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A funny thing happens when I try to plan! A trip to walking Lucy, the wonderous Circus Dog!

Friday, August 22, 2014

I do not usually walk Lucy on Friday mornings. The park behind our home, 10 acres, gets mowed. The big machines are too hard to maneuver around. Also, Fridays are a busy work day for us.... I do Sheppard Pilates, DVD. (I also can't swim, I don't like the gas fumes from the cutters, our pool is right on the other side of the park. This is NOT a complaint! I LOVE the open feeling we have because of this beautiful, green older park in the city!) BUT this morning, Lucy NEEDED to walk. I could feel her wanting to go. I know how she feels! That 'crunchy' morning feeling before my body is awake & ready to really move. Walking helps us SO much, start the day even if it is a mile or 2.

So she convinced me, to go before the park got it's grooming. & guess what they didn't come yet! We had a chance to go for a fast walk & they are still not here! There is a saying, "Make plans & hear God laugh" something like that. I'm ready for Pilates & getting to work, Happy Friday everyone!

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LUCY the wondurous Circus Dog!

Our pool from my home office window, park in backround

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EILEEN828 8/22/2014 10:34PM

    Awwww, just look at that face, utter doggy contentment. Lucy knew best! Love, love, love your pool. emoticon

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REGILIEH 8/22/2014 8:46PM

    Lucy is so adorable!!!

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WIFE48 8/22/2014 2:47PM

    Cute dog. Good for you for going for the walk.

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WISHICOULDFLY 8/22/2014 12:28PM

    Lucy is ADORABLE and that is an AWESOME pool!

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LJCANNON 8/22/2014 11:49AM

    Sounds like you and Lucy saw an opportunity and Seized The Moment!! Awesome Way to start your Friday!!

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My weight is up, again. Scary! Open letter to STEPH-KNEE

Friday, August 15, 2014

STEPH-KNEE: I am SO happy to read your blog, "Disappointment & a lesson from Sparkey", no, really! !
I live in Vegas & this past few weeks has been VERY hard for my eating. I keep celebrating my DH's return home from hospital (5 months there)! Today I am over by 6# from my high goal. When I got off the scale I 'got real". I'm still making MUCH better choices than I did before SP, but this upward mode has me a little scared. I just can not keep my weight in check eating 2,300 cals a day. I do so much better at 1,500. So I am dropping my food tracker back down. & making sure I check EVERY bite. My exercise is perfect. (at least 100-150 minutes a day) I cannot gain much more weight, I do not have ANY big clothes! 12 is it!!!

Thanks for the inspiration! Your story REALLY helped me re-understand how great SP is. The support we all share is wonderful in this 'thing called life'!

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EILEEN828 8/21/2014 7:50PM

    I'd be celebrating too! But you are right it must come to an end, and you need to get back to your normal. I wouldn't be too worried about it, since you are already acting on it. Life is not always the same so why would your weight always be the same?Any how you've got this. High five!

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MARGARITTM 8/20/2014 12:57PM

    all stress ...... you've got this!

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WISHICOULDFLY 8/17/2014 1:03PM

    Glad you hubby is back home. You are smart to take charge and find your balance again before it gets out of hand. emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/16/2014 6:50AM

    Time to get real-I hear you! Make it a great Saturday.

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AJDOVER1 8/16/2014 12:26AM

    You are a great inspiration. I'm confidant you'll find balance with your weight issues. You're not alone!

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SHAKESALOT 8/15/2014 10:15PM

    : )

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/15/2014 6:53PM

    glad he is home! the weight will goooo!


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JAROL7 8/15/2014 9:10AM

    You are right ... it's all about the numbers.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/15/2014 9:09AM

    How wonderful that he is home.

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30 Months of SPARK PEOPLE! WOW! Maintaining 18 of them!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Our world IS so different because of SP! I've been maintaining for 18 months of my 30 months with SP. The first 12months I released 52 pounds. emoticon

I spread the SP word, too! My DH has been in the hospital & rehab & now home since 12-31-13! I take him to doctors offices..... I am sharing SP with EVERY doctor & Nurse I can talk with. I hand out my printed SP cards & try to inspire everyone who will listen. I even printed out 'before & after" photos to help show people when they don't believe me! The Las Vegas Santa 5K was just announced Dec. 6, in downtown. I'm on a team LAS VEGAS SANTA RUN..... check it out! VERY fun helping charity & playing with the most Santa's anywhere in the world ! (Ginnius record for 4? years in a row!)

Thanks for YOUR support! SP means the world to me & my health, we are ALL so lucky to have such an amazing site to support!
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At goal with my beautiful Mom! 2013

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SPARKFRAN514 8/14/2014 10:03PM

    You are a wonderful role model for Spark thank you for being brave and sharing its keeps those of us who slip and slide remembering that it can be done it many take us longer to find the goal line be its coming into view.
love the picture of you an your mom emoticon

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REGILIEH 8/14/2014 9:45AM

    You both are so beautiful!

Great blog!

Good for you!

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Happy Friday... it is for US!

Friday, August 08, 2014

I'm finally catching up on DH business, because HE is! I'm doing a Happy Dance for that! He was in hospital for 5 months.... he is STILL healing from pressure wounds from Jan. 3, but able to do so much more. Our clients are STELLAR! emoticon They were able to wait until his return. WOW! Truly prayers answered! We are so blessed, his business is our main income. emoticon

I am performing my BARBRA Streisand marionette this Saturday.... lot's of rehearsal. FUN! Happy Friday to all & keep DANCING! emoticon emoticon
Another fabulous week to become a wonderfully more "you', YOU! emoticon emoticon

Love YOU,

PS check out my photo gallery for pics of Babs!

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SPARKFRAN514 8/14/2014 9:58PM

    Its nice to read that DH is able to return to his business and give you a break. and you two can go back to sharing the duties of being a couple . i know its been a long journey for both of you . Its now time to =just enjoy time with each other.
thanks for sharing the up date.

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AJDOVER1 8/8/2014 4:25PM

    You're such an inspiration for getting through tough times with grace and poise!

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EMMBEE4 8/8/2014 1:19PM

  Positive thoughts for you and for continued success.

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JAMBABY0 8/8/2014 1:11PM

    good for you and thanks for sharing

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How I decided to change my goal weight, it is only 3# BUT.....

Saturday, August 02, 2014

I have been REALLY struggling to stay at my goal weight. Especially these past 2 months. So I went to my weight tracker since I started SPARKPEOPLE & found I was only at my old goal weight about 3 months out of 30. So I decided instead of giving myself a hard time, I put my goal up 3#. It may not be allot, but it seems to be where my body functions at it's best. When I was 3# below my old goal, I felt sick. Tired, low energy, etc. emoticon

I had always promised myself my body will tell me what weight number I should be. I think it has! As long as this is not a 'get out of tracking my food" card, eating too much etc. It's not.I eat pretty good 90% of the time! emoticon I plan on keeping to the 3# (I'm 4# over, right now) above goal or 3# below goal weight fluctuations, but I feel my life will feel a little better @ this higher weight. I'm still Zumbing emoticon 3times a week, lifting hand weights emoticon 2 times, Sheppard Pilates emoticon 2X, swimming emoticon almost daily, walk LUCY pup emoticon 6 days a week, working emoticon , shopping & errands emoticon for DH & me, too! Plus I am a sized 12 emoticon & I like having some curves. So here I go! IF I find this is too much I can always go back to the original goal weight. This is about my health, not the number on the scale!

I'm wondering if any of my SPARK friends have changed their original goals, too? Please let me know YOUR experiences, OK?

Thank You!
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My B'Day 2014

Another Birthday photo (July 6, 2014)

ps...NELLJONES, thanks for the idea of "RENTING" my weight. FABULOUS concept! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/6/2014 6:16PM

    Congratulations on reaching your goal weight! emoticon emoticon emoticon
I am proud of you!


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MEXGAL1 8/4/2014 2:40PM

    Funny you should ask. I just recently went through this myself after beating myself up for the 3# I have been struggling to get off to be at my goal weight of 105....but my body seems to want to hang on to those I decided for me it's more important to be healthy and feel healthy so now I have a goal of a range....105-110. I feel much better having made this decision.
'Best of everything to you.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 8/4/2014 2:34PM

    It sounds reasonable. I just got my computer back today after about 4 weeks. I haven't been able to track my food, and I have put on about 4-6 pounds. I went for my yearly physical today and the Dr. said since last year I have put on 5 pounds. I lost a couple pounds since seeing him last though. Now that I can track agaon, I know I will take that off and maintain again. Funny thing is my landlord keeps telling me to put on weight every time I see him though. Of course he is 93 years old and doesn't see properly. emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/4/2014 8:58AM

    You look great! I think changing your goal weight is the right thing to do. We should always listen to out bodies.

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FELINA 8/3/2014 11:12AM

    I completely agree with your idea that your body will tell you what weight you need to be at. If a weight is difficult to maintain then it needs adjusting.

I reached goal 6 years ago and am still adjusting where I need to be. I originally lost too much and was unable to maintain that weight. I've readjusted upward a couple of times. I eat healthy most of the time, that's not a problem at all. My problem is with exercise, due to chronic pain. I exercise as tolerated but it's not enough and I know it, and accept it, which means maintaining at a higher weight.

You're doing great, and you're listening to your body, which is very smart.

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TINAJANE76 8/3/2014 9:13AM

    Lots of great comments here already, so I'm really just reiterating what others have already said. As you've experienced, there's a difference between an achievable weight and a sustainable weight. Where you're at now is probably the latter. And, as NELLJONES said, if weight management becomes nothing but an albatross around your neck and a constant source of stress, then it's probably a better idea to move your goal up a bit, especially if you're still healthy and are MUCH happier.

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NELLJONES 8/3/2014 7:44AM

    You CAN maintain any weight you want, but if it requires more work than you are willing to do, why would you do it? The point of losing weight in the first place is to improve your life. At some point it ceases to be an improvement and becomes an albatross. It's like moving to a city you know nothing about. You don't know where you really want to live until you get there. Rent your weight for awhile before you buy.

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    I'm with everyone else. The "number" you are maintain while eating healthy 90%, exercising regularly and feeling good is the number you want! Congrats on a job well done AND well maintained. You look fabulous! - Connie

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EILEEN828 8/3/2014 5:59AM

    Yes of course if you easily maintain a steady weight and it's within five pounds of goal, I would say that you have found the sweet spot. Your original goal was most likely only a range in the first place. Plus you can easily change your weight by two pounds just over the course of a single day. If you haven't already done this, try tracking this for awhile and prepare to be amazed, and to have the myth of an exact number go sailing right out the door. Stay where you are, because you look great and you feel happy. That's a win in anybody's book. Rock on!

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LJCANNON 8/3/2014 12:25AM

    emoticon Rule # 1 - Listen to Your Own Body. As the others have said, Only You can really know what is best for you.
emoticon I have several Spark Friends who have "Goal Ranges" rather than focusing on a Single Number on the Scale. Maybe your Range could be the 5 pounds between The "Old Goal" and the "New Goal"?

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CAT-IN-CJ 8/2/2014 10:40PM

    I did the same thing a few months ago.

You are absolutely right on! Listen to your body.

We tend to stress ourselves out trying to fit into a certain size or shape or . . .

Only YOU know what feels right for you . . . . do that!

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FLORIDASUN 8/2/2014 10:10PM

    I think you look have to take your bone structure into consideration on your goal weight too. Taller people have heavier bones and there's not a thing you can do about that. I think you are plenty active and I know you will find the comfort range.

I would be very happy to lose about another 20=25 pounds...but I have so many other things that take my full attention...the scale stress is just not something I'm focusing on right now.

lHugs to you...and congrats for doing a fantastic job on your tracking. I'll do ANYTHING not to have to's JUST NOT my thing! emoticon emoticon I sure do miss the points it brings though... emoticon

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MARGARITTM 8/2/2014 7:22PM

    At 62 I do not need to be under 115 - I might be faster if I weighed less.

but I do watch what I eat and seem to be comfortable at 118

It works for me.

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HOLLYM48 8/2/2014 7:07PM

    If you think that you feel better at that goal weight, go for it. Nobody but you can even tell that you have 3 extra pounds because they are not noticeable. Feeling good and looking good is the goal, not a number, you are much more than that.
Keep up the great work!!!

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AJDOVER1 8/2/2014 6:30PM

    You are so much more than a number on a scale!
It sounds like you've got an exceptionally healthy and active life. Don't add stress by focusing on a particular number. Eat well, move often and be happy!

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KENWANNE2013 8/2/2014 6:07PM

    Great idea mailing people to ask for comments on your blog when you want feedback. It had never occurred to me to do that, so thank you.

I changed my goal weight a few years ago, when I met someone the same build, height etc as me, who was at my goal weight - the woman was happy with her weight. However, I realised that a. I'd set it based on the weight I was at 16 b. I just didn't want to look that gaunt. I've set it roughly in my ideal weight zone, and will review it when I'm nearer to my goal. Now all I've got to do is get somewhere remotely near goal..... emoticon

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-WISPY- 8/2/2014 5:59PM

    I changed my goal weight by a lot. My expectations were unrealistic at my age 74. I wanted to be back where I was at my lightest. :o)

I might have made it eventually - I dont know, but along the way my health improved so much, no pills for diabetes type 2 and off the blood p. pills. Cholestrol is under control and I am feeling fine.

It is much easier to maintain where I am now and I enjoy life - what more could I ask for. :o)

Good luck - you are looking awesome emoticon by the way.

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MSLZZY 8/2/2014 5:01PM

    I have changed my goal weight since I started. My body has decided that it is fine where it is now and allowing for a few fluctuations up or down takes a lot of stress out of my life. It is only a number so let your body be your guide. emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 8/2/2014 4:37PM

    a great reminder that the weight ranges are just that a range and if you do a little searching you will find there are several weight charts telling people what the need to weight. if you are close to and 3 to 4 pounds is be happy and say that is where i belong. you are no longer over weight you look great and also remember our weight changes thought out the day and in some cased room to room scales to scales emoticon emoticon

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SEASONS_CHANGE_ 8/2/2014 4:03PM

    Congratulations on doing so well. I haven't changed my goal weight because my weight is like a yo-yo. There are some changes that I need to make in my personal habits.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/2/2014 3:48PM

    I am 5.5 years into maintaining an 80+ pound loss, and I'm still trying to nail down that goal weight. I tried 126 but it was just too hard to maintain. I'm at 132 goal weight and probably average 133 now. I'm not totally content because I think I look better and run faster at 126, but I can maintain 132-133 without tracking and with very little struggle at this point.

Another factor is body fat percentage. I am sure mine is too high. I haven't found a good way to measure it locally. My bathroom scales vary from 29% fat to 41% fat. My gym manipulated and called me athletic (who, me?) and came up with 26.7% when I was at 126.

I suspect 132-133 at 22-24% fat would be fine; while 132-133 at 33% fat isn't. I may have to go to Tampa for a BodPod.

You look wonderful. Live where you feel great!! Best wishes for finding your best weight!! -Marsha

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THOMASINA57 8/2/2014 3:41PM

    Last year I put my goal back up by a few pounds also and it took the stress out of eating and portion control and worrying about every little morsel I put into my mouth. My body found is "happy" weight and I flucuate a couple of pounds back and forth constantly and am happy with this.

Eating healthy and staying active, like you are doing and I am doing are the key. That 90% good eating does work for me too.

you look fabulous!!! emoticon

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STITCHINGNAN 8/2/2014 3:31PM

    I did just the same as you , I was at goal but it was a stugggle all the time to stay there , I relaxed a bit, still eating healthily and doing exercise but not dieting. I think we have to listen , take note of our feelings , we can't all be super slim , I am about 5 lbs now above my original target , I feel happy well and relaxed about how I look and feel . So let us take charge of our own bodies and life style and relax a little ' .irene

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HMBROWN1 8/2/2014 3:12PM

    You look great!

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