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Goals..I need a few!

Monday, August 27, 2012

In Spark Live class this past week one of the challenges was to review your goals or set some if you haven't any.
I need to do this so here goes...

1. Stay within my calorie TRACKING!!!! I haven't been tracking consistently so here is what I am going to do. I am going to pay myself. I am going to put in a jar 1 dollar every day I track my food. betcha. I can use this money at the end of the year for anything I want.
2. Strength train. I was always so good about ST twice a week and that has fallen off. NO MORE! I never miss my runs so there is no reason I can't be consistent with my ST.
3. Cut back to one treat a day. Sugar wise I am eating too much of it. Even if I am in my calorie range I want to limit this. Choose better...yup!

I will add to this as I think of things. I need to lose 10 pounds and this will definitely help!

So here I go..wish me luck!

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QUERIDAANA 1/1/2013 1:56PM

    Great goals,Anne! You can do it! Hapy New Year!

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TIGGER622 8/31/2012 1:21PM

    Good luck!!! You can do this!!! And you got me thinking, I need to write something down!!! Thanks for inspiring as always!!! HUGS!

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LAURAAT 8/28/2012 10:53AM

    I think you've got some great goals here, awesome! And I'm happy to hear the live class inspired you - that's great.

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COLLIMA 8/28/2012 12:45AM


I hear ya!

One of the things that I must do for myself is to participate in a minimum of three SparkPeople Live! meetings per week, which I have been adhering to.

In this morning's meeting when we were reviewing how we did on last week's challenge, I had to fess up and tell the group: "I didn't do crap!"

I do track religiously, but following through on the meeting challenges still escapes me....I am still too stubborn to make it a written goal!

But your blog is getting me ready for it!


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CASSIOEPIA 8/27/2012 9:42PM

    What???? Bobby cooks for you????

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LVMAMAW 8/27/2012 9:01PM

    emoticon emoticonI know you can, Anne! You can do this and you WILL do this!!! emoticon emoticon

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DOCTATITO 8/27/2012 8:54PM

    Great goals! I like your dollar system--may try that myself.

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BOBBYD31 8/27/2012 7:57PM

    so you want me to cook better i guess??????????? your 10 and my 20, i am with you

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DIET_FRIEND 8/27/2012 7:53PM

    There are a lot of low-fat or low-sugar treats to indulge in when the desire strikes. Good luck with your very do-able goals!

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The Never Quit Pledge, Please Join me?

Monday, August 06, 2012

Today, I promise I will not quit.

I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.

I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.

I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.

I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.

I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

signed: Leisa (Sunflowergal40)

Signed: Chris (chriskenandkids)

Signed: Linda (scoutmom715)

Signed: Nancy (tedybear2838)

(from Linda S. Jayne (Geminisue)

Signed: Vicki aka VICKI-B--56

Signed; Pixie (Pixie-Licious)

Signed: Gloria (GloriaB73)

signed Fran

Signed Sarah (Millie 5522)

Signed Shelby (theshelbster)

Signed Beckie (BIRKIE528)

Signed Debaune (Doobie893)

Signed by Wallahalla on Friday, June 29, 2012

Signed by Karen (MAMAWALMART) on June 29,2012

Signed by Sibille (musolf6) Friday June 29,2012

Signed Shirley (Lookingup2012) Friday, June 29, 2012 who needs to do this because she quit SP three times in 3 years.

Signed Susan (catladyx8) Friday June 29, 2012

Signed John (Johntj1) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed Deb (jewelle217) Saturday, June 30, 2012

Signed Kathy (Kalantha) Saturday, June 30, 2012

Signed elizabeth (MEADSBAY) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed Caz (NEW-CAZ) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed Julie (Shawfan) Saturday, June 30, 2012

Signed Michele (BeFit012) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed Cheryl (Clavinova) Saturday, June 30,2012

Signed Sarah (NOTGIVINGUP49) Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Signed Bobbi (SLIMMER_197) Saturday, July 28, 2012

Signed Cherie (BIGSKYCHERIE) Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Signed Janet (EATVEGAN) Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Signed Jenn (Plynsn316) AUGUST 2, 2012

Signed MaryAnn (MARYANNGI) AUGUST 2, 2012

Signed Diane (DianeDoesSmiles) August 8/2/2012

Signed Anne (miamia7) August 6, 2012

Will you blog and post the Never Quit Pledge, today/soon?

To do so, copy and paste and put on ur page under blog. :)

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QUERIDAANA 2/15/2013 12:55AM

    Great pledge! I added it to my blog.

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LVMAMAW 8/6/2012 3:43PM

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5 Things I love about me...revisited.

Monday, August 06, 2012

So in our spark Live class last week we all seemed to be having difficulty coming up with things that we love about ourselves when asked. So Bobby decided that it was time for all of us to blog about the 5 things we love about ourselves again. I figured I had better do it since I am married to the man! Plus I am in serious need of a lift and this might help! So here goes!

1. I love exercise! Seriously..before spark people I would never have said that but now..I love to exercise. After my run..I feel great! After a strength training session...I feel great. You get the idea. It is amazing the changes you can make and that they become a habit!
2. I am a good friend. I love spending time with my friends and my sisters. And of course my best friend..Bobby!
3. I am consistent. I schedule my workouts, I schedule my cleaning and organizing at home and I do my best to get them done. I like to have things scheduled like an appointment and then it gets done. I am a run smoothly kind of gal!
4. But on that note of running smoothly..I think that I have learned later in life to not let it upset me when things don't go so smoothly. So I guess I can say that I don't let the little things upset me. Less stress that way!
5. I am compassionate. I hope I always will be. I have tried to raise my boys with this quality and sometimes I worry I don't see enough from them. I hope that maturity will help that.

So there they are.
Hmmm...I do feel better now!

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COLLIMA 8/13/2012 4:02PM

    Very interesting comparing this list to your previous seem to have expressed much less anxiety over writing this one!

On one of the few teams that I participate on, one of the discussion threads is: "I am proud of me today because...." I find that this is one of the most beneficial discussion forums for me; it creates the same uncomfortable feelings that writing the "5 things I Love about me" does!

Great exercise to get us out of our comfort zones!

As always,



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CASSIOEPIA 8/8/2012 9:40PM

    That's a great list Anne. I am slowly learning to let some things go too. Some days, I need to learn that faster!

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BOBBYD31 8/7/2012 8:23PM

    love those about you too, especially that you have learned to let some things go

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TIGGER622 8/6/2012 5:40PM

    Awwwww mama! I miss you so much! You are an amazing person!!!

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LVMAMAW 8/6/2012 3:45PM

    emoticonGoo djob, again, Anne!! I like those things and so many more about you! emoticon

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ETTEZEUS 8/6/2012 1:29PM

    I love those things about you too!
I sure do miss you :)

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WHITEPONY16 8/6/2012 12:11PM

    emoticon When it's so easy to list things we don't like about ourselves, it's nice to be reminded that there are lots of positive things, too! Way to go!

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SHEENADEE 8/6/2012 12:10PM

    Excellent! After I saw Bobby's blog, I was waiting for one from you too. :-)

What a great list! I might have to borrow that one about scheduling your workouts and house cleaning. Not sure if I'm up for being that organized; but, I can see the beauty of it.


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Saving bucks on healthy groceries. Live class challenge.

Monday, April 23, 2012

So as the title says we are to blog about ways we save on healthy groceries. I have been thinking on this and Bobby and I have made some changes to help our budget.
One thing we attempt to do (but still need to do more often) is plan our meals for the week. That way we have a list of ingredients needed and stick to it.

We also try to hit the reduced racks. There is one in the produce department that has some slightly bruised or marked produce. We just cut away the bad parts and use it.

The meat department will have reduced prices on some things if they are close to their "use by" dates. We will purchase them and then freeze. If we buy large amounts we divide into serving sizes (or make the ground turkey/meats into patties) and freeze. This makes it easy to just pull out what you need and cook.

We do buy generic or store brands on a lot of items. We have learned which products we like just as well or even better in generic. For example Bobby loves the store brand oatmeal better than the name brands.

I think the best way to save is to plan ahead before you even enter the store and to be diligent in looking for the best bargains offered at the time.

Good luck on your next shopping trip Sparkers!

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QUERIDAANA 4/29/2012 9:24PM

    Great blog, Anne. I do many of the same things.

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DDOORN 4/24/2012 2:04PM

    Here's how we save: buy no beverage! Michael Pollan, when asked recently by a reporter what eco-friendly, healthy item would he recommend that could be gotten at a fast food restaurant said: "Tap water!" All we need is water. Spend nothing on all those high-carbon-footprint beverages and you can afford your fresh freggies! :-)


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ETTEZEUS 4/24/2012 12:30AM

    did you have a class today? I thought you had them on Tuesdays.
I can't find them

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CASSIOEPIA 4/23/2012 10:16PM

    Way to get your challenge done Anne! I made my list and bought only what was on the list, but I didn't get the blog done. Thanks for sharing those great ideas.

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BOBBYD31 4/23/2012 10:14PM

    the reduced items on the produce rack are the best! get some great deals

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NORASPAT 4/23/2012 9:05PM

    You will often find items in bulk at health food stores. We have been surprised how much less expensive oatmeal and oat bran is at the local health food store. we compare prices per pound and buy in bulk. Dried herbs and spices are almost always a better buy there too. If we are wanting to just try a new spice or herb it is almost always available in the spice drawers you can buy a single serving amount almost.
I know my grocery store I know when the food is delivered and if I want something fresh it is Tuesday and if I want something reduced I go on Monday morning,
I am happy to find others who find it realistic to plan ahead.
I never do coupons, they are mostly for overly processed over priced items we do not want to eat, so we never buy magazines we can get them at the library. So many enjoyable ways to EAT RIGHT. Thanks for the nice blog, it was refreshing . Pat in Maine, emoticon emoticon

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LVMAMAW 4/23/2012 8:21PM

    Sounds like a good plan and similar to what we are trying to incorporate at our home!! See you Tues!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Celebrating biopsy results

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A few short weeks ago I went to my doctor for my annual checkup. I LOVE this doctor. He is so sweet and I truly trust him. So when he suggested some tests for some concerns he had I was surprised. I kept telling him that it was probably back issues from running and working out but he wasn't being persuaded. So I had a test scheduled to check my ovaries (sorry if TMI) and figured I would have my yearly mammogram also. So the testing was done..and I left feeling quite uneasy. Something about the way the tech was acting scared the heck out of me. I tried to convince myself that I was overreacting. So when my doctor called with the results I didn't expect what I heard. The ovaries were fine (although they couldn't find one..weird) but my mammogram showed a cluster. WHAT?? That's not what I was worried about...REALLY? So off I went for another, more extensive mammo. After the pictures I was told to wait for the doctor at the clinic. Scary! She told me that they needed to do a stereotactic biopsy. She explained the procedure and explained that the cluster is sometimes what your body does to form around cancer. She also said that most of them are benign. I sure was hoping so!
So I asked if we could wait for 2 weeks. JASR was the next week and I didn't want to miss running that! She said that would be fine but not to wait too long. The plan was to not mention it to many people. Just a few close friends. But the stress of all the things...JASR planning, the upcoming biopsy and maybe a glass of wine or two led me to mention it to quite a few of my friends. Sorry about that! But you all are great and SO incredibly supportive. And thank you for that!
So last week I had the biopsy and waited for the results. There was a lot of praying for me by a lot of people and I thank you and I thank God for blessing me with negative results! I am a lucky lady indeed!
I celebrated with a nice 4 mile run today!
To borrow a phrase from a good spark friend...


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QUERIDAANA 5/1/2012 2:42PM

    I'm glad that the results were good. A few years ago they discovered s "spot" in my mammogram and decided to just monitor it in a year to see if it had grown. Luckily it did not grow so they decided that it must be benign.

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DDOORN 4/20/2012 9:37AM

    Sorry so late to the festivities! Wonderful news and SO great to have such a doc who you can entrust your health!


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LAURIE5658 4/16/2012 9:14AM

    Hallelujah! What a scary time indeed that you had to endure BUT God is always at our side. He carried you through!!

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CARILOUIE 4/13/2012 5:35AM

    I'm so glad to hear this news.


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BILLALEX70 4/12/2012 9:16PM

    Glad to hear things are well!

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ETTEZEUS 4/12/2012 7:34PM

    Love reading GOOD NEWS!!
Woo Hoo!!

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LESSOFPMCD 4/12/2012 2:55PM

    Happy to hear you received good news! It must have been very stressful waiting to hear the results.

Good remnder to all of us to have our mammograms done!

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TIGGER622 4/12/2012 12:25PM

    Oh thank you lord!!! I'm heading out to celebrate RIGHT NOW!!! YAY!!!!

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TWINSFITBY40 4/12/2012 12:07PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Good for you. Indeed you should celebrate!!! emoticon

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CBAILEYC 4/12/2012 10:20AM

    Ah geez, what a thing to have weighing on your mind through everything that was going on. I'm glad you shared with friends to let them support you through the waiting!
Excellent results, and what a great way to celebrate!
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    YAY!!!! The Lord is good-He wanted you to share so you'd have more prayers than your own going up!! I am thankful all is well and SUPER thankful that I actually got to meet and hug you in real life!!!!!(I still feel like that weekend was a dream....)

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BUSYGRANNY5 4/12/2012 7:28AM

    What blessed news! Celebrate your blessings!

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DARK_CINDERELLA 4/12/2012 7:06AM

    So glad to hear, Anne! WOOHOO!

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WALKINGGIRL6 4/12/2012 3:27AM

    Wonderful news. I have had many wrong results and had to be tested again and the results are negative. Now you can relax and enjoy your running.

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BOBBYD31 4/11/2012 10:02PM

    hugs baby, we were in it together as we always are! love you

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GOEGIRL 4/11/2012 9:57PM

    I'm SO relieved!!! Of course, I wish I had KNOWN... but I understand you not wanting to dwell on it. This is just the best news I've heard all day.
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BRIAN36 4/11/2012 9:27PM

    Aww, Anne. I'm so glad you got good results. And there you were the night before JASR being so kind to me with my issues and you were dealing with your own. You are a special, special person.

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PAT4PROG 4/11/2012 9:26PM

  Grateful for the fantastic news! More the reason that once again I'll be running a 5K-4-the 3 day. emoticon

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VRADAA 4/11/2012 9:07PM

    Anne, good to hear the results were negative and thankful you moved forward to check everything out. Take care. emoticon

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RUNNINGWILD 4/11/2012 8:49PM

    I'm echoing Deej's happy dance post. emoticonTAKE THAT CLUSTER! You have no power here!!

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DEEJ4FITNESS 4/11/2012 8:47PM

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I'm soooooo glad you had a lil' too much wine & shared! It's always a privilege to pray for a good friend!!

I share in your celebration and am sending a tight HUG!! I'm soooooo grateful!!

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/11/2012 8:32PM

    Great news! emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/11/2012 8:24PM

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NANALD 4/11/2012 8:18PM

    Thank heaven! I am so glad you are healthy! Celebrate! emoticon

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SHEENADEE 4/11/2012 8:15PM

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Yes, life is good. I am so happy to hear these fabulous results, Anne. I can just picture the big smile that should have been on your face during that run.

Fabulous news for a fabulous woman!


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CASSIOEPIA 4/11/2012 8:12PM

    Love you! Doing the happy dance over here (and hoping the snow gods don't mistake it for more snow dance).


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