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Letting Go.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

This is not so much about weight loss as it is about me facing a week of pure anxiousness. I really want to start retraining my brain to began this weight loss journey again, but this is the last week my oldest son will be home before heading off to college. What I thought was going to be a easy transition is leading to daily secret crying in my bedroom closet. Seriously. emoticon

Everybody that knows me knows that I'm a the complete Mother Hen. I am in save-the-day mode all the time when it comes to my two boys. BUT... I am now going through this phase where I feel like maybe I may have held on to my oldest son a little too tightly. He has always been sort of the odd man out during middle and high school.. he had a better relationship with the staff at his school than some of the kids his age. He didn't really have any close friends and spent most times talking to his "online" gaming friends. I would attempt to get him to go out more or try to give my advice on how to communicate more with kids at school...but needless to say it didn't always work out. Let's just say my child can have a better conversation the President than he can with a person his own age. we are a week before he goes away to "live" amongst his peers and almost forced to get over his social awkwardness. There were few times during the summer he wanted to change to a local college or even skip school for a year and work. The crazy thing is I was secretly hoping the same thing but then realized how selfish that was and I know it is time for my young adult son to face real life.

The parent/student orientation helped me relax after realizing I wasn't the only "scared out of my mind" parent and the staff at the college is really attentive. They pretty much touched on every concern most freshman parents have..but the bottom line is I need to "Let go and let God." My son has a ton of common sense, he was never a follower, he can assert himself when he needs to and he knows he has family that will have his back no matter what.

If anyone else has any tips on how they dealt with a child moving away for the first time..please feel free to reach out. emoticon

( more whining..back to your regularly scheduled program)

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4ME2BE2 8/12/2014 8:30PM

    I've sent 4 young adults to school. It will get easier, just think you'd rather have them prepared for the"real world", and we can't do that if we're always there to make a wrong-right.
He'll be fine because he knows his mom has his back. You'll be fine because you've prepared him for his greatness.

Take a deep breath, pray and watch Good work!

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PLATINUM755 8/10/2014 11:42PM

    I so feel you. I can sympathize and empathize with what you are saying emoticon Okay, for me, the whole first semester I was still a wreck (I can laugh about it now!) but you'll gradually push pass it and start to embrace it. Hang in there and give a shout out whenever you need to. You are not alone! emoticon

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EXQUISITEDEE 8/10/2014 1:25PM

    hey Girl
You will be okay I went thru this a couple of years was real hard at first. I was always expecting her to come home on evenings. Then I realized she is going to be okay on her own and I need to get with the program.
We are living happily on our own now....I have adjusted to the season of life.

My youngest (23) is still here with me.

You will be okay just give it some time to settle in your brain and heart.

Just holla if you need to chat.



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The whole package

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Once again I had another wake up call or "moment of enlightment" if you will, and it came in the form of a package of Chips Deluxe. I know I've slacked off for the hundredth time (you see what had happened was... I had my step-daughter for the summer, my oldest is going away to school so I'm dealing with mother-son attachment issues, the "fella" was going through some serious homesicknessness, I was being plain ole lazy...did I cover everything? yea, it seems I did)

Anyway, it appears that I got so relaxed I managed to work my way through an entire package of Chips Deluxe in two days. Not one of those snack size packs, an entire "got it from the cookie section in Kroger" pack.

Can you say..get your life together?

So... I'm back on the weight loss train. The crazy part about this is.. the hubby got all serious about this last month joined Weight Watchers..and it shows.

So..yea, I'm back. Let's hope it sticks this time.

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4ME2BE2 8/12/2014 8:21PM

    Sounds like I heard this story before,... Oh yeah I was telling MYSELF this very same thing last week.

Welcome back! And let's keep motivating one another

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PLATINUM755 8/10/2014 11:27PM

    I don't know if you watched Key and Peele (comedy show) but their opening song is "I want you but I don't need you"! It's become my mental line when I come across food that doesn't fit into my plan. It's worth a try when you run into items like Chips Deluxe! So far it's been working for me. Maybe it will work for your too! Keep pushing girl, emoticon

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PRESBESS 8/7/2014 7:19PM

    Keep at it my friend. When those cookies try to jump in your basket again, tell them to back are on a mission! lol!

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NIKKICOLE83 8/7/2014 2:36PM

    I don't know one person that hasn't had to "come back" to Spark or restart their weightloss journey. Food is THE most addictive drug because we need it to survive. Heck, as I was reading your blog, I immediately started craving cookies! The good news is that your husband is on board with the healthy lifestyle which should make it easier to stay on track.

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LADYGSC 8/7/2014 1:17PM

    emoticon we're going to get there!!

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EXQUISITEDEE 8/7/2014 11:35AM

Welcome back....Im glad you had a Chip Deluxe moment...I have one of those every month...No worries. Its all part of the journey.

Enjoy and have a great day!

Love ya and glad you are back for the hundredth time....

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Black Girls Run?! We Walk, Too!

Monday, May 26, 2014

As long as I've been part of the Spark Family (since 2009) I'm pretty sure I've posted many blogs about my becoming a runner. I wake up with these dreams of sprinting on trails and treadmills with ease. I tell myself everytime I start that I will not give up and this will no longer be a dream deferred.

Well..I'm here to tell ya. I'm a walker and proud of it.

It's always been my thing and I see no reason to change now. I can do it with ease (no foot pain, no serious calf pain). I can sustain longer (60 minutes compared to about 20 minutes of off and on running)....and, I just plain ole don't like it!

So.. that's all there is. I'm a walker and proud of it!

(see how peaceful she looks... lol)

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SWEETNEEY 6/6/2014 10:39AM

    Running is just a fast walk. I do both. Some walkers walk faster than I run. But it's all good

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TRUE-NESS 6/1/2014 7:26AM

    Amen, sister!!! I hear ya! That sounds very similar to my story. I think it's because walking is so disrespected as "real" exercise. Running or something more "extreme" always seems to be the goal. It's like the pinnacle of fitness to be able to run a 5K or 10k or half-full marathon. You get no respect for walking those same distances. But, walking is sustainable LONG-TERM and people who WALK, not run, tend to be fitter (and not as broken down and injury-laden) in their older years.

I'm a walker too!!!

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X5X52000 5/27/2014 8:31PM

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PRESBESS 5/27/2014 12:04AM

    Sounds good to me! Walk on sister... walk on.

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LADYGSC 5/26/2014 5:41PM

    emoticon Walking is also my forte! emoticon

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SUNSHINE99999 5/26/2014 3:06PM

  Great. keep those feet moving and have a great week. emoticon

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Weekend Mantra

Friday, May 23, 2014

I've decided to attempt this "runner" thang again. My calves feel like they've been set a-fire, but no pain, no gain.

Plus.. I was Googling "tips on becoming a better runner" last night and read that running is a natural human ability. Duh!! There is no physical reason why I should not be able to do this. I done let this whole "walking is better for you" theory allow me to be brainwashed for years. What the hell am I scared of?

We'll see how this goes. (Lawd knows I done tried everything else)

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EXQUISITEDEE 5/27/2014 11:34AM

    You can do this!! Keep on going! emoticon

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PLATINUM755 5/23/2014 10:19PM

    Go for it! emoticon

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PRESBESS 5/23/2014 1:27PM

    Girlfriend, I like your mantra... let's go for the results!

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Day 127 - Water

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Besides my ability to guesstimate the amount of calories in a single item, drinking water was something I managed to hold onto during this process I call "the ongoing weight loss debacle."

I have fallen so far into slacker mode, even my water consumption has decreased. I used to drink water before/during and in most cases after every meal but recently I'm only drinking a bottle maybe two a day.

So... starting today (which I was supposed to restart everything yesterday but that's neither here nor there) I am going to drink 1/2 my weight in ounces everyday. 94.5 ounces a day to be exact. emoticon

Now if I could just get my head to tell my feet to get back to the gym everything else should fall into place.

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PLATINUM755 4/15/2014 11:31PM

    The power is IN YOU! emoticon

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PRESBESS 4/15/2014 12:05PM

    Go for it!

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