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Oh Christmas tree.....oh Christmas tree....

Monday, December 14, 2009

I'm really slow this year getting my house ready for Christmas. I'm not even sure why. I got the tree up right away but I didn't bring any of the other decorations up from the basement because I didn't have much time. The tree turned out really nice. I decided to use tinsel this year instead of garland. I thought it would be so nice and twinkly! Which it is.......

Well we had a little issue this morning. We have a ceiling fan in the living room and for some strange reason......it decided to turn on by itself this morning! At full speed!!! Needless to say I had tinsel everywhere!!! I wonder how many calories you burn picking up tinsel from all over the room.....LOL! How well....everything has been righted.

I got my Christmas cards done last night....and I have to start buying presents soon. I can't believe I haven't started .....I am always done by now. Oh well.

A little everyday. And whatever doesn't get done.....doesn't get done!

By the way, here is my grand daughter Aubrey and her daddy, Clinton. I got to spend some real quality time with her on Saturday! It was great! She is such a joy!

Have a great day!!



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VICUNJA 12/17/2009 9:23AM

    *LOL* I can just picture the tinsel going everywhere - must've looked like magic! emoticon

Gorgeous granddaughter you have. emoticon

Good luck with the present buying and card writing. I'm WAY over all that - just have a few pressie to wrap and that's that, all done and ready for the big day! I'm as excited as they get! emoticon

Joanie x

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DEEGIRL50 12/17/2009 7:21AM

    Sorry about the fan... I was sending you warm wishes, but I didn't expect they would turn on your fan!

You have everything you need for Christmas... a happy family!
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BUDDY_LOVE 12/16/2009 9:14AM

    What a beautiful tree & gorgeous grand daughter!

I know what you mean about shopping. I use to always have mine done by July! This year I lucked out in that my family is not exchanging gifts so I don't have to buy any this year! For my husbands family, we've just one more gift to get & we'll be finished.

Now we can sit back and enjoy the season!

Hope you have a good one.


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ELLENIRENE 12/16/2009 7:04AM

    Your tree is beautiful.
Have fun with your granddaughter. Christmas is a wonderful time of year.

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P316LEIA 12/15/2009 10:26AM

    Great picture of your son & granddaughter!! Kids make Christmas so much fun!!!

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MSLZZY 12/15/2009 10:10AM

    Ah, the mysteries of the ceiling fan! Glad the tinsel was easy to pick up! Lots of bending at the waist but your tree looks gorgeous! Have a great day!

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NANCY- 12/15/2009 8:23AM

    It's not the decorations but what is in our hearts.
Enjoy the season.

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STOPTHECRAVING 12/15/2009 7:08AM

    I can't put tinsel on my tree. I own cats. Your tree is lovely. You'll get what you need done and you'll have a great Christmas! I just know it!

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MYRENAISSANCE09 12/14/2009 10:26PM

  Your tree is beautiful! I agree, we do what we can, what doesn't get, simply doesn't get done. I bought cards this year and I am determined to send some out. I better get to it, huh? Thanks for the reminder!

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DWROBERGE 12/14/2009 10:20PM

    Christmas is a great time for grandchildren.

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My Grown up Christmas List with a SparkPeople twist.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


This is one of my favorite Christmas songs sang by the incredible Amy Grant. And every year at this time, I like to think about what I would like on my own personal Christmas list. This year I thought it might be fun to put a SparkPeople twist in it. So I am going to tell you what My Grown Up Christmas List with a twist is and I would love to here yours.

Are you up to the Challenge?

Here is the traditional song/list:

No more lives torn apart; so wars would never start
And time will heal all hearts.

Everyone would have a friend and right would always win,
And love would never end.

This is my Grown Up Christmas List.

My version:

No more diet stops and starts; success would be our spark.
And we'll all have healthy hearts.

Everyone would have a friend, hearts and hands will join again.
and compassion never ends.

This is my Grown Up Christmas (with a Sparkpeople twist) List.

In all seriousness.

1. I wish for consistant weight loss.
2. I wish for good health.
3. I wish for continuing friendships.
4. I wish to run up stairs.
5. I wish for success for everyone.

This is my grown up Christmas List.

What do you wish for???


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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/14/2009 4:25PM

    great mine is the same list as yours plus a good health for me and my family.

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BUDDY_LOVE 12/12/2009 11:50AM

    my grown up christmas list is not as inspirational as your's. It was actually pretty simple. I wanted Sir Elton John & Billy Joel concert tickets. However that's not to be. I went to order them & the ticket price the television station stated was sorely understated. By about $150!!! Sooo...looks like I'll have to come up with something else. But truth be told...I have everything I want. I have a roof over my head, food in my belly & a husband & family who love me.

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FORMYDARLINGS 12/12/2009 12:34AM

    You know Keri, Every year in November, I demand a list from my children and their spouses and from my husband. I run like a mad woman filling all the stockings and come December 24th, realize I neglected my on wishes. This year to come, I wish for as you say consistancy. Not just in my weightloss but in my life. If I can achieve a consistant lifestyle I can also include that wightloss. So this year I ask for consistency, That's all.


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RUTHIEBEAR 12/11/2009 10:24AM

    I love your grown up Christmas list. I wish you every success in achieving your goals. I am going to work on my list now. thanks for inspiring me.

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NANCY- 12/11/2009 9:04AM

    Great list Keri!

I wish for my healthy life style changes to stick.
I wish for consistency.

That's just a start.


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ELLENIRENE 12/11/2009 8:00AM

My own spark-related list
to reach goal
stay healthy

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DEEGIRL50 12/10/2009 7:56PM

    Nobody can match you Kerri, but I'll give it a shot!!

No more feeling worn out; clothes that fit without a doubt,
and time to care for all my parts.

Everyone would have a friend and healthy food we'd be a cravin, And pounds would be a droppin.

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ID_VANDAL 12/10/2009 6:30PM

    Wow Keri - that's a great post. Hard to add to the list but I'm up to the challenge so how about:

No more job layoffs and a growing healthy economy

Politians who really put the country first and themselves last

That everyone finds the spark they need

No one drops out

I'll have to come back to see the list grow.

Great idea!

Take care



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VGIMLET 12/10/2009 6:12PM

    Nice blog.

I think everyone wishes for peace on earth, no one going hungry, etc.

My own spark-related list -
I wish for continued success on my plan.
Success for all.
To stay healthy.
To keep expanding my horizons.

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It came upon a midnight clear.

Monday, December 07, 2009

If you have noticed that I haven't been as active here lately; you are not mistaken. I have been taking some time to reflect and think about my weight loss journey and the steps I want to take to continue the process.

If you read my blog from November 15, you know that my husband has been encouraging me to get a lap band. I have never been a big fan of that type of medical intervention. But in all fairness, I decided to do research on it and make an educated decision on it.

I have been reading on the internet, peeking around spark teams devoted to those subjects, and just last week I went to a seminar about lap bands and gastric bypass.

The only thing I can tell you for certain right now is that personally, I could never have the gastric bypass. It's just not for me.

Now, I'm still not sure about the lap band. I think it could be a good tool. It's not an easy solution. I was surprised when listening to the procedure and requirements after, a lot of the principles that are important to the success of this tool are also Becks principles. I didn't see that coming. But it sure made sense.

I guess when it comes down to it; getting the lap band is the equivalent of willpower. You have no choice but to do it right. Your body won't let you do otherwise.

So, I can honestly tell you, I still haven't decided what I'm going to do. I would rather do it on my own, but if I can't, this would be a viable option. I'm in no hurry to decide.....it's a big decision.

So I will continue to focus on Becks principles and I am doing another challenge to lose 12 pounds this month. (Of course the christmas party for my brother in the service ......yesterday.........did NOT help my cause! But it didn't defeat me either.) So I hope to be back to my spunky self soon.

I hope you are having a great day!!!!


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VICUNJA 12/9/2009 12:43PM


Just wanted to tell you that my GP referred me for the lap band in the Spring of 2007. I didn't know at the time that I was actually pg, but obviously soon found out, so it was postponed.

In January 2009, I hit rock bottom - not because I was fatter than ever or more depressed than ever or anything else specific like that really. I guess I had just had enough of being unhappy with and unkind to myself. It was then I was "referred" to SparkPeople by a mate, and slowly but surely and without any hesitation began my journey.

In May 2009, when I finally had the pre-op appt. for the lap band, I'd already lost 40lbs! Today, I'm no longer eligible for the op.

Tomorrow, it's 11 months since I took my first steps towards a better me (not just a slimmer and healthier me! That, as it turns out, is simply a sideeffect of looking after myself!) - and my toal loss stands at 92.6lbs - just 23.8lbs away from being "normal" weight!!!

There's nothing "special" about me and until January I never thought I could do this. But I'm glad I found the belief in myself and the worth in myself.

I have learned so much that no surgery in the world could've taught me.

And thinking that the surgery will "force" you to behave differently with food is wrong. At the pre-op appt. I went to we were given the statistics - about half of those who've had stomach ops - ncluding the gastric bypass - regain the weight they lose within 5 years. Better odds than most weight-losses, but still not great.

Anyways, I'm not here to tell you not to have the op. I'm just here to tell you that the powere lies within you no matter if you have the op or not. Only YOU can lose the weight and keep it off. No band can do that for you.

Wishing you all the best on your journey, hon, and please never stop believing that you are worth it and that you can do it!


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LUCKYDUCK2 12/8/2009 2:06PM

    Excellent! Research is such a good idea. So many jump into something believing it is THE answer but it a A TOOL and we still need to work it for success. Whatever you decide , you will be informed and successful.

I hope you are feeling better. Hugs

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NANCY- 12/8/2009 8:22AM

    Keri, you are wise in taking your time to decide.
Your post helped me out. Sharing what you heard in the seminar about it is not just a procedure, there is another component similar to Beck's.
This told me I am on the right track. I'd still have to learn to do the Beck Stuff, so I need to work on my commitment, and be more dedicated.

Thanks so much for sharing.

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ID_VANDAL 12/7/2009 11:02PM

    Hi Keri, I can't add much to this conversation except to say I think you're doing doing it right - lots of research and not rushing into it. As the other sparkers said this has to be the right decision for you!

Take it slow and be comfortable either way. In the meantime practice Beck's everyday and maybe that will make the decision for you!

You take care!



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BUDDY_LOVE 12/7/2009 10:50PM

    I had the opportunity to do the gastric bypass when I injured my back 3 yrs ago and I wanted to do it but my husband was against it. He has never known anyone who got good results from it....they all ended up with serious complications & in worse shape health-wise than before they started. Me on the other hand...my sister had it & did fine, & I've had several co-workers in the past who had it done & had no problems. but I couldn't convince him otherwise. so instead I went with a diet clinic & as long as I stayed with the clinic & paid out the A$$ for it...I lost weight & did great. But then I had to quit working due to my injury, hubby lost his job at Boeing during the sale (of boeing)...our $4500 a month income dropped down to $1200 a month. That's how much it cost me in food & classes for 3 months at the clinic--approx $1200. After quitting the clinic, I maintained my weight for about a month & then all the foods 'outside the box' started creeping back in & it wasn't long before i gained back the 64 pounds I lost in 9 months AND gained an additional 18. I can honestly say...in 10 yrs of marriage this is the only time I wish I had gone against my husbands wishes. I really wished I would have had the surgery. I still long for it today! But now, because my health is no longer an issue, insurance won't cover it & I can't afford it on my own.

Any surgery is taking a risk. It doesn't matter what it's for...there's always risk. and just because you have the surgery...that doesn't give you leeway to eat what you want, thinking the band will stop you from eating more. It doesn't work like that (but you've researched it so u probably know better than I!)...you can still gain weight with the gastric bypass or the lapband. so you still have to be able to control what you eat & how much you eat of it.

The comment that got to me was my husband saying..."if you can't stop yourself from eating whatever you want now, what's to stop you from doing it after the surgery?"

But i still wished I would have had it!

Good Luck in your decision making. I know it's got to be hard choice.


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MSLZZY 12/7/2009 10:22PM

    Make the decision that is best for you! The lap band is a great tool but it does have it's own set of adjustments. One of my good friends had the surgery and it has helped tremendously but it does have drawbacks too. Good luck!

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FORMYDARLINGS 12/7/2009 4:42PM

    Whatever you choose, it will be the right option for you. I too have been reviewing this past year and find myself terribly disappointed by the outcome. I have some serious changes to make before this train wreck gets any worse. Thank you for all your help this year and keep being the inspiration that is you,


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It's beginning to look a lot like......Goal Setting????

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Disclaimer: I love this time of year! I love December, Advent, Christmas and everything that comes with it! And my blogs are going to be laced with the holiday spirit! You have been warned! Scrooges go elsewhere if you have a weak xmas stomach!!

So I recently joined a new spark team. It's the SP Official Goal Setting Challenge. It makes sense to me.....let's start at the beginning and let's start with goals. I can come up with goals. They will make sense, they will be specific and the will be achievable. Where I fall down is on the follow through......how to keep the goals. So I am really looking forward to the perspective that this group will bring.

Nothing works better than people with a common goal.

I'm trying to keep the momentum I built in DC. I didn't gain anything over Thanksgiving so that is a good thing; but I haven't been making time for exercise. ...... unless you call going shopping with your sisters on black friday exercise.....could happen you know!

So let's hang out together this holiday season. We'll set goals, celebrate victories, support each other and most important.....have fun while we lose the weight! Are ya ready for the season........ the season of holiday weight loss?

We can do it!!!!



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BUDDY_LOVE 12/7/2009 11:20AM

    You are always so positive! I love reading your blogs. they always bring a fresh prospective to this weight loss journey.

And yes...I did miss you. :)

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ELLENIRENE 12/3/2009 12:42PM

    It's great you have the Christmas spirit. I work retail, and we start getting Christmas "stuff" in Sept so by the time Dec hits, we're all saying "just get it over with" I know that's no attitude but it's the one I have.

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ID_VANDAL 12/1/2009 8:36PM

    I hear you Keri. This is a great time of year if we all just step back and relax and enjoy friends and family.

Good luck with the goals but I agree with Ginilee4 - don't get caught up with too many goals. Better to succeed at a couple than none at all.

YOU CAN DO IT! You've got it goin!!

Take care!



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NANCY- 12/1/2009 12:20PM

    Keri ... now I understand your profile pic.

How cute!

I joined the SP Official Goal Setting Challenge also. But the next few days are filled with taking care of stuff on my To Do list. Then I can focus on the challenge stuff.

I love December. It's festive and my birthday is this month. Hmmm... perhaps that is why I love to party. lol

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NO_SNOW_BODY 12/1/2009 9:14AM

    I will enjoy the challenge with you
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FORMYDARLINGS 12/1/2009 8:35AM

    Keri, I have joined the sam echallenge and am about to set some goals. I may use the goals I set for myself last week for 3 months as I don't want to be dragged down by trying to do too much. We're going to have a wonderful season and I am sooo with you on the positive feelings for the season. Have a great day. Are you going to post your goals on your page or in a blog or what? I'm not sure I'll be able to find them the next day if I put them on a paper in my houseLOL I think on my page is the safest most prominent place.


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DEEGIRL50 12/1/2009 6:45AM

    I love hanging out with you!
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LUCKYDUCK2 12/1/2009 1:36AM

    Excellent! I love the month of December for many reasons. My babyjoy was a Christmas gift on the 25th. the best present I have ever recieved and none that can top it for the rest of my life. :)

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I'mmmmmm baaaack!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Didja miss me? (Hey, were ya gone????) That's what my hubby said.....what a comedian....but hey that's what I love about him!!

I had a great time in DC......lost 5 1/2 lbs.....SCORE!!!! I knew I would be able to keep it under control. And I did so much walking......thank goodness for my Shape Up's! I even got to ride the Metro! That was a new experience!

It was a wonderful time. We spent time at the Vietnam memorial. There was a volunteer there that told us many interesting facts about the monument.

But my favoite memorial is the Korean War Memorial. I have seen it at night in the fog and now I have seen it in the day. The artistry is so moving.

So I'm home and making a real effort to maintain the eating and moving habits I started last week. Turkey day will be the worst! We will see what happens. I will stay strong!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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BUDDY_LOVE 12/7/2009 11:18AM

    OMGoodness. Weight loss & travelling? How in the world did you do it?

I can usually maintian my weight when I go out of town but to actually lose weight? I don't think it's ever happened.


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POSITIVELY_EB 11/26/2009 8:11PM

    Good for you - and glad you enjoyed DC!

Hugs! Beverly

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ID_VANDAL 11/26/2009 8:42AM

    Hey Keri! What a great job! 5 1/1 pounds is awesome. I'm with MSLIZZY - let's all go to Washington DC!!

You have an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving - you'll be fine you have all the tools you need to succeed.

Talk to you tomorrow!



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DEEGIRL50 11/25/2009 5:40PM

    You did it!! emoticon

5 1/2 pounds!! emoticon

It was all you... not just the shoes!! emoticon

Happy Thanksgiving! I think you and your husband (comedians) are a perfect match!!
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NANCY- 11/25/2009 9:11AM

    Welcome back and Congrats!!! emoticon

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ELLENIRENE 11/25/2009 6:27AM

    Sounds like you really enjoyed your trip and 5 1/2# down on top of that!
What more could you want!!!

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LUCKYDUCK2 11/24/2009 6:28PM

    Welcome back and WTG on the weight loss while traveling! I love the pictures you shared with us here. That one wall does look incredible and I bet can bring a person to tears.

Have a healthy Thanksgiving!

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FORMYDARLINGS 11/24/2009 5:52PM

    5 1/2 !!! Great job, my friend. I'm glad the trip was so good for you and your reply to your hubby should have been, ' Who are you?' LOL


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MINNER77 11/24/2009 2:26PM

    SCORE is right! Great job! And a wonderful vacation to boot.
Welcome back!

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P316LEIA 11/24/2009 2:08PM

    Glad you had a great time!!! I too enjoyed the Korean War Memorial ~ although the statues are so life-like that I felt like I was being watched.

Happy Thanksgiving!! emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/24/2009 1:57PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon 5 1/2 pounds! WOW!
I think I'll have to go to DC, too LOL!

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