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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Good morning, friends. I'm sorry to say that I have gone and done what I thought I would never go and do! I backtracked, fell off the weight loss wagon, blew it, let myself down, as well as all of you. I gained almost all of the weight back that I lost with Spark people. It is hard to imagine I lost 50 pounds one year only to gain it all back the next! I have my excuses and a few good reasons, but the main one is that I didn't make it a priority. I went through some difficult things this year, and instead of reaching out, I withdrew and relied on my old friend, Food, to comfort me and help me cope. Actually, I am still using food to cope, but instead of continuing to withdraw, as of today, I have decided to reach you, my Spark friends.

I'm not going to make any grandiose claims about what changes I plan to make from here on out, but I will tell you this. I will do my best not to shut you out again. I will do what I am capable of at the moment, and try not to beat myself up over the rest. I will work on my all or nothing mentality. Don't know if I can conquer it, but I will try to be aware. There are times when I need to really come down hard myself, but this is not one of those times. I think this is a time that I need to be a little more gentle.

In the past year, I have lost one friend, 2 close family friends and 3 relatives. I have been to more funerals than I even want to think about. I lost my oldest daughter to another state (I know that's part of growing up, but it sure is hard on Mama!) and Itty Bitty has had a really rough start to her school year. My emotions are settling down a little now, but for the most part of this past year, I have been in survival mode, just trying to make it day to day. Depression got the best of me more than once, but I was able to fight my way back out of it each time. It is just extremely draining on me.

Although I have been very silent on Spark People, I have still been reading most of your blogs and keeping up with your stories. I am so proud of you for not giving up like I did! Most of you have continued your journey through the difficult times. You have persevered! Way to go!

To close, I would like to catch you up on what has been going on with my family.

As I already told you, I have had several major life events this year, but I have also had some good. I started playing the piano for our church. It has been very challenging, but also good, because I have had something that I have had to work for each week. I do not sight read very well, so I really have to put in a lot of practice time. On top of that, the school that I work for asked me to accompany the choir kids for their UIL Solo & Ensemble contest. Now THAT is a lot of work, but I am really enjoying getting to spend the time with those kids in a more positive way (usually the only time I see kids is when they are in trouble, since I work in the principal's office!). I am still teaching my 3rd & 4th grade Sunday School at church and that is going much more smoothly this year, now that I have some extra help.

As I mentioned earlier, I lost my oldest daughter to another state! Here is a picture of us the day she left - lol!

DD1 just fell in love with her little mountain town and is now working at the Visitor Center as well as one of the lodges. She also teaches a line dancing class once a week at the Community House. I can't say I blame her, though. Take a look at what she gets to see every day!

And here is the view out her office window...

She's also already received an award at her job for being friendly and helpful to customers (this was awarded by her customers!).

Here are few other pictures:

DS is my steady one, just doing his own thing. He still lives at home, although I don't really see him much. He is going to school at UH Downtown and majoring in Computer Science. His big thing this year was getting a sailboat for his birthday! (Ugh, I can't find the picture, so I'll post it later when I find it!)

Like I said earlier, Itty Bitty has had a rough school year so far. She literally lost her best friend at the beginning of the year. The little girl came up to her in PE and told her that she wasn't her best friend anymore. On top of that, she is in a new class with a lot of kids that she doesn't know and has had a hard time making friends. She is not exactly "worldly" so she doesn't understand a lot of what they are talking about. A lot of it just goes over her head. I am really praying that she will find a new best friend. It helps so much even if you just have one other person that you know "gets" you. She also had to have 7 baby teeth pulled because they would not come out on their own and they are wanting to get her in braces as soon as possible. That was quite an ordeal and we had to go back twice to get it done because she was so traumatized the first time that they couldn't do it. That is all behind us now, though, and she just got a spacer put in, so the next step will be braces. They are wanting to get her in them as soon as possible because she has such a severe overbite (oh, that reminds me kids at school were telling her she had bucked teeth, so on top of everything else, she began to think she was ugly!) Poor baby has had a rough year! Here are her first day pictures, before all the storms hit. Little did she know what was coming her way.

Well, that is about it for now. I hope you will forgive me for dropping out of Spark People for a while. I want you to know that you are still all very important to me and I look forward to rebuilding our relationships and continuing our journeys together

Love to you all!

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TMRGRANNY 11/15/2014 8:33PM

    Trying to catch up and just read your blog. I am so behind. You have had quite a year. I truly have missed you but I have been AWOL as well.
You can do this. This is a journey as you know. You took a detour and now I know you are ready to hop back on the trail. We will always struggle with our weight loss. That is just the type of people we are. The "skinny" people have their own struggles also.

I hope to see more of you now that we are both trying to come back!

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CAT-IN-CJ 11/3/2014 6:38PM

    Thanks for the catch up on what's going on in your life.
I'm not on SparkPeople as much as I'd like to be (as you can tell since I'm just now catching up with your blog . . . 3 weeks after you posted it!)
. . . just too much other stuff going on.
But I am maintaining . . . but still want to lose a few more pounds.

Keep in touch

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2BSCOOBIE 10/29/2014 5:29PM

    I am glad you are back! I look for you. I want you to know you have made a difference in my journey. You commented on one of my first posts. I was almost mortified that someone would read what I had posted! I hope you will accept the support from others and find your way back!

I was feeling for your sweet little girl and hope she finds a bestie that deserves her as a friend. Parenting is so darn hard sometimes, but I am sure that she always has her momma in her corner! I hope we see you around again. One day at a time.

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ADAPTOR 10/27/2014 10:59PM

    Hey Dachelle, I too back slid a bit on my weight loss. Maybe we can start over together again. What do you say? Team mates? Maybe untimately we can get back to our Starfish buddies too.

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REBELBLITZ 10/27/2014 2:21AM

    Glad you are back. I did the same as you and I am now losing weight to get back to where I was a year ago. Got the scale moving down. I am following ww again and being accountable.

Sorry you had so much turmoil this past year. You are on the right track now and you will make your goals.

Itty bitty is beautiful, by the way.

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SHEL_V2 10/23/2014 2:05PM

    Welcome back; I was here but just experiementing with how well spinning the well does for holding off weight gain... not much! We'll have to compare notes sometime.

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EJB2801 10/23/2014 1:03PM

    So glad to hear from you and so sorry to hear of the challenges you've had! You Itty Bitty sounds to be in a situation somewhat like my 14 yr old. I will be thinking of her (and her mom!) while we weather through this, waiting for a friend and wondering whether that will happen. Enjoy your piano!!!!! Sometimes that's hard when the pressure is on, but it is SUCH a gift you are giving to your church and especially the choir director. Best wishes!


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MRSP90X 10/23/2014 12:12PM

    emoticon emoticon Good for you!! MISSED you!! I understand Itty Bitty. I am not "wordly" either, even in my own church. I don't do lots of things even some of the ladies do, and since I am so focused on my health and fitness, I don't have anyone that really "gets me" either. I have one friend from church, but even with her, I have to be cautious. It really is not fun to be friendless, but our ULTIMATE friend is Jesus!
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NHES220 10/23/2014 11:05AM

    The important thing is you are back! So sorry for you losses! I know how rough that is. I can empathize with itty bitty. I had a severe overbite as a child and kids made fun of me. I had braces on in 6th grade to correct it and had to have 4 teeth pulled.

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 10/23/2014 6:28AM

    It's so wonderful to see you! You know you are loved here whichever direction you're going
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GAILANN48 10/23/2014 6:21AM

    What a heart-wrenching year you've had, one sorrow after another, wounds to your heart, and challenges for your soul. But you've climbed out of the pit! I so respect your courage, Dachelle, and am so very happy to "see" you. :)

It's so hard to watch our children face their own hard times, and those times seem to stretch on and on when they're happening. We accept "lessons" for ourselves, but they seem so wrong for our innocent ones. I'll pray with you for confidence, courage, and a special friend for Itty Bitty. He is able.

As for feeling bad about not making your weight loss a priority, I think the truth is that weight IS secondary. But your health is critical, for your family and friends as well as for yourself.Your plans sound perfect: to take one day at a time, do what you can, and be gentle with yourself as you work to quiet the All or Nothing monster. Can you hear me cheering for you?

emoticon emoticon :) Gail

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_BABE_ 10/23/2014 12:55AM

    Nice to see you back. It's funny but when one needs the support the most you have a tendency to just go crawl in the corner. No one expects you to be an example or a role model but to come to Spark and get the best it has to offer.


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STAY39 10/22/2014 11:32PM

    I always love hearing from you Dachelle! That family photo is so perfect and beautiful! Love the updates! I am sorry to hear of your losses, fights with depression and weight gain. (I am back where i started too). Life throws us a lot of blows sometimes. But you are strong and a fighter! Stay in the game and rely on your friends. One day at a time you will find your way back to the top of that mountain! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KANOE10 10/22/2014 9:25PM

    I am glad you are back. It is so nice to hear from you. We have all been in your shoes. I have regained all of weight any times. Spark is the perfect place for a fresh start It sounds like a rough year. Hugs.

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4RASCALS 10/22/2014 8:03PM

    Glad that you are back. emoticon You have been missed. You have had a rough year. I feel badly for Itty Bitty. She's such a cutie. Kids can be so cruel sometimes. Please take care of yourself. We are all here for you. emoticon emoticon

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FORMYDARLINGS 10/22/2014 7:26PM

    Nothing to forgive darling. You do what sooo many of us do over and over BUT the wonderful thing is you decided you are worth the effort and fear it took to try again. I am so proud of you. I have learned that life happens every day and I cannot let it dictate how I treat me. Sure I have bad days but fight back every time. Keep fighting and learning and shring. These are your strongest weapons . Welcome home, friend, and have a wonderful day tomorrow. 1 good thing a day is a fabulous step to take.

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 10/22/2014 6:13PM

    Wow, Dachelle, what a year you must have had. I am sorry for writing a couple of times, but, I figured something was going on, when I didn't hear from you. Our friend Laurel told me that you are back and I am so delighted to see you here.
We are in the middle of a challenge, going towards the end, though, but I do hope you return to the 5% challenge when the winter challenge starts. In the meantime, count on us to support you. We can tell you what the weekly challenges are (this week, besides exercising, it is sleep and not eating in the evening (NEE) after dinner). It will give you a start.
I don't know how old your oldest daughter is, but she is gaining great life experiences, and is learning to depend on herself, and will definitely be growing up fast. I was 20 years old when I left Germany to live in the United States, and the distance was too great for going back and forth. There were no computers, or cell phones to communicate with my family, then, and a phone call cost me $4.00 a minute. She will make her way. Have faith in her.
Talking about Itty Bitty reminded me of my 8-year old granddaughter, who also had buck tees and ended up with braces rather early. She was told to wear them for a year or so, and, then, might possibly need new ones around 14-years of age. What a difference that has made in her personality. For Itty Bitty it was a lot for a little girl her age to deal with. Losing her best friend, having that many teeth pulled, and nasty remarks from her new classmates can be devastating. Give her a big hug from me.
The two men in your life seem to be doing ok. Count your blessings.
In closing, again, welcome back. You were greatly missed. Please let your friends, here at SP, know when and with what we can help you.
Believe me, we missed you.
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NILLAPEPSI 10/22/2014 6:09PM

    I have soooooo missed you!! emoticon I really, really, really hope you stay. I always love your blogs. emoticon

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KIWIANN 10/22/2014 5:47PM

    It is so good to see you here again! emoticon That certainly is a lot of grief and heartache for one year! Sending lots of love and prayers your way! emoticon

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ROCKPORT9 10/22/2014 4:31PM

    I know you are disappointed in gaining after all your hard work. Having a healthy life has lots of bumps in its road. I am still fighting those bad choice demons. I am sorry for the loss of so many special people in your life. Your daughter is living in a lovely environment right now but it is hard not to have the in person contact. Your beautiful youngest daughter deserves the sweetest friends. It tears at my heart that this is not happening. Take good care of you....finding joy and health. Big hugs, Laurel emoticon

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MSHEL7 10/22/2014 4:07PM

    I'm so sorry you have had such a hard year. I though something must be going on, but didn't know how to help or approach you with it. I'm so glad that you are back, I've missed you so much. I hope we can continue to be friends on Spark.
Kids are so mean. I'm so very sorry about your little one, those types of things are the hardest to go through. We want the best for our kids and for everyone to treat them great. I had buck teeth, so I get where she is at. She will feel so much better about things as her teeth get straightened out. It is so very hard until then though. I'll be praying for a special friend for her.
Take care Dachelle-again, I'm so glad to see you again.

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MIMETALKER 10/22/2014 4:07PM

    Wow...that is a lot to deal with.

Good for you for coming back. This is my third (maybe fourth) re-start here.

Wishing you the best...

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

So here we are in the mountains again! We took 2 days getting up here. I caravanned up with my brother and his family, so it was a lot easier trip for me. We stopped in Canyon on the way and visited the Palo Duro Canyon and saw the play "Texas!" We had a great time, but it was a long drive...10 hours in the car and then the play after that! It took about 6 more hours the next day to get here, but it feels so good to be back in the cool mountain air!

I took it easy our first day up here, but decided to try one of my favorite hikes today. The trail goes along the Red River, so you can hear the river waters and it was so peaceful and refreshing. I did much better than I thought I would, considering my weight gain from last year and being much more out of shape! Evidently, I haven't lost as much "fitness" as I thought! I am planning to take this hike everyday, so I will post pictures later.

I finished my first week on our 5% Challenge and had a 2.5 pound loss! I was not as active posting on the challenge boards as I would have liked, but we had a busy week with all the traveling. Oh, I forgot to mention, my husband and I took an Anniversary trip to the Hill Country last week and I only had 1 day before we had to leave for our trip up to the mountains! We had a wonderful time celebrating our 24th Anniversary.

I am enjoying visiting with my DD1, who moved up here permanently a few months ago! She is living in her own apartment and doing things I never dreamed she would do! She is an amazing young lady!

Tomorrow's agenda includes a morning hike, tennis in the afternoon, and line dancing tomorrow night! I'm definitely getting those fitness minutes in!

Time for bed, friends, so I'll check in with you later, hopefully with pictures! Have a great week, friends! Lots of Hugs!


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TRUE-NESS 7/16/2014 9:12AM

    Oh wow. Sounds awesome. (I was expecting to see some pictures though. lol)

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KML410 7/4/2014 11:58AM

    Sounds like fun. Have a great trip!

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STAY39 7/3/2014 12:47AM

    Sounds awesome! Have a great time!! I know you can still conquer those mountain hikes!

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KOHINOOR2 7/1/2014 8:06PM

    Congratulation on your weight loss. Continue having lots of fun. emoticon emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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TAMWIL2 7/1/2014 6:21PM

    emoticon on the weight loss for the challenge. Sounds like you will have a great time visiting and getting in fitness minutes. You are stronger than you think.

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SISSYFEB48 7/1/2014 6:19PM

    Have a great week and enjoy every minute of it! Congrats on the weight loss! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROCKPORT9 7/1/2014 1:03PM

    You had so much fun there last year, I know you'll have a great time! Enjoy!

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CAT-IN-CJ 7/1/2014 12:12PM

    Have a blast!!!

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NHES220 7/1/2014 9:41AM

    Glad you are getting out and getting active. So glad to see you active on SP again and congrats on your first week's success!

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KANOE10 7/1/2014 9:35AM

    Have a great trip. Your hikes sound fun. Great job on losing 2.5 pounds!


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    Your adventure sounds wonderful!. DD went to Canyon last year and loved it. Just think you were only a couple hours away from Lubbock, my home sweet home,. Glad you spent time with your DD. It is always a joy when you see what fantastic life your kids are leading when their on their own.

Congrats on the Weight loss. You are doing Truly Scrumptious . Have a safe and fun trip when you start heading home.

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GAILANN48 7/1/2014 9:15AM

    Oh, it sounds like such a lovely trip, really a pair of trips! I know how you love the mountains, and I imagine it must be very encouraging to find that you're more fit than you thought. I'm smiling for you, Dachelle. Hope you guys have a fantastic time.

I know what you mean about being amazed at and proud of your daughter...and at the same time a little shocked that she's as old as she is. :) Mine bought her first house last week...seems like I was just changing diapers yesterday!

Hope your vacation is glorious, Friend.

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KIWIANN 7/1/2014 8:38AM

    Lots of reasons to smile for you :)
Congrats on your anniversary and on your success in week 1 of the 5% challenge!
Enjoy your time away with your family! emoticon

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DEB62BIE62 7/1/2014 8:06AM

    Have a wonderful time.

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4RASCALS 7/1/2014 7:59AM

    Sounds like a wonderful trip. Can just picture the mountains & streams. Never under estimate what you are capable of. Can't wait for the pictures. Enjoy .. Have fun

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NILLAPEPSI 7/1/2014 7:00AM

    Sounds awesome!! emoticon on your weight loss!!

Rest, relax & have some FUN!! emoticon emoticon

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GLORY63 7/1/2014 6:33AM

    emoticon on the weight loss.

Sounds like you will have a fun and relaxing time - even with all of those fitness minutes! Have fun!

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MSHEL7 7/1/2014 12:55AM

    Your trip sounds wonderful. I'm so glad that you get to spend some time with family and with your DD. Can't wait to see those pictures. Congrats on your summer challenge weight loss!!

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Catch Up blog with pictures!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I am now 3 days into our Summer challenge, and so far so good. I am trying not to dwell on the fact that I am having to lose the same weight again that I lost last year! I have to just move forward from here.

Today was mine and DH's 24th wedding anniversary and we had a nice relaxing day. We are going tomorrow for a little trip to the Texas Hill country just to get away and spend some quiet time together. Nothing special planned, just time to relax and be. I am really looking forward to it!

DD1, who is now 21, moved about a month ago to NM. She is an Activities Director at a Community House in one of the little tourist towns in the northern mountains. She loves it, and from what I can tell, is just blossoming! The director and board there are very pleased with her and her leadership abilities. She is leading line dancing a couple of times a week for groups of 80-100 people. She also leads hikes, children's activities and runs the sound system for the church services and concerts that they have the Community House. The Cowboy Fellowship church that she recently started attending just asked her to be the drummer for their service! She is one busy, but happy girl and I am happy for her! I am trying not to hyper focus on the fact that she is now living a two day drive away from me!!!!

In her element...

DS, 20, has just registered for classes at University of Houston downtown, and has decided to major in computer science. He is still living at home and I am so grateful. He is very helpful and a lot of fun to be around. Here is a pic of the view from his school. Pretty cool, huh!

Here is another recent one of DS with his Dad on his 20th birthday. Dad got him an old sailboat!

Itty Bitty just turned 10! Can you believe it? Me either! She is doing great! Went to camp last week and had a blast! She finished the school year strong and is getting ready to go into 5th grade next year...hard to believe! Here is the most recent picture I have of her. This was at her GA recognition service. Those are all services badges that she has earned over the last couple of years!

I am doing good as well. Just finished for the summer at my school, where I work as a secretary and am so ready for some time off. I am still sewing and working on various projects. Here are a few of the latest. The first is the one that I made for a coworker for her husband for Father's Day. He was a coach and this is a tshirt quilt using all of his old coaching shirts. The next is the one I am working on now. It is a king size quilt for my sister in law. I just have to finish the binding on this one.

Well, that just about catches you up for now! Thank you all for asking about my family and being such faithful friends! I am finally in a good place again on my journey and I am so glad that you are there to share it with me!


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TRUE-NESS 6/27/2014 8:34PM

    AWESOME Updates!! Thanks for sharing!

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STAY39 6/27/2014 12:19AM

    Awesome updates and photos! My oldest just turned 10 too! It is hard to believe! I absolutely love that coaches quilt! So beautiful and meaningful! What a great gift idea and a great skill you have! I have saved some of my favorite cloths/pjs of my boys to have made into a quilt someday. I hope I can find a quilter as talented as you!

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MRSP90X 6/26/2014 2:24PM

    emoticon What a great blog and that everyone seems to be doing well! You look great regardless of the weight gain. I always thought you were pretty anyway. Love all the quilting and sewing you are doing and I am so jealous of that. Let's get some momentum and get this weight off!! I am so ready for it!! Have a GEAT 5%!!! emoticon emoticon
Oh, my DD has the same dress! How cute!

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VTORIA3 6/26/2014 4:25AM

    What a beautiful family you have. I enjoyed viewing your photos and reading about how each is special. You and DH are blessed indeed. It sounds like you and DH shared the perfect day on your Anniversary. My DH and I like quiet celebrations, too....we don't need anything fancy, just time with one another.

So glad to be on Champions in the Kitchen with you! Rio is fun! I viewed the videos of the it is beautiful and so scenic. Let's have some fun exploring together and racking up the fitness minutes meanwhile. emoticon

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TAMWIL2 6/25/2014 12:02AM

    Happy anniversary! Your family looks great and you sound in good spirits. Thanks for sharing and I'm so happy you've updated us.

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KOHINOOR2 6/24/2014 10:36PM

    Happy Anniversary! You have a beautiful family. Best wishes to all. Enjoy Your outing and celebrate. emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 6/24/2014 12:50PM

    emoticon !!

I love your blog, thanks for sharing it with us!! My mom does quilts too (in Texas LOL)

Have a great day! Now, let's get our plane to Rioooooooo

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CAT-IN-CJ 6/24/2014 10:26AM

    What a wonderful blog. Thanks for all the great updates.
Congrats on 24 years of marriage!
It looks like your quiver is full . . . beautiful family.
Love your quilts too!!!!

Way to go Dachelle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ROCKPORT9 6/24/2014 10:07AM

    emoticon I hope you have a nice break together. Your family looks wonderful and doing well. You look great! I know it is hard to lose some ground on weight loss, but you will fight your way back. You are wonderful! Hugs, Laurel

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NHES220 6/24/2014 10:02AM

    So glad to see an update! Sounds like everyone is doing well! Welcome back, we missed you! Happy Anniversary!

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GAILANN48 6/24/2014 9:50AM

    I'm smiling big time after reading your blog. :)

No worries about that "same weight." Sometimes I think the weight gain is the least of the things that could happen to us - perhaps the least destructive response we could possibly have to some of the things we need to endure and process. I don't know if that makes any sense, but I think if anyone could understand, it would be you, dear friend.

Thank you for the pictures! The family looks GREAT, and I know you must be proud of everyone. Your trip to the hill country sounds lovely - we were in Kerrville last spring - is that anywhere close to where you'll go?

Take good care, Dachelle. I'm so glad to be able to read your blogs.

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MSHEL7 6/24/2014 9:30AM

    You're little family is growing up. That sailboat looks so fun. I love your blogs.

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KIWIANN 6/24/2014 9:09AM

    Beautiful pictures - and you are all radiating JOY! emoticon emoticon

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 6/24/2014 8:54AM

    Thank you so much for letting us have a peek at your family. You must be so proud of them all.
Love the quilt you're making for your SIL - you're making me want to get out my sewing machine!
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4RASCALS 6/24/2014 8:17AM

    You have such a beautiful family. Thanks for sharing the pictures & Updates. Your quilts are beautiful. A lot of hard work & love goes into each of them. So glad your back

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2BSCOOBIE 6/24/2014 8:00AM

    Great pictures. You have a beautiful family!

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NILLAPEPSI 6/24/2014 7:06AM

    Great photos! Thanks for catching us up. emoticon Happy Anniversary!!!!!! emoticon

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FORMYDARLINGS 6/24/2014 4:55AM


You have a beautiful family and do lovely quilting work. It always amazes me that someone can put those beautiful spreads together without a maching. Good luck on the challenge. It has already inspired me to move forward. WHoo Hoo!!!


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Here We Go!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Today is Day 1 of our Summer 5% Challenge and I am so ready to get started! I need this push and accountability to get me back on track. I will not go into all the reasons that I have regained nearly half of the weight that I lost, but I will just say that I am ready to jump in where I am and get moving again!

I am excited to be on the Champions in the Kitchen team (even though I will really miss my Starfishies!), and ready to get to know some new SparkFriends and cheer them on! My goals for this challenge are to lose 11 pounds, drink my water, and start exercising again. I know what to do, I've done it before, so now I just have to do it!

I was thinking the other day, as I was trying in vain to fit into my jeans, that I never want to forget that feeling. The feeling of everything being too know, that "stuffed sausage" feeling. I never want to forget that feeling I have after stuffing myself so full that my stomach hurts. I don't want to forget that feeling of hopelessness that drives me to eat the way that I sometimes do, that makes me feel like I am not worth taking care of. I want to remember so that when it comes again I will recognize it and not give up on myself like I have for the last 6 months. I want to remember that the "feelings" will pass, but the calories and food that I stuff myself with will hang around for months. I want this to be the last time that I lose this weight!

I am ready, with the help of my Spark Friends, to get back on track! I will keep you posted on how it is going. Thank you to faithful Sparkfriends who have continued to encourage and check up on me during my absence. You are a blessing!


ps - I am still sewing and will soon catch all of my old friends up on my latest projects, as well as how everything is going with my family. There have been some changes, but everyone is happy and doing well!

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STAY39 6/27/2014 12:14AM

    emoticon you always have a way of making us all realize we are in the same boat. I am so happy to see you here and I can't wait to see you conquer this again! I've missed you! emoticon emoticon

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MARF226 6/22/2014 10:01PM

    I know that feeling of nothing fitting right all too well. And when it happens again for the first time it a while, it's especially disheartening. But now you know what works for you so hopefully you'll find your groove and be on your way again soon! emoticon

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 6/22/2014 8:27PM

    don't know why that posted twice???

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A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 6/22/2014 8:27PM

    Have a great challenge - can't wait to see your sewing projects!! emoticon

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SISSYFEB48 6/22/2014 5:26PM

    I too lost, and then regained. But let us just start again with this new challenge. Lots of great enthusiasm with a brand new team beginning! Good luck! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KANOE10 6/22/2014 10:59AM

    I am glad you are back and that you are ready for your new challenge! Like you say, you know what to do..and I know you will be successful. I know all too well the feeling of clothes being too tight. You are wise to realize that "feelings" will pass, but that the long term effects of getting healthy will last!

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2BSCOOBIE 6/22/2014 7:39AM

    I am glad you are back. Wishing you strength on your journey!

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TAMWIL2 6/22/2014 12:03AM

    Welcome back!! You have been sorely missed. I have switched teams too and am now a starfish. I'm enjoying getting to know some new friends like I know you will on your new team. Have a great challenge and I am looking forward to seeing your posts/blogs about how you are doing. emoticon

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CAT-IN-CJ 6/21/2014 11:26PM

    It's plain to see that we've missed you!

Life happens. Glad you're back on track. Looking forward to hearing how you're doing. You are such an inspiration . . .

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CAROL_31649731 6/21/2014 10:37PM

    You really said a mouthful! So true!!! I feel off track briefly, too--and started gaining pounds back :(
Fortunately for me, I snapped right out of it. Thanks for reminding me to remember that awful, too-tight feeling. Very good suggestion. And so happy for you, that you're back on track!!
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GAILANN48 6/21/2014 9:14PM

    Wonderful to hear what you have to say, as always, Dachelle.

Your really got my attention with your description of those feelings - as if you'd been able to see inside ME, too. And I don't think it's just we two...

I want to lose this disappointing extra baggage for good, too. Let's do it together! :)

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NILLAPEPSI 6/21/2014 8:54PM

    emoticon So good to see your blog today!! emoticon I am not very craft oriented, but I started a project last weekend. I'm doing a rug latch-hook kit of 2 cats for my mom-in-law's wall at the nursing facility (she loves cats). I have found it to be a very relaxing activity & I sleep better if I do it before bedtime. My sister is convinced that this much loved activity I did as a teenager was a God thing to help me relax now so that I can sleep. Yay!!

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    We will miss you, my friend, but I know you will make new ones. Like Laurel said, you will always be an Honorary Starfish, and can return, anytime, that is after this summer challenge. Right now, I just want to read that you are getting back into the groove, and will have a successful challenge. emoticon

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MSHEL7 6/21/2014 6:37PM

    You don't know how it makes my heart sing to see a blog from you. This is great, I want to always remember that feeling too, that stuffed sausage feeling and why and how it happened. You will get it back, you're a strong Texas woman!! Love your new team, I had not heard of that one before.

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IDLETYME 6/21/2014 5:42PM

    Glad your family is great and I know you can knock those pounds off FOR SURE!!!

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MARYANNSQUEST 6/21/2014 5:29PM

    It is so awesome to be able to enjoy our first day on our way to Rio. Together we will Mix all the ingredients together for our Recipe for Success. emoticon and emoticon together.


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ROCKPORT9 6/21/2014 5:13PM

    You are still an honorary Starfish! I know you will do your new team and you proud! You are emoticon ! Big hugs, Laurel

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4RASCALS 6/21/2014 5:09PM

    Happy to see your back. You have ben missed. Good luck in the 5% challenge. You will do great. Can't wait to hear about your family, esp Itty Bitty.


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AMBERLICIOUS88 6/21/2014 5:08PM

    Good stuff! Get motivated and reach those goals! No more beating yourself up. Just do what you know to do! Go get em tiger! :)

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KIWIANN 6/21/2014 5:06PM

    It is so good to see you back here!!! Wishing you well in the 5% Challenge! emoticon

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Good Morning!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Good morning, friends! I'm still here! I just took a break from the computer for the weekend. I finished my first week of "one day at a time" today and it went well for the most part. Some days were definitely better than others, but at least I am moving in the right direction again...down 3 pounds this week and I am so thankful! I did NOT want to see that 2 at the beginning of my weight again!

I have been exercising with a co-worker after school each day and that has worked out so well. We are not able to go very fast because she is just beginning, but it is making me feel so good to be able to help someone else get started the way my son helped me. She is such a precious lady and she has 2 sons who are in their 20s. One of them made her promise him to start taking better care of herself this year and lose some weight because he was so worried about her. She is doing great! She actually made it 20 minutes on Friday!

I am going to continue on with my "one day at at time" goals. For today, I will make healthy food choices and avoid junk, track everything, walk after school, do another 5 minute fitness test at home, and drink my water.

Here's to one more day!


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GAILANN48 6/2/2014 8:51AM

    It seems like helping someone else helps us remember the healthier things - and it's simply the kind thing to do, too, and kindness is what you're all about. Sounds like you have a GREAT plan! With weight loss and feeling better as the results, whatever you're doing, keep doing it!

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JANTWO 4/30/2014 1:50AM

    I am so happy you are still here. You are doing great and I thank you for stopping by my blog!!!!

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BRADMILL2922 4/8/2014 4:11AM

    Seems like your goals are working well for you! Congrats on getting going again and having success already!

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TAMWIL2 4/2/2014 10:24PM

    Glad to see you back and taking it one day at a time. Helping your coworker is awesome and helping you too. I could use a fitness partner to keep me on track.

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STAY39 4/2/2014 11:40AM

    Congratulations on last weeks success! I think you have a great plan going here! So Awesome that you are helping someone else too!

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KANOE10 4/1/2014 9:36AM

    emoticon Great job on losing 3 pounds this week! It is so helpful to exercise with a friend. You are on a great Spring streak!

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4RASCALS 3/31/2014 9:28PM

    Good for you, one day at a time is working for you. It's great that you are helping your co worker get healthy. Hurray for you both. Keep it up. emoticon

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TMRGRANNY 3/31/2014 9:12PM

    So, I have been thinking of what my focus for April should be...
Once again you have inspired me. I will set daily goals each day in the new month.
One day at a time is doable.
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Just for the record. I need you. I have not lost any weight since you have been gone. I am so glad you are back. (yes, it is all about mel)

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LIZZIE138 3/31/2014 8:20PM

    One day at a time is a great mantra! Words to live by.

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_BABE_ 3/31/2014 5:38PM

    That is really all we can do is focus on the NOW day at a time.

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BLESSED2BEME 3/31/2014 4:54PM

    Good for you for helping someone else on their journey to better health!

Here's to One Day at A Time. I'm living that motto too!

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MARAGRAM 3/31/2014 4:41PM

    That is emoticon !

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    I am so thrilled to see you here and continue your "one day at a time".
Have very little time - packing to return home after two months in the desert, but thinking of you all the time and sending you good thoughts.

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GAILANN48 3/31/2014 12:40PM

    emoticon "Here's to "one more day." Yes, indeed. One more day, and grateful for it.

I'm glad you're here, Dachelle, and I'm glad I get to hear what you have to say. One day is honestly all we the doing is this way is the only thing that makes sense.

Be well, Friend.
:) Gail

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4EVERNESS 3/31/2014 12:32PM

    Wonderful! I hope you enjoy and might workout to the Kris Kristofferson song, "One Day at a Time"

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4EVERNESS 3/31/2014 12:31PM

    Wonderful! I hope you enjoy and might workout to the Kris Kristofferson song, "One Day at a Time"

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NILLAPEPSI 3/31/2014 11:39AM

    Great plan! I know that God will richly bless you for your willingess to help someone else -- He's good that way. emoticon emoticon

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NHES220 3/31/2014 11:23AM

    Good for you! Keep it up, one day at a time! You've got this!

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CAT-IN-CJ 3/31/2014 10:51AM

    Good to hear you're still in One-derland!!!!

Let's do this!!!

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MRSP90X 3/31/2014 10:05AM

    That is great to help someone else and have a buddy. It makes one more day even more doable! WooHoo!

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ROCKPORT9 3/31/2014 10:04AM

    You have a great start on coming back to good habits. I am still fighting myself. emoticon I hope to get my mind right by Saturday...start of Spring challenge. hugs, Laurel

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MSHEL7 3/31/2014 9:55AM

    Wonderful. I still love what you are doing here. I'm so happy for you and your friend, a help for both of you.

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