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Friday, June 25, 2010

When I read the "Reflections" email this morning it really hit home. When we set up our goals here on SP, did we really think about what it would take to achieve them? Sure we knew we wanted to lose "X" number of pounds, but what was it going to take to get there? Hard work, that's what!

In order to get to that goal, we have to be willing to put forth the effort to make it. Is it going to be easy, no and some days will be harder than others. But we have to work at it. We have to be willing to make lifestyle changes that are going to stay with us for the long-run. That means we can't create an exercise program, work it til we get to a certain point on the scale and then discontinue it. It's a work that has to continue to make it a long-term lifestyle change. Same thing with our eating habits. We have to work at changes to make them a part of our life.

The hardest work may be on our attitude. It can be hard for us to be realistic about the time needed to make changes that stick. We didn't put ourselves in this unhealthy state overnight. It happened over time. The same will be to reach goals and make permanent lifestyle changes. We have to have an "I won't quit" attitude. We have to be accountable to ourselves.

So, what are some things we may have to do in this new work?

Get up an hour earlier so we can get in at least 30 minutes cardio and have some breakfast.

Make a healthy lunch to take to work.

Learn healthier cooking methods.

Eat out less often and when you do eat out, check out the restaurant's online nutrition info.

Learn, and help others around you learn, to make celebrations center around something other than food.


These are just a few things that will need to be worked on while making your lifestyle changes and achieving your goals. But, the important thing is that you evaluate what you'll need to do, get started and hold yourself accountable. We can do this, it will take work, but in the end it will be soooooo well worth it!

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JAVALOVERTOO 6/26/2010 4:10PM

    We come on here wanting to change our weight but it's our whole world that is changed, if we are successful and real with ourselves.

I didn't think about way back in February when I signed up what it would really take but I was ready.

Great thought provoking blog. emoticon

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HEARTSTOPPER 6/26/2010 12:16AM

I agree.


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ANDYINBC 6/26/2010 12:04AM

    I guess you would agree with the old adage, "Nothing without Effort."

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Great Birthday!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Celebrated 50th today. Husband was great. He knew I didn't want a cake, so he got a small veggie tray with my favorites - pea pods, cherry tomatoes and baby carrots and a fruit tray. For gifts he got me a workout shirt, the Valerie Bertinelli workout DVD and a workout mat. I believe I'll keep him around for a while.

It's funny, I'm 50 and I'm healthier than I was at 20. I'm taking this as a good sign that this year and future years are going to be better in all ways than the ones before. So here's to a great 50th year in health, personal, and professional.

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JAVALOVERTOO 6/26/2010 4:11PM

    I missed this one! emoticon Glad you had a great birthday! Hubby does sound like a keeper. emoticon emoticon

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SHALISAYW 6/20/2010 2:10AM

    Although late.. Happy Birthday!!

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BUFFALOKAY 6/18/2010 12:16PM

    Have a wonderfully Happy Milestone Birthday!

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10 Mile Walk

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Today was our day for the Go10Walk (fundraiser for missions). There were three legs each 10 miles long with 4-5 participants walking each leg. My husband and I along with two other of our church walked the first leg. We got up bright and early at 5 a.m. to get ready and be at the appointed "get-together" site by 6:30. As always, there were delays, the major being a truck overturned a mile just before our starting point. Thankfully, the driver was fine and we got to our starting pointing and was only 20 minutes late getting started.

Let me say, this was the first time for my husband and I to walk this distance. Also, we had hills, yes hills not just minor inclines. But we pushed through and made it. My average was a 17 minute mile. Am I happy, you better believe it! With all the hills, I'm ecstatic! The organizing group allowed for a 24 minute mile average so we beat that.

Now the outside of my thighs are definitely making it known they were used more than usual. But, it was a great walk for an even greater cause.

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DROPPINOS 6/23/2010 4:03PM

    awesome job!!

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KALISWALKER 6/17/2010 6:19PM

    I am so proud of you! That is a fast pace for such a long walk.

emoticonHere's a Spark for you!

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JAVALOVERTOO 6/17/2010 2:23PM

    That's awesome!!! emoticon

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RHARDER 6/16/2010 9:40PM

  emoticon What a great accomplishment!

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TACONES 6/16/2010 7:43PM

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Fifty Pounds Off and Gone

Monday, June 14, 2010

As of this past Saturday, officially, 50 lbs are gone. So I had hubby take a pic so I could compare to my before pic. So.........

This is me at my starting weight of 275

And this is me at current weight of 224.7 --- 50 lbs less.

When I started this endeavor, I knew I wanted it to work this time, but I wasn't sure I could do it. But I know I can complete what I've started now. I think the biggest thing that's helped me to make this permanent this time is, I've looked at this as a lifestyle change and not a diet from the beginning. I knew if I looked at some of my favorite not-so-good-for-you foods as can't haves, I'd cave and pig out on them. But, from the start I've allowed myself to eat whatever I want, but I have to work it into my calorie allotment for the day/week, and yes sometimes I do go over. Also, I know which foods not to allow in the house or have for leftovers. For example, I LOVE pizza, so the only time I have pizza is if we go out for it. I have what I want but there's no leftovers in the fridge to tempt me later and I'm satisfied. I've also came up with a my own style of homemade veggie pizza that fills my pizza craving well.

Whether you have 5 lbs or 200 or more lbs to lose, the main thing is to not look at it as a diet. That makes what changes you make seem short-term and most likely that's exactly what they'll be for you. By making it a permanent part of your life success is achievable. I've still got a ways to go, but 50 lbs are gone for good and I am one happy sparkster!

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SHALISAYW 6/20/2010 2:09AM

    You look great!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WICCANCHICK73 6/15/2010 10:30PM

    YOU LOOK AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And, we have the same philosophy on weight loss

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    WOW - fabulous progress you look much more fit than me at almost same weight so you must have been building some lean muscle

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GOGETTERME 6/15/2010 8:43PM

    OMG, you're a whole new woman! You look FABULOUS! All I can say is WOW! You have come so far! You go girl! You need to celebrate. Thanks for sharing.

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 6/15/2010 7:02PM

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What a wonderful blog!! That is the exact same way I have been approaching it this time. DIET is a four-letter word and not allowed in my vocabulary. You're pictures a great--you can really tell a difference!

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RHARDER 6/15/2010 6:56PM

  You look incredible!!! emoticon

I just recently hit the 50lb mark too. Isn't it amazing the difference it makes in your life to have that weight gone!

You have an wonderful outlook on the lifestyle change and not depriving yourself.


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AREBMAN 6/15/2010 11:40AM

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CRBSMITH1968 6/15/2010 10:58AM!!! you look amazing - congratulations on your 50 pound loss and thanks for sharing your story!!

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CHARANN3 6/15/2010 8:29AM

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BEGONIAC 6/15/2010 8:14AM

    You look beautiful! and you just lost 10 yrs!!!'s so awesome to KNOW you've got it and can
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HEALTHYMOMMY2B 6/15/2010 7:18AM

    Congratulations!!! You can DEFINITELY see the loss in your after pic!! I am dying to hit that 50lb mark, too.

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CAFLETER 6/15/2010 4:59AM

    CONGRATS!! What a great outlook - you're fabulous!

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SMILINGBREYES 6/15/2010 2:17AM

    WOW....... A M A Z I N G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feel really PROUD about your accomplished and hard work to get here!!!

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JANTWO 6/15/2010 12:24AM

    Oh my goodness you look amazing!!!! emoticon emoticon

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BRAVEONE92 6/14/2010 11:50PM

    WOW!! Not only have you lost pounds, but you have lost lots of inches. You look fantastic! Because you have lost so many inches, you appear in the last picture, to have lost many more pound than 50. Whatever, you are doing, you're doing the right thing for your self. You should be very proud of your self. I hope that you are measuring. emoticon emoticon

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DAISYDAY25 6/14/2010 11:47PM

  good job congrats keep it up

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ARTSYART 6/14/2010 11:26PM

    emoticonEverytime I read how good everybody has done, I believe I can do it too! You look fantastic! emoticon

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Boy, have I been slacking. I'm usually a very upbeat person and when I blog I try to be as positive as possible. Well..... needless to say, I've been in a funk most of this month and have stayed hidden from the blogging world. I have found this is NOT a good thing. When I don't blog, I keep things to myself rather than putting them out there, seeing them for what they are and moving on with life. So, from here on out, good or bad, I have to blog at least 3 or 4 days each week.

So to address my downbeat reasons and what to do with them!

First, I was frustrated with myself because I lost less than 5 lbs during May. The reason, easy, I slacked up on my exercise. I'm getting back to the swing of things now, but I also realized, HEY I LOST weight in May. I didn't stand still and I didn't gain!!!!!

Second, I still am looking for employment. I'm good at what I do, enjoy doing it and will make some company a great employee. They just need to hire me. I guess my problem here is I've never been out of work since I turned eighteen. The only time off was during maternity leave. However, I've made this time off productive. I've worked on me, improving my health and lifestyle. Also, my husband and I have been able to share not only time but alot of our dreams, hopes, and fears with each other and that has strengthened our marriage.

And last but not least, I turn the big 5-0 next week. I have never before been bothered by a birthday number til now. I was one of those who usually laughed when someone said how much turning a certain age bothered them. I don't really now why it should bother me but it does. So, I've started thinking about all that I've accomplished so far and what all I CAN accomplish after 50. There's alot on both sides. One of the biggest for the 50+ is I'm the healthiest I've ever been and the happiest in my personal life I've experienced.

So, my glass is always half-full, I just think I get a little anxious when it takes longer than what I think it should to get full.

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GOGETTERME 6/11/2010 9:18PM

    I always try to be positive in my blogs too but real life and the journey of weight loss is not that way. There are ups and really BIG downs. Most of us are fighting a nasty beast and positive thinking won't get us there on it's own. You already know I'm rooting for you and I'm so happy that you're back on track! Trust me, any loss during the month is significant no matter how little. It's another step away from a negative lifestyle and you should be proud. I plateaued a couple months ago and while I want to lose 50 more pounds I am so proud of how far I have come, my new healthy lifestyle and exercise plan. Stop beating yourself up and pat yourself on the back. Your weight gain didn't happen in a few months and the loss won't either. I am sending my happy wishes and hugs your way. You have made a big and positive move and I am so happy for you. You go girl!


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