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Monday, June 11, 2012

Hey Yall,

There's no understand where my motivation goes when it decides to take a walk.

But. . . I think it has made a full circle and is back with me again to begin this Summer Challenge.

Lord knows that I KNOW WHAT TO DO.

But without that little spark of get up and ain't gonna happen.

Hey....maybe that's where SPARK TOOK ITS NAME! All it takes is a SPARK of SOMETHING - maybe Motivation - Yeah!!!!

*I joined Spark 2 years ago when I friend told me about it.

*I do believe I am committed 100% to this Summer Challenge - and I have not been able to say that for the past 3 challenges - but the Sapphires said to hang in there and I have.

*My expectations are sturdy but reasonable - eat healthy, exercise, drink water, help out my Team, journal, track food... just the usuals - that work if you work 'em.

Here's to Workin' 'Em. (glass held high in a toast!)

Linda emoticon

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JOURNEY-2-JOY 6/12/2012 2:09PM

    I know what you mean about motivation - mine has been mia lately! I too am ready to do a 180 and rock the summer challenge! Good luck to you! emoticon

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012


I know I can't eat carbs.

I know I can't eat tons of carbs.

I know I can't have sweets in the house or in my car.

I didn't do well b/c sometimes I think I CAN MANAGE sweets and carbs.

I watched that tv show where the person weighs 600 pounds. It was so inspirational for me, how hard the young girl worked to lose more than 300 pounds!!!

. I got up right then and dumped all of the candy I had just bought for half price. There was A LOT OF IT. I just dumped it in the garbage can and then to make sure I didn't go back and get it out, I poured cooking oil all over the top. I meant business!!!

Then, I got back on my low carb way of eating and have lost 4.5 pounds in a week. So, Sapphire Beauties, I may not end this challenge with an overall loss, but I sure did lose this week #10.

Being part of the Sapphires motivates me each and every day. Whether I choose to act on that is up to me. And today, I choose to make healthy choices.

Sapphires Rock!!!


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RONDINI2 5/29/2012 7:49PM

    Good for you.
That was emoticon!!!

I am slow at starting but I sure want
to dump the garbage too!



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CANDOK1260 5/25/2012 5:54AM

    good for you that why i sometime think tv is good for you emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 5/24/2012 12:51AM

    You are wonderful, Linda! I'm so glad you're here with us all. emoticon

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TERRIJ_1 5/23/2012 12:23PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Good choice

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TERRIJ_1 5/23/2012 12:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Good choice

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TERRIJ_1 5/23/2012 12:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Good choice

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GRINGUITA 5/23/2012 12:11PM

    That's great! It's all about the learning! When we know better, we can do better!

Now we can apply what we have learned to the next challenge.

Go Sapphires!


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PATRISNA 5/23/2012 11:48AM

    emoticon on dumping the sweets!


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MAVERICK59 5/22/2012 10:24PM

    I am so happy you were inspired to dump the garbage in the garbage!!!
You are worth so much more.


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Tighten The Screw

Monday, March 19, 2012

Hey all,

I weighed this morning to begin week one of my BIGGEST LOSER SAPPHIRE SPARK TEAM's 'BRING YOUR SPRING ON'.

I did good this week and lost 6 pounds. I've not had an ounce of sugar - including chocolate - for 7 days!!! Miracles do happen.

i weighed every day and today I had an AHA moment.

If I keep doing all the great things this week again next week, I will probably weigh the same next week. And that 6 pounds I lost for week one will now be a big fat zero for week 2.

So, the Aha was, weight loss can be looked at as TIGHTEN THE SCREW.

This mean, each week you can't just do what you did the week before. You have to tighten the screw a little each week. You've got to cut back on food. Drink more water. Do more cardio/stg minutes. You've got to tighten the screw.

So, I recommend that you go to the tool box and actually get a pair of pliars or a screw driver and put it on your desk or in your kitchen. This can be a reminder that you are going to have to do MORE.

Tighten That Screw.

Linda in Bama emoticon

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SKY2012 3/25/2012 8:15AM

    love the concept of tightening the screw, yeh!!!!!!!

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_KATHY 3/20/2012 8:08PM

    Good visual. I like it...

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GRINGUITA 3/20/2012 1:23AM

    Interesting concept -- let us know how it works emoticon


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DIFROMWYOMING 3/19/2012 8:39PM

    emoticon on your loss this week! I am glad you are back blogging...and have your spark back! :)

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SKY2012 3/19/2012 4:01PM

    outstanding, just simply OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MAVERICK59 3/19/2012 2:01PM

    Interesting way to look at it!

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Ending Winter Challenge 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hey all,

well, i guess i was not ready to get back on the wagon yet.

is there a rehab center for obese people that is affordable?

something has got to change.

on top of feeling bad physically and emotionally, i feel bad that i continually let my team down.

on the positive side - i'm still working on my novel. I'm working on a new cathedral quilt. my pacemaker is humming along great. i am still enjoying my retirement.

i am grateful for all my blessings and for my spark team.


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SKY2012 3/12/2012 9:13AM

    Good morning and I am looking forward to our Spring Biggest Loser Team Challenge together, yeh!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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SKY2012 3/12/2012 9:12AM

    hi sis..... just to let you know I believe we ALL fall off the wagon sweetie.

I know for me.... I fall off every week, seriously but we have EACH other sweet angel, hugssssssssssssssssssssss

R>now lets get crackin' yeh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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_KATHY 2/26/2012 10:16AM

    You have lots of fun exciting things to focus on. Don't worry so much about getting back "on the wagon" I believe things work out best when we stop trying so hard. Enjoy your day and feel some peace of mind. Who knows, it may extend to your food choices. See you next challenge :)

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FREEME1980 2/23/2012 12:39PM

    Start off slowly, perhaps 10 min a day then you'll be up for team challenges. It sounds like you have understanding Spark friends.

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PATRISNA 2/22/2012 7:40PM

    We all love you Linda. You are a busy person. Writing a novel is Work! You did not let us down. We all need to stop beating ourselves up. We make choices, not all of them are good for us. I am so glad your pacemaker is humming along. Sorry you don't feel good.

As my nutritionist said you made the choice to eat ______ so "Own It" and don't beat yourself up. She also said you can never say Never as in I will never eat a certain food again or over eat. It is impossible to expect that. We are all human.

Love you

Comment edited on: 2/22/2012 7:41:03 PM

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DIFROMWYOMING 2/22/2012 7:24PM

    We love you Linda! And you did NOT let us down (read my letter again! :)
We're glad you are with us and are celebrating all your positives with you!

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Keep on Keepin' On in 2012

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

If Spark has taught me anything it is this:

* I know what to do to be healthy - I just have to keep doing it.

* I have get the junk food out of the kitchen
* I have to drink my water
* I have to get on my stat bike
* I have to have healthy go to foods handy
* I have to keep in touch with my Sapphire Beauties Team
* I have to take care of my emotions so the wind doesn't knock me down.
* I have to set me a weight loss goal # - like 15% each challenge.

Those are not IMPOSSIBLE THINGS. I just have to keep on doing them. Hour after hour, day after day, week after week, challenge after challenge.

May we all Keep on Keepin' On for our health and happiness.

Linda emoticon

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SKY2012 1/2/2012 1:15AM

    i loveeeeeeeeeeeeee your list,

you ROCK!!!!!!!

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MICKEYMAX 12/29/2011 12:13PM

    YOU GO GIRL!!!!


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PINKAMBER18 12/29/2011 10:21AM

    I love these! Especially the getting junk out of the kitchen. I find if I have junk around I feel like I need to eat it all now so it's gone. Then when it is gone I find that I need something sweet... buy something sweet, and think I need to eat it all now so it's gone. What a vicious cycle!
Also, the keeping in touch with my sapphire beauties. I find the challenges I keep in close contact I do better. :) I just slack off... grr! You can totally do everyone of those things! emoticon

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_KATHY 12/28/2011 9:49AM

    Thank you Linda. I need to get back to what works for me as well. We can do this !

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/27/2011 5:49PM

    Linda that is all true for me, too, and I have fallen way off the path. Today has been good...and it's one day at a time right now!

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MAVERICK59 12/27/2011 5:29PM

    I could not agree more!
Well said.

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SUSSA1222 12/27/2011 3:58PM

    Sounds like a good plan! You can do it! emoticon

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THE-MORE-GIRL 12/27/2011 2:21PM

    Me, too! I know what I want to do for the rest of my life, healthwise, and I keep doing that and it works out!

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LJHST5 12/27/2011 12:29PM

    I love this! I am not setting a resolution this year other than to Keep on Keepin On!!

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