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Helpful... (things that have helped me and maybe will help you too!)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Hello to all that reads this!! This is just a blog about things that are helping me along the way... to maybe help anyone out there as well as serve as a reminder for me!

So Today's blog is all about what has and or is helping me in this weight loss journey/ life style change!!

1. First off............Of course would have to be this website Spark People! Had been a HUGE help to me!! ( The trackers, the info, the recipes, blogs, ect)

2. Would have to be all the WONDERFUL Sparkers I have met and am still meeting along the way. You all have and do help so much!!!! Much Thanks to you all!!! Much Love and Respect to you all!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

3. Drinking tons of water!! Which helps in so many ways... as most of us all know.. it helps flush out toxins, helps in some ways to energize us, helps fills us up when we think we are hungry, keeps us hydrated! Ect. ect.

my water of choice.. good ole Aqua Fina lol

4. Food Tracker... is a Huge Help... Keeps me in line! lol It has been helpful in many ways.

5. This will give you a laugh, I know the name of it and picture are kinda funny but works wonders!!! What might you ask is this... lol well it is Anti Friction powder/ sweat absorber!

6. Eating Lots of fruits and Veggies! Exchanging theses for the non helpful cookies, and junk food.

7. Having a since of humor and NOT being so hard on myself helps!!!

8. Having a Cheat meal... also helps.. when kept in moderation!

9. Knowing that if today or yesterday was not so good.. no big deal just make TODAY better and KEEP going don't dwell on it!!

10. Bloggin helps also for many reasons, helps serve as reminders for ourselves. Can be helpful to others, also sometimes helps us vent, helps us get to know one another alittle more... I could go on but I m sure you all know how it can be helpful!!

11. Taking alittle time for myself.. NOT ONLY to work out But to just breath.. read, relax, beautify ect...

12. Waist Trimmer Belt.. NOT a miracle cure.. but just helps you to sweat!!

13. Also Not a Miracle cure or anything but seems to help alittle.. a cheap magnetic bracelet I bought at Walgreen's just to try it out... it was like $3.00... yep cheap.. but it seems to help with having energy.

14. emoticon.. getting atleast 7 to 8 hours every night and staying on a sleep schedule is a HUGE help!!!

15. And ofcourse working out!!! LOL I do Strength training 3 days a week and Cardio 6 days a week... most weeks!!

Okay so that is just a few things that are on my mind as of right now that have helped and is helping me! I hope it may be helpful to you as well. I know most of theses things are things you all know about but I am putting them to serve as a reminder to myself as well.
Also SP and all my Spark Friends are... I would say the MOST Helpful tools I have found!!! YOU all ROCK!!!!!!!!! ( Not that I mean to say any of you are tools ... That so not what I mean!!! I just mean you all have been the BEST HELP of all!!!!!
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MALIAN1 2/27/2012 9:33AM

    I LOVE being a tool.....bwahahahaha....Love your blog. You are an inspiration!

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ZENNITH 2/26/2012 3:08PM

    I think that blog highlights some of your achievements along the way in your weight loss journey! emoticon

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CATHYHASSPARK 2/25/2012 8:17PM

    good post! some of them remind me of things i need to improve on and other things for me to try

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WINNIE1978 2/25/2012 7:55PM


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BBONET 2/25/2012 6:58PM

    Thanks for the reminders and all your points well taken. I love the humor you put into it. It helps to have all the SP friends that help and cheer you on!!! Keep up the great work!! emoticon

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MENNOLY 2/25/2012 6:08PM

    Seems like you hit all the high points, emoticonLooking forward to us both having a great deal of success! emoticon

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Out of the 300's

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Okay my friends so for the first time in 7 years I am out of the 300's... ok so only by a couple of lbs.. but I am out and not looking to ever go back!!!

my highest weight.. 383lbs
today's weight 298.5lbs

Me... Very happy about it!!! Sure I did alittle dance lol another -8.5lbs & I will be at the weight I was when my hubby and I got married. Anything after that is a Huge Bonus because I have ALWAYS been over weight!

So off the reset my goals and clean house and then workout!

Best wishes to you all for a Great weekend!

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IAM_HIS2 2/23/2012 8:39AM

    What an awesome victory--congratulations!! That sure is something to celebrate!!

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    Congrats! How amazing is that accomplishment!! WOOOOT! =)

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CALIKIKI 2/21/2012 6:01PM

    Woo Hoo for you!

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COURAGETOMOVE 2/20/2012 6:13PM

    Congrats! That is a huge accomplishment. Job well done!!

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BECKYB73 2/20/2012 4:36PM

    HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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PRIMALMICHAEL 2/20/2012 3:04PM

    WOW! Congratulations!

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CHANGING4ME49 2/20/2012 2:30PM

    So super happy for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon You have been doing so well. emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep up the great work. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KITTY_M 2/19/2012 9:19AM

    Way to go! emoticon

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    OMG!!! That's so awesome. Congrats and way to go. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WINNIE1978 2/18/2012 9:00PM

    How sparking awesome!!! Congrats on ditching the 300s!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DANA564 2/18/2012 8:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYou rock!

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MENNOLY 2/18/2012 6:44PM

    emoticon emoticonWhat wonderful news! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TINY_WANTS_OUT 2/18/2012 3:31PM

  Congratulations on your weight loss!!

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    Congratulations! How exciting! Good for you! :)

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BEINGGUIDED 2/18/2012 1:02PM

    Way to go! You may have always been overweight, but you don't always have to be overweight... you are showing that now! You are well on your way to healthy. We are all rooting for you! WWOOHHOOO!

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TAMIPCHICAGO 2/18/2012 12:57PM

    I am so proud of you! That is a tremendous accomplishment.

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ZENNITH 2/18/2012 12:36PM

    That's great!! emoticon emoticon

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CMA444 2/18/2012 12:34PM

    That is awesome!!! That is so great! Keep up the great work. Celebrate each milestone that you hit. You can totally do this and you are proving it!

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MICHELLESMILES_ 2/18/2012 12:27PM

    Way to go Girl! Sooooooooo proud of you!

(Doing Happy Dance)

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Way to go Tara!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!

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Today was so NOT expected!!

Thursday, February 09, 2012

It's been a Crazy day my friends.. and well it started yesterday evening my youngest started feeling bad and running fever... she wasn't eating very well and just not feeling well. And it all continued all last night and this morning . I knew it wasn't a cold, and pretty sure its not her teething. So I called the Dr. this morning just to see what they wanted me to do and they suggestions I bring her in so I did and well... they checked her over and didn't see anything, so they wanted to check for Urinary track infection.. and well that's easier said than done it seems when having to do this with an almost 16month old. Anyways I won't go into all the details. But it took until 4 this after noon to get the tinkle... just to find out it shows no infections. And by that time the Dr. has went home, and since there was no infections we were just told to alternate the over the counter meds. for her fever and just keep a check on it. So that's what I am doing. It's been another long day and night and no answers as to why she has fever. So all I can do is keep a check on her and pray that what ever it is, it goes away soon.

So needless to say I haven't worked out in the past two days.. but my eating hasn't been to horrible.... lol. I am hoping all gets back to normal tomorrow!

Thanks again to all of you!! And just as soon as all returns to normal I am going to do my best to catch up with you all!!! Good night Dear Friends.

Ah and P.S. On a good note in the past two days I have had several people notice my weight loss and even a few that said they didn't even recognize me lol but I don't that's all because of the weight loss.. I have also changed my hair color. But many complements on both!!! emoticon

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LITTLEKIM4 2/15/2012 8:05PM

    Congratulations on getting the compliments about your weight loss. That sure makes you feel good, doesn't it? Keep it up!

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TARAFROMTX1 2/10/2012 8:30PM

    Thank you all Ladies!! She is doing alot better!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNOWANGELDIVA 2/10/2012 8:29PM

    Pics on the hair woman (when you're not sleep deprived).
I hope your littele one is feeling better soon. We're doing ear infections over here and I am a nutjob when I don't get sleep, SUPER AWESOME for keeping at eating when you're sleep deprived.
HUGE WOO HOOs on your efforts being noticed.
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    Sorry so late with my reply. I sure hope she is doing.better today and.that.things.weren't so stressful.

Hug to you my friend.

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WINNIE1978 2/10/2012 8:55AM

    I hope that your daughter feels better soon! It must be so frustrating to know that something is wrong, but not to know what is wrong! emoticon

And congrats on having people notice the weight loss! That always feels so good!!

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CHANGINGSAM 2/10/2012 8:49AM

    That's awesome in regards to people noticing your weight loss! Keep up the great work, and I hope your little one gets better soon!


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ZENNITH 2/10/2012 6:11AM

    Hope your little one is on the mend soon emoticon

It's lovely when people notice your weight loss and all that hard work you've put in. I can't wait for that! Right now people keep staring at my belly - so rude!

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CHELLEBEE721 2/9/2012 8:57PM

  Hope your little one feels better quick!!!!!

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MENNOLY 2/9/2012 8:56PM

    Hope the baby gets over her fever soon, and you get some rest. Have a good night! emoticon

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=-) Happy it is Over... atleast until next year lol

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

So I am Hap Hap HAPPPY to report the Dreaded Dr. Apt is over and done with!! emoticon

And shockingly it was problaly the quickest Apt. I have had in a long time. And I am so happy that is all over with... I had all of my Female things done/checked and my lab work done everything came back Great. My BP was 117 over 84.. I am down 66.5lbs since my last apt. My Dr. was thrilled as am I!!!! Now I am just waiting the results on my blood work... checking my Cholesterol and everything.

Other than that we went to lunch then, we did alittle shopping for our girls, and now we are home I am sooo very tired from lack of sleep last night and getting up super early this morning and being on the go all day long so I am calling it a day my friends!!

Thank you all for all the support, advice and kind words for everything!!! You all are the BEST!!! I have nothing but LOVE for you all!!! Night night my friends!!
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WINNIE1978 2/9/2012 7:26PM

    I'm so glad that you got the dreaded appointment over with and that your results were all good!

I go for my dreaded appointment on Monday. emoticon

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CHANGINGSAM 2/9/2012 10:18AM

    I'm so happy that it was quick and that everything was good!

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MALIAN1 2/9/2012 9:13AM

    That is awesome news....you are amazing!!!

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FITKIZ 2/8/2012 7:59PM

    Great news about the results you have back so far. Good luck with the blood work they're still checking! emoticon

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    Yay I am glad all went well. Hope u have a great night.

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MENNOLY 2/8/2012 7:50PM

    emoticonWhat great news! emoticon

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TO_BE_FIT 2/8/2012 7:43PM

    What a great doctor visit! Congratulations!

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Turn of events... 2-3-12

Friday, February 03, 2012

Okay so today was suppose to be the Dreaded Dr. Appointment. So I get up early get ready and wake up the kiddos and get them ready.. head out the door and get almost half way to the Dr. office, which is exactly an hour away from where I live... and then the phone rings.. its the Dr.'s Office.... my Dr. is helping another Dr. in a surgery but they can book me with some NEW Dr./ PA? Mr. somebody... OR I can reschedule for Next Wed. with my Dr. So I said well I guess reschedule because I am comfortable with my Dr. and not so much with one that I have NEVER met and is a male Dr. to boot. So okay alittle annoyed by this point.. after getting up alittle earlier getting the kids up and having to get out in nasty weather to get half way there and bam.

So then my hubby says well I want to go ahead and get some Breakfast before going back home so he can leave and go to work. So we stop at a restaurant and had breakfast and well needless to say this place had NOTHING healthy... and now I am miserable!!! I shouldn't have ate at all.. I was pretty hungry I didn't eat this morning because I was fasting for the blood work..... and not thrilled with having to change things.. not that I was looking forward to it lol but I wanted to get it over with. Because I have been dreading it so much so I didn't sleep the best last night and was just so looking forward to getting it over with. Anyways.. I know its not the end of the world.. and its not the first time it has happened.. normally I get all the way there and just end up getting stuck with who ever is available.

Okay so that's how all of that turned out. New Appointment Next Wed. morning. We shall see lol

So I hope everyone is having a good day today and I hope you all have a Great weekend!!

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BBORDEN86 2/8/2012 3:35PM

    That's a bummer, I know how much you WEREN'T looking forward to it. At some point though you know you have to get it done, and it's frustrating when it doesn't work out the way you want it to. Hopefully next Wed. is MUCH better!!! Don't beat yourself up about ONE meal. Just keep on, keeping on! : )

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    Tara I hope the rest of your day went smoother and sorry bout your breakfast and appointment. Just remember in the grand scheme of life...it was only one meal. Drink extra water and u do plenty of exercise already! Love ya!

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JPAMPY 2/3/2012 3:52PM

    I totally understand the frustration about the doctor. That happened to me quite a bit when I was pregnant. I would get the OB/GYN for my appointment and would find out that they forgot to call me because my doctor was behind or not taking any clients due to a birth or something. You can always burn the extra calories by doing extra exercise. When i first started SP, that was the advice I was given because I kept going over my calories. I pray you have a much better weekend including catching up on much needed sleep, eating well and just feeling energized!!

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CHANGING4ME49 2/3/2012 3:35PM

    Sorry things didn't work out well today. Hang in there! Hope your weekend proves better.

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MENNOLY 2/3/2012 3:16PM

    I am sorry about the morning not getting off to a good start emoticonHope the rest of the day goes better. Have a great weekend!

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CHANGINGSAM 2/3/2012 2:53PM

    Aw, I'm sorry your having a rough morning! Forget about the breakfast this morning too. Just try to get some exercise in and start fresh tomorrow. Hope you have a good weekend!


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WINNIE1978 2/3/2012 12:27PM

    I'm sorry you weren't able to get the appointment over with today. Hope you have a good weekend!

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