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Evaluation and Goals

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Looking back over this past year I went from 171.8 down to 161.8 with 2 weigh-ins during November at 159. Over Christmas I went back up to 166.2. We were out of town for 2 weeks with family and eating ate out some too. Pants that were very snug are now very comfortable. During this year I have increased the intensity of my exercise and decreased the amount of sugar I eat.

My goal for this year is to get down into the 150ís and never see the 160ís again. I plan on increasing the length of my exercise each day by focusing on adding extra sessions each day. Will continue to decrease the amount of sweets including artificial sweeteners. Also planning on cooking more from scratch instead of using so much processed food. That way I can control the amount of sodium and additives that we eat.

Looking forward to a wonderful and productive 2013.

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MAMAOWLS 1/4/2013 2:48PM

    Great goals. I would love to cook more from scratch but since I work full time prepared foods are just so much more convenient.. We try to watch the sugar and fat content even with prepared foods, not so much sodium, although we should. I haven't really gained or lost much this year I guess my body is in maintenance even if I'm not ready for it to be. I would like to lose 10 or 15 more pounds but it seem as hard as I try I can't get there. Oh well I'm just ecstatic that I've been able to keep the weight off this year. Of course, i fluctuate 3 to 5 pound depending on the amount of water I drink and the amount of sodium I eat but I don't consider that weight gain.

Good Luck with your goals for 2013 emoticon

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HIKESHAPPY 12/31/2012 12:59PM

    Awesome, Yvonne! I'm so proud of you - you've really made progress this year! I'm sure you will continue to do so next year.

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MYSTERYROSE74 12/31/2012 10:08AM

    Awesome progress this year! I have no doubt that you'll reach your goals for 2013.


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BESTSUSIEYET 12/30/2012 9:27PM

    Way to go! I like your plans! God will give to strength to make healthy choices!

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JOYINKY 12/30/2012 8:03PM

    Good planning; very doable! Have a great 2013!

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MERRYMARY42 12/30/2012 7:41PM

    good goals, sounds like you have developed lots of muscles and firmed up, which is great, I plan on getting down at least 5 pounds, and staying there, I have been at goal, but it has been a long time, so I would be happy to get down to low 120's

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CHUM48 12/30/2012 6:48PM

    I wish you the most successful 2013! May you reach each of your goals!

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Sunday Walk

Monday, November 12, 2012

On Sundays our DS and family come over after church for dinner. I go for a walk with the four grandchildren (ages 5-10) after dinner. Yesterday our high was supposed to be 39 degrees and the wind was blowing. At that temperature I didnít want to go for a walk so I didnít say anything to the kids. In the afternoon the 5 yo came and wanted to know if we were going for a walk. Know how could I tell her no. We all got bundled up and off we went. Needless to say we didnít let any grass grow under our feet. When we got back DS commented that we werenít gone very long. As cold as it was they wouldnít have been gone long either.

Thanks to GD I got in 20 minutes of exercise in. YAY!!!

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TPETRIE 12/2/2012 9:15AM

  Great work. It's always so much more fun when you are with your Grandkids. emoticon emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 11/19/2012 10:10PM

    Good for you! I was out of town that cold weekend! Sure is lovely this week! Happy Thanksgiving!

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LYNNIERN 11/12/2012 10:07PM

    Love it, walking with your grandkids! So awesome! emoticon

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CARANN56 11/12/2012 9:04PM

    Hooray for grandkids!!! emoticon

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JOYINKY 11/12/2012 5:39PM

    emoticon Good habits start young! Proud of all of you!

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DONNABRIGHT 11/12/2012 2:58PM

    There's a lot to be said for keeping up traditions and look what good habits you are teaching your grands!

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DOINITRIGHT2012 11/12/2012 2:28PM

    emoticon 39 degrees isn't too's better than 39 below! I'm so glad you got out and walked. BRAVO! emoticon

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MAMAOWLS 11/12/2012 2:07PM

    I'm glad you went for your walk with the grandkids that was another wonderful memory maker for them. I walked on Sunday morning before 7:00 am it was only 10 degrees. Waaaaayyyyyy too cold to be out but we were hunting so I really felt like I had to. After we got done hunting we moved all the stuff we bought at the auction on Saturday so I was out in the cold all day. Fortunately I had on my long johns and heavy coat all day.

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MELBBART 11/12/2012 1:23PM

    Great job!! Every little bit counts! What a great example you are setting for your grandkids too.

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GLORYB2014 11/12/2012 12:37PM

    Way to go Yvonne! A good brisk walk in the cooler air would be good! It's great that the grandchildren are so into walking!

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DIANNEMT 11/12/2012 11:48AM

    So glad you got out -- even for a little bit! God bless the little one who got you moving!! Great for ALL of you!

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AMYC0128 11/12/2012 11:39AM

    emoticon My dog Shadow always gives me the puppy dog eyes and sits by the door when he knows it is walk time and I just can't say no to him I also bundled up yesterday and this morning for our walks.

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ALICIA214 11/12/2012 11:37AM


It is hard to drag yourself out of a nice warm home into the cold..for you it was your GD... for me
it is my dog Chica and let's face it we are now heading into winter and the weather will get a lot chillier... time to get out the winter woollies . Hang in there.... after winter comes Spring, emoticon

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CHUM48 11/12/2012 11:07AM

    You are like the mailman, nothing stops you from walking! And look at the example you have set for your grandchild! You go girl!

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Are You As Busy As You Think You Are?

Sunday, November 04, 2012

A couple of Sundays ago DH, DS, DIL and I were sitting around the table after dinner and I asked for help. I felt like I had too much on my plate, busy all the time and not getting things done that I wanted to do. DS asked me what my priorities are. That made me stop and think about what I am actually doing and what is most important to me.

I wonít give you the list that I came up with but loosing weight and being healthy was up there close to the top. So I am putting what I eat and donít eat and exercise second on my list of things to do every day. Staying within my calorie range comes before any sweets, not that I ate a lot of sweets but I would have a treat every day, one that was not high in calories. It has made a big difference. The scale is going down and not roller-coastering.

I found an article this morning that you might be interested in reading Are You As Busy As You Think You Are? Here is the link to it.

We can do this if we make it a priority.
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BESTSUSIEYET 11/19/2012 10:12PM

    Yes, indeed! Good point! Our action show what are priorities truly are ... It's easier to talk about losing than to make healthy choices. Only one of those will bring results!

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MAMAOWLS 11/11/2012 12:39AM

    I totally understand about the treats. Somehow I think I can't go a day without a treat. I've really got to get out of that habit because I am not on the losing side anymore. I have gained about 5 pounds over the past couple of months and I really don't like that. I've got to get things under control. It has been particularly hard the past couple of weeks with company and hunting. It will be good to get back into a routine for a while.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 11/6/2012 11:50AM

    emoticon Thanks for the reminder!

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FIT4MEIN2013 11/4/2012 9:16PM

    How timely! I just updated my status to "...has too much to do. Busy week". Now I better set some priorities! emoticon

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LOVETOLAUGH56 11/4/2012 7:19PM

    Great blog and article. We all need to streamline some times, me most of the time.
Hope you have a great week

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DOINITRIGHT2012 11/4/2012 6:34PM

    Good For you. emoticon

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AMYC0128 11/4/2012 6:14PM

    I have been very busy as I am getting back to work will take time to get readjusted. Thank you for the article.

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MYSTERYROSE74 11/4/2012 4:02PM

    Awesome blog! I say I have no time to do things, but I know it's an excuse. I waste time, procrastinate, and all those things, when I need to get down to business. Thanks for the kick in the pants. I'll be making my own time sheet this week to see just how many hours I waste. I've done this before, and it has helped in the past. I need to prioritize and get things done again.


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JOYINKY 11/4/2012 2:34PM

    Back to my "busy is not the same as active". Still have the same hours in the day but spend a lot less of them sitting. Get up earlier to compensate for my computer time and READING, SEWING, NEEDLEWORK, have been replaced with LISTENING TO BOOKS WHILE WORKING OUT, WALKING SUGAR, HOOPING, AND YOGA. Do I miss the other? Sometimes, and I use them for a break but they are no longer a priority!

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LYNNIERN 11/4/2012 12:21PM

    That was a really great blog and an interesting article. I know I spend too much time on the Computer and need to improve the amount of time I spend exercising; I may try that time and motion study just to see where my time is spent. I imagine it will be an eye opener, especially if you calculate the amount of time spent sitting at work, home, watching TV,etc. emoticon

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THOMASINA57 11/4/2012 10:43AM

    Good blog. I too didn't think I'd be able to find more time for more exercise, let alone tracking food intake and since I've made it my priority it's all fallen into place.. sure some days the floor doesn't get swept until later in the day, but it doesn't really matter! Thanks for sharing.

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ELRIDDICK 11/4/2012 10:40AM

  Thanks for sharing

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One Word Blog

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers.

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favorite thing?

Your dream last night?

Favorite drink?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?


Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favorite store?

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?

Where do you go over and over?

Five people who email me regularly?

Favorite place to eat?

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?

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LITTLEBJANET 10/26/2012 8:49PM

    Just stopped by for a visit. Thanks for the goodies you've given me. They are very encouraging!
Go Daisies!

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ANNIE1114 10/23/2012 10:32PM

  That is a different way to get to know a person!

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CEASE99 10/23/2012 1:42PM

    Where is your pet?

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/21/2012 11:10PM

    Don't think I knew you enjoyed biking!

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MERRYMARY42 10/20/2012 10:17PM

    I will copy that and sendit out thanks

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    Had fun gettting to know you more!

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

I have read many articles on how when you slip up on your eating instead of giving up and really blowing it just forgive yourself and get right back on track. When I read those articles I know that I donít do that. I donít get upset and eat more I just get back on track right away.

Well, yesterday I went to the gym and worked out and then went grocery shopping. By the time that I got to the store I was starving. I looked around for something that I could eat right away. What I found was oatmeal raisin cookies. I opened it and had one for only 130 calories. That was okay. I could still fit it into my eating plan. I finished shopping and let the clerk put them in the bag with the other cookies Ė I mean groceries. It was tempting to put them in the seat next to me lol.

Got home fixed a good dinner. After dinner DH got a cookie and asked if I wanted one. I said no Ė yay me. After awhile I heard those cookies calling me, and calling, and calling. Finally I said one more wont hurt, it is just one day. So I had another one of those yummy temptations.

Well since I had blown the day, guess what I had before I went to bed. Yes, you guessed it, another one of those wonderful, delicious, yummy temptations.

I guess Iím not as good at getting right back on track as I thought I was. Today is another day and I have been wondering what to do with the rest of the cookies. I was thinking about sending them home with my GS but DIL picked him up at McDonalds so that is out (I had a salad with grilled chicken and 1/2 package of Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing).

This morning when I got on the scales I was 1 pound lighter than when I weighed on Saturday. When I at those cookies now, hey donít look at all tempting. I have worked hard to evict that pound and I will not do anything to put it back on. My goal is to loose 1 pound a week and those cookies are not going to sabotage me!!!

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HIKESHAPPY 10/21/2012 9:11PM

    Way to go, Yvonne! It sounds like you still don't have the same problem that some of us do - after all, you did only have 3 cookies instead of the whole bag:-) We all have different issues, don't we?

You're doing GREAT!!!!

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CEASE99 10/20/2012 9:50PM

    Good job Mom. Keep up the hard work, and I know how hard it can be. By the way no cookies for me tomorrow! emoticon

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KAYBEE37 10/20/2012 1:19PM

    Thanks for posting this blog. It made me see that I am not alone in these struggles. A few weeks ago, I'd had a streak of eating really healthily, so I figured that I would be able to handle a little bit of temptation. So, I bought a bag of Halloween candy -- it was Pretzel M&M's in little fun-size packs. I knew that my calorie limits would allow for 2 little packets of M&Ms per day. Well -- that didn't work at all. I ate a ton of them the first day.

But, I learned. Even if I'm eating fairly well now, I know that I can't keep that kind of food in my house. Actually, I re-learned that lesson, because I thought that I'd been cured of temptation, but clearly I haven't been yet. So now we both know better. :-)

Have a happy and healthy weekend! emoticon

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CARANN56 10/19/2012 6:00PM

    You're funny Yvonne! I know EXACTLY what you are talking about!


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YELLOW09RED 10/19/2012 10:43AM

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Hi Yvonne,
I do the same thing when I have them in my home.
I started the 5% Fall challenge back on 9-28. I just weighed myself this morning, I dropped 2lbs.
Yeah! My motivation is coming here and being with my Spark friends.
I am eating healthier everyday all thanks to you and the others.
Keep doing the right foods and it will help you.
Blessings for your daily journey,
hugs & smiles,
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DNRAE1 10/19/2012 9:59AM

    Isn't it great, when something Sparks us back on track!!!! emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 10/19/2012 12:50AM

    I wish I had as much control, I would have eaten the entire bag emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/18/2012 11:16PM

    Part of Our Bible study discussion and the teaching DVD today focused on dealing with temptations. She talked about "hanging around" temptations rater than fleeing. About the justification we can make the way we can talk ourselves into "little" dalliances.
She reminded us that temptations are universal (we'll all have them) and temptations are ESCAPABLE! God promises that He will Always provide a way of escape! Rest assured, Yvonne, He is able to keep you from stumbling, but He won't take away your free will. When we fall on our knees in weakness and humility, we arise with His strength and the pure heart that overcomes our struggles with our oh-so-human frailties!

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JOYINKY 10/18/2012 8:16PM

    I think you did great stopping at 3 cookies! WTG!

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ANNIE1114 10/18/2012 5:58PM

  It doesn't sound like you went too far oveboard. Congratulations on losing.

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MAMAOWLS 10/18/2012 3:53PM

    It is kind of funny I should read your blog about temptation right now. I was just in a co-workers office and she grabbed a fun sized Butterfinger out of her candy bowl and started eating it. Butterfingers are one of my favorite candy bars, those and Reeses Cup, basically anything with peanut butter and chocolate, sorry I digress. Anyway, I was giving her a hard time about eating it in front of me. I am no longer able to eat anything that has white sugar in it because it give me migraines and other issues. I had an Atkin's Peanut Carmel bar in my lunch box that had been calling my name all morning. I came straight to my office and got it out and was eating it while logging in to SparkPeople to log in the calories and I saw your blog post. I hope your blog helps me to not feel like I've blown it for the day and eat anything and everything in site. That's what I usually do when I give in to one of the Atkin's bars unless I'm using it in place of a meal. Thanks for helping me stay on track and your continued support.

I doubt three cookies will totally undo all your hard work for the week. We all have our up and down days. I think it keeps our system confused so maybe it won't know we had too many calories in one given day and still let us lose a little bit.

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