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Family Day

Monday, September 06, 2010

Today, my family is coming over and we are going to BBQ. I think we are gonna play some Minute to win it type games too. They dont know this but I am the boss so they have to.

I am cooking Trip tip, 97% Kosher Beef Hot dogs, green salad, fruit salad, my sissy is bringing twice stuffed baked potatoes, french bread. I also made a yummy bean dip with baked scoops chips and low far potato chips and fat free sour cream. My niece is bringing cupcakes (sorry, not for me!) but I made a desert pizza with fresh fruit. I may post some pictures later. It is going to be a lunch/dinner combination day. Then when they leave, we will take the Baby (granddog) for a walk. She is sad cause we have been busy at races this weekend and havent got to go.

Im wearing a little short dress today. My husband told me I look sexy..... Yeah, today is a good day....rofl....

Hope you all enjoy your day and you must start looking forward to my 6 month blog I am going to post on Friday...!

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NEDERLUNG 9/7/2010 1:54AM

    Jan - Before I read you update, I have faith that all this planning is going to make it a very successful day for you. And I would love to see you post a pic of you in the dress (but not while you are rofl). Smiles - Debie

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BIGMAMAT 9/6/2010 7:34PM

    Woohoo! sounds like an awesome day! Jan + short dress =SEXY
Woot!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAMADWARF 9/6/2010 7:27PM

    Tri-tip, not Trip tip! LOL, no wonder you are confused, Cleva!! It is basically beef sliced thinly.
Fruit pizza is a sugar cookie (or cresecent roll) crust with fat free cream chese (with sweet and low and vanilla), then fruit like strawberries, kiwi and blueberries. YUM!
Robin I wish so, toooooo!

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CLEVAGAL 9/6/2010 6:57PM

    The fruit pizza sounds great Jan, can you tell me how you make it? Love Cleva xxx

Oh and what is Trip tip?

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    Rock that dress, girl! Sounds like a great day... Wish BigMamaT and I could be there with you guys!

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    Sounds wonderful and the fruit pizza is a great idea!
Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. I appreciate it!

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THREEE 9/6/2010 4:39PM

    you just make me smile emoticon

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    It is always nice to get the sexy comment from the hubby! Sounds yummy, have fun.

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Todays weigh in from 10/10/10 team digest

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Today's weight: 248.8
Starting weight: 250 (last week)
Difference (-/+): 1.2 pounds down
Something I tried this week that I enjoyed: I know you are not gonna believe this but Spinach salad! I have never eaten raw spinach leaves. I liked it!
Something cool I learned about myself: I am stronger than I thought I was.
Something I noticed about this weightloss thing: If I keep my goal in mind, I make better choices.
Anything I want to change for next week: Take more steps. I am tracking my daily steps now and it is a great motivator to move more.
One team member who has inspired me this week is: BIGMAMAT: She has lost 30 pounds and always has a kind word!
GO TEAM 10/10/10!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/6/2010 8:13PM

    If you like spinach, I have a great recipe for you. It's a green smoothie. It's really really good, I promise!
3 cups of spinach
1 banana cut up
1 cup of strawberry halves
freeze the banana and the strawberries and then throw everything in the blender with some water to get it moving and ice cubs to keep it cold. All you taste is the fruit, however it will be green. It's a great way to get fruits and veggies into the meal plan! Let me know if you try it!
~ Holly

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COLD_GOLD 9/6/2010 1:02PM

    wow! great job!

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CLEVAGAL 9/5/2010 10:06PM

    We go through 3 bags of spinach leaves a week! Theyre great for salads or tossed into an omlete for some green! Go the weightloss Jan. I cant believe it you rock darlin aye!

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ELLDEE57 9/5/2010 6:30PM

    Good Job with your loss. The 10-10-10 Challenge is the best. Good luck next week with the extra steps.

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THREEE 9/5/2010 6:06PM

    nice job...35 days left 'til 10/10...lOOks like you are on track emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 9/5/2010 4:33PM

    Wow. I am totally honored, and speechless. Me, inspire you! You're Awesome. emoticon

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NEDERLUNG 9/5/2010 3:22PM

    I love spinach - I like it in place of lettuce in sandwiches/tortilla wraps too. Today I added it to my chicken soup (also love it scrambled in eggs).

And you are in an honery mood - how is "do it" gonna help as an excuse - and just how many calories do you burn ROFL? Smiles - Debie

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BRIAEL 9/5/2010 2:27PM

    It's weird how spinach tastes different in all it's forms, isn't it?

Here's my favourite spinach recipe:

1 cup raw baby spinach
1 rasher of bacon (or turkey bacon) chopped very finely
Tsp of finely slivered almonds
Tbsp of sultanas or golden raisins (plump is best)
Tsp of balsamic vinegar (sprinkled over the top)

Makes for a very yummy lunch or afternoon "munchies" when you're feeling hungry but not wanting a meal. :)

Congrats on the weight loss, Jan, keep it up. :)

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MARTHAM85 9/5/2010 12:56PM

    Try adding strawberries to your spinach or mandarian oranges - they are really good! Another idea is sautee fresh spinach in a skillet with fresh onions and a touch of olive oil. Umm Umm!! emoticon emoticon

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ROBINSNEWNEST 9/5/2010 12:50PM

    YES! emoticon emoticon

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I am on FIRE today!

Friday, September 03, 2010

I dont know whats up, except me!

I woke up at 6, went to our project (we are roofers), took the dump truck to the dumps, then headed to home depot for plywood, then back to the job. Then I came back home, went out to my office for an hour and a half, dealing with stuff, went back to the job, then to the grocery and the bank, came home and unloaded $300.00 worth of grocerys, did payroll, swept the kitchen floor,opened the dishwasher to unload it but my sister was here yesterday and she must have done it for me (thanks TEXWIFE!!!) which made my day!

Then I put some pork roast in the slow cooker for tomorrow's BBQ potluck (pulled pork sandwiches are my contribution), vaccumed the living room and dining room, scrubbed the sink, did some laundry, paid the UPS guy (no, he isnt cute but he is nice) and then I sat down to read my mail and my sparky stuff.

I feel fantastic today and it is such a contrast to the way I was feeling way back in March when I started this journey. I have energy, I am (mostly) in a positive state of mind and I just feel friggin' capable and hopeful and happy. I am no longer in the 290's, the 280's, the 270's, the 260's or the 250's. Every time I have gone under one of those numbers, it feels like a small miracle. My next goal is to be at 241 by 10/10/10 which will be 50 pounds and 7 months of work investing in me. Then, I will soon after be under 240 and closer and closer to my goals.

I am going to do a 6 month blog on Friday Sept. 10th. I will find some really unattatractive Before photo's for your amusement, Stay tuned!

You dont tug on Supermans cape,
You dont spit into the wind,
You dont pull the mask of the ol' Lone Ranger,
and you dont mess around with.... Jan!

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    Well, I can tell you one thing . . . you can't mess with "any" of us Jans . . . you and me sista, we know what's goin' on . . . lol. Anyway, seriously, you are doing wonderful. I like that, show us the before pics for our amusement. There is nothing amusing about losing all that weight, it's just simply AWESOME . . . just like you!!

As one Jan to another, you RAWK!!! Love, another Jan

P.S. my given "legal" name is JanAnn (no middle name) but the only one that called me that was my grandma . . God bless her.

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CLASSACT911 9/4/2010 2:42PM

    All I can say is WHOOT! That's awesome. I wish I could fly through weight like you are lol. I'm moving slow so I'm not stressed over it. I'm down 90lbs from 3 years ago when I was diagnosed with:
Hypertension (Which is gone as of 300lbs... 78lbs lost)
High Cholestrol

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WATCHMEGO2 9/4/2010 7:53AM

    Awesome!! You truly are on fire girl!! And I love the throw-back to Jim Croce, now that song is going to be stuck in my head for the rest of the day!


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CLEVAGAL 9/4/2010 1:00AM

    feeling very australian right now.....whats the 'ol' lone ranger'? LOL Cleva xxx

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BAYBELIEVER 9/4/2010 12:32AM

    Congratulations! What a busy, great, moving around day! You are on fire! I am so impressed, I thought I did a lot today with cleaning carpets and spider webs and washing windows, but just one room!

Have a great weekend!

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THREEE 9/3/2010 10:24PM

    emoticonWHAT emoticonA emoticonDAY!!! emoticon emoticonyou made me feel tired, then energized just reading how full your day was and because of a loss of 40+ pounds...EX-CEL-LENT!!! emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 9/3/2010 10:14PM

    Lol. Mama, you sure are spunky! My goodness, the energy. You go girl. I always love your positive , " I can do it" attitude. there is no doubt in my mind that you will succeed! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRIAEL 9/3/2010 9:04PM

    You sure are on fire!!! I love that your new lifestyle is giving you the Spark buzz. Can't wait til the 10th to read your 6 month blog and see your progress. Absolutely thrilled for you, Jan. :)

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LUVDOGZ 9/3/2010 8:53PM

    What a busy day! I wish I had that energy! Maybe I will someday too! That is an amazing accomplishment, you should be very proud of your self to have done so well in 7 months! Have a great weekend!

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    I get it! I am amazed by how much better I feel -- even in the midst of all that's going on. It's like coming back to life! So very happy for you, Jan. Enjoy these moments of being who you are...

Sending you a great BIG emoticon --


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LADY_KATHY 9/3/2010 8:31PM

    Have a great weekend like you Friday. : ) Enjoy the holiday : )

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    Sounds like a great day! You are a roofer too. Way too rough of a job for me. I am impressed!

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Pumpkin Bread... any recipes?

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

I am looking for a "healthy" pumpkin bread recipe. I just got a bread maker from my cousin and I have stuff for pumplin bread. I have a KILLER recipe but it is not lowfat or healthy in any way, shape or form.

Hook a girl up!!

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BRIAEL 9/3/2010 2:36PM

    My outlaws bought me a breadmaker last Christmas, but it intimidates me, sitting there on the counter.

Got friends visiting in October and they've promised to get me started with it, bringing all their favourite healthy bread and muffin recipes.

If you try any of the recipes the Sparklies have shared and you really like them, feel free to pass them on in this direction. :)

Happy Breadmaking and have a wonderful holiday weekend. :)

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KATRIONAH 9/2/2010 7:18AM

    I searched online for some healthy bread recipes.....I have sent one in a sparks email. I do have others....If you want more, I can send them. Have a wonderful day.....Karen emoticon

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TEXWIFE 9/1/2010 9:58PM

    i checked out splenda recipie it uses splenda, molassses, 1 egg(egg beaters) 1 egg white, 164 calories, 7 gr fat. I will bring it over tomorrow emoticon

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NOT_BIG_BONED 9/1/2010 7:14PM

    I think if you have a killer pumpkin bread recipe, maybe you should try making it a healthy version. Maybe try posting it and let people comment on how to make it healthy. Like using egg whites instead of eggs....applesauce instead of oil....etc.

Just remember to add flour...LOL I made muffins last night and they didn't come out, they were super runny....I looked this morning and realized I left the flour out. :-)

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MAMADWARF 9/1/2010 7:13PM

    U2, I saw a recipe like that on SP but they added like a cup of water. It sounds like a great easy way to make it tho!

Grace: I saw a bunch and then when I looked at the recipes, they would be all sugar and oil or the servings sizes were like miniscule.. I mean whats the point if you can only have 1 bite!! lol.

Ashley, I love fall toooooooo! It is my favorite season! (even tho it is 98* at my house right now, I can tell it is coming and I am excited!

Will let you all know what I come up with. (You know, once we can send food and stuff through the internet, this thing is really going to take off!)
Im thinking about maybe modifying the recipe I have by doing the applesauce vs. oil swap out and maybe using splenda or cutting the sugar in half.

I was hoping for a tried and true recipe where the nutrition was all nice and neatly figured out but I may go ahead and make something up anyway...

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    Cookinglight has some great recipes! Check out their website. You must have read my mind because I was just thinking about pumpkin bread! I love fall. Yum.

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GRACEISENUF 9/1/2010 6:52PM

    Have you tried SP recipes? Just looked and they have several.

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U2CUSE16 9/1/2010 6:43PM

    Well, I don't know if this qualifies because it doesn't go in a bread maker and it's a Hungry Girl idea that I tried. It is a box of store bought (I know, that loses points right there) spice cake mix and a 15oz.can of pure pumpkin--no eggs or oil. I made a pan the other's a cross between a cake and a bread and I cut mine into 20 squares. I'd say it's something as an occasional treat since the mix is pre-made.

If you're interested, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and then follow the directions on the box for baking time/size of your pan. The batter is super thick and a pain to spread but the results were very tasty.

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Roll Call! Where my people at!?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

How are you today? Happy? Pumped? Tired? I really want to know... Lay it on me!

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CLASSACT911 9/3/2010 1:27AM

    I was alright. It's Sept and I'm 24lbs less than I weighed last July!!! woohoo 90lbs down and several more to go... I'm not counting I'm just enjoying the adventure to get there. If you wanna know I want to get to 160 and i'm 288. So that's 118? From 378. Wow I'm about half way through the adventure. Go me!

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BIGMAMAT 9/2/2010 6:48AM

    Ready for Sept! Bring it on! I am pumped!!!! emoticon

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RJANE40 9/1/2010 7:38AM

    I just starting reading you, but I also love your energy!!! I have been downright exhausted this week. I take a Zyrtec every night and I usually take Melatonin to help with sleep. I have come to the conclusion that I cannot take the two together. Last night was the first night I only took Zyrtec and I feel 100% more alert today.
So I am less tired and happy that its Wednesday and we have a long weekend ahead.

Hope you have a great day!!

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RAVENSONG37 8/31/2010 11:49PM

    I love your energy, your comments and all your awesomeness in general! Today I had a good day and worked my booty off and ate well. It was a good day and I'm ready for a good night's sleep! Keep on being special. :)

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TEXWIFE 8/31/2010 9:26PM

    I worked by behind off today, we did errands, painted one side of the house, hosed down and cleaned off patio, washed the truck,took dogs for walk.I ahve to go eat now cause I burned 650 calories and thats half what i ate LOL.PBJ rules!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 8/31/2010 5:43PM

    Another long work day. Super stressed. Wanted to eat sugar, many times, did however resist. Looking forward to the holiday weekend and hoping for a 2-3 lb loss this week. Lets keep our fingers crossed lol. Drank excessive amounts of water today, yeah me. Thinking about the first recipe for my food blog and have decided to eat vegetarian at least once a week. Figure I will give the earth a break now and then. Also obsessed about Indian food today. Wooo that was a mouth full. How was your day?

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MAMADWARF 8/31/2010 5:17PM

    Good to hear most of you are feeling well and being positive! I am doing ok today, too, but something feels off and I am not sure what it is. Hopefully, it will pass uneventfully. Patty, I am going to write to you on your page. I hate HARD TIMES!

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BRIAEL 8/31/2010 12:59PM

    I'm happy happy happy .... ZING! Boing! Ready to bounce all over the gym in my strength training today with "Little Amanda", my personal trainer. :)

How's today going for you? Are you smiling and full of the Spark? :)

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GRACEISENUF 8/31/2010 12:47PM

    emoticon equals PUMPED!

Cardio emoticon

Healthy food pre-prepared for the day/diced, chopped , cooked





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LUVDOGZ 8/31/2010 12:16PM

    I am doing ok. Having trouble staying in my calorie range. But considering I used to eat 800-1500 too many calories a day. I am making progress! I am journaling all of my food intake. Doing well with my water, and fairly well with my exercise. I am on SP everyday, giving and getting support.

How are you doing?


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BAYBELIEVER 8/31/2010 12:11PM


And how are you doing today?

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BAYBELIEVER 8/31/2010 12:11PM

    I was all excited yesterday about my walk and swim, but then my plantar fasciitis reared its ugly head today and I couldn't walk this morning. I am okay now though! I will just swim today! Maybe it will be better tomorrow. It's okay. It's okay. I am still in control!

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TREASURINGLIFE 8/31/2010 12:10PM

    Today I'm feeling a bit pumped!! :) I'm happy with how my August turned out and I'm rip-rarring to go for September. I'm planning on a great month!!

What about you???

- Michelle

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JRZG8R 8/31/2010 11:56AM

    I am outstanding today, tracking, sparking and vlogging. Seting new goals for the month inspired by another Sparker.

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NICA131 8/31/2010 11:32AM

    It's 11:30 and I am still debating what I should eat for breakfast, It may end up being 1 of "Those" days

OK, I just spilled the 1 cup of coffee I allow myself, it's IS one of "Those" days

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MOCACHOC 8/31/2010 11:16AM

    I am so siked. One week out, I am healing from getting out of my cast and able to do a little exercise. Yipppeee.

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PATTYKLAVER 8/31/2010 11:12AM

    I am a little depressed, as I've been looking for work for three months, have had a few interviews, but still don't have a job. I am trying to set goals to keep my spirits up, but am finding it more difficult every day. With $8 left to my name, I am definitely backed into a corner.

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