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Back in the Game

Saturday, July 19, 2014

What a wonderful time I had with my family. Every single day was amazing. I only left the cottage twice, DH even bought all the groceries. All I did was relax and visit with my family who all dropped in every day, even slept over. So much fun. Even arrived by boat and took us all on a cruise on the lake. I think what felt best, was how much time we spent together, reminiscent of when our Mom was alive, and we all met up at her home. When she passed away after her second bout with cancer 6 years ago, we somehow managed to isolate from one another, even though there are so many of us. We never knew how to deal with our loss. I discovered dailygriefshare.org to be most helpful.
Although I didn't keep my calories under control, and gained weight, I know tomorrow is a new day and even though I really only have 3 weeks left till the family wedding, I am going to get as far as I can. So I am getting my head right back into the game and I will stick to my program. I know that I am in this for the long hall, and I have to learn to stay the course, and trust my program, and once I do that, I won't be sabotaging my best efforts again.
I have worked really hard, and I am really proud of how far I've come. The challenge for me now, is to make sure I have a plan in place, that I rely on, no matter what I am faced with. A week away from home, or lots of shared, big meals, that tempt. I noticed I still ate quickly, and that is something that I need to change as well. Awareness is the beginning.
So tomorrow, my head is right back in the game.

  
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GRANNY2B2 7/21/2014 4:20PM

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SLIMMINGSHAY 7/20/2014 10:01PM

    vacation time sounds like it was well enjoyed but now you know it's time to move forward again with your success in this journey. Good luck!

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KRYSTALLA 7/20/2014 3:12PM

    Glad you had a good time, and that you have a plan to get back on track.

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KANOE10 7/20/2014 9:45AM

    Family is so important. That sounds like a great visit. Now that you are back in the game, those pounds will come off quickly. Having a plan in place will help you stay on track.
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LISA579 7/20/2014 9:36AM

    when we are having fun it is hard to keep track. Back on the horse it is and you will lose it in no tiime

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TERI-RIFIC 7/20/2014 5:57AM

    Sounds like a wonderful time. Family is so important. You know you have to get back on track and you can do it!

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KALISWALKER 7/20/2014 3:05AM

    Sounds like a great vacation! I know you will be back on track quickly.

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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/20/2014 1:03AM

    It sounds like you had such a happy vacation and a fulfilling time together with your family. Your description of handling the sad loss of your mother was moving. You seem very balanced and realistic about calories, weight, and your long-term progress. I hope this coming week is a good one for you!

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/20/2014 12:21AM

    I am so glad you enjoyed it was a vacation the weight will likely come right off when you get back to routine !

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at "the Cottage" and loving every minute

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

We might hit 71 degrees today with this amazingly windy and cool Polar Vortex in July!! But since I love the Wind of the Mid West, and we have none in New England, I am glad I am back home to enjoy my family and this weather!!!!!
I am also heading out for my walk/jog now, and we have a nature trail, at the end of the Beach Road, which wasn't here, when I was a kid. Being back at "the Cottage" has been so good for the soul. Reminiscing with old neighbours about my Grandparents, and our shared youth here at the Lake. been 40 years since my Grandfather remarried, and sold the place, after Grandma passed away. But I am here every day in my mind. Those memories are so wonderful. The first thing my Father did was walk directly to the water, to see the view. We're only 5 doors down from the origional family cottage, so the view is exactly the same , as the lake curves and each cottage is back 20 feet from the next. Lake ST Clair, links the Detroit River to Lake Huron, and the Detroit River begins at the end of Lake Erie. Well, once we got indoors, at he Cottage, the first thing I did was put a large glass,(my Grandma had pink, depression glass), this I placed on the center of the kitchen table, and filled it with spoons for coffee, cereal, or a Vernors Float. Just like my Grandma had to remind me of those days.
This is the first time we have visited back home, and rented a place instead of staying with family. Great! Everyone is visiting us here, and next all come, both DH family and mine, for a big BBQ. Going to invite cousins too.
The meals are so interesting, everyone is making dishes I haven't tried, and I am loving it. I am tempted, and indulging, and keeping an eye, and making an effort to keep the calories in check. We'll see how I fair, Saturday's weigh in.
Have a great day everyone, and keep Sparking!!

  
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GRANNY2B2 7/19/2014 10:20PM

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KANOE10 7/16/2014 11:56AM

    Sounds like a great visit. What a good idea to have your own cottage for your family! Enjoy your nature trail.

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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/16/2014 7:09AM

    i love the beautiful, peaceful details here--your father walking down to the water to see the view, your grandmother's pink depression glass, the curve of the lake. It's easy to see how much you love your family and your memories of this special place, and how you're having the very best kind of vacation!

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/16/2014 12:44AM

    Sounds fabulous.When I was a kid I was to Lake St. Clair

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IRON_RESOLVE 7/15/2014 10:05PM

    Thanks for your notes ladies. Carol, I inboxed you about that Timmies, maybe we are closer than we think!!!

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HOLLYM48 7/15/2014 2:27PM

    Sounds like a little slice of heaven! Glad you are enjoying your time!

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/15/2014 1:29PM

    How wonderful!! Sounds like it is a wonderful time for you AND your family. What a great way to rejuvenate the body and soul!! emoticon

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ZORINIA 7/15/2014 12:53PM

    That sounds so awesome! We are going on vacation in 2.5 weeks and I can't wait! It's going to be wonderful to get away and spend my days playing with my kids outside, and spending time with my parents and my husband! The cottage sounds like such a lovely place! Thanks for sharing!
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POLYANNA2 7/15/2014 12:50PM

    Nothing like time at a cottage on a lake. You enjoy every second of it. You are getting into my territory now. Just a little bit closer and I'd have to get you out to a Timmies for a face-to-face.
I'm sure with all the exercise you're getting in the great outdoors that the scale will not harsh your mellow!
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RUNNING-TURTLE 7/15/2014 12:26PM

    emoticon Sounds like fun. Have a great time.

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AALLEY2 7/15/2014 11:52AM

    emoticon sounds great! We had a reunion last weekend. I hope you do better than me when it comes to portion control! Enjoy your nature trail, I am loving the polar vortex too! emoticon

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ALRIGHT, ALREADY !!!! Blogging Thru to SlimCity

Monday, July 07, 2014

OK ALL
I just finished with cycling up and down 2 pounds for the last 4 weeks
I got off track in becoming anxious with responsibilities of Life, and a family wedding coming up, and on an on. But i figured, this is how life goes. Something will always "Come Up", that I will need to deal with, whether it's having company, dinner out, a mini crisis, or a full blown one. All of which I have experienced in the past 4 weeks.
So, I have let anxiety rule, but just a little bit, and overeating creep in, but just a little bit.
Now, I've got a grip!! And down goes the number on my scale!
Staring my Triggers, straight in the face, Here GOES SOMETHING, (and not Nothing)

Do YOU know what your Triggers are?
Anxiety? Nagging Responsibilities? Deadlines for work or home projects?
Boredom?
Heat? Humidity? Rain?
Well, whatever it is, and it can be more than one of the above, just grab the Bull by the Horns NOW, and Wrestle it TO THE GROUND.

Here GOES SOMETHING, my 3.8 mile walk!!! Before Sunset!
Then sweep the deck, before all of these twigs and leaves, make even more tea stains on the newly stained deck.
TOMORROW I BLOG again. I am not letting my story slip away. I'm going to Blog it right through to SlimCity. Because FatSitty, is where you sit and remain fat, I have the opposite in mind. Move IT to LOSE IT !!!
I have a "Ton" of mini projects to complete, before we host a Garden Party for the family in town for the Wedding.
So tomorrow I will ride my bike 17.2 miles in the morning. Then Take my Elder Lady to the Dr's. Then make Doggy appointment for nail trims for the poodles. Then come home and Garden. Probably have to sweep the deck by then again!!
Besides, all of this will help get those two pounds off plus one more, to bring me a 30 Pound Weight Loss, FINALLY!!! And Under 160 FINALLY
Alright, up and At'em, here goes.

  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/10/2014 10:19AM

    YOU can do it!!

ONE day at a time is getting you closer to your goals!

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KANOE10 7/8/2014 8:43AM

    You can do it. Keep blogging to reach SlimCity. Your plans sound excellent!


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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/8/2014 3:59AM

    Wow, you are a whirlwind of energy! I liked this blog, and I admire your positive attitude. You are so full of LIFE! Thanks for making me feel recharged.

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/7/2014 11:49PM

    Awesome plan you go girl !

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LISA579 7/7/2014 9:35PM

    i am a stress eater. Way to go on lriding your bike so much.

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KALISWALKER 7/7/2014 7:38PM

    I know how you feel, it tough cycling up and down 2 pounds. Keep blogging and see if it helps you identify your behaviors that are keeping you there. Also it helps you stick to your plan.

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HOLLYM48 7/7/2014 7:08PM

    Way to go. Great plan in place and you can do it! Keep on fighting to be the best that you can be. One day at a time! emoticon

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The Recipe for my Success (SPARKING, Every Day - Exercising Every Day)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

You know, when I was slimmer, and when I was younger, and when I was more fit...

Well, those days, are not gone forever. The younger part, I don't care about. (Except for the hindsight part, ya know... "If I knew then, what I know now".

Well, I can't get any younger, but I can get slimmer, I can become more fit, and Ultimately, I can become More HEALTHY!
Am I certain? Oh YES!!

Because, it's ALREADY HAPPENING. And I think I owe it all to SparkPeople.

Why you ask? Because, I could only motivate myself SO far.
And I could never maintain the weight I had lost in the past.
Even Weight Watchers could NOT help me, because they didn't teach Maintenance, when I had lost all of the weight on my own before. No one sold a recipe for Success the way Spark does. There is so much information, and inspiration, and encouragement, that no matter where I turn for help on my journey, the answers are here. Whether I find them in a video of encouragement from another Sparker, a Spark Coach, or a Spark Journey I am following, or and Article, or an Exercise Video .

Previously, I looked to the thin folks around me, and took notice.

My only observations of thin people before, were that,
1. Yes, they ate A LOT less than I did
2. They often exercised A LOT more than I did
3. Those who never exercised, really didn't eat AS MUCH AS I DID

What's the Point I'm getting at?
I BELIEVE, without a doubt,
1. That I can be motivated just by checking in and tracking stuff
2. And I can be motivated by joining a Spark Challenge (esp 5% Challenge)
3. That SparkCoach helps even more, so it bumps up my success rate
4. Team Leaders&Team Mates are Daily Coaches who pump up Spirits
5. I feel like exercising every day. This is a RESULT of ALL OF

A) 1 & 2
B) 3 & 4
C) All of the Above

If you guessed, C. All of the Above, YOU GUESSED IT RIGHT !!

So That's the Recipe for my Success.
Good Luck to Any and All who stop by and read.
I'm on a Spark Journey of my own. Follow me on the Road to Success,
In fact, don't just Follow, JOIN ME, and we can do it Together!!




  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/22/2014 11:05AM

    SparkPeople and the Spark Program work!! emoticon

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LOFLLAMA 6/21/2014 4:37AM

    We're always the same age inside!!!

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KANOE10 6/19/2014 11:49AM

    You are doing great. I love your recipe for success! Spark on my friend.

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CFMOSS 6/19/2014 7:26AM

    Not only CAN you become more HEALTHY, and slim and fit but you WILL. Keep up the good work.

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/18/2014 10:36PM

    You are so right.I told my doctor about Spark I put on a lot of weight after the accident and I am getting it off in spite of numerous challenges and when I told him I owed it all to Spark People he checked it out and started telling people to give it a try !

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NINETOZE 6/18/2014 10:17PM

    Great post! Thank you for sharing. I agree with you SP is a wonderful place ofr all of those things!

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HOLLYM48 6/18/2014 6:06PM

    I am here and I believe! It is all about believing and moderation. We can do this! Great job and keep up the awesome work!

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SLIMMINGSHAY 6/18/2014 2:14PM

    Great Read! Thanks for sharing what makes things work for you. Spark DOES have the tools we each need even if it's not the same tools for all of us. Keep on inspiring!

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RUNNING-TURTLE 6/18/2014 1:57PM

    Great Blog. Needed to see that. I love your enthusiasm. You are such a wonderful person.

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POLYANNA2 6/18/2014 1:57PM

    How do you like that - we both have the same recipe! emoticon

The Land of Spark is a wonderful place. I finally know I will get to goal and that I'll be able to maintain without the fear of "what now?" I am thrilled that you have your ticket to a longer and healthier life. I can positively feel your energy in your words. Good blog!

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N2IT4LIFETODAY 6/18/2014 1:51PM

    Your energy leaps of the page! I am glad that you have had such wonderful success. I hope to be following you down that same path. Also I agree about Spark!
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KRISZTA11 6/18/2014 1:45PM

    Congrats to your progress, you are doing great!
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I totally agree with you, the tools and the community here on SP help a lot.
For instance I was never able to maintain my weight loss - and now have maintained it for more than 2.5 years. A big difference!

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IRON_RESOLVE 6/18/2014 1:36PM

    Im going to place an edit here, and say that I can become more HEALTHY, because, I have, and that IS the Ultimate Goal!

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Last Weigh In of 5% Spring Challenge

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Off for my big loop walk around the lake. Takes 1.5 hours, or 1 hour 15. We'll see how fast I do it this time.
What it usually means, is that last tip of the scale, and I always try to walk it after a very light breakie, and hit the scale.
As I said before, it's been SO much fun to participate on this challenge, and yes, I am excited for the next one. Met so many wonderful people here.
Now that I am better at tracking nutrition and fitness, my next improvement will be to add a tiny blog daily, and then to RESPOND, to all of the wonder SPARKERPEOPLE, who take notice. I love checking in on everyone else, and I know I am short on time, and have a long work day, but.......
hey, I just finished working nearly 18 months of 7 days a week, so I do feel like I have a LOT OF time on my hands.
They say "Want something done? Ask a busy person"
So with that in mind I look forward to the new challenge of participating on the 5% Summer Challenge and WHOO HOO, being asked to participate as an assistant Team Leader, as an EL. I have to go back to my instruciton page to tell you what that acronym stands for, as I do not recall!! Tee Hee~~
Next, we will go off to hear our son play at an outdoor event, for Sustainable Farming. I love outdoor music, and summer gatherings!! A free will offering of cucumber and flowers to all who attend. Ode to Spring!!!
Have a GREAT DAY everyone.

  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/22/2014 11:11AM

    I have yet to ever figure out the "alphabet" leader positions, lol.

Doesn't matter - the DAWGS have it "Paws Down!"

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IRON_RESOLVE 6/2/2014 11:39PM

    Thanks everyone! I have been checking out your blogs and pages, but I am up too late, and will visit your pages tomorrow!!

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KANOE10 6/1/2014 8:24AM

    I love outdoor concerts also. Have a good time. Keep up the good work on exercise and eating. You are doing great.

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KRISZTA11 5/31/2014 3:59PM

    emoticon to your success in the 5% Spring Challenge!

It is great you used the SP Nutrition Tracker, it is a wonderful tool.
I remember it took me a while to find out how it works, but after entering my own favorites and groupings it became easy.
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POLYANNA2 5/31/2014 2:38PM

    The scale didn't tip for me at all this morning, but it WAS a fabulous challenge and I'm smiling from ear to ear about my overall result. You have really rocked this challenge too and I'm sure you'll rock the summer one just as hard. You're going to make a fabulous EL, which I think stands for "Extra Leader," I think, and I am so looking forward to working for you as just one of the oh, so spirited and cuddly and cute as button dawgs to make it another outstanding challenge!
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