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Day Twenty-Two - 1/23/10

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Today begins week four, I can hardly believe it's almost been a month. In some ways it has been difficult, mostly finding time, but I think as I continue to learn and habits become second nature, some of the time investment will begin to decrease. Yesterday was so busy that I never even got to do my daily blog entry. I did not neglect monitoring and recording my food and made sure I got my fitness in, so I stayed on track well. Even got a little extra exercise by going dancing with some friends, which is why the blog never got dnoe since last night was this morning by the time I got home. Then I worked today, so now is my "catching up" time.

I can't explain the feeling I have, it's something like an assured confidence, but not of pride but of determination. Like this will really work and probably beyond what I had even hoped.

But enough about me today, I am blogging today in honor of my Spark Buddy. The idea came as a part of the Jumpin' January Challenge, but as I have pondered this all week, it is more of a long overdue "Thank You Note of Recognition." I'm supposed to wite about what my Spark Buddy means to me. How much room do I have? I owe her such a debt of thanks, that I can never repay. I can only hope to be there for her and to continue to pass along all the strength that she has helped me find.

I actually have a couple of buddies, one is biographically so much like me it is scarry and the other is so different from me its like a polar opposite. What I love about both of them is that they are closer to me than just friends or sisters. We share a bond kinship, love and commonality that nothing can break. Everyday I look forward to the smallest word of news from them. What's new in their lives and what they are doing to reach their goals. They drive me on to expect more from myself and I doing so, I achieve even greater results than I could've imagined. They keep me accountable and on track, but they also keep me from beating myself up and expecting unrealistic performance. I can't begin to imagine being on this journey without them, and I never want to experience what that would be like.

So, to my Spark Buddies, and all my friends, I express my sincere thanks for helping me to reach the milestones I have so far. I am eagering anticipating continuing on this journey with you. Let's Do This TOGETHER!

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SLIMGRAM2 1/24/2010 8:49PM

    You are an inspiration girlfriend to all of us. And You are doing a wonderful job in sticking with your ultimate goals.
I too look forward to each day to read my blogs and checking in on all my emoticon Thank you for being there for me. You have really given me encourage and motivation, more than you know. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAM1864 1/24/2010 4:50AM

    WoW!! So sweet of you to think so high about your buddies. emoticon

I too agree with you. Every day I look forward to mails & blogs my buddies send. Just to know they are fine wherever they are, makes my day happy. emoticon. emoticon

You always inspire & motivate us. Thankyou for sharing your lovely thoughts. emoticon

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Day Twenty - 1/21/10PM (VERY PM)

Friday, January 22, 2010

I'm feeling a bit tired, no wonder, it's after 11pm and I'm just getting to my blog. Yesterday was a great day, and today wasn't bad, but I'm just feeling
a. a little sluggish
b. as if I could eat the entire world (but I resisted)
c. sore - with pain in both my knee and hip
d. and a little down - just couldn't get everything done I wanted to
Still, I am grateful that tomorrow is another day, and I don't have to go into work. Just a couple of Dr.'s appts. with my sister, drive her around to do her errands and try to cook a couple or three extra dishes to portion out for later in the week.

Might even get to sleep in, if the dogs let me.

Sleep - Good idea!

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    You're still doing great! Will probably feel much better with a good night's sleep under your belt.

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PAM1864 1/22/2010 4:58AM

    Hi friend, you seem to have a busy week. emoticon

Take care of your knee, don't overdo it. Don't forget to take the required amount of calorie and drink lots of water. emoticon

Have a good emoticon

Next day will be emoticon for you.


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Day Nineteen - 1/20/10 Wed PM

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I could've made this blog entry earlier in the evening, but then I wouldn't have this news to share, and I WANT TO SCREAM THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS!


When I started on this journey just seventeen days ago, I could barely walk 10-15 minutes, and if I did that with any speed, I had to wear a knee brace. In this short period of time, with steady, small daily progress, tonight I did one hour of biking and walking. I honestly didn't think that would've been possible so soon, and I did it without the brace. I didn't go a fast as I could have while walking, but I kept my heart rate high enough that it was a definate workout.

I am smiling ear to ear and just want to tell everyone how wonderful Spark People is and "THANK YOU" to my Spark Buddies, friends, and everyone who has done sooo much to motivate me to keep pushing myself a little at a time.

I'm so happy I could cry!

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PAM1864 1/21/2010 4:46AM

    You are emoticon emoticon

I know emoticon

emoticon emoticon is good cardio exercise. It burns calorie fast. I can only walk fast on treadmill. Still afraid to run on it. emoticon


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DONNAGRACE1164 1/21/2010 12:48AM

That's so great!!! See what just working on it can do??!! You're doing an awesome job - just keep it up... I know the feeling... I was at a point where just walking my kids kept commenting that I was "breathing so hard"... It's easier to keep yourself healthy when you're building up your endurence with exercise, etc. Again... Great job and Congrats on your success! emoticon

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Day Eighteen - 1/19/10Tues PM

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

This is the non-venting blog. I'm much calmer now, kitchen, though not exactly "clean" is straight and wiped down. Plus all the animals are fed, four legged and two legged and I've got my e-mails and most of my reading caught up AND my strength training, stretch9ing and a few extra cardio minutes for a bonus.

Now I am sitting down in the absolute peace and QUIET (aaahhhhhh) for a cup of tea, a glass of milk and my bonus - a 1/2cup of Peppermint ice cream which is all carefully balanced into today's nutrition totals. Best of all it's only 9:30pm!

It was hard to do the fitness tonight, especially since I upped my reps and made myself do the extra cardio. Still, I feel good and I will sleep well

Wishing you all the same! emoticon

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SLIMGRAM2 1/20/2010 6:34AM

    You have really put in a day haven't you? emoticon emoticon You are inspiring me to do more here in the evenings. That's a lot more than what I have been doing. I guess that's my motivation today. Thank You. You have a great day!! emoticon

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    It sounds like you're doing fantastic!

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Day Eighteen - 1/19/10

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I just go thome a half-hour ago from work and can finally sit for a minute. And truly it will probably only be for a minute, but I need to vent, eat, then clean up from the hurricane that must hav hit this kitchen while someone tried to make homemade split pea soup. Literally EVERY pot, pat and lid is out of the cabinet in the floor, there is a pan of burnt something on the stove and a pot of soup. Then, forgive me to ask, but I need to record what I'm eating, so I asked what was in the soup. BIG MISTAKE! Forgive me, but the last meal I ate without asking for specifics, I found out that it took one whole stick of butter of brown four chicken breast pieces...thankfully I got that tidbit of information before any of the meal passed my lips. I do believe there is some sabotage going on and I refuse to let it get the best of me.

Okay, sorry, but I just really needed to vent for a minute. THANKS! Now, off my butt to get some control of this situation, (HA! HA!), and eat, before I go change and work out. I don't believe these words are coming out of my mouth, but that will make me feel better.

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DONNAGRACE1164 1/19/2010 10:31PM

    It does sound like quite a cooking and clean-up project there... But I understand how you feel... those calories, fat grams, carb grams, etc.. can sneak up on you and until you're in something like we're in with SparkPeople- you don't always watch those things as closely - or portion sizes - my family thinks I'm somewhat nuts sometimes because I'll use a measuring cup to take my food out of a bowl instead of serving spoon - or I have to see the label of what was made for dinner to know how much I can eat, what the portion size is, etc... It really does work though... You're doing great - and keep up the good work with exercising!!! emoticon

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NELLIEC 1/19/2010 10:01PM

    Oh, my, some cooking project. It is definitely good to find out the ingredients. Someone I used to know used up a whole stick of margarine everytime she cooked -- AAAAAAGGGGGHHHHH! poor arteries.

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SLIMGRAM2 1/19/2010 6:44PM

    You go girl ( exercise that is ) emoticon emoticon

I totally understand what your saying. I have a future daughter-in-law that has no clue how to cook, and doesn't know how to clean properly, lets things burn etc. etc.

And you can vent all you want. I do hope that after you get off your BUTT and work out that you work some of that fraustration off. emoticon emoticon
Have a great evening!!!!!!!!!!

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