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DRAGON Weekend Challenge & Sept recap & Oct Goals and happenings

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Here's how we earn points each day to spell DRAGON:

Drink: 8 glasses of water for 1 pt per day = 0 I am on glass six and if I have anymore I'll be up all night...enough said on that!
Rest: 7 hours of sleep/rest* for 1 pt per day = yep I slept Forever! 1 POINT
Abs: 100 crunches for 1 pt per day (max. 3 per day for 300) = 1 POINT
Go: 30 minutes of exercise* for 1 pt per day (max. 3 per day for 90 minutes) = 0 :-(
Own it: write one blog* for 1 pt (max. 4 pts for the challenge) = 1POINT
Nutrition: track all food/drink for 1 pt per day = 1 POINT

4 points total for today! Tomorrow and Monday I plan on getting them ALL!

Recap September - This was a good month. Not necessarily the best but it was good. I am NOT going to complain at all. First, my husband and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary! We went hiking at Turkey Run State Park, here is a couple of the trails we took:

The following weekend I walked in a 10K! I did great at just under a 16 minute mile!

I am super excited about the bike race they are having in May! I have never done anything like that but I love to ride so I think I'll try for the 15 miler and really try not to be competitive, just ride!

Goals for October: Weekends are filling up! Next weekend i am going on a one day bus trip to St Joe Michigan the following weekend we are going "camping" at Potato Creek State Park. Tomorrow I would like to go pick apples with the family! There is something going on on the 22nd of Oct too but I didn't put it on my calendar....hmmm better figure that one out. Anyway, I am doing a Facebook ST and water challenge for October, I am going to get back (again) into the habit of getting up in the morning and doing cardio. I am also considering a veg/fruit juice fast for 7-10 days to cleanse my pallet to try to get rid of this sugar addiction once and for all, I haven't made up my mind on that one though. All of these things are doable. I just need to do it!

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SPARKNMOM 10/22/2011 3:38PM are doing SO great :) Love the trail pics....and Happy Belated Anniversary! Yay for the two of you :)

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DOTTIEJANE1 10/2/2011 7:26PM

    CONGRATS on the race. The bike race sounds exciting .ENJOY .you are looking great.

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MKKAYA 10/2/2011 10:44AM

    Looks good Liz! Your doing great!!!

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GOODGETNBETR 10/2/2011 8:50AM

    emoticon on the race pace. Glad you were able to get 'er dun :) I'm still working on the blog from "the event." Looking forward to the ride in May as well and glad they expanded the event to include cycling in the spring. I was thinking about the 25 miler but now I'm thinking if I'm in better shape by then, and I find a decent road bike, I may enter the 56 miler. But only if I believe I can get it done in 3 hours or less. Then it's off to Pizza King...God willing I survive. Have a great Sunday Liz and good with the travels.

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BILL60 10/2/2011 8:33AM

    Sounds like a plan. Good luck.

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Dragon Weekend Challenge

Friday, August 19, 2011

Week 2 Weekend Challenge

"It's a mixed bag" with a summer time theme

1. Water fight - "Drink 8 glasses of water a day" 1 point per day
2. Gardening - "Eat 5 Fruits and Vegetables a day" 1 point per day
3. Support - " Support your fellow dragons" 1 point per event up to 3 points per day comments on their blogs,spark pages, give a goodie
4. Cardio - 1 point for each 30 minutes - up to 4 points max per day

Bonus of 5 points for doing all 4 everyday
Bonus of 15 points for doing it all 4 days

1. Water fight - F=1 ,S= 1,S=0,M - 1 point per day
2. Gardening - F=1 ,S=1,S=0,M - 1 point per day
3. Support - F= 3 ,S,=3S=3, M - 1 point per event up to 3 max for day
4. Cardio - F=1 ,S=1,S=1,M - 1 Point for each 30 minutes max of 4 points

Bonus - every day bonus 5 points
Bonus - Doing it all 4 days - 15 points

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MKKAYA 8/23/2011 1:48AM

    I did good today! lizzy you rock!!!

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RUNNINGWILD 8/21/2011 10:51PM

    oh oh girlie! you missed your water today. I just might beat ya! (in points, that is)

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WYOMOL 8/20/2011 6:12PM

    I blew friday but today have been purposeful and good - keep your motivation going!

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ILOVEROSES 8/20/2011 12:47PM

    Great challenge. Good that I saw it today.

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RUNNINGWILD 8/20/2011 1:29AM

    Full points for me today. Not bad for being on vacation. The fruit eating's easy when you're in the Okanagan during summer harvest. Peaches, cherries... mmmm, mmmm good!
How'd you do?

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KASHMIR 8/19/2011 3:17PM

    This is a great challenge, and like you I'm hoping to get full points this weekend!!!

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Awesome Photo Blog Day 30 (FINALLY)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Well my dear Spark friends...this 30 day photo blog has taken me oh, I dunno 4 months to complete but here is the last day!!!

It has been lots of fun and I suggest anyone to do it...It obviously doesn't have to be a huge commitment, take as long as you need to!

Day 01- A recent picture of yourself
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest
Day 03 - A picture of your inspiration for weight loss
Day 04 - A picture of the cast of your favorite TV show
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite animal
Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day
Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item
Day 08 - A picture of your favorite color
Day 09 – A picture that motivates you to do more
Day 10 - A picture of your closest friend
Day 11 - A picture of your IPOD or other music playing device on shuffle, and then list the first 10 songs that play.
Day 12 – A picture that defines you
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist
Day 14 – A picture of you now
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you
Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity, and the reasons why it is the biggest
Day 19 - A picture of your nicknames you have; why do you have them.
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel
Day 21 – A picture of an exercise you can’t do, but would like to try (and then try it if you want to)
Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book; why is it your favorite?
Day 24 - A picture of what I would find in your bag
Day 25 - A picture of your favorite super hero and why
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member
Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile
Day 30 - A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?

It is really hard for me to actually find pictures of myself. I am usually the one BEHIND the camera, not in front of it. I so rarely like the pictures of myself for whatever reason I would prefer it that way. So after some digging...

This is a picture of me from August 1, 2010

This picture was taken of me yesterday.

If you are looking for the stats here they are. Last year on this date I was 122. Which is 9 pounds over my goal weight. As of this morning I weighed 129, which is the exact weight I started out when I joined SP in August 2008. That is not the way I would have prodicted back in July 2009 when I reached my goal weight.

That doesn't exactly tell the whole story. I am stronger that I was in 2008. I have muscle definition in my arms and legs. I have more energy, I am calmer (for the most part) and my BP is AWESOME! I am still in my size 4's ( I was in a size 8 when starting SP). My trouble spot is my belly. It still there and is the same as I remember it in 2008. I am not happy about that.

That is still not the whole story. I eat better than I did in 2008. I KNOW more about nutrition and I make a conscious choice to follow or not to follow that knowledge. I didn't gain all the weight back by eating junk. I gained it back from eating TOO MUCH! YES! You can do that.

Again, that is still not the whole story. I am NOT the same person I was in 2008, or 2009 or even 2010. I made a huge mistake in my personal life in 2008 and didn't deal with it until the end of 2010 and beginning of 2011. Let me tell you one thing...if you ignore it, it DOESN'T go away. I am on the road to healing but I still have a way to go.
In 2010 I made some really good friends here on Spark. Not just acquaintances but true friends. You know who you are. I thank all of you for being there for me!

So how have I changed in the past year. Well, the only way I can answer that is I am a living, breathing person that is still learning and evolving. One great quote I found (if you know me, you know I am a collector of great quotes) is this: "Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise. View life as a continuous learning experience." - Denis Waitley

Thanks for all of you who have followed my never ending Picture Bog!!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GIANTOCR1 7/15/2011 12:16PM

    Thanks for posting such a great photo blog... I so enjoyed reading them.. Take care and I will check your blogs. Marty

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WALKOFFWIN 7/12/2011 1:28AM

    WOW!!! Is THAT a GIANT beer keg?!?!? Oh... and you look great too, Liz! :o) You know I'm just kidding around with ya, Liz! You really DO look great, and I know that you are in much better shape and a lot healthier than you were a year ago. It really shows in this picture. You also look stronger and more self confident... from within. It's not always possible for that to come through in a photograph, but I can see it in you here.

You did what needed to be done, while learning what you needed to know, and now here you are, a new and stronger version of the already impressive woman you were a year ago. Now you are even more impressive and still moving forward towards more positive growth, strength and self understanding.

Congratulations Liz! You deserve it!

Comment edited on: 7/12/2011 1:32:42 AM

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W5VEOTX 7/11/2011 11:24PM

    Great blog

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AUNTIE65 7/11/2011 10:43PM

    Love how you focus on all the positive changes you've made... yes, the pounds maybe up - but the lifestyle has changed!

Way to go :)

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LMB-ESQ 7/11/2011 9:52PM

    You've done so great! Not only in the way you look and the way you feel and the new habits you've learned, but in insight as well!

I've loved following this blogging journey of yours (even though I didn't comment on every one), and I'm very glad to be able to count you as one of my dear friends! emoticon emoticon

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WYOMOL 7/11/2011 9:19PM

    Love your blog Lizzy!

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Awesome Photo Blog: Day 29

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile

I couldn't pick just one! Nope nor would even try! When I asked my hubby what picture that we have taken that would make me smile he said "lots, you are quick to smile" AWE! Isn't that awesome?!

This was taken in 2009, Bryce Canyon UT we went for a hike and this was our rest stop!

How about this one? My son literally running after me trying to get me to stop taking his picture. Pretty good shot for both of us running down the driveway!

This one is of my Daughter, it makes me smile because this is the first and LAST time she let me braid her hair! some say she looks like me...

This is my BFF's Bassett, Flash...she has her own camping cot right next to the fire!

This is my sweetie and I. It was a really great day of bike riding for 2 hours early Fall last year.

All of these and many more pictures make me smile...

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SPARKNMOM 7/5/2011 2:04PM

    Great photos!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/23/2011 11:25AM

    great photos! thank you for sharing them.

your daughter does look like you! very pretty!!
and your son is quite handsome!! I'd say some resemblance there too!

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DOTTIEJANE1 6/23/2011 11:20AM

    Great photos. Good picture taking .

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SEYSARAH 6/22/2011 9:00PM

    These are great photos..says so much about is important and obviously you make each other that is balance sparking!

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SHEL1181 6/22/2011 9:54AM

    Awesome!!!! Love all the pics, of course Flasher's might be one of my favorites emoticon That is truly a great picture of the Girl with her hair all braided. She looks beautiful just like Mommy!

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LMB-ESQ 6/22/2011 8:04AM

    You've got such a great looking family! And your daughter does look like you! So does your son, a little bit......

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WYOMOL 6/22/2011 7:59AM

    Liz, I am finally getting around to looking at more of your photos - I love this one, not only cause of the great photos of your family - but I too love Bryce!

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GIANTOCR1 6/22/2011 7:56AM

    I can really see why they make you smile. The one with your husband and two kids is great... Great picture blog..

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Awesome Photo Blog: Day 28

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of

uggg! I was looking for images on spiders and just seeing them on my computer screen my heart started racing!

No reason to be scared of them, I totally get that...It doesn't stop me! emoticon

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SEASONS_CHANGE 6/21/2011 6:50PM

    Lizzy, you're such a girl... lol j/k

I don't like them either

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SHEL1181 6/21/2011 4:30PM

    Yeah, thanks, now I think something's crawling on me!!!!! emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 6/21/2011 4:19PM

    Blech! I don't like them either, but they don't bother me so much outside. It's when they get in the house that I have a problem! Someone I work with took a picture of a spider on a brick wall at her house and the dang thing was as long as the brick is wide! Ewwwww

Did you see the commercial for the Samsung cell phone with the spider screen saver? OMG... it's stupid but funny

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BALDWINJ_03 6/21/2011 3:03PM

    Yuck!! I don't like 'em either, but if I see 'em, I grab anything close to kill!

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WALKOFFWIN 6/21/2011 1:49PM

    Lol! They were some of my favorite pets as a kid, and I always prized the biggest ones that I could find! In fact, I think I had one just like the one in your picture, and that's about life size!

My wife isn't scared of them, but she doesn't think too much of spiders because for some reason they love to bite her, and she's had more spider bites than anyone I've ever known, almost all from camping trips, but some even in our bed at home.

Me? I never get any... I figure that spiders can sense who their friends are. Or, my wife tastes much sweeter than I do! I happen to know that she does taste very sweet, but at least I never leave behind ugly and very itchy red welts on her body like the spiders do!

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MYCUTEGIZMO 6/21/2011 1:09PM

  Well pictures are pictures I'm perhaps only afraid of the real thing LOL

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