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Goodbye Heath Ledger

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I am deeply upset about Heath Ledger's death at such a young age. He was truly talented (and a hottie to boot). I feel so sad for his little girl. I hope his family finds peace in this difficult time. What a shame!

Sometimes I think our society has sunk to a new low when it comes to our obsession with celebrities and their lives. People flocking to his apartment building. Bothering his family. Exploiting his life and speculating on what happened no matter how true or untrue it will turn out to be. So tacky!

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SAYRAH-M 1/23/2008 8:01PM

    It is hard to make sense out of young talented people dying. Accidental or not, it just seems so senseless. Makes me sad too!

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JERSJOURNEY 1/23/2008 6:19PM

    I was sad about his passing too. He seemed like such a sweet man and a good father to his little girl. I have loved him since A Knights Tale. My friend and I went to it 3 times. I think he was great in every movie he was in. Sad day .

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Monday, January 21, 2008

I had a really bad eating weekend and went to bed last night with indigestion. I had to take a tagament before I could fall asleep. Hopefully I have learned my lesson.

I need to STOP eating out at restaurants and cook at home instead. Since starting Spark, I have done A LOT better in this area. My husband and I used to go out to eat at least 4-5 times a week. Dinner and drinks or happy hour with friends was our #1 form of entertainment. Now we go out to eat maybe once or twice a week. Still, I NEED to eat at home and reduce the restaurant trips even more. Not only is it better for my waist, it is better on the wallet. We NEED to save money. I can't even begin to tally how much money we have spent on restaurants in the past 10 years or so. We probably could have bought another house with that money by now.

Soooooo, I have added two new goals to my SparkPage:

1. One full week of eating at home (this includes not ordering takeout) = a subscription to Rachael Ray magazine.
2. Two full weeks of eating at home = a new top.

I hope these will keep me motivated. This bad habit is a tough one to break because it is so much FUN to go out. This is especially true on Friday and Saturday nights. Still, I have some great recipes planned for the week. We'll see how it goes!!

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PIKAGIRL 1/23/2008 6:29AM

    Instead of eating out with friends, why not have a couple of pot lucks or invite people over. In fact, pick up Rachael Ray's 2468 which is how to cook a dish for 2-8 people to help you towards your goals.

When you do eat out, cut out certain waist busters: heavy creams & sauces, fried stuff, lots of alcohol (a glass of wine is fine, but some of those fancier drinks are just not good for you on a number of levels). You need to live your life, just make small adjustments and trust me, they'll add up.

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TO_REBOOT_CHAR 1/21/2008 2:30PM

    That is a wonderful goal. I believe you can do it. And with your new lesson learned, I wish you the Best!!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 1/21/2008 10:35AM

    Good on you for aiming to save cash and calories. How are you replacing the social aspects of eating out with friends? Staying home may keep you thin, but it may make you lonely.


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JAYLENEE 1/21/2008 10:15AM

    Change takes time. It is good you are not going "cold-turkey" on the eating out. This is a great site.

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Through rain, sleet or snow, Part 2

Thursday, January 17, 2008

As I have mentioned here before, I usually walk to the gym. It's about a mile each way. Today, we are having a snowstorm. Unfortunately for me, I've noticed that it seems to rain or snow a lot on Thursdays, which is when I go to my favorite fitness class: Body Pump. Not wanting to miss it, I have been known to walk to the gym in snow and icy drizzle. And that was totally my intention today. But I got halfway down the block and turned right back around. It was just not going to happen this time. LOL! I am looking outside my window right now and I am so glad I decided to stay home where it is warm.

So anyway, instead I found a Walk Away the Pounds DVD that my MIL gave me in December when my husband and I were visiting. She had ordered it for herself but realized that was not the one she meant to buy and offered it to me. I hadn't used it until now because I am more of a gym girl than an at-home exerciser. But today seemed like a great opportunity to try it out.

I apologize to any Leslie Sansone fans out there (I know there are a lot) but BOY is she annoying! I noticed there is a feature where you can select "music only" instead of "music and instruction." I chose the instruction because this was my first time doing any WATP DVD, but I am DEFINITELY going to select "music only" next time. As for the workout itself, it was pretty good. It's a relatively low-cost and simple option if you want to get a workout in at home. I read and sometimes post on a Spark message board thread called "How to Actually Start Exercising" and I think a WATP DVD would be a great way to start out, as there are beginner levels, you are not using any heavy equipment and you don't do anything crazy -- just move your arms and legs.

As for my workout today, I only burned 234 calories even though the DVD says "advanced." However, it is 234 calories more than what I would have burned sitting around and not doing any type of workout since I skipped the gym. I worked up a sweat. Got my booty moving. I feel good.

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PIGLETSMALL 1/17/2008 4:33PM

    Wow! So you've got snow! We were meant to get some a week ago but it never arrived. LOL! they aways get it wrong. Well done for doing your exercises. At least it didn't stop you. Way to go!

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    I ONLY workin. Workingout is too cold in Canada at this time of the year. LOL Thanks for the advance warning about Leslie Sansone. I intend to buy some videos. ...Pam

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Goal date coming up. Will I make it?

Monday, January 14, 2008

Currently I have my goal date set at February 27, which is my 33rd birthday. Will I make it? Can I do it? I have 21 pounds to go. That is a huge amount of weight to lose in a month and 13 days. I really want to make it. It will be tough, but I don't want to reset my goal yet again.

I didn't know quite what to expect the first time I didn't make my goal on the date I specified with Spark. As that date drew near, I thought that maybe Spark would send me an e-mail saying something like, "Sorry, you didn't make it. Would you like to reset your goal date?" But I got no such e-mail and that day came and went just like any other day. I just reset it on my own. That is probably a good thing, since Spark is all about encouraging its members and positive reenforcement.

Since I am in Stage 4 with Spark, I do get "checkup" e-mails from time to time asking me to rate how I feel about different areas of my progress.

With me, that is a tricky question. I just never know how I am going to feel about my progress tomorrow or the next day. I am consistenly going back and forth between being super proud of my accomplishments (wow, I have lost 42 pounds!!) and being impatient and stressed out (yikes, I only have a little over a month to make goal)!

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TLB513 1/14/2008 5:22PM

    42 pounds! What an accomplishment!!! Don't sell yourself short. And you know the closer you get to goal, the harder those pounds hold on! They just don't want to let go as easily. You'll get to your goal... you might just be 33 when it happens. So what?!?
Hang in there and Keep Sparkin'...!
You're worth it!

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DAHEEP 1/14/2008 2:58PM

  Wow! 42 lbs is awesome! I hope you make your goal date, but don't sweat it if you don't. If 42 lbs came off, the last 21 lbs will too.

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What a difference 1 pound makes

Thursday, January 10, 2008

So yesterday, I weighed in at 136 pounds. According to my BMI, that means I am now at a normal weight!! At 137 pounds, I was still overweight. So this 1 pound loss is actually a milestone of sorts. Woo hoo!

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TIME4JUDI 1/11/2008 3:14PM

    Awesome! I was SO excited to finally reach a normal BMI! Mazal Tov!

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SOMERN 1/11/2008 10:12AM

    Woohoo! That's great!

I'm doing better with food, just need to get back to working out. We had steak last night, and in the past, we would have cooked a steak for each of us (well, 1 each for the adults and 1 for the kids to split). My dad always gives us Omaha Steaks for Christmas. This year the assortment included a couple of huge T-bones, a couple of strip steaks, and a couple of filets. Last night we cooked one T-bone and 1 strip and cut it into smaller portions. I only ate one, correctly-portioned piece and was more than satisfied! Felt a lot better than I would have if I had eaten a whole steak, too!

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    Many congratulations! That is an important milestone, for sure. I hope I'll be there, soon, too.


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