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IT'S PARTY TIME!!!!!

Sunday, September 02, 2012


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YES, I'M SHOUTING!! My teammates on the Over 60+++ Team know what has me up so early and yelling my head off. I MADE IT TO ONEDERLAND THIS MORNING!!

Since I weigh every day, I didn't think it would happen this week, much as I've wanted it to, but never say never!!! I tipped the scales at 199 this morning! I know most people have pictures of the scale reading to prove it, but we're staying with the Grandsons for most of the weekend and I didn't bring the camera. I'll snap a picture in the next day or so and post it to prove it IF it's fit to print. There would be a lot of real estate between my camera and the scale and I'm thinking some of it would show up in the pic.

Anyway, it's PARTY TIME for my Over 60 TEAM and all my SPARK FRIENDS!! I wouldn't be at this point without you!!! C'mon over--like I said, I'm with the Grandsons, but it's a great party house! There's a private back yard pool (lots of landscaping and trees to protect us from neighbor's eyes), we'll have lots of healthy snacks...all kinds of freggies and whatever else you want, plenty of music and talking, laughing and hugging!! It's a virtual party, you know, so no matter where you are or what you're doing, there's no reason to not be able to come!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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BIGSKYCHERIE 9/5/2012 12:40AM

    Congratulations!! You have done so well. It's an inspiration to me and all of us on our team. I'm at 301 today and anxiously awaiting getting into the twos, so I can imagine getting into the ones must be FANTASTIC!! Well, I'll get there too--baby steps. But like you, I wouldn't have been able to stick with it without Spark and all my friends and team members here. Hang in there and keep going! You're an inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FORMYDARLINGS 9/3/2012 7:06PM

   


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That about says it all except to say, You've definitly earned this..

Gini

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CJMOK1121 9/2/2012 6:44PM

    Jeanie: I'm on my way to your big party, I'm so glad you are with your grandsons and they can really enjoy this with you. Good thing tomorrow is Labor day. We all will just stay and have a GREAT TIME. How AWESOME YOU MUST FEEL. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

CJ from OK.

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TORTILLAFLATS 9/2/2012 5:51PM

    Jeannie, what can I say that isn't a repeat of everyone elses words. This is what Spark is all about. Victories!!! And you did it! I am so proud to call you friend and for all the inspiration you have given to the team and me. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Love you, Gail

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TXMEMAW6 9/2/2012 5:39PM

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Oh, Jeannie, I'm so happy for you. You have worked so hard and been so positive and determined. Just imagine....onederland!!!!!!! You are such an inspiration to all of us and a great leader, too. And be sure to count me in on the party. I wouldn't miss it for anything. Again, congrats and enjoy the rest of your day.

Hugz,
Sharon


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BELDONDOG1 9/2/2012 2:00PM

    YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO US ALL, OH GREAT LEADER!!
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You have worked so hard and you deserve all the glory!! Jeannie, you have never given up--just kept on going through everything! I am so proud of you, sis, I could just cry! emoticon

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SPEEDY143 9/2/2012 1:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYOU have made my day Jeannie emoticonI'm so proud of you... slogging IS the answer emoticon emoticon

I'm with you in spirit emoticonas always emoticonSpark On!!!!!!!!

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RFJSJ50 9/2/2012 12:18PM

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You should be so proud of this achievement! I'm proud of YOU!
You are an inspiration to us all.
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RFJSJ50 9/2/2012 12:17PM

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You should be so proud of this achievement! I'm proud of YOU!
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JAOTAO 9/2/2012 11:15AM

    That is such good news to share! I am so happy for you and applaud your determination and focus to get there! Enjoy the feeling... "Celebrate, Celebrate, Dance to the Music!" Wow, you are such an amazing mentor in this journey. Thank you! Count me in for the party ... will be there as soon as I weigh in!

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MASTERPIECE8 9/2/2012 11:12AM

    I didn't read all the blogs, but I was ready to post - just a quick note - and saw Karen's post. I knew what happened.

I am so happy for you. Darn right I'll come to the party. I wouldn't miss it. This is so exciting for me too, Jeannie. You've worked so hard. You did it! I'll get there too with you as my Sparkling SLOGing sister.

Love ya,
Barb

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TXGRANDMA 9/2/2012 10:57AM

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Oh, my gosh, Jeanne!!! I am just so happy for you there are tears in my eyes as I am posting this! Terrific news and what a fitting time for it to happen! Sunday morning (PTL!) on a Holiday weekend! I will be right over to help you enjoy your party day! Again, so ECSTATIC to hear your news!!

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EWL978 9/2/2012 10:43AM

    Wow, Jeannie!! I'm SO HAPPY for you!! What a wonderful feeling it had to have been to look at that scale and see "SUCCESS"!!!!!!

So, is there something I should bring to the virtual party?? I'm ready and trying to think of what exotic thing I should wear!!

Good luck in the future....I think you've give lots of your Spark Friends incentive to work at it too!! emoticon

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SANDYW1945 9/2/2012 10:28AM

    Wow! Jeannie. I am so proud of you. I could hear your shout way out in Toledo OH.

Hugs and Love

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VTMAID 9/2/2012 9:59AM

    Jeannie--that is so awesome! And you have worked so hard to get there--your determination and positive attitude are what inspires me to try to do better.
I am so proud of you!!!!!
Love
Karen

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JILL313 9/2/2012 9:40AM

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Congratulations Jeannie, You've Done It so Well and sure deserve all your WL Success!! I am Happy Dancing and Celebrating your being in Onderland! What a good and awesome feeling that must be!! I am so proud of you and know Richard and your family are also You are such a good role model for the rest of us. Never say never. . .and you've done it Jeannie!! I bet you were so excited when you saw the scale at 199!! I hope to join you in a few months myself. There's no stopping you now. . .Party time for sure!!

Love You,

Jill

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ESILBO 9/2/2012 8:49AM

    BY THE WAY, I AM SO HAPPY, YOU BRING TEARS OF JOY TO MY EYES...LOL

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I AM SO PROUD OF YOU, YOU DID IT AND I CAN HEAR YOU ALL THE WAY TO CANADA.
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LOVE YOU SWEETIE, GREATTTTTTTTTTTT JOB
LISE

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Reflections on Two Weeks of SLOG Walking

Saturday, August 18, 2012

My teammates on the Over 60++ Team know what Iím referring to, but for anyone else who might be reading this, you might be wondering. A little background: a year ago, I was pushing myself to be able to walk a mile at one time. It was one of my short-term goals and by Labor Day of 2011 I managed to get it done. Later, I got the distance up to 2 miles, stayed in that distance range for a long time, but by mid-summer of this year I finished the SP 5K Your Way Walking challenge.

Iím easily bored with exercise. Itís not one of those things I ďhaveĒ to do every day (before you start telling me all the reasons I should, I will tell you I do know all thatóI just donít really care for it, thatís all). A couple weeks ago I was out for one of my ďmust goĒ walks. You know what they are: you must go or you wonít shed any pounds this week, or your heart wonít be getting stronger, or your legs will fall off, etc.! Anyway, it suddenly occurred to me that if I could go faster Iíd get done sooner. Why not try a little slow jog from this electric pole to the next and see what happens. Wow! Did that ever feel strange! And, oddly enough, I did get to that pole a little faster! I tried it a couple more times on that 1.5 mile walkópole to pole alternating mostly walking with very, very slow ďjogging.Ē

The second week (just finished) I changed it up a bit and started counting pole-to-pole steps or jogs and did 250 jog/steps four times during my 1.6 mile walks. Next week I think Iíll keep the routine the same before increasing the jog steps. I typically walk every other day and bike for 20-30 minutes the opposite days. Fortunately, I live in a rural area and the paved road is a good route that doesnít get much traffic. Thatís the other thingóI donít want anyone to see me so I have to keep an eye out for any vehicles that may be in my line of vision!

What have I learned? Several things, of courseónothing we do is without learning something!
1. There is no word describing this exercise of mine, which is how I decided on SLOG (all caps) with the help of my teammates. It is a very slooow jog/walk and should probably be a Walk SLOG since I do more walking than SLOGGING, but SLOG Walk sounds better, I think. Look up the definition of the word slog and youíll see that it fits perfectly!
2. Lots of body parts jiggle and bounce when Iím SLOGGING. Who would have thought Iíd need a sports bra and spandex girdle thingie at my age (69 next birthday)? Both belly and boobs flop without some kind of restraint.
3. You really can get there faster! It isnít pretty, but it is faster.
4. I can still walk and talk after vigorous (for me) exercise.
5. My artificial hips are fine! Five years ago when I had them replaced the surgeon warned me against running. Like that was ever going to happen! LOL!!! But, he also told me that I could play tennis. Again, like that was ever going to happen. But, since I am now carrying around ľ less of me than I was before starting this job of getting slimmer and healthier, a little SLOGGING is not going to do any more damage than all that weight bearing was doing every day in every way. Everything feels just fine, nothing hurts and I might be a bit stronger. Hard to tell after just 2 weeks, though.

Iíd love some company on one of my SLOG Walks, but Iím sorry I wonít be able to talk. Iím too busy breathing! Have a great weekend, my dear SparkFriends!

  
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JANNIEWANNIE 9/2/2012 11:29AM

    Everyone is on my case to start walking, but I am just refusing to get started. Slog Walking sounds very appealing to me. I can maybe walk .1 or .2 miles at one time. I would have to start with Baby Slogging. I can relate to your story and it gives me hope to get started. Thank you for sharing. Hugs from J

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/30/2012 2:18PM

    I wish I could join you on your walks but the distance between us is just a bit overwhelming .I don't mind walking but I like company.I guess it is because I spent so long in plaster.The doctor this week said I am doing everything right and after the cortisone in my hips I might get to walk again ! After 9 operations on my legs I am putting off the hip replacements but if it is not to much of an imposition I might get you to tell me about them as I know they are a couple of years in my future.

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RETURNTOTHIN 8/27/2012 4:02PM

    HOW EXCITING... ONEDERLAND THIS WEEK! BEFORE I KNOW IT, I'LL HAVE TO TRY SLOGGING ON MY TREADMILL.....

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MASTERPIECE8 8/20/2012 4:56PM

    Absolutely wonderful. I'm so proud of you. You have accomplished so much and are an inspiration to me. SLOG on!

Barb


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REACHING4HOME 8/19/2012 5:48PM

    I LOVE THE TERM "SLOGGING". I THINK, SINCE I DO SWIMMING MOTIONS WITH MY WEIGHTS, I WILL CALL THAT SWEIGHTS! SOUNDS COOL, HUH? LOL
ERIN

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NPA4LOSS 8/19/2012 12:23PM

    emoticon my friend! You are such an inspiration. The thing about you is that you don't think of all the things you do as exercise. emoticon I wonder if one SLOG step for every hundred others would qualify? Enjoy!

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JILL313 8/19/2012 12:02PM

    Well Sweet Spark Sis, I'd join you but don't we live over 2,000 miles away--LOL! It would be fun to SLOG with a Buddy--is Richard up to the Challenge now? You've come such a long way Jeannie in a relatively short amount of time. I am so proud of your determination and grit to get the job done. You do it even when you don't feel like it--I really admire that about you. You already look great and are just a pound shy of Onederland. I bet next week you will be in Magic Onederland and I'll probably hear you shouting, I did it, over 2,000 miles away) that I DID IT! Your adding quality years to your life--I'm so happy for you.

Hugs & Love,

Jill

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HOLLYM48 8/19/2012 9:08AM

    way to slog! I find that jogging is so hard on my joints, ankles and knees so good for you that you are finding a way to slowly jog. emoticon

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EATVEGAN 8/19/2012 3:05AM

    This is very inspiring. I'd like to be able to cycle, but there are bike paths on some streets and not on others. And there's a lot of traffic. So I'm doing other, less fun, stuff. emoticon
Janet

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TORTILLAFLATS 8/18/2012 11:06PM

    SLOG on sister! who cares what it looks like What matters is how it will change how you look. You are truely inspiring. If only I lived out away from everyone....lol can't you just see it now me and my walker doing the SLOG

Love you Jeannie,

Hugs, Gail

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TXGRANDMA 8/18/2012 9:04PM

    Great explanation, Jeanne! Ha Ha! I can just see you in my mind's eye! I don't think they make sports bras for bellies, emoticon

So proud of you, hearing your progress on the exercise. I am afraid that I kind of have your attitude toward exercise just for exercise' sake but do enjoy actually going out and doing something constructive.

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SPEEDY143 8/18/2012 8:00PM

    emoticonon keeping up that "E" word thingy that I know you don't like one bit emoticonSLOG on sister YOU are soooooo motivating emoticon emoticon I'm afraid that if I tried that I'd give myself a black eye emoticonno wait... two black eyes emoticon

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P.S... so interesting, spell check didn't try to fix the word SLOG, so it MUST be a real word emoticon

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JAOTAO 8/18/2012 7:26PM

    That is quite an accomplishment! Good for you. Now you need some really nice SLOGGING clothes to go with your program! emoticon

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SANDYW1945 8/18/2012 5:31PM

    Hooray for you! Great job. I like the part were you don't want anyone to see you. What a hoot! Just what I try to do. Now I want to try to find a place to "SLOG"

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SUZRAI 8/18/2012 5:25PM

    I love it!
Bored? with exercise???? LOL you can probably tell from the wierd positions I try to describe that i do in the pool that I am easily distracted. You have creatively "mixed it up" and I am so very proud of you!
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VTMAID 8/18/2012 4:44PM

    I am so proud of you!!! I really admire your stick-to-it attitude. I was good for 176 days and stopped and you have been going the whole time before and after I stopped! That is absolutely terrific!
Love
Karen

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BELDONDOG1 8/18/2012 4:36PM

    For someone who used to think that the "e" word was a curse word, you've made great strides. Maybe I should rephrase that. You've made great smaller SLOGGING steps!
Where are the next summer Olympics going to be held? You Go Girl!! I'm very proud of you, as we all are. I loved Gayle's comment about her whole body needs restraints. lol Kudos to you, my dear Jeannie! (hugs) Noel

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KADYSMOM11 8/18/2012 3:28PM

    LOL your boobs and belly need restraint? my WHOLE body does! emoticon
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GINGER_BEAR 8/18/2012 3:15PM

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ESILBO 8/18/2012 3:14PM

    OMG I HAVE TO GO BACK READING THE GROUP S EXCHANGE EVERYDAY.
I DID NOT EVEN KNOW THAT YOU ARE SLOGGING.
WOW, WOW, WOW...I AM SO EXCITED, YOU WOULD THINK IT WAS ME. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU.
YOU ARE PUSHING ME GIRL, I JUST CAME BACK FROM THE POOL AFTER READING YOU ON MY BLOG.
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Take Your Smile With You

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Another little poem from that pad of stationery I found hidden in my desk drawer...I like this one, too.

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Take Your Smile With You

Take your smile with you
Wherever you go--
Keep it bright, use it,
For you never know
Who's tired and discouraged
And sadhearted, too,
And waiting for sunshine
And friendship from you!
Keep your smile handy
And pass it along--
You'll find in return
You've a heart full of song.

Keep smiling, Dear SparkFriends!
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EATVEGAN 8/12/2012 2:19AM

    I like your poem. That has always been my policy, too. It doesn't cost me anything, and often brightens another's life. I am often repaid in kind. emoticon
Janet

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JILL313 8/11/2012 11:49PM

    I love this oh so true little smile poem as we're all fighting some kind of silent battle and a smile can mean the world to those you kindly give it to.

Hugs,

Jill

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JAMER123 8/11/2012 11:30PM

    Very lovely, Jeannie! Thanks for sharing. Do you have any more?
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TORTILLAFLATS 8/11/2012 10:34PM

    Jeannie, I love your smile and I am smiling back emoticon

Hugs, Gail

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LINOVER 8/11/2012 9:35PM

    A poem to remember!
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BELDONDOG1 8/11/2012 9:26PM

    NJJ was right. A smile is international! Even for those who cannot speak or hear can understand a smile, and at my bingo, I make it a point to always pass a smile to our woman who can do neither. It's one thing that doesn't have to be "signed" to her.
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REACHING4HOME 8/11/2012 3:42PM

    I LOVED THIS AND THOUGHT ABOUT IT WHEN I WENT TO THE CLUBHOUSE TO PICK UP THE MAIL. THERE WAS A GUY THERE THAT I HAD NEVER SEEN BEFORE SO I SMILED AT HIM. HE STARTED TALKING 19 TO THE DOZEN AND WOULDN'T STOP! HE EVEN FOLLOWED ME BACK TO MY CONDO! YIKES! I THINK I WILL KEEP MY SMILING TO THOSE I KNOW AND ONLY TO STRANGERS WHEN OUT IN PUBLIC WHERE THERE IS LESS CHANCE OF PICKING UP A NUT CASE. LOL
ERIN

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KADYSMOM11 8/11/2012 2:27PM

    awww. that is very nice! emoticon

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ESILBO 8/11/2012 1:36PM

    I TRY TO LIVE BY THAT. MY SMILES ARE THE ONLY FREE THINGS I CAN GIVE AND I ENJOY IT. IT BECAME MY TRADEMARK WHEN I WAS WORKING...LOL
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LISE emoticon

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THESLIMMERME1 8/11/2012 1:35PM

    emoticon is a shot of 'sunshine' to both the sender and receiver!
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RFJSJ50 8/11/2012 11:27AM

    We too often forget that sharing a smile can be the first step in improving our day and the days of others!
Thanks for the reminder.
Sheila

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TXGRANDMA 8/11/2012 10:49AM

    Good reminder for us to be ambassadors of cheer! Kind of like a Random Act of Kindness! emoticon

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VTMAID 8/11/2012 10:45AM

    That's a really sweet poem. Kind of reminds me of years ago when I was a Brownie. Something that started "I have something in my pocket".
Nice memories!
Hugs
Karen

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NJJ-EXERCISE30 8/11/2012 10:06AM

    emoticon A smile is international! emoticon

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GINGER_BEAR 8/11/2012 9:55AM

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You Can Do It!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

I was just cleaning out a desk drawer and ran across a pad of stationery with some inspirational verses on most of the pages. The first one I ran across really spoke to me today, so I thought I'd share it with you.

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Giving up is easy
when your dreams seem far away
and life is full of obstacles--
you face them every day--
but, no matter what the challenge,
some faith can get you through it--
so never quit believing...
just remember: you can do it!!

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QUIETUDEAGAIN1 8/11/2012 3:00AM

  Great idea. Yes much of our success and failure are determined by our mind set but a lot of it is also determined by the people that we choose to connect with. It's amazing how much energy a positive cheerful person can boost others.

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JILL313 8/10/2012 1:31AM

    This speaks volumes to me so I appreciate your posting it. I will never quit on myself getting healthy even though I may be 99 until I get to my Goal Weight!! I hope to just do it and be there within this next year. Thank you for sharing this gem.

Love,

Jill

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TORTILLAFLATS 8/9/2012 2:26PM

    Jeannie, How true, and the timing to see this is perfect for me and I am sure a lot of us.

Thanks for taking the time to share it with us!

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MASTERPIECE8 8/9/2012 11:33AM

    Great! Thanks, Jeannie.

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SPEEDY143 8/9/2012 3:28AM

    Faith is the core to realizing all our dreams emoticonNever Quit emoticon

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JAMER123 8/9/2012 12:34AM

    What a wonderful & thoughtful quote you found. So glad that you shared with us today! Some days, I need the inspiration!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BELDONDOG1 8/8/2012 11:21PM

    Thanks for the "share", Jeannie. We really need these little reminders every once in a while. Love, Noel

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TXGRANDMA 8/8/2012 9:26PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Jeanne! And yes, Giving up IS easy, but we must never quit trying, as this poem illustrates! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/8/2012 6:30PM

    That is lovely thank you!

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RFJSJ50 8/8/2012 4:33PM

    Thanks for sharing that - I need all the help I can get!
Sheila

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JAOTAO 8/8/2012 4:00PM

    That is a great poem. I would add to that, let each day begin anew with a clean slate. Thanks for posting!

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ESILBO 8/8/2012 3:25PM

    DEAR JEANNIE, YES emoticon, EVEN IF ITS OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
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LISE

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In Case You Have Doubts--a Little Challenge for You!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Have you been thinking about your weight loss as being a ďdrop in the bucketĒ compared to what you still have to lose? As youíve been shedding a few pounds have you had doubts about whether it was making any difference to your body? I had an experience today that might help you to look at it in a little different way. Iíll get to that in a minute, but for right now I want to challenge you to find something around your house that is close to the number of pounds youíve shed so far. It doesnít matter if it is just a few or if itís quite a fewÖjust find something close to those pounds. For me, that is about 64 pounds (I hope itís a few more this Sunday when I weigh in). I bet you can figure something out. A gallon of milk or water is about 8 pounds; a bag of flour is 5 pounds unless you buy it in bulk. Maybe a laundry basket full of wet laundry is 25 or more pounds. Okay, now I want to pick up your item and carry it around the house with you for a little whileÖyou donít have to do it for long, but take it with you to the bathroom or around the kitchen for as long as youíre able. Is it heavy and awkward to hang onto? Hard to handle and makes your back or knees hurt?

In some cases, you might not be able to pick it up! Thatís what happened to me at the store today. Richard asked me to ďpick upĒ some salt for the water softener. Actually he didnít expect me to literally pick it up, but I tried. It was only 40 pounds, not the 64 Iíve shed, but I could NOT DO IT! I got it upright and almost had it up, but just couldnít manage and decided we didnít need it that badly yet. He can get it the next time weíre there, but a little light bulb went off for me. Before I ditched those 64 pounds I was hauling at least as much as 1 Ĺ bags of water softener salt around with me with every step I took. The same is true for you, wherever you are in your weight loss journey! Every ounce, every pound, every 10 pounds, whatever we have accomplished is so important to all of us. WowÖI could never hope to walk up the back steps to the house carrying that much weight, yet I was asking my body to do it with every step I took, not to mention what my heart still has to do each day. No wonder my back aches sometimes!

Our team has a great Sizzling Summer Challenge going on right now and itís not too late to join if you havenít already! But, even if you donít, remember that it doesnít matter if you arenít the biggest loser or even the littlest loser in or out of the team challenge. What matters is that we work on giving our bodies a rest by shedding what pounds we can. Letís all try to give our hearts and backs and muscles a gift of fewer pounds to haul around. Iím willing to keep working on it if you will all be there to help me along the way, and in turn, I promise to be there for you, too. Together we can do it, I just know we can!!

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JAMER123 7/22/2012 12:25AM

    Way a great reminder of the weight lost & carrying it around. I can't carry the 82# but I have read here some fantastic ideas!! Thanks, Jeannie, for a fantastic and thoughtful blog!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RETURNTOTHIN 7/21/2012 8:49PM

    What a GREAT blog.... I know that I feel tons better and can walk further with a "spring" in my step since I "lost" (and certainly don't want to go hunting for it) that 60 pounds. I always threatened to keep butter boxes and stack them up to show how much I had lost. But lifting a 40 pound bag of salt is certainly an eye opener! You'll be in ONEderland before you know it... certainly in the summer challenge! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/21/2012 7:34PM

    You guys are great...imagine gifts of kitty litter for pets and fresh fruit and $$ to the food banks! What awesome ideas! One of you mentioned the Biggest Loser having segments on the program about carrying as much weight as they'd lost and dropping some off to signify what they'd lost. I don't watch the Biggest Loser, but it does seem like a real hands-on way to understand how much we're carrying around. emoticon for the great ideas! Jeannie

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ESILBO 7/21/2012 7:14PM

    GREAT BLOG JEANNIE, ITS A GREAT IDEA TO TRY TO LIFT THAT AMOUNT. I LIKE THE IDEA OF GIVING YOUR LOSS INTO SOMETHING. I THINK I WOULD GIVE MONEY TO THE FOOD BANK.

I JUST LOOKED AT MY SUITCASE THAT I STILL NEED TO UNDO, ILL GO WEIGHT IT AND SEE IF I COULD WALK WITH THAT ALL DAY...LOL.I DOUBT IT.

HUGS, HUGS
LISE

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VTMAID 7/21/2012 5:25PM

    I think maybe for every 25 pounds I lose, I will donate a like amount of healthy food to the local food shelf. Very often people who use food shelves end up with the "belly fillers", you know, the pasta and potatoes, etc. I think maybe some fresh fruits would be a good idea!
Hugs
Karen

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KADYSMOM11 7/21/2012 5:12PM

    emoticon It makes a lot of sense! emoticon
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TORTILLAFLATS 7/21/2012 2:45PM

    Jeannie, I just found your wonderful Blog. I am so impressed by your concept. I know I have heard it before but it sure was good to hear it again. Thank you. Also thank you for the mentioning of the challenge. I just wish that everyone who started would keep going. I know life happens sometime but it is almost always the same people that sign up, the same people that drop out and the same ones that finish. Wish I knew what to do to help keep them motivated.

Hugs Gail, looks like we are rushing toward the 70 pound mark together. emoticon

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SANDYW1945 7/21/2012 2:44PM

    emoticon great concept.

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JAE_HENNINGTON 7/21/2012 8:38AM

  I have lost 64lbs.. and you are so right, I cannot pick a gallon of milk. Losing weight for me is so slow. I cannot exersize as much as I need to or that I would like to. I am working concentrating on doing that which I can do and be pleased with that

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LJCANNON 7/21/2012 8:16AM

    emoticonWhen I reached 100 Pounds off, I donated 100 Pouunds of Kitty Litter to a Local Charity. Carrying in those 10 Bags of Litter in to the building was VERY Symbolic for me.

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CJMOK1121 7/21/2012 7:59AM

    Jeanie: Thank you so much, I had never really thought of doing something like that before, I have been so bad to my body about looseing and gaining it back just to have to carry it around again. Doing better from now on, Thank you again for sharing.

CJ from OK.

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HYATTI1 7/21/2012 3:38AM

    Jeannie,

Interesting concept on the weight loss. I have several times compared my weight loss to the meat that we take out of the frig. 3 lbs of hamburger or 5 lbs we buy and then separate into individual packages. To look at 5 lbs of hamburger meat and multiple that by 5 just seems so much. I know it's healthier with the weight, it's gone and you or in this case me...I am better for it. But, it is a very slow process and I do think about the negative side.

Joanna

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TXGRANDMA 7/21/2012 12:54AM

    Great blog, Jeannie! They do this on the Biggest Loser sometimes. Quite amazing to watch! emoticon

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EATVEGAN 7/20/2012 9:49PM

    Great analogy. I'll remember it when I start thinking how far I have to go. This last time I hit a plateau, I reminded myself how healthy I'm getting. Not only that, even if the scale isn't moving, I can see a difference. We sometimes just give that scale or a number way too much power over us. Thanks for the great blog. emoticon
Janet

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THESLIMMERME1 7/20/2012 9:33PM

    Something to remind myself of when I hit a plateau!
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BELDONDOG1 7/20/2012 9:33PM

    Jeannie, as usual, a wise woman's words. When going to WW they always said that you should carry around a 10# bag of potatoes or 2 10# bags. As you said, such a thing is not an easy thing to do. I'm very proud of all the weight that we have lost--combined or individually. We are all getting healthier, not matter how you look at it.
((hugs)) Noel





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MOVEIT2LOSEIT42 7/20/2012 8:28PM

    I needed this. I was feeling discouraged as I have only lost 11.8 lbs since starting 6 weeks ago. Now I am going to go find something that weighs as much as I have lost and lug it around for a few minutes.... hmmmmm..... I wonder how much my dog weighs..... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JILL313 7/20/2012 8:13PM

    Jeannie, what a wonderful blog and I almost forgot how much harder it was just to move. I believe I've lost 50 or so pounds and I couldn't begin to lift that and yet I carried it around for too many years. I love your analogy and it's so true. All of us should be so proud of ourselves and each pound we've lost. I know I have a long lifelong Journey but I know in the end I'll be one of the Biggest Losers. Very well written and true blog. It makes me appreciate how kind I've actually been to my body recently.

Love,

Jill

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SLC1989 7/20/2012 8:07PM

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