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IGOR and walking my dogs

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hurricane Igor has hit our island but I don't think this is what you would technically call a hurricane at this point. Parts of Newfoundland have declared states of emergency but for the most part all we are getting is lots of wind and rain.

Anyway, I arrived home from work and dressed myself in what looked like a green garbage bag....turns out my husband swears it is the best raincoat in the closet but I disagree! The same two dogs who would not "go do business" in our back garden sprang right to life when they saw that I was going out too. We walked...err...blew around the block (about 3/4 km) in record time! Our living room now looks like a wet towel factory and it smells like wet dogs but at least we got out!

They have settled down for a long nap and I've decided to spend some time today exploring the many different blogs, SparkPages, articles etc.

I hope all is well with all of you in your respective corners of the world!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/22/2010 10:15AM

    AWESOME!!! You are truly dedicated to take the dogs for a walk in all that wind and rain. It is still part of the Igor! Hope everything is fine in your community with no lasting damage.
Blessings and hugs,

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SUZIEGREY 9/22/2010 3:53AM

    Hope that Igor doesn't cause you too much trouble.
Have a great time exploring the Spark website. It's amazing what you'll find.

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TEMPEST272002 9/21/2010 6:27PM

    Now THAT is what I call dedication... walking the dogs in a hurricane! OK, I know it's just strong wind & sleeting rain right now... but in my book, that's enough to warrant a emoticon

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JHADZHIA 9/21/2010 12:05PM

    Stay warm and safe!
Ahh, the smell of wet dog. Nothing else on the planet quite like that lol. The way our 'summer' has been, wet dog is normal at my Mother's place. Good thing she has lots of towels!
Enjoy your relaxing evening!

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Week 4 - Lost 8 pounds and Gained a whole lot of confidence

Monday, September 20, 2010

Couldn't believe my eyes this moring when I weighed in and realized I've officially lost 8 pounds! This is from a girl who joined Weight Watchers several years ago and ended up gaining 20 pounds! Mind you, I worked like a dog and ate okay but it turns out I had a pitituary gland tumour due to one of the antidepressants I was taking. I got really discouraged and went to my highest weight of 224! I was bloated so much that even my face looked like it would explode! Sad but true!

Anyway, once I was taken off the medicine, the bloat left but the weight didn't. The MRI showed the tumour had shrunk to be non-detectable (!) and I waited until now to try to lose weight again.

Actually, this time it is more than just trying to lose a few pounds. I decided to try to exercise a little bit at a time and to make some sensible food choices....one of which is to eat breakfast! So now I'm at 214 pounds and I'm starting to think that maybe I CAN do this. I keep saying that IF I lose some weight....but now I am going to train my brain to think....WHEN I lose some weight.

Thank you to all who take the time to read this and who have encouraged me over the past few weeks! Until the next blog...Happy Sparking!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/22/2010 10:13AM

    emoticonon your weight loss!! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 9/21/2010 11:25AM

    You are doing AMAZING! Take it all in and feel proud!

I understand completely what you mean about "if I lose weight"... 35+lbs down & I still think that way sometimes. I'm trying to retrain my brain too... instead of "I can do it!", I'm saying "I AM doing it!".

Congrats on the 8lbs down, great start to your healthy journey!

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SUZIEGREY 9/21/2010 5:01AM

    It's so good that you are now able to believe you can do this. It's so often our self-doubt that holds us back from all the good things we really want to do.

Keep up the good work because you are doing great.

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JHADZHIA 9/21/2010 1:55AM

    Very Well Done!!! Glad you are doing breakfast! I consider my most important meal of the day and its also my biggest calorie meal of the day. Why? Does it make sense you have the whole day ahead of you and you need to fuel up to have the energy to get through it? It means I eat less at the other meals and why not? Who does much after supper anyway? Its usually put your feet up and relax time, no need to boost your energy up then..
Its all about making the right choices. keeping it as healthy as possible, then the results will follow. Slowly building it up, one good habit at a time. You can do this!
Me cheering you on:
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S3XYDIVASMOM 9/20/2010 10:09PM

    I developed the same mindset somewhere along the way. It will really serve you well when the weight loss slows down. Congratulations and good luck.

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GAYLE-G-63 9/20/2010 7:21PM

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ALICIA214 9/20/2010 6:38PM


It is exiting,when you see yourself shrinking,it gives you motivation to keep going,
even when you gain a little which happens once in a while, but when that happens
you just concentrate on what you have lost. You can do it.!!!

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LIZBUCK1 9/20/2010 5:31PM

    Yes you CAN do it! You're doing great already and remember we'll all here for you if the going gets tough.

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CHALLENGER15 9/20/2010 5:14PM

    You CAN! Good for you on your loss. Keep up the good work!

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I bought a skirt!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Okay, I know by the title you are probably thinking what is so special about buying a skirt. Well, when you have a very poor body image like I do, buying a skirt is the first step in accepting your body. The second step will be having the nerve to actually wear it! It is a casual thing...nothing fancy....but I am looking forward to pulling it one some day and having confidence that I can do this. If anybody has ever watched the show "What Not to Wear" they stress the importance of dressing for the body you have now and not the one you hope to have in several months/years time. I've decided to treat myself to one work piece every few weeks that will help me adjust to my changing body. It won't be anything expensive but something to celebrate the the new me!

P.S. This is from a woman who owns two pairs of identical black dress pants and alternates them throughout the week! I am tired of having to wear pull-on plus-size clothing and feeling miserable!

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00JANE 9/18/2010 4:02PM

    I'm all for the new skirt!! emoticon

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SUZIEGREY 9/17/2010 1:52PM

    Well done on buying the skirt. It shows that you have realised that you are changing shape. A skirt is also a good piece to buy. When you lose a couple more inches it doesn't matter so much if a skirt is a bit loose, but trousers just hang wrong. enjoy wearing it.


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GAYLE-G-63 9/17/2010 12:04PM

    Have fun! Buying new clothes is such a great way to treat yourself.

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TEMPEST272002 9/17/2010 10:25AM

    Actually, I think buying a skirt IS a big deal! It shows that your body confidence is improving! Hooray!

Do you have the nerve to wear it? What nerve? Why don't you deserve to wear attractive clothes?! Of course you deserve it. Don't let your present weight stop you from doing ANYTHING you want to do. Throw shame out the window... some people feel exactly the same way you do when they only have 5 lbs to lose. Shame is a feeling - and it has nothing to do with how much you weigh. It has to do with how worthy you feel. So let me tell you right now...


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KEELY128 9/17/2010 8:38AM

    Good for you on the new shirt, it's only the beginning, have fu the it.

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Who I am turning out to be........

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Four months ago today my husband and I made the very painful decision to put our beloved dog, Peaches, to sleep. At 6 years, she sat on my lap when my husband proposed and at 7 she was the flower dog at our wedding....and yes, she barked when the officiant asked if anybody objected! She was 17 1/2 years old and showed us what living life to the fullest was all about. In fact, she is the main inspiration for my current journey. Our vet praised us for walking her three time a day and for making sure she ate nothing but healthy food. Beyond that, she went for daily drives and loved being pampered by all who knew her. She was quite mischevious, even until the last day of her life...in fact, she "wrote" blogs for our local Humane Society!

Anyway, I'm doing this for Peaches! I thought about it over the summer....she lived such a good, long, happy and healthy life because somebody took the time to make sure she ate well and got plenty of exercise. If I want to set a good example to my dogs (!) and to others I have to change my life...which I'm doing one step at a time. I'll hope to find undiscovered energy along the way and to be generally happier with who I am turning out to be!

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TEMPEST272002 9/16/2010 10:42PM

    What a wonderful way to honour Peaches memory, by letting her be the inspiration for your own healthy life. You took wonderful care of Peaches because you loved her so much... and she would want you to take just as good care of yourself as you did her.

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CHLOE453 9/16/2010 11:35AM

    I am so sorry that you lost Peaches, yet look at all the time you had with her. We are getting ready to face the same thing with our "Bob", he is also 17 yrs.old. He also eats very healthy as I have cooked his meals from scratch for many years. Bob is not able to go for a ride in the car because he can not stand that long on the seats (he is 52 lbs) but he does go for several short walks a day. Arthritis or nerve damage in the hips is plaguing him now and the medication just seems to takes the edge off so that he is at least semi comfortable. We know that we will not have him alot longer (at least not as long as I want), I just have to remember that we gave him the best life that we possibly could with all the love he could endure just as your Peaches had. I am sure that Peaches is watching over you, very proud that his mommy is getting healthy (just as my Bob is watching his mom). Take care. emoticon emoticon

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JHADZHIA 9/16/2010 10:32AM

    I am happy to hear your precious Peaches was so well looked after! It pains me to see some people on Sparks consider it a chore just to walk their poor dogs and that is only if the weather is nice!! Boo!! You need to look after your dog as you would a child. People seem to forget this. They can't feed themselves or let themselves out!
More power to you! Now its your turn to be well looked after!
Go for it!!

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    Our pets really do touch us and are a really part of the family. When our dog, Nubbie died it felt like there was something missing in the family. The other 2 dogs grieved too.

I am glad to hear you are making time for yourself. If you don't take care and nuture yourself, who will? Happy sparking.

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The Adventures of Doofus and Ding-a-Ling

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Well, I crawled into bed last night after walking 7 km and going to my very first "aquafit" class. The hike was a lot of fun because I didn't notice how far I was going because I was too busy laughing at "Doofus" and "Ding-a-Ling" (my two dogs) exploring their new surroundings! It was actually the Pom (Ding-a-Ling) who led the way as Louie (Doofus) kept backtracking to look for "momma". We even stopped along the way for a snack....actually I'm the one who should be called Doofus because I brought snacks for them but forgot some fruit for me. Had lots of water though so that helped! I've never walked that far and it didn't feel too bad! I'm giving myself a pat on the back!

Oh, I also deserve a pat on the back for going out in public with a bathing suit on! At the aquafit class I was relieved to know I wasn't the only big girl and I wasn't the only one who had to worry about her boobs flying out....they wouldn't have fallen gracefully! A wee bit sore today but nothing like I imagined! I've got my pass bought for Thursday's nights class.

I'm slowly starting to believe I can do this! It is pretty sad that I didn't believe in myselff when I joined up with SP! I know it has only been three weeks but I think I'm hooked! I've been eating breakfast everyday (that is a miracle in itself) and I'm really putting some effort into this!

Have a great day one and all! I hope the sun is shining wherever you may be! It is a beautiful day here in Newfoundland!

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PCOH051610 9/15/2010 9:35AM

    Thank you to all who responded! I think your support is getting me through the days I just want to quit! Actually, I haven't felt like quitting yet but I know you guys have my back!

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SUZIEGREY 9/14/2010 11:40PM

    Sounds like you had a fun walk with the dogs. It's amazing how much easier it is to motivate yourself for a walk if you have dogs.
Aquafit is a great way to get into exercise. Keep up the good work.

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TEMPEST272002 9/14/2010 3:19PM

    I smiled at the image of you, doofus & ding-a-ling trundling along. 7 km is a long way! My favourite exercise is hiking/running with my dogs. Sadly, I lost both our big dogs this last year (old age) and I just have a little Boston Terrier, Lola, left. I've started taking my in-law's oversized & overactive golden retrievor with us... his name is Dooley, but usually I just call him Doofus!

I remember very well that feeling you describe. The tentative hope that this time will be different. And here I am six months later and it IS different. You CAN do this! One healthy choice at a time!

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GAYLE-G-63 9/14/2010 2:06PM

    The more you use SP, the more addicted you'll become. I started off just looking for a site where I could track my food. Now, almost seven months later, I can't start my day without Spark!

I'm glad you enjoyed the class, it's some of the best exercise you can do. You're going to do great!!!

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PAMNANGEL 9/14/2010 1:52PM

    Sounds like you're off to a good start. I'd like to take the aquasize classes at our local pool one of these days. Just got to get some other things checked off my list first to make room on the calender.

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