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Six Month Sparkiversary - An Update & Reflection!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tomorrow is my weigh in day, but of course I had to check today since it is the official anniversary day. As long as nothing happens I will be at or past my half way weight goal! That will be fantastic. I also checked my measurements, which I didn’t do at first when I joined, but I have been doing them faithfully once a month since I started taking them. The results for the four places I measure are over 20 inches lost. All in all not bad for almost 6 months!

I have made healthy eating a priority more often than not. I don’t deny myself anything knowing that portion control is important to my long term forward success. I do have some bad habits that I will have to continue to work towards improving, but I’m more confident that I can do this. Moderation is the key!

My exercise has increased tremendously in the last six months. I was riding my recumbent exercise bike this morning thinking how thankful I am that I purchased that as an incentive to get myself moving. At first I would only allow myself the pleasure of reading a novel if I rode the bike. I have also bought variable hand weights and a really nice stability ball. These were things that I added as I got more in shape. The classes I took were a big help in getting me in a regular routine of exercising too.

Along this 6 month journey I have also improved my outlook. Looking back at my weight loss progress I see where I have stalled for periods of time over the last 2 months. During those stalls I just kept plugging along, not getting too discouraged, and then I would see another positive change. Inches will move sometimes when the scale weight won’t. I know if I keep trying I will get there. If I give up I will get fatter. My choice!

I have always hated my picture being taken and I wish you could have seen my husbands face when I asked him to take it tonight. He actually asked, “What?” I told him it is my 6 month anniversary with Spark so I want a picture. Thank you to my co-leader ThatPastryGirl from our Class Team for giving me the strength to post this. I know I will be happy when I can compare it in another 6 months.

It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t Thank the Spark Community for the continued support that I receive – yes that means you my kind Blog readers! I do appreciate all the support and I hope that I have given you some.

Late Update - I tried uploading my Picture to this Blog several times, but the website did not cooperate. It had been kicking me out all day. For the most part the site works well and I understand there will be technical difficulty. I did upload the picture to my gallery earlier tonight so at least it is there!

  
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KMCK117 8/19/2010 3:22PM

    its all about persistance and you got it girl! Most people would have given up by now. Congrats and may you have another successful 6 months! emoticon

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BEARDMUSIC 8/19/2010 1:20PM

    6 months is such an awesome accomplishment!!! Congratulations!!!
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XTMONT 8/19/2010 12:28PM

    Congratulations!

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THATPASTRYGIRL 8/19/2010 11:16AM

    You have come so far and are doing so well! I cant believe we have hit our 6 month mark already, time flys by! Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 8/19/2010 11:03AM

    emoticonon you're emoticon

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ACROSONIC 8/19/2010 9:56AM

    Great picture! Would love to see a "before" picture to compare this difference. Sounds like you're doing great!

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LIBRATAH 8/19/2010 8:26AM

    emoticonon all the success you have had so far. I wish you continued success on your journey. You have a great attitude. emoticon

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 8/19/2010 6:33AM

    You are doing great!!!

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GLAMIT 8/19/2010 12:10AM

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You totally rocked it girl, so proud of you.

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Old Clothes

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Today I wore a pair of pants that just drove me nuts. I have to wear a belt with them and it crumples the pants because they are so big on me. emoticon I made up my mind to look through some old clothes and hopefully find some old pants that fit. Thankfully I found a couple in my current size range and also have some set aside in the next size down. I can not wait till I get there. I am not sure why I don't have much in between but I think I can make do. I hate buying much in my current size range when I'm only half way to goal. I even found some jeans I can wear now and I haven't had a pair fit my since I can't remember. That will be a good feeling to have some Friday and weekend wear when it gets cooler this fall!

A few pair of fat pants are in a bag to go away forever!
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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 8/19/2010 6:33AM

    I dont buy a lot of clothes in the size i am in. brown black sometimes khaki or navy. I rotate tops as I can find them cheaper. I am short so to find nice petites are hard.

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THATPASTRYGIRL 8/18/2010 3:58PM

    I am so proud of you! You are doing amazing! Bye Bye Fat Pants! Check out the goodwill or any thrift store for cheap clothes in the size you are in now and when they dont fit any more you can donate them again. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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MVICKERS21 8/18/2010 12:19PM

    Thats wonderful! Congrats! I love it when I can fit in to my "Skinny Jeans!"

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POKIEFUZZBUCKET 8/18/2010 11:43AM

    Awesome! I also dislike buying clothes, because I don't intend on being here for too long!

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WILLOW49 8/18/2010 11:08AM

    Don't you love going shopping in your closet?! Glad you found some things that will work for you :)

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LINDABENEDICT 8/18/2010 11:02AM

    I can sooo relate to this ! I have some jean capris that kept falling down until I tied the belt loops together with string. I have refused to buy a new bathing suit, because I figure I only have a few more weeks outside anyway. And while I was trying to get my drier out of the basement I made time to fill 2 large garbage bags with too big clothes to send to Goodwill. BTW, some furniture was moved into the basement near the drier that made dis assembly necessary. My kids are moving the giant laundry table out of the way so once I get the mold cleaned out, a new drier will fit !

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MPONTERIO 8/18/2010 10:33AM

    How much better is it to have pants too big than so tight they dig into your belly? Great Job!

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CAHUNO2 8/18/2010 9:47AM

    I have my second bag of give away clothes ready to go and I'm already thinking about what goes next! Great feeling! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 8/18/2010 9:15AM

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NANCYRUBIO 8/18/2010 12:10AM

    Don't worry about baggy pants. You lost the weight, so be proud. How many women are walking around in extra tight pants.

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PHYL220 8/17/2010 10:34PM

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KATHYPETERSON62 8/17/2010 9:29PM

    I am a Goodwill junkie at the moment - dropped off 4 bags and went in and bought a bag full to bring home LOL!! But it is wonderful when we can ditch the fat pants - I wanted them gone so I am not tempted to slide back into them. emoticon

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SAL2525 8/17/2010 9:16PM

    Yiipppeeeee Woo Hoo I am the same way. I do not want to waste money on clothes when I still have a ways to go! I have some time off coming up and I should go through that closet and get rid of the really out of date clothes and the ones that are too big. Thanks for the motivation! Sal emoticon

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KAYE454 8/17/2010 9:13PM

  I don't have much to wear because I have lost to much weight I need to go shopping soon

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NYMERI 8/17/2010 9:02PM

    Awesome!

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A quilty pleasure

Monday, August 16, 2010

I had to finish the 1072 page book that I have been reading for the last couple of weeks. I hate when I get towards the end of a book I can't seem to put it down. The worse part was that even though I have a nice slim Kindle to read my books on, this book was a real hard cover and very heavy book. Reading while riding my recumbent bike was difficult with this book, so I didn't get my exercise in today.

There will be no excuses tomrrow and my next book will be recumbent bike friendly.

  
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GRAMMACATHY 8/20/2010 1:04AM

    Now that you have your kitten, you will have to download "Dewey the Library Cat" onto your Kindle. It was an excellent read about an abandoned cat that took over a town.
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SAL2525 8/17/2010 9:13PM

    What book were you reading? I love to read but I am kind of old fashion and have not yet moved into the kindle world. I still like to go to the library. Sal

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 8/17/2010 8:11PM

    I want a kindle soooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad!!!

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LIBBYFITZ 8/17/2010 3:58PM

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CAMELA_55 8/17/2010 6:25AM

    I love to read too! Just think of it as mental exercise.
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BRAVEONE92 8/17/2010 12:34AM

    I love reading and half way through and towards the end, I can hardly put my book down. I really enjoy reading more than I enjoy being on the computer. However, it seems that I am on here more than anything else and rarely get to read. Go figure.

I'm so happy that you enjoyed reading your book so much.

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NANCYRUBIO 8/17/2010 12:19AM

    Glad you so enjoy the your book. Know what you mean, can't put the book down when your near the end. emoticon

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ROWINGPRINCESS 8/17/2010 12:15AM

    Reading is great!

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DEE107 8/16/2010 11:02PM

    always love to read and its fun dont with the bike ,, but did try to knit and peddle but the yarn was wrap around the pedal

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JUDY1676 8/16/2010 10:21PM

    Glad you enjoyed the book! Tomorrow you can bike away!

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A B C's of Me!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I found this on another members Blog and thought I would post it since I need to try and blog all of August.

A - Available or married? - Married
B- Book? - Stephen King “Under the Doom” 1072 pages, I’m on 933
C- Cake or Pie - Pumpkin Pie, my nana use to always make this for my birthday
D- Drink of Choice? – Water with lemon
E- Essential Item? - Computer
F- Favorite Color? - Purple
G- Game to play or watch? - Football
H- Hometown? – Windsor, NY
I- Indulgence? – Chocolate & pizza
J- Job? – Information Technology manager
K- Kids and names? 3 boys, Joshua, Brian & Zachariah
L- Life is incomplete without? - Love
M- Music group or singer? – Eric Clapton
N- Number of siblings? - 2 brothers
O- Oranges or apples? - If I had to choose 1 it would be apples (neither are a particular favorite)
P- Phobias/Fears? – Ending up with Alzheimer’s
Q- Favorite Quote? – “You can’t handle the truth!”
R- Reason to Smile? - My Family
S- Season? - Spring
T- Tattoos? – yes both in memory of my son
U- Unknown fact about me? – Well that would be something I wouldn’t want to say emoticon
V- Vegetable you love? – Grilled onion, pepper, and yellow squash
W- Worst habit? – Friday night cocktail
X- X-Rays you've had? – Too many to list them all, most recent my back
Y- Your favorite food? - Pizza
Z- Zodiac? – Sagittarius

  
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THATPASTRYGIRL 8/18/2010 4:02PM

    Love it.. I am so borrowing this for my blog :o)

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LINDABENEDICT 8/16/2010 2:39PM

    Love it ! If I can figure out to copy and paste it I will adapt it as my own blog.....that's a big IF !!!
Fun getting to know more about you !!!!

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ALASKASKY 8/16/2010 1:19PM

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NATIVE_ONE 8/16/2010 10:55AM

    Oh yes; pumpkin pie, computer, pizza and chocolate! I think we shared atleast 18 of the 26 answers. Thanks for sharing!!

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LINDAGRAVEL 8/15/2010 9:40PM

    I really like this blog. emoticon

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JMCADE 8/15/2010 9:34PM

    I've seen one similar to this, good answers. Wonder about that unknown fact though!!!!

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SAL2525 8/15/2010 9:28PM

    My favorite food and biggest fear are absolutely the same! Time to eat and I am having lean cusine pizza and a salad! emoticon Sal

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HEALTH4LYFE 8/15/2010 9:09PM

    I have a lot of the same answers you had! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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WILLOW49 8/15/2010 8:59PM

    So you're a Sag, too!

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DESERT_DARCY 8/15/2010 8:28PM

    I really liked this blog! Thank you for sharing!

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Our newest addition (pictures included)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Yesterday's blog mentioned my heart leading my head. My husband is the same way. We can pretend we don't want or need another animal and yet we open our hearts and home when the going gets tough.

So here is a picture of the rescued kitten:

The vet appointment went well, we did all the tests needed to bring her into a home with another cat. She got flea and worm medicine to be safe since she was in a dirty abandoned building. I bought her a nice soft bed hoping she would love the comfort, however she loves to hide in dark places for now.

Here she is in a cabinet we have in the room that she in secluded in.


We have her in a separate room from the two dogs and one cat that we have already and are introducing her slowly so as not to freak any of them out. She is getting less skittish and we will hopefully come up with the right name soon.

Suggestions are welcome!

  
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KMCK117 8/17/2010 9:21PM

    That's awesome! I wouldnt be able to pass up a cute fuzzy animal either..heartstrings
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MBSKIT 8/15/2010 12:12PM

    She is cute. I have 3 cats and they love to hide in crazy places. I have to leave my closet door open so one can go in a sleep. It's his safe place.

SO CUTE!

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PHYL220 8/14/2010 11:50PM

    She is adorable!

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LIBBYFITZ 8/14/2010 11:32PM

    This is going to be a beautiful fluffy cat, "Bella" is my choice!

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WILLOW49 8/14/2010 10:38PM

    Awwe, what a sweetheart :) I'm sure she'll feel right at home before too long. Some TLC will go a long way! Now she needs a name...hint, hint...lol
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DDOORN 8/14/2010 10:19PM

    Who could resist...? :-)

Great way to bring a new member into the family...!

Don

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JUDY1676 8/14/2010 9:52PM

    emoticon on your new addition! And a cutie she is!

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LNWOLF72 8/14/2010 9:39PM

    She is adorable! I'm sure once you get to know her better the name will come to you. I love her eyes. Makes me miss my two--but since we rescued an abused pitbull no kitties for us :( Thank you for saving her---every animal deserves a home and someone to show them love.

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VALI_T 8/14/2010 9:18PM

    What a precious little girl she is. How about Misty for a name? Might just fit her...

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DEE107 8/14/2010 8:58PM

    so cute

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CTQUEEN 8/14/2010 8:34PM

    How adorable! I would love to have more animals but alas my husband says no. Enjoy your new bundle of joy!

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SAL2525 8/14/2010 8:02PM

    Oh she is adorable! I'm glad you rescued her! PS I had my salad! emoticon Sal

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MOMOFSEHANONO 8/14/2010 8:00PM

  Cute cat. What about Neon for the name.

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2BHLTHY4LIFE 8/14/2010 7:59PM

    Your kitty is a sweety,you are like our family,we just adopted two kittens; Oreo and Tux,they are brothers,so they keep each other company and into double stuff trouble,lol! I like the name Tiger,it's a female so something more feminine.We put different names that we like the best and put them in a hat and pull out 1 paper and that is the name,there's 5 of us. I like Angel,Jewel,Jade and that's all that comes to mind right now.Enjoy your new fur baby! emoticonDiana emoticon

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CAMELA_55 8/14/2010 7:45PM

    How adorable! I'm sure she will be a delightful addition to your family.
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AML05030 8/14/2010 7:44PM

    GAWHHHHHH !!!!! ADORABLE KITTEN IS ADORABLE! I named our saved kitten (we found her almost 2 months old out in the rain) Cricket because she hops alot. She wasn't skittish but my other cat Maya was.
Wait for her personality to show up :) that my naming suggestion.

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LADYAUTUMN 8/14/2010 7:43PM

    OH MY how adorable. You and your hubby sound like us - we went to 'look at' a friends puppies in February and - you guessed it - came home with this little bundle of soft, furry love. His name is Teddy and we just adore him and his big Sissy loves him too. Not too sure the cats will ever take to him - they have been ruling the roost for too long. Congrats on the new baby! emoticon

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NICOLEMC2 8/14/2010 7:34PM

    I always wanted to name my first pet Sassafras *G* but when we got our cat (an 18lb behemoth *G*) He was already name Tigger...we actually rescued him from a family who was going to give him to a shelter....now's he's king of my house *laughs*

The kitty is very cute!!!

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