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Sunday check in #12

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hi everyone,

Got home a few hours ago. I physically worked from 9 am to midnight each day. I cooked and cleaned and organized and sold raffle tix, t shirts and whatever else needed to happen. Thank GOD for my sister Becky and her husband and a few other gals. I never could have done it without them. I didnt drink too much, just a few a day over a period of several hours.

I was in physical pain, so much so that I could barely sleep at night. I couldnt sit by the end of the night because I would be unable to get back up. My feet, knees, hips and back were screaming. When I lay down at night, shooting pains went down my body from back to feet. This is not to complain, only to say that as much as I do now, I did not expect to have it kick my butt as much as it did.

I operated on a good breakfast, 5 hour energy drinks and pain pills as needed.

The food was amazing, the people were grateful and we did fabulous job. We made good money for our club and everyone was happy. A very very good event, all in all.

When I got home today, I had my blood work results from my doctor last week. My LDL cholesterol was a bit high so I obviously need to work on that. Any suggestions? do not tell me to eat oatmeal because I hate it so its not going to happen.

What is my plan this week?

5 FRUITS AND VEGGIES EVERY DAY UNTIL FRIDAY (when I go see my niece in a play for 2 days)

What did you do this weekend? What do you find difficult to do still?
What is your plan for this week.

Oh yeah, Happy OCTOBER tomorrow! How did that happen????

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BIGMAMAT 10/2/2012 2:12PM

    Glad to hear you had a very successful weekend emoticon
Time to rest and recuperate. Make some time for You. hugs. T emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/1/2012 9:54AM

    Hey mama! Forgot to check in , sorry = ) I'm glad to hear everything was AWESOME except for the pain of course. I hope that gets better soon. Yes, oatmeal is a great way to lower your LDL, but my doctor gave these suggestions... LOTS of fiber, in any source, fish with lots of omega 3's, I prefer Albacore tuna. Also, olive oil, orange juice, and unsalted nuts, (almonds are great). Of course, cutting back on trans fats, will help too. So you'r "no baked goods" is a great plan. For this week, I'll be starting my Supreme 90 workouts, so my goal is to make sure I get it done EVERYDAY! Good luck to both of us!

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DEE0973 10/1/2012 9:32AM

    Congrats on the successful event eventhough it created havoc on your body. My plans for this week is to stay within range and on track.

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MELLYBEANS0919 9/30/2012 11:55PM

    I am sorry you were/are in so much pain. It sounds like you did such a great job with the event. Hats off to you!
I am struggling a lot - doing the simplest things too. Baby steps.

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MT-MOONCHASER 9/30/2012 11:33PM

    This weekend I went completely off program which continued the actions of most of the week. There was a fundraiser for the trail system in a town near mine and I went. Of course, it was Ales and Trails... The function came with a dinner and four tickets for four mugs of micro-brews and dinner. Dinner wasn't too off program, and they served it, so the helping sizes were moderate. I actually only had three of the brews, and gave one ticket away.

I still find it difficult to control portion sizes and cut down on the at-work snacking.

This week I will continue to try to reduce my at-work snacking.

From last week's goals, I got the insulation and part of it installed. Didn't get anything more moved to storage -- must add that to this week's goals. And more insulation installed. And help with getting the dirt back in and packed down.


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CELLISTA1 9/30/2012 11:25PM

    Apples! I forgot to say this in my earlier comment. My Chinese doctor says apples are the best for reducing cholesterol. One a day minimum! Three is even better.

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CANNIE50 9/30/2012 11:08PM

    Oh, honey - that sounds awful. It is impressive but at the same time, it sounds too grueling. So, basically, you put your body through marathon after marathon after marathon after marathon......OUCH! Devotion and a passion to deliver are strong motivators, as you ably prove time after time. I am also very impressed that you just arrived home and you have posted this blog. I know nothing about cholesterol reducing foods but I am sure you will get some good suggestions. At least I know enough not to suggest oatmeal cookies!! I am hoping a hot bath with Epsom salts (natural muscle relaxant), a LONG night's sleep, and a hearty, protein filled breakfast are the only things on your agenda for the next 12 hours or so.

I am cutting back on some of my exercise, esp the 5:45 am sessions, adding sleep, and facing facts about how freaky I am about food right now. I have not eaten after dinner tonight, and I am heading to bed early, so I can feel good about that, and the fact that I ran a good 5k this morning. I am thinking of you, Jan. I am fighting the urge to kidnap you and make you rest because I know you would be a very difficult hostage, you stubborn girl you.

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CELLISTA1 9/30/2012 10:27PM

    Wow - you really put yourself through the wringer. I hope you have some time this week to rest, stretch, and recuperate. Maybe a massage would help your aching body.

My week was excellent, food-wise. I ate around 1400 calories/day six out of seven days, and the seventh was 1700. However, I didn't do any exercise beyond my two strenuous Pilates sessions.

Today I felt very whiny: oh, it's so hot; my knee hurts; nyah, nyah, nyah. So when it cooled off a little this evening, I took the dog for a 1/2 hour walk and I honestly do feel better now.

Thanks for doing the Sunday check-in even though you just got home!!!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 9/30/2012 9:53PM

    Pain has been my really big motivator as well. I recorded everything I ate this week and did better than I had planned. I am cutting out beer for the most part because it is just too many calories. I spent the last 2 days baking a boobie cake for my brother in law's 30th at his wife's request and I threw away the scraps from cutting the cake down to size instead of eating all of them so I was proud of myself for that. Small decisions. Once my back clears up which it is finally starting to do I am going to go back to the gym. Weight training does make a huge difference for me in how my body functions day to day. Glad you are back!

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amberen update

Monday, September 24, 2012

It has been 15 days on amberen. I take it every morning with breakfast. You keep a log of certain things to see daily progress such as sleeping, moods, hot flashes.

My hot flashes started diminishing by the 2nd day and I have had none in the last 4 days, no night sweats either. The moodiness is still up and down. It looks like about every 4 or 5 days I have a bad day or too. The things they ask that have not changed is my ability to sleep longer but I am falling asleep easier so its a good trade off for now. My ability to concentrate haSS not improved yet but I am looking g forward to more improvements by the end of the first 30 days. I take the first course for 90 days then again in 6 months to a year.

Will update again in a few weeks...

Edit: I have been on OTC Estroven and that worked somewhat but things were getting g worse, my weight loss has stalemated, I'm very hormonal and there a few menopausal sexual side effects I don't want to get into here that I just don't want to live with. I was finaly willing to try amberen and I will be the guinea pig. I have nothing to gain or lose by it and will be completly honest with my experience so perhaps we can figure this out . If you want more in depth info, message me.

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THREEE 10/8/2012 6:59PM

    see? you are so much a caring, community person...thanks, kiddo

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GRACEISENUF 9/27/2012 10:12PM

    Hope it helps Jan.


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CANNIE50 9/26/2012 6:05PM

    I admire you for trying something new, and sticking with it, including tracking your symptoms. Menopause stinks, at least for me it does. I know there are women who sail through - I am not one of them. I appreciate you sharing this experience, Jan, and letting us learn from you. emoticon

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ENDUROVET 9/24/2012 12:32PM

    Verrrrrrrrrrrry interesting! Ya know, that stuff sounded "too good to be true", & I actually found myself on the phone getting ready to order some when good ol' iPhone dropped the call... I considered that to be "a sign" that I didn't need to invest in that particular product anyway ;-)

So I will be following your blog w/great interest - I may change my mind if this seems to be working for you! (Night sweats are miserable :-(

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MELLYBEANS0919 9/24/2012 12:31PM

    I am curious to know what you say about it later on, my mom suffers with insomnia from menopause and has tried everything under the sun with nothing helping. Good to hear it is making a difference for you.

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In case you are curious

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I thought maybe it would interesting for you to know what I am going to be cooking for 300 people for 3 days...

These are race car drivers, their families, their pit crews....

Thursday is a practice night which just means a lot of fun and guys B.S.

Big costco hot dogs, chili, watermelon and small bags of chips.
I also made 250 cake balls to take and a few batches of sugar free cookies for those who need/want them.

Friday, 200 pounds of tritip (seasoned and wrapped in foil, cooked on a huge bbq provided by the local fire department), store bought potato salad, fresh green salad and rolls and butter. (some sort of store bought cake for my birthday).

Saturday, take leftover tritip, chopped it up, grill some chicken breasts and chop it up, and make street tacos. heat corn tortillas up in foil in packs of 20. Pinto beans, tortilla chips and Nacho cheese sauce, lettuce, shredded cheese, onion, cilantro and salsa ( a bunch of store bought cookies).

Then I am done! We get up the next day, clean up all the tables, chairs, trailers etc and then whoever is left, we all go to breakfast and talk about what was great, what wasnt and how we can do it better next year. On the way home, my sister and I make notes while it is all fresh, then next year, we pull out the list and do it all over again!

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CANNIE50 9/26/2012 6:08PM

    Wow, that is a whole lot of food and a whole lot of work! You and your sister are so smart to make notes while the event is still fresh in your mind. And, your birthday!?! Did I miss your birthday?!? Rest assured, I am very glad you were born!!!!!!!!

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STRIVER57 9/25/2012 6:30AM

    good luck! you're really brave!

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MELLYBEANS0919 9/24/2012 12:18PM

    You are certainly going to be very busy, wow 300 people! Good for you!

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COLUMBINE2 9/24/2012 10:28AM

    Ya gotta be kiddin' me! Holy mackerel............I guess I won't complain any more having to "cook" my oatmeal.!

You're a miracle worker!!!

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Sunday Check in #11

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hello everyone! For those just now reading this, I created a blog so we could stay in touch and have some accountability, support and as needed, butt kicking and hugs to help us reach our goal.

Whether you are new or a past visitor, welcome!

I had an ok week, kept up on my excercise but had some moodiness issues which resulted in a few bad days with the candy corn. It is out of site and mind now so I am safe.

WEds. we leave for our National annual racing event where I will cook for 300 people for 3 days with my sister. It is a lot of work but alot of fun and I hope to see I am in much better shape stamina wise for this year.

My 51st bd is friday and as usual, I will be celebrating with many people that I love and a few I tolerate!

This week, my goal is stay steady and strong until I leave Weds. and to avoid too much fat, sugar and salt while I am away. I vow to have a good breakfast each day and to take a minute to myself and eat a decent lunch, drink a lot of water and get some rest!

Your homework is to think about a goal for October.

Really think about it ok? And I will see you hear next sunday to set our goals and get ready for a great October!


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CANNIE50 9/26/2012 6:12PM

    Happy Belated Birthday, Jan! I CANNOT believe it has been a year since you turned 50! I hope you were properly celebrated, my dear. You are a gem.

My October goal is to continue to make sleep and stress reduction a priority in my daily life. Going to bed early, staying in bed longer, dealing with what is in front of me to do and not expecting to be able to do everything for everyone - those are my goals. Those things affect me eating and my weight, in a BIG way.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/24/2012 1:14PM

    My week was great, but I blew it this weekend. I was at my BFF's house for the weekend, and she makes amazing home cooked EVERYTHING! However, it's a lot of carbs, and I'm a carbaholic! Once I get my moth around something, there's no stopping me. Got my act together when I got home, planned and prepared food for the week so I'm good to go! Lots of fruits and veg = ) I will be thinking of an October goal as well.

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MT-MOONCHASER 9/23/2012 11:14PM

    Last week's goals ---

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. --- That darned pound must just love me -- it's still hanging on.

I will drink my water and cut down on the diet soda. -- I actually did do this fairly well.

The basement wall will get its waterproofing and some insulation. -- Got the waterproofing paint, but not the insulation yet.

Boxes will be moved from the basement to storage while the rest of the basement is being worked on. -- Got enough moved for work to proceed, but still have more to get moved.


This week --- Say sayonara to that pound. Drink more water, less diet soda. Get the insulation ordered and installation started. Move more stuff to storage.


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DIFROMWYOMING 9/23/2012 10:54PM

    Have a great week!

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BIGMAMAT 9/23/2012 10:52PM

    Sounds like you have a great week coming up! Hope all goes as planned.

I exercised everyday last week, but my eating wasn't the best.
This week I am going to cut back on the fat intake, and increase my veggies.

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CELLISTA1 9/23/2012 10:50PM

    First of all, Happy Birthday! I know you are already a confident creature, but I would like to tell you that my fifties were fabulous!! I had a love affair (not suggesting that to you - you are married to your best friend!), started a new career as a cabaret singer, and became much wiser - and nicer! You have a lot to look forward to and I know you will do great things!

As for my week, it was filled with intense work. I didn't track or exercise every day but I still got to Pilates twice. I ate fairly well, but yesterday I was reminded that I have to remember to eat smallish meals and snacks throughout the day or I go overboard at dinner. It actually affects my emotional state if I don't eat enough during the day and my brain thinks it has to have two pork chops and salad and popcorn and frozen yogurt, all after 8 pm. Baaadddd....

I promise to think seriously about October...

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 9/23/2012 10:34PM

    I don't know how you cook for all those peeps! You're the queen!

Candy corn is sugary evil. We have the caramel candy corn in the house and it takes everything in us not to dive headfirst in the bag but we've been good and portioned it out when we can fit it in.

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pop quiz!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Thanks for attending roll call! Now that you are all here, we are going to have a pop quiz.
You will be graded and this will count for 50% of your semester grade.

What matters more to you?
A. How you look
B, how much you weigh
C. How your clothes fit
D. How you feel
E. Add your own here

What do you think is the most important tool in your weight loss?
A. Guts and willpower
B. Tracking
C. Family support
D. Spark support
E. Add your own here

How do you think you are going to meet your goals?
A. One step at a time
B. Changes you can live with
C. Determination and commitment
D. All of the above
E. Add your own here

What is the reason why you bothered to do this silly quiz today?
1. Points for blog reply
2. Why not?
3. Because Jan is awesome and I always do what she tells me
4. Killing time and avoiding something you are supposed to be doing
5. Add your own here

Extra credit: what can you do now that you couldn't imagine doing before you started? If you are new, what can you imagine doing once you lose some weight that you can't do now?


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1HAPPYWOMAN 9/20/2012 12:05AM

    For the extra credit, I just want to say that I can run up stairs. I can RUN up stairs, when it used to be hard to walk up them!

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CANNIE50 9/19/2012 4:27PM

    1. How I feel, physically and mentally, matters the most but how my clothes fit, and how I look factor in, as well.
2. Tracking and Sparkfriends make a big difference.
3. There is no substitute for commitment and personal integrity, when it comes to doing what needs to be done and getting to where I need to be.
4. You are AWESOME and you are not to be trifled with, so of course I am taking your quiz. I am feeling a LOT of appreciation for you right now, Miss Mama Jan.
EXTRA CREDIT: I feel some sense of accomplishment, having lost some of the weight I had piled on. I look forward to feeling "right sized" and free of disorderly eating, as I work my way to a healthier sized body and a more manageable relationship with food. Love, C.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/19/2012 11:47AM

    1. C. How your clothes fit
2. D. Spark support
3. E. Am I?
4. 3. Because Jan is awesome and I always do what she tells me (you can't switch to numbers; it makes people like me feel dizzy) LOL

Extra: Since I've put most of my weight back on, yet again, I do not feel qualified to answer this question. I did, however, love being able to bend over from a seated position and reach something fell on the floor. Sigh.

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HGSGUY 9/18/2012 9:48PM

    1. D. I never had a primary goal of weight loss, I wanted to get fitter, eat healthier and improve flexibility . Weight loss is a reward for doing the other things.

2. D, I can always count on my Spark friends to challenge me with physical as well as mental tests (I was told there would be no quizzes though)!

3. D

4. Duh, 3 of course, anyone that runs around in a cape should be listened to!

Thanks, this was fun and made me think about my program, good job!

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TADTURC 9/18/2012 8:42PM

    1) How I feel and How I look...I havent been able to truely look at myself in a LONNNNG time
2) SP and Fitbit support and encouragemnet
3) Guts and Willpower, SP and Fitbit support
4) D. All of the above
5) I like pop quizes

I plan on going on a Zipline when I get closer to where Im going with my health.

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SWEDE_SU 9/18/2012 4:46PM

    1. how i feel

2. tracking - the commitment to write it down makes it real, makes it happen

3. all of the above

4. definitely all of the above (lions are lurking, but hey, the sun is shining...)

extra credit: wear size 2, run a half marathon (again), run-walk faster than i ran when heavier!

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DEE0973 9/18/2012 2:12PM

    1. How my clothes fit & how I feel

2. Guts and willpower/family support

3. All of the above

4. Title caught my attention and the quiz is value added

Extra Credit - I'm stronger with more upper body strength.

Jan you're awesome. Thanks for the brain teaser

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DAISY443 9/18/2012 2:12PM

    1. E Maintaining health in order to be independent as long as possible.
2. B Tracking
3. D All of the above
4. I always try to do what Jan tells me to
Extra credit: Amazingly, even more than being healthier, I am relating to others more than before I started the Spark journey.

OK, Jan, you made me think! Thanks!

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PRIMALMICHAEL 9/18/2012 1:51PM

    What matters more to you?
E. Personal evolution

What do you think is the most important tool in your weight loss?
E. Pain
I was tired of being sick. I was tired of hurting emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Pain can be a call to awakening.

How do you think you are going to meet your goals?
E. I am meeting my goals by going completely outside of the box. I'm letting go of old ideas, old methods, old beliefs, etc.

What is the reason why you bothered to do this silly quiz today?
5. Before I began to heal spiritually and mentally I would have answered that I am doing this to engage in interaction with my fellow sparkers that we might encourage one another. Now, I know that I am doing it because my egoic self is proud of what I have accomplished and wants to use every opportunity to celebrate it's success.

Extra credit: what can you do now that you couldn't imagine doing before you started? I can breathe - both literally and figuratively! I can wear the pants that my thin son outgrows. I can look better in a suit. I've stopped taking medicines. I can be honest with myself. I can wake up in the morning full of life. I can think clearly. I can rediscover myself.

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AAAACK 9/18/2012 1:43PM

    What matters more to you?
D. How you feel

What do you think is the most important tool in your weight loss?
E. balance

How do you think you are going to meet your goals?
D. All of the above

What is the reason why you bothered to do this silly quiz today?
3. Because Jan is awesome and I always do what she tells me
(and admittedly...
4. ... avoiding something you are supposed to be doing)

Extra credit: what can you do now that you couldn't imagine doing before you started? If you are new, what can you imagine doing once you lose some weight that you can't do now?

I imagine feeling energetic! I have this weird magazine-type action pose image in my head. I'm in a field running and frolicking with my happy energetic family. Like a laundry advert.

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BIGMAMAT 9/18/2012 12:55PM

    What matters more to you? How I feel. When I'm heavier, my knees hurt and it's hard to tie my shoes.

What do you think is the most important tool in your weight loss? Tracking And spark support. (love you)

How do you think you are going to meet your goals? I do better when I exercise everyday. It's a Psycological thing I guess. Today is day 2. (I am giving myself 2 get out of jail free cards... Well not really but get out of exercise without guilt cards)
102 days before our trip.
(thousands of pictures will be taken so I would like to drop a few pounds to feel more comfortable in my skin.)

What is the reason why you bothered to do this silly quiz today? Duh.. Because Jan is awesome and I do what she tells me. lol.

No need for extra credit.(I'm just awesome like that.) emoticon


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STRIVER57 9/18/2012 12:33PM

    1. how i feel i look
2. tracking is most important, but all of them really
3. all of the above
4. because Jan is awesome and i'm procrastinating. how many lions do i need to kill in a single day. unfortunately, more than the one dead one.
5. i run. i guess i'm an athlete, sort of. i do ST (at home). i'm going to run a half marathon. and the most incredible parts are: 1) i kept exercising when i couldn't run instead of using it as an excuse to take time off, and 2) i minded not running.

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CELLISTA1 9/18/2012 11:41AM

    What matters? How I look and feel. I'm so tired of looking pudgy. I hate feeling wimpy and it's fun feeling strong.

Most important tool? Tracking helped me know how much is too much. Spark support keeps me coming back.

How will I meet goals? All of the above! Small changes add up!

Why do this quiz? Because Jan is awesome, inspiring, and cares so much!

What can I do now that I couldn't before? Well, last week I was out and about almost every night, and a)did not hang around the food tables and b)ate and actually felt full, i.e. knew when to stop! Among many other things :).

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/18/2012 11:16AM

    What matters more to you?
E. How I look AND feel!

What do you think is the most important tool in your weight loss?
E. All of the above

How do you think you are going to meet your goals?
D. All of the above

What is the reason why you bothered to do this silly quiz today?
3. Because Jan is awesome and I always do what she tells me

Extra credit: what can you do now that you couldn't imagine doing before you started? Running! I NEVER in my wildest imagination thought I'd be signing up for 5k's and looking forward to a Dirty Girl run.

Question for YOU - WHY would you put all answer in an A,B,C,D format except for the last question? Numbers, REALLY Jan! LOLOLOL!!!!!

Comment edited on: 9/18/2012 11:16:51 AM

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JOMAMA99 9/18/2012 10:39AM

    1. C-if my clothes don't fit well I am not happy
2. B- tracking is so important but also want to add an E - consistancy is just as important.
3. D
4. I think Jan is totally awesome!!
Extra credit:
I can do 60 minutes on the elliptical now!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 9/18/2012 10:17AM

    1. D because I am in a lot of pain right now and being free of that when I working out consistently was one of the biggest rewards for me.
2. BCD-tracking is number one but the support I get is a huge part as well
4.Because I heart you so much
Extra Credit-I couldn't imagine that I would enjoy the process as much as I had and that giving up sugar would be really key for me in all this.

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REBECCAMA 9/18/2012 9:47AM

  Okay, I'll bite.

1. E- Not having a weight-related illness such as diabetes. Keeping my asthma in check, being able to walk up and down stairs...

2. B- Tracking!

3- A- Going to meet those goals one day at a time.


EXTRA CREDIT- I can encourage others and lead by example. Still here after 2 years, haven't met my goal weight yet but I've lost 30 pounds and kept those 30 pounds off.

ok, now I better get back to that report I'm working on for the boss. :-)

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