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My NO EXCUSE PLEDGE

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Coming a little late to the party, but I believe it with all my heart! I've printed it and hung several copies around.

Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through,
I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best Friend, because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

Signed: Jeannie, April 18, 2012

Taken from Lise and other Spark Friends' blogs. We are 'spreading the Spark.'

  
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DEBCARES 5/22/2012 7:07PM

    I love this! Just what I needed to read! I am trying so hard to change my attitude about my newly diagnosis of diabetes! I get discouraged easy and hate myself for all my failures....I need to print this out and read it every day.

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TORTILLAFLATS 4/20/2012 2:27PM

    emoticon another one bites the dust, I meant the PLEDGE!! LOL It is a great pledge and hopefully it will help keep me more motivated.
We will do this together, all of us!
Hugs, Gail

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DIANEDOESSMILES 4/19/2012 2:19AM

    VERY , VERY GOOD Jeannie !!! YOU GO FOR IT HON !!!! INDEED SO ! For if you do NOT do this, how can others? If we do not only NOT LOVE ourselves, but ALSO RESPECT ourselves,,,HOW CAN OTHERS?

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JILL313 4/18/2012 11:53PM

    I already have felt this way for years--even when I get to my goal weight I will still be Sparking and I hope you will also as you're much closer to your Goal Weight than I am. We're around the same height and I'd be happy to be around 150#s--do you have a Goal Weight?

Love,

Jill

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 4/18/2012 9:43PM

    That is a great pledge. Good job.
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GRANNYSUE9 4/18/2012 8:52PM

    Great pledge! We do need to treat ourselves as good as we would treat other people. We are worth it and we will do it!

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TXGRANDMA 4/18/2012 11:50AM

    That's the spirit! You can do it, Jeannie! That is something we should say to ourselves every day! emoticon

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ESILBO 4/18/2012 9:34AM

    NEVER TO LATE SWEETIE, WE ARE ALL IN IT TOGETHER....TODAY IS THE RIGHT DAY AND WE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT...
LOVE YOU AND YOUR DECISION
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Bittersweet...Special Memories

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


I love Spring! Living in Iowa means we have bigger changes of the seasons than in lots of other places, although this year the winter was so mild that Spring arrived much earlier than usual. Spring time always brings promises of new beginnings and opportunities. The flowers and trees are just beautiful, and cutting the grass and being outside working in flower beds and the garden is like play time to me. (It does get a little old when the summer wears on and on!)

Two of our children were born during the Spring months. One just celebrated his 43rd birthday a few days ago, but since he lives on the East Coast, we only get to talk on the phone to give him his birthday story (a family tradition).

Spring also brings memories of another kind for me. You see, we lost our oldest son to meningitis on April 10. That was 18 years ago when he was just 27 years old, and while we cope with it and deal with it the best we can, this time of year always brings some sadness and heartache, too. John was a great kid, just like the other 3. He was so full of life and had a lot of opportunities other young people don't get. Some of that was because he was so big!! He grew to 6'10” tall and yes, he did play basketball! He played ball all through grade, junior and high school, and was fortunate to get a scholarship to play basketball at Ohio State. After four years there he traveled all over the world to continue to play ball in a lot of different places: Europe, Hong Kong, Israel, and his beloved Australia, where he traveled 3 different times. That's where he was when he got sick, was hospitalized and passed away. Fortunately for us, John had made many great friends there, and when we traveled to be with him before he passed, we were cared for like family.

This is John and a friend of his in Australia a couple years before he passed.

John's birthday is May 19, and he'll never see his 46th birthday except in my mind and we'll never know what the rest of his life would have been like. But, we feel privileged to have had him with us for almost 28 years and to celebrate his life on April 10 and May 19 and every other day of the year. We miss him terribly, and if anyone ever tries to convince you there is any such thing as “CLOSURE,” they are mistaken! You learn to cope, you move ahead and you plan for the future. You see hope in the upcoming generations, like in these 2 little boys who will never know their Uncle John except as a photograph. But closure? No...why would I want to close my mind and memories to all the wonderful and joyous years we had with John and his siblings!



Spring is still a sweet and wonderful time of year. It's the time when the birds are singing their tiny little hearts out and the trees are blooming. Here's the picture of that blooming tree again. It's the Memory Tree planted by our daughter in memory of her big brother John. We've moved several times since we lost John, so this one is still fairly small, but we've had a Memory Tree everywhere we lived. The really neat thing is that it is always in blossom on or very near to April 10th, just when I need it the most! How awesome is that?

  
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SUCCEED621 4/13/2012 12:36PM

    That is such a touching story of your life with your son....My daughter was born on April 10th. She was the last of 4 children. I love the memory tree!
Like you I love spring and love to work in the garden.I live in California so we garden all year long.
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TXGRANDMA 4/11/2012 11:49PM

    Oh, Jeannie! I am so sorry, I cannot imagine losing a child and the huge sorrow that you went through. As I type this, my tears are running down my cheeks, how I wish I were there to give you a great big hug!
I am so glad that he got to travel to Australia if he loved it that much! That is a great picture of a good looking young man, how you must treasure the photos and the memories.
((((HUGS)))) headed your way.............

The tree was a great tribute to your son, I think it is no accident that it is blooming at this time! May God be with you during this difficult time............
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MASTERPIECE8 4/11/2012 4:14PM

    Bittersweet. How accurately put. But what a wonderful way to remember and celebrate your son's life. I too was brought to tears as I read it. As another mother/grandmother, I cannot begin to imagine what you and your dear husband experience.

His siblings - yes, I can imagine. I have a brother 11 months older than me who passed away at age 26 of an aneurysm. He was a professor at SW MO State, Springfield MO. We received a call on Wednesday that he was sick and was at Cox Medical Center. He passed away on Saturday. His b-day is very close to your son's. It's May 14th. My mother always said 'there's not a day that goes by that I don't think of Rick.' It's wonderful to have your tree and remember him while it's blooming, as he was so apparently full of life, love and laughter.

Love you,
Barb

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MNABOY 4/11/2012 12:53AM

    Love the Memory Tree. Thanks for sharing.

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DIANEDOESSMILES 4/10/2012 11:39PM

    HI Sweet Jeannie,,,

My heart goes out to you ,,,in such a special way sweetie. We lost Sammy at the age of 2 1/2 ,,,he was my grandson,,,,,,ur so right,,,, no time that passes by heals the wound,,,, never do the dreams of "What would he be doing now?" Ever EVER STOP huh? That was 16 almost 17 yrs ago. For his Mom she sank into such a depression,,,its been HORRIBLE for the rest of us,,,FINALLY the other day, I got her to get counseling. FINALLY !!! She needs someone to talk to, who can help her to start to heal hon. I DO LOVE the memory tree, I've tried to get Karen to do this,,,,,for I've heard of this b4,,,but, in her case a plant,,,or something else, she's said NO FLAT OUT !! So I sent away for a special pin for her wear,,,and am waiting for it to come in. We believe that soon, she'll see him/hold him again, in the near future, so she can talk to others about her beliefts, which of course on Sp we DO NOT go into, but for Karen, this will bring comfort to her heart, and bring her mind alive again,,, I HOPE !! I HOPE !!!!

Hon, I wish you a sense of peace,,,,,for my nephew is also gone,,,and there's so many tears shed, between these 2. He was 18 and took his own life,,,with no note on why,,,so we are tortured daily on this. Its been 4 yrs. The young over think things, whatever it was,,, we whould of been FINE WITH IT !!!!!! We have an inking,,,of what it was,,,,,, and we would of ACCEPTED HIM WITH JOY !! NO MATTER WHAT !! NO MATTER WHAT !!! he was OUR JOY !!!! I wish he could of accept that. My GS was a baby,, ur John was older,,,,, and yet, life has no age for a cut off,,, NO parent should Lose a child. NO parent should. I wish for you,,,,,,, way more than I can give you,,,and thats to have John back. Love you sweetie,,, Diane

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/10/2012 11:26PM

    I love the idea of a memory tree ,I looked at your photo of John and saw a handsome young man and remembered the words to a popular song which of course is of little comfort but how true "only the good die young" You can never take away the happy memories though and it is obvious he left many.love and hugs,Cheri

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BELDONDOG1 4/10/2012 10:29PM

    Jeannie, it is so hard to write through tears. What a beautiful, memorable blog.
The Memory Tree is something I have never heard of and it is an awesome idea.
No one is ever gone unless you forget about them. And from this day, John will never be gone, not only in your hearts, but all of ours also. God Bless you, hon--we love you.

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CJMOK1121 4/10/2012 3:46PM

    Jeanie: What a wonderful way to honor your son, My heart goes out to you for ALL the GOOD and HURTFUL memories. The beautiful blooming tree must be such a peaceful enjoyment for you.

YOUR SP FRIEND: CJ from OK

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TORTILLAFLATS 4/10/2012 2:54PM

    Jeannie, I have been brought to tears. Bittersweet is the right word. And as others, the memory tree is a powerful expression of your family's love for him. And it is beautiful as was your son. Blessings to you my friend!

Love you, Gail

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SPEEDY143 4/10/2012 1:31PM

    What a beautiful boy and how wonderful that he had a family who will honor his memory in so many ways. John's tree is lovely, your grandsons in their Uncles jackets is so dear. I can see the resemblance... he truly lives on in all your hearts and the faces of his loved ones. Thank you for sharing Jeannie... I agree time never heals the deepest wounds and yet we would never trade a moment of those precious years to avoid the pain of loss. I will keep you and your family close at heart today emoticon

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JILL313 4/10/2012 1:17PM

    Jeannie, Truthfully, I can't imagine just how hard it would be to lose a very loved young son in his prime. My heart goes out to you all and just the thought of going through something so hard to even imagine brought tears to my eyes. I'm so glad you honor and remember John with a Memory Tree and that it usually starts blooming around his Birthday. I know you are so proud of him and all he accomplished in his time on Earth. Your Grandsons are growing up to have many of his wonderful qualities which ultimately they get from you and Richard. My prayers and thoughts right now are with you and I want to hug you so hard. I know John was so proud of you and still is as you are a wonderful Mom , Grandma, Daughter, Sister, Friend. . .You have an unique quality and I've noticed no one is more loved or admired on our Team than you are. I am very proud of you and so happy and blessed that we're good friends.

Love You,

Jill

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GRANNYSUE9 4/10/2012 1:04PM

    Very moving blog! I really like the idea of the memory tree. God bless you and yours.

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_KATHY 4/10/2012 12:24PM

    Thanks for sharing your very touching Spring memories. The memory tree is awesome indeed!
Hugs
Kathy

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PYNETREE 4/10/2012 12:11PM

    Oh, Sometimes I think we are only given the gift of a special person, for such a short time, because their soul is such a Treasure, that it can't remain here on this earth very long....
So, I see why Spring will always be bittersweet. Love the Memory Tree.
John was so handsome. And your GS's are too. Are they "wearing" John's jackets?
Time will fly till they will fit in them.

Hugs, and know you are Blessed by so many rich, happy Memories...Thinking of you and your Family! Love, Theresa

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ESILBO 4/10/2012 11:43AM

    MY HEART IS WITH YOU DEAR FRIEND, I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL AND I WISH I COULD CELEBRATE HIS LIFE WITH YOU...WHAT A HANDSOME MAN HE WAS...
SEND LOVE AND HUGS YOUR WAY

LOVE
LISE

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Slip, Slidin' Away

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Remember that song? The chorus goes something like this:

Slip, slidin' away.
Slip, slidin' away.
You know the nearer your destination,
the more you're slip, slidin' away.

This last month or so I've felt like I was slip, sliding away from my destination and from what I know works for me. I was looking for (and finding) excuses to not eat properly and excuses to make poor choices. I was talking the talk without walking the walk; I was easing up on the exercise, which is always easy for me to do since I don't like it much. And, I was whining (mostly to myself) about my lack of progress.

This morning I had a heart to heart talk with myself and decided the “buck stops here” and I can and will re-commit myself to this happier and healthier ME that I am slowly letting emerge from the layers of fat surrounding ME. Recently I've become complacent on this journey and I haven't focused very well for awhile. I acknowledge that and take responsibility for my actions.

So, here I am...feeling energized and again ready to take on the world. But, before I do, I want to say thank you to all my SparkFriends for your ongoing support and love and help that you sometimes don't even know you're giving!! Thank you for sharing your stories of successes and struggles, for your humanness and insecurities, and above all your friendship! As we travel this road together nothing can stop us and I know we'll be able to accomplish all we are working so hard to do! As we're moving forward, I'll focus on that, and on the fat that is slip, slidin' away from the real ME!

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TUBLADY 3/20/2012 6:10PM

    I remember that song, and that's a good one to remember , "Not to let all the good work we have done, slip away.".
It's so easy to get caught up in the everyday life and before you know if , you have slipped back two months. We work so hard to lose a pound and can gain it back in a hot minute. But since it is so hard to lose, we will not gain any of those hard earned lost pounds back. Let that be your mantra.
I know we have busy lives, we schedule all kind of activities. You have to schedule time for yourself. Time to plan your meals and exercise. Make it a priority. You can do it.
There should be nothing more important than your health. And losing weight and getting fit will improve your health.
We are all traveling on the road to a better healthy life, we are just at different places on the same road.
Think of it as a trip, each day brings some new to enjoy in your life.
Take care,
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TORTILLAFLATS 3/20/2012 5:36PM

    Jeannie, I don't know how I missed this Blog but I am so glad I found it. That is what happened to me on our last trip south. It is so hard to stay on program when friends always want to go here or there and out to eat, and then all those pot lucks. When is there time to eat right or get our exercise in. I was to busy playing hand and foot or Bingo. So I am so happy you came to your sences early. I struggled with mine quite a few months before Tisha Spark Mailed me on my second anniversary last April. So thanks to tublady I am back.
I love going but its better being home for me.
Hugs, Gail

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SUE_2U 3/20/2012 4:52PM

    Good song for us to exercise to! Keeps us in mind of our goals, for certain!

Thanks for the kind words on my blog...
Spark On!

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DIANEDOESSMILES 3/2/2012 10:08PM

    HI Jeannie !! This is EXACTLY why we did NOT want to stop the winter challenge all together, because we KNEW as leaders that WE ALSO WOULD do this , let ALONE MANY on the team, so yes hon, we've kept the team going ! Maybe it was SELFISH of us, but hey it was ALSO NICE Of us, for it also BENEFITED ALL OF US ! WOOHOOOOO !!!! WE WANTED THIS FOR ALL OF US !!!! To help memembers such as urself to THINK this over, to REACH DEEP DOWN INDOWN Inside of themselves and see "hey, whats IN HERE? Where AM I? And WHERE IS IT I "WANT" to GO"? And you are now FOLLOWING THIS to the T !!! We aer so PROUD OF YOU Jeannie !!! SO PROUD OF YOU hon !!

So now the words are the EASY Part of it, now to REALLY FOLLOW THRU !! How about making that "vision collage"? And putting it where you can SEE IT? Put on it, things that you WANT to do as you SLIM DOWN ! WOOOHOOOO as well as how you will achieve this? Keep it simple enough so it makes sense to you, yet compliated enough to keep you INTERESTED in it. HAVE FUN !!! YOU GO KIDDO !! YOU GO !! HAVE FUN !! ENJOY IT !!!!!! Please post a blog of it, make SURE I knnow about it,,,so i can also see it, in case I am really busy and do not see it.

WE ALL CARE !!

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GRANDMACOO 3/2/2012 5:56AM

    Sometimes being honest with ourselves is the hardest step; congrats on taking that first step to continue your journey. We CAN get it done and watch it "slip, slide away"!

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RFJSJ50 2/29/2012 11:26PM

    Hey - Have you been reading my mind (what little bit of it that there is)! I've decided that March is going to be MY month and I AM determined to be successful!
We can do this!
Sheila

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MASTERPIECE8 2/29/2012 1:47PM

    emoticon You have written a great blog. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. It's how we learn. I know you can do it, my friend.



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CJMOK1121 2/29/2012 11:56AM

    Jeanie: Thank you for your blog, So glad you didn't slip, slide away from us. That is what I usually do is start that slip and slide process and then I've even slip and slide away from SP. You are a great leader and thank you again for sharing. I know its got to be hard being in AZ and sticking to a healthy program. I know you will do it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI'm staying with you.

YOUR SP FRIEND: CJ from OK.

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SPEEDY143 2/28/2012 8:11PM

    Yeah, February has NOT been my best month since joining SP... thank God it's a short month emoticonI've got my ducks in a row and ready to "MARCH" to a different drummer towards Spring... hopefully by months end I'll be using my cane like a Majorettes baton and back on the path to better health emoticon

We can do this emoticonLinda

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TXGRANDMA 2/28/2012 7:30PM

    We all have to sit down sometimes and have a good, rousing talk with ourselves! So proud of you for digging down inside and finding the all important motivation!
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FUTUREHOPE49 2/28/2012 6:28PM

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GRANNYSUE9 2/28/2012 3:49PM

    You wrote that perfectly. That happens to all of us from time to time, but the important thing is to get your focus back and do what you know works for you. Sounds like you have a firm hold on this one.

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JILL313 2/28/2012 3:23PM

    Jeannie, You've had great success so far but you've had that bump in the road and now a wake up call so you will focus again on making WL one of your top priorities again. I really admire your honesty as I kind of suspected it was getting harder for you especially being you're on vacation and eating out more. I'm the Queen of Excuses myself so I'm trying to do what I know I need to do. I have great Faith in your ability to get going again and do what you figured out you have and will go back to doing. Go get'em Jeannie!! I think the "World" of you and want you to keep having Success.

Love,

Jill

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_KATHY 2/28/2012 3:15PM

    Oh yeah... I have been there very recently. You are right to acknowledge your progress. You've been moving along very well. You know what works and it sounds like you are motivated in actually getting back to doing what works. For me, I started by logging my food again. Every day! I'm hoping the rest of "what works" will follow. Actually, hoping is not the best word for that. You said it up there, commitment works. We can do this!
Hugs
Kathy

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ESILBO 2/28/2012 3:12PM

    WHAT CAN I ADD TO THAT...YOU GOT IT SISTER, I WILL FOLLOW YOU...THANK YOU
LOVE
LISE

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Lessons Learned on a Car Trip

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Yes, you can stay on track and eat healthy and even get some exercise when on the road! I remember reading SP blogs about this, but figured it didn't apply to me. Since we just finished a 5 day road trip, here's a few things I learned, and a lot of the info DID apply to me!

Before we left home I tried to plan to bring a few extra foods with us like fruit and boiled eggs. We were lucky enough to stay at motels with “free” breakfasts, and fortunately, most of the time there was cereal, yogurt and fruit available. I confess that I took an extra banana or apple most days because I knew I'd have trouble meeting my fruit/veggie goals if I didn't have an extra one for later in the day. I ate them every day, too, usually at lunch or dinner.

Eating at fast food restaurants can be a challenge, but if you limit it to the ones you find in most places, it makes it easier. McDonald's and Subway were at almost every stop we made, and I think the $1 menu is perfect for me!! I know McDonald's gets a bad rap for lots of their items, but I usually had either a hamburger (less than $1 most places) and side salad ($1) with light balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing (total of about 300 calories), or just a salad and added a boiled egg, yogurt and banana or apple. The side salad is a great buy and it was fresh at every place I had one. We never order pop (soda to lots of you), but get a cup for water. Subway is great for low cal and low fat choices, too. We missed the $2 subs that were specials until the end of 2011, though. Did I mention that I'm cheap when it comes to food?

Dinner was usually a little more, and while I don't like buffets in general, we did eat at a couple. I try really hard to make my first plate full of lettuce and veggies. Sure helps to cut down on my interest in the other higher calorie foods.

Exercise was interesting. We try not to drive for more than a couple hours at a time, and the first day out I discovered that the breaks were a great time to do some of the stretches and strengthening exercises that I do most days anyway. I had my resistance band with me and used it several times a day, and it's really easy to do calf raises using the car for balance. There were others I did, too, like squats and a couple others, and we tired to get a few extra steps in, too. At a couple of the motels there were pools available and yes...I did bring my suit and spent some time water walking. I don't care what people thought of the fat old woman in the ugly swim suit...I'll never see them again anyway, and not a single person said a thing. Just let 'em try!! Hehe...it was about me anyway, not what they were thinking!

So, that's how I managed to get from the middle part of the country to the SW part of the country in 5 days and visit with cousins and a friend along the way. I even shed a little over a pound last week, so something was working right. Now...if I can just remember all I learned for our trip home in the Spring!!

  
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HYATTI1 2/22/2012 1:32PM

    Good advice for us all to take a look at. Thanks for sharing and to tell the truth we all need a little jolt here and there when it comes to eating out.

Joanna

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BELDONDOG1 1/16/2012 9:22PM

    Wonderful job, Jeannie!! Sounds like all you did, you did it right and lost a pound to boot! Good Girl!!

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TXGRANDMA 1/16/2012 6:12PM

    This is full of good ideas for road trips! When we hit the road though, we pack a couple of coolers, one with drinks and the other with lunch meats and mayo and I make sandwiches while hubby is driving. We don't stop for meals until our RV is parked at night, and then, we cook our supper!
I see that this time though, you didn't travel with an RV. We have friends (actually a fellow sparker and her husband) from Minnesota who spend their winters in South TX. From your description though, I guess you are in Arizona this year?

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LORQUILTS 1/16/2012 11:10AM

    Great ideas! We have a cross country road trip coming up in a couple months and I definitely will use some of your ideas, instead of thinking of it as a big free for all. After all, with the free for all mentality you are only hurting yourself.

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TXMEMAW6 1/16/2012 9:31AM

    Jeannie, Great blog, as usual!! Thanks for all the tips on how to travel and still stay on track with eating and exercising. I'm really going to try to remember them. WTG with your success on the trip. You're such a great inspiration to all of us.
Hugs,
Sharon


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GRAMMAMARY 1/16/2012 8:52AM

    road trips are a challenge but it can be done with some fore thought. great job

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GRANDMA1951 1/16/2012 8:16AM

    I always find it hard to eat right when I'm traveling. You had some great ideas. I also liked the fact that you got out and did a few exercises every few hours. We all just have to remember that we aren't going to see these people any more so we shouldn't be embarrassed.

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GRANDMACOO 1/16/2012 5:25AM

    I think eating out is one of my biggest challenges, especially if I am with someone else. I could eat at Subway every day, but others don't always want to.

I have a portable DVD player that I take on trips with me, so I can use it in my hotel room. I usually try to stop places that have a fitness room, but, if it is busy or the hotel doesn't have one, I have another way to get my workouts in.

Good for you for staying focused on YOU!

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JILL313 1/15/2012 11:16PM

    You did such an awesome job in preparing ahead before and during your trip. I am most impressed by the fact that you didn't use traveling for not exercising--WTG!! You prove just because your on the road you still can keep on track and continue to lose weight and stay healthy and fit. And, I bet you looked good in your swimsuit and didn't even get a "strange" look nor did anyone even think you were fat, as you're not anymore. I am so proud of you as your living the healthy lifestyle that all of us want.

Love,

Jill

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/15/2012 11:14PM

    Excellent ideas ! I will take notes !

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ESILBO 1/15/2012 10:58PM

    GREAT JOB, YOU DID ON THAT TRIP, DEAR FRIEND...YOU ARE MELTING AWAY... DON'T WORRY YOU WILL STILL REMEMBER HOW TO IN THE SPRING...I WILL BE THERE TO REMINDING YOU...
LOVE
LISE

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LESLIELENORE 1/15/2012 10:42PM

    Thanks for some good ideas! I need to start thinking about these type of things for future road trips.

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Why Did I Become a Spirited Underdog?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

This week our 5% Winter Challenge team has asked us to write a daily blog for team points. Here are some of the suggested questions to respond to for today.

Why did you become a Spirited Underdog? This one is easy to answer: I was invited by a friend. I participated in the 5% Fall Challenge and lost 5% of my weight, but had decided not to do another one right now. A friend encouraged me to do it again and here I am!!

What is your secret of success? I have no secrets!! My plan is simple (described on my SPage) and includes exercise (for me, that's the dreaded E word). If I follow my plan and keep a routine most days, I almost always lose at least a little each week.

What are your trigger foods? Hahaha...almost anything can end up being trigger foods for me, but I am especially sensitive to salty/crunchy foods like crackers and chips, and then there are the sweets like ice cream, cookies and bars. I deal with it by not having them around if at all possible. I hope to be able to manage it at some point, but apparently that point is not now. If they're anywhere in the vicinity, I eat them! I've also noticed that TV food ads seem to get me thinking about pizza, burgers, etc. (Guess that's what "they" are hoping for, right?)

Tell us 5 things about yourself that have nothing to do with food or exercise. This is always a hard thing for me, as I think there's nothing new to tell.
1. This one sort of has to do with food...I was named the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow for my high school when I was a senior. Maybe that's where my trouble started! LOL!
2. I love to read, especially mysteries.
3. I have been white water rafting and camping with a group of older women on 2 occasions. What fun we had! I was about 10 years younger than I am now, but I think I'm in better shape than I was then!!
4. I don't like to fly as my ears hurt so bad. It has to do with the air pressure and the only thing that has helped even a little bit are ear plugs called “Ear Planes.” Consequently, I avoid flying at all costs.
5. I volunteer as a docent at a local museum at least once a week when we're home. I take a little break in the winter when we're snowbirds and enjoying warmer weather in Arizona.

The Spirited Underdogs team is full of energy and enthusiasm. Go DAWGS!!
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JILL313 1/15/2012 11:20PM

    You met your 5% Goal in the Fall Challenge and it sure looks like you're heading to do that again--how wonderful! I wish I could have stuck it out but I just had too many our things conflict with it. . .Wow, what a terrific honor you received in HS!

Hugs,

Jill

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SALSIFY 1/15/2012 11:18AM

    I love the sound of the white water rafting and camping! We camp a bit in the summer when the weather gets better - but is usually rains quite a lot. So it's character-building as well as fun - lol.

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TXMEMAW6 1/15/2012 9:56AM

    As usual, great blog. It's a lot of fun getting to know the "little things" about our friends. Thanks for sharing. I, too, love to read mysteries, and salty-crunchy is my downfall. Hope your day is super spectacular.
Hugs,
Sharon


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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/15/2012 8:18AM

    Great blog!!
I "liked" it!

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MNABOY 1/14/2012 11:59PM

    You are a leader! Thanks for setting the standard on the blog.

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LESLIECOY 1/14/2012 11:07PM

    ...with a little help from our friends it is amazing what we can do !
Go Dawg !
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CHERIRIDDELL 1/14/2012 10:36PM

    Crunchy ,salty foods we were born to be friends ,I love to read mysteries too ! hugs,Cheri

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DIANEDOESSMILES 1/14/2012 10:18PM

    I REALLY LIKE THIS !! WOOHOOOO !U GO KIDDO !! Love why you joined, but MORE SO why you're stayin ! Hope you do so again for the spring challenge, and since it'll be getting a little bettah weathah, and IF NOT that you can reach down inside,,,, please restart with trackin food,,, and GO FROM there my friend,,and notice how much those "snacks" are a adding up.

You are Pats or Devah fan? WOOHOOO GOOOO PATS !! 3rd quatah,,,, 11:31 mins left,,,, we are a WINNANG !!!!! WOOHOOOO GGG PAS scorah is 42 to 7 HAHAHAHAHA !!! GOOO PATS !! GOOOOOO !!!!

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ESILBO 1/14/2012 10:16PM

    BETTY CROCKER...HUM, I NEED YOU OR YOUR TIPS ON BAKING...LOL...

HAPPY TO HAVE YOU AS A FRIEND AND LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU

LOVE
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REBECCATKD 1/14/2012 9:54PM

    Keep up your awesome progress!
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