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Friday, July 15, 2011


My Challenge Name: Summer 5% Challenge: Cats Team

My Starting Weight:177

Four Other things I will be measuring during this challenge & their current stats:
1. Upper arms: 14.
2. Waist: 33
3. Hips:43
4. Thighs: 23

If I am going to be 100% honest with myself, the reason I am doing this challenge is because: Over the last year I have gone through some life changes ( lost my job of 18 years, started school, quit school, got married)I have gotten me off track. After being a Sparker for over four years and loosing (at one point) a total of 64.46 lbs I found myself gaining back 15.46 lbs. That put me at 177 lbs today. So that means I need to lose nearly 30 lbs to get to my goal weight of 150 lbs. And that is why I am doing this challenge..

I feel like the reason that I have not been progressing as well as I hoped I would be is because: Life changes have thrown me for a loop. Adjusting to these changes are not as easy as you might think. Sometime it just takes time to get things back together. I am more than ready to continue my SP journey.

This time, I commit to finishing my challenge because I know that:
I'm scared of: gaining back more weight.
I want to: be fit and confident in my retirement years
I have faith in: the Lord and my own abilities to make this happen.

And THIS TIME, I will NOT quit, because THIS TIME: I am ready for the challenge

My top five non-health related motivations right now are:
1. my husband
2. my age
3. being able to be active when I retire (coming soon)
4. being a roll model
5. reaching my final goal

The best way to motivate me is to: just be there to listen when I need encouragement

The best way I can motivate myself is to: motivate others

My name is Linda; I will be a Sparker forever!.

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NATTAR 7/17/2011 1:06PM

Excellent motivations!
Sparking forever right along with you!

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Meeting my goals!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Great expectations....It seems we all start out with great expectations and that is a good thing. However, as time passes it seems we tend to lose some of our excitement and enthusiasm. Boy do I know the feeling....I have been with SP now for five years this month. During that time I have been up, down, and all around the motivation spectrum. The good thing is, with the help of my SP buddy and all of you, I am still here. I may not have met all of my goal yet but I am still trying. And that is something six years ago I would not have done. emoticon
My expectations for this challenge are the same as they have always been. And that is to stay motivated no matter what huddle I might be facing in my present day life. My goals have not changed much from the beginning either. I must say, though, that over the past five years I have learned that setting a goal for a specific time period was a problem for me. Especially if I did not achieve my goal. That is when I changed how I thought about my goals. Goals are like the dreams you have for your life. You do not always get what you think you want when you want. My goal was to get to 145 in two years. Well it didn't happen. What I did get was help in how to control my portion distortion (for the most part), my use of food as a security blanket, and most important how to get right back on track if I totally went on a food frenzy. emoticon
And that brings me to now. I am no longer working and that has put a big fly in the ointment. Seven month with out my routine of working every day has changed everything. Including my weight. I am up 10 pounds from where I was in July of 2010. Everything I have learned over the last five years has made all the difference. I may be up 10 pounds but, I was up 15 pounds. I have put everything I have learned at SP to the test and I am on a downward trend once again. My main goal for this challenge is to see how far I can get with my weight loss by the end of the challenge. I could not control being let go from my job but I certainly can control my weight. Even if I never get to my 145 dream weight, I will be a happy camper to maintain my loss of 51 pounds I have lost to date....

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MINDY502 2/21/2011 11:26AM

    You can do it! Sounds like you know which direction to go and how to achieve it. Life sure can through hurdles at us and it is up to us to jump them and past that finish line. Hope you find a job soon. My husband just recently got his back he lost his in October due to plant closing. So hang in there!

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HAPPY_AS_IS 2/21/2011 10:29AM

    Good luck to you w/ getting a job and w/ getting into shape! I know you can do it!

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Using my De-stress Kit!

Monday, November 16, 2009

I chose candles, Mr. Bubble, good book and an easy listening CD specifically for when I needed to relax in the tub....of course I used the book CD and candle at different times. That way I had three different relaxing moments. The old letters and pictures were for bringing back great memories from the past. It always makes me feel good....I hope everyone got to use their De-stress kit and will continue to use it as we go forward. I truly enjoyed the time I took to use my kit.

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VANSGIRL 11/19/2009 9:07AM

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Another successful week!

Friday, October 09, 2009

I did it again...Yea! I burned 3600+ calories for a total of 1 pound of fat. I stayed in my calorie range all week. This week, however, I was at the upper end of my range a few times.

On the really bright side, I went to the health fare here at work yesterday and my BMI is 24. It is right on the cusp of going from the overweight range into the normal range. Wow! Now that is amazing. My overall cholesterol is 201, however, my good cholesterol is 82. My good cholesterol offset the 201 overall cholesterol. My glucose was also good at 76. I could not be happier about my progress over these past three plus+ years that I have been a Sparker.

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VANSGIRL 10/10/2009 7:09PM

    Cograts on all accounts. Way to go! Hope you have a really good week this week.

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A successful week!

Friday, October 02, 2009

This week has been a good one for me...Yea! My calories burned for the week were 2952. I was also able to stay within my calorie range...the low end of my range to boot. Tomorrow I will see if the scale will reflect this weeks accomplishments. I will be happy if I just stay the same. Especially at this time of the year. I do not know what it is but this is always the worst time of the year for me no matter what I do. This year my main goal is to just stay the same for the next 3 months. The first of the year is always my best time to lose. Since I am so close to my final goal I will push a little harder in hopes of reaching my goal by May of 2010.
Spark On!


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