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2 years with SP!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I just realized that I have been a Sparker for 2 whole years.

WOW!

What have I accomplished?

There is the whole weight loss accomplishment, but more importantly:

I have grown to LOVE MYSELF for who I am right now.
I have learned that one step at a time really does get you where you are going.
I have reached goals that I never even dreamed were possible before SP.
I have stretched myself beyond my old limitations.
I have given more of myself to others.
I am a better person!

I am living proof that the journey really is more important than the destination...

  
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KENNYWHEELS 3/24/2010 10:18PM

    Hey jenn. congrats on your 2 year sparkiversary. and thanks for the add. You have always been an inspiration to me and countless others.
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CANDYGETNFIT 3/15/2010 12:01PM

    Awesome, Jennifer!!! You have always been an inspiration to me ever since I became a member of SP! I love your last statement that the journey is more important than the final achieving of your goals. I'm finally realizing that moderation is more important than cutting something entirely out. Having a smaller portion of cake or ice cream, slowly increasing my water intake, slowly cutting back on sodas until the day comes that I don't even want another even if others are enjoying one in front of me. Those are huge victories for me!

You truly are an encouragement! Thanks so much!
Ruth-Ann

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ELSEEBEE 3/15/2010 9:34AM

    emoticon Your health and happiness just shines from your blog! You have truly found "the secret" of life. May you continue to enjoy your journey and have many, many more happy anniversaries!

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LALMEIDA 3/15/2010 9:06AM

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SHERREMAC 3/15/2010 5:59AM

    Way to go!!

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DEBULACLARK 3/15/2010 12:33AM

    You are amazing!!! Happy Anniversary!!


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JIM1MICHAEL2 3/14/2010 11:11PM

    You should be very proud of yourself. What you have accomplished is what I hope to for myself. Congratulations! emoticon

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100% of rain means just that!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The forecast today called for 100% chance of rain.

I walked anyway.

You guessed it, I got wet!

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If I had to grade my day, I would give it a C+ because I can't really say it was either a good day or a crappy day. I could list it all... but I won't! I guess the optimist in me just balances out all the 'bad' & 'stressful' things with all the lovely and beautiful things!



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Moving on to another subject, I recently purchased a new scale, and now I have to adjust the weight number I currently display. I already had to add three pounds for the weight I gained over the holidays, now three more pounds...

I realize I am NOT a number on a scale but I do need the accountability of a scale to keep me on track. At least the new scale is accurate to my doctor's office now AND doesn't have to be jiggled or placed in just the right spot to give me a number...

(Thank goodness that I can find the positives to balance out the negatives!)

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NATURALSOAPGIRL 3/13/2010 10:00AM

    Good for you and your positive attitude! You know, adding a few pounds on because of a scale is never fun, but look on the bright side - at least you're not me! I think I have to add about 40 by the time I have this kid! lol.... I'd rather add 3.

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BKGOOBERH 3/12/2010 5:37AM

    I had to add weight when I bought my new scale too! It was pretty disappointing but it felt good knowing when I weighed myself it was accurate.

Have a great weekend and keep up the good work!

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 3/12/2010 12:53AM

    Yes it is great to concentrate on the lovely and beautiful, and on changing the things you can, and letting go of those that you can't.

Miss you!

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The Pretty Pretty Birthday Cake... The Not So Pretty Sugar Shock...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Isn't this cake pretty? I decorated it for nearly an hour and I was really proud of how it turned out. I was told it was too pretty to eat...

It WAS pretty tasty too, but next time I will trim off most of the frosting BEFORE I eat any of it, because now I am suffering from sugar shock. You know, that feeling of sluggishness and shakiness you get when you eat a WEE BIT too much sugar. And I will tell you that as pretty as the cake was, it was mostly sugar that made the decorations! (At least it was all homemade so I know exactly what was in it!!!)

So, why would I make a pretty little chocolate cake with pink icing the very week I decide to stop maintain and start start losing? Why not? Life goes on! Today is my step daughters birthday and I usually make a homemade birthday cake for each person in my family. Some have been very creative... the figure 8 race track, the snowmen cake, the sandcastle cake, the laptop cake...

Today I thought I would try making fondant decorations.
Ingredients: Corn syrup, sugar, shortening, vanilla.
Taste: Very Very sweet!!!
Most of us didn't even finish our frosting because of the sugar rush!!!
Conclusion: Find a healthier way to make fondant decorations (Laughing)!
Or as my husband says, LOOK at the pretty decorations, SCRAPE them off before eating.

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On the bright side, we ate a homemade dinner of baked Italian chicken and sweet potatoes.
It was healthy and delicious. And we spent time with family which is always nice. Even if you end up giving them sugar shock...


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I sent the rest of the cake home with the birthday girl. I included a sugar warning.

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I have NO regrets. The cake tasted good. Time to go drink a BIG glass of water!

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 1/16/2010 3:10AM

    Very pretty! I took the Wilton classes but skipped the fondant. So yours is really cool.

Yes after a taste I always scrape mine off. Even fancy like at weddings? Too bad. Even in polite company? Too bad. Scraped off!! Carol from the Goonies

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NATURALSOAPGIRL 1/13/2010 8:43PM

    Good for you, girl! That's my thought too. Life goes on - nothing is off-limits. We have to run our life, not let it run us and so - we eat! lol. Great job on the cake!

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JANAY5 1/13/2010 1:47PM

    The cake looks awesome.... Oh well you need to have a little treat every now and then...

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SHERREMAC 1/13/2010 7:10AM

    Good For YOU!!!!

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STILLFLYIN 1/12/2010 11:32PM

    Pretty cake! At least it wasn't massively huge and you are getting back on track after the sugar rush.
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SCHWIGS 1/12/2010 10:09PM

    I had some of my husband's birthday cake yesterday so I understand about sugar shock!
Feels good to be back on track today!!
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I AM A SUCCESS STORY!!!

Friday, September 04, 2009

I logged into today to post my end of August goal weight picture, and I was surprised to see that I was motivator of the day!

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I started this weight loss journey... (laughing) a long long time ago. I really buckled down at the end of 2007, when I reached my highest weight ever. I started SP in March 2008.

Here is me back in early 2008 (not even at my highest weight!)

Here I am how I look now.

I recently reached my goal weight. It took a lot of work and a lot of time and I never gave up, even when I had rough days.

My journey isn't over yet... but I did want to share some stuff I learned in the last 18 months:

That road looks very VERY long when you are at the beginning of it.

You are a beautiful and amazing person, RIGHT NOW .

Don't make your short term goals so lofty you can't reach them in a reasonable time frame.

Being "skinny" will not make you happy, but being healthy will make you feel great!

You are never alone as long as you have SP!

Celebrate EVERY small victory... no matter how small.

AND ESPECIALLY:
Don't give up, no matter how hard the journey...

BECAUSE YOU ARE A SUCCESS STORY WAITING TO HAPPEN!

  
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ETHEL_MERMAID 11/22/2009 9:03PM

    Wow, Jennifer! What a profound transformation!!! Congratulations on your time with Spark and arriving at your goal looking absolutely terrific! You've got a wonderful, inspiring SparkPage, too. All the best!

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SUTHRNSASS 9/30/2009 9:16PM

    emoticon You are definitely an inspiration!!

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ILOVESP 9/20/2009 6:59AM

    Being "skinny" will not make you happy, but being healthy will make you feel great!

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REE6848 9/19/2009 6:59PM

    Hi Jennifer,
You look great! Congratulations on your success story. I'm proud of you!
Thank you for sharing your pictures and your story.
Hugs,
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PMFISH 9/17/2009 4:19AM

    Way To Go!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RLEWIS14 9/15/2009 2:52PM

    Congrats! Awsone

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/14/2009 10:42PM

    emoticon What a great day for you, and emoticon
Jeanne

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RODEOMOMSK 9/14/2009 10:22PM

    CONGRATULATIONS GIRL!!!!!
You are an inspiration!
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FERGSGIRL2 9/14/2009 9:31PM

    Congratulations! You are a great example of what a positive attitude and persistence can accomplish

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LALAWITHOUTFEAR 9/14/2009 9:07PM

    You look amazing and sooooo terrific!! Congrats on reaching your goal. I'm so proud of you. Can't wait to get to my goal!!!

Hugs,
Lala xoxo

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DAISYLADY 9/14/2009 6:37PM

    What's your secret and how did you do it?

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JMLEE509 9/14/2009 12:15PM

    emoticon on your reaching your goal! emoticon

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VVKIMBO07 9/14/2009 1:35AM

    emoticon You look terrific!

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JKSTEIN123 9/12/2009 9:30PM

    You look marvelous. Wow, how proud you must be of yourself!

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GRACEISENUF 9/12/2009 8:35PM

    Thanks! You look great in that cute swimsuit! emoticon emoticon

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VONNABEHEALTHY 9/12/2009 2:35PM

  Wonderful - congratulations! Healthy looks good on you!

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GRADXY 9/12/2009 12:54PM

    Wow! You've learned so much and done so well! How exciting!

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ZEE1960 9/12/2009 4:36AM

    well done

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FRESHSTART028 9/11/2009 11:56PM

    Thanks for your blog today as a summary of where you have come from. It is very inspirational!

Blessing on your continuing journey.
Liz

P.S. You are a success story.

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RBJONES1 9/11/2009 4:13PM

  You have helped me set a goal for myself - To WANT to have a picture of myself taken in a bathing suit! I have a ways to go, but thankful for the inspiration and encouragement. Congratulations on your success so far - and keep enjoying the journey.

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DENRNAJ 9/11/2009 12:51PM

    Look at you! Thank you so much for the post!


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HEATHERALENE 9/11/2009 9:05AM

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Thank you for sharing that...very motivational.

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MSFEFE321 9/11/2009 3:46AM

    That was very inspiring to me. Thanks
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BENTONHEALTHY 9/11/2009 1:12AM

    I love the "stuff" you shared.

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PATIPAJ 9/10/2009 11:23PM

    Congratulations on a job well done and thanks so much for
the encouragement.


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JOSHKO 9/10/2009 9:47PM

    Suh-weet!! Very good job! emoticon

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MICHELE_L 9/10/2009 8:22PM

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DAISYLADY 9/10/2009 7:07PM

    Way to go! And Congrats

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MRSCALDWELL09 9/10/2009 5:08PM

  Thank you for posting this, it is a real motivator for me. emoticon

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MRSCALDWELL09 9/10/2009 5:07PM

  Thank you for posting this, it is a real motivator for me. emoticon

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MLCURTISSDSU 9/10/2009 3:38PM

    "Being "skinny" will not make you happy, but being healthy will make you feel great! "

Great quote :) I like that.

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GONE2014 9/10/2009 3:12PM

    Thanks so much for posting!! That's AWESOME!

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LACHELY 9/10/2009 2:56PM

    Woooo that looks good! Good job

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APMAC_D 9/10/2009 2:23PM

    Oh my this is amazing- good for you. You have done so well and have such a great attitude

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LISAM2301 9/10/2009 1:45PM

    Ur AWESOME!!!!!

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ANDREA0301 9/10/2009 1:37PM

    Thank you for this AWESOME blog post. You look great, and I know you feel better than ever!
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NEWHDYANNEH 9/10/2009 1:17PM

    Great work, you look fantastic. Thanks for sharing your wisdom. Have a great day.


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TIGERESTJEN 9/10/2009 12:33PM

    Wow, you definitely get a big round of applause from me. I loved your insight and your words of wisdom. Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS. You look great and you sound so upbeat. Way to Go. Continue on this wonderful journey. emoticon

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BRENDOSE 9/10/2009 9:57AM

    You look amazing and you are an inspiration! Congratulations!!!

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MOLS626 9/10/2009 9:56AM

    this is exactly what i needed to read this morning. very inspirational. THANK YOU.

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GIRLNEXTDOOR80 9/10/2009 9:28AM

    You are an inspiration!

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BOOPFAN83 9/10/2009 9:03AM

    Amazing,you look fantastic!!!!!! I'm 11 pds from my goal,I won't give up


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BUSYMOM22 9/10/2009 6:55AM

    You have a great outlook! Thank you for sharing! :)

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JLPNURSE 9/10/2009 6:44AM

    Congratulations on your success!

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FALYNB 9/10/2009 1:05AM

    Congrats on all your success you look great.

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Back from vacation...

Sunday, August 09, 2009

...sort of! You know how much work it takes to get back into regular life?

I had a really relaxing time, most of the time. Camping, hanging out on the beach, fishing, picnics, parks, lots of trees, and a steam engine show at the end of the week... all hanging out with the family!

I missed my regular schedule, but this vacation was a great way to end the summer break.



  
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LIFES*2*SHORT 8/11/2009 2:21PM

  You're my inspiration! WAY TO GO!! Glad you're getting some relaxing in!



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CAROL_ 8/11/2009 4:36AM

    You are looking fantastic! And your vacation pix are not too bad either LOL. So glad you had a good time. People make fun of camping but it is great . . . nothing like it.

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STILLFLYIN 8/10/2009 3:15AM

    The photos look like you had so much fun. Welcome back!


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BABIE_JANE 8/10/2009 12:18AM

    Welcome back! Glad you had some great family time.

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ZOMMBIE1 8/9/2009 10:45PM

    Looks like you had a fab time!

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LADYPIPPIE 8/9/2009 10:08PM

    looks like you had a lot of fun...that's awesome

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