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Saturday, January 03, 2009

I did not want to be 200. I wanted to be 199 today. But for whatever reason on Wednesday when I weigh in I was still 202. But on Friday morning I had moved down to 200. I had been cooking for actual homeless people on Thursday and did not have time to weigh but i did post my food.
As I do food differently I am grateful for a kitchen to cook in and a bed to sleep in.
I do not have tons of money but I have a loving husband who wants to "take care of me".
I always tell him I can take care of myself but he wants to so I let him think he does.
I thank God every day for good health. My sister's mother in law has breast cancer.
They must be devastated. My resolution is to stay in gratitude every day.
I will blog what I am grateful for each week. I want to be kind even to people who are difficult.
I will look for happiness where ever I can find it.

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JEANELLEN59 1/4/2009 8:13AM

  Good Morning!!!

WONDERLAND will show up soon - just stick with your new lifestyle. It is frustrating though to see those numbers go up and down and up and down. It will happen SOON!

You often sound so much like the person I want to be - GRATITUDE and KINDNESS.

Sometimes I forget to practice those just like I forget to practice HEALTH. I grumble and eat too much. Thanks for reminding me who and how I really want to be....

Practice - GRATITUDE and KINDNESS and HEALTH and WONDER every single day.


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SHERI1969 1/3/2009 11:58PM

    Happiness Is An Inside Job. It has to come from within you first and foremost. It doesn't take much money, sometimes no money at all, to help others less fortunate than ourselves. I'm on a disability pension but I volunteer and I make things for the homeless and I clean out my small apartment about once per month and donate it. Happiness must first come from within. That's when it is displayed on the outside, making us shine!

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VEGEFARMER 1/3/2009 10:17PM

    You are creating real magic and bringing joy into the lives of many who have nothing, you are offering them real and sincere encouragement & love. What could possibly be more magical than that.
money isnt everything and it seems to me that you have your priorities in the right order.
thanks for sharing.

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BLUEBELL101 1/3/2009 8:49PM

  You keep up this great work. The Lord will Bless you fully. That made me feel good to read this blog.........lena

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Where am I going?

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Hey team this is really the last day of 2008 and I will be one year older Than I was last january.
(My birthday is in March) and maybe one year different. Different is not good or bad it is just a choice. Every choice has consequences that are foreseeable and some consequences that are not foreseeable. So we approach each day as it marches at "it's petty pace. And all our yesderdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. out out brief candle. " Do you remember your Macbeth?
Maria emoticon

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    No, sorry to say, I've not read Macbeth..I didn't know about your BIRTH-DAY (or did I ) , anyway, HAPPY BE-LATED BIRTHDAY !!! This NEW YEAR is going to be the best , because anything is possible if you want it !!

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SHERI1969 12/31/2008 11:34PM

    I remember Macbeth now! lol Happy New Year!

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VEGEFARMER 12/31/2008 6:51PM

    Maria, were you born on the 31st of Dec ? That is my sisters birthday & she is such a wonderful sister.
Roll on 2009 may it be everything you've dreamed of.

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Blackmail Blog

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I really cannot believe I am blogging to get Spark Points.
It has been a while and I post on my team pages but have not been doing public blogs.
I have been at at plateau because I am eating too many things that while on the heavy side of my calories, are not really what I should be eating. I am resolved to go back to Oatmeal breakfasts with fruit and nuts, no sugar. It actually is quite good.
I will work on improving the quantity of fresh vegetables and salads also.
Keep the faith. IajoeB

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    HI MARIA ! I LOVE THIS PHOTO,Hes trying to hold you for ransom from speaking...HAHA I LOVE OATS !! YUMM. Do you like cream of wheat too ?? I do. IT sounds good.

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VEGEFARMER 12/31/2008 4:32AM

    LOL. We all do what we must to get our points.
Your off to a good start.
Happy New Year from New Zealand, the first country to bring in the New Year. I sure hope it brings you good luck & good fortune and a year filled with great memories.
hugs vege

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SHERI1969 12/30/2008 10:05PM

    You're off to a good start. Small baby steps is how babies learn to walk. They walk, they fall, they get back up and try again. So do we. Beautiful cat btw. I have a black male cat who looks like a mini panther!

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KARIN:) 12/30/2008 6:20PM

    I am with you on the eating better foods. I am staying in my calorie range, but I have been choosing foods that are not the best for me. Lots of carbs (they are my weakness) and not enough veggies.

P.S. I have a new kitten (we adopted her 4 weeks ago) and she LOVES to sit right where your cat is sitting. Right there in my face. If I lean forward to try to get her off she will walk around to my shoulders. :)

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Friday, October 31, 2008

emoticon Going Down hill is scary October 31, 2008
The accountability challenge suggested to me, has made a difference in my life. I could say I wanted to loose weight, but until I took my life in my own hands, until I kept accurate track of what I was doing, I did not know what I was doing. But now I do.
In the month of September I lost 5 pounds from the day I started tracking my food.
In October I lost 6 pounds and kept daily track of food and exercise and reported it to my team members. I have increased my exercise and made better choices with my food.
I am continuing with the challenge for November. emoticon

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VEGEFARMER 12/15/2008 2:01AM

    Well done, keeping trqck of the food sure does help.
going down hill isn't as scarey as up hill would be after all that hard work. LOL
Just be sure not to go roller coasting, level ground is the best I think.
Mere kirihimete. Arohanui. karyn & whanau

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GETDONE 11/5/2008 1:51AM

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11-RENEWAL-20 11/1/2008 7:42AM

    Maria...You are a wonderful motivation ...keep up the good work. It is all worth it. emoticon

Comment edited on: 11/1/2008 7:39:44 AM

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SHERI1969 10/31/2008 9:06PM

    WELL DONE! Sounds like you got the program down and that you are enjoying it...and that's half the battle is enjoying it. emoticon on your continued weight loss!!!!!!

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NEWME4GOOD 10/31/2008 7:06PM

    Wonderful losses! Way to Go!! It was a harsh reality to me also, when I began to REALLY see WHAT I was eating! Wow!! Now as I change my habits,... I can say Wow~ in a good way!! ; ) Wishing you continued successes! God's blessings to you & yours.

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JEANELLEN59 10/31/2008 1:41PM

  You are doing so AWESOME!!!
It is eye opening isn't it.
I love the phrase "took my life in my own hands."
Isn't that the truth.

On another note: I too love Tai Chi, do you know of a decent Tai Chi tape? The ones I have looked at teach too fast or else I am too slow of a 'picker upper' of moves.

Take care - I am glad you are doing good!!!


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Hate to exercise

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I do not like to exercise. I have spent most of my life avoiding the exercise bike sitting in the middle of the kitchen and the weight bench in the backyard and the treadmill in the living room.
I do not even like to walk around the block.
But on October 21 I am going to commit to 45 minutes of Tai Chi Cha a day plus 30 minutes of walking ,bike riding , tread mill. I have all the equipment including a park 3 blocks away....
Lets see how I do.. This does not include the gardening or "professional dishwashing I do to work out now.....
I have been getting stronger... I also need to do the weight training exercises... I'll just have to spend a little less time on the computer or watching TV,, I am inspired by the Spirit here...... I want to be one of your winners.. emoticon

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GETDONE 10/23/2008 12:50PM

    emoticonTai Chi Cha ? Is this a group available in the SAC area? I could certainly use it

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NEWME4GOOD 10/19/2008 7:29PM

    Hello ...IAJOEB! My heart goes out to you, too! ; ) I think you were right when you mentioned having an open mind. I would encourage you to find something that you like - even if you enjoy it just mildly. Start small and remember every little bit helps, its just a real challenge to change what we are used to. As you are open-minded to your changes- I, too, will be joining you! Making HABITs stick to have the weight loss that will STAY.

You are a winner!


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11-RENEWAL-20 10/19/2008 10:32AM

    HI, I do not like to exercise either although I'm an active person...I really hate to do "organized" exercise. I think the yo-yo team will help me to at least walk 5 X 's a week...maybe I can develope a habit, although when I've done things for weeks at a time in the past I still had to force myself to do it...did not naturally develope the good habit. Be careful...nothing is worth hurting yourself...as we get stronger (and lighter) everything should be easier. Good luck...Sharon J

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BITTYGIRL51 10/19/2008 12:04AM

    If I can do it, so can you! Did you know that it takes 21 days to form a habit? Therefore, you need to pick one thing and do it for 21 days. It will then become such a habit that if you don't do it you will miss it! It works - just try it! I also hated exercise and when first began my journey to lose weight I resisted the idea of exercise. But after about four months, I gave in and began walking. Don't deal with extremes. Just move more than you are! I began by walking 1 mile. Then, 2. Then 3. Now I am training to RUN a 5K which is 3.1 miles. It is doable and with each small victory you will gain more confidence that you can do more. I'm cheering for you - so go for it!

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SHERI1969 10/18/2008 11:38PM

    I like YOUR spirit and your enthusiasm! If you continue to feel this enthusiastic, I have no doubt that you will achieve your goals!
Like you, I didn't like exercise. Even now, after being on SP for 10 months, I still don't like it, but when I get DOING it, I feel soooo good! It is a mental block and I believe a fear of SUCCEEDING! I know many people fear failure, but I think a lot of people who are overweight fear the successes too. Change that is good is just as scary as change that is bad.
Good luck on your journey. Keep in touch if you like!

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