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To my Spark Peeps...Sorry I've been MIA.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Dear Spark Friends,

I'm so sorry that I've been MIA for a few months. I was under a lot of stress and it manifested into heart problem that I've been dealing with for a couple of months. Thursday I go in to have a procedure that will hopefully get me back to feeling "normal". My heart itself is fine, it's just the electrical system that is not working right...most likely brought on or made worse by stress. It really puts things in perspective when you don't have your health, and I hope to never take my health for granted again. I've learned that it's not only important to take care of myself by exercising and eating right, but also taking care of the amount of stress I'm under, and how I deal with it is just as important. I wish you all well, and hope you are all doing great. I will be back to check on you soon.

Much love,
Jessica

  
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WILLDOITFORME1 11/17/2013 11:30AM

    Hi, I read your recent post, and I'm thinking of you.!!! I got back on Spark People for some of the same reasons. I hope you are able to get better, and your procedure helps your heart. emoticon

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LITAPOWER 10/25/2013 3:46AM

    Please give us news about how it went emoticon

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TIME-4-TINA 10/18/2013 7:24PM

    Take care Jessica. Hope your on the mend soon.
Tina

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RUNNER4LIFE08 10/9/2013 10:09AM

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Sending healing thoughts your way. And good luck for Thursday as you go through your procedure. Big emoticon

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TKOVACH1 10/8/2013 3:31PM

    Hope you will be feeling better soon.
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MARCIEMCGOWAN 10/8/2013 3:25PM

    emoticon back. I will look forward do any new blogs from you.

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BIGPAWSUP 10/8/2013 2:06PM

    Hoping and praying for you. Thanks for checking in and letting us know what's up.

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VALYNN26 10/8/2013 1:30PM

    Welcome back!! I've missed you!! Sorry to hear that things are not the best for you right now. Hang in there. It will get better. emoticon

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Fun in the sun...well shade.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

This weeks BLC challenge is to get outside every day. That is so not hard to do in Oregon once the sun comes out. We have to make up for lost time! I spend a lot of time outside in my yard, on our boat, and playing with my dogs. But for this challenge I am supposed to pick my most fun outdoor activity and blog about it...

Last night I went with six dear friends to watch an amazing blues concert (Ty Curtis) in a grove of oak trees at a beautiful vineyard. It was a perfect night of laughing, visiting and best of all...dancing. I love to dance, and dancing under the stars in such a gorgeous setting is the best! So I must say...last night was my favorite outdoor activity this week, good fun is just what the doctor ordered!

  
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TKOVACH1 7/3/2013 9:47AM

    Sounds like you had a great time. I love spending time outdoors and this was a great challenge.

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NETSUE64 7/2/2013 6:47PM

    That sounds like so much fun. I wish I could have joined you! It sounds like an awesome challenge.

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BTWIMKEE 6/30/2013 8:21PM

    Awesome! You deserve great times and I hope you'll have many more this summer :)
xoxo

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ORCHIDLADY56 6/30/2013 7:35PM

    Looks like you had a great time! What a great way to spend time outdoors!

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TIME-4-TINA 6/30/2013 6:50PM

    Sounds fun! But I don't understand the clown noses.


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FORBANDE 6/30/2013 5:14PM

    How fun!!! So glad you got some girlie time. :)

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OSTERA15 6/30/2013 4:53PM

    Love the picture! And a concert in the great outdoors sounds like the perfect relaxing end to the day.

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DANI990104 6/30/2013 12:39PM

    Looking GREAT! Never forget to slow down and enjoy good times with those who mean the most to you.

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VALYNN26 6/30/2013 11:43AM

    Good times with good friends are the BEST!!

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ANNMACP0212 6/30/2013 10:30AM

    Love it! The clown noses are a nice touch! I hope you get more time in the sun this week...

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SASSYLJB 6/30/2013 10:30AM

    WooHoo! This is one of my favorite challenges of the competition! We sometimes forget how much fun activity can be outside! Love the nose!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/30/2013 10:14AM

    Awesome - looks wonderful. You have some awesome friends.

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Sold! Now what?

Saturday, June 29, 2013

3:30am on Saturday morning and I'm wide awake. Our house has been on the market for almost a year, and yesterday we got an offer that should work out. Selling has been the most emotional, stressful process. We had it sold once before ($20K higher) but the buyers financing fell through. This time the buyers have cash and a quick closing so we are OK taking less. Anyway, now that I have what I've been wishing, praying, dreaming about for a year...now what?

I think life keeps finding ways of telling me to learn to roll with the punches. I like to feel in control, and to plan out my life. When I feel out of control I get anxious and turn to food. I am going into this stage of my house selling and buying journey knowing (finally) that this will be a trigger for me. That I have to stay conscious about what and why I am eating, and make sure I stay the course in my weight loss journey.

I am so excited this early morning to think that our house might really be sold. I'm trying to look at the next step as a new adventure. Who knows where we'll end up, but I know it will be right where we are supposed to be.

Thanks for listening Spark Peeps! Enjoy your weekend!

  
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BIGPAWSUP 6/30/2013 12:28AM

    Congrats on the sale - this is a tough market (as you well know). I hope everything works out the way you want it to.

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ANNMACP0212 6/29/2013 9:32PM

    Terrific news! Crossing my fingers that it all works out this time!! emoticon

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ORCHIDLADY56 6/29/2013 1:23PM

    Great news! Congratulations!

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SADYBUG13 6/29/2013 12:53PM

    What a great feeling! Knowing that this is finally going to happen and also knowing what your reaction to it might be. It sounds like you are already ahead of the game on this by knowing it is a trigger. Just hang in there and stay in the moment!! Stay aware of your emotions and above all, through all the craziness have some healthy snacks and foods on hand so when things get nutty you dont just go off the deep end. I so need to practice what I preach because I know this is a big key to things. Good luck and keep sparking so you get the support you need through this! I know you all support me!

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BECKYSFRIEND 6/29/2013 9:57AM

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MJREIMERS 6/29/2013 9:54AM

    emoticon on selling the house and good luck from here. Just live moment by moment and take control of your eating. There is the control we should strive for...what we put in our mouths. Maybe changing your mindset to "control" what you eat will help you feel in control.

Yay again for selling your house.

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MARCIEMCGOWAN 6/29/2013 9:24AM

    I am happy for you. emoticon

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FORBANDE 6/29/2013 9:01AM

    Congratulations on selling your house! Instead of feeling a lack of control, look at it as a new adventure. Perhaps some excitement can replace the anxiety. You are awesome!!!

Keep up the fantastic work!


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SASSYLJB 6/29/2013 8:57AM

    Congrats on selling the house! What a new great adventure awaits you! Plus all those fitness mins you get while packing! You have us diamonds to help you get through the ups and downs! You are a dazzling diamond and you do great under pressure!

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TKOVACH1 6/29/2013 7:10AM

    Congrats on the sale of you house! Looking forward to what you do next or where. Keep plenty of healthy snacks around if you feel an urge to snack.
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VALYNN26 6/29/2013 7:01AM

    emoticon & good luck.

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LADYRH 6/29/2013 6:55AM

    emoticon on selling your house.

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EVIE4NOW 6/29/2013 6:50AM

  emoticon , both on selling your house and knowing that it could be an emotional trigger. Watch your portions and track every day. Look at the selling of your house as a controlled move and it might help.

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Emotional Eating Chapter 452

Monday, June 17, 2013

I found this image on Pinterest this morning. The biggest part of my journey is recognizing my emotional triggers. I have come so far, but need to be ever mindful of my emotions so I don't try to bury my feelings in food...any more. I have been doing great for awhile now, but this weekend was a tough one. I had a couple of slips, but refuse to beat myself up. I'm getting there! I'm a work in progress! I will succeed!




And just because I do believe laughter is the best medicine...



Happy Monday Spark Peeps!

  
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BOOKWORM27S 8/5/2013 9:17AM

    Great blog!

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SADYBUG13 6/29/2013 12:48PM

    This is great! Nice find. I know that you can do this, you are so inspiring to me and to others. You do really have your head on straight emoticon! Just keep coming back to this when you need it. I am going to print it out and find somewhere to post it!!! Thanks for all you do!!


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SIMONEKP 6/27/2013 1:29PM

    great thought process

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VALYNN26 6/24/2013 9:55AM

    This is great! I love HALT!

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ELECTRICITY3699 6/24/2013 9:47AM

    Love the humor. Keep at girl!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 6/19/2013 12:17PM

    I am an emotional eater as well and something I need to constantly watch myself for. I wonder if it ever goes away or if you just get good at not doing it???

Thanks for the laugh! I agree... laughter is the BEST medicine! Heck... I laugh all the time.... so I must be pretty healthy then! emoticon emoticon

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OKBACK2ME 6/18/2013 9:58PM

    Great blog and I love the HALT!

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FORBANDE 6/17/2013 7:59PM

    Great job on dusting yourself off and pushing on. Nothing good comes from beating ourselves up.

Great strategies for combating emotional eating. For me, this is the hardest part of the journey. I know how to eat well, exercise and the rules of stress management. However all of that can completely go out of the window if my emotions get the best of me.

You are AMAZING! Thanks so much for sharing!

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MARCIEMCGOWAN 6/17/2013 7:46PM

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NETSUE64 6/17/2013 1:31PM

    Useful and funny! What a nice mix to a blog, thank you!

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TKOVACH1 6/17/2013 10:06AM

    It's great that you realize we all have slipups and we just get back on course. I love the last pic, it's how I sometimes feel.
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BIGPAWSUP 6/17/2013 9:08AM

    Congrats on surviving your slips ups! We all have them, you've kept a good attitude and that is SO important.

I love the HALT - borrowing it!

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BLC Summer Challenge Goals

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I'm starting my first BLC Challenge this summer. I am determined to give the next 10 weeks my all and prove to myself that I can accomplish what I have set out to do...get healthy. My goals for the next 10 weeks are-

1. 250 fitness minutes per week.
2. ST 2-3 times per week.
3. Make better choices when eating out.
4. Complete all 10 weeks of challenges.
5. Lose 15 pounds.

LET'S GO DIAMONDS!!! TIME TO SHINE!!!!

  
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TIME-4-TINA 6/15/2013 7:03PM

    Good Luck!

(who are the diamonds?)

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SASSYLJB 6/15/2013 5:50PM

    Dazzling goals Diamond girl! I am sure you will meet them!
Diamonds Are Sizzling this Summer!

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RUTHIEBEAR 6/15/2013 9:22AM

    These are wonderful and do-able goals! I know emoticon emoticon

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ANNMACP0212 6/13/2013 10:29PM

    These are terrific!! I am sure you will be successful - you've got a great attitude!!! emoticon

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ORCHIDLADY56 6/13/2013 7:43PM

    Love these goals! Nice, simple and attainable!
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OSTERA15 6/13/2013 5:49PM

    emoticon Great goals, really like number 3.

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BLKLILY 6/12/2013 11:26PM

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OKBACK2ME 6/12/2013 8:56PM

    Excellent, love the goals!

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LIAMAY3 6/12/2013 8:25PM

    If you concentrate on goals 1-5 you can definitely reach goal 5! You can do this, its not always easy but the journey and destination is worth it!

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MRSVK11 6/12/2013 8:10PM

    fabulous goals and very attainable emoticon Go Diamonds!!! emoticon

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TKOVACH1 6/12/2013 7:34AM

    Love the goals! You've got this Diamond girl!

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READYBETTY 6/12/2013 6:57AM

    Great goals! You can do it Diamond Girl!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/11/2013 10:54PM

    Great goals! I know you can do this.


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MARCIEMCGOWAN 6/11/2013 10:53PM

    Love your goals.

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VALYNN26 6/11/2013 10:53PM

    Great goals beautiful diamond. emoticon

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