MAMADWARF   45,963
40,000-49,999 SparkPoints
MAMADWARF's Recent Blog Entries

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!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BIGMAMAT 8/24/2010 12:11AM

    You go girl!Jan for the win! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JLMMLJ1 8/23/2010 11:43PM

    You Go Jan!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PUMPKINFAIRY 8/22/2010 11:42PM

    That is awesome.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TIKITAMI 8/22/2010 12:43PM

You are amazing! Way to stay true to yourself.


Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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"...!!!
emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DESERTFLOWER8 8/22/2010 12:30PM


Report Inappropriate Comment

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!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
PUMPKINFAIRY 8/22/2010 11:40PM

    I love random acts of kindness.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KIYOSHI04 8/21/2010 7:54AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRACEISENUF 8/21/2010 1:34AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.


Report Inappropriate Comment
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....

Report Inappropriate Comment

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!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PUMPKINFAIRY 8/22/2010 11:39PM

    I like this.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PUDLECRAZY 8/19/2010 8:29AM

    A giant high five from my fingers to yours!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEDERLUNG 8/18/2010 10:43PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
DESERTFLOWER8 8/18/2010 1:09PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROBINSNEWNEST 8/18/2010 12:39PM


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


Report Inappropriate Comment
SLUGGER17 8/18/2010 12:30PM

    How creative! Entertaining too.

Report Inappropriate Comment

Vacation Photo's

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

If you are interested in what Razor riding in Marysvale Utah looks like, here ya go. It cant possibly show how beautiful it really is tho...

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PUMPKINFAIRY 8/22/2010 11:43PM

    very pretty pictures

Report Inappropriate Comment
BAYBELIEVER 8/19/2010 12:30AM

    Love the pictures! Where did that chair come from? Awesome scenery!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
IHAVETOO10 8/17/2010 11:06PM

    Hey Jan,

Totally love the pics! Who knew Utah was soo beautiful!


Report Inappropriate Comment
P0KERS0PH 8/17/2010 12:36PM

    Wow that scenery is incredible!!

Report Inappropriate Comment

PLANE changes and I want your opinion.

Monday, August 16, 2010

So. I flew to Utah. I dont like to fly, it scares me, but what the heck. It beat a 18 our drive!! In the past, I have sat down, tried to buckle the seat belt and have discreetly asked for the belt extender. On the plane ride there, I walked through the aisles with my hubby and found our seat, 14th row, middle seat, next to a lady at the window. I thought, oh god, she is probably thinking, "please dont sit next to me!" but when I met her eyes, she kinda just smiled and I sat down next to her. Not ON her, next to her. No part of my was overflowing. Then I put the seat belt on. It clicked and I had to pull the little end to make it tighter!! What the heck just happened????????

So I am pretty happy right now but just keeping it to myself like a little present. When Frank sat down, I nudged him and showed him the seat belt and he totally got what I was showing him. He smiled, told me good job and gave me a squeeze. GREAT FLIGHT!!

So flight home: We get on the plane and I see we are on a wayyyyyy smaller plane. 2 rows of 2 seats, instead of 2 rows of 3. I am having to walk sideways down the aisle so I dont rub on people sitting on the aisle. We are all the way to the back. You know those seats, least amount of room, no seat going back cause you are against the wall. Anxiety alert!!!

So I get in first up against the wall, sit down,and pull the seat belt out. I pulled it all the way out then clicked it into place. It did click but it was sooo much smaller. I said to Frank, "wow, good thing I recently lost 40 pounds of I wouldnt have fit!". The lady sitting in front of me turns around and asked me how I did it, so I told her about Sparkpeople. She was very intersted and wrote it down. So I got to spread the spark. It was not a comfortable flight but I had a good book so I just pretended I was not on a place.

Now, while we were waiting to board, I saw a very large lady wearing pink in a wheel chair, and they boarded her first. She met nobody's eye, weighed probably over 500 pounds and was obviously unable to walk and was alone. When we got on the plane, She was in the first row with a very uncomfortable woman sitting in the seat next to her, looking absolutely distressed. The Lady in Pink, was trying to sit as far to the other side as possible but there was nothing she could do. I could imagine how she felt. It made me so sad for her. On our way out, she was the last to leave the plane. As I passed I smiled at her and she just looked at me. She seemed to be unaccustomed to kindness and I sooo wanted to say something to her. I was forced to keep going and to tell myself that it is her journey to take and I sooo hope she finds Sparkpeople or someone to show her that she can do it, too. This does not have to be her life or her death sentence. She, too, could be writing this blog about the difference in that trip vs, the one where her seat belt buckled.

I am thinking about making some business cards with my spark name on it and the website for sparkpeople. I can just pass it on in those situations where it isnt really possible to have a conversation. I could put something on it like "I lost ___pounds with the support at" and then if they joined, they would automatically have a friend already. What do you think? Is it presumptuous? Helpful? What would you have thought if someone handed you a card like that?

I think if a "big girl" like me handed me a card like that, I would have checked it out at least.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TEXWIFE 8/18/2010 10:49PM

    Jan you are so amazing. The things you think of, or the others you think about! That is why I wrote about you in our churhc newletter, you do show your love and support every day for others. I will take 20 cards to hand out with your name on it!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEDERLUNG 8/18/2010 8:38AM

    I'm so proud of you! And your hubby is wonderful too, big hugs for both of you. I think your sparkcard idea is great (actually think I've read somewhere where they already have a sparkcard you can printout). Go for it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JACKKELL 8/17/2010 10:37PM

    Your first four paragraphs gave me a huge smile. emoticon emoticon Your next two made me think and I think the cards would be a great idea. You could put "I lost ___ pounds and still going!"
Congrats on your weight loss!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRACIEO3 8/17/2010 10:17PM

    Great way to spread the spark! I love it when somebody over hears my conversation about Spark or weight loss and then asks me the same, what a feeling!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BECKYB73 8/17/2010 9:28PM

    What a wonderful NSV to have one of those seatbelts fit!!! When you go to the Invite Spark Friends, they already have business like cards made up for you to print out. I've given a few out to people I come in contact with and it always makes me feel good!

Going no extender is a HUGE VICTORY!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROBINSNEWNEST 8/16/2010 9:04PM

    You let your "spark" shine when you made eye contact and when you cared about her place in the world...


Report Inappropriate Comment
BIGMAMAT 8/16/2010 12:08PM

    I just want you to know I think your awesome! This blog was amazing and I Know the whole" wonder if my seat belt will fit" anxiety. I find myself just wanting to tell everyone I see about sparkpeople. I cried when you were talking about the pink lady... I know what its like being the biggest person in the room... feeling defeated and alone( even when surrounded by people... ) Hopefully she was going to visit family. People who love her unconditionally regardless of her size. I think the smile you gave her and the eyecontact probably was the best gift you could have given her!

Report Inappropriate Comment
XME501 8/16/2010 11:33AM

    This sounds like a great idea!! What a good way to share with someone else - and you just do not know what you might inspire in that other person. Go for it !!

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 Last Page