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Stronger Than......

Monday, September 06, 2010

There is an open bag of Baby Ruth miniatures sitting on my kitchen counter. There is a bag of Butterfinger miniatures and I'm not sure if they are open or not. There is about 1/3 of an apple pie sitting in a clear-covered pie pan on my counter. Someone may be trying to sabotage me; I'm not sure. But it doesn't matter because I am stronger than Baby Ruth, stronger than Butterfingers, and even stronger than apple pie!!

  
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KALIGIRL 9/7/2010 1:46PM

    Here's to your strength!

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/6/2010 10:47PM

    Good for you, Marsha!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/6/2010 10:43PM

    Yes you are stronger! Go you!

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SLIMLILA 9/6/2010 8:23PM

    Woohoo, Marsha, now there's a woman in control!

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DONNABRIGHT 9/6/2010 7:51PM

    If the apple pie were homemade I might not be able to resist! emoticon

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PO_PAZZA 9/6/2010 7:19PM

    You passed somebody's test with an A+. I'd like to think I'd get the same grade, but it's iffy at best.

Mary

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WATERMELLEN 9/6/2010 6:52PM

    Hmmmmm -- and what would consitute counter-sabotage, if you were so inclined??

Must say I subscribe to the "out of sight, out of mind" school of avoiding temptations so would find stuff left on the counter pretty difficult to resist, unless I believed I was being deliberately enticed! And then: would not give anyone the satisfaction of seeing me succumb!!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/6/2010 5:30PM

    Joy, I could put them out of sight, but I don't want to give him the satisfaction of knowing he's bothering me. AND, actually, I am feeling very strong and not very bothered! Unusual and amazing!

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JOYINKY 9/6/2010 5:24PM

    Good for you! I'd have to at least put them out of sight! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 9/6/2010 3:49PM

    Yes, you are strong!! The question is what are those things doing in your healthy home? It isn't even Halloween!

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MERALO 9/6/2010 2:46PM

    That's the spirit!

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BL3SS3DWITHLIF3 9/6/2010 2:08PM

    WHOO HOOO!!!

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JAMJOJAM 9/6/2010 2:01PM

    Congratulations for being stronger than all of those goodies. You are a great role model. I must have a mean streak, because if it happened to me, I would pour a bunch of salt on the pie and teach the saboteur a lesson. emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 9/6/2010 1:53PM

    Now that IS strength training!

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MEXGAL1 9/6/2010 1:49PM

    You go girl...don't let them get you....not worth the after feelings.
Happy Labor Day!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/6/2010 1:44PM

    emoticon yes you are stronger than any food

PS: I would find out who the saboteur is and make it stop!

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MONTY68 9/6/2010 1:18PM

    Ok Marsha
time to put in the hidden camera's, I would pass on the candy, but is the pie nice and warm?
I do know that If I would know what the calories would be, I could have a piece of apple pie. BUT I don't know if I would slowly eat the whole thing or not so I would probably leave the
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You did a good job, Congratulations

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DONNABRIGHT 9/6/2010 12:17PM

    The candy I could pass up but the apple pie - homemade or store bought would be the deciding factor for me!

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FIDGIEGIRL 9/6/2010 11:47AM

    Yes you are!!!

So hard when goodies are around. But sounds like you are determined to beat them. And you will!

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MYUTMOST4HIM 9/6/2010 11:47AM

    WOWOW you are strong!!!

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No SparkVersary Yet, but Celebrating a Great Bike Ride!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

If you read on my SparkPage, it says I first came to SparkPeople on Sept 2, 2009. While that is technically true, when I first got here I was overwhelmed. I came back several times and poked around. Then one Saturday in October, I spent four hours really going through the site. I set up my SparkPage that has not changed substantially since then. I joined teams, joined team goals, and started several streaks. I selected a couple friends. I posted to a message board or two. I tracked my food. I started a list of favorite foods. I generated a strength training program that got me started -- and that was something I had never done consistently before. I started reading articles and started learning a lot more about nutrition, fitness, wellness, and motivation. I spun the wheel and started racking up SparkPoints.

So, I want to celebrate my SparkVersary on October 21, 2010. That is the date, or very close to the date, when I really got involved with SparkPeople. I will mark it on my SparkPlanner so I don't forget!!

My WAYMO Challenge is going well. I decided this morning that waiting until my scheduled bike ride on Sept 25th might not be wise. It could rain or my daughter may need me or something. So I decided to achieve my 5th goal, to break my own record of 15 miles for distance bike riding. I had no trouble with the distance this morning and racked up 23 miles, although I can't say it was without breaking a sweat. My main distraction was I dropped my cell phone that my daughter had just set up for me. I managed to get a whole group of people looking for it. One person had seen it by a big tree on the east side of the trail. But before I could locate it, someone found it and called my daughter who was the only contact in my phone. That person lived only two blocks from my daughter and she had already gotten my cell back before I knew it had been found. Next time I'll enjoy the trail more with the cell phone secured properly. I'm looking forward to riding the trail again on Sept 25th with a large group.

And it will only be a few weeks after that that I will celebrate my SparkVersary. I'm glad SparkPeople lets you select a SparkVersary trophy when you know you deserve it. It means a great deal more that way.

  
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MONTY68 9/5/2010 10:44PM

    Marsha
That is an interesting idea of your SparkVersary. Gosh, I could pick several different times that had a greater involvement for me. When I first came on, I only read the 6 emails we get and actually saved them on my computer. Most of those are still in a file. I really stayed in the background and never blogged or responded. I am glad I finally did, because of it I met you. I remember we have some conversation about one of the space shots and how close you were and could see it. But what I got from you with all the blogs that I have read, was that I found a friend that inspired me, motivated me and taught me a lot. I had a idea that Spark ought to have a manual on How to be successful on the journey. I have several people that I feel should be included in it, and you are one of them. You are an example of how to become successful on the journey and now at your goal weight, new lessons that others can use. I mean, this month as an example, I look at the challenge you are doing and am in awe. You are amazing and I have no doubt that you will blow it away. Today, with a bike ride 50% longer than your record. That is so awesome. I came to Spark for a positive people when I went onto maintenance and have got so much more with what Spark has and the friends like you that I have found. For me, Spark is one of those lifetime websites as we can always learn new ideas and also continued to be inspired by good friends.
I look forward to each blog you write and today one of the things I found, is there are still many people in this world that when finding a cell phone, look for the owner. What a blessing that was for you.
Thank you for sharing this and thank you for being a great friend.

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JHADZHIA 9/5/2010 9:47PM

    Good for you picking your true Spark anniversary! I was a bit the same way. I found this site looking for a way to track food calories and that is all I did for the first two weeks or so. But I am not 100% sure when I fully got into the site or made my first friend.
Way to go with the bike!!! Sorry you had the stressor of that cell phone loss :((
Planning ahead like that is why you are so very successful!! Keep up the great work!!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/5/2010 7:54PM

    October 21 huh??? I remember when I first joined, first I worked out and then I sat down at the computer at home and typed in Spark People. I didn't get up again for 4-5 hours. Talk about dead butt! Later, I went on a long walk to burn more fat! Congratulations on your one year Sparkversary!



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SCREWIE 9/5/2010 6:36PM

    Don't you love the two wheels? I can't get off my bike since I got it in June, I think I've cycled about 1200 km so far - not all at once :D
I can't get enough!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/5/2010 5:00PM

    Talk about hitting the mark right on! Good blog and you also realize how far you have come

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/5/2010 4:47PM

    Regardless of the date, Happy SparkiVersary to you!

I joined and didn't return for 2 years!

At least you came back to work the program.

Hugs,
linda
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JOYINKY 9/5/2010 3:59PM

    You truly are a testimony to what using the tools on this site can accomplish. More importantly you are a testimony to how using them can enrich and bring health and balance to your life. You are an inspiration. The biking has me in awe; I haven't been on a bike since I was a kid, probably more than 50 years! Not sure I'm brave enough to try but gotta tell you reading about some of the things you and others are doing, I am thinking about it. I think choosing your anniversary is a good idea; who knows better when you really started sparking! Can't celebrate too much anyway! Congratulations!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/5/2010 3:50PM

    I agree about choosing your own date for a Sparkversary. Congrats on determining when you want to celebrate. I'll have to go back and look up when I want to celebrate my own Sparkversary, because my experience was a little like yours. I signed up, went crazy the first weekend, used it for a while, then dropped it while back-sliding. I restarted May or June 2009, so I'm not sure just WHAT date I want to use, but since I am allowed to choose, I'll give it a little thought.

And Hooray for your bike ride. emoticon It will be great fun to go with the group now that you've had a practice run!


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WALKINGANNIE 9/5/2010 3:32PM

    You have packed such a lot into this year Marsha. In fact you packed such a lot into this day!
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You have made the most of everything that SP offers and given so much back. I am very grateful for your reliable and consistent presence, progress, honesty and sheer persistence. You set yourself challenging goals and you go for them. You are an inspiration and a great support. You certainly earned the trophy - and all the other awards that you have in your virtual cabinet.
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How amazing that someone living so close to your daughter should find your phone.


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PO_PAZZA 9/5/2010 3:12PM

    Now I know why you are my go-to person when I need an answer to an SP question. You truly know the site inside and out.

Mary

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Lifestyle I Can Feel Good About

Saturday, September 04, 2010

I feel really hopeful that I am on the brink of making the changes I need to feel good about my lifestyle and habits as well as my weight loss! The WAYMO challenge came just at the right time for me, and I am doing it!!

  
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SOJUSTDOIT 9/8/2010 7:41PM

    I was looking for good blogs and came across yours very inspirational. I am a newbie, not to dieting but on eating well. Seen your blog ie: Secrets Tips and what is The WAYMO challenge emoticon

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JOHAL52 9/6/2010 11:04AM

    You've already made so many positive changes Marsha. You are a real inspiration to me.
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AQUAGIRL08 9/5/2010 7:40PM

    This is great news Marsha! Positives build positives!

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MERALO 9/5/2010 1:21PM

    That's so wonderful! Then it was meant to be...you'll get all that you want to achieve out of the challenge, I'm so happy you're enjoying it. Go get it!

Carol
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RITAROSE 9/5/2010 7:52AM

  Hi Marsha, I couldn't agree with you more because it's true for me too! Let's keep up our focus and hard work to reach our goals! WE can do it!!

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JHADZHIA 9/4/2010 8:02PM

    Good for you! What ever can keep you focused on a healthy lifestyle is great! I am sure you will be leading this challenge in no time at all LOL. You do well at whatever you put your mind to..

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JOYINKY 9/4/2010 7:45PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonThat's just an awsome discovery!

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DONNABRIGHT 9/4/2010 6:26PM

    Awesome!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/4/2010 5:11PM

    Good for you, you sound just great emoticon

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MONTY68 9/4/2010 5:09PM

    Hi Marsha
I am not surprised at this blog. You have done a fantastic job and also know what you need to do to feel good with your new lifestyle. You will do great in this challenge as that is who you are.
Congratulations.

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WALKINGANNIE 9/4/2010 4:44PM

    You sound SO positive.

Marvellous Marsha - that's you!

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Trophy Junkie

Friday, September 03, 2010

I just got my rewards from SparkPeople for August. I racked up 5 trophies: perfect attendance, SparkPoints, fitness minutes, consistency, and - ta dah - the Trivia A Student. So, August was a good month, but with my commitment to the WAYMO? (What Are You Made Of?) Challenge I am starting today, I expect September to be even better. Thanks to all my SparkFriends who encourage and support me. You are the best!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 9/4/2010 9:26AM

    Got to love those trophies! You deserve them!
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JHADZHIA 9/3/2010 6:14PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are one of only two people on my Spark friend's list to get the Trivia. Well done!

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MONTY68 9/3/2010 4:31PM

    Hi Marsha
Congratulations on all your trophies. I am impressed with the trivia. To maintain 90 % all month is great. My overall average is 69 %. I am looking forward to your challenge for September, I think you will do quite well.

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WALKINGANNIE 9/3/2010 3:37PM

    You're a superstar Marsha!

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PARKERB2 9/3/2010 2:40PM

    You go girl. emoticon

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GATOR12 9/3/2010 1:47PM

    Have a good wkend and wonderful September!!!

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MEXGAL1 9/3/2010 12:35PM

    wow, good for you. i got all but the trivia...I suck at that...but yeah for you!

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JOYINKY 9/3/2010 9:19AM

    You are so deserving, an inspiration! Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RITAROSE 9/3/2010 7:40AM

  I love my trophies too, but will never get the trivia one! I hardly ever get 100% on them!
Good for you!! Have a wonderful spark filled day!

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JULIA_211 9/3/2010 7:14AM

    Congratulations on your trophies! That's commitment! emoticon


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ONEKIDSMOM 9/3/2010 7:03AM

    Doesn't it just give you a little extra boost when those monthly awards show up? Congrats on the trivia... I've never been very consistent about doing the quizzes!

Have a great September!

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Goals for September

Thursday, September 02, 2010

I joined the WAYMO (What are you made of?) challenge for September to give myself something to work toward. Looks like another great group of Sparkers. We are to set 5 individual, challenging goals for the month. I don't think it is cheating that I selected one that relates to my Better Sleep Challenge as well:

1. I will track 100% of my food at least 3 weeks in September. (I have had a bad habit of quitting tracking when I run out of calories.)
2. I will stick to my calorie range at least 6 days a week -- eating at the bottom of the range at least 2 days -- and achieving an overall calorie deficit every week in September. (unless under 124)
3. I aim to reduce my weight range from 125.8-132 in August to 125-131 in Sept. (124-130 in Oct) If my weight falls below 124 for a full week I will eat a little more.
4. I will try to go to bed by 10pm and will be in bed by 10:30pm every night in September.
5. I will go on my longest bike ride ever, breaking my 15 mile personal record.
I also will renew my gym membership and meet with a wellness coach (cost included in membership). If that does not result in a measurable fitness goal, I will meet with a personal trainer (which costs) in September, and come up with a measurable fitness goal for October.
If I achieve at least 4 out of 5 of these goals, I will reward myself by buying a heart rate monitor that I have been wanting for months!

Additionally, September will be an exciting month since my second granddaughter will be almost certainly born within the next 10 days. And I have a challenging grant proposal to put together for work, too.

I'm planning to accomplish a lot and be grateful for the life I have all September!


  
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AQUAGIRL08 9/3/2010 6:54AM

    Those are wonderful goals Marsha! You deserve a pat on the back!

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MERALO 9/3/2010 4:55AM

    I already said it, awesome goals Marsha, very well-thought out. Enjoy that new granddaughter!

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JHADZHIA 9/3/2010 12:24AM

    We will all be awaiting the blog saying you have done it! You have been consistent and steady in all that you do! You will bust these goals wide open!

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MONTY68 9/2/2010 9:52PM

    Marsha
This blog is another reason why you will continue being successful in life.
That is a awesome group of challenges. I would think a great possibility of meeting all of them, I would suggest buying your reward now , just kidding, I know you have to complete September first.
So in a few days you get to start spoiling another granddaughter, you have had practice doing that already. The whole family is probably getting more excited each day.
Well, You have made a great commitment to yourself and thank you for sharing it.

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JOYINKY 9/2/2010 9:36PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonJoy

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/2/2010 8:53PM

    emoticon, I am in your cheering section...starting now!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/2/2010 7:43PM

    Great goals. And knowing you, Marsha... emoticon

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