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The Up Side of Having Fallen Off the Wagon

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I'd slowly started eating a bit more than what is now "normal" for me. It started in October and Thanksgiving was, what I thought to be, a point of no-return. It took me a few weeks to summon the courage to get on the scale. When I did, I found that I did not gain any weight. Of course, I didn't lose either. However, maintaining feels very good as well.

But the positive side of a few months of being slightly sideways is that I realize that I am able to get up, brush myself off, let it go, and get back to where I know I should be. And now I am making progress, having lost a pound this week.

If I hadn't fallen, I wouldn't have tested my new tools of healthier lifestyle that I've reinforced for the past 11 months on this terrific site. I now know that the earth doesn't stop turning if I make blunders, and that I can forgive myself and move forward. Hooray, hooray for me! (smiling)

Have a wonderful day, friends.

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HICALGAL 12/23/2009 8:42PM

    i am so happy for you. emoticon

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AMYMLE 12/23/2009 5:42PM

    Jesse, Congrats on stopping yourself and getting back on the "wagon." You've proven to yourself (and us) that developing the skills for healthy living can see you (and us) through the rough patches. YEAH FOR YOU!
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KIZIDOG 12/23/2009 4:27PM

    Jesse my friend.
, I am so glad that you are back on the wagon the healthy living wagon that is. I'm proud of you that you maintained throught the difficult time and holidays. They are almost over and we can all get back to whatever constitutes for normal for us. Congrats on another pound. Happy holidays,


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ALEXSGIRL1 12/23/2009 2:52PM

    always move forward. you are a winner emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WOLFSPIRITS 12/23/2009 1:30PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon SO PROUD OF YOU. WE ARE ALWAYS LEARNING.

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/23/2009 1:14PM

    Jesse we're just glad youre HERE and LEARNING and Giving yourself time to adjust. Hugs Laurie

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/23/2009 12:54PM

    *standing ovation*

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JLITT62 12/23/2009 11:52AM

    Yup, it's good to know that it's really a healthy lifestyle -- one where we can get off track for a little while, and then right back on track.

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THEADMIRAL 12/23/2009 11:03AM

    emoticon emoticon You are making great strides in your health in spite of your circumstances! I'm so proud of you and so inspired by you! emoticon emoticon Vikki

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DANCINGPENGUIN 12/23/2009 10:43AM

    emoticon Maintaining is a victory! emoticon

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Wow, Thanks to My Sparkfriends

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Yesterday, I was beside myself with a major water leak, when JLITT62 wrote and provided a great website. Went there and within seconds after filling out the form, my phone rang with three very, very good contractors. It was actually a tough choice and the guy who came out this morning was fabulous. I'll make sure to provide great feedback on the website.

Part of the stress of dealing with a repair, is doing due diligence in finding someone licensed, reliable, competent and reasonable. This website makes all contractors go through a 10-point checklist so they've already done all the groundwork for me. It really removed a lot of the stress.

Now, since I got such great results on one problem, I came up with an idea... Why don't I post each problem and maybe someone will have a solution! (smiling)

How does this tie into eating and healthier me? I have not done any emotional eating. And, because I've continued to take care of myself, I can handle stress better.

Thanks, JLITT62, and thank you to all of my friends who've left such touching holiday messages on various subjects.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/22/2009 7:03PM

    Fabulous idea!

Great results too!

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KIZIDOG 12/22/2009 6:17PM

    I'll have to keep service magic in mind when I need a repair that my honey can't do (he is a handy man). I'm glad you got such great results. Star emoticon

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JLITT62 12/22/2009 3:26PM

    Glad to be of help. Just passing it forward!

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WOLFSPIRITS 12/22/2009 3:02PM

ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!!! emoticon emoticon

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LOSETHEWTIN08 12/22/2009 2:43PM

    Happy to read everything worked out. Happy Holidays.

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Ho, Ho, Ho, Say it Ain't So

Monday, December 21, 2009

Not such a nice surprise awaiting me outside my door today - a water leak forming a huge puddle. Means, where do I begin finding a contractor who won't rip me off and make the mess worse? Life is a constant source of surprises. Do you think Santa can fix the leak or will he just fly overhead and not have time? (smiling) Wishing all a wonderful day.

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WOLFSPIRITS 12/21/2009 11:09PM


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FLORIDASUN 12/21/2009 9:05PM

    Oh's always somethin' isn't it? Hope you got this taken care of and you didn't have to pay an arm and a leg...hugs to you dear one! I'm going to have a good long talk with Santa on how he let this one slip by... emoticon bad Santa...bad!

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DDHEART 12/21/2009 5:41PM

    I am sure that was NOT on your list to Santa! Hope you can get this repaired without too much expense or hassle. emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/21/2009 5:06PM

    Just stay safe; buy some bottled water in case of emergency shut off. TC. Hugs Laurie

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JLITT62 12/21/2009 11:40AM

    Have you heard of We, and others we know, have had success with them. You fill out a form online and they send it out to their contractors, and usually you get several replies very quickly.

Good luck getting it repaired quickly & for a reasonable amount of money!

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    I had an outdoor water pipe explode one time when the temp was in the low 20's. By the time I realized the pip had burst, I had a beautiful ice sculpture (and a several hundred dollar water bill)

Merry Christmas

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Sparkaversary, Giving Back, Leaderboards, and Miscellaneous Thoughts

Sunday, December 20, 2009

It's been 11 months since finding SP, and each month I reflect upon the benefits derived from this site. Friendship, tracking, accountability, learning, fun, etc. But more than that, from my recent 3-day "break" from SP, I realized that there is an intangible benefit of connectedness that makes this site so important. I can track things on my own all I want, but it's not the same as doing it where it's a public forum to share with others who have similar goals. When I was on my own for those few days, I felt like I was orbiting the earth without an anchor. Not to say that I cannot do this without SP, but that SP makes it all easier and more fun.

With that said, I try to give back and thank SP all I can. I've got the shirts, calendar, and try to refer to everyone I meet who expresses interest in losing weight. I'm looking forward to the book and plan to use it to get rid of this last 17.

Even though I earn a significant number of points, as of a few weeks ago, I am not showing up at all on the Leaderboards that come to my email address automatically. I'm nowhere on the lists, even though my numbers are high. I don't think I've changed any settings. Oh well, it's not that important.

An update... A couple of weeks ago, I provided several websites offering freebies. Just an update that I received my bangle bracelet from didirect and it's lovely. A friend ordered from another of the websites and is very pleased with her free jewelry.

Have a wonderful day, friends. If you are snowed in, stay safe and warm.

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DANCINGPENGUIN 12/21/2009 9:36PM

    Hunh. So maybe that's why all my previous efforts failed? No daily connections with others on the same journey. Good point!

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DDHEART 12/21/2009 5:46PM

    Happy sparkeversary to you......wonder how many of us who started at the same time are still active and in love with SP as much as we were to start? I am amazed at what this past 11 months has been and can't envision myself without it. emoticon

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DARLENEK04 12/20/2009 8:31PM

  mE spark is a lifeline and support line.


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FLORIDASUN 12/20/2009 7:02PM

    Hugs to you dear one. I couldn't agree more...I love my Sparkie friends and suffer serious Spark withdrawal when I can't blog or make contact daily. Spark is so important to me that I MAKE it a priority...I just DO! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/20/2009 1:15PM

    Jesse, we're with you to the end and thats what matters. Hugs Laurie

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/20/2009 12:48PM

    I couldn't agree with you more about SparkPeople. I'm not a pointaholic, but I've found that my name shows up on small teams. I think it depends on the size of the teams you belong to.

My theory is my fitness minutes should always be greater than my spark minutes. Otherwise, I'm spending too much time sparking and not enough exercising. Right now my totals are opposite of what I want them to be, but I'm working on upping my exercise.

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Priming the Motivation Pump

Saturday, December 19, 2009

I read this morning's blog by Chunkster, and it reminded me that motivation is like having to fan a fire. It doesn't automatically keep going, you have to keep priming that pump to keep it going. Since around September or October, I began to slide a bit. Not really in an awful way, but more than I'd done during this first year of healthier eating. I've also been discouraged with a forever plateau and had begun to accept that as my goal weight - like it or not. Not. I am slowly going to get myself in the right direction again. Fortunately, I haven't veered off the path too badly. Have a wonderful day, friends.

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CONFUSEDBIRD 12/20/2009 12:02AM

    I know its hard when you start slipping. Try looking thru the motivational pages. That always gets me motivated to keep going. I think I need to visit some too since I just realized i consumer 2600 calories today =(((

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PEDIPOD 12/19/2009 11:14PM

    I completely empathize -- hard to keep up the drive when it gets dark and cold. I miss my walks

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/19/2009 11:44AM

    I know what you mean about motivation needing "stoking" every once in a while. I have a BIG procrastination problem! I need to remember this and work on it myself. You are NOT alone! Hugs to you! Laurie

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