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Saturday, August 11, 2012



Happy Saturday spark friends! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend planned! :)

The scale was not kind to me this morning ~ not surprised though! Too much of everything this last week! Carrying around a lot of bloat the last couple days as a result of the poor food choices. :( On the bright side, I tracked all of the bad, bad food! I did all of my workouts and then some! And I still lost another inch off my waist! The other measurements are still the same, but I am happy with the 1" off the waist. Not going to cry about the weight gain. Shaking it off and getting back on the train! I hope that you all had more success with the dreaded scale.

I am off to see my baby Hunter! Until later, have a great one! HP :)

  
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JACKIEANN1968 8/11/2012 10:31PM

    I hope you had a great Hunter visit. Congrats on the lost inch. Every victory, scale or otherwise is worth celebrating.

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BMW9295 8/11/2012 3:15PM

    A loss is a loss! emoticon You have a good attitude about the gain and you know what caused it... and you tracked it all. emoticon job there too....

Enjoy your time with Hunter and the rest of the family!

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DESERTJULZ 8/11/2012 3:12PM

    Enjoy those baby cuddles!


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PATTOMMC3 8/11/2012 12:42PM

    emoticon Enjoy your day!

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HEYITSLISA 8/11/2012 12:21PM

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LINDAK25 8/11/2012 9:36AM

    Next week will be better, right? If it's just bloat you'll see a big difference next week. I think it's great that you exercised and lost an inch off your waist! Good for you! Having a positive outlook is so important and I know how hard that is right now. Thank God for grandchildren!

Give that baby great big hugs! emoticon

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SOFT_VAL67 8/11/2012 9:32AM

    i have to take a diuretic, for high bp, but the one i take is called aldactone, it takes the fluid from the tissues, slowly, so you dont run to potty every twenty minutes...and it spares potassium in the body, so you dont feel so run down and drained of energy.
but i can tell a big difference in my ankles....
lemon water...is a good natural way to pull bloat out of the body as well, and i try to drink a couple of glasses a day when im feeling bloated
i get on the scale monday and i do so dread it...have a nice weekend emoticon

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DIBANANA 8/11/2012 9:20AM

  Great attitude. The one time I did lose well was when I forgave myself and just brushed it off and began at the next meal to correct the eating issues. I can tell you will be successful. Good that you are recognizing the good things you have accomplished. It is a process.



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FLOCKHEART 8/11/2012 9:18AM

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MSKITYOCAT 8/11/2012 9:16AM

  Its such a good thing that we can start a new each new day Blessings on your journey

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Plugging along . . . trying not to eat everything in sight!

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Good morning my sparkers. I hope that everyone had a great Wednesday and managed to stay on goal!



Myself, I wondered if it was a full moon yesterday! There seemed to be a lot of crazies out and about (especially yesterday morning) but I managed to not let them ruin my day at work. :)


It wasn't until later in the day that I went on a bender and began stress eating! Yeah, yeah, I know! Shoulda, woulda, coulda found something better to do! But I didn't! I just didn't have it in me.


::WARNING:: The content below is a real mood buster!


Pooh went to the cancer center yesterday for blood work. It doesn't look too good. Platelets are still real low (that part is unchanged), tumor markers are steadily heading back up and there are a lot of other levels that were not super high or super low before that are now. :( This news does not bode well for the Pooh family.

Of course, these results always put Pooh on a downer (rightly so) and inevitably affects our evenings together. I am still praying for a miracle, but as I am sure you know, it is difficult to look at the brighter side when faced with the hard evidence. The blood work only tells us (and them) that things are going downhill at a pretty steady speed. We will not get actual scan results until October 3rd, so that just adds to the stress. The waiting is more stressful than the knowing. But, as the eternal optimist, I am hoping that like before, the CT will show slow growth and no spreading of the cancer. We will have to wait and see.

Fortunately, Pooh's downer (and mine) will only last a few days, until his zest for life returns and then he will go back into his coping (and denial) mode and everything will return to normal (our normal) for a while. At least until the end of September. I can only ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers!

Final thought of the morning. I found this poem and edited it for me (original poem author included - I am sure she wouldn't mind my use of it).

::Warning:: I cried while typing it!

My Wish
Shelliegh Southard

My wish this year
Is for you to remain here
I wouldn't know what to do
If forced to lose you

That silly smile on your face
Always illuminates a gloomy place
The love that you show me
The way you try to make me see

You will always be Pooh, to me
That sparkle in your eyes gives me joy
While I bask in the love that you show me

When it's time for you to leave
It will be hard for me to believe
I hope you will feel my last touch
Pooh, I will miss you so much

If I have to say goodbye
All I will do is cry
Watching my Pooh go
My heart will ache with sorrow

When you're gone please watch over me
Pooh, I know you will make me see
The wings that you earn,
and also the message, I need to learn

My wish this year
Is for you to remain here
I wouldn't know what to do
If forced to lose you

My Pooh
I will always love you!

  
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DESERTJULZ 8/10/2012 1:16AM

    It's so sad to hear that the numbers aren't what they should be for your husband. Hugs to you. Love to you and your family. I know you are grabbing every bit of joy you can.

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LINDAK25 8/9/2012 8:20PM

    That's a beautiful poem and so heartfelt. I'm so sorry your news isn't good. You and Pooh, as well as the rest of your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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JACKIEANN1968 8/9/2012 1:56PM

    Dear Jackie,
Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart and love go out to you. Hold on tight to every moment you are blessed to have together. Remember that seeing Hunter will help move that black cloud along. I love you. Jackie

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BMW9295 8/9/2012 1:48PM

    You and Pooh are in my thoughts and prayers. It seems yesterday was a day for bad news as I had some as well. All we can do is emoticon. I too went through the emotional eating bender.... so know in that sadly you are not alone. emoticon my friend..... we will get through it.

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SHILOBOOTH 8/9/2012 12:33PM

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Praying and hoping for some good news for you and Pooh

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OBIESMOM2 8/9/2012 11:18AM

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QUEENDEBRINA 8/9/2012 11:09AM

    emoticonOh sweet Honeypot,
my heart aches for you. We are born knowing that at some point, we will pass on to another life, but being human, we are selfish. We hold so tight to this fragile life, we revel in all the joys and sorrows, never wanting to let go. Love is what holds us here but love is also the salve the helps heal the pain of loss.

I cannot fathom the roller coaster of emotions you must be feeling....just know that your Sparkyfriends are with you....

(and one day of binge eating won't wreck the journey - you can't control much, but you can have control of this one part of your life right now)

Take care,
Deb



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HEYITSLISA 8/9/2012 10:47AM

    I have no idea what you are going through, but will send you all of the postive energy and strength I can. emoticon

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SOFT_VAL67 8/9/2012 10:17AM

    sorry you are going thru this, its hard enuff without stress eating to bring you even farther down, wishing you the best. emoticon

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Happy, happy Hump Day my spark friends!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012



Hello my sparky friends! Happy Hump Day! The gym workout was amazing! I did a few different strength training exercises today. Tried to mix it up a little. I was starting to feel like everyone at the gym knew which machine I was going to next! Self-centered huh? :) Like people are actually caring what I am doing in there at 5:45 a.m.!

I slowly crept up on the crunch machine . . I have had what I suspect is a small hernia for going on twenty years now and if I turn the wrong way, wow, everybody would know about it let me tell ya! I tried it the first time at the gym, but felt that old familiar twinge, so I immediately removed myself from the machine! But today I managed to do five. It is a place to start anyway. :) I really need to work on my abs and that big baby pouch below, so I am going to continue to try and use that machine! :)

I hope you all have a fabulous day today! Until later . . HP. :)

  
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DESERTJULZ 8/10/2012 10:07PM

    Crunch time, eh? I don't care for crunches, yet do them on one of my two core training days each week. I try to find other core exercise choices instead of crunches.

I wouldn't mind them so much if, no matter which technique I use, they didn't leave my neck somewhat sore!

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LINDAK25 8/8/2012 4:34PM

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Regular crunches are okay for me, but I'm not thrilled with the twist crunches, but I do them anyway. Bicycle crunches hurt my back, so I don't do those. It's the push ups that seem to be beyond me still. I can sort of do them, but not really. Maybe when I'm not as heavy it will be easier. I keep on attempting to do them anyway. It's always so motivating to have a great workout. Good for you!

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JACKIEANN1968 8/8/2012 1:15PM

    Woohoo!! Jackie, Good for you, mixing things up. It keeps boredom from setting in. Plus it's good to work on different areas. Love the picture. Made me laugh out loud.
Hugs, Jackie

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TCHNCRFT 8/8/2012 12:58PM

    Good for you, mixing things up. Keep your body guessing! emoticon

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SOFT_VAL67 8/8/2012 12:56PM

    i dont have access to a gym, living in the boonies, high up in the boondocks, behind the swamps and across the frozen tundra, but, i am starting some crunches
i seen this one i have been doing, i just sit on my recumbant bike, sideways and lay back about half way and do crunches like that, im kinda balanced so im not right on the floor
it really puts a hurting on the ol mid section
but im keeping on pushing it thru
still walking and doing dumbbells
stretch bands, but i have to have a third leg to kick my own butt to get back up on the bike and the stair stepper
i really hope i can get back to that soon
good luck to u and happy hump day emoticon

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BMW9295 8/8/2012 12:41PM

    It is very good for you to switch things up..... and very smart of you to not push when you felt the twinge.... you can work abs in different ways so you don't hurt yourself... it may take research but I am sure you can find something.
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HEYITSLISA 8/8/2012 9:46AM

    emoticon Good job mixing things up! I too need to work hard on my abs, but it's the thing I hate the most!! emoticon

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Monday ~ Oh my!

Monday, August 06, 2012



Hello again my lovely sparkers! I am back from the gym and ready to start this week off right! Although I ditched the Big Breakfast Diet, I am going to continue to eat a higher calorie breakfast as I did find that it improved my cravings some and all evidence suggests that it also boosts the metabolism. And I need all the metabolism boosting that I can get!

I hope that you all have a wonderful, spark-filled Monday! Let's get back at it and start this week on the right foot! :)

  
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LINDAK25 8/6/2012 9:13PM

    I think you're right about having a higher calorie breakfast. Most days I try to have an egg beater's omelet with 1/2 a cup of veggies, a piece of fruit, and either wheat toast, quinoa, or oatmeal. I try to spread the calories throughout the day so I don't get too hungry.

Here's to a good week!

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JACKIEANN1968 8/6/2012 12:13PM

    I'm right there with you. This is going to be a successful, healthy spark week.

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BMW9295 8/6/2012 11:53AM

    I am happy that you have a plan.... breakfast is such an important part of the day so I certainly understand where you are coming from there.
Hope you have a sparkling day......

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TIBI183 8/6/2012 9:20AM

    Have a great day emoticon

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MITECU 8/6/2012 9:19AM

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SHILOBOOTH 8/6/2012 9:05AM

    Happy Monday emoticon

I so wish I could stomach breakfast but it just turns my stomach. Have been managing to get a banana down me as well as my bucket of coffee.

Have a great week emoticon

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GINNJEN1974 8/6/2012 8:43AM

    Sounds like you are on track. I ate my breakfast and still have the drive to work that leaves me always headed in MickyDees direction. Today I will avoid it at all costs. fingers are crossed and toes too. I can do it

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HEYITSLISA 8/6/2012 8:31AM

    Happy Monday to you! emoticon

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1PEACEBUNNY 8/6/2012 8:29AM

    Thats right Ms. HoneyB, we will have a fabulous Monday, dictated by a fabulous mood. Thanks for all the love you give on a consistent basis, now lets have an awesome week full of new wins! emoticon emoticon

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Reflection

Sunday, August 05, 2012



My Family in 1977 (me at age 8)

This was one of the happiest times of my childhood! The photo is of my step-dad, mom, me and two brothers! Why are you having to look at this 35 year old photo?

Because after reading quite a few of my fellow sparkers blogs today, I just felt that I wanted to give a little insight into my own past. A little trip inside the mind of honeypot! :)

I was really saddened to read about so much trauma in the early lives of people on this great website! A great deal of my fellow sparkers have suffered some unspeakable childhood tragedy, trauma or abuse and have had the courage to write about it. I applaud them for it! As we know, if you can face and come to terms with what is eating you, then hopefully you can change what you are eating!

First off, I have to tell you that I did not suffer anything like what I read about in most of these blogs! Although, a child of divorced parents, I had a pretty normal childhood. One with its good times and its bad times. There was no abuse of any kind. And other than puberty (which was not kind to me) I did not begin to gain any real amounts of weight until after my first pregnancy!

If I had to attribute any one thing to my issues with food or weight gain, it was definitely the relationships that I became involved in as a young adult! Verbally abusive spouse(s), bitter divorce and general unhappiness with the life that I had created for myself! As I have blogged about before, I am a stress eater. So, to sum it up, I need only to look back to my absent father and his unknowing influence in the men that I chose to be a part of my life to see where the initial problem began!

My addiction to food and inability to make good lifestyle choices has been a direct result of my unhappiness with my present situations. I blame no one (except myself) for what only I could create. Yes, my mom's ability or inability to handle stress possibly influenced my own inability to properly handle stress, as we do model ourselves after the adults we grow up with, but as an adult myself, it is solely up to me to change this and to live my own life!

I still struggle daily with stress (primarily because of Pooh's cancer), but I have begun to find better ways to deal with it! I am not fixed, because I was never broken! But I am managing to exercise, instead of eat! I am sparking, instead of sulking! I am becoming a lot more active, instead of shut in and depressed! I am winning!

I hope that all of you have taken a moment to reflect on what it is that has been eating you and begun your journey towards a healthier, happier you!

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JACKIEANN1968 8/6/2012 12:23AM

    Great photo. I commend you for taking responsibility for your choices as an adult. You have a great positive attitude. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Jackie

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HEYITSLISA 8/5/2012 11:35PM

    Thank you for sharing! It's amazing how positive you stay with all you are dealing with! emoticon

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BMW9295 8/5/2012 5:31PM

    You have such a good way of putting things out there. emoticon you know how to handle it all.... your attitude is amazing.



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PUDDLEBY 8/5/2012 3:56PM

    I just read an article in the paper that says that stress "turns off" the goal-orientated part of our brain. So there may actually be a very good biological reason Why people tend to throw in the towel and stop eating properly (for a little while anyways) when they are going through difficult times. That doesn't mean all hope is lost, however. Lots of people learn to deal with negative emotions in a productive way, and get back to their goal oriented thinking (ie "I want to lose weight!" rather than "who cares right now"). We can do this!

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DESERTJULZ 8/5/2012 3:33PM

    I love the photo! In your reflections, it sounds that your life has been pretty good, with just a few bumps!

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LINDAK25 8/5/2012 3:18PM

    You've got a good attitude. It takes courage to put yourself out there for everyone to see.

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