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Are You Willing to Take The Pledge to be Healthy Today? by Nancy Howard

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Are You Willing to Take the Pledge to Be Healthy Today?
by Nancy Howard

If we all take the pledge that we are not going to allow unhealthy habits to control our lives then WE CAN and WE WILL make the change. Are you willing to take the pledge to be healthy-not just to be thin or a certain number on the scale, but truly embrace the world of healthy living?

Yes, Yes, Yes!!!

I believe I have already taken this pledge since I am no longer tempted by undesirables! I accept that situations can and will arise where sometimes the best choice will still not be a good choice but I am making healthier decisions on a daily basis!

I will not go willingly into the "over medicated" group of seniors due to stupidity and poor choices!

I hereby pledge to be healthy---not just to be thin or a certain number on the scale, but to truly embrace the world of healthy living.

Linda Stephens

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CRTSANG 1/12/2009 2:40PM

    I'm with you!

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DINA:-) 1/11/2009 10:53AM

    i also take the pledge! woo-hoo!

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SUPREME5 1/10/2009 5:37PM

    i am with marty.i try the good choices every day.
dont always get a a+ but getting there.
dorene emoticon

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MARTY19 1/10/2009 2:35PM

    I am trying to be healthy every day.


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TWEAVER0715 1/10/2009 12:03PM

    I take the pledge. Thanks for sharing

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Just Don't Quit!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

A poem I read on Spark People, it inspired me!

I found this on MEGANFAMILY6's SparkPage! I just had to blog it for others to read! It is truly fantastic!!

When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down,
And you feel like the biggest failure in town.
When you want to give up just because you gave in,
And forget all about being healthy and thin.
So what! You went over your points a bit,
It's your next move that counts...So don't you quit!
It's a moment of truth, it's an attitude change.
It's learning the skills to get back in your range.
It's telling yourself, "You've done great up till now.
You can take on this challenge and beat it somehow."
It's part of your journey toward reaching your goal.
You're still gonna make it, just stay in control.
To stumble and fall is not a disgrace,
If you summon the will to get back in the race.
But, often the struggler's, when loosing their grip,
Just throw in the towel and continue to slip.
And learn too late when the damage is done,
That the race wasn't over...they still could have won.
Lifestyle change can be awkward and slow,
But facing each challenge will help you grow.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint in a cloud of doubt.
When you're pushing to the brink, just refuse to submit,
If you bite it, you write it...But DON'T YOU QUIT!
-Author Unknown

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    Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Truth and Humor always help keep me on track! When we can laugh at ourselves a little it gives us room to make the choices we truly want instead of just remaining stuck in the habits we've had.

emoticon Janet

P.S. - Not sure where to post our daily stats for Buddy Team #3

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LIFES*2*SHORT 1/8/2009 12:52PM

  We need constant reminders. Giving up is NOT an option!


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MARTY19 1/8/2009 12:04PM

    I have something similar at my house on a poster. Every time I think "phooey" I look at this and get back up again. The winers in life are the people who simply refused to give up. And I am going to be victorious in this war on fat.


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CRTSANG 1/8/2009 9:44AM

    I like it. It's like a proverb I've been told is Japanese, though I haven't run across it myself: "Fall down seven times, get up eight."

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ANGELME28613 1/8/2009 9:07AM

    I can see why you liked it! It's Great! Thanks So Much For Sharing This:)



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Wednesday, January 07, 2009


Can I say it again?


Wow, this feels so good! I have waited so long to see this!


Officially down 70 lbs today if only by .1 lb!!


Bring on 139!!


**I know, I know, I need a picture. Maybe later in the week. I bought 3 pair of Spandex/Twill pants on the clearance rack for $3 - are you ready? Size 4-6!! Very very tight but they are on and I can sit!!
This is the "NEW" size 4-6 which I believe equates to the older size 10-12? But since it is all new to me who never stayed in the older size 12 I am ecstatic! I was never a 10 and now I am officially there!

This is as low as I will be going in the sizes but I need to shave off a few edges. The last 10 lbs or so and then on to the toning!
My calves are still too big emoticon

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SUPREME5 1/8/2009 1:21PM

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DINA:-) 1/8/2009 12:28AM

    size 4-6! holy cow! great job, linda! you are such an inspiration!

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JENIFIREHARP 1/7/2009 11:06PM


Can you shout that again?


Got it!

I am so very proud of you!!!
You finally got your 70 pounds lost logo!!!

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CRTSANG 1/7/2009 3:48PM

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What an amazing weight loss, and wow--size 4-6! Please, please, lets have some pics.

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WALKING_GIRL 1/7/2009 12:48PM

    Linda that is fantastic!!!!! You are my hero! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LBSTRINGER 1/7/2009 11:00AM

  Hey Aunt L.
Congratulations! I have been away from my computer during the holidays and am just trying to get cranked up again. (I got the package you sent me the next day, "Thanks a bunch.") I appreciate all the help you have been to me. Now it is up to me to try and do as well as you have. BYW, Daddy said you really looked good, like a different person. Keep up the good work.
Linda emoticon emoticon

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 1/7/2009 10:29AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI bet you feel lighter than AIR!!! What A TRIUMPH! Doesn't it just make you want to dance and sing! Love & Hugs, Janet

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MARTY19 1/7/2009 10:25AM

    emoticon How awesome. I am so proud of you. You are really rocking.

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LIFES*2*SHORT 1/7/2009 9:34AM

  Way to go! I can't imagine EVER seeing that number! You rock!


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_VALEO_ 1/7/2009 8:41AM

    Congratulations! emoticon
You are out of 140-ville! Welcome to 130-ville!

It's good to reward yourself -especially with a size 4-6!

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TABBYKAT75 1/7/2009 8:40AM

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Thank you for your support!

Monday, January 05, 2009

I have a bad shoulder and the Jumping Jacks brought back the pain. I didn't want anyone worried about me needlessly. But I am finally able to move the arm so much more freely and just cannot see chancing injury.

I had wondered if I could do Jumping Jacks - now I know. Who would have thought the jumping would be ok but not the arm movements?!

Add to that all the confusion of which steps and when and I just got overwhelmed. Then I took a peek at today's video and I have enough trouble on both legs, really afraid of injuring my knee if I do the exercise on one leg. I can barely complete the set as it is and I do the Wall Squats with Ball.

I do feel like a coward and a sissy but I cannot afford to get hurt - I have 2 old men counting on me to be their aides, my dad and DH. 85 and 87 respectively.

But I am going to peek at and try every video. I am in the last leg of my journey and need to get the weight moving again. I am stuck in 142-ville.

The good news is how many people tell me "you are there" when I tell them I am getting closer to my goal. It feels good but I still have a mirror and I know how to use it.
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Thank you Walking_Girl! I welcome the company!!
I did the Walk Slim Fast Start 3 Fast Miles last night!!


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_VALEO_ 1/7/2009 8:32AM

    Don't forget to stretch before and after to avoid injuries. Coach Nicole always mentions that if you're not confortable with one exercice, you can go back to the marching stance!

I had to modify the jumping jack as I can't really do it as much as I would -not because of my health condition, but because of my neighbours living under me! emoticon

Congrats for the Walk Slim Fast Start 3 Fast Miles!

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KAREN42BOYS 1/5/2009 11:10PM

you are being responsible for your body, not a sissy. that sense of responsibility has gotten you this far and it's quite reasonable to trust your own knowledge of your body. :)

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KAREN42BOYS 1/5/2009 11:10PM

you are being responsible for your body, not a sissy. that sense of responsibility has gotten you this far and it's quite reasonable to trust your own knowledge of your body. :)

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CRTSANG 1/5/2009 7:19PM

    I don't think I need to tell you that nothing is worth injuring yourself. Just do what you can and that should work. The boot camp doesn't depend on doing everything exactly and perfectly. Modify, modify, modify. For the jumping jacks, if the jumping doesn't bother you, why not just do them without the arm movements? That would get you a lot of the benefit without the pain.

You go!

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SUPREME5 1/5/2009 4:13PM

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WALKING_GIRL 1/5/2009 12:49PM

    Way to go!!!! I can't wait till I can do 3 miles with Leslie like you. I am only at the 1 miles but I will get there! :-)

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HUGGERS1 1/5/2009 12:23PM

    The second video was very hard for me as well. The first one, i modified the jumping jacks so i didn't lift my shoulders as high as i have tendonitis in my left one.

I could barely squat down on the one leg but i tried it.

I am so proud of how far you have come and I know that you are so motivated that you will overcome this slight pause at 142ville. Don't stress it. You are healthier than you have been in a long time and it is important to know what we can do. I love that you are trying each video and doing what you can do. It is so motivating to know that it is the fact that we are not giving up that makes us move forward.

I hope your day is blessed as you take care of your dad and DH.

sending you big hugs

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LIFES*2*SHORT 1/5/2009 9:51AM

  You know your body better than anybody else. You know when you can push through something... and you know when that pushing it will lead to injury. Most people would give up all together... but you keep trying. I am glad you know your limitations... without throwing in the towel completely... a definite sign of an up and coming success story!


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MARTY19 1/5/2009 8:13AM

It is great that you will still be in the cheering section. Have you tried the Leslie Sansone walking tapes. I have the walk away your waist complete with belt and I love it.
Take care of yourself! And you do look great but I know what you are saying about the mirror.


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I want to be happy, not stressed, too!

Sunday, January 04, 2009

I was just reading a friend's blog and advising her that I would rather she be happy than stressed.

My problem is I tried the first Video in the Official SP Boot Camp and I hurt myself. But like the little camper I am I was willing to give it another go.

Well, after telling another sparker that I wanted her to be happy and not stressed I think maybe I need to take my own advice. So I am going to be the unofficial cheering squad for all you members competing in the Official SP Boot Camp this month!

Rah emoticon Rah emoticon Rah emoticon

Now I am going to hobble off and do another WATP video! emoticon

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_VALEO_ 1/5/2009 7:31AM

    We definitively need cheerleaders for the bootcamp! Bring it on!


PS: I hope it's a minor injury! We might also need Medic people!

Comment edited on: 1/5/2009 7:34:11 AM

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WALKING_GIRL 1/4/2009 11:57PM

    I will be a cheerleader with you! I am very happy just sticking with my walking and Leslie! I haven't been doing them like I should and it shows but this year will be different and you will see me shrinking soon.. :-)

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JENIFIREHARP 1/4/2009 9:59PM

    You are not allowed to injure yourself Linda! I want to complete boot camp with you by my side!

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SUPREME5 1/4/2009 9:18PM

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LIFES*2*SHORT 1/4/2009 8:17PM

  yep... I want to see a picture of you in a cheerleader outfit too. lol Thanks for cheering us on!


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RODEOMOMSK 1/4/2009 7:17PM

    My son's girlfriend is a cheerleader.
You and her get together! emoticon

Take care and have fun cheering.

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MARTY19 1/4/2009 6:13PM

    YAY! A cheerleader in our mist. All right. Just don't let me whine alot or often. Kick my butt.
I'm so sorry you hurt yourself. Please take care. And dust off those pom-poms.


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TABBYKAT75 1/4/2009 6:09PM

    I am doing the bootcamp It will be great having a cheering section. Sorry to hear you hurt yourself though , hope you will in top shape again soon

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GIVENTHANKS 1/4/2009 6:09PM

    I had to modify the Bootcamp workout today or I would have hurt myself also. At this point (until I get in better shape) my body just won't do those kickboxing moves. emoticon
I hope that you recover quickly!

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