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Halloween Challenge - The End!!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hi!

Our five-week Halloween challenge is nearing its end and I wanted to thank everyone who participated!!! From Tempest272002 who came up with this unique challenge to my team mates who encouraged me on with Sparkgoodies, I say "thank you".

My team was called "No More Batwings" and we did really well! Thank you to BBKLECKA, HAMMYCAKES, MEG810 and TANGERINEWINGS!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

We've all had our ups and downs with this challenge but that is what life is all about. None of us, however, have been challenged as our challenge founder, Tempest272002 who has been watching her husband fight for his life over the past week. Still, she managed to encourage us on!

We are supposed to post a picture of ourselves after the five weeks have been up. I will do that shortly. I haven't noticed any big changes physically but I have noticed little things about my energy and confidence levels! My skin even looks better...no doubt a combination of the exercise, water and good nutrition!

Have a great Halloween!

P.S. Here are a couple of really bad full-length pictures of me I just took!

  
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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/31/2010 6:07PM

    Congratulations on improved energy and confidence levels. I'd love to see skin improvement. You must be doing something right!

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Come on temptation!!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hi!

I'm home after an especially tiring and emotional trip away from home with my mom. I guess we were both stressed about her tests but they came back clear.

In the week that I was away, my dear friend who took Moto in, had to put two of her aging dogs to sleep on the same day. I can't imagine how she had the inner strength to do that. Then yesterday, little Moto was finally spayed and had to have 21 teeth removed! I will be visiting them later on today to give Judy some hugs and Moto some kisses.

Anyway, as for my blog title "Come on Temptation" a Spark friend had make reference to her struggle with resisting the lure of Halloween treats and I thought of this blog idea.

Temptation is always going to be there for the rest of my life. Whether it is the temptation of food or the temptation to slack off in the exercise department. Temptation is always going to be there. Its there in grocery stores, restaurants, during the holidays, lazy days etc. BUT what I'm learning is that its not willpower that will get me through but coping skills.

Sometimes I'm going to want a "taste" of dessert or I'm going to be lured to the couch by a rainy day but that's okay because in the long term I know I have developed certain coping skills. By logging into Spark everyday I feel accountable and not just to my Spark friends but to myself. I did slack off my exercise and nutrition expectations while out of town with mom but when I got back I threw myself right back into this. It felt great knowing that I dealt with a setback and carried on without giving up! I CAN do this and can YOU!

Have a great day everybody and Happy Halloween! Thanks for reading! emoticon

  
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RIMAJO 10/31/2010 9:25AM

    Great blog Susan! You're right about temptations.. they'll always be there. Thankfully, when we are in control it becomes easier to overcome, or to allow - in moderation. When I 'really' want something.. I tell myself, okay but I have to 'earn it' first. So far, so good!

Glad you're back on track & moving forward!! Also glad everything went well with your Mom & that you were able to spend some fun quality time together too!
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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 10/31/2010 5:11AM

   

Things have their ups and downs, so glad you got back on the horse so to speak.

I feel for your friend it must have been incredibly difficult to say goodbye to two friends.

So glad that Sparks and your Sparkfriends are helping you in some small way

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JLITT62 10/30/2010 1:38PM

    Great blog! And that's sooo the right attitude. Yes, we will be derailed at times, but the truth is it's just a detour unless we believe we're derailed.

Your poor friend. Even tho I have dogs & cats that are the same age, thankfully when one got really sick, the other was doing at least so-so so I haven't had the face that yet (thank God).

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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/30/2010 11:35AM

    Yes. Life demands some detours. The challenge is finding our way back and staying on the course. I've reached a point where I can say, "Gee, that detour was interesting, but I still have to, eventually, get to where I'm going." I have found that even when I'm on a "detour" my behavior has significantly changed. For example, last week, I was shopping where they offer numerous taste samples. I took one and found it was not wonderful, so I threw it away. I passed up several samplings because I already knew what they tasted like and so did not need any further information. A little voice inside my head affirmed, "That was really cool."

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APIRLRAIN888 10/30/2010 10:55AM

    awesome blog thx!!!!

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Yeah...Mom has been given the all clear!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Just wanted to let you all know that we've just returned from the hospital and my mom has been given the all clear! We are very happy but tired! She is going to rest all afternoon and I think I will try to sneak out for a quick walk in the fresh air. Nothing like hospitals to make you crave the outdoors!

I'm not doing well with the exercise this week nor the nutrition but I'm chalking it all up to experience. I'm eating okay but not on a regular basis and I've had ice cream once and pasta last night. I guess I'm walking enough while chasing after Mom...I had her lost yesterday in one of the malls.

Haven't bought anything for myself but have quite a few Christmas presents picked up. I'm glad of that. I'm trying to avoid clothes buying until I lose some more weight. I bought a tube of lipstick if that counts, oh and a brow pencil because my eyebrows are so blond you can barely see them. Curse of being a redhead!

Speaking of which, I overheard one of the nurses in the Cardiologist's clinic say that redheads tend to bleed more after incisions etc. Interesting. I once had a MRI done and all I remember was coming too and the nurse saying "we got a gusher here" when they removed the IV. I know redheads are supposed to be more a genetic minority so I guess we are special in our own right! Ha!

Have a great day! Please think of my friend Tempest272002 today. It is her birthday but her husband was rushed to the ICU!!!!

  
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MISTYSMOM06 10/30/2010 2:17PM

    Good for Mom. I wish I still had mine. I miss her terribly sometimes emoticon. The thing is, she is out of pain. Best wishes for the rest of the week! emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/30/2010 1:48PM

    Great news for your mom and Congratulations on getting some Christmas shopping done. Praying for your friend and her husband...

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RIMAJO 10/28/2010 1:23PM

    emoticonGreat news about your Mom.. I bet you both breathed a sigh of relief after this weeks journey!

As for diet & exercise.. This week will soon be over & you can start fresh at any time. Do what you've got to do, get back home soon & safely & go from there. With all that was on your plate this past week, this is small potatoes in the big picture & will quickly be behind you.
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KNOWMOREBBK 10/28/2010 12:33PM

    Great news! I am so envious that you have started your Christmas shopping early! I wish I could get motivated to start now.
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S3XYDIVASMOM 10/27/2010 11:49PM

    I've bought clothes from rummage sales and thrift stores that fit for the time being but which I expect to shortly become too big. I feel I deserve to have clothes that fit, but the budget would be hard-pressed if I kept buying nice new stuff. It actually has worked out very well. You'd be amazed at the quality of clothing that people throw away.

It's wonderful news about your mom. Be gentle with yourself. No one can expect perfection when a loved one is in the hospital.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/27/2010 3:15PM

    My dermatologist also told me blonds and redheads need more anesthetic to dull the pain! Who knew?

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ACCEPTMYSELF 10/27/2010 3:08PM

    Great news for your Mom!

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JLITT62 10/27/2010 3:08PM

    I've also heard that redheads feel pain more intensely.

You know, if you really need clothes now, just buy yourself a few items. You feel so much better about yourself -- and motivated -- when your clothes fit right. Trust me, it's true!

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RUNNER12COM 10/27/2010 1:57PM

    That is good news for your Mom, and we sure love to hear great news around here!

SDJ

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LESLIES537 10/27/2010 12:54PM

    Yay for your mom! That's great news!

I've heard the same thing about us redheads. After I had my 2nd kid I hemorraged and lost a lot of blood...that's when the docs told me the same thing, red heads bleed more and have a higher tolerence to pain meds. They can't prove it medically I don't think, it's just a little known fact among Drs. Interesting, huh?!

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JHADZHIA 10/27/2010 12:43PM

    Doing the happy dance for you Mom, so glad you got good news!!
As a fellow redhead, know about the eyebrows, but I don't use make up at all, allergic to even the so called hypo allergenic stuff!! I don't bleed any more than normal though, that was a new one on me..
I was lucky, didn't have to buy transition clothes -Mom gave me quite a few, and I have actually bought nothing new at goal weight as she had hand me downs for that too! Lucky me our family has been through some see sawing weight gains and losses. But hopefully, my Mom, sister and I have lost it for good now! So far, its been working!
Hope you have a fabulous Wednesday.
My thoughts are with your friend and her poor husband..

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APIRLRAIN888 10/27/2010 12:24PM

    woohoo congratz

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Shopping until I drop!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

As many of you know, I've been out of town with my mom as she has the first medical appointment of three this morning. Wish us luck! She is in good spirits!

We arrived yesterday and checked into our hotel and then hit the mall! I bought a pedometer at Walmart but I don't think it is very accurate....270 steps!

Mom and I took frequent breaks on benches and throughly enjoyed the "sights" of other shoppers. This is a very small city but it sure is bigger than our hometown of 15,000.

Anyway, I had to share this "sight" with you. I think it was made even funnier because I was very tired and had a sugar high....I had my first ice cream in two months.

This man walked past us....walking very fast but not wavering a bit....and we noticed his face had red scratch marks all over it. Then when I turned to watch him walk past I noticed he was wearing a hospital gown which was open all the way down in the back! Luckily he was wearing a normal pair of pants!!!

Mom and I looked at each other in amazement when security came out of the woodwork chasing this poor man. We stayed where we were so I hope they found the man and got him the help he needed!

Feeling rested this morning and Mom has her first appointment in a few hours. Now, we have to find a healthy breakfast!

  
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RIMAJO 10/26/2010 2:03PM

    I hope all goes well with your Moms appointment & that the poor guy got the help he needs too.

As for that pedometer, is it possible it can be returned? I noted you didn't feel it was accurate. I think the Omron pedometers are pretty good, at least from what we've been told & from all I've read.

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GAYLE-G-63 10/26/2010 12:56PM

    People watching is one of my favorite past times. You certainly did have an interesting show this morning! LOL

All the best to your mom.

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APIRLRAIN888 10/26/2010 12:46PM

    hope his not from the same hospital as your mom medical appt ;p

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LESLIES537 10/26/2010 9:58AM

    aww, poor guy just wanted to get the heck out of dodge! emoticon Good luck with all of the appointments. I hope they go well. emoticon

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YICHE12 10/26/2010 8:28AM

    Ha Ha Ha. We do see things at times that are so funny! They catch unawares. I guess he was fed up of being in the hospital and just grabbed his pants!

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OUBACHE 10/26/2010 8:15AM

    Sounds like you are having more of an adventure than you could have ever expected! I hope all goes well with your mom's appointment. Enjoy your stay with her and keep sharing your stories.

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 10/26/2010 7:48AM

   
Well what can I say??? Glad he had his pants on under the hospital gown.

The things you see eh????

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Halloween Challenge Results for the end of Week 4

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hello everybody and an extra shout out to my team "No More Batwings"!

Overall this hasn't been my best week with this challenge. I did okay but have had a lot on my mind and somehow feel a bit blah.

Actually, I've had a nagging headache for about a week which I think is related
to stress. I go to bed with it and wake up with it.....I know it sounds like a bad husband joke.

Anyway, I finally took the medication my doctor gave me that costs $115.00 for 6 tablets. These really work but I find I try to spare them along. Silly me! They really seem to break the pain cycle and taking them would mean I wouldn't have to take regular painkillers everyday but I guess I'm too stubborn to realize that! AND, its not like I have to pay for them as I have medical insurance. Can I add stupid to stubborn!

Throughout the week, I've tried to send spark goodies to my team members and I think (again, I'm thinking of the word stupid) I sent my team a group message.

I'm finding this challenge to be an excellent way to stay accountable both to myself and to my team! I am still lagging behind with my food journal and I'm thinking of making it public so I have to be accountable that much more. I know that keeping the food journal makes me focus on meeting my nutritional requirements, if nothing else.

Oh, we were asked to make a healthy Halloween treat and to post the link. I'm really pathetic so I made up my own treat which I called the Swamp Monster!
Since I wanted to make something we all could enjoy (by "we" I am referring to my dogs and myself and my husband)

So to do this, I took two or three bananas and cut them into sections about two-inches in length. Then I connected the lengths with toothpicks in sort of odd angles. I then spooned some peanut butter over the banana sections. To decorate my creature I used blueberries for eyes, apples for lips, and used almond slices to make the horns along the creature's back. I then placed broccoli flowerets around the base of the creature. I know this sounds pathetic but it did look cute. Unfortunately, I somehow deleted the sole picture I took of my husband pretending to be afraid of the creature. (I told you all that I'm not technologically gifted).

To serve..I removed the almond pieces and we all at our peanut butter covered banana! The dogs loved it (well by their lip-smacking it appeared they loved it!) and my husband and I did more laughing at our creation. So I guess I covered both challenge stipulations....have fun and make something healthy!

I hope everybody is having a great day and thanks for reading!



This is from a website called Halloween Costumes Canada which has a large selection of pet costumes......NO, Maddy and Louisa are not ordering costumes! I just thought it was a very funny picture!

  
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POOH_BEAR_69 10/25/2010 9:46PM

    The treat really does sound great! Glad you are still staying active and enjoying the challenge!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 10/25/2010 6:56AM

   

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TEMPEST272002 10/24/2010 7:18PM

    I think you're halloween treat sounds creative & yummy! Sounds like the dogs were happy & you and hubby had a great time too. Great job meeting the challenge - too bad about the pic.

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JHADZHIA 10/24/2010 5:25PM

    That sounds like lots of fun actually!! Bummer the photo didn't make it :((
As a person having a long line of medicines in my life, I can tell you with authority,, TAKE YOUR MEDICINE!! If you don't have to suffer, don't!! No excuses!!
This team you are on sounds really fun :)
Enjoy a restful Sunday!

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JLITT62 10/24/2010 12:29PM

    I think your swamp creature was creative, not at all pathetic! My dogs would die happy deaths if I gave them that, but the bananas in this house tend to go to the humans (altho they do get peanut butter on their kongs, which they love, and sometimes a bite or so of banana).

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APIRLRAIN888 10/24/2010 9:35AM

    cool banana monster

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