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2nd Half of November: Thoughts & Goals

Friday, November 16, 2012

Happy Friday everyone! I am feeling a bit relieved compared to the other day. I did talk to my ex. Although things are definitely not 100% solved, I did tell him how I feel. He realizes I can't keep getting sucked into his sadness. I feel bad, but I can't keep letting him pull me in to the negativity! He did give me the Zumba dvds I have been asking him for though. I didn't get a chance to check them out to make sure they work- but hopefully they do!

WOW!!! It is almost Thanksgiving! I will be going to my Aunt's house for dinner next week. I am going to bring my own plate with chicken sausage, a plain sweet potato, and plain string beans. My Aunt will only be having candied sweet potatoes & green bean casserole. I will feel silly bringing my own food - but I don't eat turkey & I don't want to upset my stomach by making myself eat the veggies I don't normally eat. I am not worried about going over calories that day - I just don't want to have a stomach episode with my family there!! I won't be having any dessert except for the Pumpkin Spice Muffins I am baking & bringing - and maybe Jello if they have it.

The Fall 5% Challenge ends December 1st! I can't believe half of November is over already! 86.2 pounds gone so far! This challenge has definitely pushed me! Once it is over, I am going to make another goal to get to my 155 healthy weight. I still can't believe I have not had french fries for 8 weeks already!! I started not having them when I first made my challenge goals. I haven't cheated at all & I am so glad. Two more weeks until the challenge is over. I hope I don't start going back to eating them all the time. I HOPE I just have one or two of someone elses.. but I don't want to order them myself anymore.

I didn't end up signing up for a Turkey Trot because of how much training I missed while being sick. If I do want to do a 5K for Thanksgiving, I will do one on my own at the park!

Goals to be met by December 1st:

-Stay within calories ranges
-Lose another 1.5 pounds to reach my 5% weight loss goal
-Do Zumba 4 times (either in class or dvd)
-Re-start 5K training - my next 5K is 12/8!
-Walk on the treadmill Twice (hopefully making myself do it will make me do it more often)
-Add more veggies to my meals so I don't struggle at the end of the day to meet calories
-Try 2 new Spark Recipes
-Stay Positive & Don't give into the Negativity!
-Open my own Savings Account
-Get most of my Christmas Shopping done

Hopefully everyone has a Spark-tacular weekend. Keep Sparking & don't give up even if you go over calories or don't get a chance to work out!

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ALICIALYNNE 11/19/2012 9:25AM

    Love the goals! Good work!

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JORDANLHALL 11/17/2012 10:45AM

    Those sound like some awesome goals! And there's nothing wrong with bringing your own plate to Thanksgiving! That's actually a pretty awesome idea! If I ever have to go to a holiday dinner this season, that's probably what I will end up doing considering my family are been fans of frying their turkey and loading the sides with butter and whatnot.

And a wise decision not to push yourself into a Turkey Trot when you're not prepared. Sometimes the healthiest choice isn't always the one you would expect. Keep up the amazing work! Woohoo, almost ninety pounds lost! That's amazing!

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CAROLIAN 11/17/2012 7:22AM

    You are doing GREAT emoticon emoticon

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MCJULIEO 11/17/2012 12:02AM

    My Oh My! All your Christmas shopping done by December 1st????!!!!

You ROCK, Girl!

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2HAMSDIET 11/16/2012 9:45PM

    We always bring food on thanksgiving and it just happens that it is healthy. It has become normal so no one asks or says a thing. Just stick with it as it is part of the new you! Looks like you have great goal set . emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 11/16/2012 8:34PM

    Great idea on bringing your own food! You rock!

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MICKEYH 11/16/2012 5:28PM

    I like that you are so confident about yourself. This is the way to go. I see how you did lost 86.2 pounds. And so proud of your determination and willing to take extra step to not to do over eat or protect your stomach to not get into trouble. Since you've started your weight loss journey, I know it was not easy. I know that more you tray, it get easier for eating healthy to getting exercise. But still there are so much temptation to get off the track. For me everyday is a challenge still. So again, i am so proud of your determination and your achievement !! You need to be proud of yourself and pat on your shoulder yourself, Congratulations !! I am right behind you.(smile))

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LIVINGFREE19 11/16/2012 5:13PM

    Great goals!
You have come so far and have done so well!
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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/16/2012 3:36PM

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You have so many blessings to celebrate on Thanksgiving Day. Have a wonderful day at your aunts.

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PENSIEVEGAZER 11/16/2012 2:54PM

    Great post. I think these are great and healthy goals. Good job, and keep it up!

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NEWNAC304 11/16/2012 2:22PM

    You're doing great!

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CAGMUAHFO2 11/16/2012 1:47PM

    So glad that you talked to him and told him how you feel. You need to do what's best for you.

I can't believe Thanksgiving is almost here either!! I'm doing most of the cooking so I'm going to have healthy choices. emoticon There is nothing wrong with bringing your own food.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 11/16/2012 1:40PM

    Great plan and goals! I think you should reconsider your decision to not do a Turkey Trot though. You can do it as a training run, and walk/run it if necessary, and I think you'll find the energy of the race very motivating. Just my two cents though.

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LYNSEY723 11/16/2012 12:57PM

    Great goals - you can do it! Keep up the hard work and have a great weekend!!!

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/16/2012 12:21PM

    You're such a great, positive, active SparkFriend! Sounds like you have everything worked out and you're doing so wonderfully I don't really have anything to add except stay strong, don't worry about bringing your own food, I've already found with my no alcohol challenge that people are reacting much more positively than I anticipated, and KEEP. IT. GOING!!!

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Have a great weekend, I probably won't be updating from Disneyland, but I'll recap on Monday!

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NKOUAMI26 11/16/2012 12:21PM

    It's awesome!!! So proud of your accomplishments! Way to go!

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IRISHGIRL3 11/16/2012 11:51AM

    Nice post! I don't think anyone will mind you bringing food - at least in my family these holidays are fairly pot-luck. Also, I'm sure they've seen the progress you've made and will completely understand.

Keep it up!

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SEATTLE58 11/16/2012 11:38AM

    You're doing so good and I admire you for trying so hard to take care of your negativity source and move on. I love your goals. They're alot like I can do except for some of the exercise with my RA. I loved all your littl emoticons! Cute, cute! That took time to do! = ) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 11/16/2012 11:12AM

    You doing awesome ! Glad you are feeling better. Nice that you stood your ground with your ex. Your feelings are validated. No problem bringing your plate - plenty of people in my family with special need diets do the same thing , no one is offended. I have no doubt you will reach your goals ! Good job on the fries! There will be many more 5k's in your future. LiL Racer emoticon

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I need a self-PUSH today!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

****Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way! I am now a Spark Motivator! Thank you!!!!!!!!! This website helps me so much. Hopefully I can help some of you too. Let me know if you need any support or help. A little goes a long way, and I am willing to help!****

When I woke up this morning, I felt a bit different. I realize I definitely need a self-push today. What is a self-push? I have no idea! I just feel like I need one to continue my life journey in the right direction. Life is crazy. Even when my day seems to be going smoothly - I try to remind myself to be prepared for anything!

My daily life is so different now. I barely get food cravings anymore (which is helpful). Unfortunately, I also don't have the urge to decide what to eat most of the time. When I go out to a restaurant, I can basically go anywhere and find something to eat. I may not be satisfied with what I order if I just get a plain house salad with no croutons & no cheese... but at least I will be happy I didn't go over calories by giving in to the craving of a cheeseburger or pizza. Sometimes I still wish my stomach would tolerate very fatty foods - I wouldn't mind going over calories if it filled my belly! Instead of worrying about going over on the tracker, I worry about going under. If I just have a salad as a meal, I usually am under my calories for the day. Even though my low end of my tracker range is at 1350 calories, sometimes after I enter my dinner I may only be at 1,000 or 1,100 for the day! I do like snacking, but I hate eating JUST to make sure I ate enough for the day. We all have our own challenges. We need to face them in our own way no matter how big or small they may be!

I need a self-push to figure out how to change my eating habits. I bring my own snacks with me everywhere I go. I can't keep putting off how to make eating easier for me!

Besides eating better, I also need a self-push in my personal life today. For as long as I can remember, I have been a nice person. Throughout my life, I have randomly gotten compliments on how patient, understanding, and thoughtful I can be. Knowing I am caring has been good & bad. Instead of making myself happy, I would always give 150% to other people to try and make their life easier. Sadly, I was upset with how my life was going. Instead of focusing on the blessings of my life, I would only see the downside of everything.

After re-discovering myself with Spark's help, I realize I need to do more for me. I broke up with my ex- fiancé in June for many reasons. He still wants to try and fix the relationship. I have tried explaining to him that I can't get back together with him right now. He mentioned being friends until I figured out what I wanted to do. Every time I see his negativity in a text or hear it in his voice, my whole mood changes drastically. I feel weak, awful, alone, and so upset. I feel bad because I know he is upset. I hate hurting him. However, I need to stop being pulled back into the dark funk.

I need a self-push today to tell him how it really is & how it is has to be. I can't keep letting him feel upset because of me. He has told me he wants me to be happy, and if I will be happier without him, he will understand. He needs to live his own life and move on. (If he reads this before I get to talk to him today - sorry!)

There are many situations people I don't want to be in. At times, I get anxious, nervous, and scared to face reality! But I know I *Need* to take this leap and figure out my life! Sometimes our lives fall off the path we thought we were destined to be on. I know I need to always be ready to set new goals for myself. I want to help others, but I also need to keep myself in mind. I need to keep smiling with the greatness in my life! Negativity changes my whole mood too much.

I need a self-push to keep moving forward!!!!!

I hope everyone has a great rest of the week. If there is something you are putting off, hopefully you can give yourself a self-push soon too and keep moving forward! Keep Sparking & keep reaching for your goals!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/20/2012 11:59AM

    You make a wonderful motivator! I feel like doing a 5k too! but lots of dreaming first but...never say never!!! emoticon emoticon

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PRINMAOTONYANE 11/16/2012 12:56AM

  Congrats on being a Spark People motivator you have being working so hard. emoticon

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EATVEGAN 11/16/2012 12:09AM

    Congratulations on becoming a SP Motivator. You are a good one. I have enjoyed the posts you have left on my SparkPage. Don't let it become an added pressure on you to be a giver. Only do as much as you feel comfortable with. That may sound weird, but put it in the back of your mind. You may need it sometime.

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/15/2012 3:56PM

    Congrats on realizing the ex-fiancee is no good for you! Some people don't figure it out till they're married, having kids, and feel trapped and locked in. You're doing what's right for YOU and never ever feel bad or apologize for that. You're not hurting him, he's choosing not to accept your feelings and your directives to him that you can't be with him anymore. He's trying to inflict HIS feelings on YOU.

He's what Captain Awkward (www.captainawkward.com) calls a "Darth Vader" boyfriend, because they can just suck the life and air right out of you with just a look, a glare, a text message.

I'm sure he has good parts, don't get me wrong, and if he does some good work on himself, he'll be a great boyfriend/fiancee/husband for someone else, but you need to be true to YOU!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/15/2012 3:00PM

    emoticon emoticon on becoming a SP Motivator. I hope you realize you have been a motivator long before this official recognition. Really! I know from personal experience. You have been SP friend who inspires me regularly KIMPY.

emoticon emoticon on a well written inspirational blog. Thank you for being so open about your personal journey. You are going through a wonderful metamorphous as you learn, modify and change you life. You have identified some critical areas in life where you have made changes for you. I am so glad for you. (I can truly relate to the one about trying to please others at a cost to yourself.)

emoticon emoticon on becoming such a positive person. It is so easy to get pulled down by negative people in our lives. And sometimes even easier to get pulled back into those old habits when we are around people who have been in our lives for a long time and with whom we have developed those habits. As some of those old relationships fade away there will be healthier ones coming down the road. I am enjoying the support and friendship in several healthy relationships after having to let go of some long but negative relationships.

You have a truly tremendous Thursday. Take care of you and you only have more to share with others.

Maria

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POMATOJUICE 11/15/2012 11:54AM

    I am so happy you are officially a SP Motivator! You have always been a motivator for me, though! Even when you get in an occassional funk, you are always looking for the positive way to fix things, and I admire that!

Sometimes it's really hard for me to push myself, but I agree that sometimes we just really need to do it. You are so upbeat, though, I have no doubt you'll manage to work through the things that are bugging you in no time!

I think it takes a lot of courage to take a stand for yourself in that type of relationship situation, and I think you are doing great :)

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CEKNIGHT 11/15/2012 10:47AM

    Congratulation on becoming a SP Motivator and keep up the great work pushing yourself. I think you are awesome.

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NUTZ4HARRY 11/15/2012 7:33AM

    Yes we all have those days of a self-push. You are doing great. Hope everything is better today.

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TATTER3 11/15/2012 6:17AM

    Stay away from toxic people...don't let them steal your time or energy. If you feel worse for being around them...then cut the ties. I am so impressed with you! Keep Sparkin'!!

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IRISHGIRL3 11/14/2012 11:34PM

    *push!*

hehe - I think we all need a self-push. What I love about this post though is that you're specifically identifying areas in which you need the push. It's much better than just floating hoping things will right themselves along the say. And as uncomfortable/painful/horrible/diff
icult it may be to make some of those changes (i.e. forcing a complete break with your ex-fiance), you're already aware that you need to do it (for you, for him). It's just pressing the button. Wouldn't it be nice to have an "Easy" button? It's hard, but I see how much you've accomplished during the past year and I know you'll be able to press the button when you're ready.

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A-NEW-TARA 11/14/2012 11:30PM

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SEATTLE58 11/14/2012 7:48PM

    emoticon on being a motivator! That takes alot of yourself to help others and others will appreciate you so much like I appreciate all the time you've taken to write this from your heart! I commend you for breaking up your realtionship. Anytime we're in a relationship with alot of negativity, the best move is to do what it takes to remove it and that's exactly what you're doing. usually is someone is negative, they just get worse and you certainly wouldn't want to live a life with someone like that! You'll end up being more healthy mentally because of making the move to remove what you've figured out to remove. You need to zero in on yourself more now like you are always helping others. I really do appreciate you! You can push forward because you know how and go back to the beginning and remind yourself of why you wanted to get more healthy to begin with. emoticon emoticon emoticon I feel the same as you, that it's alot easier to eat out than at home. It's so hard for me to know what to cook anymore! Errrr is what I say! But, we also that we have so much help right here in that dept. with everybody else in our same shoes and all the recipes, etc. emoticon emoticon

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JAXMOMMY 11/14/2012 6:47PM

    Congratulations!! You motivate me! I think you are so brave to call off your wedding so close to the time. Do you realize how many women would've gone thru with it and lived a false life and been so unhappy? I always remind clients about flying on airplanes.... They tell you if the oxygen mask falls down to place it over your nose and mouth first and then assist others. Do you understand why they tell us that? As for eating.... What about a little cheese on the salad or some grilled chicken? You can't live on lettuce alone! How about a grilled chicken sandwich with the top bun removed? Just a few things I've been doing. As a diabetic I have to eat. Stay strong my friend! Only you know what is right for you with food, with men, with life!

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LIVINGFREE19 11/14/2012 6:15PM

    That is so awesome that you are now a sparks motivator! emoticon
You have done so well on your weight loss!
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MICKEYH 11/14/2012 5:31PM

    Congrats on becoming Spark motivator !! And thank you for motivating us, Spark community.
You are so awesome. Way to go !! And keep a good work.

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ROXYZMOM 11/14/2012 4:51PM

    Congratulations! You are doing great and are obviously headed in the right direction. Trust your gut instinct.

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JENCANTA 11/14/2012 3:23PM

    First, congrats on being a motivator! Self-push is necessary at times for sure, but not always easy. Letting go of those that pull you into a negative vortex may not be easy either, but vital for self-preservation. And really, life's too short to be around all that negativity. Hang in there girly. Onward and upward! =D

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CAGMUAHFO2 11/14/2012 3:18PM

    Beautifully written!!

Pushing ourselves sometimes is needed. And as you said not just with exercising and eating right. It can happen in all aspects of our lives.

You need to be happy and healthy before you can help others, so be sure to take care of yourself and do what you need to do to make sure you are where you need to be. emoticon

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SPADABEK 11/14/2012 3:16PM

    Good for you for putting yourself first. I wish I had listened to that inner voice long before I did. I left my husband of 12 yrs about 2 yrs ago because of that same inner voice. It was such a difficult decision to make, but I figured out that he was never going to change. I still remember being so nervous just minutes before my wedding, thinking that I was making a mistake. He still wants me back, but I know that it would never work, because I already spent so much energy and so many years trying to make it work.

Hang in there...and go with your gut. This was a lesson I had to learn the hard way.

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BOILHAM 11/14/2012 3:01PM

    This quote was taken from someone else's blog that I read earlier today. I think it's appropriate for you:

"When we force ourselves to connect against our heart's desires, we create false, resentful relationships; when we disconnect from the people who deplete us, we set them free to find their tribes while we find ours."

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LYNSEY723 11/14/2012 2:08PM

    I am so happy that you have come so far in your life - emotionally and physically!! Do whatever is right for you. This is your life and YOU need to be happy! Do whatever you need to do to PUSH yourself in the direction you need to be pushed! You can do it!

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LYNSEY723 11/14/2012 2:08PM

    I am so happy that you have come so far in your life - emotionally and physically!! Do whatever is right for you. This is your life and YOU need to be happy! Do whatever you need to do to PUSH yourself in the direction you need to be pushed! You can do it!

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FITBIZZZ 11/14/2012 1:55PM

    Yes, a self-push is always good. Identifying feelings in your life with negative impact, is a fantastic push in the right direction. Great job on recognizing that! Congratulations on being a motivator. Awesome job.

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A friend told me I need to stop losing weight?

Friday, November 09, 2012

I weighed in for my 5% Fall Challenge today - 164.4! 85.6 pounds gone so far!!!!!! I am getting closer and closer to my 5% goal of 162.5. I am also close to my healthy weight goal of 155! At 155, I will have lost 95 lbs total. If I am lucky, I will get down to 150 and have 100 pounds gone. When the time comes, I will make new goals!

I don't talk about my life changes with people in my real life situation unless they bring it up. I don't want to be that obsessed person who criticizes everything everyone else does/doesn't do. Also, I don't want to be the person who won't shut up about my achievements! Only on Spark do I talk about my weight-loss all of the time!

There are a few friends I text that ask for random updates. I texted one today saying I was at 164.4. He said that is too thin & I should stop losing weight. I am 5'6 and the healthy range for my weight is 126-155. I definitely don't think 164 is too thin? I don't understand people sometimes. I didn't want to argue with the person, so I just said my goal is 155 to be at the high end of my healthy weight range... *Shrug* Then I changed the subject! I am not an expert - so I don't have any fancy schmancy facts... but does anyone think I am being unhealthy? I am not starving myself. I try to get in a bunch of veggies & fruits in a day!

I guess I have to remember.... YOU CAN'T PLEASE EVERYONE!!!

I really want to be at a healthy weight to be a healthier, happier, more fit person! I am not trying to look good in a bikini. I am not trying to look "hot" to pick up random guys. What I would like is to be a healthy young woman!

The weather is nice out today, and the 2nd half of the weekend is supposed to be nice too! I got offered a promotion at my job. I don't have a college degree (just 2 years of college). I am excited & nervous about it. They will get someone to replace me, and I will be getting new training while training them. I don't know when this will be - but I can't wait!

Although Life is stressful - we can make our own happiness. Good things do come every once in a while. We need to acknowledge the good and the bad!!! Hopefully everyone has a wonderful weekend! Keep Sparking!!!!
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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/15/2012 3:11PM

    It's not luck that will get you to 155 but it's you taking care of yourself. Great work.

It's interesting how when we have been obese/overweight people see us as too thin when we aren't necessarily at our ideal weight. I once had someone concerned about me being anorexic at 180 lbs. Imagine that. I think they see us in the light of that heavier person and the change makes us look too skinny to them when in reality we're not too thin at all.

If you doctor supports your goal then you are doing just fine. Reading your story makes me realize I can do it too. That's important for me today when I wonder if I can really get into onderland. Stuck a bit as weight loss is slowing down.



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DIANEWR1 11/14/2012 10:01AM

    Congrats to you!! One thing I've learned.....it's not about what others think you need to do!! It's about what YOU want to do!!! It's all about you!!!! emoticon

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MSGETHEALTHY35 11/14/2012 7:16AM

    Congrats on the promo!!
If you feel healthy and doc says it is good, then your goal weight is fine. As many others have said sometimes those friends and family have saw us for years at an unhealthy weight. They will have to adjust to the new you. And some are just haters lol, use those as fuel to keep going.
I like the idea of discussing my WL journey on spark only unless asked. Lately I do feel like I am just constantly talking about it. I will use my spark more as an outlet. Thanks for the ideas and you look great!! emoticon

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SAMBIDEXTROUS 11/12/2012 1:04PM

    Sometimes it just isn't worth trying to figure out what people are thinking.

I say if you feel good, then move on and don't give that friend anymore updates!

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OPTIMIST1948 11/12/2012 12:47PM

    Too funny. There is something to be said for not letting the scale dictate how you feel about yourself. But there is also something to be said about "portion distortion" and americans in general are fatter than other countries.

Congratulations on your many, many, hard earned scale victories!

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ROXYZMOM 11/12/2012 12:12PM

    You are right! You are going for a healthy bmi. Maybe he liked you and spent want anyone else to check you out??

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BUBBLEJ1 11/12/2012 1:15AM

    No one gets a say on your goal weight but you and perhaps a GP. People will always tell you to stop because they are jealous. Keep on keeping on!

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MLYN92 11/11/2012 9:57PM

    Love your blogs! It was especially nice to read because I am at the beginning of my journey to a healthier me & your story is a great motivator.

I've lost 11lbs and I feel like I tell everyone all the time, each little goal met is something I blab on and on about. Your blog has reminded me that even though I am proud of my smallest accomplishments the people who love and support me may not need to hear about every pound lost.

Congratulations on the milestones you have reached along your journey to a healthier you, and congrats on the promotion!
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WOMANATWORK1 11/11/2012 8:00PM

    Great job on the promotion and the weight loss!!! Stay true to your goals and remember that sometimes people can behave in jealous and unhealthy ways... You have all the support you need from SP, so lean on it and let the opinions of others be just that -- their opinions!

Keep SparkLing! You can do it!!!!

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FAT2GAINHEALTH 11/11/2012 7:06PM

    congrats on the promotion... sometimes when we are taking healthy steps then good things naturally come our way. the new confidence you have is showing through to your employer. btw you look wonderful and follow your goal for your weight!!!!! emoticon

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EPATTEN79 11/11/2012 11:28AM

    Congratulations on your weightloss. Keep up the good work and you will make your goals.

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GREENCAT1 11/11/2012 4:20AM

    Congratulations on your promotion - and on your weight loss! It can feel like a put down or like being judged when someone tells us that it is time to stop losing weight! Sometimes it may be that your friend is a bit threatened by your success or maybe he just doesn't see you as you see your self. Either way - just keep doing what you do!

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PAMNANGEL 11/10/2012 11:19PM

    Sometimes I think people are just so used to seeing us heavier that our getting down to a healthier weight can be a bit of an adjustment for them.

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JAXMOMMY 11/10/2012 10:45PM

    Congrats on the promotion! That is awesome! I don't think your goal of 155 is unreasonable or too skinny. Only you know that and you don't seem to have an unhealthy view of yourself or a need to be too thin! I think your response to your friend was good too. Good for you! You are rocking the weight loss and your life!

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MICKEYH 11/10/2012 11:25AM

    Congrats on your promotion at job !! Go for your dream weight and don't worry about what your friend said. Be a healthy young women of your dream !! Go for it !!

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LIFEFOUNDONARUN 11/10/2012 9:31AM

    Woo Hoo!!! Look at you go, girl!!! This is your journey, you call the shots in it. In life there will always be others who are critical of our decisions and accomplishments. It's only up to you to either listen or shrug it off. We can't please everyone!! You sound like you've done your homework on what a healthy weight is for you, so I would say shrug it off and chalk it up to either jealousy or a strange kind of compliment. Keep up your great work!! You're almost there!!

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PURPLELVR7 11/10/2012 9:04AM

    People are used to seeing us at the higher weights, so although we look better as we lose they do not see the face they used to

I weigh more that you, am 5 2 1/2 and am told I do not need to lose more
Of course I know better and keep working at it

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FAIRLIGHT914 11/10/2012 8:27AM

    Believe it or not, he was probably trying to compliment you! Think about it, everyone who has struggled with weight would want to hear they are too thin! I really don't think he meant any harm by his remark! Take it as a compliment and carry on~you are doing great! Also, keep in mind that your body will let you know when you are optimum and who knows, it may be at 156! lol

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TATTER3 11/10/2012 8:27AM

    Wow...look at all your feed back....you really struck a nerve! Keep Sparkin'!! You have to work it out for yourself!

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USMAWIFE 11/10/2012 7:35AM

    Only you know what you feel comfortable in. I am also 5 foot six and my goal weight is 140 because I am small boned

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OLIVIANIGHT 11/10/2012 6:54AM

    I love your colourful toenails!
Friends can be strangely discouraging sometimes. I think you just need to do what you did - shrug it off and keep going until YOU feel happy that your body is at optimum weight/fitness/tone.

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BISCO_ 11/10/2012 4:37AM

    Gotta do what's right for YOU!!

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SH9719 11/10/2012 12:57AM

    I had a very large fellow ref in a locker room tell me I was skinny the other day. I just crossed over from an obese BMI to overweight. I know I am not skinny. I think that today there are so many over weight and obese people that the standards for what is considered skinny have been inflated. I suspect that is part of your friends perspective. It is probably partly due to ignorance as to what is healthy and what looks ok on you. I think your motivation to weigh less for you health is the best motivation.

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AZULVIOLETA6 11/10/2012 12:14AM

    Well, I don't tell people my weight outside of SparkPeople. I only have maybe two people in my life who know with any kind of accuracy what the actual number is.

However, when I got to about 240, a friend of mine told me that I really did not need to lose much more...maybe just 10 pounds or so. I am tall and have a HUGE frame size, but no, 230 is not a healthy weight for me. :)

I took this comment as loving--she saw me as very nearly perfect, even a good 40 pounds from my goal weight. It was quite sweet. The friend who said this probably weighs 110 or so and is TINY.

The people who really care about us don't necessarily see us with clear lenses, for better or worse. It isn't always easy for them to accept that we are changing or to give us accurate feedback on how we are doing.

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KLUTERACOON 11/9/2012 11:35PM

    Congratulations! On your weight loss that is soo amazing! I am also 5'6" right now I weigh 164lbs my goal is 135 lb. I really don't tell people how much weight I have left to go because people think I am crazy!

I have been at 140 lbs before, and I was eating massive amounts of junk food, I am not that person. Now I eat super healthy so 135lb should be well with in my reach.

I think we have gotten soo used to people being over weight now, that "healthy" is the new "twiggy"

Ultimately you need to do what feels right to you and your body type. As long as your happy others comments shouldnt matter, because there will always be the majority that will tell you how amazing you look, and the few that say "you're too fat" or "too skinny"

Be happy, Be healthy :)

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NKOUAMI26 11/9/2012 10:54PM

    First of all congrats on your achievements.
Remember, you are on this journey to better yourself and not anyone else. It is great to have friends who seem concerned, but the only person who matters is you and how you feel. Also remember that sometimes, people can be jealous and or uncomfortable in their own skin so they subtly try to discourage people like us who try to live healthy lifestyles.
Keep doing you!!!
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PENSIEVEGAZER 11/9/2012 10:15PM

    Ugh that's stupid. I hate when friends are like that!!!!!
Is that too negative? haha.

The problem in the US right now is that overweight is the new normal, but it's still not healthy. You're not crazy, you're doing a good thing

And, I'm sure everyone has said this, but I like your nail polish job haha... and I couldn't see the scale at first! haha.

Keep going, you're doing fantastic.

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POMATOJUICE 11/9/2012 10:09PM

    Cute toenail polish!

I think overall we (The US, the Western World, whatever you want to call it..) has a very skewed perception of weight. Your freind may have a hard time visualizing that number! I imagine the only people that have a good idea of what numbers look like on people are those barkers at carnivals that offer to guess your weight :P We all know how awesomely "accurate" the BMI scale is, but I really do think it's good for ballparking a healthy weight. You have a goal in mind that is not unrealistic, so I don't see anything wrong with it! Whatever makes you happy, as long as you aren't hurting yourself or other people, right?

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KAPELAKIN 11/9/2012 9:46PM

    You're just fine! I'm about 5'9" and my goal is 155 as well. At 162, I estimate my body fat at around 26%, and I'd really like to see it closer to 20%. Anywhere down to about 148 would be fine for me at my height. I think people have just gotten so used to a majority of the population being overweight or obese that it is somewhat startling to see someone at a healthy weight. You have a very healthy attitude, and I think that you will know when you are the right maintenance weight. A body fat measurement can be more useful than scale weight once you start getting close to your goal.

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EATVEGAN 11/9/2012 9:29PM

    I was losing weight a few years ago when a female friend said "Be careful, you don't want to lose too much." I am 5'2" and at the time weighed 175#. She would have fainted dead away if she got on the scale and weighed as much as 175#. People just say stupid things. Ignore him.

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CEKNIGHT 11/9/2012 8:12PM

    You do what you need to do for you. I had someone on FB tell me that today and I have 26 pounds to lose just to get to my goal weight of 210 which is what I weighed when i did the body building contest. I have to get down to 189 of lower to have a healthy BMI and I'm not sure I will ever be there again but we'll see. I think some people tell you things like that as a way of complimenting you. At least that is the way I try to look at it. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Than you for all your encouragement and for being such a wonderful SpakFriend.
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KRISTEN_SAYS 11/9/2012 7:35PM

    That drives me nuts. I try my best to ignore people who tell me I'm "too skinny." Congrats on your weight loss and your promotion!

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LANEYTHEGIRL 11/9/2012 7:34PM

    I think men in their minds prefer curvy women but they don't know what that means in reality. I know he's just a friend but I'm sure he's noticed how you look in more than a friend way. It sounds like he's imagining in his mind you as a skinny, bony unhealthy looking creature. I think it was his way of saying "But I think you look great and I'm afraid of change." Do what makes you feel comfortable. Ignore the rest.

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COMPUCATHY 11/9/2012 7:28PM

    It does not sound like you are getting "too thin." I'm 5'5 and the lowest I have achieved on this journey (though trying to make my way back there now) is 158...and it was definitely not too thin. I think the fact that the comment came from a guy might have something to do with it. For a guy to get down into the 160's is thin. They have more muscle and are more solid than we are...and they weigh more. So, maybe he doesn't have a good handle on what women weigh. Keep up the good work! I think you're doing great! Thanks for the inspiration! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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MCJULIEO 11/9/2012 6:23PM

    You are doing so great!

Maybe your friend just thought (this is a guy, right?) that 164 is too low of a number (and usually, for a guy, it is, since with their higher muscle mass they tend to weigh more)

Congrats on the job offer! You GO, girl!

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CANES4EVER63 11/9/2012 6:15PM

    Ultimately, it is up to you. But just remember, it's JUST about the number on the scale. BMI is just a guideline to follow, it does not account for muscle mass. So if you are happy with where you are RIGHT now, then go into maintenance! But if you think you'll be happier at 155 (because you'll love your body, NOT because that number will mean you are "healthy") then keep going!

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CJADERUN 11/9/2012 5:30PM

    This showed up in my newsfeed and I was curious.

I am just shy of 5'7", and weigh in at 143.5. Part of that is definitely muscle mass. I look healthy. Skinner than some, but no one has said that I am "too skinny."

So you are JUST FINE. Especially if you feel fine. Just eat right and exercise regularly and don't worry about it.

Congrats on your weight loss, and way to go for all your hard work!

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/9/2012 5:07PM

    Congrats!! And ignore your friend! :-) You're the only one who knows how you feel. If you're cold and tired all the time, hungry, having bad breath (ketosis), and growing hair where you've never grown hair, then you're entering starvation mode and you should be careful. As long as you're able to do everything you want to do, enjoy your life, and still feel like you could lose a couple? Do it!

When I was in college I got down to 145 in an unhealthy manner. But the reason I gained all that weight back (and more!) was because my boyfriend started making fun of me, calling me a bag of bones, I no longer was pretty to him, etc...Of course NOW I realize that was all his problem! At 5'4" and seeing my pictures from back then, I was not too thin at all, I just should have gotten there a better way!

Only you can know what's right for you. Just do that and the rest will follow!

Have a great weekend!

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LYNSEY723 11/9/2012 4:56PM

    Don't listen to what anybody else says about your weight loss as long as you are losing weight in a HEALTHY way, you are doing nothing wrong! Now, if you were starving yourself or doing month long juice fasts I might say you need to rethink your approach, but you are being smart about weight loss and just working to get to a healthy weight! You are doing fantastic - don't let anybody tell you otherwise!

Have a great weekend!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 11/9/2012 4:19PM

    I am so proud of your accomplishments Kimpy, both weight and promotions. Keep it up. Sometimes our worst enemies are the ones who are closest to us. I'm so glad the 5% goal challenge is working. Can't weight myself to weigh in this week. I was doing well then went on vacation and gained what I lost plus then some. Now I am trying to lose it again. I will be happy if at the end of the challenge I weigh one lb less then when I started. I am 5'5" and my goal weight is 135-145. So I agree with the others. TELL YOUR FRIEND TO SHOVE IT!

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NEWNAC304 11/9/2012 4:11PM

    What does your doctor say about your weight? I think if you feel good and want to keep losing then go for it.

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JACKIE542 11/9/2012 3:59PM

    You know what you are doing. You know the saying you can't please everyone so you got to please yourself. You look healthy and feel good and that is a plus.
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OHANAMAMA 11/9/2012 3:58PM

    Is your friend overweight? Just wondering because jealousy could react like that... if not, then who cares what he thinks. I think 155/150 sounds great on a 5'6" frame. I'm an inch taller and I want to be 145. Acutally 138 is the MIDDLE of my healthy weight range.
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STODD251 11/9/2012 3:53PM

    I think 155 is a healthy goal. I'm 5'7" and my goal is 145. However, I think healthy is about way more than a number on the scale. I've been 145 before and it was unhealthy. All I was eating were cucumbers and chocolate milk. This time around, I am eating well-balanced meals and exercising regularly, so if I get to 145 again, I will still be healthy. However, I'm also taking one day at a time and perfectly willing to consider that I might be healthy at 155 and able to stop there. I think you're doing the right thing. 155 is a healthy sounding goal and you did choose that number for good reasons.

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JERSEYGIRL24 11/9/2012 3:43PM

    I agree with Alicia - tell your friend to shove it!!!

I don't know why people feel compelled to throw their 2 cents in. Sounds like this person may be jealous.

Actually, years ago I took aerobic dance classes (Jacki Sorenson), and the instructors had to stay at an acceptable weight to keep their jobs. They would have weekend conventions before the start of each new session to weigh in and to learn the new routines. Anyway, the definition of acceptable was this: 100 for the first 5 feet of height and 5 lbs. more for each additional inch. Partial inches were rounded up, and I have NO idea how strict they were (i.e. did you lose your job if you were 1 lb. over your acceptable weight). One of the instructors told us that they would weigh in at the beginning of the session and spend the rest of the weekend pigging out.

I know I am rambling, but I recently saw that criteria recently in some other context. For me, at 5'10", that would mean 150 lbs., which may not be doable. For you, at 5'6", that would be 130 lbs. So it would seem to me that 155 as a goal is definitely not too low. Of course, I have never met you, but you look pretty good in your pictures, so I would think that 155 is reasonable.

You are right, you can't please everyone, so you have to please yourself (from Ricky Nelson's "Garden Party").

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SDLEE514 11/9/2012 3:41PM

    Congrats!!! and as far as your friend saying that, the ONLY thing you should be concerned about is your health and your health alone so if you've been losing it in a healthy manner, and it appears you are, than end of discussion. and congrats on the promotion too! emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 11/9/2012 3:35PM

    You pick what you want for a healthy weight and leave it at that. You don't have to explain that to anyone!
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ALICIALYNNE 11/9/2012 3:33PM

    Tell your friend to shove it!

I'm a firm believer in going by how one feels in their own skin. Your ideal weight is the weight at which you feel your best. The number isn't the same for everyone, and it may not be within the "healthy" range on a chart. Every body is a unique organism.

Do you feel like you should lose a bit more to be healthier? Than yes, you should keep losing. Your body will let you know when you are in the right place!

And CONGRATS on the additional loss! WOOHOO! When does the 5% challenge end? You are so close!

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15 months on Spark so I created 15 reasons how Spark has inspired me to be a better person

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

When I checked my e-mail this morning, I saw so many Spark e-mails! I can't believe I was featured as a Popular Blog on the Spark mailer! Woohoo!

THANK YOU so much to everyone who has posted on my blog, sent me a message, and commented on my page. Usually I get 10-20 posts on the blogs I make. I appreciate every single one, and I try to write back and read other blogs when I can! If I get the chance, hopefully I get through all of them later tonight or tomorrow! Halloween was postponed from last week, so kids may come around tonight. However... it has been snowing all day! So parents may not want their kids out in the snow. First it was Hurricane Sandy. Now there is Nor-easter Athena!

I honestly cannot say thank you enough to every single person on this site who I have come in contact with! Every member has been supportive, kind, caring, and unique in their own way. I have never met an online community like this before. Each of us has our own programs, techniques, and goals - yet we are all here because we are trying to better ourselves!

I have some free time at work today, so I am going to write some reasons how the great tools on this site have changed my life - for the better! I wouldn't be how I am today without this website! I used to have no goals and felt negative all of the time. I feel more alive now than I ever did before. There are many goals I reached already, and there are more I KNOW I Will reach because of Spark!

I have had 15 months on Spark so far so I created 15 reasons how Spark has made me to be a better person:

1. Happiness Articles – I now feel more confident with myself. Somehow I am more approachable by people I don't know. I walk around with a smile more often now! These articles have opened my eyes & helped me become happier on a daily basis. I have figured out many ways to relieve stressful situations, and I have tried to stay positive instead of being negative all the time!

2. Food Tracker – I rely on this tool the most! I have so many favorite foods saved, but I also have a lot of different foods I look up all the time! I even use the Smartphone App constantly when I can’t get to the computer! Even while I was sick and not on the computer, I used my phone to make sure I was eating enough. I don’t just track my calories. The other ranges (fat, protein, carbs, etc) are hard to master, but I am still tweaking my diet to try to stay within all of them every day!

3. Fitness Tracker & Articles & Videos– I use this much more now. A couple of months ago, something changed within me again & I wanted to exercise more! My daily eating habits were mostly under control, and I wanted to start working out more. It was harder to lose weight, and the working out has helped me a lot more! I want to be more fit instead of just “skinnier”. The Fitness Articles provide some awesome information too! The SparkVideos have really helped me at home. I have been doing the 6 minute butt buster & 15 minute ab workout a lot more recently! Thanks Coach Nicole!

4. Spark Teams – I am on several Spark Teams. I mostly just focus on three of them right now, but I do enjoy them all. The forum posts, team spirit, and challenges have really helped me create new goals for myself the past few months!

5. Challenges – I was invited to my first Spark Challenge not too long ago. I was set in my ways before I started the challenge – and they really opened my eyes to becoming more dedicated to myself! Not just with losing weight, but with other aspects too! I had to replan my days to have less calories, more workouts, and new goals! Even if I don’t reach my goals, I am much happier because of the support of my teams!

6. Map Routes – I have so many saved routes now! Even if I go somewhere new, I love the fact that I can come home and track the mileage of where I was just at!

7. Nutrition Articles - I actually read the articles and share my knowledge with my friends, co-workers, and family members. Reading these articles actually give me more reason to eat the healthy foods. They are fresh in my mind, so I am more likely to eat them!

8. Success Pages – Whenever I am feeling down about myself, I read other member’s stories. So many of us have made super transformations! We all have highs & lows in our journeys, and reading about others really helps me out!

9. Recipes & Recipe nutrition calculator – I use the Spark recipes all the time! I don’t use every one, but I do get a lot of great ideas. I tweak each one to my own. I love the recipe nutrition calculator also! This definitely helps track things easier!

10. Water Tracker – I don’t use this as much anymore, because I naturally go for water. When I first started with Spark, I used to track each cup! It definitely helped me have enough each day!

11. My Own Blogs – My blogs are a way for me to express myself. Sometimes I try to give advice while other days I ask for some! I love the encouragement from all of the members! Without the push from other members, I don’t think I would ever have done a 5K or Zumba! Thank you! There are so many things I don't talk to the people in my daily lives about - but I can talk about all of my nutrition and fitness ideas with Spark!

12. Member Blogs – Member blogs are the best! Some blogs contain one sentence while others have 20 pictures – I enjoy all of them! Even the ones that just have cute cat pictures – they are all great! I don’t always have the best advice, but if I do have some I try to give it where I can! Every comment I get on my page keeps me pushing harder, so I try to return the favor when I can!

13. Virtual 5K – I love this part of the site! I have a nice log of all of my 5K times! It definitely pushes me to start doing 5K on my own (without going to an event).

14. Trophies – This part of the website helps me in a strange way. Some of my goals now include receiving the 1,000 fitness trophy! It does sound a bit odd, but I am glad it helps me out! I also appreciate all of the support from my friend feed comments & likes!

15. Spark points, Login & Bonus Wheels – I know it sounds silly, but Sparkpoints really do push me to do more! I get points for using most features on this site. The more things I do, the more points I get! I can use the points to buy other members Sparkgoodies! I also love the different Spark Levels from the points you get! I won 1,000 SparkGoodie points on the wheel before! I bought all of my Sparkfriends a goodie to show my support!

There are so many other things I use on this site so much. I feel like I am only addicted to the food tracker! I am definitely not ready to go out on my own and eat without the tracker! I also like to know what my Sparkfriends are up to!

Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the week. I get to go home in 30 minutes & drive in the snow. It was melting before, but now the sun went down. I can see it sticking to the ground and cars now. Booo. Oh well! It happens!

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FAIRLIGHT914 11/9/2012 10:39AM

    You are such an inspiration!!! Have a beautiful day! emoticon emoticon

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BRONZNCOLOR 11/9/2012 12:47AM

    Thanks for the message I truly enjoyed it. Congratulations on your success I can't wait to right my I did it blog.

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ALICIALYNNE 11/8/2012 9:50AM

    LOVE YOU!!!

I am very proud of you for all that you have accomplished! Spark has been the tool, but YOU are the one who harnessed that tool to help you get to YOUR goals! You're awesome!

Oh- and I'm with you on all of your 15 points, but especially the points thing! Why on earth does it become so important to get to spin that bonus wheel every day?? Seriously, if I don't get enough points to spin it, it's sad!

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What a great idea! You are doing so well, and you look FANTASTIC!

I'm so happy for you!!

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MCJULIEO 11/7/2012 8:27PM

    Congrats on your being chosen as a Featured Blog! You SO deserve the honor!

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MICKEYH 11/7/2012 7:57PM

    emoticon too !! We may not know each other and never met in life, but when I read people's blog, I can relate to it and understand what they are going thru. I feels that I am yours and their friend. Thanks for the great blog and so inspiring to Spark community.

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KARASU_888 11/7/2012 6:41PM

    You and your blogs are a big source of motivation and inspiration for me. I may not say it much because I don't have a lot of time to send notes, but I'm so glad I stumbled across your page! Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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LIVINGFREE19 11/7/2012 6:24PM

    I can't believe there's another storm cming in the Northeast again!
SP is awesome, and I'm glad it has helped you in so many ways also!
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EPATTEN79 11/7/2012 5:59PM

    SparkPeople is awesome. I'm glad I've stumbled upon your blog. Keep up the good work.

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    Sparkpeople is an amazing site and it has helped me in soooo many ways too. And yes, all the people on here are very supportive and encouraging. emoticon emoticon

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/7/2012 5:36PM

    Well said!!!
Many of us of so much to thank SP for.
Have a great day.

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    You are just too cool little lady! Happy for you!!! Way to go!!!
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Happy Tuesday everyone! 83.4 lbs gone so far!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Hi-ya Sparkfriends!

November 5th already! Wow! I feel so behind in my exercise for this month because of being sick. I am on my second round of antibiotics. I missed Zumba last week because I was sick & also because the facility had no power. I don't think I am going this Thursday either because I don't want to over-do it. I have been walking a bit, but nothing too crazy until I get all better!

While I was sick, I mostly laid around and caught up on TV shows. My back was bugging me a bit, so I baked cookies one day and muffins another! I tried out this pumpkin spice muffin weight watchers recipe from a co-worker. (RECIPE BELOW). They turned out pretty good, and I even had one! I didn't have any cookies! I made baked apples last night as a snack for my parents and myself. They really enjoyed it. I also stopped at Redbox and rented Snow White & The Huntsman because my parents never saw it. I picked up some flowers and the tea bags my Mom likes the best to cheer her up a bit. She has been feeling down lately, and since I was actually out of the house, I wanted to do something nice for her.

Yesterday was tough at work. I didn't have a ton to do, but I was still tired at the end of the day because of lounging for so much over the weekend. It also stunk because of how dark is was at 5:30!!!! I remembered why I don't like the time change - it is dark when I leave work now! I am still coughing and clearing my throat a lot, but I do feel a lot better. Mentally I feel awesome. I have a lot of energy in my mind & I feel pretty happy and upbeat. I just want to get all of the sickness out!

I now weigh-in at 166.6! I may actually reach my 5% weight loss goal by Dec 1st! I have to be at 162.5 to get my Fall Challenge goal! Four more pounds! yikes! My BIG goal is still 155 - healthy weight for my height! I know I will get there one day. I don't have a set date yet of when I want to reach this goal... once the fall challenge is over, maybe I will sit down and really figure out a real goal date! I just don't want to push myself too much and then feel discouraged if I don't make the goal! I have reached most of my goals so far, but to be at 155 lbs is what is really motivating me the most!

I hope everyone has a lovely rest of the week! Keep Sparking!
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Pumpkin Spice Muffin Recipe:
1 box Spice Cake Mix
15 oz non-spiced pumpkin puree
1 cup water or 1/2 water with one egg

Blend together the cake mix, pumpkin, and water (and egg). Spray the muffin tin and fill each halfway. You could use liners, but the muffins are very moist, and they usually stick to the liners. The egg makes the muffins more cake-like. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.






  
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SUPERSYLPH 7/4/2013 11:47AM

    Yummy!

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  Your goodies look delicious! Congrats on the weightloss!

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  Muffins look delicious!

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  great job. Cookies look great and taste good as well.

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EFFRAYECHILDE 11/18/2012 7:27PM

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NEWCHINELO 11/17/2012 3:49PM

    Keep pushing!

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HYATTI1 11/13/2012 12:47PM

    It looks great will have to try the them out.

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JIBBIE49 11/11/2012 5:32PM

    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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DANIELLE2013 11/11/2012 3:30PM

    The muffins and cookies look delicious

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TEACHING1ST 11/11/2012 2:35PM

    Congrats on a job well done...and I made muffins/cookies using a chocolate fudge cake mix because I had one on hand last week....all the teachers raved about it!

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POSITIVEMARINA 11/11/2012 2:30AM

    proud of you and thanks for the recipe! xx

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AMBREGOFF 11/10/2012 9:45PM

    I am going to try your cookie recipe. Looks Yummie

ASG

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GRAMMAP1 11/10/2012 12:09AM

    I would be so pleased to make the progress you are.

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JOANNHUNT 11/9/2012 9:43PM

    emoticon for the recipe. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JPANNELL0 11/9/2012 4:55PM

    Great blog and very inspiring! Keep up the great work! Those muffins look yummy by the way!

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SLIMLEAF 11/9/2012 12:01PM

    What a great achievement! emoticon

I can only begin to imagine what it must feel like to have lost so much weight and be so close to your goal. It's really encouraging to hear about people who have proved that 'very difficult' might still be 'possible'.

Keep up the good work!

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WATCHINW8 11/9/2012 11:03AM

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LEANMEAN2 11/9/2012 6:46AM

    Thanks for sharing. Those muffins and cookies look too good!

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SLIMINDOWN31 11/9/2012 12:24AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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CHARTHESTAR 11/8/2012 8:02PM

    have to give our bodies time to heal themselves. Be patient- and your time will come!

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NAOLEE 11/8/2012 6:27PM

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DANABYTHESEA 11/8/2012 2:54PM

    emoticon Keep up the great work~ Your muffins sound yummy. I'm going to try them today~

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STHOMAS1009 11/8/2012 12:01PM

    You are looking great, Kim! I can't wait to be where you are. emoticon

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HORSESX4 11/8/2012 11:31AM

    You go girl. emoticon

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ME_B4_INSANITY 11/8/2012 10:31AM

    how inspiring

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STRANGER70127 11/8/2012 10:29AM

    You look so beautiful!!! Woo Hoo!!! emoticon

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DONNALEE24 11/8/2012 10:26AM

    God bless your positive efforts emoticon

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52114ME 11/8/2012 9:06AM

    Great job!
Feel better soon.


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WALLINMW 11/8/2012 8:53AM

  Congrats! Stay motivated!

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WALLINMW 11/8/2012 8:52AM

  Congrats! Stay motivated!

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DEBLYNN323 11/8/2012 8:24AM

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NEWTINK 11/8/2012 7:14AM

    I will have to try that recipe , sounds yummy... I think you will make your goal when you are ready and when you least expect it. Good luck

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JERICHO1991 11/8/2012 6:22AM

    Thanks for the recipe and pics. Great job reaching your healthy weight goal also.

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CALOKIE 11/8/2012 12:48AM

    You are the emoticon , pat yourself on the back.

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MISSLISA1973 11/7/2012 11:50PM

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Thanks for serving as a positive example! I'm on SparkPeople tonight filling my mind with inspirational stories to help me get my mind right. Thanks for being one of those stories!
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SHAZG321 11/7/2012 10:56PM

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LIBBYL1 11/7/2012 10:38PM

  yum

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WHITEANGEL4 11/7/2012 10:27PM

    Things seem to be going in your Direction. Keep it up, we all have challenges and they are best worked out in time

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ROCKYCPA 11/7/2012 9:59PM

    Good for you - congrats on the weight loss!

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COCHRANE0511 11/7/2012 9:24PM

    Congratulations on your goal achievement! emoticon

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MSGO72 11/7/2012 9:22PM

  emoticon and thanks for the recipe

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