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Test Blog

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sorry if you make a trip here to see this. I'm just trying to test out something. I'll come back later to update with a "real" blog. emoticon

  
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JANTWO 3/2/2014 2:38AM

    Nice picture!!!! emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 12/26/2013 9:56PM

    That's too funny! Post both photos. It will be fun. emoticon

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GYMCHICK30 11/25/2013 1:12PM

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JFROGSPYDER 11/4/2013 5:48PM

    Cute pic!! LOL!!

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LOPEYP 10/23/2013 9:29PM

    I love brown county!

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_VALEO_ 10/23/2013 7:11PM

    Thanks for the Head exercise! It was also a test for me! emoticon

Note: I won't do a headstand for your next real blog!

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CINDHOLM 10/23/2013 6:58PM

    nice picture?? emoticon

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FATKAT65 10/23/2013 4:31PM

    Life's like that, lol.

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SHEENADEE 10/23/2013 1:28PM

    LOL - that was not supposed to be part of the test, ELLELARS08; but, it sure became part of it. Now I have something else to figure out.



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ELLELARS08 10/23/2013 1:25PM

  Was the upside down picture part of the test? emoticon

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Challenge Blog - Struggles and Successes

Friday, October 11, 2013

I don't blog all that often (as you can see); but, now two in one day?!? I'm in a challenge and picked up this assignment:

"What steps do you regularly take to achieve your health goals? Post a blog that gives us a before and after idea of your struggles and successes since finding Sparkpeople. "

Here goes:

Before: Maybe I had good metabolism and decent eating habits, plus was sort of active in terms of yardwork, gardening, keeping up with a young son, etc. All that kept me slim until I was maybe in my 40s. Weight then piled on. I now realize it was tied heavily to stress; but, I didn't realize that at the time. I traveled and wined and dined a lot for work and found less and less time to exercise (not that I tried very hard).

After: Now comes 2008. I found SparkPeople and bought a Wii system and Wii Fit. Put those all together and I started a Wii-based exercise routine and began tracking calories in and calories out thanks to SP's fabulous resources, advice, trackers, and community. Soon I began incorporating other types exercise into my program, mainly doing SPs videos, then started walking more. By the end of 2008, I'd lost 60 pounds. emoticon

Fast forward to 2013. I put some of that lost weight back on, although not rolling all the way back to my former largeness. Why? Because I stopped tracking and started falling back to some poor eating habits primarily while eating out much more frequently. I also have some poor sleep habits and late night snacking was the cause for much of my new weight. I am working hard to get back to my goal weight again. Team challenges here on SP have always helped motivate me and I am participating in two right now that are great. They help keep me focused. I know once I've lost the weight (I have no doubt that I will succeed), this time I will be smarter about dealing with struggles and stress before things get out of hand so that I can have a successful maintenance going forward. I'm tracking, using my new Spark Activity Tracker, checking restaurant menus in advance, and trying to work on my sleep although that remains my biggest struggle.

I'm happy with how I am progressing these days and thrilled that I have my SP friends motivating and inspiring me.

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1BEACHWALKER 10/23/2013 2:19PM

    Good blog! I know how life can side track you sometimes! You did it before and you can do it again! emoticon emoticon

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CRAFTSFAN1 10/16/2013 4:37PM

    Go for it, Sheenadee, you can do it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FATKAT65 10/12/2013 10:55AM

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LOPEYP 10/12/2013 5:14AM

    Great!

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GRAMMAMARY 10/11/2013 8:33PM

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great job Merle
hope Peggy isn't too far behind

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K1TT3N 10/11/2013 6:52PM

    awesome blog

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Missing Bruce

Friday, October 11, 2013

It is 22 years ago today that my brother Bruce died. I miss him every day. I can't help but think about what he would be like in his middle age years if he had made it this far. I think the same things he always loved: farming, astronomy, hiking, trapping, drawing/painting, photography...

  
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JANTWO 3/2/2014 2:39AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. It is hard losing a family member, but we have the memories. emoticon

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KATESQUEST 10/14/2013 1:43PM

    I'm sorry for your loss. Having lost my own brother 7 years ago next week, I can appreciate what you are feeling today. Oct 11 would have been my won father's 92nd birthday if he were still with us. I get to feeling a little lost this time of year. Prayers of comfort for you and of thanks for your memories.

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2DAWN4 10/12/2013 10:12PM

  My heart goes out to you! I lost my nephew almost six years ago. Every time one of his friends get married, get engaged, have a baby or reach a milestone in their lives it makes me sad hat he never got a chance to do those things. But then I have to remind myself of everything that he did do and that is what gets me through the tough times! Hugs to you!

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GORIANA 10/11/2013 7:46PM

    How lucky you are to have had a brother that you can remember fondly. Sorry he isn't around here anymore.

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_VALEO_ 10/11/2013 2:24PM

    I'm so sorry that this date is tougher than the other days for you. emoticon

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LAC936 10/11/2013 1:21PM

    What a blessing to have great memories. You'll always miss him and your fond thoughts of the past will get you through.
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SPEEDY143 10/11/2013 1:04PM

    emoticon peace be with you... sounds like he was very creative. I believe he is still creating on another plane. To brothers emoticon emoticon

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KSCHLECHT 10/11/2013 1:01PM

  May your brother rest in peace, and peace be with you in his passing

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SUNSHINE99999 10/11/2013 12:52PM

  I raise my water glass to his memory. Blessings! emoticon

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BLC 22 Review

Monday, August 26, 2013

The assignment is to review my performance in the (almost) 12 weeks of Biggest Loser Challenge (BLC). As part of that, I am reposting my original goals and reporting status:

emoticon Lose 12 pounds in 12 weeks
Status: I lost 17 pounds as of last Wednesday. At the 1/2 way mark, I had lost 13 so although I exceeded my goal, I slowed down in the second half. Some clues as to why I had the slow down are mentioned with some of the following status items.
emoticon Record every BLT (bite, lick, taste)
Status: I did this religiously during the first 1/2 by tracking after every meal. Several times in the past few weeks, I waited until the EOD to track -- NOT a good idea as it is harder to remember every bite and harder to budget my meal and snack calories if I don't know precisely what I already ate that day. I know this practice is not for everyone; but, it makes a huge difference when I do it correctly.
emoticon Workout at least 20 minutes per day 6x/week -- this is my planned BLC streak
Status: The streak is alive and well! I have exercised a minimum of 20 minutes every day of the challenge; most days quite a bit more than the 20. Again, I slacked up a little bit during the second 1/2. Maybe that is natural because I started all gung ho. I'm very happy that I have kept up with the regular workouts; but, realize I may need to up the intensity a bit as I look back over the past weeks.
emoticon Continue Saturday walking group every week
Status: My walking group is going strong. We started the weekly walks back in December. I missed 2 weeks because of a foot strain/sprain; but, got right back to it as soon as I felt I was not doing more damage to my foot. Sometimes we walk on Saturday and Sunday. It's a great way to start the day.
emoticon Participate in at least one official 5K this summer
Status: Completed on 4th of July, and I beat my previous time for this same event/route from last year. I did a virtual 10k this weekend as part of another BLC challenge. I registered for a 7k (unusual distance) in September that should be great fun. I will be walking tethered in a group of 6 women. We are a 6-pack (it is a beer race).
emoticon Get in bed by midnight 5x/week
Status: Most nights I get at least 7 hours sleep so that's a good thing. But, I am once again staying up way too late on many nights. I plan to renew my focus on this one starting today!!! I believe this is key to my staying on track. Late nights really lead me to more snacking that night and less energy the next day.

I had an unoffical goal to do some of my workouts in the morning. I have only succeeded with this one a few times. Well, my weekend walking group always walks in the morning so that is great. But, I really want to get my weekday workouts completed earlier in the day. This is a struggle for me, I guess because I am a natural procrastinator. I am going to try to focus on this (along with getting to bed earlier) during the break before BLC 23 begiins.


All in all, I am very happy with how I did in BLC 22 and am really looking forward to BLC 23. I have things to work on and will try hard to stay on track with those goals, and may come up with some new ones for 23 so that I keep things fresh and challenging.

I have signed up to be in the same team again (the Golden Phoenix) and surely hope I get in it again. I am sure each team is wonderful; but, I have done well with this one and find that the challenges and members really motivate and inspire me. I've made some great new Spark friends in this team and can't wait to see them all continue to succeed.

Thanks for reading this!

  
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BACCSURFS 10/9/2013 7:02PM

    emoticon Way to keep on task.

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__AMY__ 9/20/2013 6:50AM

  Good goals....

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1BEACHWALKER 9/1/2013 12:53AM

    emoticon You are doing great! The key is consistency and perseverance!! Glad to see you blogging more! Keep going!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Thank you for your support! emoticon

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 8/28/2013 12:32AM

    Congratulations on your all your successes this round! I do hope you'll be placed on the GP team for 23, also!
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BTW, I am a natural procrastinator, also!
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CRAFTSFAN1 8/27/2013 6:02PM

    SHEENADEE, congratulations for your accomplishments.
What a well written blog. I like that you put an emoticon to separate the different goals.
Also, I thought that you were on your goal weight. emoticon

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JINLYNN 8/27/2013 2:28PM

    Great accomplishments!
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LOPEYP 8/27/2013 6:30AM

    Impressive accomplishments!! You are driven woman! emoticon

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_VALEO_ 8/26/2013 2:56PM

    emoticon All that with one foot only! emoticon
I can't imagine what you're capable of with your 2 well and able feet!

Awesome weight loss! You're such an overachiever! emoticon

Edited (many times): as it seems I'm typing this message with my foot!

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FATKAT65 8/26/2013 11:16AM

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PERFECTVELVET 8/26/2013 10:31AM

    Ahh, great goals, and I'm so happy to see that you met them and stuck with them! That is fantastic! Great job!

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BLC First Half Reflection

Friday, July 19, 2013

The assignment is to reflect on the first 6 weeks of the Biggest Loser Challenge (BLC), what did I do well, and what could use some work. I thought a good way to start off is by recapping the goals I documented at the beginning of the BLC and reporting my status:

emoticon Lose 12 pounds in 12 weeks
Status: I have already lost 13 pounds at the 1/2 way mark. WooHoo!
emoticon Record every BLT (bite, lick, taste)
Status: I am done this every day and it really is doing the trick as far as keeping me on track and paying attention to what I eat.
emoticon Workout at least 20 minutes per day 6x/week -- this is my planned BLC streak
Status: The streak is alive and well! I have exercised a minimum of 20 minutes every day of the challenge; most days quite a bit more than the 20.
emoticon Continue Saturday walking group every week
Status: Haven't missed a week yet. I send out weekly reminders. The past few weeks we have walked on both Saturday and Sunday.
emoticon Participate in at least one official 5K this summer
Status: Completed on 4th of July, and I beat my previous time for this same event/route from last year. It was just plenty good fun too.
emoticon Get in bed by midnight 5x/week
Status: This one continues to be a struggle. I may get to bed by midnight twice a week; but falling short of my goal. However, I am getting more sleep each night than I did before the BLC started. Most nights I get at least 7 hours sleep so that's a good thing.

One of the things I am trying to work on now is to do some of my workouts in the morning. I have a bad habit of putting my workouts off until late in the day sometimes. Except for my weekend walks, I seldom exercise in the morning. This is something I will concentrate on over the next few weeks.

So, I am very happy with how the BLC is going and what I have accomplished to date. In addition to the above, I have met new Spark Friends, which is fabulous! I really really really enjoy being on the Golden Phoenix team. Since this is my first BLC, I do not really know what the other teams are like. I am sure they are nice too; but I LOVE my team and I think that is a big part of what is helping me to succeed. Our captain and co-captains are just the best, and all my teammates are also supportive and inspirational and motivational.

I'm looking forward to the 2nd half of BLC. I'll be back to report again at the end (which already makes me sad to think about it ending).

  
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KATETK 8/14/2013 10:08AM

    Wow, you are doing really well! I haven't got to how much you want to loose total yet, but you are inspiring as you are over 50. I am 46 and finding age has started to impact, even though I am super active. Keep up the EXCELLENT work!

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CRAFTSFAN1 8/2/2013 5:45PM

    It's amazing! Seems that you have everything under control and keeping the improvement. Good job in your challenge! emoticon

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LYNNANN43 7/29/2013 8:04PM

    13 POUNDS?!?! HOLY COW!!!!!!! emoticon

Mel really put you on the right team! emoticon

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_VALEO_ 7/29/2013 4:06PM

    Woohoo! 13 lbs in 12 weeks! You're such an overachiever! ;)

Congrats on your overall achievements!


Look forward to reading your next report!

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MUSCLE-UP 7/26/2013 4:55AM

    Wow! Excellent! Incredible progress. It is fun being on the BLC. emoticon

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JINLYNN 7/23/2013 1:44AM

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K1TT3N 7/22/2013 11:29AM

    Awesome keep up the good work

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1BEACHWALKER 7/21/2013 12:38AM

    You are doing sooooo good!!! 13 pounds! Wow!!! I have missed out not joining in this challenge...will have to look into it for the future. I know there is a waiting list! What is it about that anyway? I always hear great stuff! My first experience on a big challenge was a bust, so never did one again. The team I was on, half of them petered out half way through the challenge, so got stuck with a losing team. emoticon

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LOPEYP 7/20/2013 5:21AM

    I am glad that you are enjoying the challenge. Congrats on your loss thus far. emoticon

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