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Thursday, March 25, 2010

I'm not slowing down on my progress! And I'm taking you with me.

We got to know each other better with the 25 random things; we put together a visual of what we want to achieve.....(I hope you are doing these things along with me or at least revisiting yours!). I am still waiting for some of your random thoughts. hint...hint.... As I was working on the next step...I realized I missed sharing something with you.

Why I'm lighting a fire.....................

It's never easy to share really personal information with people. I guess I have recently decided that unless I do that.....unless I'm honest about it....I can never really face up to my reality and change it. I guess that's one of the reasons I posted the 25 random things. Start with the fun stuff and then get to the serious, more important stuff.

10 truths or confessions?

1. So here is the truth....I'm obese. How can one small word be soooo UGLY?

2. I need to lose weight because I take 4 pills a day for my blood pressure and another pill for pre-diabetes. Too many... I am fearful of it and it is so darn expensive. I don't want diabetes.

3. I can't stand the fact that I can't easily tie my shoes. It takes a lot of effort and I get winded.

4. My husband is tall and a healthy weight and though he wouldn't admit it and he's not shallow...I know my weight bothers him.

5. I was recently on a plane and couldn't hook my seat belt..... embarrassing.

6. I'm tired of being out of breath from a simple walk.

7. Until I got my Skecher shape ups, my feet hurt all the time.

8. I embarrassed with myself.

9. I know this is not who I am.

10. I hide my light under a barrel because of it.

GULP! That wasn't easy or painless..... really.


That's out of the way.

Moving forward......

6 promises to myself.....formerly known as goals..

1. Track food everyday....no matter what.
2. Get at least 7 hours of sleep. If you can't sleep...at least be in bed in a state of rest...ex. reading.
3. Exercise everyday of the week...take the weekend off. Unless you don't get a workout in...then you must make it up on the weekend.
4. Reflect in personal journal about progress and feelings on day.
5. At least once a month, write a blog to discuss progress.
6. Lose at 5 lbs. a month. Lose at least 100 lbs. total....firm up this number later.

So there it is ......the plan.

I've laid the kindling and arranged the logs.....I'm taking this spark....and I'm starting a fire....can you feel the warmth?



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DTCELLO 3/28/2010 12:33AM

    wow! Great and very inspiring! Thanks! emoticon

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MANDY0011 3/27/2010 10:37AM

    You can do it Keri! I believe in you :) I know your motivation will pull you through! I love reading your blogs they are so inspiring :)

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FORMYDARLINGS 3/26/2010 8:26PM

    Keri. Thank you for this blog. It always seems to me that I am the only one who can take a simple walk or can't tie her shoes. Yesterday I had to take my coffee to go because I couldn't fit into a booth. (real embarrasing..) I am so scared to try . I keep thinking about what I will do if I don't lose weight even when I do what needs to be done. I entertain the notiono that I am somehow different and won't lose any weight. If you will let me, I'd like to follow along with you. Make a few promises that I made to myself ,occur. I think a little fire under me is a good thing.


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DEEGIRL50 3/26/2010 4:54AM

    I feel the warmth!! Your spark is going to spread like wild fire!!!

I love this blog. Keep them coming Keri!!!
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NANCY- 3/26/2010 3:00AM

    Keri your honesty is inspiring.
Keep on Sparking!

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JOURNEYOF3 3/25/2010 10:57PM

    Thanks for doing all that sharing. It is was right from the heart.

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HICALGAL 3/25/2010 9:19PM

    i'm feeling it girlfriend!!! keep kickin' it....i'm with you all the way!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POSITIVELY_EB 3/25/2010 5:44PM

    I feel it! I feel it! Thanks so much for sharing. I know that some of that was not easy!

You are a sweetheart for sharing your journey with us!

Hugs! Beverly

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MSLZZY 3/25/2010 5:41PM

    You laid it all out there, plain and to the point. Now, move forward with your goals! I'll be cheering for you every step of the way! emoticon emoticon

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JFROGDIVA 3/25/2010 3:58PM

    Okay, I'll try!!!! Hugzz!!!!

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SUNNY1432 3/25/2010 3:55PM

    Your blogs are wonderful, insightful, personal and touching to the heart!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
I can feel the spark warming from the inside out. Stick to the plan and lean on us for support. You will be SUCCESSFUL!! emoticon

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Getting a visual

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I've been reading "The Spark". I am really trying to make some permanent changes in my lifestyle.

So You can see my Visual collage on my Spark page....for a short time. I put it together on my computer and converted it into a .jpg. Then I printed out several 8 x10 glossy's of it and have hung them up around my house.

It will serve as a reminder to me of what I'm fighting for......and you heard me right. Fighting....this is a battle....a battle of world proportion...a difficult struggle. But it is a battle I can and will win!

I have put a couple of photos of my self to remind me of where I came from and want to get back to. A few of the pictures are just to remind me of the comfort and ease you feel when you are in shape. I will no longer be constantly out of breath......

The rest of the pictures remind me of the joy and excitement I will achieve.

This is my pledge to myself and you are my witness to it.

Thanks for being of part of my process....



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LUCKYDUCK2 3/24/2010 5:17AM

    I LOVE it!

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JFROGDIVA 3/21/2010 11:12PM

    Keri ~ How cool!!!! How do you make the collage on here???? I would really like to make one!!!! I admire how well you can express your thoughts!!!! It is like you are reading my mind sometimes.........I just can't seem to put my thoughts on paper (so to speak)!!!! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful thoughts with us!!!!
Hugzz ~ Jae

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ID_VANDAL 3/21/2010 6:41PM

    Keri - you just keep getting better and better! What a great visual collage you have put together! Thanks for sharing it.

We (all of us) need to make this next few months successful and you have certainly taken the right steps to make that happen!

Have a good week!



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VGIMLET 3/20/2010 11:02AM

    I really like your collage, great work! It's inspired me to start thinking about mine - I haven't done one yet either.

Have a great first day of Spring! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/19/2010 6:35PM

    Very nice! Good luck with it. You'll do great.

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POSITIVELY_EB 3/19/2010 1:20PM

    emoticon I so witness! LOL! That's awesome! You go, girlfriend!

Hugs! Beverly

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ELLENIRENE 3/19/2010 8:24AM

    You've got it all together!!!! Great job! You're an inspiration

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HICALGAL 3/19/2010 1:11AM

    great blog, visuals and wishing you success!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIFEHASCHANGES 3/19/2010 12:53AM

    Thats so cool! i need to make my vision collage. Now you motivated me! I printed out the thing for stage 3 but havent done it. I was so happy when I was wkring the strategies daily, but I need to get back at it despite my new busy schedule. First time in college hit me hard!
God bless-

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MYRENAISSANCE09 3/18/2010 10:00PM

  I LOVE your collage! emoticon

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DEBBIE98632 3/18/2010 7:18PM

    Great collage!! I like the idea of having several around the house to remind you! Might have to copy you on that one!! Gonna print out a copy of mine for the kitchen and bathroom (where the scale is!!)


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DEEGIRL50 3/18/2010 7:05PM

    Beautiful!! emoticon

I'm happy to be a part of your journey!!

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MSLZZY 3/18/2010 5:36PM

    Your collage is fantastic! I guess I better work more on mine! This may be a battle but it is one you WILL win! BELIEVE! emoticon

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SUNNY1432 3/18/2010 5:30PM

    That's a wonderful collage! It's a great way to stay motivated and it's a really great project that I'm going to think about doing:)
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FORMYDARLINGS 3/18/2010 5:09PM

    Keri. I've been considering making my own coolage but had no idea of what to do, never having seen one. Thanks for the visual. I think I can figure this out now.


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25 Random Notes

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Once you've read this, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. I want to get to know you better.

1. I married a wonderful man who is eleven years older than me. Recently I found out that my maternal grandparents are eleven years apart. Interesting.

2. My son in law, is a year older than me and I never let him forget it!

3. I want to connect with old friends but am self conscious about my weight and it holds me back.

4. When I was growing up my parents and friends thought is was great fun to give me rocks for Christmas, Halloween, etc. I thought it was annoying but I kept several of them over the years. How funny that I now work for a rock company and many of those rocks have a proud place on my desk at work!

5. I am a huge gamer. Many people think I missed my calling, sometimes I do too. But I enjoy what I do....HR. Would it be sick to admit I REALLY like dealing with the people problems?

6. My sister, Kathy and I hated each other growing up. We had a running bit that we could beat each other up. We never acted on it but we talked BIG. Now we are so close, it's a little hard to believe.

7. I am expecting another grandson in July....Noah Lee. I'm excited.

8. I am far from athletic. I still remember a friend carrying me off a Volleyball court at a choir retreat in college. He thought he was so funny!

9. I love to go camping. Will and I enjoy walking at Lake Herman and we do it often.

10. I am a grandma to 5 great kids. Cody, Brianna, Ethan, Danica, and Aubrey. I love them all. They are such a kick! They can talk grandma into anything and I wouldn't have it any other way.

11. I love to sing. I used to dream about having my own band. Now I just settle for singing for churches.

12. Someday I want to go to Niagara Falls. I saw the Grand Canyon a couple of years ago and I want to see all the US has to offer.

13. My brother Lee is in Iraq and I am not happy about it. Nobody asked for my permission.

14. I love to read. I am big into Kathy Reichs. Awesome writer.

15. I have two nieces and one nephew, who are going to medical school. I'm set! Now I need a dentist!

16. I have a sister in law that calls me a bitch, and it really is a term of endearment. I love her to death.

17. My dad shot himself about 5 years ago. It was the most horrible experience I have ever been through in my life. He survived but he will never be the same. There is nothing in this world bad enough to do that. That is why they make "happy pills."

18. Will and I met in January and married in June of 1989. We are a perfect compliment.

19. I still have my 5 foot bugs bunny that people used to steal and dress in college. He hasn't had a wrestling uniform on since then. I still have nightmares thinking about it.

20. I had a car accident with my Volkswagen back in 1987-88? I went through a fence but didn't hurt the fence. I had to flag down help so I could find my way out of the pasture. The cows were watching every move I made. My friend Mike had to listen to my folks complain about the incident. I had a few interesting situations in that bug. I wish I had it now! It used to cost me $5 in gas every two weeks.

21. I am absolutely fascinated by my IPod touch.

22. I love African Violets.

23. I want at least 3 more grand children.

24. I want to get remarried in our church.

25. I want to lose this weight yesterday.....yep the last one was a little over the top!!!



Remember......I want to see your list!!!

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JFROGDIVA 3/21/2010 10:53PM

    How cool!!!! I have to think about this but will do it!! LOL LOL!!!! You & I have alot in common - #1, 3, 8, 9, 14, 18, 22, 24, & 25!!!!!!!! LOL!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!
Hugzz ~ Jae emoticon

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FORMYDARLINGS 3/18/2010 8:14PM

    Here's my own list;

1. went back to college in my 40s
2. used to work in a castle
3. was a girl guide leader and commissioner
4. went to camp for the summer when I was 42
5. grew up with 3 sisters, no brothers
6. my first car was a VW bug- black with red interior
7. married my best friend's boyfriend in 1972
8. graduated college with honours
9. twice helped deliver puppies and got to keep one
10 green is my favorite colour but I do adore pink
11 Ilook exactly like my grandmother
12 Before my husband and I knew each other, my grandmother was dating my DH's great uncle
13 I fell off a roof when I was about 8 years old
14 I broke my ankle in high school, but it was never set. I have trouble with that ankle
15 I declared bankrupcy
16 I overdosed on baby asprin when I was 6. I thought it was candy.
17 I went to my prom. It was the sweetheart Swirl.
18 I aced chemistry in high school
19 I kept my wedding dress for my daughter. She is much taller than I am so it will be made into a christening gown for grandchildren, I hope.
20 my DH and I were foster parents to a whole slew of kids
21 we had 5 cats at one time
22 it snowed the evening of our wedding
23 I met my best friends when I was 15, we are all still very close. There are 6 of us including my DH.
24 I had a teenage girl's dream job. I worked in a clothing store.
25 I am going to be thin and healthy.

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DEEGIRL50 3/18/2010 7:09PM

Funny how much you can learn about a person in 25 random thoughts. I'll post one later. It's a great idea.

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MOMFAN 3/18/2010 1:04AM

    I want to go see Niagra Falls too!

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KELLYC_14FAN 3/17/2010 12:55PM

    I loved reading this!! I am off to post a blog with my own random list!!

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SUNNY1432 3/16/2010 9:31PM

    Thanks for sharing so much information about yourself. I think I might have to copy and paste this to my blog:) emoticon emoticon

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POSITIVELY_EB 3/16/2010 7:11PM

    LOL! LOVE it!!!

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AMBERROGUE 3/16/2010 5:48PM

    I LOOOOVE learning stuff about ppl, especially when it's in survey format!! I posted mine in my blog. emoticon

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Losing sight of beautiful...........

Monday, March 15, 2010

If I asked you why you want to lose weight.............what would you tell me?

1. I want to be healthy.
2. I want to have more energy.
3. I want to take less pills.
4. I want to do .......(insert here).

But what about the obvious reason......the one you don't want to admit to anyone out loud.......I want to be beautiful again.

Now I'm a true believer that beauty starts from within. And everyone is beautiful in their own way. I think it is important that we tell ourselves that everyday......

How can we do that?

With words.....with music.......with pictures.......what do you think? Let's let everyone know how beautiful they are this week. Here are some ideas to help remind people that they are beautiful.....


Beautiful.... Christina Aguilara
Isn't she lovely.....Stevie Wonder
You're beautiful.......James Blunt
Pretty Woman......Roy Orbison
Don't you know your beautiful?.......Kellie Pickler
You are so beautiful.......Joe Cocker


"You look marvelous!"
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
"Beauty is as beauty does."

What ideas do you have????



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DEEGIRL50 3/16/2010 2:38AM

    I love this blog! emoticon

Sincere compliments help to make people feel beautiful.

"Kerri, I love your dazzling smile. It makes me want to get to know you better."

"If we were all Easter Eggs, you'd be the one with the brightest color and sparkles!"

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PAMG415 3/15/2010 7:55PM

    Very nice blog. I also feel that beauty starts from the inside.

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MMAZZIE 3/15/2010 7:35PM

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ID_VANDAL 3/15/2010 6:43PM

    Once again - I love the blog. The pictures are so good! Love that one with the guy of all the piercings!

Anyway - you are right on. The real reason I want to lose the weight is so that all the ladies hit on me - oh wait - they never hit on me in the first place! Now I have to think of something else!!

Seriously one of the reasons is so I look better. Now what song can I come up with? How about "She's an ordinary kind of girl but she gives a special kind of love to me" by Andy Kim (wasn't a big hit).

Take care!



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KELLYC_14FAN 3/15/2010 6:24PM

    Keri, I just love your blogs so much!!!

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RUBYCLAIRE 3/15/2010 1:53PM

    I LOVE IT!!
What a WONDERFUL blog. emoticon for opening MY eyes once again.
You are soooo right, I want to be MORE than healthy,
I want to be BEAUTIFUL not only inside, but OUTSIDE, too!

During MY generation, sung by the late, great Bobby Darin

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POSITIVELY_EB 3/15/2010 1:34PM

    Thank you to one of the most beautiful women I know!

Hugs! Beverly

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    Thanks for the blog. I'll have to think of some...get the gears turning.

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LETMEBME 3/15/2010 12:27PM

    Very uplifting to read. I like your positive attitude! Thank you, beautiful!

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ROTY2008 3/15/2010 12:25PM

    Great words and so true!

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MSLZZY 3/15/2010 12:22PM

    Excellent blog! I'll have to think of a few and post them later. HUGS!

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Precious - Not just a girl from Harlem

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

If you have every read any of my blogs you have probably noticed that I have this strange way of turning things that I'm thinking about into an article about our weight loss journey. Well, today is going to be no different.

I wrote a quick blog yesterday about the movie "Precious". I have been thinking about "Precious" a lot. As I was driving to work yesterday....I was listening to Sirius radio and they were talking about the Oscar's and how the girl who played Precious was there and that they had a special spot for her at the end of a row. They thought this was because she was so huge that she couldn't fit into the regular chairs.

I don't want to get into who "they" are because "they" are not important to this discussion. I felt bad when I heard this tho. I doubt that there are many people out there who "choose" to be a plus size person.

And it is astounding to me how shallow people can be to insinuate that plus size people are lesser beings and less desirable in the world.

"They" talked about how Oprah came out and said what a wonderful career she was going to have and that "they" thought this was a lie because she is so fat, no one would hire her again. Little did they know she has already done two films since.

Well, anyway......back to the point I wanted to make. ...

Precious.........we are precious in his sight.......isn't she/he just precious?

The one thing that "they" will never understand is that it really doesn't matter what anyone looks like on the outside. What matters is the inside. We can all be Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt on the outside......but if you don't have the substance on the inside.........forget it.

We lose weight to be the healthiest we can be......but I have yet to meet a Spark person who wasn't precious. And I'm blessed! I feel sorry for "they" as they will never understand "Precious".



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DEEGIRL50 3/13/2010 8:01AM

    Hay, Beautiful!
Thanks for another thought provoking blog!
Keep them coming!

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    I agree with you completely. I love sporting the proverbs 31 verse on my posts- it sets the standard for true beauty:
Charm is decietful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.... That is in proverbs 31.... That well known spot that uplifts every woman!

True beauty comes from the inside, and our walk with God... We are truly precious in Gods sight... For sure!

God bless ya-

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UMTONDO 3/11/2010 5:59PM

    Thanks for popping by. Think you should read my blog. Why are they so vindictive. There are a few home truths there. God bless and have a nice day. emoticon

Keep on smiling it hides the wrinkles and shows off your dimples emoticon

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DTCELLO 3/11/2010 1:58PM

    Beautiful! Love the pictures of imperfect, but lovely vegetables and plants. emoticon

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LVNG4ME 3/11/2010 10:18AM

    You hit the nail right on the head. Tell it like it is! emoticon

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MSLZZY 3/11/2010 6:45AM

    Excellent! Thanks for sharing!

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POSITIVELY_EB 3/11/2010 12:03AM

    AMEN! Love it!

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