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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!!!!



Hugs,

Keri





  
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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!

Vandal

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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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GINILEE4 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.

Gini

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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.

Congratulations!

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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!

Vandal

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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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GINILEE4 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

Gini

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MINNER77 11/24/2009 2:26PM

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

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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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Zippidee Do Dah.....I'm off to DC!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I'm wrapping up some last minute things at work today and then I will get on a plane really early tomorrow morning to go to DC. I had a great week last week and I am not the least concerned with this week.

I remember this trip from last year and there isn't a whole lot of opportunity to get myself into trouble food wise. And I will be walking up a storm. I remember my feet giving me trouble for 6 months afterwards.....I have my Skecher Shape Ups for this trip....so I am good to go!!!







Part of me is excited to go......the other part wishes I could just stay home with the hubby. But I'm sure I will have a good time. I plan to take a lot of pictures so expect to get some updates from me! I haven't decided whether I am going to take my computer or not yet. I don't remember what their internet accomodations were.

I will miss you all.....Chat at you next week!!!!!

KO

  
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DEEGIRL50 11/22/2009 11:35PM

    Sketcher Shape-Ups? I've read about them, but I haven't seen them in the stores. Do you like them?

Are you back from your trip? I hope you loved it.

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MSLZZY 11/18/2009 4:01PM

    Have a fantastic time and enjoy! emoticon

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POSITIVELY_EB 11/18/2009 9:35AM

    Enjoy!

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MYRENAISSANCE09 11/17/2009 10:31PM

  I love DC!! Have a great trip!!

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LUCKYDUCK2 11/17/2009 4:47PM

    Have a fantastic time and we will be here when you get back. emoticon

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AUNTX4 11/17/2009 4:45PM

    Have a safe trip!

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ID_VANDAL 11/17/2009 4:07PM

    Hey Keri,

You have FUN (do your job but have FUN). Hope the weather is good. Those shoes look really interesting.

I'd say if you don't need the computer leave it home and enjoy YOUR TIME.

Talk to you soon - be SAFE - be HEALTHY!

Vandal

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GINILEE4 11/17/2009 4:01PM

    Keri. Have a great trip and enjoy being ' single for a few days. Also no dishes, laundry, phone ringing, toilet overflowing. The list goes on and on. Have fun,

Gini

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Surgery or No Surgery.....that is the question.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Had a long talk with the hubby this weekend. He would really like me to get a lapband. Not sure how I feel about that......Seems a little invasive, but I feel like I need some extra help as things are going soooooo ssssslllllooooowwww.

I'm not looking for a quick fix....but it might help me get to a healthier level to work on the issue....

I don't know....I am so torn.....

I definitely need to do more research into it. I guess I'll have time to think about it in DC this week.

  
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CHILDNUMBER10 11/18/2009 9:20PM

  Lapband is a surgery. I know a couple of people who had it done has been great for them. I know another that ended up with the plastic surgery for the skin flap that had trouble with skin infections on the fold. I know of another that was allergic to the band material that caused some problems. Pray about it and your answer will come. How long have you been with the spark people? Good things come to those who wait. I have thought about it but found spark people instead so we will see.

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MYRENAISSANCE09 11/17/2009 10:27PM

  Honestly, I toyed with the idea of lapband for a while when it first came out because, well, it seemed so EASY and 'everyone was doing it.' They even have commercials that promote it, so it can't be that bad, can it? Well, the fact is, it is still surgery and, once I researched it, it seemed kind of scary to me. You need to look into it and see what you think.

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BUDDY_LOVE 11/17/2009 9:34PM

    OMGoodness. GF...definately not the route I would want to go.

Think long & hard about it first!

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MSLZZY 11/17/2009 6:57AM

    A good friend of mine had it done last year and he has done well. There were other issues including being diabetic. He did all the research and thought he was well prepared. There are so many things he can no longer enjoy and food must be prepared in a special way, as well. He has lost over 60 pounds.
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GINILEE4 11/16/2009 8:23PM

    Hi Keri, My DIL had a gastric bypass in August. She spent almost a year reading and going to meetings with other people who are about to or have had the surgery. This is a huge , HUGE step. There is much more to it than just having the band put in place. This affects you mentally as well. Be prepared. Do the research, Be VERY, VERY sure that this is how you want to live from now on.

Gini

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ID_VANDAL 11/16/2009 10:30AM

    Hi Keri,

I can't help much here other than to say I agree with all the Sparkers before me. I think you need to be absolutely comfortable with whatever decision you make. If not then I'd say keep researching and if you just can't get comfortable with it then don't do it.

Vandal

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ELLENIRENE 11/16/2009 5:29AM

    This is a big decision that only you can decide. Be sure to do a lot of research, both for and against before making a decision.
Best of luck to you.

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LUCKYDUCK2 11/16/2009 1:46AM

    Do your research on this. I am like you...torn.


I have a friend who did it and she lost over 100 pounds. Sounds great but...she lost so fast she was saving for skin reduction surgery next. Now, she did not learn to figure out why she was overeating and this past two years has slowly regained some weight. I think she said about 28 pounds.

It can be a great tool but you still have to do the work to get the weight off or keep it off.

I can't say I have not thought about it when I had over a hundred pounds to lose.





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ERIECANALGAL 11/16/2009 12:09AM

    You need to do what you want to do. It is a big decision. Gather up all the info. and go with your gut feeling. Good Luck!
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Yikes!!!! How am I going to get it all done?????

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Okay, I let a little panic in this morning.... I'm not one to usually do this but I have such a full plate lately..

I am going to Washington DC next Wednesday through Sunday for work....well kind of work. I am the President of our local SHRM chapter and I have to go to a leadership conference in DC. I went last year and it was an amazing time as I hadn't been in DC before. I got to take a night bus tour and it was fantastic.



I'm sure this year will be very exciting also, but there are so many things going on a work.....it's a little overwhelming.



We have had a difficult time with our insurance renewal. We had an over 50% increase last year and they want another 44% this year. It really bites. It's sad that our employees take home less money each year because benefits rise so much. It is so out of control in our country. .......Enough about that. I bring it up because I have to deal with open enrollment yet. Among other things....I need an assistant......but they wouldn't let me get one even if I asked! Oh, well....this too shall pass.

So I'll be gone about a week....and even though I don't have time for it....I'm going to take the week of Thanksgiving off. It's a nice short week at work so it's probably the perfect time....or not....either way....I'm doing it!!!!

This has been a pretty good week so far. I have kept track of my intake and have not gone over once! So life is good on that score!

So if you don't hear from me much next week ....you know why!

I hope you are having a great day!

Keri





  
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POSITIVELY_EB 11/14/2009 7:46PM

    Have fun! You've earned it!

Hugs! Beverly

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LUCKYDUCK2 11/13/2009 1:26AM

    Keri, enjoy every minute of your time off and that trip. We will all be waiting at this end for new pictures. :)

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MINNER77 11/12/2009 6:58PM

    I can't claim this wisdom as it's from the Franklin planners company, but I love it, as it's pithy (one of my favorite words!) and profound: don't prioritize your schedule, but schedule your priorities. Lots of wisdom packed into those eight words.

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MSLZZY 11/12/2009 5:27PM

    Have a wonderful trip and we'll catch up with you when you have time. ENJOY!

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ID_VANDAL 11/12/2009 3:08PM

    Hi Keri,

I'm trying to figure out a good response because I'm dealing with the same issues - NO WAY WILL IT ALL GET DONE! Maybe that's the answer.

Anyway I'll try to support you more later (like NO WAY WILL IT ALL GET DONE is supporting you!! That's more like why don't we all just jump off the bridge now!

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Hang in there - somehow the important stuff will get done. Just hold on to your sanity!!

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