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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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WINDYCITYCYNDEE 8/30/2014 5:32PM

    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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1MORNINGWALKER 8/30/2014 10:38AM

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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

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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!!
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=63518

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

Any Team is Great!
Casual Travelers
Champions in the Kitchen
Cloverleafs
Determined Daisies
Firecrackers (I'm a Firecracker!!!) emoticon
Shooting Stars
Spirited Underdogs!
Starfish
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.
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=63518

  
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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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My NSVs

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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LIZABET13 8/14/2014 9:26AM

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NUOVAELLE 8/14/2014 3:39AM

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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)....lol, 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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Anything or Everything

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

I was married at 18 years old, and my first husband was very materialistic. Whatever anyone else had, he wanted, only bigger and better! We both had good jobs, we had not debt except our house, but he was not a happy person. If his friend got a boat, he needed a bigger one. A pool? Same thing. I used to tell him that we can have ANYTHING we want, just not EVERYTHING we want.

That lesson has carried me through some hard times and some great times. I realize that for anything you want, you have to be willing to not have something else. it's all priorities.

As a Sparker, it means that if I want to be fit, I have to be willing to get my butt out of the chair and outside or to the gym. If I want to lose weight, I have to sacrifice some things I might want to eat or drink.

When I was young and impatient, I would have expected (and been able) to lose 2 or 3 pounds per week. Now I realize that if I do that, I am on a diet, and that means at some point I will go OFF the diet, and probably regain what I have lost. At my ripe age, I realize that slow is still progress and my priority is the long term. I want to lose weight, but I am also wanting to learn to eat in a manner that I can continue with all my life. So no food is truly off limits, but I need to prioritize whether the calories are worth it.

There it is... That word again - Prioritize. If you can figure out what is really important, and set that as a goal, your decisions are easy... It's whatever YOU decide is the priority.

You CAN have ANYTHING you want!!!

  
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HOLLYM48 8/6/2014 5:45PM

    You are absolutely right. You can eat anything, all in moderation and some of it maybe not as often. Slow and easy is best so it will stay off after you lose it! It is all a mindset and prioritizing is vital! You can do it!

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PATRICIAANN46 8/6/2014 2:25PM

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ZELLAZM 8/6/2014 11:12AM

    Good advice! emoticon

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B-NANA 8/6/2014 11:05AM

    I need to read this blog every day. It's great. Thanks.

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PUPPIES4ME 8/6/2014 11:00AM

    What a lovely blog and love your positive attitude. Moderation and prioritizing are the keys to success my friend. Nothing is easy but small steps lead into bigger ones.

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My morning walk

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Today I had a lovely walk. I had a hard night sleeping, so got out a little later than normal, which meant it was pretty warm out - OK, HOT! I always like seeing the squirrels and birds. We have a beautiful Black Ibis that hangs around in our development, and seeing him is always a treat. I met a new friend - Charlie, a black lab who was orphaned as a result of Hurricane Charlie here in Florida 10 years ago. She was as playful as a puppy, but had a little grey hair around the muzzle. Talking with her owner, I mentioned a dog attack that had happened recently to another lab, and we started talking about the area. He did not know about my friend, Miss Piggy, a lovely pink pig I see most mornings. He did warn me about the wild boars in the area. As I was greeting Miss Piggy a few minutes later, I heard the distinctive grunts/snarls of wild boars. I cut my walk a little short and high tailed it for home. Think I need to get that pepper spray and carry it with me!!! I can never tell my DH, because he already hates that I leave the development for my walks. But there is so much more to see and I really enjoy it. I just need to be sure I can defend myself!

  
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AALLEY2 7/7/2014 8:49PM

    Keep a look out emoticon

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HOLLYM48 6/19/2014 2:52PM

    Your walk sounds interesting but please be careful of wild boars. I am happy to say that I don't think we have any of those here in MN, we just have to worry about wild mosquito's. LOL. I too like to walk in different areas of our neighborhood and go a bit out of the area and my husband doesn't like it when I am walking alone but I like to see other area's too so I know how you feel! But scope out trees as you go so you will always know where the closest one is should you need to get away from the wild boar!
Have a great day! Holly

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PATRICIAANN46 6/19/2014 10:53AM

  OMG!!!!! Please stay in your development..........I am with your DH. I am not sure that even pepper spray would stop a wild boar. One of our gardens is down near the edge of our woods and last summer there were black bear sightings about a mile from our home, so every time I was working down there and a twig snapped, I was sure a bear would lung out of the woods at me!!!!! I kept Raid Wasp Spray with me as it shoots several feet and really stings the nose and eyes.
Take good care of yourself........
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MNABOY 6/18/2014 12:57AM

    In AR the wild hogs can be ferocious when cornered but tend to run in groups and destroy the grounds they eat on. Pepper spray will not deter them.They do taste good cooked.

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B-NANA 6/17/2014 4:50PM

    Wild boars are SO dangerous and mean. I would NEVER take the chance to get close enough to spray one. Better to run or hop up a tree if needed. I've seen wild boars rip apart steel cages. Don't mess with wild pigs. Is Miss Piggy one of their piglets? If so, then that's another reason to stay away.

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GRACEOMALLEY 6/17/2014 3:05PM

    Sounds like a lovely walk, barring the snorts of the wild boar. I love Ibis - I'd get the biggest kick when they'd hang upside down from branches over water to dry out. Be safe.
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FLUTTER-BY)L( 6/17/2014 2:07PM

    Sounds lovely, in part. Take care of yourself.

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EMSSBEARS 6/17/2014 1:44PM

    That is so true Patti get that pepper spray Wow I have goose bumps just reading about it I'm glad that you are safe. I think I would have learned to run really fast this morning.Sorry you are having trouble sleeping. Glad you got to get out and walk and meet up with your friends though even though it was interrupted. Stay safe my friend.

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