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8 Months on SP-Thank you, SparkGuy!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I celebrated today by sending Chris, the Sparkguy, a thank you goodie. And I try to give back by buying SP items when I can, and spreading the SP when I go out by wearing my SP shirt. I really appreciate all that this site has done for me in helping me continue down the right path. Thanks tons, Chris!

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KIZIDOG 9/22/2009 6:01PM

    emoticon emoticon Think of all the changes in your body and your thinking over the past 8 months. Great job. Star

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MSLZZY 9/22/2009 7:11AM

    Congratulations and happy anniversary to you! You have done an awesome job. Just keep on Sparking! emoticon

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Trampoline Jumping -Then and Now

Monday, September 21, 2009

A few months ago, I got a mini-trampoline. I'd had one in the past that I enjoyed so much, that I thought I'd reproduce the experience. Had to smile yesterday as I finally got on it. As I jumped, parts of my body bounced to a different rhythm. If I needed any reminder of the 20 lbs still hanging around, these parts reminded me - ouch, ouch, ouch. I wondered how it was that I was tired so quickly when I used to jump for a long time. Then, I realized why - that was 20 years ago. And light as a feather. (smiling) My, how fast time has flown! (smiling)

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HICALGAL 9/22/2009 12:12AM

    lol...i can just see myself bouncing on one. i've been thinking of getting myself one. i saw a few websites where there's mini trampoline classes and the workout is awesome! just wondering how my knee would hold out on it. bounce on!! emoticon

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KIZIDOG 9/21/2009 2:54PM

    Yes, I can see me bouncing on one of those, everything woulds be going different directions. But at least you can still bounce on it. (lol) Star emoticon

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MSLZZY 9/21/2009 11:56AM

    I had one of these when our oldest son was young. It was to help his balance and coordination. It worked for him but was relegated to the basement. Now the
grandchildren are bouncing away. I think I'll let them keep it LOL!

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Coming Up on My 1-Year Anniversary (almost) of Healthy Eating/Lifestyle Change-Reflection #1

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Okay, so it's not October 13 yet. But the way this year is evaporating, it'll be here in no time. I used Columbus Day '08 to embark on my new adventure as Columbus did - what has been a year of good (great) eating, more exercise, and learning to not be a piglet. (smiling) I spent the first few months on Nutrisystem, which was the first "diet" of my life. Have to say that it really served me well in doing the learning curve of portion control, proper combos of food, etc. I learned from that, but did not want to depend on any exterior diet for a long period of time. Then in January of this year, I came to this great website.

I'm going to spend now until October 13, reflecting on everything that comes to mind from this year of changes. Honestly, there are so many that I'll have to write a personal list of them to remember. And then I'll still forget something to blog about.

Of all of the learning experiences, I think my August (last month) of "failures" has taught me the most. It was possibly the real turning point when I could have said - easily - "forget this." Due to so many deaths of family members and friends (7, and two more terminally ill at present), as well as personal challenges in my own life, I became tidal waved by all of the sadness and hopelessness of these past two years. I didn't overeat as much as I used to, but was way off plan.

Yes, I gained a few lbs back and am now paying the piper. But the advantages to that month of bad eating were the following:

1. I learned that I still had the tools to return to healthy eating and repair the damage. That the past doesn't equal the future. Yesterday does not have to spill over to today.
2. That I was rebelling with food like a little baby, and that I was making myself suffer needlessly over that which I could/cannot control.
3. That I have to be gentler with myself and forgive myself in order to just move on down the road in the right direction.
4. That eating right helps me handle stress so much better.
5. That learning patience may well be a lifelong goal. (smiling)
6. That there are so many sparkfriends here who so readily give of their hearts and advice to pull me out of the quicksand.

Yesterday, I found a book in the bargain bin about the cognitive therapy approach to eating right. Yes, it really is about changing my thoughts to change my outcomes. I'll include some helpful things I learn as I read the book.

On another note, I read that a university in England found that the scent of vanilla abates hunger. Yesterday, I bought scented vanilla candles and other things to test out the theory. (smiling)

Have a fun day, sparkfriends.

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MSLZZY 9/20/2009 6:05PM

    Thanks for sharing such an excellent post! It really helps to write things down. It seems to make it more real. Congrats on your almost anniversary!

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JLITT62 9/20/2009 3:13PM

    Ah, such a wise blog!

Altho I'm really surprised by the vanilla thing -- I've always heard just the opposite.

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/20/2009 12:54PM

    you have done very well. sorry about all the sadness in your life. you are on the right path and sound so positive. have a great week. emoticon

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HAPPYGRL65 9/20/2009 12:44PM

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO SHARE WITH ME/US YOUR YEAR IN REVIEW!!! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR MANY SUCCESSES!!! emoticon You and your story are truly an inspiration and I appreciate you taking the time to share this with me/us! emoticon I'm so very sorry for your loss of loved ones!!! It's such an awful time to go through with losing just one person - to lose 7 is horrific, I'm sure. I believe that one of your true recent successes has been your ability to pick yourself back up and to continue to move forward in such a positive direction! I wish for you only the very best always, Melannie

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KIZIDOG 9/20/2009 12:32PM

    Congrats on sticking to it for a year. Sounds like you have had quite a journey so far and that the positives outweigh the negatives.
Let me know how the vanilla smell works. I would be curious as that is what I have in my coffee and love the taste and smell.
Keep it up girl, you are doing great. Star emoticon

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Anyone Else Having Trouble Getting SP points?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

This is frustrating. Some categories require 2-4 clicks before the points register. Others do not give me points at all. This has gone on for a few weeks now. Anyone else having trouble with this?

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RICH530 9/20/2009 8:16AM

    I have been having a problem too! Tech help said there is a glitch in the point system and they are working on it. Mine seems to be ok for the last day or two but I know it can go off again at any point. Hopefully it will be fixed soon!!
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KIZIDOG 9/19/2009 6:44PM

    I have noticed some technical problems, also, but I haven't noticed a whole lot of problems with points, but then I don't track mine as much as some people. good luck to you. Star emoticon

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SLCB1023 9/19/2009 6:34PM

    I have noticed technical problems and slowness but not the points thing. But then I really don't ever watch the points so I am the wrong person to ask about that. LOL

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NOTOTO 9/19/2009 10:30AM

    sometimes but emoticon

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BUDANGELO7 9/19/2009 9:04AM

    I don't seem to have that problem.

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ARTHURTOM 9/19/2009 8:02AM

    As I track and go through my routine, I really don't notice.

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MERLINANDME 9/19/2009 12:52AM

    Yes, there seem to be a lot of technical problems on SparkPeople right now.

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Done Whining. Back on the Horse for the Victory Ride.

Friday, September 18, 2009

I'm not normally a whiner, but wow, that's all I've done lately. Yesterday, after asking for support, I received so many great reminders, good advice, and kind support. Something snapped (in a good way) inside my head and I just got sick of my own whining. I realized that I do not want to be a chubster anymore, and will do the work needed to get these last 20 lbs off. Honestly, I am doing some re-thinking and replanning as a result of what all of you wrote yesterday. Forever grateful, sparkfriends. Have a fun day.

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AMYMLE 9/19/2009 5:40PM

    Jesse, may your horse pick up it's feet with pride as you take your victory ride.

(Gee, I didn't mean to make a poem, but I guess I did.)

I'm picturing you with a crown of laurels and a purple robe, waving to all of your cheering sparkfriends when you reach your goal...which you WILL do, by the way. I KNOW you can do it!

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HICALGAL 9/18/2009 7:16PM

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BIKERBABE2BE 9/18/2009 4:10PM

    I'm glad you are doing better. Good luck!

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RICH530 9/18/2009 8:41AM

    emoticon Good for you Jesse!! That positive attitude will take you far!! You can do this and we are ere to help when you need it!!! Good luck!!
emoticon Lee

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MSLZZY 9/18/2009 7:26AM

    Very positive attittude! Glad you're back in the saddle! Sometimes we all just have to vent and that's OK. The support we get at SP is awesome! So keep on riding down victory lane! emoticon You are a winner!

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S_HANSEN 9/18/2009 7:14AM

    Jesse, I am loving this blog!!! Good for you! I am so impressed that you have decided to get back on track and take control of your life. Good luck to you and I wish you all the successes you could imagine. I know that you can do this! I am confident in you and your ability to succeed! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonSondra

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BUDANGELO7 9/18/2009 5:55AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonThe road has many turns, don't beat yourself up. You are doing great! Loved your blog!! Have a great day. Bud

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GOING2LSEITNOW 9/18/2009 4:12AM

    A little whining is a good thing and Spark friends really don't mind. It lets us all know that some days are not going to be that great. Congratulations on getting back to the positive side. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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