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Sorry, it had to come to an end : (

Monday, November 30, 2009

... but I am now trying to help lead 3 teams and I just cannot stay with all of my other teams where I don't have time to remain active.

So, I am leaving a few of my teams that I only stayed with for this challenge or that. It was fun and I enjoyed helping reach some team goals along the way!

With the new year fast approaching, I remember the challenges that come with New Year's Resolutions and SparkPeople getting really busy in January.

I don't want anyone to think something happened. I just had to thin out the herd.

**edit: I am not leaving any of my spark friends, just a few teams. The need for motivational support climbs this time of year and I need to be accessible to anyone that I might be able to encourage on their journey to better health.

I am and will be here for anyone needing a hug or a shove in the right direction. Together we are going to lose this weight!

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/2/2009 4:42PM

    Good decision! I've cut back on some teams too. Maybe I will cut back on a few more.

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WALKINGANNIE 12/2/2009 3:08PM

    Thanks for all your efforts. Take care.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 12/1/2009 2:39PM

    Understood! We'll all be here for you too!!! emoticon

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ANNIEONLI 12/1/2009 2:00PM

    Goodness gracious!! Me oh my!

Just joshing ya! Funny, you thinned, I added! LOL Totally understandable with the new year approaching.

just swung by to tell you that I LOVE the new avatar! very cute!!

Anywho...talk to you soon!
Annie

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DBELLE39 12/1/2009 5:14AM

    I totally understand, do what you need to for you!

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ASTORRES1 12/1/2009 5:00AM

    You have to do whats best for you!!!

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MEADSBAY 11/30/2009 11:07PM

    Same thing happens to me.
I will be your faithful reader until the end of my days, Linda.
I am working those numbers tonight.
thnx for your help.
xoxo
elizabeth
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MSLZZY 11/30/2009 10:52PM

    Thank you for all your effort and support! You need to budget your time and do the best for you!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/30/2009 8:11PM

    Great way to set priorities. Good of you to explain. You are such a great SparkPeople leader!

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MYGEORGE 11/30/2009 8:05PM

    I think we've all done this. There are so many teams I want to be part of but it just isn't possible. Good luck and stay focused in your journey.

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POLYANASUNSHINE 11/30/2009 4:43PM

    I completely understand. Take care while you spark!

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SUPREME5 11/30/2009 4:37PM

    YOU MAY MOVE OUT BUT WE STILL CAN HAVE COFFEE NOW AND AGAIN

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MARTY19 11/30/2009 4:28PM

    I hope it is not a team we share. But I would understand. You cannot get rid of me not matter what you do. LOL!

Marty

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AUTUTMNLYNN2 11/30/2009 3:34PM

    PULLED IN TOO MANY DIRECTIONS WE CAN BE GOOD AT NOTHING. YOU KNOW YOUR LIMITS. DO WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 11/30/2009 3:21PM

    I understand completely. emoticon

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ENUFALRDY 11/30/2009 2:19PM

    I always say...take care of you first!

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_VALEO_ 11/30/2009 1:39PM

    Been there, done that. You can't be in two places at once.

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FINDINGREALME 11/30/2009 1:05PM

    Very understandable...but glad to hear you will still be around!!

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GRALLEN 11/30/2009 11:54AM

    It happens. I've done it too, weeded out a few teams.

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Bring on Christmas, I am ready!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

It is now the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I have again broken 120!

Bring on Christmas, I am ready!!

  
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CALIFORNIA-GAL 11/30/2009 10:15AM

    You are always my biggest inspiration Linda. If you can do it, so can I right??? Congratulations on crossing 57,750 fitness minutes. I guess that has a lot to do with how you lost all that weight, huh?!!!

Have a great day! ~ Candi

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MSLZZY 11/30/2009 7:00AM

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ETHEL_MERMAID 11/29/2009 10:24PM

    Amazing, Linda! You really ARE completely ready for Christmas! Santa arrived early at your place. Well DONE!!

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RHYMEANDREASON1 11/29/2009 6:47PM

    way to go! you're such an inspiration.

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LOPEYP 11/29/2009 6:32PM

    Good for U

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GRALLEN 11/29/2009 5:13PM

    Good girl!!!

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ASTORRES1 11/29/2009 5:00PM

    WOOHOO....you go girl!!! emoticon

amy


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MEADSBAY 11/29/2009 4:57PM

    You're my hero!
Am I not eating enough again?
Can you look at my food logs and give me some advice?
I workout 60-90 minutes 5-6 days a week, cardio and ST.
thanks,
elizabeth
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TALLTABBY 11/29/2009 4:38PM

  Great Job!!!

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MARTY19 11/29/2009 4:34PM

    You make me smile. Nothing gets you down and you handle everything that life throws at you. AND you do it with grace and humor.

Hugs,
Marty

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Thanksgiving . . . the day after!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday morning, 5a.m., time to get up, get started, face the consequences of my yesterday.

Was I good? OMG, that really depends on how you define good. I was too good to me, lol. I really really enjoyed the skin on my fresh fried turkey! I enjoyed a serving of stuffing and some candied sweet potato casserole with marshmallows toasted on top.

I indulged in cheesecake, cheesecake (yes, I know I listed it twice, 2 pieces), pumpkin pie with cool whip, some danish that I couldn't begin to describe here and some very rich white bread made with heavy cream. Oops, forgot a "Martha Washington" made by the lady who's husband was frying my turkey!! (Not on my Nutrition Tracker!)

I tallied up my calories - of course I used the Nutrition Tracker! Would you think otherwise of me? I stayed within range, sort of, too much was guessing about portions. Not to mention the aforementioned forgotten "Martha Washington fudgie thingie."

I calculated my calories burned - yup, managed to get in a little walking time yesterday too.

I ended the day in the negative by eating at least 200 more calories than I burned.

I consumed more sodium and cholesterol than recommended. Was it worth it? You betcha!

Slow drum roll here please - I stepped up to the scale and got on, held my breath, and looked down - - - .1 less than yesterday! 121.1, still well within my maintenance range!

I keep telling you, maintenance is doable!! Fear is the enemy, not the food.

Love y'all,
Linda

P.S. I apologize to all but I took the day off yesterday and didn't do any unnecessary emails, or much SparkPeople stuff. It was a mini-vacation for me.

P.P.S. I was MIA & AWOL for 2 days! But now I am playing catchup with my spark emails! And back on track too!!

P.P.P.S. It is now the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I have again broken 120! Bring on Christmas, I am ready!!

  
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ETHEL_MERMAID 11/28/2009 8:41PM

    Linda, when you wrote in the Huddle that you were MIA and AWOL, I thought you'd radically departed from healthy eating for that duration. But look at your accountability!! You've got maintenance all sealed up, all yours - congratulations! Hope you don't mind if I follow your blogs...you're a great example. All the best, Susan

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SUPREME5 11/27/2009 10:26PM

    WAY TO GO GIRL PROUD OF YOU

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MARTY19 11/27/2009 11:28AM

    Sounds like you had a very successful day. So did I. Best ever calorie wise. And I too enjoyed myself immensely.

Hugs,
Marty

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ASTORRES1 11/27/2009 10:34AM

    AWESOME!!!!! Be proud of yourself........

amy

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ASOPA21 11/27/2009 9:48AM

    GREAT JOB!

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I promise myself...

Thursday, November 26, 2009

...to take today as it comes.

...to try to eat sensibly but not beat myself up when I "taste"

...to enjoy the love and friendship around my table

...to get back on track when the company goes home

...to not even need to forgive myself for the indulgences to happen today, tomorrow and maybe even Saturday

...because I am human, I am worthy, and "I deserve a break today!"

  
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LINDA! 11/26/2009 9:29PM

    AGREE!! emoticon

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QUILTINGB52 11/26/2009 8:23PM

    Amen Sista!!!!! That's what maintenance is all about!!!

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SUPREME5 11/26/2009 7:56PM

    right on

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MARTY19 11/26/2009 3:47PM

    emoticon I agree with you.

Marty

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ETAGGEL 11/26/2009 1:26PM

    Thank you for that!

Phyllis

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LITTLESTAPLETON 11/26/2009 10:51AM

    Thank you so much for encouraging us to be kind to ourselves and not give up! What a great message to wake up to on Thanksgiving!

Have a great day!

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LOPEYP 11/26/2009 10:04AM

    Me too.

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CATHEITE 11/26/2009 9:10AM

    What a terrifc message! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 11/26/2009 9:00AM

    I know I am repeating my self here, Linda, but
you are,
always have been,
and always will be
my hero!
Have a wonderful day.
xoxo
elizabeth
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ASTORRES1 11/26/2009 8:32AM

    Amen sister!!!!

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MSLZZY 11/26/2009 8:13AM

    Very positive and true! I'll do the same! emoticon

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Thanksgiving is coming!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thanksgiving is coming next week.

I do not want you to be afraid! Eat as sensibly as you can - and then move on. Friday will follow the "feast day" and you will get back on track.

It is more important to try your best - but remember this is a day to celebrate with our loved ones and to be thankful for each other as well as the bounty bestowed upon us.

You will persevere!

Love you,
Linda
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LINDA! 11/22/2009 4:41PM

    Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon

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MARINCESS 11/21/2009 10:52PM

    Amen! emoticon

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ILSAWING 11/21/2009 7:30PM

    You're right Linda. I made up my mind to enjoy Thanksgiving Day with family as well as Christmas Day. I will just get back on track the following day.
Thanks for the good advice.

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MSLZZY 11/20/2009 10:43AM

    Make Thansgiving your treat day and then dedicate yourself to getting back on track. Eat sensibly but enjoy the good company you are keeping and make new memories!
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GLOBALKEEWEE 11/19/2009 4:41PM

    Thanks for the pre-emptive pep talk!
Bring on the bird!
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SUPREME5 11/19/2009 2:35PM

    I PLAN TO TRY A LITTLE OF WHAT I LIKE AND ONLY THAT A GOODIE IN THERE SOMEWHERE

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 11/19/2009 11:34AM

    I agree! I'm also thankful for SP. With Spark I've become so much more aware of my options. I don't have to eat like it's my last meal or try everything if I don't want to. It's so freeing!!

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MEADSBAY 11/19/2009 9:37AM

    That is great advice!
I'm looking forward to the day and will have small portions of just my favorite foods.

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GRALLEN 11/19/2009 9:07AM

    I'm going to use portion control and not take a little of everything, just a few things.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/19/2009 7:46AM

    Great attitude, Linda! Have a Happy, Happy Thanksgiving.

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_VALEO_ 11/19/2009 7:22AM

    Have a great Thanksgiving with your family!

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MARTY19 11/19/2009 7:19AM

    Good advice to everyone. One day doesn't kill a sensible plan but a weekend will.

Marty

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