was glorious! Fun! I so appreciate everyone making it possible, especially my dear husband who'd already had to work 6 hours that morning. emoticon

While on the walk in this nearby nationally protected Nature Preserve, Anderson Falls, I saw plants I'd only seen pictures of. My most exciting find.... Jack-in-a-pulpit....in the wild!

This walk really spurred my interest in furthering my education and getting my Master Naturalist from the Indiana DNR. New Goal!

Oh, and by the way....We knew Abe grew up in Indiana (age 7-20 and much further south of us) but......did you know......


My family also made reservations for us to go to a buffet lunch in greenhouse! It was so special! The food was yummy and it so wonderful to be surrounded by gorgeous flowers. It was a feast for the senses! Well.....we all could have done without the loud hillbilly music. LOL Sorry, but it just isn't my kind of music.

I am so blessed! Thank-you, Lord, for my family. Thank-you, Lord, for providing. Thank-you, Lord, for my family's much appreciated efforts to make me feel special and loved. Thank-you, Lord, for my journey this past year which made the hike possible. I am so blessed!

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FITNFUNJEN 5/15/2012 12:16PM

    What a wonderful weekend! Love the pictures!

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REDHALCYON47 5/15/2012 10:35AM

    I love loud hillbilly music ;-) I am glad for you. It sounds like a great time.

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WENDYLEE15 5/15/2012 10:27AM

    Wonderful pictures. So GLAD you enjoyed your day :) !! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/14/2012 8:46PM

    Beautiful walk, beautiful pictures! Glad you had such a wonderful family time!

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 5/14/2012 11:46AM

    What a blessing!

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MOMMYJAYJAY 5/14/2012 10:23AM

    Sounds like a beautiful day. You've reminded me to thank the Lord today. emoticon

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Before I Was A Mom...(a poem)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Before I was a Mom ...
I made and ate hot meals,
I had unstained clothing.
I had quiet conversations on the phone.

Before I was a Mom ...
I slept as late as I wanted and never
worried about how late I got into bed.
I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.

Before I was a Mom ...
I cleaned my house each day.
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to lullabies.

Before I was a Mom ...
I didn't worry whether my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom ...
I had never been pooped on,
Spit up on,
chewed on,
Peed on,
Or pinched by tiny fingers.

Before I was a Mom ...
I had complete control of myself,
My thoughts,
My body,
And my mind.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom ...
I never held down a screaming child so that
doctors could do tests or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom ...
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put it down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom ...
I didn't know the feeling of having
my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a
Mother and her child.

Before I was a Mom ...
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every ten minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
The joy,
The love,
The heartache,
The wonderfulment,
Or the satisfaction of being a Mom.

I didn't know I was capable of feeling
so much before I was a Mom.

~ Author Unknown ~

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's in SparkLand!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/12/2012 8:09PM

    Wonderful poem. Happy Mothers Day everyone. HUGS

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 5/12/2012 6:07PM

    Thank you for sharing that. Beautiful!

Happy Mom's Day to you!

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LDMCNIEL 5/12/2012 5:33PM

    I love it! Happy Mother's Day!

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_JULEE_ 5/12/2012 1:43PM

    Beautiful! Happy Mother's Day to you!

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Made to Crave, chapter 13

Thursday, May 10, 2012

"Overindulgence" reflection

"...limitless indulgence in food always has consequences--it compromises our health, diminishes our energy to pursue our calling, and affects the way we feel about ourselves..."

Amen! I have lived that for the past several years and now that I have worked so hard for nearly a year, I have sooooo much more motivation to never go back to that! Not just health-wise, but also spiritual-wise. It truly is a spiritual wasteland.

Psalm 42:1-2

"If we fail to understand how to fill our souls with spiritual nourishment, we will forever be triggered to numb our longings with other temporary physical pleasures."

I truly believe this truth is the key to ending emotional eating. I need to stop self-medicating with food and instead develop the habit of prayer and waiting on the Lord. Allow the Lord to be my daily portion. Lamentations 3:22-24

Now, THAT is TRUE portion control!!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/10/2012 8:12PM

    It really IS a journey of faith!

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AMMEE79 5/10/2012 3:58PM

    Use your faith to carry you through.... he is happy for you finding this peice of his puzzle :)

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Made to Crave, chapter 12

Monday, May 07, 2012

"The Curse of the Skinny Jeans" reflection

"My body size is not tied to my happy".

My first thought was.....but I am so much happier now that I am smaller........I have more energy, can join my family in outdoor activities once again, and am getting my blood pressure and pre-diabetes under control, my outlook on life and attitude is so much better.

Then I kept reading....

John 15:9-12
"We are taught to remain in God's love so that we won't tie our happy to anything but God. So that our joy will be complete. Complete. As in not lacking anything. Complete. As in filled up to the brink with joy no matter if we are wearing our skinny jeans or not. Complete. As in satisfied with a fullness we can't get any other way....Incomplete people think that putting on their skinny jeans will right all their wrongs and fill up all their insecurities. Incomplete people quickly find out their skinny jeans adjust nothing in their lives except the number on the tag no one else sees."

ahhhh.....beyond the joys I am now experiencing. I don't think there is a magic number that is going to solve my problems and issues. I know only God can do that.

Now, I did buy a pair of size 12 jeans last winter as a visual goal and I put them on this past week AND I could squat and sit in them (YAH!) and it felt wonderful, but I didn't feel like being able to do that fulfilled me....it has been the outdoor activities with my family that have meant more to me. Both caused me to praise God.

I am learning. I am growing. Thank-you, Lord.

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EBLOOMING 5/7/2012 1:03PM

    emoticonFANTASTIC!!! emoticonCELEBRATE!!!

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RUNNINGOMA 5/7/2012 12:59PM

    Great reflections!
Let God fill us - nothing else will!

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 5/7/2012 9:32AM

    What a realization that the number on a scale or a pair of jeans is not going to solve all our problems. Good for you for finding joy in the journey, but thanking God for those blessings.

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