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Making Progress

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I did it!! I've now gone 42 hours without any sweet food or drinks; no sugar, no Splenda, no diet drinks, no dried fruit, no juice; only water, skim milk, black unsweetened coffee and unsweetened tea/herbal tea to drink. Yes, I know there is lactose in milk and fructose in fruits but I'm not counting natural sugars in healthy foods. Funny, but I swear the baby carrots I had last evening tasted really sweet, when just a couple days ago two Splendas in my coffee I could hardly taste and wanted more. The apple I enjoyed yesterday tasted really good, too. I believe this challenge to reset my sweet perception and tame my sweet tooth is working. So the SparkCoach challenge speeded up my progress on the Official Tame the Sweet Tooth Challenge. I do expect this challenge to require real attention for the next month, and then ongoing intermittent attention.

The SparkCoach challenge today is to tell someone about my goals. I blog about my goals and progress all the time, so no big deal. One goal I'm currently working on is extending my streak of days sticking to my calorie range. As of yesterday, I was at a new personal record since I've been counting of 8 days. Two of those days I ate every calorie coming to me. I also have a goal to get to a weight of 126, fluctuating 124-129 rather than the 128-133 range I've been in for the past year. Although my lowest recent weight has been 128.2 and most days I'm 129.something, I have kept a middle two on the scale every day this year so far. So I feel like I am making progress.

This morning I challenged myself to run a treadmill 5K in under 30 minutes. I think I slightly miscalculated my interval speeds. I ended up making the 3.1 miles in 30 minutes and 12 seconds even though I ran the last minute at 7 mph. Most of it I ran 6.0-6.5mph. That is good enough to bring a smile to my face anyway! I'll break 30 minutes next week. Don't know if I can break my PR of 28:28 or not, but probably will take a race to come close. I amgoing to try.

Did a good strength training session today. My personal trainer is still not back to work following his family emergency. I will be setting some goals for strength training after I complete his assessment and receive his recommendations.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 1/13/2013 8:28PM

    Isn't it amazing what happens when you don't add any sweetener to things? (the same is true of salt) You can actually taste the real taste of foods. Good job Marsha!

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MIRAGE727 1/10/2013 9:46PM

    Outstanding effort all the way around, Marsha! I'm wondering what a totato might taste like to you now. When I cook, I always depend on them for the natural sweetnes! If you try it, let me know. Stay strong! You're kickin' it!
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_LINDA 1/10/2013 7:29PM

    Fantastic progress with the sweet tooth -a very hard one to overcome, but cold turkey has been suggested the only way to go! Its telling when you find the apple and carrots sweet :) Very well done!!
Great work with the run! Have you any races on the horizon to sign up for? It would be interesting to see how well you do in one. After the half marathon, a 5km must seem like a sprint to you now!
Keep up the great work, you are making good use of SparkCoach!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/10/2013 7:19PM

    emoticon Grinning just reading about it. I can see the endorphin bubbles from here!

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WATERMELLEN 1/10/2013 7:02PM

    Wow! Great progess in multiple areas . . . they seem to be connected!!

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KANOE10 1/10/2013 6:38PM

    Great job of continuing your no sugar no splenda. That takes strength. Good luck on shifting your goal range down to the lower range.

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GABY1948 1/10/2013 3:22PM

    You are doing SO well! You remain such a blessing and an inspiration! I look at you and I KNOW it can be done! GO, Marsha!!!! emoticon emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 1/10/2013 2:14PM

    Another good day of '2'.
Congratulations on correcting your sweet tooth.

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MAUREENIE1 1/10/2013 1:42PM

    Very impressive. You have a lot to be proud of.
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KJELLYBEAN15 1/10/2013 1:22PM

    Great job!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/10/2013 12:10PM

    Wow, great jobs! Going without sugar will take a lot of attention, but what an accomplishment!

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NATPLUMMER 1/10/2013 12:01PM

    Yay!!!
Great run....you don't want to be racing every run anyway.

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SparkCoach Challenges

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

SparkCoach suggested participants blog about progress with SparkCoach challenges. Today's challenge is to put tempting food out of sight. To tell the truth, I think I am beyond this challenge. With my husband (chips, snack crackers, cookies, chocolate candy, jam, ice cream, desserts, pizza, fries, croutons, burgers, fatty meats, beans with ham, cheese) and grandkids (full fat or 2% milk products, sweetened yogurt, raisins, fruit snacks, cereals, peanut butter, applesauce/mixed fruit you suck) I just have to look at stuff and know it is not for me. I understand that research and common sense says you are less likely to indulge in trigger foods if they are out of sight. I'll remember that for the next time I'm struggling. Recently my struggles have not been about food that is sitting out, but overeating things that I am suppose to eat like the main dish or oatmeal and nonfat milk.

Yesterday's exercise challenge was easy for me (warm up, exercise, cool down, stretch) as I already wrote. The day before was giving up all sweets, even artificial sweetener, a very hard one for me even just for one day. I didn't do it the day it was assigned; I needed a day to prepare mentally. All in all I was successful. Only fruit I had all day was unsweetened applesauce. I had no sugar and no Splenda packets. My one slip was I poured a glass of diet cranberry juice and honestly drank it without thinking. It isn't even something I usually have. I bought it for Christmas and still have some left. So I'm thinking I should try that challenge again and go for 100%.

Hoping you are having a great day! What challenges are you currently undertaking and how is it going?? Do challenges help you?

  
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RUN4FOOD 1/9/2013 9:36PM

    Congratulations on meeting your challenges.
The site of food isn't a real temptation for me either. I just plan to eat more than I should.
Challenges: every day I list my exercise goal for the morning an evening and then do them.
That's about as much of a challenge as I give myself.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/9/2013 6:19PM

    I'm trying to eat fruit or veggies every time I snack. It has really helped me to cut down on late night eating! See you tomorrow night for the team dinner!

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MSLZZY 1/9/2013 10:24AM

    My challenge for today is to do all the things at the
office that annoy DH, like sorting invoices for tax
prep. He thinks it looks so messy but that's the only
way to get it done.

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GABY1948 1/9/2013 9:27AM

    I actually am like you...I have been totally off sugar or sweets for 134 days today and love it...I feel GOOD, but when I get a horrible nervous urge...I eat the things I DO allow myself but TOO much. I do have high fiber bread as toast or else oatmeal...I had to laugh when you said that!

I do have to say, this process has helped me to maintain...just not at the weight I want to be at! But nowhere NEAR the weight I came from so one day I shall conquer that too!

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DRB13_1 1/9/2013 9:18AM

    I had to leave Mom's over the holidays because of CAKES.
Managed NOT to have a birthday cake this year...and my hips thank me LOL

Best wishes on reaching ALL your goals

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KANOE10 1/9/2013 9:13AM

    I would have trouble giving up the artificial sweetner also.. I agre with you,, it is impossible to hide all trigger foods. I try to keep as many as possible out of the house..but there is also the job where they are everywhere. I like challenges as they keep me focused. I am doing the Mardi Gras challenge. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 1/9/2013 8:18AM

    You're doing great Marsha!
My challenge is to be content with LB workouts while my shoulder heals from a Rotator Cuff injury, I am getting edgy not working out! LOL

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WATERMELLEN 1/9/2013 8:02AM

    When the will power is exhausted with other challenges, I find it tougher to resist: when life is not otherwise too stressful, I'm much less tempted by the junk food. But in general for me, most of maintenance is avoiding temptation by managing the environment as much as possible. There are left over Christmas goodies at work and I'm trying hard to ignore them (with pretty good success: and tracking if I submit!)

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GUITARWOMAN 1/9/2013 7:30AM

    I do find that the Sparkcoach challenges are sometimes not terribly relevant, but I carry on with the program, at least it helps with all the daily reporting.

Right with you on the unhealthy food around the house, all the responsibility of my DH. I usually pretend it does not exist, and I can even watch him sit and eat cake and ice cream with a reasonable amount of equinamity (helps when I observe his physical appearance).

My challenge continues to be emotional binge eating, but I am working at the program, and slowly losing weight.

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MAGGIE101857 1/9/2013 7:22AM

    Now that I am not checking in daily for my Whole30, I find I am slipping back into those "not so good for me" habits. I suppose I will always need the accountability and challenge to keep me on track!

Why is it that we can avoid our BH's snacks, but then overindulge in the things that are good for us? Is it just another way of compensating for what we can't have? I was tucked into bed last night and dear Bob comes up and starts talking about snacks, chocolate, etc. WHY??? My brain was already turned off for the evening and he got it all stirred up again! emoticon I think I gained a pound just thinking about it emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/9/2013 6:46AM

    Some days it is easy to bypass whatever treats the work crowd has brought in... but OTHER days, not so much. Stress is a contributing factor, as always.

As they say, "discipline is remembering what we really want". Good job with the challenges, Marsha! emoticon

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ANGHARAD3 1/9/2013 6:38AM

  Trying to resist all the Christmas candy. It is not mine to throw away.

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Good Day Anyway

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Disappointment. My personal trainer was not at the gym this morning. Nobody contacted me. Not very professional. They said he had a family emergency and should be back either the 10th or 11th.

I had already done a 10 minute elliptical warm up before I asked. So I went ahead and did an interval incline and speed workout on the treadmill for 63 minutes. Then I did 10 strength machines to the best of my ability, including 2 I had not done before he showed me last week. Based on the way I feel right now I expect DOMS in my glutes and surrounding muscles tomorrow. We'll see.

I'm building that streak of staying within my calorie range. The middle two has stayed on the scale more than a week. When I went from 128.2 to 129.2 for no reason I didn't freak either. Somehow it's easier to accept than when the middle number becomes a three, which is silly-silly-silly, I know. Perhaps my logic in this area can win out over the silly emotional reaction.

Yesterday's SparkCoach challenge was to abstain from any sweets, sugar or artificial. I just wasn't up for it. For one thing, I'd already had some in the day. So I'm doing that challenge today. The first 8 hours has gone okay, although several times I've almost reached for the Splenda or raisins. The challenge for today is to do warm up, exercise, cool down, and stretching. Since I usually do that anyway, I thought I could handle both challenges today. I stretched a little more than usual as I have been guilty of cutting it a bit short at times.

So despite the disappointment this morning, I'm having a good day! Hope you are, too.

  
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_LINDA 1/10/2013 12:17AM

    Making lemonade out of lemons, thats my Marsha :)) Way to work it! Very rude of the gym not to notify you of the trainer's absence :( I agree with the others in that I don't think they would consider raisins as a sweet (unless thay were covered with chocolate or yogurt ;))
Congrats on keeping the middle 2 for a week!!!
I took a free trail of the SparkCoach on maintenance mode and won't be up to the challenge today as it said cook something healthy. I just don't cook, I enjoy my raw veggies and fruit. I never use my stove or oven!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/8/2013 10:45PM

    You are doing a great job!! Keep up the good work!

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WATERMELLEN 1/8/2013 10:21PM

    A good day indeed: you know how to cope with disappointment productively.

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RUN4FOOD 1/8/2013 9:41PM

    Congratulations on your 2 again.
Glad you went ahead and did your exercises instead of making an excuse not to because your trainer wasn't available.


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MSLZZY 1/8/2013 9:00PM

    Still finding the positive-great!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/8/2013 6:54PM

    emoticon Sorry they didn't give you a call... you'd think they would have a backup plan, share calendars or something... but then again... youth?

You handled it well, though. There are advantages to "maturity"! Have a great tomorrow to follow up your great today!



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GOLFGMA 1/8/2013 5:45PM

    You did the best with the situation and I'm sure you will continue to do well with all the challenges. emoticon

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GABY1948 1/8/2013 5:35PM

    Glad you made a good day out of bad! And so glad you are keeping that middle 2 there! You are doing emoticon in my eyes! Hugs

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/8/2013 5:23PM

    Way to revise!

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JOYINKY 1/8/2013 5:10PM

    emoticon You MADE it a great day! A choice we have and you definitely manage more than most! Good Job! It's not silly to be watching that middle number. There are certain ones in our past where it seems we got stuck and that "feeling" comes back when it's threatening---like it's opening the door to gaining again. For me it's 4; and it's what brought me to Sparkpeople. I did not want to go back to where I had been - over and over! So I guess we should be thankful for that middle number; for me it's a task master! So glad you made lemonade out of the professional lemon at the start of your day!

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MAUREENIE1 1/8/2013 4:14PM

    emoticon Raisins have a lot of sugar, but I think they are a good substitute for the granulated sugar.

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TEQPEACH 1/8/2013 3:13PM

    Keep on. You are doing it right.

Terri

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NEW-CAZ 1/8/2013 2:56PM

    raisins are okay Marsha but I applaud you wanted to stick to your guns!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 1/8/2013 2:39PM

    Good for you. You are a great role model for all.

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KJELLYBEAN15 1/8/2013 2:19PM

    Good for you in making the most of a last minute change. Yeah someone should have contacted you about this, but I'm sure if was a complete accident.

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NATPLUMMER 1/8/2013 2:15PM

    You can't have raisins??? They don't have added sugar.

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Galloway Group Picture

Saturday, January 05, 2013

I got up at 4 am this morning to meet my running group at 5 am. We ran 8 miles at a comfortable 12.20 minute pace at walk 1 minute/run 2 minutes intervals. Then we returned to Starbucks in order to get this group picture of most of our Lakeland Galloway runners:



The rows are approximate, but the way I count it I'm the 5th person from the right in the second row. I have on a black jacket, my white hairs stand out against the black jacket behind me.

We ran 2.7 more miles after the picture. I really like these people. I really like the pace. I wish they liked to run at 6 or 7 rather than 5am especially in the winter, but maybe I can get used to it!! We'll see.

  
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JANEMARIE77 1/8/2013 8:03AM

    a running group what fun

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WATERMELLEN 1/7/2013 7:53AM

    Hmmm. I do routinely get up at 5 to be at the gym at 5:30 am . . . but gotta say, getting up at 4 could very well be a deal breaker for me too. Wonder why it's necessary: business commitments?

So great you've found a congenial group . . . and you'll figure it out!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/6/2013 5:00PM

    What a great group! I had no idea that the group was so large. I finally figured out where you are in the picture!

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MEXGAL1 1/6/2013 8:48AM

    wow, awesome Miss Marsha! Geez, I could not do 5am....still in a deep sleep. I would start lobbying for a later start.
Have a terrific Sunday.
Sallie

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SPEEDYDOG 1/6/2013 8:26AM

    Hi,

I see your smiling face in the group photo. How cool you have such a great group to keep you motivated.

Bruce

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SWEDE_SU 1/6/2013 4:48AM

    it must be really fun to have a group like that!

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STRIVER57 1/6/2013 3:23AM

    5 am??? you're a braver person than i am!

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_LINDA 1/6/2013 1:22AM

    5 am is a little too early for sure! A nice looking bunch with what looks like a variety of ages and fitness levels. I did make you out, you have nice, thick hair, reminds me of my Mom's. So glad you enjoy running with them!
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FROSTY99 1/5/2013 6:16PM

    I applaud you for getting up to run at 5 am! I will get up very early to get my walk in when I know I have something else that will interfere with my walk later on but not sure I could do it on a regular basis!

Pat

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/5/2013 5:48PM

    Yeah, give yourself a high five for doing all that at 5a.m.!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/5/2013 5:47PM

    Love seeing your smiling face! You have a good looking crew there, and being with friends is a wonderful part of the journey.

Jealous of your weather.

I ran my long and slow 11.8 miles outdoors in a sunny 32 degree afternoon. The pace was forced to SLOW at irregular intervals due to snow-pack and icy patches, but there were also long stretches of dry concrete. Very satisfied.
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GABY1948 1/5/2013 4:58PM

    Two out of three ain't bad...You like the people and the pace but not the time...maybe the ones at a different time you wouldn't like as much or they would change the pace. I bet you can learn to like the time for the other two. Either way, I wish I had your stamina to do it at all! Good going, Marsha! HUGS,
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Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Last Friday my Weight Watcher leader asked me to speak at an Open House at the Lakeland Weight Watcher Center on January 12th around 2 pm. I realized I don't have child care duties at that time, so I agreed. Then she gave me a bunch of paperwork to get my "success story" approved. I kind of dragged my feet. There were forms to fill out, the actual story to write, old weight documentation to find, as well as before and after pictures. I don't mind public speaking. I'll probably enjoy sharing my story. But I found myself just feeling a little conflicted. SparkPeople and my SparkFriends have meant so much to me, should I be giving Weight Watchers credit for my success? I gave it a lot of thought.

I finally decided that it isn't wrong to give Weight Watchers part of the credit for my success. Weight Watchers definitely got me started on my current healthy journey in December 2008. On the other hand, it would not be wrong to credit Curves, Leslie Sansone, the YMCA, Beck Diet Solution, Lakeland Runner's Club, Lakeland Galloway Group, and Senior Games for some of my success either. Some of the programs I used long ago like Metracal, the diet my doctor gave me when I was 16, NutriSystem, Polk County Employee's Weight Loss Program, Making Peace with Food, South Beach Diet, SlimFast, and one program that gave me daily shots (though I can't remember its name) all taught me something -- even if it was just a strategy that didn't work. It all has been part of getting to this point.

I first heard about SparkPeople on a Weight Watchers Maintenance Message Board. Thank heavens! Although I'd gotten to a healthy BMI with Weight Watchers, I doubt that I would be at BMI 21.2 if I hadn't found SparkPeople. I don't think I would have tried the YMCA, Runner's Club, Galloway Group and Senior Games if it hadn't been for SparkPeople. So, yes, I give credit to Weight Watchers. But I can't forget how important SparkPeople and my SparkFriends have been to my success!

And, last of all, I give me a whole lot of credit. After all, when all is said and done and motivated and inspired, it is me who selected the healthy food and portions I ate, and chose to do the exercise!! So today I give credit where credit is due, and on the 12th I will probably be sharing just a part of my successful journey.

  
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WATERMELLEN 1/4/2013 8:51PM

    I'm sure it's going to be a very inspiring speech! And it seems just right to spread the credit around including taking a healthy share of it for yourself. After all, you're the ultimate controller of what you eat and how much you move!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/4/2013 7:57PM

    That's at Lakeside Village right? I'll mark it down and come to the meeting to support you, Marsha. You have done such an incredible job. I'm proud to call you friend!

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XFITSTRONG 1/4/2013 2:02PM

    YES! YOU get all the credit.... but I do know what you mean. :) Great blog!

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ANDY_54 1/4/2013 8:21AM

    Great job and I think you really deserve the credit for taking those programs and making them your own! Have fun with the event, hope you let us know how it goes!

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NEW-CAZ 1/4/2013 2:53AM

    JOYINKY could not have put it better.
YOU took the initiative'
YOU did the research
YOU turned up for all your workouts
YOU never gave up
YOU used all the trackers and took the sound advice

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JOYINKY 1/3/2013 10:22PM

    emoticon You absolutely deserve the credit for taking the initiative and using the tools available to you and learning from each one! What an ambassador for good health you are! emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 1/3/2013 9:49PM

    Bet it will be a great story. If you failed you would take the blame so you should take the credit for your success.
It would be great if you could video tape your presentation and then share it on SP.


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MEXGAL1 1/3/2013 8:55PM

    Marsha I so wish I were near you and could hear you speak. I know you will be great. WW has been good for all of us with certain things. I have much respect for them. I too though don't think I would be where I am today with successful maintaining without sparks and all of you sparks folks who support and encourage me. For sure it's so good to give yourself much credit.
You deserve it!
Best of everything to you!
Sallie

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/3/2013 8:40PM

    I know what you mean... every tool you've ever used gets "part" of the credit for being a part of your journey. But in the end success lies in taking responsibility for your own journey. The author of your success, Marsha, is YOU. The rest of these are exactly what I called them, tools.

Your friends you've made and the cheerleaders and support crew? Also a part of your journey. But in the end, we all enter heaven one by one...

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_LINDA 1/3/2013 8:31PM

    They couldn't have asked a better person to speak about their success! You will be a fantastic inspiration to those who get to hear you! You may have tried many different things to find your way in your healthy lifestyle, but in the end it was all YOU that put together a system that works for YOU. Very well done!

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GABY1948 1/3/2013 8:28PM

    Oh, how I wish I was going to be there to hear you speak! You are so right about all you said here...you are a product of ALL the things that helped you but mostly you are YOU. And nothing would have helped you had you not been willing to DO it and you did. For your health. emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 1/3/2013 8:21PM

    Your hard work has paid off in so many ways! You took advantage of all the tools out there and made them work for you! Definitely toot your horn, give credit where credit is due, and have fun!!

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MIRAGE727 1/3/2013 7:30PM

    Lovin' it! Way to go, Marsha!
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PMFISH 1/3/2013 6:44PM

    We are a composite of all our experiences. But we have to act on our experiences to make anything happen. You have done that with great results. Be proud of yourself, the rest of us are very proud of you! You have given much inspiration and I know you will be effecting more lives on the 12th. emoticon

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FROSTY99 1/3/2013 6:16PM

    You are so right, all the "help" you received is no good unless you do the work and you did it! It is great that you will get to share your success story and hopefully it will help to motivate someone else who may think I just can't do this.



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MSLZZY 1/3/2013 5:53PM

    This is so exciting! It never hurts to toot your own horn
but also share the secrets of your success. You never
know when you will light a SPark!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/3/2013 5:48PM

    I agree that most of the credit goes to YOU - it was all your hard work and ability to continually make the right choices in the face of temptation that got you to this point and kept you there!

I started WW and SP at the same time back in 2007. (I was a member of SP before that, but hadn't used it seriously.) I tracked points AND calories at first. It was too much!

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HALFFAST 1/3/2013 5:29PM

    What a great blog! I hope you'll post your Success Story here too! By the way, I can totally relate to just about everything you said. It was WW that got me started, but it was SP that got me through! And I agree with Natalie- it's YOU that deserves ALL the credit! :)

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NATPLUMMER 1/3/2013 5:23PM

    You deserve all the credit!!

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