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Haven't Reached My Goal Yet -- but it's closer

Thursday, August 19, 2010

emoticon If you expected to join Spark People and reach your goal in six months, that's great! But expecting it (wanting it) and doing it are two different things. I have been on here for a little over two years and I'm not quite there yet.

Yes! I've made a lot of progress! I feel so much better, I look so much better and I feel that I am healthier. I'm certainly smarter, the articles and blogs are terrific to teach you things you needed/wanted to know. I know that I eat much healthier foods than I ever did before. And some of the foods (habits) that I indulged in before Sparks are not even in my mind any longer. I don't think about them, I don't crave them, and I never eat them! To me that alone is a big step toward progress!

I have watched some of the newcomers when they first join, and the pounds come rolling off and I'm impressed. But perhaps what I should do is check back on them in six months and see how they're doing. My motto is "Never Give Up!" not if you binge, backslide, not even if you quit completely. Pick yourself up and get back on that horse -- think of it this way; two steps forward and one back. That way you can forgive yourself if you backslide a bit. As long as you are better than you were you are making progress!

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LIS193 8/21/2010 11:06AM

    Great blog! We all start off great but at some point we slow down or even stall, depending how close to goal we get or if our body needs a "breather".
The important thing is that your lifestyle has changed and you're feeling great.

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CATLADY52 8/20/2010 1:18PM

    So you want to lose weight? Think back at how long it took to put on the weight. It wasn't put on overnight. Just work on it a little bit at a time. It'll come off slowly but surely..

It shouldn't be emoticon but, I WILL DO IT!

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PSMITH3841 8/20/2010 11:10AM

    Two steps forward, one step back....just dance steps... as long as you keep moving you'll reach that goal! You're so right, Never Give Up....keep on moving! Have a great weekend! emoticon

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SARABETH_60 8/20/2010 9:34AM

    You are so right. For me, it's been harder and harder to lose weight and I'm thinking that just maintaining is a victory. I've been hanging out at Spark for about 2 years and really have been up and down - right now I'm down, but will that last?

I love your motto, never give up! Even if I drift away from eating healthy and exercise, I know I'll wake up one morning and get back to it.

Thank you for the good thoughts.

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/20/2010 7:32AM

    So True I have been here for 2 1/2 year and have lost 30 and gain back 5 take off 5 but someone told me here at Sparks as long as your trying your still on track.
Plus I have made so many friends here and when I am having a bad day they help with kind words and they give me will power to keep trying.
So thanks for the blog and making everyone feel good and not to give up
emoticonone step at a time.
God's Blessings

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    This is very true for me in that I've been here for 4 years and although I've lost weight, it's not coming off as fast as thoe 6 month success stories! I agree with you when you say we must never give up - thus my own signature about persistence being key!

I agree that no matter what the numbers say on the scale, we have become healthier in our awareness of what it takes to make it!

Have a superb Friday!

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If It Wasn't For My Dog, I'd Be FAT!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

If it wasn't for my dog, I'd be fat. She is the biggest motivator I have in my life. She looks at me with expectation and love in her eyes first thing in the morning. What she wants is to go for a walk. And she's not the type that dilly dallies along, sniffing at anything and everything -- no, sir! She steps right along, so I work up a sweat before we get back home (her legs are short, but so are mine) lol

She keeps a close watch on the clothes I'm wearing, but especially on what shoes I put on. And when I slip on my tennis shoes she begins to get excited; by the time I reach for her leash she is beside herself, barking and running in circles! There are times I wish I had her enthusiasm for a walk, and sometimes, on those rare days, I DO!

She also has the bad habit of begging food from me, but every morsel that slips into her mouth is one less that goes into mine. And you know what? She eats every little snip and morsel of fat that adorns a steak or a chop. Now, I ask you -- what kind of loyalty is that?

When I give thanks for all the good things in my life before going to sleep, believe me, Amber is at the top of my list. You DO have a dog, don't you? Don't miss out on one of life's greatest relationships -- get one! And come and visit me at "I Love Dogs" -- I'll even let you join my Team!

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JANET552 8/17/2010 6:43AM

    What a great dog Amber is!! I have two and they are my walking partners too.

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SARABETH_60 8/16/2010 6:34PM

    Love your dog's photo - gorgeous is exactly the right word. Pets are so wonderful - I've had dogs, cats, and dogs and cats. They love you no matter what (of course, the cats don't show it).

Glad your Amber keeps you on the straight and narrow:-)

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THPEAKY 8/15/2010 5:54PM

    As the "dogmom" of 3 mini dachshunds all I can add is : DOGS RULE! However mine are very old and don't go for walks on the leash any more....but they STILL rule.

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PSMITH3841 8/15/2010 11:26AM

    My Zoey is one of the best workout partners I've ever had...she too sets the pace when we walk, plus, where else can you get a slurpy kiss with every successful crunch or pushup? emoticon

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LOUMARG 8/15/2010 9:43AM

    Great blog. I do not have a dog anymore but did enjoy the one I had.

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/15/2010 6:16AM

    emoticonno dog here unless the Grand dog comes to stay and I love when she does for then we go for walks but I do walk with the neighbor for she has a dog and without her and her dog Sally I wouldn't get as much walking in as I do.
So I am thankful for my neighbor and her dog
I would love a dog but hubby said NO but that is ok I have the neighbors
Keep walking with the dogs and have fun doing it

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BLESSED2BEME 8/15/2010 1:00AM

    Life wouldn't be the same with out my dogs. Or my cats. Or the dogs and cats at the shelter where I volunteer. Best thing in life!

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ALICIA214 8/14/2010 10:29PM


I have a dog,her name is Chica and she loves to go out walking. She knows exactly
what is happening by what I pick up from my kitchen table, if I just pick up my keys
she goes ballistic,but when Igrab my shopping bag , she just lies down. emoticon emoticon

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LAMBIERABBIT 8/14/2010 9:57PM

    Yes, I have a dog--but he's the world's laziest walker--so much so, that I bought him a stroller so he wouldn't hold me back on MY walks! However, his sister, Daisy (also a Shih-tzu), is ANOTHER story! if you say WALK, she goes crazy with joy! she dances around me, then goes to where her leash is kept and looks up at me expectantly! She can walk for hours without tiring! she is a real trooper!

Love these dogs! emoticon

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LUNADRAGON 8/14/2010 9:56PM

    Your dog is gorgeous! What a great walking partner. I have cats, no dogs (sorry, I am allergic to dogs.) One of my best friends has a black scotty dog. I love my cats, and one of them follows me when I walk to the end of the dead end street and back.

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ADANA2009 8/14/2010 9:53PM

    my dogs know my workout shoes too! they are great motivation!

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Happiness Comes From Within

Saturday, August 14, 2010

emoticon When you wake up in the morning YOU can decide if it's going to be a good day, or a bad day....... it's really as simple as that! Sure there are things that can make us grit our teeth, or shed a tear, and momentarily even stamp our foot -- but in the long run, YOU control whether you are happy or not.

I'm sure you've all met people who had lots and lots of medical problems that still seem to always have a smile on their faces. You've also met those that seem to have everything a person could want, and yet they are still grousing around about this and that.

So how do you accomplish being happy? How do you work up the energy or attitude that makes you decide "I'm happy with my life, satisfied with what I have or don't have, I'm just glad to be alive." First of all, practice the art of not comparing yourself to your friends, relatives or neighbors. Envy can work itself into your system and make you feel dissatisfied with your life. Unless you walk in another person's shoes you never know how they feel inside. And the outside that is presented to the world can be whatever they decide; it's those feelings that are inside that are all-important. And, by not comparing yourself, it is so much easier to be happy with yourself. Perhaps the second most important item would be being satisfied with what you have. There is an old saying "It's Easier to go from Poor to Rich, than to go from Rich to Poor." That is indeed true, for to look back on what you had and lost is hard. But if your life is nicer, richer, or happier than it was a few years back; isn't that something to be thankful for?

One little way of reminding ourselves of how lucky we are is to give thanks at bedtime of what we have in our lives that is good. Did you have enough to eat today? Do you have a home to live in? Clothing? Love? Then there are those little intangible items we seem to ignore. We can talk, hear, see -- all of these are blessings!

Tomorrow when I wake up, I'm going to choose HAPPINESS! emoticon

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CATLADY52 8/14/2010 2:31PM

    Be happy and you wll find hapiness in everything. Be sad and you won't find it anywhere. emoticon

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SARABETH_60 8/14/2010 2:13PM

    I loved this!! Be grateful not grumpy! And to think that I am sitting here on my computer in a cool room in the middle of hot August communicating with you -- that alone is a lot to be thankful for.

Thanks so much for the good thoughts!


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PSMITH3841 8/14/2010 11:35AM

    Me too! The way I look at it, I opened my eyes, put my feet on the floor, I've got this day knocked!!!! That makes me happy! emoticon

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HAPPY-DESTINY 8/14/2010 7:58AM

    I have travelled a lot in my life..the best place I have ever been is being 'Happy' in the moment!

Great blog!

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/14/2010 7:26AM

emoticonto be alive

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THPEAKY 8/14/2010 6:45AM

    I agree: happiness is a decision you make and the FEELING follows.

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CBEVNOW 8/14/2010 2:44AM

    You are so right. Every day give thanks for what we have. Home, heat, air, car,job, food, we can worship as we please, etc. And we must not forget our dear sweet dogs. Im thankful for my sweet Lexy. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RENA1965 8/14/2010 12:29AM

    emoticonblog! I had to learn this and now accept it to find happy..

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How is YOUR Attitude?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

If being happy in life is reflected by the attitude we have, then there are a lot of unhappy people out there! I mean, haven't we all gone to a restaurant and had a waiter/waitress that acted like taking your order was the last thing they wanted to do! Or when you have approached a clerk in a store and asked a question and they look at you like you are a big bother to them?

But sometimes it isn't the attitude of the 'other' people that we should be critiquing; it's our own. Do you ever catch yourself hurrying through the day, perhaps entering a store and seeing an older person right behind you coming through the door also? So..... do you stop and hold the door open for them? Or do you barge ahead, after all; you're in a hurry! Perhaps the person in front of you at checkout can't read the signs very well, and they have a TON of items, whereas the sign clearly reads "Limit 20 Items." Do you make rude remarks about them -- or do you smile and patiently wait your turn?

Life is made up of lots of situations where you can either be in a good mood or in a bad mood. It doesn't make things go any faster to be in a bad mood; but it sure does make life more pleasant for yourself and others if you lighten up and smile and chat. The next time you find yourself reflecting one of those "bad" attitudes stop and look at yourself and wonder if that's the picture you want to portray!

emoticon Smile! You might be on "Candid Camera!"

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CATLADY52 8/12/2010 12:15PM

    I have to admit that sometimes I am 'that idiot' who barged into me by not looking, or the one who crowded in to the line of traffic. Usually I prefer to be polite and let the other guy (or gal) in. It won't hurt me and it often saves frayed nerves. Mine.

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    I love to spread the smiles around! Great blog!! I consider my attitude that of positivity and gratitude - never do I let a moment go by without acknowledging this... Including THANKS to great SP Friends like you!!

Have a superb day!

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183WANTS2B140 8/12/2010 6:09AM

    When I get ruched I am not that patient with people, but most of the time I try to think "what if that was my Mama or Daddy or one of my sisters and that usually makes me look at them in another light. Good blog. Thanks for posting.

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/12/2010 5:58AM

    emoticonBlog makes you stop and think
Life is to short to always be in a hurry or mad

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RESOLVE2010 8/12/2010 5:21AM

  Great food for thought. My hubby, bless his big heart, holds the door for anyone and everyone coming in behind him no matter where he is, what he's doing, or how big a hurry he may be in. He's also friendly to everyone, and talks alot. I, on the other hand, could use some work at times, lol.

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Wireless Internet - Yipee!

Monday, August 09, 2010

emoticon I love my new summer home; don't get me wrong! But that trip to the Public Library every day to use their computers started to get old in a hurry. And..... they are closed on Sunday, plus even when I was there the time was limited to one hour, especially if anyone was waiting.

Finally, after putting up with it for a little over a month (I can't believe I was that patient) I called up a place to see what they could do for me. I did not have a land line, I didn't want it to use my cell phone, what were my options. Lo and behold, the answer was Wireless Internet. And the cost was exactly the same as I was paying for my cable hook-up back in the big city. Best of all, once I downloaded the disk into my computer I could also use it on my computer at home! I feel like I'm out of the dark ages now -- and back into the swing of things.
I can now check into Spark People as often as I want, write blogs, answer notes, read tips and articles -- all of the wonderful things it was stressing me out to try and get done in the meager one hour allowance of time I had before.

I'm back Spark People -- so you'll see more of me! emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 8/11/2010 7:23AM

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/11/2010 6:47AM

    emoticon emoticonNow we will see you more in the chat room that will be nice

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PSMITH3841 8/10/2010 10:50AM

    Isn't technology amazing????!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon for technology and keeping you connected to SPARK!!

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USFBULL 8/9/2010 11:21PM

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ANNANN63 8/9/2010 10:45PM

    Way to go!

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