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I should have never let you go...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I can't believe it's been nearly 2 years since my last post. When I joined spark in 2011, I was so on top of this. Posting every day, interacting and tracking. I was a machine.

Then, things got was hectic...the business was booming...and I kind of let go.

I'm so happy to see many of you still here. Still living a Sparkie's dream. Your commitment is motivating me to get back into a better routine.

I'm eager to stay connected to all of you, and looking forward to sharing my progress.

Stay tuned peeps. You're in for a treat!

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    Life can get busy, it happens to the best of us. At least you're back in the saddle.

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Little victories...

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

So I've been delaying trying on my winter jackets- for obvious reasons.

I am currently 20 lbs heavier than last year at this time. I am however in the same size clothes since then. (THANK YOU STRENGTH TRAINING).

This morning as I was getting ready, I ran to the closet to grab my fall jacket. But before putting it on I glanced at my winter jacket.... "should I try it?" "If it doesn't fit, I'll let it get to me all day" " It shouldn't matter if it fits or not, it's your reality, grow up and deal with cards you've delt" "Okay, I'm going to do it!"

Drum Roll Please....................................


This is good for serveral reasons!

1- I don't have to go buy another jacket! I can make it through the winter with this one, and by next year I'll need to get a new one cause that will will be huge! (positive thinking here! LOL)

2- That means that even though I weight more, the lifting I've been doing over the summer, and even now is helping! I may weight more, but my body is carrying more muscle than fat! A big woop woop for that!

3- It has given me a completely happy and satisfied feeling! Like what I am doing is working! Way to go Ninny!

It's about the little victories....

What's your latest little victory?!?!!? I'd love to hear it!

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TRABOLD8567 12/24/2011 8:28PM


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PATTYGRAY 12/21/2011 4:52PM

    Mine was last weekend I tried on all my smaller sz. jeans and they all fit! so I totally know what you are feeling!! you go girl!

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CHANGE4THEBEST 12/21/2011 2:55PM

I know exactly how that feels! Well done and keep up the good work emoticon emoticon

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LUNADRAGON 12/21/2011 2:54PM

    Muscle weighs more but takes up less mass in respect to fat, so you are toning up well! Congratulations.

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_JODI404 12/19/2011 10:28PM

    Congratulations on your Coat Victories!!!

& Congratulations on your blog being featured as most popular in DEC!!

It sounds like what you are doing is totally working!!
I love it: woop woop for that!!

Keep on Sparking ~ you are doing great!!!

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CHRISSYM30 12/19/2011 7:15PM

    Congratulations. Those little victories really keep ya going. emoticon Well wishes on your continued success

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IAMNOT61 12/19/2011 9:57AM

    Great job! All of the little victories are worth celebrating.

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WOLVESDEN001 12/19/2011 7:45AM

    emoticonGood Job

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SUSANK16 12/19/2011 5:39AM

  I found out I actually like vegetables by trying a new Spark recipe (who knew?)

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ILLUMN8ME 12/19/2011 1:38AM

  I love reading the blogs to celebrate the "Little Victories" I lost my first pound and just about did cartwheels this morning! Keep up the good work girlie!!!


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CAROLYNINJOY1 12/18/2011 9:33PM

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SMILEYBEE 12/18/2011 8:45PM

    My little victory (or perhaps it's a big victory) is getting a handle on negative self talk. emoticon

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PENOWOK 12/18/2011 8:39PM

    Little victories... choosing something healthy instead of that fudge I am making to give away...having my newest pants look and feel baggy...lots of awesome little victories...WAY to go to you!!

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KRISTYANNE7 12/18/2011 6:18PM

    I love little victories! Congrats :)

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OFF938 12/18/2011 6:17PM

    What an achievement! Feeling good about yourself is the biggest gift of all. Good for you!!!!

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KELNURSE1 12/18/2011 5:48PM

    emoticon emoticon

Makes me think that some of my clothes may actually fit!!!
Running to my closet NOW!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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KKP4673 12/18/2011 5:13PM

    Yeah!!! So glad your winter jackets fit AND you are getting healthier and healthier!!


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MISSLISA1973 12/18/2011 2:37PM

    woop woop! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 12/18/2011 2:11PM

emoticonWonderful to see you featured in THIS MONTH'S BEST BLOGS. What an honor!!

emoticonMerry Christmas and Happy 2012 New Year. We will make this the best year ever! emoticon

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HEALTHY1JESS 11/10/2011 5:40AM

    Hooray for the winter gear! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I have just had the little victories of each day making good choices for myself! It's all about consistency. WooHoo! ;-D

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HEATHERSTEW 11/9/2011 6:26PM

    That's so awesome! I actually had to call my mom and ask for an "early Christmas gift" because I put on my winter coat and it looked like a kid wearing his dad's jacket.
So victory for me, not for my wallet...but who gives a ISH about that dumb wallet anyway?

YOU'RE RAD! (that's right, I'm bringing the word back,tell a friend.)

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BLACKROSE_222 11/9/2011 1:10PM

    Awesome job, and way to get it over with too. You are right, either way you look at it, you had to try it on eventually.

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ERIN4771 11/9/2011 1:01PM

    all is good with strength training emoticon...hehe.....congrats my friend!! awesome to read this blog!!! keep up the awesome work......

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/9/2011 11:03AM

    WAY TO GO, first off for facing the fears and trying those jackets on, and then for them fitting. The scale really truly honestly is NOT the best gauge of progress; we hear it all the time, but it's true. How clothes fit, how you feel, a dozen other things are a better way of measuring progress--and you are making it. Oh, and those jackets WILL be huge on you by next year, I know it!

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JDUFORD 11/9/2011 10:51AM

    First off, emoticon for realizing that the scale isn't the best way to measure your progress!!!

Now to answer your question:

Thursday when with family, I got a couple of compliments about how good I was looking. Also, Saturday with Jason's family I received a couple more!!! It feels so good to have others notice all the hard work you've been putting in!

We talked about my 10 week comparison photos. I had lost 18lbs in those 10 weeks. I am currently 7.8lbs less than those photos, but there is a bigger difference in what I looked like 9 weeks ago and I've lost less than 1/2 the weight!!!

Exercising consistently has REALLY made a difference!

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JUDYHELP 11/9/2011 10:45AM

  emoticon you did it. Great feeling isn't it. I completed 2 out of 3 mini-goals I gave myself. Next week it will be 3 out of 3. Any victory is a success towards getting fit and healthy. emoticon Keep it up. Judy

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RADFEN 11/9/2011 10:38AM

    emoticon These victories are bigger than you think!

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LOSE4LIFE47 11/9/2011 10:38AM

    Congrats!! YOU DID IT!!!!

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1st Week Challenge Update!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

So I am on my 8th day of the November Challenge. So far, so good. My first week I lost 2lbs, which is great! However, I thought that I would get a higher number since I've cut out so many carbs. But a loss is a loss, and I'll take it! :)

I also decided to order Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred DVD. I know my trainer, Scott, is probably thinking, WTH! I have a great plan for you, and there's not need for it! lol But- the fact that the workouts are only about 20-25 minutes long- it's perfect for me when I am running short on time!

I received it yesterday, and jumped right into it. I only did the first part because, again, I was running low on time, however, she managed to kick my butt. I don't have little free weights, so I am going to stop at Walmart tonight to get some, but last night I used my kettle bell where ever I could- it seemed to work well. Again, I really enjoyed it and it managed to give me a good sweat- and after all, that's what we want right? So to be able to pull that off in about 25 mintues, is fantastic!

I also have made huge improvements in my day to day. Since the time change I have had much more energy. I think it helped that on Sunday evening I went to bed at 9, which really would have been 10pm. I got up around 6:45 so it was nearly 10 hours of sleep. A great way to start my week since I usually only get about 6-7hrs. Thanks to this burst of energy, I have prepared dinner in the AM, (currently I have a delicious meal sitting in the crock pot!), I have made sure to bring a good lunch, and I have managed to get in a good breakfast! Oh, and wait for it- wait for it....I even made my bed!!! lol I usually make it when I get home from work, if I make it, so this is certainly good for me!

I guess this all sounds silly, but really it's a lot of good for me. I'm starting to see that there is need for more organization and order in my life to be successful with my health. I can't get up at 7:50 and be at work for 9, when I have a 25 minute drive there. That gives me 30 minutes to shower, get ready, make a lunch, have breakfast, and so on. But, lets face it, I'd usually run out the door without a lunch, catch breakfast on the run, and make it there for 9:05.....

I read a blog a last week, and I can't remember for the life of me who it was, but they talked about how they made sure they had plenty of time to have a nice breaky in the moring, get ready wihout rushing, made their way to work a few moments early, and just doing that allowed them to have a better, stress free day. Well, that's what I am aiming for! So far, so good!!

And so there you have it. A boring blog really, but just a little something for me to log in the progress.

Hope you're all rocking it out!! Thanks for all your encouragement Sparkies!


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HEALTHY1JESS 11/8/2011 5:55PM

    This is NOT boring! You are making serious strides here to notice that in addition to a "spark" in our health life, we need to "spark on" the other facets of our life--organization, pre-planning, etc.

WAY TO GO, girlie!!! You're making awesome, positive changes all around!

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BLACKROSE_222 11/8/2011 2:52PM

    I don't think it's boring at all - nice little update!

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CRABADA 11/8/2011 2:50PM

    Congrats on your great first week!

I know just how you feel about organization and order. It's amazing how much easier everything feels when you've had a few minutes to prepare or think things through. It's a struggle for me, so I applaud you. Keep it up!

:) Courtney

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JDUFORD 11/8/2011 11:52AM

    FYI - cans of soup are perfect replacements for 1lb weights!!!!

Great week, Girly!!!

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ERIN4771 11/8/2011 11:18AM

    it's okay to change things up, so if the new dvd works well for you during the crunch times, go for it!! the 2 lb loss is great my friend, and right on track for more success down the line! be careful not to cut out too many carbs though, you need them for energy...especially before and after your workouts emoticon....the breakfast habit will come in time, believe me, i used to be so rushed in the morning, only time for some calorie laden coffee drink and a special k bar.....but now....can't even imagine my morning without a decent meal to start the day.....keep plugging away my are doing awesome!! one suggestion on the weights though...if you have a second hand sports store up there, i would check them out before trekking to walmart, or even search craigs list......just an idea emoticon

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My letter to Friday....

Friday, November 04, 2011

Dear Friday-

I'm so excited when you arrive. After a long week of work, sweat, and nutritional commitment- I eagerly await making plans with you. However, there is a problem...

While the anticipation builds for a couple of days rest, I start to get nervous. I worry about the social gatherings I must attend, and the possibility of taking the wrong turn on my path to a happy healthier me.

What if my friends decide to order pizza for a snack? Or invite us for dinner, and make a meal that is really out of my calorie range? What if they open a bottle of wine, and another, and another. Can I have a glass or two? Oh my goodness! What if we go out, a terrible storm hits, a tree falls over their house, we are stuck there for days, and all they have are frozen meals with loads of sodium and soda to drink? What do I do then?! Okay, okay, I'm getting carried away...I would be certainly lucky to be alive, and a high sodium meal would be the least of my worries, but you can see where I am going with this right?

I guess it's part of this lifestyle change. In the past Friday, you would have led me into temptation. But today I need to make better choices. If my friends eat unhealthy snacks, I won't take part. I'll make sure to have brought something for myself. If they open a bottle of wine, I could certainly have a small glass, but I'll try to stick to water. I won't even talk about the storm scenario- that was just getting crazy, but at least I am understanding this now.

You will continue to bring a period of rest, filled with social gatherings and events- and I will just need to continue changing my habits to better live through these challenges. It part of the process. It's part of re-inventing myself.

So here's to you Friday! Thanks for coming around- oh and please take it easy on me!

Love, yours truly, Ninny. xo

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BESTCK 11/10/2011 12:55PM

    Wish I had read this last Friday! You have a great understanding and perspective. Yay, you.

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LUCKYPRESENCE 11/7/2011 10:26AM

    Great blog!! I often fear the weekends too. I can be super good all week and then blow all my hard work over the weekend. emoticon

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MILLERGIRL719 11/5/2011 2:15PM

    Great blog! Here's to Friday and all the challenges we face and overcome! They all make us a better person!

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SCOTTGARAN 11/4/2011 12:36PM

    Like it!

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/4/2011 12:28PM

    You got it--learning how to manage Fridays and the weekends that follow is all just part of the process. That's the difference with this, it's not a diet that we're 'on' or 'off,' it's a lifestyle we're working to develop. We make mistakes, we learn from them, we make adjustments and move on. That's how we make this a permanent change. Happy Friday!

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BLACKROSE_222 11/4/2011 12:15PM

    Nice little letter, and I'm sure Friday will write you back and say that it is, after all - another day. And with a little bit of luck, we all have MANY more Friday's to live through. Always remember, there will always be a dinner at friends, or a birthday at a bar.

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EDWARDSC393 11/4/2011 10:13AM

    Hi! Love Fridays, love being with my hubby. Don,t worry about relaxing a bit on weekends. Its for life, so don,t beat yourself up. Just work-out a little harder, on Sat, hubby and I go for a long walk. Fri nite is Pizza and wine nite. Sat, we might get a dollar burger, no pop, no fries. Then usually a healthy dinner. Life is to be lived. I haven,t lost pounds, but I have lost inches. So thats good, cause its telling me I,ve gained muscle. I,m doing what I know I can live with. After being a hairdresser for 40 yrs, I know denying yourself doesn,t work! Have a great weekend! Cherie

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AJB121299 11/4/2011 9:45AM

    nice, and I agree that temptation of the weekend and "oh it's okay to splurge a little" gets me nervous sometimes

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