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I Want My Life Back Again

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ok, looking at my past posts, and I cannot believe that the last time I posted I was ready to get started again, was 11 months ago! It has certainly been a difficult couple of years that I have been through, but I am re-determined to lose my last 20-30 pounds, and have a more healthy lifestyle again. Armed with a new man, a new living situation, a new nutrution book I just bought, and an upcoming new year that I am hoping will be great! I am ready to get back on track with my diet, exercise, and healthy eating. I cannot wait to look and feel better!!! Let's go, Happy New Year!!!

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    Sounds like you have all your ducks in a row. emoticon I need to knuckle down and make sure I stay on track in 2011.

Have a prosperous and Happy New Year!


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Finally ready to come back

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hi, I have missed you all so much. It has taken me a while to get back on my feet after losing my husband this summer, but I am finally feeling ready! My current plan is to startup full force Monday February 1st. I am so ready to start living right, and continue to drop more pounds for the right reasons this time. I want to thank all my friends and teammates for their support, and kind workds, and for not giving up on me. I have missed this, but could not keep up with it like I was until now. I am sure I will still have many ups and downs to come, but I will have you all to share them with. Thanks, and lets get healthy and skinny!

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FLMOMX2 2/1/2010 8:23AM

    Great attitude. Sorry about your loss. We're here for you!! emoticon emoticon

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RITAROSE 1/29/2010 7:09AM

  I'm very sorry to hear about your loss! I can only imagine how difficult it is to adjust.
Even though I don't know you I send you my love and prayers. I hope to hear more from you and applaud you for coming back. There's a ton of support here as I'm sure you already know. Take care! emoticonRitarose

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YAMINOKODOMO 1/28/2010 10:31PM

    I am sorry to hear about your husband, I hope you and your fam are doing well. Welcome back!

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SING4MYFOOD 1/28/2010 10:26PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your husband, and glad you're back. Know that we're all here to help!

In Him,


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AMALIA8 1/28/2010 10:05PM

    I love the attitude and we're glad to see you back. :) Keep up the amazing work and keep on Sparking!

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MOMMA48 1/28/2010 9:19PM

    I so love to see and to have read your blog, my friend! It's great to know you're ready and remember, I'm here for you with those ups and downs -- I care, hun! I'm just excited to see your name again and know you're back!
emoticon to you, my friend!

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WOOKIE68 1/28/2010 8:07PM

    Sending you love and best wishes. Take good care of yourself!

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I've been away, trying to get ready to come back

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hello to all my spark buddies. I have not been very active on the site for awhile due to some events in my life. Some of you have read my page, and know about my husband. Well, on June 10, he went into the hospital for what we believed to be constipation problems. However, his liver was also acting up at this time. Add a few other complications down the road-bleeding from the bladder, and kidneys being affected, plus the liver never getting better, and nearly 4 weeks later, he was put into hospice care and passed away on July 7th. I miss him terribly. He was the love of my life, and I had hoped to grow old with him, and have a long and happy life together after raising our beautiful daughters. Now I am left to do that on my own. He did so much for me, so it won't be easy. Anyhow, spark wise, I am still on the downward slide. but my original goal is a bit out of reach-so will have to midify that a bit. but I am begining to get ready to get back to my healthier ways and tracking everything. Hope to hear from you all. Thanks for listening and caring.

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AMALIA8 8/31/2009 8:53AM

    I know it's been awhile since you posted this but I too have been absent from Sparks for awhile. For totally different reasons but absent none the less. I am sorry to hear about your loss. I cannot imagine what it would be like to lose someone that quickly when there was no warning. I wish you all the best and I know you can get back on track! :) Keep up the great work and know that we're here for you!

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MAGGIEYE 8/22/2009 8:58PM

    I just read your blog, and am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your husband was very fortunate to be loved so much. I know these must be very dark days for you. You and your girls will be in my prayers. emoticon

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GOLDFISHLIZ 8/3/2009 5:43AM

    Thoughts and prayers at this difficult sad time. I hope you have friends and family to hold you and help you and your daughters. May God bless and keep you today and always
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KYWOG1 8/2/2009 12:07AM

    Sorry to hear about your loss. The Lord will see you through this! Just trust in his word he will comfort you!

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GLORYLIGHT57 8/1/2009 7:01PM

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. I have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

I am happy to see that you are back...we are here for you. emoticon

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TERRI_BEAR** 7/30/2009 9:53AM

    I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughters at your time of need.

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MARTHA-ANN 7/30/2009 7:07AM

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, my thoughts are with you and your family emoticon

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SHERRY822 7/30/2009 5:25AM

    So sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of grief. It is good to have you back.

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TAMI1691 7/30/2009 4:55AM

    emoticon Sorry for your loss.
Please know that support is here for you among the wonderful people here in sparkland.

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MARILYN1260 7/29/2009 10:23PM

    Hi, I'm so sorry for your tragic loss. My very best to you and your beautiful daughters.

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HARLYCHIC14 7/29/2009 7:29PM

    I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Please know that we are here for you.


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LORISNEWHOPE 7/29/2009 4:36PM

    I am sooo sorry for the loss of your solemate. You will get back on track when you can - just take care of your two wonderful girls they need you at this time. emoticon

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S_HANSEN 7/29/2009 4:23PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. This must be terrible for you. I know that you loved him so much. Know that we are here for you, just reach out. Take care of your girls.

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/29/2009 4:08PM

    sorry for the loss of your beloved. we are here for you. emoticon

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ROSEMARIE1965 7/29/2009 4:08PM

    I am so sorry for your loss.. We at spark is here for you, emoticon

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HUGGSUMONE 7/29/2009 3:32PM

    I am also fairly new to the site, but wish to convey my sympathy for the loss of your soulmate. i know it can't be easy to move forward, but we are here to uplift you where you need it. keep sparking, we welcome you back with open arms. emoticon

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  I know yo do not know me, however, when I read your blog I was so touched for you and the loss of your beloved. I will say a prayer for you. I wish you condloences for your great loss. Poet

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GHETTOZGIRL 7/29/2009 3:25PM

    ALthough I am new and have never met you, your post touched me. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your husband. It is good you are making you way back, we are all here to support you! Welcome Back!

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May Challenge Overview

Friday, May 29, 2009

I feel that currently, nutrition is my strongest element. While I do have a sweet tooth, and love my junkfood, when I was deciding to lose weight, and searching for a way to do it, I researched healthy "super" foods, and found that many on the list were foods I would eat-I am a bit of a picky eater. So I decided the way to go was to eat healthier, and make better choices nutritionally. I have been pleasantly surprised, as I have enjoyed this journey. I eat mostly what I want-limiting the junk food of course, but I do not restrict myself too much. In my research, I have taken bits and pieces from several plans, and sort of made my own program. So I allow myself a small treat every night-I keep it small, 50-100 calories mostly, and also allow my self a bit more freedom on weekends and at special events or occasions, but for the most part I am making much better choices nutritionally-adding more veggies and fruits to my diet and meals. I do not see my eating plan changing. I am hoping to keep this up long term. I feel good about helping my family be healthier too. Also, I am getting much better about drinking my daily water. This has always been a weak point for me. I still need a little work on this for days when my schedule is not the norm-then I tend to fall short.

While nutrition is my strong area right now, fitness is my weak. I am not an active, sporty person. I really need to work on incorporating fitness into my daily routine. I seem to do ok in spurts, then fall back. I have several fitness goals which include taking family walks with the dogs, getting on my elliptical for at least 5 minutes per day-this exercise is difficult for me, so I need to build up, doing exercises during the commercials of my favorite shows, stretching, I have videos I want to do more, and walking around during my lunch duty at work-which I have been doing pretty well. I guess, I just really don't like exercise, so I will put it off. I do fee that fitness is the fastest way to achieve the goals I want. Also, when my husband-who is battling cancer doesn't feel like walking, I usually don't push it-a few times I have taken the dogs and gone by myself. I guess I really need to look at how I can get the best benefite out of any activity I have to do-such as housework, playing with the kids.... I know I would see more improvement if I was more consistant, I feel better about myself when I do get it done. I just need to push myself more.

My husband is a big support for me. Also, I want my kids to be healthy, my husband to beat his cancer, and I don't want to end up with as many health issues as my parents are facing right now. I have taken before pictures-not to the after part yet. I have seen improvements in how my clothes are fitting, I see small changes in my body so far-I have not lost very much yet. I do take measurements-which have not changed much, and weight myself once per week-oficially-I occasionally step on the scale during the week just to peek, but mostly I am pretty good, because I am enjoying what I am eating and doing.

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BOYSMOM9698 6/3/2009 9:57AM

    You sound a lot like me. I have not had very much trouble with the nutrition end of things. I actually feel better when I eat healthy, so when I do eat junk I realize how much worse I feel and it makes me actually crave the healthy foods. But the exercise has been a real struggle for me. Like you, I do okay in spurts but I never keep it up. I think part of the issue is time. It really doesn't take any more time to eat something healthy than to eat something unhealthy, but it does take more time to exercise than not to exercise. And I feel like time is always at such a premium. So I'm also trying to find ways to incorporate fitness into the activities I have to do anyway. The other day when I was cleaning my bathroom I decided to set a timer so that I would be pushed to work harder and faster. It's a start I guess. Good luck, and if you come up with anything that works to keep you exercising, let me know!


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TAMI1691 5/30/2009 3:01AM

    Sounds like you are doing okay. Slowly and steady will always get you there. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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KYWOG1 5/29/2009 5:27PM

    I like what you said about the nutrition, that you allow your self something sweet every night. I also allow myself about 150-300 calories in case I want a soda or something. That was dieting is about, I think it's not fun when you can't have the things you like, and it's a set up for faliure. Just take one day at a time with the fitness. I had to start off with 30 min for 3 days a week, when i did that consistely for a month. Then I increased it. I'm getting ready to go back to work so I am going to try and exercise for 20-30 mins in the morning. And that way when I get home if I don't want to I will have already gotten it out of the way. Or I can do more. Just keep doing what you are doing!

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S_HANSEN 5/29/2009 4:27PM

    You sound like you are doing fabulous! I say keep doing what you are doing and try to find what it is that really gets you working out. Lifting weights or running is not for everyone, but if you enjoy walking then I say do it, if it is swimming then swim.. You get the picture. Keep up all of the great habits you are making for yourself with your food and the support you get from your family, and before you know it you will be right where you want to be. emoticonSondra

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AMALIA8 5/29/2009 2:13PM

    All of this sounds awesome! I think you have the right attitude when it comes to looking at these three areas of a healthy lifestyle. :) Keep up the great work and work on the things you know you need to!

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RICH530 5/29/2009 1:48PM

    Sounds like you are right on track!! You have a plan all set and know just what you need to do!! Good for you! Good luck!!
emoticon Lee

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Ok, here goes, my motivation at this point. Well, I have not lost weight in the last two weeks, but I somehow do not feel discouraged. I am greatly motivated on the nutrition front. I am very happy with my eating plan, and feel satified and pleased most of the time. I do allow myself small treats everyday, and occasionally more free and open days when we have special events or occations, but mostly stick to the plan, and limit myself even with in my free days. I am doing great with water as well, something that was always an issue for me before. I do struggle in the area of fitness. I don't have time in the mornings, and am often very tired when I get home, but I am making strides in this area-however small they may be, I still am working on making it a daily habbit, and we are trying to get out for our evening family walk with the dogs-which is also going better, but at times needs to be postponed due to other unexpected necessities that come up. But I do feel really good over all that I am doing what is best for me and my family, and am motivated that way, the scale doesn't bother me too much-although is does a little, but I am seeing a slight differnce in my body already so that is good-but am hoping to see more soon!

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BOYSMOM9698 5/19/2009 6:53PM

    I t sounds like you are doing great. I also struggle the most with exercise, but I'm doing better than I was. Keep up the good work!


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HARLYCHIC14 5/19/2009 12:45AM

    You're thinking the right way. Don't be discouraged about the scale. You're doing a great job. Keep it up!


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INCEPERSON 5/18/2009 10:04PM

    Way to go! it sounds like you're doing great and are on the right path. Attitude is so important! It is hard when you don't see the scale move. I am currently in that same position. Staying positive and consistent is key. It will move and keep moving! Good Luck and thx for sharing!

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MOMMA48 5/18/2009 8:25PM

    That, my dear, was the neatest blog because you just summed it all up, Coreena! It's called PROGRESS! And you're doing it and enjoying it!!! Keep it up and enjoy! Fantastic!!!
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S_HANSEN 5/18/2009 5:13PM

    It sounds like you are doing the best for you... You should be proud. You are not giving up and you are admitting you still needt to make exercise a habit, which is something that comes if you do it every day... you are doing great! Keep up with the diet and exercise and positive attitude... I wish you all the success today and everyday...Sondra emoticon

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TEACHINKIDS2 5/18/2009 4:07PM

    This was my thought/tip of the day on my other team...so I thought I'd share it with you...It's a beautiful quote that I have to say to myself quite often!

When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."

The scale is NOT my friend as well! LOL

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MRSLONDA 5/18/2009 2:20PM

    Be encouraged and continue to persevere!!! You can accomplish your goal. You are doing GREAT!!! Anything worth having is worth working for, so ... continue to work at it one day at a time. :-)

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