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Break Time aka I'll Miss You All

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I love Spark People. Absolutely love it. When people ask how I have lost weight, I give a huge amount of credit to this website and the people here. That said, it's time for me to step back a little.

As tends to happen, life is kicking me in the butt right now. My work schedule changed from never working more than three days in a row, all on second shift, to working a split schedule of 2nd and 3rd with a 6 day in a row streak. I don't know if I'm coming or going most days. I have yet to settle into a routine, because things are always changing. It seems like most days, all I do is sleep and work, and try to spend a little time with my family. My time at the gym and my time at Spark People has suffered.

Because I need to make my family my priority right now, I'm cutting back on the amount of time I spend here. I will still track and will still check in from time to time, but I won't be spending over an hour daily like I have in the past. I've also decided to not participate in any challenges for the month of May. I just don't have the time to be an active participant and I feel like I am letting other members of my groups down by doing so poorly.

I sincerely appreciate all of the friends I have here and all of the unending support I have received. You are all worth your weight in gold!

I'm not leaving forever, just taking some time off to try to get my life (and schedule) in some sort of order that works.

Take care and see you soon!
Shannon

  
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BARBIE176 4/21/2013 6:49PM

    emoticon I hope your crazy schedule is short-lived. I will miss you, but you are right to make your family a top priority. I pray that you will be able to fit in some sort of activity because I think it is important in taking care of yourself. Anyway, you will be missed, but I wish you peace and calm over your life. emoticon

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NANNABLACK 4/21/2013 8:42AM

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BEFIT014 4/21/2013 7:09AM

    Aww...I'm gonna emoticon! But it is totally understandable. Take care, my friend!

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AMYBELLES 4/20/2013 11:35PM

    We'll miss you, Shannon! I understand you deciding to make family your priority though! That's the best choice! I take a break from the challenge some months, too. I do end up missing the team though, and keep coming back. The A&I BSG Challenge is the best!!!

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KARENLEIGH32 4/20/2013 10:07PM

    I agree that your self and family needs to be a priority! You have learned what you need to do as far as your health goes, just check in with SP from time to time to keep yourself in line. I wish you the best that life has to offer, see you soon!

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SISSYFEB48 4/20/2013 7:37PM

    Be faithful to yourself and what you have learned. When you have time, use this site however works best for you. That's why it is so great. Good Luck.
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ALEXSGIRL1 4/20/2013 4:41PM

    this place does a lot of good for people but it does eat up a lot of time family and gym time . i wish you well and hope to see you soon when things get in a better routine. those hrs are tough.

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CATHYGETSFIT 4/20/2013 3:51PM

    You do what is best for you! If that means stepping back from SP for a while so that you can try to get your life and / or schedule in some sort of working order, then that's what you have to do. Your family and getting to the gym is more important than getting on SP. I'm just glad you aren't leaving SP for good. If / when you get things straightened out you'll be welcomed back with open arms! If you can, please keep Debbie (DSCHAMBERS) in your thoughts and / or prayers. She is in the hospital and it is quite serious. I wrote a blog about her if you have the time to read it.

Take care of yourself and stop in any of the the team chat threads anytime if you want to. I'm assuming that you are dropping out of the challenges for the rest of the month then?

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KITT52 4/20/2013 11:44AM

    good luck

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/20/2013 8:46AM

    I've been stepping back as well. Less time on the computer and more time spent living real life. Wishing you the best.

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Goofy NSV

Sunday, April 14, 2013

So my husband went fishing today with his buddies which translates to my husband had a few beers today.

He got home and was sitting on the couch in the living room. I was working on my laptop on the love seat, across the room from him. All of a sudden I hear him saying "Shannon, look at me. Look. LOOK!" I look up and absolutely die laughing. He is attempting to stick my bra on his head. His next comment "remember, I used to be able to wear these like a hat! This is more like a beanie!"

So it seems my boobs are getting smaller, along with the rest of me. Leave it to the hubby to notice.

  
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KARENLEIGH32 4/15/2013 1:10AM

    Hmmm, sounds just like a man to notice your boobs! emoticon on your NSV!

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BLUEFISH1881 4/15/2013 12:18AM

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RFJSJ50 4/14/2013 10:48PM

    emoticon Take the praise anyway it comes!
Sheila


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DBELLE39 4/14/2013 7:07PM

    Ha Ha! Gotta love a man with a sense of humor!

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CATHYGETSFIT 4/14/2013 3:40PM

    emoticon Now that is funny!! Men have a funny way of complimenting us, huh?! emoticon

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TXTOAD9970 4/14/2013 11:56AM

    emoticon very funny - your husband sounds like a card!

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/14/2013 11:10AM

    ha ha men there nice comments usually have a sexual undertone lol

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LJCANNON 4/14/2013 10:53AM

    emoticon If you had a Video of that, you would be Thin AND Rich, LOL!!

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ALIHIKES 4/14/2013 10:20AM

    That made me laugh, I can just picture him!

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FUTUREYUPPIE 4/14/2013 9:55AM

    Haha. I can't wait for similar shrinkage.

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LINDAKAY228 4/14/2013 9:00AM

    Oh that's funny! Congratulations on an unusual NSV!

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MINDY502 4/14/2013 8:57AM

    Ha Ha so funny thanks for the laugh!!

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KITT52 4/14/2013 8:42AM

    very cute......thanks for the laugh, I sure needed it this morning

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KALISWALKER 4/14/2013 1:38AM

    emoticon That's great to have a man who can make you laugh!

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ZRIE014 4/14/2013 12:47AM

  interesting

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BLUENOSE63 4/14/2013 12:43AM

  Thanks for the laugh......cute

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Gym Honor

Friday, April 12, 2013

I went to the gym today to get my new S.L.E.D. workout. Usually I go to the gym around 10:30 at night, so I rarely see staff. I got done with the trainer and was getting ready to leave when the owner came over to talk to me. She asked if she could feature me as the Member of the Month! I was so surprised!

There is a board at the gym that shows a Before and After picture of a member, along with their story. I can't believe I am actually far enough along to be considered an "After." (I still very much consider myself a "During.") She said she had seen a recent picture of me and could really see the difference. I kind of scoffed. She told me to come to her office a minute. She showed me the picture they took the day I joined the gym. I absolutely could not believe how different I look.

So yeah, I'm still a "During" but my progress so far is still pretty amazing.

  
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LYNNWILK2 4/16/2013 2:51AM

    Congratulations and what an honor and inspiration to others who are starting out and are also still in the "during" phase... just imagine what your "after" pictures will reveal to you!
GO for it and enjoy the "fluff"

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RFJSJ50 4/14/2013 10:52PM

    What a wonderful honor! BE PROUD!
Sheila

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DBELLE39 4/14/2013 7:09PM

    Many times we don't notice the changes in our body, it takes someone else to bring it to our attention. Way to go on rocking your body to success.

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BLUEFISH1881 4/13/2013 1:33AM

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Congratulations...

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BARBARAROCKSIT 4/12/2013 11:16PM

    emoticon ... emoticon

Enjoy! You earned it!

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KARENLEIGH32 4/12/2013 11:13PM

    Awesome! So happy for you!

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 4/12/2013 9:38PM

    emoticon That is so wonderful - You should be very proud of yourself
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HDHAWK 4/12/2013 9:32PM

    Awesome! emoticon

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AUNTWILLIE 4/12/2013 9:10PM

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Plus all the other emoticons for when you've done something really great.
You have SO much to be proud of! Congratulations!

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/12/2013 6:48PM

    congrats you are doing awesome and it shows emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SISSYFEB48 4/12/2013 6:35PM

    That is wonderful, and must be so encouraging for you.
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DAWNSJOURNEY 4/12/2013 2:36PM

    That is Awesome !! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHESMITH1 4/12/2013 11:30AM

    Congratulations! We're often the last one to see the results of our efforts. Keep up the good work!

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MINDY502 4/12/2013 11:07AM

    emoticon How exciting that should motivate you even more that what you are doing is paying off.

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ALIHIKES 4/12/2013 10:27AM

    Wow that's great! Congratulations!

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KITT52 4/12/2013 8:20AM

    awwwwwwwwwww how wonderful is that....I'm smiling from ear to ear for you....

great job, remember these feelings, they will help someday when you have a back slid or wonder is it worth all this hard work....see it really is...

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ROCKMAN6797 4/12/2013 8:19AM

    emoticon

I absolutely love your description of being a "during!" Very funny!

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PMRUNNER 4/12/2013 8:02AM

    Yay! That is really cool!

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CAROL- 4/12/2013 6:21AM

    emoticon Super excited for you!

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It's a Girl Thing

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

So I've figured out that when it's a certain time of the month, I crave carbs like no other. I absolutely cannot get enough carbs. To counter balance this somewhat, I've been trying to make better choices - low calorie bread, whole wheat pasta, fat free tortillas, and so on.

At least it's only for a few days...

  
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CATHYGETSFIT 4/11/2013 3:40PM

    Sounds like a good plan! Good luck!

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FUZZIEBEAR3 4/10/2013 10:46AM

    I figure whatever bloats on this week will magically fall away next week emoticon



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MJREIMERS 4/10/2013 7:21AM

    I with you! I get the munchies so bad! I think it's gotten worse since menopause isn't too far away! Hang in there!

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/10/2013 5:30AM

    awesome good choices will get you through

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SUSANBEAMON 4/10/2013 1:09AM

  i usually wanted more protein, like chocolate covered steak.

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LUCASMOM2003 4/10/2013 12:44AM

    I hear you on that! Let's not forgetting the bloating and weight gain for the week too... chocolate craving too...

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Favorite Spring Activity - A&I Challenge

Monday, April 08, 2013

This is simple. Pretty much ANYTHING that gets me out of the house. Probably the biggest thing we do is get our place at the river ready. Cleaning, yardwork, laundry, etc. It's a lot of work, but so incredibly worth it!

Beyond that, I like riding bikes and walking outside. And playing bags, but that's not overly strenuous! :)

  
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BEFIT014 4/9/2013 1:55PM

    Me, too! ANYTHING outside.

What is 'playing bags'?

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NANNABLACK 4/9/2013 7:37AM

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CATHYGETSFIT 4/9/2013 4:00AM

    Same here, pretty much anything that will get me out of the house for a while. I'm sure you and your family are getting excited to go out to your place at the river again this year. It sounds like a great place to be around nature and be with your family!

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BLUEFISH1881 4/9/2013 12:32AM

    Have fun being outside.

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AMYBELLES 4/8/2013 8:44PM

    I'm with you in doing anything that gets you out of the house! My dad used to say get outside to blow the stink off of you after being in all winter! I bet your place at the river is lovely and so worth all the work to get it ready!

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KARENLEIGH32 4/8/2013 8:30PM

    Hmmm I have never played bags but have watch others play. There seems to be a lot of jumping around after getting points. So even playing bags should be considered activity!

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WEARINGTHIN 4/8/2013 8:12PM

    It sounds refreshing to hear someone love outdoor activity so much. It's got to be good for you. Best wishes, Glenn

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/8/2013 7:40PM

    i love to be outdoors even if it is just sitting resting hope i get my pacemakers issue ironed out so i can get some real exercise walking faster than a snail and bike riding so i can feel the breeze. cant wait. i love the spring

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