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As I evolve so do my rewards =]

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

This week’s personal challenge is to post a blog telling what rewards you have given yourself and the milestones you reached to earn them. What is the next reward you are working to reach and what milestone is involved? From the Over 60 with 100 to 200 Pounds to Lose Team.

I had posted a blog titled Goals/Rewards back on July 15th… when I went and read it I was so surprised to see the emotional growth I’ve made in less than three months. Needless to say I cut and pasted it here but have edited it, a lot, to reflect the NEW and improved me.


10 pounds…. 7/15/10 emoticon New scale (my old one sucked, a 20 year old hand-me-down that I had to get on and off of four times and then take the middle number as my weight loss for the day grrrrrrr) My DH went out the day I lost 10 pounds and bought it for me. emoticonfor my sweetie.

20 pounds…. Get my hair cut 8/25/10 emoticonActually got it cut on 9/16/10, more than three weeks after the fact. Epic fail for putting it off for sooooo long. Learned a great deal about the “old” me during this time and made a lot of emotional progress. Turned out to be a win-win situation emoticon

30 pounds…. Originally I was going to get new clothes but I was able to wear outfits I’d conveniently forgotten I had “out-grown” and as my newer things began fitting better I chose to change my 30 pound loss reward to a wii. emoticonWhen I was within two pound of my goal I bought it so I would be sure to have it on hand and not take weeks to reward myself like I did with the haircut. It sat unopened on the sideboard where I could see it for a week before I reached -30 pounds. Seeing it everyday was a huge motivation. emoticon9/24/10 turning exercise into fun, fun, FUN emoticon

40 pounds…. Naturally I moved the new clothing reward to the 40 pound loss because I know there won’t be anything in the house that will still fit me by then. Alas, another “Ah-Ha” bell rung loud and clear while completing this challenge and I decided that clothing shouldn’t be a reward…. clothing is a necessity. I want to reward myself with something special that will reflect the hard work and tenacity that went into turning my whole life around. I want something lasting that I’ll have for a long time that will remind me how far I’ve come and keep me focused on the goals ahead. So I’m going to buy myself a pair of pretty earrings. Yes, jewellery!!!! Something I never get or give myself… a reward that will make me feel pretty every time I wear them. This goal is less than 7 pounds away so I’m going to start looking today because I’ve already saved for this reward and I want to be able to wear them ASAP! emoticonGo Speedy!!

50 pounds…. Guess what???? I’ve changed my mind again from the original blog on this reward as well. Thank goodness I had added this codicil…. “ I reserve the right to come back any time and change the rewards if I think of some thing else I like better… and I promise it won’t be food” emoticon

Originally my 50 pound reward was an overnight trip with my DH. That should have worked out just fine since our 30 year wedding anniversary is 12/28/10. But now that I’m treating myself with more respect and valuing my worth why should I reward myself with a get away that we should be planning anyway?!? I shouldn’t!!!!!!!! And since I’ve stopped “shoulding” on myself I’ve decided that my 50 pound reward will be …............
decided on at a later date as I continue to evolve emoticon

It WILL be something beautiful to remind myself of how wonderful I am. Something reminiscent of this joy filled journey that I’m on. Something very special….. just for me emoticon

To be continued……..

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GINGER1OF16 10/16/2010 2:47PM

    Atta girl, Speedy. Through your blog, I can just feel the joy and enthusiasm you are experiencing. Keep up the great focus and ENJOY those rewards!

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LISA0517 10/14/2010 3:52PM

    I love this blog! And your statement about clothing being a necessity rather than a reward has me rethinking some of my rewards. Thank you for sharing these wonderful thoughts!

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RENE54 10/14/2010 3:02PM

    I love your blog. I also love the rewards you have picked. I can't wait to see what your reward will be for 50 pounds lost!! You go girl!!! emoticon emoticon

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MRSSTUP 10/14/2010 10:47AM

    Tricky Linda making us wait for your 50 pound reward. I would love to see the earrings you are going to get. emoticon on all your hard work!

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PLAYBLUES22 10/14/2010 7:18AM

    Sweetie, what a great blog, your growth is quite apparent and I love the fact you are valuing yourself

Very nice job my friend and very tastefully done emoticon

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DRB13_1 10/14/2010 1:16AM

    You're doing GREAT!!!
I haven't made a reward list for this very reason - I knew when I reached the goal, my reward probably would have changed.
Also, it is really hard for me to lose weight on the scale, so I'm doing MUCH better working toward Spark Streaks.
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JOANOFSPARK 10/14/2010 12:43AM

    Loved your blog; great rewards. Yeah, I understand where you are coming from about using necessities as rewards, though a pair of jeans might just show up on my reward list. That is not a necessity for me, and it has been eons since I wore any and I never was comfortable wearing them, I look forward to seeing your new earrings. I love jewelry but haven't gotten any for myself since I retired. Maybe it's time to put some on my list :0

Isn't it amazing to look back at some of your older blogs and see just how much you have evolved and grown. I was looking at some of my old notebooks where I had been dieting. It sounded good but there was no depth to it and needless to say all my efforts came to naught, or soon faded away. This time is different; not only am I totally committed this time but I have so much more knowledge about foods, nutrition and exercise.

This time we will do it.... Not only can do it but we will do it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 10/14/2010 12:05AM

    Hi Linda, just loved your blog !! so very special my friend .. Thank you so much for you r lovely comments on my blog I so apppriciate your constant support and encouragement.. Love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 10/13/2010 10:50PM

    I love the way you think! The growth you have shown is incredible. I agree with not using one of life's necessity's as a reward. We need to give ourselves things that are special and unique - things we would not normally consider for ourselves!
Stay positive!

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ZOEJADA 10/13/2010 8:53PM

    Wow - great blog! I love your reward system and I'm going to strive to put a similar system together for me. I think that's the part I usually fall short - defining the rewards for the goals.

You are doing great and are an inspiration - keep it up!

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KSHAGGY 10/13/2010 8:11PM

    You are doing great and I love your reward system (especially the right to change as you evolve). I also love that you bought the wii early as motivation to open it! You are doing great! emoticon

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KESTRIE 10/13/2010 8:00PM

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Congrats on your Evolution!! You're doing so well!! Can't wait to see pics of your new earrings!! emoticon
You'll just haveta post 'em once you have them!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Anguish, sorrow and defeat…

Thursday, October 07, 2010

My favorite poem....

Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.

This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,“You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”

The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child, I Love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.” ~ Mary Stevenson, 1936

Thank you to all my SparkFriends who have walked with me through the process of finding my way. Just knowing we are all in this together and can take turns carrying each other on this journey gives me great hope for continued success. emoticonI promise I will carry you when you need a friend…….. Enjoy the video emoticon


Footnote: The picture was taken by my daughter on her honeymoon six months ago... Thanks Katy & Ryan I know you both support me in everything I do emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KRIGER 10/25/2010 11:30AM

    I love this blog, Linda. We need to be reminded of that peom every now and again. It gave me chills to read it. Thanks.

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MAMA_PICANTE 10/11/2010 11:50PM

    very sweet!

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SWEETLIPS 10/9/2010 10:50PM

    Very Nice and warm! emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 10/9/2010 5:59AM

    Thanks for sharing! God Bless you. Have a great weekend.

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SHORTCAKE48 10/8/2010 3:42PM

  Footprints is my favorite. I have a really nice one I cross stitched several years ago and have it hanging in my living room where I can see it often. During the low periods of life it is comforting to know He is carrying us in His arms.

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JOANOFSPARK 10/8/2010 2:05AM

    Love that poem; it always gives me goosebumps as well as a good feeling to know that He is always there.

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FXYGMA 10/7/2010 9:40PM

    I love that poem as well. The video was great as well. Thank you so much for sharing. I am reminded just how much everyone cares and how much they want to be there by the wonderful things they have said to inspire, encourage, and motivate me on this journey. I also try to do the same to my friends. We are in this together and for each other. Amen!

Melinda emoticon

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LINOVER 10/7/2010 8:50PM

    This is also one of my favorite poems! I even have the cross stitch pattern for it but have not stitched it yet.

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ANGELBELIEVER 10/7/2010 8:45PM

    I love that poem and know it well. The picture is beautiful. with their footprints in it as well. Thanks for sharing something so beautiful.

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NANADERRICK 10/7/2010 7:35PM

    As so many others have said, that is such a beautiful poem and gives us all the reminder that we are NOT alone. Thank your for sharing and for the reminder. I love my sparkpeople friends and truly appreciate all the support.

Thanks Nancy

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MRSSTUP 10/7/2010 7:30PM

    Thank you Linda..Footprints in the Sand has always been a favorite of mine. The video and music were lovely.

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SUSIEPH1 10/7/2010 6:15PM

    Hi Linda,
Thank you so much for sharing that lovely poem and the link ... We all need comfort and encouragment at one time or another.
It is so wonderful that we have such a close knit community of friends in Sparks
Love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 10/7/2010 6:07PM

    Linda, This was absolutely beautiful. It's a message we can't hear too often. Putting it to music just enhances the message. Thanks!

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TUBLADY 10/7/2010 6:04PM

    Thak you for the reminder that we are not alone. i love that poem.

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TAFFIN2000 10/7/2010 5:58PM

    Thank you for the reminder that He carries us!

Beautiful picture.

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KATRIONAH 10/7/2010 5:26PM

    Linda,my friend,"FootPrints" is one of my very favorite poems. I have a small copy of it on my desk, serves as a constant reminder that I am never alone. This musical version you shared with us, gave me goosebumps. Thank you so much for sharing......Karen emoticon

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PLAYBLUES22 10/7/2010 5:14PM

    Thank you i think that is one of the most beautiful poems I have read in my lifetime emoticon

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October Ghouls… I mean goals =]

Friday, October 01, 2010

1. Continue doing exactly what I’ve been doing. Oh, if it could only be that easy.

2. When I get stalled, tweak, tweak and then tweak some more. Notice I didn’t say “if.”

3. Learn from others’ experiences. I no longer use the word mistakes.

4. Be supportive while living fearless. Say what I mean and mean what I say.

5. Embrace life. Eat cake, drink champagne and enjoy the season. All in moderation of course.

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RENE54 10/6/2010 3:05PM

    Love your blog!! I have been doing some "tweaking" of my own. I also enjoyed the pumpkin photo. You always make me smile! emoticon

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KESTRIE 10/4/2010 9:48PM

    Thanks for the wonderful comments on my blog!!

I read your blog this morning, but forgot to comment. And then I found myself tweaking my goals... Hmmm... Must have been inspired!!

Thank you :)

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SUSIEPH1 10/3/2010 1:40AM

    Way to go Linda,
well said, great blog, so true ... Love Susie emoticon

Comment edited on: 10/3/2010 1:41:42 AM

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KARRYB1 10/2/2010 3:14PM

    Great goals and great attitude! emoticon

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KATRIONAH 10/2/2010 12:02AM

    Linda,You've been a good "GHOUL".....Oopsie girl. YOU will succeed. Just keep on following your game plan. AND...remember to share your 'BOO-tiful"..oopsie there I go again....See what YOU started? tee hee hee..anyway, just remember to share your BEAUTIFUL smile.....Have a joy filled weekend. Karen emoticon emoticon

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PAULA3420 10/1/2010 11:15PM

    emoticon I loved reading your blog. Great ideas and BEAUTIFUL PUMPKINS. Did you carve them?

I really like #3 and sometimes they can be "opportunities" GOOD ATTITUDE!

Keep up with the positive thinking. YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY!! emoticon

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Are we there yet???

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Summer ends with the closure of September… good-bye to those sweet lazy hazy dayz. They kept us young and happy as we reminisced about childhood memories chasing foam laced waves back and forth while squinting into the Pacific as the sun set long past dinner time. No more hand churned ice cream with hunks of freshly picked peaches from our own backyard tree for dessert. Those days have given way to water aerobics in our pool and Healthy Choice 100 calorie fudge bars. The trade was well worth the loss. A thirty pound loss to be exact!!! The summer of 2010 was one of the best summers I’ve ever had. emoticon

emoticonFall is my favorite season so I’m already looking forward to enjoying every moment. I gave birth to my first son on Thanksgiving so it’s no wonder I embrace it as my favorite holiday. I will be replacing some traditional favs this year with healthier substitutes but all the beauty of the season comes calorie free. emoticonThe colors, the scents, the memories of all the handmade Halloween costumes we wore as children and all the decorations our now grown kids made that I’ve kept. We have five grandkids now who are giddy in anticipating of all the seasonal festivities. So we’ll follow along while they Trick-Or-Treat emoticon and help pull wagons full of freshly picked apples from trees we don’t own. emoticonThe fruit will be as sweet, the giggles as precious and the memories as cherished once autumn envelopes us in all her glory. emoticon

Autumn, Queen of Year emoticon

When the pumpkins are so yellow
And the vines with grapes abound,
When the melons are so mellow
And the nuts fall to the ground;
When persimmons lose their bitters,
And the apples are so red;
When we love to eat corn fritters
Since the roasting ears have fled;
When vacation days are over
And the children go to school,
They no longer play in clover,
But must learn "Arithmos-rule,"
When weird Halloween's most naughty elves
With gnomes and sprites appear,
While fat Thanksgiving fills the shelves -
'Tis AUTUMN, QUEEN OF YEAR.~Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr.

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DAWN_B 10/1/2010 7:44PM

    Hey great job!!

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PLAYBLUES22 10/1/2010 11:51AM

    Sweetie losing 30 pounds, what a great way to end the Summer season emoticon

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MRSSTUP 10/1/2010 12:02AM

    Love the fall too..lots of memories and special things to come.
I bought an orange blouse at a garage sale this spring and it was too tight..but like you I lost a few pounds this summer and I will be wearing it for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Glad you are doing so well..keep it up!
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TUBLADY 9/30/2010 11:12PM

    Congraulations on your 30 pound weight loss.
Love your blog and the pictures of the leaves.
Fall is my favorite time too.
I just picked up some fresh hand pressed apple cider a few days ago. That is the real sign that fall is really here.

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HARRIET8AL 9/30/2010 7:08PM

    Wow- 30 pounds! In one summer! Congrats! Autumn is my favorite time of year.

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KATRIONAH 9/30/2010 5:55PM

    I Always like your blogs, myfriend. They always make me smile and feel good. Autmn is my very favorite season of all...and I love your tribute to it. Great Poem......thank you for just being you! Have a joy filled day....Karen emoticon

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SHORTCAKE48 9/30/2010 4:55PM

  What a special way to end summer and bring in the fall. Great job on the 30 lb weight loss.

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MISSLOIS 9/30/2010 4:26PM

    Love your blog
Congrats on the 30 lb lose.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I’ve been Sparking for 100 days today. emoticon And I’ve noticed a lot more changes in myself then just the weight loss. emoticon I’m a list maker, always have been, always will be. If I do something that’s not on my daily “to-do” list I add it emoticonand then cross it off. Needless to say “exercise” has been on my list everyday. I’ve even been using the SP calendar to remind emoticonmyself to exercise as well just in case it’s still sitting on my to-do list waiting to be crossed off… besides making appointments on the calendar gives me a point and the more points I have the more Goodies I can give… win-win!! emoticon

Today I realized I’m no longer putting “exercise” on my to-do list or adding it to my calendar for that extra *nudge." emoticon

Exercise has gone from my physical to-do list to my mental want-to-do list. I have reached the tipping point and exercise has become a daily activity I no longer have to remind myself to do… like eating emoticon and sleeping emoticon and living a SparkedLife. emoticon

It’s true…. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” emoticon

emoticonGo "Shooting Stars" emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LINDA! 9/30/2010 2:32PM

    Good for you...you are doing great.


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PLAYBLUES22 9/29/2010 10:45AM

    Sweetie, how inspiring to g from to do to, I know I am doing already emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 9/28/2010 11:19PM

    I love Spark and all it's given me - but I don't see exercise ever being on my "want to do" list! I do it because I know it's value and I always feel better after I'm done - but it's definitely not something I WANT to do! I truly envy you and wish I felt as you do!

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KRIGER 9/28/2010 10:58PM

    This blog hit the spot for me today and gave me a couple of quotes to take away. I want to get to where you are mentally about exercise. Good Job!!

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ZOEJADA 9/28/2010 9:24PM

    Great blog! And great job! You are an inspiration!


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SWEETPEA0214 9/28/2010 9:00PM

    That was an awesome inspirational blog sweetie. Thank you so much for sharing that.

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KATRIONAH 9/28/2010 8:45PM

    I just love your blog. YOU are amazing. I cannot wait til one day My TO DO list becomes MY want to do list. How are you doing with the new Wii? ( I bet the sky will be filled with shooting stars at the of fall......What you are doing is great! Have a joy filled Wednesday....Karen emoticon

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REGGIE2009 9/28/2010 8:34PM

    emoticon emoticonYou are awesome my friend! emoticon

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