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Just Do It!!!

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Dear Stephanie,

It's time to get a grip. The work madness is now over with. Do not beat yourself up for lapses made while in the midst of sheer craziness. You did the best you could.

Now ... move on and get with it. You've got a good start going this week, but you need to pump up the volume! You remember how, it was not that long ago ...

Your self

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NONIE_C 8/10/2013 5:34PM

    Now that's some excellent self-talk!

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KALIGIRL 8/5/2013 8:26AM

Here's to a emoticon week!

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VALERIEMAHA 8/4/2013 8:48PM


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SAVOY1 8/4/2013 7:26PM

    What a coincidence, I just got the same letter!!!

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JENLUCE 8/4/2013 7:18PM

    Great attitude!

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The Spark Solution 2-Week Plan - Week 1

Monday, May 20, 2013

This week has been a total success for me. I was actually up a pound when I started the program, so I've lost 2.5 pounds in the past week.

My specific actions that caused this weight loss:
1. I lowered my calorie range when I completely restarted my Spark program, so I've been eating fewer calories
2. I tracked EVERYTHING, all week long, and accurately
3. I ate well (was not really following the plan in Spark Solution, but was using SOME of the recipes) - I was never hungry once
4. Consistent exercise, with my lowest minutes being 20 minutes daily
5. VERY LIMITED SUGAR (mainly the honey in my tea and very portion-controlled occasional treats)

Plan for Week 2: DO EXACTLY WHAT I DID DURING WEEK ONE!!! Duh!! It's working and you know the old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

I am only 1.5 pounds from entering back into the 170s. This is HIGHLY motivating to me as that was what I wanted to "unstick."

Have a great week!!!


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NONIE_C 6/2/2013 5:49PM

    This is so exciting!!!

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VALERIEMAHA 5/23/2013 12:30AM

    Just...WOW! sister!!!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 5/21/2013 11:01AM

    emoticon on finding what works for you and sticking to it. Congrats on your success week one!

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KALIGIRL 5/21/2013 9:10AM

    emoticon Sounds like your emoticon plan is working!

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1HAPPYSUSAN 5/20/2013 1:05PM

    Great job! I have the book but chose not to take part in the Week One challenge, I believe because it would be just one more failure. So it's GREAT to hear of YOUR success and I wish you continued successes in the coming weeks! I'm really proud of you!

Keep moving forward!

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BEJOYFULL 5/20/2013 9:40AM

    emoticon Good for you. I celebrate your success!

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LYNNANN43 5/20/2013 9:38AM

    GOOD FOR YOU, STEPHANIE!!!!! emoticon

I have my cardio back in order. Now I have to get my water, food and ST back in order.

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I'm Not Giving Up!!

Monday, May 13, 2013

I've been struggling with the last 15-20 pounds I need to lose for quite awhile. I realize the last pounds are the hardest to go. Being hypothyroid and going through menopause make it even harder. Those are both things that are out of my control.

On a positive note, I've conquered many healthy habits and changed my life in many ways. This is all good. But frankly, I'm tired of malingering around those last 15-20 pounds.

I love SparkPeople and everything they stand for. I have a wonderful community of friends on SparkPeople and my life would simply not be the same without my gratitude practice. So I saw purchasing "The Spark Solution" as a win-win. Buying the latest book supports SparkPeople, which I'm happy to do. More importantly, it's a 2-week program to help jumpstart your weight loss. I read that it can be a good thing for people who have those last few nagging pounds that are still hanging around.

So ... I'm in. I started the 2-week program TODAY. I'm taking advantage of having the extra group support as the Spark Solution team leaders take you through the program, day by day. THIS IS AN "OPPORTUNITY" FOR ME ... and one I plan to take full advantage of.

I've done a pretty decent job over the past few years of dumping the "all or nothing" attitude, but found myself slipping back into it over the last few months. Gone, gone, gone. It is - as of today - GONE!! I'm going back to the minimum of 10 minutes per day (and I rarely, if ever, stop at 10 minutes). But that knowledge, that I can stop after 10 minutes if I need or want to, gets me started. The endorphins do their job after that.

So we'll see what happens in the next four weeks. I've been struggling with getting out of the 180s and back into the 170s. I've been hovering in the low- to mid-180s for a few years now (I'm very fortunate that I'm taller and big-boned because most people are very surprised when I say I weigh 184). For some reason, that 170 marker has had me stuck. I plan to unstick it!!! That's my goal for the next 30 days (the book also provides a two-week program for how to move forward after the two-week jumpstart).

So here's to SparkPeople, The Spark Solution and me!!!

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MTRACHEL 5/17/2013 9:50PM

    Hey Stephanie, I am working on the Spark Solution for the same reason...those last few pounds remind me of a Steven Covey saying that goes something like "the enemy of the great is the good". Loosing some weight made me feel good, and I've settled I want GREAT and I want it for you too!

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NONIE_C 5/16/2013 8:07AM

    This is really exciting, Stephanie!
I love the energy in your blog and I can tell that you are ready to take that next step. It's interesting to look at why we get "stuck" in a place for a while. With weight-loss, there are lots of reasons we plateau, but I think they all come back to the same solution: change. And you are making an exciting change. I can't wait to hear about The Spark Solution and cheer you on!
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SAVOY1 5/14/2013 9:43AM

    I hear ya 100%!! Great attitude - you go girl! I am with you all the way on being sick of dealing with that last same recurring never ending 15-20 pounds. I am not tall, and really need to get out of the 170-179 fluctuating zone and finally get to 150-155ish. I too fall prey to all or nothing (in all areas of life!) and am working on a reality check & consistency and moderation in both nutrition and fitness.

Here's to YOU, to Spark, and to un-sticking!! emoticon


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KALIGIRL 5/14/2013 9:30AM

    Excellent plan and attitude!

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CYND59 5/13/2013 5:46PM

    I am right there with you. Ready to begin this Spark Solution two week plan and get this weight off.

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December Goal/Commitment - CHECK!! Done!

Monday, December 17, 2012

If I can air my dirty laundry (a/k/a my occasional propensity to put something I really want to do off forever) in a public SparkPeople blog, then I find it only fitting that I can also air (a/k/a share) my success!!!

I did it. I not only met, but exceeded, my December goal. I might also add that I did it well in advance of my goal of no later than midnight 12/31/2012. My FitBit account is set up, my FitBit is charged, and my FitBit account is now synced with SparkPeople. I even got 500 Spark points for doing that - sweet!!!)

Furthermore, I've done a little testing - and I DO mean little. I stuck the device in my pocket and walked through the house counting my steps - 80 steps. My FitBit read it at 78 steps. I'll take it as that's pretty darn close to accurate!!

I've had great difficulty in the past with pedometers. I've even had my personal trainers at work set up the stride for me on the pedometers; they've watched me using it; and they also personally witnessed THREE pedometers in a row being terribly inaccurate for me. I'm very hopeful here after the FitBit test!!

With this said, the pedometer function on the FitBit is not what peaks the most interest for me with this handy-dandy (so far) little device. I am looking forward to tracking my sleep patterns. This thing tells me what time I went to bed (after the push the button on it), how long it took me to get to sleep (usually nanoseconds), how many times my sleep was interrupted, total sleep time and how long I was in bed. Truly sweet.

I'm also interested in what this little puppy tells me about calorie burn. I won't be able to compare it to SP because the FitBit syncs the calorie expenditure with SparkPeople and if you add it manually to the Fitness Tracker, you're overestimating your calorie burn.

Testing the sleep function will wait until later in the week. The battery charges quickly but in the beginning, it doesn't hold the charge well. I was warned about this by friends. It takes a few days. Then, it will hold battery charge for a minimum of 3 days and up to 5-7 days.

So much more to be revealed ... I'm hyped and I intentionally met my goal early so I can use this as one tool to help me continue to stay healthy through the holidays.

Wooo Hoooo!!!! Score one big one for me ...


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    Excellent - yes, that FitBit is a mighty powerful thing in a small package.

Great job - keep up the great work!


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NONIE_C 2/9/2013 11:23AM

    This is so cool!!! emoticon
I can't wait to hear more about how it helps you track and what you learn as your patterns are revealed!

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FLORIDASUN 12/19/2012 6:21PM

    Booh~YA...super duper proud of you sista! Maybe we can start a little Fitbit step competition. I had mine smokin from all the steps I took in NYC recently. See my blog if you haven't already checked it out. That baby was HUMMING! Record step count to date is 12,948 steps with 11 floors that one I'm wondering about...but maybe with all the steps and escalators at the airport. Although you can hardly call escalators fair game.

How does it calculate this...everytime you go airborne? Does that mean elevators too? Serious question we have on that one. Anyhow, I'll take the eleven floors on my badge gadget. AND the 2383 calories burned..although I'm sure I ate and drank them back two times over.

Hey it IS NYC..during Christmas! emoticon emoticon emoticon

AND I'm most pleased with me~self and my 967 activity level. When I saw 1000 as your target goal I thought...what the? But now I know it's attainable.

We are doing great we two...stay with the program sista! We shall encourage and pester each other to get this weight OFF for good! emoticon emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 12/17/2012 7:24PM

    YOU'RE SO BAD YOU'RE GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!

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MALA77 12/17/2012 6:37PM

    I'm hoping to win one of the FitBits that Sparkpeople is giving away. ;o)

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A December Goal/Commitment

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Apparently this is what it's going to take for me to make this happen. I have to publicly proclaim my intentions in a blog, air my own dirty laundry, all in an attempt to force myself to do something I want to do.

Last year, one of my most treasured Christmas gifts was a Fit Bit. I am pretty "into" fitness. I have a few friends who are enamored with their Fit Bits and I'm particularly interested in the feature that tracks your sleep/wake patterns if you wear it at night.

Hmmmm ... this is now December 5th. In 20 days, it will be one year since I received this nifty and interesting gift (I REALLY DO want to use it), and I've not yet even opened the package, read the instructions, set up my program. Sad, but true. Hard to admit in front of everybody, but sometimes, this kind of sh---t happens with me. Really? A year to get around to scoping out one of your favorite gifts?

Now SparkPeople chooses its first partner for a healthy lifestyle, and who is it? Yep, you got it - Fit Bit ...

OK, here goes ...

By midnight, December 31, 2012, I will have my Fit Bit account opened and synced with SparkPeople.

I refuse to publicly fail on this one ... and that, my friends, will make this goal happen.

S - pecific
M - easurable
A - ttainable
R- Relevant
T - imely

SMART goal ........... Will blog again about this matter.

Delayed but Determined

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EOSTAR_45 12/10/2012 11:23PM

    Cliched I know but better late than never. You CAN do this!

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FLORIDASUN 12/6/2012 11:10AM

    Aha...don't you just LOVE emoticon the synergy of spark~land~dom?

The beautiful and enchanting Maha sent me to your blog and even provided a link! Now THAT is friendship supreme right! emoticon emoticon

First I must add you as a friend..if you aren't's a possibility you look familiar! emoticon emoticon Maybe a team event?

Anyhow...we are two peas from the same pod! I had my glistening NEW fitbit tucked in the recesses of my closet for a full SIX months before getting the motivation to peel open the package and sit my keister in the chair for the computer link up.

From's all down hill coasting. You will love this little motivator! I wore my at night for about a week and then found that my sleep patterns were quite consistent so it seemed kind of redundant to keep it up. Besides it bugged me ever so slightly to have the cuff on my wrist...I even take of my wedding bands to sleep..don't ask me why? I like no restrictions other than my sleep shirt of course..always the modest worry about what would happen if the house burned down..erp! emoticon

But give it a will really enjoy it. I like the fact that it gives you little motivational messages and I LOVE that it links into spark so you aren't double recording everything..who has the time for THAT!?!

I also ordered the Aria wireless scale another neat gizmo and really like it other than the GLARING body fat percentage indicator! Is this motivational or 'crawl in the cave and die' wisdom?

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy...and I've got my 'fitbit' eye on you girlfriend! emoticon

Get with it and move it, move it...MOOOOVE it! emoticon emoticon

I'm going to get my 10,000 steps in today...or pass out trying! emoticon emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 12/6/2012 9:11AM

    Dear Delayed but Determined,

I have witnessed your SMARTness in many contexts literal and figurative and I have NO doubt that this little device will fairly JUMP outa' its box into your hot little paws.

We will be waiting with bated breath for updates!

Watchful and Convinced (of Success)

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SAVOY1 12/6/2012 8:56AM

    You go girl!!! I could NEVER keep my paws off a new gadget like that - but I totally totally get not doing something that you really really truly want to do, and are completely free and capable of doing - yet it remains on the "to do" list. For me it has something to do, I think, with waiting for perfect and ideal moments. I'm trying to learn to just roll with it a little better.

Can't wait to hear about progress with using the Fit Bit - I know it WILL happen! emoticon

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LABRATIAM 12/6/2012 7:41AM

    emoticon I would love to hear how you like your FitBit. I don't have one, but am curious if it would be a good investment.

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LACIEKAY 12/5/2012 11:53PM

good luck!!

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