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Hannah helps me stay healthy!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Hannah's Soccer Team----

This is Hannah--with her best friend, Lily--her dog--
Hannah is my oldest Grand Daughter--son #2, the Pilot's girl---
Hannah dances---

Hannah swims---

In the summer, she is a great soccer player--In fact, she plays defense and midfield, and her team usually wins--

Hannah will be 10 yrs old this summer---She will come up north to visit me soon (I Hope)---We swim--walk dogs--shop---look after other Grandkids who live in the area--

Here I am with Hannah and another Grandbaby--her cousin, Jacob--
I am 60 years older than her---When I was 10 yrs old---we probably just got our first TV----There were no computers--I took piano lessons--don't think there was organized soccer games---I took swimming lessons tho---

I love Hannah----She is a great reason that I must keep healthy---active---and watch my weight--
So--another weekend is about to start----Father's Day weekend----Hug a Dad somewhere!--LOL

Hannah's 2012 soccer team

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/15/2012 10:34PM

    How great... you can be a fun grandma and do things with Hannah! I used to love visiting my grandma, many moons ago.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/15/2012 11:21AM

    Talented and beautiful . . . just like her Grandma!

Hope you have a great weekend, and happy Fathers Day to your DH!


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CAT609 6/15/2012 9:26AM

    What awesome inspiration she is! I agree with you. I keep healthy for my daughters. Children are such wonderful reasons to be our best! Have a great weekend. Hugs to all, yes even the Germans! emoticon emoticon

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Trying to-Cut the Crap-!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I just read a blog-- (Mark's)--"'Just cut the crap and do it""--he sorta says-
When he is tempted to eat what he feels he shouldn't , he goes for a walk--
He grocery shops once a week now--
Funny--coz I try to do that now too--It seems to cut out the bad stuff in my cupboards-I do try to exercise daily--but--I do take one day off from the Dreadmill--
His blog made me wonder how else my life has changed since I began Spark--

Well, I don't drink diet coke -at all---
I eat more vegetables--fruits too---
I move more----I consciously try to be happy and grateful for every day--
I do look at food differently---like--""Do I really want to eat that""--and if not, I dump it---and substitute with some healthier food--
I am still working on , not eating in the evening--or substituting healthy food and including it in my calorie count-This has taken me a long time to do--and I'm still not good at it---
I don't buy ice cream anymore--as I KNOW I will eat it -mindlessly---

So--after 2 yrs on here, I am STILL working at this---changing my way of living--
I have watched people die, as I struggle along here---one lady (Extremely overweight) waiting for her stomach taping--died in her sleep--
My daughter's Father-in -law is now diabetic---and a night ice cream eater as I used to be)--My own son, (overweight) is now on blood pressure medication at 40 yrs old)-
I have no choice, I realize-----If I am going to live , and live healthy, as Mark says, I must just cut the crap, and do it!-

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SUNNY332 6/14/2012 7:34PM

    How are you doing with strength training? Strong muscles burn more calories. My focus this summer will be on strength training. I am doing some videos I found on Spark People and also some beginning Pilates.

There are days when I don't do as well with "cutting the crap" but for the most part I do pretty good.

Long walk today. Pilates tomorrow.

Hugs, Sunny

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1CRAZYDOG 6/14/2012 12:49PM

    That's why this is a journey . . . it's constantly evolving, taking different twists and turns as you get to your destination. You're determined so it will happen.

Wow, I hope your son takes care of himself!!

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WAYSOFGRACE 6/14/2012 10:33AM

    Here here! You have a wonderful attitude, and inspire me to do the same...I am going to cut the crap and just do it!

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CAT609 6/14/2012 9:16AM

    Good morning, Lynda! I need to do the same thing and cut the crap! I have been so bad lately! I was blaming it on the birthday excuse! My new goal is to get up early again and get moving. I have been lazy and sleeping late. Then I run out of time to do the healthy things. We can do this! Have a great day. Thanks for the reminder! emoticon emoticon

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TEDDYTEDDY 6/14/2012 7:20AM

    Thanks for a blog with "some teeth."

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/14/2012 7:13AM

    Great motivational reality check! Thanks!

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MAUR88N 6/14/2012 7:12AM

  Keep up the great work. Yoou seem to be on the right path!

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Be kind to a Dog Day!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Me and my dogs eh??---Yesterday, cutting grass, I looked over at husband pushing the lawn mower--and right beside him, walking at his heels, was Tess, The GSDOG---so cute to see---seems she has become his dog-

Tess on the dock

This morning , my journal fell open to May 8th--and---on that day, my weight was 207-
This morning I weigh 202--(wish I was below the 200)----but----
I AM down from last month----
Sometimes I forget that--The weight loss is so slow--
So-----I opened the Spark book-P156--titled, ""Ways to Keep Going for the Long Haul""--It says-----
#1--write on a calender and keep that calender in front of yer face
#2--Email to yourself your own encouragement--Neato!
#4--Report to a buddy--Well, that is what I am doing now

But--right now , a gal must get moving--Tis a lovely day out there, and we are a part of it--! Be kind to a dog out there--Don't shut them in your car---Don't put them in the back of a pick-up truck----Hug them---- and keep them close--You are part of their pack-

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SUNNY332 6/13/2012 8:08PM

    Slow and steady does win the race. I have to agree with Barb that it is best to loose it slowly. Hang in there.

Loved your blog today. Our Miss Macki is not doing well so she will be seeing the Vet on Friday. Can't really put a finger on it but she is not herself and she is loosing weight.

I will keep you posted.

Huggers, Sunny

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CEILIE2 6/13/2012 12:14PM

    emoticon emoticon
love your blog
Have a great day.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/13/2012 11:56AM

    Slow and steady wins the race.

Your pictures are ADOREABLE!

Thanks for sharing this blog.


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GUCCI9300 6/13/2012 8:21AM

    So cute!!!! Thank you for the smile this morning!!! emoticon

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WAYSOFGRACE 6/13/2012 8:06AM

    Tess is adorable! I miss being around Cookie (my fiance's mother's dog) so much right now. I can't wait to make the move and be with her all the time!

The weight may be coming off slowly, but it's staying off and that's the best part! Keep up the good work, and have a wonderful day!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/13/2012 7:58AM

    Take heart - the studies show it stays off longer when it comes off slowly. You are doing it right! emoticon

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DOLLBABE56 6/13/2012 7:25AM

    First of all, I LOVE the pictures (and your background). Second of all, great reminders. May be a good idea for me to reread The Spark. Need the encouragement and guidance right now. I'm happy you are losing the weight. Remember, "slow and steady wins the race". Now to apply that saying to myself.
Hope your day is wonderful!

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Be Positive-

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

This morning my weight is bouncing around----
Yesterday it was ""down""--and yesterday I did everything right--hoping to see the scales go even lower to-day---
BUT-----The scales are up----perfect reason to not get weighed daily , me thinks--

It says in the Spark Book, P.60----Be Motivated--Accentuate the Positive---that even a pessimist can become an optimist with enough practice--that you must train your mind to turn in an upbeat direction.
Say things like-----
I am a survivor
I am worth the effort it takes to exercise.
I am healthy and strong.
I enjoy being healthy.
My body is becoming stronger, slimmer , and healthier every day.
Practice seeing your glass --and plate-not as half empty, but as half full--

Some days , it's tough to remember how long this journey is--
Hang in--hang in----perseverance----consistency----Posit
ive thoughts --
The Dreadmill is calling--The Germans (as in dogs)- are looking at me, waiting to go out--It's Tuesday---I CAN do this!

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SUNNY332 6/12/2012 4:16PM

    I agree - that photo says it all. Keep on keeping on - you will get there.

I biked a half marathon today (100 minutes - 13.1 miles) and walked 20 minutes - 1 mile. Biking by far is my favorite cardio. Tomorrow strength training with Pilates. It feels good to be back to the exercise this week and am already feeling

Take care and keep with the positive attitude. It will be your key to success.


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1CRAZYDOG 6/12/2012 8:22AM

    That picture says it all! sometimes we have to have the tenacity of a pit bull . . . and we DO! YOU do.

Probably a good idea to ditch the scale, at least for a few days. It's hard.


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WAYSOFGRACE 6/12/2012 7:53AM

    You absolutely can do this! I do not weigh myself every day for the simple reason that the weight can and does fluctuate every single day to some degree. To get away from the temptation, I hid the scale out of sight and it comes out once every couple of weeks.

I wrote about attitude yesterday in my blog! Amazing how great minds thing alike!

Have a great day!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/12/2012 7:20AM

    I have really had to WORK to not let the scale determine my mood. Especially now, at maintenance, because one's weight *does* vary a little up and down... just because it's UP today, does not mean your program or YOU are failing. Maybe there's a little water retention. Perhaps you ate LESS than you needed and your body is holding on because of it. Bodies are weird that way.

So, chin up... keep on fighting the fight for your health! Because YOU are worth it. Dreadmill, beware, Lynda is going to work the heck outta you today!

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BD3269PM 6/12/2012 7:10AM

    Yes you can!! Remember that you are worth every bit of effort emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 6/12/2012 7:09AM

    Go for it! is my attitute! love the dogs! beautiful!!! Have a grand day Lynda!!!

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GARDENCHRIS 6/12/2012 7:08AM

    yes you can! I really like the determined face!

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Commitment, Courage-Honesty-Optimism-Patience- etc etc etc

Monday, June 11, 2012

Dieting without a lifestyle change is like patching a flat tire.--
It says that, on Page 38 of our ""SPARK"" book--
You can put a temporary fix on the damaged area to get the car rolling again. But you'll end up patching it again later down the road--just as you'll probably have to diet again at some point. Millions of frustrated dieters have made it a practice of patching tires again and again, and are still struggling.
Yo-yo dieting places a strain on our heart and stresses our immune system.
Calories in, minus calories out, is how SPARK works--plus a lifestyle change which may take years to reach a healthy weight--but---we shall reach our goal once and for all!

I love this page----It will take years---because we HAVE to break the bad habits---
Woo Woo! That's me!!! (with the years)---
To-day--this morning----I weigh 201--so close to ONEDERLAND---
It's hot-----the AC is running---the DEER flies are on the dock--the wash is waiting to go to the Solar dryer--the Germans are chomping at the bit to go out--the Dreadmill is calling--ANOTHER DAY!!!!

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SUNNY332 6/11/2012 3:39PM

    Good afternoon Linda. Keep on keeping on...you will get there.

So close to onderland - so excited for you.


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BELLACUDDLES 6/11/2012 11:27AM

    I can feel your upbeatness!!! YOU GO GIRL!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/11/2012 11:11AM

    Thanks for this blog!!! It is hard to have patience with ourselves and realize it took us a long tim to get where we are/were at when we joined SP and it will take awhile to get to our foal. BUT we'll get there.

Almost @ one0-derland! You can do it. You can do it. You can do it!!!

HUGS, my virtual sister!

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WAYSOFGRACE 6/11/2012 8:35AM

    I am with you on the years part. We will get there!!!

Have a great day!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/11/2012 7:31AM

    YEARS to get there, yep, me, too! Another motivating and fresh blog. Spark on! emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 6/11/2012 7:20AM

    morning! Have a wonderful day! emoticon

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BD3269PM 6/11/2012 7:12AM

    Keep the faith! You will reach onederland. Have a great day emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 6/11/2012 7:05AM

    Good Morning Lynda! Have a seet day for yourself!
linda emoticon

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