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Wednesday, December 21, 2011



…the brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr part sure has been true this year. We are freezing emoticon Well maybe not FREEZING but it’s been darn cold, wet, & windy along the sunny Southern California coastline. Lows in the high 30’s at night is COLD for us and since we don’t have any drapery up at the windows (I love the views) Old Man Winter emoticonhas been breathing down our necks *shiver* literally…. so I’ve been exercising emoticonto keep warm and it actually works emoticonAnd with exercising first and Sparking second, I’ve continued to lose inches emoticonand gone down another two sizes as we bid a final farewell to emoticonAutumn and welcome the 1st day of Winter emoticonas I celebrate my 18 month Sparkversary today emoticon emoticon emoticon

I’ve had a lot of fun this month with my daily status titled “These are a few of my favorite things.” Now I have a few visuals to share with my SparkFriends as we slow down and envelope ourselves in the true meaning of the spirit of Christmas, so please enjoy some more of my favorite things….


My beautiful mother and all our children and their husbands and wives.


My DH and me with our five grandchildren on Grandparents Day, September 2011.


Our oldest grandson at 2, he's the middle Wiseman bearing gifts.


The best brother/sister act around... they keep us hopping.


4 years old and only 30 pounds she is our precious Tinkerbell.


The spitting image of his daddy he takes me back 38 years.


HO~HO~HO... our youngest little angel all ready for Santa.


Least we forget the reason for the season...........


As Shepards watch.

And for those of you who struggle with the question… “Is there a Santa?” Here’s one grandmother’s answer to her grandchild.

I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I was just a kid.

I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb: "There is no Santa Claus," she jeered. "Even dummies know that!"

My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her "world-famous" cinnamon buns. I knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so. It had to be true.

Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I told her everything. She was ready for me. "No Santa Claus?" she snorted...."Ridiculous! Don't believe it. That rumor has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad!! Now, put on your coat, and let's go."

"Go? Go where, Grandma?" I asked. I hadn't even finished my second world-famous cinnamon bun. "Where" turned out to be Kerby's General Store, the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything. As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars. That was a bundle in those days. "Take this money," she said, "and buy something for someone who needs it. I'll wait for you in the car." Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's.

I was only eight years old. I'd often gone shopping with my mother, but never had I shopped for anything all by myself. The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping.

For a few moments I just stood there, confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for.

I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went to my church.

I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker. He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class. Bobby Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because he never went out to recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn't have a cough; he didn't have a good coat. I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement. I would buy Bobby Decker a coat!

I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked real warm, and he would like that. “Is this a Christmas present for someone?" the lady behind the counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down. "Yes, ma'am," I replied shyly. "It's for Bobby."

The nice lady smiled at me, as I told her about how Bobby really needed a good winter coat. I didn't get any change, but she put the coat in a bag, smiled again, and wished me a Merry Christmas.

That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat (a little tag fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) in Christmas paper and ribbons and wrote, "To Bobby, From Santa Claus" on it.

Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy. Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker's house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially, one of Santa's helpers.

Grandma parked down the street from Bobby's house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk. Then Grandma gave me a nudge. "All right, Santa Claus," she whispered, "get going."

I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his door and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma.

Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.

Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker's bushes. That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were -- ridiculous. Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team.

I still have the Bible, with the coat tag tucked inside: $19.95. ~Author Unknown

May you always have LOVE to share,
HEALTH to spare and FRIENDS that care...

And may you always believe in the magic of Santa Claus!


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OCTOBER2842 12/30/2011 8:26PM

    Beautiful Story, have a Happy New Year

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TXMEMAW6 12/22/2011 9:18AM

    What a beautiful family and a truly heartwarming story. Thank you for sharing both with us. Merry Christmas! Remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season.
Hugz,
Sharon


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BELSNICKEL 12/22/2011 5:46AM

    what a great story.

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MISSY455 12/22/2011 2:31AM

    Thanks so much for sharing the pictures of your beautiful family, and the awesome Santa story.

It has seemed much colder too me here on the central coast as well this year. I kept complaining to my hubby that our bedroom was at least 10 degrees colder than the rest of the house, LOL, he finally checked yesterday and the heater vent was closed in there!

We definitely get zero sympathy from our family about our "cold" winter weather. Most of them are dealing with snow and the temperatures that go with it. We have much to be thankful for here for sure!

Congrats on the inches lost...that is great!

Happy Sparversary too!

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JILL313 12/21/2011 9:13PM

    Linda, you and your family are all so beautiful. . .What a blessing you and DH are to your children and Grandchildren as you are to them. This is a touching a beautiful blog from the heart and it touched me. Keep as sweet and fun as you are and I'm lucky to have a special friend like you.

Love & Hugs,

Jill

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HEALTHYMEEMS 12/21/2011 8:23PM

    Love the photos of your angels! And the sweet story. Happy Sparkversary and may you have many more!

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FRANCO1230 12/21/2011 8:12PM

    Happy Sparkversary (to us--heehee!)!!! I am so inspired by you and your continued success, especially during this holiday season. I agree with the cold (SHIVER! SHIVER!) I've been bundling-up a lot more than usual. Although, I know in other parts of the country they are laughing at us to call this cold.
I LOVE the story you shared about Santa. Made me cry to think of all those "Bobby Decker's" out there who just need the kindness of others to make their Christmas a little bit better. It doesn't take much. My DD12, Grace, questioned Santa a couple years ago, and although she may still have her doubts, she doesn't let on. One, for the sake of the twins, who really "get it" this year, but also because I told her if she stopped believing, Santa would stop coming...LOL!
But we make sure to show her what it's really all about, too. Instead of buying Xmas gifts for my DH's family this year, we made a donation in their name to a family-friend who is going through costly cancer treatments. My heart swelled this past weekend when we presented it to the family just because I knew it was SO the right thing to do. Nobody needs another sweater, pair of earings, etc., more than this person needs the gift of life. Just one of those moments when you know you "done good".

You've obviously done good, too....just look at that gorgeous family and your adorable grandkids. You are truly blessed! May the spirit of the season be in your heart always & may you and your family be blessed with goodness in the new year!
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IOWAGRAMMA 12/21/2011 7:06PM

    Linda, this is a really special blog. Your Santa story is precious, and I'm so glad to hear that you are getting plenty of exercise trying to stay warm! LOL! Two sizes...that is just plain awesome!!! Your family is very special, so thank you for sharing them just a little bit with us. Sending you many blessings and warm hugs!! Jeannie

P.S. That does sound cold for sunny California. I hope it warms for you. We've been pretty lucky so far this winter and have only had single digits one time so far. emoticon

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~OMG~

Monday, November 21, 2011

My gift to all of you this holiday season emoticon

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxbOjp0qSjs

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JINLYNN 11/23/2011 8:10PM

    Beautiful - thanks for sharing this link!

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VTMAID 11/23/2011 11:29AM

    Thanks for sharing, Linda!
Karen

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RORYLYONS 11/23/2011 5:30AM

    Absolutely beautiful & so moving...A wonderful lesson for one to appreciate what we have & cherish it.. We have so much to be thankful for...Blessings sent for a Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon

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PATTILYNN224 11/22/2011 9:38AM

    Thank you for sharing Linda.

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving.

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CLAVINOVA 11/22/2011 9:08AM

    Very catchy title to draw me to your blog - wonderful gift to share with us. Thanks and have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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TUBLADY 11/22/2011 12:57AM

    Linda, that was lovely, thanks for sharing.
Have a wonderful holiday.
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KAYTIE22 11/22/2011 12:40AM

    So many lessons to me learned here. Thanks so much for sharing this. It is beautiful just like you.

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MISSY455 11/21/2011 10:16PM

    A very good day! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! The photography, and words, were beautiful. We do have so much to be thankful for!

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JAK106 11/21/2011 5:09PM

    That was incredibly beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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FRANCO1230 11/21/2011 4:58PM

    Beautiful!

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IOWAGRAMMA 11/21/2011 4:42PM

    Linda, thank you for sharing. I loved it--very touching and humbling. Hugs, Jeannie
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TXMEMAW6 11/21/2011 3:28PM

    Beautiful. Just shows me again just how awesome God is and that He is in control of everything every day. Thank you for sharing it.
Hugz,
Sharon

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ESILBO 11/21/2011 2:59PM

    GREAT ATTITUDE TO LIVE BY...THANKS

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The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Half a month ago I was half way to goal. Since then I’ve re-gained half of what I lost in the month of October. I’m not half way surprised because I’ve been half-assed about the whole eating and exercising thingy for the first half of November. I’m not completely disappointed in myself.. yep, you guessed it… I’m only half disappointed. Because I’ve also learned to be gently and forgiving. I am only human and I’ve been pretty much on point for almost 17 months now and have made incredible progress. In fact I’m still Sparking because I know if I quit now those 70 pounds are going to jump right back on my wagon and all my hard work will be for not.

San Diego John posted a blog last Sunday saying there were only seven weeks left in 2011, until New Years Day. That was an eye opener and I thanked him for the heads up. It reminded me that small goals made up of weeks instead of months are a good way to refocus my efforts on the prize. My prize is finishing the year healthier and happier than I did 2010. I’ve had an incredible year of growth... physically, emotionally, and mentally but my weight loss has slowed way down. And there’s no reason to pretend I don’t know why. My portion sizes have increased… I didn't track that garlic bread I had with dinner last night. I entered 30 minutes of strength training on Mondays exercise chart and forgot to do it… wait, did I really forget??? No not really, my day got away from me and I was tired in the evening and figured 20 trips to the dumpster counted. But, it didn’t or I wouldn’t have gained another pound.

With six and a “HALF” weeks until New Years Day 2012 I'm going to kick it up a notch and be more than half way honest with myself again. Back to tracking and portion control. Back to exercising daily. Back to being half way to goal and then some… because I don’t want to feel half as good as I could for the next month and a half.

I’m not waiting until after Thanksgiving or Christmas or until New Years Day. Let’s finish up what we started this year and be ready for a brand new year in the best shape we can possibly be.

“Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” ~Earl Nightingale

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TEACHINMOM 12/6/2011 9:18AM

    GREAT BLOG!! I have 27 pounds to go to get off what I regained when I got half-assed myself - yup, regained 30 of my 72 pounds!! Could have been worse, I guess - definitely should have gotten control of it earlier though!! Great job doing just that and even if I did find your blog late, it's just what I needed to hear today!! Thanks!!
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JINLYNN 11/23/2011 7:59PM

    Wonderful positive attitude! Thanks for sharing your insight and the challenge to make the most of the time left in this year.
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PATTILYNN224 11/17/2011 6:53PM

    Oh Linda, I wish I had your attitude!!

Praying for a great week for you!

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JAK106 11/17/2011 7:14AM

    Thank you for sharing this. I can really relate to it.

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MISSY455 11/17/2011 12:26AM

    Very timely! Thanks for posting!
emoticon and I am recommitting to my plan as well! let's be healthier than we were at the end of 2010! WooHoo!

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FRANCO1230 11/17/2011 12:23AM

    It's such a darn difficult time of year, isn't it!?! Alright time to reverse all of our behinds out of those parking spaces and get our rears in gear!!! Just as the old adage goes, don't put off 'til tomorrow what you can do today. No waiting for 1-1-12....now is the time! Great attitude, Linda! You are so, right...don't beat yourself up, just get back to it!!! Bring it!!!

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MEEBELO 11/16/2011 10:28PM

    Thanks for writing this blog! I can so relate to what you're talking about as I've been slacking for the last few weeks. I'm going to take your advice and just move on, move forward and finish out the year focused and dedicated. We can do it!! emoticon

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TORTILLAFLATS 11/16/2011 9:32PM

    OH Linda, I thought I reconized you in that parking lot. No, I wasn't there too, honestly, I was just driving by, hmmmm
you do believe me don't you? LOL.

I really needed to hear what you said! Thanks for the great reminder. You said it well.

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JILL313 11/16/2011 8:49PM

    Linda, I so appreciate your honestly--You are Human After All--LOL! I'm so proud of all you've accomplished and even if you gained a few pounds and slipped up you're mindset now is where it has to be to continue to take off more pounds. Like Lise mentioned we've all been at the place you were at so I'm glad you're not being too hard on yourself. . .You are an awesome Lady and I trust that you will watch your portions and do the exercise necessary to make Your WL Goal Come True. I really admire You.

Hugs,

Jill

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IOWAGRAMMA 11/16/2011 8:21PM

    Love it, love it! So true and I'm with you 100% on this one. It's amazing that we have to live to be our age before we begin to get some great insight, isn't it? I'm betting on you...and actually, I'm betting on me, too, because I'm feeling pretty confident right now and plan to capitalize on it. I've actually started using my tracker as my daily planner--what I plan to eat and then do it, but change it if I don't. On the other hand...I can't seem to do that with the exercise and have to track that only AFTER I've done it! Go figure! We just have to keep on keeping on!!! Hugs, Jeannie
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POPSY190 11/16/2011 4:05PM

    Loved the title of this blog!
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ESILBO 11/16/2011 4:05PM

    LINDA YOU ARE SO RIGHT, JUST GO BACK ON WITH ALL THE HONESTY YOU HAVE, NOT THE HALF...LOL...WE UNDERSTAND, WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT AND WE CAN DO IT...THANKS FOR SHARING
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Half way to goal…

Sunday, October 30, 2011



I put a sticky note on my Spark calendar to write a blog when I reached 254.5 pounds. That’s my half way mark to goal and I figured a good time to Spark. But I’m not really half way because I have no idea when I’ll reach my goal and I’ll tell you why.

When I joined Sparkpeople the guide lines for setting up nutrition goals and a tracker required a starting weight and a goal weight. The starting weight was easy… painful to admit in public but easy… the scale said “326” so I entered it. The goal weight? Not so easy. Initially I wasn’t even sure I’d lose weight. So I checked the insurance guidelines for my height at 5’ 8”, honestly I think I’ve shrunk or my DH is growing because every time I braid his ponytail I have to reach even higher so I really must have my height checked the next time I go to the doctors. According to the life insurance underwriters the standard weight for a female my height is 155 pounds. On my wedding day in 1980 I weighed 151 pounds. I had just finished up a 9 month protein sparing fast and had lost 125 pounds. At that time I was half the age I am today, wildly in love, working two part time jobs and raising three children ages 6, 7, and 10. Frankly, 151 was too thin for me. Eighteen months later after having another baby at 35, I weighed 175 pounds and felt that that was the perfect weight for me…. and I was happy. Still not sure what the healthy weight for a 5’ something 64 year old woman was I thought hey, “143” would be the perfect amount to lose since I’d been using that special number online for over a decade. It’s an old pager code; remember pagers and beepers? It means “I Love You!” So one simple subtraction problem later I came up with a goal weight of 183 pounds. Close enough to 175, under 200, well into “Onederland” and maybe just “lucky” enough that I may reach it some day. So 326 minus 143 equals 183. I’m 254.6 today…. half way to goal.

Just the loss of 71.5 pounds is well worth a blog or two but more importantly than my weight are all the “NSG” I’ve realized. Maybe you’ve seen other Sparklers refer to that abbreviation and wondered what it stands for? I did, many months ago, but continued on my SparkAdventure hell bent on moving the numbers on the scale. Until one day when I realized how great I felt and how much more I was able to do and how completely my life had changed for the better. At the time I wasn’t even near being half way to goal but decided that there really are many, many “None Scale Goals” that earmark successes worth celebrating along our path as we continue the journey of living healthy.

Sparkpeople is a process that takes time and effort. The tools are available, the motivation is every where and the support is endless. Although I spin the wheel daily, enter every thing that crosses my lips and participate in team exercise challenges I no longer concentrate on how many points I can earn a day or measure my progress against others who exercise more, lose faster, or blog better.

Instead my journey has evolved to measuring my progress by beating my personal best and living life to the fullest. Granted some days are easier than others… I’m far from perfect but have enjoyed many successes and for one reason and one reason only. I have not quit. Oh, I’ve had my finger hovered above the post button more than once ready to declare that “I’m taking a SparkBreak.” I’ve had bags of candy in my shopping cart, second servings on my plate and tears in my eyes when the scale moves in the wrong direction. It’s scary how easy it would be to give up, gain weight and feel like crap again. But I’m half way to goal now and those 16 months it took to get here have been wonderful. The next eight months are enticing me to see what I can accomplish come my 65th birthday and second SparkVersary. Yep, I’m half way to goal and nothing is going to stop me now…. Not even me.

And especially NOT these............



Thanks to all my Sparkfriends who have celebrated with me this weekend. Stay strong and don’t let those Treats Trick you into making poor choices this Halloween.


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CHATTIEGIRL 11/15/2011 9:33PM

    Hi Linda;

You are doing so well and staying focused on loosing and reaching your goal. Stay with your healthy life style and being a good Sparker. Each day I get on and do my points, blogs, post everything because I am by myself and love talking to the people on Spark. God bless you always. Learn something new every day.

Smile Joyce

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VTMAID 10/31/2011 1:58PM

    Linda, that was a wonderful blog. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
Hugs,
Karen

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FRANCO1230 10/31/2011 11:18AM

    "...there really are many, many “None Scale Goals” that earmark successes worth celebrating along our path as we continue the journey of living healthy."

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!! And, I couldn't agree more!


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KSNANA2 10/31/2011 9:32AM

    I just brought the Halloween candy out of hiding to get ready for tonight. I store it up high where I need a ladder to get to it, then make sure I store my little step ladder on a different level of the house! So the time between now and tonight is really a worry to me. But I have been shoring myself up with reading blogs on SP, and I think I can DO IT! Thanks!
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TXMEMAW6 10/31/2011 9:22AM

    What an encouraging word. Thank you. I really needed to hear that today. Congratulations on your weight loss to date. Keep up the good work, especially "striving to beat your personal best and living life to the fullest." I'm with you on that one. I think I will make that my motto also. I'm really proud of your success.
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    emoticon on your progress to date! You are doing emoticon Great blog!!!

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LITTLEBJANET 10/30/2011 8:35PM

    Wonderful blog and testimony to your perseverance. I think one of the best NSGs is to look at the picture evidence of changes made as you lose. "Weigh" to Go (going, and gone!)
Happy Halloween
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JILL313 10/30/2011 8:17PM

    Great Blog Linda and love reading it and the great progress and NSG you've had. I'm about 5'8" now as I've shrunk an inch the last few years--maybe you're 5'7" now? You really make me think about what my goal weight should be. It's an individual thing as we're all built different some of us are big boned while others who are much more delicate structured would likely have different goal weights even though they are the same height. Like you, I had no idea what to put down as my goal weight so I remembered liking 160#s but that was when I was 30+ years younger. I have a little ways to go but my motto is I'll never quit on myself as I also see NSG myself. I'm so happy for your progress as your looking really good and sound happier--I am too with myself! I'm with you as I move forward slowing in getting these pounds off and feeling better all the time. I love your motto move more & eat less as I still remember your blog on it. Take Care and I know we'll eventually get to the Finish Line when it's time.

Love,

Jill

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ESILBO 10/30/2011 8:07PM

    LINDA, WHAT A GREAT STATEMENT OF THE JOURNEY WE ARE ON...CONGRATS ON YOUR LOSS AND THANK YOU TO ENCOURAGE ME WHEN I NEED IT (LIKE TONIGHT)...
YOU SURE ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK FOR THE FINAL GOAL, WHATEVER IT IS... emoticon emoticon
HUGS
LISE

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SM-ARTGIRL 10/30/2011 7:48PM

    "my journey has evolved to measuring my progress by beating my personal best and living life to the fullest"
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Congratulations on sticking with it no matter what!!!
Thanks for posting I feel inspired!

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IOWAGRAMMA 10/30/2011 7:27PM

    Yea, Linda!! Like you, I try to beat ME, not someone else and think I'm growing, but in a good way! Still learning, still doing what I need to do and not what others say I should. And...guess what...I also don't know what my "goal" is or should be! LOL! You'd think we could just read the chart and do it, but IMHO we have to do just like you said...when it feels right and you feel good, that's where it will be!! Congrats on such awesome progress! Go, Linda!!!! Hugs, Jeannie

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JOANNS4 10/30/2011 7:06PM

    I will be changing my goal weight as I lose. When I started at Sp I weighed 234 lbs., I lost 40 lbs. in two years and reset my ticker later on. I have my goal at 175 and will again reset it if I feel like I need to lose more.

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SparkPeople theme song.....

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Need support? Always remember you can "Lean on me"


Speedy143

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GRANPATTIE 10/27/2011 10:39PM

    This is PERFECT for a Spark theme song. and YOU are perfect for a Spark friend.

Pattie

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    Gotta love it! Thank you! emoticon

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    Thank you! emoticon emoticon

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 10/26/2011 7:09AM

    Thanks!

Jane

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JINLYNN 10/26/2011 12:50AM

    What a wonderful video - it really touched my heart. Thanks for sharing it.

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JOANNS4 10/25/2011 7:53PM

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MADKAPKID 10/25/2011 7:44PM

    Linda....This little blog....is HUGE when it comes to touching my heart. YOU are such a special lady! I wish I were there to just give you a hug. YOU bless us all with your friendship....Have a joy filled day...Karen emoticon

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JILL313 10/25/2011 6:12PM

    Linda, This is so Beautiful and so appropriate right now. I know I couldn't get anywhere without my family and friends including the wonderful Spark ones. Thanks for sharing this--just wonderful!

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IOWAGRAMMA 10/25/2011 5:51PM

    Linda, you have no idea how much I needed this today. It's been a struggle, and like Lise said, it brought me to tears just now. Thanks for sharing! Jeannie

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ESILBO 10/25/2011 5:02PM

    WOW... BEAUTIFUL, IT BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES...THANKS
HUGS
LISE

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X5X52000 10/25/2011 4:51PM

    nice 1

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