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Delighted to be Average

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I have read that an average walking pace for women is 3 mph.
That is 20 minutes to walk 1 mile.
I have been practicing and striving to be 'average' for 15 months.
With the use of a second hand treadmill ( and lots of Tylenol) I pushed through:

A starting weight of 353 pounds
Heel spurs and Plantar Fasciitis on both feet
A finicky right knee
517 miles of practice
A temperamental, loudly complaining right hip
Muscle pain in my legs and lower back
Blisters on both my toes and heels

All to arrive at today.
Today I weigh 227 pounds.
Today I walked 2 miles in just over 38 minutes.
I was not exhausted.
I showered and I had the energy to chase around with my 2 year old granddaughter for 2 hours.

There has never been a chocolate that has made me feel this good.
There has never been a pizza that has left me feeling this hopeful about my future.

I read today that God created me with great plans for my life.
I am looking forward to what He has planned for me.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RASMOO 4/11/2012 4:16PM

    This was SO what I needed to hear today! I've been having a pity party for myself and reading about what you've experienced has shown me that I can make the changes I want in my life if I keep putting one foot in front of the other. Thanks for sharing..


Sharon R.

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SKY2012 3/25/2012 8:19AM

    you ROCK! yeh!!!!!!

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you are amazing and such a role model for us all. you pushed through and did it! YEAH!!!

linda emoticon

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SKY2012 3/24/2012 2:50AM


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PRINCESS1309 3/23/2012 11:16PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm so proud of you!

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SKY2012 3/23/2012 2:31AM

    what an incredible testimony. Thank you so much for deciding to share your journey and life with us.

YOU are incredible and thank you for giving all of us hope

((((((((((((((((( hugs )))))))))))))))))))

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DIFROMWYOMING 3/22/2012 11:04PM

    So amazing! I am so proud of you and I can only dream what that must feel like, but it sure gives me HOPE! emoticon

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WORLDSERIES11 3/22/2012 4:12PM

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_KATHY_ 3/22/2012 3:17PM

    What an awesome blog. I am so thrilled for you. Thanks for sharing your successes!

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COPEMA 3/22/2012 2:37PM

    I don't ever want you to think you aren't focused. Look at what you have accomplished!! Someone who isn't focused could never have achieved what you have! You are an amazing, intelligent, sensitive, focused person and I am so proud to know you and to have you as a friend!
Hugs and love, emoticon

PS you're funny too!!

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LESSOFPMCD 3/22/2012 2:03PM

    Congratulations on your amazing weight loss and your accomplishments with achieving your goals.

You are an inspiration to others!

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MSHOPPER63 3/22/2012 2:03PM

    emoticon emoticon What a great blog my dear, I am so excited to the progress you are making. The health benefits are the best reward ever !!!

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CHEETARA79 3/22/2012 2:02PM

    Seriously, this is amazing. You pushed through some tough stuff but you are now "average"! Did any word ever sound so sweet? Your weight loss is incredible but how you feel is even more important. You're getting fitter and more fabulous day by day!

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Opinions are like...

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Proof that you have to believe in yourself.

Don't let anyone else's opinion of you
matter more to you than your own opinion of yourself.

God does not make mistakes.
You are a work of art.

I hope you have a day filled with Joy.


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WILLITWORK1 3/20/2012 8:27PM

    what a great post!

would never have thought that.

Yes, believe in what our dear Lord made in you!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 3/12/2012 4:01AM

    Oh, I LOVE this blog!
emoticon for sharing that!


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SKY2012 3/12/2012 12:33AM

    wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww what a touching post, hugssssssssssssssss

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MICKEYMAX 3/8/2012 3:31PM

    Right back at ya!!

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NOTGIVINGUP49 3/5/2012 9:52PM

    emoticon blog! Thanks!

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RONDINI2 3/5/2012 7:34AM

    Great words Sis! I get stuck sometimes and it takes awhile to get out of the muck of thoughts I've made for myself. It sure is an every day struggle and fight but we make it eventually. Thanks to beautiful, positive, caring, praying people on SP. I know in the midst of it all they are behind me and praying and supporting me to feel better, get through because you all have been here, right here where I am. I just wanted to say thank you for it all...
It helps and it takes time. I will be ok.
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TABBYJO88 3/4/2012 10:18PM

    emoticon This is a very nice blog. I hope all is great with you.

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    emoticon Belinda. I hope you are doing okay!

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WORLDSERIES11 3/4/2012 3:58PM

    Words to live by. Thanks for the reminder! emoticon

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_KATHY_ 3/4/2012 11:19AM

    Very cool ! I hope you have a joyful day as well Belinda

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Open Challenge Update, I hope you will join me.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

I originally posted this blog intending for it to be a one day event.
It turns out folks have enjoyed this and I know it REALLY helps keep me on track because I hate to lose a challenge!
Please feel free to challenge me anytime, as often as you like.
Hugs to all of you,

(Original post of 2-25-12)
I am seriously bored.
When I get bored I start rummaging through the refrigerator.
I realized I need a diversion sprinkled with a little bit of motivation.

So I'm challenging anyone reading this blog to a mini challenge for tomorrow, Sunday, February 26.

I challenge you to stay within the guidelines of your Spark people food plan and exercise for minimum of 10 minutes tomorrow.
Even yoga.

That's it. No weigh in, no numbers to report.
Are you up for the challenge?
If you think you're up to a little friendly competition please, just leave comment at the bottom of this blog stating that you're in.

Come back on Monday morning and edit your comment letting us know if you passed the challenge or not.
Just a one day challenge to stay on target.

I'm going to feel a little silly if I'm in this challenge alone, but I'm still going to do it.

I will let you know Monday morning if I was successful.
I hope you have a great Sunday whatever your plans are.


I am relieved to report I met the challenge!
It wasn't a sure thing when the day started.
I want to thank all of you for hanging in there with me today.
I think knowing you were all out there with me in spirit
helped me to stay focused on the bigger picture.
I hope each of you had success with your program too.

This was fun for me, and knowing it was just for one day made it very doable.
If anyone is interested in throwing this challenge down again, just let me know,
I'm in!

Hugs, have a great week,

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NOTGIVINGUP49 3/2/2012 9:35PM

    I did well today! Stayed in my calorie range and did 45 mins of cardio and the best part is my leg is totally fine now (knock on wood).

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JOANNINE 3/2/2012 10:45AM

    Count me in!
Ok I did 46 minutes on The WII FIT PLUS and 90 minutes swimming. I wan under my calories, carbs, fat, potassium. calcium and magmniesin (?) over my sodium. So that could be why I feel like dirt.

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JENNAAW 3/1/2012 9:17PM

    I am up to your challenge; and thanks for reading and commenting on my blog entry! emoticon

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    I did great today! I got in a 30m + workout on the elliptical and I ate well within my range. I had all sorts ofyummy friuts and veggies. It was a great day!

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VINTAGEMODEL 2/29/2012 7:02AM

Didn't go so well on the 28th - had my head in bag of crisps and then chocolate - What!!? Began today the 29th Feb 2012.
Got my exercise in and only consumed 1,422 cals emoticon
It was because I knew you would be wondering how I went, that made the difference - thanks for caring. emoticon
Hi to the other sparkies who are in this too!
Another log in next Wednesday? Hugs from Old Vintage xx

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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/29/2012 2:59AM

    I loved this! I ended just meeting the 10 minutes of exercise, however. It was a close call.

I always play tennis on Sundays and for many reasons it didn't happen... but I did do my upper body weight work and exercises.
Thanks for the great idea. Let's do it again!!!
Thanks for the goodie, too!!

Comment edited on: 2/29/2012 3:00:53 AM

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NOTGIVINGUP49 2/28/2012 11:08PM

    emoticon Idea! I am in for next wedsday weigh in!

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WORLDSERIES11 2/27/2012 10:00PM

    Hi Belinda,

I met the challenge...did my exercise and stayed within my ranges. I'm up for it again, anytime, just let me know.
Thanks for the idea!

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WILLITWORK1 2/27/2012 11:53AM

    what a lovely challenge and a lovely reminder that we aren't doing this alone.


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VINTAGEMODEL 2/27/2012 7:07AM

    the internet was down for over 24 hrs in my area, so missed the fun challenge!! i am going to do it tomorrow (Tuesday 28th Feb)
love the idea of this, thanks Belinda. I will have to get the fun out of life that the animals in your photo's do...Hi to everyone. Old Vintage emoticon

Comment edited on: 2/27/2012 7:13:54 AM

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RASMOO 2/26/2012 5:01PM

    I'm getting a late start, but count me in too. And thanks Belinda for my goodie.

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MADDIE10281 2/26/2012 2:12PM

  Im in

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THE-MORE-GIRL 2/26/2012 2:09PM

    I'm in! My daily guidelines are

3 fruits
3 nonstarchy veggies
9 fruits/veggies total
6 servings whole grains.

So far, I'm at

2 fruits
0 nonstarchy veggies
3 fruits/veggies total
2 servings whole grains.

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RONDINI2 2/26/2012 12:40PM

    Yep, count me in! Love ya Sis.

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KLMEL2010 2/26/2012 11:32AM

    Okay, I am in.

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DIFROMWYOMING 2/26/2012 10:56AM

    I can do this! :)

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    Sure will!

I did my 10 minutes even with this cold! emoticon

Comment edited on: 2/27/2012 9:55:26 AM

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_KATHY_ 2/26/2012 10:03AM

    I'm in. We are painting and putting up new window treatments in the bedroom this weekend. I've already moved out a lot of furniture and today we will start the painting. That should work for exercise today. For the next 2 weeks, I have challenged myself to log all my food and report the values. Oh, and new carpet as well :) I pick that out on Tuesday.

Have a great day Belinda and everyone :)

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WILSON425 2/26/2012 8:53AM

    Yes we have snow here too so I will be shoveling. Count me in.

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NEED2MOVE2 2/26/2012 4:01AM

    Count me in emoticon

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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/26/2012 3:24AM

    Okay, I'm in!

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CAROLIAN 2/26/2012 2:53AM

    Count me in Belinda HUGS xxx

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SENATOR9 2/26/2012 1:40AM

    It snowing now so I will have to shovel the side walk tomorrow So yea I'm in

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YMUNDERWOOD 2/26/2012 1:36AM

    I'm in.

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BOSS61 2/25/2012 9:59PM

    Yea, sure. Beware, I treat Sparky guidance as though it is the Soup Nazi. Just so you know.

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WORLDSERIES11 2/25/2012 9:07PM

    Sounds good to me...I'm in!

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COPEMA 2/25/2012 8:15PM

    Me too! Why not?


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JOCEPINK 2/25/2012 8:06PM

    Me too! Let's do this!

emoticon Jocelyn

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    I'm in :) --

Monday 2/28/2012 --- I compltely forgot about this... lol BUT even though I forgot, I still succeeded. How awesome is that!? :P Happy Monday and Thank you for the Spark Goodie! :)

Comment edited on: 2/28/2012 11:33:24 AM

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Week 10 of Spark BL Winter challenge.

Monday, February 20, 2012

My goal over the past 10 weeks of this Spark Winter BL challenge was to lose weight of course, but also to continue my journey into learning more about myself.

I feel I have accomplished so much, not the least of which was to have made some wonderful new friends.
I can't believe how much all of you have become a part of my daily life.

I am happy to be ending this challenge having lost a few pounds,
but more importantly, as part of finding me, I have also begun to find my way back to God.
I feel He is the part of this life journey that I have most neglected.

I am looking forward to the Spring BL challenge.
I am looking forward to finding peace as I learn more about who and why I am.

Spark has been a big part of this journey.
Thank you Everyone,


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PATRISNA 2/22/2012 9:14AM

I enjoyed getting to know you by reading your blogs. You are learning more about yourself day by day. I agree with the other comments. I am lucky to have you as a teammate and a friend! I am also looking forward to the spring challenge with you and our other team members.


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SKY2012 2/21/2012 7:42AM

    Dearest Belinda,

I am sooooooooooo happy for you enhancing your relationship with God. ((((((((( hugs )))))))))))

You are a wonderful person and I can't wait to walk the next phase of the journey WITH you, hugs

I am soooooooooooooooooooooooo PROUD of you! yeh!!!!

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COPEMA 2/20/2012 10:04PM

    I loved your blog. I notice you've lost a couple more pounds! Good for you! It sounds like the challenge was really good for you. I know you're feeling like you've neglected God lately, but I'd be willing to bet God doesn't feel that way. I'll bet He is so very proud of the way you're working to take care of your body / temple and He knows that He's never far from your thoughts.

Your SparkFriends are the lucky ones having you for a friend!
Hugs from one of them,
Marsha emoticon

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RASMOO 2/20/2012 9:44PM

    Hey Belinda. Glad you're doing good with your challenge. And I'm glad we're friends too. Have a great rest of the week.

Sharon r.

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NOTGIVINGUP49 2/20/2012 8:42PM

    I believe our weight loss journey includes the journey to finding ourselves and learning to love ourselves. Despite our struggles this challenge we did NOT give up! I am so proud of you my friend! emoticon emoticon

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Monday, February 13, 2012

My co-dependency on taking care of other people's needs, wants and problems is one of the biggest challenges I have faced on my journey towards better health.
The benefactors of MY need to take care of their problems are not so happy with my trying to change how I interact with them.

Oh well, it is their problem not mine!

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NOTGIVINGUP49 2/19/2012 10:44PM

    YOU are NUMBER 1 and need to put yourself FIRST. It was a hard lesson for me, but one that has helped me on my journey. I am proud of you! emoticon

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SKY2012 2/18/2012 10:54PM

    I am soooooooooooooooo PROUD of you! very proud!

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TERRIJ_1 2/17/2012 10:59AM

    Just what i have been working on. And you are so right, people don't like the change but it is their problem not mine.

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TABBYJO88 2/16/2012 12:11AM

    You go girl sometimes you just have to step back and know that you got to put you first. emoticon

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_KATHY_ 2/15/2012 10:43AM

    He say "I know you, you know me"
One thing I can tell you is you got to be free
Come together.. right now... over me

Not sure why that Beatles song keeps going through my head but I thought I'd share it with you anyway LOL

You are strong Belinda and right now, with your new focus, you are doing what is right for you. That's how it's supposed to be :)


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LISA0517 2/14/2012 3:55PM

    It is a very difficult task to move out of a co-dependent relationship. But with perseverance, you can do it!


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BARBLIVESHERE 2/14/2012 9:33AM

    Sometimes you just have to put yourself first.
If you don't no one will
Keep on keepin on!

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DIFROMWYOMING 2/13/2012 8:14PM

    It is. People don't like change any more than we do...and when they are used to our enabling it's not easy for them to give it up. But they can and will adjust, or they won't. If you are not building the walls you don't have to worry about taking them down. Do what is best for you. Let them know you are still working from a place of love. And let the rest go. I know, easier said than done, but practice, practice, practice! Hugs, Di

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RASMOO 2/13/2012 3:35PM

    You are right Belinda. Sometimes you have to put yourself first. And losing weight is a serious health issue. If these people care about you they should want you to be healthy and happy. Stay the course.


Sharon R.

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