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Sparkin' for points!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

My first Temptation was to say I'm blogging for the points, but I decided that wouldn't be entirely accurate. True, when I've blogged in the past, I enjoy writing in a more vignette style and today's entry is going to seem way different....

I lead two Spark teams - The Poker Lovers Team and the Spark Des Moines Team. I like to come up with a monthly challenge to help keep the members motivated and participating. For this month the challenge for both teams is to increase our spark points. The Poker Lovers even went a step further and we issued a friendly challenge to out spark point the Scrabble Lovers U-N-I-T-E teams. You know - Game vs. Game. I carefully studied their prior monthly points before issuing the challenge and believe me - we Poker Lovers are going to have to spark our buns off!

So tonight I went to my spark points page and started down the column of ways to earn spark points. First stop: Track my daily nutrition. Ok. Did it. AND --

What??? NO WAY!

Shocked I tell you! Shocked and surprised! You see when I've tracked before it was with the knowledge ahead that I would be tracking and I chose my nutrition accordingly. Today I saw that you get points for tracking so I went in and tracked my intake AFTER THE FACT. No eating to impress the tracker today...

Hey maybe this striving for spark points is going to be good for me.

Next stop: Read a motivational blog from the featured blog site. I find a blog entitled "The Last Supper" and read all about the last supper mentality -- binging the night before you start your diet for the umpteenth time!
Wow I thought that I was the only person who ever did that. I yo-yo dieted for years with that concept. You mean other people out there struggle with that? What a relief just to read it in black and white.

I'm on a roll here. Don't stop now ---

Read an article on Bursitis. Try ice. Read an article on proper form on the fitness machines at the gym. Now I know I shouldn't hyper extend my legs on the leg press.
Hmmm....
Maybe aggravating my hip bursitis?

Took a poll and found out I'm in the average for sitting on my rear 2-3 hours per day.

I'd go on longer but I have to get back to the spark points page and keep earning points!
I bet by the end of September I will have lost those 8 lbs. that snuck back on me and I confessed on my motivators team forum (1 point!)

Stay tuned and I'll keep you posted!

Oh and Scrabbles Lovers? Watch out---

Cause I'm coming to getcha!

  
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LADYFOLDER 9/2/2010 8:52PM

    Good luck on your challenge!
Marie

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GRAMMAELLEN 9/2/2010 7:34AM

    Loved your blog. I try for a minimum of 50 SP per day, everyday. Even more on days when I "hit it big" on the wheel. So, I'm used to going up and down the points page. This will be fun! It will be good to see you on the huddle board ;-0. Have a great week! Ellen

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LALAFLOWERS 9/2/2010 7:23AM

    what a great way to encourage your team to get more out of this site!! There is so much available!!! Love it!

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WISLNDR 9/2/2010 7:01AM

    Love those points!! The points are a surprising way to stay focused. This summer was busy for me and I've noticed that I haven't been as vigilant about my points. Earning at least 50 points daily is now one of my goals.

Great idea for a challenge!

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ZELLAZM 9/2/2010 6:21AM

    Love those points! I got into a point mentality when I was working toward a new trophy - the next one is a long ways away so I'm not that "driven" these days. But I like to aim for at least 50 points a day.

Wishing you a successful challenge this month!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/1/2010 11:31PM

    I love the points and have 32,401!

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/1/2010 10:06PM

    Spark On, my friend!!

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CARRAND 9/1/2010 10:02PM

    I love this challenge! I am so into the points.

I love this blog, too. I may have to do one of my own just to keep up. But not tonight. It's about my bed time.

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Exercising Unemotional Passion

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Poker is an odd "sport" if you will. To play it well it takes skills like shrewd observation, math (remember being convinced in 8th grade algebra that you'd NEVER use it?), and the ability to keep your emotions totally in check. I've seen more players drown in "the river" (the 5th community card) because they couldn't let go of their emotional attachment to an Ace!
But despite the cold, steely veneer that we poker players try to project to keep our competition from reading us -- it takes a passion and love of the game to sit game after game and try to perfect these facets.

The same could be said for nursing. When in the midst a crisis situation, you HAVE to keep your cool. On a routine basis, I find myself calmly presenting diagnosis and treatment plans to patients with serious health issues like cancer without letting emotions cloud my judgement. It's a delicate balance -- staying "professional" while projecting empathy. Especially when inside you are crying out for the patient.

So here I am -- a passionate person who is adept at keeping my emotions in check.

When I started on my weight loss journey 5+ years ago, I realized that exercise was going to not just be a key component in my success, but THE key component. I had successfully lost weight through diet alone off and on for years but never kept it off. What was the common denominator? (Yes Mr. Heply -- my 7th grade math teacher -- I really was paying attention to what you were saying!) ---
No exercise

So I joined the Y and started dutifully going every night after work and working out. It's paid off. I am keeping the weight off. I've progressed from huffing and puffing up the two flights of stairs at the Y and walking on the treadmill to zipping up the stairs and RUNNING on the treadmill or the track.
But it can still be a struggle mentally. All my "sporty" athletic friends keep saying just wait, you'll develop a passion for exercise. Those endorphins will kick in and raise that serotonin and you'll LOVE it!

I'm still waiting...

I do it faithfully. It's habit. I acknowledge that there are many benefits that I receive from it. I'll keep doing it. It's like flossing my teeth -- except I never met a person who proclaimed to LOVE flossing.

But that's ok. I can bluff this one. The passion might not be there, but I'm sticking with it because I do have a passion for being thin. Looking good, feeling good. I might not get excited about doing it like I do nursing or playing poker, but I put on my best poker face --
The one that says I love this hand and I keep at it.

One last note, I found this clip on YouTube and just had to share it. Some of you might be familiar with Dick and Rick Hoyt already. I won't reiterate their story. Just watch the video and be sure to click on an interview link too.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPLCaAu_H2U

For a woman who doesn't show a ton of outward emotions -- I found myself reaching for the tissues.

No matter how you feel about exercise, watching the Hoyt's story will inspire some passion in you -- I guarantee it! And maybe that will be enough to get you back on that treadmill...

As always--
Me :)


  
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FIZZIBETT 9/2/2010 6:46PM

  I'm in the same boat. I was never an athlete as a kid and I hated exercise and team sports. I have that discussion with myself EVERY morning when the alarm goes off "Get up and workout or sleep in? One day off won't hurt... no, no - I should get up... 10 more minutes" you know the script. But it does get to be a little like flossing. I don't really like to floss much either but after doing it every night for umpteen years its tough to get into bed with unflossed teeth. It just doesn't seem right (OK- I know, a little OCD here). With exercise, I still don't love the thought of it but I am at the stage now where I realize that I feel better if I can get some kind of exercise into my day.

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DDOORN 8/21/2010 8:22AM

    Wonderful story...! Thx for sharing!

Yes, I'm still waiting on those endorphins, etc. also...! I can really feel TERRIFIC in the middle of my efforts, however it still takes some mental PUSHING to get me going!

Don

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/20/2010 9:42PM

    Glad you made the connection that exercise is THE key. We don't have to love it but we sure can love what it does for us. Great job that you are doing

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AL_ROX 8/20/2010 12:44PM

    I get a runner's high but not every time I run. It is an awesome feeling when it comes!

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LUMPYEARS1 8/20/2010 7:02AM

    I like how you related poker to nursing and how some skills can be used in both. Those endorphin buzzes are AMAZING! I've always heard of "runners high" but never believed in it. But it is addicting once you start getting them. I feel euphoric and happy and it's 100% natural with no side affects and it's legal! Keep running and playing and studying poker! Lots of the newer poker books touch on the importance of eating right and exercising so you can be more focused for long periods during some of those tournament structures.

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JAMJOJAM 8/19/2010 10:17PM

    Your blog is a great reminder to me that weight loss cannot be maintained by just dieting. I have lost weight many times in the past and mainly through dieting alone. This time around I am adding in the exercise component and I hope to lose the weight for good. Thanks for the link to the Hoyt story, it was very inspirational. emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/19/2010 3:06PM

    Like you, I love being fit, thin, healthy more than I actually love exercise -- but I do treasure my daily walks, and enjoy the gym workouts. I am not one 'driven to reach new goals' with weights or # of reps, etc. I used to love my aerobic dance-type classes (as a student I found myself waking up thinking "Oh, I GET TO go to exercise today") but there aren't a lot of those around anymore (and frankly, after teaching the classes for years, I haven't found many teachers who meet my expectations - I know, that sounds bad -- but it's true). I quit teaching 'cause I didn't have enough ladies who wanted day-time classes and I was tired of so many evenings away from the family ... and so I opted for NO exercise for years, gained back all the weight I'd lost, and felt lousy. THIS TIME, the gym & my walks feel more in my control -- I can workout when it works best for me. That's freeing in many ways. The point is, coming to realize exercise is the KEY, not an option. I think I'm there -- and glad to be there!

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CARRAND 8/19/2010 11:59AM

    I like the treadmill, but only as much as the music I'm listening to, or the TV show I'm watching. But weight-lifting? That I love on all by itself. I don't even listen to my iPod while I lift weights. Great blog, as usual.

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A little reminder can mean BIG motivation!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

This blog is dedicated to my Poker Lovers Team....

In the interest of being a well rounded girl, a few years ago I decided that I needed a hobby. I had just reached my goal and after spending a year obsessing over my exercise routine and every bite that I put in my mouth, I was ready to put my focus elsewhere. I'm one of those people who has always loved to play cards - starting with Old Maid at a very tender age. So when a friend invited me to play poker with her and some friends I was intrigued.

Wow! Poker! I hadn't played poker since -- Um, so many years ago that it involved clothes coming off...

What I found out when I went with her was that I had never played this kind of poker. In fact I hadn't even heard of it. Well, practically never. I wondered what the heck Matt Damon and Ed Norton were playing in the movie, "Rounders" but with those two guys on screen I hardly paid attention to the story line!

I'm talking about Texas Hold 'Em. You know, the kind that you see them playing in the World Series of Poker. Dark glasses. Hoods pulled up. Mystery abounds from players trying not to give any "tells".

My venue is a little more low-key: The VFW on Thursday evenings. I like it because it is a tournament format so once you pay your entry fee, that's all you can lose. If you finish well, you might even take home a little. I look at it as my weekly contribution to our veterans. Some of those "blue hairs" are pretty shrewd poker players!

I did discover something though. Even with an enjoyable hobby like playing cards, I still need to put quite a bit of focus on my eating and exercise. Maintaining weight loss can be a challenge - especially when they set out those little bowls of peanut butter filled pretzels or potato chips at poker.

I had a patient who had lost almost a 100 lbs. tell me once her neat little motivational trick that helped her to lose her weight and it was something tangible AND portable --
She would shop and try on something that she loved but instead of buying it in her current fit, she would buy it in a size down. Then instead of tossing the sales tag, she snipped it and carried it in her purse. Before any restaurant meal or other challenging eating situation, she pulled out the tag with the smaller size on it and took a good look to remind her that she had a reward waiting if she stuck to making wise choices.

I remembered that and decided that I'd like a little portable motivation too. I considered clipping the tag from something in my current goal size, but I happened upon something else when I was in Las Vegas at a conference and was looking for something I could get and use for a card cover (a small object that we poker players put on top of our "hole" cards that we are staying in the hand with, so the dealer doesn't mistake them for mucked cards). I saw a casino token that someone was using. Now casino tokens are by and large a thing of the past. Modern slot machines take your direct money and give you a ticket when it's time to cash out. Much cleaner!
So I went on the hunt for a casino token and found a website:
www.casino-tokens.com
AKA Dan's Casino Tokens.

There I found a token from the Bermuda Playboy Casino. It came in a cool little collectors case and is about the size of a silver dollar. Great card cover and great reminder that in order to keep my new sexy size I needed to watch what I eat.



Yes, I carry it in my purse and pull it out at restaurants before I order.
AND, I put it on my cards at poker where I can see it plainly when---

They start passing those dang little peanut butter filled pretzels!!

Joanne

  
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RESTLESSSPIRIT 9/9/2010 11:22PM

  I really like the token and the price tag is something I think I will try,,,,hey,,,,thanks,,,J emoticon

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ZELLAZM 8/13/2010 12:59PM

    I didn't really miss you because I haven't been here myself. Time to change that...and now I read a great tip as I begin my catching-up-on-everyone's blogs odyssey. I'm going to cut off the tag on my new jeans that are just a teeny bit too tight to wear yet and keep it in my wallet. Thanks for sharing your goooood idea!

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SUNNYWBL 8/12/2010 4:38PM

    What a great idea!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 8/12/2010 2:05PM

    I love your idea! I'll have to think about what my reminder will be!

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THEQUEENBEE333 8/12/2010 12:41PM

    I like that tip about the smaller size. For me I would just have to take a photo of 1/2 my closet full of clothes I love, but cant fit. I do need to remind myself of them before I eat! I am going to start doing that! Have a great rest of the week!

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MBREWTON35 8/12/2010 12:11AM

    very good reminder I'm sure. emoticon

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CARRAND 8/11/2010 7:57PM

    I need something to set on top of the candy jar in my office. I'm tired of tracking 3 York Peppermint Patties day after day.

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DENRNAJ 8/11/2010 4:34PM

    va va voom- you are so interesting and creative!
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HAPPYSOUL91 8/11/2010 11:39AM

    I like your coin, we need to be creative on reminding us to stay on program

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CHANGEDIN09 8/11/2010 8:57AM

    Sounds like a good idea. I couldnt buy clothes in a smaller size like your friend did though. What a waste!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/11/2010 6:39AM

    I Like the idea of having something to remind me to make healthy choices :-) Lately, I've been getting that motivation from hubby -- "Let me take your picture" - "You'll be the prettiest girl there" - "You ought to write a book"

Didn't hear those things in my heavy days -- and they sure are nice! We're having more fun together than we've had in years!



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ANGELICA254 8/11/2010 5:17AM

    What a great idea. I'll follow your example as soon as I find the right reminder for me!

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Rumors...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What do
and and
all have in common?

We've all been rumored to be dead. Ok, Elvis really is, but Paul and I are still very much alive. I know that my spark attendance has been very spotty as of late. It's gotten so bad that my teams are posting forums of Joanne sightings...

But --

I'VE BEEN BUSY!

Honest. Not making excuses. I will spare you another organ recital, suffice it to say that I'm still in physical therapy for my hip while making the rounds of doctors, chiropractors, and shamans. Ever have a toothache that won't go away?
'Nuf said.

I took on a new position in my office. As you know, I am a nurse in an ob/gyn office and I work up female incontinence. I've blogged about bladders before. Well we purchased a software to do pelvic floor therapy in our office. It's programs that are very similar to biofeedback and used in teaching women to contract their pelvic floor muscles appropriately to strengthen them and aid in staying continent. You can add electrical stimulation to stimulate muscle contractions without patient assistance also. It's used to treat many female pelvic conditions other than just incontinence. I work with the patient in developing behavioral strategies to manage and cope with their symptoms.

I've been studying, developing educational materials, researching reimbursement codes, and scheduling patients - in addition to actually seeing the patient.

I love it! Obesity plays a significant role in conditions like incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse, as well a chronic constipation. Part of my teaching includes encouraging weight loss. I hand out the Spark People web address on a daily basis! I even discovered these cool printable downloads from SP that say things like: "You've been Sparked"!

Some patients are more motivated than others, just like fellow sparkers. It's tough to try to motivate a person who really doesn't want to be motivated week after week (patients see me for an average of six weekly hour long sessions), but even modest weight loss can facilitate an improvement in symptoms so I am obligated to keep encouraging them to follow through. It is a challenge...

I had a WONDERFUL visit from my dear sister about a month a ago. Some of you may know her as CMRAND54 here on Spark People. Like me she battled weight for a number of years. She says that my weight loss and credit to Spark People for maintaining my loss motivated her to check us out. She was going to be conservative at first and maybe just track her nutrition. She didn't anticipate socializing much...

She now has more friends than me I think! She has lost 58 pounds and looks amazing!

True story: My DH and were waiting at the airport for her plane to arrive - she lives in Virginia and I live in Iowa - and I was eagerly scanning the crowd that disembarked when it finally arrived. I looked over every single passenger I thought when all of a sudden a voice said "Hello" coming from a thin blond woman right in front of me! I didn't even recognize my own sister!!

We spent about 5 days visiting my dad, shopping, more shopping, and sitting together in the evening curled up in our respective chairs sparking on our laptops! She got so many new clothes in her new slimmer size that she had to buy another suitcase to get home!

Anyhow, I'm now sitting at my new laptop (my sister patiently went with me while I tried out each and every model on the market), drinking a cup of Dunkin Decaf (also introduced to me by my sister -- the best decaf coffee out there in my opinion!) We went to several chain restaurants that I'd always been afraid to eat at: Outback and On the Border and taught me how to order "spark -ly" from the menu.

I'm sad she had to go home, but so happy that I can find her daily on SP!

And so dear spark friends --

I am very much alive and although I have spent less time on board, I'm still tracking, exercising, maintaining, preaching weight loss, playing poker, and just generally staying sassy emoticon

  
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LIGHTHOUSE23 8/17/2010 9:27PM

    emoticon as always! emoticon

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KRITTERKEEPERS 8/13/2010 1:12PM

    Glad you are back in action!

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DASEEMAN 7/30/2010 12:40AM

    So glad you are back. Thought about you on several occasions.
Hope you are healing quickly. Glad to hear you are working your miracles at work as well. You are truly an inspiration to us all!



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GRAMMAELLEN 7/29/2010 7:40AM

    You are too busy for words my dear! Glad to have you back! (I really was getting lonely on the huddle board.) CRMAND54 is your sister! Did not know that. She is a great friend and full of moral support, as are you. Must run in the family. Have a wonderful week! Ellen

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SUNNYWBL 7/28/2010 11:36PM

    So good to hear from you again! and a big woowser for your sisterand her amazing loss!

Sunny emoticon

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SHOSHANADP 7/28/2010 7:57PM

    Glad to have you back!

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/28/2010 12:39PM

    Glad you are back, was getting concerned. Obesity plays a significant role in just about everything, well eveything that can harm us.

So glad you and your sister had a good time and she got you to stretch out and try a few new things

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JEKRUNS 7/28/2010 11:57AM

    Yay, you're back! Thanks for the great blog, as always. Love the new look too!

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THEQUEENBEE333 7/28/2010 9:53AM

    Wow - sounds like you and your sister are both doing awesome. You are making i a lifestyle - reading your blogs inspures me that it can be done. I went to a restuarant this week for date night and had a lean steak -6 oz and some steamed broccoli - so its all in how you look at it - you can spark anywhere !! Like you said!

Have a great week! Sounds like you are enjoying learning new things at work - that is great - I agree - weight loss helps... no matter what the health issue... but seeing your reminder helps too!

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JUSTLYLE 7/28/2010 9:13AM

    I too noticed your absence but realize it takes a lot out of you to write those great blogs.
Always enjoy your advice to the Gals, anything to help me understand the GLBH better. LOL. Better add that last in case she reads what I wrote. emoticon.
Got a big laugh out of nor recognizing your Sis, tha'ts just great, go Sparks.
Sure sorry about the pain yet, can hamper your active lifestyle. Praying for some relief soon.
Glad to see you were spotted again. LOL
Skeeter emoticon

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DAYHIKER 7/28/2010 8:51AM

    Glad to find your blog this morning, Joanne. I love the story about not recognizing your sister at the airport! emoticon I hope you are healing and getting better every day!

emoticonCindy

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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/28/2010 7:59AM

    can i let you into a secret.while reading your blog it giot me doing pelvic floor exercise so i am sure your preaching to your patients is working if you got me to do them just reading about it.congratulate your sister for me on her success.

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DDOORN 7/28/2010 2:21AM

    Ah yes, there IS a life beyond SP!

...and it sounds like you are just as SPARKTASTIC as ever!

Thx for continuing to inspire so many both here and out in the world!

Don

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BESTSUSIEYET 7/27/2010 10:31PM

    What fun! And thanks on behalf of all the women who are benefitting from your knowledge, patience, encouragement, and humor!! We love you and are glad you're back. Praying for relief from your pain, my friend! God Loves You, and so do we!! emoticon

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CARRAND 7/27/2010 10:14PM

    You are the greatest sister ever! I can't thank you enough for getting me started on Spark People. I thought the food tracking was the most important thing, but now I think maybe it's the socializing that keeps me going. That, and my new wardrobe!

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A Measure of Success

Monday, June 14, 2010

Weight loss success can be measured in so many different ways. As a former scale addict, I need to constantly remind myself of this. Sometimes it obvious like smaller clothing sizes, or inches lost on the tape measure, Sometimes it's subtle...

When my daughter was in college 6 years ago, for my birthday, she used her OWN money and bought me a very pretty little necklace with three hearts - a rose gold heart flanked by a gold heart on either side. This wasn't gold plated costume jewelry, but actual gold. Very delicate. She knew that I didn't like gaudy and I'm somewhat of an elitest when it comes to jewelry.
I loved it!

I couldn't wear it! My neck was so fat that I couldn't even wear it as a snug choker. The ends wouldn't even meet around my neck so I could fasten it.
I was heart broken. She was in Michigan so she didn't see me often and didn't realize that I couldn't wear it. That was just one of the many final straws that I had to convince me that I needed to get the weight off for good.

Two years later I sought out the necklace that I had carefully wrapped back in the tissue paper and tucked in the back of my undie drawer for safe keeping...

I never take it off now and it serves as a reminder to me as how far I came with taking off the weight AND --
How special my daughter is!

  
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NEED2DROP50 7/20/2010 11:16PM

    I was just stopping by to check in on you. What a wonderful story.

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ZELLAZM 7/1/2010 12:00PM

    Sweet! - I hope you share this story with her as well.

Blessings
Michelle

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MILANMOM1969 6/28/2010 1:33PM

    Very nice story. I am working on a similar goal and am encouraged by your story. Thank you!

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LIGHTHOUSE23 6/27/2010 3:51PM

    Wonderful story, lovely daughter, and a great reminder of how far you have come. Thanks for sharing.

You, Lady, look lovely as well. Proud of YOU!!! emoticon emoticon

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CARUNION 6/27/2010 9:05AM

  Wonderful! Especially love that you display what you once kept hidden away..... emoticon

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TORNADO40 6/27/2010 6:51AM

    What a great story and what a great token of how far you have come!

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BESTSUSIEYET 6/27/2010 12:31AM

    Hooray for showing us another way to measure our success! Love it!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 6/24/2010 12:54AM

    Beautiful!

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ANGELICA254 6/23/2010 1:12PM

    Wonderful story. Congratulations!

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ANGEL7912 6/23/2010 10:00AM

    that is such an amazing and inspirational story. Thanks for sharing emoticon

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DDOORN 6/22/2010 11:02PM

    Good for you to find such a special way to remind yourself of your accomplishments!

Don

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ZOEJADA 6/22/2010 8:42PM

    That's a wonderful story and motivation. And you're right - it's really not just about the scale.

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PAG2809 6/22/2010 10:20AM

    Wonderful!

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MAMA_PICANTE 6/22/2010 12:27AM

    WOW! How I enjoyed ready such a special part of your life! Thank you for sharing this!

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BSTELLING 6/21/2010 9:47PM

    What a wonderful story. Thanks you and congratulations!

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GODSBEST 6/21/2010 9:38PM

    Fantastic !! Keep up the good work.

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BEATLETOT 6/21/2010 8:49PM

    What a lovely story. Congratulations!

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IWORKING 6/21/2010 7:12PM

    I wish you many other such successes in your life.



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NOTGIVINGUP49 6/21/2010 12:57PM

    emoticon for looking to other motivators other then the scale! Congratulations on your healthy lifestyle!

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GOOMA2 6/21/2010 12:50PM

    What a wonderful motivator and reminder to eat healthy! emoticon

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GOOMA2 6/21/2010 12:50PM

    What a wonderful motivator and reminder to eat healthy! emoticon

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GOOMA2 6/21/2010 12:49PM

    What a wonderful motivator and reminder to eat healthy! emoticon

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TENACIOUSTIGER 6/21/2010 11:53AM

    love your story, and its a great reminder to eat healthy emoticon

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LLEWIS6879 6/21/2010 11:23AM

    That is a great story and a wonderful reward for all your hard work!

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JAMIE1237 6/21/2010 10:30AM

  This is wonderful! Good for you!!! emoticon

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CK1379 6/21/2010 8:44AM

    emoticon Loved it!

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SONEAMUDGAL 6/21/2010 2:02AM

    congrates dear

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THOMS1 6/20/2010 10:56PM

    Congrats on your healthy lifestyle change! emoticon

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ROLANDD 6/20/2010 9:48PM

    Incentives like the necklace are good sources of motivation to achieve ones goals, any goal!

Comment edited on: 6/20/2010 9:51:18 PM

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A_ROBY 6/20/2010 8:47PM

    So well done. I love it.

Good job.

Amanda

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LAGREBE 6/20/2010 2:01PM

    WOW! How cool is that!

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L*I*T*A* 6/20/2010 11:38AM

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AEGRASSO 6/20/2010 11:34AM

  That is such a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing.

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DOTTIEJANE1 6/20/2010 11:31AM

    This is sweet .

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HAPPYNSMILING 6/20/2010 10:09AM

    What a sweet, inspirational story. Thanks for sharing it.

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BARBARAJ73 6/20/2010 9:16AM

    emoticon and thank you for sharing!

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KARENIN1DERLAND 6/20/2010 7:41AM

    Small things definitely remind us of how far we've come, when we sometimes don't see it in the mirror or scale! Congrats!

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ILOVESP 6/20/2010 6:51AM

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MESEATURTLE 6/19/2010 11:32PM

    U look great!!!

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MAYITA65KILOS 6/19/2010 10:45PM

    Inspiring. Thanks

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ELSCO55 6/19/2010 10:01PM

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Thanks for an inspiring story.

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WANNABERUNNER13 6/19/2010 9:23PM

    Sweet blog. Thanks for sharing!

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KATESACUTUP 6/19/2010 8:45PM

    If you knew me, you'd have known just how much we think alike! I too am a recovering scale addict. Just put it under my bed about 6 weeks ago and feel so much calmer about this journey I'm on now.

I weigh every 15th or so. I lost 1/2 lb. and 3 1/2 inches during the past month. If I had been weighing during that time and seen how little weight I was losing, do you think I'd feel encouraged enough to keep on keepin' on? No, she says out loud! No, we all say out loud.

Instead I was thrilled. Go figure.

Margie

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SICKOFME3 6/19/2010 8:07PM

    emoticonYour blog was very heartwarming. I'm very sentimental myself so I can imagine how much this meant to you. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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CAROLYNINJOY1 6/19/2010 6:26PM

    emoticon emoticonI've got a small delicate gold chain with a cross with diamonds that I just found tucked in a drawer. It's one of my goals to wear it. Think after reading your blog, I'll find it, measure it & put it on my REWARD page.

Thanks for a great blog.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 6/19/2010 5:38PM

    Congratulations.

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GRENEYEDBLOND 6/19/2010 3:23PM

    You go girl. Keep up the good work.
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1CRAZYDOG 6/19/2010 2:11PM

    How wonderful!!!

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ADRIAJOY 6/19/2010 1:53PM

    what a wonderful reminder of her love for you & your successes!

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CAROLYN0107 6/19/2010 1:53PM

    Very Inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

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