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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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This is who I am.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

This is who I am!

I blew up in the 4th grade at age 10 when my mother had to go back to work. But it wasn't her fault although everybody told her it was. It was my dad and sisters fault because all they cooked was spaghetti and garlic bread and I just couldn't keep up with all that starch. I had been very active but it just was never enough.

I don't blame anyone, I just feel badly that my mother carried the guilt for almost 20 years before I found out.

We were very close for all of my life and I was sorry to lose her 5 years ago but I have few regrets as we did spend a lot of time together before her passing. Before she was diagnosed with Diabetes (which I never did believe she had) we used to enjoy each other and would get ice cream sundaes now and again. We still had fun after that but quit the ice cream when we would go out together. I think we always felt we had lost something. Mama's passion was ice cream and it just became the thing to do when she needed a break from reality.

I wish I had found SparkPeople when she was still alive as we could have "sparked" together.

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 1/7/2009 10:50AM

    Linda, What a lovely sharing!

It has been my experience that as we release the weight, the emotions and experiences that were present when we put it on rise to the surface waiting to be released too. This time we are not stuffing them back down with food.

I have had struggles with weight all my life and thought that I finally had control over it until Oct. 2003 when my Mother passed. It had been an extremely challenging year with health issues of my own, forced retirement from my career of 30yrs., and beloved animals passing. Since I was out of work at the time, I spent every day with Mom. We played cards together and I took her to her doctor appointments. When she passed I comforted myself
with food again.

It has taken me all these years to work my way back. My Mom was a cheerleader for me all her life and I feel her presence daily. I know that your Mom is cheering for you too!!! She is your angel Spark Buddy!!!

Her guilt is gone and now yours is flying away too!

emoticon Janet

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_VALEO_ 1/3/2009 7:11PM

    You've made significant changes in your life and for that you must be proud. And I'm sure your mother was proud of you, and would have been proud of your weight lost.
Guilt is a burden we have to lost too. Glad you found time to communicate with her and ease her mind -over an ice cream ;)

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DINA:-) 1/3/2009 6:23PM

    your mom would be so proud of you, linda! you have worked so hard to become healthy.


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LIFES*2*SHORT 1/3/2009 12:27PM

  Aw... it's nice to have that bond, isn't it? I wish you would have had SP then too! Hang in there.


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SUPREME5 1/3/2009 12:20PM

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MARTY19 1/3/2009 9:57AM

    You have a point. You can't really blame anyone for the weight. Back then starch was cheap and filling so all families used it. Mine as well.
My mom died when I was 17 - never really had a chance to know her. I was my dad that I grew so close to. I still miss him.


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My husband is cheating on me!

Friday, January 02, 2009

... with me!

I recently colored my hair. Vanity you ask? Nope, Ray. DH.

For a month he kept "telling" me that it was ok if I wanted to color my hair. I would look so much younger. I would feel so much better. After a month I took the hint and bought a box of hair color. I had hoped he would drop the subject but since he didn't....

So DH's son and d-i-l were here for New Year's and I was explaining that coloring my hair was Ray's idea. Well, Katie started laughing and said that Ray was looking for a new woman, another woman.

I looked at her so sweetly and said, "you mean Ray is cheating on me? And he's cheating on me with me?"

Well we all had a great laugh at that one.

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AMYSM04 1/3/2009 9:03PM

    This is fantastic! I chuckled out loud when I read it. :)

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DINA:-) 1/3/2009 6:26PM

    too funny!

my husband wants to me color my hair too- but to cover up the grey!

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_VALEO_ 1/3/2009 7:20AM

    I agree with the others, we need evidence. Let's bring in the pictures so we could have a prima-facie evidence!

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 1/3/2009 12:15AM

    Ok Spark Buddy,where is the New Year, New You!!! You cannot post a blog with a title like this one and then not give us the picture. emoticon Janet

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LIFES*2*SHORT 1/2/2009 10:23PM

  I agree with Jen... we want PROOF!!! Let's bring on the pictures!


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JENIFIREHARP 1/2/2009 9:49PM

    pic - ture pic - ture pic - ture!!!

Don't hold out on us Linda!

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MARTY19 1/2/2009 9:15PM

    And where is the picture of the new woman? I want to see her.


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BONMACK 1/2/2009 7:50PM

    OK, Raylin......we're waiting for you to post that new and improved photo on your sparky page so we can all admire the new 'do'! HAHAHAHAHA! What color did you go with? Do ya like it? I always use the Clairol ashen blonde! HAHAHAHAHA! My actual hair color used to be kind of a mousey brown, but my hair has thinned so badly that if I try to use anything lighter than blonde, my scalp actually shines thru my hair on the crown of my head! LOL! So I'm stuck with either blonde or leaving it the gray that it is naturally! At least when it's lighter, the thinness isn't so obvious and people don't notice it much! I'm either gonna have to turn into the Rogaine queen, or invest in some wigs, before too long, 'cause I have a feeling I'll be bald down the road! HA! But I say YOU GO GIRL! I'll bet you look downright foxy for that hubby of yours! Woo Hoo!

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Thursday, January 01, 2009

I found this while reading ADNAW_YOTS'S PAGE and it is so wonderful that I am blogging it! www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=AD

I hope the above link works to take you to her page. Wonderful page!

M: Make a short term goal here, reach it, add another
O: Out with negative thoughts.
T: Think of why I WANT IT every time I log in
I: Imagine how I will feel when I reach goals.
V: Visualize the future me !
A: Acknowledge my successes not by failures.
T: Treat myself with respect. I deserve that.
I: Investigate new foods/ideas/ activities
O: Obey my weight loss plans/goals

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TAHOEMAMALOI 1/2/2009 10:07AM

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing! Great words to bring in a new year!


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TABBYKAT75 1/1/2009 9:05AM

    Love it
Thanks for sharing

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What is your opinion of New Year Resolutions?

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I actually didn't like making Resolutions because they are always broken?

But here at SP I was given the option of carrying over to next year my lifestyle changes.

So that is what I am going to do. I "resolve" to carry my lifestyle changes over to 2009!

And I am not yet at my goal weight so I guess I "resolve" to stay with my program until I reach my goal and then I am going to learn how to maintain and tone up.

Happy New Year!

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_VALEO_ 1/3/2009 7:09AM

    I agree with you, "resolutions" is not a word for me either.

I wish you to carry over you lifestyle changes in 2009!

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JENIFIREHARP 1/1/2009 7:17PM

    Cheers to a New Year! emoticon

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AMYSM04 1/1/2009 8:59AM

    I TOTALLY know what you mean about resolutions and I love the idea of lifestyle changes. Your goals sound fantastic and I KNOW you will reach them in 2009! (New year, new you)


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MOB8/2009 1/1/2009 8:43AM

    I just think of resolutions as turning to a clean page in my Book of Llfe. I don't make resolutions because they're usually not very specific (I resolve to lose weight) and they're too confining. So I "resolve" to continue focusing on ME and my journey to health and I "resolve" to do one new thing this year. For me, that would be the half marathon which still scares me to death!

Here's to great 2009, eh girlfriend????

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RODEOMOMSK 12/31/2008 11:42PM

    Great goal to have!

I gave up on resolutions a long time ago.
So I'm just challenging myself in new ways. emoticon


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MARTY19 12/31/2008 8:51PM

    You will reach your goal weight very soon. I love this resolution. But I already knew how committed you are.


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DINA:-) 12/31/2008 8:44PM

    i agree- "new years resolutions" are meant to be broken! haha... i think it's because we make unrealistic expectations. i like your resolution- that is perfect! i will make 2009 my healthiest year yet.


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TABBYKAT75 12/31/2008 7:53PM

    I now call them my new year goals and i only make a few broader ones or ones I know I will do my best to keep and like lose 50 pounds not 120 pounds.
Have a super new year

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