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Again?!?! Maybe this time......

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

LOL Yes, here I am again! Hoping to get the motivation from all my SparkPeople friends, to maybe lose my weight this time. Last summer, I started on Visalus and lost 25 pounds. Then Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Valentine's Day hit and I gained back 15 of those 25 pounds... grrrrr. I can't help it, I love to cook/bake and LOVE to eat it, as well. Just finished my last Thin Mint Girl Scout cookie, too. I must say I am proud of myself in that it has taken me this long to finish my box. Normally it would have been gone in a week.

I found Visalus to be a helpful meal replacement product, although expensive. I like it, in that I don't have to really think about what I am going to eat, which is a big problem for me. I am always thinking about what I am going to have for the next meal, cook for supper, and heaven forbid, get a hunger feeling..... So I HAVE to make sure that I eat enough at my meals. I know I need to spread out mini meals during the day, so I will try.

Since I last blogged, things have calmed down, thank God!!! My sons are doing well and are all in college. Can you say ChaChing$$$$ But it is a good thing. I moved my parents into a senior facility in October, so a little less stressed there also. I am so glad that my hubby and I have a wonderful relationship and amazingly, he is finally understanding that he needs to support me with my weight loss, rather than giving me crap about how I need to lose it. It has only taken him 30+ years to figure this out.

I went to Sturgis Motorcycle Rally last August for the first time and had a total blast!!! I can't wait to go again this year and so that is what I am setting as my goal. I am hoping to be able to lose 40 pounds by then, so I can look and feel better riding my motorcycle. I would love to say, LOOK HOT, but at 54, I guess I am past those days :) Ok, as Hot as a 54 year old woman can.

I have been walking more on my treadmill and outside (sooooo glad that it is finally getting nice out). Seems my hips are hurting more these days after I walk. Thought maybe it was my tennis shoes, but after having bought another 2 pair to switch off, I am still feeling it. I know 'this too shall pass'.

Well, I guess that is it for now. I am going to check out/do the 10 minute video on the 28 day boot camp challenge. Hope everyone is doing well. It is nice to see that several of my SP friends are still putting in regular comments.

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CLDTTG 3/15/2012 2:15PM

  Good for you looking to get back on track. All too often we get caught up in the fact that we got sidetracked that we don't jump back into it. I found your blog by searching for others that have had success with/through ViSalus. I have just completed my first 90 day challenge and lost 22 pounds and 16 inches. More importantly for me was the impact on my health... the products totally reversed the negative side effects I was experiencing with menopause... I'm never giving them up! I think that the best thing to consider with the Body by vi system is that it is one 90 day challenge after another, an ongoing process rather than one with an end. I started my challenge at the beginning of December and it was instrumental in helping me through the holidays without the huge weight gain I normally would have (I too love to not only cook and bake but to eat it too!). I use the Core Kit (which is definitely pricey) but... I am managing to get it for free with the three-for-free plan. (I love this option!) Try to get others involved with you so that you don't pay for the product - then you can just focus on getting healthier rather than the cost of it all!!

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Lots of lemons lately, where is the lemonade???

Saturday, September 26, 2009

I haven't written a blog since July. I have thought about it several times, but just couldn't do it. I know it helps for me to write stuff down, so I am hoping this helps. I have to say the last few months have really sucked (sorry, no better way for me to put it right now). It took me FOREVER to finally lose 10 pounds, but I figured it took forever to come on, so it would take awhile to go off. But I have lost nothing since and actually gained back 4, of which I am trying to get back in sync and did lose a pound of the 4 this week. I am not changing my ticker symbol as I need some positive to look at.

My 83 year old father rear ended a car and totaled out his car, with minimal damage to the SUV he hit. No one was hurt, thank God, but my dad's arms were scraped up from the air bag (he is on a blood thinner, so they bleed easily) He said the car 'just appeared' in front of him after he went around the corner. I had already been thinking about having him take a senior driving course, but now this confirmed it. Then immediately following his accident I drove my parents to Colorado. My dad is soooooo crabby and he wasn't feeling well, so it was not an enjoyable trip, except for seeing all of my relatives there. Then shortly after that, another trip, but this time to Montana, again another crabby father, but wonderful seeing relatives. A few days after arriving home my mom called to say that dad wasn't responding and they were taking him by ambulance to the hospital. After many tests, they decided maybe he was having seizures, so he was put on an anti-seizure med and told he couldn't drive for 3 months - yeah, a reprieve for me taking his license away. My dad has now been driving, even if he wasn't supposed to. It isn't like I can take his license/keys away, as my mom's keys are still there and she doesn't like to drive that much anyway and is tired of driving him everywhere. I offer, but they don't want to inconvenience me and don't tell me everywhere they need to go. They have 'kind of' agreed to take the driving class, but mom wants me to wait until after her cataracts are removed......... It is so hard to be a parent to your parents!!!!!!!!!!!

And finally my 21 year old son was attacked and his skull had multiple fractures. He was briefly in intensive care, they did surgery to put in steel plates, the covering over the brain was not punctured (THANK GOD!!!!!!), and after a week letting mommy take care of him and then back to his own apartment, he is now back to work and doing really well. We now have probably a long wait as we deal with the legal end. He is really a good kid and has never caused me a problem, so to get this kind of call, really scared the crap out of us. I tell you to hug your kids, grand kids, who ever, as you never know what tomorrow brings. You may think you live a simple, boring life and you just never know what someone else has in store for you.

So, with all of that, I have not been on SP very much, my weight and eating right have been VERY low priorities. I tried last week to get back on schedule with eating/working out and as I said before, I did lose a pound, but overall, I have a long way to go. So today is another day and tomorrow is another day, and so on and so on, until I finally get this all figured out and learn to take better care of myself. It doesn't help that my husband always lets me know he doesn't like my weight. The other night he said "no wonder these pants keep falling off me, they are yours". Well, they weren't mine, but a pair of his that he had bought that were too big. He makes hurtful comments like that and then he wonders why I don't want to meet him in bed that night....

Well, as the saying goes 'When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade' and I am still trying to find the recipe for the lemonade, because I sure can't figure out how to make it otherwise.

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SHASTA11 12/5/2009 10:32PM

    What a time you and your family have had. I'm am so glad your son is doing well.

It probably is time both your parents stopped driving. We had to stop mom a few years ago. I just told her I didn't have much to do and would take her where she needed to go so we could have more time together. She wasn't happy, but we managed. I'm a pet sitter so if I'm working I still had the opportunity to take her out. She passed this past January. Had been going downhill for over a year.

Please keep up with your program. It will help you deal better with the lemons if you are healthy.

I'm here for you.

emoticon Joan

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JAM2DREW 9/27/2009 6:36PM

    Sorry to hear about all the stuff that you have been dealing with lately. You have friends and support here so keep coming here. We are here for you!

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BUGLET- 9/27/2009 3:50PM

    May God bless you. I, too, am having a problem with the lemons. This, too, will pass.

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DARLENEK04 9/27/2009 3:09PM

  Have you told your husband how hurtful his comments are and
how they undermine your determination to continue losing?

I imagine you are worried for the safety of your parents, and
it puts you on the spot for making sure they are safe. Maybe
a word with the driving course instructor??

So thankful your son came thru his ordeal so well. Keep us


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SACTOKAREN 9/26/2009 11:55AM

    So sorry to hear all of the lemons coming your way. Try to find the positive in your situations and good stuff will come your way. You have to have some bad things happen, otherwise, you wouldn't really appreciate the good stuff. I think you've paid your dues for awhile.

Take care!

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FINALLY 10 down!!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Well, I started on SP in May and after losing a pound a week, I was feeling very motivated and good about myself. Then I hit a plateau, I guess and didn't lose for several weeks. I have finally hit the BIG 10. Of course, I can't help but look at all the pounds yet to be lost, but because of SP and the info on it and the wonderful friends that I have made, I continue to be motivated. I have been on many other weight loss programs, but never felt quite the support that I do here, as well as, all of the information available at my fingertips. I have been very good at logging my food, which makes me more aware of my daily food intake and calories. I log my exercise, which makes me feel good about myself, knowing how good I am doing. I read every article that comes my way through emails and go through my Spark Points each day as I have found that also helps get me motivated. I love reading all of the blogs as it reinforces that we are all basically the same. I have told so many people about SP and hopefully as I continue to lose my weight, I will have more people joining us on our journey here on WE CAN DO IT!!!!!!

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100LBLIGHTER 8/25/2009 12:45AM

    emoticon Success is the Greatest Motivator!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIMMICA 7/31/2009 3:17PM

    Congratulations on your '10'! Slow and steady is the best way to go, because you're changing your habits that will help you make this a permanent weight loss.

Keep up the good work!

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SHASTA11 7/31/2009 1:40PM

    Oh, good for you.

Hugs, Joan emoticon

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JAM2DREW 7/31/2009 1:28PM

    Congrats! This makes those days of not losing so much sweeter when the rewards finally come in. Keep up the good work!!

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SHANNYMEDIC 7/31/2009 1:07PM

    Way to go!!!

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TRAIL75 7/31/2009 11:06AM

    emoticon emoticon congrats

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Riding motorcycles diet

Monday, July 20, 2009

I can't believe it but I have found the perfect way to lose weight. This weekend I went on my first Poker Run on my motorcycle. Friday night there was a parade of motorcycles, and then a street dance. Saturday, was the actual ride, so we were there by 9:30 and rode all day ending at a local bar by the river, which included several bands and yes, I had a couple of drinks early, but we were there for hours. Sunday we rode another 100 miles. I found it very interesting as food was not on my mind as it typically is...what can I eat, when is lunch, etc. We ate our basic meals and I had no time to eat or think of any additional snacks. I had the most wonderful weekend with my husband and food was not on my mind, which is a VERY rare occasion for me.

I wish it could be like this everyday, but I know in reality it can't, but it was an eye opener for me. I just need to keep myself active and busy. My boys are on a church mission trip this week, so it is just my hubby and I. We plan on riding more this week (weather is raining today) and with the boys gone, junk food is low in the house right now. We do plan on going out to dinner using a couple of gift cards we were given, so that may be a challenge, but overall I am feeling very positive and upbeat right now. I am planning on using the 'boyless' house this week to get a bunch of cleaning done so that I can enjoy the cleanliness before they come home. That and everything else scheduled for the week, should keep me active and busy, so hopefully food will not be on my mind as much, we'll see...

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SHASTA11 7/21/2009 1:30PM

    Thank you for the wonderful "trip" with you. Felt like I was riding with you. emoticon

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CINDYMINDY2 7/21/2009 10:44AM

    Hey Girl,

I wondered what was keeping you busy, and so I checked your blog. I'm so glad you feel more positive!! So do I!!! It's like someone turned a switch on for me. I have been keeping my calories down, and I went to the Dr. today for test results. I had lost 7 pounds since last Tuesday!!!! YEAH!!!!

Enjoy your "boyless" week!!!


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Plateau and a Poker Run

Friday, July 17, 2009

Well, I am kinda bummed as I have hit my first plateau after losing only 9 lbs. What is that about??? I have eaten more, eaten less, exercised more/different, and exercised less. Nothing seems to work, but because of Spark People and the wonderful friends and support I have received since I started in May, I am not giving up. Typically in the past I might have given up at this point. I REALLY want to fit into some HOT motorcycle chick chaps and leather outfit. I know at 51, I won't be as hot as I would have been at 21, but thankfully my husband won't mind. I am going on my first Poker Run tomorrow on my motorcycle, so I am a bit nervous. We had a pre run parade and street dance tonight, which was fun, but I was kind of nervous around all of the experienced riders. Looking at the other biker chicks, I guess I don't exactly have biker chick attire yet, oh well. I never imagined how excited my husband would be to have me riding my own bike........

I didn't sleep well last night, so I am hoping tonight will be better. It will be a long ride/long day; starting at 10:00 in the morning and the final stop at a local bar complete with bands, ends at midnight. I am feeling kinda guilty as two of my sons are leaving at 6:30 Sunday morning to go on a church mission trip for a week. I feel like I should be home helping them get ready and spending time with them. They are 19 and 16, so I guess they are big boys and can do it themselves. As my oldest son doesn't live at home, it will be kind of weird, yet nice, to have just me and my hubby at home.

I continue to be amazed at the Spark web site and the wealth of info on here. I am always finding something new! I love reading many blogs and seeing the many pounds that have been lost. I, too, will eventually be one of the success stories, it will just be awhile, oh well....


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