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Really, we all do have days and weeks like this! You will persevere!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I am involved in an ongoing Daily Calorie Differential Challenge at the By The Numbers Spark Team. This challenge was the brainchild of LOPEYP, one of our wonderful team leaders! This was not my best week - I post it only to show other sparkies that we all have weeks like this - just stay with your program and get back on track as soon as possible. You can and will reach your goals, One day at a time!

Calorie Range: 1440-1790

7/11 - calories 1717 differential -253
7/12 - calories 1893 differential -74
7/13 - calories 1618 differential -249
7/14 - calories 1786 differential -134
7/15 - calories 2500+ differential +600 gave blood, dizzy & hungry
7/16 - calories 2124 differential +307 *sigh*
7/17 - calories 1675 differential -113

Deficit for week = 823
Over for the week = 907++++

Starting weight 117.2
Ending weight 118.5

Isn't it funny how fat I am at 118?! I am learning to keep things in perspective!

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LINWINAGAIN 7/21/2010 11:04PM

    Fat? excuse me? You're doing great!

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MOMMIARSES 7/18/2010 7:20PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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EMMABE1 7/18/2010 3:59PM

    Hummm!! Nothing is infallible- and nothing works for everyone!!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/18/2010 2:28PM

    Very good analysis. Thanks for sharing. Counting it all makes good sense. I have a bad habit of ending for the day, running the reports, feeling good and then grabbing one more thing that I don't track. So it makes my data invalid. I'll try harder. You are an inspiration. -Marsha

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/18/2010 12:50PM

    interesting.. thanks for sharing. Love you, Dawn

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MSLZZY 7/18/2010 12:12PM

    Different way of tracking! I'll have to check mine more closely. emoticon

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BIJOUX7 7/18/2010 11:45AM

  Maybe water weight? New muscle which weighs more than fat? What does the tape measure read?

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: - ) oh my goodness lol

Thursday, July 15, 2010

My great friend Tony, OneReallyBigDog here at SP, sent me this link.


Enjoy a chuckle on us!

Linda emoticon emoticon

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STILLPOINT 7/26/2010 2:37PM

    Hilarious!! This is 'Just for Laughs Gags'. It's filmed in Montreal but they show it all over the world since it's silent. It's so much fun!!!

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    Thanks for the giggles... laughter is always the best medicine! Love ya, Dawn

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FORMYDARLINGS 7/16/2010 7:56PM


Wonderful Wonderful wonderful. I was crying while I laughed. Thanks for the chuckles


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NANCYMT6151 7/16/2010 6:39PM

Loved it!!! emoticon emoticon

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SMB19191405 7/16/2010 8:31AM

    That was great!

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VAMPS351 7/16/2010 1:55AM

    LMAO ahahahaha that was so funny. Thanks for shareing that one.

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DESERTDREAMERS 7/15/2010 11:36PM

    OMG, too funny!

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MARTY19 7/15/2010 7:51PM

    That was fabulous!


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BARNABABY1 7/15/2010 5:28PM

    OMG.... that was hysterical!!!! Thanks for the laughs! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BETHMOMOF2 7/15/2010 5:20PM

    No kidding..."Oh my goodness lol" was my reaction exactly! I was thinking about how I would react in that situation. Probably toss my cookies! That is just WRONG!



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EMMABE1 7/15/2010 3:44PM

    So THAT's how US police dress!! LOL!! Great clip!!

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SWEETYKINS012 7/15/2010 3:16PM

    hehehehehe!!!!! 2 fuuuunnnnnyyyyyy!!!!!!

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BOKIM27 7/15/2010 2:40PM

    that was hilarious!!!! how did those "cops" keep straight faces? check out the little kid on the drums - he's not only adorable, he's amazing!!!!

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CLAIRESML 7/15/2010 2:10PM

    that was funny! emoticon

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TERRYT55 7/15/2010 2:07PM

    I smiled all the way through.....thanks for posting.

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The Quilt Holes

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

My sister sent me this in an email today and I liked it so I thought I would share it. I know there will be some who will assume I am forcing my religious beliefs but I am not - I am only sharing them with you.
Feel free to copy & paste if you want.
Oh, that I might trust God more so that one day there will be lots of "Quilt Holes".....

"The Quilt Holes"

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls.

Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.

But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in every day life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.

I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.

My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.

Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me and nodded for me to rise.

My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness and wealth, and false accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.

And now, I had to face the truth.. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was.

I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light.

An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.

Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, 'Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles.

Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.'

May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through!

God determines who walks into your life...it's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay and who you refuse to let go.' emoticon

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BRIGHTSPARK7 7/17/2010 12:11AM

    This is very touching, Linda.

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SOPHIADARE 7/15/2010 12:21PM

    Thank you for this story. I have had many places in my life where, even if I didn't get the credit, I know I contributed something, so I know what would fill in that quilt square.

Right now, my life feels like one very big hole, where others are helping me, but I have very little to offer others. This story seems especially wonderful to me. It reminds me that, however much more blessed it may be to give, it helps if those who are given the gift accept with cheerful thanks, and that, too, is blessed.

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    nice. Thanks for sharing. Love ya, Dawn

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KAREN42BOYS 7/13/2010 9:35PM

    that is a lovely one, linda, thanks for sharing.

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SUNNY2DAY2 7/13/2010 8:37PM

    Thanks for sharing :-)

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Kinda reminds me of your wall paper.

Thanks for sharing!

Have a SPlendid Day!

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MSLZZY 7/13/2010 7:04PM

    How wonderful! Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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Who motivates a motivator?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I'm glad you asked!


I found this lady early in my journey and was truly motivated by her story! She lost weight and beat the odds - she managed to stay off diabetes medications through weight loss!

Very inspiring indeed!


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MONGO2TEN 7/16/2010 5:42AM

    Great - thanks for sharing:)


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PENNYAN45 7/13/2010 8:50PM

    Thanks for sharing this. This was a very inspiring story -- that could motivate anybody.


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SHERRY257 7/11/2010 10:58PM

    Thanks for sharing! You are amazing! emoticon

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SHEENADEE 7/11/2010 12:43PM

    Thanks for sharing this link, Linda. I visited her page & it is easy to see why you say she is motivational....so are you, of course. Thanks!

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SOPHIADARE 7/11/2010 8:32AM

    My eagerness to avoid adding diabetes to my chronic disease list keeps me off soda pop and fruit juice (I eat rather than drink my fruit now). I do get where she's coming from. Thanks for the pointer to an inspiring story.

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VAMPS351 7/11/2010 1:41AM

    emoticon for shareing that.

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    Thanks for sharing... both in the blog and on the journey. Love, Dawn

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BITTYGIRL51 7/10/2010 7:58PM

    Wow, I think that was a "God moment"...I just had a member join WW today that is diabetic. I have shared this blog with him. Thanks for sharing it.

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CATHEITE 7/10/2010 5:40PM

    Thanks for sharing, Linda. People like GEMSTONE1952 help us see what we're all capable of achieving.

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Do you know your numbers?

Monday, July 05, 2010

I see a lot of fear about reaching maintenance. While there are some members that cannot fit into the "molds" set here at SparkPeople, on average I think most of us do.

By knowing your own personal BMR - Basal Metabolic Rate - you can know if you are on track for losing, maintaining or even gaining weight. **Knowing your numbers is helpful for losing the weight - not only for maintaining. Getting your head around the numbers shows you what must be done to lose this weight once and forever.

I like to get my numbers at www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.p
but this is only because this is where I learned.

You can also find your number at SparkPeople Reports, under My Tools and then Reports - choose daily calorie differential to see how you are doing.

I do know that there are people that read my blogs that do not fit the mold - but the gist of this is the same. If you know your personal BMR, you should be able to adjust your calories in versus your calories out.

Here is an article by Spark_Coach_Becky:

Here is how to calculate your BMR:

For those members that do not "fit the mold" I guess you will need to ask your physician how to calculate a working number.

My BMR is right around 1400 calories for my 61.5" frame for a 58 year old woman weighing 117 lbs. What this tells me is, if I want to eat another 400 calories daily, I must burn 400+ calories daily too.

This gives new meaning to having your cake and eating it too!

Is it worth it? You betcha! It's worth it to me.
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MELSY82 7/9/2010 1:23PM

    Wow, I should be eating a bit more calories. Thank you for the link as well, a great find!

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    Thanks for sharing your wealth of information! emoticon

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Love that wall paper too.

Have a SPlendid Weekend, yes, I'm a day early,

Just ready for a emoticon

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CANDYGETNFIT 7/8/2010 1:26AM

    Wow, I never knew how to figure my BMR before and for me it's 1467 calories per day! Thanks for sharing this info!

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GRALLEN 7/7/2010 8:45PM

    Great blog. And I checked out the BMR link. It's about where I thought it was. However on the reports page, on the daily calorie differential it has me way higher on BMR so not sure how Spark came up with that.

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    Thanks for all the information. Love ya, Dawn

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SOPHIADARE 7/6/2010 9:17AM

    Even those of us who aren't "normal" can find that kind of information useful. Measured while we're off kilter, it gives us a record and some useful information. If our health improves, we re-measure, compare the two, and use the new information.

Also, if I'm far enough along to expect results to show in weight loss instead of the formation of habits, knowing the numbers and checking on them from time to time can be a useful way to find out whether a mindful eating program is effective or a way of deluding myself.

Thanks for making the great info conveniently available!

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MSLZZY 7/6/2010 7:12AM

    Great informations and links! Thank you! emoticon

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MINORCANLDY 7/6/2010 7:05AM

    That was great Info. Thank You!

Mine are about what I calculated but a bit higher (woo hoo).
BMR 1,666 RMR 1,581

So, I'm on track :)


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SKYGIRL21 7/5/2010 10:14PM

    Learn something new everyday. Now I know my number too!

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CLAIRESML 7/5/2010 6:31PM

    thanks for posting Linda. Now I know my bmr number is 1787 or so....

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MESSENE 7/5/2010 5:47PM

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KAREN42BOYS 7/5/2010 4:45PM

    glad to see you're still a "by the numbers" kind of gal!

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MARTY19 7/5/2010 4:24PM

    You are awesome my friend. You took your numbers and made them work for you. There is still hope for the rest of us. LOL!


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EMMABE1 7/5/2010 4:15PM

    Great info for those who are there - I'll worry about that when and if I ever get near my goal weight!!

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SMOOCHIEFACE 7/5/2010 3:34PM

    Great info - thanks for the post!

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ASTORRES1 7/5/2010 3:30PM

    You are sucha great mentor Linda...thanks!!!!
I think I fit the "mold".......lol


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MRSMLBJ 7/5/2010 3:18PM

    Thanks for the info. I will soon know my numbers.

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