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8 pounds down for August.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

First of all, let me thank all of you who posted on my blogs. I get behind in my eamils so bad... I hope y'all are ok with my thanking y'all here for stopping by and giving me such great support! AND thanks for all the compliments on my cakes! :)
I finally hit that goal this morning for this week, so as of right now, I'm pretty much on track.

I hope to see goals met for September as well. Another 8 pounds, or better... 10! :)

Lisa, I"ll have to check out that bootcamp.
Randy, thanks so much!!!!
Libra, I have made many cakes for others :)
Carla, You keep up the good work, hon, you're looking and doing great! You know how fickle our bodies can be, just keep on doing what you know is right.

Ok... here's to a new month with more goals to be met... one day at a time!

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CRUCIFIED1 9/2/2008 1:27PM

    Way to go! You are truly moving along. I'm confident you'll get the additional 8 lbs down for September.

Stay Blessed!!!

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MARIADALE 9/1/2008 2:27PM

    that is a terrific loss! may Septembr be a great month too.

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CHARLIE-B 9/1/2008 12:00AM

    Good Job, Renee. I'm very proud of you, I knew you could do it!!! emoticon

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SPARKNMOM 8/31/2008 6:39PM

    Yay, Renee'!!! I'm so proud of you! You've had a great run here....keep it up!!

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LIBRA73 8/31/2008 4:46PM

    YQW for the support! Good for you and your bod! Glad to see you on track! Hugs!

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KM1304 8/31/2008 3:49PM

    Hi Renee,

Congratulations on reaching your goal. Have a great day.

Karol from SP Community team.

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Goal today was 188.5, I weighed in at 189.5... close, really close.

Thank you all for the compliments on my turtle cake, it was fun to make. It's a family tradition for me to make a special cake for my kids' birthdays. I've done it since my first turned 1... and that cake, while cute, was ... well, let's just say I've learned more over the years :)

the one above was for my daughter's 14th birthday. She chose what she wanted and I made it happen. :) but, with that cake I cheated quite a bit :( oh well, that was a few months back. It's a pale pink with black and the skully is white.

I've really been buckling down hard this past week to catch up to my goal. I think if I keep this momentum I'll eventually catch up to where I had planned on being. To be honest, if by Halloween I'm off by a smidge,... say less than 5 pounds, I"ll probably still be pleased.

All the support from y'all is amazing, thank you so much!

Bug Hugs Sparkfriends!
emoticon Renee'

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EDEN30 9/3/2008 2:37PM

    I was reading your blog and saw that CAKE oh my GOD that looks great. Doesn't help that I am hungry. LOL

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LISA32989 8/30/2008 7:35AM

    I'd like to invite you to join our next bootcamp on Living Low Carb. Its all about following a healthy low carb lifestyle with enough healthy fats and calories to get us thru a day while adding exercise to improve our lifestyle. The next 10-day bootcamp starts on Tuesday Sept 2.

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JNORMAN1969 8/29/2008 10:12PM

    Renee you are doing great keep it up, you know my concerns for i mailed you, so i won't reiterate them here, just keep uthhte good work, I am here for you.

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LIBRA73 8/29/2008 9:13PM

    I wish you were closer, I need a cool cake soon! Hop on a plane.

YOu are doing so well. I am so glad you refocused and are on it, You will soon have a bod to match your beautiful face!! You go girl, kill those calories!

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I've been reading about this whole calorie thing and I need more. I was thinking I should be down cause my cals were down... I'm gaining. I need to eat more good stuff, to add more cals. And, "HELLO!" I eat a lot!

OK, now to you... LOL I think you're doing fab. As long as you're still trying... you're doing great. You were definitely close to goal. I'm so proud of you. And that cake is SERIOUS.

You go, baker Renee!

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Big Thanks & the turtle cake

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Thanks to all my sparkfriends for your continued support and encouragement on my blogs.

Maria, I try to not rely on my scales, but unfortunately I do. and yep, I'm eating right, but that exercise is just not yet a habit... but I'm still trying!

Holly, I bet you're having a harder time than I am establishing that school year routine! We will do it! :)

Carla, you're right, I fluctuate soooo much, sometimes it's just funny, but I prefer the downward whooshes of course! :)

Stephanie, It will come back down... sooner than later I hope.

Crucified1, you're right about the lack of exercise probably causing these fluctuations. I really need to establish exercise as a can't-do-without-it daily habit! I think it has to do with fluid retention as well. I wonder if exercise would help with the swelling.

Libra, I'm sure it's water in combinatin with that lack of exercise. I retain water so badly at times, even when I've drank a gallon a day. It really shows up in my face, hands and feet. Since last week was tom, perhaps it's residual retention.

Ok, sparkfriends, I'll admit that I'm expecting a pretty good whoosh by this time next week, as long as I do it all right all week... food, water, exercise, rest... they whole shebang :) They work together don't they? I must catch up to my goals! I set down some very doable goals... I can't lose sight of them!!!!

and the turtle cake... that was my daughter's 8th birthday cake she chose for me to make, that I didn't have a single nibble taste or bite of whle I baked it and decorated it. :) Quite an accomplishment for me, it was chocolate!!!! Anyhow, it came out pretty cute.


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DRAKE83 8/31/2008 6:57AM

    What a cute cake! You are talented and you are worth continued health and wellness!

Go girl go!!!

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KELSPRETTYGIRL 8/26/2008 11:51AM

    Ok, first off, I too am proud that you RESISTED! You go, gurrl!

But, wow! You made that cake? Do you have a picture of it like after you've taken out a slice. I would love to see it. I can't imagine making something like that, that was a masterpiece.

Exercise... get your e in and you will do well.. Check your salt too!

love ya!

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CRUCIFIED1 8/25/2008 9:45AM

    What an adorable cake! Congratulations to you for not even licking the spoon - that is some serious willpower. I wish you the best this week.

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LIBRA73 8/24/2008 9:33AM

    I love that turtle!! So cute! And proud of you for resisting. You go girl. It takes 21 days to make something a habit. Do the exercise for three weeks, you will learn to love it. Try Turbo Jam, I swear I love it!!

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SPARKNMOM 8/23/2008 9:46PM

    Oh, Renee'!! That cake is cuter than cute!!! Love it! You're so creative. My cake baking technique goes something like this..."yes, I need a 1/2 sheet w/ whipped frosting w/ pic #1212 that says Happy 3rd Birthday...I'll pick it up Sunday at 1. Thanks"!! I'm trying a new gym for exercise...we'll see how THAT fits into my schedule! I can't wait until your whoosh next week!! Make sure you blog about it!

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ISURRENDERALL 8/23/2008 6:06PM

    Renee'-love the cake.I too enjoy vake decorating.Way to go not having any,YOU GO GIRL!!!!!Be blessed.

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TIDBIT 8/23/2008 1:45PM

    Renee'...I just run across your blog from the Camping SP'ers Team page (which I just joined). But anyway, I wanted to say that I love your turtle cake!! You did a great job with it...and not any nibbling - that would take lots of willpower for me, I would have at least had to lick my fingers once or twice. Anyway, hello and hope you don't mind my commenting!

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MARIADALE 8/23/2008 1:14PM

    The cake is adorable. I was off my exercise for a bit too, but am back at it.

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Not a deterrent!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Ok... I weighed in and... I'm up a pound from Saturday. bummer. Thought I'd be down a pound at least and a half pound ahead of my goal, but NO... I'm a pound up and so therefore 1.5 pounds behind my goal... Grrrrrrr!

OK... maybe the scales aren't truthful again, maybe I'm retaining water, I have had swollen ankles all week, but I did drink a LOT of water. Maybe I just need to go to the bathroom LOL (tmi? sorry) Maybe I didn't hold my mouth right... or would my one BAD day this week still be showing up on the scales? That was Monday! that would sooooo not be fair cause I got right back on track and stayed in my personal numbers range. Ok... that's not totally true actually. I've not gotten in ANY exercise this week. Rain rain rain and just didn't feel like the treadmill.... **sigh** Most likely it's a combination of it all. I think I'll go back to my daily weigh ins...

Overall, this is not a deterrent to my dieting. It's a bummer, yes, but I will work harder to make up for my being behind and catch up to where I should be. I'll keep updating.

First week of school was hectic, it will take a while for us to establish a good working routine... trial and error.

I'm not gone, so please don't forget me LOL! I'll be popping in now and then to track and if I have time to post a little, but like I said... no routine and with 4 kids and homework already... I am totally pooped by 8! :)


Saturday 191
today 192 (goal was 190.5! all I had to do was lose a measly half pound this week... but nooooo... I GAINED a pound. :( emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARIADALE 8/23/2008 10:00AM

    Don't rely too heavily on your scales...if your eating right and exercising the weight will eventually go down.

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SPARKNMOM 8/22/2008 8:48PM

    You're doing just wonderfully! I, too, have struggled w/ establishing a good routine. We'll do it, Renee'!!

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    Renee, you are soooooooo funny!
You're up one, but you can be down 2.5 next week for all you know! So chin up, mama! You can do this!!!!

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ISURRENDERALL 8/22/2008 4:52PM

    Don't let it get you down.It is probably water.Everyones weight fluctuates now and then.Hang in there it will come back down.
Stephanie emoticon

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CRUCIFIED1 8/22/2008 4:13PM

    Don't sweat it Renee - there are so many factors that could have caused the gain. I would put my money on the lack of exercise. If you are using the SP calorie ranges, they take into account your projected calories burned. For instance, I didn't really work out this week but I stayed within my range. Well that range is based on me burning 3,000 calories a week and I probably hit 1,000.

So stay encouraged - you know the recipe for weight loss and you will get back on track.

Stay Blessed!!!

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LIBRA73 8/22/2008 3:59PM

    It could be water, don't let it get you down! I miss seeing you in the teams, but I totally understand. School starts here next week, then preschool for little man. I can't wait!

Glad to see you aren't really upset. Just keep at it, and add that treadmill, even in little workouts, it will help! I know you can do it girl!!

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setback, but still determined (UPDATED)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Well, go figure. I did pretty good all week and to what end? A one pound GAIN. What gives? Well, actually I know what it is. Today is first day of tom. So, I'm really not accepting this weigh in. I'm not changing my ticker and I'm not going to let this get to me. I KNOW the reason for it. I can't drink enough water to rid myself of the fluid retention I suffer through during this time. I'm going to keep on keeping on and next weigh in will hopefully be more truthful... oh, btw, due to the encouragement of a good friend, I have measured and did learn that overall, I've lost nearly 2 inches this week. That's a plus.

Hugs to all my sparkfriends!

8/16/08 update.... I weighed in this morning, just curious at where day 2 of tom puts me... expecting to be the same, or maybe even up, and to my joyous surprise... I was down 2.5 pounds from yesterday! 191.0!! wow. That looks a lot better, and I'm back on track to meet my weekly goals! Woohoo!

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LIBRA73 8/18/2008 10:26AM

    Well, see there! Not bad at all girl!! Glad you are still working! I was wondering where you were!!

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CRUCIFIED1 8/18/2008 9:52AM

    WTG!!! I'm so glad you didn't let the TOM weigh-in get you down. Whenever the scale isn't looking good, I look to how my clothes fit and just look at my body in general. So congratulations on the pounds and inches lost.

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ISURRENDERALL 8/16/2008 6:26PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonOn the inches and the weight loss,YOU GO GIRL!!!!!

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MARIADALE 8/16/2008 10:23AM

    It is great that you can keep a positive perspective.

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    Renee, I heard that you get a bunch of women together in one place (like school, dorm...) and they'll all start their cycles at around the same time... but sheesh, we're no where near each other and you started today too?
I was thinking the same thing. I didn't hardly eat anything yesterday and then I get on the scale today, only to see I gained .8 lb since yesterday! That brought me up to a wopping 3.2 lbs gain since last WI!!!! So bask in your 1 lb gain, gurrl! LOL You're doing good!
And way to go on your inches lost!!! Work it, gurrl!

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