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Week 2 on WW

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Well, for me week 2 was a little easier. It's still going to take time to learn the points of foods without having to look them up or calculate them each time. I've learned a few, tho. :) I'm also measuring now, which isn't as much a pain in the butt as I thought it would be. :)

My husband was told by his doc that he needs to lose weight, so I've got him on WW too... and now I have mixed feelings about that. I used the calculator to figure his daily points... and he could have 48 (compared to my 35). Then he just ate what I ate for the most part... and on day one for him he ended up eating fewer points than I did... Why does that bother me? Well, this is petty, but, we all know it's a fact that men lose faster than women... so now he's going to be losing even faster cause he's not eating as much as he should be eating... Grrrr! Not fair. Anyhow, I've convinced him that he should eat closer to his points and I think he's doing better now, but still not quite there. I should just accept the fact that he's going to lose better than me... again, just like when we low carbed together, anyway. Oh well... I'm glad he's losing weight... he needs to lose about 40-50 lbs. And I'm getting over the... "hey this is MY new diet and you can't do better on it than me!" attitude. And now that I've vented all that... it really sounds silly. And I feel better. :D

Ok... now for what you've been wondering... so HOW MUCH DID YOU LOSE THIS WEEK???? :) Well, my weigh in days are Saturdays. That's the official weight I enter into the weekly weigh in on WW online... however, yesterday morning I stepped on the scale just to take a peek.... I was down by another 6.5 lbs already. Wow. that's what I entered on Sparkpeople... :) However, when I weighed this morning I was 1.5 lbs up from Friday. So my WW weight loss was 5 lbs... which is very good for a week, yes... but I wish that other 1.5 had stayed off. So... anyhow, my official loss for the week is another 5 lbs.

Week 2 loss - 5 lbs.
Total loss so far - 10 lbs.

Due to that, my weekly points are one less now.

On to week 3! I hope I can keep this momentum!

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SPARKNMOM 3/30/2011 6:34PM

    WOW WOW WOW!!!

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LIBRA73 3/27/2011 10:47AM

    Yep, hubs is on WW with me, gets way more points than I do! I get 29 and he gets 48. He has dropped way faster than me! No fair! BOO!

GREAT job dropping the weight. Keep this up and you will be in those smaller jeans in no time!

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BIGDAD1211 3/26/2011 10:56AM

    Wow! 5 lbs is awesome! Keep it up! God bless your husband. I wish I could lose weight like that, but I guess I need to work more on my intake.
Good luck on week 3!!
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A*L*P* 3/26/2011 10:49AM

    Yeah, men! They suck, lol! Not really but my husband decided to drop a few pounds a few years back and he lost so fast it was disgusting! Lol! Hang in there, I think it is awesome that he's on board with you,it makes is so much easier at home,that's for sure when you have that extra support and motivation!

5 pounds is AWESOME!!!!! Way to go!!

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QUEENGARLIC 3/26/2011 9:24AM

    Don't feel bad my husband is the same way! He won't weigh for a week or two and then casually mention- oh I lost 12 pounds. I find myself trying to sabotage him sometimes. I can't quite follow thru on the sabotage though so he is safe! lol

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Week 1 on WW

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Done with my first week on WW.
It is so different from Atkins and low carbing! (which I still love, but just needed something different right now)
It takes a whole new mindset and learning a whole new set of numbers (that's gonna take a while, too... so I bought the WW calculator, which will help a LOT.)

So... I felt like I was eating way too much some days and felt hungry constantly on other days. But I made it through without going over my weekly allotment of points... but I did use every one of them!


I was surprised... but happily so, (duh) so I'm going to keep on keeping on and perhaps tweek it here and there. Maybe add in a walk or two this week, try to NOT use all those weekly points and stick to just the daily points... and otherwise, just keep on making good choices for snacks (lots of fresh fruits and veggies!)

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SPARKNMOM 3/30/2011 6:33PM

    Wow!! That's awesome!! :)

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TASOGAREBAN 3/19/2011 6:32PM

    YES!! Good going Renee!!

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BIGDAD1211 3/19/2011 3:01PM

    Awesome!!!! emoticon

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SEASONS_CHANGE 3/19/2011 2:06PM

    Way to go Renee!

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 3/19/2011 1:39PM

    Yay!!! Great work!!!

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LIBRA73 3/19/2011 12:06PM

    Awesome!! Woohoo! I love the five pound whoosh! Score! emoticon

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PRICANSTINA84 3/19/2011 11:54AM

    that's great! my mom is on WW. she started at the beginning of the year and has already lost almost 16 pounds! i've been on WW's before.. it does work! just gotta stick to it good luck!

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Survey all about me.....

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Survey about me. Just fun to know more about each other. Copy and paste it if you like!

1. What time did you get up this morning?
it was a sleep late morning... around 8:10

2. How do you like your steak?
I like it still red, but not mooing, really... not bloody. I like vampires but I'm not one. :)

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Voyage of the Dawn Treader with my 10 yo... pretty good.

4. What is your favorite TV show?
I liked Buffy and Angel... lots of humor in those. I like The Office and The IT Crowd... hard to choose a fave. All tv shows I watch are AFTER they air on tv and arrive on Netflix instant view! :)

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Not sure... toss up between Fiji, New Zealand, Hawaii.... I really need to visit those places (and more) first.

6. What did you have for breakfast?
coffee w/ cream & sugar free butter rum syrup & a cinnamon roll

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
anything spicy! LOVE Mexican... mainly fajitas!

8. What foods do you dislike?
plain buttermilk

9. Favorite Place to Eat?

10. Favorite dressing?

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
1999 Suburban w/ 200,000+ miles and still going strong! I've been wondering if I can make it to 300,000. :)

12. What are your favorite clothes?
jeans & a t-shirt....and I'm very fond of jammies!.... me too!

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
Fiji, Hawaii, New Zealand

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
1/2 full

15. Where would you want to retire?
same places... but ideally I'd have a house on the beach on my own secluded island and I'd have a house in the mountains ... my own mountain. :)

16. Favorite time of day?
on work days it's evenings and on off days it's all day long!

17. Where were you born?
Columbia, South Carolina

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
don't watch any really, but I have enjoyed racing, drag racing, gymnastics & figure skating

19. How many siblings?
2, 1 bro & 1 sis

20. Favorite pastime/hobby?
being with my family, movies (mainly horror), reading

21. Bird watcher?
not really, but I do love them. I have 3!

22. Are you a morning person or a night person?
a little bit of both

23. Do you have any pets?
yes! 1 dog: Daisy, 6 cats: Juju, Lola, Minnie, Fonzie, Shuttle, & Neo, 3 birds: Cappie, Chili Pepper, & Amy and 1 bunny: Merlin

24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
'new and exciting' doesn't happen in my life! lol... mine either!

25. What did you want to be when you were little?
an artist and a dancer

26. What is your best childhood memory?
playing with my dolls and friends, making kites with my dad, bike riding, playing around and jumping the creek with my friends

27. Are you a cat or dog person?
cat person. I love their independence.

28. Are you married?
Yes, will be our 25th anniversary this June.

29. Always wear your seat belt?
Yes, well, almost always.

30. Been in a car accident?
one small fender bender a long long time ago... no one was hurt.

31. Any pet peeves
fake people, rude people, making a mess and not cleaning it up... come on now!

32. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
I like all pizza toppings.

33. Favorite Flower?
everything from my children and husband... then it's sunflowers, roses, & tulips

34. Favorite ice cream?
I like all ice cream and sometimes I'm in the mood for different kinds... often it's chocolate (in any variation) sometimes it's fruity... LOVE homemade peach & strawberry... Ben & Jerry's makes an awesome Pumpkin Cheesecake & Key Lime Pie...

35. Favorite fast food restaurant?

36. How many times did you fail your driver's test?

37. From whom did you get your last email?
some online store, I'm sure.

38. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
i don't know.

39. Do anything spontaneous lately?
no, not lately. :/

40. Like your job?
yes, but I miss being a stay-home mom... but I do just work part time (3 days per week) as a court clerk.

41. Broccoli?
Love it!

42. What was your favorite vacation?
we love camping... but as for a real, get away from it all vacation... we have yet to have one of those. :/

43. Last person you went out to dinner with?
my hubby & oldest daughter at Red Lobster... and tonight we're all going out... the whole family: me, hubby, 2 sons, & 2 daughters

44. What are you listening to right now?
hum of the computer

45. What is your favorite color?
I love color. The blues of the oceans, the browns, reds, & oranges of the fall, the greens, oranges & yellows of the summer, the reds, yellows, blues, purples of the spring flowers, the black of night, the silver of the moon... it's hard to choose a favorite.

46. How many tattoos do you have?

47. How many people will fill this out?
don't know

48. What time did you finish this quiz?
5:16 PM

49. Coffee Drinker?
A morning without coffee is like sleep.
Way too much coffee. But if it weren't for the coffee, I'd have no identifiable personality whatsoever.
I make serious coffee - so strong it wakes up the neighbors.
My blood type is Folgers.
um... yes, I am a coffee drinker.

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KATRINIA17 3/18/2011 11:27PM

    I too don't ever watch shows when they air. Heck I just got a t.v like 6 months ago and I still don't have a DVD player. LOL But I love the computer and I can catch up and watch just about anything from here...but I'm never in the loop...eh.

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MARIADALE 2/7/2011 7:03PM

    Thanks for sharing

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MITECU 2/7/2011 2:42PM

    Nice to meet you. We have 12, 13, and 15 in common.

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ASILLA 2/7/2011 9:09AM

    I like your #2, should try to do some #39 for your self ;)
very cute!
Thankx for posting!

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HANNALA1 2/6/2011 10:54PM

    haha I enjoyed reading your answers. I just love surveys. :-)

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LIBRA73 2/6/2011 9:08PM

    We have lots in common!

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I love Christmas!

Monday, November 29, 2010

First of all, I want to thank each of you that posted something on my last blog, "Ugh" You gave me words of wisdom, proper perspective, hugs, encouragement, and even a chuckle. :) I thank each of you for opening my eyes and also making me see that I am not alone, and I can overcome this. Thank you. When I learn any new news about my daughter, I will share it.

This weekend I climbed to the attic and we got down all my indoor Christmas stuff. The tree is up, and several decorations are out and I just realized that I collect nativity scenes. This wasn't something I did on purpose... all I did was wait each year for the sales after Christmas and I buy what I like... apparently I like nativity scenes. :) My daughter counted 18 of them ranging in size from 3/4" figures to 12" figures. Wow. :)

Anyhow, the tree is up and looking lovely, (ours is theme-free and filled with a large variety of ornaments that my children have made/picked out over the years) my decorations are out... I still have a little more to do and plan on posting pics soon.

I'm feeling much better, even tho the weight loss is still not happening, .... yet. I'm optimistic in knowing that it WILL happen for me. The main thing is I'm never giving up. :)

I keep trying to look on the bright side of every situation and stress-inducing circumstance that are currently happening in my life... and I try to remember this:

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SERENEMOM71 12/30/2010 11:05AM

  I hope that you had a very Merry and Blessed Christmas! I loved your saying!

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MARIADALE 11/30/2010 8:52AM

    My tree is up...waiting for little hands to assist with decorating.

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HANNALA1 11/30/2010 8:20AM

    "God sends no stress that chocolate and prayer can't handle." ~ LOVE IT!

You're going to reach your goals. You've continuously been an active member of Spark which means you want this. You'll find what works for you and your Spark friends will be here for you every step of the way!

P.S. That's awesome you unknowingly collect nativities. :-)

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SEASONS_CHANGE 11/29/2010 9:38PM

    Hang in there Renee... You're one tough cookie! and we're here when you need us!


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ASILLA 11/29/2010 8:58PM

    So happy to see the smile in your heart shinning as your writing this blog. Life will always bring us ups and downs, in some way it is a balance that helps us appreciate one against the other. Do not ever give up :)


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DEREONGODDESS 11/29/2010 11:42AM

    You're right the main thing is to never give up! With your positive attitude and determination I know you'll reach your goals! emoticon

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TASOGAREBAN 11/29/2010 11:16AM

    I love christmas too! It's the end of the holidays that I look forward to every year with New Years marking the end. I'm looking forward to doing some small christmas shopping in the next week or two to decorate but mostly the gift shopping. I'm going to be so broke, lol!

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KMICHA 11/29/2010 10:26AM

    A good attitude is a great beginning to the Christmas season!

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LIBRA73 11/29/2010 10:21AM

    I have the same kind of tree - no theme, just fun!

You got me in the mood to do my decorations! Now, come on over and help me!!

You will get there - it I have to drag your limp body - you will reach your goal! LOL!!

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BIGDAD1211 11/29/2010 10:21AM

    And I love the reason for the Season! Jesus Christ! Have a merry Christmas my friend!

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THEEXERCISER 11/29/2010 9:22AM

    I love Christmas too! I cannot wait to start decorating!

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

I couldn't think of a more fitting title for this blog. It really sums up my feelings. Ugh.

My lack of motivation has really got me down lately. I do well for a day or two, then it all fizzles so fast and I keep having the "start again tomorrow" thinking. Well, every day this year has basically been "tomorrow." I know I shouldn't wait for that motivational click that I have had before, but I seem to be waiting anyhow.

The last few months have been very hard mentally and physically. I have yo-yoed so much lately that I'm just losing the same 10 lbs over and over again.

In September we learned that my daughter will be having surgery for her scoliosis. This came as quite a hard blow because she has endured the wearing of a brace since the end of the 5th grade. (She is now a high school JR) This has made her strong in some ways, but withheld her in other ways... but it was all to prevent surgery, finally to no avail. This has been looming over me since we found out. In Oct she had an MRI, one of the first steps towards this surgery, and we have yet to hear how that went. We are looking at surgery in the summer, possibly, so school will not suffer... She is an honor student.

Then with the drama that went on with my son the last two weeks... that was frightening, but now basically over. He's healing well, as is his friend, whom I recently I found out was released from hospital over a week ago, and is doing very well.

A lot of other stuff is going on that has me feeling like NOTHING is in control any more and I'm overwhelmed, depressed, scared, worried, angry, and embarrassed of my appearance and would like to just crawl under the covers and hide from the world.

I have really got to pull it together, find some determination and some solid stick-to-it-ness.

I have done it before... I have been the person who's had it all together, I want to be that me again.

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SEASONS_CHANGE 11/23/2010 7:03AM

    Giving you a big reassuring hug Renee. This life does have dark days and it's hard to get out of a funk. You're a very strong woman and there is nothing that you can't do. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and make today that day to start making some changes that you CAN control.

Sending positive, happy thoughts your way!

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SPARKNMOM 11/21/2010 7:58PM

    Sorry to hear of all the stresses. I am very much an emotional eater/binger...so I can relate. It's so hard to focus on ourselves when we feel like we're trying to keep everyone else in the family together and healthy....hugs and strength being sent your way.

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SERENEMOM71 11/21/2010 2:41PM

  Life is messy and certainly can be hard and disappointing @ times. We are never truly in control - God is! I have found, for me, to be able to function in very difficult times in my life; I have to admit to God that I am powerless over my whole life and give it to Him. Then, God empowers me to live a holy, Spirit-filled life with energy to do the things that I need to do! Of course, I need to maintain my connection with Him with prayer, praise, song, reading the Bible, Christian action, and trying to do God's will for my life daily. If I am depressed, I go see my psychologist and psychiatrist and take medication if indicated. There is not shame in that! Anyway, this is what has worked for me. Take what you like and leave the rest. Just remember that you are a precious daughter of God and He loves you unconditionally! He surrounds you with his angels so that they can minister to you and give you what you need. Envision laying your head on their wonderfully soft feather wings and resting peacefully, safely, with all your cares lifted! Imagine being softly massaged by their wings so all your muscles are relaxed and your body feels like soft butter! You are so relaxed and the love and joy of the Lord fills your soul!! You hear the beautiful songs of the angels in your head. Your mind ceases to worry and just hears the songs. You are transformed so you are empowered to do what you need to do in the world! This is my prayer for you.

God Bless and Take Care.

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LIBRA73 11/21/2010 1:11PM

    I have been there myself! I really have. I hate it too! Not a place I like to visit! Heck, sometimes I move to "out of controlville".

I really have to pray for guidance - and the knowledge to know when He is guiding me.

So much is out of our control. Today, the door on the van stopped working. I need to get another 125,000 miles out of it. It has soooo many boo- boos as Atticus calls them. But we cannot afford another car payment.

I just have to believe there is a way around high cost. Maybe it can be fixed cheap?

I babysat for a friend of my sons who had a tumor removed from the center of her brain in Jan. She had two strokes, but was doing so well. We learned the tumor is back, growing again. She has eye surgery in Dec, and now this. She is just adorable, at barely 4 years old. She has had to endure so much, learned how to do things without the use of her left arm, wear braces, can't see like she used to, etc.

That keeps it all in perspective. I can't complain, when I look at her, and her parents. What they have been thru, and what is headed their way.

You have alot going on. Shouldering it all is hard. Let the Lord take that off you. We only think we control things. We don't control a thing.

We have to just keep going, have our faith, and do the best we can. I know you can do it, just keep pushing for it. You certainly deserve it! I can't think of a better woman!

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MARIADALE 11/21/2010 9:57AM

    I feel for you, I too have spiraled out of control for a year but I am stating to get it all back...you will too.

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YAGERMONSTER 11/21/2010 9:07AM

    I clicked here cause that was my mood too today. It also may be from not being able to party like I used to. lol

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BIGDAD1211 11/21/2010 12:26AM

    Our strength is in the Lord and when you remember that and let Jesus put it all together for you, then you can't go wrong! Don't worry about the 10 pounds going up and down. I have those same 10 and I don't know what I would do if they ever really left me! LOL. Seriously, you have so much going for you if you just look beyond what you think is a problem and when you see that and lean on Christ, you will be OK!
I will keep your daughter in my payers my friend. Please keep me posted.
In Jesus Name

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