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What Are Some of YOUR Changes?

Friday, February 11, 2011

I was thinking this morning about the changes in my life over the past 3 years since being a devoted fan of SparkPeople. The following are just a few I came up with, you might think of some of "your" changes.

My favorite drink in the past: emoticon
Now I prefer water with lemon or perhaps a glass of non-fat milk

My favorite snack in the past: emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Now I most often turn to: emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

And the whole world made their way thru the beloved "drive thru's" emoticon emoticon
It's been years since I indulged in that kind of food, now I favor salad, chicken, etc.

Let's not forget our leisure time:

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Breakfast from days gone by: ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Breakfast now is usually a smoothie!

Yes, folks, our lives change, but it's all for the best. Back in the "good old days" I wore a much bigger size clothing, I got tired easily, and climbing stairs left me gasping for air! So I'm HAPPY emoticon to see these changes taking place. A year from now I'll look and see what else has changed

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PSMITH3841 2/14/2011 9:35PM

    You know, you're right. I have made so many changes to my lifestyle..Admittedly, I take an occasional tumble off the wagon (we discussed this), but the better habits still rise up!

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CATLADY52 2/12/2011 6:44PM

    I've quit eating double portions
Quit soft drinks very seldom
I eat breakfast and lunch every day
Eat more fruit with meals

Those are just starters on my road to a better life. emoticon

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THPEAKY 2/12/2011 8:23AM

    Like you say little changes: less diet soda, less sugarfree lemonade, more water, less fast food...even the SALADS are a lot higher in fat and calories than I thought. I DO eat at Chipotle now...for "fast food" but I can pick and choose lower fat options and still have a treat. I look at treats as treats to be had OCCASIONALLY not daily.
My husband does a lot of the day to day cooking as I work long hours. I am trying to teach him to help me with portion control "don't feed me like another GUY".

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/12/2011 7:02AM

    No Soda here now for 3 years
and cut back on fast foods
when going out to eat get take home box to put half in already then have a meal for lunch the next day
drink a lot of flavored water and hot tea
and a lot more exercise
Some big changes and some small but well worth it all
Thanks for Blog Eve

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NORAHNICK 2/11/2011 6:20PM

    I only recently started but here are my changes:

No more Coke, aka Elixir of the Gods. LOL

No more fast food.

No more candy, cakes, cookies & pie.

Plain yogurt instead of Daisy full-fat sour cream.

In return I am happier and healthier and enjoying life more.

I think that's a great trade-off!

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LIS193 2/11/2011 4:16PM

    Great observations!
My changes are similar. I started my journey nearly 6 years ago, 35 (45 lost, 10 back on) pounds and 3 moves later I'm still going strong.
- no more diet soda but lots of water
- no more bagels, toast or muffins for breakfast but smoothie or boiled egg and fruit
- no more processed food but everything fresh cooked from scratch
Lots of other changes and however subtle, they all add up.

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I'm not at my goal yet -- so why am I not motivated?

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

I know my progress has been slow by many standards, but it has been fairly consistent. It has taken me a long time to get where I am now, and I've still got 7 pounds to get to my goal. So shouldn't I still be hopping out of bed to go to the gym, keeping track of every morsel of food that crosses my lips?? What's wrong with me?

Tonight we had to go to a meeting and there wasn't really time to cook dinner unless we did the TV dinner thing -- and I did that for lunch, so when DH suggested stopping by Tagliano's I quickly said YES! He always gets a shrimp dish that is on their appetizer menu, but when I sat down I saw they had a small (personal) size pizza on special for "Happy Hour." For some reason it sounded very appealing to me. And that's what I ordered. And I can't remember when the last time was that I ordered pizza -- it's just not on my "OK" list anymore.

Do we all hit one of these slumps? I should be chomping at the bit to get rid of this last 7 lbs especially since I'm going on an extended trip on March 9th -- so just another month to go! I know vacations aren't the best time to lose weight, and it's hard to weigh in, and keep track, I'm not even sure how much time I'll get to have on the computer. . . . . so I should be really serious about this now more than ever!

Am I normal? Or am I crazy? Has it happened to anyone else to suddenly just feel kind of blah? What can I do? emoticon

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BLUESKY104 2/15/2011 11:18PM

    You are perfectly normal. I am much farther from my goal than you are but after three years on Spark I am still making my way down the road toward it -- for me there have been lots more detours so think of you being on a very short detour right now and just get back on that road sooner rather than later emoticon

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PSMITH3841 2/11/2011 2:49PM

    You know, I'm going through the same thing....the only difference is, you seem to feel guilty and I don't! Yikes.....For me, I think it's been the miserable winter we have been having...can't take a walk without breaking your neck on the ice, or freezing your fanny off (well, that might be a tad helpful...)... Driving to the gym on the icy roads is also not for the faint of heart....Tracking food???? I don't even want to think of the food I've consumed...Oh boy! Even the fact that I have only gained 1 1/2 pounds since the bad weather started hasn't made me want to act responsibly....I guess when my jeans start to cut off circulation I'll get back on track, or, when warmer weather returns....which ever comes first....til then, I'll continue to hope for the return of motivation!

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LIS193 2/11/2011 11:35AM

    We all get those periods of sidetracks on our journey. Enjoy it while it lasts, keep the damage contained and when the time is right, you'll be ready to continue on the weight loss path. Life is for living - what is a little detour?

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OLDERDANDRT 2/10/2011 11:10AM

    Not to worry, but if I were you, I think I'd try to put it into overdrive for the next few weeks just to get as close as possible to reduce the stress on your trip! You might not be able to enjoy yourself so much if you fear every bite you take!! Just me, though. 7 pounds is really close! Just figure will you be eating right or getting enough exercise on this extended trip? That should give you the motivation you need! emoticonYou are strong!!! emoticon

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THPEAKY 2/9/2011 11:19PM

    In the time of your life....LIVE!

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STILLFLYIN 2/9/2011 11:30AM

    I would suggest that you read Coach Nancy's Krispy Kreme race blog from today. She reinforces that we are doing all this to LIVE a long time and enjoy it, not obsess over a number on a scale. My takeaway from the blog is that as long as we are mostly doing what we know to be right, we will do just fine. I just love her blogs like that. The reminder does me good. And might help ease your mind with some different perspective.

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/9/2011 6:58AM

    You have been doing so well and sometimes we just want to say why but then we think how far we have come and then we get our minds back on track and you will too
Keep up the good work and you will be at goal soon even if it is after you get back from your trip
Have a great trip
Vicki emoticon

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The Big Moment (in Photo Format w/comments)

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I looked over the disk with the photos on it from the wedding-- laughter because we laughed so much during the ceremony (probably drove the Judge half batty) or tears because to my eyes each and every wrinkle was very apparent -- sometimes I see them, sometimes I ignore them, and rarely, on a good day, I don't even notice them.

But here we go -- I'm dressed and as ready as I'll ever be:

The guests begin arriving, and George is so nervous he can't remember anyone's name -- duh! the fun begins!

I've got the boutiniere on the best man, so he's ready:

The Judge and his wife arrive, paperwork in hand:

Everyone gathers in the kitchen to tend to the paperwork first:

Even George signs his life away:

Yes, Even the bride puts her signature on the legal documents:

The groom is more relaxed now! Little does he know!!!

I wanted you to know we didn't laugh during the "entire" ceremony, so just for the record -- here's a serious moment:

What? Did you say OBEY? You've GOT to be KIDDING!!

The Happy Couple:

And I've always liked the two hands showing off the matching rings:

And here's one of the ENTIRE family, Amber wonders if SHE has to change her name too???

Hope you all enjoyed attending our tiny little wedding. . . . it was with friends in our own home and that made it very special!

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THPEAKY 2/9/2011 11:22PM

    Awww I LOVED all the pictures! I SWEAR I can hear you laugh!

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R-U-JELLEN 2/9/2011 8:40PM

    Congratulations on your marriage. What a great couple you make! emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 2/6/2011 4:12PM

    So totally sweet!!! The only part I don't understand is why Amber wasn't dressed up and standing as your maid of honor?!!!! hehe You are a lovey little family now. A very nice little wedding and you all looked fabulous!! Just be happy, my friend! Be very, very happy!!!!


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AJINMN 2/4/2011 2:57PM

    You look so lovely! May you have many happy years together!

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/2/2011 1:28PM

    emoticon emoticonwedding pictures are great you both look so happy and the whole family is great love that picture
God's Blessings on you both

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TRISTAROSE 2/2/2011 6:41AM

    Congratulations and Best Wishes.

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DHSPARK 2/1/2011 5:31PM

    So happy for you look very nice! Looks like everyone had a good time. Many blessings and much happiness to you and your 'new' hubby!

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Deb :)

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CATLADY52 2/1/2011 3:40PM

    It's always better to be happy when something good is happening!
emoticon to all three of you. emoticon emoticon

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PSMITH3841 2/1/2011 2:52PM

    I've been waiting for these pics, it was worth the wait! What a perfect couple you two make, and Amber makes doesn't get any better than that!!!! Wishing you all the best! Hugs to all 3 of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ILUVTOTAT 2/1/2011 2:32PM

    That is awesome! I see nothing wrong with laughing at your wedding. It's such a happy time! Congratulations! emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 2/1/2011 2:29PM

    You make a nice looking couple. Congratulations!

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LUNADRAGON 2/1/2011 2:20PM

    Congratulations! Very sweet!

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Monday, January 31, 2011

There is the old story about do you want the good news first or the bad news first? Well, this isn't exactly that type of story, but you could twist it around that way if you wanted to.

The bad news is that I used to crave eating chocolate covered raisins . . . .
The good news is that I still do, but now I plan them into my diet.

The bad news is that I'm a procrastinator, hate to get started exercising. . . .
The good news is that I'm in the "habit" of doing something active every day.

The bad news is that I used to pay very little attention to what I ate . . . .
The good news is that in my "healthy lifestyle" I unconsciously eat right.

The bad news is that before SP I ballooned up to 162 and stayed there . . . .
The good news is that it's come off slow, but now I'm at 143, doing good.

The bad news is I thought I would never be slim again . . . .
The good news is I know it's not only possible, it's happening!!

No matter what weight you are at, what stage of recovery or motivation, it is always possible to get better. It doesn't matter if you do it slow or fast, suit it to your own personality and how much you are motivated -- if you want it, it can most definitely happen!


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CATLADY52 1/31/2011 5:47PM

    emoticon and so can I. Thanks for the reminder.

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PSMITH3841 1/31/2011 9:57AM

    emoticon You go girl!!!!! I never really wanted my 21 year old body back (although the 38 year old one would do very nicely), all I wanted was a healthier, slimmer & trimmer 64 year old body! I'm getting there, slowly but surely...Yay us! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/31/2011 8:38AM

    emoticonBlog I need to do one of these one day
Thanks for sharing

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Come Hike With Me!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Here we are at the beginning of our hike. It's a beautiful day out, starting temperature is around 60 degrees! This particular hike was Northeast of Phoenix, in a location called Sears/Kay.
One lone tree, not even very pretty; but it's part of the natural scenery, and somehow it struck me as picturesque!
Every now and then you have to climb around to get a better shot . . . and hope you do not lose your footing and go over the edge . . .
Spectacular scenery, makes you feel like you are really living healthy! Those are the Superstition Mountains in the background. LOTS of fresh air, right?
My dog, Amber, went along this time --- and she's wondering "Hmmm, what animal does this smell like?"
They call this rock "the Soldier."
Pretty big to be just kind of balanced there, don't you think?
This is called the "Soldier's Boot" -- I don't make this stuff up, I'm just passing the info along to you.
One of the "rooms" in the Indian Ruins. This is what I'd call 'roughing it.'
Somehow scenery like this always makes me feel very insignificant.
Pretty awesome scenery!
Anyone looking for peace and quiet? See that tiny ranch down there -- that's what I'd call "isolation." Makes me feel like I'm a "city girl."
OK, time for lunch -- you buy!!!

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PSMITH3841 1/27/2011 7:45PM

    Absolutely awesome scenery....what an amazing place to hike! Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 1/24/2011 6:49PM

    Love the pics!!! I'd love to hike with you!!! Looks like Amber enjoyed the trip, too!!! Hike on!!!!

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CATLADY52 1/24/2011 11:14AM

    Great phots. I always feel like I'm visiting another world when I see photos of lonely countryside. I can almost smell the dust and heat of the rocks. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 1/24/2011 7:36AM

    emoticonpictures thanks for taking me along next time for real
Thanks for sharing

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USFBULL 1/23/2011 9:05PM

    Nicely done, nice photo's and thanks for the comments, I would have never known what Amber was thinking...LOL

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BLESSED2BEME 1/23/2011 6:39PM

    Felt like I was hiking right along with you!

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RWALTON730 1/23/2011 4:37PM

    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing them. Where did you go hiking?

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