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Sunday, February 14, 2010

I was so unbelievably bad yesterday - and it was so worth it!! For the first time since last July, I hit 124 this morning!! So what?! Today I am back on track and will be eating soup and doing my Cardio.

Yesterday we had a 2nd Thanksgiving since we were not all able to be together on the real one. I fried a turkey and I overindulged in the skin which had been seasoned. And we had Birthday cake with ice cream - and I had 2 portions! But it was worth it and I enjoyed myself.

Here's the difference - are you listening? I tracked every morsel to the best of my ability!! Yup, even the cake, although I was unable to be sure of the calorie count. I was at least 1000 calories over for the day!!

Life goes on and we just try again and keep on tracking. That is the difference in this being a lifestyle change. Short of dying, we always get another chance to try again! Ain't life great?!!

Love you,

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MSLZZY 2/17/2010 7:24AM

    Life IS great so enjoy! You'll do better tomorrow!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/14/2010 11:20PM

    You did better than me. I did not bother to track today, but know I will get back on track tomorrow.

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HEALTHY4SPRING 2/14/2010 4:03PM

    What a great attitude! Spark on, Linda!

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JUDYK17 2/14/2010 3:21PM

    You da "wo"man! That is why I am losing so slowly. I have really changed how I eat and don't just go hog wild like I use to but I also have not gone so strict that I am miserable. I think it's the happy medium that will work in the end.
Keep up the good work and thank you for keeping us motivated!
Happy Valentine day!

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MEADSBAY 2/14/2010 1:25PM

    And THAT is why you are my #1 Super Motivator in the Sparkaverse!
Life is full of ups and downs and you can weather them all with grace and style!

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ASTORRES1 2/14/2010 12:57PM

    You hit the nail right on the head...this is our LIFE...we must enjoy the times when given to us. The rest of the time...we are behaving our selves.........glad you enjoyed your day.


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MESSENE 2/14/2010 12:24PM

    emoticon emoticonYou are fab! I love the idea, that we can always start over again. emoticonBest wishes!!! emoticon emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 2/14/2010 12:20PM

    Good for you Linda. This is surely the ultimate winning attitude. Having a relaxed celebratory day is all the more special when it fits into a healthy lifestyle. You've got things truly in control.

What a wonderful example to us all - a great role model.


Annie x

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FORMYDARLINGS 2/14/2010 11:45AM

    I think you have living a new lifestyle down to a T. It is all about LIVING and indulging once in a while is part of that. What you now understand is that you have to adjust for a bit, what you do daily to make up for indulging and then life just goes on. It is great Linda!!!


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FLAMINGOLESLIE 2/14/2010 11:14AM

    You are GREAT!!!!! emoticon

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JANNIEWANNIE 2/14/2010 11:10AM

    Thank you for sharing this message. I had forgotten it this week and let one meal at the Chinese buffet stretch into 5 days of grazing. I felt like a failure rather than reminding myself that it was one meal out of a lifetime of meals. I am back on track as of yesterday and am deeple grateful for your memory jogger. Happy Valentines Day to you. Hugs from Janet.

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WATERMELLEN 2/14/2010 10:55AM

    Healthy attitude! and that's what counts: we're not on a diet, we're transforming our lives (and that involves living)!

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    Glad you got to STUFF yourself, LOL

That meal sounded really good too.

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day today, Birthday cake, was it Ray's BD or someone else. I think YOURS is in November.



Indulge in some chocolate today, it's healthy for you!

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CATHEITE 2/14/2010 10:02AM

    You have a really healthy and positive attitude! emoticon Thank you for leading the way and teaching by example.

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GINA7249 2/14/2010 10:01AM

    atleast you know what you did and not just eat eat eat wihtout thinking about it. so cool

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TNKELSE 2/14/2010 9:52AM

    Totally cool attitude! I agree 100% I do the same thing.

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BARNABABY1 2/14/2010 9:43AM

    I love your attitude...that's why you are a success and an inspiration to me! emoticon

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JENSHAWN 2/14/2010 9:24AM

    Been there done that! Good for you for tracking!

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Still struggling with Strength Training...

Friday, February 12, 2010

I am still struggling with Strength Training for one of my team's goals. It's only to do 5 Strength Training exercises 3X per week and I am totally lacking.

However, another of the Team Goals is to have a Calorie Deficit daily and that I am excelling in! WooHoo me! I am back to 120.8 today!! After I post this blog, I am going to get on my treadmill and try for a minimum of 20 minutes! I can do it!!

Hugs y'all, stay warm and be happy!

Thank you everybody! I don't know why I never thought of starting with one exercise and doing it throughout the day! One set here, one set there, and I would be doing ST!

I have done 36 minutes on the treadmill so far - I haven't been on it in weeks so today I try and the phone keeps ringing, lol, and even company to come by! But I am going to get on it again later!

Right now I am going to do some squats! Thanks to all suggesting fewer minutes and fewer exercises to start out with!

today I did 3 upper body ST plus a 41 minute walk!

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KNITTABLES 2/13/2010 12:29AM

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MSLZZY 2/12/2010 5:01PM

    emoticon Stay warm and happy on this wonderful Valentine's Day weekend!

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MRS.DOYLE 2/12/2010 4:45PM

    Thanks ... you have just reminded me to do my strength training tonight.

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/12/2010 4:25PM

    Wanted to share what has been working well for me -- I do one set (10-15, depending on the exercise) several times/day. Today I'm doing squats. Doesn't take long to do 10, but if I do them morning, afternoon, evening, I've gotten 30 in. Makes a nice break from sitting at my desk at work, too. Another day I'll do bicep curls, or crunches ... try to mix it up. The QuickFire Challenge team is great, too -- they'll give you a suggestion for each day. One of my teams (Colorado Christian Women) has a 5 minute Fitness Challenge where one person suggests a strength exercise, and next person to read it does that, then suggests the next one. You are fitting little bits in without ever feeling like you are "working out". Coach Nicole's 10 minute workouts (see The Spark) are great -- again, enough but not overwhelming! C'mon folks -- strength training is so very important! You Can Do This! emoticon

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/12/2010 3:51PM

    Your strength training goals are moire strict than mine ( surprise surprise!). I had spark pick mine for @ 15 min. 3 X a week. I swapped a couple with others because I did not like them, plus wanted to use some of the little bit of equipment I do have ( dumb bells, rubber stretchy thingy that I can never remember its name, and stability ball)

Glad to hear you have calorie deficit as a goal. I was just thinking of that this morning, as opposed to the goal of staying within calorie range. On some of these days when I jog/walk, etc. I just get hungrier and sometimes go over by a few calories, even though I still have SOME deficit, however small.

You are a winner, so I know you will figure out just what you want and need to do.

Martha emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 2/12/2010 3:36PM

    You can do it! SP generated strength training is the first I've ever tried that I can truly see a difference in my body. They give you so many levels, you can find one that is right for you. I definitely think it is worth it. With all your determination and history of success, if you are convinced you should do it, you will!

Congrats on the great weight! And you are a cardio machine!!

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WALKINGANNIE 2/12/2010 3:26PM

    Great going on the calories and cardio. You're definitely gold medal material in those categories!

I struggle with strength training more than cardio because I still see it as a bit of a chore. I re-read an SP article on the benefits of strength training again today though and I think it might have given me some more focus.

I'm sure that you will have read it, but the link is at:


Hope you have a great weekend.

Annie x

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BRIGHTSPARK7 2/12/2010 2:32PM

    Go for it! The team challenges are great aren't they. emoticon
xo Usha.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 2/12/2010 2:04PM

    You are AWESOME!!!

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FATMAN210 2/12/2010 2:03PM

    sometimes its tough to find the time.. but its something that will help you in the long run of course. emoticon

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Fitness Minutes!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thanks to OldMom for pointing me in the right direction - I had thought the fitness minutes are grossly overestimated!

But, when I figured it all out to 64,750 fitness minutes = 1079 hours = 45 days, it starts to make sense!

For the entire 2 years that I have been working the program, I have averaged 2-3 hours of walking every single day - until this unusual cold & rainy season started in December. Plus the "occasional" strength training (duh on me) minutes and the just as rare Walk Away The Pounds minutes - they really do add up!

I only wish it motivated me to do even more! But it doesn't. Here I sit, on my ball, typing instead of exercising.

Love to y'all,
P.S. I do LOVE my digital scale that measures in tenths! Anything that keeps me on track is a blessing!

**edit: I forgot to mention that when I divide 1079 hours by 3 for the 3 hours average daily, I come up with 360 days - so it really has been possible!

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CATHEITE 2/11/2010 11:00PM

    The stability ball is definitely a workout - so much better than a regular chair. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/11/2010 7:09PM

    It is amazing how all those minutes add up. Good for you for keeping it up!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/11/2010 4:53PM

    Linda, you are truly awesome and inspiring!! On WATP Leslie says that for every hour of exercise you get two more hours in longer life. Think what you have given yourself. Just amazing!

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MSLZZY 2/11/2010 4:51PM

    That's a lot of minutes! You are doing an awesome job! Keep on Sparking!

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SHUCG1004 2/11/2010 4:11PM

    Linda, you've done great with fitness minutes!

If you're lacking motivation (which is something I am going through too), I would suggest making an appointment with someone and going to the gym and walking on a treadmill or indoor track for 30 minutes. I did that yesterday when all I wanted to do was go home and sleep. I spread the spark because I got to tell my friend about SparkPeople! I will more likely stand myself up for an exercise appointment but will do whatever it takes to make it for an appointment with someone else!

Good luck, and *huggggs*!! Listen to your body. If you think you'll feel worse after exercising, maybe just take it easy today and have a plan in action for tomorrow. No one is perfect all the time, every day. We love you!

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JUDYK17 2/11/2010 4:10PM

    I try to count all the minutes I can that don't fall into normal everyday living. So I count all the minutes I worked on the shower as it was hard and I was sweating, I know I got a good workout. But doing the dishes and such I don't count.
Good for you for using a ball to sit on.

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MARTY19 2/11/2010 4:06PM

    You are so funny Linda. Tenths of a pound. For someone as small as you. Belssing on you my friend for being such an inspiration to us all.


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WALKINGANNIE 2/11/2010 4:05PM

    OLDMOM3 often points me in the right direction when she shares her experiences and thoughts!

Typing must use up some calories - but you can't be in perpetual motion anyway. All your activity has certainly paid off, so well done you!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/11/2010 2:26PM

    Someone convinced me of the importance of fitness minutes. Many times I don't get around to logging them in, but I know they count toward my health just the same, and leads to more of those tenths disappearing on the digital scale.

I do like earning the points though to have $ to give goodies to people.

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Darn Digital Scales - Gosh I LOVE it!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Today when I got on the scale - I weigh every day, it's something I need to do to hold myself accountable - I realized that every pound feels like 10! I no longer think of one pound at a time but in terms of tenths of a pound!
emoticon So every "pound" has 10 pounds within it!!

This I think is going to be a great thing because I believe it is the reason I freak at 123!

An AHA! moment!!

Thank you whoever you are that invented the digital scale!
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MONGO2TEN 2/11/2010 6:52AM

    I made myself go a week without stepping on the scales. It was hard! I'm up half a pound. I'm going to try every other day this week.


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BRIGHTSPARK7 2/11/2010 2:19AM

    Yeah, I weigh myself every day too. Helps keep me focussed on making good choices through the day. Have an old rotary scale which is fine for right now.

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GRALLEN 2/10/2010 9:38PM

    I weigh everyday too but only use one day as the offical weight. I'd be jazzed at being 123. Congrats!!

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WALKINGANNIE 2/10/2010 6:26PM

    I quite like my prehistoric scales that only have pound markers especially when I weigh myself without my glasses so I can't quite see what's going on but get the general impression! emoticon

Funny how our perceptions change though isn't it?

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/10/2010 6:25PM

    I love my digital scale. One tenth down is a real win.

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CATHEITE 2/10/2010 3:43PM

    So happy you're loving your scale! I weigh in every day too, but mine weighs by half pound. emoticon

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MSLZZY 2/10/2010 3:18PM

    I wouldn't give up my digital scale for anything! It is accurate and I can't argue with it. I weigh only once a week and it sure tells me if I have "gone astray from the Spark way"! Hey, that rhymes LOL!

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JULIETFOX 2/10/2010 12:52PM

    digital is definately the way to go! No cheating by leaning to view from a different angle.... yes... I've done that.

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TNKELSE 2/10/2010 12:31PM

    I must have a cheep version, mine only does half pounds.

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SHUCG1004 2/10/2010 11:26AM

    You will get there, Linda. Patience and persistence!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/10/2010 11:01AM

    Hehe. Yeah, as long as it's ACCURATE to tenths of a pound! LOL

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MESSENE 2/10/2010 10:50AM

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EMILYBEMENT 2/10/2010 10:42AM

    exactly!!!! A victory can be in small steps!!

Love ya, Em

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/10/2010 10:39AM

    Good AHA moment about the scale. I need to get that in touch with mine these days too.

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CELESTIALAXIS 2/10/2010 10:37AM

    I seem to keep losing on even numbers, lol. Just a pound, or two, very few 1.8's. I like digital too tho! =)

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My DH laughed at me :(

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

emoticon He said, "I remember when you said you'd kill to be 165 again, and how thrilled you would be to get to 148 lbs!"

He said, "now you freak if you go up to 123 lbs!"

I am learning how to think like a normal person!!

I love SparkPeople!
emoticon Linda

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/10/2010 9:25AM

    LOL. Too funny.

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GRALLEN 2/9/2010 9:38PM

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GRAMMAP1 2/9/2010 9:22PM

    I am sure at one time you thought that was unattainable! Well I applaud you for doing so well.

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SMB19191405 2/9/2010 8:45PM

    You're so funny!
I long for the day when I get close to 123 lbs. . :) emoticon

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ASTORRES1 2/9/2010 8:10PM

    emoticon emoticonjob!!! You are so much an inspiration to me!!!


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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/9/2010 7:08PM

    Isn't perspective wonderful??

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EMILYBEMENT 2/9/2010 6:20PM

    oh awe he loves you so and cares so much by paying attention LOL...honey you rock!!

Love ya , Em

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MARYMAC45 2/9/2010 5:48PM

    You go girl, you're looking great. DH knows it too. emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 2/9/2010 5:06PM

    It really is all relative!

Well done you! Congratulations.

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KNITTABLES 2/9/2010 4:54PM

    I think he is proud of you, I am. You have come a long way Hun! congrats.

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HEART_N_GRACE 2/9/2010 4:48PM

    It's all perspective isn't it!!! Way to go about being diligent about maintenance!!!

Comment edited on: 2/9/2010 4:54:05 PM

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SOPHIKKO 2/9/2010 4:38PM

    Aw, he's doing a good job at reminding you just how far you've come.

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SPARKLYMOOSE 2/9/2010 4:27PM

    Now that is a good thing to be laughed at about!!

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ONTHEGOMO 2/9/2010 4:21PM

    Me, too!! I often remember the days I would give anything to be a size 12. I'm really not sure what that weight is, now, for me. I just don't want to see 137. Amazing. Your 123 is really amazing. Good work. mo

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    My DH says the same things to me. Of course, I'm not at my goal weight, but he's very proud of my success to date, just like your DH is proud of you! What would we do without our best "cheerleaders"? emoticon

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_VALEO_ 2/9/2010 3:00PM

    You're doing great, Linda! And I'm sure your husband is proud of you.

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MSLZZY 2/9/2010 2:51PM

    Amazing how our words come back to haunt us! He would have to remember that, right? LOL! emoticon

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