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Pretty stoked

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I joined a new team yesterday called 10 by 10/10/10. To lose 10 pounds by October 10th. That will be 50 pounds in 7 months to the day for me so I am pretty stoked.

There are already a whole bunch of members and I am pretty excited about it. I love how it caught on like wild fire caused by, well, a SPARK! There are a bunch of people who have joined today and although I would like to personally welcome each of them, I just cant do it but I am excited to be stepping up my game with a bunch of other people doing it too.

I think it is going to be fun and hope if you havent joined, you will consider it. With the quality of people who have already joined, I think the success rate is going to be through the roof.

So to my fellow team=mates, lets do this thing!!! And for anyone still to join, come on! Accept the challenge.. what is the worst thing that could happen? What is the best thing that could happen? EXACTLY! Jan

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DLEE27 8/26/2010 1:56PM

    Yeah!!!!! I'm so excited about 10/10/10 and so amazed at how many people are jumping in on it! It's going to be a great 6 weeks!

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UR2LOVEIT 8/26/2010 12:09AM

  Thanks for the heads up! What a great idea.

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Caught my eye. Now I am in it.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

So I saw Ravensong37 blog. 10 by 10/10/10 so I opened it. It was kinda like Pandora's box. Anyway, her spark friend DLEE27, whom I dont know, decided she was going to lose 10 pounds by 10/10/10, which inspired Ravensong 37 to join. She then asked if anyone wanted to join them.

To my surprise, I impulsively said yes. If you dont know me, Im kind of a freak. If I say that I will do something, I HAVE to do it. Like, I never flake out or be late etc. so I am careful about what I commit to.

Well, I committed. As I was telling her I would do it, I realized, that would put me at a 50 pound weight loss in 7 months. To the day. So I feel like I am supposed to take up this challenge and I thank them for inviting anyone to join along. I have not done any challenges since I joined here (except the day to day challenges of losing weight) so I am pretty excited about stepping up my game. So, I will pass along the invite to anyone else out there to lose 10 pounds by 10/10/10. It is do-able, guys. We can do it together. And it starts NOW!

IS THERE NOONE ELSE??????????????

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GRACEISENUF 8/24/2010 11:18PM

    I am so in!

Let's emoticon some ars!

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ROBINSNEWNEST 8/24/2010 11:09PM

    Yes! emoticon I'm in, too, cause I saw Tricia was doing it and seemed like it lined up with my goals! We'll do it together emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 8/24/2010 10:48PM

    Yay! 10 by 10/10/10. I aready in! woohoo! we can do this thing. emoticon

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DLEE27 8/24/2010 6:13PM

    Yeah!!!! That's so awesome that you are joining us! Let's rock these next 6 weeks!!!

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ALLNEWCARLYN 8/24/2010 6:10PM

    we also have a HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE team which is you set your own weight loss goal and hit it by 10/31 its a cheers to being sexy on halloween!

consider it! either way good luck!!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 8/24/2010 6:07PM

    You can do it! I am in!

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RAVENSONG37 8/24/2010 6:07PM

    Awesome!! Way to pass the spark!!! Let's do this!!

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I'm a knockout!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Went to a friends BBQ party yesterday and I was PREPARED! I poured over spark recipes the night before to find something to bring. I decided on a layered bean dip (fat free beans and sour cream, 2% cheese, lettuce,olives, tomotoes, green onions and green chile's) and Baked Chips. I also made a Lemon diet soda cake in a Bundt pan) with fresh strawberries all over and a light frosting glaze. I took a pack of 97% Beef Hebrew National Hot dogs. I went for a walk in the morning and ate lightly for Breakfast and Lunch.
So that was my plan.

When we got there, I immediatly was met with snacks that I love: Onion dip, cheese and salami and crackers and various other yummy things. So what did I do with all my preparation???

I got a plate and put a serving of my bean dip and chips on it and I went and sat my ass down. I ate it and talked to some friends and made it last. Round 1: Jan!

People were bringing in bowls of things etc so of couse, I had to go over and see what was in them. Fruit salad with watermelon and strawberries and cantaloupe? Heck ya!!! Round 2: Jan!

I had 2 Captain and Diet Pepsi's very early on since I would be the designated driver later, then switched to water. Round 3: Jan!

I was talking to some folks that I see occasionally and they told me I look great, what am I doing, what is a typical day of food, so I spent about 20 minutes talking about spark and recounting my PLANE Changes blog about fitting on the plane and all the places we want to go see and visit.

One of my friends is working out like crazy, no carbs, no wheat flour, impossible to maintain diet. My (24 year old) daughter says " I like my mom's diet. she can eat what she wants and she is losing weight and not suffering". LOL, I was happy it came from someone else. MY other friend (Male)is working out with a trainer, eating every 2 hours and doing great and being fairly sensible about it. Round 4: Jan

Then Dinner: I could see and smell the BBQ going, cooking hamburgers, chili etc. so I gave my buddy my hot dogs and he cooked them for me. I ate 1 hot dog, some salad (thank you whoever brought that!) and a stuffed mushroom that was delicious! I stayed away from the mayonnaisy salads and anything I couldnt identify.. Round 5: Jan

I was still kind of hungry so I waited for about 20 minutes then I went for it. The desert section: Carrot cake, pumpkin roll, german chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate covered strawberries and my lovely Lemon cake. I told a few people how it was made and wanted them to try it and I cut myself a peice with some strawberries. I sat down and enjoyed every bite and then, I told myself, "You are done eating now. That's it." Round 6: Jan

The Band was playing some sort of Blues, rock, classic mix and when they played "Mustang Sally" I felt a hand on me and there was my hubby, asking me to dance. So we did, then others joined us and we danced for about 5 or 6 songs. What was cool, was our friend who was badly injured in a quad riding accident 4 years ago, danced with his wife for the first time in years. PRICELESS! Round 7: Jan

Us gals gabbed while the guys were being silly and then it was time to leave. Getting hubby to admit he had enough and it was time to leave was a bit of a challenge but ultimatly? Round 8: JAN!!

We get in the car and he is hungry so I say I can drive him through somewhere to eat but nothing was close so he told me to let's just go home so we did. He had cereal and I had....nothing! And went to bed! Round 9: Jan

After the cats and the dogs finally settled down and I pee'd like every 20 minutes for 2 hours, I finally went to sleep Round 10: Jan Knockout!

I beat the heck out of that BBQ party! Preparation is key, people! You gotta train for that stuff and stick to the plan! I have lived to fight another day!

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BIGMAMAT 8/24/2010 12:11AM

    You go girl!Jan for the win! emoticon emoticon

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JLMMLJ1 8/23/2010 11:43PM

    You Go Jan!

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PATTI_LARSON 8/23/2010 9:40AM

  Damn Girl! You're so totally awesome! You know... if you keep that up, you're going to be va va voom before you know it! I am so proud! The Princess bows to the Queen!

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PUMPKINFAIRY 8/22/2010 11:42PM

    That is awesome.

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TIKITAMI 8/22/2010 12:43PM

You are amazing! Way to stay true to yourself.


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NEDERLUNG 8/22/2010 12:33PM

    Hey Jan - great plan and execution! Sounds like there was no fight in this match, you had won before you stepped into the ring.... or maybe you were really that skinny chick struting around carrying the big numbers overhead? Smiles - Debie

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CLARISSA1980 8/22/2010 12:32PM

    I really enjoyed reading the blog that you posted today..!!! Way to go on "beating the heck out of the BBQ party"..!!! I totally agree with you in that "preparation is key"...!!!
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GRACEISENUF 8/22/2010 12:30PM

    Way to go my friend! You resisted all those foods you would have eaten before, that took some big restraint girlfriend!!!

Your cake sounds yummy and the bean layered dip sounds good too. Parties are a hard one for me but you sure "nailed" that one.

How fun that you got to dance with your hubby and the story of your injured friend dancing with his wife was very heartwarming.

Have a great Sunday...I am so proud of you!

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Today I witnessed

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Today, I saw a random act of kindness. I was driving through McDonalds on my way to do a bunch of work related errands ( I got a Egg Mcmuffin with no meat). As I was pulling away, I saw a scruffy young man with a sign and huge white Pit Bull ( I have a half pit and I love them!).

I saw a man about 35 years old walk up to him and hand him a Huge Orange Juice and a bag of food. It had to be the biggest breakfast they make cause it was wide and in a plastic bag, not the paper ones. (sad that I can pretty much guess what was in there, isnt it? lol)

The young man took it, then stood up and they shook hands. The Pittie was smelling the bag and looking very happy cause he was gonna be getting some of that! Then I pulled away.

It just made my heart happy to see that exchange. (Then I wondered how many calories are in that meal!!) I love seeing people be kind and I love seeing people be appreciative.

We see that every day here on spark but not so often in the "real" world. It was awesome and I know it made a difference for both of those men and that dog today. It made a difference to me too. Spread the Spark!

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ROBINSNEWNEST 8/24/2010 12:31AM

    I loved this. Once when my kids were little, we were on vacation in DC. Little Madison didn't finish her (expensive) breakfast sandwich, and I wrapped it up to stick in my bag for her to nibble on later if she "decided" she was hungry. On our way into one of the museums, we passed a homeless man. Madi grabbed me and said, "mom, can I give him my sandwich?" Of course, was my reply, having done similar things in the past... But as she approached him, I felt an unwarranted fear arise as he reached out to touch my child on the shoulder. She'd walked right up to him, small as she was, and said, "here, I thought you might like this, it's really good." And when he touched her, he said, "Bless you child." I think he did.

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JLMMLJ1 8/23/2010 11:46PM

    I once saw a man sitting outside a gas station and I could tell he was homeless.. after getting gas i went inside and bought him a sandwich and a huge bottle of water.. When I handed him the small meal, he cried uncontrollably and told me that he had not eaten in 3 days.. That man changed my life that day..

ps.. I love your little dieters insight (I wonder how many calories was in that breakfast).. haha

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PUMPKINFAIRY 8/22/2010 11:40PM

    I love random acts of kindness.

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KIYOSHI04 8/21/2010 7:54AM

    thanks for sharing that. it brought tears to my eyes.

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GRACEISENUF 8/21/2010 1:34AM

    Loving his neighbor as himself..... Priceless.

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YOUNGCASS 8/21/2010 1:21AM

    Beautiful! It is nice to see that there is still kindness in the world!

There are so many ways we can help others with no drawbacks to ourselves. Like giving words of encouragement, donating old clothes or overstocked foods in your pantry that otherwise wouldn't be used or the canned food your finicky pet doesn't want the animal shelter would be VERY grateful for.

Always pay it forward and try to re-use and re-cycle by donating or using it for a second purpose.

Do good, feel better!

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JUANITAM345 8/21/2010 1:16AM

    I agree. It is great to see an act of kindness. It doesn't happen very often. It reminds me of the comercial where someone sees someone else doing an act of kindness and then that people follows suit. I'm glad you were able to witness something that doesn't happen very much. Have a great weekend.


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CHERDOLL8 8/21/2010 1:08AM

    It is definately awesome to see someone helping some else in this many times we see the other side of the human race...What harm does it do to take a little extra time or a little money to help someone who is down on their luck at this moment...I have done the same thing...I don't usually hand them money but I will buy a coffee and a meal if they are asking for help....Helping someone makes me feel good inside...You are right Sparkies are the same here....

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My fingers

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

My fingers are pretty amazing. I have really noticed this since I began my journey here. With my fingers, I can type a message, lend a hand, send a message,give a thumbs up or down, pat myself on the back, point one at myself, shut the fridge, slice some fruit, make some healthy meals,wear my wedding ring, take some pictures and hold my dog's leash.

One thing I didn't expect was how sensitive my fingers would become!
Example: I can now feel my collar bones, a few ribs, and some muscle underneath the fat! Oh wait...maybe my fingers didn't get super powers, they are just confirming the changes.
Oh yea, my fingers can also come together for a clap and a high five!

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PUMPKINFAIRY 8/22/2010 11:39PM

    I like this.

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PUDLECRAZY 8/19/2010 8:29AM

    A giant high five from my fingers to yours!

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CLEVAGAL 8/19/2010 5:47AM

    Oh Jan......youre just too cute for words! I googled the Marysvale RTV thing and it looked awesome!
Cleva xxx

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NEDERLUNG 8/18/2010 10:43PM

    I'm sharing this with all my friends, you (and your fingers) are GREAT inspiration!

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DESERTFLOWER8 8/18/2010 1:09PM

    GREAT blog!!! Thanks for the fun and inspiration of it!!

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ROBINSNEWNEST 8/18/2010 12:39PM


seems like we're noticing more and more... with gratitude...


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SLUGGER17 8/18/2010 12:30PM

    How creative! Entertaining too.

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