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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Today one of my two challenges begins - the second one starts on Saturday. I am really determined that this time I am going to get my weight moving! Today is the BLC26 (Biggest Loser Challenge) and on Saturday the 5% Challenge starts. They are both going to be fun, and they are both going to push me to do more. I have an ambitious goal - 10 pounds. And that is 10 pounds with a 10 day vacation in October, my DH's birthday, Halloween and Thanksgiving. So 10 pounds will require serious effort and dedication.

Why would someone pick this time of year to lose weight, you wonder... Lots of reasons... For one thing, I want to end this year on a great note. To weigh less than I have in the last few years. For another, being thinner and healthier is a wonderful gift to myself and my husband. (he never says a word, but I know he would love to see me thinner)

Another great motive for losing now is that while I intend to have a wonderful and full Thanksgiving dinner, the rest of my occasions need to be reined in a bit. To that end, I am not going to buy nearly as much Halloween candy - because the leftovers seem to get loft on my belly! And any leftovers are going to the office! Where I seldom go. I'm even planning to buy my least favorite candy bars to reduce the temptation!

And perhaps I will have myself under control enough to maintain through the Christmas holidays. I won't be upset if I don't lose between December 10 and January 1, but I do not want to gain either! The next 3 months give me time to cement the habits I have been building and hopefully keep from backsliding.

Let's get this party started!!!

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ZELLAZM 9/20/2014 6:45AM

    I think the holidays are a great time to be working on a challenge. It helps keep us in line when the temptation may be the greatest. Let's do this, Firecracker!

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EMSSBEARS 9/17/2014 11:52PM

    Great time to lose weight - the present time - good luck to you-


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SHOAPIE 9/17/2014 7:03PM

    No time like the present.

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PATRICIAANN46 9/17/2014 5:46PM

  Good for YOU, Patti.............I know that emoticon

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HOLLYM48 9/17/2014 5:42PM

    I think that any day is a great day to decide to lose weight. There is no perfect time, it is all about eating healthy and making good choices! Best of luck in getting that weight jump started! You can do this!

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    You can do this - I have a good feeling! I'm in both challenges too. Good luck

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Why I want to lose weight

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

I am participating in two great challenges that begin this month. One is the 5% Challenge and the other is BLC26. One of the pre-challenge assignments for the 5% challenge is to list the reasons why I want to lose weight. I don't really think a lot about them, so this will be kind of stream of consciousness.

1. My heart! I have some plaque build up now, and do not want it to get worse. I have a family history of heart disease and both parents had by-pass operations. I'd prefer not to need one!

2. Comfort - OK - who has NOT felt crammed into a seat on a plane or a theme park ride or some other conveyance? I would like to not feel the arm rests poking me in the side, thank you!

3. Pride - I want to never have to ask for a seat belt extender. Never. I also don't want to try to fit into the seat of something and discover I can't. (Truth - I didn't try the seats at the Harry Potter ride because my friend couldn't fit in them, but I don't know for sure if I could)

4. Fun - I want to be able to play! to hike, bike, and do active things. I want to be able to play Frisbee with the great nieces and nephews, and keep up with them when we go somewhere.

5. Vanity - I do not want to look in the mirror and see the rolls. I don't want to see a photo and see the fat girl. I really don't want to be the heaviest of my friends!

Are there more reasons? Probably, but they are all related to these. I don't want my nieces and nephews to have to take care of me when I am older. I don't want to be in a nursing home. I don't want to fall down in a store and have it take 5 or 6 men to get me up (this happened to a friend recently)

Why do YOU want to lose weight? Your reasons are probably different than mine. But it is good to think about it, and maybe keep that list where you can see it! I'm going to.

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EMMACORY 9/16/2014 5:23PM

    All good reasons! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 9/4/2014 7:21PM

  Hi Patti.........
All of your reasons are good ones because they are YOUR reasons.
The most motivating for me, (especially right now) is to hopefully see an improvement in my health.
emoticon for a great blog.

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BAMAJAM2 9/4/2014 4:25PM

  If I can rid my body of 20 pounds-- then I would find my waistline again---
I want to wear belts that define my waist--- and this means getting 20 pounds off--!!
This is my reason--- (and lots of belts on hand) HA!

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ZELLAZM 9/3/2014 5:43AM

    I appreciate your honesty - it means you're being honest with yourself, too and that will take you places and help you reach your goals. Looking forward to the 5% - bring it on!

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AALLEY2 9/2/2014 8:28PM

    emoticon I like your reasons. It is a good thing to think about. I have many of the same reasons you do. I don't think my loose skin on my tummy area will ever be the same as it was before I gained all that weight.

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HOLLYM48 9/2/2014 6:20PM

    To be healthier, to look good, to feel good, to be able to run and walk and hike and feel fit while doing it! So many reasons to get healthy and stay that way!
Great reasons that you listed!

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    I love this blog

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HIKING-4-ME 9/2/2014 4:38PM

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VELVET_01 9/2/2014 3:10PM

    Isn't it so helpful to put those reasons out there? You be sure and go back to read this on those days when you aren't feeling like working the program because these are all very important reasons!! It took me many years of living with many of the things you mentioned before I finally got backed in a corner and was forced to do something about my weight and my health. Most of all, don't forget that YOU are worth the effort! You can never regret doing what is good for you. You got this!

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FUNLOVEN 9/2/2014 2:34PM

    Some of my reasons are the same as yours, but the biggest one is because I hate the way I look with all the extra rolls and thought I had better nip it in the bud right now as it doesn't get any easier the older and less active we get. I felt a similar thing some years ago when I quite smoking. I told myself "If you don't conquer it now, you are never going to". Conquer it I did and I plan to do the same with this extra weight I am carrying!

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Spark Police???

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My DH loves to tease, and my addiction to spark people and the changes I have made are fair game. Here in Orlando we have "Magical dining month" every September, with great restaurant deals - 3 or 4 course dinners for $33. We have made reservations for one each week. My husband has told me that he fears that the black helicopter with the Spark emblem on the side emoticon will come down and stop us from eating! He also warns me about the "SparkPolice" frequently. While I know he is teasing, and do not let it bother me, I do believe in the SparkPolice.

The SparkPolice is that little voice telling me that if I really want more potatoes, go ahead, but I have to write it down.. And won't I be sorry then!!! The little voice that says "you can do one more minute on the elliptical". And says it several times, until I have completed 35 minutes! The SparkPolice are watching over my shoulder to be sure I don't cut my walk short, or stop at the ice cream drive through. They keep me from posting exercise I didn't do, and make me post what I ate.

Hmmm... do you think the SparkPolice are my conscience? No, because other than lying to myself, I wouldn't be harming anyone else. So what is the SparkPolice? I think it is my healthy new self telling my old couch potato self to keep on with this healthy lifestyle. To keep modeling behaviors that lead to even better health. Whatever you call them, I can live with them. In fact, I don't want to live without them!!!

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EMMACORY 9/16/2014 5:24PM

    I also think being on teams keeps the Spark police very active! emoticon

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AALLEY2 9/2/2014 9:09PM

    emoticon Very good blog! Loved it you make me smile! emoticon emoticon

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    Love this - my spark police voice is telling me "enough sparking today"

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    This is hilarious! But truth. They get you with that "you do whatever you want, just ten little minutes a day" haha and before you know it your whole life is turned upside down. emoticon

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HOLLYM48 8/30/2014 9:11AM

    I started reading this the other morning over breakfast on my phone but my days have been so busy I am just getting back to this now. It is hilarious! My husband teases me as well and he is a sparker now too and has done a great job of losing weight and keeping it off and I totally believe in the spark police! It is our mind telling us we don't want to go back. You will do fine with those restaurant meals because you have your spark police and yourself knowing what is ok and what you need to stay away from and that sounds like a fabulous deal for the month of September and thank goodness for to go boxes so you can eat the right amount and take the rest home!
I loved this blog. It was spot on and funny as well!
Keep up the great work!!!!!

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ZELLAZM 8/28/2014 6:52AM

    It is good when those healthy habits "speak" to us "spark" us to hold on to what we know is the right thing for us. I know your dh is kidding but "Spark Police" makes it sound like we're on our way to prison or something - when we are really being set free!

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NUOVAELLE 8/28/2014 2:33AM

Your blog really put a smile on my face this morning, so thank you for that, it was really needed!
And if you do come across the black helicopter with the spark emblem, can you please send them over? They seem to be avoiding my neighborhood recently and I really need their monitoring!

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BUBBALOOGA123 8/27/2014 10:37PM

    SparkPolice -- love it! :)

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KATELJM 8/27/2014 6:16PM

    Yes, we internalize the Spark message

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SAPHRAEL 8/27/2014 4:18PM

    emoticon Be the model, even when no one is looking!

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MSFROGGIE 8/27/2014 3:07PM

    We can call it what we want, as long as the voice encourages us!!

Thank you for sharing!


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MAGGIEVAN 8/27/2014 2:53PM

    I have the same condition. The "I can be excellent" voice or as you call it the spark police. I actually think it is funny. Keep on keeping on. You both rock!

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Join me in a challenge!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Come one, come all - to lose 5% of your weight in 8 weeks!!

There are many teams to choose from, all located in the Team Forum:

Any Team is Great!
Casual Travelers
Champions in the Kitchen
Determined Daisies
Firecrackers (I'm a Firecracker!!!) emoticon
Shooting Stars
Spirited Underdogs!
Teddy Bears
The Awesome A Team
Tiger Monarchs
Walkers, Runners, Joggers & Gadgeters

Choose your team, it's first come-first served though so get your name posted for the team of your choice.

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AALLEY2 9/4/2014 7:50PM

    emoticon i'm a dawggie! emoticon

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EMSSBEARS 8/25/2014 6:03PM

    Good luck on your challenge.

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PATRICIAANN46 8/19/2014 12:45PM

  Sounds good to me!!!!!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

OK, if you are a newbie - or maybe even been around a while - you might be asking "What are NSVs, and are they contagious???" An NSV is a non-scale victory. Something special that happens that makes you realize that even if the scale isn't moving much, you are making progress.

One of my first NSVs was the day I tried on a pair of size 14 capris - AND THEY FIT!! I was shopping alone, but I told all the people anywhere close to the fitting room, and I actually cried! It had been years since I had size 14 on my body.

Since then there have been many - sometimes it's just how a particular outfit looks that didn't always flatter. Sometimes its being able to do something physical. When I first started to use the elliptical, I was lucky to be able to do 10 minutes. Now I routinely use it for 35 minutes. I just recently decided to branch out and use the rowing machine. OK, I did 5 minutes. But I have increased it a minute or 2 at a time, and this morning did 10 minutes.
And when I tried yoga, I could barely get into the child's pose and my belly was in the way! Now it is a comfortable resting pose as it should be.

The day I saw a photograph of me and my 3 BFFs and realized that I was no longer the fat girl was a real bell ringer!

Today I had one I have been longing for. I have not been able to decrease the size of my waist. It has been 40 inches for a couple of years now. I even have one my goals on my goal board to lose 1 inch in my waist by September 1. Well, I don't know if I will make that, but today my waist was 1/2 inch smaller. I know that is not a lot, but it is a huge impact in my head - which is where weight loss really happens, right? I no longer have a 40 inch waist!!! YEAH!! Of course the real goal is to get in under 35, but I know that will take a lot more weight loss. But right now... Well I am a happy camper!

What are your NSVs? Can you fit in a seat that was too tight (like in a theme park?) or bend down and tie your shoes? Perhaps you started in a better place and your NSV is getting into that dress you wanted to wear. I know you have them. And they are important to notice and to mark, because that scale... well, if you had too much salt or too much water it won't always tell the truth. It will pop up and down and make you crazy if you let it. But your NSVs? They are honest and real achievements. Go for it!

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ZELLAZM 8/23/2014 10:22AM

    emoticon Celebrating those NSV's with you! emoticon
Keep 'em coming!

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B-NANA 8/19/2014 11:44PM

    Thanks for reminding me to look for NSVs. I didn't know what you meant at first. NOW I know. I'm avoiding my scale for a week and just trying to eat better and move more.

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PATRICIAANN46 8/15/2014 1:25PM

  Hi Patti.........
emoticon on your NSVs!!!!! My latest was a pair of capris that were tight last summer. I had put them in the very bottom drawer and forgot about them until a couple of days ago. I pulled them out, put them on, and they fit great with room to spare. Yaaaaaay!!! emoticon

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BILLB000 8/14/2014 5:18PM

    Thank you for this blog and for sharing your NSV stories. It is a good reminder. I forget to look at the NSV and focus too much on the scale. This blog helped!

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NUOVAELLE 8/14/2014 3:39AM

You've done a great job and you have lots of reasons to be proud and happy about!
Thank you for reminding us that the number on the scale is not the only proof of our progress.

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2BEHEALTHY2014 8/13/2014 3:39PM

    Awesome job!

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HOLLYM48 8/13/2014 2:14PM

    Aweome job! So proud of you. And you are right, those nsv's mean so much more than a number on a scale. My nsv and one of the happiest moments of my journey happened last weekend when I was shopping for a dress at Macy's. I could only find size 10's and one dress that I loved only came in a size 10 petite. I figured, I would just try them anyway, and low and behold, they all fit including the petite. I almost cried right then and there because you are right, it is so much in your head and even though I can wear size 10 jeans and pants, I didn't think that Macy's dresses would fit me in the size! Thanks for sharing your nsv with us and congrats on reducing your waist line! 1 day at a time, one choice at a time will get us where we want to be!
Happy Happy Happy! Way to go!!

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BYEPOUNDS 8/13/2014 1:12PM

    My nsv is as follows:

I kept asking people how I would be able to tell if I was losing weight, and the day my elastic held pants slipped down, it was both a surprise and a new awareness. Somehow I had never fathomed that my trusty dusty clothes would not fit. Shirts I could push to the limit, my pants I could not.

Also, a relative this past year just said to me, that the pants that I had on were just too large (even though the elastic was still holding them up), I had to gain a new awareness.

Best to you!

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JANET552 8/13/2014 1:10PM

    emoticon My most recent NSV was successfully completing back-to-back no-sugar days.

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