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roll call! NOW!

Monday, September 17, 2012

OK, waaaaayyyyy too many of my sparkles are quiet. I have come to learn in the last few years, that is NEVER a good thing.

So, if you are reading this, I want you to tell me you are here and what is going on. If I can be helpful, please let me know. Do you need a virtual hug? How about a butt kick?

If you are busy, that's fine but you still gotta answer mama's roll call!

If you dont want to tell me, tell someone!

If you are missing one of your sparkles, reach out and check in on them. Someone needs you today.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/19/2012 11:43AM

    I was just thinking how I'm really, really bored with Spark these days. Seems like my chatty sparkers have all grown very, very quiet.

I'm here and could use 2 e-hugs and a swift kick to the backside.


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DEE0973 9/18/2012 2:13PM

    Thanks for checking in, I'm still here.....

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BIGMAMAT 9/18/2012 12:43PM

    Ok, HERE! emoticon

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JEREMY723 9/18/2012 8:29AM

    Here and reading all the time, just not posting much. Have a great day!

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JOJOBURG 9/17/2012 7:18PM

    Here sparking along. I'm just not spending much time on the site emoticon . I need to make some time and get rid of some of the things I have been wasting time with!! emoticon

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CELLISTA1 9/17/2012 6:08PM

    Present & accounted for.

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STRIVER57 9/17/2012 3:33PM

    present, running, and working. could be eating a bit better. running is my joy for the moment ... beautiful weather, beautiful sky, beautiful route, music i love. what is the morning protein?
this old lady's running (ok run/walking, but i'm going to stop feeling defensive about that ... need to protect these bones and joints) a half marathon in 3 weeks. the very idea is a joy.

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KKINNEA 9/17/2012 3:25PM

    Out here, doing my thing while working my tail off at the day job!

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WATCHMEGO2 9/17/2012 2:00PM

    I am here! I need a butt kick and a hug.

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REBECCAMA 9/17/2012 1:04PM

  Here and doing fine! Not losing much weight but trying to not gain any still too. :-) Nice to hear from you my friend!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/17/2012 12:54PM

    emoticon Present.

It has been a while since we've talked, but I'm still here, daily kicking is always welcome and appreciated, lol. Thanks for reaching out, I'll see ya around SPARKS.

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CANNIE50 9/17/2012 12:32PM

    Reporting for Sparkly duty, Captain Mama-girl emoticon Have already exercised a bunch today - did an early morning run/hike/fast walk with my s.i.l.-took an hour and a half. Took Buster for a 20 minute romp in the woods after that. Fixed a great breakfast for my s.i.l. and I - scrambled eggs, toast, kiwi (Payton had leftover tacos!). So,I am off to a good start on this beautiful Monday.
I will be honest. I have gained weight and my only choice is to FIGHT my way back. No one can do it for me. emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 9/17/2012 12:30PM

    I got unsubscribed again! Grrrr. I am here.

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TADTURC 9/17/2012 12:22PM

    Here, just spending time being more active and using my Fitbit .


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JOMAMA99 9/17/2012 12:18PM

    Perfect timing, I logged on today for the first time in who knows when and I see your blog! It is time for me to get back with the program. I am back!!

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DONNACFIT 9/17/2012 12:18PM

    Hi..loved your blog...I've been going through a bad time and actually need the hug and the butt kick!! Thanks for both haha :)

Just joined spark coach and am ready to ROCK this fall!!

Keep on sparkin..spark friend :)

Love Donna

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DAISY443 9/17/2012 11:59AM


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SLFRISBEY 9/17/2012 11:55AM

    I am here but lurking since things aren't really going my way lately. Stupid scale was up again... I am sad and feeling somesick and lonely and just want to cry. Oh crap, I can't cry at work. I will pretend it's my allergies... yes allergies. Anyhow, maybe a good cry is all I need. Must wait to get home though and I can cry it out and cuddle my dogs. Good plan.

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SOON2BSMALL1313 9/17/2012 11:37AM

    I am HERE!!!!!! Working on doing better and getting my butt in gear :)

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KIMMARIE11 9/17/2012 11:29AM

    Are your sparkles all of the sparkles on SparkPeople? If so, count me in ... can always use a butt kicking too. If not, count me in anyway. It is nice to see someone actively following others to help out.

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DISP715 9/17/2012 11:26AM

    HERE!! A little butt kicking never hurt! Thanks and HUGS!!

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PURRLGIRL 9/17/2012 11:24AM

    Here! And definitely in need of the kick in the butt! Consider me KICKED! And THANK YOU!!!!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/17/2012 11:22AM

    Present! emoticon

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My Joy

Sunday, September 16, 2012

is my dog. So today, Hubby and I took her to the beach for her first time. She loved it and was very good. (she didnt like the salt water but hey, we all make mistakes!).She spent a lot of time watching for "Cheeps" which are really squirrels. Hope you had a great day with some JOY in it!! Get you some! It is refreshing!

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DAISY443 9/17/2012 12:07PM

    Daisy dog loves to swim, but has never been to the ocean! She hates the hose, though! Silly, funny, lovable creatures!

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JLPEASE 9/16/2012 10:58PM

    What a sweetheart! My dog Beanie is my joy too!

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sunday check in # 10

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Happy Sunday everyone!

I didnt lose any weight last week but after dropping 4 lbs the week before, I suppose it isn't too surprising.

The main thing is I walked, I played tennis, I ate well and and am working toward my goals. I feel good.

This week, your homework is.....

What brings you joy?

I want to know what makes you smile when you wake up, what is the reason you want to be healthier, fitter, stronger? If you don't have an answer, then you need to spend some time and think about what that would be.

My joy is my dog, stitch.

She was my main motivator when I started 2.5 years ago. I wanted to walk with her and my husband instead of driving g along behind them. Now, we walk almost every night. I just love this dog. She makes me happy every day. Just having her in the room brings me joy.

I love my family of course, and my hubby especially, but this dog just gets to me. She is uncomplicated, loving, hilarious and happy just to love me.

What is your joy?

(And what are you going to do this week to keep you going on your journey)

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DEE0973 9/18/2012 2:15PM

    congrats on the 4lb loss. My joy is in knowing that I'm loved by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and my family (especially my two little men)

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CELLISTA1 9/16/2012 11:41PM

    I'm glad you had a good week! My week was busy and fun -- went out five of the last six nights: two concerts at the Bowl, one party I hosted for my staff (at a hipster place where I was the oldest person by 30 years), a great party last night with all kinds of musicians and smart people, and family party this evening. I worked all week too. It sounds all fun but...

The deal is, a cocktail or a beer lets me eat more than I should. Not a lot, because some of those habits have truly changed. I don't hang around the buffet table anymore, I just don't. And I get full, where in the old days I was never full!

Being tired and burning the candle at both ends messes with my sleep patterns and makes me less organized about my eating as well as having laundry pile up, dishes in the sink, all that.

Since last Sunday's 5K walk, I haven't walked. It's been really hot. I went to Pilates twice but missed my belly dance class.

I'm taking tomorrow off and getting myself organized! It's a day for me to fulfill everything on my "dignity" list, including tai chi, meditation, playing music, and tidying my house.

Now, about joy: What brings me joy? I would have to say it's what I feel when I'm interacting with musicians. Talking, listening, playing, or singing with inspiring, masterful musicians.

Why do I want to be healthier, fitter, stronger? To keep up my busy lifestyle as I get older, to have fun with my grand-daughters, and to not be a burden to my daughter when I'm older.

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MT-MOONCHASER 9/16/2012 10:23PM

    My joy (and my aggravation) are my two cats.

From last week -- lose that dratted pound. Got maybe half of it.

Transplant another lilac bush. Nope. Forgot in the midst of other yard stuff.

Patch the bad spots on the north basement wall with mortar. DONE!!!

Put waterproofing paint on said wall. Timing was off - weather got too cool. Target date for this is now Tuesday.

Make a big batch of meatballs to freeze for quick meals - Done!! Got over 8 dozen and also enough for a couple of mini-meatloaves.

and try out a gazpacho recipe. Done!!! I had never had it before - I liked it.

This week I will try again to slay that one pound -- mostly by staying within my daily calorie range and ignoring the lure of the snacks at work. I will drink my water and cut down on the diet soda. The basement wall will get its waterproofing and some insulation. Boxes will be moved from the basement to storage while the rest of the basement is being worked on.

That looks like enough to me...

Have a good week.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/16/2012 4:58PM

    Here I am!!! I had a TON of time to think about my journey this weekend. Don't you LOVE the peace and quiet of the woods? My joy is my kids. THEY are the reason I started this, but I'M going to be the reason I finish. I will run 3 times this week, NOT stray from my meal plan this week (already done) and make sure I get ALL of my H2O in, I've been lacking lately. Alright MAMA, there you go! Black and white, all laid out, here we go!!!

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DAISY443 9/16/2012 11:55AM

    Well, shucks, mama, you just took my joy! Everything is the same except the doggy name is Daisy!

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sunday check in #9

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Welcome to Sunday check in!

Remember last week? I asked about progress? How did you do THIS week? Name ONE THING you are going to do RIGHT this weekend to keep you on track or get you on track?

My week was fantastic. I named 5 things I was going to do right in a blog.

I wanted to lose one pound. I did that. X 4!!! I have not lost 4 pounds in a week in maybe, over a year?
How did this happen?

Small steps.

I got prepared. Planned, shopped and cooked my meals. And not diet food either. I made tacos, turkey burgers,spaghetti... it I made it healthy and I planned my other meals around that. I also ate a lot of protein at breakfast, one of the best tips I have ever received, thank you, Cannie!

I walked this week and I jogged for 1 minute intervals twice during the walk. Now, that may not seem like much to some of you, but with bad knees and bulged discs in my back, its a big deal for me. And even if it was just for 1 minute, it challenged me and my body. And I feel like I accomplished something. I am not going to move forward with the 4 week plan to run a mile, but I am going to do it at my own pace. Will keep you updated.

I didnt bake this week (until yesterday) but even then, I was restrained and stayed within my goals.

I ate popcorn for snacks in the evening when I was feeling munchy. And I went to bed hungry sometimes. It didn't kill me.

I am working on becoming "regular". Enough said on that one.

Yesterday, OK started taking Amberen for menopausal symptoms. Will keep you posted on that.

Mostly, I remembered, decided, recommitted, made an effort, paid attention, cared, worked and generally strived to continue what I am doing here.

Mostly, I am not done. I will probably never be done because even when I get to my goal weight, and I will, I will need help, my S P friends, my trackers, etc. To never go back too where I started. I will never go back to that unhappy, fat, unhealthy person who not only didn't care about herself, but barely lived on the edges of my life.

I'm down 55 pounds and I am not worried about where I was (70 pounds) or how long it takes. I am starting from here, today and moving on, one small step, one meal, snack, minute or day at a time.

Come with me!!

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DEE0973 9/18/2012 2:17PM

    You are working this program....Hooray for you!!!

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TJCADDO 9/16/2012 4:07AM

    emoticon On being 4lbs. down! Thank you for talking about how you are going about reaching your goals without disrupting your life.

Keep going, keep going!

Nan emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AAAACK 9/14/2012 12:30PM

    I LOVE this part: I went to bed hungry sometimes. It didn't kill me.
I need to post this in my pantry as a reminder!

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GRACEISENUF 9/13/2012 9:06PM

    I am SO PROUD OF YOU! 4 pounds is amazing Jan.


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SARAWALKS 9/12/2012 6:37PM

    This is awesome, Jan, hurrah for you! Yeah, it's those little decisions that add up and make the difference. Working the program, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 9/11/2012 1:00AM

    Way to go on the 4 pounds -- you are quite the overachiever!!

From my comment on your last Sunday blog ---

Goal -- lose another pound, dig up some chokecherries and transplant some lilac bushes.

I didn't manage to lose the pound, but I did dig up a couple chokecherry bushes and transplanted one bunch of lilacs.

Goals this week -- lose that dratted pound. Transplant another lilac bush. Patch the bad spots on the north basement wall with mortar. Put waterproofing paint on said wall.

Make a big batch of meatballs to freeze for quick meals and try out a gazpacho recipe.

That sounds like an awful lot, doesn't it?? I hope it's not too much.


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GUNNSGIRL91303 9/9/2012 3:15PM

    What an inspiring blog. The one thing I'm going to focus on this week is to be more active in general, not sit around the house reading for hours on end. I'm going to get my chores and exercising done for the day before I sit down to read, or spark or other work on the computer and will re-read this blog when I need to motivate.
Thanks for kicking my butt back into gear with your great words and thoughts!!!

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CELLISTA1 9/9/2012 2:18PM

    Congratulations on the 4 pounds. That's terrific!

The week was pretty good for me. Calories a little high, but just a little. Went to Pilates 3 times and walked a couple of times. Today I actually went to a walk/run to benefit ovarian cancer awareness. My mom died of that so I am at risk, so naturally I felt connected to the cause. I asked a friend to walk with me and we did 5K. It was hot and not at all scenic, except for the beginning and end which were on the CBS lot. I sweated a lot! This week I plan to continue packing lunches to take to work most days.

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DAISY443 9/9/2012 1:56PM

    It's workin' for you!

My goal for today is to waterproof the deck and that will be enough cardio for one day!

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RUNNER12COM 9/9/2012 12:24PM

    The one thing I'm going to do this week to stay on track is get out today (and every day this week) and get my run done.

Summer of Run continues!

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saturday stuff (or, what has Jan been up to today)

Saturday, September 08, 2012

I have been a cooking fool today!! Kady had an overtime shift this morning so she came in at 7 am so we all went to breakfast which was fun. One of her friends brought me fresh tomatoes so I made fresh marinara sauce. I added spinach, garlic, onion, and some leftover super lean ground beef from tacos the other day.

I have always guest-imated how much 2 ounces of pasta is and today I actually measured and boiled it separately so I would know. Well, that was enlightening! I do not normally eat a full serving of pasta and I always thought I was eating more than that. So that was coo.-
One of my customers gave us some apples and they are a bit sour for regular eating so I made cobbler and it was delicious! I made single servings in big muffin cups and it was delicious! I only ate a part of it so yeah, me!

Then I baked 2 cakes for cake pop orders and only ate some corners of it so I'm good with my calories today. I have not binged or gone on a sugar frenzy. I have eaten fruit and will have salad with dinner, plus we are going walking this evening with stitchy and then will stay home and watch a movie.

I am feeling very positive. Very positive indeed. Tune in tomorrow for week 9 of our Sunday check in.

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DAISY443 9/9/2012 2:01PM

    Yum-can I come live with you (Daisy dog, too!)?
I can bring fresh tomatoes, bell peppers and pears from my back yard!

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AAAACK 9/9/2012 1:46AM

    What a yummy sounding day!

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GRACEISENUF 9/8/2012 11:23PM

    Wow you were inspired today weren't you? We had take DD came home with her new beau. We had just met him once before and he is really a great guy....thank you Lord! They are definitely smitten with one another. Little brother gave him a thumbs up too. :)

Enjoy your Sunday Jan.


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MAMADWARF 9/8/2012 11:23PM

    I would have, but since kd wanted to go to breakfast so early, I got dressed and stayed dressed till 7:30 tonight!

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CELLISTA1 9/8/2012 9:08PM

    What I want to know is were you wearing your jammies while you were doing all this cooking?

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