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Friday, August 08, 2008

Aloha everyone! Thank you all so much for supporting me in my new beginning! It's going great! I have lost 4 pounds this week and I've exercised every day except Sunday, and gotten in tons of water.

It's paying off! I'm feeling so much better about myself and my clothes are already feeling better. I wore something yesterday that was too tight to wear in public just 2 weeks ago!

I'm holding on to my momentum and thankful for God helping me every step of the way. When I think I have no willpower left, He supplies it. :)

And I need it today! I'm baking my youngest's birthday cake today, a chocolate turtle. When I'm done, I reckon I'll post up a pic of it. Anyhow, anyone who knows me knows about my love of chocolate! I am stronger tho and will not mess up my focus, my perfect week or my drive! I'm on a roll!

Y'all are all such a wonderful source of encouragement and support! I'm loving my sparkfriends and hope all my newly found determination and stick-to-it-ness rub off on y'all!

My secret for doing well this week is no secret... it's stubborn determination, I-ain't-messin'-up-again attitude, sparkpeople and God.

emoticon ~Renee'
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CRUCIFIED1 8/14/2008 9:49AM

    Renee' - Congratulations on your weight loss. I apologize for my lack of support but I was traveling last week. As usual, after traveling I need to get my eating back under control so I'm on this path with you now.

I can't wait to read about your succes this week.

Stay Blessed!!!

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MARIADALE 8/11/2008 9:53AM

    Great attitude...i need to join you in that stubborn determination!

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JNORMAN1969 8/9/2008 7:01AM

    Renee that is great, keep it up girl, and remember we are all watching, ans supporting.

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VIAJANDODAWN 8/9/2008 2:15AM

    Looks like you got a plan goin on! A 4 pound weight loss is great! Keep it up!



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    Hey, hey, hey... IT's ALOHA Friday!
Look, this is such wonderful news!
I'm so happy for you. You're making great strides. Continue to take it one day at a time (w/ Jesus) and you'll do grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat (Tony the Tiger style).
Congrats on -4 lbs. Great on the exercise and tons of water. You just go, gurrl!

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DRAKE83 8/8/2008 7:21PM

    Congrats on the progress!!! WOOHOO!!!!!

Stay strong and remember if you do slip....slip small and slip once and enjoy it no guilt!!!!

Nice blog and sending you positive thoughts!

Go spark!!!

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CHARLIE-B 8/8/2008 5:22PM

    Hi Renee',

There is something very special about a group of people that don't know each other personally and come together to give of them selves in a kind word of encouragement. All one has to do is put out the word that they are stumbling!

The internet is truly a miracle. The first time I was on Atkins, there wasn't support like this, that I knew of. emoticon Renee'. I am proud of you.

Charlie emoticon

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COFFEE_KISS 8/8/2008 3:43PM

    emoticon Good for you - stay on track, remain strong and keep us updated!

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SPARKNMOM 8/8/2008 3:42PM

    Yay, Renee'!! I'm proud of you! I'm sending thoughts of strength your way as you battle that cake temptation...you can do it, tho. Look at how well you're doing!!!!!

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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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