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Monday, January 18, 2010

My daughter let me know yesterday that she is expecting our second grandchild probably in September. WOW!

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REDGRAMA 1/19/2010 3:27PM

Marsha, now you will
only NEED 5 MORE to catch up to my 7. The REAL FUN begins when
they get ALL together or when its time FOR GIFTS. LOL.
HUGS Nancy M.
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PEGGYANNSCH 1/19/2010 11:49AM

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PO_PAZZA 1/18/2010 2:01PM

    Great news. I hope this nullifies the previous blog. Oh, and I'm terribly jealous.


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WALKINGANNIE 1/18/2010 1:42PM

    What lovely news! Thanks for sharing it.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/18/2010 1:31PM

    This is great news! Congratulations!
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DONNABRIGHT 1/18/2010 12:30PM


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SLIMMERJESSE 1/18/2010 11:01AM

    Congrats to all with this happy news. Have a wonderful day.

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Which Do You Want First - the Good News or the Bad?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Bad News is that I'm just feeling kind of blue, blah, bleck. There's some conflict in my family that we just can't seem to get over and it is repetitively disheartening.

The Good News is that for years I would have sought comfort in food, but now I am committed to taking good care of my body and mind. I will not let this situation trip me up. Maybe a solution will even present itself if I'm not numb with food. Maybe.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/17/2010 5:37PM

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SCIGEEK 1/17/2010 4:03PM

    Good for you! I understand completely I feel the same way and have some crazy family issues right now that just won't resolve itself! Pat yourself on the back for not caving into the comfort in food routine...that for sure will not fix the problems.

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FRAN0426 1/17/2010 3:19PM

    What progress!!!! When one can control the desire to mindlessly eat, eat. eat, that is a marvelously giant step in the right direction, I am impressed and so happy for you ---YOU ARE DOING IT.

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PO_PAZZA 1/17/2010 2:39PM

    Wow, just think of the progress you've made by not using food as an anesthetic, the kind of anesthetic that only works a few minutes and then has awful side effects, both short term and long term.

The wisdom you've garnered and the humor that bubbles up in you will get you through this and everything else "life" tosses at you, and that's a very good thing. Of this I am very confident.


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WALKINGANNIE 1/17/2010 12:18PM

    I'm so sorry about your family conflict and hope that things will improve with time.

It's great that you've 'got' that bad food choices would only make you feel more blue, blah and bleck. No doubt your intensive Boot Camping will also help you to work out some of the physical tension that stress can cause and this will make you stronger for you and for your family.

You're always so upbeat in your blogs and I'm grateful that you share some of the downs as well as the ups. Thanks. You remind me that we can't always change the cards that we're given but we can decide how to play them.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/17/2010 11:43AM


Isn't it awesome to see the changes we are making in ourselves!!

You are incredible!!


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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 1/17/2010 10:01AM

    Hope it works out for you and your family. Congrats on not using food as a comfort.

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Strong and Happy Streaking!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I just finished Day 14 of Spark Your Body Bootcamp. One of my good SparkFriends commented yesterday that she considered 13 days a streak! Okay. It's officially a streak now.

One observation of today's workout is that SparkPeople strength training works. Today's video contained bicycle crunches and planks that I have been doing as part of my regular SparkPeople core strength training. It was easy for me to do the advanced version of these moves, while other moves I needed to do at a lower level. Good confirmation that I am making progress.

Wishing you happy streaking, too!

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ICANDOIT63 1/17/2010 9:19AM

    Well hello there..i really have to say I do enjoy your blogs. They are full of normal I think. isay that meaning, we live this life wanting to be thin and wanting to loose weight but reality is we live this life wanting to do the best we can at the time and you do that. That is my goal to live the best life I can at the time. Keep it up one streak at a time!

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WALKINGANNIE 1/16/2010 5:09PM

    I'm full of admiration. My planks are improving and I'm getting better at bits of strength training but you're a true source of inspiration.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/16/2010 2:52PM

    Congratulations on your streak! I've had to back off on the bootcamp but plan to start again after I've had my MRI on Tuesday (assuming all is okay). The most I've been able to do for the last week is slow walking for 30 minutes a day. This too shall pass!

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Am I Cheating?

Friday, January 15, 2010

I try to get most of the SparkPoints available each day. And I want to do it the right way. I am very careful to correctly count my water and my cardio minutes. I carefully read articles I click on. If I add cardio and then delete it (say, I clicked on the incorrect miles per hour) I make up for it, because the SparkPoints don't subtract.

However, when it comes to the 3 points a day for recipes, I may be cheating. I always look for one that looks good and then save it for future use. I've made about 10 SparkRecipes over the past 3 months. A couple of them I've made more than once. However, I haven't made them all. Is this cheating?

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/16/2010 8:45AM

    I don't think this is cheating.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 1/15/2010 5:31PM

    You are not alone - I always keep the recipes I think I might like so I don't have to hunt for them when I do want to make them. I have made most of what I've saved and enjoyed most of them! Yes, I often go ahead and get the points when I'm saving the recipe.
I've also wondered about the blogs that have one emoticon - did they do that just to get points? Or what about the threads on message boards that ask you to type the next number to 100 or the next letter in the alphabet... do people do those just to get points?
In the end, we are accountable to ourselves. Like you, I read articles and blogs. I'm a stickler for making sure my exercise, water, and food trackers are accurate.
Let's forgive ourselves for the recipe points!

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AMBUDMAN 1/15/2010 4:29PM

    I don't think just reading the recipes is cheating. Some of them I read I know I would not like and I have made several I have read thinking I would like them but did not. I have also made some really good recipes from Spark.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/15/2010 3:59PM

    I'm not sure whether you can cheat anyone but yourself on Sparkpoints!

I felt as if I was cheating when I got 1000 points for pre-ordering the Spark though. However, as the book has not yet reached the UK despite Amazon's pre-order info last year it doesn't look as if my conscience will be troubled by the next 1000 'easy' points for a while!

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PO_PAZZA 1/15/2010 3:22PM

    If you're cheating a little, then I'm cheating a lot. I always read the recipes, often think, okay, I'll save that one, but I have yet to make a single one, although they often give me ideas for creating my own dish. Thanks for reminding me that it's time to try them out.



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FONTES 1/15/2010 3:15PM

    Some what, but there are worse things you could do. Your just trying to get points and you are reading and searching. Your honest enough to post what your doing, so no your cheating anymore. Have A Great Day, and God Bless You!!!! emoticon

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Life at Goal Weight is Great, But it isn't Perfect

Thursday, January 14, 2010

One reason I expect to be able to keep the weight off this time is that I am much more realistic. The first time I lost 60 pounds I was 16 years old. I was shocked to find out I'd still have to wait in lines, suffer bad hair days, and even do housework. I had thought skinny girls just got everything given to them. But now I not only know it isn't so, I wouldn't want it to be.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/14/2010 2:59PM

    But your feet don't ache when you wait in line now!

Great blog again.

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/14/2010 11:01AM

    me to I enjoy reading your Blog.Maybe one day we will meet

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/14/2010 10:18AM

    Very true! (smiling) I enjoy your blogs. Have a wonderful day.

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