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Friday, July 27, 2012

We WILL be having Sunday check in. Your assignment?

I want to hear about some form of progress you have made in some area of your life from right NOW!

Be working on it today, tomorrow and Sunday and then stop in and post on my Sunday check in blog what you did.

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GRACEISENUF 7/29/2012 4:47PM

    I missed this one.....ooops

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DAISY443 7/29/2012 3:09PM

    OK, I missed this one, so didn't accomplish a thing!

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CANNIE50 7/29/2012 12:22AM


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BECKYB73 7/28/2012 10:59PM

    So bossy!!! Me likey!!

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SWEDE_SU 7/28/2012 12:16AM

    yes, ma'am! emoticon

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THREEE 7/27/2012 7:51PM

    your 'pimp' approves...GREAT makes us accountable... emoticon

but, AHEM, what will YOU be doing for your change-up...or is it a surprise when you blog on sunday? emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/27/2012 7:09PM

    Planning out my meals for the week. I am trying to add a veggie or fruit to each meal.

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a shift

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I'm tired of doing the same thing and getting the same results. Up one down two, up five down three. I'm tired of being HERE. Its been too long. Waaaay too long.

I'm not going to quit. I will never quit but I have been a bit discouraged. As I told one of my sparkies today, I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE SKINNY BY NOW!

I am not whining. Oh no, I'm not because you KNOW I hate that!!

But what I did today was change my goal. Instead of having this HUGE starting point and this far away finish line and the same number of pounds lost blinking at me and the fact that it has moved north instead of south, I am starting from where I am right now. It no longer matters to me that I have lost 50, 60 or 70 pounds. I am going to work towards 199 by Dec. 31. Will I make it? I don't know but I will be closer than I am right now.

I'm also gong back to my original motto: Progress not perfection.

Watch me, cheer for me, support me, laugh at me but I'm moving on, starting NOW!

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STEPH-KNEE 8/4/2012 7:54AM

    I want to be 199 by December 31st too! We can do it, and if the stubborn scale doesn't agree with us on the 31st then it will be bound and determined to agree with us early next year! You so got this! :D

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CANNIE50 7/29/2012 12:21AM

    I think it is good to shake it up, Jan. I think it is a good thing to shift perspective. You know I know the feeling, doll. I am watching the Olympics (men's gymnastics - SO impressive) and one of the gymnasts has a tattoo that says "I deserve what I earn". That applies to us, right? I have a feeling we will have to be more (and I HATE this word, by the way) consistent. Consistent when we travel, when we entertain, when we are busy, when we are stressed.....It sort of sounds impossible, doesn't it? But it isn't impossible - weaker women than us manage to live their lives without consuming excess food and piling on excess pounds. We are STRONG women so we can conquer this beast. Your 199 by 12/31/12 sounds VERY do-able. I will cheer, celebrate, scold, push, hold your hand - whatever you need. emoticon

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TERRYT55 7/28/2012 12:32PM

    Jan......I just love your positive blogs and sunny outlook. I'll cheer for you, support you and laugh with you. You rock!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/27/2012 8:34PM

    I will definitely be watching you mama! If you don't make 199 by 12/31, you WILL get there. I'va had to change my "deadline" so many times, I may as well not even have one! My TT dream, may be just that, who knows. BUT, it gives us something to strive for. You've got it MAMA! Love you girl = )

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HEALTHYASHLEY 7/27/2012 6:54PM

    I couldn't agree more! We both can do it

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JOMAMA99 7/27/2012 4:21PM

    emoticon You can do this, and if you can, then so can I!! See you have motivated me emoticon Great job

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DAISY443 7/27/2012 1:46PM

    Watch emoticoncheer emoticon Laugh emoticon Encourage emoticonLuv ya! emoticon

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    Kick butt girl!

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    YOU CAN DO IT MAMA!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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CELLISTA1 7/27/2012 2:27AM

    For some reason, you got me thinking about my old stick shift 1994 BMW. When you shift from one gear to the next, it's not exactly like a continuous acceleration. You ease up on the gas, press down on the clutch, then shift to the next gear. Right? Then you release the clutch and off you go. Sometimes you stall and have to start again, but not necessarily from 1st gear; you can go from 2nd. Sometimes you're sitting in neutral, not stalling but not moving forward either.

Does the metaphor work?

I thought I would be at 144 by now, by last year, even. But I'm not. I'm stuck in neutral. It takes some energy to get in gear. I have a lot of empathy for your frustration. I don't have a lot of confidence in my own ability to lose the weight, but I have plenty of confidence in you! You already proved you can do it, so I have no doubt that after being in neutral far too long, you will get your a$$ in gear and become even more gorgeous than you already are!

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AAAACK 7/27/2012 12:59AM

    Sounds like you're as bored & disenchanted with the journey as I was. But don't forget to have some fun. This week has taught me that the biggest thing bringing me down wasn't how much weight I'd put back on, it was because I'd forgotten to enjoy myself by doing new things, and exploring my world. Yeah, yeah, I didn't have time. True. But, maybe you can find a fun new thing to do that is also healthy?

And here's a weird (barely related) thought, when I first typed disenchanted, I accidentally wrote disenchanged - now there's one to think on. I'd been feeling quite disenchanged, and I'd like to feel enchanged, please. emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/27/2012 12:00AM

    You can do this!

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SWEDE_SU 7/26/2012 11:53PM

    good for you - every now and then it seems to be necessary to take stock, re-evaluate, reset, and restart - and with your rekindled (re-sparked?) drive and motivation - emoticon

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THREEE 7/26/2012 11:43PM


i KNEW you wouldn't quit, but i'm sorry that you are consternated...

the new 'start' is a great way to attack your dismay...and revamping makes you more alert to your goals...I still need to do the visualization poster which i believe would be a constant reminder(rather than a 'nag')...i WILL do that within 10 days(will you hold me accountable?)

hey, young lady, your honesty about frustration you are feeling helps remind we, your fans, that you are human AND that we are not goofy for having those same feelings...

thanks, kiddo... emoticon

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PCASEY7 7/26/2012 11:37PM

    Good for you and good luck with your renewed program!

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JRFINLEY14 7/26/2012 11:32PM

    Every journey begins with the first step. I ask myself a lot of how long it took to get where I am, and if it takes me that long to get back, then I have completed a wondeful journey.

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BECKYB73 7/26/2012 11:32PM

    HEY!! Guess what? I just experienced a MAJOR mind shift too!!!

lookit us and our GREAT MINDS!!!!

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Why am I such a brat?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I am a brat. I am sure you guys are shocked and stunned to hear such a thing.

I know this about myself and I try to fight it. I was just telling one of my sparkies how I had to put my inner brat in time out.

I want what I want when I want it. I want to do what I want to do when I want to do it. Typical brat behavior.

Example: Frank just told me we needed to step up our walk. We are slacking according to him. We dont go as far or as long as we used to.
THEN he said that when we were walking farther, I was doing better at losing weight.
**Truth, we walk about 45 minutes instead of 55-60 minutes but a few weeks ago we were only walking about 30 minutes**

SCREECHING HALT: WHAT DID YOU SAY???? (brat in full effect)
My brain was like HELL NOOOO you did NOT just get involved in my weight loss situation! You know nothing about it!! YOU are not allowed to talk to ME ABOUT THAT!

But I (slightly snippy) said, " Well you know what? The first 3 months I lost weight I wasnt even doing ANY excercise! When we were playing tennis 2-3 days a week, I wasn't losing weight.

When I worked out at the gym for 2 years, 3 and 4 days a week, I only lost 20 pounds. You wanna know why? Because I was still eating whatever I wanted.

So really, it is not about the excercise for me, it is about eating clean, which by the way, I have had a stellar week in that department. ANd you know what? I dont want this to be all about "Let's excercise". I want to simply go for a walk with my dog and my husband. I dont want to feel like I HAVE to do this and that it is work. I want it to be nice. I want it to be stressless. I do not want to feel like I HAVE to do it.

That's when I realized I lost him.Tuned out. Probably about the first sentence. And I realized I cannot explain this to him. Because it doesnt make sense. It is childish, bratty behavior.

But it is how I feel.

I feel like if I look at our (nearly) every night walk as excercise, I wont want to do it.

I am the world's oldest living brat. Ridiculous.

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TKADEEPBREATH 7/30/2012 10:17PM

    Nothing wrong with "brat" in my book . . . the "she" brat was it full operation around my house tonight . . no "eye candy" views or roses in the near future . . . we all go through stuff . . I'm just saying . .

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VAMANOS 7/27/2012 8:08PM

    I don't think that's so bratty. Maybe because I feel the same way. I'm ok tracking food, and I'm ok moving more than I used to. But I want to eat what I like, and I want my movement to be fun, not a chore. I don't call that bratty, I call it knowing yourself and what you will be consistent doing. And that's what it's all about, weight loss or no weight loss. So there, emoticon (Now THAT's a brat!)

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AAAACK 7/25/2012 12:00AM

    I think I'm even more of a brat when it comes to my husband trying to tell me what to do to lose weight or be fit. I don't want him telling me anything. Today, when all my "fitweek" plans for today fell through, he tried to say he was going to bike ride with me. Well, no. I do not want to bike ride with him. My fit week is about me. Me me me, brat brat brat.

There are reasons, though, that I (we?) feel how I do. Part is brattiness (I'll do it mySELF) and part is resentment of how easy it is for him to drop weight, do certain sports, be stronger than me, probably thinner than me (I refuse to try on his pants!). I just don't want to go down certain roads.

I want our together time to be loving, fun, and pretty much anything but work! So you're definitely not alone with that thought.

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LISALGB 7/22/2012 10:46AM

    From one "brat" to another - my husband just tunes me out too when I go on a rant. You just keep doing what works for you - and just enjoy your walks together.

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THREEE 7/21/2012 3:41PM

    probably not THE oldest brat... emoticon

i love that you DO go the gamut from inital REACTION to calmer, shame on me for over-reacting to i DO have a right to wanting shared hubby time NOT to be a chore or HAVE TO...

you are a COOL brat(but DEFINITELY a brat!!!)

one of your biggest(and i DO mean BIGGEST) fans,
karen3 emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/20/2012 10:03PM

    I totally dig your perspective on exercise. I think you are right on target.


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1COUNTRY_GAL 7/20/2012 12:05AM

    I Like and appreciate your spirit and being a brat is okay in my book! You GO GIRL emoticonBrat it Up, emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/19/2012 12:27PM

    I don't think it's bratty really, especially if this is not designated "exercise time." SOmetimes you just want to go for a walk. I get ticked too, when my "normal" sized husband tries to "help" me with my weight, sheesh!

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CALLIKIA 7/19/2012 12:09PM

    You know what, though? Using your walk as a stressfree zone is not a bad thing. Soothes the mind and soul WHILE helping the body as well. And the dogs are probably pleased as punch too! Maybe try communicating it in a better way and you'll get more understanding from him. (Shhh...I'm a brat too! BRATS UNITE!) (I totally just read that as in Johnsonville Brats...)

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DAISY443 7/19/2012 10:47AM

    Totally understand the wanting to walk for the closeness with hubby and doggie! Wouldn't hurt to track it and take advantage of the fitness points, though! Enjoy your walks!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 7/19/2012 10:19AM

    I have an inner brat too and I'm not sure but I bet I'm older. emoticon

I'm working on that tho. Gotta get her to listen to me. She spends a lot of time in her time-out (naughty) chair. Sigh.

I so "get" your blog!


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PJH2028 7/19/2012 4:24AM

    The doing it for Sparkville (exercise and portion choices) is my in-between mode. Sparky=ness is not just about weight loss. It's about living well.

And...yeeesss... me f'g too, gal! Bratt-ola, moi. In many ways and on many days.

Integrating walking and moving my body for joy for life for beauty is a fabulous and important reset button. A walk doesn't have to be strenuous to be good for us.

Some people relish and are motivated by duration and distances. Some people by speed. I have a hard time walking werith my mom because it is all about the pace being fast and burning calories for her.


There are ALSO loads of times when for ME... I THRIVE on get-it-done exercise for exercise sake. And exercise for calorie burn.

So... Some of these issues are real and valid and morphing and changing as we grow!!! And, yeah... some of it is brats on parade.

The only brat I'm trying to keep out of my world is the one who won't play or move at ALL!

Love You, Jan!

I sure do.

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/19/2012 12:16AM

    I don't see it as bad to want to just walk for the sake of it....without looking it as exercise. It should be enjoyable to you. I don't call that bratty at all.

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CELLISTA1 7/18/2012 11:37PM

    Cannie and I had an exchange about "rebellion," which sounds a lot like you being bratty. We will do all the right things, we will be fabulous people, we will sometimes actually even do what someone else tells us to, but not when it comes to the weight. As soon as someone tells us what to eat or whatever, we rebel. Oh no you don't, mister! That's MY secret evil issue and you can't touch it. Nyah, nyah, nyah. Childish, stubborn, and ultimately self-defeating, ya know? I kinda hate that about myself. What is my rebellion doing for me? Nothing. Or maybe keeping me fat. I also want everything to be nice and stress-free and to do what I want at any time. (I think that is partly what is cool about us. We are generally pretty happy!) However, from what I read here on Spark, we actually have to experience discomfort from time to time in order to lose weight. I have a REALLY hard time with that! I'm rambling here, but I think you have to tell bratty-brat to shut up and be a grownup.

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STEPH-KNEE 7/18/2012 11:14PM

    I totally understand the mentality of labeling it exercise. Having a nice walk with your husband and dog sounds like something you want to do, and if labeling exercise makes it less enjoyable I can totally understand that! You got this, keep rocking it your way because you are doing great! :D

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CANNIE50 7/18/2012 11:13PM

    Okay, indulge me here while I play armchair psychologist for a second. Only a very small percentage of the adult population of our wonderful country exercises on a regular (5x per week) basis. Roughly 100% of the population could benefit by some sort of regular exercise on a regular basis, whether those exercises are performed while sitting, lying, standing, moving - whatever. An even smaller percentage of adult women 50 and over get regular exercise on a regular basis and probably about 90% of those who don't get regular exercise regularly feel some smidge of guilt about it. So, Miss Jan, Mama Girl, Miss Bratty Thing, why on earth would you NOT want to be part of a select group of people who is doing something that most people know they should do but, for a variety of reasons, don't actually do? And, on a personal note, do you know how much I would LOVE it if my husband would (a) exercise with me and (b) occasionally challenge me about my health? There is a charming old expression about friends/partners/spouses not calling each other out on important things - it's called "co-signing each other's bu!!$hit". I think you ought to give that wonderful blessing of a husband a big fat emoticon and visit him on his side of the bed. PS Tell me how you really feel, doll, I can take it and, I'll still love ya. emoticon PS I can be a big old brat as well, so feel free to call me out when I am "bratting out".

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GRACEISENUF 7/18/2012 11:08PM


I have to raise my hand and admit I am a brat too.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 7/18/2012 11:05PM

    Just tell him to not turn something enjoyable into a chore for you, so zip it. (A one liner would at least make sure he heard you before zoning out)


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DIBANANA 7/18/2012 10:59PM

  Maybe brat isn't the word. You were upset and wanted to explain your feelings. Men don't get feelings. They try to solve our problems. I have learned that with my 42 years of marriage but I still try too. Sometimes it sinks in though.

At least he is noticing your loss and is walking with you. but, you need to give him a break and yourself.

It will be better tomorrow.

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IM never giving up. Here's why....

Monday, July 16, 2012

When my dad moved in 2005 from our family home, to my town into an assisted living place, he left behind all his roses. He loved these roses, took care of them, cut them and brought them to ladies at the bank or the local burger joint.

We sold the house and I always regretted not taking at least one of them with us. A year later, my dad died. Then I really regretted it.

I have lamented that for years. Anyway, the house sold to a family who then lost it to forclosure. I went and looked at it and it made me so sad to see the roses not doing well.

On christmas last year, my nephew showed up with 3 of my dad's roses! He went and dug them up and brought one to me and each of my sisters. It meant sooooo much to me and was the best present I think I ever got. The boys planted it for me right that minute.

The rose has never bloomed, never even looked alive. I fed it, watered it, worried about it, got advice about it. Both of my sisters roses bloomed. I was so mad that mine didnt survive. I have been planning on digging it up, moving it somewhere else but you know me, busy, busy, busy so I have just left it alone.

It gets some water once in a while from the sprinkler but I pretty much wrote it off.

One day, hubby and I were getting in the car and he said, "Look at the rose!" And I ran over and saw a beautiful rose! I was so happy! Then I realized it didnt look right and Frank was looking at me funny and I realized it wasnt real. He had put a rose on the bush thinking it would make me happy but I was so upset, I started to cry. He felt horrible! But I was so sad becuase I thought it was a miracle from my dad!

Tonight, Frank walks in and said " Did you see your rose bush?" I was like, oh hell, no, Mr. do not even start with me!
He told me he was dead serious and come look....

So I go outside and sure enough, right from the middle of the dead looking stump, there is long, green, healthy new stalk with a smaller one right below it.

I could not believe it! I was outside with the stupid garage sale all weekend and I didnt even look at it!

Then I got a check in the mail, (just in the nick of time!)

And even though this is stupid, I had a nacho cheese machine that we have had for 20 years, like a professional grade one. It was lost or loaned out almost 2 years ago and we wrote it off. I have been sad about it becuase it was this great peice that was the center of our parties and my kids always loved it.

Anyway, one of my kids friends came today to pick something up from the garage sale and walked in with it, apologizing cause she just found it!!!

Again, I was so happy! Kady and I were joking about it and I said omg, this has been the best day! Im so scared something horrible is going to happen, like IM gonna have a massive heart attack. She goes, "Mom, you had salad for dinner. God isnt going to kill you today and have your last meal be salad. Now, maybe if you had made cookies or brownies, then you would of been a goner for sure, but salad? No. You will be fine." LOL, I love that kid.

Anyway, I am taking the rose as a sign from my dad to never give up, never stop hoping, never quit.

I am taking the check as payment for good services and hard work that we deserve and I will appreciate the timing.

I am taking the Nacho cheese machine as a sign that all good things will come back around (and that I do not need to eat nacho's to celebrate it!).

Today, I ate well and I walked. Today, I did my job. Today, I am hopeful. Today, I appreciate that my dad found a way to tell me he is with me still ( he always said he would try really hard to do that) and Today, I am grateful that God knows what I need, when I need it and even in the small things, he cares.

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GRACEISENUF 7/18/2012 11:11PM

    Love your spirit Jan and LOVE this blog, thanks!

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SNOOPY-ACE 7/18/2012 8:48AM

    Thank you, for such a great story.

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PHLESIAZHOPE 7/18/2012 8:48AM

    Thanks for sharing !

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/18/2012 8:02AM

    Geez. I wasn't ready for the rose story. I am crying like a baby....

Gosh. This is such a sweet blog.

Sending you big hugs, gorgeous.


I remember when you wrote about the roses the first time...Thank you for including me on your precious journey.

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HGSGUY 7/17/2012 10:20PM

    It never hurts to talk to the rose bush! Great blog, and I agree, never give up, on anything, or anybody!

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BIGMAMAT 7/17/2012 7:28PM

    Thanks for sharing this Jan! emoticon

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PJH2028 7/17/2012 4:52PM

    Love to you!

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TEXWIFE 7/17/2012 3:38PM

    well Jan again your talented writing and expressions of joy and all emotions blessed me. You can take the simplest thing and make it fun and exciting. I am glad about your rose bush it made me sad as well to think you would not be getting what you wanted from Dad. Congrats on the life lessons and keep writing! Love you sis emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/17/2012 10:47AM

    *HUGS* There's no way you can give up now! First, it's not in you, second, your dad is telling NOT to! Great blog!

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SLFRISBEY 7/17/2012 8:55AM

    Love this! I love that your Dad's roses are going to be as beautiful as you remember them. It is going to take them some time and they may need to fight but they are just like you. Strong willed and stubborn! Both very good qualities might I add!

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ZOEANAEL 7/17/2012 8:37AM

    Wow! What a beautiful story and teaching! I cliked «Like this blog» right away! I want everybody on SP to read this and keep hope.

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CALLIKIA 7/17/2012 8:26AM

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.

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CLHENDY1 7/17/2012 7:37AM

    Such a nice story. Thanks for sharing!

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    That is absolutely awesome!! :)

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DAISY443 7/17/2012 6:41AM

    Happy tears for you and your dad!

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CELLISTA1 7/17/2012 3:37AM

    Sometimes you just need a tangible sign that you are in the right place in the universe. I'm very happy that you received it today.

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STEPH-KNEE 7/17/2012 2:03AM

    That is such a beautiful story! I know your dad is so proud of you and I am proud of you too! :D

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THREEE 7/17/2012 12:53AM

    as if you ever questioned God's timing...

and i ALSO believe our 'procrastination' can sometimes be a very good thing...look what you would have missed if you had gotten around to 'digging up that DEAD bush' least that's my excuse ...

glad your day was so wonderful and you passed it know GOOD is contagious!!!

karen3 emoticon

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CANNIE50 7/17/2012 12:14AM

    Kady's comments are SO funny - that is one witty girl.....

What you said your dad told you, that he would try really hard to let you know he was still around for you, really touched my heart.

I am so glad good things are raining down upon you - you certainly deserve them. emoticon emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 7/16/2012 11:57PM

    The universe is talking to you and saying very good things, indeed!

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TERRYT55 7/16/2012 11:55PM

    Great and happy blog........I laughed out loud about Kady's comment that you weren't going to die if salad was your last meal!

So happy your rose bloomed.......I have rose bushes from both my mom and my mother-in-law. I cherish them both.

Happy it was a great day!

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/16/2012 11:29PM

    emoticon How wonderful.

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sunday check in #2

Sunday, July 15, 2012

I wana know...what went right last week, what went wrong, how are you going to keep your streak alive, how are you going to do better, how can we help each other, what have you learned?

I was away in extreme conditions last week and did OK eating, drank too much, got in a little exercise each day, it could have done a LOT better. Yesterday was a complete mess. i said I was going to weigh today but I just cannot bring myself to do it. I will skip it for today and maybe just do my regular weigh in on Thursday. I also normally weigh when I get home but I just feel like this would be a bad idea. And what the heck, you know I make my own rules anyway! I just usually don't break my weird little rules once I do make them but today, I just can't face it.

Things I am doing to move ahead are meal plan, grocery shopping, good meals until i leave next Thursday, exercise and just today, I decided to push myself. I don't usually do that but I am going to do that with exercise this week. It felt good to hit the gym a few days ago and I need to get back to strength training. I like how I felt the next day, a little sore, a little more accomplished. So those are my things.....

What are your things?

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SLFRISBEY 7/16/2012 11:17AM

    Grocery shopping and meal planning are at the top of my things to do better list. I went out of town and when I came home it was just me all alone. Hubs and the dogs went to Ohio to help his mom move in with his sister after she fell and broke her arm so I made VERY poor choices. Not this week. Can't let it derail me, just go forward! Thanks for the check in! :)

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HEALTHYASHLEY 7/15/2012 7:36PM

    I am having a hard time focusing on my eating when I have so much happening professionally. I need to establish balance now before it gets out of control. Plus I am feeling gross today so not a good combination all around.

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BIGMAMAT 7/15/2012 7:12PM

    What went right? Hum.... I feeling much better! I had a virus which turned into Bronchitis. I finally am not running a fever today! Yay.

What went wrong. I didn't track a thing. I bought all the comfort foods out there, pudding , chicken noodle soup, ice cream.....Turning that around today. I actually ate veggies today! emoticon

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TERRYT55 7/15/2012 4:32PM

    My week was just wrong.......little exercise, poor food choices, too many excuses. I found myself thinking I just don't want to fight anymore. it was easier to be fat and lazy BUT it really wasn't. Look at the trade offs....I never wanted to leave the house, I couldn't climb a flight of stairs without being winded, I love my grand-kids but couldn't play with them, I had to be careful what chairs I sat in, buying clothes was a depressing experience, etc. etc. I am trying so hard to talk myself into climbing back on the wagon.......thanks for providing this forum. I love being fit and healthy, I love playing with my grand-kids and I love buying clothing in any store I choose........It is worth the fight!

I'm going to join a gym this week so I can't use heat as an excuse! Thanks for the inspiration! Take care and join me in having a much better week!

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CELLISTA1 7/15/2012 1:47PM

    Went right: 95% great with food (choices & calories); 3 intense Pilates sessions made me feel strong and proud of what I could do. Took care of my bum knee with acupuncture, ice, and heat.

Went wrong: spent way too much time on the sofa; did something I haven't done for maybe a year: bought a pint of Ben & Jerry's and ate it (over 2 nights) out of the carton. I think it's just anxiety about my trip coming up in 2 weeks. WRONG: it was about not being happy with how I look in some new clothes I bought. Even in my anxiety I was conscious of what I was doing, though, and actually chose frozen yogurt because it has less calories than full on ice cream. Did not walk much because my knee has been iffy and I'm scared of making it worse before I go.

What I can do better: spend less time on the sofa! Do things that require moving! The sofa is great for reading, writing, thinking, watching movies or TV on my laptop, all of which I love and none of which burns any calories!

What have I learned: I apparently have to learn this over and over and over and over: that I feel good when I move, that strength work makes me feel strong, and that I am capable of much more than I think.

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/15/2012 12:48PM

    Big eczema breakout all over, not sure what the trigger(s) are, hoping to maybe find out tomorrow from my doctor if it is gluten. It's frustrating and just plain sucks to be so itchy and spotty.

Food wise: pretty good, doing better with listening to when I am full and portions. Still need to work on adding more protein, veg and fruits to meals.

Exercise: non-existent aside from walking. With it being so hot out I don't want to go outside and heat can cause me to break out too.

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CANNIE50 7/15/2012 11:45AM

    Welcome home! Actually, I made a lot of good choices this past week. Last Sunday I was in Portland, visiting my GORGEOUS g-babies and my lovely d.i.l. I stayed with my dear daughter Lexi. I ate in restaurants and while my choices were not great, I was mindful of portions. I started the week with a 4 mile run early Monday morning and drove home later that afternoon, after doing some shopping. By the time I got home I was very tired from the running, the shopping, the 5 hours of driving, and the heat. Tuesday and Wednesday I did not do much except rest and get caught up around the house. Thursday thru Sat, I did my regular routine of S.T., running, walking. I have tracked my food for a few days, focusing on getting in lots of protein which has made it easier for me to reinstitute my "no eating after dinner/before bed" rule (which was the main ingredient of my previous 30 lb weight loss). I feel on track, and I have lost several pounds, and it feels good. Success breeds success, right? I am focusing on the simple things that I know work for me: daily Sparktime including tracking, extra rest, lots of water, daily exercise, lots of protein, refraining from eating a couple hours before bedtime. I am so glad to hear you are getting back into S.T. - I totally agree with your description of how you feel afterward. And, just remember my dear, even the Energizer Bunny sleeps at some I hope your garage sale is a great success and you are rolling in dough (cashola, not cookie dough).

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DAISY443 7/15/2012 10:59AM

    The bursitis in my hip has flared up again. After spending the winter babying myself (at my doctor's and physical therapist's orders), I am going to try pushing through the pain and getting in at least 10 minutes of strength training and 30 minutes of cardio 5 times a week. Also, I need to limit myself to either 3 Hersheys dark chocolate kisses, 2 oatmeal cookies or 4 pieces of old fashioned horehound a day, NOT all of them! emoticon

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