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Another Thought Buffet!

Friday, January 27, 2012

emoticon I hate to see SparkFriends disappear or become "missing in action!"

emoticon People don't like to be faced with the fact that they believe all the excuses they give! I get tired of hearing them. I know where it will lead and it ain't pretty.

emoticon I have very little patience for hearing the same story over and over again! Fault me for it!

emoticonIt is so true that if you talk the talk, you better walk the walk! I also believe that if you are going to lead, you better set the example!

emoticon I have very little patience with myself sometimes. I hold myself accountable more that I would anyone else. I also know that can be less than proactive. I've got to work on that!

emoticon I wonder when some say the SparkPeople program doesn't work! I tend to believe they haven't done everything they should or failed to totally commit. My questions are "Have you given it 100%?" "What's wrong with enjoying life and living healthy?" "Does that excuse mean you KNOW you have a long life ahead?" Yeah, maybe I do get a bit ruthless at times but I've faced myself in the mirror with those same questions!

emoticon I continue to amaze myself doing things I do that I never would have attempted in the past. Here's a clue to that....I went all in with the SparkPeople concept. I also discovered new encouraging, supportive, & inspiring friends most of whom I've never met face to face....yet! They are mostly crazy, I love 'em all, and they're all winners. I don't play losers!

emoticonI'm going strong. I'm maintaining my weight, my healthy lifestyle, and my life's journey. I can' wait for tomorrow 'cause it gets better & better every single day! Amen?

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KANOE10 1/30/2012 7:28AM

    I like your positive energy and focus..Well said. I like you saying tomorrow gets better and better. You are an inspiration for me in maintenance. emoticon

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STARDUSTD 1/30/2012 12:04AM

  God, to think back to when I was thinking about starting, I remember having so many excuses myself. "I can't __ because __." After making progress with weight loss, I also found myself incredibly impatient with hearing excuses, wondering why ppl can't/won't just admit they haven't reached the action stage of change yet. Dealing with my eating relapses the past few months has made me a little more sympathetic, as I've come to realize just what a plethora of barriers ppl have (or put in their own way) and how scary and overwhelming it can be to jump those hurdles.

Comment edited on: 1/30/2012 12:10:55 AM

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TRULYVISIBLE 1/28/2012 12:48PM

  I agree with you. To me it comes down to how much you want something. I want to be healthy and I want to look and feel good so I know that this year I will lose my last 30 pounds. The closest people in my life are normal weight and eat healthy so I have that energy around me. If I had a day job and worked in a office with lots of junk food around and people without a healthy mindset, it would be a lot harder but I still would keep to my program. Excuses are just that, excuses!

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KKKAREN 1/28/2012 8:19AM

    I love to see how great you're doing. I hate it when spark friends just disappear too.

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KERRYG155 1/27/2012 10:55PM

    Great blog! Love your buffets-lots less fattening that the food kind. LOL My not succeeding would be 100% my fault-not the fault of any program and I know that. Sometimes it's just hard for us to admit it.

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SDJOLLY 1/27/2012 9:10PM

    Love this blog!

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CRISSA1669 1/27/2012 4:52PM

    Well said, I have to agree with it all...except the maintaining weight loss part...I'm still losing but I'll get there with hard work and no excuses!! Nice thought buffet!! :)

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LAURIE5658 1/27/2012 3:42PM

    GO BIG RED! (wow, hard to write that LOL)


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CINERICIA 1/27/2012 3:32PM

    Exactly what I feel like saying more times in a day than I can count. Walking the walk (or running the run, as the case may be--go you!) isn't easy. But that is part of what makes it so worthwhile.

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TERRIPAL1 1/27/2012 3:16PM

    Nice blog you are so right!

Thanks so much!!

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My Workout Mix! (Part I)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I've seen a lotta lists so now I'll just lay down a partial that just gets me out of the stall and through brick walls!

emoticon ACDC - Thunderstruck
emoticon Avicii - Levels
emoticon Eminem - Lose Yourself
emoticon Flo Rida - Good Feeling
emoticon Gnarls Barkley - Run
emoticon LFMAO - Party Rock Anthem
emoticon Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger
emoticon Moby - Body Rock
emoticon Ozzy - Crazy Train
emoticon Pete Townshend - Rough Boys
emoticon Pink - Raise Your Glass
emoticon Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo & Afrojack - Give Me Everything
emoticon Prince - Let's Go Crazy
emoticon Prince - Baby I'm A Star
emoticon Queen - Hammer to Fall
emoticon Sammy Hagar - Red
emoticon Taio Cruz - Dynamite
emoticon Van Halen - Jump

It's a start!

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KERRYG155 1/22/2012 10:11PM

    I don't know have of those! I have an ipod but never use it. My daughter bought it and loaded it with oldies although I do like a lot of other music, to. I just don't have it on cd, I guess. Keep on moving and writing!

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MIRAGE727 1/22/2012 5:23PM

    I'm blessed to be a guitarist with 53 years of experience in classical to country to metal to blues. I've always tried to stay open and current to the latest music. I got bored in the late 90s and discovered electronica and industrial! Age is just a number in anything we do! Rock on!

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KSANDIEGO 1/22/2012 4:52PM

    Oh lordy does it mean I'm waaay old if I don't even know who half those people are? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!! But hey baby whatever makes your body mooove to the music is what works so keep it groovin! From your new quickfire friend.

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DORAL33178 1/22/2012 11:41AM

    You have some great songs on your playlist to get you going. Pitbull gets everybody moving. My play list consist of Pitbull and a little gospel. I like Kirk Franklin "I Smile", and "Stomp". I also have a little JayZ and Linkin Park. One of my favorites is "Brush Your Shoulders Off". Linkin Park reminds me of my Boston days.

I love Prince. Oh now I am going to have to add a few more songs to the playlist.

Thanks for sharing.


P.S. I hope you are enjoying your 305.

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SLENDERELLA61 1/22/2012 8:53AM

    WOW! Thanks for sharing. I'll have to try some of those. -Marsha

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KKKAREN 1/22/2012 8:27AM

    I don't have an ipod or other music player, I just listen to nature when I walk.

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    Great mix

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LAURIE5658 1/21/2012 10:19PM

    Monty, great list and I am going to get some of those for my playlist.


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MELMARCELLUS 1/21/2012 10:18PM

    Good mix! Lose Yourself used to be my "angry moments" song years ago. I think I could run to that!! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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A Passionate Rave!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

OK! If you've read my rave before then move on to the next one at an expeditious manner!
I preface by saying I write in love & concern for all my SparkPeople teammates on this wonderful journey. I become attached to them all and will support them all. I also write based upon what I have experienced before I became a healthy person and beyond. Let's get busy!

emoticon You are the priority. If you don't believe that, think about who would take your place if you ceased to exist! I would never see my granddaughter grow up and D would have to pick up the slack! It just gets worse from there. So, you have to take care of yourself daily to be there for those that need you. You have to make it for you first!

emoticon Forget those who say you look terrible after you've ridden yourself of poundage! I've heard it so much and I'm sure you have too! Those people were used to seeing me as a "jolly ole soul!" Forget it, people! Get used to a healthier happier person who digs to run, stays active, and is enjoying life! I can only assume that they wish they had the strength to do what I did! You have made a decision. You achieved. Celebrate with those who celebrate with you! SparkPeople are good for that! Don't let anyone bring you down. Misery loves company and they hide as dream stealers.

emoticon Yes, you've become healthy. Yes, some have looked to you for motivation and inspiration. BUT don't let it add stress to your life! Do not feel that you are responsible to anyone but yourself! Have compassion but don't let anyone bring you down. Don't take on the pressure that leads to guilt. I have slipped in the past and the slippage will come. But I will take proactive ways to get back on the journey righteously. In the end, each of us have choices we must make to succeed. We can't make those choices for them. We're only human!

emoticon None of use know all the answers. None of us! Each of us are individuals with unique bodies. With that in mind, keep an open mind to education. I'm 61 and have achieved high levels in my professional field. If I was all knowing, I wouldn't have tried to unknowingly kill myself by being unhealthy! I was ignorant when it came to what was good for my body. I made bad choices every day! Now I learn from those who share their experiences! I constantly look to SparkPeople for any information that helps me make healthier choices. And I still don't know squat! I'm always open to more knowledge! Keep searching!

emoticonThere are a lot of people here who I will continue to thank for sharing and inspiring. I've come a long way. My life has changed. I will never hold anyone responsible or use them for excuses in any way, shape, or form. I will also never judge them for decisions they make. ( I save that for politicians!) I take responsibility and account for my decisions on my journey. That is the bottom line.

emoticonThere were many times in my life where I have failed miserably. Many did not really impact my life directly. I realize what I could have done now. I use that to challenge myself where it directly affects my future on this journey and those around me. I never knew I could do some of the things I do now. It's good fuel. No matter what, I will try. When I make that effort, I will give it all I have. I will never really know answers otherwise. Does that make sense?

One love...much love...

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KERRYG155 1/17/2012 10:29PM

    Great blog as usual! Good things to think about.

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STUCKER28 1/17/2012 4:09PM

    Definitely a "pick-me-up" that I needed to read today. Thanks for posting your rave. emoticon emoticon

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LAURIE5658 1/17/2012 3:29PM

    I love your raves and this one does not disappoint! This one is yet another homerun!


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Miracle Diets? Hell No!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

I've had a debate with my wife on this topic. Let me say that unless a medical reason applies and a healthy weight loss is needed quickly, then this might not apply. I would hope that a doctor is monitoring progress. And I'm not talking about a "diet doc!" I also believe that procedures might be warranted as well. BUT, afterwards, that doesn't give anyone license to pound down a bag of Oreos or a box of Krispy Kremes! I speak from experience on consumptions of that disgusting quantity!
When I came to SP almost 15 months ago, I had no idea where to start. After starting a new education through reading content on SP, tracking nutrition seemed a good starting block. It gave me a figure to adjust. That would fluctuate with the amount of cardio and strength training I would do. I also started drinking water daily. (64 oz a day? I could never do that! Last night I found I consumed 86 oz no prob!)
Slowly, with ups and downs, I found that the transformation was starting. It was all coming together and encouraging me. It gave me more important priorities in regiment, control, and basically, a paradigm of how I should be living healthily! That was the goal, right? This new path would be vital in assisting with maintenance after I had reached the goal I had set for myself.
THAT was the most important key to everything I was doing. I started the 28 Day Boot Camp. It got me on a daily exercise routine similar to tracking that I've been doing now for 15 months. Every thing became the new routine, the NEW ORDER! Yes, I was told maintaining was the hardest but because I had already taken ownership of my new daily routine, it became second nature after a while, just like everything else. My recent road trip was a confirmation of my new thought process.

If I hadn't taken the time to get rid of the weight slowly and healthily, I never would have been ready to live life in my new "normalcy." When I was first diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes at 258 pounds, I dropped 29 pounds in 4 months! The diet I used was unrealistic and ridiculous. I thought I was a hero. Bob Harper would have gotten in my face and asked what I was so happy about. I fluctuated and started to gain it back. I had not conditioned myself to live healthily. I don't believe that any "miracle drug, procedure, or diet" could have reasonably prepared me.

there are studies that show 95% of all diets fail. I believe that. Many studies show that the success rate of achieving and maintaining weight loss for more than two years is often cited as 5 percent. I believe I can achieve that.
I'm just trying to live a healthy life. My timelines are day by day, week by week, month by month, and year by year. Someone explain to me why I am now the happiest I've ever been in my life. Diets? I don't need no stinkin' diet!

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MIRAGE727 1/9/2012 11:33PM

    We just continue to find new challenges and set our bar higher! That's fun livin'

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STARDUSTD 1/9/2012 11:23PM

  I'm so glad to hear that your gradual lifestyle changes have led to maintaining being your new normal. Let us know when you hit your 2 years. emoticon

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DORAL33178 1/8/2012 1:20PM

    Thanks for sharing your journey Monty. It helps other sparkers that may just be starting out know that you can lose the weight and keep it off. You are an inspiration.

How is your half marathon training going?


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FLORIDAGHOST 1/8/2012 8:59AM

    Keep up the good work and encouragement. I believe as you. I feel better than I have ever felt in my life and I've still got some to lose, but I know I can do it, because I believe I can, which is something I never believed before SP, and because I've proven to myself that I can do it.

I don't believe in the miracle diet's and procedures either. I am not knocking others that do, but for myself, I don't need them.

Thanks. emoticon

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KKKAREN 1/8/2012 8:13AM

    You're right it's a lifestyle change not a diet!

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LAURIE5658 1/7/2012 4:54PM

    Right on, brutha! You nailed it bigtime!


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SLENDERELLA61 1/7/2012 4:17PM

    Yes, Monty. You've got it!! Life is better at goal weight. It is no wonder you are happier. I know I am, too. I love where you say you took ownership of your new routine. That is an excellent way to put it. I know you will keep up the good work. You are just doing GREAT!! -Marsha

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KERRYG155 1/7/2012 2:11PM

    You're definitely right! In 1978, about 100 lbs overweight, after urging from my Dr I had a stomach stapling done-no bypass. Lost 50 lbs, had a miscarriage and gained all the weight back. Ten years later, due to a lot of pain, they repaired the stapling. I again lost 50 lbs and soon gained it all back plus about 40 more. That was when I got a gym pass for $5 and found a trainer who wanted to help. He actually went so far as to get a certification in weight-loss management and started running classes at the gym. So after 2 surgeries and a lot of pain, it was through healthy eating, tracking and exercise that I finally lost 130 lbs. Too bad the arthritis set in and slowed me down so I put 50 back on which I AM working on.

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BLESSEDTOBEME1 1/7/2012 1:40PM

    Have a great day

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My Road Trip Secrets of Success

Monday, January 02, 2012

I just came back from a two week road trip. I had baked oysters in Pensacola, Beans & Rice, Crawfish Etouffee, Gumbo, Jambalaya, and Beignets with Chicory blended French coffee in N'awlins! I had a fabulous Chicken and Shrimp Rice Bowl in Springfield, Missouri and local delicacies of Valentino's Pizza and Runzas in Lincoln, Nebraska. That was all on the trip up to Lincoln...oh there were also Christmas sweets and Chili at our cousin's.

Coming back, we did Subway, had some great BBQ in Columbia, Mo., ate good breakfasts and snacked healthily in the car.

My first secret was PORTION CONTROL! No matter where D & I went, we split meals as much as we could and planned for the day/night.
My second secret was TRACKING NUTRITION. It helped in planning calories for the the week
My third secret was continuing my WATER INTAKE! On the road or on the table, it was essential!

My fourth secret was WORKING OUT by doing serious TIME MANAGEMENT! Not only did I bring my dumbbells with me, I found I was getting hooked on hotel treadmills. I always did cardio sometime in the morning and still got last minute Christmas shopping done, visited family, and did some regional shopping.

My fifth secret was being SERIOUS ABOUT MY LIFESTYLE! I proved to myself that I didn't have to deprive myself, embraced the fact that physical training was a part of my daily regiment, and that I would not fail, myself and my family.

My sixth secret, and certainly not the least important, was my TEAMMATE, my WIFE! We supported each other every mile of the 3300 miles on the road and in hotels! I challenge every spouse of every SparkPerson to support and get on the train. Guess what? You can have a great time doing it and it will strengthen your relationship!

There might have been a couple more secrets (SPARKING DAILY!)but these were the most important I emphasize. I read a lot about those who dread going on trips. PLAN AHEAD and you will still have a great time! 2012 can be the best year of your life! Much love...

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CAROLISCIOUS 1/7/2012 11:11AM

    Awesome tips to road trip success...


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KKKAREN 1/3/2012 7:59AM

    What a great trip. It's wonderful that you could eat all your favorites and still exercise and maintain.

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SLENDERELLA61 1/3/2012 7:57AM

    Great tips for great trips!! Many of those I have used myself. I am jealous that your spouse is on board. Mine definitely isn't. But I can do it anyway. It is worth it.

Congrats on your major success. You have passed a major test. You have embraced a healthy lifestyle and will never go back to your old ways again!! -Marsha

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KERRYG155 1/2/2012 11:09PM

    I love that you guys work as a team, sharing meals and all that. Now if only my husband would join me and even consider sharing a meal!

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7356WILMA 1/2/2012 9:43PM

  Thank you for sharing!! Such good ideas too!! And to do it with your spouse makes it extra special.

Right now I'm personally staying away from Runza, I can share the runza but the fries are to die for and I don't share those. So better staying away from there. Haven't been to Valentino's in quite awhile either and the one in Lincoln is the best. Maybe that's why I haven't been there in awhile either!! I digress!!

Again Thank You for sharing!! Every little bit helps!!

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LAURIE5658 1/2/2012 9:41PM

    The secret to success while on a trip is planning and applying that plan. You did it, my friend, and I applaud you loudly for it. What a great example of a model Sparker you are!

>jambalaya (drool!)

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