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Summer 5% Challenge - Time to Sign Up! Time to Lose the Pounds!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Summer 5% Challenge starts in July!

During the current challenge I caught fire and the pounds are coming off. I should reach my goal of losing 5% of my starting weight. That's 11 pounds gone forever!

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You are invited to join The Summer 5% Challenge to lose 5% of your body weight in 8 weeks. It's been a great way to keep on track with team mates who are here regularly to give support and share the journey. We exercise and do Healthy Living Challenges to learn new habits to improve our health and lose weight. Take the Challenge and accept a healthy nudge to lose weight. After joining the community team, read the thread titled """"Read This First"""" that explains everything. Any questions? Feel free to ask me. Challenge begins in July.


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    You are doing great!! Good luck with the next round.

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DIANESMILES 6/23/2011 10:44PM

    OH YEAH ! I LOVE this !!! I at ONCE resigned UP when I got the email to be one of the FANTASTIC SPIRITED UNDER DOGS !! WOOF WOOF !! GOOD DAWGS !!!! Can you TELL how "I" feel about THIS TEAM?

These challenges help keep me MOTIVATED and HAPPIER than a kitten recieving MILK !!! As you know ,,,I went through quite a time and STILL have on a FOOLISH cast which I'll be STARTING the summer challenge with, but it HAS TO come OFF at some point ,,,,right? I mean like,,,they don't make you wear them FOREVER ,,,do they? (showing my SCARED FACE) LOL ! I know it's on for another month. I am also having other probs, but it will NOT DO ME IN !!! WOOOOHOOOOO!!!! GOOOO DAWGS ! GOOOO DAWGS !!!!!! We also SUPPORT the OTHER TEAMS because it makes US TRY HARDER !!!! OH those Teddy Bears,,,YOU MAKE US WORK which is GREAT FOR US ! THANKS ! We are LOSING MORE because OF YOU !

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CMPEARL 6/23/2011 9:15AM

    I have too much to lose and too little time for the spring challenge, but I will be back for the summer to try at my 5%. So grateful I was introduced to this fabulous group....special shout-out to my emoticon...a truly fantastic, supportive, funny, wonderful group of people!!! ~Cathy

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KMICHA 6/22/2011 8:04PM

    Love the challenges . . . they help me to keep on track and focused, plus I meet great people!!!

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CARRAND 6/22/2011 7:36PM

    Good luck with your challenge! You can do it!

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NINNY165 6/22/2011 6:25PM

    I havent met my goal yet with any of the challenges, but I am not giving up yet...It keeps my focused when the scale does not!!

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WELLNESSME09 6/22/2011 6:05PM

    emoticon this was my first challenge, and loved it. I need to do this even if the scale has not moved much. I want to do this because it has kept me motivated and inspired. Thank you Teddy Bears & all Team Members!!! emoticon emoticon

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HUGS2013 6/22/2011 5:57PM

    I'm looking forward to the 8 week challenge! Thanks for the invitation. emoticon emoticon

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TEDDYBEAR662 6/22/2011 4:14PM

    emoticon I joined today! A Spark friend on another team told me about it, so I joined. Nervous about doing it, but excited! Thanks for doing it!!!

Congrats on your progress! emoticon

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4MRSDAND123 6/22/2011 4:01PM

    emoticon Ready to ROCK! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/22/2011 2:15PM

    Love these challenges. This is my fourth! I need this to keep up my level of exercise. Already, I'm back to wearing a pedometer just to see how my level of fitness has changed in the past five years. WooHoo!

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TWNOMWE 6/22/2011 2:06PM

    emoticon and keep the fire going.

These challenges are very motivating to keep improving daily.
Thanks for always thinking of them.
Well as young people would say "YOU ROCK". emoticon

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Will Lose 5% by July 2nd

Monday, June 20, 2011

I am working hard to get my 5% weight loss in the Spring Challenge and there are only 12 more days till the final weigh in. With the wildfires and poor air quality I could not walk outside. It has rained and been overcast, but the air quality is good right now, so in the last few days I have got out walking. Today I walked 10K but normally walk 5K.

It's easy to think of other things I should be doing with my time, I have a lot of work around home too. But each time I step on the scale I have flashbacks to the health related good and bad things I did during the week. Whether it's a good weigh in or not, I always wish I did more of the good things. I want to live this week in a way that I will have fewer regrets on Saturday. I don't expect to be perfect but more consistent with my good habits.

I really enjoy our challenge this week of giving yourself a goodie. Sunday I gave myself sweet peppers for the Greek salad I made for dinner last night. This was the note - Thanks for staying in your calorie range today. Taking hubby out for brunch and loading on fresh veggies and protein was a good choice. You proved you control the food, the food does not control you! Big pat on the back to you, you did it!

Today I gave myself an MP3 player. This was the note - Thanks for walking 10K today. When you listen to an audio book you are living in the moment and can do anything you set your mind too. Love you!

As I am permanently changing the way I eat, I am trying to remember back to when I was a skinny picky eater kid. At meal time we never took seconds, you were considered greedy if you took 'more than you need'. I am sure more will come to mind, but there were definite rules around food. 'Snacks' and 'finger food' weren't invented then and gold fish were not a food group. The only time we ate after dinner was popcorn on Friday nights when we watched a movie on TV. I must sound like a dinosaur.

Starting weight 5/7: 219.4

5/14: 218.4
5/21: 216.4
5/28: 217.0
6/04: 214.2
6/11: 214.2
6/18: 211.8

5% Goal: 11
Weekly Goal: 1.4 pounds
Goal Weight: 208.4

I am looking forward to the Summer 5% already!

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    We ate similar when I was a child. We only had dessert on special occasions.

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PEGTIGER 6/22/2011 9:04PM

    I am so impressed with the fact that you will probably make the 5%. I will have to wait until summer challenge, but I'll work on getting as close to 5% as I can.

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4MRSDAND123 6/22/2011 11:18AM

    You are really making progress...Congratulations! Reading this does inspire! Thank you.

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KARENSTAR1 6/22/2011 9:36AM

    Keep on keeping on! emoticon

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/22/2011 8:21AM

    oh i love such stories. bring them on!

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DIANESMILES 6/22/2011 1:08AM

    WOW !! As ANY Mainah would say your doing "WICKED GOOD!" LOL you don't hear that OUTSIDE OF Maine, but you DO HERE ALL THE TIME !

I LOVE ur choices of goodies!!! Yeah ,,,my dinnah table was almost like yours, only we were allowed seconds, even thirds IF where any left over. But with 8 kids and 5 of them being BOYS ,, LOL That did NOT happen OFTEN !!!! I was a SKINNY little thing and always heard "Oh she doesn't eat" so I felt I SHOULDN'T eat, so I hid food away in my room and didn't eat at the table.

LOL Didn't we LOVE Fri nights for POP CORN ! Either cooked with the "air popper" or over the fire place though that'd burn some. I THINK we ARE Dating ourselves ! HMMMMM ! And to go to McD's ! HMM ONCE ! Ever see them back then when you ordered 21 burgers? It was soooo funny !

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 6/22/2011 12:32AM

    emoticon you are doing awesome - so close!

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CARRAND 6/21/2011 8:09PM

    You're doing great! I'm impressed by your walking.

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GRYPHON55 6/21/2011 6:13PM

    You are doing really well at the challenge, great progress so congratulations!!

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MRSGOFARR 6/21/2011 5:01PM

    LOL! Dang girl. Walking 10k is huge. I like the idea of what you ar doing - going out for a meal but planning on loading on the veggies. That is the way to keep it all in check and keep you full. Practice that with every meal. Make it a competition with yourself about how many veggies you can shove inyour mouth per day. Also with your weight loss - set up some goodies you get to go out and get like a pedi or facial for extra motivation!

Tell us about your new place!

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/21/2011 3:52PM

    You're doing so well! I honestly don't know how you survived all that went with preparing your home for sale. Happy to see you've established some great healthy habits. Living near Lake Superior, we've only had three days of summer so far. At 2:20 pm today, it's still only 47F (8.3 C) out there . . . a wee bit chilly.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 6/21/2011 2:18PM

    You are doing great! I don't have a lot of hope for getting my 5% but maybe 2 or 3? Way to go!

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NEWNAC304 6/21/2011 1:28PM

    You're doing great! Keep up the good work!

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ANATASHIKI 6/21/2011 12:15PM

    aren't we all dinosaurs ? emoticon I was never skinny but I was picky. I still am , I'm still fishing the onion from the soup, still don't eat the fat meat , still don't like apple pie and vanilla. I love the challenge too , I am always looking forward to spoil myself . I don't know if I'll manage to loose the 5 % , I'm in the 5th week of plateau but don't care very much. I did what I should and the results will appear someday. I'm glad you're so close to your goal.
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CHALLENGER15 6/21/2011 11:09AM

    I must be a dinosaur, too! Reading about the popcorn nights brought back some sweet memories - part of it about popcorn [which I cannot eat any more] and part of it about the dear, sweet lady that I at it with!

Your challenge sounds great and I like the rewards/notes to yourself.

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FVHORVATH 6/21/2011 10:52AM

    You are doing so great@! I know you will have that 5% gone forever!

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 6/21/2011 10:40AM

    You can do it!! Your so close!!

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TWNOMWE 6/21/2011 9:56AM

    emoticon emoticon walk.

I love your messages to yourself.

Changing the way we look at food helps us to actually appreciate it more.

keep up the good work to a healthier you.
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NOILEDNWAD 6/21/2011 8:51AM

    We did popcorn night too. lol We're all dinosaurs! I sure hope you folks get some rain soon. I wish I could send you some of ours. We still have overland flooding concerns in places around here.

This is the first 5% challenge I've done and I'm totally hooked! I'm looking forward to the summer challenge too!

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GRANDMACOO 6/21/2011 6:15AM

    Just about the time I thought we were through with poor air quality from the fires, the wind started to blow and the dust was horrific! Bring on the monsoon rains!

You are doing this! emoticon

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COLOURFULME 6/21/2011 5:31AM

    Well done! With some luck I will reach mine as well.

I am biking now regardless of the weather. It drives me nuts. The entire month of April and May we have had perfect weather almost summer like. Now it is summer and the entire month of June it has been fall. emoticon

So last Sunday I went to a bbq by bike. 17 K each leg. Got soaken wet both times but at least I got my exercise and I allowed myself to endulge.

Anyway good luck and I am sure you will make it! emoticon

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JEANUT 6/21/2011 5:03AM

    You are doing great.

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HEATHER1969 6/21/2011 1:18AM

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YOU are doin so fabulous! I just Know you are going to reach your goal!

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LIS193 6/21/2011 12:25AM

    You've made great progress - you'll get to goal!

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LILYBELLE8 6/20/2011 11:06PM

    I like the idea that you reward yourself!! July 2nd is right around the corner - surely you'll have reason to light the fireworks a couple of days early!!

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MOSTMOM1 6/20/2011 10:22PM

    We're almost there!
Sunday night was popcorn night at our house.

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    You are on target! WooHoo!!

You are making it happen!!

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DARKTHOR 6/20/2011 9:00PM

    You have it within reach!! Let it focus you until you are unstoppable.

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FITMAY 6/20/2011 8:39PM

    emoticon It seems you are totally going to reach your goal!
emoticon Go YOU!

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It Never Gets Dull!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Last weekend we were in Edmonton to visit family. While there we saw the Andy Warhol exhbit and the Gay Pride Parade. Today I went to Fort McMurray's first Pakistani fashion show with my friend. The dresses had a North American influence and the models were of all nationalities. The models, all local young women strutted down the catwalk accompanied by Top 40 music. Great fun and a wonderful to meet new friends.

Thursday I went to buy a new battery for the old Camry we are giving to our daughter. As I am driving home, a truck T boned the car. I can still drive it, but likely it will be a write off, which it too bad because it runs so well.

I had a good weigh in on Saturday and attribute that to the Plate Method. I am loving it so much I am thinking of starting a Spark Group for people who want to do it or maybe a 5% challenge team. Yesterday I hiked 10K in 120 minutes. Today I took hubby out for Father's Day brunch, went to the fashion show, unloaded the china cabinet, packed up board games, had long phones visits with the kids, made hubby a delicious and nutritious dinner. There was not enough time to hike. I should have done it when I woke at 4:30 but I would have woke hubby when I got the dog up. On Father's Day I couldn't risk waking him.

I think I am over feeling sad about leaving this house. I've had years to make the house just the way I wanted. There is nothing wrong with the house, it's the location. I have to remember I am going to something not leaving something. I know I will miss my friends but I really do plan on coming back each spring to visit.

This week I will

walk 10K daily (yikes I can't believe I just wrote that!)
continue with the Plate Method - love the Corelle divided plate
plan our goodbye house party
keep planning the move, packing, etc.

This week our Living the Good Life – Thank yourself everyday!

Do we treat our friends better than we treat ourselves? Think about when we congratulate or thank someone or give encouragement. Sure they lost a pound or started a new diet, exercised or were nice to us. Do we do that for ourselves? Have you exercised, stayed within your calorie range, made a nutritious meal, walked the dog, tidied your home, drank your water, tracked your exercise, got rested, set a new goal, read a motivating article, had some 'me time', watched your sodium, are a good team mate, kind to yourself and any of the other good things you do in a day. Treat yourself with love this week. Be your own best friend, and that means giving yourself a little gift too. Each day give yourself a Spark goodie with a loving note telling yourself why you are giving/getting the goodie.

Yestereday I gave myself a Spark goodie – Thanks Sweetie for making time to go out for a walk. Also, I really liked the dinner you made, it helps keep me within my calorie range. You are taking good care of me today. Love from your best friend Lynn

It should help us recognize and appreciate the positive things we are doing to improve our health. Have a great week and treat yourself well.

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    i would hate to leave my home too but you are going to have a grand adventure. Your outings sound interesting and fun.

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CARRAND 6/20/2011 8:16PM

    I love your plate method. It's something you can stick with for life and not feel deprived. You idea of giving yourself a spark goodie is a good one, too. We are always harder on ourselves than on others.

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WELLNESSME09 6/20/2011 2:37PM

    Wow! your a very busy lady, thanks for sharing...I'm very happy to here that you were not hurt in the accident. Your doing an amazing job!!! emoticon

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FVHORVATH 6/20/2011 2:33PM

    Sorry to hear about the car but I am so glad you were not hurt! You have such a busy life right now and that would have made it even harder for you. You are such an amazing person and I am so lucky to count you as my friend. I sure don't want anything bad to happen to you.

I love the idea of the divided plate and will have to look for one the next time I go up to the Corelle Outlet store. I can always "find" things in there to bring home. LOL

When is the big moving date! I know you will be ready for it as much as you are doing now!

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RUFFIT 6/20/2011 1:08PM

    I loved treating myself. That is an awesome idea. Take care Sparkbuddy, Moni emoticon emoticon

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PEGTIGER 6/20/2011 1:05PM

    So glad you had a nice visit. I hate that the car was hit, but so thankful you are alright. I'm glad you found a divided plate. I just visualize in my head. It has helped me to do that. I use to make a sandwich for lunch and that was it. Now I make sure there are freggies on half the plate with my sandwich! The scales didn't move this week, maybe next week! Thanks again for all you've shared on your journey. It has helped many others.

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ANATASHIKI 6/20/2011 12:44PM

    you're going on a new adventure! think your house was a work of art and you're ready make another one , maybe better. it's easy to stay connected with far away friends(thanks God for internet).great challenge this week , I love to spoil myself : )

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CAROLJ35 6/20/2011 11:11AM

    Interesting blog, Lynn! Sorry about the car but glad you were not hurt.
You are a very busy gal, just thank God you have the physical stamina to be so active. We left our lovely home and the small college town where we raised our family and moved South after retirement. I just never look back. Our recent motivational lesson was on letting go of the past and forging ahead.
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About the goodies - I have a hard time rewarding myself since I feel so blessed with all that I have, but is nice to stop and think about ME once a day.
Thanks for your motivation, too. (Please don't take time to acknowledge this post as you are very busy.)

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TWNOMWE 6/20/2011 10:47AM

    Thank God you were not hurt.
It is also nice that the plate method is working for you. I am using mine too but this weekend I cooked my hubby chapati (Ugandan style, all white flour) and I ate two and I think that is why my weight was up by .6 lb this morning from Saturday weigh in. I will have to do double exercise and stay far from chapati, and all baked sweets this week.
emoticon on walking 10 km in 2 hrs and planning to do every day !!!! I would love to get those books for the MP3 for Liz.
Happy packing and hope you have a great party. emoticon emoticon

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SHEILA1505 6/20/2011 10:44AM

    I'm so glad that you weren't hurt!
You've had a very busy weekend - a good one too by the looks of it. Yes - oh so casually you mention walking 10K per day - not so long ago ......


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MOSTMOM1 6/20/2011 10:14AM

    Glad you weren't hurt! You have a LOT going on. You are really making your way to your goal!

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69NURSE 6/20/2011 9:52AM

    You are so right!! Life is never dull for you. I am sorry about the accident and certainly glad YOU were not hurt. When is the "move" date? Although we talk about selling this house in a few years and moving some place w/more moderate temps, and longer motorcycle seasons (LOL), I can not even imagine cleaning out 40+ years of STUFF. You are doing a terrific job with everything - keeping up your walking, cleaning, packing, eating healty and still finding time for friends and new experiences. emoticon emoticon Hope this is a great week for you. I like the idea of treating myself as good as my friends...interesting. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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MJK0430 6/20/2011 9:03AM

    Thanks! I love the idea about giving ourselves goodies each day!
That's great about your daily 10k's!

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CMPEARL 6/20/2011 8:53AM

    I will have to look into buying some plates...I love the idea of having a visual at meals to help keep me on track. Sounds like you had a great weekend and a busy week ahead! Take care and remember to get that 'me' time in too :)

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JEANUT 6/20/2011 6:52AM

    Thank God you were not hurt.

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DIANESMILES 6/20/2011 1:31AM

    Awww Lynn,,,you KNOW I STRUGGLE with the Plate Method,,, UNLESS Vegatable OIL from CAKE counts as the 1/2 of my PLATE??? THan NO PROB and I'd be a HAPPY CAMPER ! LOL !!!! or ONE PIECE of lettuce SPREAD OUT WIDELY !! hahahahahaIts NOT that I haven't TRIED to LIKE them,,,they AGREE to NOT like me also. :P~~~~~
On leaving the house,,,it IS sad, I had to leave my little red house and I STILL think about it from time to time,,,how I LOVED taking care of the lawn, but I was so much HEALTHIER !!!!! I even did my neighbors when they were on vacation. LOL They LOVED it,,I did it for FREE. I just LOVED LOVED Mowing ! Our lawn was one of the best looking ones. I was so PROUD of it. But Lynn, like myself, once you move, you take your memories with you. They NEVER leave you, they STAY in your heart and mind. If you get decorating shows in the new area,,,just THINK how much FUN it will be to do the NEW PLACE OVER !! Did you know GRAY Is the NEW BEIGE??? HOW COOL is THAT???? I am in a NICE apartment now, but I can't paint witout paying even MORE $$$$ and I am not sure I want to do that right now, I MIGHT THOUGH ! IF I DO I'll do that GRAY in my hallway coming into my place, it's sooo cool looking ! Warm and inviting. I am SURE You have MANY IDEA's on what it is you want,,, NEAT !!!!!! EXCITING !!!! I LOVE moving into a place for this. HAVE FUN !!!

CONGRATS on the walking,, WOW !! I WANT my cast OFF NOW !! I WANT To walk a MILE NOW NOW NOW !! NOW NOW NOW !! Am I IMPATIENT?? NOW ! LOL !!! I LOVE walking,,, will ask the new foot Dr if we can even get me to RUNNING though I've been told a # of times that's IMPOSSIBLE,,,I DO NOT BELIEVE In IMPOSSIBLE Lynn,,,,where there's a WILL there's a WAY !! I was told once,, I'd NEVER WALK again,,, and I CAN !

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ELASTI-GIRL 6/20/2011 12:54AM

    I've followed the plate method for a few years. I definitely eat a lot of freggies each day, and know that my body is healthier for making those choices. Portion control and other goodies can sideline weight-loss but not indefinitely.

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MAMABUGAZ 6/19/2011 11:44PM

    You've been talking about the plate method alot lately. I must have missed your description of it. But, one plate method that I've heard of, before, involves:
- use a lunch-size plate
- 1/4 with meat or protein
- 1/4 with carbs
- 1/2 with fruits and vegetables.

Is that what you're talking about?
(Glad it's working for you, whatever it is.)

~ Faith

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Time to Make My Life the Happily Ever After

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Last night the family that is buying our house came over. They have 5 children and not all of them had seen the house. The purpose of the visit was for the kids to get their bedrooms assigned. We offered them some pieces of furniture – sofa and chair, 3 bookcases and a large desk, so less to pack.

However knowing they were coming over again, I worked around the house making it look like a show home, hid the dog in the car, lit scented candles, etc. After they left I had a scoop of chocolate yogurt and cone, and then another. Yes it stressed me and I ate! I really need to address how to handle this type of stress.

I know I have the biggest challenges of the year behind me. We got the house ready to sell and we did sell it. Mission accomplished! The things I am dealing with now should be easy. I have to sell and give away more furniture, pack, book a mover and storage, and relocate to our RV for a couple of months. Then we leave town and move into our next house Oct 1st or thereabouts.

The wildfire is growing and the wind was blowing into the city. This morning, I could smell smoke in the house and likely it’s always here, just at times my sense of smell is better. In the afternoon the air quality was fair, so I decided I would go out for a walk and pretend it just campfire smoke and if it was really bad I would do a very short walk. I did 90 minutes. Along the way it started to rain, but it was only a few drops.

As I was walked I thought about when I was in high school and ALL the kids were in the normal weight range. We all walked to and from school. I went home for lunch – no school cafeteria for me. That was a 20 minute run each way so 80 minutes a day of running.

I am doing well with the plate method and was pleasantly surprised to see it become the new icon for U.S.D.A. Each meal is it`s own thing - what am I putting on my plate for this meal, and does it look `balanced`. I love it!

I may go back to university and study a new field - social work, with the idea of helping people who WANT to lose weight. I met with a social worker in May and talked about behavioral changes, it was like a light bulb moment! I pretty much stopped eating when I awake during the night, and I seldom have an alcoholic beverage just because other people are. Being a social worker would be quite a change from business!

Now I have to focus on my diet and exercise. I should be able to prepare for a move and pursue my other goals. It's time to start living 'the happily ever after'!

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    I'm so glad you sold the house. We have that to look forward to soon.

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MISSLORI5 6/17/2011 9:28PM

    Do you know how awesome you are? This project of moving, cleaning, selling, and all that goes with it is exhausting and you have done it! In my opinion, there's nothing you are not capable of accomplishing if you want it bad encough and you are physically and mentally capable of attaining it. Something you definitely are! You go, Girl!!!!! emoticon

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INDIANAGIRL61 6/17/2011 8:54PM

    Good for you. You will be able to do anything you set your mind to! Good luck and best wishes through the summer.

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ALIBROM 6/17/2011 12:49AM

    Your enthusiasm for the next phase of your life is showing! I will have to check out this plate method you are talking about. I am a stress eater, too, and it is sometimes very difficult to control. I am not perfect, but I am doing better. At least now I don't say, well, I blew it, so I might as well eat more. Congrats on selling your house and best wishes for your summer in an RV. Sounds like fun.

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DIANESMILES 6/16/2011 9:37PM

    Lynn, I LOVE the idea of you going back to school !! That's fantastic !!! I say that's GR8 !! GO FOR IT !!!! You wrote a blog awhiles back that has STUCK in my mind about what it was you were learning on how to eat,,,I think it was from a WW class???? I just attended a Diabetes class and I'll also blog it because I think some can benefit from the knowledge as I did !!!! I DID Like the plate method ALSO, but today I learned to really stick by the pyamid because it's more accurate UNLESS your in a hurry, than the plate method is OK for a diabetic. That really WAS Interesting to me !!! It breaks down what you need per day so much more per catagory. Such as how many grains, fats, etc. I also learned to MUCH about what TYPES of fats are GOOD for you and what ones are BAD for you when you are reading the labels. INTERESTING !

GO FOR YOUR DREAMS while you can. Life is SHORT and who knows whats around the corner !! One moment your healthy and CAN DO THIS and another moment something COULD happen, you might not be able to handle it physically, financially or emotionally, so DO THIS WHILE you can. DREAM BIG ! NEVER EVER STOP DREAMING ! I Don't even in my position !

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CARRAND 6/16/2011 8:41PM

    I really like your social worker idea. You'll get there. You can do anything!

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MELLIL 6/16/2011 5:34PM

    Lynn... do you know my brain would HURT if I were inside your head? LOL! You THINK a LOT! But I sure do agree with you! It IS time to live the Happily Ever After part! That's what I'm workin' on too!

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ANNIE7205 6/16/2011 1:35PM

    You are on your way to amazing things. I'm so happy for you!

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BUGLET- 6/16/2011 11:57AM

    You are such an optimist and I like that about you.
Hugs, Bug

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MOSTMOM1 6/16/2011 11:19AM

    Live it!

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JSPIN74 6/16/2011 9:59AM

    emoticon your self-awareness & kind awareness of others is awesome...it's going to carry you through all the lifestyle changes you're making....AND it will lend well to the other ideas that you're toying with (going back to school, social work, etc) emoticon

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FVHORVATH 6/16/2011 9:49AM

    You have some wonderful but challenging changes coming your way. I know you will handle this with all the charm and detirmination you have. I know this will bring you enjoyment once it is all settled but getting there will be challenging. Keep your head up and looking forward to all the great things you will experiences and you will be great! (As always!)

As for the fires is there any chance of them heading your way? I hope not! We don't hear anything about them in Indiana only the ones in Arizona. Wishing you luck with those crazy things!

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FAIRLIGHT914 6/16/2011 9:31AM

    Great blog! I moved out of my home last year and decluttered my life~ and that is when I started losing weight! 30 lbs now. I had no idea how stressed I was being a homeowner along with all of my other responsibilities. I moved into a new apartment complex with a gym and fitness center that I actually have time to use...free Zumba classes on Thursday too! I can clean my whole place in 2 hours. Who knew that my "happily ever after" did NOT include a white picket fence! emoticon

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MRSGOFARR 6/16/2011 9:06AM

    That really kind of you to let the children come over and start that process. And so giving too. I love this of you getting into the psyhcology of choices you make around food and alcohal. That is very interesting to me and much of this stuff has been so defined by the time we are adults. I would encourage you to go forward with this kind of study or find an outlet that will help you discover your triggers along with others. Did the weight watcher meetings help you at all with this? You might want something more academic. I know the WW meetings for me really depended on the people that were there that made the meeting worthwhile for me. It was hit or miss. I had some REALLY good ones where fighters and cryers and people who just hung it all out there and others where people were just quiet.

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FUNKY5RED 6/16/2011 7:57AM

    You are really living your life - none of sitting back and letting it happen to you. There are so many changes for you right now and it is exciting! I think you would be a great social worker. Go for it!

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HICIM705 6/16/2011 6:49AM

    Lots of changes have happened ... more to come, you will handle them all with style and grace. I think knowing what you want is 1/2 the battle ... I still don't know what I want to do when I 'grow up' and I think sometimes that's the reason my work becomes so difficult for me.

Thinking back on where you 'came from', helps you to figure out how you got 'here' ... and it also helps to figure out where you are going. Reflection is all part of life and it's going to be a big part of the 'chapter' in your life that you are about to close when you sell your house. Big things like houses (besides relationships, etc) - help to define who we are ... you are in the process of redefining yourself and your family and your life ... you will be wonderful at whatever you do. . .wherever life takes you from here. . .

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ANATASHIKI 6/16/2011 2:13AM

    I'm glad to hear you feel so good , but you still have a lot of work to do. I don't keep any comfort food in the house and I'm too lazy to go outside and buy it if I crave it. I have an ok combination of light yogurt , muesli and fruits when I want something sweet(with some sweetener , I know it's bad but not as bad as sugar). I used a lot of herbal supplements for stress this month in order to not be tempted to eat and it worked for me. and I became a true endorphin junkie , every time I was feeling bad I ran for 10 minutes to feel better(but feeling good after running came only after a few months of training). I don't think that the 5 kids family needed the show , I can imagine how a 5 kids house would look : ).

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CANDOK1260 6/16/2011 1:20AM

    you sounds like you know what you waNT AND GOING FOR IT emoticon

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KATIEANN59 6/15/2011 11:33PM

    Hi Hon, I agree with Linda and Ruth. YOu have an adventure ahead of you and it should be a fun one. Enjoy it. YOu are so good at giving everyone incentive here you should be great as a social worker. I wish you all the best!! Take Care Hon and God Bless!!! Love, Katie

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RUTHXG 6/15/2011 11:12PM

    Exciting new possibilities for you! And you have my good wishes for the packing & moving. That's stressful, but the big uncertainty of the sale is over, yay!

It was so sweet of you to make the house beautiful for the buyer family's visit. I imagine the kids will always remember it.

I too have been thinking about earlier times in my life when exercise was just built in & I ate well but very simply. Today's frequency of obesity would have just shocked us then.

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LINDA! 6/15/2011 11:02PM

    You have some wonderful changes ahead. Congrats on selling your lovely house. I am excited for you - I hope you do study social work. You will be a wonderful social worker.

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Dash Away for the Weekend

Friday, June 10, 2011

Hubby is involved with a golf tournament on Father's Day so we are visiting the kids in Edmonton this weekend. Today I will pick hubby up after work and make the 5 hour drive to Edmonton tonight. Tomorrow we will run errands there, have dinner at our favorite Indian restaurant (will do Plate Method for eating out), and visit with family. Sunday morning 9 AM we will head home. It's a quick trip but hubby is so happy! Next year it will be a 13 hour drive from our new home to have the Father's Day visit.

I taught my friend The Plate Model this morning when she was over for breakfast. I made her breakfast - veggie omlette in a pita and watermelon.

Butter, salted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high) 36
Egg, fresh, 1 large 70
Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia) 85
Onions, raw, 0.5 cup, chopped 30
Green Peppers (bell peppers), 0.5 cup, strips 19
Mushrooms, fresh, 0.5 cup, pieces or slices 8
Watermelon, 2 cup, balls 99

347 calories

I have to trim calories to make it fit in the daily 1200 calories.

We were so busy getting our house ready to sell, and we got an offer right away. Then it was like hurry up and wait, to see if our buyer's house would sell. Our house is definitely sold and now we are very busy again. I need to sell more furniture, pack, find a mover, get our travel trailer here, book a camp site, etc.

On August 1st we will be moving out our house and live in our travel trailer. Hubby is on payroll till September 30th and he has a lot of vacation, so he could be done in the first week or so of September if we limit July vacation, etc.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HEATHER1969 6/14/2011 12:30AM

    emoticon on getting the house sold!

Wish I was at your place for breakfast, that sounded really yummy!

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MOSTMOM1 6/12/2011 3:22PM

    You're having an adventure!

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SEAWAVE 6/11/2011 11:37AM

    What a weight off your shoulders to know the house is definitely sold. Your forward looking plans are very exciting! Your week-end trip, though quick, sounds like it will be fun too.

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ELEGANTFLOWERS 6/11/2011 10:36AM

    Enjoy your short trip. Sounds like you have a good plan.

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NOILEDNWAD 6/11/2011 9:45AM

    Have a great trip! What an exciting time for you and your hubby! I hope you find a great campsite for your interim housing!

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FUNKY5RED 6/11/2011 8:30AM

    Have a great weekend! It is good to plan out your strategy before going out to eat. Good job!

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ANATASHIKI 6/11/2011 5:02AM

    have a great weekend! sounds very exciting! you could cut your pita in 3 if you want and save some calories. and I like zucchini(raw, grated) in my omelette , lowest calories ever. I just saw the other blog. don't go to the 1200 right away , save it for plateau times. I usually eat 1400-1500. breakfast 300 , snacks 100-200, lunch and dinner 300-400. try to find food combinations to have balanced meals , not all calories once.

Comment edited on: 6/11/2011 7:08:00 AM

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SIMPLEJOYS 6/10/2011 10:36PM

  How exciting!! Enjoy your visit and "recon" for temporary housing! YAY!


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KIMBERTA99 6/10/2011 10:29PM

    Have a fun, safe trip!!

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PEGTIGER 6/10/2011 10:24PM

    Have a great weekend with family and congrats on selling the house.

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FVHORVATH 6/10/2011 9:45PM

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend and so glad to hear the house is finally a done deal. I am sure you are too!

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MNABOY 6/10/2011 9:33PM

    Life is good isn't it!

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CARRAND 6/10/2011 9:18PM

    Love those fruits and vegetables!

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WELLNESSME09 6/10/2011 6:40PM

    Have a safe trip and wishing you a wonderful time with family!

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/10/2011 5:22PM

    Enjoy the weekend! Don't forget, 1200 is the low-end of your range . . . you can still add as many as 350 calories to bring it up to 1550. Have Fun! I love all the veggies available when eating Indian.

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RUFFIT 6/10/2011 5:08PM

    Have fun!!! Moni emoticon

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SHEILA1505 6/10/2011 3:32PM

    Enjoy the family weekend

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ANNIE7205 6/10/2011 3:18PM

    Have a great time!

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CANDOK1260 6/10/2011 3:11PM

    have a wonderful weekend I myself am going to Michigan from sat theru wenesday, but will probably be on a spark a little

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