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Duh! How Long Does It Take To Get SMART?

Monday, December 27, 2010

emoticon emoticon I tend to look back over the year as it gets closer and closer to December 31st, as I'm sure lots of other people do -- human nature! And this year as I sat looking, I realized I've been on SparkPeople for 3 years already, and as one of those "picky" people I decided to make up a chart that would show me in black and white how my progress had been going! OK, I'm sure there is a way to look into SP's records and they would have a chart or something at my fingertips if I just knew how to find it. But I'm dumb when it comes to the inner workings of a computer; so I just plodded my way to making my own chart.

I started out January of 2008 at 157 pounds and ended the year at 149. It was a loss but certainly not impressive! The following year was a yo-yo of 3 or 4 pounds all year, with a loss not fit to write home about (less than 2 pounds) and my 3rd and most recent year saw me decently slim at times, but in December it shot up and I ended up with a 1-pound loss. OK, the year's not over YET, and remember, these weights are all done on the 1st of each month. But DUH! What am I doing here? It's pretty obvious that I am cheating on my own good intentions! So this is the time for a new lifestyle. I haven't worked out all the kinks yet, actually have not even thought of all the kinks yet -- but I'm busy working it out. That will be my next blog, or the one after.......

After 3 years isn't it time I got smart? emoticon

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THPEAKY 12/30/2010 10:57PM

    Also you are likely stronger and healthier as we all know muscle weighs more than fat!
Hang in there!

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LIS193 12/30/2010 7:11PM

    Eve, a loss is a loss! I started nearly 3 years ago and I have been down and up again and now I'm pretty much within a pound of where I started!! LOL so much for SP.
What it has given me is tons of information, some more useful than other and lots of wonderful spark friends.
Have a wonderful New Year's Eve and a great 2011!
Thank you for being my spark friend

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CATLADY52 12/29/2010 1:58PM

    You had a loss didn't you? You're still alive aren't you? I'd say you are ahead of the game. Enjoy life and do what you will. emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/29/2010 8:24AM

    Your doing emoticonyou have lost and kept it off more then I can say was good until Oct of this year and gained back 10 so now have to get that off plus
so you just buckle down this next year and you will be at goal soon.
Happy New year my friend

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SUGARSMOM2 12/28/2010 12:27PM

  scales are just numbers on a block . that happens to have weighs that measure weight. these numbers can change . or not . go with the flow . do not allow someone else progress stop or hinder you . you are you . and not one other person can be you .you are perfect as you are.

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STILLFLYIN 12/28/2010 12:18PM

    It's about what you think is most important and setting priorities. A number on a scale has to become more than just a number for it to be important. Or maybe a realization that other things in your life are more important is in order. It's a good time of year to think these things through.

All in all, having friends on SP is not a bad thing - whatever you think.

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IMEOWASWELL 12/27/2010 6:38PM

  hey there, I know you can do! Look at the positive side, you didn't gain 50 lbs. also remember muscle weighs more than fat! So all is not lost.

have a Great Holiday Season!


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OLDERDANDRT 12/27/2010 5:05PM

    I am tech illterate, too, so I'm sure SPark has tons of stuff for me that I will never use due to my "probem". Oh well, I at least have learned how to copy and paste! LOL (most 6 year olds can do that!) Never mind. We'll get our stuff together one day and make huge strides in the right direction!!! When will you get smart? WEll, just like a healthy lifestyle, it's a journey!

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BLESSED2BEME 12/27/2010 4:58PM

    I am very slow at "getting smart". I'm just about where I started this year off as far as weight. However, my inner self is much stronger! emoticon

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PSMITH3841 12/27/2010 3:30PM

    Hey...You're still at it...doing what you need to do to keep on top of things to keep a healthier lifestyle...That surely has to count for something....I'll bet you're smarter than you think! emoticon

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SOPKAMANJU 12/27/2010 2:10PM

    emoticonyou are still on the web site plugging away and that counts Big time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Do You Make New Year's Resolutions?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Like so many other people that I know, I used to sit down toward the end of December, and pen in hand, I would think of resolutions I swore I would keep in the "new year." And as I wrote each and every one of them down, my heart was in it, I was sure I would make a big effort. But. . . . just by the wording alone I was sitting myself up for failure.

1. Try to exercise more.
If I was serious I would have aimed for something like:
1. Go workout at the gym 30 minutes 4 times a week. (see the difference)

2. Lose some weight.
Duh! Pretty easy to get around that one too. So I diet like crazy for a week, isn't that about how long diets usually last? Then it all comes back on plus another 5! Keeping it off is the only solution. So . . . .
2. Take off 10 lbs. by eating healthy, then maintain that weight.

There are examples that could go on and on, you know what you put down, and you know the way you wiggle around them too, don't you? I guess that's why my New Year's Resolutions have gone by the way side. Now I concentrate on a healthy lifestyle, I know when I'm slipping and I know what I have to do to get back on track. I suppose I could write it all down, but if I am motivated and "really" want it -- lists won't help -- nor will they hinder. It will become a "habit" to eat right and to get in that daily exercise. That's what I'm aiming for, I just don't write it down. A few new good habits each and every year -- and one of these days I'll realize that I've been "tiny and in good health" for a long time!

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CBEVNOW 12/27/2010 11:12PM

    I have never made New Years Resolutions.I just try to be healthy and d my best.

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STILLFLYIN 12/27/2010 12:14PM

    Sounds great to me!

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CATLADY52 12/27/2010 10:32AM

    I used to think resolutions were made to be broken. So far, I'm happy I can button my shirts without having them try to come off. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/27/2010 7:42AM

this year not really a Resolutions but going to say a life style change
not just my food plan but my life
thanks for being a sparks friend

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OLDERDANDRT 12/26/2010 6:41PM

    Now, you're talkin'!!! I am, by no means, at goal, but I am kind of like that now! I have survived Thanksgiving and Christmas food days without stuffing myself simple and I am actually losing weight! I'm thinking that the good stuff I'm learning on SPark People is really beginning to stick!!! I find there are goodies that I used to think I couldn't live without are just not "all that!" anymore! A taste or one cookie is enough! Sometimes, don't even want that! Looking forward to the day when I am small and recounting the days that I wasn't.
emoticon We don't need resolutions, just resolve.

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PSMITH3841 12/26/2010 5:48PM

    I never bothered with Resolutions...always knew I wouldn't keep them, but this year I think I'll follow your example...that I can do! Happy New Year!

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Love Makes the World Go Round

Saturday, December 25, 2010

'Tis the Season to be Jolly, tra-la-la-la-la-la ...... this is probably the holiday that passes the most love to one another and that's as it should be. Today our Savior was born, there is lots to be thankful for and it's a good time to spread love and cheer.

When my "soon-to-be-hubby" saw all the packages I was putting under the Christmas tree for him -- he said he felt he should rush right out and buy me some more stuff. But what? He was scared, like most men are, that it would be the wrong size, the wrong color, the wrong style -- or simply the wrong gift. So I made a deal with him. I said we'd go to one of the stores that were not "too" terribly busy, I'd try on several different outfits, show them to him as I modeled them, then the ones that "I" considered a "nice" fit -- I'd hand to him. He could buy any or all of them, and I would still be suitably surprised -- 'cause I wouldn't know which ones he would decide on. Well, it sounded good to him too, so that's exactly what we did. I see LOTS of nicely wrapped packages under the tree so I'm not sure just how lucky I got, but one thing I do know: they will all fit, they'll be the right color, and just my style!

And while we're spreading around some of that Christmas Love, we went to the neighbors across the street with two homemade pies (apple and pumpkin) plus gifts. They in turn fed us sandwiches and drink, we enjoyed the desserts we had brought over -- and we all had nice warm fuzzy feelings about having wonderful neighbors!

Merry Christmas everyone
PS -- He bought them ALL! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/26/2010 8:10AM

    emoticonglad you got them all that was nice of the neighbors to invite you to stay and eat so you could enjoy the pies also
Merry Christmas

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PSMITH3841 12/25/2010 10:41PM

    What a great idea, you are a genius!...Since I lost the weight and quite a few inches, my other half just doesn't know what size to get anymore....Hope you don't mind if I use your idea.... And George is an absolute keeper...what a sweetheart! emoticon Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! emoticon emoticon

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THPEAKY 12/25/2010 10:32PM

    WOW!! What a guy!

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OLDERDANDRT 12/25/2010 3:20PM

    Sounds pert' near perfect!!! Merry Christmas!!

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CATLADY52 12/25/2010 11:51AM

    What a thoughtful man. Have a great Christmas day both of you. emoticon emoticon

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LIS193 12/25/2010 8:56AM

    Have a great Christmas!
I used to to leave catalogues with sticky notes on DH's desk :)

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TRISTAROSE 12/25/2010 6:58AM

    Merry Christmas emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hurray for Hubby!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

When my hubby had to go to the Emergency Room a week ago, and consequently have his galbladder taken out, he was discouraged when he came home and the scale read 230.6 -- which was just about what it was when I met him. All the temptations he had passed up, the exercising, just ALL OF IT -- seemed to have gone down the drain!

But I told him it was water weight, and once he was able to start moving around a bit it would start to come off fast. Of course he smiled, but I don't think he believed me. Today he got on the scale to read 218.6 -- wow! he's made it under the 220 mark, and able to fit into clothing that hasn't fit him since 2006!

Having a very sick wife and going through her subsequent death was very difficult for him, as it is for any man. Men -- unless they are natural born cooks -- simply look at the kitchen in despair, and usually settle for scrambled eggs and toast. So it was easy to see why his favorite spots were McDonalds and some of the others! Also easy to see why the scale kept going up - up - UP!

Hey! I think my guy's gonna look pretty spiffy for the wedding in 3 weeks!

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OLDERDANDRT 12/22/2010 4:42PM

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SUGARSMOM2 12/22/2010 2:06PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonso good does come to those in need.

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/22/2010 9:20AM

    emoticonGeorge keep that going kido
and I too want to see Wedding Pictures
emoticonyou to and much happiness
God Bless

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THPEAKY 12/21/2010 10:18PM

    I wish you both MUCH happiness!

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PSMITH3841 12/21/2010 10:13PM

    Woo Hoo!!! Way to go George...can't wait to see those Wedding Pictures! emoticon

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CATLADY52 12/21/2010 6:08PM

    It sounds like a Win-Win situation. emoticon

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ALICERIEGER 12/21/2010 4:10PM

    I'm glad the surgery went well and he's back on track.

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Oh! What a Beautiful Sight!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon Last night we took our first drive around some of the more exclusive parts of our neighborhood -- seeking out the people who go "all out" for their Christmas decorations. Some were minimal, some over-done, some were spectacular! I came to the decision that the type I found most beautiful were the ones where a one-color light theme was used, whether all white, all blue, or all red. And, as we live in Arizona we have lots of palms and cactii -- one of my favorite deco's is when they wrap the base of the palm with white and weave red lights through the palm fronds.

Hope everyone has beautiful decorations to look at and enjoy! Tis the Season -- take your family out to enjoy these beautiful sights! emoticon

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PSMITH3841 12/21/2010 1:47PM

    Zoey and I take different routes on our after dinner walks...the Christmas lights make the walks even more enjoyable! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/19/2010 7:37AM

    I love to do that too maybe this week I can don't have any more partys until Christmas Eve so think I will go light looking
Glad you had a good time

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THPEAKY 12/19/2010 12:52AM

    I love to go "light looking". We have had snow here: unusually early so I have been consumed with work. Thanks for the reminder. I will get my husband and go looking Sunday evening!

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FRAIDY_KAT 12/18/2010 12:48PM

    I love looking at Christmas lights. My fiance and my family are going next week to a place called Christmas City -- a huge display of Christmas lights.

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MBUNDY3 12/18/2010 12:48PM

    Agree, the Christmas lights are so uplifting!

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