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Sunday, October 09, 2011

OK, I am really falling in love with you all. I have never had this supportive of a network in my life. And the fact that it is a healthy, balanced support is just mind boggling. I have been reading the greatest blogs from old and new friends. It has really been a morning of realizing just how lucky I am. I may not work my program as perfectly as I'd like, I may not be as on top of my streaks as I want to be, but I am doing it, little by little, day by day, and it is because of you all. This community is always there for me, when I'm up, when I'm down, when I'm just blah. You are there, giving goodies, hugs, smiles, words of wisdom and love. I really love you people, you are becoming a part of me, a part of each day, each choice. I have been longing for this sense of belonging, this sense of community ever since I left home, and I have to admit, I haven't really found it until now. I hope you are having a lovely weekend. I wish I could teleport around the world and give you all big hugs right now.
Cheers to us!!!

  
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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 10/10/2011 4:46PM

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RIDMYCOCOON 10/10/2011 2:07PM

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I feel blessed.

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KAKAKALI4 10/10/2011 9:28AM

    I am so on board with this! These people and the support you receive is just amazing! I know I would not have made it this far or even kept on the path if I did not have all the other peeps cheering and supporting me! I hope you are enjoying your journey and keep up the great work!
Teri

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MAESTRACH 10/9/2011 11:41PM

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Thank you for all of your support! Keep up the amazing work. Every day, every small choice, no matter how small, makes you healthier and one step closer to your goals.

Spark hugs!!!!

Rae

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SIERRA4600 10/9/2011 10:11PM

    Big Hugs! emoticon Have a great day!

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KATBYRNE 10/9/2011 7:30PM

    Here's another big hug! None of us goes this truly alone. We follow in the footsteps of those in front of us and walk with those on the same path! I know I couldn't have made the progress I have without all the inspirational stories that just kept me feeling like I could DO this!

And just think, someday your "After" story will be inspiring others!

This is one party where the more people come the better it gets!

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RIVER331 10/9/2011 5:40PM

    What a perfect little blog! So true emoticon

I often think about how positive everyone is on here, compared to "real" life - and I think it's great, one of the truly great things to come out of cyberspace. If we can teach ourselves to do this consistently for others and then ourselves, spreading the spark will change the world. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FREETHEGODDESS 10/9/2011 4:21PM

    Thank you for the nice blog! I feel the same way! Here is a big hug for you!
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WENDYLEE15 10/9/2011 4:00PM

    I totally agree!! Big emoticon!! I hope you have a beautiful week a head !!

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ME_HERE_NOW 10/9/2011 3:45PM

    i moved from ontario canada to tennessee, while i met acquaintances i never connected - and when i started sparking i too found my community. it enabled me to let go of unhealthy relationships and focus on my healthy living program, plus when i am out walking i am never alone, i am always thinking of my spark peeps knowing we are all doing our thang and givin ourselves the best shot at being happy with ourselves and our lives. it truly is a contagious feeling of hope and healthy we have going on here! i was thinkin of you while i was out struttin today, just got in and stretched, entered my fit mins, now about to relax in the tub!

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PEPPERCHILD 10/9/2011 2:49PM

    Couldn't agree more. Have a fantastic Sunday. emoticon

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GETDONE 10/9/2011 2:35PM

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EMRANA 10/9/2011 2:28PM

  emoticon to you too!

When I first joined, I didn't intend to get involved in the community part, but there's just so many good people here!

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CROOKEDLETTER 10/9/2011 12:38PM

    Cheers to you!!

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Q8PRINCESS 10/9/2011 12:29PM

    I agree with you. When I first joined I wasn't too excited but love this team. Anytime you want to hop on a place, you can come and visit me here!

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P0KERS0PH 10/9/2011 12:27PM

    Awww, what a lovely blog! I love this place also, I've met so many wonderful people and learnt so much about so many things. There is a wealth of knowledge here all for free.

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Treasures

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Had the best luck at yard sales/thrift stores today. I bought my sisters bday presents, xmas for my nieces, clothes for me, including one pair of size 16 jeans that fit perfectly (I've been a size 18 for about 3 years now). I found about 8 new shirts all for around a dollar a piece and they ALL fit perfectly. Most of them are large, and I have been in mostly XL for a few years now. I also bought about 10 pieces of handmade jewelry from a young girl at one of the yard sales. She made them all last night, really lovely things, in all the colors I like, all for less than 3 dollars a piece. It was a really fun day. I love deals! It is so exciting to spend a couple twenties on a carload of goodies that would have been over a hundred retail. I also picked up a couple of really cute purses and shoes at the thrift store, even found an all leather FOSSIL brand purse for two dollars, and B.O.C (Born brand) leather boots for five bucks. It was a really, really fun day. I felt like this was my first big rewards day. I was going to do this for every 10 pounds, I waited till nearly 15, but I really got enough for two ten pound reward days!! Anyhow, though I'd share the exciting treasure hunt with you all. It really is fun to hunt for goodies, you never know what you will find, and it all feels like it was meant just for you! I especially love when I find gifts that way. I feel like I can really give the nice things I want, without breaking the bank. Now for some yoga tonight, and a nice sunday with my honeybear tomorrow.

  
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EMRANA 10/9/2011 2:26PM

  Good for you! I had a trip to Value Village like that recently and it felt really good!

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WENDYLEE15 10/9/2011 9:12AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day !! I love thrift shopping.yard sales.and flea markets..tons of fun !! Enjoy your day today !!
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FREETHEGODDESS 10/9/2011 3:13AM

    Sounds like a really fun day! What a nice way to reward yourself for a job well done. Keep up the good work! WooHoo!
BTW: I would be doing cartwheels if I could fit into size 16 jeans!
You Go Girl!
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ME_HERE_NOW 10/8/2011 11:47PM

    yay, i love hunting for bargains too, definitely so much more rewarding than paying full price & you get so much more! hope i'll get out of 18s one day, but i keep reminding myself it's better than the 26s i was in!!

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CROOKEDLETTER 10/8/2011 10:34PM

    Fun. Glad you enjoyed your 15 pound loss reward so much. Hope yoga is wonderful. I had a great yoga session today myself.

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/8/2011 10:07PM

    Sounds like you hit the jack pot. Nothing like a good deal!! emoticon

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14/17

Friday, October 07, 2011

14 pounds and 17 inches lost in less than 2 months!!! Wow, I am pretty happy today!

  
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BUTTERFLYAT38 10/8/2011 10:45AM

    You are doing awesome!! Great to hear!!!

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FREETHEGODDESS 10/8/2011 12:14AM

    15 pounds is great! 17 inches is OUTSTANDING!!! You are doing a great job...keep moving forward! WooHoo!!!
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RIDMYCOCOON 10/7/2011 3:18PM

    emoticon Way to kick bootay!!

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ME_HERE_NOW 10/7/2011 1:36PM

    amazing, really shows your focus and determination, way to rock it m'lady!

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TEMPERANCE88 10/7/2011 12:41PM

    That's awesome! Way to go!!!

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Did the math

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

OK, so I've had The Spark book for over a month now, and even though I had the tools in my hand, I just couldn't put it together until now!! I finally did the math to figure out what I have to do to loss a steady 2 pounds/week. And I figured it out!!!! Since 3500 calories burned/not eaten=1 pound lost, and 2200 calories (with regular exercise) is what it takes to maintain my weight, I did the math and figured if I eat 1400 calories/day and burn 200 calories per day, I am good to go, that will equal a two pound loss per week. And so far I've been burning a lot more than 200 calories, but also usually eating a little more than 1400, so I've been kind of at a stall, but I also realized for how many calories I've been burning, I don't think I've been eating enough, thus putting me in starvation mode, thus sabotaging my weight loss. Anyhow, this was a big revelation to me!! And if I eat a little more it would be pretty easy to exercise a bit more, and if I really have a bad week I still should be able to loss a pound if I am steady at the usual 1400/day in 1400/week out. Wow, funny how those numbers match, I just realized that!!! I should be able to remember this! So cool, now I just have to put it into practice!!!!
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ADDYSGETTINFIT 10/4/2011 11:09PM

    Awesome! Sounds like you have a plan! Go for it!

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SHAMROCKY2K 10/4/2011 11:02PM

    I think I need to do my own math too..
Good job figuring it out. Timing of when you get your calories might help (like within 30 min of exercising).. as well as water consumption.
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How the world turns (pics)

Monday, October 03, 2011

I woke up crying this morning, didn't want my husband to go to work, thought he was going to have an accident on the road (he is a truck driver). Don't remember any bad dreams, have never done that before, kind of strange. So I got up, made breakfast, went to my mom's, had some coffee, talked her ear off and went on a historic stroll through my town. Still feel a little out of sorts, but much better than when I woke up. Here is what I saw:


These sidewalk plaques are all over the old town


Opera house, 1895


One of the structural wonders


Another lil gem


Brightest house in town


Street lined with lavendar


Side view of local "mansion"


Front view of "mansion"

I was raised in a small mining town in the Mojave desert, so even though I have lived in Northern California for about 6 years, I am still blown away by the beauty. It is fun to take a stroll in my own town, and see things that take my breath away everytime I see them.
Happy Moday!!

  
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EMRANA 10/4/2011 10:53PM

  Oh my goodness, I'm in love with that bright blue house! Lovely photos!

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BUTTERFLYAT38 10/4/2011 9:57PM

    Fear has a funny way of working us up...its wonderful that you redirected your energies til it past...great way to move it along and out of your system. Lovely pics!

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RIDMYCOCOON 10/4/2011 12:16PM

    Thanks for taking me (us) on a great little walk through your town! Charming place emoticon

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ME_HERE_NOW 10/4/2011 1:04AM

    what gorgeous architecture!

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JONICACALDWELL 10/3/2011 4:50PM

    Thank you for sharing! Beautiful!

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WENDYLEE15 10/3/2011 4:11PM

    Beautiful..
Thanks so much for sharing !!..Glad you were able to shake off some of those yucky thoughts with that nice walk !!
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CROOKEDLETTER 10/3/2011 4:02PM

    What a lovely walk and what a great way to shake off gloomy thoughts.

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