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Day 52: Three Years ...and What Keeps Me Sparkin'

Monday, February 21, 2011

Today's anniversary has been a recurring thought for me this past week or so. As many of you know, I wrote an 'anniversary update' blog back in December, so in one sense the date is a technical anniversary, but perhaps not as meaningful in terms of the effort I've put into Spark and my own journey to wellness. (I'm becoming quite fond of that term, 'wellness' as opposed to 'health.' Dunno why.)

I've been pondering things like motivation and perseverance, what they mean to me and how they've helped. But what's really Sparking me is SparkStreaks. That's a cute term for consistency, in many ways, and I think it's consistency that is proving to be my make-or-break key to success.

That's not to underrate the value of the encouragement and support from the community here. I don't want to preach to the choir, but you all know how important your fellow Sparklers are. The tools and features on SP are equally valuable.

For me, those things - the support and encouragement, the trackers and exercise videos and teams - are all part and parcel of what has become my daily consistency. And what a tremendous difference it has made, continues to make, to my state of health and my life.

I finished sorting the last of the clothes I've had stored away for (dare I say it) nigh onto five years now. I have one size left that I'm not quite ready for, mostly Smalls and some 12s, even a couple of (generously cut, lol) 10s. I've bagged up quite a few things to send to the local charity, and I have a couple better items earmarked for eBay or a consignment shop.

I am keeping, though, a pair of size 28 knit slacks. The elastic waistband has no 'stretch' in it anymore. I had very nearly outgrown them - I was probably a size 30 by then, in all honesty - but I refused to buy a next-size-bigger. In these pictures, I'm wearing a 16 tee and a relatively-snug 16 jeans.

I'm not quite to the both-legs-in-one-pant-leg stage. Yet. But I will be, and that's one reason I'm keeping these size 28s. The other reason? I never, ever want to go back there again. Ever. And just in case I begin to think 'Well, I wasn't really that big,' these are the reality.

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 3/2/2011 8:51PM

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ANDI571 2/22/2011 6:11PM

    Look at you. I am so excited for you. The weight loss and pictures are awesome. What an inspiration. emoticon emoticon

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WANTS2CRUISE 2/22/2011 4:04PM

    Kasey, loved this blog and the pictures of you with your pants. I don't know...looks to me like you could fit into one leg of them. I'm so proud of you and how well you have done here. And now you are inspiring me to stay back on track. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your story.

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MJK0430 2/22/2011 11:39AM

    Kasey! Kasey! Kasey!

Congrats of your Sparkaversary! Your weight loss! And your incredible blogging! I always look forward to your posts and your encouragement!

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MTULLY 2/21/2011 11:43PM

    Pretty amazing accomplishment and what an incredible visual! You also make an excellent point about the power of the streaks. Happy Sparkversary and many more!

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DEBIGENE 2/21/2011 10:38PM

    I'm so glad I've had the chance to get to know you to some degree. Your the BEST !!! and your deserve the BEST. Congrats to you and your succeess. You are a true inspiration and I thank you.

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SHAPNUP 2/21/2011 8:07PM

    Kasey, you are looking FINE! Congratulations on your weight loss, and thanks for being encouraging and funny and gracious and funny and witty and funny and did I say funny?

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ELSEEBEE 2/21/2011 7:52PM

    Awesome blog! You area true inspiration to all of us!
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ASPENHUGGER 2/21/2011 6:15PM

    WOW! You are emoticon!

That's an incredibly inspiring story, and I hope I can live up to it! I'm sure gonna try anyway!

But you have done an incredible job, and you are lookin' GOOD! emoticon emoticon

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SROUS1340 2/21/2011 6:06PM

    You really are a rock star Kasey! I would keep those pants too.
And I can't wait to see the pictures of both legs in one!

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LEANJEAN6 2/21/2011 5:08PM

    Wow Kasey--Sometimes I become discouraged as I want to lose faster--and then I see you----- You have really stuck to this--- Whatta inspiration! Look at those pants!--Truly amazing!!! What did you look like in them? Do you have old fat pics??-----
I have had a weight problem my whole life---- Spark has been the best thing for me--when all else has failed!
Thanks for sharing all this blog (yers) with me--Does it ever help me to stick to this--Lynda emoticon

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LJCANNON 2/21/2011 5:05PM

    emoticon emoticonDEFINITELY keep those pants!!
Happy Spark-A-versary!! I am so glad that you are sharing my Journey with me.

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CAROLDEDOO 2/21/2011 4:51PM

    Wow! I'm speechless...almost.(LOL)

emoticon emoticonYou are an inspiration! Keep up the good work! and Keep on Sparking!

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LECATES 2/21/2011 4:02PM

    Wow, that is great motivation-----yes, keep those, and when you get to fit in one leg, make sure you post that picture----fantastic!

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CO-CREATOR 2/21/2011 3:59PM

    This is such an inspirational post, thank you so much. Happy Sparkversary, you've made tremendous progress!

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KASEYCOFF 2/21/2011 3:52PM

    And from Him@Home - The Girl's Done Good!

Well done love, keep it up.

I won't delete this because it tickles me so that he typed this on here - but it goes to show you what happens when I leave a page up and my computer unguarded, lol...

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CAZ5346 2/21/2011 3:33PM

    Thank you for this blog. It really is amazing how the Sparkers here can motivate and encourage each other. I'm finding that I am really going to keep an honest journal of what I eat I will stop before the unhealthy food reaches my mouth. Yes we have to accountable and aware of what we are eating.
What an awesome transformation.
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DTOWNSEND1966 2/21/2011 3:22PM

    Fantastic blog and much needed today! Congratulations!

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AN804U 2/21/2011 2:00PM

    Wow what a difference! Happy 3 years! emoticon

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DEBRITA01 2/21/2011 1:51PM

    Wow, the photos are amazing...what a transformation. You are well on your way to "wellness" ...you've done great on your journey, so far, and the best is yet to come!

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MOMOF2TONI 2/21/2011 1:43PM

    Awesome and so inspiring! Happy SparkVersary.

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REJ7777 2/21/2011 1:30PM

    emoticon WOW! From size 28 to 16! emoticon emoticon You look really good! It's hard to believe that you could fit into those big pants!

Congratulations on being consistent for 3 years! emoticon I've been Sparking for one year, and I hope that in 2 years, I'm still going strong like you are!

Keep up the good work! You're an inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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MUEHLBBO 2/21/2011 1:27PM

    Fantastic. Great work. Keep it up!

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JULIEANNCAN 2/21/2011 1:03PM

    Happy Sparkversary! This is awesome! emoticon emoticon

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ANNEMICHAEL 2/21/2011 12:39PM

    So very proud of you...and grateful as well for pointing the way!

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TURTLETALK 2/21/2011 12:31PM

    Happy SP anniversary, you look terrific!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/21/2011 12:21PM

    Love this blog AND the photo. I need to go dig out some of my bigger stuff, and take a picture, because you and I both know we tend to deceive ourselves about size!


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LISALOSING52 2/21/2011 12:11PM

    This is a very inspiring blog! Lady you look wonderful! Mostly healthy and well!

Congrats on your 3 yrs on Spark.

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CAROLINA_KOUKLA 2/21/2011 12:05PM

  How inspiring!!! You look amazing!!!!!

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Day 51: Life's Just a Bowl of Cherries!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

What a good day today! Not great, not extraordinary - no superlatives needed. It was just such a good day.

I got the full set of back exercises in... twenty minutes of yoga... up to 45 now on the WiiFit... made cauliflower'n'cheese for lunch (like macaroni and cheese, except way fewer carbs - I use low-fat mature cheese, so not a lot's needed)... got two, count 'em, two closets sorted, with a bunch of things to go to charity.

Two really good emails today, one from an old friend and one from a new one. Now, isn't it always a good day that brings letters from friends?

We were supposed to have neighbors over this evening to watch a movie, but she called and cancelled - for a good reason. Her sister had her baby today, so they were on their way to see the latest model (they have a toddler) and let Sis lend a hand. I said to Himself 'In a way, I'm not sorry. We can get together next weekend, and there's a lot to do this coming week. I'm just as happy to have a quiet night in, just the two of us.'

There's doctors' appointments on two days, a follow-up with the dentist on one day, plus our buddy from Japan is coming into town on Wednesday, so we've got a full slate. You remember what I said yesterday - better busy than bored!

So we caught up on the latest installment of The Tudors (it's total crapola, but very good soap opera crapola, thinks me) and I have the papers and things ready to go for tomorrow's doctor's appointment. Off to Beatleband - you really should see me drumming. My scores are lousy but I'm sure the entertainment factor is lightyears ahead of any points, har de har har har.

Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

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CO-CREATOR 2/21/2011 10:38AM

    Glad you had a good day. I like to do yoga on the Wii too.

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JULIEANNCAN 2/21/2011 12:08AM

    I'm glad you had a good day! :) I hope you have a happy and healthy week! emoticon

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MTULLY 2/20/2011 11:54PM

    One day you really must post a video blog of you drumming. I would pay money to see that, and I am quite sure that the entertainment factor would be worth every penny!

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AN804U 2/20/2011 11:24PM

    It sounds like a good day to me. emoticon

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BLEGNER1 2/20/2011 10:11PM

    Good day Thanks for sharing. Made me feel good just reading about it. I also had a good day.....

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LEANJEAN6 2/20/2011 9:29PM

    Good days really feel great---- no stress--all flows---- a lot gets done--Why can't every day be like that???
I liked your cherries--Fun!
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DEBRITA01 2/20/2011 7:58PM

    You seem upbeat and like your day was "just right". Your Beatleband sounds like my sessions with my Wii dance game...don't know that I'm getting any better at it, but it sure is entertaining. I play it when no one is at home and I have a good laugh...

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JAKEANDNELLIE 2/20/2011 5:13PM

    I'd call it a wonderful day. . . and I hope you have many more of them!

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BUGGYS 2/20/2011 4:34PM

    Sounds like a terrific day!!! emoticon

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    A *good* day is good! emoticon emoticon
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Day 50: World's Almost-Shortest Blog

Saturday, February 19, 2011

This won't be the shortest blog on record - but it'll be close!

Between the usual household stuff and trying to work on house-sorting, I have been writing all day. I'd almost say I have blisters on my typing fingers, lol... Not quite, but that'll give you the idea.

So I've done the things I should, and the things I need to. It's off to Beatleband, then beddy-byes... another long day in store for tomorrow - which is fine, as I'd rather be busy than bored. (Wouldn't we all?)

Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

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DTOWNSEND1966 2/20/2011 2:56PM

    Busy is always preferable to bored! Happy day 50!

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SUNNYARIZONA 2/20/2011 12:50PM

    OM GOSH!!! The red cherries on your background sure do take me back....way back to the 60's when we had the BIG cherry tree right on our property...one my Grandpa had planted years ago, and had the most YUMMY cherries....those were carefree days.... emoticon

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DEBRITA01 2/20/2011 8:07AM

    I'd rather be busy than bored, too. You got a lot accomplished and I hope you got a good night's sleep!

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CO-CREATOR 2/20/2011 6:53AM

    I hope you had a restful night

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BLONDWUNN 2/20/2011 12:45AM

    Well, I've seen shorter, emoticon

But you did get a lot accomplished just the same! Thoughts on paper takes mental energy for sure.

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AN804U 2/19/2011 11:58PM

    Hmm keeping busy rather then being bored, eh? Sounds like someone else I know. emoticon

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ANDI571 2/19/2011 9:33PM

    Sweet dreams!!!! emoticon

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MTULLY 2/19/2011 8:56PM

    Definitely better busy than bored! Sweet dreams!

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LEANJEAN6 2/19/2011 6:39PM

    I LOVE short blogs------ Good for you!!!! ---- Ya gotta do what yu gotta do! Right?----- Carry on nurse!--Ha Ha---- Lynda emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/19/2011 5:21PM

    Sleep well, my friend across the pond! emoticon

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Day 49: A Quickie

Friday, February 18, 2011

Another quickie-blog: it's been a long day and I'm bushed...

Things were pretty much picked up, neat 'n' tidy - the agent had called to say she'd be late, which gave me another hour to square some things away, plus meant we had lunch on time. She went over the house, made notes and measured some of the rooms etc., then had some recent sales-sheets for us of comparable properties in the neighborhood. (I realize this is probably old hat to many of you, but the last house I sold was ten years ago, and Himself has lived here for... thirty-four years. Gah. No wonder it's so hard on him to leave!)

At any rate, she will be getting back to us on Monday or Tuesday with a ballpark figure and some other information, so now it's just wait-and-see. She was (understandably - commission looming in a slow market, lol) very encouraging, and there has been some upswing locally in terms of sales, so - fingers crossed. Meanwhile, I plan to keep beavering away at things. I told him that the last thing I want to do is pack unnecessary stuff, lug it somewhere else, only to have to unpack it and sort it and THEN cart it around again or throw it out or give it away. I'm hoping I'll be 'travelling light' from here on out.

'course, there's still that storage unit in PA. *sigh*

Ah well. As Scarlett said, Tomorrow is another day. Meanwhile, it's off to Beatleband, then an early night. Plenty of work to keep me busy in the foreseeable future, and tonight, I M tired.

Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

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DEBRITA01 2/20/2011 8:11AM

    Weeding through the unnecessary household stuff is quite a job...and your wise not to take it along with you. Where are you moving to? Did you ever say, if so, I missed it...

Although I will not be moving in the near future, you give me inspiration to keep chipping away at it NOW rather than later! I'm making some progress with no end in sight yet...lol emoticon

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VW_STEPH 2/19/2011 2:04PM

    Wow you're very busy!! Sounds very exciting! Travelling light is definitely the way forward!

Nighty night xox

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JULIEANNCAN 2/19/2011 2:52AM

    Best wishes with all of this. You sound very busy! I hope you got a good night's sleep. emoticon

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AN804U 2/18/2011 11:17PM

    Good luck. emoticon

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DEBIGENE 2/18/2011 9:16PM

    Hey Hon, so your movin' huh.... back to the states? Just a wishin' cuz it would be so great to meet you, ah but maybe someday. So do you have a new home picked out yet? What is the real estate market like there?, I'm sure you know it's horrible here now. Surely it will improve, but glad I'm not making any move in the near future. I have moved way to much in my years and feel quite comfy where I am now for a good while, I hope.
Best of luck with the house, will keep you in my prayers. Get your rest now. You're gonna need it !!!

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WINE4GIRL 2/18/2011 8:48PM

    G'night Kasey. tomorrow is the first of the two day yard sale. I feel your pain! Best wishes for a great weekend and I truly hope she comes back with a great figure for you!

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REJ7777 2/18/2011 7:49PM

    We rarely realize how much *stuff* we have. Moving can be a serious wake-up call! It can be really hard to move out of a house that's been "home" for so many years. emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 2/18/2011 7:25PM

    Oh Kasey---- You are brave!---Have you plans on where to go??--I'm asking cause we will have to go through that one day---- I keep putting it off though.-- Nice day here to-day--Spring is in the air!!! emoticon


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ONEKIDSMOM 2/18/2011 6:19PM

    Your photo reminds me of the moon-set this morning... it was HUGE, resting on the horizon as I drove to work, and it popped down under the hill as I drove up it.

I love those images... skies, stars, clouds, moon... sunrise, sunset... sleep well, and best wishes with prepping the house! emoticon

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Day 48: Wotta Day

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Well, I have been on the go all day, doing everything except Spark. At least, that's how it feels.

Groceries, then nothing but cleaning, vacuuming, sorting, dusting... And I feel as though I haven't made a dent. Back at it tomorrow.

Himself said 'They're not here to see how clean it is. They're just going to do a valuation so we can start getting some numbers together.' Uh huh. Typical man.

I have a 'short list' with the priorities for tomorrow morning. The appointment is at 11, so that will give me a little time to get a few things done. Then it's fingers crossed.

Sorry I haven't had time to catch up with most of you today. Once I get things settled around here (!) it should be back to normal. I figure I only have to clean closets and sort drawers and organize cupboards once. After that, it will just be the maintenance.

Himself is starting to look at me with a wary eye. I suspect it has to do with the motivation and energy those magic words 'We should think about selling' have instilled. Not that I'm gung-ho or anything, oh Lord no.

Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!

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THIAGRAM 2/18/2011 4:34PM

  Woo Hoo! What a very awesome day! I need to have a day like this too!

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CO-CREATOR 2/18/2011 8:21AM

    What a productive day! I hope things go well at the appointment.

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REJ7777 2/17/2011 11:23PM

    Love the photos of the little girl playing on the bed. We don't have to tell kids to exercise, do we? They just have fun!

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LEANJEAN6 2/17/2011 7:31PM

    Holy Heavens Kasey! Life is busy eh?--Maybe we should "'drink"" more (no no no!)---but--too bad there is no time to relax---- Anyway, good blog--I hear you talking bout the business!--Changing topics , it has turned to "the big melt down"" here--- Funny how it starts and all you hear is water dripping. I know we will still get cold weather, but it is a relief to know the worst is over--for this year!
Hope your day is more relaxin' to-morrow---- Lynda emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/17/2011 7:15PM

    Is that YOU jumping on the bed? emoticon

Have a good rest and a great tomorrow! emoticon

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LECATES 2/17/2011 6:29PM

    To bad you are not Mary Poppins---LOL

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SWEETLIPS 2/17/2011 5:31PM

    Remember cleaning is an exercise. Take care of you in all the midst of these things/

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PICKIE98 2/17/2011 5:01PM

    Cleaning drawers is NOT my favorite past time either.. get those eyes, fingers and knees crossed!!

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