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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.

Comment edited on: 9/1/2010 6:58:24 PM

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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

Comment edited on: 8/31/2010 11:42:09 AM

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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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Portion Control out the window

Monday, August 30, 2010

Literally! Today I got a In and out burger for lunch (no cheese, extra veggies, no sauce) and fries and a a diet coke. I thought I would just have a couple of fries and then realized I could rapidly consume the whole thing so what did I do? I threw handfuls of french fries out the car window driving down the street (You are welcome, birdies!) until I had about 10 left in the box which I happily consumed. I cannot be trusted with french fries (or hash browns either!), but I really just wanted a couple!

Next time, I will A: NOT order the fries or B: Throw them in the trash.
PS: The burger was pretty delicious!

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CLASSACT911 9/3/2010 1:25AM

    There is a sub shop here in this area that does Eastern style to order subs. You can get them on the french bread (stock) 1 inch thick slices of whole grain bread (the ones with seeds and such making it a tad crunchy) OR an "unwich" they put it on lettuce leaves. I've learned to order the mayo on the side. they put too much on this way I can portion it out.

I usually order a large fry eat about 15 or so and hand the box to my friend to consume. He pours tons of salt on and that keeps me out of em. I can't stand super salty fries.

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NEDERLUNG 9/1/2010 10:03AM

    This was a great visual! And a very difficult thing to do - I know how we hate to waste food. When I throw stuff out the window I alway invision the possums search the shoulders of the road for it and then squish (one more down). Was there a slight smile on my face? (I hate rats and possums look a lot like rats).

I've been catching up from the weekend and a frustrating computer connection. I was hoping to see something about a successful? weighin. But if you didn't, you sure started back on track with portion control here.

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TEXWIFE 8/31/2010 9:28PM

    I have been with you Jan when hash borwns flew, I am so proud of you! Today i realized if I dont by sugar I can't eat it LOL! emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 8/30/2010 8:27PM

    Good for you! Can you imagine explaining that one if you got pulled over for littering? "But officer! I can't eat ALL the fries ... they had to go!"

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STARPLANET2000 8/30/2010 8:00PM

    I laughed out loud picturing you pitching fries out a car window. I think it's awesome.

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DESERTFLOWER8 8/30/2010 7:54PM

    LOL!!! I had in in'n'out for dinner last night...the same as you..burger, no cheese, and fries..except I ATE MY FRIES!!!! Your story is MUCH BETTER!!! roflmao..

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SIONSMOM 8/30/2010 7:50PM

    lol i would be the one walking down the street picking up your fries!!! good for you!!

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RAVENSONG37 8/30/2010 6:52PM

    Hahaha...this is GREAT! I love it. I'm just picturing driving down the road seeing fries flying out the window!! LOL!


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NICA131 8/30/2010 6:08PM

    French Fries will be my downfall, if ever I allow myself near them again. I was near them once since I started walking this road but I was still in the HEY HO LETS GO! mindset so I was able to resist. But I know if I get to comfy with it I will think "oh just 10 is fine" and I'll end up looking like a Yogi Bear on a picky-nic basket.

But you did good putting them out the window. Just proves how strong you are!

Just Say No!

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GRACEISENUF 8/30/2010 6:05PM

    Good for you tossing them out....if I was in the car behind you I would have had my catchers mitt on, lol. In N Out is a weakness for me cuz I love those burgers. I did find out you can order them without a bun and they wrap them in giant lettuce leaves...I tried it and is was good but I sure missed the bun.

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Im back and Im blogging

Sunday, August 29, 2010

HI guys, I missed you! I went to a 2 day race in the beautiful Plumas County area of California. I had blogged about my plan to keep things straight and I am proud to say I did every one of them. I am weighing in tomorrow and I am excited about posting for my 10 by 10/10/10 team. Graceisenuf37 and I had a deal to be down by half a pound and she lost 2! She is gonna push me, I can see!

As always these days, I had some revelations that I want to share.

People are talking to me about weight loss now. My friend Steve has been bicycling. I proposed saturday to cook lunch for our group (within a group) so we could eat some good food instead of the track food (corn dogs, chili cheese fries etc) so I got chicken and he bbq'd for us and we had green salad and french bread. It was great! That was at 5:00 (cause dinner was served after the races at 10). About 2, he says "I want to eat a sandwhich but then we are gonna eat chicken later and that's too much" I go, "eat half a sandwhich". He looks at me like I was from Mars. "Wow, I never thought of doing that! It's so simple!!" and we all cracked up! He kept telling me all weekend how he learned something new and that I was genius! It was so funny but it reminded me to make small changes and things dont have to be "either/or".

My girlfriend is on a diet. I mean, a real-we-have-all-been-there-and-it-doesnt-
work diet. B12 shots, phentermine, extreme excercise, restricted foods. She finally told me all this the weekend and I was supportive and not judgemental but I was screaming at her inside! Do what I do! It is sooo easy! It works!!
I guess I cant save everyone but maybe she will get it eventually.

I also realized that if you give people the option, most people will make good choices! Green salad, fruit, lean meat, 100 calorie packs of pretzels or almonds. I mean, there was a huge table where we all put our snacks and I had a big zilpoc bag of snacks like that with granola bars etc. I brought home maybe 2 or 3 things but all the big bags of chips, flavored nuts, candy and cookies were left over. Plus, everyone was so excited when the dinner on those nights included fresh fruit and salad.

The spark does spread. People notice. I am walking the walk and talking the talk and people are open to it. I dig it.

This morning, I grabbed a pair of sweats to ride home in. They were HUGE! I didnt even think when I packed them, just through them in.
Maybe I will post a picture tomorrow during my weigh in blog. I was totally blown away. I know I have made progress but that hit it home, Baby! See you tomorrow!!

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GRACEISENUF 8/30/2010 2:41PM

    GREAT, INSPIRING BLOG! You are definitely spreading the spark my friend.


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STARPLANET2000 8/29/2010 11:14PM

    Congrats on doing everything you said you were going to do this weekend! So happy for you!

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JRZG8R 8/29/2010 9:29PM

    Your post added to my motivation. Another sandwich trick I use is going open face. Twice as many bites so it seems like more.

Today I had hummus on bread thin with 2 slices of cheese. I toasted them open face it made a difference mentally for me.

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