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2010 A look forward

Friday, January 01, 2010

I must admit I'm very excited at the possibilities of a new year and new decade. My hopes have been bouyed by my fellow sparkies. For the first time ever I KNOW I can reach my goal of losing 102 pounds. The journey began last April when my doctor gave me a dire warning that I was soon to be a diabetic if I didn't increase my exercise and decrease my weight. He told me to get into a diabetes prevention program which I did, that really helped tremendously as I did what I committed to do upon signing up. As that program wound down, I had a panic as I knew I couldn't do this without help. My friend and classmate told me she had joined SP. I knew what it was as my daughter had signed me up for it a few years earlier. I wasn't ready at that time to work it, but last fall I was very ready.

My first goal is to reach the 50 pound mark, 8 pounds from that now, my fitness goal is that I continue to keep up my classes and workouts to maximize my strength and fitness.

Because of the difference others (SP) have made in my life, I so desire to come along those who have a large amount to lose and be their encouragement and give them hope that I never thought possible in the weight loss area of my life. I pray that I will be given this opportunity.

My prayer for all of you is for a very Happy New Year filled with fitness, good healthy food, friends, fun and faith in God! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAURA9900 1/5/2010 8:56AM

    Best wishes for the new year! You CAN lose it all!

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MAURA9900 1/5/2010 8:56AM

    Best wishes for the new year! You CAN lose it all!

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HAPPY1049 1/2/2010 9:43PM

    You are an inspiration to me. This year I want to lose 50 pounds. I am going to try hard to do that. I am diabetic, but if I lose weight I may not have to take the meds I'm on now.

Thanks for your story and successes. Happy new year to you and your family.

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NATALIE1964 1/2/2010 9:46AM

    wow Rita you lost almost 50 pounds!
8 pounds to go, this is awesome.
I can't wait to be where you are.
All I have to do is Stop thinking about it and do it!
thanks for your great blog.

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SHERLYN-WILL 1/2/2010 9:30AM

    You have lost so much weight, congratulations. Great blog too.
With God we can do this, I know!

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WOODSYGIRL 1/1/2010 11:07AM

    Rita, you DO inspire me! I am so happy I met you and have the chance to follow your progress and lend encouragement and support. You have had an amazing journey and your doctor will be thrilled to see how far you've come. 2010 will be YOUR year!!! Thank you for being such an amazing inspiration to us all!!

Big hugs,


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SUNNY332 1/1/2010 9:21AM

    8# to go before you reach your first goal? That is awesome, Ritarose.

Keep up the good work. We are right here to cheer you on to victory.

Hugs, Sunny

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Christmas outcome

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas with my family was wonderful! My two oldest sons traveled to come home which made it more special for our teenage son and my husband and I. Sorry our daughters, their husbands and our only two grandchildren couldn't be here, but we understand!

I was afraid about losing control yesterday with food. I had decided to loosen the reigns that I have on what I eat and did go over my usual. I had a sugar cookie that my daughter in law made, but told myself to leave some of it. I was able to do that. I am going to keep doing that when I allow myself a treat as I see it as an exercise in self control.

It wasn't fun to weigh myself this morning and see that I was up 1-2 pounds from earlier this week! Yet, I am thrilled with my deep desire to go workout today! A year ago, a weight gain would have been so depressing that I couldn't work out! What a difference Spark People has made in my life. (saving that for a different blog)

I earnestly pray for my fellow sparkies that we would be able to enjoy the special things in this holiday season including special foods, but that we would do so in MODERATION and that we would keep exercising to help our bodies and our minds stay focused on our goals.

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RRCAIN 12/29/2009 12:26PM

    I think you did wonderful. It is much more important to enjoy time with your family during this season than get overly stressed. When you sons leave get back on track and enjoy the memories you had with them!

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MT-MOONCHASER 12/26/2009 11:26PM

    I, for one, am kind of in the same boat. My weigh in is tomorrow and I fear the worst. However, I will still be less than what I was when I started, so there is some good news. We'll see what the morning brings.

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RITAROSE 12/26/2009 10:11PM

  Thanks for your support! This is what makes Spark People so fantastic! You all have a great week between Christmas and New Years! emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY332 12/26/2009 9:14PM

    I think you did good Ritarose. Like someone else said, that 2#'s could just be water gain and you will get rid of it in no time.

Back to business this week.

Hugs, Sunny

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MKPRINCESS007 12/26/2009 11:03AM

    Oh, these holidays can be brutal with regard to food............shake off that 1-2 pounds, you can fluctuate that much within a day with water etc. It is allgood! Move your bod today and watch your food and you will be back on track again! Nice job leaving part of the cookie...........not an easy feat! :)

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HEALTHQUESTER 12/26/2009 9:20AM

    Great job! You are trying experiments to see what works for you, and given your rational conclusion to the outcome...it seems that this is a strategy that works for you! Fantastic! emoticon

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Christmas Choices

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dear Fellow Sparkies,

I am praying for all of us, that we will proceed through the next two weeks by taking steps to make sure we don't sabatoge our weight loss efforts! I, for one, have been on several plans through the last 23 years that I've been overweight and know how very hard it is to get back on track after falling off. IF, you do get off track, I encourage you to get right back on. That has always been hard for me in the past, but now I focus on my goal and my health and it helps me.

I think it was on SP that I read about how we act if we get a traffic ticket, we don't continue to speed afterwards. We change our behavior. In the same way it doesn't make sense to have the attitude that, "well I blew it, so I might as well just eat what I want." You can see where that makes no logic at all!

I encourage you to menu plan and even have an emergency snack bag. I noticed that as I'm busier I've run into trouble being overly hungry and unprepared with a quick snack. I'm loading up with fresh fruit and veggies that I will clean and package for a quick snack. That actually combats not only the need for a quick low cal snack, but also I have trouble getting all of my fruits and veggies in.

Merry Christmas to all you in Spark Land! Make it the best ever by making wise choices!

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WHITEBULL1221 12/19/2009 4:30PM

    Wonderful advise Rita!!! Thank you!!! I have a plan in place for Christmas through the New Year. I have asked God for help getting through and I know I have friends here on SP (and here in Billings....you) that can help me if I need it.

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WOODSYGIRL 12/19/2009 11:18AM

    Excellent blog, Rita! Such great points and ones that I'm using myself this season. The thought of starting the new year upset with myself (again) for blowing it during the holidays is enough to make me stop and take a deep breath before I charge into overinduldging. I've had a few times of going overboard, but I allow that time to happen and the I let it go. I get right back to my plan and am actually finding that easier to do than ever before. I "start fresh" every single day and I don't let the overboard moments get to me as much. Thanks for the great tips on how to be good to ourselves as we finish off 2009 on a good note! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIQUEURLADY 12/19/2009 10:56AM

    Rita, thanks for that bit of wisdom about the speeding ticket! I just wish that I got caught overeating as seldom as I get caught speeding!

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SUNNY332 12/19/2009 9:41AM

    What a great and encouraging blog today, Rita.

I thank you and wish you continued success. You are definitely on the right track.

Hugs, Sunny

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Christmas musings and plans

Friday, December 18, 2009

As I sat in my comfortable chair by the fire this morning it hit me that in one week it will be Christmas. Even though my two daughter's families won't be with us this year, all three of my sons (and one expecting daughter in law) will be! I am so thankful for that.

I am thinking I need to make a to do list and plan the meals for the next 10 days. I haven't made any treats of any kind and to be honest, I'm afraid to! I am going to have to make some things. I was trying to think of the traditional treats that my kids like that I DON'T like. Uh, that came up as a big, "there are none."

I need to make some calls to encourage some friends who are having big challenges with their adult kids.

At this stage I'm usually in hyper mode trying to get everything done before Christmas. I haven't been that way this year. My thoughts each morning are more about what kind of exercise will I do and when will I do it? I am glad about that change, but realize there are some expectations my family has on me and I need to get busy to fulfill those.

I will pray that the Lord will give me the strength to bypass the temptations that will be all around me for Christmas. I have to remember how satisfying it is to chose to not partake. The rewards are great when you get on the scale the next day or two.

My goal is to lose a total of 102. I'm almost at 40 pounds lost since April '08 and I want to reach that goal by next Christmas. It will take continued focus, meaningful choices in food and exercise.

The benefits of the weight I've lost and the increased fitness activity are more energy, need less sleep, stronger body and I look better overall. I'm trying to get up the nerve to post a picture!
I have never liked having my picture taken, but it may be a motivating factor to continue to lose.
Hope to do that in the next month.

Have a great sparkie day everyone! I love my sparkie friends and this great family called Spark People that has made a huge difference in my life!!
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ALEXSGIRL1 12/18/2009 8:51AM

    emoticon emoticon40 pounds is excellent. glad your family will be home for the holidays. you are doing great thinking of what exercises to do every day instead of what cookies to eat. try to put the healthiest food in your body every day and you will feel fine. emoticon

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RITAROSE 12/18/2009 8:09AM

  Haha, Thanks Sunny for brightening my day! Yes, I do wish we lived close so I could take you up on your offer, my husband and boys would especially like that! To your point of me being blessed, you are so right and I'm realizing that more and more as I go through this journey!! Thanks for being such bright spot in my life! Your name fits you perfectly! Sunny, have a wonderful week before and a Merry Christmas too! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY332 12/18/2009 7:52AM

    We love you too and think you are doing an awesome job with the weight loss.

How blessed you are to be having so much of your family with you for the holidays. I am also blessed as all three of our sons will be home.

Take it one step at a time and you will be ready in no time. Wish I lived close, I would make some snickerdoodles and some rice crispy treats.

Hugs, Sunny

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Can I stop obsessing about my lack of weight loss to be a blessing to others today?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I have been yo-yo-ing with one pound for about 2 weeks! Up one day, down in two, up the next, you get the idea. I'm very frustrated by this as I'm within my eating plan and my exercise is very good. There should be a weight loss!!

Yesterday a friend from church, same age as I am lost her 3 year battle with cancer, it was expected, but it made me sad. I am happy for her to be in heaven with no pain, sitting at Jesus' feet, but I will miss her. I think about her grandchildren who are very small. They will hardly remember her.

All of that made me think about how very self centered I am. I keep obsessing about my pound!! Today I am going to stop thinking about it so much and instead, make every effort as I can to be a blessing to others. Can I lighten someone's load with an action? a kind word, a smile, a joke, a prayer?

When I consider how selfish I am it shames me! I pray that my eyes could be turned to others today, especially in this season when so many are hurting. emoticon

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BETHHARRIS 12/17/2009 4:19PM

    emoticon Sorry to hear about your friend's passing. Sometimes you just have to focus on what you can do that's positive and good instead of all the details of what you can't do. Take care of you! emoticon

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SUNNY332 12/17/2009 8:10AM

    Hang in there, it will all even out eventually. I have found in the past that when this happens, it is usually water weight doing this. How is your sodium intake and are you drinking enough water.

Don't worry about being obsessive about it. It is good thing to obsess about.

Take care and have a Terrific Thursday.

Hugs, Sunny

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FREDDY1232 12/16/2009 12:44PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Hang in there and you will see a permanent weight loss. I was on a platue for quite a while. I finally broke it but it took a good month. Don't get discouraged..good Luck

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WHITEBULL1221 12/15/2009 6:10PM


You are doing an awesome job. You have been a great help and support to me through this journey we started together a mere 5 months ago. Like you always tell me......baby steps and it will come. The weight didn't just come on over night and it will take a while for it to decide to go away. Remember....not gaining is a victory all in itself. I am sorry to hear of your loss.....may she be at peace in heaven with God and the angels. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

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WOODSYGIRL 12/15/2009 1:27PM

    Rita, I really liked this and is comes at the perfect time for me (as God's Word often does). I've been struggling with the same 5 pounds for about 2 months now, and the more I obsess on it, the worse I feel. You're right about being a blessing to others in action, deed or word. I'm meeting some Bible study friends today for lunch and everyone is going through a lot right now. I think I'm going to sit back and let them talk and save my problems for a different day. I just want to be there for them and truly focus in on them, instead of me. Thank you for the reminder that the world truly does not revolve around me...and I'm thankful for that.
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HAPPY1049 12/15/2009 11:53AM

    I have the feeling that now that you're not concentrating on that pound, it'll go away.
Reaching out to others to help them is such a wonderful thing to do. May God help and bless you.

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BZYBOYSMOM 12/15/2009 9:47AM

    God bless you my friend!

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DEBBIEKAY1 12/15/2009 8:49AM

    Wow! I can relate I am so sorry about your friend, but I have to admit I wish I was sitting at Jesus feet with her!

As long as you are working your plan you will lose.
I bet if you measure you will see you have lost inches
Our bodies are strange like that. They want to hold unto every ounce LOL

Be a blessing today. You already have with me!

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HEALTHQUESTER 12/15/2009 8:06AM

    While it is good to turn our focus outward and helps us gain perspective, please don't beat yourself up for behaving in a completely normal way (focusing on your weightloss) ! You need to focus on it to some extent in order to help it happen!

But shifting your perspective may just melt that nasty little bugger away for good!

I'm sorry to hear of your loss with your fiend's death. emoticon

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