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Opps, my life got in the way!

Friday, May 30, 2014

I am writing this blog to get my team 5 extra LTGL pts. I just signed up to be a determined daisy again hoping my drop of excitement didn't hinder my chances. When I started the challenge I was so gung ho! I had lost over 15 pds since Jan 1st and was on the way down w/the numbers. I was on fire... Then.....

My 2nd daughter went back to work and left me with the caretaking of my youngest gdaughter 3 mos old. My youngest gson started walking and my nighttime babysitting got more intense. My other 2 gkids nanny moved 0ut and I got them up to 5 nights a wk, they are 7 & 13, And my oldest gdaughter started wanting me to pick her up more days from school. It used to be one, now it's up to 3. I love all these changes, they are just so time consuming.

I used to spark when Hubs and I watched tv at night together, now I usually have a gbaby snuggled up next to me. I just can't seem to put the babys or hubs aside to do my usual sparking. It's changed who I am, what i do,and how I feel about myself.

When I have an extra moment alone now, i am back to eating my cheetos or crackers and butter. *yum. I am savoring candybars instead of my sparks. My body is puffing up again, and I just don't like it. It's time to refocus on ME again.

Just 15 min aday! They can all watch cartoons or live w/o gma for that amt of time. I can do this! If I don't I will not be happy w/myself, which in turn will not only teach them that gma is a grouch, but she doesn't take care of herself. I will be a poor rolemodel. The babys might not see it but the big ones will. The big ones can help me take care of the little ones if needed. It will be good for all.

Time to refocus, realize this is my new life, and truthfully it is full of mini joys. I am very blessed to be surrounded by all my gkids, now I just have to show them gma has gumption and determination. We will all be better for it!

My time for settling in and accepting my new role is over. I am one strong gma, and am gonna do my sparking the way I know it works. 15 min a day is not to much for me to invest in me and shine.

I just signed up for the summer challenge, I hope they accept me, I promise to do my best sparking at least 15 min a day!

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BOOCH6 8/31/2014 6:38AM


Just came across your page and love your blogs and photos. Hope you ended up making time for yourself ! You're worth it and a happier, healthier you will make a happier, healthier Gma !! Keep up the great work and thanks for letting me visit your page !

- Barb emoticon

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ELIZACG9 6/18/2014 12:38PM

    emoticon I like cheetos is hard not too.
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    Stress and lack of time to plan really send me off track, focusing on yourself for some time will help you focus. Hope the tennis is still ok

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MSLZZY 5/30/2014 10:22PM

    You'll find a way to fit is all in! That's what we do! HUGS!

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HAKAPES 5/30/2014 5:54PM

    I signed up, too! Let's go for it! Best action for the last day of this challenge! :-)

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JSPIN74 5/30/2014 10:46AM

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KALISWALKER 5/30/2014 10:14AM

    You are a very busy gma, but 15 minutes a day for you is a must. You need to stay healthy for your gkids and for you.

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DNRAE1 5/30/2014 9:15AM

    Go for it, Macilynn, gkids are important, fun, and so much work, but you can find 15 minutes for yourself. Good luck! And they'll accept you! We love you! emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 5/30/2014 8:27AM


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"5% challenge getting ready to start!" join now!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hi sparklers, wow it's been an exciting yr. I started sparking again Jan 1st, at 171.8 pds. I had got up to 175 before I had the courage to step on the scale again. I avoided it like the plague.

Today 88 days later I am 156.4. I've lost 15.4 so far this yr. It feels great! I am not afraid of the scale anymore. It's actually my friend. It keeps me on track and tells me when I might need to re-think my choices.

88 is a special number for me, it's not a coinsidence that I am feeling good enough to write a blog today. I was told many yrs ago that the # 88 was a special number for me and if I see it I know the universe is working towards helping me reach my goals. Today is my magic day! Perfect day to reach out!

Ck out my sparkpage, click on the 5% community team if you want to jump in with us. First w/i is Sat. April 5th. Don't commit unless you are committed!

I know I am! Ready to be my best! Ready to lose the extra fluff! Ready to kick booty! Ready to show my stuff! Ready to be a success at wt loss! Ready to Rock!

Are you ready? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Join us!

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COLUMBINE2 4/11/2014 12:52AM

    Wow --- 15+ lbs. lost in a little over 3 months. That is so awesome! You've worked hard and it is really producing results!

Your great attitude is a big part of your success! Keep up the great work & determined, "take-no-prisoners" work ethic. You're on fire, girl!

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KLONG8 4/8/2014 1:08AM

    So happy for you. Way to go!

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    See you at the challenge. I signed up for Casual Travelers. A gentle challenge group

Comment edited on: 3/30/2014 7:54:12 PM

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MSLZZY 3/30/2014 7:29AM

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Join "100 days of weight loss" discussion with Maci!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I have been doing a 100 day challenge since Jan 1st, and have lost 14.4 pds since then! I am on day 57 and have been on track everyday since Jan 1st. I feel really lucky, grateful and supported by all my wonderful sparking friends.

Last wk I started teaching the challenge to my fav sparkfriends and they love it too! New ideas to ponder, new things to learn, things to remember too! Today I joined a new team and asked the leader if I could teach it to the sparklers on this team, she said "lets give it a try" so here goes! I posted the intro and day 1 tonight, please ck it out! join it w/me! Help me make it happen!

Here are the sparkteams I am doing it on!

50+ members with 10-25 pds to lose- day 8! (join here! I am leaving wkends open for catcher-upers! Post on day we are on then catch up to us! )
Emotional Eaters - Day 58! (this is where I currently am)

Here is a memo from the Author:

From Linda: During the next 100 days you can achieve phenomenal progress toward reaching your goals. (of getting contol over food, losing wt, and maintaining your wt for the rest of your life) The amazing part is you will feel like it was easy. Here's how it works.

Each day you will complete one mini lesson related to some aspect of managing your weight. Then w/time, you'll learn how to slip these tools into your daily routines. Your new skills will become second nature, when they do, you'll have found the secret to long-term success! -Linda Spangle-

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FAITH2BWELL 2/28/2014 2:48AM


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PEGGY-BEE 2/26/2014 10:37PM

    You are an inspiration! I accept your challenge and signed up. 100 days, I can do it!

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PUPPIES4ME 2/26/2014 8:36AM

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BABYSOX 2/26/2014 6:31AM

    I just joined the 100 Days to a New You challenge recently and I am glad to see how motivating these challenges are. Good luck to you!

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 2/26/2014 12:53AM

    What an inspiration and I love the way you share emoticon

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Wow! Time to write another blog already!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Day 50 and I am going strong, have lost over 13 pds this yr so far, feeling so successful, grateful and blessed.

Today I won my league match, it was tough but doable, kind of like my spark path, tough but doable. I always say if it were easy than I wouldn't be here everyday doing it! This is a battle to be my best everyday and today I am on top of it all. I thank god everyday for the ability to keep on track, keep motivated, keep sparking along. Despite all the interuptions life has to offer.

Someone said yesterday "wouldn't it be great if we just all lived on Spark street where everything was easy, we all worked out together and met eachother on the street w/fruit and smiles. No issues, no sabatours, no drama, no foods that called our names? But luckily we don't instead we live in the world of change, of adversity, of love and good times too! Life is good, we just need to keep our mind and body sparking in the midst of it.

Today get out there and do it! YOu can do it! You can be your best! You can use your sparkling attitude to achieve any goals you choose! I know I am! Today I am achieving all my goals and have been for the last 50 days because they are doable. Not to hard, not to easy. Here they all are in a nutshell!

*Dailys: vitamins, breckfast, exercise 30+ min a day, spark, and only F&V's after 8pm. ( I do these no matter what!)

Commitments: Only one serv of any snack food, walk everyday, Post on a blog daily, write a blog once a wk, 1 each-F&V a day, 50 crunches everynightm, and my newest one drink 3 bottles of water a day! (I have added one each wk since the first of the yr) all doable! (if i forget one, I do it twice the next day)

These are what's working for me! Find out what works for you and do it! I am here cheering you on!

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-BLESSINGS- 2/22/2014 3:18PM


Congrats on your successes...
and thank you for sharing with us all...
you are such an inspiration... and your energy is
very contagious... keep on SPARKling...

BLESSings ALLways ~Deby

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 2/17/2014 11:11PM

    So glad you share you joy

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MSLZZY 2/17/2014 7:27PM

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TEACHING1ST 2/17/2014 5:39PM

    I haven't checked to see if you were 'here' or not in a while. So glad to see you back, Maci!


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KYLIECAT1 2/17/2014 5:27PM

    Very good Maci You always have great ideas and are a very good source of inspiration and motivation for me ! emoticon

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MADEIT3 2/17/2014 5:20PM

    Great goals!


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"Just jumped over the service line!"

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

This is very exciting to me, if you ck out my wt tracker it's a tennis court w/my star angel leading me to victory. Well I just hit a milestone, There are 5 lines on a tennis court, the backlines, service lines and the net line. I just jumped over my 2nd one! This offically makes me a net player, the net player makes most the scores!

The backline player (where I started) just keeps the ball in, that is what I have been doing since Jan 1st, just doing what I know works, keeping my commitments, and chugging along. Now I am hot in the game and time to get agressive! This means I push past the minimum and start asking just abit more of myself. (drink that extra glass of water, swim that extra lap, walk that extra street etc.)

I know alot of you don't get what I am saying but if you are a tennis , soccer, football player etc, I am in the middle of the field now, one of the offensive players. Time to take the ball and go after what I want.

I want to do all my commitments, do my 100 days in 100 days, walk everyday, eat w/i cals, do my dailys and write my wkly blog, and post on others. This wk i added 50 crunches a night! Life is good, I am going to live it in the game of life!

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KLONG8 2/11/2014 12:35AM

    So excited to hear that you are keeping the energy pumping. And advancing your goals. I'm not going quite as strong but reading this gives me a push. Have a great week - oh, I'm sure you will!

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FAITH2BWELL 2/10/2014 12:01AM

    Sounds like you are doing great. Keep up the good work, You will get where you are going. I'm proud of you.

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MONANW 2/9/2014 8:22AM

    Congratulations!!! What a big accomplishment!


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GOCALGAL 2/6/2014 1:17PM

    emoticon Love the tennis court strategy and marker

emoticon You are going to "ace" your 100 day challenge.

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FOUNDER3 2/6/2014 11:54AM

    Glad you are back, and glad you are doing well.

Congratulations on keeping your attitude in the right place.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commiserating with me!

You are so right, the one thing I have been glad about with this terrible winter is that I have not lost electricity or gas. My mom and I were just saying how lucky that has been when we talked yesterday.

Enjoy that great weather for me, and continue to enjoy your journey.


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MSLZZY 2/6/2014 10:02AM

    Don't know much about tennis but you are moving right along! GREAT!

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KYLIECAT1 2/6/2014 8:30AM

    Congrat's Maci !
I know nothing about tennis but my Dad was crazy for it ! There is a tennis court near the walking path at work , I love to watch people play ! Now this summer I will imagine you every time I see a beautiful lady playing ! lol I am so excited for you and will wish you luck !

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COLUMBINE2 2/6/2014 12:26AM

    Wow! What a game plan you have and better're doin' it! I don't know the correct tennis lingo, but I know when a player has hammered a ball just inside the back boundary line & her opponent didn't even see it comin' her way!

That's what you're ready to do....slam it right past your opponent! Go for it!

Great've inspired me (again!) to do m-o-r-e! emoticon

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    Have fun

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