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362 (approx.) Blogs later - Who Would've Thought I'd Celebrate Spark 1-Year Anniversary?

Friday, January 22, 2010

No wonder I have a tough time lately coming up with blog topics! Aside from missing a few days, I've blogged daily for a year now. Can't believe I've been on Spark for so long and am proud that I stuck with it. Not usually a joiner, even online, at first I really struggled with myself to do it. Sometimes I am my own biggest roadblock. (smiling)

After a long drought period, San Diego has been getting rain, rain, rain and it's so nice to see things turning green again. Lovely. Not to mention much-needed water for us humans.

Wishing all a wonderful day and fun weekend.

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DDHEART 1/25/2010 10:54AM

    Happy anniversary....thanks for being here and for being a great sparkfriend!

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DARLENA3 1/24/2010 5:30PM

    Happy Anniversary!! So glad you my emoticon. You are doing wonderfully!!

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/24/2010 1:10PM

    Happy Anniversary (a bit belated but you know what they say better late than never !)My husband has been whining about the rain (he was singing the song about it never rains in California ) he is there doing dustbowl training before deploying to Afghanistan.I am Having hard time being too sympathetic as up here in Edmonton it is snowing (again) and you don't have to shovel rain ,besides that my British heritage makes rain my natural habitat !Blimey I am long winded (can you tell I am alone here with the dog ?Good thing I don't resort to barking!) emoticon Carry on blogging they are enjoyed!

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1NICUBABE 1/23/2010 1:17PM

    Happy Sparkversary! Keep up the good work.

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HICALGAL 1/23/2010 7:25AM

    Happy Sparkversary! Wishing you continued success with SP. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOSPELCLOWN 1/22/2010 9:46PM

    It never rains in California, but boy, don't they warn ya
When it pours... it really pours!

We've been getting sun today and yesterday. The pineapple express has dumped its showers on the mainland and left us dry on Vancouver island!

Have a great weekend-

Karen "Tickitty Boo" the clown

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SKYEFYR 1/22/2010 7:51PM

  Happy Anniversary Jesse! I'm very glad you're here!

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HEARTTOHEART** 1/22/2010 7:48PM

    happy anniversary to you!! congrats for staying with it.. emoticon emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/22/2010 4:26PM

    happy anniversary thanks for the really great blogs. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MBSKIT 1/22/2010 4:24PM

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LOVEPAINTING 1/22/2010 3:17PM

    Happy Anniversary!!!

Some day's it hard to come up with things to say that haven't already been said before by someone else.

I think when I write my blogs, a lot of times I am writing to myself and forget other people are reading them. Hopefully we are all helping each other with your reminating thoughts.

So wonderful that you have been on SP for a year. Think of everything you have accomplished, pat yourself on the back, reward yourself with something special. You most certainly deserve it.



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MISSM66 1/22/2010 2:40PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonkeep up the good work emoticon emoticon

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GRAYGRANNY 1/22/2010 1:13PM

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SARAHF_24 1/22/2010 12:04PM

    Congrats on your sparkiversary!!

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

I'd really find that useful, and hope that Chris is considering that possibility.

In 4 days, it'll be my one year sparkaversary. The time has gone by quickly, and I'm thrilled that I've stuck with it.

Have a wonderful day, friends.

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JUDI_CUTIE 1/23/2010 2:24AM

    When I went through the Beck Diet Solution initially, I used that workbook, and it was so worthwhile. I might run through it again. (I keep saying that though and not doing it!)

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/21/2010 9:13PM

    i love that idea have a happy and healthy week emoticon

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DAYHIKER 1/21/2010 12:50PM

    What a great idea! Did you post that on SparkGuy's Team page or somewhere that the coaches might see it?

Oh, and congratulations for sticking here a year!! emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/21/2010 12:39PM

    That is a cool Idea Jesse, especially for those who will use the book as their main information source, I have a friend without a puter. Gonna give her the book and then study it with her! Remember too this weekend is a SPREAD the SPARK weekend! What a way to celebrate an anni! Hugs Laurie

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JLITT62 1/21/2010 12:16PM

    An excellent suggestion!

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Do I Need This? No, I put it back.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I've started celebrating my birthday. It used to be that I not only celebrated the day, but the week. Then I started celebrating the entire month (February). And now, I start in January. In fact, I guess I celebrate every day in a number of ways.

Today I was in Marshalls (wow, what prices!) and I had a few things in my hand to buy. Did I really need another Sansone DVD when I already have a couple (not to mention oodles that I haven't even tried yet)? NO! I also had a wide pilates band which some of my DVD's use for just a short time. But did I really need it? NO! Finally, I had a kettle ball - oh, how pretty in pink. But would I ever use it? Doubtful.

So, looks like one of the birthday gifts I'll be giving myself is a credit card with no balance due from things that I want, but may not need or use. Hooray, hooray for me.

Have a wonderful day.

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/24/2010 1:16PM

    I am trying for the same self control,I have a weakness for exercise DVD's and books ,in fact if I did all my exercise dvd's one after the other I'd die of exhaustion LOL! Kudos to you I admire your resolve!

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SKYEFYR 1/21/2010 11:12AM

  Oh, we are SO ALIKE!

You sound just like me, only I was in Kohls when I had this "ah hah" moment. Last night I just pulled out my Wii Biggest Loser game that I got for xmas. It was just way too easy, and I'm not thrilled with it, but I'm thinking that since it only has me working out every other day I can pick a different workout for my "off" days.

Good luck with getting into what you've already got! *grins* Ever wonder what drives us to be such collectors of stuff like this?

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JLITT62 1/21/2010 5:43AM

    Hey, my birthday's in Feb. too! I actually could use a new Kettle bell . . . pink does sound nice. :)

I am tracking my spending. My aim is to lower it 10% next month.

Good for you! Exercise DVDs really tempt me, but I do use them a lot.

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SUSAN_SPG 1/21/2010 12:03AM

    I love that you start celebrating your bithday the month before! I keep wanting to get new exercise stuff, but like you, just need to use whaat I have more!

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JCORYCMA 1/20/2010 11:11PM

    Good for you!! I joined the Spark Guy Savings team this year and love it! It's so motivating to me to save. I find when I exercise control in one area of my life, it spills over into other areas as well. Keep up the good work!
Joanne emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 1/20/2010 10:19PM

    Hey...will you PLEASE come with me next time when I go shopping? "Bobbi do you REALLY need that?" I'm going to remember this little blog next time I am out and about...I'll say to myself..what would Jesse do? Then I'll be out of that store in a NY minute.heehee! emoticon emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/20/2010 6:56PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon i am also practicing only buying what i need it is hard but worth it. emoticon emoticongood blog

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KAYCHAL 1/20/2010 4:40PM

    Now that deserves a big hug! It's so cool when one realizes the difference between NEED and WANT. Here's an idea for a win/win about adding up the prices on the items you WANT and send that amount of money to Haiti or to another charity...maybe one that helps girls & women. This Christmas, instead of giving the same type of $25.00 gifts to my siblings, I gave a goat and 2 chickens to a family thru World Vision. This was given in the names of my sibs. We all felt great about it. :) emoticon

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JOH02670 1/20/2010 4:06PM

    :) Great self control, I agree! I'm a February birthday as well, and I celebrate the heck out of it too :)

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SARISKYJ 1/20/2010 4:00PM

    Good for you for exercising such great self-control.

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Drinking Lots of Water

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

It's finally raining in San Diego, after a long drought. Reminds me to keep my water nearby and guzzle it.

Have no topics to share today, but wishing all a happy evening.

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/20/2010 5:39AM

    hope you feel better soon. thanks for the reminder i could do way better on the water also. emoticon

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VICIOUS421 1/20/2010 3:28AM

    Hope you feel better soon! Head colds are no fun at all!

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/19/2010 11:20PM

    Jesse go take a looksee at my latest! Its my measurements! FINALLY! Hugs Laurie

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How My Plateau Nearly Did Me In (But I Didn't Let It)

Monday, January 18, 2010

At this time last year, I'd lost most of my current weight loss (34 lbs.). I'd begun the healthier lifestyle on October 13, 2008. Came to SP in January '09 with a loss of approx. 31 and then lost a few more. Spent most of '09 whining about what I've termed my forever plateau.

No matter how I've changed up exercise, food intake, combinations of food, etc. - NOTHING - no other pounds fled my body. Around August of '09, I read the Beck Diet Solution. Great book by Dr. Judith Beck. It's not a diet per se, but cognitive therapy tools to deal with making healthier changes.

I got to the part where she said that your long- lasting plateau may be your goal weight. I read that part over and over again and somewhere in my psyche I interpreted that to mean - give up trying. Around October, I started to do the "just a little" routine. Which of course, snowballed into more than just a little of the not-so-great food choices. Still, scale didn't budge. Hey, I figured, if I'm at a plateau and this is my goal weight, who cares?

Well, after that silliness for a couple of months (including taking a short break from SP), I got back on-track and screwed my head back on correctly. I know that the scale will eventually move. And meanwhile? I'm keeping my body and mind healthy, exercise is great therapy for stress management, and there's really no way I feel comfortable going back to my old ways.

Yes, even though my plateau nearly killed my motivation, I didn't let it nor will I EVER let it. It's a turning point where my relationship to health and fitness became stronger.

Wishing all a fun day.

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FLORIDASUN 1/19/2010 7:57AM

    Hey heart sista! If you want to see that needle move in the downward direction take on a 7 day RAW challenge...I was LITERALLY losing a pound a lie! I started October 1st recording the journey in my blogs..I'm telling you it works and the energy that you receive is just a side benefit..start reading'll give me a big fat hug for the 'heads up'..when you feed your body REAL knows what to do with can process can break it down for will lose the nasty weight that it stores from junk..junk is anything processed..anything that you can't recognize as a real food..anything with a pretty picture in a box, or on a frozen concoction...I'm just sayin'...what do you have to lose...other than FAT? emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 1/19/2010 5:19AM

    Oh, thank you for this blog. Yesterday dawned bright & sunny (and snowy), but went out gray and so did my mood. I was suddenly feeling just what is the point -- but you summed it up so nicely!

I know that I am not at my healthy GW. I know that I am continuing to make healthy choices, and I know I will continue to exercise because it makes me feel good & gives me energy. And thanks to you, I know that my choices matter, no matter what the scale says. Hey, I think I just got my blog title for the day!

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/18/2010 6:35PM

    good blog. love that you are not letting a plateau stop you. when i hit one or don't lose i think of every couple seconds your body makes new cells, ones you need to nurture by eating healthy and exercise . exercise helps your mental and spiritual self. it makes you stronger and less apt to get a disease.exercise will make you more limber etc. have you checked if you are not sleeping well, eating enough or are too stressed you will not lose. relax it will happen. emoticon

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    Wow, we are on the same page. Forever and ever I lost .5 each week. It was very unexciting to lose that but I learned to be grateful that it was .5 per week, every week. I didn't gain so I came to accept it. : )

So now I have plateaued. What I wouldn't give to lose that .5 per week now!
I am sticking to my guns and waiting for the fat cells to shift, give up and start the meltdown. Until then I am keeping my chin up and sticking with the things that I know are RIGHT.

Hang in there and keep doing all those things that are so goof for you.

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/18/2010 3:43PM

    Ok, Jesse, now youve dropped unhealthy habits, right? You've taken up GOOD ones, right? Youve weighed yourself, very RIGHT! Have you measured your progress using a measuring tape? Or are your clothes fitting differently? HMM. Something to think about! Hugs Laurie

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HAPPYMOM8 1/18/2010 11:18AM

    Wow- I could have written your blog word for word on the plateau part! Thank you for expressing it! Pat

Oh and your beautiful kitty looks very much like our Kitty Kat we had for 19 years! She is sadly misssed.

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JERSEYGIRL1950 1/18/2010 10:48AM

    Funny how a sentence or a word no matter how well intentioned can change our minds once it get rooted. I'm in the same boat only losing what I gained over the holidays this is my stuck place. Sometimes I want to settle..but I've have this number in my head like forever. We just keep doing our best( where Iike you really wasn't giving my best) but have cranked it up..even if I don't lose I tell myself I'm going for a firmer rather than cream puff look( of course the doesn't count the doughnut I ate yesterday. LOL emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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