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Challenges and confession

Sunday, May 01, 2011

I made a deal with my SPEEP, ANEWTATIANA, that we would lose 2 pounds this week. She is a new friend and she challenged me so it was fun. SHe lost 1.8!! I lost, oh wait, wrong word... GAINED over a pound. EPIC FAIL... I did great all week then last night, Pizza happened. SIgh. Oh well, here I go again for this week.

I also joined the 28 day bootcamp starting today. Is anyone else doing it? I am looking forward to it. I am going to take BEFORE photos and then I will post AFTER pictures at the end of the 28 days. It should be interesting and I am looking forward to making some progress. I think it is just what I needed.

Last night, we went to a fundraiser for Crohns disease at my sister's church. Her husband is in a band and they donated their time to play a free concert. Kady spoke and did a great job and met a few really great people. One gal has an ostomy bag and is a nurse and is really excited to team up with Kady to start a support group and to outreach to new ostomy patients. I am reallly proud of my kid. She has a big heart and big ideas and I know she will make it happen.

I hope you guys all have a great weekend and I challenge you to join me on the 28 day bootcamp challenge. 10 minutes a day? You can do that!! I can do that!! WE can do that!

  
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LESLIES537 5/2/2011 12:24PM

    Yes, WE can!! Let's do this!!! emoticon

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MOONBIRD 5/2/2011 12:02PM

    I might have to sign up for that challenge, but for whatever reason I am always hesitant to. I guess the idea of not having a day off from working out freaks me out a little. LOL I know you'll do great.

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JENNYGIFFORD 5/2/2011 11:11AM

    I'm doing the challenge and rooting for you all the way! You can do it!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 5/1/2011 11:51PM

    I am up for a challenge mama!!!! emoticon

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CHELEMIA 5/1/2011 11:13PM

    Where would I find the 28 day bootcamp?? I am willing.

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ATREAT4ME 5/1/2011 9:19PM

    Kady sounds awesome. Please feel free to forward me any parenting tips as i am always looking for ways to make sure my kiddos grow up to do great things. What a great, great event.

Pizza... well, it happens. Like you said, it's a new week and you can try again. I'll be looking forward to your 28 day pictures. I bet you'll do fantastic!

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RIGBY31 5/1/2011 8:30PM

    I've been playing Dodge the Pizza for a while now... just can't go there. May gets short for me because of another trip east towards the end. I'll be seeing lots of people I haven't seen since Oct, so the crunch is on to look fabulous! And hurray for Kady! She is awesome.

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 5/1/2011 8:22PM

    Dam pizza..Get's me every time. Don't get discouraged. I'm predicting that next Sunday I'll read a blog that says "Jan lost 2 lbs this week". I can't wait to read it. And that's amazing about the benefit. Anything to draw awareness is awesome. New week. Rock is mama Jan

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LISSIEONE 5/1/2011 7:40PM

    I'm not doing the boot camp but I wish you all the luck in the world. I am sure you will ROCK the boot camp. My goal for the month of may is to be able to RUN a full three miles!!! (I am up to two miles now, but every few days I have to take a break because my shins suck the butt)

I am sure you are probably just retaining water and stuff because of the pizza, but I hope it was delicious!!!! These things will happen, we just gotta truck on and pick up where we left off!!!

Have a wonderful week!!!!

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PJH2028 5/1/2011 6:44PM

    There are two pizzas at Trader Joe's that I can recommend for future: One is a "Guiltless Pizza" with veggies and no real cheese but a good crust; the other is a spinach feta pizza which is really yummier. When I read "Pizza happened" in your blog just now it made me remember the bazillions of times that bringing home take-out or even eating out at regular pizza places where I just 9x out of 10 do NOT make good portion decisions. Pizza is sparkable for me with these planned TJ products.

GOALS and REWARDS....
I'm going back to the original spark recommendations to remind me of the basics of that that worked so well for me at the start of this journey.

LOVE YOU JAN
We ARE doing THIS! Bravo for your "bootcamp". Stay on the path. Onward & Downward. xoxox P

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HEALTHYASHLEY 5/1/2011 5:42PM

    That support group sounds like a great thing for Kady! How awesome that she is sharing her story and helping other people going through the same thing. Admirable.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/1/2011 2:57PM

    The benfit sounds great, I'm glad Kady is finding the support she needs from the Chron's community. I doing the Spring bootcamp, but have done the 28 day Bootcamp and loved it! Can't wait to see the before and afters!

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BEANABABY0827 5/1/2011 12:22PM

    I am in the 28 Day boot camp as well!! Go Team!!

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AUNTIELES53 5/1/2011 12:20PM

    i'm doing the 28 day boot camp also :) woot :)

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Q and A with Jan

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jan:Thanks for being here today. I know you are busy and I appreciate you taking the time out for this interview.
Jan: Well, thanks for having me. I am only too happy to be here, talking about myself. It is an important message and I am sure your readers are very excited about it too.
Jan: Now, you have lost over 60 pounds in a bit over a year. Can we talk about that?
Jan: Of course! I am an open book.
Jan: Well, let's get right to it



Q. Are you done losing weight?
A.Uh, no. I am barely over half way.

Q.Are you just gonna stay here and maintain within these same 5 pounds?
A. Uh, no. I am not. MY immediate goal is to lose 2 pounds by sunday based on a challenge from a new friend.

Q. It looks like you are happy where you are. What are you going to DO about it?
A. I am going to track my food like I always do, I will keep walking like I always do but I am going to go a little farther and/or a little faster to keep moving forward.
I am going to add some strength training because I have been lazy about that.

Q. Are you happy with your progress?
A. Yes I am happy with how much I have lost but I am not happy with the slow down. I know I have to kick it up because the things I have been doing for the last 13 months are not enough anymore.

Q. But didn't you know this day would come?
A. Yes I did. But I didnt want to accept that it was here already. I was comfortable, it was fairly effortless and now I have to work harder. I may even have to *gasp* make some sacrifices.

Q. What do you eat?
A. Well, my tracker is open so anyone can go see what I eat on a daily basis. I think I mix it up pretty good but I need to try to hit the lower end of my range a few days a week instead of the higher or middle range so consistantly.

Q. What is your biggest concern right now?
A. The condition of my body. I am flabby and I deserve to look better than that. Summer is coming and while I look alot better than last year, I do not want to be confused with the star of the "Water for Elephant's" movie with my saggy, baggy elephant skin.

Q. Anything else that is giving you a problem?
A. Besides my constant hunger, the inner brat that wants what she wants and the lack of weight loss progress? Besides the fact that I KNOW I cannot bake delicious things (like cookies!)....Other than that, no. I think Im good.

Q. Since you are a "Spark People Motivator", do you have any words of advice for your friends or others who may have stumbled onto this scintillating blog?
A. Yes. Yes, I do.
Face the challenges head on
Don't whine
Don't pretend you don't know what you are doing (when we all know you do)
Don't whine (worth mentioning twice). **Whining does not mean expressing things are hard or trying to work through feelings. Whining is just complaining without resolution so someone will feel sorry for you, so they will do the heavy lifting you should be doing. Nobody has it easy so just get on with it.**
Be strong.
Success comes from consistancy
Don't beat yourself up if you choose to eat something off your plan. Geez, you are human, right?
Sometimes it will be easier than others. For Everyone!
Dont over think it.
Move more than you did yesterday
Dont make it harder than it is or that it has to be.
Connect.
Ask for help
Write it out
Whatever level of excercise you can do, just do it. It doesn't have to be your preferred method of excercise. Take a walk, dance for 5 minutes, lift you dog over your head, just do something more than you did yesterday.
Plan your meal so you dont get in that trap of just eating whatever is handy. I am making Parmesan Basa fish filets tonight. Pretty excited about that.
Do your best today. Just for today. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Just for today, make good choices, eat within range, get a little excercise, help someone else, write a blog, Like someone else's blog, take your measurements or weigh in, encourage each other.

Jan: Well, thank you for your honesty and for your time today.
Jan: Oh you are so welcome. I enjoyed being here although I do think you were kinda grilling me.
Jan: Just doing my job.
Jan: Whatever.
Jan: Don't be pouty. Do you have any final thoughts for our readers?
Jan: Yes I would like to challenge them to find something good today and tell me about it.
Jan: Ok well you heard it here first, folks. Mamadwarf would like you to tell her something good today. Ready? GO!

  
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BIGMAMAT 4/30/2011 8:24AM

    OMG! This is the best ever! I am currently dealing with my inner brat! emoticon

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RIGBY31 4/29/2011 12:18PM

    Wonder Blog! Ok, here it goes (and I just might make this my status for today):

My skin looks amazingly radiant today. Must be all the clean eating and water!

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PJH2028 4/27/2011 4:43PM

    Right on Time, Jan! I love this so hard. Thank you for being so very YOU!

and ditto ditto double ditto and dog-nabbit, too!

Yes, I'm accepting that it's going to take doing a little more than yesterday.
And it's going to take welcoming that. It *did* come faster than I thought it would....
Yet "stepping it up" (keeping on: loving sparking liking sweating enjoying sharing celebrating.... is going to keep on being FUN hard work and more.

Gratitude and Determination in Harmony.
xoxoxo
emoticon emoticon we can do it!
Halfway and Keeping on Keeping On!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 4/27/2011 2:57PM

    Something good....hmmm my legs really arent as big as Godzillas

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SLFRISBEY 4/27/2011 1:50PM

    Lifting a dog over head? NICE! I don't think my 60 pound dog would be ok with that, but the little 20 pounder, that's a challenge I think I am going to accept! :) Now I just have to figure out where to put my hands... hahahaha!

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MAMADWARF 4/27/2011 1:05PM

    OMG. I love you guys.... I am laughing and smiling so big right now...lol. I love all your GOOD things! Veejay, a mile and a half???? You rock! Cellista? Enjoy that nice walk today! Grace, you are a rockstar!!! Kamaperry, you can do it!! Schen, Love seeing your comments and smile on my post!! Seestars, I think I need a video of this. Seriously. Jomama, Y? Because I LIKE YOU! (see what I did there..rofl). Chel, COME BACK TO US! Sara, stay strong. you will be back at it soon enough!!
Anyone else???

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SARAWALKS 4/27/2011 12:45PM

    Something good - I am done with work for the moment and it is NOT raining! emoticon
It is warmer.
Even though I've been sick, I haven't been pigging out...holding steady, weight-wise...
I had a good rant and a good whine and got that done. Check, under Other Goals.

Thanks for the self-talk, Jan! emoticon

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CHELEMIA 4/27/2011 12:37PM

    Dear Mama,
You have been my one string left to connect with Spark. It has been tough seeing you struggle knowing I can't motivate because I am out here in lazy land. Because of the connection though for the last week or so I have been walking with our dogs. Since we got the new 8 month old springer I felt more motivated to get out there and be hands on. I am buying better choices but thats all right now. So for today I will walk and make good choices for meals. This will be a good day. Thank you!

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JOMAMA99 4/27/2011 12:36PM

    Wonderful blog Jan, thanks!!
My good for the day is that I have recommitted to my healthy eating plan and am going to the Y after work today! Back on track-Yea!! emoticon

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SEESTARS 4/27/2011 12:18PM

    "lift you dog over your head"... have you been watching my workouts? This is my favorite exercise. Closely followed by balance dog on sholder and bear hug dog.

Have a great day!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 4/27/2011 12:13PM

    I like the part about whining without some type of resolution to the problem. And I also think consistency is key. Wonderful interview, Jan!

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KAMAPERRY 4/27/2011 12:12PM

    I love this!!! Great advice too!! I love the 5 minutes of activity idea!

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GRACEISENUF 4/27/2011 11:58AM

    Something good is I have been on an exercise streak of cardio morning and late afternoon/evening since 4-10-11 and I have also been eating whole, nutritious foods, (knocking out almost all sugar except the mininal amount in some foods). I feel amazing, energetic and better than I have felt in sooo long. I made up my mind I not only want a thinner body but a healthier one too....WOO HOO!

Love this blog Jan, very motivating and I agree about the "whining". My spark page is a whine free zone, lol!

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CELLISTA1 4/27/2011 11:52AM

    Cellista: So, what do you think of Jan's blog?
Cellista: She is her usual self: silly and serious at the same time.

Cellista: Do you have anything good to report back to Jan?
Cellista: Certainly! The weather in Southern California is perfect! Blue skies and temps in the 70s. Wind last night so no smog at all. Clear and gorgeous.

Cellista: Does that suggest anything to you, uh, like a nice long walk outside?
Cellista: Hey, yeah!
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VEEJAY3 4/27/2011 11:27AM

    Veejay: I understand you were challenged to share something good today.
Veejay: Sheeesh! What's with MamaDwarf and her challenges? Sometimes, I think she's just too into herself.

Veejay: nevertheless, are you going to rise to the challenge?
Veejay: I guess so. Uhm ... something good. Something good. OH! Well, the weather today is well into the 80s, and I'm going to head to the pool and swim.

Veejay: So a little splashing around, then.
Veejay: I beg your pardon! NO! A full-on workout, I'll have you know! A mile swim!
Veejay: You usually do a mile, don't you?
Veejay: OK OK OK!!! A mile and a half. Just to push myself. So MamaDwarf doesn't feel all holier-than-thou that she's pushing and I'm not.



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Bratty McBrattison

Saturday, April 23, 2011

For the last few days, my old habits are starting to sneak back into my life. Craving sweets, especially after eating a meal, deep down hunger even after eating a reasonable amount, being tired, not feeling like walking.

I think it started whenI had to bake cookies for my hubbys grandma and of course, had to taste a few. Then I have eaten a few each day for the past few days. Finally, they are gone. But I have had options and I have chosen to eat badly instead.

I have fruit salad which I LOVE, sugar free puddings (love), Fiber Plus bars (love). But chose cookies.> emoticon

Today I made a sandwhich for lunch. I had reduced calorie wheat (love) but still ate the Potato bread (double calories) anyway. I could have walked to the store but I drove. If Frank hadn't made the dog make me feel bad yesterday, I wouldn't have gone walking either but he made Stitch get all excited and looked at me sad so I went. emoticon

I have lost no weight since March. Well, I have lost a few pounds but gained it back. I am not where I want to be. Not by a long shot.

I think my rebelliousness is in full effect.
I WANT WHAT I WANT WHEN I WANT IT AND YOU CANT TELL ME NO!

What a brat!

I am only half way to my goal. I still want it. So what the heck is my problem? I told myself the other day I would not eat any added sugar and I went ahead and ate cookies and jelly belly's. I tracked them, too. I am not lying to myself or my tracker. I am not feeling overcome and cant control myself. I just want what I want. Period.


I still drink all my water. I still track my food and my excercise. I still have my next mini goal in mind. I still am on spark several times a day. What the heck am I doing? And why?

I guess that is my job to figure it out, huh? Brats dont like having to think that hard! (stomps foot!) and adding (pouty face!) emoticon

  
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MOMMYNURSE 4/28/2011 11:08PM

    Wow Jan... you are right to tell me to read this blog! My brat has been in full force too. Eating bad things when I have good things sitting right here I can eat that honestly probably taste BETTER (ie fresh pineapple instead of overly sweet cookies)
Time to tell our brats NO so we can be hot mamas!!!! PS subscribing to your blog!

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BECOMING_HOLLY 4/26/2011 10:25AM

    I totally hear you! I have turned a new leaf and I have kicked it up!

Someone once told me that artificial sweeteners make people CRAVE sweets... there is apparently some chemical something in there that makes you want it BADLY. Could that be it?

When I avoid all artificial sweeteners, I am gold. Once I make friends with my Smart Ones desserts, I crave MORE and WORSE!

Good luck battling the pounds! I reached a plateau and got lazy mid-February (it all started with a battle with pneumonia) and I finally started kicking it up a notch and lost 11 pounds in one week!

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BADASSBLONDIE 4/25/2011 12:11PM

    Man I feel ya. I've gotten into the habit of not tracking on weekends! What? Awful decision! I need to stop doing that...

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KAMAPERRY 4/24/2011 11:07PM

    1 cookie= 2, = 4, = whole batch= binge for me, I agree it is sugar addiction! emoticon

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SARAWALKS 4/24/2011 10:57AM

    Thing is, it's such FUN to be a brat! emoticon
Being good all the time gets to be SUCH a STRAIN. emoticon
I find that eventually I just get sick of my bratty self but sometimes it takes a while and in the meantime, I have to just attempt to control the damage.
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ATREAT4ME 4/24/2011 10:17AM

    Going through something similar, m'self and I'll be working through it today (I hope). In the meantime, brat or no brat, I know that you're going to pull yourself out of this because of who you are and how you've behaved for months now. So, for whatever reason, you're here right now. You'll figure it out and then we'll all be back to marveling at your amazing attitude and determination to succeed. I KNOW it!

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HEALTHIERTINA 4/24/2011 9:49AM

  I am right there with you. And now I have filled my house with Easter Junk food in the name of my daughter, knowing I will probably eat a lot of it too. I can't seem to say no to junk right now, even when I have other options too. Remind your self it is progress not perfection. We will both pull out of this bratty rut we stuck ourselves in. emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 4/23/2011 11:24PM

    OMG! I love you, even when you are having a bad...um week?, I love you. You make me laugh and you make me smile, even when you eat cookies.

Walk, no driving, Hey dog needs a walk!

You can do this, next time make a fruit salad instead of cookies!

Still smiling, so thanks for that.

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ANEWTATIANA 4/23/2011 9:34PM

    Firstly, thank-you for adding me as a friend. I need all the support I can get! and I hope to return the favour!

I can really relate to what you're saying. Been there and done that all too many times. But my grandfather always said that if you fall off a horse, you have to get right back on. I went out for Chinese dinner yesterday. I love this food but I eat it so rarely that I really overdid it and ended up waddled home feeling very guilty. Allow yourself your tantrum, then give yourself a swift kick where it counts and get back on your horse. How about joining me for a ride to lose 2 pounds by next Sunday?

D.

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VEEJAY3 4/23/2011 8:40PM

    I know, I know. Inside me, there's a bratty two-year-old fighting to get out, too.

We'll eventually treat the inner brat with tough love.

We will, won't we?


Won't we?
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LESLIES537 4/23/2011 8:12PM

    Darn cookies!! At least they're gone now! Time to get your butt in gear and turn that pouty face into a emoticon You can do this!!! DUH!! emoticon emoticon

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RIGBY31 4/23/2011 7:14PM

    Goodness! I thought I was the only brat out here, throwing a feeding tantrum! Walking, what's that? But I KNOW... just like you KNOW... the only option is to be the best person you can be to yourself. I totally get choosing other stuff over the good for you stuff. So let's just knock it off. I'm giving myself one more day of so-so. Then I'm going to swift kick myself into high gear. I can come over and swift kick you too, my dear, if you'd like! Because our nonsense has to stop. Our live's depend on it. Let's look forward.
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CELLISTA1 4/23/2011 5:38PM

    Yikes - I'm a brat too. We brats are our own worst enemy. There's good stuff about being a brat, like we're strong, we're feisty, and we are smart asses in a good way. So what we have to do is be bratty about our health. If I said, "Jan, sorry, but you've been a brat so you can't have any fruit salad, and what's more, if Stitchy does a dance, you still can't take him out. Stay on the sofa til I say you can get up!" You'd pretty much smack me, right?


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GRACEISENUF 4/23/2011 4:47PM

    I've been there, believe me. I am reading a new book that really explains sugar and it's addiciton....some liken it to crack!

The book is called Sugar Shock and I got it cheap on amazon.

Love the ending to your blog...maybe you need a little "time out" huh? :)

Happy Easter to you and your family Jan!
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JIBBIE49 4/23/2011 4:44PM

    emoticonNo Fat Chick for us DONE GIRLS since we ROCK. Happy Easter emoticonWe are EGG-citing. emoticon

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Someone needs you. Serious DBC needed.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4181072


This is a link to my friend's page. Please go read this blog and make comments, suggestions, encouragement or butt kicking (that was my preferred method of drive by cheerleading today). This girl is incredible and doesn't know it. Come on, sparkers. It's your turn to ramp up the juice, the insight, the advice and the love. Thank you.

  
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JIBBIE49 4/23/2011 4:44PM

    DONE

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THREEE 4/23/2011 1:37PM

    per your instructions, done...

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/21/2011 10:10PM

    Done. You're an awesome friend!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 4/21/2011 9:09PM

    Done!

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ATREAT4ME 4/21/2011 8:36PM

    I love you! And I love the idea of drive-by-cheerleading. It is around me more than I thought. I was walking behind a runner, who was wearing a US Army t-shirt. Another man was running toward us and he was wearing a US Navy t-shirt. The man who was coming toward us, never broke stride, didn't smile, wave or anything else. He simply made very quick eye contact and said: "Go Army." Of course I couldn't see the face of the man the running in the same direction I was walking, but I did hear him respond, "Go Navy." Funny thing, as I kept walking behind him, it seemed to me his pace picked up a wee bit and his stride seemed longer, more gazelle like. Drive-by or run-by, it seems life is better when there are folks cheering you on. Thank you, Jan, for providing us all with this opportunity!

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KAMAPERRY 4/21/2011 8:01PM

    You got it!

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WATCHMEGO2 4/21/2011 7:30PM

    done

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SHERLYN-WILL 4/21/2011 6:45PM

    I will...

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OJIBWEEQUAY 4/21/2011 6:28PM

    right there

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COOKWITHME65 4/21/2011 6:06PM

    Will do! emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 4/21/2011 6:01PM

    DONE

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/21/2011 5:55PM

    I saw, I read, I commented.

Now I will pray.

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THISYEARSMODEL 4/21/2011 5:42PM

    Thanks for posting!!!

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RUNNER12COM 4/21/2011 5:39PM

    I'm on it.

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LESLIES537 4/21/2011 5:38PM

    You're such a great Spark friend!!! Thanks for the heads up! emoticon

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KASSIANDORA 4/21/2011 4:37PM

    Just read her blog. Looks like she is having a slump. Hope she bounces back soon.

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Drive by Cheerleading

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I was driving to do some errands today and I noticed a gal running along the street. I have seen her a few times. Anyway, I was thinking, "I should roll down my window and yell at her and tell her good job!" and then I thought, "She will think you are crazy. You dont know her. She probably wouldnt even be able to hear you with her headphones on...." Anyway, I didnt do it.

So I went and got my hair cut, went to the bank and went to the grocery store and I decided to make spagetti and turkey meatballs for dinner (I know, I said Pasta wasnt worth the calories, blah, blah but I really want it so bleehhhhhh!), so I go in the pasta aisle and there she is. She is standing right in front of the pasta and I am like, "are you kidding me??? Now you HAVE to talk to her! I mean, what are the odds???" So I approached her and told her I saw her running today and I wanted to tell her good job.

She got a huge grin on her face and thanked me and told me she runs 6 miles a day, that she used to weigh 300 pounds (she is probably 170 now, im guessing)! So I tell, her me too! That I started walking a year ago and while I do not see running in my future, I get why she does and that I was proud of her cause I know what it takes to have that level of commitment. She told me she used to think that but when she started, she ran 2 stop lights at a time, then two more etc. etc.

Anyway, we had a nice little chat and I told her when she sees a hand waving from a big red truck around town, that will be me, cheering her on!

I, of course, (cause this is what I do now!) started thinking about how on SPARK, we do "drive by cheerleading" all the time and dont think a thing about stopping by someones page and telling them good job or offering our advice, wisdom, prayers, recipes,comfort or butt kicking. We may have not ever even heard of this person before or maybe it is a friend of a friend but we all do it all the time. I mean, that is how I met ALL of you!

But in the "real" world, it is harder to offer that support. It is awkward sometimes but let me tell you, I was MEANT to talk to her today for some reason and I am glad I did not let the opportunity pass me by.

How much would it make your day if a stranger had the nerve to notice and tell you how great you are looking or that they notice how dedicated you are at the gym, etc? Exactly. Spread the spark, people. Spread the spark.

  
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JRIMM4 4/21/2011 6:27PM

    Super cool! Pretty damn amazing to have run into her at the store - definitley meant to be! Proud of you too for stepping up and being the real life cheerleader!!!

JR

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BRAINYBLONDE5 4/21/2011 5:23PM

  amazing blog! &&& you are an amazing person!

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SARAWALKS 4/21/2011 10:22AM

    YES YES YES! emoticon Jan! We ARE all meant to notice and encourage each other. and it is so FUN when we do! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RIGBY31 4/20/2011 6:37PM

    Making her day, made your day, which made my day! I know how it feels on both the giving and receiving end. Giving makes me feel gooey. Receiving always makes me want to cry happy. It's all good! Spark on!

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BAYBELIEVER 4/20/2011 4:33PM

    You are right! A couple of strangers did that to me one day and it has meant everything to me when the going is tough! Awesome blog! We need to be reminded we can cheer each other on face to face too!

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KAMAPERRY 4/20/2011 1:45PM

    Awesome idea!!! I will try this!

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OHSOCOOLLISA 4/20/2011 12:13PM

    I agree....you did good and she was blessed by you. Yay for drive-by cheerleading!

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CELLISTA1 4/20/2011 12:13PM

    I love the concept -- and Jan, you are just the right person for it -- but I'm not sure L.A. is ready for it -- or you!
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JSPIN74 4/20/2011 11:41AM

    awesome! look at you spreading the spark energy :)

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NIKKIG125 4/20/2011 11:04AM

    Awesome!!


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VAMANOS 4/20/2011 10:40AM

    Love it! I'm sure you absolutely made her day--and why can't we all get over ourselves and do that? Yesterday a woman at Curves told me she was impressed by how hard I work and that I was an inspiration. That totally made my day, and I'm determined to pay it forward--your blog just made me realize that I'm OBLIGATED to do that. emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 4/20/2011 10:32AM

    I absolutely LOVE this blog! What are the chances that you would see her again, and get the chance to talk to her??? emoticon

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LESLIES537 4/20/2011 10:09AM

    I bet that made her day!! How cool of you to compliment her like that!! I always want to yell out the window and do fist pumps at the runners too! It's the lookin' crazy thing that stops me though! emoticon LOL

Great blog!! I agree, we all need to do more drive by's! emoticon

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KJDOESLIFE 4/20/2011 8:57AM

    Very cool! Way to go!

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LILLYPILLY24 4/20/2011 1:14AM

    Yay for you talking to her. And, thank you for sharing. Yes, a resounding 'yes' - spread the spark. Make someone's day. And thus be encouraged ourselves.

GREAT BLOG!

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ATREAT4ME 4/19/2011 11:19PM

    I love your perspective and feel so blessed that you share it here and I get to read it! Thank you, Jan. This is a great idea. I always give little kids on their bicycles praise, usually by tellin them what a cool bike they have. You should see their grins. Grown ups might be a bit more tricky -- I'm usually so lost in my own thoughts that it'd take a second or two for me to realize it. But what a reward!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 4/19/2011 10:30PM

    Support is such a spirit boost to let you know the fruit of your labor is not going unnoticed. You're an awesome cheerleader! emoticon

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BETHIE_BOO 4/19/2011 9:20PM

    I totally want to honk at people I see running and walking on my running route, when I'm driving home from work, but I don't because if somebody honked at ME, I'd think they were honking cuz I'm a fat lady waddling down the sidewalk. That's my own paranoia, though, and I think it was great that you had the guts to speak to her! :)

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DONNACFIT 4/19/2011 8:24PM

    Great blog :) Way to go!!! emoticon

rah rah rah emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 4/19/2011 7:49PM

    So awesome!!!!!!!! Wow!! It was in the cards today! it was probably something she really needed! Go you!!!!! emoticon

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STREAKFREAK 4/19/2011 7:47PM

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MELLYBEANS0919 4/19/2011 6:22PM

    That made me smile. That is great!

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GRACEISENUF 4/19/2011 6:08PM

    emoticonSpreading the spark loud and clear!

Loved this blog!

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MAGGIE805 4/19/2011 5:50PM

    Love this! I love it when I get "running past" cheerleading from other runners I encounter during my runs in the morning. I make sure I give it right back and it just makes everybody's day a little happier. Kudos rock!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 4/19/2011 5:47PM

    I had a guy at my gym come up to me and tell me he was proud of me for being so dedicated and he could see I was making progress everyday. I have never forgotten his words and it meant so much to me. Good for you for talking to her today!

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MACEWOMAN 4/19/2011 5:25PM

    I've been really lucky recently and had quite a few people at the gym and at work mention the changes they've noticed. The ones at the gym have even mentioned how much I've improved my endurance and speed and how they can't believe I've started running some.
It was a great feeling the first time someone came up and waited on me to take off my headphones so they could compliment me.

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 4/19/2011 5:22PM

    Fantastic! I always cheer-lead from the car when I see a fellow runner, or any kind of exerciser for that matter! When I run and I see people looking at me, I just know they are cheering me on too!

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BECOMING_HOLLY 4/19/2011 5:13PM

    AWESOME BLOG!! I really think it would be great for someone to notice my dedication. I am at the gym every morning with the same group of ladies... most of them skinny minis (vs my 318 pound self) and no one ever talks to each other. I would be aweome for someone to say something! I get the glares, but that's about it.

I think what you did was AWESOME! This is why I love SP, unlimited encouragement and people to encourage too!

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SHERLYN-WILL 4/19/2011 5:06PM

    YES.. YES.. GREAT BLOG... I was thinking you might take up running in the future... HUMMMMM (wink)...... are you SURE you won't!!! Health reasons maybe.... or just hard to imagine you running??

I was thinking you had a dream about running.........

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PJH2028 4/19/2011 4:52PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Love you Jan! Great blog! ;^)

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CALLIKIA 4/19/2011 4:46PM

    Kismet! emoticon emoticon It usually takes me a while to get my courage up to say something to someone, but when opportunities like this come up, how can you help it?!

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THISYEARSMODEL 4/19/2011 4:42PM

    I love this!!! [Insert "Twilight Zone" music here].There are no accidents. emoticon

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ANAJAK 4/19/2011 4:36PM

    Good on ya!! I agree to bump into her you were def meant to talk today! Haha I love "drive-by cheerleading" - I have my own version "crazy walking lady who talks to strangers exercising" - I often find myself telling kids especially what a good job they have done walking up a hill. I don't care how it looks to others anymore, the huge smiles on their faces is enough reward for me!!

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KIYOSHI04 4/19/2011 4:36PM

    oh man. i love this blog. i am so glad that you got to talk to her.

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BRITCHES82 4/19/2011 4:31PM

    Isn't serendipity awesome!!! This was a delightful blog to read!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 4/19/2011 4:26PM

    GREAT blog, and SO TRUE. That was wonderful that you talked to that running lady when you ran into her in the grocery store, and just look at all you had in common! It is harder in the "real" world, but don't we all LOVE to hear those words of praise? That's probably why I come here so much, not only to offer praise to others (like you), but to write a blog occasionally and wrap myself in the warmth of the wonderful comments I receive. I honestly don't think I could have achieved this weight loss without the help of Spark! You and everybody else here are my secret to weight loss. I always say there is no secret--it's just hard work, but I need to acknowledge all the help I have gotten from everyone here. I will spread the Spark from now on!

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