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Intensity Matters

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

On Oct 1 I made a re-commitment to myself and to losing weight. Let's face it, a 2 month plateau will either be your doing or your undoing and I really, really want it to be my doing.

So, Sat, Oct 1 was my daughters 13th birthday, she spent Friday night with a friend so she could pay 'child rates' one more time at the movies...and she wasn't coming home until early afternoon. I got up, got some water, and I got on my elliptical machine. This was my first am workout in well, an unknown amount of time. The day held a trip to Olive Garden, which I planned what I was going to eat and I stuck to it...and then, I took a brisk 3.5 mile walk with my son in just under 50 minutes (hey! that's brisk for me!) and I slept like a baby Sat night...two workouts will do that for you!

Sunday was a great day, and I got a good long, hard, interval elliptical workout on Sunday evening.

I have discovered that in the past months, as I've plateaud, I was not working hard at my workouts, I was 'going through the motions'. I was not creative, I didn't mix up my work out, I got on the elliptical and read my Kindle (ok, that's lazy)...I shied away from walking because I tend to blister my feet, and I did nothing different in my ST. Ok, let's face it. That was "mock exercise", I should only get half minutes on SP!

And my eating...though it was within calories the vast majority of the days, it was the same thing every day. See, I like ruts, I like to do the same thing every day. I have enough inconsistency and far too many surprises at work, I don't need surprise food, mystery meats or even a lot of variety. I really do like my berries and yogurt for breakfast and my good, consistent Winco chef salad with balsamic vinaigrette for lunch...see, I really like ruts! I'm trying to be better. I have these little turkey sausages for my breakfast with some fancy fitness bread now for breakfast and I have some artesian tortillas as an option...I'm trying really hard.

I think I'm hitting on some of my weaknesses...variety is not the spice of my life but I think variety and intensity of my workouts...these are what I need to do make a better me. I think I might even be excited to weigh on Sunday...we'll see.

Thank you SP friends. I really appreciated the comments on my early October blog.

  
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LUV2RUN72 10/5/2011 10:13PM

    Go Karen!!! emoticon You are going to break that plateau!! emoticon

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DIVINEPRINCESS 10/5/2011 10:02PM

    Look out, Plateau. My KareBear is about to bust you up!!!!! You've learned so much, and taken such a hard, honest look at yourself. Your goals are within reach now, my sister, and I can't wait to celebrate with you.
Your Miss Divine

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TRAVAIL2011 10/5/2011 9:49PM

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NEWKAREN43 10/5/2011 9:31PM

    I'm overwhelmed by the comments here! Thank you all SO much for cheering me on! I know I can do this...I'm feeling the good kind of tired in my legs! That's a good sign! Blessings to you all, I'm cheering for you too!!!

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DEE0973 10/5/2011 2:39PM

    Congrats on your re-commitment. You are on the right path because you are aware of what needs to change for you to see results. You will bust pas this plateau. October is already a great month for you.!!

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CHUBRUB3 10/5/2011 1:12PM

    I am struggling too. I am also liking Rutts. But you and I know we have to pave the road sometime. So lets get going and smooth it out.
Hugs,
ANgela


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DETERMINEDJANET 10/5/2011 11:53AM

    I like routine as well so I feel your struggle! I am just sure you're going to see that plateau busted in October!

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WATERMELLEN 10/5/2011 7:39AM

    You've taken charge and are changing it up in good ways: good for you!

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RAINBOWCHOC 10/5/2011 6:18AM

    insights help us build our toolkit for coping with life's twists and turns. You have found things out this week which will spur you on to greater things. Don't forget to measure as those inches will alter as you tone up with the exercising
besgt wishes. Sandra

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REDSHOES2011 10/5/2011 12:14AM

    emoticonYour aware of what is happening- I hope the plateau breaks soon..

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HOLLYL7 10/4/2011 11:45PM

    Congratulations on your re-committment emoticon It sounds like you are on the right track to bust your plateau, so GO FOR IT!! emoticon

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SHIHJABO 10/4/2011 11:34PM

    Karen,
This sounds like some good insight. It's a good reminder to all of us to use variety in all our stuff, too. Hang in there, girlfriend.
Barb
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DAIZYSTARLITE 10/4/2011 11:24PM

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LVMAMAW 10/4/2011 11:21PM

    Sounds like you have got it on the run!! Keep up the good work, I imagine you will break that plateau very soon!!

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October Starting Fresh

Saturday, October 01, 2011

In July I'd lost 30 pounds. My daughter and I talked about me losing 30 more pounds by today, her 13th birthday, October 1. Well, I've spent the last 2+ months on a plateau, always weighing within 2-3 pounds of the weight I posted this morning which is a 29 pound loss. I've been frustrated, I've tried several changes though I htink my body is looking for a dramatic change to move weight again. Not ironically, I have always been able to lose 30 pounds, I've once been able to lose 40 pounds. Now to convince my body it hasn't lost anything, that 30 is the goal, let's do it again!!!

So. Changes. Goals for October: emoticon

Stay at the low end of my calorie range 5 days per week, no days going over my upper limit. emoticon That's "count" daracula by the way!

Saturdays I will work out in the morning - cardio 30+ minutes and then ST. emoticon

I will cardio 5 weekday evenings per week without fail. emoticon

I will not weight myself everyday as has become my bad habit, weigh on Sundays only. emoticon

Whew! I will break this plateau and lose another 30 pounds...one good choice, one goal at a time.

  
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MRS_TOAD 10/4/2011 8:16AM

    You have set some very obtainable goals. Know this plateau will break if you are persistent and determined. I believe in you. emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 10/3/2011 3:53PM

    with all this encouragement you will ride through the next couple of days! however, we are all here for you when it feels like deprivation and a punishing schedule. I'm sure you will succeed, Sparking is such a great way to make the changes stick
best wishes, Sandra

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SANDYDOLLAR201 10/3/2011 8:13AM

    Good luck Karen, I have been stuck in this same spot for a while too, and all I can do is keep going and eventually something will happen.
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EBEAMS 10/1/2011 11:09PM

    October is my "get serious" month too, Karen! We're in this together! I want to see Nov 1st arrive with some serious change behind me! If the scale doesn't move, I can live with that but my muscles better look like ... muscles ... and I want my calorie tracker to look a little less like a pinball machine print out! We can do it!

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WATERMELLEN 10/1/2011 10:35PM

    Great planning! This will happen! Nutrition trackin gis the key for me . . .

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LVMAMAW 10/1/2011 7:00PM

    Great Plan Karen!!! I am right there with you--- surely we can do this!! We are smarter than our bodies, aren't we? emoticon

You Go Girl! I know you can do this and I will keep trying too!!

Hugs,
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KARENA228 10/1/2011 2:07PM

    Go Karen go!

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DETERMINEDJANET 10/1/2011 2:04PM

    Definitely don't forget the measuring piece with the ol' tape measure! Here's to October and breaking through the plateau!
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GIANTMICROBE 10/1/2011 2:03PM

    A plateau is usually an indicator you need to shake things up in some way. At least, that has been my experience. Try new foods, different workouts. emoticon

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LUV2RUN72 10/1/2011 1:43PM

    Sounds like a great plan Karen. emoticon

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BETTA13 10/1/2011 1:40PM

    I'm with you! October belongs to ME (and you too)! A birthday present I give to myself.
See you Monday!
Beth

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SPEEDY143 10/1/2011 1:26PM

    emoticonI hope you are using measurements other than your scale while on a plateau??? Like stamina and inches lost. I tend to lose pounds and then firm-up and lose inches emoticonHere's to October emoticonand all her possibilities emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 10/1/2011 1:23PM

    emoticon Karen!
Hugs,
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I'm Frustrated

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pure and simple, I'm frustrated. I'm eating completely within my ranges, I'm doing cardio, I'm doing ST. I'm drinking my water, I'm not drinking alcohol. I've changed up my workouts...

I'm starting to think about trying some HCG to see if I can get the weight moving again.

I'm just plain and simple frustrated. I'm working too darn hard and living without too many foods that I love to just keep on and not losing. Frustrating!

  
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PATTIE441 9/23/2011 1:26PM

    Hi Karen, I'm sorry you are going through this. I know how hard it is, I'm starting to feel the same way. We just have to keep pushing forward and know we eventually will break through. Hang in there. It WILL happen. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRS_TOAD 9/20/2011 9:49AM

    You are definitely in a difficult spot. While you might want to consult with your doctor, know that ultimately you are healthier before this journey began and that is a HUGE positive. Hang in there!

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LUV2RUN72 9/19/2011 10:51PM

    Oh Karen, that is so frustrating. Hang in there. Eventually the weight will come off. Try to think of how healthy and strong you are becoming, even if the weight is staying the same for a moment. emoticon

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OUTDOORGIRL69 9/19/2011 8:33PM

    Karen....

We have all been there and done everything right and have not lost. I was there not that long ago and then one day I dropped 3 pounds after doing the same thing day after day. hang in there.

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DIVINEPRINCESS 9/19/2011 1:33PM

    Oh, my dear. This will not do. This simply will not do. I cannot have my KareBear frustrated over something like weight loss.

Have you written out your goals? Is weight loss your number one goal? For me for the first couple of years I was here, losing weight was my only goal. But then.... I changed it up. My priority, my top goal, my focus is on adapting a healthy lifestyle and being fit. If I lose weight, gain muscle tone and strength and/or drop a dress size or two, that's just icing on the cake (the dietetic, fat-free, sugar free cake).

So now when I hit a plateau (as I have done), I don't freak out (as I usually do) and get frustrated (which normally leads me to stop working out and eating whatever the heck I want to eat because after all I'm not losing weight anyway!!!), instead I just pat myself on the back knowing that my metabolism is being revved up, that I'm not going to lose a pound of muscle this year because of my ST, that my health is healthier, my joints are healthier and stronger, and I have the satisfaction of knowing I'm taking good care of my temple. If I keep doing what I'm doing (cardio, ST, tracking food, watching portion sizes, eating a balanced diet) the pounds have to fall. They may not fall as quickly as I'd like, but they have no choice but to drop off.

Again, I encourage you, my sweet sister, to focus on something other than the scale...and keep on doing what you're doing. Positive results are sure to follow. Oh, hangeth thou in there!

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DEE0973 9/19/2011 11:50AM

    So..sorry to hear about your frustrations. I agree that this will pass and you might be pleasantly surprised when you take your measurements. You mentioned all the foods you have given, I suggest you try incorporating items you enjoy within your calorie range and the right portions. In no time, you'll have a blog telling us about the big movement on the scale. Just stick with it and don't give up. Remember you are on this journey for the duration. Be Blessed

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RAINBOWCHOC 9/19/2011 11:45AM

    I'll just send you good vibes as everything has been said. It will come off, just not this week when you want it too!
(I suppose it's a payback for the times we managed to lose after not quite staying on track, lol)
best wishes for a good loss next week
Sandra

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CHUBRUB3 9/19/2011 10:38AM

    I understand Karen. Been there. It is very frustrating, but the most important is that you persever.
You can do it and you will break this.
I was told to shake up my calories a bit. For 2 days I ate 1000 calories then I ate one day 1500 calories, then went back to my regular calorie range. Sometimes it works!
Hugs,
Angela


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1NANA4EVER 9/19/2011 7:57AM

    Sorry to hear you are feeling frustrated. But as you have learned plateau's happen. I agree with Shihjabo, muscle weighs more, so if you have been working out this is likely what is happening. Sometimes at this point the tape measure is a better friend. I was stuck in August for almost 3 weeks. I am starting to see drops again. I wish the same for you!

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GIANTMICROBE 9/19/2011 7:22AM

    It's part of the journey... just hang in there!

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SANDYDOLLAR201 9/19/2011 6:36AM

    Hi Karen,
Sorry to hear you are frustrated. I am in the same boat too, doing all the right things and the scale is stuck. We will get there, I think a lot of your previous comments are true, that out of nowhere the scale will move, we just have to ride it out.
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MELLABELLAS 9/19/2011 3:00AM

    Hey... don't give up hope. There have been times when the scale didn't move for me for a month.. then all of a sudden I dropped several pounds. Sounds crazy, but it's true. Don't give up. you never know what is around the corner

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DETERMINEDJANET 9/18/2011 11:50PM

    I think Barb is right on about the muscle building. Are you tracking sodium? I know that can catch me at times without realizing it's increased. Praying you can get off center! These plateaus are killers and you're on a good one right now. Hugs & Prayers!

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LVMAMAW 9/18/2011 11:14PM

    Karen I am there too! I sooo understand your frustration. I don't have any answers, just compassion. I am doing the same things you are with the same results. I hope SHIHJABO is right!

Meanwhile I joined the 5K Your Way challenge (walking) in hopes of shaking things up a bit!!
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EBEAMS 9/18/2011 11:13PM

    Oh Karen ... I'm sorry to hear you are dealing with frustration. I was just thinking about you this morning and wondering how you are doing! So ... I have to ask ... have you taken measurements? Do you have some to compare to? In times when I'm not losing weight I can usually measure and see a "measurable" difference that the scale won't show!

Keep up the great work and try to work in some of those delicious foods that you are depriving yourself of in small servings in your total calories for the day. It helps me a ton to have a dipped ice cream cone once in awhile!

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SHIHJABO 9/18/2011 10:43PM

    Karen, you sure are working hard!!! Good for you. I bet you're building muscle with all that hard work. When the muscle factor settles in, you'll probably lose a whole bunch. It is frustrating, though. Don't give up. It's usually around this time that the good stuff comes. I wouldn't even call it a plateau, but a yea body, finally I'm building muscles for the big burn.

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Recently MIA...But Back on Track

Monday, September 05, 2011

So recently I hit my first really BIG bump in the road on this journey. I went AWOL, I was so completely MIA, I couldn't find myself!

Mid July came and I was doing well, I handled hubby's birthday and though I didn't eat great, I worked out a lot during our week of vacation but I got off track with SP, I was tracking food and fitness but I wasn't reading or blogging or visiting friends or commenting and my e-mails went completely out of control!

Then I had a birthday and made a few bad food choices and I got really busy with back to school with the kids and we had some very busy weekends that further bounced me out of my groove. Suddenly there was this new phrase that crept its way into my vocabulary...the phrase is "just this once" but guess what? My "just this once" was once a day! So, just this once I made a bad food choice and just this once I skipped a workout and then just this once I made another bad food choice...suddenly it was everyday.

As I'm typing this, I don't even know the order...I was making bad choices, stressing out, not feeling well, not working out well, using my "just this once card" every day (!), not sleeping well, not spending time on SP and I was out of control. Then company was coming, stress was mounting at work, house needed cleaning, food needed preparing, too many activities on school nights, more company and more bad choices and not sleeping well and "just this once" and not feeling well and not working out at all and you get the idea. I'd spiraled out of control!!!

So, reality check. I ruined my workout streak, I blew my calories completely some days but remained honest and recorded it all; the good the bad and the ugly. I have put on 5 pounds through this crazy time but, company is gone/done (thank God), I'm enjoying the residual clean of the house, the pantry and fridge are stocked with good foods (the kids finished the cheesecake, thankfully!), meals are planned, I went to work today to get some things done that were stressing me out, I had a great workout and I'm a good kinda tired.

So my dear SP friends who have checked in on me and wondered...I'm Ba-Ack!!!! I'm found, I feel good, I feel strong, I know what I need to do, I've learned about me and this body God gave me. I've renewed my commitment to me and SP and I know I'll see the successes I saw before. Thank you all for your love and acceptance and patience and encouragement.

  
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WATERMELLEN 9/6/2011 7:58PM

    We've all been there, and more than once: and we're all glad you are BAAAAAACK!! Yeah!!

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PATTIE441 9/6/2011 4:36PM

    Glad you're back Karen. We can all do it together! Woo Hoo! Way to go!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BETTA13 9/6/2011 1:11PM

    Yay! Hope you can come tonight. I've been out of whack since my vacation and STUFF keeps coming up. But I'm still checking in here once a day.
Are you coming?
Hugs
Beth

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DEE0973 9/6/2011 12:34PM

    Welcome back

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CHUBRUB3 9/6/2011 10:45AM

    So glad to have you back! Missed you!
You will do what you need to and we are here for you.
Hugs,
Angela
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MRS_TOAD 9/6/2011 8:51AM

    I'm you back to SParking again. You were missed! emoticon

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PCOH051610 9/6/2011 7:54AM

    Glad to see you back in the swing of things. I think a lot of us took the summer "off" of sorts.

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RAINBOWCHOC 9/6/2011 5:40AM

    Welcome back! it's good to know Sparking is here for us, no recriminations and no "back fees" to pay for our absence.
I have visitors too, they are not easy to cater for, fussy eaters is an understatement but I just grin and bear it...they go on Friday!
Be honest with your ticker, it will look good when you have a great loss to celebrate your return to great healthy eating.
best wishes, Sandra
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EBEAMS 9/5/2011 10:03PM

    Hip hip hurray! So glad to see this blog! This journey isn't about being perfect - we're all human and that means we CAN'T be perfect! It's about being account and responsible ... looks like you gotta handle on both! Glad to see you back! emoticon

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LVMAMAW 9/5/2011 9:55PM

    emoticon Glad you are back! Our last couple of months sound similar. I too am re-committed!! Let's do this and do it right!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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Sometimes I reach the end...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

In my life before SP (I hate to call it BS, but that about sums it up, Before Spark) I would reach the end of myself often, about every other week. The end of me is not pretty...it's tired, sometimes sick, I have no energy, my mouth runs but has no filters, I have no patience, I am a tougher boss than normal, I'm not a very nice mom and my 'wife skills', well, there just aren't any. This was a weekly or bi-weekly occurrence before Spark. Now, it's been just about non-existent.

I've worked hard on SP since January. I really started my SP lifestyle before I found the site, I just didn't know it existed until the end of January but really January 2, 2011 I was dedicated to changing my life for the better; nutrition and working out was the plan. But then I found SP and honestly, it changed me more than I thought possible.

I find that I really can balance my life better than ever before. I am 30 pounds lighter, I'm stronger than I imagined, I've got better boundaries at work (finally I'm closer to 40 hours/week than 50 hours/week, finally!), I'm a better boss, I'm a better employee, I'm a better mom and a super-much-better wife, a better daughter. I have control over my attitudes, my mouth (whew!), I'm far more engaged in conversations, my faith has grown exponentially, and I love more deeply than I ever imagined, not just my family but my staff and friends.

So, today I reached the end of me...I'm tired, I'm discouraged, I've broken the filters that are supposed to be on my mouth (oops!), I've worked too many hours, I've gotten too little done. I AM DONE. Done, done in, done for, done, gone, the end of me...I'm holding on to my faith in God and the strength of my friends to pull me through. I have two work days left and I'm going on vacation on Saturday. This vacation is so needed, I must recharge, take care of me and come home at the end of the month strong...I'm very "at the end..."

Thank you SP Friends, for all of your support. For holding me up when I'm at the end of me...and holding my up in prayer...Blessings. emoticon

  
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MRS_TOAD 7/23/2011 7:51AM

    You are NOT at the end of your rope. Yes, you are discouraged and tired, but you haven't quit and that says a lot about your fortitude. Keep up the great work! I believe in you.

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DIVINEPRINCESS 7/22/2011 1:14PM

    KareBear, I'm late to the party as you wrote this on Wednesday and I'm only reading it on Friday.....but you weren't being negative. You were being honest. It's OOOOh so much better to take an honest look at ourselves, where we are, acknowledge when we're weak. You don't have to be super boss, super mom, super wife, super friend or even super Sparker! You just have to be Karen.

God knew there would be days like that. He even tells us in our weakness is His strength.

I applaud your honesty and your transparency.

I'm glad you go on vacation tomorrow. I know you need it. But I also know that sometimes people try to do 2-3 worth of work in the week prior to vacation---and you strike me as that type!

You have made tremendous progress since January...so relax and enjoy your vacation.
Miss Divine

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NEWKAREN43 7/21/2011 11:14PM

    I've thought about this blog all day today and thought how negative I was and that's not like me. Then I came and read all your comments and realize that 'the end of a rope' is one of the things that happens in life...it's like breathing, death, taxes...just part of life. This is a life journey. Thank you Friends, for holding me up, and holding me up in prayer. Saturday we leave on vacation but I will be taking you all with me! We're going to the OR coast so pack your kites, water shoes and deep sea fishing equipment!!! BLessings on this journey to health and fitness. Karen emoticon

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DIREXTOR 7/21/2011 9:50AM

    Your self awareness is priceless and the key to overcoming the bumps in the road. You are not at the end and you're far from being "done". You're tired and you already know what it will take for you to get the restoration you need.

Live in this moment. Look forward to your down time and hold on to your "HOPE".

Prayers and positive thoughts.

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NOW2DAY 7/21/2011 8:08AM

    I think your blog is great it's saying how much you have improved as a person and also losing 30 lbs. I used to work with someone that just before vacation they were in the worst mood and it didn't make sense because you would think you would be happy going on vacation. I bet if you thought about it longer you might understand why you feel as you do. Have a great vacation.

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RAINBOWCHOC 7/21/2011 8:07AM

    thank you for being brave enough to share this feeling. Now it is in the open we can all help hold you up until you find your feet again. Thank you for being human, none of us can keep being in control all the time.
Well done for all the achievements you listed, keep sight of them, they are not lost.
best wishes, Sandra

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SANDYDOLLAR201 7/21/2011 6:41AM

    Sorry Karen that you are feeling so 'done', it's so easy to get discouraged when we are down and sounds like this vacation couldn't have come at a better time. Recharge, refresh and renew your energy. You have done great, done amazing and will continue to do so.
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CHUBRUB3 7/20/2011 10:51PM

    Without each other we would fall down, Together we hold each other up.
Hugs,
Angela
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REDSHOES2011 7/20/2011 10:43PM

    emoticonyou have grown and learned stuff.. Huge positive developements.. Have a great holiday and look forward to reading more blogs when you return!

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SHIHJABO 7/20/2011 10:33PM

    oh dear heart, it is so hard to take care of yourself when you are pouring your all into helping others. I really understand this. . . I do it, too, then I crash.
You are so loved by so many, but most of all by God. . . but then you know His love. It is so evident in the way you share yourself so deeply. Rest, rest, rest in him. You are right to take time to care for yourself. Take time to focus, too. Stop, breathe deeply and slowly several times.
My heart aches for your weariness. I so understand. Your SP friends will be supporting you, even while you're gone.
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PINKHOPE 7/20/2011 10:27PM

    I often call this experience a "journey to Health and Fitness". You haven't given up on the destination - you are just in a pitstop. No long road trek is without stops for fuel, rest, and sometimes course correction and repairs. The destination hasn't changed.

Enjoy your vacation - put your feet up and know that the journey is yet before you and just in case you get discouraged look back over your shoulder at how FAR the beginning point was in January.

Press On!

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