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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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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:

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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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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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    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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I'm on a roll.....with butter.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Seriously, last week messed me up! I don't know whether it was being at the races (bored, too many hours, snacking, late eating, drinking) or the entire drive from hell to Vegas (inactivity, drinking, late night cheeseburger) but I am really having a hard time getting back on track!

I'm tired, have only walked once this week and it was a third of what I normally do, have done no stregth training, am struggling to get the water in, fruits and veggies are minimal, I am craving sugar really bad and I am hungry all the time, even after I just ate an adequate meal.

I actually said in my head last night "F*** it, I don't care." And then I ate a peice of cake.

Uh, yea. This scares me. I cannot afford to start down that slope! I have come too far and I have a long way to go.

So I am open to some drive by cheerleading, advice, butt kicking or other words of wisdom.

Obstacles for this month:
12-16 -Mexico cruise: food and drinking!
Solutions: dancing, the gym, having lots of salad and fruits FIRST before a meal and water during the day!

28: my 50th birthday
Solutions: Plan for the dinner by eating accordingly during the day and enjoy it without guilt cause I am gonna be 50, people!!

29-October 2 16th annual racing event which I run and feed 300 people for 3 days as well as sell T shirts, raffle etc. It is 9 am to 2 am (or later) for 3 long days. It is exhausting but fun. Drinking is involved and encouraged. lol. Late night eating since we serve dinner about 10-11 pm.
Solution: eat a good protein packed breakfast, bring snacks that are healthy (fruit, yogurt, almonds, cheese sticks and healthy crackers) for the endless hours, go for walks to de-stress and that way I can visit everyone anyway. It is a physically demanding weekend so at least I will be active.
Here is a picture from last year's event...

Ok guys, give it to me... Help me out!!

  
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CALIPIDGIOUS 9/7/2011 8:48AM

    Sounds to me like your plans are well thought out and healthy. Also, I am a believer that there are some events that you can plan to get in healthy habits but that are not meant to be as healthy as we all strive to live daily. Sounds to me like you have 3 days of fun coming up and I wouldn't stress to much about how you will do. We all know you will do great!

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JEANNERR 9/5/2011 8:35PM

    When you can't resist temptation, practice portion control. Two bites of cake are far fewer calories than two slices. Plan ahead and have fun.

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GRACEISENUF 9/5/2011 6:11PM

    I had forgotten we share the EXACT same birthday and how in the heck did i miss this blog....I come to your page all the time looking for blogs...SHEESH!

I would have been over here pronto to light your spark hun.

Protein is the key Jan and I know you already know this so I don't want to sound like a Momma hen but you asked so.......SUGAR, it's a mother you know what and it makes you crave more and makes you HUNGRY all the time.

Okay here comes the butt kick emoticon...now off to read your new blog.

LOVE YOU!
J



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DAISY443 9/5/2011 6:06PM

    emoticon emoticon A kick in the a$$ with love! Hugs!

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DEBBIE19580 9/5/2011 5:29PM

    What i do is constantly look at my before and after pics. I just did a blog with before pics.,after i eat more then i should its really hard to get back on it for me, i will have less calories the next day, but no where what i would normally have, i will have like 2500, then the 2nd day ill have like 2300, then the third day, like 2100, by the 4th day, im back to my usual 1800-1900 a day. its hard cause after i overeat, i have such bad hunger pains to deal with. i re-gained 50 pds.of my weight,, soooooo not worth it. im working on gettin that off now. it suks big time. you got a great plan going there. hang in there, im really working on getting better with my negative thinking too,my thoughts in my head were andare my own worst enemy, your gonna do awesome!!! emoticon emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 9/5/2011 9:17AM

    I love the planning!!!!! Dancing, great cardio burn!! Drinking??? No problem!!! alternate between Captain's and water all night(less chance of hangover also). Eating???? Eat all your veggies first, then carbs and meat(hmmm should heed own advice here). Have fun!!!

oh and can I be an honorary family member??? you do the coolest things!!!!!!!!!!!
xoxoxo ~D

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CANNIE50 9/4/2011 11:12PM

    Hmmm, acknowledging problems, owning behaviors, asking for help - sounds pretty darn healthy to me. If I could, I would bring you to Camp Cannie and not let you leave until you had a chance to recalibrate your system after wacky schedules/lack of sleep/excess sugar/booze (they are basically the same thing, chemically). I am 2 years older than you. I have found that road trips take me much longer to recover from than they used to. Sugar hangovers seem to be harder to bounce back from, too. I love how you blogged in problem/solutions form. You may have to go back into "I HAVE to do it until I WANT to do it" mode for awhile. I think after you force yourself back on track, it won't be long and you will be rolling along just fine, once again. I love the suggestions you have gotten. Maybe you have to take a week putting all these sparkly suggestions and advice into play. That will keep you too busy to dive into the sugar or onto the couch! PS Get your arse to a store and pick out your fabulously cute 50th birthday outfit - that will motivate you, I bet. emoticon

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KRAWRS 9/4/2011 9:24PM

    You've got a plan for everything, and that's great! All that is left is to execute it. Now I know all these are significant obstacles. And I do know that once you "slip" a little, its super easy to full out FALL DOWN and stay there. I'm actually going through the same thing after slipping, then slipping some more, trying to get on track but not always succeeding... I either eat well but don't exercise or exercise a little but eat terribly. However, you know and I know that YOU CAN DO IT! All these plans will help you not go crazy, so use them!!! You wouldn't let me use excuses to not exercise before when I was feeling down, so you know I can't let you use excuses now!!! Yes, you will be challenged. But you will meet that challenge with a mighty roar, and you will execute your plan, and you will still have fun, and you will succeed, and you will meet your glorious 50th birthday CELEBRATING your many successes and joys in life. XOXO!

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ASHARON 9/4/2011 7:41PM

    Sounds like you have it all planned out....just stay on track and enjoy your 50th Birthday, it only comes once.

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CHAOSTHEORY635 9/4/2011 6:19PM

    there's some good advice here for kicking sugar cravings: http://www.stumptuous.com/how-to-du
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KAMAPERRY 9/4/2011 5:52PM

    You have it all planned out, so OWN it! KNOW you can and will do it!! You got this!

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SARAWALKS 9/4/2011 2:06PM

    It sounds like you have a good plan, Jan! Hang tight. One bad week does not ruin it all! Week before last was bad for me but somehow then I was motivated to get back on track and this last week was great.
I find that getting in my exercise is a BIG key for me - even if I can only do small amounts, I try to do something and eventually I am back on track...
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DONNACFIT 9/4/2011 1:00PM

    Loved your blog..it was the butt kicking that I needed as I've been on that slippery slope for a couple months now..stress eating and feeling blue and getting too busy so now Sept is my "get back on track" month..You can do it..I know you can.

For a hint how about find a inspiring quote that speaks to you and post it, carry it with you..repeat it often like a mantra :)

ex..nothing tastes as good as skinny feels
or every journey begins with a single step
or what ever moves and speaks to you :)

Good luck!! I'm rooting for you..ps enjoy 50! It can be lots of fun (I'm 53 )

Love Donna

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DESERTFLOWER8 9/4/2011 12:56PM

    I have no advice to add beyond the EXCELLENT advice already given by other posters. You have it all figured out, Jan, so I know what you are struggling to secure is the determination to stick to the plans you have already devised. I am confident you will, because the steps you have planned to incorporate are the ones that tend to keep us in that "positive space", and that lead to further good choices. You have a great and busy life. Enjoy every one of those upcoming activities to their fullest. Always bear in mind that this is a long haul journey...one day is not determinative of the next....and each choice is a new one. Just determine to "do your best" with each choice, stay mindful, and you will be fine...

P.S. re title? ROFLMAO!

Comment edited on: 9/4/2011 12:57:02 PM

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/4/2011 12:49PM

    OK, you are SO not going back "there." You are the one that kept me motivated when I first started, and you still motivate me : ) First suggestion, have a couple before photos around the house, in your purse, taped to the bathroom mirror. I do that and every time I want to say f&*k it, I see those horrible photos and it brings me back around. Second, it sounds like you have a great plan to get through this month. And as far as your birthday, seriously, eat what you want sister, your 50! You have to remember how badly you want this and how far you've come, hence the before pics. you can do this, I have total faith in you! emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 9/4/2011 12:46PM

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You have good plans in place, just keep your mind on the long term goal and not the short term indulgences. Like the other poster said I find it helps me to go try on all the clothes in my new size - even if I don't buy anything - so I can stay motivated 'cuz I never want to be as big as I was again. The clothes are too ugly LOL!

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TERRYT55 9/4/2011 12:20PM

    I had a f*** it day last week, made a cake and ate quite a bit before I found self control and threw it in the freezer. It is a scary, slippery slope. For some reason going to Kohls and walking through the large size section helped me. Seeing clothes I NEVER want to have to wear again and then trying on something nice in my new size slowed me down.

You have great strategies in place for dealing with the next month.......

Baby steps.....commit to 10 minutes of exercise everyday. Once you get going you'll probably keep it up for much longer.

Start your day with a healthy breakfast and a glass of water. I find if a start my day well it's easier to avoid temptation.

Be accountable.......log your food, every bite!

Keep moving.......pace, take the stairs, park far away, use the bathroom upstairs etc.

Good luck! Let me know how you are doing.

I KNOW you can get back on the wagon. Look at all you've accomplished so far!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/4/2011 12:03PM

    We need a butt kicking Emoticon emoticon

Hey, come join us at the fall 5% challenge! It is a great way to stay motivated.

http://www.sparkp
eople.com/myspark/groups_indivi
dual.asp?gid=52982

Joining might help keep you moving forward.

By the way, I truly believe you can do this! emoticon

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DOLPHINFAN1334 9/4/2011 11:59AM

    YOU SHOULD DO FINE...IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU ALREADY HAVE EVERYTHING FIGURED OUT TO HELP YOU BE SUCCESSFUL!!! YOU CAN DO IT!! emoticon

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