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Goals, challenges and things to aim for - Susan Style

Tuesday, January 03, 2012


While doodling last night when I should have been meal planning I came up with a pictorial description of some of my short-term goals. This is a big accomplishment for me since this is the first time I have put down on paper (and here on the computer screen) what I hope to achieve during this month of January.

Drum roll please..........

I, Susan, do solemnly pledge to:

1. Log into Spark daily
2. Blog on a regular basis - at least three times a week
3. Use the Friend Feed option more often - at least three times a week
4. Walk at least 12 km a week
5. Go to the gym a minimum of 10 times by month's end
6. Drink my water everyday
7. Weigh in on Mondays - for the Virtual Weigh-in Team
8. Lose four pounds over the month
9. To cut back on the sugar in my TIm's coffee from 2 teaspoons to 1
10. To track my food three days each week for the month

How am I going to accomplish this? Well, I have the list printed off and I am finally going to use the Spark calendar I was given last Christmas! Up until now it has been too "nice" to use!!! Funny how I think that way, isn't it.

Here is another little trick I use: I made up a computer sheet with blank columns for date, minutes, type of activity, miles, km, counts as and a note section. This is something I came up with in October when I wanted to have an "in my face" record of how far I have been walking for my trek aross the Newfoundland T'Railway...I'm now just under 80 km to go on my 800+km journey!

I log those minutes/km straight from the GPS when I walk or when I go to the gym I have the times/amounts/etc scrawled on notepaper which I immediately transfer to this sheet when I get home. Of course I also add this informtion to the fitness tracker but I like "seeing" my accomplishments.

So overall, I am basically continuing on my journey with Spark with a few modifications that I needed to make for me. Tracking my meals has been a trouble-spot for me as you all know so I will start out slowly. I am paying myself $25 at the end of January IF I get all points covered...the $25 will go towards new spring/summer clothes which I am hoping I will need and be able to fit into by the time Spring rolls around here.

Wish me luck!

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LIBBYG7 1/5/2012 5:59PM

    These are very do-able goals. If you're motivated.....you'll reach them. Right now, I'm focusing on one-day-at-time goals. Today, drink all my water. (I'm almost there!)

You're a pip, Susan!

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SPARKLISE 1/4/2012 11:36AM

    Sounds like a good plan!
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LESLIES537 1/4/2012 10:58AM

    I love your goals and what you're doing to attain them! Thanks for sharing your awesomeness with us! You totally ROCK!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOANNANOW 1/4/2012 9:56AM

    You sound so focused Susan. It's wonderful. I think it could be called a recipe for success.

I'm glad you will keep blogging ... it always makes my day to see news from you. emoticon

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YIWEN39 1/4/2012 5:02AM

    I like your style Susan :-) You can do this, you ARE doing it right now emoticon
And congrats on that walk! Only 80ks to go, that's awesome :-)
Keep up the good work and keep on inspiring us :-)
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_LINDA 1/4/2012 12:47AM

    Putting your goals out there for all to see is great for accountability! This is going to be your year Susan!
You are doing it sensibly, with things you can accomplish with lots of wiggle room. I am liking it.
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EJOY-EVELYN 1/3/2012 10:02PM

    emoticon You're goals are officially published. One down, ten to go. WooHoo!

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_JODI404 1/3/2012 9:51PM

    Good luck Susan! Sounds like a good plan, very reasonable!

I love your idea to reward yourself with money towards new clothes!

Best wishes for continued success!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/3/2012 9:33PM

    I think the list on the fridge is a great idea. Maybe I'll try it myself.

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HEALTHYBARB1 1/3/2012 8:28PM

    Sounds great!! I especially like the money for spring clothes...a great motivator for me as well!! I will be watching to see how you do and am motivated to set some new goals for myself after reading yours!! Smiles Barb

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CALGARYNEWF 1/3/2012 5:25PM

    Great idea to jot down the KM's walked on paper as well as electronically. I always struggle to remember what I did the last couple of days when i finally get around to updating SparkPeople.

I think 2012 will be a great year for you Susan!!!You're certainly off to a great start!


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TEMPEST272002 1/3/2012 4:22PM

    You have come so far in the time I have known you. Now that you've laid a foundation, I think 2012 is the year you're going to see real progress with your weight. Your goals are well thought out & putting that list where you can see it is going to help you push through. I know you can do it!

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    Paying yourself is an awesome idea!!


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POPSY190 1/3/2012 2:12PM

    What a great walking achievement! I tend to store nice soaps for "good" and don't get round to using them. Will get some out today. I need to transfer the "keep it for special time" attitude to some food items! Thank you for the thoughtful blog.

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BOVEY63 1/3/2012 1:54PM

    Awesome goals and love the clothing incentive!
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KANSASROSE67 1/3/2012 11:53AM

    Sounds like a great plan!

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CHANGING_LIFE 1/3/2012 9:19AM

    Sounds like a plan!

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SARASMILING 1/3/2012 8:29AM

    Good Luck! I still need to write down and post my intentions, goals, etc. And I know exactly what you mean about not using something because it's too nice. I was just giving myself a talk about that because I let things go bad because I'm saving them (lotions, make up, etc.) I think I finally figured out those nice events are not coming so I need to use them now and enjoy them. lol!

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My challenge to all of my SparkFriends - yes, I mean YOU!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year!

Right now, lets have a show of hands of who feels they ate too much or exercised too little during the week between Christmas Day and today, New Year's Day? Let's see, I have 100+ SparkFriends so I kind of guess I am seeing almost that many hands up. Okay, some of you can put your hands back down because I know you've done great and have incorporated holidays and get togethers into your lifestyle makeover. But the rest of you, well lets just say I'm glad to see you all are human.

One of my Facebook friends posted a status update the other day that really got me thinking. "Stop focusing on what you eat between Christmas and New Year's and instead focus on what you eat between New Years and Christmas". Same words - just rearranged but a whole lot of thought behind them. Now, this same friend has lost an incredible amount of weight and was even flown to the United States to speak at a T.O.P.S. (Taking Pounds Off Sensibly) conference which is a huge achievement for anybody let alone a guy from a community of 500 people with no gym access!

So my challenge to all of you as you hastily make resolutions is to try to make gradual changes to your lifestyle over the next year so that when this time next year rolls around you will be proud of yourself!

I know I ate the wrong stuff this Christmas season but I also know I have come a long way. I finished the year with an impressive 17,000 fitness minutes when my goal was for less than 6,000! Obviously last year this time I thought 6,000 was a great goal for 2011 and so it was considering that in 2010 I couldn't walk the length of myself!

I am not making any resolutions other than to continue what I started when I joined Spark in August 2010. I am a work in progress and I am still aiming to drink my water daily, log into Spark, walk a minimum of 12 km a week, keep my depression manageable, and work towards my weight loss goals. Oh, and maybe, just maybe I will aim for 20,000 fitness minutes this year! Will I slip up, YES, but I will dust myself off and keep going and so can YOU!

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LIBBYFITZ 1/3/2012 8:00AM

    Loved this!

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_LINDA 1/3/2012 12:04AM

    Well done Susan! You are going to rock this year because you are doing it sensibly -slowly and surely, allowing yourself to be human!
This is your year to shine!
You go girl!

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    Way to go on those fitness minutes!

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CHUBRUB3 1/2/2012 1:58PM

We can do this Susan!
So glad you put it all in a new perspective.
Let's go!
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BOVEY63 1/2/2012 12:51PM

    emoticonHands up!

That is one of the best quotes I have read, and will do all in power to heed it.
I love your idea of keeping to the same resolutions we set when starting this journey. I do need to hit the reset button on a few of them though.
Have a wonderful day, and lots of happiness and success throughout the year.

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CROOKEDLETTER 1/2/2012 10:35AM

    "Stop focusing on what you eat between Christmas and New Year's and instead focus on what you eat between New Years and Christmas" is great.

Sending you grand good wishes for the New Year. May you have health and happiness, lots of fitness minutes and as little mood disorder issues as possible.

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CHANGING_LIFE 1/2/2012 9:34AM

    Woo hoo! We are gonna make mistakes, but we can do it!

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MAMAPOSTIE 1/2/2012 3:32AM

    Wise words and helps put that enjoyable Christmas over indulgence in perspective!

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    Think you came up with a suitable challenge for us.
Great words to be re-inspired for 2012. Thanks Susan.

Scootergirl in Oz

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JAZZEJR 1/2/2012 1:00AM

    I second that emotion! As of now I'm focusing on from now until next Christmas!

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YIWEN39 1/2/2012 12:05AM

    Susan, this is awesome :-) Thanks for the inspiration :-)
Best wishes to you and your family!

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CAROLYNINJOY1 1/1/2012 11:42PM

    Love the rewording.

Thanks for another great blog.

If you don't mind, please point your TOPS friend my direction. I'm in TOPS also & would love an introduction. Thanks.

Happy New Year!

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GLORYANDME 1/1/2012 11:10PM

    Love the new wording! Certainly gives us something to think about. I haven't made any resolutions as far as my fitness/health is concerned because I am just going to keep doing what I am doing. Seems to be working! I did make one resolution, however, to become better organized. Hope you and your family have a wonderful, safe, prosperous, healthy and blessed 2012!

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KAYDE53 1/1/2012 9:19PM

    emoticonI know I stopped making resolutions that I couldn't or wouldn't keep, and just keep plugging away at my goals on SP!!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/1/2012 7:16PM

    Loo love the post

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VMORRISOTT 1/1/2012 6:20PM

    JUST FOR TODAY: I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once.

I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

(just posted by my cousin on Facebook ... seemed like it was appropriate.

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TEMPEST272002 1/1/2012 5:46PM

    OK, I'll confess - I made lots & lots of poor food choices this holiday season. But 2012 has dawned & I am more determined than ever to create a healthy life and maintain a healthy weight. One choice at a time. We step forward together.

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GOANNA2 1/1/2012 5:42PM

    Happy New Year and I am with you on redirecting the focus.
Congratulations on your spark fitness minutes. That's awesome.

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HOPESINGH 1/1/2012 4:33PM

    I think I did relatively well with the Hanuka food this year. Relatively, not perfect at all.
The new year will be mostly a year of consistency, I hope - reenforcing this habit of daily exercise.
Have a great year! emoticon

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MEMARE 1/1/2012 3:52PM

    Happy New Year Susan! Sounds like you have a plan for 2012!

I don't make resolutions. I just try to make myself healthier and stronger by good solid choices everyday. One day at a time.

Here's to us in 2012! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CODEMAULER 1/1/2012 3:50PM

    Believe it or not, my hand is not raised. Then again, we treat the holidays like any other day. The habits - good and bad - that we exhibit any other day are there for all to see. In fact, thanks to a cold snap, I probably drank even more water!

Because my husband and I realistically view the holidays, it's really not a struggle for us.

That said, I'm raising the bar for 2012; more good habits, fewer bad ones. Here's hoping that it's a great year for all the SparkWorld.


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    Good luck in 2012. 365 days to continue creating a new you... +Mark

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Teams, teams, teams - how do you chose?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Another funny thing has happened to me that I have to thank Spark for. Suddenly I crave challenges -whether they be with myelf or with other people. I was on the TeddyBear team in the fall and got overwhelmed with it but I do find I need someting to get me inspired. My goal to virtually walk across our island is coming to and end soon (yeah) but I have really enjoyed the competition I set with myself to get those km under my belt.

I've been browsing teams all day and again, feel overwhelmed. Those based on interests and ailments all look like fun BUT I don't see the challenge. Let me remind you that I'm the one who was picked last for gym class so it amazes me that I need to be challenged.

Some of you have suggested that I join the team for people living with depression but I have hesitated. In the past I have found involvement in similiar teams becomes a spot to "talk and share stories" but that is not what I need right now. I need a reason to get my bum out that door and to resume my healthy lifestyle search.

I have realized that a challenge for me has to be just that "a challenge for me". I need to be able to compete with myself to log in "blank" number of fitness minutes or to walk "blank" my kms in such a such time. Then I like to challenge myself to improve the next week and so on.

Will have to give this more thought but in the meantime any suggestions are gladly welcomed!

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    Have you looked at the January Jumpstart Challenge yet, it is a short one.

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LIBBYFITZ 1/3/2012 8:04AM

    I have joined the January Jumpstart Workout Challenge! Very short and to the point strength training videos that are incorporated on the team page.

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    Susan, I hope you find just the right one! I need to get busy with a boot camp challenge as they seem to be the best ones for me! I'll wait until my parents leave and then I'll get to it! Today, though, I did walk an hour and 20 minutes, so that was good!

Have a wonderful, wonderful new year! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 12/31/2011 10:43AM

    I'm surprised that I feel the same way. I took marching band to get out of gym class. But I find I'm addicted to the challenges. For me, it's about making it a game. If it's fun and interesting, I stick with it. If you don't find a challenge you like, how about making one of your own and throwing it out to your fellow teammates? You might be able to incorporate that into a team you're already on.

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BRIGHTPENNY 12/31/2011 1:07AM

    I've got the team you may be looking for! It's calld, "Where are you walking to?" you pick a point and decide to virtually walk there, just like you did across the island. why don't you come and visit me in ontario. or we could meet half way? It would be fun, we could stop at all the TH or Starbuck's on the way!? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEWMAC2011 12/30/2011 5:36PM

    There's a January challenge starting where you just do 1 Coach Nicole video a day (they're very short) and some cardio 5 days a week. It's for 4 weeks to get the year kick-started. I can't do a working link but if you copy this, you can read about it to see if it's for you: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/

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HOPESINGH 12/29/2011 4:54AM

    I know what you mean. Why didn't you join the Winter 5% challenge? I was too late to try and join it, but it sounded really great.
The challenges I crave are the Spark type - small steps that accumulate. I wish I had more tools like the Sparkstreaks tracker and the Other goals tracker, only in other domains of life. It gives such a push!

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PONYFARMER 12/28/2011 9:06PM

    Good for you for completing a team. I am only going to share my experience, so take it or leave it.

I know of a great team, but you will need to contact someone and get invited, it is a closed team and I do not know where they are right now b/c I stopped doing teams. It is called the THE EIGHT WEEK BATTLE. They seperate into, 4 different mini team based on your weight and then they have challenges and keep each other motivated. If you really want to be a part of this team let me know and I will talk with someone who is still in it. Again it is a closed, private team and it ends every 8 weeks.

My take on teams: I kind of agree with Linda that you can do it w/o a team. But some people really like teams, I just found it overwhelming and it stressed me out. Since I stopped teams, other than my shoulder surgery team, it just felt to much like I had to do this or that and it did not work for me. Since I have stopped doing teams I have lost 20 pounds. While I was on teh team, I lost nothing.

Let me know if you are interested.

One other team taht I liked before I left teams was the Biggest Loser teams. I again could hook you up if you wanted. Keep looking and you will find what you want. Let us know what you deceide to do so that we can support you.

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_LINDA 12/28/2011 7:10PM

    Sparks has a feature where you can set and track your own goals. You can even earn Spark points for them. If you click on Spark Points, you will find a header called Other Goals -this is where any team goals you have chosen appear -the standard ones like eating your veggies, drinking water, etc., but at the bottom of the page, it says set your own custom goals. These are ones just for you and are not attached to a team. You earn one spark point for reaching a goal every day up to a maximum of five. I get them all just by the tram goals I have taken on, but if you have not joined any team goals, setting your own may be just the thing. To me for example, eating five freggies a day is too easy and I could do more. Think of something you are weak on, like tracking, wink, wink, and set a goal to track your food once a day, or twice, what ever challenges you the most. As for exercise -30 minutes daily of anything. Could be 10 minutes situps, 10 minutes brisk walk, etc. Or something specific you would like to focus on in fitness. Can you do a push up for example? Maybe a goal would be to do daily push ups, wall to start with and progress as you can, as long as you try to do as much as you can each day.. There are lots of areas we all have that need improvement. Its just a matter of picking them out and focusing on them.
Good luck with it! You can do it!!

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GLORYANDME 12/28/2011 6:46PM

    SP has so many challenges I am sure you will find one or one will find you. Best wishes!

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TAMIPCHICAGO 12/28/2011 6:01PM

    I like the 10+ minutes a day team I'm on. Most days it's WAY more than 10 minutes, but it keeps it on my mind, and keeps me accountable for doing it daily. Another of my teams has a move your body in some way at least 15 min a day. Again, it's usually way more, but on days like today when I'm stuck working long hours, it was not a lot more. I got in 22 min of cardio and 9 min strength training. If it weren't for the two teams, I might have easily blown off any at all because of my schedule.

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CHUBRUB3 12/28/2011 5:41PM

    I agree with others below, you will find the one right for you.

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LENELLA 12/28/2011 5:41PM

    I agree with KANSASROSE67, so I am suggesting that you start a group that allows it's members to set their own goals, and track their own success. Then they can submit the results once a week. You can also ask for suggestions from your members for their ideas for group challenges. *smiles with a twinkle in her eye* You can do it! haha!

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/28/2011 5:12PM

    You'll find the one. I have no doubt!

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KANSASROSE67 12/28/2011 5:05PM

    I have had trouble with team challenges that require too much of me...time spent tracking and meeting requirements is time I'm not spending getting out and exercising or cooking healthy food or hanging out with my family. The best luck I've had is with challenges I create myself. Like right now, I'm trying to reach 700 miles of running in 2012 and it's gotten me out the door on some days when nothing else would have!

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LTMURPHY7 12/28/2011 4:50PM

There has to be a challenge for you. Check the teams

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Why I don't think "back on track" should be part of our vocabulary

Monday, December 26, 2011


I hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas holiday - even those who are not Christians because it is a holiday even having the stores around us close. Sort of forces one to relax so to say.

It is Boxing Day here and we are one of the few places left that has today as another mandatory holiday for stores. At least the employees have an extra day to spend with their families and we, as consumers, are given a break from the demands we seem to place on ourselves.

I am having a really nice Christmas and am proud to report that my favourite gift this year is the Spark cookbook! I'm so excited! While the leather purse and boots are lovely they don't have the same potential overall to change my life so the cookbook gets the #1 spot!

I've been reading blogs this morning - well, at least I am trying to despite nursing a migraine. I am intrigued by the number of people who wrote that they are trying to get back on track. To get back on track implies that you somehow cannot incorporate treats and family times with the healthy lifestyle that Spark encourages.

Nothing can be further from the truth. Remember it is all the 80/20 rule. Eat right 80 percent of the time and you can allow treats and other "junk" food 20 percent. It is not an all or nothing plan! Yesterday, I did enjoy our turkey dinner - I even had gravy (tasteless by the way and I can say that because I made the whole meal!), passed on dessert because I was stuffed but did have a handful of chocolates later. I didn't regret eating any of it and I certainly don't feel like I went off the tracks. I know from previous experience that this week is one week where I will eat stuff that I normally don't but that is part of MY Christmas.

I walked 2km yesterday morning when it was -16 (with the windchill it was even lower) but I didn't do that so I could eat more throughout the day. I did that because I knew it was a beautiful day outside, my dogs needed the exercise and we had fruit to cut up so the forest critters would have a taste of Christmas too. Don't feel guilty if you didn't exercise as if I had family with me or children I wouldn't have found the time either. As it was, my mom didn't want to come over until the afternoon so we had the morning to ourselves.

Again, don't let one or two days of eating extravagantly cause you to throw in the towel or somehow feel guilty. This is YOUR life and make it work for you!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 12/28/2011 11:41PM

    If I use the phrase 'back on track' I mean it as a back to my new normal, as in getting away from the track I was on previously, in which I slipped into (and yes, I slipped into my previously unhealthy eating track for a couple days over Christmas). I completely went off the tracks, derailed for 3 days if you will. Ugg. But am back at it, back to my new normal now :)

I do see where you're coming from though, and the 80/20 is good...
...however the 80/20 was alas not what I accomplished for a couple days, hence the 'back on track' references I've made. Just thought I'd toss that in there.

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SMILINGTREE 12/28/2011 7:29PM

    I, too, don't like the phrase "back on track" yet found myself using it today. Of course, my issues don't involve a day or two of eating extravagantly but a couple of months of not doing the things I know make me feel good. You have the right attitude, and I hope that you have many wonderful meals using your new cook book!

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JRIMM4 12/28/2011 5:30PM

    This morning my husband was watching me pack my lunch, "you GET a whole half cup of rice?!" he exclaimed, as I portioned out my Red Beans and Rice. I looked at him and said, "I GET whatever I want." lol It's not about denying or limiting any particular thing but rather about creating a balance and knowing when to say 'thats enough.'


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KANSASROSE67 12/28/2011 5:03PM

    I think you are absolutely right on with this blog! I really like it...but I didn't "LIKE" it!!!

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PATIB13 12/28/2011 2:41PM

    So very true, glad you enjoyed your day and you were able to get out enjoy some time.

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BOVEY63 12/27/2011 11:49AM

    Another great blog!
Enjoy using your new cookbook!

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IMIN2GENES 12/27/2011 10:16AM

    Nope! No throwing in the towel here. Kudos to you for walking despite the chill. Whew! I'd be hiding indoors. Yikes!

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_LINDA 12/26/2011 11:27PM

    I too agree with the 80/20 rule and don't go with any 'forbidden foods' I really indulged in the treats this Christmas. Mom made some awesome fudge brownies (which she never does) and my niece Spencer brought her to die for ginger snaps .. can't stop at just one :) My bad as I can't exercise, but I am not going to beat myself up for it -my body does enough of that to me already..
Good on you getting out in the cold to walk!

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JOANNANOW 12/26/2011 11:03PM

    We are enjoying a quiet and delicious holiday. No guilt and much appreciated. I like the 80% 20% thing. It makes sense. Good to hear you are in good spirits ... I hope you have overcome the migraine though.
Sending hugs.


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_JODI404 12/26/2011 10:17PM

    The 80/20 rule is a great reminder!!

The principles of gradual change, moderation, and consistency over perfectionism promoted at SparkPeople, definitely bring my life a healthy sense of balance.

We had a mostly healthy special meal, but did allow for several indulgences which I thoroughly enjoyed. It is a special occasion, and total deprivation doesn't make things very special! I don't feel guilty at all, and I just stepped up my workout today.

Great blog wisdom, thank you!

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KAYDE53 12/26/2011 5:24PM

    I agree too, I ate what I wanted, yet I didn't completely go "off the tracks", so I'm quite happy!! emoticon

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PONYFARMER 12/26/2011 5:12PM

    I so agree with you. I had some sweet treats on Christmas Eve and at church on Sunday. I was sure that I would put on some weight but nope, not one ounce. I was releaved. I like you believe that you have to allow yourself a treat now and then or in my case, I WILL BINGE! It is a part of my program and I do not ever plan to have "forbidden" foods.

Good blog and hope your migraine goes away. I used to get them but they seem to have vanished from my life. I have carried, a Imitrex in my purse for the last 6 years and have not had to use it. PTL!

Have a great New Year!

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POPSY190 12/26/2011 3:02PM

    Quite right emoticon

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HOPESINGH 12/26/2011 2:28PM

    I hope you don't mind i clicked on the "like" button again emoticon
How come you use the metric method?

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CAROLYNINJOY1 12/26/2011 12:25PM

    Excellent thoughts! emoticon

I blogged today about "What did you do right yesterday?"

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GLORYANDME 12/26/2011 12:16PM

    Well said! I have to learn not to beat myself up because I enjoyed a day outside of my calorie range!

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/26/2011 11:46AM

    Well said!

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DEBIBLUE72 12/26/2011 11:37AM

    haven't thought about it like this before. i have been guilty of getting back on track

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/26/2011 11:29AM

    Wonderful blog! You are completely correct!! I worked out first thing over the weekend.

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/26/2011 11:27AM

    WooHoo! Great attitude!

I have great joy in regards to my holiday experience. I made a new candy recipe this year, as well as about 40 dozen bit-size cookies. I have learned, through my over five-year weight loss trek that while it is a life-long learning process, denial is not in my vocabulary! I have successfully learned how to incorporate a number foods that many would allow much too much power to take them off the proverbial track.

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MAGICKBEAR 12/26/2011 11:26AM

  I agree with you that "getting back on track" somehow indicates a person did something wrong and must now work to right it. During the holidays I watched what I ate but did not deny myself a cookie or a cup of egg nog; I merely limited myself to one cookie or one cup of egg nog. "Getting back on track" is diet language and we are not on a diet, we are on a journey to better our health and our lives! emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 12/26/2011 11:15AM


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Too bad none of you listen very well!

Friday, December 23, 2011


Now, I am just one new friend request away from asking Santa Claus to put coal in all of your stockings this Christmas as some of you clicked "like" when I asked you not to! Jeepers, I really can't handle being "popular" and I feel like I am letting my long-term SparkFriends down by committing to new friendships.

I know I don't have to add everybody who adds me but I feel so guilty and I keep wondering if somewhere out there does somebody really need me to be their friend? During my Spark adventure I have needed friends and they have gone beyond the call of duty so maybe, just maybe, I am touching somebody like that. Who really knows.

So, if you have added me as a friend I have returned the friendship...or at least I hope I have. I sort of delete people if I haven't heard from them in a really long while but sometimes don't...so please stay active because I really dislike "unfriending" people.

What do you all have planned for the upcoming week? I am Christian so we celebrate Christmas but I wonder how many of my friends don't. I don't want to offend anybody but I am going out on a limb here and wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

I'm planning a very quiet holiday - basically just me, my husband, my mom and the dogs. Of course, I am cat-sitting for two different friends and have 6 cats under my charge. Being the animal nutcase that I am, I have presents for them all and will spend time with them all on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as it pains me to think of even a wee little animal to be alone over the holidays.

In about 30 minutes my husband and I are going out to supper together and then we have some last minute errands to run. I love last minute stuff!

Once again, please stop liking my blogs or I will track you all down and stalk you.....hee-hee! Joking of course - I do like the attention but really, please stop!

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GOANNA2 12/26/2011 5:31PM

    I am guilty of saying "getting back on track" but
I really just do that to talk myself into knowing
that it is alright to have treats once in a while and
to remind myself that I jsut have to be mindful.
I agree with Lori about the friends too.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/26/2011 11:26AM

    I agree with Lori! I have people that friend me then you never hear from them again. It is sad. Glad your puppy is better!

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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 12/26/2011 2:43AM

    Hi, like that you are taking care of animals. My last minute Xmas shopping was to find presents on behalf of my friend's two dogs so that they could give gifts to thier owners. So cute to do. Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.

Scootergirlin Oz

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    Susan, I am with Linda... and I DO know what you mean. I just don't have the time to go and delete all the ones who say they want to be spark friends because they read my blog once and then I never hear from them again! emoticonI wish people wouldn't "friend" people when they have no intention of ever commenting or interacting ever again. We know who are friends are, don't we? We have a great group of tried and true reliable SparkFriends, and they are the best! Isn't it amazing that so many of us have the same friends? Great minds, great friends, great...everything! yeah! emoticon

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_LINDA 12/24/2011 10:36AM

    I too, had too much popularity, but without the fame, never had but one popular blog, but had tons and tons of people friend me as a great motivator, but it became overwhelming and I simply did not have enough hours in a day to follow everyone's activities blogs, awards etc. which is why I went to a new name and private, only taking those friends with me that truly interacted with me. I asked them to please not nominate me for motivator in my new name so I wouldn't get flooded again. I do feel guilty if I am tardy with getting to blogs and especially if they were going through a crisis and I missed it :(( People are really afffected by the support on here and it is a real responsibility just like if you had 3D friends. So I am trying not to get too much of a good thing and happy to be as low key as possible.
Enjoy your fame!

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/24/2011 1:26AM

    Merry Christmas, Susan!

God is good! I'll be with my family for Christmas Eve (our traditional day of celebration). Other than getting out to church on Christmas Day, I'll probably spend the rest of Christmas Day in comfy clothes and perhaps even my jammies. I like to celebrate all 12 days of Christmas (Dec 25 to Jan 5)

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BRIGHTPENNY 12/23/2011 11:54PM

    I'm on to you too! Reverse psychology, yes! I do, however, think you write well and in an unassuming way,which is charming, and so the appeal is there. I wish for you the happiest and perhaps a better wish, for peacefulness in your heart, that comes with this holiday and Christian celebration.

I find the friend thing difficult at times, too, such that I purposefully don't friend more people than I can actually keep up with. My reality check was when one of my "touchable" friends, said she missed me and where had I been? Another reality check, my DH actually said he felt lonely since I had joined SP, although he understood why , and supports me fully, time on the computer when your spouse is home can make for a loneliness if not balanced.
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THISISPRIVATE 12/23/2011 11:38PM

    I truly like your blog. I have posted many and do not receive many responses so I am feeling like the loser of Sparkpeople. You my dear friend are appreciated and I am grateful for your blogs.

I am ready to quit SparkPeople soon because I belong to numerous teams and have posted some personal blogs and have had few replies. It could be my insecurities or the fact that I am just plain boring and do not have the gift of gab!

I am a Christian and look forward to the celebration of our Saviours birth. I do wish you a Merry Christmas. I am away spending time with my family. It has been nice and I am so grateful I am not on my own. God is good and I know that things will work out if I just give it time. I just do not know if I am willing to give this any more of my time.

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CHUBRUB3 12/23/2011 11:00PM

    emoticon Oh I am on to you Susan...Reverse Pyscology. Great!
I am also celebrating Christmas my friend and you touch many hearts, including mine. Keep doing what you are doing, it's working.
Merry Christmas and all the best from me to you.
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BOVEY63 12/23/2011 9:01PM

    I think we all love you so much because you are so honest and genuine, and that comes through in your blogs.

To me Christmas is about celebrating the birth of our Lord and family. Merry Christmas to you, your hubby and your four-legged friends.

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GOOZLEBEAR 12/23/2011 8:53PM

    I'm so glad we are friends and I love your blogs. I always have gifts for my pup, my daughter's golden retriever that I'm keeping, my granddogs and the neighbor pups!
Try not to "unfriend" me!!!!!!

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POPSY190 12/23/2011 8:44PM

    I, too, enjoy your blogs and wish you a very happy holiday season. You do have a lot of felines to look after - this holiday we have only the golden boy next door, our own two, and the little tabby stray who lives in our shed to worry about. Our two have new toys, all in a little stocking - how silly can you get? There will just be my husband and myself and we will have a quiet time. Between earthquakes I'm hoping to still fit in my walks and bootcamp video each day. emoticon

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YIWEN39 12/23/2011 8:22PM

    You have presents for your cats, that is SO cute :-)
I'd normally celebrate Christmas but here in China it doesn't really happen. I'll go to a friend's house on the 25th, that's it.
Enjoy :-)

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JOANNANOW 12/23/2011 7:18PM

    Hi Susan... I actually listened to you .... just doing as I was told. Lol! I love what you write so I am not surprised that others do too. You will just have to put up with popularity! I am about to light candles for Chanukah and my Christmas tree is lit up. I never did chose because both traditions were observed in the home I grew up in. I guess it is the best of both worlds for me.
Our Christmas will be quiet since our grandson who is staying here will go to his dad's on Christmas eve and then to his other grandmothers on Chritmas day. I invited a friend for Chritmas dinner since she has no family here so we three will try to make a dent on the turkey and pie.
When I was young... 20ish, I took care of 7 cats... for a while... it was a memorable experience! I don't have a cat now only dogs ... so give one of those pussy cats an extra cuddle from me.
Merry Christmas to you and yours may it be warm and joyous.
Sending love,


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LIBBYG7 12/23/2011 6:28PM

    I, too, am Jewish....so I'll just rest this weekend -- and rest my leg. I love your blogs and your energy, Susan.
Have a wonderful Christmas.....and I envy your house filled with all those furballs. Do they all get along???

Here......it' just Lucy and me! And my wonderful neighbors and dog 'friends', some of whom are becoming real friends.

I'm looking forward to a better 2012!!!

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JLITT62 12/23/2011 6:01PM

    I'm Jewish, so it's pretty much another weekend for me . . . Planning on my long run Sunday, gotta do some cleaning & cooking cause we're having some neighbors over on Monday.

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/23/2011 5:25PM

    emoticon I didn't do it!

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CALGARYNEWF 12/23/2011 5:24PM

    Have a wonderful Christmas Susan!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 12/23/2011 4:48PM

    How can we NOT like your blogs. You are awesome! I sure hope you don't unfriend me, as I enjoy being your friend-lol
I hope you have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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GOANNA2 12/23/2011 4:46PM

    Have a wonderful Christmas and I love being your friend.
You always brighten my day. emoticon emoticon

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