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A Misguided Journey

Monday, July 07, 2014

Here I am again trying to get back to goal...

I met my goal of 50 lbs and hurriedly regained 30 lbs. I have started this journey so many times, but not being a quitter, I am at it again!

I am down 9 lbs since I have restarted, and hope to continue on to lose the remainder.

I live alone and it is difficult to limit myself when eating is so easy to calm the nerves, but I am determined once again to win this battle.

So here goes...

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MCGS62 7/8/2014 8:31AM

    I put a lot of my weight back on a too and have to start again .. I guess we will just have to be friends a little longer.

Good luck --- no not luck Good fortitude emoticon .

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GRANJERRY1 7/7/2014 8:29PM

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Jean, we are all with you.....I am sure you will get there, just that as we age it will take that wee bit more effort.....
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MOM1014 7/7/2014 6:21PM

    I know you can do it my friend. You are determined. Remember tho you keep it off much easier if you lose a bit more slowly. You go gal!

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LJCANNON 7/7/2014 4:39PM

    emoticon You have all the Tools, just keep Pushing and remember to Celebrate Every Good Choice you make and Every "Small" Success!

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2013 Is Going to Be a Short Year????

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Can August really be going so fast? Can we be over half way through 2013?

My life seems to be whizzing by. My DGD turns 29 tomorrow, her brother will be 24 the next day and better than that, DGD's daughter, Sloan, is now 3 1/2 and it seems only yesterday she was sleeping and eating only.

I did get back into some things I let go after DH passed away. I started watching Charles Stanley on TV and quit going to church. This year I found a church I enjoyed and felt at home in and joined and now I have been blessed. I also shoved myself out the door and joined Senior Center and have made many nice friends. They will have water color classes next week, but I can't go as it is wrong days for me.

My DGGD will be going to kindergarten next year and then, the Good :Lord willing, I will continue with my quilting classes and knitting classes. I m excited about what I have learned so far.

As for my diet, I am still plugging along and one day, it will all come together.

And before long, it will be 2014...hope time slows down some and these years do not become so short!!!

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NVR2LATE2BFIT 8/28/2013 12:36AM

  I think many of us have these sentiments. I look back and things that happened 40 - 50 years ago seem like yesterday! I ask myself quite often .... where did time go? How did I get this old? It doesn't seem possible. And it seems like every year goes by faster and faster .... almost like it's "picking up steam." It sounds like you've made some very positives changes this year! Good for you!!!

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DIDMIS 8/27/2013 7:12PM

    Jean it is so good to see you again. It has been a long time

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CAMEY13 8/9/2013 1:39PM

    I hear ya Jean. My gd is l4, going on l5 in Jan and gs is ll going on l2 in Nov. I used to babysit them at age 4 months. Where did that time go? I don't know if I will be here for their weddings or not. If gd marries at 24, God willing I will be 90 and who knows if I will be in my right mind. It is so sad that we can not enjoy life longer and see our grandchildren married. Hopefully, I will get to see the confirmations they make at age l6. Life stands still when you have nothing to do and are bored. When we fill our lives with stuff we enjoy, it seems to fly by a lot faster. I am so happy you have started to get back into the swing and enjoy your life. You are one of the best, always remember that, to all of us. emoticon

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MOM1014 8/7/2013 1:10PM

    Good thoughts Jean. I was having a phone conversation with my best friend in High School yesterday and I mentioned my "boys' are 53 and 48.
She gasped and said, much like you...where does it go. I was just those ages. You did a good job of echoing our thoughts and you have come such a long way in using that time so wisely. You are a good person Jean and I hope the rest of 2013 and all of 2014 slow down a bit. Or that we learn to slow down and smell those roses as the say goes. Well done, my friend.

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MCGS62 8/7/2013 9:31AM

    2013 is moving much too fast for me too.
my new grandson is already 3 months old.
and mom , who is living with me while recovering, is doing very well and may be able to go home soon.

Enjoy what is left of the summer and don't fret over missing the water paints because your DGGD should be at the perfect age to teach you all about finger paints.
Just make sure she is wearing her best clothes and her mom isn't around !!!

see i'm learning all the grand pap tricks really fast

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HELEN_BRU 8/6/2013 3:53PM

    It all sounds good, my friend! Yes, life marches on. Too fast for me. I'd like to be around and enjoy more of it since I feel so much better! emoticon

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Another Unntended Beginning To a New Journey...

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Since my retirement in 2009, I have vowed I would go to the Senior Center and join so I could make new friends. You know the tale of all good intentions and and where they went.

Last week wth the whole-hearted support of all my lovely Spark friends, I got up on Monday mornng and went to the Senior Center and joined. There I met another group of caring and loving friends. I m so glad I went. And I shall now be going every Monday until my GGD, Sloan, who is 2 1/2 and newly potty-trained, can go to the nursery. Then I will try to go at least 3 tmes a week.

I lost my DH almost 6 years ago, and have done nothing to make a place for myself among those like myself. It was interesting that there I met a lady who had gone to the same junior high and high school as I had in the same years and gradulated the same year. How small is our world?

Ths had made me feel like I can continue this journey with some purpose.

As an update to my last blog, January 1, 2013, I am continuing on. I have lost 9 pounds. Not a great amount for almost 2 months, but I am at least being consistent. I have put two long intended journeys under my belt. The next one is to find a church where I can meet another group of caring and loving friends. I have not attended church since I lost my DH and it is time!


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MOMMADOT630 2/28/2013 7:20PM

    Jean you sound like a new woman - so proud of you. Finding a church you like will be the next best thing to do. Lots of people who want to know and love you out there. emoticon on your terrific weight loss...Hugs and Blessings, Dot

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MCGS62 2/28/2013 8:37AM

    Good job on all fronts !!!

it is no small feat to loose 4.5 pounds a month

the unfortunate news is that they are not really lost - they just joined 20 of their friends on my waist line.

I 'll be glad to send them back at your request ! LOL !!

Good Job


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BEECHWOOD3 2/27/2013 5:53PM

    You go girl!! You're doing great and I am so pleased you are doing something for YOU.. Enjoy.

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MENNOLY 2/27/2013 5:45PM

    Great moves! Spending time with others will add a great deal to your life. Congrats on leaving your comfort zone!

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ANDREWMOM 2/27/2013 11:10AM

    It is wonderful you have done this for YOU! You seem to be a very likable person!!!

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Just Plain Tired of Starting Over!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I am sick of this...and sick of me! Now I know better. I lost 50 lbs when I first joined Spark almost 5 years ago, and here I am with a weight gain for last year. I don't like myself. I have started so many ways to lose weight and it never "takes".

Tired of gaining, tired of looking at my fat self in the mirror, tired of rearranging my many different sizes of clothes in my closet, and tired of letting my friends know I have no will power.

Here's the big problem. I wander in and out of the kichen "after hours". Therein is my biggest problem. Admittedly, I eat more calories during "after hours snack time" than at me al time and also admittedly, i don't ever count those calories. What the hell is wrong with me?

And then there is the thing of not getting enough sleep. I never knew that lack of sleep can sabotage your weight...I have always stayed up late no matter what time I had to get up. Sometimes only getting 4-5 hours of sleep.

So there you have it. Get to bed earlier, and stay out of the kitchen after 8 pm. And if I mess up and go to the kitchen, I commit to counting those calories. It will at least make me aware.

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LYN-EDWY 2/27/2013 12:35AM

    Hi Jean...I'm starting again too.
I'd like to share with you a recent blog I posted.

" Monday, February 18, 2013

I found this on a fellow sparkers page....just have to keep it for me to read once in awhile.

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'WOW, what a ride!'"

If I can skid in broadside...that means I am going at a pretty good speed when I get there. In order to do that...I need to be healthy.

HERE I COME........... emoticon "

Stay strong and be determined Jean, you are worth it.


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SJG1953 1/20/2013 2:32AM

    Me too my friend! I have started over yet again myself. I get so frustrated with myself because I keep messing up. I am not giving up though! I have lost 4.5lbs so far on this try. I lost 100 lbs and I've gained back around 50, but I am DETERMINED I am going to take it back off!! YOU GO GIRL!!! With God's help, we CAN do this!!!!!!!!

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FRANKLY5 1/9/2013 4:58PM

Just read your blog and Oh my, can I identify with those feelings. Recently I saw on one of those TV shows. (I think that it was Dr Oz) that we should find something about our physical self that we like and focus on that. I could only say that I liked my ears that day. That is sad isn't it? But at least I had a starting point. Now I realize that I like my hair as well. I hope that you can find something that you like about you to start with. It helps on the days that you feel like you hate yourself. Just say to yourself. Well at least I like my (toe nails or whatever) by the way I hate my toenails.
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MSKIRBY1 1/7/2013 10:27AM

    Jean we all need to do that . I am the worlds worst at nibbing and not counting it as calories , will like you try to do better.
mattie sue

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GOODGETNBETR 1/7/2013 8:15AM

    emoticon You've identified all your hurdles. emoticon making your dreams reality in 2013! emoticon

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RDGISME 1/3/2013 10:08PM

    Jean- your words were never so true about so many people before. Starting over is a choice. A great choice that you are able and willing to make- emoticon You can and will reach your weight goals--it's all baby stepsand bunny hops to the end of our roads! We'll get there! We really will!

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CUPBUTTER 1/3/2013 6:12PM

    Jean you sound just like me. Every Monday I start again and by Wed. I am back to old habits. Not now. I am going to do this. I know you can too.

Hugs Barbara

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    Jean- I know how you feel. You will make it. I like the pickle idea. emoticon emoticon

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MOM1014 1/2/2013 7:34PM

    Well said Jean. Hey you made goal!! I know you can do it again. I've been trying to hit it for 5 years. Your blog says what so many of us think BUT...Add , "I will not beat up on myself". " I will pick myself up, dust myself off and get back in the race"

You did that blog so very well! You are worth the effort so thanks for your input and onward Christian Soldier!!

Love 'n hugs,
Lee emoticon

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PEEDLE 1/2/2013 6:23PM

You have said just how I feel - I am 7 lbs heavier than when I joined Spark, and I intended to lose!.
Now I too, must start over.............again! But we won't quit starting over; if we do not at least try, we will gain, gain, gain! So we just keep picking ourselves up and trying again. As we used to say KOKO - we will keep on keeping on.
Remember, we're all in this together!
Mary Lou

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MOMMADOT630 1/2/2013 11:33AM

    You and I started SP at about the same time and you reached Goal I was so proud of you! I never did...I did lose ten pounds and gained a few pounds back, was a yo-yo...gain, lose. I refuse to give up and so like you have determined to keep trying. You are on the right track Jean, staying out of the kitchen and sleeping well is a good beginning. I am with you all the way! God Bless my friend!!

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BEECHWOOD3 1/2/2013 10:42AM

    Jean I know exactly how you feel, I feel the same way but you state it so much better than I can. I have the same problem of snacking in the evening and not getting enough sleep. We can do it. We can make 2013 our year to shine.

Let's do it!


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MCGS62 1/2/2013 9:20AM

    You should "like you" WE "LIKE YOU"

and your resolve is good !! After hours kitches are a common problem but I know you can beat it!!

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ANDI571 1/1/2013 4:26PM

    You aren't starting over, you are just continuing on. It frustrating for sure, but it happens. Forgive yourself, and move into right now. Yesterday is gone. I know it is easier said than done, but you can do it. You have the tools, you just haven't been using them.

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MARYB73 1/1/2013 3:46PM

    Jean, you could not have said it better. Fortunately, God gave us the will to START OVER.
This is the year to make it last. I am old enough that I know I don't have too many years left in which I can start over.

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LJCANNON 1/1/2013 3:20PM

    emoticon Today is the Perfect time to Start Your New Lifestyle FOREVER!!
You are WORTH It, and I know you will Succeed!!!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 1/1/2013 11:33AM

    One step, one day at a CAN do it!

If I can be of any help, please let me know.

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HELEN_BRU 1/1/2013 11:32AM

    Jean, I love your blog. So easy to get into those bad habits. I've regained more than I planned (?) over the holidays too. It's now or never for me. You have two excellent suggestions. I have to go back to doing what worked for me before.

Let's get it right this time! emoticon

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PENNYRILE77 1/1/2013 10:36AM

    Ugggh, those kitchen trips get me in trouble too. Here's what I found that works for me. I have a dill pickle spear when I find myself with the fridge open. It's a tart puckery pickle, only has 8 or 9 calories, with a strong flavor that kills my craving for anything else.

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LBEILMAN 1/1/2013 10:28AM

    I love love love your post and especially the picture that says....if you are tired of starting over, stop giving up! Such a perfect thing to say! I start over allll the time and I don't "stick" to a plan at all. I think I'm going to print off that saying and your post and attach it to my refrigerator for motivation!!! Best of luck to you in 2013!
Lucy emoticon

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Commited Again...?

Saturday, September 29, 2012

I have signed up for the Fall 5% Challenge which will be my second season with them...I really love this team and although I did not do very well last time around, I truly hope to do well this time. I have just not put my mind to it and that is what I plan on doing beginning October 6th!

Encouragement welcome.


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MCGS62 10/3/2012 8:36AM

    You have all the encouragement in the world from me.. Go Girl !!!

when I read your title "Committed Again ? "

I thought ,
but I'm close,
however that's a different subject all together !!

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POLYANNA2 10/1/2012 11:47PM

    Jean, I didn't do as well as I'd hoped last time either because I let life get in the way. I've got to stop doing that. This is the best team ever and we're going to do this for the team, right? Right. Track and exercise, that's all we've got to do, and if you feel yourself faltering, just throw yourself into the middle of all your dawggie friends and we'll give you big, sloppy kisses until you can't help but feel the luv and want to forge ahead.

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SPECKLESANNE12 10/1/2012 10:07AM

    Been there done that. I didn't do well so I took a break (really contemplated quitting) and now am back. You can do it, the important part is to keep trying.
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JERSEYGIRL24 10/1/2012 9:55AM

    Last time was a dress rehearsal. Now you know what to do. Put the past behind you and go from here. You can do this!!! emoticon

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GOULDSGRANITE 9/30/2012 9:39AM

    This is my first go round with the challenge. I am really excited about it!!! I will sure encourage you in any way I can. Eight weeks ~ seems like a short time now - I'll get back with you in a few weeks!!! LOL We can do this thing!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/30/2012 12:01AM

    You will do well this time is just takes a while to get into the swing of things !

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HELEN_BRU 9/29/2012 7:46PM

    We're all set to go - just got my invitations! Nothing is going to stop us now. Yahoo!

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MENNOLY 9/29/2012 7:11PM

    emoticon All it takes is commitment and persistence! Tacking the food and doing the exercise! emoticon emoticon

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PARKERB2 9/29/2012 6:45PM

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JEWELMOTI 9/29/2012 6:44PM

    You go girl!

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ZZYYGGY3 9/29/2012 6:43PM

    You can do it.

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