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Reached my first goal today!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Today I met my first SparkPeople goal of losing 22 pounds. I'm ready to start my next one, but I want to savor my completed ticker just for tonight. This means I also met my 5% challenge for the Winter Challenge.

I still have so much to go, but I've made it through the first "leg", despite cracked ribs!

Onward and downward!!!!

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KJMPEACHES 1/29/2011 4:41PM

    Awesome!!!! WTG

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ILIKECACTI 1/29/2011 10:31AM

    Yay! That's so great!!!! I just made it to my first goal of 10 lbs lost today too!!! I missed my 5% winter challenge by 1 lb, though, but that's ok. The next challenge I will do better :)

Cracked ribs and all... you rock!

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LILDEE4370 1/29/2011 9:37AM

    emoticon and emoticon

Keep up the good work!

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AUNTB63 1/29/2011 8:44AM

    emoticonmeeting goals just gives us more power to continue on our journey. You are doing a great job. Keep it up. Have a wonderful day....keep moving.....eating healthy and smile. emoticon

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NANASKNOLL 1/28/2011 11:00PM

    Great-so glad you met a goal. Gives me encouragment to keep it up even though I have not lost yet. At least I don't think so-can't see my scales-need to get digital one. emoticon

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MOMOF2TONI 1/28/2011 10:09PM

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THINLIN07 1/28/2011 10:02PM

    Hey be careful for those cracked ribs I know from when it happened to my husband that its very painful. Congrats on your 22 pound loss that is awesome. emoticon

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MOMMEG327 1/28/2011 9:43PM

    Way to go!!! You should savor your completed ticker for a moment!! What an awesome accomplishment! emoticon

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MISSY455 1/28/2011 9:36PM

    emoticon on meeting your goal! Even with cracked ribs..you are a trooper! Best of luck as you go forward on your journey!

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It Only Hurts When I Laugh... cough, and sneeze

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Almost a month ago I wrote about injuring myself in the rib area when I got a hacking cough that lasted for about 3-4 days. Sneezing and coughing were torture and driving was difficult, as well as BREATHING!
Well, it didn't get better and my husband had been on my case for a while to have it looked at. I went today and the doctor told me that I cracked and/or separated some ribs on my left side! No wonder. There is, unfortunately, nothing they can do about it and it takes 2 months or more to heal.
I'm actually glad I went, though, because I was afraid he would tell me there was nothing wrong and that I was just getting the creaky achy stuff that happens when we get older.
There is a silver lining to this: It may get me out of shoveling snow for a while. Doctor's orders you know.

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MIZZSB 1/26/2011 11:31AM

    take care of yourself!

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ILIKECACTI 1/26/2011 10:51AM

    Yikes! Hope you heal fast!

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AUNTB63 1/26/2011 9:36AM

    Hope you heal soon........some people will do anything to get out of shoveling snow...(haha) Have a great day.......stay positive and keep smiling. emoticon

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NANASKNOLL 1/25/2011 11:26PM

    Glad you now know what was going on.
Take care of yourself and rest and get healed quickly.
Hot cocoa for relaxing time.

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DESERTDREAMERS 1/25/2011 10:53PM

    Owie - did your doc tell you to hold a small pillow to your bad side when you cough? It keeps the ribs from moving as much - we tell surgical patients to use a pillow, too. Keep taking deep breaths and coughing, even though it hurts, so you won't get a pneumonia. Hope you're better soon - it does take a long time for cracked or broken ribs to heal.

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MOMOF2TONI 1/25/2011 10:46PM

    Sounds so painful. I hope you heal quickly.

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SPARKIE1964 1/25/2011 9:34PM

    OMG...I've heard of cracking a rib from coughing...Rest up....

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ACROSONIC 1/25/2011 8:05PM

    Yes, you can crack a rib from coughing. Glad you got it checked out. Hope it heals soon so you can get moving without pain!

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Copied Survey about me

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Feel free to copy and add your own answers...

Survey about me.

1. What time did you get up this morning?
Woke up at 7:00 am; actually got up at about 8:30 am (read the paper)

2. How do you like your steak?
Medium rare; but usually get chicken or fish these days

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
The latest Harry Potter movie

4. What is your favorite TV show?
30 Rock, House Hunters, Designed to Sell, Income Property

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Someplace further south than upstate NY

6. What did you have for breakfast?
Eggo Low-Fat Nutrigrain waffles and light syrup, coffee

7. What is your favorite cuisine?

8. What foods do you dislike?
Lamb, veal

9. Favorite Place to Eat?
Tully's, Texas Roadhouse

10. Favorite dressing?
Ginger sesame

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
2007 Subaru Impreza hatchback

12. What are your favorite clothes?
Definitely jeans and a sweatshirt

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
I would like to go ANYWHERE. I haven't traveled much. I just got my passport last year and I'd LOVE to use it.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
Depends on the day. I would say usually 1/2 full.

15. Where would you want to retire?
I'd like to move south some. I like 4 seasons, but I'd like less winter. Of course it all depends on where my sons are then. (I'm about 10 years away from retirement.)

16. Favorite time of day?
The evenings after I get home from work and have a chance to relax.

17. Where were you born?
Norwich, NY

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
I like professional football and college basketball.

19. How many siblings?
One older sister

20. Favorite pastime/hobby?
Sparking, reading, sewing

21. Bird watcher?
Well, we have a birdhouse that has seen a lot of activity over the last few years. I asked for another one for Xmas, which I got, but I won't be able to put it up until spring. I enjoy watching the whole cycle, but I'm not what you would probably consider a real bird watcher. I like watching the ones in my own yard. I don't go looking for them.

22. Are you a morning person or a night person?
A night person.

23. Do you have any pets?
One dog and one cat

24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
My younger son has applied for a new job in the DA's office. I'm going to a library conference in Philadelphia at the end of March. And, I hope to visit my elder son in Southern California sometime this summer (and maybe get another tattoo)!

25. What did you want to be when you were little?
A teacher.

26. What is your best childhood memory?
Believe it or not, going to the orthodontist. My mom used to take me out of school in the morning after first period and she took the day off from work. We used to go out to lunch or just hang out together afterward, just the two of us. We even got our ears pierced together on one of those days that we played "hooky".

27. Are you a cat or dog person?

28. Are you married?
Yes. 31 years

29. Always wear your seat belt?

30. Been in a car accident?
Just a fender-bender on Christmas Day about 30 years ago. Fortunately no damage and no one was hurt.

31. Any pet peeves?
Quite a few actually. People who talk on their cell phones in public -- I don't need to hear their personal conversations and I think it's particularly disrespectful when people are at a service desk trying to wait on you. People who don't clean the snow off their cars so it blows off onto the cars behind them. People who give unsolicited advice. Those are just a few.

32. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
Onions, peppers, mushrooms

33. Favorite Flower?
Violets. I love the way they smell.

34. Favorite ice cream?

35. Favorite fast food restaurant?

36. How many times did you fail your driver's test?

37. From whom did you get your last email?

38. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?

39. Do anything spontaneous lately?
I decided to stay in my jammies all day last Sunday.

40. Like your job?
Uh... depends on the day. I usually do, but there are some things I don't like about it. Isn't that the way it is with most jobs? If it was fun they wouldn't call it work!

41. Broccoli?
Love it!

42. What was your favorite vacation?
I went to CA for a library conference a couple of years and I went a couple of days early and stayed with my son. He took me to LA, Hollywood, Venice Beach (got a tattoo!), etc. We did all the touristy stuff. Then I met up with one of my coworkers there and we spent a day at Disneyland. It was great even without kids. We did everything! Oh yeah, the conference was OK too.

43. Last person you went out to dinner with?
My husband

44. What are you listening to right now?
The Steelers-Jets game

45. What is your favorite color?

46. How many tattoos do you have?
One (so far). It's a flower above my right ankle. I got it on my favorite vacation, (see 42 above) so it's a permanent reminder of a great vacation. I definitely want to either add to that one or get another one. I think I'm going to do that for one of my rewards.

47. How many people will fill this out?
Lots, hopefully.

48. What time did you finish this quiz?
7:21 pm.

49. Coffee Drinker?
Yes. I have one cup per day.


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REDHEADMOM2U 1/24/2011 1:10PM

    I'm about to go do this for my blog today...couldn't get it out of my mind I guess!

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CHRISTURTLE 1/24/2011 5:13AM

    We have quite a few similar answers, lol. Violets, Subway, one tattoo and wanting another, Amazon, birdwatching in our own gardens... a few more too. I love comparing my answers with others.

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MOMOF2TONI 1/23/2011 9:37PM

    Oh, the cell phone pet peeve is one of mine too!! One day at Target the guy checking out in front of me kept some of us waiting while he stood there and gabbed on his cell phone instead of paying for his items. Finally the clerk set his items to the side and started checking out the other customers. The guy on the cell phone just kept talking and walked on out the door. RUDE!!!

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REDHEADMOM2U 1/23/2011 7:49PM

    I love House Hunters too! Especially the international one...well, my husband really likes that one--after each one, he looks up the place and says we should go there! LOL

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ACROSONIC 1/23/2011 7:32PM

    I had Eggo's too. They're good!

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Good Weigh-In

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Today was weigh-in and I'm down over 20 pounds! I am so excited! I am less than one pound from reaching my first goal and moving on to my next one. I haven't decided how to reward myself, but I'm thinking that just doing this is a pretty good reward in itself. I don't know...

Also, to follow-up on my previous entry about setting a Spark Streak to track my days of not biting/picking my fingernails, I'm up to 11 days. They still look terrible, but it's a start! I was thinking that for reaching my NEXT weight goal I might be ready for my first-ever manicure. That would be so sweet!


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ILIKECACTI 1/21/2011 9:47AM

    Way to go! Both with weight loss (20 lbs- wow!) and with breaking the nail biting habit!

I too have a hard time thinking of rewards for myself with weight loss. I usually ask my husband for inexpensive ideas.

I think the manicure is a GREAT reward for not biting your nails! Enjoy it!!

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BOBLITE 1/21/2011 8:10AM

    Congratulations. You are doing wonderfully.
You are an inspiration.
Your fellow Sparker, Bob

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CELTICMOTOCAT 1/21/2011 12:20AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
great job!
I prefer to treat myself with the french manicure, had it for my wedding and looked great.

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NANASKNOLL 1/20/2011 9:48PM

    This is great-what an accomplishment.
Maybe you could go buy something you have been wanting-some little thing that you don't because you have other things to buy. I love it when I Let myself buy a scrapbook magazine, pair of cute socks, etc.
emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMOF2TONI 1/20/2011 8:47PM

    Oh, the manicure would be a great reward. You're doing so good.

Recently I reached a 15 pound weight loss and rewarded myself with a new pair of cute pj's. LOL..

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TWINPOWER7 1/20/2011 8:14PM

    That's fantastic!! Congrats. emoticon

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MRSJR1 1/20/2011 8:08PM

    Keep it up!

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Spark Streaks are Good For Other Things

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I have been a nail biter/picker for as long as I can remember. I haven't been able to quit for more than a month... ever!
Besides my weight, it is one thing that is so embarrassing to me. This is something I do pretty much unconsciously, but especially when I'm under stress. I'm doing pretty good with the weight loss (it's still early I know), but I decided to try a Spark Streak to see if that would help me break this very bad habit. I even put a photo of some hands with very nice manicured polished fingernails on my vision collage.
You know, it has helped! I just finished day 7 of no biting. I read that it takes 30 days to break a habit, so we'll see. The thing that's cool is that knowing I have this streak going makes me THINK about it more. Just like knowing I have to track the food I eat, keeping this streak going has been making me more aware of what I'm doing and accountable for it.


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THINAGIN2 1/17/2011 11:12AM

    Congratulations to you on your success so far! I am not a nail biter but my son is and he had a horrible time trying to quit. Good luck!!

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AUNTB63 1/17/2011 9:27AM

    What a great idea..........we all have some habits that we could change by streaking.
Thanks for the idea and your actions speak louder than words them selves.
Keep up the streak, you are doing great. Have a good week........keep moving and eat healthy........and me mindful of what you put in your mouth. emoticon

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ILIKECACTI 1/17/2011 7:11AM

    That's great! I've been thinking about using my tracker for other things too. I'm not a nail biter, but I am a nail biter. My cuticles are HORRIBLE since they just finnished interview season for residency!! I totally understand how hard of a habit that is to break, since usually I'm not even aware I'm doing it until it's well under way. Anyway... way to go and good luck!

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REDHEADMOM2U 1/16/2011 10:36PM

    Great job!! I have been thinking about updating my vision board...it really does focus you.

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SPARKINGINMASS 1/16/2011 10:26PM

    That sounds like a great idea. Keep up the good job with the new spark streak!!

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