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Answer in Three's - Borrowed from LKEITHO

Monday, January 24, 2011

With thanks to TRIGRAMPS and others:

The names I go by:

Three places I've lived in the past:
San Antonio, Texas
Baumholder, Germany
Ft. Lewis, Washington

Three sports I have played:

Three things I love to watch:
The ocean/waves/water
Baby kittens

Three places I have visited:

Three people I love:
My sister
My other sister
My other sister
(and my other sister - don't want her to be left out!)

Three things I love to eat:
Fruits and Veggies

Three things I am looking forward to:
Being able to afford a gym membership
my half-marathon
A REAL vacation...eventually

Three songs that I like:
Sweet Freedom - Michael McDonald
I Can Only Imagine - Chris Tomlin
Keep the Fire - Kenny Loggins
Life - Becca Shea (oops that's four, oh well....
Ooooo, so hard to pick!!!

So, there are a few new things about me. How about you?

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TEAPOT57 1/25/2011 7:56PM

    Hi Lorraine,
You have seen some of the world . How did you like living in Germany? My son said he would love to live there. I am hoping to see other counties, I would love to visit New Zealand, Austria, Greece. I have seen quite a bit of the United States. Haven't been to Alaska or Hawaii or any of the Islands.
Thanks for sharing about yourself.
Keep up the good work with your sleeping, eating and exercising.
Hugs Lorraine

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SMILESRME 1/24/2011 9:37PM

    Hey Lorraine! Great and fun idea! Thanks for sharing about yourself! I may need to borrow this idea too!

Julia : )

I love "I Can Only Imagine" too! What a heavenly visual! Alas, I have three brothers; no sisters. (I suppose I love my big bros too!) ; )

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A Personal Victory and a Renewed Focus

Sunday, January 23, 2011

It's been quite a couple of weeks. I am finally training myself to get enough sleep (at least 7 to 8 hours a night). In the past two weeks I only missed on night and that was close. I've been back to tracking my food...mostly staying near the top of my range, but the holiday weight has come off, even with the minimal exercise I've been doing.

Faced a tough situation this eek, and I think I made it through with flying colors. A year ago, I would have beat myself up and got on a binge and who knows what else, but I've gained so much from Spark...much more so than just how to treat my body better, but also to respect and treat myself better. A dear old friend made some hurtful assumptions and accusations toward me in an e-mail that had me reeling for a day or two. I even cried and for a short moment, I almost bought into her misrepresentations. Then, I took a step back and looked at the situation, and although there were hurtful things said, I did not take them too much to heart. I did not beat myself up or eat like there was no tomorrow or attempt to sooth the emotional hurt in any destructive way at all. I thought the situation through, confronted her in a kind and concerned way today, and at least as far as I can control, I think I got the air cleared between us. I would never have had the guts or the where with all to do that a year ago. What was a misunderstanding and a hurt would have permanently destroyed our friendship and sent me into a self-destructive tailspin, but not today. Today, I know that I am so much more than what other people may think I am or may want me to be....and I love me for that!

I have also got the start of a plan for my fitness going. Tomorrow I do day one of my training plan to get myself ready for the B210K. I will be packing up the workout gear and heading to the fitness center on my way home from work. I get a good bench mark in the 1/2 hr to 45 mins of how much ground I may have lost. I am signed up for a 10K on Apr 16th, and I know with focus, that I can do this. It's on that same tough course as my fall 5K from last year...the one they call "challenging"...with the one mile hill from hell to start the course. After that, I'll do a couple more races during the spring/summer and I have already signed up for the Chicago half-marathon on Sept 11th. I was hoping to do a charity run with TNT but it requires that you can accumulate $750. worth of donations and I'[m not quite sure at this point that I can gather that much support. I will probably already be "hitting up" some family and friends to help raise funds for a mission trip within the next 12 months, so funds being tight all the way around, I am still deciding if I will try for the Team in Training too.

For the first time in quite a few weeks, I feel like I have my focus back. I know that I have alot of work to do in the next few weeks...and then again this summer to be ready for the half, but now that I have a plan in place that I think I can realistically stick with, I know that I can do it!

Thanks Spark friends for keeping me trudging along and believing in me. You all have inspired me so, to not settle but to keep shooting for the best me possible. HERE I GO!!!

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ON2VICTORY 1/24/2011 11:00AM

    you showed alot of personal courage to deal with the issues rather than burying them. you are so much stronger than that and you proved it. Now, you are the better for it and your relationship with your friend is too. I learned that myself not too long ago, it works.... good for you.

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TEDDYBABE 1/24/2011 6:15AM

    Good for you. You have gained self confidence. And you should your efforts and hard work are your accomplishments. Your race schedule sounds awesome!

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HARRINGTON5 1/23/2011 10:54PM

    I love this blog and you really have set some good goals for yourself. It sounds like you handled that situation just right....good for you. Although I am not fast, I love running and I do two 10Ks a year. I also have done a HM in November the last two years. Last year I did 6 5Ks in addition to those three, but that was a little much for my schedule and I will cut back to 6 this year. I really think running makes me feel so much healthier and younger too. Keep up the good work, you are really doing well.

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MZLADY77 1/23/2011 10:50PM

    emoticonStay focus!

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The Spark is Spreading...Like Wildfire

Thursday, January 13, 2011

It seems like an eternity since I've had a day off work that wasn't packed from start to finish with chores and errands and things to do to try to get caught up. In fact, even today I was out the door by 7:30 to go to a ladies house to pick up a pant suit that she can no longer wear and a couple of blouses. From there, I went to the church where they were having a monthly ladies brunch type event with a speaker. I've been meaning to go to one of these, but it's at our churches main campus which is at least a half hour to forty minutes north of the house. Since it was going to be a lower key day though, I figured that I could make the trip and then since I would be out that way, I would exchange a Christmas gift at a store up there and stop at Trader Joes for more of their wonder peanut flour.

The speaker, today, was a man by the name of Dave Bauer. He is the owner of a business called Integrated Fitness Solutions, and he was speaking on the body-mind-spirit triangle as it relates to practical exercise tips for our bodies, the emotional aspect of why we eat what we eat, and what it means to live and eat healthy from a Christian perspective. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor and Personal Trainer with multiple accreditations, and he combines these skills in his business to help people achieve there physical, as well as mental and spiritual health goals. He and his team have personal training sessions and boot camps, and he also does one on one type of consultations.

Throughout his talk, he hit on what our resting and base matabolism rates should be as well as our calorie needs and what our fat carb and protein breakdowns should be. Much of this, of course, I had a good grip on already from the year I've spsent here on Spark, although he does recommend a lower percentage of calories from carbs and a higher percent from protein than what the nutrition planner guidlines recommend. I've been adjusting that recently anyway...trying to get the proteins to the higher end while keeping the carbs on the lower side. (That's tough to do while still keeping the fats in line). He discussed the super foods and what should be staples in our diets, and serveral times in the morning referred back to Spark People. He even asked if anyone in the audience had heard or used Sparkpeople, and of course, my hand SHOT up. He aske dme what Spark had done for me, and I was more than happy to let this wonderful group of ladies know that for FREE, Spark has helped me to lose 40+ lbs...has kept me at or below my goal weight....has made me mindful of everything that I put into my body and what I can expect of my body in terms of eating and fitness and health to a MUCH greater extent. It has been the cause of my body shrinking, but tremendous growth in sooo many other areas of my life, in fitness, self-confidence, the ability to set and achieve goals, organization. For me, Spark definitely helps balance the body-mind-spirit triangle. I got so excited talking to a couple of the ladies, I totally forgot about the other errands that I had planned to do on that trip. I was in too big a hurry to get home and e-mail them with the Spark links.

I only hope that they get as much out of this marvelous program as I have....it is soooo cool to see a professional in the field of healthy living "spreading the spark"....even when he doesn't need to, but just because he, too, recognizes the value it has added to so many lives! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 1/24/2011 5:46AM

    That's fantastic!

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DONNAGRACE1164 1/23/2011 12:40AM

    I love telling people about Sparkpeople!! When you've had such good success as you've had and it's noticeable... it really makes an impact on people around you.. And then you gained some good information to keep up your health education too...

Good job!
Donna emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 1/20/2011 9:41AM

    wow, YOU are a rockstar!!! what a great Sparkfriend you are!! keep at it...

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_CYNDY55_ 1/18/2011 1:35AM

    That Is¸¸.•*¨*• Awesome! How Cool You Are Spreading The Spark!
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MEADSBAY 1/16/2011 6:18PM

    I get so excited when I find people who know about, or want to hear about Sparkpeople.

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CALGIRL74 1/16/2011 5:37PM

    Thats awesome.

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WKLYTTON 1/15/2011 11:30AM

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SPARKIE1964 1/15/2011 11:11AM

    You were meant to be there to spread the spark! emoticon

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TEDDYBABE 1/14/2011 3:59AM

    I like this! I love Spark People. It's awesome!

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IZZYBEBOP 1/13/2011 6:23PM

    That is awesome! Spread the Spark!

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RHONDALYN10 1/13/2011 5:12PM

    That is SO COOL! How interesting. So glad you were able to attend! Woohoo!

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NELLIEC 1/13/2011 5:04PM

    It is definitely something we want to share!

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KANSASROSE67 1/13/2011 4:51PM

    That must have been so exciting! I've been on Spark almost a year, and my husband just told me last night he is ready to join. HUGE victory!

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Ahhhh, It's good to be back!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I know I have not been as active on Spark recently as I have been....yes, life around the holidays does get hectic....but then mine always seems to be. I have been suffering from a terminally slow internet connection, which, hopefully as of today has been remedied. I was fairly able to check and get through a few e-mails etc. each morning before work, but in the evening, I could barely log onto the site and even short responses were sometimes too much for the system to process and the slow speed would repeatedly kick me off or not load items. Sometimes to track a meal would take multiple attempts and up to 10-15 or more minutes to enter.

I am so grateful for the faithfulness of all you spark friends that have stuck with me....I promise to get caught up with you all by this weekend. Now that the new system can handle downloading blogs etc, I will catch up and respond to each and everyone of you.

For now though, I'm hitting the sack....have a meeting an hour away in the morning with a contact in the fitness field. Maybe some hope for a connection there. Pretty excited that I don't have to get up 1/2 hr - 45 minutes early to clear out the "essential" e-mails. This is going to be one exciting week!

Keep Sparking! I'll "spark" at you soon!

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SPARKIE1964 1/13/2011 1:45PM

    Welcome bacl! emoticon

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CALGIRL74 1/13/2011 9:22AM

    Glad your back. The same thing happened to me during the holidays except I had no excuse. Just got too busy. Like I said, no excuse. So..Cheers!

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DEBBIEKAY1 1/13/2011 8:25AM

    emoticonback emoticon

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TEDDYBABE 1/13/2011 6:24AM

    Oh I hate that! That is painful. Glad you are getting it fixed. Glad you will be back! have a good day!

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_CYNDY55_ 1/13/2011 12:35AM

    It's Great To See You Back With Us!!!!!
¸.•*´¨`* ♥☆¸.•*´¨`*♥☆
;¸.•*´¨ Will See You When You Are Caught Up!
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TEAPOT57 1/13/2011 12:18AM

    Welcome back !
Is this maybe a job prospect to do with fitness? That would be wonderful for you or is it for training?
What ever it is good luck hope and pray it works out the way you want it to.
Hugs & Love Lorraine emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MERRYLYN 1/12/2011 11:41PM

    Hey I have been missing you.. glad you have those problems resolved and hope tomorrow goes well for you.
Keep on sparking!! emoticon

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Surviving the Holidays

Monday, December 27, 2010

This was a wonderful Christmas. My sisters actually came to church this year, and although our worship at my church is a little louder than they are used to at their Cathoic church, they did listen to and heard the sermon message and for me, that was aboout the best present ever! We finally got the family on board with limiting the money spent on gifts this year. Well, at least improved. We had set a $25 per person limit, so I got one sister the perfume set she wanted and the other a nice pair of sky gloves....some smart shopping, coupns and rebates kept me within a couple of dollars of the limits plus, I made each ones favorite candy. It took a couple of attempts to get the habanero peanut brittle right for the younger one, but both were happily surprised and pleased, so the time, effort and energy were well spsent. I even managed to stay away from both candies after the obligatory SMALL taste to make sure that they were right.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve eve, I did lighting for the services at church (after work), so Christmas day we stayed in jammies and watched movies and didn't really make the big traditional meal. I set out a veggies tray first thing in the morning with salsa and a lowfat hummus dip and then we just had nibbles throughout the day. That made it easier for me to have small tastes of the croissant, nut breads etc and then fill up on other healthier options. Of course, by the time I added a small glass of egg nog, a piece of pecan pie and a little ice cream, by the end of the day, I was over where I should have been in calories, but NO WHERE near where I would "normally" have been.

Yesterday was church in the morning, then my sisters and I went to one of our favority restaurants for their seasonal "gingerbread milkshake". I know that that also threw me over for calories, but I watched it the rest of the day. We went to see The Voyage of the Dawn Treader-3D. It was at a theater that I hadn't been to in a couple decades. They have completely changed and now they have large office type chairs and serve food and drinks. My older sis had to have popcorn, but I let them keep it down by them and only had a couple of handfuls with my diet coke which I was able to portion out and put on the table in front of me. Seeing the amount that I was eating really helped me to keep my portion to a reasonable amount.

This week we are supposed to have a nice warm up for Thursday and Friday. Maybe even going into the forties for Friday. I'm anxious to get outside for a run Thurday...a friend from church got my MP3 going again and my little sis got me a fuel belt for Christmas, so I am anxious to see how all my "gear" and fuel etc work together and that the belt fits properly.

New Year's and New Year's Eve I work, and of course the family will get together. It shouldn't be as dangerous nutritionally though and this week, I will put together a plan that I can shoot for in 2011 to continue to improve on the fitness and get a better balance on my eating habits.

I hope you all had as marevelous a Christmas as we did and that you are blessed beyond compare this coming New Year!

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    There is nothing better than to have ones' family beside them in Sunday services. It is obvious you sisters love you very much. Of course you are such a lovable person, why not. So glad your Christmas was wonderful. Love, Charlene

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MIMIKK7 12/28/2010 8:34AM

    I am so glad that you had a wonderful Blessed Christmas with your family and that you was able to enjoy the holidays keeping your food choices in check. That is awesome! Wishing you continue health, joy, and happiness in the New Year Lorraine! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FREECLOUD 12/27/2010 10:17PM

    I will also be running on Thurs or Fri. It's supposed to rain, but I'm so desperate to run outside that I will probably run in it if I have to! Looking forward to hearing how it goes for you.

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TEAPOT57 12/27/2010 8:25PM

    I am so glad you had a very Merry Christmas .
I decided that this is our last year of buying for the adults and talked it over with my two sisters and they agreed . We will still buy for our parents but we have so many children in our family my brother has five she is pregnant with the sixth. Then my niece's have two each one is adopting a child from Ethiopia this next year. I even said that my children didn't need gifts , most of the time my children don't like there gifts.
Wow it sounds like you did pretty good with your eating. I haven't kept track of what I ate at all this month. I kept food journals for years and so I decided to take a month off. I have also had a month off from Tops with our weather it has been canceled .
I got a WII for Christmas so I hope between the WII and the gym I can get this weight off.
Keep up the good work have fun running later in the week.
Hugs and Love Lorraine emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MERRYLYN 12/27/2010 8:20PM

    So happy that you had a fantastic christmas holiday with your family. Also so proud of you.. your new food awareness was showing and kept you on course! I hope you get those warmer days so you can try out your new gear.. It is supposed to be warmer here too... so hope that really happens. Now that the holidays are almost past we can put away all those little sweet tempting morsels and get back on track..
Here is to a healthy, happy new year! emoticon

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SPARKIE1964 12/27/2010 10:38AM

    You are a beacon of strength... Proud of you for reaching your goal weight and for staying the course. Thank you for your friendship and encouragement when I need it...Wishing you a truly marvelous 2011...

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TEDDYBABE 12/27/2010 10:18AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time. So happy for you. Thank you for sharing.

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