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The party's over...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The graduation party, that is... what a day...helping with the decorating, and then all that food...oh my... but I stayed the course and ate only what I should have eaten... now I can see how easy it is to get off track! I decided that if I could not track the wouldn't go in my mouth... good decision!

Thank you, all you my friends who are so supportive, not only to me, but to so many others who need the help... you are amazing!

Tomorrow will almost be a "normal" day... almost...


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ALEXSGIRL1 5/17/2009 6:59PM

    congrats to the graduate and congrats to you. way to go with the eating emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEV312 5/17/2009 11:37AM

    Congratulations on making it through the wonderful event! And stayed on track, too! Woohoo!

Have a fabulous & restful Sunday.

Hugs, Beverly

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STACEYSGETNFIT 5/17/2009 12:45AM

    Was it your graduation?

Congrats on only eating what you wanted to track! Whew - that's half the battle!

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Graduation...a time for looking forward.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Today my nephew graduated from USC with two degrees. His family sat through both of the presentations and at one of them the Governor of So Calif addressed the crowd. He said that it is a time for looking forward for the graduates... that made me think...

Since I joined SP, my focus is only on the "forward" time and the present ... no dwelling on the past and no beating myself up for yesterday's mistakes... it is only tomorrow... when I ask - how much harder will you work?... how close to your plan (food) will you be able to be? what steps are you taking to ensure tomorrow will be successful? ... questions that are necessary; how I answer them will determine the outcome... my choice... no one else has a say... I guess that means I have the power...I have the power... wow... it is up to me... I can DO this!

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HOME-BODY 5/16/2009 2:06PM

    Yes you and only you have to power to succeed with your goals!! Great attitude my friend!!!

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RUTHIEBEAR 5/16/2009 9:22AM

    You are already doing this! Keep up the great attitude!
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FITNESSFREAK10 5/16/2009 8:49AM

    We all have the latent powers to achieve what we set out to. Some of us forget this fact in a state of pessimism and low self esteem.
Past is like a cancelled cheque, the future is like a promisory note and today is the gift of God that is why is called PRESENT.

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Where does it come from...?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I am amazed at the wonderful comments on my last blog...The support here, at SP, is far beyond my capacity to absorb! So I began to think about my journey and the results that I know cannot be taken for granted. Yes, I do follow my food plan, I do exercise on a regular basis, I log and blog for my sanity in as much as I have to live with my choices, good or bad.

I am still amazed at how calm I feel about my food choices, in spite of the growing frustration with my shrinking body. I just want something to fit for more than a week OH NO! I AM NOT COMPLAINING!... I have never been on a diet, food plan or liquid fast that ever made me feel this "complacent" with what will inevitably come next... I am used to dealing with the "plan", the guilt, the cheating (oh, one little.. . whatever I chose to eat...won't hurt". It is a foreign concept to me that my food and exercise choices are mine, not someone elses. I just followed the plan SP outlined for me the onus is on my shoulders, there is no one else or nothing else I can shift the blame to if I fail or make those bad choices...

So, the question is, where does this "inevitable peace" come from? What is so different, this time, that was missing with the other hundreds of pounds lost and gained programs I followed? Is it because I realize now that there never will be a magic pill or tea for weight loss? I know, though, that SP has saved my life and I will be forever grateful!


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LAINYE 5/15/2009 5:21PM

    You know, I have had the same thing happen to me. I don't quite know why this is working this time, but I have been at it since the middle of January and have not tired of the diet, exercise, or anything. I do think it is SP and the wonderful friends and support I have found here.

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FITGRL124 5/15/2009 12:25PM

    Keep up the good work and keep sparking! It's people like you who are an inspiration to us all that make this possible!!!


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MEME4209 5/14/2009 9:22PM

    I think maybe you are at peace with yourself cause you realize that you are in control and you can do it. It seems like sparkpeople make it easier, they have so much good stuff in here and really great people and these people are just like us, just every day ordinary people that we can connect too and share with. Congradulations! emoticon

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RUTHIEBEAR 5/14/2009 9:07AM

    I, too, Love SP. THe tools, the friends, the outlets for sharing are what has kept me going. I am not on a diet. This is a lifestyle change for me. It sounds like the same for you. I think that is where the peace comes from. We have finally found our way to success.
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LPCPRO 5/13/2009 11:13PM

    What a wonderful tribute to your amazing success. You've "got it" - the concept, the spirit, and the secret of SparkPeople. And it didn't take you long, did it? I can't believe you've already lost 25 pounds, that's incredible. I highly suggest second-hand stores for clothing. It's saved me a fortune as I've lost weight. Don't let yourself go around hiding in big ol' baggy clothes that you're lost inside! It feels so good to go down a size, and another size, and another size!

Keep up the good work, and keep this blog entry handy for the days ahead when you don't have the same amount of peace you have right now.

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Activation makes for Motivation.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Now I have passed the 2 month mark with SparkPeople.... Part of my brain says..."already?" and the other part says... "wow, you made it through 2 months and you're still excited about the program and website".....still there is that little food demon who sneaks in and tries to tell me "8 weeks is enough to be good..."you deserve a day off!"... but that little demon is buried somewhere out in Siberia...
I did have a day off today... only because I had to go shopping for something to wear to a function with my husband tonight and other errands requiring me to be on the run and to enter the world of "fast food" for the first time since I started with SP. I ate a normal breakfast to begin the day and downed my first 16 ounces of water... walked 30 minutes, showered and changed, went to get a hair cut... then to the post office, drug store and then clothes shopping... For lunch I went to McDonald's and opted for their fruit and walnut snack, knowing I was dining out for dinner (unknown menu, grrr) I continued to drink water and chew gum as I tried on clothes at Kohls...found only a couple of tops... and then to Lane Bryant. I did manage to find a pair of pants that have an adjustable waist band, and a couple of bras, thanks to SP for the article on the proper fit of same... Dinner was a semi buffet type with hors d'oeuvres tables function... I had the beef tenderloin; the piece much smaller than a deck of cards, dinner rolls (yes, 2) and about 2 oz of roasted turkey breast. For dessert, one extra large strawberry... they offered no veggies and only fried somesomethings that looked to be a bad choice, no matter what and I steered away from the assorted sauces and condiments, as well... I hated to be so good, but I also hated to have to calculate the calories if I indulged any further than I did... Overall, I felt pretty good about my day.

Oh. yes... shopping results...

In Feb, 2009, I bought 2 shirts at Kohls, they were 3X and all the pants I owned were 22/24 and one pair of size 20 to "grow into"lol.... my "skinny" pants!...

So... today, weigh-in I was down 25 lbs from my start date and weight with SP... Tally today, 2 shirts...1X and one pair of pants 18... two bras... in the right size! Woo Hoo... We will see how I shop come July...

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    That is sooo awesome!!! Go, Marjie!!!

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CHANDRARHB 5/13/2009 12:49PM

    GREAT JOB!!! You are doing SO well!! Have a fantastic day!!

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STOPTHECRAVING 5/13/2009 10:12AM

    That's awesome! I love your blog title. It is so true. I find myself not feeling motivated often, but when I force myself into action, the motivation usually follows. Keep up the GREAT work! Hugs, Jenn

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FITGRL124 5/13/2009 9:45AM

    emoticon job!!!!! I am so proud of you!!!!

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 5/13/2009 9:03AM

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Way to go! See all our hard work and dedication does pay off. Never over night but when it starts showing up we can really show of!

I am so proud of you ! Keep up the good work!

Co-Leader Walk Away the Pounds for Abs
Co-Leader 60's and Beyond

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LIVE_TO_LOVE 5/13/2009 8:31AM

    WOW! You've inspired me this morning~ thanks!!!

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SUCCESSACE 5/13/2009 4:16AM

    Yay for you! Congrats on your loss. I remember getting excited about the 3x at Kohls, and then moving down to the 2x was a big deal. Good for you!

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A good day for thank yous....

Sunday, May 10, 2009

When my mother found out she was pregnant, once again, with me... she made a decision that she would consider herself "blessed" to be given such a gift... one more time. I wonder how she felt 11 kids later!

All my life, growing up in such a large family, I never doubted the love my mother had for me, or any of my siblings. She loved each of us as only a mother could, in her own way, to make us each feel special, in our own way. When she died, the world around seemed to cave in and the loss was so painful...the family all joined together, reminiscing about the times we had together, laughing one minute, and crying the next...still, each of us had our own special memory, unique to us. After 18 years, you would think the feelings would be gone and the celebration of Mother's Day would be only current generation... but no...

Thanks, mom, for saying yes... thanks for telling me no when I needed it, thanks for teaching me to respect others and to always do a job to the best of my abilities... Thanks, mom... for helping me to try to be a good mother, as well, and for the joy I have in seeing my own children be the mother you would be proud of, if you could see them, today!

Thanks, MOM... I will always love you and I know you're watching over all your children, even today.

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PMCOPPI10 7/6/2009 2:49PM

    I am glad that you shared this with me.
I think I will get to know a whole other side of you.
I love you,

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SERENITY131 5/11/2009 9:13PM

    Such a wonderful tribute!!

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NOCALORIES 5/11/2009 11:13AM

    Your beautiful tribute is appreciated. You are wonderful. Recognizing the unique family you lived with and enjoyed is magnificent. Thank you for this gift of knowing you better. Have a great day.

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HOME-BODY 5/10/2009 2:22PM

    What a wonderful tribute to your mom!!! I'm sure she is reading this right now!!! Isn't it amazing even when they have moved on...that they will always be apart of us and our lives. Gone but not forgotten. Thanks for sharing your memories with us and a very HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to you my friend!! emoticon

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KNH771 5/10/2009 2:19PM

    Thank you for sharing your memories with us. I love that you took a moment to publicly thank your mother for the love she blessed you with.

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