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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Who is doing a challenge right now?

Or some other one?
Have you ever done one before?

Tell me what you are doing and why.

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/3/2013 11:54PM

    I have been on a BL challenge group for a couple years (I'm the leader of Sapphires) and I LOVE my team! The challenge does help me- it pushes me just enough sometimes- makes me feel loathsome other times, it's a trade off. But it's being on a small group (24) that really checks in on you that I love the most.

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STRIVER57 1/3/2013 3:19AM

    i am doing the january jump start challenge, again, for the 3rd time. the first time i did it was the time i actually succeeded in liking exercising (and ST), noticing and liking the feeling of getting stronger, and therefore of actually making exercise a habit. it's not quite as life-changing anymore (and i must admit i'm not quite as obsessive -- nowadays, i don't feel it's cheating to have a rest day and do two sets of exercises the next day to make up for it ... but that's because now it is a habit.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/3/2013 1:34AM

    I'm always curious about these challenges. I like being more independent, so I'm not on any real SparkTeams and I don't do these challenge things, but I can see that a lot of people really enjoy them and find success with them. For me, I just like doing my own thing. I guess I am just boring and predictable with my lifestyle and fitness activities. :)

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MELLYBEANS0919 1/2/2013 11:32PM

    Doing Tone It Up's "Love Your Body Challenge." First time ever doing a challenge. I am doing it to be accountable, keep focused, and to reach my goals. It will help me in also being consistent with exercise and eating.

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CELLISTA1 1/2/2013 11:07PM

    I joined the January Jumpstart Fitness Challenge. It's my first challenge even though I've been Sparking quite a long time. I'm doing it because fitness consistency is my biggest challenge. I'm pretty good with food, good at keeping up with tracking, happy with all my non-scale-victories, but not satisfied with stop/start/change fitness activity. Not happy that I'm stuck at the same weight for a LONG time now. It's time to have some "scale victories" along with the non-scale.

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I somehow forgot

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Over the last few weeks, there are things I forgot. It is all coming back to me now.

I forgot how much I love the taste of fresh fruit!

I forgot how much I love having dinners planned so I am not thinking about it all day, making last minute runs to the store and being unprepared.

I forgot how much I love the feel of my "spark".

I forgot about being excited about having a "good day".

I forgot how much I hate weaning off sugar.

I forgot how much I love a simple applesauce cup and the pride that I feel because I didnt just shove a handful of chips in my mouth instead.

I forgot that I am not the same person I was nearly 3 years and 50 pounds ago. (yes it hurt to write 50 instead of the 70 I had lost!!)

I forgot to remember why I started on this healthier path.

I forgot to look at going for a walk with Frank and Stitchy as a treat, not just something I HAD to do. (I also forgot what it felt like to watch him walking my dog while I followed behind in my pick up because I COULD NOT DO IT!)

I forgot how out of breathe I used to be. Im not anymore.
(I was at a new years party that was 2 story. The food and women were upstairs, the men and drinks were downstairs. I walked up those stairs (there were 18 of them...I counted) at least 10 -12 times. I WOULD NEVER have done that before. Ever! I would have had Frank bring me drinks and stay up with the grub!).

I forgot how far I have come.

I forgot how far I still need to go.

I forgot how perfect the new year is for getting back on track.

But I am remembering now. And if feels wonderful.

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KRZYKAT3 1/6/2013 2:17PM

    thanks for the forgot momenst, absolutely grand words!

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    love this blog... thanks for sharing your TRUTHS with us! Glad that you're feeling good & sparking along with us.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/4/2013 7:51AM

    Wow, you really hit the nail on the head!

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MAVERICK59 1/4/2013 12:03AM

    This is dead on to how I am feeling. I have forgotten all of this. You have 'Sparked' some memories.
Thank you.

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/3/2013 11:48PM

I 'forgot' a lot of that too! I was just telling someone else I wish I could bottle this feeling and sip on it when I'm discouraged and give up- because I forget how GOOD it feels to be GOOD to me! Great blog!

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IGSBETH 1/3/2013 7:35PM

    Great blog!

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STRIVER57 1/3/2013 3:11AM

    excellent blog! and thanks for reminding me!

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CELLISTA1 1/2/2013 11:09PM

    Great blog. Your writing - and the thought and the heart behind it - is awesome!

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CANNIE50 1/2/2013 11:01PM

    Nice. Such a fan of your blogs, and you.

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MELLYBEANS0919 1/2/2013 8:47PM

    Awesome things to remember!

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    emoticon Go you!!! emoticon

You got dis!

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FIZZYBALL 1/2/2013 7:20PM

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IMIN2GENES 1/2/2013 6:51PM

    Yep... thanks for reminding me because I've forgotten some of those things too! Congrats to you for all the progress you've made. Looking forward to kicking some booty with you in 2013.

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TERRYT55 1/2/2013 6:33PM

    Thank you! I forgot all of that too.......We are on to a new and fabulous year.

Take care and thank for the reminders.

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DOING-IT4ME 1/2/2013 6:13PM

    I've forgotten many things like those myself - thanks for the reminder that I need to remember more!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/2/2013 5:51PM

    I forget about things like this too. It so easy to lose sight of how far we've come.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/2/2013 5:49PM

    Love this blog. I'm so glad you've remembered all this!! How wonderful, all those healthy changes and habits you will be adopting again! :) And of course, 50 pounds lost is GREAT, even if it used to be 70. That's FAR better than zero! Congrats on your weight loss, congrats on your increased mobility, congrats on your expanded taste in food!

Yummmm, I agree, fresh fruit is sooooooo good. :)

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GRACEISENUF 1/2/2013 5:40PM


Sounds like 2013 is going to be your year Mama! Shine on.


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GOOSIEMOON 1/2/2013 5:39PM


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    I am going through all of this today too. We can live the healthy life we aspire to have. It just means one choice at a time. So proud to still have you as my friend. Hugs

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sunday check in #25

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Hello my friends!

This is the last Sunday check in for 2012. This week has had many ups and downs for me...I'm quite tired and done now. I have had several events, all at our house, which I love, had a wonderful day with MY side of the family and was just ready yesterday to clean up and put things away. we are going to to a new years eve party at a friends house so all I have to do is bring some cake balls. I'm really sick of baking but I think I have enough in the freezer that I won't have to bake anymore.

Yesterday my MIL wrote to inform us God told her to come visit us today. That has turned into my SIL, her husband, her two grown kids and their 5 children! The kids are horrid brats, I'm so sorry to say. I'm NOT looking forward to this but my hubby is so gracious to my family, I will be the same to his family. So I am cooking yet again! And cleaning so the house looks decent. I may have to bust out the wine to get through the day but we are going to go walk our dog now before they get here this morning to work off some tension... and THEN I'm DONE! At least for awhile. I'm looking forward to getting back to normal life, food and exercise routines and making 2013 a very successful year.

I wish that for all of you as well... health, love, happiness and joy. Not to mention hitting some goals!

Happy New Year, sparkies!!!

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CALIPIDGIOUS 12/31/2012 9:21AM

    The holidays are always fun until they just aren't anymore. And I hear you with having to spend time with horrible brats and their useless parents. I sometimes wonder if it would make me a horribly selfish and terrible person to simply refuse to spend time with people I don't want to see. Aahh, the fun of fantasy. Hope you get some really good down time.

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CANNIE50 12/30/2012 11:58PM

    Okay, I want to hear how the in-law visit went, and I want details! I am imagining all kinds of madness with you in a wine-y haze - not caring that the little beasts are hanging from the chandeliers. I, too, am looking forward to some routine and less "stupid food". Christmas and get-togethers and Payton's birthday celebrations adds up to lots of ridiculous food being consumed. He told me "Momma, I GREW on my birthday!" I grew, too. Problem is, he is growing up (he is within a couple of inches of my height now) but I am growing OUT - ugh. I am, quite frankly, disgusted with myself and feeling like a runaway train. If I were grading myself today, for this Sunday check-in, I give myself a D.

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COLUMBINE2 12/30/2012 4:46PM

    Congrats on taking the high road w/ in-laws to honor your DH. He's the bottom line .... and he's lucky to have you! Have a great New Year's Eve and I have a feeling 2013 is going to be your year to hit goals and make great progress.

You're an awesome gal! emoticon

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STRIVER57 12/30/2012 4:40PM

    good luck with them! and then relax and enjoy.

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DAISY443 12/30/2012 4:19PM

    Good luck with the in-laws! Hugs!

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TERRYT55 12/30/2012 2:05PM

    Happy New Year, Jan

Good luck sounds like you'll have a houseful. I hope walking your dog helped to lessen the tension. I'll be thinking about you and sending positive thoughts your way. Let us know how it goes.

Take care

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amberen update after 3 months course...(menopause symptoms discussion)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

As some of you may know 3 months ago, I began taking amberen for menopause symptoms. Within a week, the hot flashes had improved and every week, the symptoms dissipated. You are supposed to take it for 3 months and then get off of it so your normal hormones take over. I finished 2 weeks ago.

Almost immediately the night sweats began, the crankiness and insomnia returned and I realized, it was because I'm not on it anymore. I wrote to them and they said I could continue taking it, that it was fine. So I'm going to take another 3 monthe course of it.

I'm telling you, this stuff has helped so much! can't wait for my delivery! I hope after the next 3 months my body will stabilize. I'm grateful something helps though because menopause ain't for wimps!

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HDHAWK 12/29/2012 9:02AM

    This is good to know just in case. My dr. tested my hormones and they are headed down. I'm on the pill so haven't really had any symptoms so far. I'm glad you found something that helps!

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CANNIE50 12/28/2012 11:58PM

    I recently heard their ad and meant to ask you how it was going. Thanks for the update, Jan. I am so glad it is helping you. I hope your Christmas was lovely. I am thinking of you.

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GRACEISENUF 12/23/2012 3:27PM

    It is the pitts for sure. I "gutted it out" but I sure hadn't heard of what you are taking. I crossed over the other side a few years ago. I had an early menopause for sure.

Glad it's helping Jan.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 12/23/2012 12:22PM

    My mom went almost all the way through menopause before her doc figured it out. She was on the pill so they think it kept her from having symptoms. Took a good doctor to question why she was still even on the pill at her age. Crazy huh! Glad the meds are helping you so much.

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sunday check in #24

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Hi are you doing? Are you ready? Do you have your plan in place for the next week?

Most of all, I want to wish you all a great Christmas, a great holiday, love, joy and rest!

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DAISY443 12/28/2012 3:55PM

    Late replying, but I did what I planned! Visited son and dil and grown granddaughters. Celebrated Christmas, sat in hot tub in 23 degree weather and totally enjoyed myself!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 12/23/2012 12:48PM

    Consistency is my plan... and I really want a sugar cookie today too. That's all.

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