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Just One Of Those Days...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I love to blog about happy things, NSV's, scale victories, good days and just all of the emoticon's and emoticon's that go on. But I also realize that life isn't constant emoticon's and emoticon's and some days it's just emoticon & emoticon .


Disclaimer emoticon: It has been a cranky sort of day, so pure crankiness to follow. emoticon More importantly the "problems" that resulted in crankiness are very small non-problems... and I'm aware there are people with real problems, haha. emoticon

#1. I get to work today and someone threw out my bag of food. My bag of food had the date and initials on it, so it shouldn't have been a problem. It only had a couple pancakes in it, but it also had an almost full bottle of syrup and a little measuring cup. I checked all 4 (yes we have 4) fridges, nothing. I even went to the dumpster but I guess it's trash day because it's empty. So my measuring cup is gone (luckily from the dollar store), the pancakes that I planned on eating (no big deal, just annoying), but I managed to find the syrup in the door of the fridge. I am 99% sure it is the same one, it's Aunt Jemima Lite syrup with only a small amount missing. It doesn't expire til 2014, and most of the "community" stuff like ketchup is older than I am. So I took that back, booyah!

#2. (Which chronologically should be #1) I almost rear ended some idiot who kept hitting his break for no reason on the way to work! So I was finally changing lanes to get away from him because he (or she) was clearly an idiot, and of course as I looked back to check my blind spot they hit their breaks again, luckily I was able to get around them. *PHEW*

*Are you still reading this? I sure wouldn't be, I'm just venting lol, nothing interesting to see here!*

#3. People! I'm not a fan of people! Okay, Spark People are the exception to the rule, I love Spark People, but people in general, MEH! So my work does our schedules 3 months at a time. We have a list, it rotates. I always chose to work weekends if given the opportunity. But the holidays always screw it up because people want the holidays off (makes sense). So people that don't work the weekends all year will sign up to work weekends so they can have Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween off. Okay fine. I came to terms with it. I was last on the list so I am working weekdays (which I hate). I don't care about working the holidays, that comes with the job. We signed up months ago, but some guy quit. So they should switch someone to fill his spot. Basically they STILL haven't moved someone, and this starts in October. Frustrating. Frustrating because you can't put in time off when you don't know what days you are working, I have 3 weeks of vacation that I can't fully plan because I "might" get switched... and I can't do trades with people because I don't know the days. Everyone at my work has their lives planned out til the end of the year and I am stuck.

Then on top of it, this chick at work emoticon, who I already don't like... is ahead of me. So she says to me a month ago, "If they move someone, I will pass it up and LET YOU HAVE THEM, as long as you work the holidays for me." I couldn't do Thanksgiving because that is during my 3 week vacation, but agreed and would work Christmas and Halloween for her. I was going to have to work them anyways and it's not a big deal to me. Well now that over a month has past and they still don't know if they are going to move someone, I tell the girl you know what, scheduling sucks, I'm over it. I don't want to work the weekends anymore, I'm done, so if it comes up you make sure you take it so you can have the holidays off. To which she looks at my slightly annoyed "I don't want to work weekends!" I said well I'm over it so you pick whatever you want. Then she says "I guess I'll have to put in a time off request for Halloween", I said "yeah you should." She has barely been here not even 2 years, she won't get the holiday off it's based on seniority, and she wouldn't have gotten it off if she put it in a month earlier, so I didn't mess her up on that. But seriously, she was NEVER going to work weekends, she was tricking me into working the holidays for her so she could have everything she wanted. Getting weekends off and having the holidays off. I hate liars... there are some really nasty people at my work who are jerks in general but they know they are jerks and I can respect that LOL! It's the ones that act nice to your face and do shady crap behind your back that really bothers me. There is obviously more history with this girl that I won't go into, but I'm so annoyed and bothered by it. The funny part will be that they might "force" me to move because I'm at the bottom of the list, which will then mean I will "have" to work weekends, and I'll end up with the schedule I originally wanted (but no longer really care about) and will get Halloween and Christmas off, which isn't a big deal but at least a slap in the face to the other girl. If not neither of us move and both of us work weekdays and I will make sure not to sit anywhere near her.

So that is my day... Oh and my arthritis in my knee is starting to flare up,it's not awful yet and I'm hoping it stays that way. That has really messed with my fitness and fitness minute goals for this month and I am really down about that. I really wanted the 2,000 and while it is still possible I doubt I will be able to reach it if my knee keeps this up. I hate getting worked up over things that I can't control... and am working on letting it all go without eating everything. The emotional eater in me always wants to soothe myself with food (and a lot of it), but I do my best to fight it. I can eat a ton of food or chose not to, but I will have the same "problems" regardless, and I need to remember that.

Hopefully tomorrow is a better day. *SIGHS*

  
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HEATHERFREE 9/20/2013 10:19PM

    ugh work drama.....I totally get it!!!

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RAINA413 9/20/2013 9:18AM

    So sorry about all the stress and icky stuff going on in your life. We all have our crummy days. I sincerely hope you have a better rest of your week!

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MOVEITMARY 9/18/2013 1:10AM

    Strange scheduling system they have there. Sorry that it is causing you so much strees!

Re food and large companies, it's worth it to get a personalized special lunch bag/box, people are less likely to raid it or toss it than a shopping bag.

I hope tomorrow goes better for you!
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DALMOM2007 9/17/2013 10:13PM

    Hopefully after venting, you felt better and your stress decreased with each key stroke.

Wishing you a much better day tomorrow. emoticon

PS: I just love Eeyore. Him and piglet were my two favorite characters from Winnie the Pooh stories.

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DONNELDA22 9/17/2013 9:43PM

   
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SUNNYWBL 9/17/2013 6:04PM

    Keep your emoticon side up, up!

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TEREMC 9/17/2013 4:39PM

  Nice to know other people have the same Kinds of 'non-problem" problems as me! Thanks for sharing and Keep up the good work. Love your blogs~! emoticon emoticon

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TOKIEMOON 9/17/2013 4:12PM

    Venting is the healthier alternative to bottling up feelings. Hopefully putting your bad day down in print helped to let it go. Now I just need to practice doing the same type of venting (non-violent emoticon ) myself!

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FLMOMX2 9/17/2013 3:53PM

    Sounds like a tough day

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ROZZIEOZZIE 9/17/2013 2:38PM

    Please, vent away! I love your blogs, and this one reminds me why I am so glad I am retired and don't have to deal with the office crap anymore! Things will get better, so don't let one day ruin everything. And I have arthritis in my hip, which can also be very painful, so I know how your poor knee feels! Don't give up - venting can help immensely!
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LOVINSHERRY78 9/17/2013 1:53PM

    boooo to bad days :( but we both know it can't last!

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FELINEBETTER 9/17/2013 1:50PM

    Every once in awhile, you get a day like that when you question why you ever got of of bed that morning! I think you should vent about it. We've all had similar experience and beats the heck out of stuffing it down with food! I used to work in an office with this one person who used to steal everyone else's food. She got caught a few times and would give you some stunned answer like, "oh I thought this was for everybody!" 'yeah - that's why my name is on the bag you stupid &*$#^^%^#$^%!' lol lol I used to get infuriated over this and finally just quit leaving anything around in her reach. I would see & hear others freaking out, and would just roll my eyes, as she would never change. I finally left that office because there were many things that went on there (all very, very unnecessary stress!) that were already playing on my health!

The good news is -- today is bound to be a better day for you! Good for you for finding a non-destructive way of dealing with these feelings! emoticon

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MKATE99 9/17/2013 1:48PM

    I hope your day gets better. I found your venting entertaining though, you have a great writing style. We all have days like that (and coworkers - ugh).

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I also love seeing the outpouring of support. This is an awesome community.

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BARBARAROSE54 9/17/2013 1:39PM

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SIMONEKP 9/17/2013 12:48PM

    sounds like a rough day. hope it improves

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TRIXIETEXAS 9/17/2013 12:05PM

    I am so sorry you had a crappy day. It is OK to vent! It's better to release your stress that way than by stuffing it down with food, you know?

Do you take Glucosamine and Condroitin? I don't have arthritis, but my knees were getting a little achy after I began my running regimen. I started taking them and voila, no more knee pain!

Hope you feel better and have an awesome day!!!

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JESSYJAINES 9/17/2013 11:45AM

    It's good to vent and get it off your chest. I had a similar problem when I worked at a back office bank. Some people just love being mean, while smiling to your face. It got so bad I decided my health was more important (after going to the hospital with chest pains, and finding out it was anxiety) and found a new job. I know that's not really a good idea. But I took the chance.

Anyway hope you have a stress free Tuesday and your knee starts to feel better. Maybe you can do certain yoga moves to help it. emoticon

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 9/17/2013 8:49AM

    danger danger will robinson (are you too young to remember that show?).. anyhoo.. I recognize the .. uhmmmm..*itchy mood... cuz when one thing gets under my skin it just paves the path for everything else.. and before you know it I'm in full on pity party mode.. good for you for acknowledging this is no reason to eat cuz it will only make things worse not better.. hang in there.. try to read or watch some positive, funny stuff.. force yourself to smile.. and fake it until you make it...

Annie

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LOTUSBURGER 9/17/2013 8:14AM

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COCK-ROBIN 9/17/2013 8:03AM

    I hope it gets better. I thought you were talking about me. That's a typical day for me.

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 9/17/2013 7:04AM

    I am with you. My work environment is stressful too. So much drama and gossiping and criticizing people. Ugh. I stay to myself and am pretty sure they think I'm anti-social. Most of the time I'm ok with this.

Vent all you want. We all have those days. emoticon

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LYNNWANNABE 9/17/2013 6:18AM

    I love seeing past peoples mask and getting to the heart of the issue, what makes them tick. I build myself up by building them up and watching their faces when they can't break me [make me hate them] it's pretty funny to make them like you .. I especially loved the challenge of making hateful people like me in school [boy, did I have a bad roommate in College that took a while] ..tee-hee-hee! Sometimes you find out the meaner they are the more they've been hurt and it takes longer to win them over, but once you do.. you can find a life long friend .. at least, so far I've not had any life long HATE relationships. emoticon

I admit with the roommate one, I'm not sure the cost was worth it.. she almost won when she kicked me out of OUR room in the middle of dying my hair and two hours later she finally let me back in!!! (THE R.A. was her best friend, so no help there! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEANIES_MOM 9/17/2013 4:32AM

    I am so with you on not being a people person lol. I had a co-worker steal my lunch bag one time... They left the apple in the fridge and stole the bag how lame. I hope tomorrow is a better day for you. emoticon

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POUTINGPEGGY 9/17/2013 3:45AM

    I feel for you. I retired a year ago and only now have I come to realise how awful were the majority of people I worked with. Hope the week gets better and that you got through the day without a binge. emoticon

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MARVICBORG 9/17/2013 2:26AM

    You and me are so alike! Me too hate being around people! From my expierience very few people are ready to help you and very few people are sincere these days so I prefer to stay alone sometimes! Yesterday was one of those days for me I ate and ate till I felt I would throw up! I feel so bad and guilty today!
Well done for being so strong! Keep it up! emoticon

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WEBEZE 9/17/2013 2:00AM

    I am not a people person either. Most of them can get off of the planet and I wouldn't miss them. Sometimes it's nice just to vent. I find if I can vent I have less of a tendency to smother my problems with food. Here's to having a better day tomorrow. emoticon

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JACOBSBELOVED 9/17/2013 1:37AM

    Haha I too am not really a people person. I can get along with just about anybody but I really don't enjoy my time out at the store, movies, etc. where there are a lot of people. The general public in my opinion is so rude and inconsiderate. It's everyone for themselves and they don't mind inconveniencing others to get what they want.

I really don't like people like your coworker that act like they're doing you a favor but are really just trying to get what they want. Good for you for telling her no and that you're over it.

You seem like you have just had an overall bad day and are just really disenchanted with the people around you. Thankfully you have a nice, quiet home with a loving dog to go back to at the end of the day. :)

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MRSP90X 9/17/2013 12:56AM

    That is one of the reasons that I like spark! I think we are a different breed here. Who else would cheer, encourage, and support people that we really do not know very well and take our own precious time doing it when we could be working out or preparing our food or something else?! There are people here only for themselves, but they are in the minority. emoticon

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WEEPINGANGEL74 9/17/2013 12:32AM

    I feel your pain! People outside of Spark can really suck especially the manipulative, bratty ones!! Fridges.... something about work fridges that says throw out the good and keep the science experiments! I refuse to use them at work lol..

Hope the rest of your week is better!!



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MAUIUENO 9/17/2013 12:22AM

    Love your recitation of your very bad, horrible day and also love your attitude and priorities! Thank goodness that tomorrow is a new day.

That being said, I just want to offer that you could still build up your exercise time by doing more sedentary exercises - arm curls anyone?

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ZRIE014 9/17/2013 12:16AM

  have a great day

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This Attempt Could FINALLY Be Your LAST!

Friday, September 13, 2013



So a recurring theme I seem to hear on Spark that I was guilty of as well is thinking to yourself: "Every time I have lost weight in the past, I have gained it all back! What makes me think this time could be any different? Maybe I'll lose 10, 20 even 30 pounds, but I'm going to gain it back because I've always gained it back in the past, so what is the point?" Most of the time that isn't our first thought when we start a new weight loss program or journey. We all start off with that sparkle, that I can do this attitude. The first week is great, new changes, drinking your water, moving a little, losing 3-5 pounds the first week with just the simplest of changes. But as the days and weeks roll on, that awful voice starts sneaking up on you. Mine was a real stinker, she was famous for reminding me "You will ALWAYS be fat!" She would list all the times I had lost weight only to gain it back. I had lost 40 pounds 2 or 3 times in my life only to gain them back (plus more). That wasn't even including all the times I lost 10-30 pounds just to throw in the towel and go back to my old ways.

When I started March of 2012, there was a huge part of me that didn't truly believe I could do it. But then I would see these amazing people on Spark that had lost 100+ pounds and were keeping it off. In fact pretty much all of them had lost weight in the past only to gain it back... but this time was different for them. It didn't matter how many times they had "failed" at weight loss... they were succeeding now. That is when I realized you never know when this weight loss attempt could be your last one!

So when that voice starts creeping in, reminding you that you've ALWAYS gained it back, you need to shut that voice down and tell it that this time is different. You are stronger, wiser, and more prepared this time than you were in the past. You know this is a lifestyle, not a fad diet. You know that you need to watch your calories or food in take, that you need to do physical activity that is appropriate for you, and that this takes work. You now know the sneaky things that voice can say to you and you are ready to fight it tooth and nail to prove it wrong! So if you find yourself thinking this time won't be any different and that you will only gain it back, you be sure to shut that voice down!

I will tell you 18 months later and 80 pounds down that voice is still around, but it is so much quieter, I almost have to struggle to hear it. Because with each passing month that I don't give up, and each pound lost, that voice is starting to realize I am stronger than it thought I was! emoticon emoticon

This attempt could be your last, just don't give up and keep Sparking! emoticon emoticon

  
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TERRIJ7 2/17/2014 12:24PM

    This is EXACTLY what I needed to hear today! Right ON!


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GRAMPIAN 11/5/2013 11:09AM

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UWPALUM 10/8/2013 12:26PM

    I definitely have that voice, but it has gotten much quieter over the months!

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WHITEANGEL4 9/25/2013 7:07PM

    Great blog....a positive outlook for all us fellow Sparkers

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LEANMEAN2 9/21/2013 7:43AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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LEANMEAN2 9/21/2013 7:42AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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ANNIE4108 9/18/2013 1:45PM

  Wow I felt like I was writing your blog! I have gained and lost the same 50lbs too many times to count. I too heard that little voice "not again" that tried to defeat my new journey and chance to be healthy and "Me" again. Thanks for the inspiration.

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LEEW0LF 9/17/2013 10:46AM

  that thought has been my downfall and my excuse and lack of commitment. thanks I needed to hear that my roller coaster could actually in fact end.

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SPARKBJOK 9/17/2013 9:26AM

    Great inspiration!

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WIZCAB 9/16/2013 9:17PM

    Thank you for the post--wise words--inspirational! I have that voice as well--this is a lifestyle change--it's a process not an event!

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BLINGQUEEN:O) 9/16/2013 8:33PM

    GREAT WORDS OF WISDOM! I too have had a long, yo-yo journey. I always have said, "I will never give up cuz you never know when forever starts! This can be my forever!" I restarted July 5th and so far so good! YOU are my inspiration today! emoticon

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JUNIORSSISTER 9/16/2013 7:53PM

    emoticon Wow and I thought that voice was only in 'MY HEAD", seems like that conversation was on speaker phone. Congratulations on your accomplishments. I am just getting back on spark train. Trying very hard to look ahead and not back. This was the perfect post for me to read today. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

Patty
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CANES173 9/16/2013 7:31PM

    Loved reading your blog!

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CAROL_31649731 9/16/2013 4:30PM

    Thank you for sharing today . . . I continue to try and shut down that voice, too. I love sparking & I won't give up either!!! You story is inspiring; congrats & continue on, my friend! emoticon

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MRSRIGS1 9/16/2013 4:20PM

    You go girl! Squash that inner voice and put her in her place!! You keep up the good work.

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SVJACKS23 9/16/2013 3:30PM

  I loved reading your blog today! It's inspiring and very relatable to me personally! Thank you for being open and honest. Congratulations on your success emoticon

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IMAGINE46 9/16/2013 3:22PM

  So true. Great post. Thanks! emoticon

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FARIS71 9/16/2013 2:37PM

    Oh that is so true. Everytime we don't get up, that pesky voice gets quieter. Thanks for the boost!

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KELLYD2112 9/16/2013 1:43PM

    Yep - I've been listening to that voice for a while now and gaining steadily. Time to shut'r up emoticon

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BUBBATYLER 9/16/2013 1:17PM

    Thanks for the post, I really needed to hear that today! I only lost one pound this week and my inner voice was being REALLY mean to me emoticon !

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SUZIPAM1 9/16/2013 12:30PM

    you doing so well

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BELLA2244 9/16/2013 11:38AM

  Thanks for the push! You are awesome. emoticon

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BLONDIE218145 9/16/2013 11:35AM

    Ty for your thoughts...

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CICELY360 9/16/2013 10:00AM

  Good blog

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HLOCHRIDGE 9/16/2013 9:44AM

    Congratulations!!! Thanks for the post!

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WHOOLA 9/16/2013 8:25AM

  Well done you!

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QUAIL75 9/16/2013 8:14AM

    Great blog! Thanks for the motivation!

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KIRSTENCO 9/16/2013 6:05AM

    I really like the eone about the future being more important than the past :-)

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AUTUMNAGATE 9/16/2013 3:03AM

    Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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CATGETTINGFIT 9/15/2013 11:51PM

    This is just what I needed to hear today. Thank you! emoticon

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PDAN04 9/15/2013 9:18PM

    I see a career as a motivational speaker in your future! :)

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LULUBELLE65 9/15/2013 6:47PM

    Great post!

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SKABELS2 9/15/2013 6:18PM

  Oh that voice . . . it won for a week, but now she's gonna hush up cuz I'm ready to be back on track. Love the post - thank you!!!

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MOMMY445 9/15/2013 6:00PM

    i needed to hear this,too! have a wonderful day!

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BOPPY_ 9/15/2013 5:32PM

    What wins THIS race is consistency. To achieve consistency, several things are required. Most important among them are:

* Tracking: what you eat and how much, how much you weigh; how you exercise , and at what level, and for how long.
* Record all that you track.
* Plan what you eat and how much before you shop, cook and eat. Plan your goals. Make them small and achievable; achieve then; then, upgrade them.
* Have a model that allows you to achieve your goals. Visualize that model of you! The above is a good part of the model.
* Spend your time on the above with less time spent looking for inspiration.
* Share the success and shortcomings in your blog.

It always works. Always!

Lee

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You can just call me "OVERWEIGHT"! WOOHOO!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Okay, so my philosophy recently has been...


emoticon This journey is a long and hard one, especially when you want to lose 100+ pounds... so each victory no matter how small is a great way to get excited about this journey and keep us focused!

Today I am celebrating a big triumph on the BMI scale! With that said, I am not a big fan of the BMI scale. If you go by that chart, I mean no disrespect at all... but it definitely doesn't take into account muscles and the way our bodies are built and so it is not the end all be all for me. But on the flip side of that, when it says something in my favor, I think it's pretty darn awesome!! emoticon As of this morning I weighed 191 even, which means I am in the OVERWEIGHT category! emoticonAt my highest weight I believe it was Class 3/Morbid Obesity, so to get down into the overweight category is a dream! I am super excited for my physical on the 19th, because it'll be the first time my doctor can't say "You are still in the obese category but I'm glad you are working on it!" emoticon

My goal weight of 170 will be 102 pounds lost and that is where I'm headed and then I am going to reevaluate things. I am thinking something more like 160, all I know is that even when I am at my goal and maintaining, if the BMI wants to call me overweight even then, it won't bother me. emoticon So call me fat, call me chunky, call me chubby, call me overweight, just don't call me obese. emoticon



One more NSV for the day, I wore my size 16 (down from 24) shorts today... the FIRST time wearing shorts public in over 10 years. emoticon You know what was amazing? Nobody gave a tiny rats butt if I was wearing shorts! No one laughed or snickered, no one even really looked my way. It is sad to think I waited 10 years to wear shorts because I was afraid of what others might say or do. It is often 100+ degrees here and I would just sweat it out in my jeans... so if you can relate to this, and you aren't wearing or doing something because of what others might think, JUST DO IT! If you are comfortable wearing something that is all that matters, and everyone else doesn't care about what we do nearly as much as we think they do! I can't believe I wasted 10 years melting in the sun, but those days are over!

  
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INCH_BY_INCH 4/13/2014 1:17PM

  emoticon I enjoyed how you describe it. It has helped me in doing attitude change for my own journey. Thank you.

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    Thank you for sharing!
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    Congratulations!

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GRAMPIAN 11/3/2013 6:48AM

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CATNCAG 11/1/2013 12:00PM

    That's great Stephanie! U look awesome! I am so impressed - u r my hero!
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    You are emoticon ! Thanks for sharing your story and I wish you continued success in your journey. I know you will reach your goal! Blessings.... emoticon

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    Wonderful! You have obviously worked very hard and you should be very proud!!! Enjoy those shorts! Thank you for the inspiration today!
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    Here's to wearing shorts. You don't know what you have been missing for 10 years.

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    Congratulations!

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    Congratulations on this momentus milestone!!! You should be very proud of your progress!!!! Wahoo!!

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    emoticon on your achievements. Way to go!!

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    Well done and a grat attitude :-) And Garfield - he rocks!

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    Good for you!!! If I could just say one thing......ONLY care about what YOU think about YOU! Don't waste your time thinking about what others are thinking about you. The people who LOVE you will ALWAYS love you for you!!! The others, can go jump in the lake! emoticon

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    You go, Girl!!! Congrats!!! I remember how elated I was when I went from obese to overweight!! I feel your JOY!! emoticon emoticon

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    That's wonderful! I am still squarely (well, ...umm.. roundly?) in the morbid obesity category and was just looking at how much I need to lose to get to the "overweight" category. It seemed pretty far away! Reading your blog gave me some hope! Congrats! and Thanks!

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    Congratulations on being OVERWEIGHT! emoticon I can't wait to get there emoticon

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    I knew you could do it. Way to go. I am so happy for you.

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    Awesome! Congrats to you!!

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    emoticon I am so happy for you!! I remember the first time I saw morbidly obese! That was such a downer. It is always inspiring to read blogs like yours, We all need to see that we too can reach that point if we keep on track.
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    You're almost there!

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    SO happy and proud of you! What an accomplishment..keep up the amazing work and attitude and you will be there soon!

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Stop Playing The Numbers Game...

Monday, September 09, 2013

This blog is for everyone, but it's especially for those on this journey with me that have a LOT of weight to lose. emoticon worrying about how long it might take to get this weight off, stop stressing over the numbers and how many pounds you have to lose each month to get there in a certain amount of time. When we have a loooooong way to go on this journey, it can get so overwhelming to know that it could take months or even years to get all of this weight off... but it'll be worth it in the end!



Every time I started a weight loss journey (and that is TONS of times over my 27 years), the first thing I'd do is crunch the numbers. Well I want to lose XXX amount of weight... so if I lose 2 pounds a week for XX amount of time, I will be to my goal by XX/XX/XX. But wait, what if I lose 3 pounds a week, and oh add in the fact I'll probably lose 5 the first week, so when can I get to my goal? emoticon How long it took was already overwhelming, but what was even worse is doing the math to figure out how to get a calorie deficit for 3 pounds a week. It usually resulted in "OMG, I'd have to eat 1200 calories AND burn over 1000 calories a day to get that deficit, I can't do that so I might as well give up!" emoticon *Cut to me, in the Jack In The Box Drive Thru, ordering enough food for 2-3 people.* emoticon

Now don't get me wrong, a huge part of goal setting is to put a time frame on it... and I understand why. Saying you will do it "someday" isn't good enough... but for me time specific goals didn't work. I wanted to be 199 by the end of 2012 and I didn't hit that milestone until July of this year. When I didn't get it by 12/31/12 I was devastated. I had to really rethink my journey and realize that weight loss isn't a simple lose 2 pounds every week kind of thing... we have to learn to adapt and change... and roll with the punches.



So be honest, when I tell you I've lost 80 pounds so far, what is your first thought? If it's not your first, it's at least your second, and that's "I wonder how long it took her!" Well I am here to tell you that it was not any steady consistent weight loss. There were plateaus and gains and all sorts of twists and turns along the way. I'm going to show you what my journey has looked like.

My highest weight was 272, I lost 10 pounds before starting my (3rd) journey on Spark People in March of 2012. I weighed weekly (more or less), but I will spare you and show it more as a monthly recap.

March 20, 2012: 262 (-10 from highest)
April 11, 2012: 256 (-6)
May 2, 2012: 252 (-4)
June 8, 2012: 246.8 (-5.2)
July 6, 2012: 239.4 (-7.4)
August 17, 2012: 230 (-9.4)
September 10, 2012: 227 (-3)
October 10, 2012: 218.8 (-8.2)
November 29, 2012: 214 (-4.8)
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December 6, 2012: 212 (-2)
December 26, 2012: 212.4(+.4)
January 8, 213: 216.8 (+4.4)
February 13, 2013: 211.4 (-5.4)
March 6, 2013: 210 (-1.4)
April 8, 2013: 215 (+5)
May 8, 2013: 215.4 (+.4)
June 15, 2013: 211.6 (-3.8)
July 8, 2013: 204.4 (-7.2)
August 8, 2013: 195.2 (-9.2)
September 4, 2013: 191.8 (-3.4)
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So if you haven't learned anything from this blog emoticon, and you are still doing the math, that is 70 pounds lost in 18 months, which is just under 4 pounds a month on average. That is not outstanding by any means, but it's proof that if you are consistent it will all add up in the end! There are two ways to look at my journey... One way is to look at all the time I wasted! If I had done a better job I would have already been to my goal by now. But the new me looks at it like this: I have been on this journey for 18 months, have a total weight loss of 80 pounds, I have never given up. There are many times where I gained weight back, lost the same weight over again, or been super stuck for weeks at a time. There were weeks I didn't exercise, weeks I ate everything in sight... but I never once threw in the towel. In all my previous attempts I never lasted more than 6 months or 40 pounds lost, so I have definitely changed in so many ways! I learned so much from plateaus and regaining some of the weight back, and I am stronger because of it! emoticon So the next time you want to be upset you only lost 1 pound, or you think this is just taking too long, remember to keep your eye on the emoticon, stay consistent, pick yourself back up when you fall down, and remember it will all add up in the end! We will get there when we get there! emoticon Just stay focused and put in the work and you can get to wherever you want to go! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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    THANK YOU for the picture of how people think you lost weight and how you REALLY did it (the one that looks like spaghetti--mmmm, spaghetti!--whoops!) ;-) emoticon

Tonight is the first time I've overeaten in about 40 days. And reading this tells me to just get right up tomorrow a.m. and start again like nothing ever happened. And I WILL!!!



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ISAYWHIPIT 9/15/2013 7:13AM

    You got it down, girl! Thanks for the pep talk. My goal is to exercise today. I have stopped weighing because it is to much of an emotional rollercoaster. Doesn't matter how long it takes to get there but if I stay the course it will take less time than if I hadn't started to change. emoticon

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BIGFAMILY9 9/15/2013 2:54AM

    Some times I feel like I've failed when I haven't lost my weight like all the success stories seem to. Nice to know that neither did they! emoticon

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TRANSFORMWE 9/13/2013 1:58PM

    Very motivating. It really does help to hear from another who has been there. I lost 37 pounds on Sparkpeople 2+ years ago. Then I had multiple setbacks and gained it all back. I had a wakeup call a few weeks ago and I am back on track, following my plan and getting my fiteness minutes in most days. The scale is slowly starting to yield to my efforts. It will if I am consistent.
What I need to remember and re-learn every so often is that consistency does not require perfection. The more tolerant I can be of my human tendency to mess it up from time to time, the quicker I can get back on track when I do, and the less impact each slip up will have.
Great work! Thank you for sharing.

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KIN59VARA 9/13/2013 5:36AM

    Thanks so much I am having such a hard time lately and I have regained what I lost. YUCK

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HOPE-IN-MOTION 9/12/2013 4:13PM

    I am very grateful to read this today. Just starting to get going. Thank you for the reality check.
I have been as high as 234, made it to 171, and am now 213ish. It works if we work it, huh!



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MKATE99 9/12/2013 1:43PM

    This is SO helpful to me. I too play the numbers game and it doesn't help me one bit. Your message is a good reminder to just take it one day at a time, one step at a time and not focus on trying to lose 100 lbs. It'll only happen a pound at a time. Thanks!

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BETHIEBOOPS 9/12/2013 1:04PM

    You inspire me so much! We started at the same time- with just a few pounds between us! I get sad thinking that I sacrificed one goal for another (not that I'd trade the babe for a skinnier tushie) but you are right! It's a journey and I'll get there eventually!

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    emoticon Such an encouragement since I was a bit depressed that I was at only about .5 lbs per week

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NEWTINK 9/11/2013 4:19PM

    Very good progress. I never shoot more than a pound a week and it has brought me to 110 pounds gone. when you just remember to do what you can when you can then you get there maybe not fast but eventually you get there. emoticon

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OAKASHANDTHORN 9/11/2013 1:56PM

    Your advice is so timely!

I NEEDED to hear your message TODAY!

You inspire me.

Many thanks!

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LOPEYP 9/11/2013 8:57AM

    When I read your blog what came to mind first was - this girl must really want it because she hasn't given up. I think that sometimes we look so far into the future that we forget to look back to see how far we have come. You are doing awesome!!

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JOANNHUNT 9/10/2013 6:02PM

    I HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR. I HAVE BEEN ON THIS YO-YO RIDE FOR OVER 591 DAYS. I STARTED OUT AT 256 LBS. AND WENT DOWN TO 227 LBS. AND BACK UP TO 240+ LBS AND AM NOW 234.6 LBS. I AM LOOSING FOR ME TO BE HEALTHIER AND TO FIT INTO MY WEDDING DRESS TO GET MARRIED TO A MAN I WAITED 45 YEARS FOR TO BE IN MY LIFE. HE TOLD ME HE WOULD MARRY ME IN A POTATO SACK. I HAVE MY DRESS BUT PUT ON TOO MUCH FOR IT TO FIT BECAUSE I LET THE STRESS OF A CUSTODY BATTLE BETWEEN MY DAUGHTERS AND 2 OF MY GRANDCHILDREN GET TO ME. IT IS STILL HERE BUT I NEED TO STOP LETTING IT OVERPOWER ME. I NEED TO BE STRONGER THAN I AM RIGHT NOW. I AM GOING TO GET THERE AS I WILL NOT GIVE UP. I NEED TO LOVE ME MORE. OH YA!

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SUSIEMT 9/10/2013 5:31PM

    Steph this is one of the better blogs I have seen in a long time! I so believe in consistency and when you can't be consistent pick yourself up as soon as you can! Stick with it. We all stumble from time to time! If I was consistent I would have been at my goal weight and below it by now! That OKAY! I am on PLAN more than not and it will one day happen that I am below my goal! I know It! I weigh everyday and am never discouraged because of the fluxuation! Because it is only TEMPORARY! Unless you can handle the truth don't weigh! Once you get it that that weight is just a temporary thing and subject to fluctuation I think you (everyone) will become more comfortable with weighing once a day so they can learn to make adjustments as needed.
Steph keep up the great job you are doing and again a wonderful blog!

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  You're so right! I've been guilty of exactly that; your ideas are timely and valuable for me; it seems like I've plateaued and can't seem to get going. emoticon

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DIANNEMT 9/10/2013 4:57PM

    It is a lifestyle change--not a diet. And you know that!! So it does take time!!

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  I believe in slow weight loss, it works for me.

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    GREAT blog and very inspirational - THANK YOU!

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  You understand what happens on a journey, our roads always seem to have ups and downs on our way to the end! Loved your blog! :-)

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HEATHERFREE 9/10/2013 12:43PM

    love this blog! IT is so inspirational, I def do my best when I hide the scale, concentrate on WHAT I'm doing rather than how much I'm losing and how fast I'm losing it......

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JAIMESIZED 9/10/2013 11:51AM

    Thank you for your blog. It was nice to know that I'm not the ONLY one that goes through plateau's and gains (even though I know that everyone goes through it). It's always a nice reminder to know that it all adds up. Congratulations on your weight loss, the patience you have developed, and for keeping your eyes on the prize!

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    Thanks for this! I really needed to see this right now.
I've had a similar journey and am right now in the process of coming back strong!

Let's do this! TOGETHER!

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    Great Blog !!!

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CERTHIA 9/10/2013 8:09AM

    Very motivating! I am so glad I read this today as I just found out I have gained, well, or rather that I am heavier than I realized.. Or, oh well, I might write a blog about it tomorrow. Right now I am still digesting the news and figuring things out. I will not give up, but consider this a detour! :)
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    Thanks for sharing your downs and ups...so many don't realize there will be ups. I am having one of these times right now. It is good to see how well you have overcome yours.

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    Good advice!! Thanks for sharing.

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PENOWOK 9/10/2013 6:38AM

    You are so right. Those bumps in the road mean little if you are getting back on track, as you have done!! We are all so proud of you!

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Someday I'll be able to explain to you just how much this blog means to me, but in the meantime...thank you.

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Getting Sparked By My Sparky!

Saturday, September 07, 2013



I adopted Sparky at the end of January of this year... and he has become like my child lol. I wish I could take credit for his awesome name, but it was already his name from his previous owners who could no longer keep him. If that wasn't a sign that he was meant to be my fur baby, I don't know what is. emoticon

Since then he has kept me accountable with our daily walks. On the days I work my brother or mom come over and make sure he gets his walk. So he knows, come 9-11 pm, someone will be there to take him for his walk. He also can sense when I might be getting lazy, because he will make sure to whimper if it's approaching 11pm and we haven't left yet. He gently reminds me that it's time to get off my tush! emoticon

Sparky eats in the afternoon when I wake up (since I work nights), and if I sleep in a little late he is patient to a point, and then if I push it too far, he let's me know that he's hungry. He gets excited to eat, he loves his food, he wags his tail and he gets to his bowl and he chows down. But his daily walk is the world to him. If he even begins to think I might be flaking, he will let me know, and get all crazy. One day he walked right over to his leash, sniffs it, as if he was saying "It's still here, so what's the problem?!"

So I am trying to take a page out of Sparky's book. I can like to eat, I can thoroughly enjoy it, I can eat yummy things and then move on with my day. But the real adventure is the ACTIVITY. It's more fun, it gets us moving, our hearts pumping, and we have a great sense of pride and accomplishment after we complete it!

For someone who was/is an emotional eater (and still battle it today), it was a huge thing to me to take a step back and realize that food doesn't need to be the highlight to my day. There is so much more to life than just the food, and the feeling I get after I take him for a walk or do my exercise can not compete with the momentary happiness from eating any food. Don't get me wrong, I still love food and I always will, but I've been embracing that and cooking some healthier options and really experimenting with what I want to eat. Yesterday I made a steak sandwich that was to die for. emoticon

So let's all take a lead from Sparky emoticon and get out there and be active today, and let's enjoy it while we're at it! emoticon


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    Good for you---and good for Sparky!

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    Loved the story of Sparky. Sparky helps keep you accountable and that makes him a special spark friend

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    Loved this story! Good for you for realizing that food doesn't have to be the highlight of your day! So happy you and Sparky found each other! I really was meant to be!
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ILIKETOZUMBA 9/11/2013 10:22AM

    LOL how cute!! He seems like a sweet boy, and what a little motivator he is! :) I'm so glad you guys found each other.

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BEEANDHAM 9/9/2013 12:58PM

    Fur babies are the best! Wish I could take my cat out for a jog. :)

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SIMONEKP 9/9/2013 7:27AM

    Nice dog, I use to have a ton of pets but my allergies were out of control so they had to go.

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DALMOM2007 9/9/2013 6:02AM

    Your dog is adorable!

Yesterday, my dog was persistanct and got me out there to meet my dialy and weekly walking goals. What would we do without our lil' furry personal trainers? emoticon

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SALLYLEE84 9/8/2013 10:21PM

    Man have your dog and my dog been talking? Because he will totally cut me if he doesn't get his walk. emoticon But yes we can definitely learn a lot from our fur-babies! emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEMT 9/8/2013 9:48PM

    Good blog Steph!

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ROCKYCPA 9/8/2013 9:36PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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  thanks for sharing your pet with us!

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  Love your Sparky!!

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CHARTHESTAR 9/8/2013 8:57PM

    Dogs are wonderful!

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/8/2013 8:05PM

  Don't anyone hit me, but dogs can take walks better than cats.I think they are more enthusiastic for this purpose, and it's great to have a buddy that helps you want to exercise. emoticon

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NJPRINCESS9091 9/8/2013 7:48PM

    Great post! I have two furry babies and they keep me from being lazy too. They add so much joy to my life, as Sparky does to yours.

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    AWESOME. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

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    aww sparky is precious ... good attitude on the eating and activity emoticon

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LCRUMLEY81 9/8/2013 4:39PM

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DIANNEMT 9/8/2013 4:25PM

    Great message!! Wish I could get hubby excited about "activity" instead of food.

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MARYJEANSL 9/8/2013 4:14PM

  There's nothing like having a dog to love! And mine always gets her walk too - if it weren't for her, I would get no exercise at all.

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PATRICIAANN46 9/8/2013 4:12PM

  There is nothing like a wonderful dog companion to keep you moving. I had two of them up to a week ago. Not only do they keep you moving, but they make the moving enjoyable for both of you. emoticon

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SERASARA 9/8/2013 3:14PM

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MRSRIGS1 9/8/2013 2:59PM

    Sounds like Sparky will be your biggest cheerleader! emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 9/8/2013 2:08PM

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NASFKAB 9/8/2013 11:37AM

  beautifully put

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IDICEM 9/8/2013 11:19AM

  So wonderful that you found Sparky!
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NEPTUNE1939 9/8/2013 11:07AM

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GARDENCHRIS 9/8/2013 11:05AM

    cute blog!

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CICELY360 9/8/2013 10:23AM

  Good blog

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MONTREAL12 9/8/2013 10:08AM

  Great realization in terms of "food, not being the high-light of our day" sometimes it just seems that way; because we make it so! emoticon

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GOOSIEMOON 9/8/2013 9:54AM

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HALO1015 9/8/2013 8:55AM

  My Halo the Wonder Dog is the same way. We have a walking schedule and we stick to it EVERY day!! emoticon

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SHOAPIE 9/8/2013 8:49AM

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WORKNPROGRESS49 9/8/2013 8:48AM

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DJSHIP46 9/8/2013 8:48AM

    I have three little dogs and one of them really doesn't need to or like to take a walk... but I need to take a page out of Sparky's book to and start making sure the other two get to walk each day... Thanks for the gentle nudge!!!

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SHERYLP461 9/8/2013 8:09AM

    Sounds like Sparky needs a big reward for all he has done to help!

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GLORYB2014 9/8/2013 7:51AM

    Our pets are our children and can also be our exercise buddy. Sparky is a beautiful dog and it's great that he loves his walks with you!

"Spark On", both of you!
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PENOWOK 9/8/2013 7:36AM

    He sure looks like a sweetheart! I love your lesson from him-you can enjoy your food AND you love to move!!

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SANDYCRANE 9/8/2013 7:31AM

    Great dog. You two were meant for each other.


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TRYINGHARD54 9/8/2013 7:25AM

    good for sparky... :-)

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BESSHAILE 9/8/2013 7:02AM

    Nothin like a dog to get us up and at 'em. In fact - I wish I could be as wonderful as my dog thinks I am.

I love the picture of him sitting in your lap.

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WATERDIAMONDS 9/8/2013 6:54AM

    Now that's terrific. You're helping a dog by giving him a home and he's helping you be leading you toward better health. What perfect synergy!

Thank you for sharing this blog.

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MIMIDOT 9/8/2013 6:33AM

    Sparky seems to have lived up to his mane by sparking you. Great blog!


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ASCIESZKA 9/8/2013 4:01AM

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