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Friday, February 10, 2012

Sableness is really happy! I'm about to load the car with about a third of the contents of my closet to donate to the Clothes Closet of Religious Community Services. I know from having volunteered there that larger size women come in and find little that fits them. I have my former favorite and nearly new jeans in that pile, a dear shirt that's seen me through size ups and downs, a great denim skirt with pockets, tons of tees, and other odds and ends.

I still have my goal of losing at least 50 by my Sparkversary in August. I'm halfway there, and I don't want to have any of my old clothes by then--except the very very few I've held onto for a very very long time.
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SAGEMYST 2/13/2012 12:05PM

    Awesome!!! Way to go!! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 2/11/2012 2:09PM

    That is fantastic! Thanks for sharing your journey with me, I am really enjoying reading about your progess!

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LHLADY517 2/10/2012 8:08PM

    WTG

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POETLKNG2LOSE 2/10/2012 8:05PM

    That is great it's exactly what we did yesterday. Got rid of 4 bags of clothes. Pray for Jennifer, my daughter she is in a lot of pain and discomfort from her yeast infection. Miss talking to you; hope all is well.

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BITTYGIRL51 2/10/2012 6:21PM

    Yep, it's very wise to get rid of your old "fat" clothes. Otherwise, it's too easy to let things slip, and before you know it, you are back in them. Especially, if you know they are in your closet.

They are goint to a worthy cause too! Good for you!

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SUNNY572 2/10/2012 2:35PM

    That is great Sableness, recycle, give back and keep up the good work I see you going back again to donate after Spring!
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Yesterday could have been my last

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Yesterday could have been my last. I was only half a mile from a major three car collision, saw tons of dust and stuff swirling, and realized there were three totalled vehicles right in front of me. I was the second car to stop. In the car nearest me, I saw a still driver in a smoking car and someone struggling with something in the backseat. Thinking it was probably a child, I ran to help. The driver, a young mom, was only stunned. The young woman who'd also stopped to help handed out the baby to mom who was able to get out by then. Cars continued to stream by, so I took the little boy by the hand and got them to the side of the road. Neighbors and other drivers helped by blocking the road, making 911 calls and getting people out of cars until the Fire and Rescue crews began to pour in. My little group seemed more shaken, scraped, and bruised than anything worse. I gave the mother my phone to call her parents and held the little boy while his mom held his little sister. We looked at the fire trucks and the helicopter. He'd just gotten to sit in a fire truck the week before. I have no grandchildren, and it's been a very long time since I've held a little warm body with face buried in my shoulder. All three were given neck braces and taken by ambulance to the area's major hospital with a pediatric trauma unit. Eventually, I was free to go, praying all the way for them. It wasn't until some time later last night that I realized had I finished my shopping just moments sooner, I might have been in that crash. It was amazing, given the carelessness of the responsible driver, and the condition of all three vehicles, that there were no fatalities.

Live each day to the fullest, friends.

  
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SANDYB223 2/10/2012 9:44AM

    Thank you for commenting on my blog this am. I am so glad you are okay and that everyone else was too!! You were there to assist and that's so great!!!!

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POETLKNG2LOSE 2/8/2012 4:07PM

    Glad to hear that you are all right. It is scary to think that if you had finished earlier you could have been in it too. But thank God that you were able to be there to help them out when they needed it. You are a true Samaritan like the one in the bible. I am sure that they won't forget what you have done and neither will God. You have a big heart my friend and i am proud to be your friend.

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MISS_VIV 2/8/2012 9:27AM

    Thank you for stepping up and doing all you could do during this episode. You were there for a reason and you did what you had to do.

It is good to be grateful.

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CHANGING-TURTLE 2/7/2012 10:45PM

    Glad you are all right, that was a close call, someone is waching over you! emoticon emoticon

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CHANGING-TURTLE 2/7/2012 10:43PM

    So glad you are all right, that was a close call.

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BACKTOTEN12 2/7/2012 9:42PM

    So glad you came out of this incident unscathed. My parents were killed in an accident when the truck driver in from of them fell asleep driving and hit a parked semi on the side of the highway.Live each day to the fullest and always be ready for we never know when the day will come. God bless. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.

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ROXYZMOM 2/7/2012 5:20PM

    I am glad you are okay. You were met to be where you were at that exact time to help that family. I am sure when the mother calms down and thinks back she is going to be so grateful that you were there to help.

You are awesome!

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BLUE42DOWN 2/7/2012 1:42PM

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How frightening! Instead of focusing on what could have been, remember that by being there at the exact time you were, you were able to provide aid and comfort where needed.

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TAMPATINK67 2/7/2012 12:42PM

    The reality is, that Mom and her little ones will probably never get the opportunity to thank you for helping during their time of need - but your helping hand, phone, and shoulder is something they will never forger either!

Let us be grateful for Your safety and Celebrate you and the others who were selfless enough to be the Heroes and true 'First Responders' for someone in need....

Since they won't get the chance -

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TSVL-VICKI 2/7/2012 12:28PM

    So glad you weren't in the crash but you were someone's angel on earth, helping those poor people. emoticon

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SAGEMYST 2/7/2012 12:01PM

    Oh my goodness!! Thankfully you were not involved in the wreck and were able to lend assistance to the people involved. Having been in an accident a couple of years ago, I know how scarey it is, and more so for children.

Glad you are ok and thanks for sharing.

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TGIF!

Friday, February 03, 2012

Woohoo! TGIF! This has been a long full week. I've barely had time to turn the computer on, so I'll start with THANKS to all my faithful supportive Sparkfriends. THANKS for all the goodies, comments, and mail. Your constant encouragement means so much and keeps me going. This week has been tough. I knew eating well would be difficult, and it was. After the Fla presidential primary, I was so tired, I knew I'd be vulnerable, and I was. I did the first serious mindless eating I've done in months, not, mind you, to the extent I might have in the past, but still NOT what I've made a habit of with SP. Today I am back on track, looking for a new Challenge to start, and back in touch with my friends.

I suspect that some of what caused me to briefly and partially revert to old ways was a little angst over having reached my halfway mark. I like what I see in the mirror, I AM NOT OBESE ANYMORE!!!! and I'm a little uncertain of my ability to do more than I've managed in other successful weight-loss attempts.

I looked at the goals collage I did in October, made a celebratory one this morning, and am reminding myself of all the tools I have for success. It's scary to know that I still have as much weight to lose as I've already lost and that my past track record says here is where I've failed to keep going. Friends, thanks to you and SP, that is NOT going to happen this time.

  
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CHANGING-TURTLE 2/4/2012 8:59PM

    emoticon emoticon half way there emoticon emoticon

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SAGEMYST 2/4/2012 10:10AM

    You've made it this far and you can go farther. The other attempts were not with SparkPeople! You will succeed this time.

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ROXYZMOM 2/3/2012 9:49PM

    You rock! You are doing great! Stop doubting yourself - you are on a roll and you are going to do this! It's okay to give in and indulge time to time as long as you watch it the rest of the time.

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SILVERBIRCH65 2/3/2012 7:05PM

    It is--so exciting to see your progress. I am so proud of you--keeping going, not injuring yourself (not a negligible concern) and making these regular progress reports.

I am so looking forward to following you down the scale. And--have you gone trouser shopping recently? I think you may be surprised to find out what's fitting you--and maybe you'll even have a laugh, at the size creep!

(yes, I went trouser shopping yesterday, and I was happy to be in a size down from what I'd been wearing, but a little annoyed at the number--which in no way reflects my actual body measurements!)
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BLUE42DOWN 2/3/2012 2:51PM

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First off, an absolutely HUMONGOUS emoticon and emoticon. For what? For being able to have that moment of mindless eating, but not to the extent you would have in the past. In classic cup half empty or cup half full, the flip side of seeing it as being off track is seeing how much strength and control you have to reduce the damage it might have done and get back on track. That's well done!

Second, emoticon job getting out of that Obese category. If you could come this far, there's not much out there that you haven't already had to overcome and you've built a lot of very good habits along the way. It's not going to be an easy cruise perhaps, but you know you can set goals and meet them, make healthy changes and get them to stick.

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LITTLEBJANET 2/3/2012 1:50PM

    You're going to do it. I'm at the same place. I'm prepared for it to take longer, but that's OK. We'll be all ready when summer comes. Maybe I won't have to hide my arms this year! Keep it going, girl!
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SUNNY572 2/3/2012 10:13AM

    You can and you will do it this time around!

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What's new, pussycat?

Friday, January 27, 2012

My kitten thinks workouts on the floor are lots of fun!

So now that I've completed the January Jumpstart Workout Challenge, what's next? My specific short-term goals are:

To keep doing those videos till I can really do them! I can do a LOT more than I could when I started, not needing to modify very much at all anymore, but there are still some things I can't do yet. Becoming able to do them is another progress indicator.

To lose that next pound by the end of the month to reach my new halfway mark! I'd originally set a target weight a little higher until I figured out I needed to lose 5 more to get into "normal" and out of "overweight."

To lose that next pound by the end of the month to get out of Obese and into Overweight range! Seems a funny thing to celebrate--I can't wait to be Overweight!

  
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SUNNY572 2/2/2012 8:45PM

    Sounds to me like you have come a long way baby and its all downhill from here. Keep up the good work I would also love to change that o word that might as well have four letters. Congratulations on completing your challenge its cute that your kitty loves the workout. I have four dogs and if they see me on the floor doing yoga or other mat work they attack me with kisses, I love that but the workout gets postponed till hug time is over lol.

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SAGEMYST 2/2/2012 2:40PM

    Oh, great!! You have a great workout partner!!! Kitties are so much fun, no matter the age.

Congrats on finishing the January Jumpstart Challenge!!!

Sounds like you are making great progress. Keep up the good work.

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ROXYZMOM 1/28/2012 11:39AM

    Sounds like a great plan to me. It did seem like you loved the videos and it is working for you.

You will lose the pound! I can't wait to see an updated picture of you!

Way to go!!

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CHANGING4ME49 1/27/2012 10:27PM

    emoticon Keep up the good work!! emoticon Overweight here you come...

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I DID IT! I DID IT! I DID IT!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

emoticonI am jumping up and down for joy, might even be able to do that literally nowadays! SABLENESS has completed, YES, FINISHED the January Jumpstart Challenge! THANK YOU, ROXYZMOM, for inviting me to this team; I wouldn't have thought of it myself.

So how was it? Well, before committing to the challenge, I tried out the first video. I couldn't do it all, but was able to adjust so that I was at least doing something aimed in the right direction. So I signed on. My December had been pretty good, considering all the holiday events and tempations, but my weight loss had slowed to a trickle. I figured this Challenge could only help--if I didn't injure myself overdoing or trying to do something I really can't do yet. OK, I'm off!

First week: HA HA HA! LOL over all the things I can't do: "You want me to do WHAT?" So I modified my way through the first week. At least I was moving. That Pilates one was a killer. Raise this body that way? HOOHOOHAHA!

Second week: ADD TWO EXTRA VIDEOS? And here I was patting myself on the back for surviving one of those things a day. SIGH...OK...I can do this. I picked the two I found to be the easiest for me--but I did them.

Third week: Hm. These things aren't too bad. And, the scale is moving again, thanks be. I went through my closets and drawers and was amazed at what fit and what was now hanging on me. I have a nice pile to go to Religious Community Services, including some favorite shirts. One has seen me through a number of different weights, but it's time to let go of it; I'm NEVER going to wear that size again. No more Xs, 18s in my wardrobe! And, it looks like a lot of the summer clothes I hoped to fit into will likely be too big by then.

Fourth week: Those videos are mostly doable, and I am HOOKED! I love those things! I'll be using them as a regular part of my fitness now. :-) I did my very first Hip Plank today; granted, not spectacular, but my body was up off the floor briefly. I'll see how that feels tomorrow, ha ha.

I've dropped a few more pounds, but what I notice most is how the arms of my shirts fit. No more sausages. I think there's some muscle in there!!! My new tight jeans that I bought to replace my now baggy ones aren't as tight as they were. They feel like the baggy ones did after my beginnings with SP last August.

From husband looking at sideview: "There's less of you!"
To husband: "That's the idea!"
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LITTLEBJANET 2/3/2012 1:47PM

    I did the challenge too. The last week with the Pilates video, I hurt my back (behind the left shoulder) and that had me scared. I thought I was having a heart attack by the next day when the pain started. Anyway, all is now well. I'm healed now and started another challenge yesterday. I don't seem to do too well on my own. I need Coach Nicole to tell me what to do. What about you? Isn't SparkPeople awesome?
Janet

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MAMAWLINDALOU 1/24/2012 5:59PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYou worked hard for it celebrate!!

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BLUE42DOWN 1/24/2012 5:05PM

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That's what I love most about working out - how REAL the progress feels from week to week!

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ROXYZMOM 1/24/2012 4:38PM

    Congratulations!! I am so proud of you! And I love the way you really enjoyed the whole process.

I found it amazing that there are so many free videos on this site! I don't think we could get bored and we are saving a lot of money.

Your husband sounds very supportive. He must love how excited you are about your success! You did an awesome job!



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SILVERBIRCH65 1/24/2012 12:12PM

    Great update--so glad that the past month has been so productive!


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PBAIRSLIM 1/24/2012 11:52AM

    Yeah!!! it's pretty exciting isn't it?!

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GIRLSEEKSTRIBE 1/24/2012 11:33AM

    Progress is such an amazing feeling! And I love that your blog highlights that there are many ways to measure it, not just the number on on the scale! You are stronger, more confident, and your clothes fit better. isn't that the whole idea?? emoticon

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