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Why are YOU on Spark?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

This really is a question that has been running raged in my mind.

Obviously, alot of you, including myself would say, "I'm on spark because i want to lose weight. No to mention, it's a great website that offers support which i can receive and give back, great tips, trackers and other great information.

My primarily reason for being here is because Spark is because of me. I log on every day to keep myself accountable of what i'm supposed to be doing....however, i find out that not all people here on Spark have the same mindset...and it bothers me if i'm being honest.

This is YOUR journey and as much as it's great to help others, share other people's success and joy...what about you?

What seriously have you accomplished?

I'm most definitely not saying that it's wrong to support others because it's great...i love cheering on my SP people, it just becomes a problem i guess when that is all you do...and you lose focus of your journey.

When's the last time you celebrated something you achieved instead of somebody else...?

So again i ask, why are you on Spark?

Is to reach your goals one step at a time or take a back seat and watch others move forward.

And if anybody reading got offended by any of my words, i do not intend to offend.
This is just something that has bugged me for the longest of time. There were times when i caught myself taking a comfy back seat and supported others moving forward neglecting my own journey.

I just want everyone to remember that we are here on Spark because of ourselves.

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AFTERMYKIDS 2/9/2012 2:43PM

    emoticon blog..I just wish I could have read it earlier. I was definitely there the end of the year but I'm back.
I love being the cheerleader emoticon but I also NEED to learn to LOVE THE emoticon and "accept" them when I REALLY need them. Hey it's a Hard one for people like me but I'm LEARNING! emoticon
Thanks GIRL! emoticon

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VADAVICTORIA 1/13/2012 4:11PM

    So true... any lifestyle change has to really come from within, otherwise the change will be somewhat superficial. I'm on spark for me - I like feeding off of other people's energy and victories and in return, i try to spread positivity too.

good on you for doing this for your self... it's good to honor your body and spirit in concrete ways.

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HEYBUTT 1/11/2012 2:10PM

    Great blog!

Just recently I've been frustrated by different folks who've gotten so wrapped up in the social side of the site (whining about the pressure of having "spark fame" or constantly blogging about "starting over" and dumb junk like that) that I'm rolling my eyes so much I'm almost blind.

Spark is just one more tool in the arsenal. But with any tool, it's only useful if you use it "properly".

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TYBEWALLACE 1/2/2012 11:21AM

    To bad they don't have a clapping emoticon..... I have felt like my "way" has been lost because I've been so sick and my surgery has really taken a toll I didn't expect....I have been stuck and playing with the same few pounds up and down and I really want to get back moving in the right direction SO.... Thank you for pointing this out in such a great way... HUGS HUGS HUGS

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MAGGIEX3UK 1/2/2012 11:09AM

    Thankyou all...i really just wanted people not to forget about their own journey

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SPARKLE1908 1/1/2012 2:23AM

    Great blog!! I think we tend to live our success through others when we should be focused on ourselves...great reminder!

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FITWITHIN 12/30/2011 6:25PM

    I must say because of Sparkpeople I look forward to challenging my body on a regular basics. I even tried to get others in to join me on my healthy/fitness journey, but they are full of excuses. So, I'm going to sit down and set several goals to start my year off. I'm going to be more focused on the nutrition part. I've been slacking in this area, but no more. It's full steam ahead from this point on. I'm in it to accomplish the task. Thanks for the reminder. emoticon

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SHERR513 12/30/2011 10:03AM

    Great blog I agree with what your saying you find yourself cheering on others while you yourself is going nowhere. Thanks so much for your blog its a real eye opener for me emoticon. I plan on doing better in reaching my goals in 2012! Thanks again for such an awesome blog emoticon

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LOVECARTIER 12/29/2011 2:15PM

    My friend told me about the site. I'll write a blog and read others. I don't track anything on here, I don't do challenges, I honestly don't even know how to use the site. I will update my current weight every few months when I decide to weigh myself, but that's about it

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FITSLIMKIRA 12/29/2011 1:54PM

    You hit the nail right on the head Maggie. Some people are content just being a cheerleader(nothing wrong with that), but forget about their own goals. The truth is everyone can have success in their journey! Rock out on your journey and encourage others along the way!!

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GIRLUNDEFEATED 12/29/2011 1:37PM

    I have to admit, I have done the same thing. I have taken a back seat and then told myself that it is OK, because I am still rooting people on here with SP. The reality is that I am ultimately here for me. I am here to reach my goals, to have a support system, and to have a record of my success! :) Thanks for the reminder!

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 12/29/2011 1:01PM

    This is a great blog Maggie! I, too, am guilty of taking a back seat while cheering others on. In fact, right now I'm slowly sliding into that back seat. I have not been 100% focused on myself and my journey here...too many ups and down. But I am going to take your advice and remember to put myself and my goals first.
Thanks for the reminder and Happy New Year!!

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I'm making progress-down 78 lbs and in the 160's!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I'm officially in the 160's and i plan on not going back to the 170's.
Of course it's going to be hard especially with Christmas right around the corner, but i'm going to find a right balance and enjoy myself.
Last year i gained 10 lbs and i will not let a repeat of that happen.

With that being said, i'm also down 78 pounds....holy moly that is alot! I still can't believe it...78! That number is a huge eye opener to me, but i say it with an accomplishment. I'm two pounds away from 80 gone and even more closer to my goal weight.

I'm a beast.
I float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.
I'm a winner in itself.

I swear daily affirmations work.
I used to feel soooo stupid when i would tell myself these things, but repeating them sticks in my head and fuels me on.

I haven't been on my best behavior this December, but i believe these so called "funks and slumps" are sometimes needed for us. I guess I could take the saying, "You have to reach rock bottom before you can move up" and apply it to working out and eating right. Eventually, our bodies will tell us that we can't afford to be harming ourselves no more.

What's even funny for me is that when i'm not at my best that's when i get a ton of compliments about how well i'm doing....if only you knew, you would retract those comments, but those words in itself serve as great motivation for me.
It feels great to be called, " The incredible shrinking Maggie" or "I don't like the fact you're going to be blown away soon". You know what even feels more better? The added attention you get from people who NEVER noticed you...not to mention the trailing eyes of guys and the special treatment ;) If you want to pay for my coffee i don't mind...go ahead...can i add in a muffin as well =D

Things are just good for me and i can't wait to make more progress and update you all with some pictures!!

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KANSASROSE67 1/2/2012 11:10AM

    So happy for you!

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MAGGIEX3UK 1/2/2012 10:50AM

    Thanks everyone =)

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STEPHYY3 1/1/2012 8:56PM

    Wow congrats!!

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FLACA_CHIQUITA 12/29/2011 9:15PM

    That's awesome!!! I'm so proud of you!!! I'll meet you in the 160s soon!

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GIRLUNDEFEATED 12/29/2011 1:33PM

    You are doing so awesome!! 78 pounds!! That is a little more than my nephew weighs!! You've lost a whole nine year old, plus some! *cheers*

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ZUMBAMAMA3 12/29/2011 7:04AM

    how are you doing it girl wow

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VERONICAVW_140 12/22/2011 10:49AM

    Congrats Tiny Maggie!!!! You're in the 160's! That is soooo awesome! And you are right about the daily affirmatinos. Even the Bible talks about it, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things" Phil 4:8

You keep up the good work! emoticon

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LOSEITFORLIFE83 12/22/2011 10:40AM

    Go Maggie !! That is an awesome accomplishment!! Keep your head to the stars because you are headed to the top!!!

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MAGGIEX3UK 12/22/2011 10:21AM

    thankyou all =)

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CURVY_CINDY 12/22/2011 9:33AM

    you deserve all that attention with all your hard work!!

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 12/21/2011 4:15PM

    Way to go!!!

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DESYACV2 12/21/2011 3:28PM

    yay so happy so you, great inspiration.... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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INTHOSEJEANS 12/21/2011 1:38PM

    Holy Moly is right!! You must feel a great sense of accomplishment! -78 pds that my dear is awe-inspiring!! You are definitely Winning at Losing!! So happy for you Maggie!! You are a ROCKSTAR!!

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JOAN_HEO 12/21/2011 1:24PM

    Fantastic accomplishment!!! Be VERY proud of all your hard work!!

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KEK_KEISH 12/21/2011 1:14PM

    Well isn't that something--as of today, I am down -78.2 lbs too!! Woohoo to us & a big WOOOHOO to you for getn' into the next bracket--WTG Magz!! Just keep looking ahead despite the bumps in the road--it only makes you stronger! Keep up the self-confidence & keep making those heads turn--congrats girlie. Wishing you continued success! (:

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KANSASROSE67 12/21/2011 12:26PM

    So happy you're so happy!


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FLORENCEANN06 12/21/2011 12:16PM

    emoticon emoticon
Good for you! It's such a great feeling to see that number go down. Good luck as you continue your journey.

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December 2nd- He gave me my first kiss...

Friday, December 02, 2011

...he lent in and pressed his lips against mine and kissed was so magical and i'm reliving it up to now...i still have butterflies around thinking about my first kiss, his smell, the way he squeezed me, dazed into my eyes and wrapped his hands around my waist.

December 2nd 2011, i will forget you not emoticon
It was worth waiting 21 years..and definitely a good way to end this year with a bang.

Happy Friday everyone =)

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STSCOTT11 12/20/2011 12:16PM

    How sweet. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful moment.
I pray there are many sweet kisses in store for you from a truly genuine devoted and loving man in your life. emoticon
God Bless.

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COURAGETOMOVE 12/14/2011 12:12PM

    WOW! I got so excited you would have thought it was my first kiss.

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NOMOEXCUSES13 12/9/2011 4:40PM

    Awwwwww.....So excited for you!!!!! Woo hoo!!!! Hit the email and leave me some details...who is he? I'm happy for you and congrats on that size 12 mamacita!!! Love you!!!!

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    Awww, so wonderful! I was 21 when I got my first kiss, too! Totally worth the wait. So happy for you! :D

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    OH MY GOODNESS!!! This is what I get for not sparking yesterday, I MISSED THIS!! I am so happy/excited/giddy for you!! You are a great girl and you deserve every wonderful, giggly, blushing moment!

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KANSASROSE67 12/3/2011 12:34PM

    So sweet!!! Happy for you!

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KACYISWINNING 12/3/2011 12:17PM

    awwwwww yayyy!!!!! emoticon

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MAGGIEX3UK 12/3/2011 12:14PM

    I never will forget it =) I'm still thinking about it over in my mind =)

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KEK_KEISH 12/2/2011 5:28PM

    This is too cute!!! You got me all giddy over here for ya!! Remain in high spirits sweetie.. Have a great weekend, enjoy!!
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    Awww, yaye! You'll never forget your first kiss emoticon

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MARYKATHARINE1 12/2/2011 2:59PM

    So sweet. Congratulations.

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VERONICAVW_140 12/2/2011 2:57PM

    Awe!!! Sounds so sweet! First kisses! I am glad that your first was so special!!! emoticon

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SHAYLA24S 12/2/2011 2:49PM

    This is the most precious thing I've ever heard! yay!!! I'm so happy for you!!!

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Ending this year with a BANG!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Yup, that's right...i plan on taking action this December.

It kind of gets to the point where when your not achieving anything it gets downright pitiful and i'm tired of that. I'm tired of going around in circles and circles as if i'm confused when i'm clearly not. I will not be like the children of Isreal who went around in circles in the wilderness forever! No m'am! Gosh darn it! ( i bet you're thinking who says that...i do lol)

I'm ready to meet some goals!
I'm ready to relive what satisfaction is...
I'm ready to feel the excitement of meeting a goal and the burst of joy that comes with it...
I'm ready for that silly victory dance that's done in the bathroom when the scale goes down..
I'm just ready!

One of my SP friends (LOSEITFORLIFE83) declared this month as "Warrior month-'Do or die'-'Go hard or go home'!! - and i will truly live up to this!

Today, i got up at 5:00 AM to work out...on a school day in which i leave the house at 7. That is pure determination because the old me would have rolled over, but i got up and did Chris Freytag's 10 xtreme upper workout followed by some kickboxing =D

Mark my word that by December 31st i will:

*love myself a bit more!
*feel more confident!
*trimmed down my tummy!
*Be 166 or under!
*And bring in the New Year looking beautiful!

To end my blog, i'll just say i'm listening to some John Mayer ( i love this guy) and i wanted to share one of my favorite songs by him.

It's called Daughters, please listen and just tell me that you love it because i know you will:

And for those who can't just read these lyrics of the song:

I know a girl
She puts the color inside of my world
But she's just like a maze
Where all of the walls are continually changed
And I've done all I can
To stand on her steps with my heart in my hands
Now I'm starting to see
Maybe it's got nothing to do with me

Fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too

Oh, you see that skin?
It's the same she's been standing in
Since the day she saw him walking away
Now I'm left
Cleaning up the mess he made

So fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too

Boys, you can break
You'll find out how much they can take
Boys will be strong
And boys soldier on
But boys would be gone without the warmth from
A womans good, good heart

On behalf of every man
Looking out for every girl
You are the guide and the weight of her world

So fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do
Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
So mothers, be good to your daughters too [x3]

Beautiful right? Melts my heart everytime i listen to it.
Happy December!

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CORNERKICK 12/3/2011 11:21PM

  LOL my kids (21 & 19) imitate me getting upset & saying "GOSH DARN IT!"

I'm with you & ending 2011 with a bang!

You go girl!!!

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MINENA1 12/2/2011 9:11AM

    YAYYYY!!!! You for sure have the drive to accomplish all of the above. GO MAGGIE GO!! emoticon emoticon

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    Great job on getting up early to workout. You already are beautiful!! You've got the drive...I know you will reach your goals!

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All mouth and NO action

Monday, November 28, 2011

This is just a quick blog, but as i was sitting here on Spark, i thought about this term, "All mouth and NO action".

I want to be in the 160's by this amount of time
I want to eat more healthy
I want to be able to wear a bikini by next summer
I want to lose my tub of love aka my lovehandles (have to make humor out of it=)
I want to run a half marathon
I want...
I want...
I want...

...but what exactly am i doing to achieve these "wants"? My point being, i talk alot of things, but if i can't back it up...what use is it?
Sitting down writing my goals is not achieving anything.
So starting from today, i'm going to put action into all these goals i want to achieve..and i challenge anyone who reads this to do the same. No more sitting and pondering about what would be nice or what you's time to put our money where our mouths are.

As Dolvett from the biggest loser would say, "Don't be on the bottom anymore!"

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KACYISWINNING 12/1/2011 10:35AM

    I agree 100% and I'm w/ you on that! Let's end 2011 with a BANG! emoticon

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MSILVER94 12/1/2011 10:20AM

    Okay! I am going to write down a plan of action for this month to get me to the 180's!!

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FOXY13445 11/28/2011 8:43PM

    You said it chica!! I like how he also says "Lookin' good hurts!! I'm in pain everyday!!"

I have decided December is going to be a month of PROGRESS! I haven't made any downward PROGRESS alllll year and I am so sick of myself! emoticon I'm annoyed with all my excuses!

Here's to makin' it happen hun! emoticon

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DESYACV2 11/28/2011 6:19PM

    very nice blog. I know you can do this you have come so far :)....

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JCARDINAL 11/28/2011 3:26PM

    Just my thoughts this morning!! I started with 30 minutes on the treadmill, 100 sit ups and 50 modified push ups before work. I'm going to keep adding to it all day. We are women of action Maggie!! We can do it!

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KEK_KEISH 11/28/2011 3:20PM

    You know me--I love the 7P's.... (Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance). Get'em girlie!!

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FITSLIMKIRA 11/28/2011 1:18PM

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SBERUMEN89 11/28/2011 12:06PM

    Woo Hoo!! You can definitely reach your goal! Especially with getting so low on running your mile already!! emoticon

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VERONICAVW_140 11/28/2011 10:15AM

    emoticon You've got this, Chica! You've done a great job so far. I see no reason you couldn't reach all of your goals! ;)

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AFTERMYKIDS 11/28/2011 9:41AM

    Hey I'm going to literary get that ladder(air stepper that is) out and start climbing to the top! Thanks commando Maggie emoticon I really needed to hear that today. Now I'm getting off this computer and get my Lazy, Tried Butt moving!! emoticon

Have a Fabulous Monday Girl! emoticon

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AHIGASHI 11/28/2011 9:37AM

  well said!

that is why I make to-do lists. Set a goal and then write down what I can do TODAY to achieve it. It feels great to check things off!

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