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Today is a great day!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Got my exercise, ate my freggies, stayed in range!

Today is a great day!

  
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CICI510 5/11/2010 10:48AM

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JERSEYGIRL24 5/10/2010 10:56PM

    Good for you!!! Keep up the good work.

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 5/10/2010 9:19PM

    What is a freggie, fruit/veggie?

WTG
by the way,
thanks for the heads up on the shoes, I'll be sure to tell Sherri about your note!

Have a SPlendid week!

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GRALLEN 5/10/2010 9:13PM

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CHRISTY60 5/10/2010 8:58PM

    Way to go!

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EMMABE1 5/10/2010 8:26PM

    Great day!!

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VALERIEMAHA 5/10/2010 8:09PM

    You're so inspiring!
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FRAN0426 5/10/2010 8:08PM

    emoticon emoticon--certainly was a good day

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SLENDERELLA61 5/10/2010 7:54PM

    WooHoo! Way to go! To the point blog! Keep up the great work! -Marsha

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COOLMAMA11 5/10/2010 7:48PM

    emoticon That's what we like to hear! I also had a good day!

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RISSASPIECES 5/10/2010 7:47PM

    Woo hoo!

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Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

I just want to wish a very Happy Mother's Day to all my SparkFriends!

Enjoy your day!!

Love,
Linda

  
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/10/2010 5:43PM

    Thanks Linda. I hope that your Mother's Day went well & was happy. Love to you, Dawn

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 5/10/2010 3:43PM

    Hope you enjoyed your day too, cause you are a mom to lots of us here at SP, LOL

I saw another commercial for another brand of those shoes you blogged about recently, REEBOK might have been the brand, but don't hold me to it!

Have a SUPER week!

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CANDYGETNFIT 5/10/2010 1:49PM

    Hope you had a Wonderful Mother's Day too!

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BARNABABY1 5/10/2010 12:02PM

    Thank You emoticonHope you had a wonderful day, too!! emoticon

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MSLZZY 5/9/2010 8:03PM

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CATHEITE 5/9/2010 7:20PM

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All my best to you.

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SLENDERELLA61 5/9/2010 6:20PM

    Happy Mother's Day to you, too! -Marsha

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WALKINGANNIE 5/9/2010 5:34PM

    You too Linda.

with love,

Annie

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RONIH2O 5/9/2010 5:21PM

    Thanks and back at ya!

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EMMABE1 5/9/2010 5:19PM

    And a very Happy Mothers Day to you too!!

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Danskin Now Spring!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010



For all you wanting to try the Sketchers Shape-Ups but not having $100 extra this month, Walmarts is carrying the new "Danskin Now Spring" shoe
www.walmart.com/ip/Danskin-Now-Women
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I purchased a pair yesterday and have been walking around my house and even did a 1 Mile Walk Away The Pounds wearing them.

I like them! $25 is a lot cheaper way to try the shoes - you can still buy the more expensive pair if you want, but this way you get a cheaper way to try the "style" out.

**edit 5/6: I usually wear an 8-1/2 Wide but I am very comfortable in a regular (normal) size 8 of these. Nice!

**edit 5/7: I have been unable to obtain a 2nd pair so far! Even online I am unable to access Walmarts "checkout"! The shoes are selling out fast!

Yay! I purchased 2 pair online and they will ship them to me for $1.94!

  
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SOPHIADARE 5/8/2010 3:25PM

    Thanks for the tip!

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MOMWANTSNOWAIST 5/6/2010 11:51PM

    Linda-- Thanks for the info .!! Had to stop in and say hi--have lost 19.4 lbs. now and went in today to return something for my friend's daughter and just looked at the clothes in general and found I COULD FIT into some of the tanktops!!! I haven't really shopped much yet--just a new workout top or two and will get myself a new pair of jeans when I hit 20 and a NEW OUTFIT W?SHOES at GOAL!!! But just had to tell you how GREAT IT FELT!!! I have probably been a spokesperson since emoticon!!! Just SO HAPPY!! ANd EVERYONE thinks there is a magic bullet---I just say it's HARD WORK & logging your good food choice on the Nutrtion tracker!!!!Glad you like your goodie --I LOVE spending them on sparkfriends and those needing a boost or a thank you for inspiring blogs!!!! ---Happy Betsy :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BARNABABY1 5/6/2010 7:21PM

    I've been dying for a pair of sneakers like these but they are so expensive!! Hope they still have my size (although I generally wear a wide width)! Thank you for the fantastic tip! emoticon

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 5/6/2010 3:11PM

    Very interesting!
Thanks for sharing!

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USARUNNERGIRL 5/6/2010 2:58PM

    Tooo coool. Thank you for the info, I was wondering if anyone would come out with a cheaper version. Woohoo.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 5/6/2010 12:06PM

    great idea....I have been wondering, but 100 $......no way

25 maybe a way!!

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MEADSBAY 5/6/2010 10:37AM

    EXACTLY what I've been waiting for!
Let us know how you like them.
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MARTY19 5/6/2010 8:36AM

    Sears had the originals on sale and I missed it so I think I will give these a try. Thanks for telling me.

Hugs,
Marty

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EL_KATO 5/6/2010 7:13AM

    I love the Sketchers shoes. I have an all black pair that's just about had it, but I'm gonna wear them into the ground.

For anyone skeptical of them - they do more than just 'tone,' like they brag. My posture is better than it's been in ten years, and I blame the shoes. They force you to strike a balance between your two feet, instead of your normal resting position. So you end up working both legs evenly.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/5/2010 11:54PM

    WOW! Thanks for the info. I am definitely going to get a pair. With hubby's Walmart discount I'll be in business. Love ya, Dawn

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GRALLEN 5/5/2010 10:20PM

    Thanks for the info. I kinda wanted a pair but didn't want to pay the price. I might check those out at Wal-mart even tho I already bought a regular pair of walking shoes about a month ago.

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NEWLIBRARIAN 5/5/2010 9:28PM

    Cool thanks for this post. I have noticed ads for a lot of companies getting into this trend. I may have to try a pair.

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HLTHYLIVN_BAM 5/5/2010 9:20PM

    Thank you so much for this! I bought a pair of the sandals using some DSW coupons and rewards money and it was still expensive. Nice to see it getting to the point that more people can afford.

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MSLZZY 5/5/2010 9:19PM

    I am going to check this out! Baby needs new shoes! Size 10 1/2's LOL!

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CICI510 5/5/2010 8:18PM

    Those look comfy! TFS!!! :)

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SLENDERELLA61 5/5/2010 7:50PM

    Thanks for that suggestion. I think I will do just that! -Marsha

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LOPEYP 5/5/2010 7:43PM

    That must have been challenging do the WATP workout in them.Good for you!

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The Success Story!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

We are all capable of being "The Success Story".

This is a one day at a time program, but if you do the SparkPeople Program Steps, it really does work. I am terribly average, it's the SP program that is extraordinary.

You CAN do this! SparkPeople works!!

You will have "bad" days too. It happens. Life happens and sometimes we eat when life gets in the way. Do not despair. Allow yourself the "wallow" time when it is needed and just get back on track as soon as you are able. Never ever give up on yourself. I too have days like this when I wallow in food. The trick is not to beat myself up over it and to just get back to normal as soon as I can. If I can do it, anyone can do it.

You can do it!

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JENIFIREHARP 5/4/2010 10:39PM

    So true, we must keep on keeping on!!!

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GRALLEN 5/4/2010 9:16PM

    Thanks for this. The last couple of weeks, it seems I've been wallowing in food but this week I've got it back under control.

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MEADSBAY 5/4/2010 5:19PM

    Thank you, Linda!
You continue to inspire so many of us.
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JERSEYGIRL24 5/4/2010 5:13PM

    Annie is right, you are not average at all!!! Maybe you feel that you are not special even though you have had incredible success with SP, but I think you have to give yourself at least some credit.

I have tried to differentiate between being lucky and being fortunate. I truly believe that luck is very blind and that if you have it (or don't), that it is pretty random. The classic example would be winning the lottery (unfortunately, I don't know what that feels like LOL). If you are fortunate, then you probably had a hand in making good things happen. I think you are fortunate if you beat out a lot of good people for a job, but you are not necessarily lucky. If you show up late for the interview and the interviewer is even later than you, that is luck. If the interviewer is there and doesn't care that you are late, that is fortunate. If you lose the out on the job because you were late, well, that is somewhere between unlucky and unfortunate. Sometimes it's hard to differentiate.

My point is that you are very fortunate that SP has worked for you, but you are not lucky at all. You have definitely have worked to make this work. Please give yourself some credit!!!

All that said, I agree that SP is an extraordinary program. I am trying so hard to get back on track, and I think I am succeeding.

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IONA72 5/4/2010 4:38PM

    Thanks, this is what I need to hear, frequently. Had a few bad days last week eating way over my goals but this week I feel a lot more controlled.

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WALKINGANNIE 5/4/2010 4:25PM

    You're definitely not average Linda! You've done a fantastic job.

Thanks for the cheerleading!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 5/4/2010 3:09PM

    Thanks for the cheering.

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MSLZZY 5/4/2010 2:36PM

    Right on! Have a great day! And with that positive attitude, you will!

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...back on track with a small calorie deficit today!

Monday, May 03, 2010

It was quite the weekend! I barely managed to stay within my Spark Ranges - at least close enough!

Today I managed to get a small calorie differential!

WooHoo!!

  
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CICI510 5/4/2010 10:40AM

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I'm curious about something. What is a good calorie deficit per day? 500? I've been trying to do research on it and am coming up empty and would love some advice. :)

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LIZZYP609 5/4/2010 7:08AM

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MONGO2TEN 5/4/2010 5:52AM

    Keep it up, you can do it!

~Nancy

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LOOSEINGIT 5/3/2010 8:27PM

    Keep on Sparking emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 5/3/2010 8:22PM

    Good for you! Perfection not required, just persistence!!

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JENVIZ26 5/3/2010 8:21PM

    Way to go!! emoticon

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DENNISBISHOP 5/3/2010 8:19PM

    Nice way to get back on track!!

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