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Where I have been, Where I am, and Where I going

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Okay Christmas is over and I did okay. I didn't gain any weight but I didn't workout much and I didn't eat right, who can pass up cookies when their nickname has been cookie monster forever. Since this the first day that I have anytime to myself since before Christmas. I decide to make a check of how I am really doing on this journey to a healthy me.

I starting SP back in April 2008, at first I made some slow but steady progress and then dropped off. I came back and dropped off again and again. In October 2009, I had a miscarriage after several years of trying. So after taking a little time to get my head back in the right place, in January 2010 I decide I was going to give it my all and finally put everything into the program.

So where I am now. When I started in 2008, I weighed 185 pounds. At 5 foot 3, I was in the obese BMI range. I ate at fast food places almost everyday, and vegetables and fruit were not on my plate at all. I was barely fitting into my size 16 jeans and could barely walk my dog up the hill from my house. Today I weighed in at 150 pounds, I am still in the overweight BMI range, but just barely. This year I completed a no where near level 5K in just over 40 minutes. And my dog can happily tell he is the one struggling to keep up on our daily walks now. I can easily breeze through a EA Active workout and then add some more and still get dinner on the table (which now including lots of Freggies) without taking a break to catch my breath. I for my clothing, I can happily say I am wearing a size 8, which is getting a little loose now. But the most important thing I can say is I am HAPPY with who I am and how I look. Sure I don't have abs or buns of steel, but really who does. Thank You SP and all my SP friends.
me at a party this fall)
Now where I am heading in 2011? Well I would to drop another 15 pounds, and be in the healthy BMI range for the first time in my adult life. I would like to complete a 5K in under 40 minutes. I would like to finally quit smoking for good. I would like to continue being happy! How I am I going to do that? Well with the help of all my SP friends and team mates. I can truly say the SP has been one the best things in my life.

Wishing everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year!!!!!!!!!

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4LEEFCLOVER 4/9/2011 12:10PM

    You're story is inspiring! Thanks for all you do as our Starfish Team Leader!

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DARKTHOR 2/23/2011 3:26AM

    You've done a great job, keep on going and reap the rewards of health and fitness. I'm doing EA Active 2 workouts now and I'm enjoying them a lot.

Go Starfish!

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JAVALOVERTOO 1/2/2011 2:31PM

    I love the photo of you. 2010 was great and 2011 will be better!!! emoticon

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JULIAOAK 1/2/2011 11:57AM

    Happy New Year - you have done a fantastic job so far. keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon

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MRSMILLER777 1/1/2011 10:08PM

    Looks like you're doing great and I'm sure if you keep on this path, you'll be obtaining those goals during 2011! emoticon

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EGRAMMY 12/29/2010 5:52PM

    emoticonyou are going the right way to the right place

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PERSISTANT123 12/29/2010 2:31PM

    You have done a great job so far. I have complete faith that you will achieve your goals in 2011 ... although if you increase your pace to do the 5K in less than 40 minutes, will you have to carry your dog when you are training? emoticon

You look really happy in your picture. I hope you reach all your goals in 2011. They sound quite doable.

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Busy Summer!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Wow, I knew it was a long time since a posted a blog entry, but I didn't realize just how long. It has been a busy summer that is flying by. My weight has been holding pretty steady for most of the summer, which in a way is a good thing considering all the events that I have been attending which all involve food. There are the picnics, the baseball games, the trips to the shore, and the list goes on. I found that I have survived these things by not telling myself that I can't eat, but rather by having small amounts of everything I want and not I big plates full.

This summer I have also spent a good deal of time on SP. I became the Challenge Leader of the Starfish team of the Sizzling Summer 5% Challenge. It has taken me more time then I thought it would when signed up for it, but it has been great. I now have other people counting to make sure that I get in my exercise and eat right and I reason that I need to be on SP everyday (well I have missed somedays with traveling, I keep asking for one of those 3G cards but nothing yet). We may not be in first place but we are doing great!! Go Starfish emoticon!!!

I also took on a lot more responsibility at work in the beginning of June. I now responsible for Environmental, Health, and Safety for my work site. It was a lot to take on, but I am really starting to get the hang of it. I say that now but tomorrow I am sure that someone will throw me a curveball.

So with working more, being on here more, and still reading, I have found that my sleep is being deprived. So I have decided to set a goal for myself to be in bed by 10:30 each night of the next week. So if any of you seeing posting late at night, please yell at me. That means I would get about 7 1/2 hrs of sleep.

Hope everyone is having a great summer, too!!

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EGRAMMY 8/18/2010 5:11PM

    hi challenge leader. I am responding to your blog to get 1 point for the blog plus connect to team members blog. I got my blog points this am and am trying to add a couple of connect points.

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KALISWALKER 8/16/2010 10:57PM

    I hope you are getting your sleep. When you are well rested it makes life so much easier.

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XHOOSIERLOSER 8/12/2010 9:54AM

    Look at you! You are doing so great, and I'm really proud of you. So glad to hear the update about your summer, sweetie. Thanks for the blog!

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THENEWCINDY 8/11/2010 10:40AM

    you really are busy

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JOBIONE 8/11/2010 3:50AM

    Busy busy!! Sounds like you're doing great, well done you. Good idea re the sleep, I need to do the same! Take care xx

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SMYLEERED 8/11/2010 12:42AM

    I understand what you mean....I'm guilty of burning the midnight oil and it does affect my hours of sleep which affects my disposition and that's not a good thing. Good luck with your goal setting to limit time in here and go to bed by 10:30 p.m. every night next week. Sounds like a good plan. Keep busy but don't overdo it.

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I need a kick in the butt!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I haven't blogged in a long time, but that is not the only thing falling off. I can make all the excuses I want but that is just what they are excuses. I haven't been excercising, tracking my food, or anything else. I am not sure what happened but I now that I have been stuck 152 for a long time. I know what I need to do but I can't seem to get myself to do it. I really just need a kick in the butt again.

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PERSISTANT123 6/23/2010 4:15PM

    Go back to the beginning and start doing 2-3 things ... start a new Spark Streak as it were.

I know how you feel, and I have started exercising at least 15 minutes every day and tracking everything that I put in my mouth. It's time for us to start doing and kick all those excuses to the side of the road.

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FRANKIEKNIGHT1 6/23/2010 7:23AM

    It must be in the air, because I feel the same way each day I make my self do something. You can do this just take on step at a time.

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JOBIONE 6/23/2010 3:54AM

    Sometimes you need that time out just to give yourself a break from thinking about it all the time. Enjoy it, then get back into it when you feel ready. Maybe start by getting back into some exercise, get those endorphins flowing, and then that will give you the motivation to start tracking and dieting again. I don't see anything wrong with a period of maintenance, if nothing else it proves that you can do it, and that alone can give you the motivation to go a little bit further.

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AHAPPYLIFE 6/23/2010 1:26AM

    Try doing what I did - went back to the Spark basics. It has helped. Also take a look at this article on the Oprah website:

Hope it helps you as it did me,

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MIPPY265 6/22/2010 11:33PM

    This is my third time at it with Spark people. This time around Im down 25 pounds.

Starting over isnt a bad thing, its just another new beginning. You can do it just put your mind to it!!

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SMYLEERED 6/22/2010 11:27PM

    Start over that's all you can do. In my lifetime I started over and over many times. Personally, since I started OA 8 months ago, I went off program once. I feel like my entire life has begun anew. Glad you came back, SP is a good place for support to keep on your program. Good luck with that!

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Some much going on ...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Seems to be happen to a lot lately, I got so busy with things that I forget to update.

I was in my nephew's wedding. That's me on the upper left, in a strapless dress. Still can't believe that I wore a strapless dress. It was a lot of fun.

I got home from that and I got so wrapped in work that I haven't found time to workout, watch TV, or keep up with SP. I think things at work are going to be slowing down. So I should be able to get back into the normal swing of things.

Last weekend I went down to the Phillies game and found that I really didn't want any of the ballpark food. This weekend I am participating in a dog walk for local shelter and going to the first picnic of the season. Should be fun.

Memorial Day DH and I are heading to Vegas with friends for the week. I can't wait, should be lots of fun. We are talking about taking a day to hiking at Red Rock Canyon.

Hope All is well with everyone!

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SMYLEERED 5/18/2010 12:18AM

    That was a lovely picture of you and the wedding party, blue becomes you, thanks for sharing. You sure are a busy person. Have a nice time in Vegas and hiking at Red Rock Canyon. Looking forward to your blog when you return. emoticon emoticon

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ROSALACEY2 5/14/2010 9:34PM

    You look beautiful in that dress!!! And so happy! All that work is worth it when you get to wear something so pretty and KNOW you look good! Keep up the good work and have fun on your adventures. emoticon

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NANASNOW 5/14/2010 1:08PM

    Nice dress! I blogged about how I don't like a lot of the food I used to munch on. Can't even figure how I did! AND why can't the ball parks have more nutritional fare for us alternative foodies!?

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XHOOSIERLOSER 5/14/2010 9:39AM

    What a great photo of you! Sounds like you have a lot of great things planned, and you are doing so well! Keep up the good work.

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VTCRICKET84 5/14/2010 8:19AM

    you look beautiful! love the color of your dress :) can't wait to hear about your trip to VEGAS! ah! take me with you!! lol!

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PERSISTANT123 5/13/2010 11:36PM

    How beautiful. You wear that dress well. I'm glad to hear that you aren't even tempted by things that would have sabotaged you before. Enjoy you dog walk. You are just AWESOME!

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FLUENTFROG 5/13/2010 11:18PM

    You looked beautiful! How great to realize how much your tastes have changed that make once-tempting foods not even appealing. Sounds like great fun ahead, enjoy!

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MELA1953 5/13/2010 10:45PM

    You looked great!! Glad to hear you were good at the Phillies game (I am a Mets fan)...

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DBELLE39 5/13/2010 9:00PM

    You looked great at your nephew's wedding! See your hard work pays off --I know sometimes I think I'm going nowhere when I look at the big picture but when I focus on things like my increased energy level or overall feeling of a healthier lifestyle then I can see the benefits of my work.

Hope you have a great time in Vegas & the Rock Canyon! Hope to see pics & hear all about it!

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Wow, I didn't realize

Thursday, April 22, 2010

There is so much going that I didn't realize how long it had been since I made blog entry. Where to start. Since my last post, I actually celebrated my two years here at SP. Yeah! Tucker also had his annual vet appointment, and it looks like all the walking we have been doing has not only be good for me, he went from 25lbs last year to 23lbs this year. 2 whole pounds in a year, it amazes me.

Last weekend we had our annual pub crawl. Most of the people are friends that we don't see that often. I always get a new outfit for the pub crawl, and I was really looking for a lot comments on my outfit, but I didn't. What I got was repeatedly told that I was getting so skinny. Really skinny, I don't think I have ever been called skinny. I know that I still have a ways to go but it really felt great to be called skinny.

This week at work has been crazy. I have been really tired by the time I get home I just want to sleep, but I have managed to get a workout in. Today I didn't feel like going for a walk but Tucker would not stop until I took him out. So out we went and then since I already got a walk in, I might as well get in a workout.

Hope everything is going good for everyone out there.

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ROSALACEY2 5/10/2010 8:14AM

    Our four-legged babies are great motivators aren't they? I miss my border collie mix. She would run out and do her "business" then come back to the door and bark until I came out to play with her. She liked to catch a frisbee, then have me chase her to try to get it from her. I never thought about it as exercise at the time, but it surely was!

I know how you must have felt when people noticed how "skinny" you were getting, now that's one name I would not mind being called!

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PERSISTANT123 4/23/2010 8:26PM

    Okay Skinny! I can only imagine how wonderful it made you feel to have friends who you don't see that often noticing a big change. All the work you did for you is paying off in unexpected ways.

I always tell people my cats have me trained. Sounds like Tucker has you trained to take him walking too!

Have a fabulous weekend!

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XHOOSIERLOSER 4/23/2010 4:25PM

    It is so true that once we get started, we do just go ahead and finish - good for Tucker and good for you!

Love that you are getting the compliments, not your clothes! Awesome, sweetie! You are just great!

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KALISWALKER 4/23/2010 1:40AM

    I hope you enjoy your friends comments! Girl friend you are on a roll. Tucker has lost almost 10% this in a year. You have trained yourself do a workout without thinking about how you are feeling, it's part of routine. Tucker is a great little coach encouraging you to get in the walk. Dogs are wonderful execise machines, grab leash and go,

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LITTLEBROWNNUT 4/22/2010 10:47PM

    I find that once I get going, exercise gives me energy...maybe walking Tucker energized you for your workout. Absorb all the great comments...they are fuel to keep you going on your journey!

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JAVALOVERTOO 4/22/2010 10:15PM

    emoticon on walking even though you were tired!!! You are emoticon!!!

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POPSGRYL63X 4/22/2010 10:04PM

    Good for you! Always glad to hear positive changes!

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