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WW Week #2

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Yippee...another 2 pounds lost! I really like tracking my food now and am holding myself accountable for every bite I put in my mouth!

Have a great week!

  
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BE-THE-CHANGE 3/4/2013 8:35PM

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BAKER1009 3/1/2013 12:24PM

    That's awesome MaryAnn! Keep up the great work!
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MUGSYMOM 3/1/2013 9:48AM

    Thanks to all of you for the positive comments! :)
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SCHNAUZERMOMMY 3/1/2013 3:42AM

    way to go!!!

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VIXSTERLU 2/28/2013 8:35PM

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CAPECODLIGHT 2/28/2013 6:16PM

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MIRAGE727 2/28/2013 4:48PM

    Love it! One of the secrets to success...accurate nutrition tracking! Stay strong and stay focused!
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WW Week One is History

Friday, February 22, 2013

After looking at the scale last month and realizing that I have gained what I had worked so hard to lose - I succumbed to the last resort to lose weight. I joined Weight Watchers. WW had helped my mom and sister lose weight in the past but I always said NO to joining. I always convinced myself that I knew how to eat and didn't need to go weekly to hear some women talk about their "Success Stories" and get weighed in. Well, I joined last week and in one week on WW I lost 4 whopping pounds! I am ecstatic! I actually committed myself to going weekly and getting weighed and sticking around for the meeting afterward. I have learned MANY things in only 2 sessions about how to snack correctly and learned tricks about portion sizes. My only regret is that it's taken so long for me to join! I love the fact that I must be held accountable for stepping on that dreaded scale! I am allotted a certain number of Points each day and I must stick to those Point values...which I have faithfully! The coolest thing about WW is the app that is available on smart phones. It is awesome! I enter in all of my food/drink intake on this app and it is really cool! It also has a calculator which can give me the # of Points in any given food item. It even has a barcode scanner which I use when I do my grocery shopping which gives out the Points in any given item! Really amazing!

I just had to write a quick blog about this journey that I am on and I just hope that I keep up with my tracking and losing the weight!

  
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BAKER1009 3/1/2013 12:31PM

    I'm glad you joined WW and are finding success with it!
There is nothing wrong with seeking out a little help in life. Remember, those who seek help are stronger than those that sit confused!
Or something like that...I just made that up, LOL!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 2/22/2013 1:04PM

    That's awesome, congratulations!

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MOMMASLILGUNNY 2/22/2013 12:12PM

    There is an even easier way to track with the WW app too. You can take a pic of your food. It calculates the points from that!

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CAPECODLIGHT 2/22/2013 12:09PM

    Good for you! My sister and niece have had excellent success with WW. My sister goes back for a "tune-up" as a lifetime member every once in a while if she gains a few pounds. So, she nips it in the bud before she really slides.

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Letting go...or not

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Okay, I could really use some advice here. My son is 18 and in his senior year of high school. He is a great kid, a kind soul, a good heart, you get my drift. For the past 2 years he has really started to get engrossed in history and world cultures. He just recently got accepted to Penn State University and will be majoring in Secondary Education - yes, he wants to teach History to high schoolers (God bless his heart!) He is especially fond of Eastern Asian cultures and is fascinated by their customs, religions, etc. While he worked part-time at McDonald's last year he came to meet quite a lot of people from those countries who worked at McDonald's as part of their college work study program back in their home countries. This was great for my son who got to know these friends and got to ask them questions about their countries and cultures and really learned quite a lot along the way. He has met friends from Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Turkey, Cambodia, South America, etc. This has really been a good thing for him and we have nicknamed him "The Ambassador" as he has been the one to show these people around Pittsburgh and he has taken them to the sights of our wonderful city - the good restaurants, landmarks, and true delights of what makes our city special.

Now, here comes the hard thing for me as his parent....now he would like to take a trip to visit the countries he is so fascinated by...Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand! He has kept in contact via Facebook and email with all of the people he had met through McDonald's and he would like to take a 3 week trip to see the sights of these 3 countries. He has saved up every paycheck for the past year and is set on going. We, as his parents, are not quite "on board" for such a trip and a trip of this magnitude would be quite costly for all of us to take. We really don't know what to do. I have always wanted my children to experience all life has to offer, but this is so very scary! Am I too protective? He will turn 19 in July and I have many friends who feel that it would be such and educational experience for him and that we should let him have his wings and do it....

I could really use some advice here. My husband and I are having a hard enough time dealing with him going off to college in the fall..which is only a 2 hour drive away! This trip is around the globe!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/31/2013 10:38PM

    I am with you. I would not let my daughter go to Germany her senior year because I did not think the trip was properly chaperoned. My husband has traveled as an adult to many of those countries and someone tried to hijack him in Thailand. It was unsuccessful but he has years of experience traveling.

I would only let him go if you could be sure that these friends he has made will be with him/watching out for him. Either that, or someone goes with him as a chaperone.

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CAPECODLIGHT 1/29/2013 12:32PM

    I am a bit more cautious about this. I have not been to any of the three countires your son is most interested in, but I have been to the Philipines, both Manila and the island of Mindanao. There were safety issues, and I was traveling in my late 20's with a male companion.
Coupled with the fact that your son (who sounds like a dream) is 18, and the judgment part of his brain is still growing (and will do so into his 20's), I recommend letting him go only in a structured environment. Check out the site www.realgap.com/asia to see what types of trips are available for students. He could even do some volunteer teaching of English in Thailand for a few weeks, which ties in with his teaching interest. Good luck!

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JOYFULMOMTO5 1/29/2013 12:05PM

    OH, how I understand where your heart is in this. My DD, who is 17, goes to Africa with a group of 'strangers' to me, this summer. It's where her heart has been set since she was 7. I share that just so you know I understand. Only you as a parent know if he is ready...just make sure you are truly listening to that knowledge instead of reacting in fear of the "what ifs". As parents, we prepare our children their whole lives for steps such as this and it sounds as if you've been doing an awesome job at that! May all of you live life to its FULLEST! emoticon emoticon

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VEG_GIRL04 1/29/2013 10:36AM

    If you trust your son - you should let him go.

I know it's scary, I know it's probably not him you're worrying about but everyone else. But you can't control anyone else. Whethere he's 19 or 30 - there will always be dangers in traveling abroad, traveling alone, or even just walking down the street. What is important is that you arm him with the knowledge of how to be safe while traveling, and make sure he's set up to enjoy himself on his adventures without getting out of control.

This sounds like something he'll look back when he's older and appreciate that he had the time and the support of his family to do this once in a lifetime experience. Good for him on his acceptance of other cultures and his want to travel and learn about others. You should be proud.

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SPARKCHANTAL 1/29/2013 10:35AM

    this is a simple one.
his age is the best for travelling and seeing the world.
when else will he have the time and energy for that?
c'mon, shake a tailfeather!

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A Race to Any Place - February 23, 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

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I will be on a journey on Saturday, February 23rd! I am taking part in the Race to Any Place! I am part of a team who will be biking on a stationary bike in order to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. There will be many many teams participating in this event and we will hopefully have a 12 person team which will have each of us biking (2) 15 minute sessions as fast as we can go! This is my first time doing this event and I am quite nervous about it but I know I am part of a great bunch of people! I am in the process of raising donations for the LLS, so if you'd like to contribute, please click on the link below....no donation is too small. I work for the Western PA Cancer Institute and so this cause is near to my heart. Wish me luck! I am sure my legs are going to be quite sore after this event!

wpa.rta.llsevent.org/ng/index.cfm/a5
22970/regPages/pledge/MDUNDON/

  
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JANET552 1/25/2013 10:07AM

    Good luck!! Great cause!

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CAPECODLIGHT 1/25/2013 9:32AM

    Good luck! Great cause!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/25/2013 1:54AM

    This is one of my favorite causes - I try to do Light the Night every year. I am happy to support you. You are going to rock this!
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A Rude Awakening...(to say the least!)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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Granted - ever since September my fitness routine has been on the "back burner." I know there should never be excuses but the last few months have been extremely hectic with my mother in the hospital from September up until this past weekend. Also, it was recruitment season at work and I was very stressed out and extremely busy with that. Needless to say, exercise diminished and the pounds packed on! And I mean PACKED ON! emoticon

For the first time in a long time, I stepped on the scale last night and I was SHOCKED! I have gained a considerable amount in addition to adding inches to every measurable body part. I have a very hard time losing weight as it is due to hypothyroidism and now to see that I've let myself go to over 200 pounds, well, there is no excuse now.

I have made an oath with myself to get back on track in 2013. I hold myself accountable for what goes in my mouth from here on out and I am back on Spark People! Lord, give me strength and will power!

I have quite a few 5K runs lined up as well as some other fitness challenges with local groups. Hopefully I will jumpstart that ZING inside of me to lose this extra weight and feel better about me.

  
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1NICUBABE 1/20/2013 10:28AM

    I hear ya loud and clear. I had surgery last February and packed on all but 8 punds of what i had worked so hard to lose. Keep the positive attitude and you will obtain your goals.

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SCHNAUZERMOMMY 1/20/2013 2:30AM

    Maybe you needed this rude awaking to get you going!! I bet you do great!!

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MUGSYMOM 1/16/2013 1:38PM

    You Spark Friends are the absolute best! Your support and kind words are exactly what I need to push through this! I love you all!

Together we can CAN do it!

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CAPECODLIGHT 1/16/2013 9:51AM

    Like you, my diligence faltered lately, and I'm working on my ZING too. The good news is we are back and paying attention again. Good luck to us all!

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FLAMENM 1/15/2013 9:51PM

    I know how you feel. Sometiems teh scale creeps back up. And we get to slap it rigth back doen.

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ANDREWS_MOM 1/15/2013 9:10PM

    It happens...life gets in the way and time slips by and we lose track of our goals. It's ok! You're back and I know you will rock this year! Here's to an amazing 2013!!
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I*AM*BLESSED 1/15/2013 9:02PM

    I feel you as I've let myself go the past 4 months. I turned 60 last Saturday and its time I do something...probably close to my last chance to do so.
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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/15/2013 8:17PM

    It doesn't matter how or why it happened, but you're here and you're ready to make things happen! You can do it = )

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JOYFULMOMTO5 1/15/2013 8:14PM

    Girl, I have let the same thing happen! I've been back on track for two weeks & can already see results. So, here we go together :) just wanted you to know you're not alone! emoticon emoticon

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MISSBAILEY10 1/15/2013 7:50PM

  No exactly how you feel. I haven't had the courage to get on the scale since Christmas so not sure how much I have gained. Just printed out all the excuses for not exercising and will commint to getting back on track. My goal is do at the minimum 15 minutes of execise a day. emoticon

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