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I've Taken a "Newbie" Under My Wing

Monday, June 28, 2010

emoticon Although I'm not claiming to be qualified to advise or instruct anyone on attaining a healthy lifestyle; over my 2+ years of being on Spark, I have picked up numerous hints and tips on what to do and what not to do. Hence, when a dear friend recently joined SparkPeople I found myself in the role of Mentor to them. When I get to spend time with him and supervise the foods he is eating he does really well -- off on his own he doesn't do so good. It's going to be a slow, but steady, progress. The good thing, which will be encouraging to him, is that in the beginning he will lose weight more rapidly. It is lovely that it just works out that way, after all, the more you have to lose the more rapidly (in the beginning) it comes off. Once you get closer and closer to your goal, things slow down, you have to work harder.

My friend, and I won't divulge his identity at this time, started his journey at 230 pounds. He lost 2 or 3 pounds, then we didn't see each other for a couple of days and his weight shot back up to 232.6 (rather discouraging to him), but last week we were both on the straight and narrow and he was very proud to step on the scale this morning and see a reading of 225.8 (and he should have been proud because it is a significant improvement).

For the sake of identity, I'll call my friend "Georgie Porgie" and I'll give you an update on a weekly basis! As for me, I'm trying to set a good example, so my own weight, while still being a regular yo-yo is in lower numbers, so I'm feeling quite good about myself also!

emoticon emoticon to all...Eat Right -- Exercise = GOAL MET!

  
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HELLORITA 7/11/2010 11:01PM

    I try not to get discourage because if I do nothing at all, I will be gaining weight.

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CATLADY52 6/29/2010 11:50AM

    Congratulations on having a friend who makes wise choices. Both in friends and lifestyles. emoticon on both.

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/29/2010 10:58AM

    emoticonGlad it is working out for the both of you
I think I know who the friend is too. LOL
Have fun doing it together that helps a lot when the other half works with you.
Be good the both of you
Vicki

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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 6/29/2010 4:16AM

    emoticon emoticon Hip hip hooray, You success is paying it forward. Great Job.

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ANNANN63 6/28/2010 3:58PM

    Eve, don't care if you Yo-Yo as long as over time the range you Yo-Yo in gets lower. Some people's weight just fluctuates more than others.

Good job with helping your friend.

Annie

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PSMITH3841 6/28/2010 2:51PM

    emoticon Good luck with Georgie....I just brought my" best friend since 7th grade" on board....we were together over the weekend (check out my blog) after seeing my results, she was really excited to get started with Sparkpeople...wish us both luck! emoticon

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 6/28/2010 2:34PM

    emoticon I love encouraging others to join and love to see their passion for SP grow... Keep on spreading the Spark!!

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My New Summer Home!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

emoticon It's Happy Days at my house ever since I found a place to get away from the heat of Phoenix during the summer. As nice as it is during our winter months, when the temps climb to well over 100 it is just plain HOT! My dog doesn't like it because the air and the sidewalks are too hot, so there are no walks -- I don't like it because I just can't seem to function in weather that hot, even though there isn't much humidity.

Now I have a place to go during the summer months, or even at Christmas or other times of the year (if I want a change of season). Although it's not a stick built home, but a manufactured home, it's quite spacious, and there is a Master Bdrm, Kitchen/ Dining Area, Spare Bedroom, Office, Living Room AND a Den, plus 2 full baths, master has a jacuzzi! And there is even a laundry room -- it's everything I want or need and the floors are laminate (easy care) and the bedrooms and other living spaces have brand new carpet -- even had all the walls retextured and put in new appliances. It feels like new! Outside the yard is very large, about 1/2 acre and is completely fenced so it's wonderful for my dog and for planting flowers. I already have several grape vines, apple trees, pear and cherry trees -- it's just so much fun. Of course it keeps me busy filling bird feeders and making up the sweet syrup for the hummers, but what a relaxing thing to do in the morning; sit on the back deck and observe all the birds and wild life as I enjoy my morning cup of coffee.

I have no problem getting in my 7500 steps (my goal per day) when I am in weather cool enough to go for a walk anytime we please. Perhaps my weight will take a big plunge with all this healthy living while up here all summer. And I am close enough to my permanent residence to drive down and maintain the yard periodically, do my doctor appointments and that sort of thing.

I'm in 7th Heaven! Wish everyone could be so happy! emoticon

  
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LIS193 6/26/2010 5:21PM

    Sounds wonderful! Where is it?

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IMEOWASWELL 6/26/2010 2:52PM

  It is nice to have the best of both worlds! Congratulations


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VITCHY-VICKI 6/24/2010 3:49PM

    emoticonEnjoy it wish I could join you
Vicki

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PSMITH3841 6/24/2010 1:19PM

    Sounds like a little bit of heaven....Enjoy!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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MCSNYDER1 6/23/2010 10:43PM

    Woo Hoo!!!! Sounds like home to me!!! Congratulations!! emoticon

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ANNANN63 6/23/2010 6:30PM

    Congratulations. It is a real bonus when you can have the best of warmth in Winter and cooler in Summer. Good for you. Enjoy.

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JANLEEW 6/23/2010 3:11PM

    Sounds fabulous where is it? I'm on my way!

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LIVINLIFE4ME1 6/23/2010 3:09PM

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CATLADY52 6/23/2010 2:58PM

    I sounds super. You are lucky. emoticon

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 6/23/2010 2:53PM

    That is awesome!

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The Miracle of Life!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

emoticon I came across this quotation this morning as I was browsing my emails and I simply love it -- it sums up everything a person needs to be happy in one short little sentence:

" There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is." - Albert Einstein, physicist

OK, I'll admit if that says it all in just one sentence, why does it seem like I have the need to ramble on and on in my blogs. But seriously, isn't "talking" a form of exercise? I have one of the most flexible mouths in Arizona! lol
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ND774748 6/17/2010 11:25PM

  Great quote! emoticon

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 6/17/2010 6:34PM

    I'm living my life of Miracles now emoticon and SP is a great part of that miracle!!

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CATLADY52 6/17/2010 5:11PM

    That is so true. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/17/2010 2:24PM

    emoticonMe too never know when to be quite.
Love the quote.
Vicki

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PSMITH3841 6/17/2010 1:14PM

    Just keep working that flexible mouth, my friend...we're happy to be your workout buddies! emoticon

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ALICIA214 6/17/2010 12:49PM

 

What a coincidence, I read that just this morning, and thought, how beautiful and how
true. Have a Beautiful day.!!

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FRENCHYFEVER 6/17/2010 12:43PM

    Very nice quote! Thank you for sharing.

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One Day At A Time!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

emoticon Do you want to live in the present? Forget the past -- and the future is still to come, no use worrying about that. Live TODAY, it's a true gift and that's why it's called the PRESENT!

I lived in the moment for a few days when I was visiting friends. They are not into the 'healthy lifestyle' and I decided it was best to not be too strict with myself and make everyone uncomfortable, so I tried to make the best of it and not make too many 'wrong choices' for me; but also give myself enough latitude so they didn't find me a complete stick-in-the-mud.

Normally biscuits and gravy is not, and never has been, an option for me. It upsets my stomach and makes me head for the bathroom -- FAST! But one early morning the "man of the house" announced he was making biscuits and gravy for breakfast, and seemed quite proud of the fact. I merely smiled and said it sounded great to me! After all -- I was near a bathroom, I didn't think it would kill me, just once! And it did taste good. Biggest surprise was that I was not affected by it. Hmmmm! A guardian angel???

We ate out, we had more beef than I've eaten in a MONTH -- and yet somehow, someway, when I came home and stepped on the scale I found I had LOST a bit over a pound and a half! Go figure!! Maybe it was the mountain air and the fact that I got in a lot of walking! I'm certainly not complaining.

  
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PSMITH3841 6/16/2010 2:15PM

    Lucky, lucky you! If had that weekend... I would have done, pretty much what you did, but would have gained!!! I'd be at the gym for the next 7 days trying to reverse the damage...you need to share your "angel" with the less fortunate....(just can't be jealous without showing it...glad you had a great time, sounded like fun!) emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/16/2010 7:55AM

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Glad you had a good time and lost some weight now keep being good
Vicki

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 6/16/2010 4:56AM

    That quote is one of my favourite ones! Enjoy the gift of today!

emoticon on your visit with your friends and not being the 'stick in the mud' and still losing some weight! emoticon emoticon

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DESERTFLOWER8 6/15/2010 11:30PM

    That is fabulous news!! Congrats SCOTMAMA!

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BLESSED2BEME 6/15/2010 11:06PM

    Way to Go - enjoying yourself and still losing weight in the process! I think mountain air is very refreshing and had something to do with it.

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Mountain Retreat

Thursday, June 10, 2010

emoticon After only one day in the mountains I am already feeling very much revived and full of peace! Tranquility abounds when the day is a very mild 75 degrees and the skies are a peaceful, cloudless blue!

With 2 other 4-legged buddies to get acquainted with, my little Scottie was full of energy and eager to explore. Our walk this morning had each of them trying to out-do the other in the number of times they could "make their territory" before becoming completely empty. The neighbors were friendly as we walked up one street and down another, reminding me of my small town childhood. The dogs thought it great to get some extra pats from friends we met along the way.

And late this afternoon I took a favorite book to their front porch and sat, with my dog, enjoying the weather as I read. My dog was content to observe anything that moved, without making any plans to stray from the porch. This made me both proud and thankful.

By the time I am scheduled to return home to the Phoenix heat I will be totally rejuvenated and ready to face some more HOT weather! Wonderful to have a little reprieve! emoticon

  
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ECHOBLUE1 6/13/2010 9:13PM

    Totally heavenly. I live in Tucson in the desert. Was raised in the Northwest with trees and mountains and streams and rivers and great wildlife. I miss it. Can never seem to get as far as the White Mountains. Hope to go back to green trees some day. Thanks for the peace and tranquility. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOVE2MEN 6/12/2010 9:05PM

  Sounds like you've found a wonderful retreat! Glad to hear you and your little buddy are enjoying the get away.

Miriam
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PSMITH3841 6/11/2010 3:27PM

    Sounds like totally relaxing, rejuvenating escape....I am so jealous!!!Enjoy every minute... emoticon

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LIS193 6/11/2010 11:47AM

    Enjoy your weekend and the cooler weather!
Recharge before getting home tot he hot temps. I bet our dog likes the cool too.
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DESERTFLOWER8 6/11/2010 11:15AM

    Sounds fabulous SCOTMAMA! Enjoy the rest of your trip...

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/11/2010 8:22AM

    emoticonso glad your enjoying your time and glad little Scottie likes it too.
Have a good time
Vicki

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BLESSED2BEME 6/11/2010 12:50AM

    I'm so happy for you that you get this time away and time of renewal! Enjoy the rest of your retreat!

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LAFFLOTS57 6/10/2010 10:23PM

    Your visit sounded ooh so very peaceful. Love the descriptions and I can just picture the pups "marking their
territory theirs"! Very funny.
My pup is the same way as I imagine all are. Gotta love em tho! Enjoy! emoticon emoticon

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