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Does size really matter?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

Bright and sunny with a nice temperature (-10 celcius) for walking both me and the dogs! Yes, I often think of doing my walking in terms of taking "me" for a walk. I wouldn't dare let a day go past without the dogs getting out for a walk so why would I not treat my body in much the same way?

Speaking of my dogs, I have made an observation about their behaviour towards one another which prompted the thinking behind this blog. Warning to non-dog lovers - cuteness talk ahead!

Maddy the 10 pound wonder dog and Louisa the 65 pound "just happy to be alive" dog are our family. We take them everywhere we can and try to do things that they will enjoy. The latter seems kind of silly since they seem to just like being in our company (as we do theirs!!!)

In our house we notice that Maddy tries to "boss" around Louisa. One such example is his (yes, we have a male dog named Maddy - long story!) insistence on sleeping on the largest dog bed and looking very much like a newborn baby on a king-size bed. This leaves a fluffy dog bed for Louisa that is sort of flat on which Maddy insists on wiping his mouth off after each meal! I know you are all thinking "well, just buy another big dog bed" but that backfired and we now have FOUR dog beds and Maddy leaps for whatever one Louisa is headed for! Did I mention Maddy is quite nimble and Louisa not so much?

Outdoors, however, Louisa rules the roost especially if there is a toy involved. She will gladly plow anybody or anything over when she is running wild with her toy and seems to take great pleasure in "charging" Maddy and trying to knock him over.

So it seems size does matter in certain situations (now get your minds out of the gutter emoticon) and I am sharing my thoughts on the matter. The following has nothing to do with dogs by the way so it is safe for you non-dog lovers to read!

If you are a larger person, you have probably felt those stares from nosey parkers everytime you eat something or put something in your cart that screams "I'm fat and I don't care". Yes, there are exceptions to the rule but sometimes those thinner people are not eating any healthier than the bigger people. I know of somebody who went to a nutritionist after losing 50 pounds and couldn't understand why they were sick all the time. It all became abundantly clear after the person revealed that he lived soley on frozen pizza for six months. Yes, he had lost weight but at what cost to his body? Don't any of you dare rush out to stockpile frozen pizza!!! emoticon

So as a 200 pounder, I have to ask myself where am I on the big/little debate? Do I want to be slim person who can eat what they want or a big person watching what I eat?

You know what, the answer is "non of the above".


And I am getting there one little step at the time. Yesterday if felt really good to log in my food and to see that I actually reached all of my nutritional requirements for the day AND went to the gym and went for a walk. Going to bed last night I actually summed up enough nerve to look at myself in the mirror as I brushed my teeth and said " you are doing it Susan". Yes, I looked kind of funny with toothpaste on my chin, mumbling words to myself and trying to explain to my husband why I was in the bathroom talking to myself emoticonbut the fact remains it is the face in the mirror, whether I'm big or little, that I have to be true to!

Think about it! Can you look yourself in the eye and tell yourself that you are proud of yourself? I did yesterday and I am going to make it a habit! Try it tonight and you might surprise yourself.....just wipe the toothpaste off your face before you do so you don't actually laught at yourself!

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LHACKING13 1/11/2012 11:59PM

    What a great blog. It is true that we shouldn't focus on size, but being healthy and our bodies will go to a good natural size for us. Thanks for sharing.

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SANDEEB7 1/11/2012 11:57PM

    LOVED this. I will endeavour to take up your suggested habit too. emoticon emoticon
Happy New Year!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/11/2012 5:03PM

    Love the way to speak about your precious family. Such fun to see these dynamics. I don't know about you, but if you're going to start talking to yourself, I hope you answer yourself as well . . . it's a sign of being accomplished! (smiling broadly) Great blog!

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LIBBYFITZ 1/11/2012 4:34PM

    I actually titled my blog PROUD! yesterday, so I can honestly say YES I am proud of myself!

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JRIMM4 1/11/2012 12:24PM

    Here's to Healthy!
and thanks for the smiles!


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TEMPEST272002 1/10/2012 11:55PM

    Dogs are funny. In my experience, small dogs almost always rule over the big ones. Funny creatures. Attitude matters more than size, I guess! I'm so happy to hear that you were proud of yourself today. For me, that has been an important part of the process of healing and getting healthy.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/10/2012 10:52PM

    Good for you for taking the time to give yourself a little credit. I was kicking myself for being so far out of line for my nutritional goals today. On the other hand, I did go to a weight training class and kept up with the kids. So thanks for helping me look at the positive side tonight.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 1/10/2012 10:37PM

    Great blog!! I couldn't agree more, I am here to be healthy!! By the way, laughing at ourselves is allowed.


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KAYDE53 1/10/2012 9:54PM

    Same with my dogs, the smaller bosses the bigger one!! Yes, we all need to focus on the positive!! Good blog! emoticon

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CANDYXPERT 1/10/2012 3:27PM

    well said and well done! Keep it up!

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    Susan, great blog! Again! You are so right, too! And yes, last night, I was so proud of myself when I got to say the same thing you did after two or three days of being way off track! I liked your doggie stories and analogies, too! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 1/10/2012 2:53PM

    Your comment about looking in the mirror and talking to yourself really hit home with me. I've been feeling puffy and fluffy lately and not good about myself. It's so easy to focus on the bad and not the good. Thanks for the reminder!

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MIZCATHI 1/10/2012 2:11PM

    I loved this blog with the cute 2 dog story - I also have 2 dogs and never tire of their crazy antics.

You are doing great! I am going to add you as a friend and hope you will return the favor!

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CHUBRUB3 1/10/2012 1:51PM

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Susan you are doing it!
Love the story of Maddy and Louisa and the references to size. emoticon
Keep up the great work!

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BOVEY63 1/10/2012 1:46PM

    We can all learn a lot from our dogs!
You have good reason to be proud of yourself ~ you have not only gotten yourself on the road to good health, you are helping many of us along the way too!

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_LINDA 1/10/2012 1:28PM

    Well done Susan! You got what the purpose of the website is, its about the LIFESTYLE, not the weight..
LOVE the dog story, more please, and with photos if you can. All too often, the little dog rules the roost. They are usually agressive while the big dog is more passive. Bendix (80 lbs) walked on eggshells when Mom brought the cat home. He has chased them all his life with a passion and to have to live with one in his old age and not be allowed to chase it, you can just imagine what he was feeling. Even though the cat teased him mercilessly, swiping at him all the time, he was not allowed to retaliate. I felt sorry for him.
Keep on being fabulous!

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HOPESINGH 1/10/2012 1:18PM

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Love dogs!

And, -10 degrees is a comfortable temperature for you? emoticon

Keep up with the great attitude!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/10/2012 12:24PM

    Excellent analogy - and yes, my small dog came into the family and immediately bossed everyone around too!

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CALGARYNEWF 1/10/2012 12:17PM

    Once again Susan, you regale us with humour but with a very valid purpose. Well done!

I'm having a hard time getting started (again) and your blog just helped a bunch. You're absolutely right and I',m sure I'll remember it tonight as I brush my teeth. I'm going to make sure it's a positove, productive day. Thanks!!!!

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LIBBYG7 1/10/2012 11:34AM

Love your dog story. You and I feel exactly alike regarding our furballs.

As for size: it used to matter to me in the most superficial way. I had a very public career - and I needed (or felt I needed) to look extra good all the time. I loved clothes -classic stuff- I never followed trends.

Fast forward a few years. My health went south...my weight went up. Depression time. I had fallen from my own ideals, my very superficial ideals. I became invisible in my own eyes.

Now...as the years roll on, and with my involvement in the SP community-my whole body-image thing has changed.....for the better. I don't mind looking in the mirror any more.....even with my 200+ lb. body. It's still 30 lbs less than last year and I have toned up a great deal. But most important --- I'm regaining my self-esteem, my ego is strengthening.
It's wonderful.....And; I feel healthier.
So....I know very well what you mean.
Be well, luv
Libby emoticon emoticon

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JOANNANOW 1/10/2012 10:57AM

    You reminded me of Polonius in Hamlet saying to his son"to thine own self be true" I think he follows with something like then you can't be false to any man. I think if you are straight and true to yourself in the mirror or with or without toothpaste (lol) that you can't fool yourself about how healthy you are. Whew! I'm not sure that made sense.
Any how I love your dog story. The dynamics between our two dogs keep us entertained and they are so interesting. I just started reading "Inside of a dog". I don't ususually buy books as the library system in BC is wonderful and I can get any book in the provincial system easily but I did buy this one from Amazon just to get the free postage on another item. I've only read a few pages and it promises to be full of great insights into what makes a dog tick.
I was wondering if there really are people that don't like dogs and then realized that my own mother was afraid of them. The other day on the walking trail we passed a toddler who was screaming with fear at the mere sight of our dogs. It made me sad.
Susan you look wonderful in the new photos! I wish it was minus ten here it is still warm and very, very icy. Happy Tuesday to you too! emoticon emoticon

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ERTSMOM 1/10/2012 10:47AM

    'dog talk' is the best emoticon

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GLORYANDME 1/10/2012 10:42AM

    I think that is why alot of us got this way in the first place, because we weren't proud of ourselves . . . so we loved ourselves with food. So here is to looking in the mirror and validiting that person and telling them, "I'm proud of you!" emoticon

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CHANGING_LIFE 1/10/2012 9:17AM

    I love the dog talk. :) Good blog. You make a lot of valid points.

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And you think it is chilly where you live? Video clip.....

Sunday, January 08, 2012


The above is a clip from our provincial news in Labrador which is the non-island part of our province. Thankfully it never reaches that cold here on the island (or should I never say "never") but I thought my SparkFriends would enjoy seeing this clip.

I've had a good weekend and today I have been meal planning (yes, me!) for the upcoming week. I am including two recipes from my new Spark cookbook emoticon and will review them here for all to read afterwards. Last night I made the "make ahead oatmeal" and we tried it after being outdoors. My husband had to add honey to sweeten his up and he also thought it was too "cinnamony". As for me, I thought it was a little "bland" but refused to sweeten it or add the salt that I wanted to. With everything you used to eat pre-packaged it will take a few days to get used to something but I would encourage you all to try it if you have the book. It is packed with nutrition and I am sure is far better for me than the packages I used to eat! Overall a keeper recipe!

We had more snow overnight but it is manageable. The furbabies had a wonderful romp in the snow earlier this afternoon as we went on our daily hike. They came home, ate their meal and are now passed out in their dog beds. Ah, they have it rough, don't they.

Oh, before I go I have to tell you about the success of my goal-planning. Last week was week one and I did well overall. I managed to cut my sugar in my coffee from 2 teaspoons to 1, I tracked my food three times, I drank my water, and I walked over 12 km. I even went to the gym once so it got me back in the mood. So I need to do 9 more trips to the gym by months end and keep up with the other goals I made before I declare January goals an overall success.

I hope you all have a great week ahead!

P.S. I just realized the video clip is from last winter but it does give you a good idea of the temperatures in Northern Canada

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LIBBYFITZ 1/10/2012 8:14AM

    Hard to imagine cold when we are sweltering here in Aus. emoticon

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CHRISTINA791 1/9/2012 11:19AM

    8C here yesterday. I'm almost missing snow... it just feels weird to be in this fall/winter limbo. I was tempted to drive out to the mountains this weekend just to go for a hot chocolate somewhere with snow on the ground.

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GOANNA2 1/9/2012 5:02AM

    Here I am sweltering in humid 35 Celsius and looking
at the snow makes me envious.

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HOPESINGH 1/9/2012 1:24AM

    This kind of places are on my list for "not suiting human habitation" emoticon
Honestly, I would die of depression in such a weather. Sending some sunshine your way! emoticon

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_LINDA 1/9/2012 12:08AM

    Wish we had snow too, instead of the icy streets and sidewalks!! We are used to way more cold and snow then this bizarre weather is doing to us.
Spicing is such an individual thing. Most people won't be happy with a standard recipe. Mom and I loved Chef Meg's fruity stuffing, but didn't think it had enough spicing.. Its almost worth making it plain and letting people spice to their own taste..Mom has to make things bland for any family gatherings as most of them don't like new or unusual spices..
Way to go with your goals! Keep up the great work!

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    Susan, I admire you so much for loving where you live, making it home, even when there are hardships about it! I wish I were more like that about where we live here in TX! It really seems cold up there, girlie! Brrr! emoticon

Good for you on the goals! I think you're doing fantastic! emoticon emoticon

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BOVEY63 1/8/2012 10:44PM

    We can use some of that snow - lowest snowfall on record in Minnesota in 49 years. Luckily we haven't had real cold temps yet - a couple degrees before zero a few days.

Great job on the meal planning and reaching your goals!
Have a wonderful week!

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GOOZLEBEAR 1/8/2012 8:56PM

    Now that is cold! I can't even imagine weather like that! You are doing great with your goals, very proud of you!!!!

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JOANNANOW 1/8/2012 8:08PM

    Oh boy I would love some of that cold weather ... this January thaw we are experiencing is causing such treacherous conditions ... ice with a skiff of snow on top or today ice with water on top! I slipped on Friday and soooo grateful not to have too much damage although my elbow and neck are still sore. This global warming is not good. The icy roads and walking trails are so dangerous!
I love minus ten and dry snow like we used to have!
You are doing so well with your goals and planning ... I am trying to recover after an emotional week and now have a cold. They say stress affects your immune system and that must be it. When I recover I will try to set some goals and follow your stellar example.
I am cheering you on Susan! emoticon

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POPSY190 1/8/2012 7:45PM

    BRRRRRRR. My husband spent a short time in Antarctica but it wasn't as cold as that because he went in summer. Still had to be all rugged up though.
Good luck with the goals for the rest of the month.

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KAYDE53 1/8/2012 7:33PM

    I liked the boiling water to snow thing too. I may have to do that here if we don't get any snow this year, I miss it! But I don't like temps quite that cold!! Thanks for sharing!

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CHUBRUB3 1/8/2012 7:22PM

    Great blog Susan.
We can get that cold too, just hopefully it will hold off for a little longer!
Great your doing your goals so well.

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GLORYANDME 1/8/2012 7:09PM

    You can keep the snow . . . beautiful though! Good job on sticking to your resolutions. I like that you are going to review the recipes from the SP cookbook. I haven't purchased it yet so I will be inerested in your opinion. As for me, in my next life I am coming back as one of our fur babies! lol

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LIBBYG7 1/8/2012 6:44PM

    EEEK! I loved seeing the boiling water turn to snow. I'll remember that video when I whine about 3 inches of snow here in NYC.

You're doing great! It's good to take stock of your progress.....but don't become a slave to the numbers (except to track, if you do....). Just let the 'good stuff' slowly become a regular part of your life. That's how I'm handling my new, healthier behaviors.

Good luck, and congrats, my dear. You're an inspiration.

Hugs, Libby emoticon

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    You are doing great things!!! Meanwhile, I am working myself up to watching the video, since I'm cold just thinking about it!

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TEMPEST272002 1/8/2012 4:30PM

    Great job meeting your goals for the last week. A few more trips to the gym. Make the commitment to get in those 9 workouts. Promise yourself like you would your best friend & I know you'll follow through. We experiencing unseasonable warm weather in Alberta - plus 10 yesterday!

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CHANGING_LIFE 1/8/2012 3:25PM

    PS I was actually in -30*F weather last year in Minnesota!

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CHANGING_LIFE 1/8/2012 3:23PM

    I actually miss the snow. . . maybe I will end up in Canada for grad school! ;)

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RRP546 1/8/2012 2:17PM

  keep the cold weather up there thank you

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Greetings from the snowy isle of Newfoundland

Wednesday, January 04, 2012


Well, all the local schools were closed today in anticipation of the first storm of 2012 but when I went to work there really wasn't much either on the ground or falling from the sky. However that did change over the morning and when we walked the dogs after lunch even they didn't want to be out in it. Blowing snow, ice pellets striking your face and slippery roads - why am I so disappointed that I only managed to walk 2.4 km before calling it quits? Oh, and I forgot to mention the sixth times I slipped and yelled and the time I actually slipped and tossed the GPS unit into the snowbank with my mitten attached to it! emoticon. Even I had to laugh because Louisa thought it was all a game with "mommy" squealing in delight (or so it must have seemed to her) and then she tried to steal my mittens off my hands and race around like she had won the grand prize at the fair. Maddy, in his dashing little red coat, looked slightly like a deranged Muppet character with all of his fluffy hair poking out of the neck of his jacket. Oh, how they make me laugh!

I'm doing well with my goals (I highlighted them in yesterday's blog) and am pleased to say I have my 12 km walked this week and have one trip to the gym under my belt. I have managed two days now with cutting my sugar back in my coffee from 2 teaspoons to 1 and I think by the end of the week I will be used to it. I even tracked my food yesterday - yep, even that Big Mac I had for lunch. I have it without the sauce which I know doesn't make a whole lot of difference to the calories but it is a start. Now if I had only taken off one of the patties and the third bun!

Although I bought the Spark Cookbook I have yet to make anything in it. Several recipes sound quite doable while others have ingredients that I'm not sure I can find here. I will make a conscious effort all the same and will look into substitutions. Living on an island in the north Atlantic does have its disadvantages this time of the year when food is all trucked in. We could never survive on the 100 mile diet unless they opened the fishery up again!

I know I mentioned this one time before but are groceries expensive everywhere? I saw 2 skinless/boneless chicken breasts the other day for $13! I wouldn't buy them as I buy them on sale but still at that price who can afford to eat them? I often wonder if it is because we live on an island but we do have chicken farms here so that shouldn't matter too much. Oh well, I'd rather pay a bit extra to eat healthy if it means few health bills etc in the long run.

I'm about to sit back with a nice cup of tea shortly and to read some blogs. Oh, I hear the snowplow going around now....thank goodness John has gone out and I am supposed to be cooking supper or else I would feel guilty about not being out there with a shovel in hand.

Okay, I've babble on long enough! Take care my SparkFriends and I hope you are all having a great day!


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SPARKLISE 1/6/2012 8:26PM

    I live in New-Brunswick and we have not one drop of snow on the ground.
I have never seen that before! Weird!
Have a great week-end! emoticon

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HEALTHYBARB1 1/5/2012 11:10PM

    Made me laugh picturing your mitten and gps flying through the air and into a snow bank. Food costs seem to be up everywhere but I know from my daughter who lives on an island that costs are higher where she is as everything is brought in by the ferry. There are benefits to island life though!!! I noted that you asked on my blog about organization ideas...I am in this mode of dowsizing and simplifying and de-cluttering. Want less stress and less stuff and less to take care of. Most recently I have done my desk and home paperwork area and have put everything in notebooks with dividers...one each for budget, household paperwork, medical for each family member, exercise, creative stuff and crafts, shopping and coupon tracking. I got a bunch of clear page protectors and am just sliding things in to them and it seems to be working and easy to organize. Also shredding lots of old stuff. Trying to the rest of the house one room, drawer and closet at a time. My theme is less is more!!! You'll have to let me know what you do to keep organized too!! Smiles Barb

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CHRISTINA791 1/5/2012 2:01PM

    It's always interesting to look at price comparisons here. I know I've seen a two pack of chicken breasts for around $10 (and just spent almost that much for a pound of ground turkey the other day), but I usually go for larger packs. M&M's usually has their boxes of 8-10 breasts on for under $15, and they're awesome. They're a decent size and cook up great every time.

I did get a bit of the island thing living on the other coast, but Victoria is pretty well stocked and is a prime growing location. Some things were harder to get, but there was no shortage of fresh farm food available (it helped that it was very mild all year, too).

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    Susan, I just saw this week's flyer at the United Supermarket where I work and boneless skinless chicken breasts are on sale for $.97 a pound. Hamburger, however, continues to astound me! It's the price of steak if you want a decent fat %! emoticon

By the way, thanks for being such an encouraging and supportive spark friend! That means so much to me! emoticon

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LIBBYG7 1/5/2012 11:26AM

    I think you're amazing!!! emoticon

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_LINDA 1/5/2012 10:48AM

    Well done going out in those scary conditions! Except that you don't want to ever hurt yourself in a fall :( I have known too many people that has happened to, so please, please be careful out there. You can always workout indoors. I am surprised this is only your first snowstorm, it seemed like Eastern Canada was really getting bombarded this year!
Big Mac used to be my favorite when I was eating there. Fortunately, it hasn't been for a very long time. Mom hates McD's and it would be the last place she would ever eat out at. But the buffet and Asian food we love so much can also be huge calorie bombs too so its a good thing we eat out rarely.
Got to love fur babies -they are always good for a laugh!
Keep up the great work!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/5/2012 1:04AM

    Great walk . . . you have some great companions that make walking that much more fun!

I don't have the Cookbook yet and I've already made the Salsa Chicken and have another recipe preview saved. I may just have to try the Green Chicken Curry that came previewed in my 28-day bootcamp with Coach nicole. Sounds yummy and from what I've seen so far, Chef Meg has made several recommendations on how substitutions can be made.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/4/2012 10:36PM

    I too have an unused Spark cookbook. Thanks for reminding me!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/4/2012 9:55PM

    I think your approach is very sensible. It doesn't make sense to deny yourself the foods you love just so you can crave them and at some point overindulge. You'll find that you CAN cut back on the sugar; so much easier than cutting it out altogether. The same with the big Mac. Take off the sauce, today, and on another day, cut out the bun. It still tastes good but your waistline will appreciate the effort. Your success is dependent on a lot of little things like those choices.

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GOOZLEBEAR 1/4/2012 9:33PM

    You sure lead an interesting life on that island. I can imagine things would be more expensive. I do find I spend more money when I'm trying to eat healthy. Love your blog and I can just picture you out there having lost your mittens and your pups thinking it was a game!!!

Stay warm!

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CHANGING_LIFE 1/4/2012 8:05PM

    My parents buy most of the stuff they get at Sam's Club (in bulk) or just get it on sale. I've never seen $13. . .heck, you could eat out for that! I wonder if it does have to do with your location.

Well, glad you are keeping the goal in mind. I like being active in the inclement weather. I feel like I become "one" with nature, and it gives me an extra obstacle. I sort of like the dangerous aspect of it! Have fun with the dogs! :) With love!

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CALGARYNEWF 1/4/2012 6:27PM

    Another awesome blog Susan! You have a great storytelling (writing?) ability. You had me laughing yet again!

Good job on the goals! emoticon

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KAYDE53 1/4/2012 6:27PM

    That's expensive chicken! Good for you taking a walk in that weather!! Funny how some dogs love snow, others hate it!! Great work on your goals!! emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 1/4/2012 6:26PM

    I think it's awesome you were disappointed in the shorter walk! Just look how far you've come - literally.

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BOVEY63 1/4/2012 5:02PM

    I loved hearing about you and the dogs (not the park about falling though - OUCH!) and was laughing out loud picturing Louisa's game!
Great job on reaching your exercise goals and tracking your food.
Stay safe!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/4/2012 4:52PM

    Lol only 2.4km I know what u mean

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POPSY190 1/4/2012 4:19PM

    You're tackling ice and snow, I'm fighting heat and humidity! This is a food producing country - meat and dairy and we keep being told those things are so expensive because we have to pay prices that reflect the export levels!Lamb and milk are particularly expensive. Great blog. emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 1/4/2012 3:30PM

    Have fun with the cookbook!

Wendy emoticon

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MELAINAMM 1/4/2012 3:25PM

    You are a fun writer, I loved reading about the snowy walk with the kiddos. Thanks for sharing!

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BALISANE 1/4/2012 3:18PM

    That is a crazy price for chicken! It's probably because the meat is being processed elsewhere and shipped back in instead of coming from the local suppliers, who don't have processing facilities on-site; if there's a butcher on the island, it might be possible to order from the farms through them, or buy direct from the farm and bring it to the butcher. If you're feeding a family and have a freezer, it might even work out cheaper than the sales.

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JRIMM4 1/4/2012 3:13PM

    Groceries, oh my, yes I think they are expensive everywhere although I imagine it's even more so on your island. Last time I priced chicken I was doing good to find organic chicken breast at $6.99 a lb. Not sure what the regular grocer price was. Sounds like you had a cold but fun walk with the pups! Enjoy your tea!


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CHUBRUB3 1/4/2012 3:10PM

Susan I love the fun you have. You are a dear friend, who never fails to make me smile.
No snow here yet in Alberta, been unseasonably warm. But I am sure it is coming.
Your doing great!

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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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