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Two lots of really good news!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hi!

Well today marks the start of my very first 5% Fall Challenge and I'm very proud to be part of the Teddy Bear Team!



This is me and my favourite teddy bear! Yes, I'm 45 years old and still have a teddy bear; in fact I have several but this little one means a lot to me. He might not be the prettiest thing and is definitely not a collector's item but that is why he is special to me. He doesn't even have a name other than Ted but he has been there for me!

When I was away from my family and my fur babies and staying in a hotel while my father was getting chemotherapy and radiation Ted was the one waiting for me at night. How many tears did his fur absorb!

He also accompanied me to the psychiatric ward two years ago when I admitted myself (I've lived with mental illness in the form of depression since childhood) for a week. Mind you he was tucked away in my overnight bag (didn't want the staff thinking I was totally cuckoo!) but once again he was the closest thing to my dogs that I could have.

So, needless to say, I am simply thrilled and honoured to have been accepted to the Teddy Bear team. Oh yeah, and Ted is waving his hand emoticon in the picture to say hello to all of you...Teddy Bear team members or not!

Anyway, I was supposed to complete a series of assignments before starting this challenge today but I decided to wait and lump them all together.

Assignment One : Got my scale out, have my gym clothes ready, I know how to use my GPS, and I've extended my Y membership! I'm also vowing to track my food and get my water in along with at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. My current weight is 217.4 pounds (ugh) so losing 5% will bring me to around 206 pounds which will be a good start to my overall goal. Oh, and I also have the fridge and freezer stocked with healthy food options! Whew!

Assignment Two: Update my SparkPage which I did about a week ago.

Assignment Three: Reasons why I want to lose weight: I simply want to get healthy and hope to lose weight with the changes I am making.

Assignment Four: Acknowledge your food triggers: Mine are all about not being prepared and going to the store hungry! Got a firm plan in place which involves having no junk food in the house and meal planning.

Assignment Five: Know you numbers - I've got that covered, I think! I've been reviewing the amount of calories I burn (averaged out over a month) and have my nutrition tracker updated to reflect this.

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Oh, and I almost forgot my other very special news! I'm an aunt again! My brother, Gary, fathered the second child for his two friends Jo and Amelia. Jeanie was born in Melbourne, Australia on September 21st and joins big sister Willa who is now 4. AND, the very best part (okay, I'm slightly partial) is that Jeanie has reddish hair and thus is the only other family member I have that is blessed/cursed with that colouring! Okay, so Teddy Bears Rock but so do Redheads.....right Linda and Leslie!?!

Have a great day everybody!

  
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BOVEY63 9/26/2011 11:33AM

    I'm 48 and still have several stuffed favorites too!
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Congrats on your new red-headed niece!
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EJOY-EVELYN 9/26/2011 12:08AM

    Welcome aboard. You have prepared well, set yourself some great goals, and have already begun to help us start this challenge off ROCKIN'! WooHoo!

Congratulations on having a new niece to send some lovin' to. I'm loving your new profile photo! You and your bear look marvelous!

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YIWEN39 9/25/2011 7:23PM

    We're lucky to have you on board! Bring Ted along anytime :-)
Have a great day!
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CHUBRUB3 9/25/2011 11:35AM

    Wonderful news Auntie Susan! What a blessing.
You are doing wonderful, and I think you look gorgeous! Love your Ted bear.
I also have bears, most given to me by my Nan (made by her). Love them.
You are doing great and I am so happy you are here so we can cheer you on!
You can do it!
Hugs,
Angela
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_LINDA 9/25/2011 12:41AM

    Congrats on being an aunt again! Love that she is a redhead, we are so very rare and need all the new members we can get!
Good luck with your teddy challange, looks like you are gearing up for a rocking good start!
You go girl!!!

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CALGARYNEWF 9/24/2011 11:56PM

    You'll do great with this challenge, Susan!

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KAMAPERRY 9/24/2011 11:14PM

    Congrats and awesome!! I love teddy bears!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/24/2011 10:35PM

    Susan, the Teddy Bear team is LUCKY to have you! You're going to make that team ROCK and ROLL! Hurray! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/24/2011 10:04PM

    Looks like you are totally ready for the challenge!!!! Congrats on being an aunt again. I love your Teddy!!! I have several Teddies myself

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/24/2011 9:41PM

    Woo hoo! A baby "ginger!" Hope the baby is as pretty as her aunt!

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IMIN2GENES 9/24/2011 8:14PM

    Congrats auntie! Love your bear... I have several also. LOL!
Chris

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REYVE01 9/24/2011 6:12PM

    I love your Teddy.. emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/24/2011 4:47PM

    You are ready! emoticon

I am so happy that you are a fellow Teddy Bear!

Congrats Auntie!

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TEMPEST272002 9/24/2011 2:44PM

    Serendipity that you are on the Teddy Bear team! Love the new picture of you. I'm so jealous of red heads. I always wanted to be one, but it didn't look good with my skin when I dyed it. Congrats on the new baby!

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DRGOMTI 9/24/2011 2:42PM

    WOW! Sounds like you have everything under control!! I was gonna break my nutrition tracking streak, day 22 today, cz I went to cranfest yesterday n I did write down everything I ate n knew I was going over, WAY OVER, but I was still gonna track it cz I didn't wanna ruin my streak! n then when I got home I couldn't find my list so I was just not gonna enter it, but then this morn, I found my list, : ( n so I'm gonna track it but it ain't gonna be pretty!! but at least I haven't broken my streak n then I can get right back into the groove!! : )) thanx for the uplifting blog!!

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RUN2BEFREE 9/24/2011 2:35PM

    Looks like you are ready for the challenge!

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CODEMAULER 9/24/2011 2:23PM

    It sounds like you are poised and ready to tackle this challenge!

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NEWMAC2011 9/24/2011 2:11PM

    Love your new photo! You're well prepared for the Fall 5%. So glad that you're on the Teddy Bears and wishing you lots of success.

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APIRLRAIN888 9/24/2011 2:08PM

    wow congratz

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MAMAKITTY10 9/24/2011 1:41PM

  Love your Teddy. Good luck on the challenge. I have a few teddies myself and I'm 65.

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LESLIES537 9/24/2011 1:39PM

    That's RIGHT!!! POWER TO THE REDHEADS and TEDDY BEARS!! Love you, Susan! As always, I'm so very proud of you!!

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My Grandmother!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hi,

Today I was asked if I could take my grandmother to the doctor. Mind you, she wasn't very pleased about having to go as she views it as a complete waste of the medical system to go when you don't need to go. And, to be truthful she didn't need to go and only went because she hasn't been to her family doctor in about a year and a half!

Dr. Jim had a intern with him so they both got quick to work and started asking Nan various questions. According to her she is fine but when they examined her she winced a bit and thus gave her sore back away. (I was sworn to secrecy not to mention her back or else!)

So, they had her stand up and got her to bend over from side to side which she did with no problem. Then they asked her to arch her back which she did quite quickly. Then he said to her "now Gladys, bend over just like you were going to touch your toes" and with a grin she bent over and kept going and actually touched her toes!

Did I mention she is 98 and will be 99 on New Years Eve? Her mom (my great-grandmother) lived to be 95 and at 93 was confined to a hospital bed but for exercise would lie on her back and put her toes on the wall behind her! I actually witnessed this when I was 13!

Anyway, on the way home I asked if she would like an ice cream and she piped up, I'd love one but Doctor Jim said I'm now 120 pounds so I'm not sure I should. I had to laugh and ended up getting one for each of us which we thoroughly enjoyed.

When I brought her back to the home where she lives I asked if she wanted me to escort her back to her room and she flicked me with her cane and told me she had to visit some of her friends. I then went to see my own mother who lives there as well and found her complaining about her health and lying in bed. For the record my grandmother was Dad's mother but I couldn't help comparing attitudes. My mom is not quite 72 and acts like she is 98 while my grandmother acts like she is 50!

  
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THEWINNER33 9/26/2011 2:23PM

    What a wonderful story. You have a grand grandmother. Hugs, Matcia

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 9/26/2011 2:05PM

    Such a heart-warming story. Hope your granny lives to 1115. She may well. I have heard some stories around about people living that long if they take care of themselves.

Amber

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TEMPEST272002 9/23/2011 11:42PM

    My aunt used to work in a retirement home & in her experience, people who reach 100+ old are all optomists. Your Gran sounds like she's be a lot of fun to hang out with. Glad you got to spend time with her today.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/23/2011 7:38PM

    Sounds like a great day! Amazing grandma that you have!

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VICKILYN4 9/23/2011 4:31PM

    You're nan is feisty...lol. My grandmother was active fishing and the like also. I miss her dearly. Treasure these moments.

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KAYDE53 9/23/2011 3:02PM

    That is emoticon and show you attitude can make a big difference!! Thanks for sharing about your inspiring grandma!!

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BOVEY63 9/23/2011 2:03PM

    Your Nan sounds like one spunky lady - one we can all learn from.
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GRAMLORI 9/23/2011 10:44AM

    I, too, had two totally different examples of how to "live" during what some call "the golden years"....both of mine were my grandmothers. One is remembered for how "sick" she was, even before she had her strokes, the other was extremely active - taking other seniors to the docs, taking them food, never stopped moving. I certainly know which one I want to be like, as I'm sure you do too! That is so awesome that you have your grandma as an example. Have a super blessed day!!
Hugs,
Lori

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IMIN2GENES 9/23/2011 10:28AM

    Melissa is so right and your Nan proves it... attitude is everything! Your Nan sounds just like mine... LOL! I can only hope I turn out just like her. What a wonderful day!
Chris

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JOANNANOW 9/23/2011 10:11AM

    Your nan is wonderful! I hope you carry those genes with you. I have a picture on my fridge of a neighbour who celebrated her 100th last October... like your grand mother she is very youthful and seems like she will live to be 120! So inspiring!
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NEWMAC2011 9/23/2011 8:35AM

    Your Nan shows how attitude is everything! She sounds like an awesome lady. You are so blessed to have her (I really miss my grandparents.) Wishing her many happy, healthy years to come.

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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 9/23/2011 8:14AM

    I have a few minutes before heading to work and thought I would try catching up a little. Let me just say what a way to catch up emoticon I was feeling a little tired and sore when I woke and let me tell you after reading this blog I don't feel so tired and sore anymore emoticon
I too have one of those grannies, mine will be 100 in May and if it wasn't for breaking her hip a few years back I swear she would still be fishing. I am soo glad that you are close enough to your mom and grandma to be able to share those special times together and even more glad that you had a great time together. Those are the things that matters most. emoticon
Take care.
Lori

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OUBACHE 9/23/2011 7:52AM

    I can't get the image of your great-grandmother touching the wall with her toes while confined to bed! What a wonderful attitude. It sounds like you had a wonderful day with your grandmother -- lucky you to have her in your life!

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JLITT62 9/23/2011 5:50AM

    Ok, now YOU take after your dad's side!

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_LINDA 9/23/2011 2:09AM

    Awesome grandmother you have!! My Mom is 75 and acts like she is much younger, doing work that would lay out people much younger then her. She wears nothing but blue jeans and chews gum! Attitude really is everything. Hope she continues to make the most of her life and stays healthy!

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KAMAPERRY 9/23/2011 12:34AM

    How awesome!

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DRGOMTI 9/22/2011 8:58PM

    That is amazing!! I wouldn't mind living to 99 if I would be like that, but unfortunately, I'm in my 50's feeling like I'm 99. : ( yer Nan sounds like fun to be with!!

Man! do I LOVE that quilt! n your page is so coordinated n fallish!!

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CHUBRUB3 9/22/2011 7:42PM

    The old saying "It is not how old you are, but how Old you feel," that is the truth.
"Act your age" is even better when your older and act younger. LOL!
I get confused... Should I act as old as I feel? Or should I act my age?
Hugs to you and your Nan!
Angela
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CHLOE453 9/22/2011 7:39PM

    Sounds like overall you had a wonderful day!!! My grandmother lived to the ripe age of 96 yrs, however she was pretty much confined to a wheelchair (I know she couldn't touch her toes....not sure she could see her toes...LOL). I absolutely love your grandmothers attitude, that is what keeps her going.

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CODEMAULER 9/22/2011 7:14PM

    Parents and grandparents sure are funny critters.

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It sounds like you had a fun outing with 'Nan.' What a neat sounding lady!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/22/2011 7:12PM

    That is great! Good genetics coming your way!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/22/2011 7:04PM

    Wow. That just goes to show us that our lives are what we make them, doesn't it? I am so proud of your grandmother! I hope I'm like that when I get up there in years! emoticonI hope your Mom will wake up and enjoy the rest of her life before it's too late. emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 9/22/2011 6:15PM

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ALICERIEGER 9/22/2011 5:51PM

    It's amazing how one's attitude affects one's life. If you don't enjoy life the aches and pains of old age become very burdensome. If you are busy enjoying life you don't notice them. That has been my experience and at 74 I have a few discomforts but I won't let them keep me from enjoying life and living.

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When is a penny not just a penny?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I was on the treadmill at the Y today when the idea for today's blog popped into my head. I think it had something to do with the fact how I marvel how I can "blank out" while on the treadmill and while every step I take doesn't seem like much those steps do add up to many kilometres in the end.

I've noticed quite a few SparkFriends acknowledging that their motivation just isn't there or their attempts seem futile in the big picture. I know this to be true because I've been there and will be there again in the future without a doubt. But the key is to push through and to keep moving ahead. Simple things have the potential for big rewards!

Put it another way by taking the humble penny.

The penny will remain worth a penny unless you add to it. And you don't have to add big bucks to the penny to make it worth more. Everytime you add a penny your potential for growth increases.

So, lets pretend our Spark journey is made up of pennies. The choices you make today may not seem like much (just like the odd penny you find in the bottom of your purse) but when you consistently make changes (like tossing that penny into a jar with other pennies) your potential for growth increases!

I don't always want to go to the gym or walk the dogs and I know I won't see improvements overnight but I am viewing this as a long term investment. I'm going to have my ups and downs but in the long run the things I am doing are going to help me grow just like the odd pennies you toss into a jar suddenly need to be rolled up and brought to the bank. It doesn't happen overnight but it does happen if you keep at it.

So, I'm off in search of more pennies to add to my collection one healthy habit at a time!

  
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VICKILYN4 9/23/2011 4:26PM

    Thanks for sharing Susan. I never thought of it that way.

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BOVEY63 9/23/2011 2:00PM

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KAYDE53 9/22/2011 2:45PM

    Well said!!! It's the little things we do day by day, that add up!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOANNANOW 9/22/2011 10:58AM

    Wow, you really are the Queen of positive thinking this week! Love it! Keep on thinking.... I like where you're going. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/22/2011 10:18AM

    Very well said! I'm one of those people who the weight loss came off over the long haul, while averaging a little over a quarter stick of butter per week. I'm looking forward to being one of those pennies on a rockin' team who inspire to move forward in healthier living. You and the team already inspire me to put in more fitness minutes than I ever would do on my own. Here's to building healthy habits together.

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TEMPEST272002 9/22/2011 7:49AM

    A really great analogy! It's so true. We devalue our little decisions, but they add up over time - much quicker than we'd think!



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KAMAPERRY 9/22/2011 12:36AM

    Ooh, awesome!! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/21/2011 11:35PM

    What a great concept! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 9/21/2011 9:02PM

    Great blog!!!! You hit the "nail" on the head!!! Thanks for sharing!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/21/2011 8:23PM

    Excellent analogy!

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DRGOMTI 9/21/2011 7:37PM

    Love it! Love it!! And I love your new back ground! did you make that quilt?? it's gorgeous n alota work! just like our new healthy life style!! one penny at a time! emoticon

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JOMAMA99 9/21/2011 7:37PM

    Love it!

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HEALTHYBARB1 9/21/2011 6:04PM

    THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT!!! I am having a hard day since medication changes have made me gain some pounds and that is frustrating! Remembering where I have come from by adding one pound to another just like one more penny to my pile really does make me change my outlook! I am looking forward to being on the Teddy bear team and getting to know you better. Up for a challenge and some motivation to keep going forward one day, one penny and one pound at a time!!! Your words today were perfect for what I needed to hear! Smiles Barb

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APIRLRAIN888 9/21/2011 6:04PM

    awesome

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IMIN2GENES 9/21/2011 6:02PM

    Great analogy! I love it!

I'm going to go bank some pennies right now...
Chris
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CALGARYNEWF 9/21/2011 5:54PM

    Well said Susan!!!!! emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/21/2011 5:52PM

    emoticon I love this! emoticon

You are making great progress!

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CHUBRUB3 9/21/2011 5:45PM

    I know exactly what your talking about! Blogged about "loose change" a while ago and needed a refresher!
Good work!
Hugs,
Angela
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The Queen of Quitting has been dethroned!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Hi!

Jeepers, I really have to get back into the swing of things before I lose sight of the reasons I'm on this journey. I was sitting here this morning watching my laundry blow gently in the breeze all the while my dogs were racing around our back garden without an apparent care in the world. Oh, and I had a cup of coffee in my hand and I was wearing my pjs, the sun was out and I should be happy, right? I am happy I guess (thankfully this month I had no raging hormonal fluctuations with that time of the month) but I feel like something is missing.

Then my inner emoticon went off and I admitted to myself what is bothering me. A) I pledged to track my food during the past week and only complied for two days, B) I haven't exercised in three days, C) I have lost touch with many of my dearest Spark friends simply because

So, I am turning this negative thinking around. I gave myself a pat on the back for tracking those two day, I am going to go for a long hike today and I will touch base with my Spark friends and move on.

I guess they are Non-scale victories in themselves but for me the biggest lesson was that I am really enjoying my new lifestyle! I actually miss exercising! I look forward to getting on Spark! I love drinking all that water! But the biggest NSV for me has to be that not once did the thoughts of giving it all up cross my mind! For years I called myself the Queen of Quitting due to no self-confidence and fears of trying anything new. As soon as I began to feel out of my comfort zone I quit! Plain and simple!

Many people view their journey as being similar to a kid learning to ride a new bike. Yes, that is an appropriate analogy for many but for me it is so much more. First I learned to get back up on that bike and try, try again until I could stay on. Then I actually learned to appreciate the feeling of riding the bike and now I'm learning how to do other things while riding. I'm learning how to read myself and how to be honest with my feelings.

My bicycle comes with many, many parts: there is my depression, my lack of self-confidence, my fear of failure, my fear of dying of preventable diseases, my avoidance of exercise, my weight gain, and the list goes on and on. At any given day on my journey I might have additional baggage in my bike basket but I'm still working those pedals. I am not giving up!!!

The Queen of Quitting has been dethroned along with the Princess of Perfection, the Prince of panic and the King of Knocking myself down! I'm the new ruler of me! There is a new Queen in town.........and I'm loving it!

  
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VICKILYN4 9/21/2011 9:20AM

    I so really need this attitude. Thanks so much for sharing and leaving wonderful and helpful advice and kicks in the butt..lol

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GAYLE-G-63 9/20/2011 2:31PM

    Susan,

You are a dear, dear person! Your honesty is so inspiring. Always remember, even though you may not know it, there is someone out there in Sparkland cheering for you and gathering strength from you!!!

Huggz,
~Gayle~

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JOANNANOW 9/20/2011 2:10PM

    Well your majesty you must be the queen of positive thinking! I love it. I loved your bicycle analogy. Keep tracking and keep smiling.
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KAZINMICH 9/20/2011 11:23AM

    I really loved this blog! I feel that I can relate so well! You reminded me of the exact things I needed to hear and remember!!!

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HOPEFULANGE 9/19/2011 8:39AM

    emoticon Let's own this fall and put some miles in. See you on the trail!

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_LINDA 9/19/2011 1:05AM

    Welcome back! You were there all along, but you just sometimes get lost along the way, like we all do..You are doing this, you just have to make sure the body gets all of the message more often!
I am surprised you have laundry on the line, the weather forecast of those massive storms hitting one after the other bringing tremendous amounts of rain every where on the east coast sounded dire!
You go girl!


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VICKILYN4 9/18/2011 10:12PM

    emoticonWay to go Susan!!! I'm so proud of you!!!

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KAYDE53 9/18/2011 8:26PM

    Never surrender, never give up!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 9/18/2011 8:20PM

    LOVE IT, you can do it! byr byr queen of quitting

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 9/18/2011 8:17PM

    Good for you!!! NSV!!!! YAY!!

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GEORGIAK25 9/18/2011 4:29PM

    I think we have all been there but kudos on getting back to it.
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BOVEY63 9/18/2011 4:18PM

    Long live the Queen!
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DRGOMTI 9/18/2011 1:56PM

    YOU GO GIRL!!!! I was sitting here dreading coming on n tracking my cals. I'm tired n ache all over n just wanna sit n eat sweets! RRRRRRRRRRRR!!!! BUT, I came on cz I MUST enter my cals cz I don't want to break my nutrition tracking streak! 16 days today!!! AND reading your witty, entertaining blog, sparked me up!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 9/18/2011 1:44PM

    You make me emoticon I love your attitude. Surprising, isn't it, when you first realize you *miss* exercising? May I suggest that next week, your tracking goal be to track 3 days, the following week 4 day, then 5 days the week after that. I'm doing something similar with my protien - tracking each day, but slowly working up over 5 weeks to my protien goals.



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CODEMAULER 9/18/2011 1:42PM

    Hmmm, maybe the Princess of Positive is heading in? The Queen of Quality Living?

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JLITT62 9/18/2011 1:34PM

    You forgot the count of all or nothing . . . sorry, couldn't come up with an alliteration for that one! Keep baby stepping. You never know just how far it will take you.

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PONYFARMER 9/18/2011 1:08PM

    Great choice! Keep it going strong and NEVER give up!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/18/2011 1:06PM

    (short because it's from my phone)

Hurray to the queen of doing!!! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/18/2011 12:27PM

    Look what a short little stint of "oops" you had before you turned it around this time? I so love your analogy about the bike. I truly believe that all my mistakes of the past were necessary for me to learn what I needed to be doing this time. A city built on ashes.

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CHUBRUB3 9/18/2011 12:23PM

    emoticon Queen of Quitting!

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Hugs,
Angela


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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/18/2011 12:16PM

    emoticon I love your take charge attitude!

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KAMAPERRY 9/18/2011 12:09PM

    Love the changes!! I am totally in love with my new lifestyle! Way to go!

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JANET552 9/18/2011 12:05PM

    Good for you!! You and I are so much alike. I really like your bike analogy. It is a good visual and I am going to steal it for those times I have an overfull basket as I attempt to steer through this journey.

Good luck to the both of us and way to go on your attitude adjustment. Love it!

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Hilarious story which happens to be true!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hi!

The time seems to be slipping by and I simply cannot believe that this is almost the middle of September and that I have yet to catch up with most of your blogs...some SparkFriend I turned out to be! I've even been going to work about twenty minutes early just to log in but that is somehow failing as when I log into Spark with my username I keep being directed to another Sparker's page!

And, I've been busy getting my exercise in and NOT tracking my food! AAAAARRRGGHH! So much for my plans to do so. I was all ready to do so but then Sunday night our beloved Louisa decided to get into the kitchen garbage right after we had carved a ham and she became very, very sick. We were up with her until 4:30 a.m. the first night and my alarm goes off at 7:00 so I didn't even think about healthy eating let alone tracking! She was still sick into yesterday so we rushed her to the vet where she was awarded the Academy Award for a Canine pretending to be well! They feared it was pancreatitis (spelling?) but things are looking up with just some medicine and a $300 vet bill! (AND, no, that is not my funny story!)

Yesterday was off the books with reasons why I didn't track. First it was Louisa and then it was a call mid-morning that a 4 week old kitten was found in a burning dump about 1 hour away so off we went. My friend did have a Fibre One bar for me and I had water but that was about it until we grabbed some fried chicken and fries about six hours later!!!!

Today, I we had an emergency meeting at work, the kitten had to be taken to the vet, our hot water tank broke (!) and so I had McDonalds for supper....small fries and a cheeseburger. But I'm aware of how not having a back up plan works against me so lesson learned!!!! Time to stock the freezer with "emergency" meals and the fridge with grab and go snacks!

Okay, so here is my funny story. Please put down any hot beverages you happen to be drinking as I cannot be held accountable for scalds!!! Over the weekend, John and I took the dogs across the river into the wilds of Central Newfoundland for our normal walk. Since it was a bit warm and I was a bit contrary (okay, make that a whole lot contrary!) I wanted to walk by myself to blow off steam. First of all we walked together but old stubborn guts here (yes, I'm talking about myself!) wanted to get her 5 km in and set off by herself. I was walking along and got thinking about my friend who worries about me walking by myself when I heard a truck approaching. So, I did what every sane woman does who has an inkling of fear....I hid in the bushes! I heard the truck slow down and the driver get out so I peaked out and saw it was a truck like ours. I thought, "how sweet, John came looking for me" and jumped out of the bushes while calling out "YooHoo....I'm over here" when I realized it wasn't John! To make matters worse the man was taking a pee in the middle of the road!!! I almost needed to pee from laughing but I just waved hello and kept walking as if it is a normal habit of mine to jump out of bushes at strange men! When I finally got to our truck John asked if I saw the man and I said, with a wink, boy did I ever!!!! I wonder if the poor man has gotten over the fright yet?!

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VICKILYN4 9/18/2011 10:06PM

    That was too funny. Thanks for sharing Susan...and the visual...LOL!

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MILLIE5522 9/18/2011 3:15AM

    Thanks for the hot drink warning! Hilarious!!

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GOGIRLOLDER 9/17/2011 12:31PM

    Ha Ha!!! And of course the animal stuff always happens when we aren't prepared. We had $125 visit last Tuesday... unexplained sore on the left side of our retriever Sam. Happy Weekend, I've good logging my exercise, but not so great with my food.

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HEALTHYBARB1 9/15/2011 10:30PM

    Had to come and comment on this blog today...I spent my morning running my dog to the groomer and the vet. She has an eye infection and her claws are growing very rapidly in her old age! She is a Llasa and now needs to go to the groomer every 3 weeks for nail and eye care. My husband said it sounds just like a lady...having to have her face on and her nails done!! What we do for these cute little balls of fur just cause we love them!!! Thanks for sharing your animal stories. Smiles Barb

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/15/2011 10:12PM

    Oh, Susan! THAT takes the CAKE! That WAS hilarious! I just read it to Drex and he cracked up, too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 9/15/2011 8:15PM

    I'm guessing that after your laugh, you were over your "contrariness." Loved that story.

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CALGARYNEWF 9/15/2011 3:33PM

    Too funny!!!!I can just imagine the look on the guy's face..LOL

So sorry to hear about the pet woes!!!!!! emoticon

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COMPASS_ROSE 9/15/2011 3:10PM

    I certainly did not see that coming! emoticon

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BOE4LIFE 9/15/2011 2:20PM

    Wow that is awesome thank you for sharing the funny. Sorry to hear about the hot water heater and animal woes. Chin up and keep gettin those 5K's in.

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GAYLE-G-63 9/15/2011 1:03PM

    ROFL!!! I do so enjoy reading of your adventures!!!

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DRGOMTI 9/15/2011 12:57PM

    it's the 12th day of my nutrition tracking streak! n it sure feels good!! I think I may even beable to handle weighing in on Monday! So get your tracking streak on girl!! come with me on the streaking journey!!
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BOVEY63 9/15/2011 12:54PM

    Great story ~ thanks for the laugh!
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I hope Louisa is felling better and that all checks out well with the kitten. You are a sweetheart for taking such good care of our 4-legged friends!
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CHRISTINA791 9/15/2011 12:13PM

    And right now, some dude in Newfoundland has one hell of a story emoticon

Sorry to hear about the pet problems. They really do have bad timing, don't they? Back when he was a kitten, my cat ate four feet of ribbon right before Christmas (from the trash, of course), and cost me my entire Christmas budget in vet bills. Luckily it all turned out all right. Sending good pet vibes to you and Louisa.

As for the food choices, you might have identified some changes you can make if something like this comes up in the future, but it sounds like you did well even with all the stress. A small combo at McDonald's isn't too bad, all things considered, and it looks like you're already automatically practicing good portion control. It's not about perfection all the time, it's about a better style of imperfection.

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 9/15/2011 7:45AM

   

Well that's what you get when you dangle the diddly daddly out on the road. He must have thought you were the pervert and not him emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 9/15/2011 5:35AM

    So sorry about all the goings-on, even the funny one! Simba has been dx with chronic pancreatitis so I know how scary that can be - and exhausting. And I know all about them acting perfectly fine at the vet, too - I call it the miracle vet cure!

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SUGARBABY60 9/15/2011 2:17AM

    Yes, if we think YOUR story was funny I would love to hear HIS story! emoticon

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PAMNANGEL 9/15/2011 1:19AM

    That'll teach him! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 9/15/2011 12:13AM

    Roflmao!! Too funny! How is Louisa?

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KAYDE53 9/14/2011 11:49PM

    Now that was funny!! Oh my!! I hope you didn't get close enough to recognize each other if you run into each other ever again! emoticon emoticon Hope everything else has calmed down, sounds like you've had enough excitement for one week!!!

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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 9/14/2011 11:24PM

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Way too funny, laughing so hard and trying not to pee.

Scootergirl in Oz
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That was a real knee slapper!!
Good for you!
Hugs,
Angela


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JOANNANOW 9/14/2011 8:52PM

    So did you keep the kitten? You probably scared the living daylights out of that guy. LOL! I have been tracking for 4 days now and I'm not hungry... come on and join me! PS just to confirm our similarities ... I was also diagnosed with depression at 17 and have been dealing with it in myself and my family ever since... it seems to run in my family. So far I'm winning! So good to meet you ... I really like your friend's painting by the way. emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/14/2011 8:16PM

    Oh that brings back memories of a scout camping trip. I opened an unlocked bathroom door and saw a man just standing up from the toilet having forgotten to press the lock. I shut the door and was mortified. I told my male scout friends what happened and they asked me if I knew who it was. I had to confess that I didn't notice his face LOL. So the rest of the weekend I kept wondering every time I passed a guy if it was him!

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TEMPEST272002 9/14/2011 7:41PM

    Snort! Hilarious. Just when you think it's safe to pee...

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BECCAJ98 9/14/2011 7:05PM

    Too funny!!

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HEALTHYBARB1 9/14/2011 6:42PM

    so this guy now is telling his friends about the lady who jumped out of the bushes to watch him do his duty!! they are all laughing too!!! Smiles Barb

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APIRLRAIN888 9/14/2011 6:13PM

    LOL on the story, and sorry about the crazy day

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/14/2011 6:05PM

    That is funny! emoticon

How is the kitten doing?

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JENNSWIMS 9/14/2011 5:55PM

    Now that is priceless. WOW.

I wonder if he is telling his friends, "you won't believe what happened to me"?

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