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Why I think it's awesome you are doing a challenge and why I am not.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

I have been home a few days (from vacation) and have noticed many people posting stats and goals for various challenges. The 5% fall challenge, the PMP challenge, the BLC... and I am standing and applauding all of you.

I have done a few challenges since I have been here for the past year and half and they are super motivating and very helpful. I still go back to some of the excercies I did in the spring challenge.

I truly believe that joining a challenge is a great way to jump start or continue your progress. I think it motivates you because you are competing, if not with others then at least with yourself. Plus it is fun to see how your buddies are doing and to see the progress in your weight loss and in your body. It is fun to see how strong you are compared to even last week!

So, are you thinking or asking "Jan, if you think it is so great, what challenge are you doing? Let's hear about how you are amping up your weight loss and getting fitter!! Or, wait, are you STILL at 70 pounds down? What, has this been like 2 months since you have lost the same 5 pounds? hrmpppph, some motivator you are!!!!"

I am not doing a challenge. If I was, I would probably do the PMP challenge although the 5% challenge sounds good too. But I am not doing one and here is why. It is not an excuse or a cop out, it is just the reality.

I do not have time to commit to one right now. For the last month and through the end of this month, I simply cannot do it. I do not half A$$ things so I am not going to sign up, try to fit it in, feel bad, not have time to participate and otherwise set myself up for failure. I am not doing it.

I would like to do a challenge in October just to keep my focus through the holidays (GAH... The HOLIDAYS??????? WTF???) and I am thinking I am going to reach out to some of my closest sparkies and see if we can do a mini challenge. Just a small thing every week to keep us on track and motivated to keep losing. It is not going to be a big deal but it will be enough. I just cannot do a big deal right now.

I still have a wedding for a nephew this week (a weekend away with a huge bunch of foodies and me making 100 cake pops), then my 50th birthday on the 28th and then we go to a racetrack for 4 days where I cook outside for 300 people for 3 days, dont get enough rest, drink too much and generally have a blast. Then I come home. And things will slow down and I will be happy for fall to come and ease me into the next season.

So that is why I am not doing a challenge and why I think you should. Cause Mama says so.

  
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IMIN2GENES 9/20/2011 9:07PM

    I love this blog! Your life sound like it's plenty full of challenge and fun right now. I totally respect you for keeping it real and not over-commiting. I'm like you - it's all or nothing!

Happy Birthday - a little early!
Chris


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SARAWALKS 9/19/2011 5:45PM

    Yep, sometimes life is challenge enough. hang in there Jan! emoticon

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SEESTARS 9/19/2011 2:27PM

    Your life sounds like an challenge! Weave through 100 cake pops, Flip those 300 burgers (faster, faster, faster), dodge that holiday pie! I'm exhuasted.

I'm not one for the SP challenges. I tried one last fall but just stressed myself out because my weight loss is so slow. So I gotta do it my own way. But I love to see the progress photos and war stories of those folks who do take of the challenges.

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KRAWRS 9/19/2011 1:04PM

    I joined the 5% challenge! I've joined challenges before, but like you were saying, I didn't commit fully due to time or other constraints and set myself up for failure. This time, I am doing it for real. I don't want to do a challenge every day all the time, but I am using this to help jumpstart accountability. Best of all, it fits into my current plan so I'm not doing anything I wouldn't already be doing... but like I said, it'll hold me accountale. Good for you for doing whats best for you AT THIS MOMENT! xoxo

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LUVDOGZ 9/19/2011 10:34AM

    emoticonMama, you are emoticon

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CANNIE50 9/18/2011 9:26PM

    I knew SP was different, and I would approach it differently when, early on, I joined a mini-challenge to eat NO sugar and then I immediately had to contact the Sparkfriend I had to committed to, and "un-commit" aka quit. I realized I tend to eat anything and everything when I cut out sugar in the name of "oh, I can eat this because it is NOT sugar". That said, I would love to join you in a challenge. I respect you not doing anything now because you clearly cannot commit the time and energy. I have gotten better at that as I have gotten older - I don't have as many "time fantasies" about how much I can squish into my life at any given point. I am SO glad you are back. PS How about a little food porn - will you, pretty please, post pictures of the pops?

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RICHILA 9/18/2011 9:22PM

    Woman-You've lost 70 pounds!!!!! That is so emoticon

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CELLISTA1 9/18/2011 8:45PM

    Okay, I challenge you NOT to be so honest, sensible, fun-loving, hard-working, generous, and hilarious.
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Just kidding...

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 9/18/2011 8:38PM

    Happy early birthday! emoticon

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CHELEMIA 9/18/2011 7:43PM

    I hear GUILT talking!!
Mama you are doing awesome!
I don't know how you are still in the 5lb range.
I totally loss control on 1 activity.
You have had and will have probably 1 activity every 3 days!!!!!
and you are holding!!!!!!
Congrats.
Challenges are great if you put alot in..
I just did one and did not feel I put my all in.
So I agree.
the challenges are for those who are ready and at the right place for it.
Not everyone is....
Luv ya and enjoy responsibly!!!

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TURTLERASKIN 9/18/2011 7:32PM

    This is exactly right -- we're all essentially doing this on our own, finding the right way to live our lives. And you're smart not to overload yourself with one more thing to make you feel guilty.

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BADASSBLONDIE 9/18/2011 7:28PM

    Glad to hear you know your limits, babe. XOXOXOXOXO

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VAMANOS 9/18/2011 7:16PM

    I let myself be persuaded to do one again this fall, and I truly love the people on my team. But I constantly have to tell myself that the challenge police are not going to get me if I choose other exercise besides what is implied as expected. This one is better than in the past...leadership has changed and it's a little more laid back. Still, I wish I could spread the two hikes I plan this week, 3+ miles up and down hills carrying a 10-lb pack full of water, and nearly 1000 calories burned on each, over the full week. This week's inter-team challenge is to walk every day. Let me tell you, my legs need a rest in between. So I'm not doing it and I refuse to feel guilty. We each have only ourselves to answer to, and that's the way it should be.

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KAMAPERRY 9/18/2011 6:50PM

    That is why I don't do one. I don't have the time to do it justice.

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DAISY443 9/18/2011 6:40PM

    No challenge for me right now, unless you get yours going! Love challenges, but often they include things I cannot accomplish and I WILL not cheat!

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I'm Home From the cruise!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

HI Guys!! I missed ya and hope you are all well.

WE had an amazing, hilarious, ridiculously fun time. I have over 200 pictures and I am not sure which ones I can even post..lol.
The first day on the boat, well, let's just say we partied and hit it hard and the next day we went to Catalina and walked around and looked at stuff.



Then we went out that night to one of the dance bars and it went like this:

Wednesday was our day in Mexico. It began with Mimosa's on the boat and it went on from there....



We made new friends. This is Amanda. She is the A$$ shaking champion of the world! and we danced. On the pole.
and then it was time to get back to the boat.
But we didn't stop partying. Oh no, we kept going.

The next day was a day at sea. SO relaxing and recovering.

Then, what is this? Fruity rum drinks in a blow fish? Yes, Please!


and hanging in the hot tub. Here are my girls with their boys

And then the next day it was time to come home. It went sooo fast!
I danced many, many, many hours.
I laughed so hard my abs ache.
I ate really randomly and didnt keep track of one thing.
I drank more than I have in probably 30 years.

What did that get me? 9 extra pounds, fantastic memories (and even better pix that I couldnt even post here), a wayyyy smaller bank account balance and I wouldn't have done one thing differently.

I came home to my house cleaned, my animals happy and a weekend of recovery. Thanks to my sister Becky for taking care of everything.

My plan for the week is water, water, water. Eating light and right and then Friday I have a weekend away for a nephews wedding (they just now asked me to make 100 cake pops so I will be baking this week, too) and I still have my birthday on the 28th and then the 4 day race event that I host coming up.

Even amongst all the madness, through the haze of hilarity and alcohol, I still made pretty good choices for the most part. I know this has been ingrained in me and even if I dont have the tools that I love and use, I can still do this. SO! Did I miss anything???

  
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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/20/2011 12:53PM

    Looks like a fantastic time, sign me up for next year. The blowfish was pretty tasty, but fav was the yellow bird.

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TREASURINGLIFE 9/19/2011 12:32PM

    Oh Jan - I so wanna hang with you and your crew! You are definitely my people! LOLOL!! :)

Your cruise sounds as though it was absolutely fabulous! Live with no regrets, girl - that's the only way to do it.

Have a GREAT day!

- Michelle

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CANNIE50 9/18/2011 9:21PM

    My favorite photos are of you holding the blowfish drink and giving a sassy over the shoulder smolder of a glance, and the one of your toes staring out at the ocean. Oh, my toes are SO green with envy.....

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KARIRDH3 9/18/2011 7:16PM

    Welcome back! looks like you had a FABULOUS time! Great pictures :)

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TERRYT55 9/18/2011 1:55PM

    It looks like you had the best time ever!

I loved all of the pictures.....especially the pole dancing picture.

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KAMAPERRY 9/18/2011 12:26PM

    Love the pole dancing! You can lose the pounds but not the memories!

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ALOFA0509 9/18/2011 11:40AM

    What a blast!!!! love the pole pix emoticon

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CELLISTA1 9/17/2011 7:20PM

    You must be one of those drunk, happy, noisy people who make me feel really BORRRRING and stuck-up.
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Oh, pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/17/2011 6:49PM

    I am so glad you had a great time!

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JOMAMA99 9/17/2011 4:47PM

    Glad you are home and thanks for sharing the photos. It looks like you and your family had a blast!

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DAISY443 9/17/2011 4:04PM

    My guess is the weight loss won't be that much in few days! Wonderful vacation, great pics, good friend!

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GRACEISENUF 9/17/2011 3:11PM

    Glad you are home safe and sound. A few days of water and being home and that vacay weight will be history.

I leave in the am for Disneyland for hubs birthday and I am looking forward to five days with just my honey. Our timeshare condo has a gym/pool so I plan to hit those and walking will be plentiful at the park.

See ya when I get back (just in time for both our birthdays, lol!)

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/17/2011 2:08PM

    Looks like you had a great time! Welcome home!

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TURTLERASKIN 9/17/2011 1:59PM

    Wow! Glad you're back and had a great time!

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DIVASPARK 9/17/2011 1:30PM

    You look great and glad you had a wonderful time !

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    Just emoticon! Love the pole dancing. emoticon

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CALIPIDGIOUS 9/17/2011 1:13PM

    It sounds far better than any vacation I have ever had! So glad you enjoyed yourself and have the pics to prove it!~

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HEALTHYASHLEY 9/17/2011 12:56PM

    Glad you had so much fun!!! Did you buy me one of those blowfish so I can drink tasty beverages, I mean water, out of one at home?

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CHELEMIA 9/17/2011 12:42PM

    I am so glad you had fun! You're energy level and endurance has improved so this week you can continue with longer times for exercise. And you definitely deserved the time away!!

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Leaving in the morning...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

SO tomorrow morning (early-cause vacations always start early dont they). we will leave for Los Angeles to board the cruise ship. My daughters and their boys, my neice and her boyfried, our friend and his daughter and 7 of Kady's friend and her family.

I am packed with cute outfits for the evening, a bathing suit and some casual shorts and stuff. Without revealing how clever I am and how MUCH I really want to share with you how smart I think I am, we are working around the NO ALCOHOL bringing on board rule. The kids are on a tight budget and having their own at least during the day will save a LOT of money so we will see how this goes.

I have a plan about eating, a plan about excercise but the most important thing is going to be having a fun, relaxing time and making some memories.
I will take a lot of pictures so you can see when we get back how much fun we had and how fantastic I looked...lol.

I will miss logging in and spinning the wheel etc but my cell wont work on the ship. I am going to use their internet mid week so I may pop in to say hi. I will miss all your blogs, updates and encouragement so if anything happens, please post it on my page so I can keep up with you.

I will be back on Friday evening so will check in then.

When I am dancing, I will think of you and wish you were with me having this much fun.
When I am at the buffet, I will think of you and that will help me be strong. When I am excercising I will think of you and be proud of myself, knowing you would be proud of me too.
When I am enjoying my family and laughing and being crazy, I will think of you and know you would think we were funny too.

You are my friends and I do not say that lightly. Thank you for the support. Be safe, stay true to yourself, work hard and when I get back, let's challenge each other!!

Anchors aweigh!!!

  
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MOONBIRD 9/16/2011 5:07PM

    I hope you had a great time!

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COOKWITHME65 9/12/2011 9:18PM

    Enjoy your trip. Sounds like so much fun.

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KARIRDH3 9/12/2011 5:47PM

    Have a fantastic vacation!!!

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BIGMAMAT 9/12/2011 5:20PM

    Looking forward to your return my beautiful sparkfriend! Take lots of pictures. xoxoxo T emoticon

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JOMAMA99 9/12/2011 9:55AM

    Have a great time!

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TREASURINGLIFE 9/12/2011 8:35AM

    Have a wonderful time and I cannot wait to hear all about it - and more importantly, see all the pictures of it!!! LOL! Enjoy every second and live it up!!!!!! :)

- Michelle

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KAMAPERRY 9/11/2011 6:08PM

    Have a wonderful time~!

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COMPASS_ROSE 9/11/2011 5:19PM

    Bon Voyage! Have a wonderful time and SP will be here waiting when you get back. I love cruises! I am literally counting the days until my next one....December 17th. See... LOL Seriously, enjoy the trip and time with your family. Try to squeeze in a little walking too.

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KRAWRS 9/11/2011 5:08PM

    I don't know why, but when I saw the title of this blog, I instantly thought of this:

http://www.youtube.com
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Dunno why... other than that you're leaving... but it made me lol. Anyway, HAVE FUN! You'll do great, just enjoy yourself and put your plan in action! Bon voyage!

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TALLGUY42 9/11/2011 4:50PM

    Bon Yoyage!
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JETTANALA 9/11/2011 3:48PM

    have a great time! I love cruises!

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HGSGUY 9/11/2011 12:23PM

    Bon Voyage, hope you have calm seas and a great time!

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CANNIE50 9/11/2011 11:45AM

    Well, since we know you are sneaky and clever, I have no doubt you will be clever about sneaking in exercise throughout the cruise. Just think how good you will feel about your vacation when you end it feeling healthy and rested and filled with great memories. I cannot wait to hear all about it. Bon Voyage!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CALIPIDGIOUS 9/11/2011 11:38AM

    Hope you have a fantastic time! Travel safely!

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DAISY443 9/11/2011 11:36AM

    have a great time! Happy smuggling! Hugs!

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GRACEISENUF 9/11/2011 11:36AM

    I hope you have a fantastic time Jan and that many memories are made that last a lifetime.

So excited for you!



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ERIN4771 9/11/2011 10:51AM

    have an awesome time!!!!

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TERRYT55 9/11/2011 10:32AM

    Hope you have the best trip ever! Enjoy every minute.

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BRIAEL 9/11/2011 10:28AM

    Oh Jan, it sounds like you have a plan for success there!

Enjoy the cruise, have fun and let that hair right down! :)

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BADASSBLONDIE 9/11/2011 10:07AM

    I hope you have an absolutely WONDERFUL trip! I am so so so so HAPPY for you!!!

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Terra Firma

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Yep, you guys grounded me back so thank you! I am being such a strong little sparky these last few days! I have moved, eaten really well and rested, stayed hydrated, sparked and been sparked. Back on solid ground!

I am ready for the weekend and starting Monday, 5 days of fun!

I have lots of tools I will utilize to enjoy my cruise, I have a SIL (someday, I hope, I hope, I hope) who is a gym rat so I told him I would go with him each day, gonna eat lots of fruits and veggies BEFORE main meals, drink water in between alcohol, eat lots of protein, dance-dance-dance, hubby and I vowed to walk every night just like at home (how sad without my Stitchy!!)
Yeah, she is already sad about it....


I will remember that this is just part of my life and my new lifestyle so I will do good.

The most important thing I will do is to take tons of pictures.

Stuff like this:

We took this on Kady's 21st birthday a few weeks ago. I know I am always talking about them, but geez, how did I get such gorgeous kids??


Weigh in tomorrow so I am excited! Dinner of salsa chicken was fabulous last night and tonight is Pasta with veggies. I may even take a picture for some food porn tomorrow... Love you guys, have a great day!

  
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GRACEISENUF 9/9/2011 4:25PM

    The cruise will be a blast and you got beautiful girls because YOU my friend are beautiful!

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CHAR1970 9/9/2011 12:59AM

    You do have beautiful girls.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/8/2011 4:38PM

    emoticon for being back on track!

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BAYBELIEVER 9/8/2011 10:53AM

    I am so glad to see such a great attitude here! Wow! You said you were struggling a little too on my blog and I see you are pushing through it too! Awesome, chickie! And a cruise too. So jealous.

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CHELEMIA 9/7/2011 9:04PM

    Doesn't it feel good to be in control again!! Awesome!! You are 1 strong women.

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DAISY443 9/7/2011 5:05PM

    How did those beautiful girls get such a beautiful mom! Poor Stitchy! I understand entirely! While I am in SD my Daisy is busy whining incessantly, pulling out and hiding all the toys that belong to my sons dog, eating it's prescription food and generally being obnoxious! Can't wait to get that obnoxious little bitch (female dog, SP, acceptable useage) back home!

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TREASURINGLIFE 9/7/2011 3:59PM

    Gorgeous kids come from gorgeous parents! :)

Have a great evening.

- Michelle

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 9/7/2011 3:53PM

    Gorgeous kids and you don't look so bad yourself!!! Have a wonderful trip, I am so jealous. I want so badly to go on a trip where I could truly enjoy myself, no more being limited because I don't want to walk anywhere! Someday....

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KAMAPERRY 9/7/2011 3:21PM

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CANNIE50 9/7/2011 3:19PM

    How did you get such gorgeous kids? Well, um, hello - GENETICS! you silly gorgeous mama. I am so glad you are feeling all strong and sparkly once again. I love your plan with your future s.i.l. It so helps to have a buddy. And, that face - that Stitchy face? So glad I am not the one leaving that face - wowsa, that is a breaker of emoticon

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CAALAN23 9/7/2011 3:00PM

    Yay for food porn!

And a scritch behind the ear for the woeful pup. ;)
Tina

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BROWNSNAPPER 9/7/2011 2:08PM

    .....food porn .........????????????

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What I did right today

Monday, September 05, 2011

So after yesterday's blog and all of your awesome comments, today, I went back to basics.

Had a good breakfast (1 egg, 2 toast, lite butter) then I sparked and re-read your comments. (protein is key, right Cannie?)

Then I sat around and wanted to go back to bed. But I didn't.
I loaded a 10 minute cardio video and did that, and then I took a shower.

Then I sparked some more and re-read your comments.

I made a comment on a friends blog about dinner ideas and realized:
I need to make a menu for this week!

So I did that. Then I ate lunch (PBJ and light chips). I didnt want to go to the grocery store on a holiday, but I did. I NEED some fruits and veggies so I went.
It wasn't even bad.

So I have a week of groceries, a huge fruit salad in the frig that I will eat over the next few days, I skipped the cookie aise (sorry, Frank, but you are gonna suffer too!) and have good dinners planned.

Tonight I am grilling up some chicken breast, vegetarian baked beans, corn on the cob, broccoli and french bread (only 1 small peice for me, but I gotta have it!).

Tomorrow is salsa chicken tacos (steamed corn tortillas and pinto beans and salad)

Weds: Halibut, green beans and baked potatoes

Thursday: lean pork chops, rice and veggies

Friday: Pasta with chicken, broccoli, asparagus, squash and a lite chicken broth/white sauce

I have no saturday plan yet but I am going to excercise every day this week even if it is just 10 minutes. I will drink my water.

That will have me back on track firmly before I go off on the cruise next Monday. I think that is enough of a jumpstart to remind myself of what and why I am doing this and how I am going to continue to move forward, be healthy and not destroy my hard work because my inner brat wants everything and anything at the drop of the hat.

It also occured to me today that even tho I am a rebel, I am also a people pleaser. I am not going to fight that. I am going to embrace that. So I am going to dedicate this week to making you proud of me. Are you ready? I am.

  
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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/7/2011 9:17AM

    Meal planning is one of the keys to SUCCESS emoticon

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CANNIE50 9/6/2011 7:31PM

    Mission accomplished - I am already proud of you. Yes - protein, early and often, is KEY for those of us who have sugar cravings that chase us like hounddogs on the scent of runaway convicts. You have done SO many things right. I guess I won't have to kidnap you and drag you to Camp Cannie after all. I LOVE that you didn't say "oh (insert bad word here) it - I am going on a cruise, having a birthday, I will just start up again after all that is done". You are taking the healthier route - good job, MamaJan.

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TREASURINGLIFE 9/6/2011 2:19PM

    Go Mama! You got this! :)

- Michelle

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BLACKJACK67 9/6/2011 9:57AM

    Way to plan! You can do it!



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KRAWRS 9/5/2011 11:02PM

    Good job!!! You are off to a GREAT start! P.S. I second what HealthyAshley said.

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BIGMAMAT 9/5/2011 10:05PM

    If you didn't live so far away I would come over for your wonderful planned out meals! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 9/5/2011 8:39PM

    Of course we are proud!! This is awesome and Frank doesn't need the cookies anyway!

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FANGFACEKITTY 9/5/2011 8:30PM

    How could we NOT be proud of you?! Your menu sounds yummy; go you!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/5/2011 7:34PM

    I'm always proud of you! Excellent week planned!

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BRAINYBLONDE5 9/5/2011 7:15PM

  yay for planning! :) its gonna be an awesome week for you

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DESERTFLOWER8 9/5/2011 7:12PM

    So proud of you, Jan! emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/5/2011 6:42PM

    I am already pleased! Great planning of your menu!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 9/5/2011 6:39PM

    I am always proud of you. Regardless.

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GHK1962 9/5/2011 6:30PM

    Ahh...I find menu planning for the week AND doing the shopping to get the groceries for it helps keep me on track...so good on you for that.

And...I learned a little trick from another Sparker on here that I find really does work. Sounds goofy..but it works (at least for me). When you don't want to go and do your exercise...day out loud (and this is key...saying it out loud)...something to the effect of, "Ok Jan. You WILL go and exercise. Now."

And as strange and simple as it sounds....hearing it out loud kinda makes you want to go and do it. When I try it just by saying it in my head it never seems to work though.

Anyway...happy almost 50!

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CHELEMIA 9/5/2011 6:24PM

    We already are proud!!!! Nothing you can do to change that!!!!

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DAISY443 9/5/2011 6:18PM

    We are already proud of you! Look what you have accomplished. OK, a little backsliding lately, but that does not undo everything else. Sounds like you are back on track and you know you can do it! GO!!!!

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GRACEISENUF 9/5/2011 6:17PM

    Your menu sounds so good...can I come eat at your house?

Glad you are feeling better today. I just now read and commented on yesterdays blog. For some reason I can't subscribe to blogs so I have to be very careful to read my feed and check my SP buddies pages....I would have been here in a nano second if I knew ya needed help.

Lucky you going on a cruise...how fun will that be! I think it's great we share the exact same birthday, no wonder I like you so much, lol...... but I got three years on ya Jan.

I am already proud of you Jan, but I know you are going to make the most of this SP week....LET'S DO IT!

xoxox
Judy

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DRUIDPRINCESS 9/5/2011 6:15PM

    Congratulations! What an awesome person you are! You're focussed, and positive, and I just know you will keep to your healthy habits and meet your goals! Have an excellent week, xxxooo

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