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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


^Sparky if he doesn't get his walk. emoticon

  
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TERRIJ7 2/16/2014 12:03AM

    Good for you---and good for Sparky!

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WHITEANGEL4 9/19/2013 3:33PM

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

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BABIESTEPS 9/12/2013 9:47PM

    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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Good blog, Steph. Love your Sparky!!

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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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DRTOVAH 9/8/2013 9:17PM

  thanks for sharing your pet with us!

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JSEATTLE 9/8/2013 9:12PM

  Love your Sparky!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 9/8/2013 8:59PM

    Sparky is 1 emoticon pet

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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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NEWTINK 9/8/2013 6:03PM

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

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LCRUMLEY81 9/8/2013 4:39PM

  pets are the best.

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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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MRSRIGS1 9/8/2013 2:59PM

    Sounds like Sparky will be your biggest cheerleader! emoticon

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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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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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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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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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SUNSHINEGB 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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Celebrating 80lbs Down & Size 16 SHORTS!

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

First off, I apologize for being this highly obnoxious happy person that is celebrating everything! emoticon It is probably getting old, so I do apologize for that. I celebrated Onederland last month, this month I've been celebrating having one chin, you know, the finer things in life! But when you are on a journey to lose more than 100 pounds, it is a long hard road. If you don't take pride in all the little accomplishments, and continue to find new ways to motivate yourself, it is really hard to keep going.

I have never been big on the reward system, not because I don't think it's a great system (it's awesome), but it just was never a big deal to me. I bought myself some spiffy stuff for 50 pounds down, because in my entire life history of losing weight I never passed 40 lost. But after that, celebrating with my Spark Friends kind of became the reward. Instead of going out to buy something, I could post and celebrate with my closest Spark Friends and that would be enough!

This morning I weighed in at 191.8 which gave me my 80 pounds lost trophy. On a whim I decided to try out these size 16 shorts I bought that couldn't even zip up. On July 30th I posted the pic on the bottom, and the pic on top is today!



Sorry for the creepy pose, I was trying to show they were actually buttoned! Can I also say that I have not worn shorts in public in over 10 years, because I felt I was "too fat" to wear them. It took me a long time to realize I should never be ashamed of my body, no matter what it looks like, and I can wear whatever I feel comfortable with. I live in Los Angeles where it's often over 100 degrees, and would always wear jeans because I was simply too embarrassed. I have gone from a size 24 to a size 16 and I am going to wear these shorts, pasty legs and all, with PRIDE! emoticon

I just want to let anyone out there know, that there is nothing special about me. No matter how much weight you want to lose, you CAN lose it! You just have to be consistent, to dust yourself off when you fall down and get back to work. I've hit numerous plateaus and weeks of regaining 10 pounds, but you just have to keep pushing and keep turning it around. Turn to your Spark Friends for help and support when you are down, and turn to them to celebrate when you hit a milestone! Celebrate loud and celebrate often! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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DIANNEMT 11/4/2013 3:58PM

    Congrats to you!!

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NASFKAB 11/2/2013 8:11AM

  great news awesome

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GRAMPIAN 10/22/2013 6:25AM

  Well done! emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 9/17/2013 12:55AM

    Awesome,,,,great blog

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150ORLESS1 9/10/2013 6:12PM

  C emoticon Congratulation on your weight lost. I've only lost 15 pound this year and that feels major to me. I can't imagine the feeling I would have if I lost 80 pounds. I only have 44 pounds to go to reach goal. You are an inspiration to me.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 9/10/2013 3:05AM

    Way to go!

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RENATA144 9/9/2013 6:45PM

  Go Steph Knee Go !!! You earned it !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 9/9/2013 9:55AM

    Congratulations!!!!!! I was like you, I spent years never wearing shorts even through the most miserably hot and humid summers. It was so FREEING to feel comfortable wearing shorts again - and yours look great!! Also, I couldn't agree more about "celebrate loud and celebrate often" - we all deserve to! :) Fabulous blog, you keep celebrating!

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GEMINIGEM6 9/8/2013 7:52PM

    Congrats girl!

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LADYBIRD82 9/8/2013 11:24AM

    GREAT JOB, LOVE TO BE SURPRISED ABOUT HOW SMALLER CLOTHES FIT. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK emoticon emoticon

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 9/7/2013 7:01PM

    Congrats on the new size! I have been trying to talk myself into wearing shorts now too after 15 years of pants only.

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NANA-B-FITZ 9/7/2013 11:04AM

    Wtg
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MRSP90X 9/7/2013 2:24AM

    emoticon emoticon That's awesome!!

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EMTCHICK109 9/7/2013 12:09AM

    That is awesome! Congratulations on loosing 80 lbs. What an accomplishment!



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DREAMING_THIN 9/6/2013 11:15PM

    So inspiring! Especially someone who is starting out where you began. Congrats!

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PKCTTS 9/6/2013 10:32PM

    emoticon I love your creative thinking, we could probably all find reasons to celebrate if we gave it a try. Thanks for the motivation!

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CRYSALLIS1 9/6/2013 9:41PM

    I like your idea of what to celebrate. We all understand those seemingly silly little milestones. Keep up the great work.

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TWIDDLYDE 9/6/2013 9:20PM

    Well said and celebration well deserved!!
Congratulations!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 9/6/2013 8:49PM

    No need to apologize for celebrating your accomplishments. You have every reason to do that!

Way to Go! Looking good!

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DONNELDA22 9/6/2013 8:14PM

    Can you hear the clapping and the cheering? Keep up the good work. emoticon

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CAITLYNHIE1 9/6/2013 7:18PM

    WAY TO GO !!!

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BOODIGGETY 9/6/2013 6:17PM

    Look at those skinny legs girl! You look great Steph! And I love the painting of the dog in the background too. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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5KGRANNY 9/6/2013 6:11PM

    I actually think you have incredibly nice looking legs!!!!! Congrats on your victory!!! I hope you have a many many more!!! BTW I look forward to hearing your victories. You make us all proud!!! emoticon

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BLINGQUEEN:O) 9/6/2013 5:31PM

    Wow! YOU are a SPECIAL PERSON! So inspiring! Congrats!

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SGFLAUTIST 9/6/2013 1:50PM

    That's fantastic! Congratulations! emoticon

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SPARKLERS30 9/6/2013 12:19PM

    WOOT WOOOOO!!! Great job! emoticon

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SILVER_WOLF1221 9/6/2013 11:58AM

    emoticon That's awesome that you've not only lost weight and have kept it off through numerous different set backs, you kept pushing. You've also gained more confidence in yourself which is priceless! You go girl! You are a major inspiration!

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JESSYJAINES 9/6/2013 11:50AM

    Awesome! You deserve every kind word you get, every pound you lose. I bet those 16's feel great. emoticon

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LABEAUTEVRAIE 9/6/2013 11:48AM

    Get it girl, you look FABULOUS! :) BE PROUD, ALWAYS!

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PSIMSON 9/6/2013 10:36AM

    You are amazing! You've worked so hard for your accomplishment - show off those "pasty legs" with pride!

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AMAZINGAMY14 9/6/2013 10:06AM

    Whoop! whoop! you are amazing! Way to go!

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DEIDRESH 9/6/2013 9:56AM

    way to go!!!!! Woop Woop! emoticon

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JKPONYGIRL 9/6/2013 9:46AM

    you're awesome! keep going! emoticon

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IMAGINE46 9/6/2013 9:44AM

  You go girl! And keep shouting about it. It's well deserved. emoticon emoticon

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TUPPERWARE1 9/6/2013 6:57AM

    Congrats.The shorts thing is a big deal.I also can't get past the 40lb mark.
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    You are awesome! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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  Good blog

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I have worn shorts even though I was probably not the one to look at!! I love them and right now need to find smaller ones but so far haven't. Still looking!!

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MONKEYSTAR28 9/5/2013 9:28PM

    I will keep the celebration up for you! You are rockin this! Keep up the amazing work and wear those shorts with PRIDE!! emoticon

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TOKIEMOON 9/5/2013 9:27PM

    NEVER apologize for victories, big or small, How awesome to fit in your shorts - and yes you should never feel embarrassed about your appearance. I'm so happy for you, wish you were here to hug in person! emoticon emoticon

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When Flying Squirrels Attack!

Tuesday, September 03, 2013



More than a year ago now, my girl Susan (IMSOOZEEQ) introduced me to the flying squirrels... no, not the little furry creature pictured above, but that pesky arm jiggle we tend to get under our arms! I had never heard that phrase before, but it totally described them perfectly.

So the other day, I started Hip Hop Abs with Shaun T (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE btw), and as I was doing a move that required me to pump my arms... I heard a weird *smack*. It startled me a bit but I kept on moving. All of a sudden two more *smack* *smack*. emoticon My dog Sparky didn't seem to be alarmed so I didn't think there was anyone at the door, or creeping around outside. I continued on and sure enough *smack* *smack* *smack*! It was the attack of the flying squirrels!

For a second it kind of bothered me... I've worked really hard, I've lost almost 80 pounds... I've dedicated a lot of time and energy into this journey... and I still had these flying squirrels just flapping away. I had a brief moment where I was a little upset about it, and what has happened to my body, but I quickly snapped out of it! I hadn't heard the flying squirrels *smack* around in a long time, and that reminded me that I was working out and working really hard to lose the rest of this weight. The flying squirrels never made noise while I was sitting on the couch, sitting in the fast food drive thru, or eating all that unhealthy food. They were smacking around and making noise because I was pushing myself out of my comfort zone, trying a new exercise, burning some calories and getting my sweat on! So to the flying squirrels I say FLAP on! They are nothing to be ashamed of, and I will flap mine with pride! emoticon emoticon

  
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NASFKAB 11/10/2013 4:12AM

  love your attitude way to go & couple of other tips the wall pushups & weights so thanks to all

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WHITEANGEL4 9/17/2013 9:59PM

    Enjoyed the great blog.......I am working with light weights hoping to firm up my squirrels

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MRSRIGS1 9/13/2013 3:22PM

    You crack me up! I call mine - My angel wings! emoticon

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1SALMON1 9/8/2013 5:29PM

    Thank you for this! Mine are getting flappy and floppy, & I am trying to fill up the loose skin with biceps & triceps because I don't think it will shrink back all the way. But thanks to your inspiration I will fly proud!

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MRSP90X 9/7/2013 2:33AM

    emoticon emoticon Yup! I got'em too!!

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MLLEMINOU 9/6/2013 8:27PM

    emoticon As others have said: great attitude and perspective, and reading this blog has helped me (I have arms that jiggle too), but your blog *sparked* me! Just wanted to say emoticon for inspiring me and emoticon !!

p.s. I have really been wanting to try Hip Hop Abs (Shaun T is a great dancer in the commercial!!) and I think I will try it after reading your positive review on it!!

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FRAN0426 9/5/2013 1:33AM

    Keep up the great journey you have been doing. The first time slap, slap, slap takes you by surprise, I remember mine well---ugh!

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MARYJEANSL 9/5/2013 12:20AM

  Love that term!

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KITTYCAT64 9/4/2013 11:41PM

    There are much worse things than flying squirrels. You keep on s p a r king.

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DEBSZOO74 9/4/2013 10:46PM

    I had to find out what your blog was about when I saw the title. emoticon
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JOANNHUNT 9/4/2013 10:36PM

    YA THOSE FLYING SQUIRRELS CAN GET LOUD AT TIMES. WE JUST HAVE TO MOVE ON PASSED THEIR NOISE TO VICTORY.

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WEEPINGANGEL74 9/4/2013 10:28PM

    If you keep up the great progress and exercise, those schools will take a flying leap and be history. You are doing fantastic!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 9/4/2013 8:56PM

    My Mom calls it jello.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 9/4/2013 8:18PM

    emoticon I have seen them on TV

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JAMER123 9/4/2013 7:55PM

    Never heard the term Flying Squirrel but we have always called those lovely arms, bat wings! It's the same principle. At least it didn't scare your dog! (LOL) Thanks for sharing!!
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HEATHERFREE 9/4/2013 7:29PM

    Yeah my flying squirrels have been getting bigger and bigger....BUT if you do wall push-ups and the strength move where your arms go up in front of you and you bend your elbows so the weights are behind your head. Those have really helped me get some tone, the skin can only go back so far but strength moves REALLY help.

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LABGIRL8 9/4/2013 6:30PM

    I call them my wings. All I need are feathers and I'll FLY!

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 9/4/2013 6:00PM

    emoticon emoticon Okay ladies get in line to do the squirrel. 1 and a 2 and a 3 , ....flap, flap, flap ........

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CERTHIA 9/4/2013 5:50PM

    emoticon Yes, flap on! Love the squirrel.

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JERICHO1991 9/4/2013 5:42PM

    Hopefully you will only lose the flying squirrels when they leave your body, not due to stopping exercise.

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JSEATTLE 9/4/2013 4:50PM

  I'm a flapper and I know it!

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SMAGEE 9/4/2013 2:38PM

  I love your attitude and view of the world. Very inspiring. Thank you.

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CHARTHESTAR 9/4/2013 2:27PM

    great attitude!

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DRTOVAH 9/4/2013 2:22PM

  Thanks for the chuckle and the cute aniMal pic!

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ABUFFKIN 9/4/2013 1:42PM

    You hit the nail on the head!!! I'm trying to get rid of those pesky flying squirrels myself!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 9/4/2013 1:39PM

  emoticon I emoticon the way you have turned the "Flying Squirrels" into a positive experience.

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JANEMARIE77 9/4/2013 1:02PM

    I had the same kind of experience. I love the attitude and thoughts, how you handled the voices in your head that wanted to take you down a bad path good for you you are awesome

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NONNAOF2 9/4/2013 12:39PM

  I call mine "ding dongs" because they are like bell clappers when they sway!! :-)

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NASFKAB 9/4/2013 11:58AM

  AWESOME ATTITUDE

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SHIRAZSOLLY 9/4/2013 11:57AM

    Well, at least your flying squirrels don't also make a knocking sound when they hit the tree (arthritic shoulders cracking)!

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SUSIEMT 9/4/2013 11:38AM

    Very good! I have always called mine bat wings but flying squirrels is great! Periodically I hear mine and just have to laugh out loud!

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    I LOVE it !!! LOL. emoticon That's aging with a positive attitude.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 9/4/2013 10:21AM

    LOL that's a great term, and I love your perspective on it. Fly on! :)

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Breaking News: I Have ONE Chin... I Repeat ONE Chin...

Sunday, September 01, 2013

This is not a drill! But don't be alarmed, no one stole the other 2 chins (I used to have 3), but apparently over the last 17 months they have gone missing, and I have no intention of looking for them! Now before you see the picture, I will say I was the Queen of camera angles. I could make 2 chins look like 1, or 3 chins look like 2, all from the right angle. But this new picture is actually straight forward and genuine. On top of that I was looking in the mirror and I saw it first hand, 1 chin. I couldn't believe my eyes! emoticon



So I texted my coworker to let her in on the news! She was laughing at me and then she says "Um, you really should look in the mirror more often, it's been like that for a while now!" emoticon I said I just noticed today, when I look in the mirror my eyes immediately go to the stomachs. emoticon She knows how I joke and stuff, so she wasn't phased by this, she just said "Well every once in a while, look UP!" This was definitely a huge NSV, and I am feeling really good. Sometimes it is SO easy to look at how far we still have to go, or to look at the things we like least about ourselves, like my stomachs or the flying squirrels (my arms)... that we don't see how much other things are progressing... like having 1 chin and some pretty killer calves. :) I am going to make sure to continue to look at what I have achieved, and not just think about how far I still have to go... and I'm going to learn to appreciate all the little changes. I'm going to make more time to look around and smell the roses! emoticon

  
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CATNCAG 5/6/2014 1:34PM

    emoticon emoticon I use to have 5 chins now I only have 3! emoticon

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PENUMBRA52 1/15/2014 2:57PM

    You should be very proud of yourself I sure hope I can do it too


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WHITEANGEL4 9/14/2013 11:35PM

    Congratulations

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    You look great! Keep up the good work emoticon

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TIMETOGETGOING 9/12/2013 10:05AM

    Way to go! You look wonderful! emoticon

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LEANMEAN2 9/10/2013 5:41AM

    Congratulations! And I love your stars on your page.

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JUNEAU2010 9/5/2013 8:17PM

    An Enormous NSV! emoticon

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    Hi, Congrats and I love the quote!

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CICELY360 9/4/2013 10:05PM

  Good for you

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CERTHIA 9/4/2013 5:40PM

    emoticon You are just plain gorgeous! Your one chin looks very good on you. You are probably also aware you have some killer cheekbones and very beautiful eyes?

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FIRECOM 9/4/2013 12:47PM

    EXCELLENT!!!
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    Congrats! emoticon

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SDEHNKE 9/4/2013 10:08AM

    Looking forward to the day that I have one chin again! LOL That is wonderful news. You've worked hard for it and you deserve it. emoticon

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ANKLLOYD 9/4/2013 9:58AM

    Awesome! You are beautiful!!! Woo-Hoo!!!

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    Congrats on your spare chins shortage!!!! That is great, you're looking fabulous!
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IMSOOZEEQ 9/4/2013 6:36AM

    You have some a long way baby! You look fantastic! Your co-worker is right...LOOK UP once in a while! lol Look at how far you have come. Look at how much your thinking has changed on this journey! You have achieved so much more than just weight loss, don't forget that!

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TANGOKATE 9/4/2013 12:43AM

    I am learning the same lesson. Loved your blog.

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MARMAERT 9/4/2013 12:42AM

    emoticon looks like it's time for a full body re-asessment! you might be surprised about other areas, too!

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MRSLCDR 9/3/2013 11:37PM

    Way to go!! Keep up the good work, you are an inspiration and I'm cheering for you !
I just got into Onederland!

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DONNELDA22 9/3/2013 10:53PM

    Congratulations! Down to 1 chin. That's great. emoticon

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 9/3/2013 10:47PM

    What a lovely face you have the structure really shows through.

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FAIRHAVENQUEEN 9/3/2013 10:18PM

    You are looking awesome! Keep up the good work. You deserve to feel good about yourself!

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YHINESS 9/3/2013 9:57PM

    Really awesome!

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    emoticon You look fantastic! emoticon emoticon emoticon Love them NSV's. Love your sense of humor too.

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    You look terrific! emoticon

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BOODIGGETY 9/3/2013 8:22PM

    Why Steph...you really are famous! There you were sitting pretty on the blog spotlight! That is so awesome! You look great. Hey, one of these days I'll get to post that I can see my kneecaps again! emoticon

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KKLENNERT809 9/3/2013 7:56PM

    You are so right! Keep doing it!!

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JOANNHUNT 9/3/2013 6:05PM

    CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NSV. ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY AND REMEMBER TO LOOK UP WHEN LOOKING IN THE MIRROR. YOU JUST MIGHT FIND MORE OF WHAT YOU LIKE.



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KIN59VARA 9/3/2013 4:40PM

    Great Blog!

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LUCYLU22 9/3/2013 4:06PM

    emoticon emoticon Absolutely LOVE those kind of NSV's!!! Love the inspirational quote, definitely something to remind myself along the way!

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MONTREAL12 9/3/2013 4:03PM

  I love your quote of focusing on what has been done as opposed to what lies ahead! Thanks emoticon

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JUSTCHELLE75 9/3/2013 3:44PM

    Awesome

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LUVTOBOWL 9/3/2013 3:36PM

    Wow! Keep up the awesome, hard work!!!

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    What a great achievement! Keep up the great work. emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon Keep up with the good work!!! You look awesome!

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BEEANDHAM 9/3/2013 2:21PM

    What an amazing accomplishment! You also have a great sense of humor which is definitely needed in this struggle we all face. Keep up the excellent work! emoticon

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    congrats

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I am changing, so my journey must change also...

Saturday, August 31, 2013



When I started off losing weight, the smallest of changes were able to get the weight rolling off. Although there is nothing easy about weight loss (at any size), small changes in my eating, and being slightly more active resulted in big losses. As time went on, I walked more and more, and I lowered my calories and made even better choices, and the weight continued to come off. I overcame many plateaus, and I started walking farther and farther, but I've never consistently made big changes to my plan.

The plan that worked for me when I was over 200 pounds does not work as effectively now. Sometimes I think my body is so confused... I am around 195, there is still PLENTY of weight to lose, especially in my stomach, but my body seems to worry that we are wasting away. I've known for a while now I need to up my game. I've known I've needed to do additional exercise to add on to my walking (Because Sparky needs his walks no matter what emoticon), but I've been all talk! Just as I often am with my strength training. I know first hand that my arms need work, and more importantly I know how important strength training is but for some reason I refuse to get on board and do it consistently.

So September is going to be the month of change for me. I have gotten too comfortable in my routine, and despite my "feeling fat days", I am quite enjoying my 195 pound body. But I am not done losing weight, for health reasons and vanity reasons (hey, at least I'm honest emoticon), There is nothing wrong with being comfortable, I have worked really hard to lose 77 pounds and I definitely deserve to be happy and comfortable in my own skin... and I definitely am. But as my buddy Annie on here says, good things happen when we get a little uncomfortable. Uncomfortableness can drive us to change and push even harder, and I'm ready for that next step in my journey.

I recently ordered Hip Hop Abs and I love it! Absolutely love it! At my weight abs are the least of my worries, but getting in an awesome work out and working on my core strength (which I really need to work on) is definitely my cup of tea! emoticon For the first time ever I printed up a workout schedule, and September is going to be my month of actually doing what I say I'm going to do!

I am also working on cooking more healthy meals and relying less on processed food. I took the time to plan out my calories, because I know with more exercise comes more calories, but not so much so that it undoes all the efforts put in with exercise. I am going to work on tweaking the calories until I can find the sweet spot.

Here is my calendar and my goals for September:


emoticon One thing not on the calendar is my walking, that happens everyday with Sparky or at work, it's a given and I didn't need to put that on there, but it is still a huge part of my goals. emoticon

emoticon Hit 2,000 Fitness Minutes for the first time ever! I came close this month but didn't push it, so I fell short.

emoticon Continue to try new, healthy recipes until I get a good amount that I can rotate and incorporate into my weekly routine.

emoticon To follow my workout calendar the best that I can, with special attention to the strength training for my arms... that is what always seems to get forgotten.

emoticon Pay attention to my body. I have arthritis in my knees, a metal plate in my leg and screws in my ankle... I need to listen to my body and if I feel like some of the exercises are too much or I'm facing a flare up, I will scale it back.

emoticon I also want a huge focus to be paying attention to my body in terms of hunger. Eating when I'm hungry, stopping when I'm full, you know, all that good stuff. emoticon

Let's all join together and make September a good month! If August was great, use that momentum to propel you right into September! If August wasn't everything you hoped it would be, or was just down right horrible, let's just forget about it and start off fresh for September! emoticon

  
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    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your idea for a workout calendar!!! Here's to a GREAT and AWESOME September!

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DAY2DAY45 9/2/2013 8:54PM

    Great Plan! If you past success has any insight as to how September will be you will do wonderfully! emoticon

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AMDODSON12 9/2/2013 6:59PM

    You are so inspirational!

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MOM3GRTKIDS 9/2/2013 5:07PM

    way to go!

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TOKIEMOON 9/2/2013 4:53PM

    Count me in on your plan to revamp eating and exercise attitudes and activities. Three months post-op back surgery, I am now allowed to start PT this week! Talk about a need to work on core muscles! emoticon

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SUZIPAM1 9/2/2013 4:32PM

    congrats a lot - have you ever tried spinning?

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    Sounds like a plan to me!!!
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JACKIE542 9/2/2013 12:18PM

    Really good goals. I need to focus on my strength too this time. emoticon emoticon

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FIRECOM 9/2/2013 11:50AM

    Sounds like a great plan. I was doing better at strength training and then CANCER. Now I am in chemo and I am dedicated to continue the training when this is over.

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    Great post

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    Great post! Thanks for the inspiration!

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ITSABSURD 9/2/2013 8:37AM

    So true!

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SKC123 9/2/2013 8:16AM

    You can do it--you have some great goals! My goal for september is to get 1000 fitness minutes. I had over 800 in August, so I think i can do it. I also want to find indoor fitness activities that I can do during the winter. It's not here yet, but will be soon and I need to have an alternate to swimming and walking. Good luck on reaching your goals!

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BOODIGGETY 9/2/2013 6:49AM

    "Do Epic Sh#t. Go forth and be a force of the awesome." I'll post the photo on my Spark page since I can't send it to you here. Remember..."If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you." I'll kick it up 3 notches this month if you will! Let's do it. I'm ready to crank this Lamborghini into high gear! emoticon emoticon

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CHRISGORGME 9/2/2013 6:28AM

    Great blog!! My goal for September is 1000 minutes!
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JACKIE15108 9/2/2013 3:58AM

    Good plan Steph-Knee.... emoticon and congratulations on the 77 you have lost so far!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 9/2/2013 12:36AM

    Woo hoo! Looks good! I need to do more strength as well!!

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    Awesome!!

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    AWESOME.

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  I love your enthusiasm and dedication! Thank you for the encouragement!

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SIMONEKP 9/1/2013 6:14PM

    great goals Steph. I tried hip hop abs and found it not to be my cup of tea but others love it.

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    Woo Hoo to you!! Keep up the good work Steph!

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DIANNEMT 9/1/2013 2:36PM

    Great plan!! You can do it!!

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    You are doing a great job-keep up the work!

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