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Small Potatoes

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

This was originally posted in November of 2010. I think it's still good and I still want to be a potato!

I dont know why, but I woke up with this blog in my head. Im weird, I know.

I want to talk about potatoes. They are heavy for their size, we can do alot of different things with them, most people love them, they are versatile and delicious!

The potato skin is what we see when we look at them. The ugly, dirty, lumpy skin. But we still love them, still desire them, still want to consume them. And when you peel them, there is the lovely, delicious, shiny part that everybody loves, inside. Even if you don't peel it and you just scrub it, it looks better, shiny, clean, dark and lovingly holding the fluffy stuff inside. But the skin has all the good stuff:The vitamins and minerals that make the potato valuable.

We are kind of like that. We want to be the fluffy, yummy stuff that everyone loves but we have the skin on us, the weight, the fat. We want to peel the skin and just be the potato but we cannot separate it that easily. We forget that we are still loved even with our "skin" on us.

The skin is important. It protects that potato like our weight protects us. It keeps the yummy inside safe and clean. But if a potato is left alone too long, it becomes bad. It starts getting soft and green and rotten. Potatoes are meant to be consumed. That is what they are made for. If they are not used for their purpose, they have wasted their existence. If losing the weight is what it takes for us to use our lives and fulfill our purpose, then great. But dont hide behind it anymore.

Let's not waste our lives complaining about the skin. Let's scrub it up, make it as good as we can, let people see how important the entire potato is. Some people think the skin is the best part! I mean, have you ever gone to an appetizer section in a restaurant and NOT seen potato skins on the menu? No. Have you had the mashed potatoes with the skins mixed in? How much better they taste? How much better they are for you? And come on, who doesnt love Natural cut fries with the skins still on?

Today, be the best "potato" you can be! Fry it, cut it, slice, dice, chop, shred, mash, bake it up, but use it. Don't let today go by shriveling up on a shelf. Be consumed!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 11/25/2011 12:08PM

    Love this!!

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CANNIE50 11/22/2011 10:58PM

    As an Irish girl, I have a particular fondness for potatoes (and you, but that's not because I'm Irish, just because you are fabulous and I have good taste). This is SUCH a great blog and I am glad you reposted it. emoticon

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DAISY443 11/22/2011 2:08PM

    One potato, two potato, me, too!

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CELLISTA1 11/22/2011 1:10PM

    I've never felt like a potato, but I did feel like the Pillsbury dough boy: all soft and poofy. Now, because of Pilates, if you poke me there are muscles underneath!

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GRACEISENUF 11/22/2011 11:23AM

    I love this blog and I LOVE YOU!

I am going to show my skin off today! (I'm sure my hubs will be glad I read this one!, lol)


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Thanksgiving repost

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

This is a repost from 1 year ago. I hope you enjoy it. I found a few other wise words that still apply that I am going to repost too. Here you go!

Twas the day before thanksgiving
and all through the house,
the Mama was working
for family and spouse.

The cleaning was done
and the meal had been planned
The Turkey, desert and
yes, even the Ham.

The table was laid
with some beautiful things,
in anticipation of a day
that being with family will bring.

As I look back on this year
and all that has transpired,
I have to be Thankful
for getting inspired.

I changed what I did
and I changed what I ate,
I started moving more
and putting less on my plate.

I added some friends
I never could dream
would have added so much
and what that would mean.

There is always an ear
when I need to speak
and a pat on the back
after losing weight in a week.

There have been things
that were hard to take
but I turned to my strength
and turned my back to the cake.

My husband and girls
are what spur me on
and how good that I feel
with all that weight gone.

For the next few days
whether with family or friends,
take a minute to imagine
how this journey ends

How well you have done,
how great do you feel,
how far you have come
that it's more than a meal.

It takes just a minute
to be grateful indeed
You are in it to win it
and you mean something to me.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my friends. You are on my list of things I am grateful for and whether you have family or money or health or not, there is something that is worth being grateful for, something that makes your life better. Most of all, we have this one life. Make the best of it!

Love, Jan

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DIFROMWYOMING 11/22/2011 9:33PM

    Wonderful! emoticon

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DAISY443 11/22/2011 2:12PM

    Great repost, great Jan, great Spark Friend!

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GRACEISENUF 11/22/2011 11:21AM

    Thanks for posting...great!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING JAN! (To you, Frank and the girls!)

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/22/2011 10:49AM

    I LOVE IT!!!

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JESUSLUVSYOU 11/22/2011 10:09AM

    emoticon Wow, I absolutely love it. Thank you!

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JOMAMA99 11/22/2011 10:03AM

    Awe, I love this! Have a great holiday! emoticon

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well, well i found some interesting items today

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I have been cleaning my house like a physco with the help of my girls and my sister. I cleaned off my dresser and i had this ugly box full of knick knacks and cards and receipts and paper. I went through all of it and tossed a bunch of stuff and put some other stuff in one of my drawers that used to have clothes in it that didn't fit.

I found a great poem my mom wrote about Christmas and it made me cry. I'm going to read it to the family this year and make them cry too. Lol.

Then I found a poem I wrote when we moved my dad out of his house, 12 years after my mom had passed. It made me cry. I read it to my sister and made her cry too. I'm going to read it to the rest of the family and make them cry. Lol.

Then I found a paper I wrote in march on 2010 when i started spark. It was my first assignment about why I wanted to lose weight. I wrote:
Be healthier
Breathe better
No more meds
Pain free
Move and walk better
Fit into normal sizes
Not be the biggest person in the room
Not be horrified by a picture of me
Look better
Smaller clothes
No suffering for huby and kids because of my health
Do not wait for a heart attack before I change
Walk stitchy
Fit into chairs
Fit on roller coasters
Fit in plane seats
Fit into restaurant booths
And finally,
I want to live

Extra weight keeps me separated, makes me tired, unhealthy, feel terrible, hides me.
I want to walk with frank and stitchy
Play with my grandkids ( that I don't have)
Have more energy
Excite my husband
Relieve my kids from worrying about me.

Now, lets talk about where I am now and what I have achieved.

I am no longer diabetic
I walk 4-6 times a week
I post pics of myself all the time.
I fit. In seats, chairs, booths, roller coasters
I breathe better, move better, and am happier, more energetic and just since we are talking, I do excite my husband.
My kids are proud of me and don't worry anymore.
I wear much smaller clothes( 5 sizes smaller in pants and shirts) and can wear an XL in most stores
I am not the biggest person in the room and in fact, not the biggest person in my family either.
I am not pain free but I am 90% better
I am living. Not just breathing and existing but baby, I am LIVING. I eat every day up and get the most I can out of it. Not that I don't have hard times but I appreciate every day that I have as a day to love, be loved and it is a gift. I take it as such.

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MELLYBEANS0919 11/20/2011 11:05PM


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HEALTHYASHLEY 11/20/2011 10:59PM

    Stupid spark unsubscribed me to your blog again. GRRRRR
This is fantastic my friend. I am so so so proud of you.

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DIFROMWYOMING 11/20/2011 9:48PM

    This was wonderful.

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BAYBELIEVER 11/20/2011 9:23PM

    Way to go Jan! So glad you found this note to yourself and were able to catch up on where you are at!

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GRACEISENUF 11/19/2011 9:23PM


Your enthusiasm for life is inspiring, I LOVE IT!

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BIGMAMAT 11/19/2011 2:48PM

    YOU ARE LIVING! emoticon

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JOMAMA99 11/19/2011 7:53AM

    Love it! You are awesome! emoticon

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ALOFA0509 11/18/2011 10:55PM

Your awsum mama!!! emoticon

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DOODIE59 11/18/2011 12:58PM

    You are victorious on so many levels here -- AWESOME JOB! It's all gravy from here on in. Congratulations! And you are very inspiring as well:) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BADASSBLONDIE 11/18/2011 12:04PM

    WOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Loved this. I'm so glad to be a part of the population who actually LIVES now, too! No more sitting on the sidelines. It feels soooo good.

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DDESERTDDAWN 11/18/2011 7:00AM

    Aww man, reading this made me cry!

Congratulations and thank you for the inspiration.

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DAISY443 11/18/2011 6:11AM

    How wonderful that you can measure exactly your progress! You are simply amazing!

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DONNACFIT 11/18/2011 12:22AM

    Love your blog :) I need to get back to doing a fall clean goal is 30 garbage bags of misc. stuff and garbage out of my house..I have about 10 filled so far so I need to get cracking....I loved hearing about your treasures!

The poems sound like a great holiday reading idea and I loved your reasons to loose are doing soo great..I'm proud of you, spark friend, you're and inspiration!!

Thanks..Donna xox

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CELLISTA1 11/17/2011 11:28PM

    It's wonderful, Jan, and it reminds me of "Auntie Mame": "Live! Live! Live!"

(If you've never seen that movie, netflix it.)

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CANNIE50 11/17/2011 11:17PM

    You do know, don't you, that by going through your house and letting go of the excess and the clutter and giving yourself more breathing room that you will soon be letting go of more weight? I have been in "go through and get rid of it or put it where it belongs" mode, also. I have four tote bags (I am such a bag lady) that have been hanging around for several months that I have moved from room to room, from garage to car to house and back again, because I have dreaded going through them because they were filled with miscellaneous crapola that I would have to sort and figure out and, gasp, make decisions....Today I dealt with each bag and each item in each bag and it took me 20 minutes at most. WHY ON EARTH DID I PROCRASTINATE SO LONG? Sheesh. Oh, sorry, where are my manners? I am going on and on about me, and I yelled. What I meant to do, after reading this blog, is tell you how much I enjoyed it, and how proud I am of you, and how much I enjoy Y O U. You are a LIVING BREATHING DOLL (and you are getting dolly-er by the day)!

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TERRYT55 11/17/2011 11:05PM

    What a terrific blog, Jan. You have accomplished so much and inspired so many of us!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 11/17/2011 11:04PM

    finding this right before Thanksgiving make it even more spectacular. Makes you think about all that you have accomplished and what steps you took to be your best self. Very interesting indeed!

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CRYSTALLEAH 11/17/2011 10:26PM

  What an inspiring post! I am so happy for you and your family. Congrats on all your amazing success! Cheers! To achieving your goals!

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 11/17/2011 10:16PM

    I love this blog! You are at the other side of your journey...congratulations to you...I look forward to the day when I can write a blog like this!

YAY for you!


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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/17/2011 9:56PM

    Ok, THIS made ME cry! I am so happy for you and your family. You're so much healthier and your body and your family thanks you. *HUGS*

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Where am I?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I don't know. I got on the scale Monday after gardening saturday for 2 hours, heavy gardening. The whole sweaty, dirty hard moving rocks kind. Then walked the dog for 2 miles, then went to a banquet where I danced for 6 hours PLUS ate well. Now, to be fair, I did drink quite a bit. But anyway. I got on the scale Monday and i was up like 3 pounds.So I decided to not weigh till Thursday. Today I worked for a solid 6 hours cleaning my house with my sister and kids. The dirty sweaty move furniture and clean stuff you never do kind. I have burned hella calories in the last few days. I tracked my food and I'm good even with the 3 cookies and 1 brownie I ate. I was tired, weak and fed my sugar addiction. Don't

Anyway I am going to do my best in the next few days because 219 is still in my head and heart. Onward to where I'm going!

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CULAINA 11/17/2011 5:08PM

    Come on mama, you can do it!

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CANNIE50 11/16/2011 9:51PM

    WOwsa - you are something else. Clearly you are doing lots of things right to possess the energy to do what you have been doing - could you have done all of that when you were at your highest weight? Yes, that number that has eluded you will soon be yours, I have no doubt........

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JOMAMA99 11/16/2011 12:26PM

    You made me tired just reading all you have been doing. Don't worry the scale will catch up with you before you know it!

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COOKWITHME65 11/16/2011 12:42AM

    You can do it! Sometimes have a few drinks can throw your weight off due to water retention. Give it a few days. You will get there.

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GRACEISENUF 11/16/2011 12:18AM

    I busted my ars in the Yosemite foothills...hiked/walked a total of 67 miles in 16 days...I plan to weigh in tomorrow am as I pigged out today in San Luis Obispo on our way home visiting our daughter.


Glad to be back!

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CELLISTA1 11/15/2011 11:56PM

    Must be the booze... Aww, you'll get there!!!!!!

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HGSGUY 11/15/2011 10:07PM

    The scale is just one thing to look at. The good you do for yourself can't be measured on the scale alone. For me daily weigh ins took all the pressure off that I created for myself with weekly weigh ins. Doesn't work for everybody, but the 2 pounds up one day 3 pounds down another all even out in my tracker and I can see results over a period of time. The numbers are a point of interest to me, but I kind of just shrug them off (except after the cruise, holly cow what did I eat on the ship)!

Hang in there, your efforts are being rewarded, even if the mean old scale won't let you have satisfaction now!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/15/2011 8:59PM

    Yeah, the scale sucks. I bet it didn't take into account that last year you probably didn't even want to garden because it was "too much work." Or the fact that last year, you probably never took stitch on 2 mile walks because you just "couldn't do it." Forget the scale. You have a goal, and you're gonna do it Jan! You've got this!

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PJH2028 11/15/2011 8:52PM

    Hey Jan!
Me, I can't weight more than 1x every week or sometimes 2 weeks, cuz the actions don't always match with the results.

Alcohol always throws a curveball at my burn calculations.

Doing all that you are doing... DOES have a snowball effect. So Onward & Downward YOU ARE SURELY GOING!! Focus on all the good positive actions you are taking.

Lots o love,

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those size 18's still don't fit

Friday, November 11, 2011

But the 3 other pairs of pants I bought today sure do! Hahahahahahaha! That's me being hysterical! I got a coupon for 50 dollars off a 100 purchase at lane bryant outlet today so I went to look. I got some size 20 and some size 18's. You know me, always the optomist! So i put the 20's on and they were way big and i got the 18's and they fit perfect. I got a pair of jeans, some black skinny soft as butter pants and a pair of grey cords, I also got some new jammies, a new bra, 38c, and a cute top that I am wearing tomorrow to our race car banquet. I will take pics tomorrow. The best part was I spent 147.00 and saved over 150.00!!!!!!! So yeah I was doing the happy dance!

We are also redoing a section of my backyard so i will have some pics on Sunday for you guys...woot! Progress baby!

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KRAWRS 11/13/2011 1:45PM

    That's AMAZING! Way to go!!

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KKINNEA 11/13/2011 1:41AM

    Nice job saving money on new smaller clothes - sounds like you got the best of the bargains!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 11/12/2011 11:04PM

    wooohoooooooooo Way to go Jan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 11/12/2011 10:46PM

    I am do excited for you!!!! Way to go. In the teens for good. You are amazing lady.

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BADASSBLONDIE 11/12/2011 7:18PM

    WOOO HOOOOO!!!!!!!

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    lucky! i'm still saying my size 20, size 20 mantra but then today i tried on some 22's that didn't fit! grrr!

seriously though, good for you. going down in sizes is awesome. and today i took some of my fat clothes to a consignment shop and got $35! i can use that next time i go shopping.

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IMIN2GENES 11/12/2011 6:55PM

    Awesome! Smaller sizes AND a sale! What more can a gal ask for? LOL!

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HEALTHYBARB1 11/12/2011 6:51PM

So exciting to get to buy new smaller clothes and on sale too!!! Totally enjoy the look of you in a smaller size...spend some time in front of the mirror and do the Happy DANCE!!! You deserve it!!! Smiles Barb
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SCHENPOSSIBLE 11/12/2011 6:44PM

    NSV. And saving money is always great! Can't wait to see the pics. Have a good time this weekend!

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CANNIE50 11/12/2011 5:32PM

    Fun! I'm looking forward to photos. 219 is right around the bend, baby! Think of someone you will be donating your new clothes to, because it won't be long now. "Discipline in, cravings out" repeat repeat ....... emoticon But, in the meantime, enjoy those new clothes - they sound cute emoticon

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CELLISTA1 11/12/2011 2:28PM

    The incredible shrinking woman!

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TURTLERASKIN 11/12/2011 11:16AM

    Sounds like you had a fun time shopping!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 11/12/2011 10:10AM


That is wonderful, great deal too!

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MADEMCHE 11/12/2011 8:49AM

    Love the energy! So happy for you!

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JOMAMA99 11/12/2011 8:30AM

    Way to go! I love to shop when I save more than I spend. I bet you look hot in your new duds! emoticon

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PJH2028 11/12/2011 8:02AM

    Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what a joyful celebration
happy dance
and love

and, yes, take pics!!!!

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SAHARASUE 11/12/2011 7:46AM

    emoticon Way to go on the new size! I love shopping for deals! I got a new pair of Levi's at Macys this week for $6. Sweet! The black skinnies and cords sound divine.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/12/2011 7:37AM

    Man, I love a good sale! Those 18's will fit in no time, you'll see : )

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CHELEMIA 11/12/2011 1:55AM

    Congrats. Sounds like a fun afternoon!!! YOu Go girl do that happy dance!!

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CSROBERTSON621 11/11/2011 11:48PM

    Congrats! Fitting into smaller sizes feels amazing, doesn't it? Proof positive that you're getting results.

Also, you should know that getting from a 20 to an 18 (a difference of 2 inches in the waist/hips) takes TWICE as much progress as going from, say, a 10 to an 8 (1 inch difference in waist/hips). See

Back when I was wondering why it was taking so LONG (or so it seemed) for me to get into those 20's and 18's, someone told me that. Made me feel twice as accomplished when I finally got there! ;0)

So I guess what I'm trying to say is you're actually TWICE as awesome as you thought. Enjoy the victory!

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STEORRA 11/11/2011 11:45PM

    Nice! I love catching deals like that at Lane Bryant. It's the only way its really affordable!

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