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Another Reason to Join the 5% Fall Challenge

Monday, September 05, 2011



I saw this a few years back, different setting of course. Hope you don't think it is distateful, but it is kind of true!

  
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TEDDYBABE 9/7/2011 5:50AM

    You go girl! Its ALL of the above... why we work so hard! Take care.

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ANNITAMOUSE 9/6/2011 4:08PM

    Cute!!!

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ASL191 9/6/2011 2:48PM

    LOL!

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L*I*T*A* 9/5/2011 11:36PM

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NEWMAC2011 9/5/2011 11:31PM

    Very funny! I'm sure my significant other would be happy with the 40+ lbs I've lost if I had a significant other LOL!

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CHAR1970 9/5/2011 11:14PM

    LMAO that is so funny! That would be our house lol!

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TALLGUY42 9/5/2011 10:46PM

    THAT is hilarious! LOL!

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CAPTHAMMER 9/5/2011 8:58PM

    With your transformation we can fully understand
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THETURTLEBEAR 9/5/2011 7:45PM

    Very cute! LOVE IT!!

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JICASMOM 9/5/2011 4:38PM

    Lol... I can hear you giggling at the end... Bc that's how it would be here!!! Cute... Thanks for sharing!!!

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TERESA159 9/5/2011 4:34PM

    He he he, I like it! And sooooo true. The benefits of getting healthy are numerous and some are even yummy.

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THEHONESTME 9/5/2011 4:34PM

    Baawwwhhhahaha!! LOVE IT!
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#1 Reason Why I Am Glad I Joined the 5% Summer Challenge

Saturday, September 03, 2011

About 8 weeks ago, THETURTLEBEAR invited me to join the 5% challenge. I had seen that she and Teresa159 were both part of the spring challenge, and thought it might be cool. Am I ever glad I did! And for several reasons. The top reason, however, is because I felt accountable to my teammates to get those fitness minutes in every day (well, most every day). Fitness minutes are the one thing you track consistently each week. I wanted my team to win (even though we haven't yet)! But, we were really ALL winners. At least the people who got those fitness minutes in. For me, that is the most important key to weight loss.

So, if you are looking for something to add a little bit of friendly competition to your sparking, as well as something to help you reach your goals, sign up! If you like to exercise, sign up for the Determined Daisies team!
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THEBESTISTOCOME 9/5/2011 6:43AM

    I am glad it helped you with your fitness minutes. It helped me with that too.

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CHAR1970 9/3/2011 11:33PM

    I'll look into it some more. I'm glad it worked out so well for you!

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THEHONESTME 9/3/2011 9:44PM

    I'm really looking forward to the challenge! Can't wait til it gets started and congrats on the success you've had while on the team!
GO DAISIES!!
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LAURIE9404 9/3/2011 8:17PM

    So glad to hear that the challenge has helped you! It's these things that help keep our exercise consistant. Way to Go!
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TERESA159 9/3/2011 7:57PM

    Yep, the 5% Challenge did me good too. I want to earn those miles for my team! I am going to be on the Teddy Bears this time.

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LISAINMS 9/3/2011 7:09PM

    I want to be a Daisy!

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JICASMOM 9/3/2011 7:04PM

    Yay!!! So excited to do this!!! Woohoo!

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HAKAPES 9/3/2011 6:51PM

    Great spirit! Let's rock more fitness minutes then! emoticon

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CAPTHAMMER 9/3/2011 6:25PM

    So happy that you were selected to be a Daisy! It's been fun getting to know you. I really appreciate your spirit.

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GETSTRONGRRR 9/3/2011 4:35PM

    thanks....with all the recent blogs about it, I stepped up and joined the fall 5% challenge.

sounds fun!

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/3/2011 4:28PM

    I am so happy that it worked out great for you!!

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What's Your Weight Story? Here's Mine.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Answer "What's your weight story" with these questions! Feel free to respond on your own blog.

1.) How old are you? I am 44 years young.

2.) How long have you been overweight, obese, or unfit? I was thin until I went to college. I think I gained the Freshman 30 instead of Freshman 15. I did get that weight off, though. At least most of it. My real struggle started when I got married. DH loved to eat, and I loved to cook. We both gained quite a bit of weight those first few years of marriage. Then came DD #1. I gained 50 pounds and kept most of them. DD #2 added to my weight. I was obese for several years (youngest DD is now 12).

3.) What made you decide to get healthy?
I decided almost daily that I was going to get healthy. It just didn't usually last longer than a few days. But, last fall DH caved and decided to build a pool. Was I ever motivated?! I found SP about a month after we started construction, and DH decided that having his wife tied to the kitchen cooking for 7 men daily, and sometimes as many as 12 people, was just a little too much. Too much work, too much time, and too much money. He built a break room for the guys, and they are on their own for meals now. No more huge lunches and desserts every day. I have time to exercise! (At least when I am not in the field.)

As for the pool, I even bought a two piece late this summer! DD had her volleyball team over last night, and I have to say that I looked better than a few of those high schoolers! (Not that it takes much these days, but I was still proud and didn't hesitate to walk around without my coverup.)

4.) Has anyone ever made rude/mean comments to you about how you look?
Yes, it is a long story, but a jerk who was supposed to be a friend made the comment that he wondered "who that short, fat chick was going in and out of his house." It was in front of a lot of people, and when DH found out about it he was fighting mad. The guy and his wife are divorced now, but I saw Jerk at the youth fair this summer. AND I served him a pork plate at our picnic this weekend. I wanted to say, "Hey, I'm not short and fat anymore, but you are still a d#*k."

5.) What do you hate the most about your current/starting size?
Current size: I wish my tummy was flat again. And I don't like the size of my thighs, but they are better than before!

Starting size: OMG my butt was big! And when I bent over sideways, my skin on my waist would make a roll. I have never had rolls on my torso, and it grossed me out.

6.) What was your favorite unhealthy food before?
Ok, this could be a book. I loved chips (still do), pizza (still do), Velveeta/Rotel cheese dip with chips (still do). You get the picture. Loved eating fries at any fast food place, Sonic onion rings, Sonic Blasts. I was most definitely a binge eater.


7.) What's some of your favorite healthy foods now?
Now? I am really into the Clif Oatmeal Raisin Walnut bars for breakfast. I enjoy chicken, greek yogurt, salads, AND McDonald's ice cream cones. lol


8.) What is the hardest part of this journey?
Several things, really. Mixing up my food. I think I am in a rut. There is only so much you can do with chicken breasts. I do love them, though.

Getting my cardio in can be a challenge if I don't do it in the morning. Also, I have not done any ST for months. Thought about it really hard yesterday. Hope to do some today!

9.) What does your workout regime consist of?
I spend time on my ellipti-kill and dreadmill. The EM is my calorie burner, and the TM is to give my feet a break because they go to sleep on me while on the EM. I use a Garmin 405CX with a HR band to figure my calorie burn. Spark People estimates on calorie burn are out of line.

10.) What do you want everyone to know about you?
I weigh almost all food I log, unless it comes in preportioned containers. Have you seen what 3 cups of romaine really looks like? It is 85 grams, and you would have to pack that stuff in there to get 3 cups. And how do I know my "cup" of melon is the same as your "cup?" Almost every food item on SP can be logged in grams, and the nutrition labels list everything in grams, as well. I love my digital scale

Now it's your turn............let's hear your "story"

  
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THEHONESTME 8/31/2011 12:37PM

    This was fun to read - thanks for sharing. I had started to read it one day at work and never finished - glad I didn't delete it! We have a mutual love for Velvetta/Rotel and chips... OMG! We have a lot in common actually. DH wants to get a pool for next year and I'm already thinking I better get toned up and lose these last 10 pounds for that! LOL Plus we've talked about the binge-thing.

Hope your week is going well (no hot dogs, right?).

I'm still not quite fully "on the wagon" yet - I'm kinda feeling like one leg is on there and I'm pulling hard to get the other one up but it keeps dragging behind me... know what I mean?
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IGSBETH 8/30/2011 8:27AM

    Great blog!

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/29/2011 6:16PM

    Wow. Thanks so much for sharing your story. You are one awesome lady :)

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NOILEDNWAD 8/27/2011 10:04PM

    What I want to know is, what brand digital scale do you have? I need a new scale!

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KANSASROSE67 8/25/2011 5:56PM

    Great blog! Your snowy background makes me feel great, because of the snow and because I'm a farm chick too.

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KATIEANN59 8/25/2011 5:06PM

    wow an awesome blog. You are an inspiration to me. God Bless!!! Huggggs, Katie

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NANCYLRAGS 8/25/2011 2:23PM

    I am sitting here inside in 72 degree cooled house...but outside it is 100! I love the snow in your picture! Brings back memories of WI on the farm in the winter...not our farm. Congrats on where you are in your journey. I agree with you about the grams....so much easier to measure. Stay with it! emoticon

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TERESA159 8/25/2011 2:09PM

    Rocking a two-piece!!!! WTG. I still think you should get a bike and ride around on the roads on the farm, bet you've got miles of them. I love how you ADMIT you like Velveeta, most people won't even admit eating that stuff. LOL Know what you mean about the food rut, I need to find some more good recipes! It's cool to fix something and know it's healthy and low-cal AND yummy.
Bet your hubby digs that new swim suit.

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CHAR1970 8/25/2011 2:00PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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LISAINMS 8/25/2011 1:54PM

    I want to punch that jerk in the face. Why do people say stupid crap like that? When my kids graduated, the entire family came. My ex stepson (from divorce) and his wife are both very obese. He was a lanky teenager. He said hi to my dad and my dad said "Oh hey I didn't recognize you. You look like you blew up or something". I was mortified. But that's my dad. I've blogged about the stupid crap he says. Some people have no filter. They blurt out every thought in their head.

I'm so proud of everything you have accomplished. Weightloss and fitness are so empowering! Strutting around in a 2-piece... total awesomeness!! Keep going, girl. I'm trying to keep up with you.

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TALLGUY42 8/25/2011 12:18PM

    Great to learn a little more about you.

Thanks for sharing.

BTW, your line about the guy with the pork plate made me laugh out loud.
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SHERLYN-WILL 8/25/2011 11:06AM

    I THOUROUGHLY ENJOYED reading this! Love the details and makes me feel like I get to KNOW you better! YOU are awesome....

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/25/2011 10:51AM

    First of all I need to say again how much I love your picture. You are beautiful and he is a lucky guy. Thanks for sharing your story - and the reminder about measuring/weighing! And congrats on the bathing suit triumph!!

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ANGELAYF 8/25/2011 10:12AM

  Keep going. Sounds like you're right on track!

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My Weekend Challenge

Thursday, August 18, 2011

So this week is our little town's "homecoming," of sorts. I believe it the the 107th Sheldon Old Settler's Picnic. Our town of 500 draws in a crowd of alumni for the weekend activities.

It started yesterday for me. As oldest DD and I were getting ready to head off to Joplin for Sam's, we discovered that both small trailers were loaded down. One with the Kubota you see in the snow picture on my main page. It was with DH. The other had the rewards of an auction my FIL had been to over the past few days. I don't know how many bolt bins we had to unload, but some were so heavy we just had to take the drawers out to get them off the trailer. We finally got that done; it only took us two hours! (We were hot and sweaty by that time.) When I went to hook up the trailer lights, the fitting for the trailer didn't fit my Suburban! We bought the vehicle sometime in February, I think, and DH hasn't had the time to make the conversion. So, DH was on the farm at the time. He tried an adapter that wouldn't work, either. In the end, we took his four-door dually pickup that drives like a semi! It is nice enough, with all the bells and whistles, but it just doesn't turn like my car. Trying to park the thing on any given day in a crowded parking lot is a challenge, but then we added the trailer! There was no putting off the trip, however, and so we headed south.

We did a little shopping at Kohl's, one of the ONLY times I was able to spend my Kohl's Cash! I didn't find any real clothes to wear, but I cleaned house on workout shirts! I got some for less than $3, and then I took off the $20 Kohl's Cash! emoticon I also got some awesome workout socks at the mall, and Cait got a cheap swimsuit for next year.

Then for the real reason for the trip. We spent well over $1,000 on food for the 4-H/FFA food stand on Friday and Saturday night. Today I will smoke 80 pounds of pork loin and cut it up for tomorrow. Then tomorrow morning I will smoke the beans and potatoes to be served at the lawn tractor pull. I get to do the same thing Saturday morning for the sides that will be served up on Saturday. All together I'll do 60 pounds of potatoes, 10 pounds of onions, and 6 gallons of beans. emoticon Last year each club cleared right at $800. We served over 400 hamburgers, almost 200 hot dogs, untold nachos, and our famous Farmland KC Wild Wings. I don't know what they actually are, but they look like pork loin on a pork rib bone. They cost us a fortune, but it is a tradition for us to have them. We sell them for $2.75 each, and make about a quarter each. Some people order them 5 and 10 at a time for family! Here is a pic of the smoker DH and DS built a few years ago.

The other side is a grill.



Since Cait will be a Junior this coming school year, their class (of 14 kids) will have the dunk tank fundraiser going on, as well. We will be selling homemade cookies, too. She has mixed up 6 batches of dough altogether so far, and put it in the fridge. She will bake a few to sell tonight. I may mix up some peanut butter dough this morning so she can make the Peanut Butter-Cup cookies recipe I found in the August 26th issue of All You. Also on the menu will be brownies! I'm just glad that she is determined to bake a few batches at a time and get them immediately out of the house so they won't be a temptation to either of us!

Anyway, my challenge will be to take time to eat right and exercise throughout the next few days. I am actually back down to 169 from my high of 178.5 last Saturday morning. I did really well yesterday, and saved calories for my double dip of Braum's Cappocino Chunky Chocolate yogurt. I even got a short workout in before I left. This is a fun, busy time for our family. Our town is so small, and like most other towns, a few people do the majority of the work. DH and I will be torn between working the dunk tank (gotta have an adult taking $), his 25th class reunion, and the food stand. It will all be over around 2 am Sunday morning.

I'm tired already, just from reading this blog!

  
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PEGTIGER 8/20/2011 4:45PM

    Making wonderful memories. I love that grill. I'd be great at the football games!

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LAURALOOHOO 8/19/2011 2:10PM

    Sounds like a lot of work, but a lot of fun too! These are the memories you'll remember for years to come. Enjoy!!

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MIMIKK7 8/19/2011 8:30AM

    Wow, I am tired from reading all that you are doing for your community! emoticonThat is truly awesome and sounds like you and your family will have a very fun filled weekend! emoticonon a job well done with the scales! emoticonI know you will rock this weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHAR1970 8/18/2011 9:58PM

    Busy, busy! Sounds like a lot of fun though!

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SPBETTERWAY 8/18/2011 8:12PM

    Wish I was there. Have a lot of fun.

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LISAINMS 8/18/2011 2:21PM

    What fun! I know you're a busy girl, but that will keep your mind on things other than nibbling as you cook. Nice smoker, too. I would love to have one of those, but we don't cook for a crowd like we did when we lived near relatives. Good score on the workout tops from Kohl's! And you know how jealous I am at your double scoop from Braums. We are going to Dallas Labor Day weekend and you know where I'll be found... can't wait for that Cappucino Chunky Chocolate deliciousness!! Have a great time at the event; I'm sure you will be getting a lot of compliments!

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/18/2011 2:20PM

    That sounds just awesome!! Good luck with the food aspect!!

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KASANT0015 8/18/2011 12:52PM

    Oh my, so much good food!! Just concentrate on portion control and getting your exercise in...you will be fine! Have fun :)

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TERESA159 8/18/2011 11:25AM

    Party time! Sounds like a great community tradition and I love how you are right in the middle of the whole thing. (and girl if you drive a Suburban and still needed a trailer, I know that's a LOT of food!) What fun. You know all that work is so worth it. Enjoy the event and rubbing elbows with your neighbors just don't leave your Spark at home. And show off that new bod!!!

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True Confessions of an Overeater

Friday, August 12, 2011

Wow, I have had tons of success with this website. I have tried all sorts of diets, pills, and supposedly "magic fixes" because losing weight the right way is hard work. It takes time to cook, measure, and log my food, not to mention the hours sweating on the fitness equipment. But, for the past nine months, I have done it. I've not been perfect, but I was doing something right.

So,why have I given myself free rein to eat whatever I see in front of me for the last week or so? It really started going downhill on Monday. We had a swim party for our 4-H here at the house, and I bought several packages of hot dogs for the event. I had two at the party, and some chips, and a cheesecake dessert that is to die for. Ok, that is not going to kill me, and I knew I just needed to get back on track the next day. Things like that have happened all along my journey, but I knew it was part of life, and I was okay with that. But we had tons of hot dogs left over, and I have eaten so many of them over the past week (thank goodness they are gone)! I even made chili on Tuesday, and had two chili dogs that evening. I have munched on those chips I so proudly resisted the week before. Enjoyed pepper jack cheese on Triscuits. Thursday evening I ate 4 (yes, four) hot dogs. With buns. How does a person even physically do that? I've had to run quick errands to town twice over the past few days and had two medium (not small or mini sized) blizzards. Of course yesterday it was McDonald's fault because they had a truck blocking their drive-thru. I was going to have their ice cream cone, but when I saw that truck, I was determined to have the DQ blizzard, something I had talked myself OUT of before I left on that errand.

I got on the scale this morning and weighed 177. That is 12 pounds OVER what my ticker says. I know I haven't really gained that much, but I know I have gained a lot. Probably at least 6 or 7 pounds. I was SO close to my goal for the 5% Summer Challenge. One of the team leaders even posted congrats to me and a few others who were just on the verge of getting to our 8 week goal. I'm trying to analyze why I do this to myself. It seems like I hit a milestone, and then let myself go for a while. I just can't do that, but it happens every time. What will I do when I hit my goal? At this rate, I am taking three steps back for every one step forward. Yesterday I did great until that trip to town. But I checked my tracker, and that blizzard put me at my calorie limit for the day. So, I threw in the towel and had a cheese enchilada with the family. Then friends came over for a late night swim and I had some pizza with them. And that was AFTER I had "vowed to do better."

So, I am taking it one step at a time here. Tomorrow is weekly weigh-in for the Summer Challenge. I'm going to be honest, just like always. And I know there are people out there who will see the number and wonder just how the heck I can let myself go when I have come so far. Heck, they will probably wonder how a person can gain that much in just a week! And you know what? I wonder that, too. But I don't have the answer. I am thankful for all my friends on here, because I do feel accountable to you all. That is the difference in this site and all other weight-loss tools I have tried. So, here is me, confessing my "sins," and trying to climb back on the wagon.

  
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KATIEANN59 8/25/2011 5:12PM

    Wow Been there doing that. Been sick for over a week and haven't cared what I have been eating. But On Sunday I will be back on track and behaving. Wish you the best Hon!! God Bless!!! emoticon Katie

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THEHONESTME 8/22/2011 10:19PM

    Wait a minute... did I dictate this blog to you?? I'm pretty sure I could have written it!! Somehow that's comforting to me... to know that someone like yourself who seems so strong and determined, had a hiccup along the way. And then I read your newest blog and see that you've already dropped several pounds! WAY TO GO!!! WOOT WOOT!

I've been totally (and I mean TOTALLY) out of control since I got home from vacation. Vacation was a picnic compared to the way I've been eating since I got home and all I can figure out is that it is because I feel so overwhelmed with what I walked back into -- at work and at home -- too much for one person so I shut my brain down by numbing it with food. LOTS OF FOOD!

I went to the Dr. today for a checkup and she asked what was going on - I'd gained 8 pounds since being there last time. I didn't have the heart to tell her that I'd actually gained more than that (she just never knew I'd lost a few more pounds). I can only blame myself and my out of control behavior.

So anyway, I see the light at the end of the tunnel (I was already run over by the oncoming train, this light is actually the light at the end now) :)

We're meeting with my parents tomorrow night for a birthday celebration and then it's KATHY TIME! I get me back! The me that eats healthy and exercises!!

I know you're probably still busy this week with the 4-H and all, but I'm wishing you luck - I hope you're back - I hope you've forgiven yourself and moved on. I might be leaning on you the next few days as I forgive myself and move on, too. OK???
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PEGTIGER 8/15/2011 7:28PM

    I guess we've all been there. Sorry you are going through this right now. I'm right there with you. I'm getting the exercise in, but not losing. It has to be the eating! We'll both do better this week-ok?

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TEDDYBABE 8/14/2011 8:10PM

    Okay well don't leave me out of this group! I am right there with all of you. Been eating like a truck driver and gaining like a "whatever"! I am up 6-7 lbs off my ticker too. Do not have the heart to move it up. Keep thinking I can shed it off in a few days and NO ONE will know. I am staying mentally positive and am determined to get all this back off. I got on the treadmill the other day for the first time since being sick in 5 weeks and "boy howdy" was I a wreck. the up side of all of this is that we KNOW we can do this. So we slip. Its okay. Just get back in that saddle and ride for the house!!

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COLUMBINE2 8/13/2011 10:02PM

    Yep....been there.....tooooo many times. It also happens when I brag on my page about an accomplishment.....WHAM...right up side the head...I blow it all to pieces. Boy, it makes me mad!

I love all those things you ate. Luckily...I don't live within 100 miles of a DQ...or I'd be livin' in their drive thru! Another person mentioned the sodium in hot dogs (and all restaurant food..it's just a killer!) Maybe you can make a "trade" with yourself. If you can get outta Dodge without eating junk in town (or at the 4-H party), you can have something else that you really, really LIKE (which is healthy). You're not saying "NO, you can't have anything that's bad for you." You're saying "you can have something that's NOT QUITE as bad for you and is still a treat...but a healthy one." I also don't weigh in the day after I've blown it (the disappointment is too dangerous for me" ). I get back on track immediately BIG TIME for a day or 2, then weigh in and usually a lot of the damage is gone. I realize you have a Challenge weigh in....and I admire your integrity. Just don't let it get you down...this is a temporary blip..and you can undo the damage. Ready, set...START! emoticon

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MIMIKK7 8/13/2011 10:39AM

    I sure wish I knew the answer to why we do this to ourselves. I have done it several times and it leaves me baffled everytime. You have taken the first step and that is acknowledging the issue. That is a huge first step. Now, all you have to do is forgive yourself. Don't be so hard on yourself and start new again. You already have the tools and knowledge to start again so take that first step. This is not a failure and you are not a failure. You are awesome, beautiful, strong woman that has enjoyed alittle road time into some indulgence. emoticonPick a starting point, start again, and rock it out like you know how! emoticon

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SUSAN09131 8/13/2011 9:36AM

    Nice to know it is not just me who does this. If I had the solution to fix all I'd share. But I don't.

What has worked for me to maintain (not lose) weight was to avoid desserts, and have one day a week that I ate what I wanted. Exercise continued as always.

My problem was when I decided to break that plan (contract with myself) and have more than one day "off." Then the games began.

Celebrate one important fact: You KNOW you have to STOP and CHANGE course NOW. Maybe you need to go out and pick up one of those 50-pound bags of feed and have a good talk with it. :-)

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CHAR1970 8/12/2011 10:04PM

    The first step is acknowledging the problem, which you have done. Then being accountable for your actions, as seen by this blog. You chose to eat what you did, you can again choose to eat better.

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LIVIN4LISH 8/12/2011 5:42PM

    Hey there - I've not been doing a whole lot better myself, and believe me, my weigh-in post tomorrow is not going to be pretty either. I just wrote a blog about this very thing (self-sabotage, and why we do it). Perhaps it's the end of summer blues? I don't know, but I agree with everyone else - be kind, don't dwell, and move on emoticon

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LISAINMS 8/12/2011 4:44PM

    I think you just didn't want me to be alone in my vacay gain so you went hog wild while I was gone in an attempt to keep up. LOL! Need I remind you how much sodium is in a single hotdog? You are probably like a giant sponge waiting for a good squeeze. Sure those calories are worth a few pounds, but I'd credit at least 5 for water. I don't know how much of my 8# cruise gain to account for as water retention so my plan is to not change my ticker until next weigh-in. That's a week to even out the water weight and see what the real damage is because I know I didn't eat an extra 28000 calories. Um, well I don't know how many calories I drank so let's just leave it at that and blame the water retention on those salted rims. So here's what we're going to do... hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. And eat clean. I left here with the intent to have a great time, let my body pretend it's normal and then hit the reset button when I got back. So we're in this together. A fresh start. With lots of agua. And fitness minutes! We're going to have to get a little sweaty to get ourselves back on the losing train. It'll happen!

Don't look back. You've worked your hiney off. (Literally.) We are going to have vacations and binges that take us off course. But, we have to remember how we got here. We chose to make a change and live a healthy lifestyle. That doesn't mean we will be perfect every day or even every week. It means we know what we want to achieve, we're committed to our goals, we've learned how to get there and we have it within us to make it happen. Because we are total ROCKSTARS! So suck it up, buttercup and get your butt moving. Next week's weigh-in will see the scale groaning less when you step on.

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THETURTLEBEAR 8/12/2011 12:54PM

    Step One: Forgiveness. You are human. Step Two: I am sending you a psychic gift...my aversion to hot dogs! (The only time I have really wanted hot dogs was when I was pregnant with #2...and I still wonder if that's why he's so scrawny, LOL.) Step Three: Start tomorrow fresh. For real. You are so awesome and having you as a Spark Friend helps me succeed, so you must be doing something right, eh? You are AWESOME!!!

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LAURALOOHOO 8/12/2011 12:40PM

    Oh, Michelle, I feel your pain! I have been doing the same thing since my trip to DC in June!! I had gotten to the halfway point of my goal (30 lbs--I had actually lost 33 total) and then--boom--I started giving in to my food temptations. If I would have just stopped at a day or two, it wouldn't have been so bad. But 3 days turned into 7, and 1 week turned into 2, and so on.

I've gained about 12 pounds since my lowest weight...(of course my ticker said I only gained 10, but I knew the truth). It was really hard for me to actually post the gains each week. I mean, that would mean I failed, right? But you know what? That's life. Nobody is perfect and we all have ups and downs. So you gained 12 pounds...I bet several of those pounds are water weight and will come off the first week. I know for myself, I really buckled down starting this past Monday and I've lost 4 pounds in 5 days--today was weigh in day (could only admit to losing 2, though, because my ticker weight was not correct). But all it takes is stringing a few good days together and you'll get your momentum back!

As I was floundering these past several weeks, you were one of the people that kept me going. Your words of encouragement really helped. So just know that you are an inspiration to many of us Sparkers and we have all seen your awesome accomplishments. I know you will be able to get right back to it...this is just a small bump in the road.

Kudos to writing this blog...I didn't have the courage to do so as I was going through the same situation. I know you'll be making good choices starting today and that weight will come right off!!


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TERESA159 8/12/2011 12:38PM

    Dang girl, you had a hot dog/blizzard snarf fest! I like how you recognize the timing of your little trips off the wagon. They come when you hit a milestone. Perhaps they are your subconscious way of rewarding your body for a job well done. "Here, body, have some of that crap you used to always get and now never get because you are a good body and have done me proud." I do the exact same thing. And like you, I don't WANT to do it, I just do. I hit a milestone and that same day I always overeat. Can't help it. So don't knock yourself too hard. You have worked hard for NINE MONTHS! You have eaten healthy and exercised like a fiend to get where you are. A little slippage does not a failure make. You know what you need to do to get back in the show and I bet you start doing it again either today or maybe tomorrow. Relax. Take a deep breath. Start again.

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