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My BLC Break Plan - concise!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

I am not a details person...... my plan is The Plan, to keep working away at finding out what I react to. I am seeing a specialist this Firday re my hip, and depending on his advice will ease back into exercise. I am absolutely determined to lose the weight this time, there are no excuses, no delays, it has to happen this year. I have the time, I must use it wisely.
I would love to have lost another 10lbs by the time BLC22 starts.

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MAGGIEVAN 4/20/2013 12:21AM

    What is wrong with your hip? Please let me know.

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DEE797 4/18/2013 8:12AM

    Wishing you all the best on your journey! emoticon

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LADYJ6942 4/15/2013 8:58AM

    Hope the specialist and give you tips for some relieve. You can do it and we are here to support and push you along the way, lol.

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GIELLIOT 4/14/2013 11:55PM

    I hope you figure everything out that's keeping you from being all you want to me. You'll get there!

Comment edited on: 4/14/2013 11:56:23 PM

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LIS193 4/14/2013 11:18AM

    I love the Plan. I started it in January and I'm down the 10 pounds I wanted to lose PLUS another 6! I found that wheat is my biggest "fail" and as long as I stay away from that I'm doing fine.
Good luck wit the hip!

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PALMTREEGIRL1 4/14/2013 9:19AM

    I'm in the same place you are! The Plan is my plan......I need to get back to my exercising again as well. Let's do this together......A very doable plan!

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RENEWNAN 4/14/2013 8:06AM

    Good for you looking to move back into exercise. Do you need hip replacement? After hip replacement my friend goes to an exercise class where everything is done from the "comfort" of a kitchen style chair. I was shattered first time I was free to go along with her

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JUSTAGIRL45 4/13/2013 9:41PM

Great goal!
Hope the Dr. Gives you good news!!!

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SUETINGE 4/13/2013 8:50PM

    Great plan. Keep working with what's working. I hope the Dr. gives you some help with that hip.

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Awesome life advice!

Friday, March 01, 2013

This was on the wall at the radiologist's yesterday, and I loved it - tracked it down because I remembered the line about NYC - worth reading!

By Mary Schmich

Wear sunscreen

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.


Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.


Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

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    Good and humorous!

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    Very nice!

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Today my family and I went climbing. Initially when I booked the time, I wasn't going to do it, but with the new motto "No excuses!" I did. I managed to get to the top of one, but DH was occupied elsewhere so didn't get a photo. But here's me and the two kids on another attempt - I didn't quite make it to the top:

And here is me struggling to get up a ladder:

Interestingly, I was the only mum there who participated, and very few of the dads did either.
I have made a promise that at the end of the year I will be back, and I will conquer the walls!

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PALMTREEGIRL1 4/14/2013 9:22AM

    How did I miss this!? Good for you! I think this is awesome!

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THEMRSH 1/27/2013 8:57PM

  emoticon When your kids are looking back at their past they are going to remember their fun Mom!

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LADYJ6942 1/27/2013 11:48AM

    Rock on!!! Love the pics and no excuses approach. I too want to try rock wall climbing and shall do so this year.

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JUSTAGIRL45 1/27/2013 11:22AM

    VERY cool and a great family memory!
I think I need to try this!

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GIELLIOT 1/27/2013 12:24AM

    You will do it! Awesome goal to look forward to achieving!

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ARKPLE 1/26/2013 10:16PM

    Wonderful photos! What a cool family activity. And, you had 100% participation! Yeah for your whole family! xo

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ARNETTELEE 1/26/2013 10:13PM

  Looks like fun!

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Advice to my 16 year old self

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Oh you silly young thing! I'd like to give you some advice, but I know you won't take it, too busy thinking you know better - I know you!

First of all, learn to love yourself. You are smart, beautiful and full of life, and you can do anything.

If your gut tells you something, listen to it. That is your real self knowing what is best for you.

Don't settle. Just because someone wants you, it doesn't mean you have to want them. Don't be grateful for attention. Sex isn't the same as love.

You want lots of things and experiences, and you can have them. Just know that the most important factor in success is persistence. Set goals, and work towards them. Don't give up.

Don't believe that you can change other people. The only person you can change is yourself, and only if you want to.

Be brave. Take every opportunity you come across. Put yourself out there.
You are not overweight. Food is not the answer for the big hungry hole inside yourself, self love and fulfillment is.

Look after your body. It is only going to get older. It needs good nutrition, it needs to move, and it doesn't need alcohol, nicotine and drugs. Binge eating and fad diets are only going to lead to yo-yo dieting.

If a boyfriend ever tells you that you are "fat", call him on it. Dump his ass! You are the sum of the five peole you spend the most time with - surround yourself with awesome people, and move away from the lazy negative people who will only hold you back.

Live awesomely, choose happiness, love yourself.

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THEMRSH 1/27/2013 8:17PM

  Fantastic advice to your 16 year old self and to all of us yet today!

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GIELLIOT 1/27/2013 12:34AM

    Hear hear! I needed all this advice, too--it's amazing what experience teaches us! emoticon

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SHELLEY81 1/26/2013 7:16PM

    Wonderful blog and advice!

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JUSTAGIRL45 1/26/2013 3:29PM

    So True!

I'm still reminding myself that the only one I can change is myself.

Great job Tania!
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ARKPLE 1/26/2013 9:26AM

    Very good list. I wish I could have told myself the same! xo

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DOOBRIE 1/26/2013 8:39AM

    I love this one. I think it's brilliant!


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PALMTREEGIRL1 1/26/2013 8:24AM

    I love this! Say it like it is - kick negativity to the curb! Well said!

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ERW001 1/26/2013 8:19AM

    What great advice. I particularly like the last sentence too! emoticon

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EUGENERUGOSA 1/26/2013 7:56AM

    Love the part about listening to your guy & that you cannot change anyone but yourself!!!

& I ADORE your last sentence! I think I may steal it for a status sometime soon!!!


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Calorie "debit card" - careful how you spend!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

I posted this on my team thread and people liked it so I thought I would repost it as a blog:

Imagine that you have a calorie "debit card" that every morning has that number of calories on it. You can "spend" your calories any way you want, but it is a good idea to eat food that will make you feel full and give you good nutrition. You have 500 calories of "damage control", it won't add to your weight but you won't lose either. Anything you "spend" over your maintenance number will become your "overdraft" (you are sitting on it). Every 3500 calories in overdraft becomes a pound of fat. Regardless of whether you write it down or not, this is the process that your body goes through every day.

I wouldn't abuse my personal finances like I do my health, yet it is much easier to go and get more money than to get a new body when you break the one you have!!!!

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VIAFREE 9/13/2011 7:40AM

    I got to print this, what a great way to look at it. ty

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LUVSBULLDOGS 5/2/2011 9:58PM

    I love this blog. This is one thing that would work for every person on SparkPeople, if we apply it to daily life. Thanks for sharing.


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