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Thank you!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I was shocked and moved to tears when I found out my blog yesterday had been voted a “Popular Blog Post”! Never had I received such an outpouring of support from people who do not even know me. But THAT is the exact reason I joined this site; and THAT is the reason it is so successful – the group of people found on SparkPeople is such an awesome support network. Even when I have fallen down and clearly failed at my own goals, I am surrounded by amazing people willing to cheer me on as I stand back up again. So to anyone who happens by my blog today – THANK YOU! Every time you stop by someone’s blog and make your presence known, those people – whether they tell you or not – they are thankful you took a moment to listen. So – from the bottom of my heart: Thank you for listening to a stranger’s thoughts and letting me know someone “out there” is listening, cheering me on, and hoping for the best. After all, we’re all in this together! Together – we can do this!
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Wake Up & Recommit - again.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It’s odd to think that when I sat down to create my goals this morning, I wrote down “lose 10 pounds”. But when I actually did the math, I need to lose 18 pounds to hit my goal weight. It’s so strange to me how we lie to ourselves. And we do it so often! From the few crackers you neglect to track … to the martini that “will be OK” to the “Oh, it’s ok – I’ll just workout tomorrow” … it’s all me just lying to myself assuming that the now 18 pounds I managed to find and carry around with me will just magically fall off as though they just magically appeared one day. I think part of the denial is that I’ve always been somewhat successful in accomplishing my goals – and lucky – and skinny. So this extra 18 pounds just seems like a silly problem that could easily go away if I really put my mind to it. (Ok – so that last part’s truth – but the lie is that it’s a “silly” problem and that it’s “easy”.) But the whole truth of the matter is- it’s hard to lose these 18 pounds! I’ve been at least half-heartedly trying for the last few years … and ironically, I’ve only managed to FIND more pounds instead of losing them.

In spite of the fact I’ve “recommitted” to this goal weight several times in the past 3 years or so, I’m going to do it again. (What’s that proverb? Fall down 7 times, get up 8?) I've lost count at what effort we're at, now. This time, I’m doing it to be a role model to the people I care about most: my husband, my stepson, and my best friend. Perhaps doing it just for me isn’t enough for me anymore. Perhaps I need the external motivation to be “all in”. Those three people have expressed their desire to become healthier – but none of them have truly made steps to get there. I’ll take the first step for them. I hope they’ll follow me.
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    emoticon I also have had to recommit! Keep on keepin' on!

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  good post

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145HEALTHY 10/25/2013 9:24PM

    Your title caught my attention, so I read the blog. You expressed yourself quite well. I wish you success with eliminating the nagging last 18 pounds.

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NEWTINK 10/25/2013 6:57PM

    Sometimes it is just the battle of the day that wins .. You can do it just one day at a time is all you can do .

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    Keep moving forward! Be a leader! emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEMT 10/25/2013 11:50AM

    Very well said! Sparking that person may be all it takes to spark yourself and your family. Watch that flame grow! Keep up the good work!

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DIAMM1 10/25/2013 10:43AM

  I can so relate!

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JOANNHUNT 10/25/2013 9:33AM

    ALL WE CAN DO IS PUT OUR BEST FOOT FORWARD, LOVE OURSELVES AND MOVE ON UP. YOU CAN DO IT! OH YES YOU CAN! ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY.

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JANEMARIE77 10/25/2013 7:33AM

    great blog it is funny how we kid ourselves until we can't best of luck

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WHITEANGEL4 10/24/2013 11:10PM

    Don't think in terms of 18 pounds, but in smaller units Strive to drop 1 to 2 pounds at a time and keep them off. Small goals add to big goals in the end

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PENOWOK 10/24/2013 9:24PM

    Someone has to start...why not you!

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    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. You are an inspiration to others. emoticon

I think it is best to lose weight FOR YOURSELF and no one else. Men often don't want women to lose weight because as my husband yelled out in an argument once "Well, the first thing that goes is your BO%BS!" Yes, the cat was out of the bag. That was his reason to not encourage me to drop those pounds. emoticon

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AMBER461 10/24/2013 7:23PM

  Girl I can see with you. I lost 24 pounds for the past few years but when I think I am loosing more I find the scale going back up. Thanks for sharing and I know you can do it this time.

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/24/2013 7:19PM

  Yes, it's easier said than done.

For 1 thing, you have LOTS f good eamples and encourgement here. An also 18 is alot more doable of say, 25, 50, 100 t.

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COLBYFROMAGE 10/24/2013 3:16PM

  I have always been pretty thin through diet and exercise but this past year dealt me a devastating blow - a family tragedy and then medication from my doctor to deal with it... those two together put 30 STINKING POUNDS on me. I've never been so heavy, and I hate it every day. Your post and all the comments after it were so inspiring, knowing others go through the exact same thing every day. There's only one way to lose the weight - burn more than you take in. My struggle is the calorie logging right now, but I can and will do it if I just keep getting up.

As a toddler trying to walk, the most strength is built through the action of standing back up after falling down.



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NONNAOF2 10/24/2013 3:04PM

  Recommitting is something that most of us do and it can be often. It's giving up that is easy, but you have the right idea in moving ahead. Congratulations! :-)

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    Inspiring blog! Thank you for sharing!
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MNNICE 10/24/2013 12:53PM

    Was thinking similar thoughts this morning as I walked to work! I'm recommitting!

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PANDABEAR42 10/24/2013 11:43AM

    WOW!!! your words are so true for me and many others, but you have put it into words, which i'm not ready to do. hopefully you have given me the incentive to recommit like you have. Thank You for the wonderful blog.
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SUNNY10K 10/24/2013 11:19AM

    WOW! What a way to start my day - being able to read my thoughts - on your blog!!! What you put in words is just how I have been feeling these last few days. I too have regained the same 20 lbs. that I have lost and regained for the last 20 years!!! It is obvious that I am not the only person this happens to and I have been on a constant journey to figure out why I do this over and over again. Reading your blog has helped me to realize that this again is my starting point to lose the 20 lbs. Thanks for your words!!! Gwen emoticon

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HETHERM 10/24/2013 9:59AM

    AMAZING! I think you read my mind! I have the exact same issue...I keep saying I need to lose 10 pounds, but I've actually GAINED pounds! While I SAY I am watching what I eat and that I'm exercising (which is pretty much true) I have been eating over my calorie limit every day for months! Yes, one or two days I might actually stick to my limit, but that's a fluke. Usually I plan on eating healthy, but then I overeat when I get home. So I completely understand what you are saying! Thank you for writing it because it made it more "real" to me. Made me realize (once again) that I need to get serious and stop lying to myself.
GOOD LUCK!!!

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CVRONEK 10/24/2013 7:15AM

    You wrote what I am thinking, on myself.
Here is to recommiting, getting back up, being real about what our true goals are, and what it takes to get there.

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CARPROTH 10/23/2013 11:33PM

    You basically said what I've been avoiding saying - thanks!

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PURPLEBIRD63 10/23/2013 10:59PM

    I believe you will succeed this time....
As that's what I have to believe for this journey of mine too!
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    My same thoughts for the day.

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Cinnamon Apple infused water. Seriously just try it.

Monday, June 10, 2013

I’m a huge Pinterest fan … I love browsing through the thousands of ideas. And I love trying the ideas as I can. Not all of them are winners, but I’ve had enough successes that I’m willing to keep exploring. Today’s big success is cinnamon apple infused water. I honestly didn’t have high hopes. But let me tell you folks, I hardly ever get all my water into me each day, and once I tasted this combo, I had downed nearly 32 oz in about 45 minutes. NOT NORMAL for me at all.

Here’s what I did: One Apple, two cinnamon sticks, and two 32 oz. water bottles. I cut my apple in half and then sliced each half as thinly as I could. I then shoved in one half the apple and a cinnamon stick into each water bottle. Chill for a bit (one hour is ideal). Drink up!! Simply delicious. I have no doubt I’ll be drinking all of my water PLUS more today!

PS: You are supposed to be able to reuse the apple and cinnamon stick about 3 times before they stop releasing enough flavor to be effective. I'll be testing that very soon! The “Spa Water” sites also claim this mix is supposed to boost metabolism and therefore promote weight loss. Regardless of that last claim, the increased water consumption is enough to make me call this Pinterest find a HUGE winner!

  
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ADEVINE175 2/16/2014 11:02PM

    I'm going to try this. I put cucumber, lemon, grated ginger & mint in a 1/2 gallon juice bottle the other day and also found it much easier to get my water quota in for the day. I found an "Infused Waters" emoticon page on facebook today. It's full of ideas!

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KLYNE00 10/25/2013 8:01AM

  I too found this on Pinterest, I tried it, and Love it! Although I must admit, I can't "recycle" the apples.....I 'treat' myself and eat them after I've finished my water. Yummy! emoticon

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SUBARU4BRAVES 7/12/2013 8:26PM

    I've seen that before on Pinterest, but I always feel like the cinnamon would just make me thirsty, even though I'm drinking water! It's nice to read a "real" review!!

Thanks for sharing your experience with it!

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TINA_BAM_BINA 6/10/2013 4:31PM

    I have the same problem when it comes to drinking water, this looks amazing! Thank you for sharing, definitely going to ty this out :]

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SUMTHINGSPECIAL 6/10/2013 3:29PM

    Sounds like a keeper. I love Pinterest too - but have taken time off from there to enjoy Spark instead. You know - 4 kids really limits your time.

Tried cucumber and mint together in water. It was pretty good - I drank it all - but I don't know if I would want to make that every time. This one - I just might!

Thanks for sharing!

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GLAMIT 6/10/2013 11:40AM

    I just came across your blog and excited :) I never seem to get enough water down. I'm rarely even thirsty unless I'm working out or in the hot sun.
I've read that cinnamon is also good for you so that's a bonus.
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PLAYFULLKITTY 6/10/2013 11:32AM

    I love pinterest...as with everything, it does have it's good and it's yuk... always good to hear when something is a success :)

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KATIEM929 6/10/2013 10:34AM

    Sounds yummy! I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing

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Blatant Bragging

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I’m going to brag here for a minute because I don’t have anywhere else to do this. Not only that, I fear that by bragging about my accomplishments over the last couple days will pale in comparison to others. So instead of feeling good about myself, I’ll get comments like “Sounds like my day everyday!” But the truth is, I’m rocking out the productivity at home lately, and I want to brag about it for a minute – so brag, I shall.

Yesterday, after putting in a full 9+ hours at work without an actual lunch break (ate at my desk), I then drove to the pharmacy to pick up scripts for my sick hubby. Then I got home around 6:45, and immediately started cooking (after getting the meds into said sick hubby). While cooking, I managed to put away the dishes and start a new load, clean the counter tops, clean the table, set the table and get dinner on the table. Once we’d eaten dinner, I immediately started cooking TONIGHT’s dinner so it would be ready to finish up in the oven when I got home tonight. While that was baking, I put away the newly cleaned dishes and started another new load (I’d been a load of dishes behind all weekend…), cleaned the counters, cleaned the table, and scanned facebook for anything interesting. As soon as dinner was out of the oven (after 20 minutes), I grabbed the dog and we ran to the pet store to pick up dog food, since the poor baby was completely out. When I got home from that, I fed the dog and then ran outside to mow half the front yard – at 9 PM, in knee high heeled boots and a skirt (I have an old fashioned man-powered mower – so it didn’t disturb the neighbors). When I finished the one side of the lawn (I would have done more, but it was too dark to see), I came inside to put away tonight’s dinner, start a load of laundry, and jump in the shower. After the shower, I straightened up the bathroom, got myself some Emergen-C to drink, fed the cats and freshened their water, and then went into the basement to check on my napping husband. I woke him up, had him take more pills, and then sent him to bed. I finally laid down at about 11 PM.

This morning I got up at 6 AM, let the dog out, fed the dog, put away the clean load of dishes, put the few extra dishes into the now empty dishwasher (finally caught up!), got a bowl of cereal, made coffee, checked to see where the county clerk’s office was, got ready for work, packed my lunch, hung up the load of laundry I’d started last night, started a new load of laundry, woke up my husband to get him to take his medicine, drove to the county clerk’s office to renew my car tags, and made it back to work with a few minutes to spare.

To the women/men who do this kind of ridiculous rat race every day, I applaud you! Me, on the other hand, I’m about ready to collapse!
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FORESTPAL 10/27/2013 3:29PM

    I'm a retired widow and loving life. I never accomplished days like yours, but memories are strong for what I considered full days. The closest I came was when I had a night 2nd job with suicide prevention. Woke up sitting on the edge of my bed hearing a caller in the middle of explaining his problems! I backed down my activities the next day. At least I wasn't overweight at that time. It's difficult to have it all!

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KYEARL96 5/22/2013 2:55PM

    this is a typical day for most wives and moms, and as husbands we really appreciate it. by the way i like your woodford reserve bottles on your page, my wife worked there for a couple of years bottling this. gooooood stuff. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATHANN2 4/30/2013 12:24PM

    Sounds like a great two days! Thats a great feeling! I actually did the same yesterday and felt so accomplished! Good job!

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SUMTHINGSPECIAL 4/30/2013 11:41AM

    Oh my goodness - if that is someone's regular day - I need to invite them to my house. You ROCK! Seriously! That is awesome - would have loved to see you cutting the lawn in high-heeled boots though!

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JENNJO322 4/30/2013 10:56AM

  Wow... You need to slow down!!! Lol why were you mowing the grass in boots and a skirt in the dark??? emoticon oh my goodness don't know where you get that energy!!!!

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WENDYASEDBERRY 4/30/2013 10:05AM

    Its funny how someone says how was your day and you are like, oh, just got some things done. Then when you list it out - WOW!! You REALLY got some things done!! I'm proud of you for recognizing yourself!! That is a fantastic productive day! emoticon

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STEPHANIE302013 4/30/2013 9:41AM

    my goodness!! that's a crazy day! I don't think I've ever seen (or heard of) anyone mowing their lawn in a skirt and heels lol

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Trying to get my healthy back...

Monday, April 22, 2013

There’s a great feeling to getting sleep. It is amazing. If you don’t get enough, I highly recommend figuring out ways to get it. I actually got some quality sleep this weekend, and I feel like it’s making all the difference in my attitude today.

Today, I feel powerful! It is awesome, and I hope it sticks.

Here’s my plan for the week in trying to regain my healthiness:
* Morning: 2 glasses of water w/ACV and lemon juice
* Driving to work: Coffee (not gonna give that up)
* Mid-morning: Greek yogurt snack with added probiotics
* Lunch with multi-vitamin
* After work: 2 glasses of water with tart cherry juice
* Before bed: Melatonin and probiotics

I’m going to try this for 2 weeks and see how I feel. I’m even adding it to my calendar so I can keep track. I figure as long as I combine it with exercise, healthy food, and 4 cups of water throughout the day, I should feel emoticon!

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MICHELLEPHANT 4/22/2013 3:20PM

    yer bringing healthy back...

the non losers dont know how to act...

we think yer special front n top n back....

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SUMTHINGSPECIAL 4/22/2013 2:04PM

    Great job - keep up the planning and achieving!

You CAN do it!

Sumay

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