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SparkPeople Motivator

Saturday, February 27, 2010

emoticonI sat down to drink my Green Tea and check my e-mail yesterday evening and I discovered an e-mail from SparkPeople saying I had been named a "SparkPeople Motivator" The first thing I did was call my Hubby and tell him to post it for our friends on FaceBook.
emoticonIt is such an honor, and I thank all of you who voted for me. I do feel like I didn't "earn it" because of all the support, encouragement, and compassion I have received here, right from day one. My CurvesFriends and SparkFriends deserve the credit for keeping me 'On Track' But I do try to "Pay it forward" and it is my prayer that my Journey will inspire and encourage others.
emoticonIf you are reading my Page or my Blogs, please know that my story is not unique. You can be a success story, too. It may take longer than you want it to, and it may not be as easy as you wish it were. But it can be done. Using the Friendship, Compassion, Support, and Tools here on SparkPeople you can do what I have done---What I am continuing to do each day.
emoticonGetting to my Goal Weight will not be the end of this Journey. I will still need you all to help me maintain the Happy Healthy Life that I am discovering. There will always be the possibility of falling back into old habits and old relationships with food and the Couch.
But with you all at my side I know that the next 52 years of my life will be even better than the last 52 have been.

  
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BARBARA_G 2/28/2010 9:50AM

    Congratulations on becoming a Spark People motivator!
You are so right. We all help each other. And I too think it is so important to remember that the journey continues after you've reached your goal weight.
We can do this together.
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CAWESTY 2/27/2010 10:41PM

    Amen to all of the comments! You bless and help us all. Thank you!!

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THROOPER62 2/27/2010 3:56PM

    Hi! Congratulations on being SparkPeople Motivator. You deserve it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DKAB55 2/27/2010 12:14PM

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You are an inspiration to many of us; it's sometimes hard to fathom losing a mere 35 lbs when you've tried and failed for years. Then you read stories such as yours and you know that losing weight is possible, you see the before, during and current pictures and know how great you're going to look when you lose your weight...it's nice to have a "real" person telling me I can lose the weight; and not an ad for a product picturing a swimsuit beauty.
You look Amazing!!!! Beautiful!!! Wonderful!!!...I still want you to save me a seat at the top!!!
Love ya,
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SANDY5882 2/27/2010 11:05AM

    Congratulations!

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JESS1216 2/27/2010 10:12AM

    I am so glad that we have gotton to know each other over Spark people! :) You are an awesome person!!!!

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NANCYRUBIO 2/27/2010 5:34AM

    Just from that post alone you deserve to be "SparkPeople Motivator". Your desire to help everyone is evident.

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What a Difference A Year Makes!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

emoticonLast February, if my husband had come home and found my car at home and me somewhere else, his first question would have been "What is wrong with the car, and when do I need to come pick you up?" Yesterday when he came home and the car was in the driveway but there was no sign of me, he just waited until I came in, then he asked "How far did you walk today?"
emoticonLast February when I needed grocerys, I drove my son to Wal-Mart, gave him the money and a grocery list, then sat in the car reading a book until he came back with the grocerys. Today, I drove him to the store, gave him the money and grocery list as usual. BUT, while he was shopping I walked around the block (1 mile) and got back to the car just as he was putting the sacks in the trunk.
emoticonI work about a mile from home (I had the same job last February). When I left work this evening there was about 45 minutes of daylight left. It was the first time in DAYS that the sun was out and the temperature was over 40. I left the car at work and walked the long way around the neighborhood and got home just after dark. I told DH that I would need a ride over to work later this evening because I "Forgot" to bring the car home with me. All he could do was laugh and shake his head.
emoticonIf you are reading this and thinking 'I am glad for her, but I could never do that' you are mistaken. I started out walking for 5--10 minutes because it hurt so much to walk further than that. I started gradually and I increased VERY slowly. With the Tools, support, and compassion on SparkPeople and from my Friends at Curves my life has changed completely, and so can yours.
emoticonThe scale did not have a major part in measuring my success at first. Make no mistake, I was Ecstatic that the pounds were coming off. But success was measured by events such as going to Wal-Mart and buying my own grocerys, walking to the corner without being completely out of breath, and my DH telling me that I didn't keep him awake with my snoring the night before. If you are just starting out, mark down the "Little Victorys" that have nothing to do with the scales. You might be surprised at how much progress you are making.
emoticonFebruary 2011 is going to be here before you know it. How different will your life be then, if you start walking for 10 minutes a day, or going to the gym today? It may be a long Journey, but you will never be alone as you travel the road to your Goals.
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IAMANDARAMA 2/28/2010 4:29PM

    What a fantastic blog. As a newbie, it helped me to fix on a distant point that will become closer each day.

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SEAWITCHBLUE 2/27/2010 10:06AM

    well done
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CAWESTY 2/26/2010 9:47PM

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful story! I emailed to my sisters, and know it will be an inspiration to them, too!

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TWOCANS 2/15/2010 1:46PM

    Awesome blog!!! Keep up the good work!

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PAULASTRAS 2/15/2010 4:02AM

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HUNNYTHISTLE 2/15/2010 2:40AM

    I managed to take a walk almost everyday this week. Getting out the door is the hard part for me. I'm physically capable of walking ~3 miles or so, no problem, if I go out, but it's hard to get motivated, unless I'm hiking on the weekends. What amazes me is that you're able to do it consistently, everyday -- even if you have to go to multiple stores on cold, snowy days to do it! That's awesome.

Everyday that I didn't feel like walking this week, and that was most days, I just thought of you doing all that walking in Walmart, and got my butt out the door. Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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SHEILA1505 2/15/2010 12:57AM

    Congratulations on turning your entire life around - what an about-turn in your mind-set - this is what it is ALL about. Well Done!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 2/14/2010 11:36PM

    Wonderful to hear of your progress! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALECIA1969 2/14/2010 10:05PM

    thanks i needed an extra push, your story gave it to me thanks for sharing and congrats on all you have done in a year emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LISANANCY 2/14/2010 8:26PM

    Absolutely wonderful. I love the support for DH. Good for you. Just keep going emoticon

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MSKRIS7 2/14/2010 5:57PM

    Good Job!! You inspired me

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KELLI9001 2/14/2010 9:50AM

    You have come a long way baby!! Great job, you inspire us all!
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ANGELCOWBOY1 2/14/2010 6:30AM

    Awesome commentary on a job well done! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DKAB55 2/14/2010 3:48AM

    You are such an inspiration...I love reading the blog and seeing your progress; you're right anyone can do it. My February 2011 will be a very special one indeed!
Have a wonderful Valentines with DH (Dear Husband?)
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1SOPRANOMOM1 2/14/2010 1:47AM

    Just this evening I was trying to motivate myself by imagining writing a blog much like this one a year from now. You did it first! Congratulations! I am more encouraged than ever to follow in those footsteps!

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AUTUMNWINDZ 2/13/2010 10:28PM

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Thinking About February......And Beyond

Sunday, February 07, 2010

emoticonToday is Sunday and usually if I do any exercise, it is just a short walk. But today I wanted to do some extra exercise for several reasons.
Number 1 was that today is Super Bowl Sunday emoticonNo offense to all the fans out there but watching several hours of any Sport is not great fun to me. (I am Happy for the Saints!) So getting out of the house for a walk and going to the gym at the Community Center seemed like a good idea for this afternoon.
emoticonMy Second reason was that one of my Curves Teams on SparkPeople was the #6 Team on Spark last month for the number of SparkPoints and Fitness Minutes we had earned. They challenged all of us members to do an extra 10--20 minutes of exercise each day to push our Team into the Top Five SparkPeople Teams. I am going to do my part.
emoticonThis has nothing to do with why I went for a walk today, really, and it is kind of selfish, but I found out that my Curves is going to do another Biggest Loser Contest this year (I am not sure when, exactly) and I have decided that I am going to enter it and actually try to win even though I won last year. I am a little worried that it might be upsetting to some people if I win again, but it will be my LAST chance to win. By next year at this time I plan to be at my Goal Weight and there would be NO CHANCE that I would even want to enter the contest, much less lose enough weight to win.
emoticonI started playing on the Computer and didn't get to the Community Center before they closed. But I did go for my walk. emoticonI walked for 50 minutes at Target, then I went to Wal-Mart and walked for another 50 minutes, and bought an apple. I sat in the car and ate the apple and drank a bottle of water, then talked myself into going to Homeland and walking for another 32 minutes. The stores are all within 4 miles of my house and it was way too cold to walk outside. By breaking it up into three walks I didn't feel as conspicuous as I would have if I'd walked for over 2 hours in one store. I am glad I got in my 6 mile walk today, even though now my Legs are not speaking to me emoticon

  
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NORASPAT 2/27/2010 9:58AM

    Congratulations LJ you are a true inspiration Nice to know you Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLOWERLADY63 2/27/2010 8:52AM

  What fantastic goals you have accomplished and you truly are an inspiration to me. Please keep writing your blog. Thank you for sharing your continuing journey. emoticon

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NEELY0918 2/13/2010 3:43PM

    OMG you have lost 123 lbs!! how awesome. i dream of that first goal of losing 50 then 100 and then finishing. It can not come quick enough for me. I am so motivated by your story. I would not worry about winning again. Join that contest and I am confident you will excel. I am just starting out and I am amazed how differently I feel about losing weight this time, Sparks has certainly made a difference. Talking to people with the same problems and seeing the success stories are keeping me highly motivated. Good Luck on your contest. I will peek in now and again to see how you are doing.

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PAULASTRAS 2/11/2010 9:23PM

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BARBARA_G 2/10/2010 7:58PM

    Woohoo for your 6 mile walk. Do you have a mall you can walk in? That way you would not have to drive to different places. But good for you for doing it! You have every reason to be proud of yourself.
I definitely think you should do the Biggest loser challenge. If you lose more weight than the rest you deserve the price even if you win it two years in a row!
Keep up the walking ;)
Barbara

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HUNNYTHISTLE 2/9/2010 12:30AM

    All that walking is really impressive, and is something I aspire to. Right now I'm just trying to get out the door and walk every day -- even if it's just up to the produce stand or around the block.

6 miles is definitely inspiring!

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LISANANCY 2/8/2010 9:08AM

    Hey,sometimes the home stretch is the hardest one. I think it is great that you enter the contest. It will bring you to your goal on time. You go girl emoticon

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DKAB55 2/7/2010 11:01PM

    You should focus on you...and if entering the Biggest Loser contest and WINNING is your goal...then I say go for it. Everyone has the same opportunity to win; it has to come from within and if they have what it takes then they will give you a run for your money and may the Biggest Loser Win! But don't deny yourself this because you’re afraid there may be hurt feelings.
emoticon"Go Big Loser, Go!"

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DEESJOURNEY2FIT 2/7/2010 10:46PM

    How amazing are you? You little cardio bunnie you!!

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Still Moving In Spite Of Ice Storm

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thanks to the Owner calling me this morning, I made it to Curves and had a GREAT work-out before they closed early because of the weather. Thanks Maria, I appreciate you!!
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonYesterday we stocked up on groceries, milk, and fruit. We even gassed up the cars. So we are as ready as we can be for whatever this storm brings.
emoticonI was hoping to walk at least down to the corner today. But it has been sleeting all day and the TV has been warning about 'Slip and Falls' since before noon, so............No walking outside for me today. emoticon
emoticonThankfully we still have electricity--so far, anyway. So I popped in a Leslie Sansone Video and walked 3.3 miles so far. I am hoping to walk at least 3.1 miles (5K) five days a week from now until the Oklahoma City Marathon on April 25th. I will be walking with a group from Curves in the 5K Fun Walk. I will not let a little thing like an Ice Storm keep me from practicing.

  
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DKAB55 1/31/2010 10:37AM

    I'm so glad you're not letting a LITTLE thing like an ICE STORM stop you from exercising...Too cute!
You keep rockin it mama!
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LJCANNON 1/29/2010 10:14PM

    You are SOOO welcome for calling you! It stinks that we have been closed! I will for sure see you on Monday!!

Love ya
Maria


PS yes I hacked into your blog!!! HAHAHAHAHA but you love me!

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NATALIE1964 1/29/2010 6:26PM

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BOUDINETTE 1/29/2010 4:09AM

    Oklahoma City Marathon emoticon
That sounds exciting!

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LISANANCY 1/28/2010 10:41PM

    Stay safe and warm, I just know you will be out there with the melting snow. Good job, wonderful goal emoticon emoticon

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LOPEYP 1/28/2010 8:21PM

    Good for you. You must have been a girl scout.
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BARBARA_G 1/28/2010 8:03PM

    I love your attitude. I do hope you don't have an electrical outage. I'm glad you're stocked up on food and you found a way to exercise indoors.
Keep up the excellent work!
Barbara

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THECOOLESTSARAH 1/28/2010 7:50PM

    Wow! That's commitment!

It's AWESOME that they called you - shows how much support you have and how committed they think you are. All around, very inspiring and cool.

Be careful - I hope you get to do your 5k!

-Sarah

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I Made It To One-Derland January 23, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

It wasn't my "Official" Weigh In Day but on Saturday morning I decided on the spur of the moment to get on the scales at Curves--even though I had already eaten breakfast and drank a ton of coffee. The scale said 198. I only told a few people and I did not post it on SparkPeople. I think there is a part of me that does not believe that it is really possible that I am finally under 200.
Then this morning I weighed again--before breakfast and coffee--and the scale was down 2 more pounds!! I know I should be doing the happy dance but I think I am scared to really believe it.
I have tried so hard before with diets and pills to lose the weight and I felt like such a failure because I couldn't stick to the rules and resist my favorite foods for more than a few days or weeks at a time. If I did lose anything it was just a few pounds that always came back--with Friends!--as soon as I gave up on the diet or threw away the Pills because the side effects of them scared me.
This time--with SparkPeople and Curves--I do not feel deprived at all. If I want some kind of food, I just budget it into my calories for that day. I feel better and have more energy than I have had in I don't know when. How could I possibly have lost 122 pounds in a relatively short time without feeling deprived and struggling with controlling my appetite. I no longer crave some of the foods that I used to think I couldn't live without, and I have learned that I like many more vegetables than I thought.
emoticon emoticonI will do the Happy Dance as soon as the shock wears off and I BELIEVE that I really am in that beautiful place called One-Derland.

  
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NORASPAT 2/13/2010 2:02PM

    Oh I am so glad I got to your Page LJ, I have trouble with my page. Every time I try to do anything with it I get a message saying the are unable to find this member-something like that. User unknown I guess. I am not too worried I am new to all of this I will get to finishing the page eventually. Right now I am concentrating on getting my left leg strengthened. 6 years ago TODAY, I lifted a heavy dresser and ruptured three discs in my back. I have a numb left leg from the surgery but no pain. I live in Maine and if it is icy it makes me nervous. Anyway I am still so glad I found your page. I did Curves and loved it but I had a fall of a machine and have not been for a long time I suspended my membership. The curves in My town closed and I had to go to a much smaller crowded curves in the next town. I am doing my tread mill though. Good to meet you Pat in Maine. Where are you? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THINWITHIN18 2/11/2010 1:00AM

    Welcome to One-derland. I love it here and I'm sure you will too! Congratulations on your great accomplishment and best of luck for the future!
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SM-ARTGIRL 2/1/2010 9:15PM

    I am so proud of you!!
It really is real!
You really have got to onederland!!

Yippeeee!!!


I was so happy to read this blog today Jeannie!

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NORJUNMA1 1/28/2010 11:35AM

    Congrats LJ! All it takes is one little pebble to start an avalanche!

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BARBARA_G 1/28/2010 9:57AM

    I know I'll feel the same way you do once I make it to the 100s. First there will be a long period of disbelief because I also have not been there for many years. I am so proud of you and am excited for you too. You are a real inspiration! It sounds like you found the key to long term success. And that is the most important part.
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MARTIDOM 1/28/2010 1:08AM

    AMAZING WORK!@! So proud of your accomplishment!!

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CMCMATH 1/26/2010 4:33PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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CATLADY52 1/26/2010 1:18PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon and many emoticon I know Curves is a great place. You are doing fine.

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LADYPUERCOLOCO 1/26/2010 11:01AM

    Congratulations!!!! You have done and amazing job and are a great inspiration to join you in One-Derland!!

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XTMONT 1/26/2010 10:45AM

    Way to go!

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SHELLMUNDY 1/26/2010 8:47AM

    Congratulations!!!!
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I was the same way at first when I realized I had lost 50, but girl it is time to Party!
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KELLI9001 1/26/2010 8:39AM

    You proud and share your news with the world!!!
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MEGS4148 1/26/2010 8:27AM

    That is amazing! You have worked so hard and definitely deserve to be in Onederland. You will believe it when you keep stepping on the scale over the next few weeks and a "1" always pops up at the beginning. Keep up the hard work!

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BOUDINETTE 1/26/2010 7:18AM

    it's hard to let go and lose. in your head. i was just thinking about it this morning.
CONGRATS!
hope you've mentally adjusted to your success:)

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X4MENOW1 1/26/2010 7:12AM

    WOW!!! I am so proud of you and inspired by you. I am just a few weeks into my journey, but I feel SO much better already. You deserve KUDOS for such an amazing accomplishment! YOU GO GIRL!!!!!

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DEBSDESTINY 1/26/2010 6:46AM

   
I am SOOOOOO proud of you! Keep up the good work and Believe it! I'm gonna do the Happy Dance for you!

Deb
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DKAB55 1/26/2010 3:14AM

    I'm so happy for you; what a wonderful achievement! Have faith that you will never go back to the old you...You are a strong woman! I'm so proud of you J.
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HUNNYTHISTLE 1/26/2010 2:14AM

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I totally know what you mean about waiting till the next weigh in to confirm a loss -- I usually do that before updating my tracker here on SP.

And the Happy Dance is surely deserved -- this time, you're doing it right!

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AHEALTHIERJAN 1/26/2010 1:54AM

    Congratulations!!! And thank you for voicing the fear as well, I'm sure it is shared by many.

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THECOOLESTSARAH 1/26/2010 1:15AM

    ONEderland is an amazing place to be - I am SO SO SO happy for you! I was there last year and I let it slip away. This time when I get back I'm hanging on with both hands and NEVER letting it get away from me again!!!

CONGRATULATIONS! CELEBRATE IT!

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EXCUSELESS 1/26/2010 12:56AM

    CONGRATS!!! I understand your leary but embrace this moment. It's one of many wonderful achievements you will conquer in your new healhy way of living. I'm 13lbs from One-derland... I can't wait.

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