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Here we go AGAIN!

Monday, April 09, 2012

When at first you don't suceed,




Here we are at again, AGAIN.

I will do it again....faster, farther, and better than I did before.

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....do I really need faster, farther and better.... ???? LOL...no not really, but it sure does sound good!

Slow and consistent gets her done just as well.

Here we go AGAIN

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4EVER21B 4/12/2012 4:16PM


Rock it!!!

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NEW_PARADIGM 4/10/2012 11:17AM

    emoticon For keeping at it -- and for all the lessons and tools you've learned from the 'other' times whtat WILL boost you in the now.

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PEPPYPATTI 4/9/2012 5:22PM

    I have started so many times due to injuries, etc, that I have lost track. The important thing is that you try again!!
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BLUE42DOWN 4/9/2012 3:17PM


The two greatest failures are not trying in the first place and giving up before we could have succeeded. Try, try, and try again is progress!

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GORGEOUS72305 4/9/2012 12:47PM


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Why do we do it?

Monday, February 06, 2012

1) Set our goals.

2) Work hard. (Come on...REALLY hard)

3) Stay focused.

4) Sweat PROFUSELY!!!!

5) Reach our goals.

6) Celebrate!

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(OK - this was the fun part.... do I hear an amen?....LOL....)

7) Look good and feel better than we have in years

8) Accept the congrats and admiration of our family, friends and peers

9) Then something happens (it can be anything or really nothing at all... emoticon)

10) We backslide.


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THETURTLEBEAR 2/6/2012 12:51PM


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ANGEL7903 2/6/2012 12:18PM

  So true!

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JABCLUB 2/6/2012 11:52AM

    Aaaaaaaaaagh!!!!! emoticon

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The Real Life Story

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I made my goals....

1 - Hit my goal weight of 135 (woohoo!) which lasted about 3 seconds (the truth)

2 - Rode my 1st century ride (that's 100 long miles baby) on 10/2/2011. I was so proud! Then my biking buddy went on vacation, and it rained the 2 times I scheduled caregivers so that I could ride. EXCUSES, EXCUSES...

3 - My scale has lost it's little battery operated brain.

Stumbled off the path, took a wrong turn....sumthin' happened!

I am back somewhere in the neighborhood of 144 lbs. I still fit into those size 8 blue jeans - but some of my other outfits of which I was SO proud to fit into...are now just out of reach again. DARN!

I had my goals....I made 'em.

Then I floundered. No denial - I lost focus on my prize because I guess it was no longer clear what that focus was.

Stopped into SparkPeople from time to time to log an exercise, track my foods for a day or so, read some blogs, etc., but i seemed to have lost that inner spark.

Seriously, it has been like 4 months since I blogged.

Fell into that black hole of oblivion and letting the circumstances overtake what's important. Maybe it is not too late to claw my way back to what matters.

I'll try. Obviously I have stumbled, but it doesn't seem like anything is permanently broke.

Shake it off.

Quotes for the Moment:

"Very often we are our own worst enemy as we foolishly build stumbling blocks on the path that leads to success and happiness.” ~ Louis Binstock

"There's no elevator, you have to take the steps." ~ Teen-Anon

“Things do not change; we change.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“You can't take flight without looking up and letting go.” ~ She Who Weaves the Web

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.” ~ Joseph Campbell

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4EVER21B 12/6/2011 3:58PM

    Missed you! So glad your are back.

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GEMINIAN1 11/21/2011 11:33AM

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/19/2011 1:24PM

    I am so glad to see you back on a blog! Putting it in perspective, you are still doing great! You have all the tools to get back to the 135 - nine pounds won't be a problem if you set your mind to it, and now you've learned an important lesson for when you start maintenance again. It's all good!

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Spitting Distance

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Yep, it's true.


I am in spittin' distance of my original goal of 135. Yep it is a couple of monhs later than I had written down...but you know what. I don't even care. I am almost there Sparky boys and girls.

....and I have so many wonderful friends to thank for helping me to this point.

so XOXOXO and more to you all. Could not have done it without ya.

I wish I could share the warm fuzzy feelings that I have in person with each and every one of you.

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JOPAPGH 7/21/2011 5:12PM

    Great news! Then the real challenge, maintenance, starts...


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KATV865 7/21/2011 3:28PM

Congratulations! Hope you stay on Spark and keep inspiring us!

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TERESA159 7/21/2011 1:59PM

    That's awesome news! You'll get there in no time, woohoo!!!! Congrats very much to you for sticking with it and seeing it through. When you do get there, I hope you continue with the Spark community and blog about how you maintain. It's a subject we who are still losing are VERY interesting in.
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TALLGUY42 7/21/2011 12:45PM

    Fantastic! Congrats on your progress!

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ANATASHIKI 7/21/2011 11:36AM

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LITERARY_CHICK 7/21/2011 11:06AM

    Way to go that is impressive drive!

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/21/2011 10:37AM

    How awesome! And inspirational! GO GO GO!!!!

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Be Not Wasteful or is that Waistful? - more choices

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Happened by SANDIEGOJOHN's Blog/Spark Page today.... love his stuff and his promoting of others' equally good stuff....

Anyway, he was talking about being real. Here's real for ya.

There are dinner and lunch leftovers in the fridge. Why am I the only one that feels that we should eat leftovers? Rather than burying them in the back of the frig for a couple more days so that they spoil and then we can throw them out with a lesser amount of guilt.

Didn't your mama preach to you about all those starving children in Africa when you were letting good food go to waste (or not eating your veggies, or had not finished every morsel of food on your plate)? Now that I am older and wiser, I do recognize it for the big guilt trip that it was. Whatever it takes to get the kid to do what you want?

Anyway, I am not working right now. Money is tight. Times are tough. Food is getting more and more expensive. Why am I having to throw food out? Why does everyone in this house refuse to eat leftovers? I would understand if the original meal was pretty bad to start with. Yep - I make tragic cooking mistakes sometimes....I can in good conscious throw those away.

But does anyone else struggle with this? I made my Dad the fresh lunch that he requested - a sandwich. Fine. I really wanted a nice salad with some protein on top but there are all these leftovers. If I don't eat them they will get thrown away. So instead of the salad I should have had - I had leftover turkey loaf, leftover cheesy mashed potatoes and leftover sugar snap peas. (Almost 800 calories VS about 400 for the salad)

Why do I have to be the Leftover Queen?

Does anyone else struggle with being thrifty/ecomonical/green VS fresh/healthy?

I'll stop my whining now.....and next time I am going to try to simply forget about or valiantly block out thoughts of all those starving folks, dump the leftovers, and make my fresh green salad.

..... if I can live with the guilt!

"Waste not, Want not".....I am so confused!

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RUNNER12COM 7/28/2011 12:24AM

    Wow, how cool to be catching up on Spark Buddy blogs and see my own name! Thank you for the kind words.

And yep. We eat leftovers. Times are tough and money is too tight to just throw food away around my house.

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GEMINIAN1 7/18/2011 3:08PM

    emoticon Hi ... :-)
Why do you have to be the Leftover Queen?
I wish I had a good answer for you or some good advice.
It's just me & DH; so, I don't have much to offer you on this; sorry my friend.
I hope you're off to a good start of the week.
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LESLIES537 7/18/2011 2:57PM

    I totally understand what you mean! I think what helps me the most is knowing that no little kid is going to starve because I throw food away. Yes, I may have wasted a little money but if that's what it costs to be skinny, I can afford it! emoticon

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LITERARY_CHICK 7/18/2011 11:17AM

    I was having the same issues so I just started cooking less - especially of side dishes. It is difficult and sometimes it means the family can't have seconds at dinner but we almost never have leftovers. But for those big recipes, I freeze individual meals so that I can eat them later when I'm not tired of the dish.

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SUNNYBUNNY112 7/17/2011 8:33PM

    Here is an idea for you...if you don't want to be the leftover queen and you don't want to be wasteful...make a dish...a casserole or whatever...and take it down to a shelter...most shelters have days where people can bring in a pot luck type of dish and it helps to feed the shelter...just a suggestion...I think it's okay to dump the over fat over calorie stuff and have the salad...why should you be the one to have to sabotage your health? Eat the salad next time, yo :) I ain't gonna lie thou....those cheesy potatoes DO sound good..lol

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/17/2011 7:27PM

    My DH cooks and he always cooks TOO MUCH. We have so many leftovers! But I'm lucky, because he's the one who eats them.

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ANATASHIKI 7/17/2011 5:42AM

    no , you're right ! you shouldn't waste anything. that doesn't mean YOU should eat the leftovers. we don't waste anything , people are poor ,the income is low and the prices are generally the same as yours if not higher(gas costs more here ) . i was always laughing at the "food poisoning "paranoia. nothing happens if you eat the same food for several days( of course if you don't keep it in the sun at 100 F). you are just used to do it like this, you can learn new habits , everybody has to adapt when dealing hard times. why waste those money throwing out perfectly good food when you can buy something else useful? talk to the others , try to make them reason and cook less, smaller amounts . keep what you can in a freezer until you can reuse it( mashed potatoes are a problem , i never seem to make the right quantity and i don't eat them). you are dealing special hard times and you have to adapt , you can't live like before for a while , if someone doesn't like it he should be free to earn more money to keep his habit . i also wasn't used to make a budget and pay attention at what i spend but i do it now , it didn't killed me. sorry for the lecture

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COMPUCATHY 7/16/2011 11:28PM

    I do about half and half with the leftovers. Sometimes I do well...other times they go bad. Mostly, it's just a matter of remembering them. Thank you for all your encouragement! I hope you have a TERRIFIC weekend! Enjoy! Celebrate your blessings! Spark on! emoticon

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LADYG67 7/16/2011 9:52PM

    We had this conversation at work on Friday about how much more expensive it is to eat healthier than not and the of food skyrocketing. These are perilous time but as the saying goes this too shall pass. Stay vigilant emoticon

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