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A Real Challenge This Time

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I know I've seen losing weight as a challenge: I've seen exercising most days of the week a challenge; drinking 8 glasses of water is a challenge I still have not conquered. But now I've been given a real challenge.

The Winter 5% Challenge now requires us to blog every day. Why is that a challenge? I never write unless I have something to say. I don't have something to say every day.

But today I do. Since I complained last week about the evil scale elves that stole my pound-loss last week, I must report that they liked me again today and gave it back, plus one. This is only the second time since I began sparking that I have lost 2 lbs. in one week. I'm smiling today as I shovel snow because I'm now 1 lb under my original goal set in August.

And tomorrow you'll understand when you're reading motivational sayings or some such thing as my blog. Believe me, I won't feel slighted if you don't feel moved to leave comments. emoticon

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COLUMBINE2 1/14/2012 9:55PM

    Hooray for your latest challenge! You have to do the work & I'm one of many beneficiaries! I'm looking forward to your daily blogs! I may not comment, but I always benefit from anything that comes from your brain cells to my eyeballs and heart!

Congrats on showing those pitchfork-toting, lost-pound-stealing elves who is Boss around your house! You have accomplished so much!!

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BBONET 1/14/2012 9:19PM

    Congratulation on your weight loss!! Have fun with the snow!!! emoticon

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BRAVERUDE 1/14/2012 7:12PM

    Seriously AWESOME!! BUT...what was that about snow...?? I vaguely remember that stuff...

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NEWMAC2011 1/14/2012 5:30PM

    That's awesome! I'm up again LOL but not worrying (hope it's due to my ST).

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ZUMBAGIRL6 1/14/2012 5:06PM

  Great! Way to go!! emoticon

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1TRESCHICAKA 1/14/2012 3:06PM

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I know you are emoticon *WIPED!* from shoveling icky snow! Great pay off though-- GO YOU!

(*Suggestion for your next blog??:
*With less salads/fruit; light fare & more hearty sodium filled comfort foods soup, bread, etc. because it is cold outside!
*What are good healthy comfort foods
*What are FUN indoor exercises--Salsa Class/ Zumba or a "fun" treadmill

*Remember in Biggest Loser Challenge, we report each Monday weight loss/ weight gain till May = Winner got to buy their favorite pair of jeans!
I need help to stay on track *UGH* not a fan of Winter, but I am a fan of you! :0)

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IAFARMERWIFE 1/14/2012 2:42PM

    emoticonYou are doing a super job~ emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 1/14/2012 2:05PM

    Not comment!
You really have accomplished a great feat!
Now let's high five the elves... emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/14/2012 1:36PM

    Yippee! For me, I visualize eight (8) sticks of butter on a plate . . . that's what you lost. WooHoo! It's amazing to learn what's on the minds of our 5% team. This may simply move you to new heights -- even if only a brief motivational word or graphic. You may have just found your theme for the week. (smiling!)

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THISTIMEMYWAY 1/14/2012 1:21PM

    2 lbs?!! Wow that is great. The elves love you! lol
Seriously, you deserve it! You work hard at it. emoticon emoticon

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ANDIEBM71 1/14/2012 10:45AM

    That is awesome. We have snow but not enough to actually go out and shovel.. Make sure you log that! It is a great calorie burner:) emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/14/2012 10:27AM

    Way to go!!!!!

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PEPPERCHILD 1/14/2012 9:50AM

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HEALTHYBARB1 1/14/2012 9:50AM

    Congratulations on 2 pounds in one week!!! Smiles Barb

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STEVEN_D 1/14/2012 9:40AM

    Wow, you are doing great!Sorry, no snow to shovel here, suppose to be in 70's today, but I'll deal.

Keep going, I love success stories.


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It's about more than losing weight

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Largely due to the 5% Challenges and the friendships and comraderie on SP, I'm really enjoying this. I'm not normally a web social network type of person (I have a very neglected Facebook account, and Twitter--I just never saw the point), so when I first joined SP in August, I expected to just use the trackers, profit from the neat exercise videos and generally use the site as a convenient aid. I have done that. But for a while I've known how much more it is to me than that. And today was a prime example.

Today our Winter 5% Challenge had us on the last leg of exercising to get to Cairo, Egypt--yeah, it takes a lot of exercise "miles" to get that far, but as a team we were closing in on it--and we wanted to get there first. I can't help it; I'm competitive--I wanted my team to beat out the others.

When I got up this morning, I was hoping someone had landed us in Cairo, but no, we still had some miles to go--so I started in exercising, then stopped after 30 minutes and posted it, hoping others were doing the same thing. Well, only one other person had posted since I'd last looked, so I started in again determined to go as long as I needed to in order to land that plane in Cairo if no one else did. 40 more minutes was all it took. Elation! What did I win?....well, nothing actually. And I had no idea whether another team had beaten us to Cairo--not really. But I just felt good helping my team to get there. We'd all contributed a lot of exercise minutes to get that far, and if I was the only one with the time free to put some more minutes in this morning, I wanted to do it. It wasn't really about the exercise or losing a lb. It was team spirit--believe me, I am by no means the first one on my team to continue exercising just to bring our plane in-- and well, OK, bragging rights are nice too for our team (but only for a minute--cause it really isn't entirely about that either) if we actually did get in first.


I can't explain it. Just join the next 5% challenge--you'll see. Who says we can't have fun while we do this!

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BEATLETOT 1/13/2012 7:13PM

    So jealous of the Teddies having you!!! The 5% Challenge is so fun!

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    You just keep challenging yourself my dear because it is working. Bravo for making it across that challenge and for you pushing them over the wall! You are awesome and I beg to differ, I believe you did win something..esteem my dear!



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TERESA159 1/12/2012 11:52AM

    Thanks for landing our team! U r awesome.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/12/2012 5:44AM

    emoticon Love your emoticon spirit! It's funny how a team approach and challenge can be so motivating! I too have found myself exercising more because I am posting my min publicly for my team to see (I don't want to disappoint, I want us to win) These 5% challenges are such a great way to loose weight and stay motivated. I doubt I would be this close to hitting my goal without them. Thanks again for landing us!

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YIWEN39 1/12/2012 12:34AM

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JAZZEJR 1/12/2012 12:17AM

    Gee, Columbine, I never thought of people having those thoughts because in practice, it's a very supportive environment. Most of us are here at SP because we want to lose weight the healthy way and keep it off, so yes, it's tied to weight-loss. The challenge is to lose 5% of your weight or whatever amount you decide on (we all set goals at the beginning) -- through exercise and other good habits (I didn't mention the other activities called "living the good life" that earn points, those change every week--this week happens to be getting points for finding "Me time" every day; last week it was eating breakfast). We are expected to stay with the effort as much as possible--not start it, and then drop off the face of the earth--like we know can happen; but, of course, life circumstances do cause some people to do this. And some people can't, or don't want to, exercise every day, but I'm betting, if they're like me, being on a team that needs you pushes them to try to stay with their plan.

It's a challenge for all of us, and most of our blogs are complaints about how much difficulty we have staying with it, but then you guys and other members of the 5% team, encourage us to stay with it--and sometimes we get to have our personal team come in first or second or third. I am not the hero for putting in the final minutes to get us to Cairo--every person who exercised 20 minutes added to 7,400 miles we had to travel to get there, and by the way, once we arrive it's not over. We keep logging in our exercise minutes because there's a daily team winner for the cumulative min. of exercise. I know I contribute as many as I can each day, so I'm the hero each day along with the other 100+ members of the team, whether our points put us first, second or last (No, all 100 that joined are not participating regularly, but we assume they're doing what they can), and because those ex. minutes help me grow to become a stronger person. And also while we all have a goal to lose weight, some weeks the scale just does not cooperate--no one is beat up for this. We just keep exercising and tracking--the same as you're doing now, just with more support.

I hope I didn't paint the wrong picture of the object of the challenge by writing about my excitement of our exercising to Cairo. Like I said, the comraderie we develop makes the exercise fun.

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COLUMBINE2 1/11/2012 9:33PM

    Awesome blog..it sounds so motivating to be on a team. But for those who haven't done a challenge...well...it's confusing and seems like a massive undertaking and there's the fear of not being the hero (like you were today!) and being the one who drags the team down.

How does a challenge work? Is it too unwieldy to describe to us wannabees? Are they all based on exercise minutes? Seems like I've seen some based on pounds lost. I would really like to try it....but would like to understand before I sign the dotted line........

Thanks! emoticon

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VETTRANGER 1/11/2012 4:06AM

    When I get a bit more time to exercise I'll have to find out what team you're on and help out with this.

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JUICENUT 1/10/2012 10:21PM

    You will have to tell me about this 5% Challenge; I feel totally in the dark. Sounds like good fun. Taking my mind off the pounds would be nice.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/10/2012 6:37PM

    Way to go on landing us, and I liked the title of your blog - and loved the blog you shared via SP mail.

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It's not based on science!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

3,500 calories = lb, so reduce intake by 500 cal a day -- blah-ah!
Exercise at least 60 minutes a day to lose lbs. -- #@!&%

Don't believe a word of it! Gain or loss, it's all accomplished by mischievous little elves! They liked me yesterday morning; I was down 2 lbs., looking forward to my weigh-in report today. After all, I'd earned my fabulous 2-lb loss report. All week I busted out close to 2 hours a day of exercise--and ate within my range. So last night after helping a friend with her 6-hr catering job, preparing food, serving each table in a large church dining hall, busing the tables afterward, I finally ate a piece of chicken, a roll, some punch and a brownie!

The elves said, "Ah-ha! We've got her!" And I'm up a lb. today for my weigh-in.

Not complaining ...I'm just saying... I wish those elves would just go on back up to the north pole where they're needed.

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JUICENUT 1/9/2012 7:38PM

    BOLO Alert:

Be On the Look Out for demonic elves wrecking havoc on scales around the world of those who are trying to live healthy. It is rumored they were being aided and abetted by the sock monsters.
(If you catch one, let us know... many victims willing to retaliate.)

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VETTRANGER 1/8/2012 3:25PM

    It's all those muscles you're building up from that exercise! LOL

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/7/2012 11:11PM

    Isn't that the truth!

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BRAVERUDE 1/7/2012 7:58PM

    Hahaha!!! I hate those elves...!!

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SONYALATRECE 1/7/2012 1:18PM

    I know what you mean.
Remember that our weight fluctuates even in a day.
Tell those little evil elves to back off and pop your collar!

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THISTIMEMYWAY 1/7/2012 10:37AM

    My weight was 2 lbs less on Wednesday and 1 lb less yesterday than it was today!
Yesterday evening...I ate Pizza Hut pizza and a dunker. Woke up at 2am, peed, drank water, got up at 4am checked weight and it was up!
The elves have been visiting here too ;p

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CALI_CO 1/7/2012 9:49AM

  LMAO! (Figuratively, not literally, of course!) Thanks for the giggle this morning! I needed it! emoticon

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Only .5 lb holiday gain!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

It's a first for me. Visiting my family at anytime involves eating, eating and more eating, but during the holidays, it's also celebratory eating (even my birthday is added to the mix) that usually adds 7-10 lbs to my eager fat cells. This year I achieved my goal of not starting the new year on a "diet" to lose the additional lbs.

Thank you! Thank you SP Friends, SP Teams, SP Challenges--you kept me on track and exercising. My family's eyebrows stayed raised: "There she goes--exercising again. Go, Mom!" And it worked. I'm claiming victory!

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BBONET 1/5/2012 9:17PM

    Great job!!! Say loud and proud!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YIWEN39 1/5/2012 6:12AM

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VETTRANGER 1/5/2012 5:46AM

    You brought ANOTHER big smile to my face. :-D See, I'm old fashioned, I use the keyboard emoticons instead of those new-fangled graphic ones. ;-)

Its sort of hard to believe that online messaging and my use of it has been around so long that there can be old-fashioned ways of doing things on it! LOL

1/2 pound over the holidays is nuttin'. You'll show your kids/family how to do this, and isn't that part of our jobs?

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BRAVERUDE 1/4/2012 10:00PM

    Yayyyyyyyyyy!!! Great work!

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SONYALATRECE 1/4/2012 9:31PM

    Say it loud!

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MARTHAWILL 1/4/2012 8:56PM

    congrats- well done!
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    Victory is ours! I am actually losing finally! :D emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Decluttering in 2012

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Joining the team "Fit & Organized" got me thinking: I had already begun decluttering my home of all the "too-sentimental-to-throw-out" and "you-never-know-I-may-use-it-one-day" stuff. But there are other areas in my life that I need to declutter, such as:

My thinking

I have a mind of my own. I do not have to go along with what others are doing, just to be sociable. Today after church my daughter-in-law suggested brunch at a restaurant. I said, "No, I'm not hungry; I had fruit this morning"-- but no one else had, so we went to a restaurant. Over everyone's protestations, I ordered only coffee, and I offered to feed the 2-year old so her parents and my daughter could enjoy their meals.

I just commented on another SP Friend's blog today, who was saying she felt overwhelmed by feeling she needed to respond to everyone who encouraged her on SP--I told her that I was sure no one was watching to be sure everyone responded to their comments. They had too many other priorities to feel slighted by something so trivial. But I have spent a lot of time responding to "thank people" as well-- probably unnecessarily, too. I'm going to declutter that thinking-- for me that time will be put to better use giving some comments that might actually help inspire Sparkers to stay with their plan or congratulate them on a goal reached. I know I have been much encouraged by many in those ways. In a few days I will be back to work; my time will be limited. I will use it wisely, with no guilt.

More decluttered thoughts involving "shoulds":

I do not HAVE TO "invite" someone who has invited me (to dinner, to a party, etc).
I do not HAVE TO join, let alone take the helm, of committees or organizations that I no longer want to participate in.
I do not HAVE TO do ANYTHING that I even suspect is not in my best interest.

I will ask myself. "Do I really want to do this?" or "Will I really benefit from this?"

This does not make me selfish; it frees me to take care of the things that are really important to me. One of the things I really do want to make time for is to volunteer in a soup kitchen this year.

I can do this!


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SM-ARTGIRL 1/3/2012 7:39PM

    Yes! I made a decision to not stress over getting back to everyone with a thank you. I do go & visit my friends blogs to contribute!
Thanks for the reminder.
My de- cluttering begins in about a week when we get back from holidays to pack up our home and move!

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SLIMMERANG 1/3/2012 3:04PM

    Great ideas! I am terrible at both. I hope to work on both this year. I have a reputation at work because I never say no. I really need to follow your advice!

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MAYTE1975 1/3/2012 2:44PM

    Great thinking , all this is so much more than lossing weight , is showing yourself that you can change things , you can make things happen .
Congrats my friend , sorry Im a little late but Im back on track after two mad weeks emoticon
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VETTRANGER 1/3/2012 11:38AM

    Great thinking, and I've felt that way for a long time too, although like everyone I occasionally get stuck in obligations I probably should have found a way to avoid.

Your refusing "social eating" at the restaurant after church is a phenomenally good example for everyone trying to stay in control.

Its never selfish to take care of yourself first. Anyone who wishes to help others must be physically and financially in good shape themselves, or their service to others will have a very short lifespan.

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HEALTHYBARB1 1/2/2012 6:58PM

    Great encouragement to me today...I have been simplifying my home and trying to be more organized. Your blog comes just on the day I am taking down Christmas decorations and thinking about how to simplify my life even more...great ideas!! Way to go!!! Smiles Barb

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BBONET 1/2/2012 1:49PM

    I told you that your ACTIONS speak louder than words!!! Great thing you are doing!!! emoticon

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CROOKEDLETTER 1/2/2012 10:44AM

    Kudos to you for knowing where and when to say no, so you can say yes to what you want to do. I hope you find time to volunteer in the soup kitchen. One of the most rewarding things I do (I'm underemployed so I have more time than most) is make 5 gallons of soup once a month. It is a lot of work but so satisfying.

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ROCHELLE62 1/2/2012 1:44AM

    I feel that I have had good success in my basement the last few weeks. I may be ready to attack a nasty room upstairs and just start shedding worthless possessions.

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BRAVERUDE 1/1/2012 10:24PM

    Its a wonderful process - I wish we could go out to lunch and talk it over!! Once you begin, you start seeing all the additional uncluttering you can do...its like a snowball rolling downhill. Re-claim your time and start visualizing what you DO want to spend time/energy on... Make sure you have fun with all of this! Oh, and please keep the 'Vette...!!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/1/2012 10:01PM

    You are learning that "no" is a powerful word. And I agree - you don't have to thank people for posting. I confess that I never do thank yous like that. I always figure people know I appreciate it by the (other, non-thank you) things I post on theirs. I have a Spark Friend who used to blog every day and every day when I'd comment she'd come to my page and leave a thank you. I wanted to tell her, "please don't bother doing that," but didn't want to hurt her feelings. She finally got comfortable enough that she doesn't do it any more.

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1TRESCHICAKA 1/1/2012 9:54PM

    Muy Bueno! De-Cluttering & Saying "No!"
You have your own:"Who Wants a Clean House..." & "Oprah" Episodes! :-)

Oprah was always saying we need to learn the "Power of NO" especially as "nice people pleasers" She said once she got "older & learned her time was just as valuable as other peoples, she put "herself 1st".

Oprah didn't like that people/friends didn't like her for declining/ "saying no" but after a while..meh...she got over it. LOL she knew her intentions were pure & she would only say "YES!" to the things she really had & made time for!

I am learning...when you know better, you do better!

Waaay to go JazzeJR-Momita! emoticon

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    I have decluttering as part of my goals for the year also.
You're right that you have to say No to certain things to reach your goals and to make time for things that are important. emoticon

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FILLANGES 1/1/2012 8:20PM

    AWESOME post. Thanks for sharing. I've committed to the DE-cluttering of my house and I love your additions to the other areas of life! Have a happy, healthy, and BLESSED New Year!
Take care and God Bless. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAMAKITTY10 1/1/2012 8:14PM

  Great ideas. I am too much of a people pleaser: very hard to say no. But it does give me something to think about. Thanks

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YIWEN39 1/1/2012 8:05PM

    I LOVE THIS :-) emoticon to you Jaz, this is GREAT!!!
Action! Go! emoticon emoticon
I see you're already off to a GREAT start! emoticon emoticon

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