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Saturday, December 26, 2009

This coming from a seven year old is very powerful. I could spend the next 30 minutes recapping the past month but I won't. I will say that I had a wonderful Christmas, and that I am VERY happy with how I did. I felt like I was constantly eatting, but I was not gaining on the same scale. It was amazing! :) Anyways, I am going to start back exercising today, but will not go 100% back with foods until next Sunday. Why? I have two more parties to attend next weekend. I will post new full body shots then as well.

One day at a time. As long as it's in the right direction, who cares. :)

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CHICAT63 12/27/2009 4:12PM

    Woohoo, you should be very proud - you did an excellent job passing through Christmas and will be doing the same for the New Year. We can do this for sure !!!! Take care, Josťe emoticon

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CAPTHAMMER 12/26/2009 7:54PM

    Welcome Back!! It sounds to me that you continue to have a well thought-out plan. Looking forward to watching and sharing in your fitness and weight-loss victories. emoticon= emoticon

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Posting RE: Noah

Monday, November 23, 2009

Our Angel
Posted 4 hours ago (Carepages website)
After a long battle with Stage IV Neruorblastoma cancer, Monday morning at 8:02 AM, Noah Biorkman passed away at his home in South Lyon, Michigan.
Scott and I, along with our families, would like to thank everyone for the continued support over the past few years during Noahís illness. As most of you know, Noah has received more than one million Christmas cards over the past few weeks. The outpouring of love and compassion has been remarkable and we are extremely grateful. We are now asking for everyone please respect our privacy during this very difficult time. The funeral services will be for family only. We are asking that instead of sending cards and flowers to Scott and me; please make a donation in Noahís name to either of the organizations below. With your donation, Noahís legacy will live on for many years to come, if not forever.
Thank you so much for your support and love.
The Biorkman Family
Please send donations to the following:
Department of Pediatrics and Oncology
University of Michigan
1500 East Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-5718
Checks payable to: The University of Michigan Ė Noahís Pediatric Oncology Fund
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan
230 Huron View Blvd.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
Checks payable to: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan Ė Memo: Noah Biorkman

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ELISADEL 11/28/2009 8:05PM

    I'm glad that he got the cards he wanted before he passed on. Hopefully word that people should stop spreads quickly enough that this doesn't drag out as something his family has to sort though.

It's wonderful of them to ask for further gifts to go to charities rather than to themselves.

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LADY_JOSIELOT 11/24/2009 2:01AM

    Thank you for passing this along.

- Josie

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AEROBICSAHOLIC 11/23/2009 8:31PM

    So sad to hear.

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My Weekend Retreat from SP Land

Sunday, November 15, 2009


I started a temp job this past week, and realized that my home life was not nearly as organized as it was last time I temped. It also hit home that Iíve been rooting others on, and could not totally relate. Yes, I could relate to their quest to lose weight. But majority of people on SP are not on my program. They are utilizing SP more than I, and actually consuming food on a regular basis. My program was designed to jumpstart weight loss. Itís not a permanent solution, but a boost in the right direction. It works great for people who were in my situation or worse. I was at a point of depression and absolutely no energy. I also had tried so many programs that I had no idea how to eat. So I retreated from food for the past four months. Iíve also hit a plateau, Iím bored with the drinks, and letís not discuss the cost and the long drive to the clinic. I have not removed myself from the Optifast program, but am going to explore to see what I can do on my own at this point.


Friday morning I played around with the SP food tracker. I discovered that if I want to work out 30-60 minutes a day that I should be consuming way more than I currently am. I decided that I can have 1 moderate meal a day (dinner most likely), 2 meal replacement shakes (not Optifast), and three or four snacks a day. I will venture more as time goes on.
I spent the afternoon at my parents.


I went grocery shopping, wal-mart, and GNC. If I stick to everything I bought my bill was roughly 100.00. The meal replacements I got at GNC were 50.00 for 20 packs. Thatís 2.50 a meal. *smile* plus they donít taste bad. Tried one for a snack, and did not have any adverse side effects. I had Subway for dinner, and watched a few movies while doing laundry. I also worked in the kitchen trying to get it back to itís rightful state as a kitchen. It had become my office including the stove being used to stack paperwork.


I slept in until 12 pm. VERY rare. I went to my momís for lunch. We had veggie soup, and turkey sandwiches. I stayed away from cheese, mayo, and crackers. It was delicious since it was homemade. I left there around 3:00, and went to the self-serve car wash. I cleaned out my car, shined down the interior, vacuumed, washed, and dried it all by myself. I really worked up a sweat hehe but it looks really good compared to before. Last time I washed my car was in July when I started the program. I did not vacuum it then though. So Iíve been riding around with remaining French fry crumbs and such all this time. No more! No more ugly reminders of my prior life.

I came home and started laundry again. I finished cleaning my stove including redoing the foil and washed my pots out. I washed Bella, and am holding her while I type this. Bathes are so stressful for her, but she is such a good girl.
Before I go to bed I still plan to prep my meals for the next few days. I also need to get my work clothes ready.

My plan for 11/16-12/16
2 meal replacements a day
1 solid meal
2-3 snacks a day
*avoiding mayo, dressings, and cheese. I will also consume 8-10 glasses of water.
30-60 minutes of exercise a day. I will probably end up alternating this.
I will also be using Spark trackers to help me with this. Although I am not joining a Spark Class, I feel like I am going into a new phase. With that said, the next week will be a huge adjustment time for me. I will be spending less time on SP, and more cooking and working out. I will log in daily though. Iím just trying to get myself back on track. I mean really, how can I encourage others if I donít take care of myself first. I also really want to get out of this plateau. :)

Thank you all for your continued motivation and support,


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PRIMALMICHAEL 11/28/2009 3:24AM

    I'm really glad you are still here and still moving forward so positively.
I'm trying to get back on track and reading of your momentum feels really good to me.
Thanks for taking the time to share it all.

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COURTMANNING 11/18/2009 5:43PM

    Lisa~ It really sounds like you had a very though-filled weekend. I think it's great that you are reassessing your plans and journey forward. I think all too often we become comfortable in the present and don't think about switching it up and trying harder to accomplish more in the future. You inspire me to work harder towards my goals. I have found the nutrition tracker to be a God-send. If I can't enter my food until later in the day I just write everything down in a little notebook I keep in my desk. It really allows me to eat "normal" meals and focus a lot on my portions and getting more greens/fruit. I'm struggling with getting all of my water in - usually only get 5-6 a day - but I know that will come. Good luck with your meal planning and new exercise routines. Please let me know if I can help with anything!

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AEROBICSAHOLIC 11/16/2009 6:53PM

    Hi! I am glad you are taking time for yourself. I have learned that you can not take care of others if you are sick yourself. Keep up the healthy eating and exercise. I know you can achieve your goals!

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CHICAT63 11/16/2009 4:45PM

    Hola Chica, at times we need to withdraw and resource ourselves which is exactly what you did. I admire you being on Optifast because over the years I have realized & accepted I like to eat, munching away so having shakes you are one tough Chica !!! emoticon

You have a plan & to date you've been doing amazing so why should it not continue, right. emoticon

Rock on Sista, you can do this !!! Take care, Josťe

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CARRIE4116 11/16/2009 1:22PM

    I wish you luck on your goal!!!! You can do it just need to put your mind to it!!! emoticon

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CANDLEWOLF 11/15/2009 11:07PM

    You go girl emoticon

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XOCARLY 11/15/2009 10:05PM


Thank you for all the time you have taken to encourage everyone else. Your comments have really helped me out. I'm glad that you realized that you need time for yourself and away from sp. It seems like you have really have a solid plan and I will be very interested to see your progress. Good luck on breaking through your plateau! You can do it.

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SHIGH19 11/15/2009 10:01PM

    You go girl! You have to look out for you first! Sounds like a great plan. I seem to be the same way...always putting everyone else first and then it happens...I end up the one short on time and guess what...my diet slips...that's when I end up in the drive-thru or eating something I know I shouldn't have. Really need to learn to say no sometimes and get myself in order. Thanks for your post, it's made me see a new light too! Good luck, I'm routing for you! emoticon emoticon

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RAMACA 11/15/2009 9:43PM

    Well it seems you made a big decision, stick to it and you will succeed in your goals. I need to make some adjustment with my carb intake (love carbs emoticon)so I could lose more weigth but one step at the time rigth!!!
Take care emoticon

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ALICIAMARIE26 11/15/2009 9:14PM

    Sounds like a great plan, and way to go for taking things to the next level :) I really appreciate how supportive you are, but am so happy for you that you are going to take the time to focus on yourself first. I know that you will do great :)

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CAPTHAMMER 11/15/2009 8:21PM

    You, my dear, are one smart young lady. You have given this so much thought that it seems you are definitely ready to make this step. If you are indeed ready, the sooner you take the proverbial bull by the horns and start making your own food choices, the sooner you will be living the life you deserve. I am proud to call you my SparkFriend. Keep in touch

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MONIQUEV2 11/15/2009 7:38PM

    Hi Lisa,

It sounds like you know what you need to do to start eating healthy meals and working out. While the Optifast has done great things for you and has been a great jumpstart towards a healthier lifestyle, it's good that you're moving towards switching things up. This is definitely another step in the right direction. When we're consuming high calories meals and unhealthy food, it's hard to see how you can really build low calorie meals that suit both our taste and appetite. Almost seems impossible until you do it. I am constantly trying new recipes and incorporating new foods. For a lifestyle change you need to keep things fresh, otherwise you inevitably get bored. You'll also come to learn that you can enjoy food and lose weight, too! Best of both worlds! Between breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I only eat out a couple times a week so I have to find some variety to keep me interested. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away!

Best of luck on this "new" chapter :)

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JMACKENJ 11/15/2009 7:26PM

    Well it sounds like you've given this a lot of thought. I say kudos to you for staying on Optifast as long as you have. I've never tried it, but I'm sure I'd get bored too. I'd really miss food. I started a week ago Thursday and my Dr. told me to jumpstart only eat fruits & veggies til 2, then at supper a meat or potato with fruits & vegs. By Monday I realized to work all day and then go for a 30 min. walk before dark (before supper) I needed some protein. So I added some shrimp one day, tuna another. It was working, but I was missing carbs, my weakness...I knew I'd have to eat some soon and controlled or I'd lose control. I went to a dietition on Thursday and the Dr's plan worked, I lost 5lbs. She wants me to eat more of a balanced diet so I am adding a few carbs. I realize for me to live like this/eat like this as long as I have to I need to learn to eat controlled portions of what I love. I've lost so many times before on Atkin's, but it's unrealistic to think I'll never touch another cracker again! SOOOO, I agree with you, mix it up, find out a new plan that you're happy with. It's all good, you're still working to the ultimate goal! You go girl!
PS I really like that food tracker, it's great for keeping me grounded and aware of exactly what and how much I am eating. I'm tracking my walks too, I really don't work out, just walking so far . Are you using these?

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VIRTOPIA 11/15/2009 7:06PM

    That sounds like a good, solid plan. Good luck for the next 4 weeks. I'm sure you'll do just fine!

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Christmas for Noah Biorkman

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Hey everyone! I will be blogging within the next few days, but I wanted to get this out to my friends, who may not already know about this. My one weakness: kids. Anything to make a child happy! I hope you all will consider sending a belated card as I will. :)



UPDATE 11/14/09 : The family is no longer accepting cards and gifts since they celebrated last weekend. They were also not expecting so many people to respond. I guess that's a good thing... Thanks everyone!


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GRAYGHOST90 11/11/2009 9:41PM

    Im in

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PIGTOCHICK 11/10/2009 11:16PM

    Thanks to everyone who sent cards. I read through care pages on Monday that they received over 10,000 cards this past weekend. I sent mine out on Monday, and hope it will get there in time. I read that Noah took a bad turn on Sunday, and is basically refusing to take pain meds via iv at this point, but it is obvious he is in pain. :(


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XOCARLY 11/9/2009 9:20PM

    How sad :( Im going to go dig out my christmas cards and send one in the mail tomorrow on my way to work!

Comment edited on: 11/9/2009 9:21:07 PM

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BUCNATV 11/8/2009 5:22PM

    I'll be sending one out tomorrow!!!!!!!!!! My heart aches for the boy and his family. How strong they all must be.......

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    Wow, this broke my heart too. I will definitely have a card in the mail first thing tomorrow morning. Thanks for bringing this to all of our attention.

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DINAHMOHUM 11/8/2009 3:05PM

    I sent mine Thursday!

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BIGDAD1211 11/8/2009 2:45PM

    Sending a card! Thanks for posting this! God Bless you!

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VIAFREE 11/8/2009 2:30PM

    will do , thanks

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SHAKELL 11/8/2009 1:12PM

    I will mail one out tomorrow and will hit up my co-workers to send some too!

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    I will get a card out in the morning. I do not know if it will make it on time, but I shall try.

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LADY_JOSIELOT 11/7/2009 11:27PM

    Thanks for passing this along. It means a lot.

- Josie

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STURPEN 11/7/2009 10:34PM

    Thanks for posting. I will send a card.


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COURTNEYDEY 11/7/2009 7:40PM

    Very sad but very cool, will definitely send one Monday! XO

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COURTMANNING 11/7/2009 7:25PM

    Thank you for letting us know! I definitely want to reach out!

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RUTHIP 11/7/2009 7:00PM

    This breaks my heart.
I'll have a card out in the mail tomorrow morning -- thanks for bringing attention to this.


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Trick or Treat? :)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

My day started off the same as any other. I spent the morning on SP and holding my Chihuahua, Bella, who also enjoys lying in my arms starring at SP pages with me. She loves pics of animals. Hehe. I didnít get dressed until around 2. While I was in the shower I decided I would get dolled up for Halloween. It is the one day a year itís ok to look weird or abnormal. My family didnít see it that way since they used to see me with makeup on all the time. Now I hate makeup. Itís so unhealthy for my skin, and it makes me look like a wrinkle-less porcelain doll. So I took the opportunity to wear it.

My nephew dressed as Wolverine. The real deal with foam muscles and the hand pieces. I didnít share this with my adorable, charming nephew who is 7 years old, but heís got nuhthin and I mean NUHTHIN (accented) on Hugh Jackman! My step-sister made her costume this year for the first time since she was a kid. She found the costume online but it was over a hundred bucks. It was a sexy pirate/winch. She did great! She looked like a newly divorced mom on the prowl. Wait, I must admit sheís not, but guys definitely had to be looking at her! Especially considering she was having skirt malfunctions before 5:00. Oh and I canít forget this. DNís dog was dressed up as a skeleton. Truly an adorable family!

Anyways, I had dinner with my parents and watched a really corny Halloween Ghost Hunters special. The host was hot, but his voice made everything sound really corny. Seriously one of those guys you would say ďplease, donít speak.Ē if he was with you around friends and family.

On my way home I was thinking hmmm this was a good day! But this time next year I want to be out and about in a sexy costume. Then I got the email. The email that told me that I had received enough votes (no idea how many it takes) to be deemed an SP Motivator. I was ecstatic! Still am!

So I wanted to thank my dear SparkFriends for voting for me, and for making this a wonderful Halloween even if I am still single, physically alone (not mentally since I have SP), and most of all..FAT! Iím crossing my fingers that I wonít be this time next year, even though I will admit that I am in no position to date right now. Hereís to 2010 though!

Thanks again,


BTW, I am REALLY enjoying my new group, TWC. It will grow in time I'm sure, but I really feel like I'm helping. But most of all, it's helping me. See looking at other pages inspires and motivates ME. So we should all seek to motivate one another. I mean...we're in this thing together, right? *whispers* right?

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JAZZYDOC 11/3/2009 12:15PM

    Hey Abby: (Just Kiddin)

Of course you are a motivator. Among other wonderful things, persons and ideas. (smile)

I mentioned your team TWC to several others who may eventually nibble at it.


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ELISADEL 11/3/2009 3:42AM

    You've earned the motivator status! Great job!

Glad you had such a great weekend too!

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GOFORIT2010 11/2/2009 3:56PM

    emoticon emoticon You are definitely a positive influence and thank you for all your motivation. Your blog brings a smile to my face and yes, in "2010" we can make it happen. Take care my emoticon

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CHARLOTTE1962 11/2/2009 12:10PM

    Congrats on being DGOD and a SP motivator!

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LACYMARIE 11/2/2009 12:08PM

    today is the first day I hopped on your page (dgotd), and I must tell you I totally see why you are a motivator. Your attitude is Great and you have totally cheered my butt up and motivated me to get up and back on the ball! Thanks for being GREAT!

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MSJULES01 11/2/2009 11:18AM

Motivator of the day and DONE girl of the day.
What a week for you.
Congrats again.

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TOWANDA132 11/2/2009 10:37AM

    Congrats Motivator! You are beautiful and so positive.

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RUTHIP 11/1/2009 4:50PM

    Lis -- you are a terrific motivator! And I am so glad to be a part of the Welcoming Committee team because, like you, I'M the one who's truly getting the most out of it. In just the past week I've laughed, I've cried, I've been truly touched by come of the members I'm getting to know. And YOU were the catalyst for that. Truly, my heartfelt thanks for getting inspired and leading this team.


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CGREEN717 11/1/2009 8:54AM

    Great job on the motivator award! You'll be sexy next year at the rate your going. :) Of course, we're all sexy in our own way right now.

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NAPAVALLEYNANA 10/31/2009 11:55PM

    WAY TO GO LIS! i am so happy for you, you deserve this honor. and next year you can be the sexy pirate/wench or whatever your lil heart desires. go for it kiddo!!


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MISSCLEO11 10/31/2009 11:16PM

    Yay motivator!!!! Good work!!!!!

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