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Thursday, September 27, 2012

emoticon This is a serious blog, so don't smile and act like you don't know what I'm talking about! What happens when you reach your goal?

They say when you are training your emoticon it takes about 3 days of being very consistent for the dog to learn the new trick or whatever you are trying to teach them. I'd say for us humans it takes a bit longer for things to become a "habit" or a way of life.

For example, remember all the times we've started a new diet? We say to ourselves, I'll "TRY" this for a week or so -- just to see if it works. If it doesn't work, we drop it (we are impatient and expect immediate results); and if it does work, once we've lost a few pounds our old habits start to creep back in -- and subsequently we start to put the weight back on.

If you are only 10 pounds or so away from your goal you may not have set down with yourself and realistically thought about how you would handle it when you reach your goal. There are a few things you'd better think about, very seriously.

#1 This hasn't really been a "diet" you've been on, but a change of lifestyle. When you change you lifestyle it doesn't mean you go back to your OLD habits, you keep on with the new.

#2 Maintenance doesn't suddenly mean you can eat 1000 calories extra every day -- try that and your scale will head nowhere but up, Up, UP!

#3 You've read your articles, you know you need to keep yourself hydrated with water, tea, coffee, healthy liquids (alcohol doesn't really fit in there).

#4 If fruits and veggies are so important to a Healthy Lifestyle why do you think once you reach the magic number on the scale -- you can stop eating them? What do you think will happen?

#5 Reaching your goal doesn't mean you can go on a SEE-FOOD diet (see it, and eat it). It does not mean your body no longer needs to exert itself with exercise. By now you should be in the "Habit" of eating healthy and getting in some sort of daily exercise.

#6 Put one of your "fat" pictures on your refrigerator -- let it guide you in your choices. If it happened once, it can happen again.

Wishing all of you success in reaching your goals -- and then carrying those new, good habits over into your new life. Reaching your goal does not solve your problems, but it can go a long way toward helping you healthwise, giving you more confidence, and more energy to tackle jobs that need to be done. Money does not solve all our problems, and hitting the right number on the scale does not solve the problems either. But it does give us the faith and the confidence that emoticon

  
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JACK714 9/30/2012 8:36AM

    Another great blog. Good thoughts. I have never reached my goal weight, but there is always hope. emoticon

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PSMITH3841 9/28/2012 12:21PM

    This was right on the mark! Just because we reached our goals, doesn't mean we can rest on our laurels to maintain, many of us fall into that pit. Unfortunately, I'm one of those people and your blog was timely for me! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 9/28/2012 10:08AM

    Well said, my friend!!! And it's the absolute truth!! I still have a ways to go..... about 45 pounds or so and I know I will have to be ever vigilant the rest of my life!! I am very prone to over eating and obesity, but having been there for too long, I know it's not a place I want to be!
Yeah, "they" say it takes X amount of time to form a habit, but in this case, the basic habit may take a short time to get familiar with, but a lifetime to really make it part of your life! (At least, I think so in my case!)
Great blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/28/2012 7:39AM

    I am one of those people if the plan didn't work I try something new but that has been me for years - so I am just going to keep trying until I get to my goal and then we will see how I do after that
Thanks for the blog we all needed a reality check
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TRISTAROSE 9/28/2012 6:31AM

    My journey has been slow but I am making progress and these are great tips to keep in mind once I reach goal. Thank you for a GREAT blog!

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ARTJAC 9/27/2012 11:58PM

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SHOES17 9/27/2012 9:38PM

    emoticon Lol had to come back to subscribe to your blogs!

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SHOES17 9/27/2012 9:37PM

    emoticon It takes longer ...but I am getting there one step at a time! great blog

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FIRECOM 9/27/2012 9:00PM

    Did you write this just for me??? It sure seems that way. I am at my goal weight and really worry about the maintenance. Every other program I have had any success at just let me twist in the wind when I was at a desireable (but not optimum) weitght.

Your points are spot on and I appreciate them. Thanks

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GRACEISENUF 9/27/2012 8:26PM

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MEEZERMOM2 9/27/2012 6:29PM

    All these things are so true...I am hapy to say I have been at goal weight since January! My wieght fluctuates 2 or 3 pounds & as I've mentioned "ad nauseum", following this plan it is so easy. I eat my fill of my healthy foods, am never hungry & love fitting in small clothes again, plus I feel better! I got rid of all my "fat" cothes, as I know I am never going back there!

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A Sparking Life Means a Healthy Life!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I got up this morning, and after "weighing-in" my first move, naturally, was COFFEE!

My normal breakfast consists most often of a emoticon smoothie (various types)

Housework comes before play time, so let's get that done. Dip and bend and incorporate some lunges to give extra exercise!
emoticon A walk with Amber is next, and this time of year in the mountains it's high 70's
emoticon and emoticon fill my day, along with working on my quilt. Right now my time also includes making homemade applesauce emoticon (yes, I know that is a tomato, but there was no apple)! If there is emoticon I sneak in a emoticon (and sometimes even if there isn't enough time!

On our evening walk we often see rabbits, and if we're lucky a deer or two!

Now is the time to sit back and watch the great sunset, count our blessings and Thank God that we had another happy day on this great Earth of ours!

  
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PSMITH3841 9/28/2012 11:56AM

    emoticon Great blog, thanks for putting a smile on my face! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 9/28/2012 9:52AM

    I love this blog, my friend! How totally sweet!! I like what you said about sneaking in some extra exercise with your house cleaning! That's what I try to do, too!! (Can't do the nap thing, though, or I'll lay awake inspecting my bedroom ceiling for way too long! hehe)
Sounds like a most lovely day! emoticon

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ANGRITTER 9/26/2012 8:53PM

    Sounds like you have a plan for relaxation! I love the pics and the emoticons in their proper places. And I love applesauce! My mother makes about 26 quarts a year just for me! She's the best.

Good luck on finding time for everything.

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/26/2012 7:30AM

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STEELKICKIN 9/25/2012 10:44PM

    Awwww, I love this. Your blogs are so light and happy. I always enjoy stopping over to see what you've done with the day and I'm never disappointed!
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HEYITSJUDED 9/25/2012 6:21PM

    What a nice way to spend the day! emoticon

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SCHPUBBY 9/25/2012 4:13PM

    Cute blog! Have a happy day! :)

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FIRECOM 9/25/2012 1:05PM

    A run piece of work. Thanks. I would expect no less from you, ,myfriend.

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MNWILDCIN 9/25/2012 1:04PM

    So cute! Thanks for sharing!
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-VIXEN- 9/25/2012 1:00PM

    I love this post! Have yourself an awesome day. :)

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T21MELISSA 9/25/2012 12:54PM

    What a cute and happy blog. Made me smile! Also gave me a pointer on doing lunges while washing dishes! Woohoo!

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Come Spend a Day With Me!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

emoticon The sun was shining when I got up and it was a cool 70F with fluffy white clouds in a very blue sky -- gorgeous, and it felt warmer. After feeding Amber I decided to go out and water my flowers, strawberries and peach tree. The apples don't really need additional water as it's time to be picking them.

HaHa -- pulled a little joke on you. That's Buchart Gardens in Canada. Don't I wish!!!

Next thing on the agenda is a light breakfast, some mornings it's a bagel with cream cheese or maybe a smoothie. This morning the bagel won, along with coffee.
And then, naturally, it's SPARK TIME! Have to see what all my friends have been up to, record my weight and what I ate, track goals, send on the good forwards, you know the routine. I'm not overjoyed to see that my weight stayed the same as yesterday, but not unhappy either, as it is in the 130 range, and since getting there, I have not gone back to the 140's. Very important!

Yesterday I got in two walks with Amber, both 1.1 miles long. The neighbor lady walked with us last night, she's younger and faster but she commented that for a short-legged dog Amber can hold her own. She doesn't stop and sniff nearly as much as most dogs do. It was good for me to have a friend along, made me push up the pace just a bit. Today I'll try to do the same thing, it completes my goal for walking when I get in the 2 miles, and it's nice to see I even went over.

Lunch will most likely be a veggie type of soup, sometimes with a bit of chicken breast added in and possibly a slice of whole wheat bread. Bread tastes sooooo good with soup -- maybe it is just reminiescent of my childhood days, but I love it. I must have had quite a variety as a kid because I like nearly all foods.

We actually have a sit-down together dinner only 3 or 4 days a week. Otherwise it's every man or woman for themselves -- we do this mainly because our tastes don't tend to move along the same lines. DH likes fat and heavy on the protein, forget the veggies. Mine is the opposite. We solved this by making our own dinner at times, makes us easier to live with. lol

Right after dinner, or sometimes just before, it's walk time again. If it weren't for the bugs that bite you it would be most pleasant. If I wasn't for the fact that I'm borderline Alzheimer's I would remember to put on bug spray to keep the little critters at bay -- but I seldom remember. (that was one of my sick attempts at joking -- so don't concern yourselves about me) Regardless, the walk is enjoyable, and many times we are blessed with seeing a deer, or a the very least a rabbit or two. Sometimes we smell the skunks -- whom I would rather not see!

Evenings I spend reading, working on my quilt, and/or watching TV. A rather quiet life, but one that suits me for the summer. Winters are back to the big city, and more activity.

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BLITZEN40 9/27/2012 9:19PM

    Love your blog here! Got a chuckle out of your Buchart Gardens photo... you could have left it and claimed it as your own and no one would have known the difference! You have a great sense of humor and seem to have the healthy lifestyle thing down... a winning combination for sure! emoticon

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MICHELELYNN777 9/24/2012 8:57AM

    Thanks for sharing your day~I always love reading your blogs! emoticon

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HEYITSJUDED 9/23/2012 10:11PM

    I love the picture! I was thinking how lucky you are! You sure got me!!

Congratulations on staying in the 130's. Keep up the walking, I love to walk! I cannot take my dog. He is little can't go very far and stops to pee on anything and everything that sticks out of the ground! Makes my walk not a good workout! emoticon



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OLDERDANDRT 9/23/2012 3:23PM

    You're lucky little Amber is a sweet girl!! My boy, Bruno, is a little guy, probably about the size of Amber, but he has to smell and/or water each and every single blade of grass!!! emoticon My family does every one for themselves at least once a week for supper if not more b/c the boys like heavier, fattier stuff than I! We have a lot in common, my friend!! Ever consider moving to northwestern N.C.??????? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/23/2012 7:23AM

    You had a nice day and glad you took me with
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YOYONOMORE1 9/22/2012 6:57PM

    Great job of staying in the 130's. The picture is pretty even if it's not your back yard, lol. We were at 55 when I left for the baby shower this morning, then later when we went to my DD's and on the way back it was down to 51, suppose to be in the 30's tonight, it definitely feels like fall today, my favorite season. I need to look up some recipes as Friday I have the coffee hour here and Saturday I am having a Thirty-One party. I hope you have a relaxing evening.

Hugs,
Shirl

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CAMEY13 9/22/2012 2:58PM

    When did you find out you were borderline Alzheimer? Getting old you usually forget things. I do it all the time. I have so much on my mind to do that I will forget somethings. I wish I could do a lot of walking, but my legs do not want to help, nor my hip, but I do manage the store and walking up the street with Hailey. I read a lot on my sit down bike and do my weights. I am striving for l35 and only have 6 lbs. to go. My problem is sweets. Get them out of my sight. LOL If they are there an an occasion I am a gona. LOL But with all the exercise I do, usually .2 or .4 comes on and it is gone in a day or two. Have you tried the challange on our team yet? I know Marian has put one there. I just saw it today as I did not get a post on it for some reason. I added a post in the blog on it, so check it out.

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Just a Happy "ME" Day!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

emoticon Early this morning my DH found that the new Sony camera he ordered was scheduled to be delivered today! Exciting!! Except -- it was being delivered to our home in the Phoenix area -- and we were 1-1/2 hours away in our mountain home. Hmmmm! What to do? We knew the Fed Ex would probably leave the box sitting by our front door, and even though we feel we're in a "good" neighborhood, a small box containing an expensive camera is a big temptation.

emoticon Being a Sweetheart, I offered to drive down. The only string attached to that offer was that I would spend the night in our home down there -- no back and forth trip for me and it would give me a chance to watch some of my recorded movies -- maybe paint a bit, and just generally have a 'change of pace' for my day. Not liking the "overnight" part of that,my husband wailed "But I'll Miss You! I'll be lonely!" I just smiled.

emoticon Next problem came when Amber saw me getting out my cosmetic case -- it meant a "trip" and if Mom was going, then SHE must be going. There was lots of running back and forth, tail wagging and little talky noises. Big excitement, going for a ride. When the word "no" came out of my mouth, she couldn't believe it -- Mom was going without her!

DH told me she spent the afternoon laying with her nose pointed toward the front door, patiently waiting for Mom to come home. Hmmm, I wonder how the evening walk went?

  
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OLDERDANDRT 9/20/2012 5:14PM

    AwwwwWWWwww!!!! Mama!!!!!! How could you leave precious Amber behind?! Hoo boy! But she'll be soooooo happy when you get home!! All will be forgiven b/c that's the beauty of the loving ability of dogs!!! What would we ever do without them! emoticon to you AND Amber!!!

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SCHPUBBY 9/20/2012 1:47PM

    I'll bet you were ready to get back to your cooler temps; though, I hope you enjoyed your trip and your "me" time! :)

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JACK714 9/20/2012 12:22PM

    All that sacrifice. You are just a good person. And you got your reward.

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/20/2012 8:01AM

    Eve glad you got a little you time alone sorry Amber had to stay home but she will be so glad to see you when you get back - hope you got a lot done being alone
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TRISTAROSE 9/20/2012 6:18AM

    It's always nice to have a little "alone" time but yet nice to know that DH and Amber are there awaiting your return! I hope you enjoyed your evening!

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GRACEISENUF 9/19/2012 11:35PM

    That was kind of you to do that for your DH. It's also fun to get a little time apart to get the things we want to get done isn't it?

Happy week ahead!

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It's Gonna Be A Good Day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


HOW do I know? Well, first thing this morning, like I do every single day -- I got on the scale and looked down to see the number. 136.6 down 0.8 from yesterday and a new low for me!
emoticon If that wasn't enough to make me smile, I began doing my "Sparking" on the computer, and when I did the bonus spin I got a "25"! What a great way to start the day!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon that was an awesome start to a new day!

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    emoticon keep that going kido and you will see your goal soon

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LYNETTEMOM 9/19/2012 12:40AM

    AWRIGHT! Did you buy a lottery ticket?
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