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WOW! My New Inspiration- 71 Year Old Ernestine Shepherd

Sunday, June 21, 2009

I opened my emails this morning to find an article a friend sent me. I will be posting a pic or two from the article about Ernestine Shepherd, a true role model for fitness and the clear message that age is just a number. WOW! Amazing! She is a personal trainer and the photos you'll find with any googled article will say it all. I'm speechless. How inspirational! (p.s. She started at 56!)

  
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SWAL0701 9/23/2009 8:57AM

    Wow, I googled her to check it out. She is beautiful!

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BIKERDIANE 9/23/2009 5:54AM

    I just heard about her today! WOW! I hope I look like that in 20 years! lol!

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BEFIT014 6/21/2009 3:34PM

    I saw her in last month's issue of Runner's World! Amazing, isn't she?

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CHEFROSE 6/21/2009 12:57PM

    She probably took care of herself all her life! That's great, can't wait to see the pictures!

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Almost 5th Month Sparkanniversary & I think I'm Beating Night Munchies

Saturday, June 20, 2009

So, here's the scoop. I'm 4 days away from my 5th month on Sparks. I came here having lost a bunch of weight on another program. My progress has been slow, but good nonetheless. My story goes like this... never gained weight and could eat anything in any quantity until a few years ago when hormonal changes, stress, and bad eating tidal waved me. A lifelong habit of mine has been eating at night. However, at this 5-month mark, I can feel a new level of determination kicking in and I am ready to get this last 20 lbs off my bones. I've been doing great for the past couple of nights. I'm now making a protein shake that falls within my daily calorie range and that is satisfying my hunger. Hooray, hooray, I'm on my way. Have a fun weekend, friends.

  
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RICH530 6/20/2009 9:12AM

    Congratulations!! Keep up the great work!!
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BINEMELLES 6/20/2009 5:39AM

    protein at night always works very well for me too.
i'm so happy that you're beating the night munchies!

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BUTTAFLI5881 6/20/2009 1:38AM

    Having a protein shake is always better than snacking. emoticon to you for making a good choice and I know you will beat the midnight snack syndrome. emoticon

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QUILTINGB52 6/20/2009 1:36AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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If I Could Reach Through My Computer, I'd Give You a Hug

Friday, June 19, 2009

Honestly, you guys have been gems in helping to get my engine restarted. I'd stalled out big time, but am slowly but surely gaining my groove back. I'm touched to read advice that reminds me to do the right thing. One sparkfriend asked if I've been exercising enough? Nope. And I know that exercise has always been terrific therapy for me. So I went out for a great sunshine walk. Thanks for the reminder. Another friend has repeated concern over my stress level. Oh yeah, I remember that I'm supposed to deal with that, not get used to it. Thanks for the reminder. Someone else checks in to mention a tip about night eating - put a phat photo up on the fridge. No problem - that was me 30 lbs ago, so I ran that off and put it up. The result - no night eating last night. (smiling) Thanks for the reminder. And one person invited me to let her help me through this, and I was touched. There were many others of a general nature advising to keep on keeping on, and every single one was a boost. Thanks a mil, sparkspals. I am coming out of the abyss.

  
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S_HANSEN 6/19/2009 4:04PM

    emoticonI am so glad you are coming out of it... I am so happy for you! Sometimes it is just asking for support that makes all the difference in the world...have a beautiful weekend... emoticonSondra

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BINEMELLES 6/19/2009 12:05PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
oh, and that pic on the fridge door was one of the first things i did after starting SP. i don't know where i read it, but i guess it was one of the motivational articles. i chose two, one at my worst weight, one at an awesome weight when i was 24. it worked wonders.

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SKYEFYR 6/19/2009 10:58AM

  That is fantastic to hear! Whoo-hoo and GO YOU!!!

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Hanging in there

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Been a lot of bumps in the road lately, and the best I can do is hang in there sometimes. However, eating healthy is a big help in dealing with daily stresses. Even though the urge for comfort food might raise its head, it's not worth the sugar hangover. Luckily, I don't have cravings anymore. It's mostly the night eating that I'm still battling. Hope everyone has a good day.

  
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S_HANSEN 6/18/2009 4:55PM

    You are doing great! Keep up the positive attitude about food and you never again will wake up with a sugar hangover. Good to see you are still here... Do you remember that poster from the 70's with the the cat hanging from a bar that said Hang in there baby? With your kitties in the back ground and your subject matter lately I think of that poster... so I will say the same to you... Hang in there Baby... emoticonSondra

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BEFIT014 6/18/2009 3:45PM

    Hang tough, my friend!!

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RICH530 6/18/2009 3:37PM

    Your doing a great job!! You managed to get this far, you can go the distance!! Keep up the great work!!
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SHERYLDI1 6/18/2009 3:13PM

    Can I ask how much are you working out? Seriously, working out helps reduce stress levels. I used to be on hormones and antidepressants. Right now I only take a cholesterol pill and I don't know for certain if I'll ever be able to quit taking that but it's a goal. With exercise my mood is good and I'm so much more relaxed. Even last week when I got yelled at by my boss (for no logical reason) I remained calm. I also use techniques like putting my worries into a balloon and releasing the string. I wish you well and hope that you stick to your guns. You CAN do this.

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BINEMELLES 6/18/2009 1:02PM

    you are hlding up great, jesse. i'm concerned to hear that you're still so very stressed - i hope things will ease up a little soon and you'll get a chance to take a deep breath (or a few)!

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BABYFACE26 6/18/2009 12:28PM

    Me, too. with the eating at nite. still a problem, but better. Please, continue to hang in there! Hang a great big picture of a fat girl on your fridge, or else, a big Stop sign!....remove all the trigger foods from your kitchen!
....let me help u figure this out, OK? I'm here for you. I want u to succeed, and I know that you can.

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SURENDERISNOTME 6/18/2009 12:08PM

    Jesse, you are doing good. Keep up the good work. Sometimes there are stumbling blocks in our path. We just have to find our way around them.

Debbie

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Sparkfriends Can Make All the Difference

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Thanks to all who lent so much encouragement and support yesterday. It's amazing how much sparkfriends can add to the success of this weight loss adventure. It really helped buoy me up and inspire me forward. Here's to all of us and our progress.

  
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CHEFROSE 6/21/2009 12:58PM

    I agree that Sparkfriends make the difference! Thanks for being on my team! emoticon

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HARLYCHIC14 6/17/2009 10:43PM

    I'm glad that you decided to stay. I hope things were better for you today. Hang in there. Sending positive thoughts your way.

Brandi

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S_HANSEN 6/17/2009 4:37PM

    You are so welcome... anytime we can lend a hand to someone who has fallen we will do it! I hope your day is going better, I noticed you needed a hug before, are you doing better? I hope so.. hang in there... emoticonSondra

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BINEMELLES 6/17/2009 3:56PM

    honesty, this was totally selfish of me. because i'd sure miss you if you quit.
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DIANESNEWLIFE 6/17/2009 1:38PM

  Anytime, Jesse. Anytime. And to think you actually considered leaving us. emoticon It's during these hard times in your life that you find out who your friends really are. You keep fighting the good fight; and your Spark Friends will have your back.
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Dee

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LIFES*2*SHORT 6/17/2009 1:20PM

  There is nothing you can't do! Carry on my friend....

Naomi

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