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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hi,

So, I'm calling this past week my week of self-discovery and I've had several watershed moments. As some of you will realize, I've really struggled this week to keep up with my commitment to a healthy lifestyle and I'm feeling the effects ever so bad.

I won't rehash the "bad" things I did but I will pat myself on the back for a) not giving up and b) for walking 6 km each the past two days. I can only go forward and I can't take back this week so there is no point in letting it get to me.

Monday is my start over day (I know there is always tomorrow but I feel better starting fresh on Mondays) and I am making plans already to get myself back into the loop. I know that within a few days of eating healthier and making time for exercise that I will start to feel better both physically and mentally! Who knew that it could be so easy!

Which brings up the whole point of my blog - I've been a terrible online friend to most of you. I've written blogs and eagerly look to see how many of you have responded yet I haven't taken the time to read your blogs or to be as supportive to you as I know I can be!



I feel like I've taken advantage of you and I would like to apologize for being a one-sided SparkFriend! That is my vow this upcoming week - to renew my SparkFriendships! I am so looking forward to catching up!

Susan

  
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BRIGHTPENNY 11/15/2011 1:56PM

    I agree with what every one has said! Life moves us along and we also make it happen. Priorities change as they should, keep your eye on the prize dear Susan, for the friendships are here, are supportive, but it's that equation of what goes in minus exercise expenditure = weight loss.
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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/14/2011 11:14AM

    I am glad you decided to move forward and not beat yourself up!!! I have also been a so so Sparkfriend. Life gets in the way and I tend to fall behind. Right now you need to concentrate on your journey.....I am here if you need me.

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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 11/14/2011 3:55AM

    Always felt your presence since sparking together. I think everyone contributes when it is right for them to do so. Life needs time to happen.

Look after yourself first so that you can look after others.

Scootergirl in Oz
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 11/13/2011 9:00AM

    No worries!! Life happens to us all. emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 11/13/2011 8:56AM

    No worries! I'm glad you're making plans and will be ready to tackle the new week. I don't think any of us can really keep up with everybody, we'd have to be chained to the website. Spark on!
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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 11/13/2011 4:23AM

   
Life gets in the way!!!

Sometimes time is not on your side and you just can't do what you want to.

We all have those times and nobody worries if you don't contact them for a couple of weeks or so.

True friends are always together in spirit

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_LINDA 11/12/2011 11:54PM

    Way to go starting fresh with no regrets but just keeping your eyes on the prize.
Everyone here understands real life gets hectic and makes it hard to keep up with a lot of online friends. I know when I go into the hospital and out of internet service, I will be missing all my buddies' activities and blogs and will struggle trying to catch up using my Step dad's slow connection. But everyone will understand. I will set my feed to blogs only again to give myself a fighting chance not to take a week to catch up lol. It does seem like when I am away for a bit, I miss someone's crisis or difficult day and I hate that, but life is life. We can't be on here 24/7..
We all know you are a supportive friend Susan,,
Have a Super Sunday!
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KAYDE53 11/12/2011 11:21PM

    I enjoy reading your blogs, don't worry about it! I don't write blogs myself very often, I get more out of reading others. We all do what we can, when we can!! Have a great week! emoticon

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BOVEY63 11/12/2011 11:09PM

    Don't worry - you have had a lot going on, and your friends understand. Take care sweetie!
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JOANNANOW 11/12/2011 11:03PM

    I love your blogs and haven't felt neglected so stop beating yourself up!! I'm still so impressed with the number of km you walk! I hope you are having a happy healthy weekend.
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Q8PRINCESS 11/12/2011 10:29PM

    I think that everyone does that. Sometimes it's hard to keep up with everyone especially when your real life days get busy.

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APIRLRAIN888 11/12/2011 9:25PM

    you got SP the way you SP... but giving some support back is never a bad thing ;p
i just happen to like reading all my friends blog, I don't go looking for other blogs, unless the title jumps out at me... I have a hard time keeping up with my listed friends

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CHUBRUB3 11/12/2011 9:01PM

    Susan, we all lead busy lives and do what we can. You don't hear us complaining! We are here regardless.
Hugs,
Angela
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GOOZLEBEAR 11/12/2011 8:29PM

    You are just fine as a Spark Friend, I don't feel like you haven't been as good a friend as you think you should!!!! We all get busy and it is hard to keep up!!! I saw that you added me as a friend. Thank you for that add. I had added you to my friend's list awhile back!!!

Have a wonderful Sunday and I enjoyed reading your blog!!!

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IMIN2GENES 11/12/2011 8:27PM

    Nobody is keeping count! We all have times when we can spend more time on SP and times when we can't. We're friends! That's what really counts.
Chris

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YIWEN39 11/12/2011 8:12PM

    Cheering you on for your start over emoticon emoticon

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STEINERMOM 11/12/2011 7:42PM

  Glad that I read your blog. We are all doing the best we can in moving forward on our own path and supporting others as well. Sounds like you need support and we are glad to be here to offer it. I am sure that you support many others as well.

I have been reading "100 days of weight loss motivation" and it is really helping me to stay on focus. You can go to www.100dayschallenge.com to print out free materials if you are interested.

Take care.

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ERIKO1908 11/12/2011 7:21PM

    I'm gonna second THETURTLEBEAR's comment that it is never a balance sheet!! (and if it is with some those friendships should really have a closer look taken at them!! (IMHO)) We all need different stuff at different times...and we all have different amounts of energy and time to give...period!!

I'm happy to hear you are taking it forward...that is the only way to go, my dear Spark Friend!!

Happy Sparking!! I hope your week is wonderful!!

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HEALTHYBARB1 11/12/2011 7:00PM

    We all have weeks that require us to start over...thank God for Mondays!!! I am blessed to have you as a sparkfriend! Thanks for the Blog and the reminder that we all need to look at the right things we do and count our blessings! Have a great weekend! Hugs Barb
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THETURTLEBEAR 11/12/2011 6:37PM

    It is never a balance sheet. Instead it's more like a teeter-totter with friends, and I for one consider you a fabulous friend.

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GOANNA2 11/12/2011 5:29PM

    I feel the same and just look forward to catching up from time to to time.
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Falling off the bandwagon and picking up the pieces - picture

Thursday, November 10, 2011



Hi,

Can anybody make sense of my logic? I have had a horribly busy week and I feel like crap mainly because I haven't been exercising and I am eating crap. Who knew! And why am I not surprised?!

The last time I had a really good workout was a week ago - or three large bags of Baked Lays chips later. Friday, Saturday and Sunday were spent decorating the car dealership and we were all exhausted. Mind you the $500 I made was a nice bonus but the migraine I developed on Sunday night wasn't so great. I ended up staying off work on Monday and the rest of the week has sort of gone downhill from there.

So what am I going to do? Whine and give up? I thought about it for a millisecond before visions of you all swarmed my head and I'm proud to say I'm picking up where I left off a week ago. Sure those chips tasted good but the way they made me feel didn't. I've been exhausted with absolutely no energy so I've proved that for me exericse indeed does give me energy.

I'm picking up the pieces and moving on - watch out because I'm back from my week long hiatus!

  
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GOANNA2 11/12/2011 5:27PM

    Moving forward is the way to go. I know you can do this emoticon

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 11/12/2011 10:03AM

    Isn't funny how this journey makes us so much more self-aware? Before you might not have given a thought to eating chips and not exercising! Now you are recognizing where you have gone astray and are able to fix it!

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ZIPCONTROL 11/12/2011 8:08AM

  Hey ! Atleast you picked yourself up. Imagine if you just kept wallowing in a pile of Lays potato chips..... emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/11/2011 10:10PM

    WELCOME BACK!!!!!!!

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IMIN2GENES 11/11/2011 4:45PM

    emoticon Way to go! Congrats on moving forward and not looking back.
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HEALTHYBARB1 11/11/2011 1:48PM

    Funny! I have been craving and eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and lays potato chips for lunch all week....hope to curb the craving it by just fitting it with my daily calories and I still want more!!! Something about fall makes me want the lunch I use to take to school when I was a kid!!! Take care of you and recommit to getting back on your get healthy plan...exercise will make you feel better!!! Just do it!! Smiles!!

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BOVEY63 11/11/2011 11:39AM

    Great job on picking up the pieces!
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Now go play outside!

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You know what to do! Go for it!
Hugs,
Angela

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KAYDE53 11/10/2011 10:54PM

    emoticonYou'll get right back on track, I know you will!!! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/10/2011 10:48PM

    I love the role of a sugar plum fairy. Am already enjoying a happy, happy dance. Sparkers are so very flexible in that we know how to make amends by beginning again.

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CROOKEDLETTER 11/10/2011 9:51PM

    Kudos for picking yourself up, dusting yourself off and getting back in the game again! That is the trick- not getting bogged down in woulda, coulda, shouldas, but saying that's what I did, this is what I want to do, and hear I go!

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ERIKO1908 11/10/2011 9:47PM

    We all fall...what we do when we fall is the difference!! I applaud you for getting back up so soon & knowing what you must do to continue on!!

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YIWEN39 11/10/2011 8:31PM

    Woohoo, you're back ;-) Congrats on picking yourself up :-)


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APIRLRAIN888 11/10/2011 5:56PM

    Lol love the pic

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KANSASROSE67 11/10/2011 2:36PM

    We've all been there! Knowing why you don't feel great and doing something about it is the smart move...best wishes!

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CALGARYNEWF 11/10/2011 2:35PM

    I've had the same kind of week Susan, actually more like 10 days. My good eating habits and concistent exercise have both found themselves at the bottom of my priority list every day for the last little while.

Time to change that!!!!Tonight I am headed to the gym, no matter what!!!! No more excuses. You're absolutely right, I feel tired and really blah!!! Definately time tpo get back on track!

Peggy

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TEMPEST272002 11/10/2011 12:07PM

    We all have these little slumps. It's a measure of how far you've come that you were able to make the connections you have & get back on track pretty quickly. When we really take it in, the lesson is a powerful one: What we eat and how we move MATTERS. Take care of ourselves & we feel energetic, confident, emotionally balanced. Don't take care of ourselves & we feel pain, lethargy and self-loathing.

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_LINDA 11/10/2011 11:32AM

    The old stress eating monster got you! It happens to all of us and you saw how you felt. You will feel better once back to your healthy habits (and the work overload that stressed you out is over). Go for a nice long nature walk and enjoy the fresh air and rejuvenate and connect with yourself again. I enjoy all my indoor cardio, but nothing beats hikes outside, and I am sure missing them!!
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JOANNANOW 11/10/2011 10:39AM

    Hi Susan
So glad you are ready to pick up the pieces and carry on. It seems like we have to slide back in order to reassess and carry on. Finding out that poor eating and no exercise feels awful will reinforce your determination. When I look at my spark journey I see that in 18 months 18 pounds disappeared. It may seem like pretty slow progress but the ups and downs account for the numerical result. I would have done better without backsliding but I learned a lot about myself and it isn't a race. Anyhow you are on the right track and giving up isn't an option so get out there and enjoy snowy dog walks and keep smiling! emoticon PS: Thanks for your sweet comments my mother would have been happy to hear you like my name so much! emoticon

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CODEMAULER 11/10/2011 9:54AM

    No whining! No quitting! Quitting is for quitters!

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(Remember your beauty secret!)

Get yourself back on track; you'll feel better in no time!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/10/2011 9:32AM

    Susan, I hope I don't blow up your blog feed, but I just felt I wanted to share this song with you because 1. I love it. 2. I know you'll love it. 3. Your blog made me think of it. 4. It says so much about real life. Love you!

http://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=taGHl78A8a4

How did I get here standing in a mess that I have made?
Little by little adding to the chaos everyday
I know it's time, it's time to come clean
I know it's time, it's time to come clean

Boxes full of things I've shuffled and shifted place to place
All the years of me, everything I want to keep and throw away
I know it's time, it's time to come clean
I know it's time, it's time to come clean

I empty out the pieces
And I put them where they go

But where do they go?
Where do they go?
Does anything in me know?
Where do they go?

I'm finding what I've covered and holding it up to the morning light
I'm opening my life a little at a time and it's all right
'Cause it takes time, it takes time to come clean
Yeah, and I know it's time, it's time to come clean

I'm picking up the pieces
And I put them where they go

But where do they go?
Where do they go?
Does anything in me know?
Where do they go?
Where do they go?

I'm picking up the pieces

So where do they go?
Where do they go?
I wanna know just where do they go?
Where do they go

Because I need to know
Just where do they go? Where do they go?
I've got to know just where do they go?
Where do they go? Will I ever know?

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OUBACHE 11/10/2011 8:51AM

    I was just thinking this morning how I've hardly eaten any vegetables all week and today I'm feeling sluggish, tired, and just kind of bad. What we eat really does make a difference in how we feel. All we can do is pick up the pieces (love the illustration) and try to get back on track. We're worth the extra effort, and we CAN do better. Good luck to you!

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Insider secrets to looking fabulous at any age - instructions included

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Hello!

Okay, let's be honest and put your hand up if you eagerly clicked on the link to this blog because you are discreetly looking for any and all secrets to looking fabulous! I'm not being judgemental because I've been there too....caught in a line up at the grocery store with nothing to do put peruse the glossy magazine covers staring at you. Not only are the models usually airbrushed to unbelievable perfection but the large print jumping off the page never once says "its okay, you are fine as you are" or "be happy the way you look". NO, these article titles are far more likely to belittle you into thinking "YOU are not okay the way you look" or "You have to do this, this and this before you can ever be happy". I won't even go into the article titles that make us all think we are inadequate mothers, wives, daughters, friends, homemakers, workers, etc, etc,

So, what makes you feel fabulous or have you ever felt fabulous? I always cringed at that word - fabulous but since joining Spark I view it as reaching my potential. Be that with physical appearance or whatever. It took a 7 year old girl to point out to me this weekend that everybody can be fabulous and it doesn't have anything to do with your income, martial status, job or even your beauty.

My friend's granddaughter looked at me over the weekend and said, you know when I grow up I hope I turn out like you and my nan. We asked what she meant and she said, " I love how you are beautiful on the inside because that is what really counts". WOW! I actually got a cold shiver when she said that and my eyes welled up with tears. I couldn't speak for a minute and I asked her why she felt I was beautiful on the inside and she said because I always take the time to smile even when people don't smile back. I'm not sure about her logic but I do try to smile because you just don't know what people around you are going through. The situation will still be just as bad once the memory of the smile has faded but it just make a small difference to both of you.

So my number one trick to looking fabulous is to smile. The second one is to laugh - be it at even at yourself or with others. As long as you are not laughing at others!

Here is the rest of my list:

3. Complain less and be thankful more
4. Hug somebody - it can be yourself
5. Get some fresh air
6. Drink your water
7. Try to grab some sleep
8. Treat your body like a temple. Feed it what it needs to be strong and healthy
9. Move your body - every bit of exercise helps
10. See your flaws as beauty marks - they are what make you special!


Notice something about my list of ten? Not one idea is a fad, not one thing is going to cost you an arm and a leg and not one is impossible to for any of us to do! Not only will you look fabulous but you will look fabulous too....now, how is that for free advice!

  
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BRIGHTPENNY 11/10/2011 11:49PM

    I love your list! It is so real and true! You do have a great smile and you are so right... you don't ever know if your smile might mean the difference between a good day, great day or the decision not to carry on at all for someone... A smile is a gift, one that as you say costs little. So for those of us who can smile, please do. I understand that for some, circumstances may be such that to smile is near impossible ... it is for you and those like you, that those of us who can, direct our smile ...so that you will want to carry on with this wonderful life we all can choose to embrace. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OUBACHE 11/10/2011 8:53AM

    A great list! Thanks for sharing.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 11/10/2011 12:58AM

    emoticonYour tips are very easy and doable,so why don't i give it a try,I will! Thank you soo much for this post,you make this so easy sounding! emoticon emoticonDiana

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ANNCHER 11/9/2011 9:42AM

    Good blog! Thanks for sharing! Have a great day!

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ZIPCONTROL 11/9/2011 9:33AM

  Loved it !!

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NEWMAC2011 11/9/2011 9:02AM

    That's a great list!

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MOSTMOM1 11/9/2011 6:40AM

    What a fab little girl!
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MAMAPOSTIE 11/9/2011 2:40AM

    Spot on and what a wonderful grand daughter your friend has to see your inner beauty so clearly - very perseptive. So many people are being brought up to think the outside look is so important and all that counts. The way you behave towards others and to yourself has far more impact in the long run.

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_LINDA 11/8/2011 11:48PM

    I second that. I absolutely get a boost when I see your photo on my friend feed, e-mail and blogs. You have a very warm friendly smile that just lights up your whole being. The little girl got it bang on!!
Keep on being your fabulous self! Spark on!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/8/2011 11:48PM

    What great tips!!!! I plan on using them!!!

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Q8PRINCESS 11/8/2011 11:48PM

    So where is the plastic surgery on your list?

I had surgery a few years ago (medical reasons), after they pulled out the drain tube I was rethinking the idea of plastic surgery. Not an experience I would WANT to repeat.

Your list is great.

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/8/2011 11:13PM

    I can tell that good food, good eating, and good moving has not changed my inward beauty. I have noticed that I finally have found that I can finally and consistently treat my temple with the respect that it deserves. And in doing so, can worship with heightened love, mercy, and grace. It takes walking with the right ones. Great blog . . . keep smiling!

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IMIN2GENES 11/8/2011 9:59PM

    Good advice!
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KAYDE53 11/8/2011 9:56PM

    You're so right!!! emoticon

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BOVEY63 11/8/2011 9:55PM

    Love the free advice ~ so simple and yet very effective. Much better than those eye-catching magazines at the check-out counter.
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DHAYDEN91 11/8/2011 9:55PM

    Thanks for the fabulous perspective on the important things. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/8/2011 9:27PM

    I completely agree with you! Even smile lines and wrinkles look 100 times better than no wrinkles at all, in my opinion! emoticon

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CROOKEDLETTER 11/8/2011 8:11PM

    Fabulous!

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 11/8/2011 7:06PM

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YIWEN39 11/8/2011 7:00PM

    That's great :-) Thanks for sharing :-)
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TEMPEST272002 11/8/2011 5:20PM

    What a lovely little girl. She's absolutely right, you are beautiful. I smile every time I see your photo. Love the beauty tips!

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APIRLRAIN888 11/8/2011 5:12PM

    lol love it

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JOANNANOW 11/8/2011 3:50PM

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I hear you! You are still the queen of positive thinking! Your beautiful insides are shining through on to the net. Thanks for your wonderful powerful ideas today. Sending hugs emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/8/2011 3:08PM

    You are beautiful on the inside AND the outside!

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Not much to say but a funny picture to share!

Friday, November 04, 2011

Hi!

I hope you are all doing well with your respective journeys. I know I am enjoying this road to wellness immensely even though some of the side shows along the way were better off avoided. Or were they? Perhaps I have learned more from the distractions than I have from walking the straight and narrow.

As you know I do a fair amount of walking - usually the days I don't go to the gym I want to walk 5km. I don't set out dreading it - I usually take my dogs with me and end up walking further than I expect because I pay more attention to what they are doing than watching the km add up.



This is a picture I took of them yesterday - it is moose hunting season here hence the reflective vests and, yes, I wore one too. We were covered in mud when we arrived back at the truck but we all had fun - they wore off some of their energy and I got my walk in.

I think people who dread exercise are setting themselves up for failure. How can you enjoy something and make it a "habit" if you hate it? Are you doing the wrong kind of exercise? It should be fun and something to be looked forward to. Yes, this is the same girl who couldn't/ wouldn't walk the length of herself when she started her journey.

I doubt I would be walking so much if I didn't have my dogs...seriously! Can you tell I love them to bits! emoticon

  
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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/5/2011 11:56PM

    Love the picture....they are adorable!! I think you are right you have to find the exercise you enjoy.

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KAMAPERRY 11/5/2011 3:50PM

    Love the pic, and I think you are right!

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BOVEY63 11/5/2011 12:35PM

    Love their vests ~ shadow has a bright orange kerchief and I have the same color sweatshirt that we wear during deer hunting season. People aren't supposed to hunt near the designated walking trails, but I'm not taking any chances - some people tend to do stupid things when trying to get that trophy buck.

Safe walking to you and your pups!

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_LINDA 11/4/2011 11:05PM

    There is nothing more enjoyable then watching the antics of your fur babies. Our dog Bendix provided us many hours of entertainment. He certainly gave my Stepdad reason to get out and take long walks in the most brutal of weather conditions -Bendix never cared about the weather, he just wanted to get out there..Now my poor Stepdad needs excuses to get out..
Yes exercise has to be fun to stick with it, which is why I have no problem with it -its the highlight of my day!
I am happy to see you are being safe with the reflective vests -but boy that would make me nervous going anywhere near where people are allowed to fire guns..
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Stay safe and have a fantastic weekend!
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YIWEN39 11/4/2011 9:10PM

    They look like happy dogs :-) And YOU are doing great :-) emoticon emoticon
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MILLISMA 11/4/2011 7:12PM

    Love the picture and what a great idea!

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JANET552 11/4/2011 5:11PM

    Your dogs look fabulous!! I only wish that you were in the picture too so I could get the whole picture of you all walking. Love the idea of those reflective vests!

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KAYDE53 11/4/2011 3:49PM

    They take a great picture; just like they're posing! One of mine is afraid of cameras, the other won't sit still!! It pays to play it safe, especially during hunting season!! emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 11/4/2011 2:22PM

    They are beautiful! I am so proud you protect them and yourself.
hugs,
Angela

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DEELYNNE1 11/4/2011 2:11PM

    Love the safety vests! What a great pic! I love walking outdoors! Now if I could just talk the cat into going with. I don't think she'd like wearing a reflective vest either, and I'm sure I'd hear about it - she's very vocal! Maybe I need to borrow a dog for walking...

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APIRLRAIN888 11/4/2011 1:38PM

    Cute pups

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JOANNANOW 11/4/2011 1:35PM

    They are adorable. My dogs keep me walking too. Their enthusiasm never fails and they enjoy every sniff along the way. The joy a dog brings his daily jaunt is contagious. Doggie love is better than therapy and more fun.

Hope your Christmas decorating is fun... here we go again!
It's never too early in the market place... and hey if they pay well just go for it!
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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 11/4/2011 1:11PM

    Dogs are the BEST!!! I have a golden & love her to pieces!!!

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TEMPEST272002 11/4/2011 12:34PM

    What a fantastic picture of the dogs! I worry about hunters too. I always wear 1 of 2 red coats & I tie reflective orange ribbon to DeeOhGee's collar. I'm going to keep an eye out for a reflective vest now I've seen them on your dogs. I totally agree about the exercise. If you had exercising, you aren't doing the right activity! So many fun options out there, so there's no need to suffer with it. lol

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DRGOMTI 11/4/2011 12:06PM

    Yes I can tell you love em to bits!! n I love my windorah to bits too n thank you for reminding me to get walking her. I've been exercising her with the frisbie. she gets good running but I don't! it's almost walking thru snow time!! my fave!! I'm so happy for you n proud of you for your exercising!!! Really, it gets my blood circulatin' just reading about it!!! whew!! I've been staying within my cal range but lack on the exercise, so keep inspiring me!!! emoticon

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HINCTYBEAT 11/4/2011 11:37AM

    I love this picture ... It looks like it could be a K-9 Heroes movie poster of some kind. I have a pic my husband took of our dogs right before we got married with snowy mountains in the background that is a lot the same way. I wish I knew enough about photoshop to make a poster out of it. :)

Thanks for sharing!

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/4/2011 11:26AM

    Great food for thought! And I love the vests! I have life vests for my dogs, but not reflective vests.

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MAMADWARF 11/4/2011 10:27AM

    I walk with my dog too and she is a great motivator. Your dogs are adorable, great picture

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 11/4/2011 10:15AM

    Your pups are beautiful! WooHoo to all the walking emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 11/4/2011 9:31AM

    Love the picture of your pups! Good for you getting all that exercise with them!!!! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/4/2011 9:18AM

    Now that's my style of walking. Love it! And your two pooches are adorable . . . such a great photo, scene, and pose that I thought it was a professional photo you just happened across online. That's one strong pomeranian to be able to walk a 5K. There is so much love in this photo! Thanks for sharing.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/4/2011 9:09AM

    I loved seeing this on FaceBook, and love seeing it here! Your babies are ADORABLE!!!!
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CODEMAULER 11/4/2011 8:42AM

    Heh, is that why my cat darts into the hallway whenever I'm ready to go workout? Maybe she wants to join me or just offer some cat-sized motivation?

Your pups are the cutest. I'd likely walk my feet off with them!

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MOSTMOM1 11/4/2011 8:35AM

    They look like little construction workers. Hee hee. So cute!
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GRAMPIAN 11/4/2011 8:26AM

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Some GREAT NSV's to share!!!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Hi,

It was three months ago to this day that I joined the local YMCA and then wrote such a horrible blog full of self-pity that it embarrasses me to this day.

Yes, I had the dreaded body fat analysis done and my measurements taken...the kind of stuff that shakes you to your very soul when you see those numbers on paper. I mean, it is not like it was a big shock...I knew I was obese and out of shape so why did somebody handing me a piece of paper confirming my belief cause such moments of self-doubt and ,even worse, self-pity. Thankfully all of my SparkFriends were supportive and not one of you told me to "put on your girl panties and deal with it" although some of you must have been thinking it! emoticon

So today was my three month "check up" and I was apprehensive to say the least. I know I've upped my exercise from merely walking the dogs to using some of those machines I previously thought were so intimidating. To tell you the truth it took me two days just to get comfortable walking in through the doors and scanning my card. When that first beeped I thought it meant "overweight novice alert...get ready to laugh at her" emoticon

I go faithfully several times each week and I usually "blank" out. I'm not comparing myself to anybody and I've given my self-doubts the ol' boot. Along with drinking my water I now consider my need for exercise a well-formed habit. Too bad the same can't be said for my use of the nutrition tracker but that, too, will come in time.

Anyway, I digress. Here is a comparison of my measurements before and after:

Weight 213.2 / 210.4 emoticon

Bust 49 / 46 emoticon (Dolly Parton has left the house!)

Waist 43 / 42.5 (huh?)

Hips 45.5 / 44.5 ( emoticon

Right Arm 13.5 / 12.75

Left Arm 12.75 / 12

Right Thigh 28 / 26.5

Left Thigh 27.75 / 26

Right Calf 16 / 16.25 (??????)

Left Calf 16 /16


Which ladies and gentleman is an overall loss of 9 inches!!!! ME? emoticon

So my message is to keep at it! I'm a work in progress so these kind of results are great motivators!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/3/2011 11:08PM

    GREAT VICTORIES!!!!

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KANSASROSE67 11/3/2011 4:18PM

    That is so great!!! No one sees the scale reading but everyone can see the results of inches lost! Way to go!

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JOANNANOW 11/3/2011 12:18PM

    So happy to hear your good news. You are an inspiration when it comes to exercise! Keep on keeping on! emoticon emoticon

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So Proud Of You!!! You are on a Roll...keep it up!!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 11/3/2011 11:22AM

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You make me so proud! You are rocking this!!

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ANNCHER 11/3/2011 10:02AM

    Great news! Thanks for sharing! Have a great day! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 11/3/2011 8:43AM

    Those ARE some great NSVs. Good for you!
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EJOY-EVELYN 11/2/2011 7:43PM

    You are delightfully funny in the way you write. Such incredible results thanks to the improved metabolism going on with all your great workouts. Indeed, an exceptional foundation to continue building into the land many of us call Onederland.

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DRGOMTI 11/2/2011 12:41PM

    WOOHOO!!! SUES YOU ROCK!!! What a solid foundation yer building!!! Heck! yer almost to the top a the temple!!! : )) all yer numbers have gone down!! that must be such a great feeling!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAZINMICH 11/2/2011 12:23PM

    Great Job!! I've been told, and had to be reminded, I didn't gain this weight overnight, and I'm not going to lose it overnight. It took a few years of getting myself to that point where it's "enough! I'm done with being obese" it's going to take some effort and time to get it off. You are doing great!!

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GRAMLORI 11/2/2011 12:21PM

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One for each of those inches!!! You are doing so wonderful...you are an inspiration to others!!
(((B I G HUGS))) from the other side of the world to you!!!

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NEWMAC2011 11/2/2011 8:31AM

    That is fantastic! 9 inches lost is a great result. And it's wonderful that exercise is becoming a habit. it's interesting how that seems to happen to so many of us. Keep up the NSVs! They're just important as the number on the scale.

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ZIPCONTROL 11/2/2011 6:26AM

  Awesome !!

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CALGARYNEWF 11/2/2011 1:08AM

    Awesome Susan!!!! emoticon emoticon

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Way to tone it up! By the way, getting ANYTHING off the waist is quite the accomplishment -I lost three bra sizes before anythinf started coming off the pot :( Its the toughest place to lose from!!
Keep up the GREAT work!!

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Q8PRINCESS 11/1/2011 11:46PM

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Sounds like you are getting fit. You could up your exercise even more by hopping a plane, come over here and take Lucy Bella for her 5 am walk.
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/1/2011 10:01PM

    That is FANNNNNNTASTICO!!!!! Susan, you ROCK! You are really making headway! Let's keep it going! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAYDE53 11/1/2011 9:50PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Here's to wonderful shrinking you!!!

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GLORYANDME 11/1/2011 9:23PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing!
I laughed when I read the part about your "analysis" because it brought bach such awful memories for me. During my analysis, I too was horrified and was cringing the whole time. Good news is we are doing something about it and our hard work is paying off. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 11/1/2011 9:04PM

    Congrats! All that hard work is paying off!
Chris
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TERESA159 11/1/2011 8:23PM

    Love your stick-to-itness even though you've had to step outside your comfort zone. You are a warrior!!!

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DHAYDEN91 11/1/2011 8:20PM

    You make me laugh and smile! Thanks for sharing your awesome success. Nine inches is fabulous!! I'm hearing the best part, though, as your comfort level with exercise is improving...and the work is getting easier...shall I venture, more fun even??

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TEMPEST272002 11/1/2011 8:19PM

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The change might be slower than you'd like - isn't that true for us all?! - but they are happening. Well done Susan!

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PONYFARMER 11/1/2011 7:23PM

    That's what I am talking about. Sometimes the weight thing can drag you down. B/c you think wow, I only lost 3 pounds in 2 months. But look at how your body is changing.

Keep up the great job!! emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 11/1/2011 6:31PM

    A great NSV to celebrate!!! Loosing inches is wonderful, and hard to do! Way to go!

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YIWEN39 11/1/2011 6:26PM

    You are doing great :-) emoticon emoticon
Thanks for sharing the good news :-)
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TMONTGOMERY71 11/1/2011 5:43PM

    You should be sooo proud of yourself! I am personally terrified of measuring myself but I know I should! Any "work out" place used to make me intimidated (being a big busted, big overall type of gal myself) and I would avoid it at all cost! Now I understand that I must BEGIN and work towards my goals without comparing myself to anyone else. I've also found the longer I avoid gyms, work out studios, etc....the worse the problem becomes HAHA.

Congratulations on LOSING 9 inches!!! This is truly an accomplishment. Sometimes when working out we gain because of muscle! It weighs more than fat I believe. So don't be down and keep pushing yourself! You got this girl!

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CHUBRUB3 11/1/2011 3:55PM

    You have done Great!
Just one question...what has happened to your left thigh? You use it way to much? It has disappered!
Hugs,
Angela
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GEORGIAK25 11/1/2011 3:53PM

    Bravo!!!!! Persistence pays

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JLITT62 11/1/2011 3:11PM

    GREAT job!

You may laugh at me, but yup, I dread the whole body analysis, too. I guess that never goes away.

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MARNIKENNEDY 11/1/2011 2:36PM

    Wow! That's fantastic!
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Boy I know the feeling too! I finally got on the scale a few weeks ago and I nearly cried... 210. I haven't been that heavy since 1987 when I had my baby! It's not easy to face it and then pick yourself up and do something about it, but you have and 9 inches, man that's awesome! You should be very proud of yourself!

Also, I want to thank you because I have not measured myself out of fear, but now I see how that will be cheating myself out of my own sense of victory!

emoticon k, gonna go get the measuring tape out (and a tissue to catch the tears, lol).

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BOVEY63 11/1/2011 2:14PM

    You are going great and moving in the right direction!
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So long Dolly!
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