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Who Needs Weight Watchers when we have SparkPeople

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I get it. Track exercise. Track food. Know what you're eating and what's eating you. Then literally work it out. Everyday. I attempted weight loss with Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers only to regain what I loss and then some. Thank you SparkPeople for letting me know it's okay to be a part of the Slowest Losers. Gradual weight loss works. And thank you to the many motivational Sparkies I've met through your pages. Your stories tell me that I can do it too!!!

It's been a 20+ year journey starting with SHAPE in 1992

But I passed the baton to SparkPeople and will reach my destination in 2012.

I'm off and running now.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DANGEROUSLAMB81 2/14/2012 10:04PM

    and it's all free!! WW and JC are a rip and don't teach you how to develop a long time change.
I tell everyone about I'm addicted to this site! lol

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TEALPWRAZ 2/14/2012 10:03PM

    I know right! I ditched Weight Watchers as my NY resolution!

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FANGFACEKITTY 2/14/2012 9:55PM

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LISABOULDER 2/14/2012 9:55PM


I'm with you. I used to belong to weight watchers too and with spark, I don't need it. I put the WW money towards healthy food.

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ONUTHIN125 2/14/2012 8:56PM

    emoticonLove It!!! I too have tried everything and Spark has "clicked" with me. I have energy, I love the website and I am really enjoying my new lifestyle. Happy Valentine's Day and Spark On! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A Spark Ignites a Daddy-Daughter Challenge

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Come on dad, let's arm wrestle," I challenge him during a recent visit to my parents' home. I had won a match oh, 20 years ago after he made one too many chauvinistic remarks. Although he's now 82 and I'm a little more than half his age, surely I can easily beat him again I thought. The former Navy man walks five miles every morning, grabs a donut, then sits and meditates (code for "sleeps") for the rest of the day. Snoring's not the best arm muscle building activity I suspect. This should be an easy win.

Dad slowly makes his way to the kitchen table and prepares for the match. He fixes his elbow and puts a death grip on my hand. Ouch. Wait dad. I didn't say "Go" yet. My mom and son watch quietly close by. Okay, dad, On your mark. Get Set. Go! Dad's off to a strong lead. I wanted to hold my own against the man who growing up, kept saying women were the weaker gender. Come on inner self, find that warrior woman. Prove dad wrong. Prove dad... He won. Just like that. I felt defeated. He quietly redeemed himself. He must have used those hand weights I bought him last Christmas. I didn't see this loss coming.

But this challenge sparked my dad to victory. And I too will take this loss to spark myself into fitness. Today I did a three mile walk/light jog in the park after a four month absence. When I wanted to slow down today I just visualized my 82 year old dad's armwrestling win. I didn't focus too long on the defeat but rather on what I learned from the challenge.
#1: Overconfidence occasionally backfires -and-
#2: If you believe you can ... then you will.

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WINACHST 10/30/2011 9:59AM

    All what I can say is "Wow! He seems like he is still going strong at 82"

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/28/2011 10:03PM

My Dad would whip my backside, I *know* this so I wouldn't ever dare try!

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Here's My Joy List. What's Yours?

Sunday, July 03, 2011

What brings me joy?

1. Seeing a new day dawn
2. Hearing my son say good morning or I love you
3. Watching new roses bloom from my bedroom window
4. Saying Hello or Good Morning to someone new
5. Having my family and good friends in my everyday life even if we chat through the walls of Facebook.

As I reread my joy list, I notice that material items, vacation trips or landing a new job didn't even cross my mind. Nor did the high from completing 60-90 minutes of exercise make the list either. After a high school friend's outgoing 24 year old son passed unexpectedly from leukemia two days ago did it hit me. She lost someone who brought her joy. I need to appreciate what brings me joy every day. So I took a moment to jot the joys down today.

What's your joy list?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SHAKENMA 7/6/2011 11:52AM

    Thanks for sharing...I need to do this too. emoticon

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52114ME 7/4/2011 4:12PM

    I am sorry for your friends loss.

1 A new day
2 Family
3 Animals
4 a smile

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JAMIMC 7/3/2011 4:00PM

    Thanks for getting my thoughts in this direction!
My Joy List:
1. Breakfast outside.
2. My son and daughter having fun together.
3. The weeds out of my flower garden.
4. A smile from a stranger because I smiled first. : )
5. Green arrow days!

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PANBOOKS 7/3/2011 12:01PM

    I loved reading your blog and you and your friend have my condolences. My joy list...
1. Hearing my son laugh. He is 24-years old and my only child and I still love to hear him laugh
2. Talking to my sisters on the phone. I love them so much
3. Spending time with friends
4. Caressing my cat. She is so spoiled
5. Having a nice conversation with a stranger
6. I bring myself joy because I try not to disappoint God in my actions and behaviors.

Also, writing this brought me joy. Thank you.

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NELLZIE04 7/3/2011 11:42AM

    Your list definitely makes me think about my list and what the true joys of life are.

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ClubGEL - Week 1/Day 1 Summer 20lb Challenge 2011

Monday, June 06, 2011

6/6/11 -- I let myself physically go for the FINAL time. Now, no more excuses. And no more desserts. It's day one of my 76lb journey and I'm feeling okay. I'll give myself eight months to do it hopefully capping off my transformation by completing the LA Times Marathon on March 18, 2012. After that time I'll figure out the maintenance formula.

I walked four miles today. Although a little of the way into it I thought I was having a heart attack but the pain was near my right collarbone. Probably my body was saying, "you know what you ate late last night so don't expect a pain-free walk." For a split second I thought about stopping but then I pictured The Biggest Loser contestants. All of them felt the way I did this morning. And they did not quit. So neither will I.

My menu: Lots of water then loads of veggies and fruit, green drinks, soups and organic/vegan protein, no carbs. Ouch. Per my ClubGEL support team, I'm to eat the Veggie Grill Santa Fe Chicken sandwich without the bun. I'm told it should be wrapped in kale. Oh joy.

I will do this! Check back for my progress. Or look for the group on Facebook.

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WHATS2LOSE 6/25/2011 10:44AM

    love your honesty...I can totally relate. I too am looking to lose 76-80 pounds and also am a sinlge mom to an 8 year old (although she has a 6 year old sister)

Love to check in on one another's progress and offer inspiration if you get time when you are out here :) emoticon

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