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A little bit of everything and a very fun way to fit in some exercise

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hi,

Had an emotional day yesterday but decided to walk it out instead of eating. I'm not sure why I was feeling so blah (well, other than the fact that it was two years yesterday that we said good-bye to our beloved Peaches who is the dog behind my Sparkname and the date of her death - she is the dog on my current background)

Peaches taught me a lot but I loved her attitude the most. She was a rescue and she was the first dog that shared my life since high school. All she wanted in life was healthy food, a lot of exercise and somebody to cuddle with. The vet used to say all that attributed to her living to be 17+ years. When asked what kind of dog she was we would often say "an afghan hound" as she loved to be wrapped up in an afghan!!! That or we would say "a SPCA special". Oh, Peaches we have a lot of memories - most of them hilarious of course. I hope you are having fun waiting for us and I hope you have somebody at your beck and call to make your "nests" for you. Woof-woof

Yesterday was also my husband's first day of work in nearly three years! The first year he took off and the year after that he went to school so really he has only been unemployed for one year. We were lucky and I felt kind of sad that he wasn't around yesterday. Weird, to feel that way I suppose but we are both over the moon that he is back in the workforce. It is only summer employment although today they told him the job would be his if he wanted to stay beyond that time. He is trying to obtain an apprenticeship in his trade so at least he will have something to do while we wait that out.


Anyway, it was a blah kind of day but like I said I walked it out. I walked for about 100 minutes and because I don't have any junk food in the house I didn't delve into my emotional eating habit either. Woo-hoo!

Oh, and I gained two pounds....but I am not worrying about that right now as I now I am doing the right things and the weight WILL COME OFF eventually. As I learned before this journey is a lot more to me than simple weight loss!

Drum roll please.....

I am really, really enjoying the Biggest Loser Challenge! I've done the 5% Challenges twice now and, although, it is a great idea, it really isn't for me. With the 5% challenges we raced to different destinations (with fitness minutes counting as air miles) but I always felt like I wasn't doing enough. Again, the problem was with how I viewed it and not with the challenge itself....'cause I really loved my fellow Teddy Bears!!!!

Since joining the BLC, I have been walking a lot and they have different challenges which I am enjoying.The weekend challenges are my favourite as they last Friday thru Monday and this week is sort of a Freggie BINGO challenge. For example, tomorrow we each have a printed off bingo-type card and we collect points for things like "trying a new green veggie", eating one serving of white freggies", "post five facts about sodium", etc.

Oh, and on today's challenge is the one I hinted about in my blog title and I think you will all love it! You grab 2 dice. The first roll is what you have to do (out of a list of 6 things) and the second roll is the duration or amount.

I just dug out the dice and John laughed because I ended up doing 50 arm curls with cans of soup, I had to do 30 core exercises, take 30 sip of water, 50 side steps, and march in place for two minutes. I liked this so much that I am going to keep the dice out and during commercials carry this out.

Here is the basic list should you want to do it (I hope the BLC doesn`t mind me sharing!)

Roll a one = arm exercises. Do as many as the second roll indicates times 5
Roll a two = core exercise. Do as many as the second roll indicates times 5
Roll a three = leg exercise. Ditto
Roll a four = Side steps with a squat (again doing the number on the die times 5)
Roll a five = March in place for the number of minutes the second die says
Roll a six = Water. Sip as many sips of water as the second die says

Must go now and get some laundry done. Talk to you all later!

  
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GLORYANDME 5/18/2012 7:25PM

    Peaches . . . what a beautiful pup! So happy for you that you have so many good, fun memories of her! God bless you Susan for being so passionate about rescue. Rescue pets are so appreciative. Not only do we bring them joy, they give us so much back.

I am so happy your DH has found a job. He must be so excited. It will take some getting use to I am sure on your part. You handled it beautifully by walking instead of heading for the food. Very hard for me to override triggers, but walking works great . . . we get to walk away from the food! emoticon

Biggest Loser sounds like alot of fun. I didn't do well at all in the spring challenge for myself or the team. As always, thanks for sharing. emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/18/2012 7:22AM

    Hey, Susan, my friend! I'm so glad you walked your blahs away! That often works for me, too! Glad John has good work, and they like him enough already to offer him longer if he desires!

Peaches sounds like a wonderful dog, and I still miss our Charlie, too. Charlie was the family dog for ten years, and when a neighbor ran over him, they took away the last, final "link" to the kids' growing up years. Ah, I guess I had better not get started on that. Our dear, beloved pets sure do make an impact on our lives, don't they? I'm so glad that I adore Rhetta (yeah, and I love Moose, too) as much as I do--it takes some of the pain away of losing our Charlie. I hope your current doggies do that for you, now, too.

Have a great weekend, Susan! I'm going to the grandkids and won't be back on much until Monday! Love you, friend!

OH! And WAY TO TO on the attitude! That happens to me, too! We do all the right things, and our body tells us we've gained---we just have to wait it out, and all the right things WILL happen! emoticon

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HOPESINGH 5/18/2012 5:28AM

    I understand your missing Peaches. She sounds like such a sweet dog.
I'm so happy to hear you walked out your blah! it ain't easy emoticon

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JLITT62 5/18/2012 5:26AM

    Big hugs; anniversaries can be so hard. Sounds like a fun challenge!

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_LINDA 5/18/2012 2:23AM

    That is such a sad thing to lose a beloved fur baby :( Loved the ancedote about Peaches being an afghan hound -too funny :) Well done for not emotional eating and getting exercise instead!
That is a great challenge idea that Biggest Loser team thought up -enjoy!!
Keep on being the wonderful Spark that you are!
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PINKHOPE 5/17/2012 11:03PM

    I'm a doggy mommy too. I have two beloved dacshunds and one is getting very old (he's 13). They do work their way into our heart and lives!

I'm so glad you are enjoying the BLC. This is my sixth round and I know it works. That's why I keep coming back. In addition to losing weight and getting fit I have made FANTASTIC friends. What a benefit!

Hope your weekend is full of freggies!

Press On!

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BOVEY63 5/17/2012 10:38PM

    Great job with the challenge - glad you're enjoying it!
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Hope the job goes well for your hubby!

Have a Fantastic Friday!
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TEMPEST272002 5/17/2012 10:24PM

    Congrats to John on his new job. Having just gone back to work after 3 years off, I have to tell you it's an adjustment. Feels good - but still, you have to change the way you do things at home. Big kuddos for walking instead of eating. Thought you'd be amused to know that we have special exercise dice at my work (we use them to do fitness with kids). They're blue cloth dice abour 4inches cubed and one has things like "jumping jacks" and the other has numbers between 12 & 20. The kids really get into it. Just that bit of "game" makes the exercise fun.

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LUXITTA 5/17/2012 9:54PM

    Aww too bad about your dog, it is hard to lose pets... I'm glad you hubby is working again! I think yesterday was a blah day for everyone! Feel better soon and know were all here cheering you on!

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KAYDE53 5/17/2012 9:20PM

    Does sound like fun!! It sounds like you're doing great at getting your exercise in!! Enjoyed the story behind your page name & your beloved dog Peaches, how sweet!! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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CCASKEY37 5/17/2012 8:08PM

    Sounds like a fun challenge for watching tv.

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KANSASROSE67 5/17/2012 6:23PM

    That challenge sounds like a lot of fun! Glad your DH has work and good to hear your update on everything!

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REDHATSHAPELY1 5/17/2012 5:39PM

    I really enjoyed your blog. Kudos to you for your commitment to the program and for choosing walking over junk food! You are a great SP example!
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The Biggest Loser -Doin' it my way

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hi,

By coincidence or fate, I was notified I was accepted into the Biggest Loser Challenge on the same day I was laid off from work. The seasonal lay off is a part of my job and to tell the truth I don't really mind it although this year is is really going to be tough on us financially.

As many of you know I only work part-time and only for eight months of the year and my husband has been out of work since finishing up college last June. But the good news he found out about ten minutes ago that he has a summer job. It only pays minimum wage which is $10 (I think) but it will help us both out.

It is a local job too which means he will be home lunch time even every day and he works from 8-5 which is really good. Funny thing is he worked at this particular place as a student back in...hmmm....1985!

I'm exhausted today and for once don't think I will going for a walk. Hmmm, did I just type that? And do I feel okay about it? Well, since getting laid off I have walked every single day and it is not like I have stopped today. I have been moving around things in our house, washing laundry, pinning it outdoors, stripping beds, making supper, washing the dogs....whew...all that with a headache brewing. So, while I really would like to go for a walk I am going to be okay with missing one because it means I view my exercise as something to look forward to and not doing it out of a twistes sense of perfectionism.

Starting on Wednesday April 25 to last night May 14 is 20 days I have walked 75 km which isn't too bad at all, is it? When I am not walking I have been spending a lot of time re-organizing, spring cleaning, playing with my dogs and spending time with my friends and family.

Weigh in is tomorrow so I am hoping to lose a wee little bit or stay the same but it is that time of the month so one never knows.

Anyway, have a good night one and all!

  
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AMARILYNH 5/29/2012 2:23PM

    It sounds as if you have everything under control! Hope the headache is gone?

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/16/2012 3:49PM

    Wow, Susan... here in the states, the minimum wage is about $7.65, I'm pretty sure! $10 is a lot better, but I understand that Canadians have a lot more taxes to pay.

Sounds like you are going to make it, thank goodness! I know that it is so hard to be out of work!

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HOPESINGH 5/16/2012 12:41PM

    Good for you, walking so much!
Some of my jobs are like yours - not all year long, with a yearly lay-off (I have several part-time jobs). Pretty annoying. It's a good thing your husband has this job!



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JOANNANOW 5/16/2012 10:04AM

    Hi Susan,
Happy to hear your financial stress has been alleviated. 75 KM is a huge accomplishment! My dogs are jealous of your dogs... I'm still not able to walk but I'm getting closer to the physio appointment that I have pinned my hopes on. You sound busy and energetic just the right combo for weight loss. Sending hugs. emoticon

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LUXITTA 5/16/2012 5:30AM

    It's better to listen to your body and take a break once in awhile. You will be more incline to exercise if you do that. I'm glad you look forward to your exercises and I hope your weigh in today is successful!
~Amanda~

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HICKOK-HALEY 5/16/2012 4:15AM

    That's good news about your Hubby. When do you start the challenge? emoticon

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JAMER123 5/15/2012 11:48PM

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We all need a day off on occasion. I take more than my share as we travel a lot! Not good for me but that's the lifestyle we are working with currently. We are in a campground now for 2 weeks so plan on doing a couple walks a day with the dogs and DH. Nice trail here to walk!

Good luck on your ventures and best wishes to you!!
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GUNNSGIRL91303 5/15/2012 7:48PM

    It is good to take "rest" day now and then, though with all you've done around the house and yard today I wouldn't call it rest! Good for you for being consistent and for knowing when it's ok to take a day off from the normal routine. Balance is very important and something that is hard to lose sight of. Perfectionism is overrated, take it from me, a true perfectionist who is trying to reform!
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and by the way... hope that headache goes away!

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CCASKEY37 5/15/2012 7:35PM

    You're doing a good job with your walking. A day here and there is not a big deal as long as it doesn't become a pattern.

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_LINDA 5/15/2012 7:00PM

    Sounds fantastic to me! Great work Susan! That is being consistent! There are such things as rest days too. Household chores can really sap a lot of energy. I know vacuuming is my worst chore. Don't feel like doing a whole lot after that. Enjoy your freedom to do what you want. That is great your husband found a job, but very ironic it was his high school job!!
Hope you can get a good sleep and that headache didn't materialize..

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BOVEY63 5/15/2012 6:41PM

    Enjoy your time off and great job on the walking!
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HOPEFULANGE 5/15/2012 6:20PM

    You sound very at ease with life. I hope you feel it!

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 5/15/2012 5:38PM

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ILOVEMALI 5/15/2012 5:14PM

    Best wishes and good luck!!

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Do You Believe in Yourself?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Hi,

I wonder how many of you reading this right now clicked on the link to this blog because you really don't believe in yourself and you are hoping that somebody (me!) has the answers you have been looking for.

Well, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you are Sparking but the bad news is that believing in yourself is something that for many of us is simply unattainable. But before you give up hope please continue to read.....

Believing in ourselves is core to anything we hope to do. I fully confess that I joined Spark without ever believing that I could do it. The same belief, or lack thereof, has been both a blessing and a curse.

But here I am about 18 months into my Spark journey and I am still here! So maybe deep down I am believing in myself but I don't want to be cocky about it. But what is wrong with believing in ourselves? Why are we so afraid of failing ourselves that most of us just take a lackadaisical approach to our own well being? It is not that we don't want to "Do It" we just jump from where we are now to where we want to be without looking at the many milestones in between. As Nike says "Just Do It".

So, how I am Just Doing It? I am continuing to Spark, I am accepting my latest weight gain as one of the many milestones along my journey and am not going to let the slip up define my journey. This is my life, my journey, and I WILL enjoy the journey for what it is and will not focus so much on the destination being an end.

In the past few weeks I have ramped up my walking and am finding sneaky ways to fit a few more steps into my lifestyle. Just yesterday, a friend called and said she was going to pick me up. I made sure I was ready in plenty of time and then went outside and started walking and counting my steps. I did 750 back and forth the sidewalk and it didn't feel like I was doing anything.

I also detest walking around my town as I want to be carefree and not really be watching where I am going. So, I drive to a spot where I know it is safe, quiet and I pick spots along the way to check my pace and my mileage. Besides it gets the dogs out of the house and we all get to enjoy mother nature.

When I come home I carefully log my minutes into Spark but more importantly for me I keep a log sheet of how much I have exercised. I have this posted on my fridge so I can see that each step I take is one more that says "I Believe in Myself" and I am "Doing It"

In conclusion, I have to stop thinking that there is something wrong with believing in myself. I also have to focus my energies unto celebrating each milestone I make so one day I can look back and say "once I stopped being so self-critical, my true journey was underway"

xo Susan

  
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EJOY-EVELYN 5/15/2012 6:05PM

    My faith tells me I am wonderfully and fearfully made. You bet I believe in myself!

While my shortcomings aren't going away anytime soon, I continue to make progress, and that is the key to life-long learning. Are you making progress?

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A1KAYOS 5/15/2012 1:35PM

    What an awesome outlook you have!!! It is a true blessing that I am getting to know you!

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LESLIES537 5/12/2012 10:25AM

    Awesome blog!! You have a wonderful way with words and I really enjoyed reading this! Love you! emoticon

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HOPEFULANGE 5/12/2012 6:55AM

    Thanks Susan...I needed to hear just that! I need to find a place where I WANT to exercise. Maybe I'll explore the woods too. emoticon

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KAYDE53 5/11/2012 11:37PM

    I can relate; it can be a hard habit to break, but it can be done!!! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYBARB1 5/11/2012 11:11PM

    Thanks Susan!!! Just doing it each day and believing it will make a difference is the way I show that I love me and I believe in me!!! Great truth in your blog and you made me laugh when you answered the reason that most of us will click on and read your blog...great title gets us every time!! Have a great weekend and keep up the great effort and attitude!! I have been with spark for only one more month than you and so much of what you shared encourages me on this middle of my journey stage!! Hugs Barb

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TEMPEST272002 5/11/2012 9:50PM

    I always really enjoy reading your blogs Susan. Like you, I'm still in-process & working on it day to day. Sometimes I believe & I make such healthy choices ... and sometimes I don't & I don't. It's important to keep reminding ourselves that it's about progress not perfection.

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YIWEN39 5/11/2012 8:44PM

    Be a good companion to yourself Susan :-)
Believe, and don't listen to the critic inside ;-)
Your words totally resonate with me... Thank you :-)
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BOVEY63 5/11/2012 4:51PM

    I believe in you too!
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_LINDA 5/11/2012 11:51AM

    That is the key word a lot of people need to get past is the being self critical. That is the one a lot of people have trouble getting past. Until you do, your healthy lifestyle change has not truly begun. Love yourself, love your body and you will want to take good care of yourself.
I too, hate walking in my city, for one, the concrete makes my joints painful, for two, dodging sidewalk cyclists and other fast moving people carriers isn't my idea of fun. Its far more peaceful to get out in nature away from the noise and hustle of the city.
Keep on Sparking it, you can do it!

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WENDYSPARKS 5/11/2012 11:50AM

    Keep the faith!!!!

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CHLOE453 5/11/2012 11:45AM

    What a wonderfully written blog Susan....I truly believe that we will succeed at this journey that we are all on together!! Hope you have an absolutely wonderful weekend. Hugs~~Kelly

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SRBSRB26 5/11/2012 11:28AM

    Nicely said!

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More about my progress and my declaration!

Monday, May 07, 2012

Hello!

Once again, I haven't been as active on Spark as I would like to be or think I should be so I am starting to see a pattern here in my behaviour. I think I should be doing more than I am doing instead of being happy with my involvement on a whole. It is that pursuit of perfectionism that gets me every time....so time to get rid of it.

My declaration: SPARK is a tool - how I use it is up to me . Nobody is grading us or keeping tabs on how active we are, how many SparkFriends we have, or how we use Spark. I think that is what makes SparkPeople so unique from other programs.

Anyway, I digress from my progress. I took my measurements yesterday...and it was painful! I have always known that I don't have a shape (well, I guess rectangular is a shape) but I am just the same measurement from top to bottom....48 bust, 48 waist and 48 hips. Add two legs and two arms and a head and I could be a character off of Sesame Street! emoticon

But I love myself - there I said it! I love that I have a boyish figure - well, it is boyish buried under all of those inches. But they will come off and I am still me underneath.

To get those inches off I have been walking, walking and walking. Did I mention walking? Every night we take the dogs and head across the river into the never ending forest and walk the many roads. Here is where it gets comical...and yes, you know with me it has to be comical.

I am typically dressed in yoga pants that are too short, dark socks, my Merrill hikers, some hand me down jacket, another jacket on top, a wool hat pulled down over my eyes (well, my husband says it is pulled down that far), mittens and the piece de resistance ....... carrying a GPS, and a long handled pickeroon.

Okay, for those that don't have spouses that worked in the pulp industry, a pickeroon is a long axe like tool with an extremely pointed end for "picking" at jammed wood, etc....but I use it for a) deterrent against moose, bears, and more importantly humans emoticon because there isn't anybody crazy enough out there to attack a woman clad in such attire and armed with such a tool!!!! But the other reason (which is actually the real reason) that I carry such a thing is to pick cans and bottles out of the ditch which we recycle and give the money to our animal rescue program. It sure adds up and I am ashamed by the amount of stuff we have picked up. We have such beautiful forests and yet the people who use these roads think nothing of tossing their beer cans and bottles into the ditches. I guess it does give us some exercise and it raises a bit of money but still....people are pigs which is an insult to pigs everywhere!

Since my lay off on April 25th I have walked 58 km which is 58 more km than I would have done if I stayed on my bum! Not doing so great with the eating - although I have only had one meal of junk food - KFC and had no chips or chocolate. Still finding it very hard to get my calories in each day.

So, boys and girls that is where I am. Satisfied with my exercise, dressing like a redneck fashionista, and enjoying my time off with my dogs and John.

I love you all!

  
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SPARKLISE 5/9/2012 10:33PM

    Don't you just hate people that pollute nature?
I could just hang them! emoticon

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ELIZACG9 5/9/2012 3:08PM

    Your blog made me laugh...funny about your measurements. It is a tool..
emoticon emoticonrainy day here.......we need rain.

You go girl!!

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_LINDA 5/8/2012 1:34AM

    You are doing what you can for you -and that is the whole idea -way to rock it! Walking daily is a great form of exercise, made even better when accompanied by loved ones :))) Good on you for picking up stuff.
I hate seeing all the trash thrown on our trails, unfortunately, it doesn't make any money -its mostly timmy cups or beverage cups and other stuff no one pays for. Anything worth money is quickly snapped up by the homeless people.
Keep on enjoying your time off Susan!!
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BOVEY63 5/7/2012 10:10PM

    You are just too funny ~ love the Sesame Street character analogy!
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Great job on all the walking, cleaning and donating! That is so awesome!
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A1KAYOS 5/7/2012 9:22PM

    I LOVE that you realize you dont have to have perfection to win...who would want to be perfect, that would be boring!!!!

And extra points for you for recycling other peoples litter!!! As my son says, The Lorax thanks you!!!

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POLK-A-DOTS 5/7/2012 5:14PM

    Now this is a blog that I need to print out and put on my computer! I need to quit striving for perfection, and be happy with what I am doing! Thanks for sharing that! emoticon

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THISTIMEMYWAY 5/7/2012 3:12PM

    I know what you mean! I am just realizing that I need to just keep at it. There is no such thing as a perfect person, perfect sp friend, perfect anything! It's taken me a lot of time to realize that it. and still I forget! wow! emoticon
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MILLIE5522 5/7/2012 2:20PM

    Lovely blog! I would LOVE to see a photo of you in your outfit. emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/7/2012 1:50PM

    Great blog about where SP fits into our lives. We each uniquely define our roles here within the community with as little or as much participation as we're able to give it depending on our current set of goals and priorities we place in lives.

Keep up the great work! You're such an inspiration and I too, love the redneck fashionista wear. Stay you!

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KANSASROSE67 5/7/2012 1:40PM

    I LOVE your humor!!! "Redneck fashionista" LOL! I am going to remember that term for when I am decked out in my finest running gear...men's shorts from Wal-Mar, a $2.00 thrift store windbreaker t and a huge t-shirt I've probably had since 1994!

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LLINDY65 5/7/2012 1:13PM

    Love it and as for your wonderful attire my neighbor comes over daily she is like one of my sisters, she walks in and always picks on me for wearing my 3x jammies (way too big), to clean house in with a tank top or other mismatched item of clothing... she teases me because i will get on my exercise bike in front of my open front window for my whole neighborhood to see my butt ....

Frankly I don't care! I like the changes in me and if the neighbors don't like what they see in my window they can look the other way LOL!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/7/2012 12:43PM

    "My declaration: SPARK is a tool - how I use it is up to me . Nobody is grading us or keeping tabs on how active we are, how many SparkFriends we have, or how we use Spark. I think that is what makes SparkPeople so unique from other programs."

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Well said, Susan, and I think you're doing fantastic! emoticon

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HOPESINGH 5/7/2012 12:38PM

    Sounds great! You're luck to have such a nice forest next to your place, it must be beautiful.
And just enjoy Spark. I know it's hard for perfectionists, but let's try it :-)

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ILOVEMALI 5/7/2012 11:43AM

    Good for you! Pretty soon you will be donating those clothes and buying some new, colorful ones! Walk Walk Walk! We can do this! emoticon emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 5/7/2012 11:41AM

    I need to remind myself of that "SP is a tool..." every once in a while. Releasing perfectionism has been absolutely key to my weight loss success. When I start focusing on what I'm not doing, instead of what I am, that is when I start to backslide even worse. Love all the walking you're doing & laughed at the image of you all dressed up. Bet the dogs are loving it too.

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My progress the past few days

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hi,

As I said in an earlier blog, I joined the Biggest Loser Challenge when it started on Wednesday, April 25th and I have been doing okay with it. Actually better than okay as I have walked every day ( emoticon), am tracking my food emoticon, am playing with my doggies emoticon and emoticon and am spending a lot of time with my dear husband and my good friend Judy.

I am sleeping better now as well and plan to start aquafit this week - all part of my mission to knock depression to the curb where I hope it will be totally thrashed by the garbage compactor!!!!

But seriously, I do hope that the small changes I am making do help me mentally as well as physically. Yes, I know I will always have some sort of depression BUT a healthy body will surely help, right?

Today, the weather was pretty typical for Newfoundland in Spring. It was sunny, very chilly and we did have some snowflakes floating by. Mind you, that didn't stop us from walking nor did it stop Louisa from jumping into the river to swim. Brrrr.....

I am planning a pretty quiet night at home with my posse (John, Maddy and Louisa) and am hoping my day in the fresh air lulls me to sleep like a baby!

xo Susan

  
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VINOTEA 5/2/2012 1:22AM

    Hey, just remember what Neil Armstrong said during his moonwalk ... "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". Small changes are what result in a big finish. Awesome job on the small steps.

Admittedly I don't know first hand about depression, however I do have my husband who does have first hand experience, and from what he says, getting out there and having some sort of activity and sleeping good are contributors towards good days.

I'm so glad you're a Starlet!

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BOVEY63 4/30/2012 5:43PM

    Great job with the challenge! Have a wonderful restful evening with your loved ones!

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A1KAYOS 4/30/2012 1:05PM

    You definitely have a strong start to BLC!!! I am so happy that you joined the Starlets!!

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KAYDE53 4/29/2012 11:47PM

    You're doing emoticon!!! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/29/2012 11:25PM

    Susan, I'm so proud of you! emoticon

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DIDMIS 4/29/2012 11:10PM

    You are doing so well. emoticon

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HEALTHYBARB1 4/29/2012 11:07PM

    Such a fun sounding weekend and some healthy choices!!! Depression is no fun but you are making the right choices to help yourself feel better by taking steps in the right direction. Will be praying for you to sleep well and to feel the results of your efforts!! Hugs Barb

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PAMAPPLE 4/29/2012 11:01PM

    Good for you in making positive steps and gaining a new attitude!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 4/29/2012 10:51PM

    Three cheers for the small changes!

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TEMPEST272002 4/29/2012 9:13PM

    I've found exercising & nutrition (adding anti-depression foods to my daily diet) have been more effective for my depression than any medication I've taken. Since I started my new job & started eating lots of crap, I've noticed that I'm starting to have signs of depression again. I think it really does make a difference. You're doing really well with the challenge! Keep going with that and I bet you'll be noticing a differnce in your physical and mental health.
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 4/29/2012 8:57PM

    Sounds like you have a strong start!!

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YIWEN39 4/29/2012 8:39PM

    You're off to a great start :-) Good luck with everything! Snow flakes at the end of April? OMG... not the kind of place I'd like... I can't stand the cold ;-)
Have a great week :-)

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HEATHERNL 4/29/2012 7:03PM

    Keep moving one foot in front of the other. You are doing SO GREAT and I am so proud of you for hanging on.
Hugs!

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ILOVEMALI 4/29/2012 4:35PM

    I just had a thought about depression. For years, I have had a bit of seasonal affective disorder during the winter in sunny California. Now that I know that you are in Newfoundland, may I suggest that you ask your doctor to check your vitamin D level? I was having some depression and my doctor tweaked my thyroid medication because it was too high (I don't have a thyroid anymore) and checked my D level -- I was way low in D. She started me on D and the combination of changes really helped me. I increase my D in the winter and it helps.

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LUXITTA 4/29/2012 4:34PM

    Exercise is supposed to bring endorphins to your brain so you are absolutely right about being healthy will help kick the depression. I am from Ontario and I have SAD. Do you know what yours is? Perhaps it is the lack in sunlight. If you think its that try getting some vitamin D it comes in pill form and or liquid form and it helps on those days where the sun is hiding. Good luck to you and keep up the walking!
~Amanda~

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