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Measuring tape

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I was reminded at exercise class on Monday about the importance of measuring ourselves. The last time I did this I was shocked at how much my body was changing even when the scale was not moving. Just leaving a quick blog to remind myself to do that today....after I find my measuring tape ;-)

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JUNEAU2010 9/10/2014 9:19PM


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SHAMROCKY2K 9/10/2014 2:56PM

    It's great advise!

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BIGPAWSUP 9/10/2014 12:35PM

    I'm certain you will have amazing results.

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/10/2014 11:49AM


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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/10/2014 11:28AM

    I def need to measure but I've been avoiding it since re-starting! emoticon emoticon

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JSPIN74 9/10/2014 9:36AM


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HIPPICHICK1 9/10/2014 8:19AM

    Measuring tape AND progress photos. They are both tools that you can use to document your progress.

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TWILAQ1 9/10/2014 7:40AM

    I always forget to measure, too... Must do that.

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SYDLETZIII 9/10/2014 6:45AM

    hoping you need less measuring tape

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OSDOWNS 9/10/2014 6:25AM

    It is always nice to be surprised!

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Size really does NOT matter.

Monday, September 01, 2014

So, I was going through my clothes yesterday, got rid of a ton, and have quite a bit more to get rid of. Wish I could say it was all too big, bit in reality, most of it just does not seem to suite my taste anymore. What I found, not only from the clothes I gave away, but also from the pieces I kept is, size means nothing. I am wearing a medium dress today, and was wearing a medium dress yesterday. I also have size 18 dresses, and a few sizes between medium and 18. I have medium shirts and XXL shirts. I have size 12 pants, and size 26 pants. I could go on.....I have size 8 shoes and size 10 shoes............etc., etc. The point is, it just doesn't matter. Oh, and I would like to mention, all of these items/sizes mentioned above are things I wear in they all fit. Yes, the smaller sizes may be a bit tight, or are in stretchy materials, and the largest sizes are a bit roomy............but, what I am trying to say is, it is all just a number. If you are comfortable, you feel good, you exercise regularly, eat well, get plenty of water and are emotionally healthy/blanced...............then what size clothes you are wearing really is no ones business and is really, JUST a #. A # that means nothing, unless you let it. I have let #'s define me for awhile now, #'s and bra size, too little/too big. Age, too young/too old, weight, waist measurement, height, credit score, bank account total, zip code..........I think I could go on and on........but really, it is all just a #. Who you are inside, is eternal, and what you should focus on and care about..........the rest is just a measurement of something that really means nothing in the end.

I know this topic is pretty elementary for most of just smacked me in the face yesterday that I saw all of those sizes in my closet, and how could wearing a lower sized item one day and a larger sized item another day make me a better or lesser person??? I think it can't, unless I let it. Cheers sparkies!

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ME_HERE_NOW 9/6/2014 10:54AM

    great post girl! it is funny, i have held on to lots of clothes over the years and much like you i found once i was able to fit into them again most were no longer my style and i had been carting them around for years for nothing! much love to you and i hope you are thoroughly enjoying your kitty time!!

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/5/2014 11:47AM

    Sounds like my closet! emoticon emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 9/4/2014 10:37PM

    That's kind of fun!

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HIPPICHICK1 9/4/2014 2:57PM

    Exactly! I totally agree with you.
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HICKOK-HALEY 9/2/2014 1:26AM

    emoticon You are so right!

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SYDLETZIII 9/1/2014 11:51PM

    Keep doing whatever you are doing, it seem to be working for you, both physically and psychologically. Have a great month

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EMMACORY 9/1/2014 10:20PM

    Clothes sizes are ridiculous! It makes shopping more of a chore than fun. Your observations are right on target. emoticon

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New work out class

Friday, August 29, 2014

Today would have been day three of my new workout class.......but hubs came home today and scheduled and impromptu meal with my Mom and sister at one of my fave places to eat in Davis. So, I skipped class. I shouldn't have, but I did. And the meal was wonderful, and the company was even better. I had Heirloom Tomato Pomodoro Spaghetti, mmmmmmmm boy it was good. This area is know for it's tomatoes, so much so that Heinz has a plant in my town. It was nice....this is the perfect season for them too.

The class is great, it is 1.5 hours of torture, but I love it. I have taken it before, years ago, before I started my previous job. I quit going because I was working when it was I am not working, and the class is still going, which is super great for me. My Mom's really good friend teaches it, and she is a PE teacher, so she has years of physical ED type knowledge/experience under her belt. The class is 100 x better than it was last time I took it. More fun, more variety, better equipment, just all around great........oh, and it's FREE!! Really can't beat that. So I am loving it so far. 3 days a week, 1.5 hours/day..........just perfect for me right now. I am still doing self guided water aerobics as often as I can. I have a pretty nice tan going.........and re-highlighted my hair last night........going for the FULL Cali girl look this summer ;)

My kitten is great, he is sitting in my lap, mesmerized by my typing right now. We settled on "Jasper" for his name. It suits him and I love it. I hope we stick with it...........hubs seems like he might want to try and change his name....but it would have to be a SUPER amaz ingname for me to consider it.

All is pretty good here still. Trying to stay as busy as possible, which so far has been easier than I thought it would be.

Just turned the heat off of a big pan of wilted kale, added a little Bragg's Vinegar, salt and pepper and a little organic olive oil from a local farm. It it really tasty. I am already in the mood for fall/winter food. Soup, homemade breads, root veggies, roasted squash.....YUMMMMM!!!

Well, hubs is home, so I will say adieu for now. Keep on keeping on beautiful ones!!!!

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HIPPICHICK1 9/4/2014 2:58PM

    Jasper! Aaawwww...I can hardly wait to see photos!

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TWILAQ1 8/30/2014 10:58PM

    The class sounds fun. Cut yourself a break to do things that are important, like eating out with family.

Jasper's a good name. Repeat it constantly so he'll recognize it. Then you can tell your husband that changing it would be torturous for the little guy...

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JUNEAU2010 8/30/2014 9:12PM

    Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. Love Jasper's name!
Free class that's fun?! WOOHOO!

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GERIKRAGH 8/30/2014 1:03PM

    Love the name. Also can't wait for fall.

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RORYLYONS 8/30/2014 1:29AM

    Your class sounds fabuloous....I love your kittys name...Have a great weekend. emoticon

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It's good to be me.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Life is just good right now. I have things I definitely want to change and make better, including all Spark related activities...........but I want to stop and take note that things are good. There are things around me, in my family that are hard/sad, but in my day to day life, all is pretty great. Tim has a great job, I am "working" from home, I have lost weight and kept it off........and am attempting to lose more. We recently got a kitten, which just makes life great. The summer is coming to an end, and I am OK with that.......every year I am up here I get a little more OK with that. The first few years were a torture beyond compare............but I guess I am acclimating. It has taken since the end of 2005 to be able to really say this....but I think it's time.

My kitten is still slightly unnamed...........which is causing a feeling of neglect, but it isn't that we don't wan't to give him a name, it is just that nothing really seems to suit him. I am constantly trying to call him "Jesse", which was the name of my bunny that I had to give away last year when we attempted to move to Oregon. I almost considered naming the kitten after the rabbit, since that is the only name that seems to be rolling off my tongue at the moment, but something about that just seems odd. So we will see, anyone got any cute name idea's for a 7 week old, gray, male tabby kitten????

I have been juicing lately, and doing a variety of other health related home remedy type things. It seems good. I have been getting a lot of sun, which feels really great, and swimming or doing water aerobics everyday. I am trying to milk every second I can out of the warm, end-of-summer weather.....and the pool at my apartments. I always get a tad sad the day the pool closes. I so wish I could just win the lottery already and have a house with a covered pool......................someday, someday.

I threw my broken scale away, I plan to get another. It is a tad liberating to not hop on the scale everyday. I am going by my clothes for now, as a gague for weight related measuring. My clothes seem to fit OK, and I am back into most of my 18's which is good. I can say with confidence, that yes, I do want to be healthy, however, my weight is not an indication of my self worth or how beautiful/sexy/cute/attractive I am. I am not just saying this, I finally KNOW it, completely. I have been much, much lighter than I am now, and thought nothing of myself, never was asked out and felt that I was unattractive in most ways. Now, well, my self esteem in that area is not an issue at all, I know I am beautiful inside and out and I really do not need anyone to validate that truth for me. Having said this, of course, I would like to lose weight for healthy/mobility related issues. This has always been my main reason for wanting to lose weight, and is still my main reason. I feel pretty capable/mobile/agile for the most part right now, even at this weight, but I know it could be so much better.

So, this is my focus now. I do not have any major goals today, except to log on here consistently, and attempt to learn/implement knowledge on a regular basis. I know this site is a gold mine of health related info and I am really wanting to dive in a bit deeper and really take the next step in my health.

Cheers to a healthy tomorrow!

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SHAMROCKY2K 8/23/2014 10:00PM

    NICE to see you back! emoticon
Yeah I get a bit melancholy about the end of summer (or anything really). MY water aerobics begins after labor day so I should be happy for that. It IS the best workout in my book!
How about Dust Buster.. or Dusty.. Dustin'. It's fun choosing the name for our pets. My daughters always got to chose OR, in the present case, our "rescue dog" Flacco came with his name.

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HIPPICHICK1 8/23/2014 9:06PM

    I'm so happy for you! And you got a kitty too?! Sweet.

I agree. Cats name themselves in time. I love gray cats. They remind me of velvet, pussy willows and other very soft things.

Ti-min means "little cat" in French and that is the name that Val's mom gave the cat when she was born in the garage behind her house. Sometimes I call Ti-min Miss Fuzzy Pants because she has long curly hair on her back legs in the winter. I also call her "my girl," "little Pookie" (JF is my big Pookie, but don't tell him I said that), and just plain old "Pussycat" which is usually accompanied by a verse and chorus of "What's New Pussycat" by Tom Jones...only I sing it to her. Tom is not here. JF calls her all sorts of things in French. LOL!

I love swimming and being outside in the summertime too. I noticed this year that I have a lot of "age spots" on my arms and really what it is is sun damage. I heard on the radio that Canadians don't take sunscreen seriously enough but now that I spotted this sun damage I'm all over that sunscreen, or rather, that sunscreen is all over me!

I'm glad to hear that your self-esteem is awesome and that your weight loss is health-related. I know where you're coming from. Mobility was always my number one issue for wanting to lose weight and let me tell you something - moving is effortless when you are at a healthy weight and you have strong muscles.
Keep on keepin' on grrl!

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ME_HERE_NOW 8/23/2014 9:34AM

    love the positive flow here! it was a while before we settled on a name for the kitten, and truly she never got an official name. the first nite we had her she was very interested in our pizza dinner and she almost got the name 'pizza kitty'. if you'll remember when we first got her we thought it was a boy and we went with 'general cornrow wallace' then we thought it was a girl and we went with 'norma jean' due to a prominent beauty mark - which then turned out must have been a little boo-boo because it disappeared! then we just started calling her 'Baby G.' which stuck - now she is also 'The Weasel' 'Slippery Grey Devil' and a variety of other endearing terms. Our big boy has about 20 solid names....the point of this long tale - your cat will name itself over time, hehe. they are like that! enjoy your kitty, the water, and the tail end of summer (pun intended) me love you long time!

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JUNEAU2010 8/22/2014 7:00PM

    You'll know when you have the right name. My Maine Coon's name was Peaches when I got her. She has orange spots here and there amidst all the stripes. Before she got to the car, she was named Juneau, where it's often grey and rainy!

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TWILAQ1 8/22/2014 9:02AM

    The kitten's name will come. I often go through a couple of trial names before I hit on the right name that the kitty will respond to. I have 34 cats at the moment, so I know your pain...

The water aerobics sounds great! Have you tried walking (inside or out) using Leslie Sansone or Jessica Smith (free on YouTube)? They are low impact to get you moving.

'Agile' is a key word for me as well. It feels great to be able to do things or fit places that I couldn't 40 lbs ago.

What kind of 'work' are you doing from home? I teach online, but I'm always looking for new options.

Take good care,

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Sp has been there for me.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

SP has really been there for me over the last few years. I have been through so much, a miscarriage, loss of a job, moving, Grandfather's death, multiple health crises for both myself and my husband. Through all that SP, and of course sparkfriends were there in a way no one else was. I really feel like I owe it to myself, and to all of my sparkfriends to do my best. I am losing weight, but I haven't been a productive part of this community and I really missing that. I want to try harder, hopefully I will.

On a lighter note, I am almost to 13 pounds lost since the middle of March. I am really happy about this relatively easy weight loss. I really just changed meds, and started a really active job. I haven't been tracking my food consistently and fit mins have been spotty at best. But the weight is coming off, thank God.

Strange, I have had long periods of being very active on here, with little or no weight loss. Now I am losing weight and am not very active on here. I guess I should be happy with the weight loss, and I am, I just miss the community. I know that the only person that can change this is me. You guys are great, always. I have really let my new job take over my life. I feel like I am either working, or getting everything together so I can go back to work 24/7. It's pretty crazy, but I am thankful for my job, very thankful. I really want to get a HRM and wear it to work for a few days to see how many calories I burn. I swear I start sweating after the first couple of haircuts and don't stop for the rest of the day. It's pretty wild!!!!

I love you guys so much, I hope to catch up and be around more in the future. Keep rockin it, you guys really are the best!!!

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ME_HERE_NOW 6/3/2014 8:23AM

    life can get busy, but you are living in the spirit of spark, and we're all rooting for you. i haven't been on much over the past few months either, LM drifting off, it must be in the stars. keep shining at the new job, i certainly know mine pretty much took over my life. 11 months in now and i finally feel like i am finding balance again.

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RIDMYCOCOON 5/27/2014 1:53PM

    Nice. I have been spotty as of late as well. Life huh? Sitting in front of a computer is just that sitting at a computer. SP makes us sit. So don't feel bad about moving about in your lovely life. Sit when sit. Move when you move. Yes?

Anywho, the rational works for me. Where is your new job? Hope you like your coworkers. Congrats on the poundage lost! Well done!

Love ya! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 5/22/2014 3:18PM

    Glad to hear all is well and that you are doing good. How hear more from you.

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HIPPICHICK1 5/20/2014 2:49PM

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FINCHFEEDER80 5/20/2014 10:23AM

    Sometimes life just happens. I have my ebbs and flows, too. Congrats on the weight loss! I know what you mean about either being at work, or always preparing for work. That's what my evenings feel like, too. We're definitely here if you need us! (and even when you don't!) I'm glad to hear that things sound like they're going well, though!

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