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New Determination & New Beginning

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Aloha all my sparkfriends!

I'm sending y'all this message for my own accounability. I figure if I proclaim this "loudly" I'm more likely to stay focused. :) I'm posting this message as a blog, too.

I've really been off track for the past few months. I would have a few days or even a couple of weeks of doing well, and then blow it. The trend seems to be to do well for the first half of each month then blow the second half so bad that I've been taking steps backwards overall. In other words... gaining.

Well, it's time for me to stop that. I've decided that I have a choice to make... either I'm going to lose this weight and reach my goal or I'm not... and I've decided that NOT is NOT an option.

So here I am confessing my blunder and my new determination to succeed and stay focused.

I'll be weighing tomorrow morning. I'm scared to report the number, but that will be my first step... to fess up not only to my bad eating and going off plan so often, but to also fess up the dreaded scale's number. I've not weighed in about 2 weeks... It wasn't pretty then, and I've done really bad lately. But I will post my number as I did when I first began... because I am beginning again.

Well, I've twisted your ear plenty :)
Hold me accountable!
Wish me luck!
and bless you all!

Hugs! ~Renee'

PS... the pic above was my first motivational collage. I've not looked at it in months, but I should have. It represents very good reasons why I'm going to reach my goal. I think I'll make a new one, just for the fun of it and because, well, I am starting over... this is my new beginning.

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    Love the collage....
so when are you going to blog again and tell us about all your "done goods" and "done bads" so we can hold you accountable?????

Love ya!

Aloha oi!

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VIAJANDODAWN 8/5/2008 3:13AM

    It seems to be the time for starting again, not over just again. I'm here to support you in your efforts.

Your collage is so pretty. I wish I had that sort of ability to do things like that!

Stay strong and keep your reasons in mind every time you look at food or think of straying.

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COFFEE_KISS 8/3/2008 5:51PM


Thank goodness for new beginnings, eh? I always wonder if I will run out of them!!

Stay strong, stay focused and keep that collage in a highly visible place as a daily reminder of WHY we are fighting this fight.

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DRAGONFLY180 8/1/2008 10:22AM

    congrats on your new beginning. i know how hard it is to 'fess up to our shortcomings (i've done a little confessing on my blog lately, too), so good for you. what a weight lifted, right? use that strength to keep your motivation up in mid- and late-august. you can do it!

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SPARKNMOM 7/31/2008 11:05PM

    To new beginnings, my friend...you can do this...we're here with ya!!!

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CRUCIFIED1 7/31/2008 7:09PM

    I'm signing on as one of your accountability partners.

Here's to new beginnings!

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MARIADALE 7/31/2008 3:53PM

    You can do this! i will hold you accountable if you do the same for me!

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SDSWTP 7/31/2008 3:45PM

    Congrats on making this commitment to yourself and for sharing it with those who can help hold you accountable. Starting over is a hard thing to do, but never lose sight of this motivation. Write down why you are doing this, make that new collage, and try to capture this feeling of determination. Remember, we are all here for you...and I know you can do this!!

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July 29, 2008

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Busy busy busy!

Well, VBS went great, we averaged 120 kids every night! That's a lot of kids :) and I am pooped! But it was wonderful.

Now, we're about to take off on some remodeling of our house. One thing after another, but it's all great! Life is good.

Anyhow, I"ll be on and off sparsley (is that a word?) cause I"ll be so busy and then so tired and so on...

I'm finally back on track diet wise. Today is Day 2 of Induction (again) and so far so good!

Hugs to all my sparkfriends!

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MARIADALE 7/30/2008 8:02AM

    I am certain that you touched the lives of those children in a positive way.

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SPARKNMOM 7/29/2008 11:34PM

    Hello busy friend!! Sounds like you're having lots of fun, tho... Glad you checked in!!! When you're done w/ your house, come check mine out...I need some assistance!! LOL

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Aloha! VBS week!

Monday, July 21, 2008

It's vbs week and I'll be here very little all week. I'm working in crafts and we've bitten off a chunk... we're tie-dying and painting t-shirts along with other things.... it's gonna be face paced and hectic, but fun, I'm sure. I love this year's theme... Outrigger Island... very Hawaiian :) So Me. :)

I'm going to try to stick with my plan, but on top of a hectic vbs week, tom is here. Just send me good eating thoughts and I hope I can catch 'em and focus on doing well and not have an "oh well" kind of eating week. Mahalo!

Aloha! emoticon

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    Funny, I saw one of those advertisements for "Outrigger Island" definitely you. Have fun, but come back to us!

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KATRINIA17 7/27/2008 1:29AM

    Oh that's a lot to deal with.



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LIBRA73 7/26/2008 10:41AM

    aloha! I love your halloween costume for motivation. That get up is too cool!! I love it. You will be smokin hot in that thing! I love vbs. This week the kids go! YEAH! our theme is science this year, perfect for the boys! Thanks for reading my blog and yep, time to get outta the funk and get with it. Halloween is closer than we realize!

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JNORMAN1969 7/22/2008 1:35PM

    Very cool Rene, ours was called Power Lab, kids got to make some really neat things in the crafts part of it. Sending you vibes to eat good and have no oh well moments

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GRALLEN 7/22/2008 9:34AM

    Sounds like fun. I love tie-dyed t-shirts. *Sending positive eating thoughts your way.*

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SPARKNMOM 7/21/2008 10:28PM

    How COOL!!! I'll bet you will have a blast : ) Our kids went tonight - and loved it! We're having a racing theme. They are bringing in a local race car driver and car on Thursday...I think I'll go check that out myself!!!!!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Yesterday I did that 10 minutes. I did aerobic dance, light jogging in place, around my room and closet, and jumping jacks (but that was too bouncy) That was a LONG 10 minutes LOL! But I did it. Now to do it again today. I appreciate all the encouragement from everyone who's been posting on my blogs. I'll letcha know when I get in another 10 today. :)
Renee' emoticon

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    10 minutes makes a difference especially when you're getting your heart rate up there. One suggestion I've thought about for myself but have never really done it yet is thinking of different ST exercises and doing like 1 minute of each exercise. You can have you're timer set to 1 minute and just do it til the timer goes off. Jumping Jacks, Standing Mountain Climbers, Lunges, Crunches, Skiers, Butt Kicks, High Knees, Jump Rope, Side Lunges, Supermans... I could go on and on... and you do those for 10 minutes, no rest... you'll feel quite strong afterwards!

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KATRINIA17 7/20/2008 1:05AM

    Jumping jacks!!!

I aim for a min and a half of jumping jacks and it kills me!

Kudos to you for adding them in during your 10 mins!


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GRALLEN 7/16/2008 7:19PM

    Good job!! emoticon

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SPARKNMOM 7/16/2008 1:00PM

    Woohoo, Renee'!!!! Yes! I don't care much for jumping jacks either!! Although there's a LOT less bounce now than there used to be!!!! Keep it up, friend...I've seen results in the short 2 weeks I've tried it...so will you!!

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MARIADALE 7/16/2008 12:57PM


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Mid-New Spark Challenge

Monday, July 14, 2008

I'm half way through this challenge and so far I'm doing ok with food and water and all ... well, ... I had that family reunion and blew that day, but got back on track. Still, the exercise is eluding me.... unless housework counts :)

Thank y'all for your support!


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GRALLEN 7/16/2008 8:15AM

    I agree with Scolly. Just 10 minutes a day. Turn the radio on and dance if you don't like exercise. Anything to get your blood movin.

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SPARKNMOM 7/14/2008 11:32PM

    I think you're doing great. I saw a post from Maria, I believe directed to you, regarding exercising just 10 min. per day. I started that about 10 days ago and haven't stopped : ) It's not much, but I'm feeling better already!! BTW...reunions are always hard for me too!!! Way too many goodies to be had!!

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    Gurrrrrrrrrl, housework counts just do it vigorously! And let me tell you... you'll be sweatin' in no time! Glad you're doing it and glad you had fun at the reunion, eating. LOL

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MARIADALE 7/14/2008 6:04PM

    Blowing some fairy fitness dust your way!

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