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After thoughts on being a Featured Blog

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Nice to see a friend get her blog featured on the weekly daily blog spot:

A week or so I got the unexpected by having mine featured on the weekly daily blog spot. I know I should be happy but instead I felt overwhelmed with the comments as they hit my private ebox. Kinda wish SparkPeople (SP) had a way of making them readable in my private e-box like they do on Facebook. Many would say change my settings for what mail hits my private ebox but it was one of those once in a great while fluke things that I simply waited out while hiding from SP for a week or more. And BOY did I HIDE... *laughing

How did it all come about? I saw someone else post up their pics on 50 lbs loss and thought WOW and felt so inspired by theirs. (I have 85 lbs I want to lose.0 I hit the 25 lbs mark for myself and then saw a pic taken of me unawares when I was hosting a baby shower and was amazed at my own differences at 25 lbs. Just had to share with my friends hoping what one did for me would do for one of them. I never IMAGINED it would hit the weekly daily blog spot and be featured there! (It'll be another couple weeks before I finish reading the comments) Guess it was an inspiration for many from the comments I received and I'm still receiving. *smiles I know deep inside me that its good just that overwhelmness of comments is taking away from it at the moment with so much else on my plate. I know later when I'm blue and hitting a flatline stage they will be a great booster to read.

I will say this.. the phrase.. ' a picture is worth a thousand words' is so VERY true on our weight loss journey or as we loving term it on SP 'lifestyle change'. Pictures along our journey are proof to ourselves that we've changed for the better as well as serve as a reminder to keep going. Pictures also serve as an inspiration to others no matter where they are in their journey that it can be done. Pictures don't have to be fancy or studio taken where you shell out bucks. A simple cell phone pic does wonders in comparison as long as the same viewpoint is shown.

So are you taking pictures of yourself along your journey and posting those visual reminders up? Are you blogging with your before and after pics to help inspire others? Some of us are so visual that pics make all that difference in which path we travel down when we hit a fork in the road so to speak.

Another inspiration is the changes one sees in how one sticks to this lifestyle change. The famous... " You Know You're Making Progress When....." is really something to consider thinking about. Lately I'm able to say no to things yet don't make others feel bad nor am I feeling like I'm missing something by not having it myself. Consider this blog...

How would you fill in the sentence?......"I Know I'm Making Progress When....."

For me, " I Know I'm Making Progress When I can say no to ice cream and not feel like I missing a thing nor feeling deprived!!"

Be Inspired, Inspire Others and BE HAPPY WITH YOURSELF.... Hershey

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SCRAPPYGRAMMY 7/11/2010 4:19PM

    Been missing you on Curvy Crew. Hope all is going well and you have recovered from the snowstorm of messages - you probably missed mine in there. emoticon emoticon

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THRIFTYMAMA 6/26/2010 2:17PM

    Totally agree with you on ice cream! It's my favorite indulgence and if I can say no and not feel tortured about it, I know I must be ahead of the game!

Enjoy your day!

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25 lbs loss Before and After pics

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

This week I hit the 25 lbs loss mark and thought why not look at my pictures and see the difference???
Before and After Front View:

Before and After Side View:

Before and After Close-up Side View:

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TRUCKUME 10/8/2010 8:44PM

  At the Dr. today, I have lost 10 pounds, since last visit in July. It is coming off slowly. Congratulations on saying goodbye to 30 pounds!

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ANDYLIN90 8/13/2010 10:18PM

    Good for you and congratulations on your success!

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PATJOONWW 7/26/2010 9:57PM

    emoticon Much continued success on your journey

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GETINSHAPE110 7/22/2010 2:29PM

    You're doing great!!!!!!!!Congratulations!!!!!!!

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TEESLIM 7/11/2010 5:46PM

  well done...keep it up, i'm on my way to 25lbs too, but I'm too scared to post my pictures!!!

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SCRAPPYGRAMMY 7/11/2010 4:20PM

    This is GREAT! So happy for you! emoticon

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DREENAMT 7/6/2010 7:38AM

    You are doing remarkable work! Hooray for you!

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FITITGIRL 6/29/2010 6:49AM

    Great job!!

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MILANMOM1969 6/28/2010 1:26PM

    Doing great!!

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PIRATEHEAD1204 6/27/2010 2:32PM

    Lookin' good! You go girl!!

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NURSESHARON03 6/27/2010 12:31PM

    Way to go!!! I can see the difference! Keep it up! emoticon

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BRADIA 6/27/2010 11:14AM

    Good, that's the result of all the efforts you have been doing. Congratulations and keep up the good work.

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ROSE6040 6/27/2010 7:25AM

    You are doing a great job. Congratulations and keep up the good work.

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LRRSNDRS 6/27/2010 2:41AM

    You look great. Keep up the good work,

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MYFEETHURT 6/26/2010 7:18PM

  Thank you, thank you, thank's pictures like this that make me want to keep going. Huge congrats to you.

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LUVIN2BEME 6/26/2010 5:36PM


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ECHAVEZ2 6/26/2010 2:41PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss and the nomination. You are truly an inspiration. This is truly inspiring for me to get to the 10 lb weight loss. Thnks again. emoticon
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BELAFAN 6/26/2010 12:14AM

    Good job!

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LOPEYP 6/24/2010 12:47PM

    You look great!! You go, girl.

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AURORAVII 6/24/2010 8:15AM

    Bravo! Look at how you are changing! Thanks for sharing these!

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MEEMMOM 6/23/2010 7:45PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonWhat an inspiration!

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LYSAX13 6/23/2010 5:25PM

    25 lbs and you even got voted Most Popular Blog post!! You go girl!!

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ANGELZ96 6/23/2010 1:34PM

    25lbs is an emoticon loss.

Keep up the good work.

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SDKENT79 6/23/2010 10:14AM


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CALIDREAMER76 6/22/2010 11:00PM

    Congratulations - your looking younger too!

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NIA_ON_POINT 6/22/2010 10:07PM

    Congratulations! 25 pounds is a wonderful benchmark! Many blessings as you continue to do it right!

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SPARKANN 6/22/2010 9:49PM

    Hurrah for you! Congratulations!!! emoticon emoticon

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SUZANNENICOLE 6/22/2010 8:02PM

    Thanks for sharing your journey with me. It is really a inspiration to me! emoticon

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THROOPER62 6/22/2010 6:28PM

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RHONDAHONDA2 6/22/2010 11:54AM

    nice job keep up the good work emoticon

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ANDERSONO12 6/22/2010 7:51AM

  I'm so glad you shared that with us. I've lost quite a bit of weight, but I haven't taken any pictures, so it's so nice to see the difference in someone else. The pictures of your side-view are especially inspiring to me. My, 25 pounds does make a HUGE difference. Keep up the great work!

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KIN59VARA 6/22/2010 6:39AM

    Thanks for posting.

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NYARAMULA 6/22/2010 5:09AM

    You look amazing! You actually look much longer. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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MARIASPARKLE 6/22/2010 4:37AM

    Wow! WELL DONE!
What an inspiration!!!


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MAMA_PICANTE 6/22/2010 1:21AM

    Thanks for sharing! You have let me see that 25 pounds will make a difference! Your doing great!

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GODSBEST 6/21/2010 9:53PM

    Great Work - you can definitely tell the difference - congratulations !!

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KATHYJO56 6/21/2010 8:32PM

    WOW! What great pics. You have done a marvelous job and these pics. prove it. Congratulations on a job well done and thanks for posting these! emoticon

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BMWEBSTER 6/21/2010 8:07PM

    WOW! Isn't it great to see that difference? Great job. Keep up the hard work and yo will reach your goals before you know it.

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MOOOOW 6/21/2010 6:15PM

    Great job!

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SAMGERBINE 6/21/2010 5:35PM

    you look good!!!

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67STANG 6/21/2010 4:36PM


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KOOLNANA5 6/21/2010 4:36PM

    Congratulations .. way to go woman emoticon

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NIGHTOCUPS 6/21/2010 1:50PM

    Wow! Way to go! emoticon

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JRDIAMOND4 6/21/2010 8:45AM

    Good for you!! You must feel great. Just keep going.

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MACMOM57 6/21/2010 8:42AM

    Wonderful you are doing awesome. Keep working hard I know you will make it.

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500 Monthly Spark Points

Friday, May 28, 2010

Just got another trophy for my Spark Points that had me looking at all my awards. Saw the 500 Monthly Spark Points and got to think.. hmmm 500 points so how many do I need to get a day?? Dragged out the calculator and BOY did I get emoticon
500/ 30 = 17 points a day

So here I am racking up points.. Duh me.. instead of sometimes doing the things that really need to be done thinking BIG when small is all I need. emoticon

Well time to change some habits and prioritize to get a max of only 20 to 25 points just doing the food tracker, fitness minutes and streaks. Bonus will be the huddle and comments of friends pages. Off to grad online coursework and the nose in the book and typing papers grind once again! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Enjoy the LONG weekend Sparking Friends.. Hershey emoticon emoticon

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ESCHMIEDT 3/18/2012 10:51AM

    Do we get this award at the end of the month or when we earned the points?

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FIT4GOOD3 6/1/2010 11:46AM

    Hey Hershey, I know what you mean - those spark points can be a double edged thing. When I'm more active, I have less time to rack up the points! But I guess the point is to be healthy, right?

Hope you enjoyed your long weekend.

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An Ahhh Moment

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Been feeling a little down as I haven't been meeting a challenge that I started for a Spark Team that I became a leader to. I'm one of those people that is hardest on myself. (I'm trying to change this)

Honest with ya its been a rough week or so:
~Counselor questioning my priorities
~Questioning whether or not to stay on a committee
~Whopper of a migraine
~Head cold on the start of my grad summer classes
~Not getting my textbook and doing the reading before the class started
~Paying an outrageous fee for only two textbooks ($256.00). Undergrad wasn't even this expensive!
~Not finishing up the work for my last Bachelor's class
~Paperwork for a couple things that just haven't been done yet
~Getting my grad application done and mailed in along with the transcript requests to various previous colleges.
~Maybe a couple more I've forgotten to mention.

Well anyways.. life goes on and today after several days on not really being on Sparks except to log in, I decided to read a couple Blogs to see how others are doing. (That is the BEST distraction when life or things get one down.. *winka)

Someone had an interesting blog on breakfast that just gave me that Ahhhhhh momment! When I took that usual commuter routine to Oz never once did it occur to me to stop into my old hangout.. good ol' McDonalds.. for breakfast for my usual quick and easy breakfast. I also realized too for the day never once did I go off track and choose the fast and easy way out.. eating at those fast food places. Instead I laid out the money and stuck to the better menu and treated myself to Ponderosa so I could stay on my new lifestyle change plan. After reading that person's blog, I realized I did it so automatically I didn't even think about it nor be tempted to choose the easy way out. Ahhhhh LIFE is GOOD!!!

As for the list above, I know it will get done and I shouldn't be so hard on myself. I'm trying but change is slow but it IS happening... *smiles


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LJCANNON 5/27/2010 11:31AM

    It is a WONDERFUL feeling when you realize how many Good Choices you have made AUTOMATICALLY!! That is just one of the things I love about SparkPeople. It Teaches you how to change your MIND, not just your diet or weight.
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CLH817 5/27/2010 11:18AM

    I'm sorry it's been a rough week and that you've been sick but it's so great that your good habits are becoming automatic!!!

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UNIBOK 5/27/2010 8:58AM

    You are doing so well! Remember the babysteps, my friend. You'll get to those things on the list, but one at a time. We're all with you!

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LYSAX13 5/27/2010 1:33AM

    No doubt- First of all you going back to school to get the degree is a big ahhh haa. I ALWAYS said I would do that, and have yet to actually go through with it- so you are far ahead with just that! With our Curvy Crew Challenge- even if you don't make it 3x-5x each week - YOU HAVE DONE A WORLD OF GOOD by MOTIVATING your fellow TEAM MEMBERS!!! What was that old proverb? Give a man a fish, blah blah, BUT teach a man to Fish . . . any way Think of all those little sparks you have created!! I feel for you with the migraines, I am also a sufferer, But to have your lifestyle changes stick in the face of adversity means you have come farther than you give yourself credit for. I think you should give yourself one awesome healthy reward right now!

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MUSIC2HISEARS 5/26/2010 8:49PM

    ((((Hershey!!!!)))) emoticon The fact that you see what has had you just tangled up this week is one thing, but to realize that your new lifestyle has become a habit where you don't think twice about your routine...that is just emoticon!!!!!

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Visual Inspiration and Tracking

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Saw this article on weight loss journal and thought how neat:

I've seen for myself how visual tools are important. My weight loss chart is a big motivator on staying on track. (You're welcome to get a copy of your own by going to 'My Weight Loss Chart as a Visual Tool' blog as I posted the link there.

There are days when I struggle but I think how much I want to lose this weight. Many times I have to fight that I want it NOW philosophy and remind myself I put it on over several years not overnight so it'll be several weeks I'll take it off and not overnight.

Here are some stories to keep one motivate... by reading other success stories. Many days when I'm feeling that pull of depression and frustration, I turn and read these to give me a lift.

Remember (and I'm speaking to myself too)

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Keep on Sparking... Hershey

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    I love your journal!

Yes, you really can do this!

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MONIQUE138 5/19/2010 9:08AM

    That is great. Visual motivation is really helpful and alot of ways. I do need that sometimes. I like the reasoning behind the weight loss journal and it is encouraging me to do one too. I would like to leave something behind to show people how I made it through an get to motivated others especially if it involves family. Thanks for writting the blog. emoticon

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