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Thursday, October 30, 2014


This is interesting if you're like me and need a little help with the visualization. Ü

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/1/2014 12:27PM

    Those pictures are a great way of seeing what a difference in weight would make.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/31/2014 5:28PM

    Kind of fun to play with. LOL.

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ARRREAGLES 10/31/2014 9:49AM

    your fake avatar looks good in red.

Interesting tool. :)

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NOMORESHMOO 10/31/2014 12:27AM

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A Letter to the Little Girl Inside of Me!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hello Babygirl,

Terri: We need to talk about what happened last night with the Halloween candy. Don't you remember our agreement that we would save it for the kids that come by on Halloween?

Babygirl Terri: Yes, but I thought it would be ok to melt just two of the Hershey's milk chocolate minis to go with the strawberries.

Terri: Well, that wasn't so bad, but look what happened. After the bag was opened it was just too tempting not to eat a couple more here and a couple more there and by the end of the night it added up to six "mini" pieces of chocolate.

Babygirl Terri: Yeah, but they were just "mini". That didn't hurt anything.

Terri: Actually it did hurt something. It hurt me trying to reach my weight goal for the Renaissance Faire in March. Remember, I'm sewing a new costume in a smaller size and I want to be able to wear it and have so much fun at the Faire. Don't you want to have fun in a pretty new dress at the Faire?

Babygirl Terri: But it was only one night. I'll do better tomorrow. There's plenty of time before the Faire to watch what I eat and lose weight so I can fit into the costume.

Terri: Actually, there isn't that much time between now and then. I planned it all out on a chart and to be able to reach that goal I have to lose 2 lbs a week. I won't be able to do that if we take a day off from the diet and exercise every week. I tell you what. How about instead of a day off from the diet every week, let's just take one special day off a month instead? Let's just have one special meal on that day where we don't worry about the calories instead of eating junk all day just because it's a "free" day.

Babygirl Terri: OK, but I get to pick the day AND the meal.

Terri: Of course!

Babygirl Terri: Maybe I could even exercise twice that day to work off some of the extra calories.

Terri: Now you're thinking. Ü

Babygirl Terri: I'm sorry about the mini-binge last night.

Terri: It's ok. Chocolate happens. We'll just try to do better and keep that pretty dress in mind before we reach in that bowl of candy again right?

Babygirl Terri: Right! Ü

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 10/31/2014 1:01PM


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SKYEDIVE 10/29/2014 8:06PM

    Hi Terri,
Great costume! I'll want to see a photo of the new you in that dress when it is finished! Loved your little conversation. You have a great sense of humor!!! Keep on rocking your weight loss. Don't let a little setback keep you down.

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GIZMOLUVSME 10/26/2014 7:31PM

    Great plan! One special meal a month, maybe with a chocolate dessert! ;)

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NAYIME 10/24/2014 9:04PM

    I enjoyed your blog, it goes to show how little sweet temptations can get us side tracked, if we just settle there and not keep pushing our selves. And you seemed to handle this very well in your letter emoticon emoticon

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MARGARITTM 10/24/2014 2:53PM

    Love the new outfit you are making ........put that naughty girl in a corner ! You are going to rock that outfit

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KIMCOLLINGS 10/24/2014 2:07PM

    Love this post! Great way of looking at and analyzing what happened. I am super impressed that you are sewing your own dress. I have a friend that participates in those and they dresses are so beautiful. You are talented and I want to see pictures in March!!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 10/23/2014 7:44PM

    Nice....the baby in my head is a prolific liar! It still believes it's OK, that I deserve snacks, that I've been good so I can eat more, that I really will only have just a taste this time.

My little kid is an ego-maniac and doesn't want to grow up....I think he just needs to go to sleep!

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NOMORESHMOO 10/23/2014 6:20PM

    Cute conversation and nice pattern. I desperately want to make a new bones corset, but am too intimidated by it. :(
BTW... To keep me in check, I bought candy that I won't eat. Not real keen on Skittles and Starburst. Last year, all of the "good" candy was eaten before the Trick Or Treaters even started.

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ADARKARA 10/23/2014 12:40PM

    Holy crap! Are you sewing your own boned bodice?! I'm impressed!

Love that outfit, I'm pretty sure I have used it for the skirts before.

My husband buys bags of candy every week, and I don't even think about them. I buy myself a bar of high quality dark chocolate and eat a little bit of it when I want it. Or I get the Ghirardelli 60% chocolate chips and count out a serving, enjoying each one slowly. It works for me. =)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/23/2014 12:38PM

    I hate to have things like that around! Too tempting!

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LIMOM2TWINS 10/23/2014 12:33PM

    love this - not once did you "beat" your little girl up with mean words or an attitude - you treated her as you would yourself and she learned from it!


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MOJO0607 10/23/2014 12:16PM

    Love the self conversation here...I can't even open the Halloween candy bags because they will disappear before Halloween. I am thinking of going non-candy this year (think goodie bags with temporary tattoos, pencils, word search, etc) to try and elminate the temptation completely. Best wishes as you work towards your goal!

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How NOT to Eat Like a College Kid!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Well, I did it. I made it through a weekend with my son and his girlfriend at home and didn't gain weight. In fact, I lost weight!!!! I'm soooo happy this morning. It was sooo simple. All I had to do is eat healthier versions of their "college food".

For example, instead of a plate of Crispy Crowns (sometimes with cheese melted over the top), I had scrambled eggs, sautéed veggies with a sprinkle of low-fat cheese and just a half dozen Crispy Crowns, and Yes I savored every one of them. Ü

For lunch when they had Doritos with cheddar cheese nachos, I had a Turkey Taco Salad with a sprinkling of low-fat cheddar, salsa and a half oz of Doritos crumbled on top - I got the flavor but a much healthier and lighter lunch.

For dinner they had yellow rice, sliced and sautéed sausages and sautéed bell peppers and mushrooms, and while I had the same thing, I had half portions of the rice and sausages and double portions of the veggies.

I think I'm getting the hang of this. Ü

P.S. For the record my son and his girlfriend are both veeerrrry thin and if they gained 15 lbs it wouldn't be the end of the world, but for me, I'm waaaaaaaaaay to mature to be gaining that Freshmen 15 along with them, although they're both seniors now.

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TEMPEST272002 10/13/2014 1:15PM

    Your food actually sounds tastier than theirs! Great job finding healthy alternatives.

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2BDYNAMIC 10/10/2014 10:13PM

    Fantastic!! ..... If there is one, you just joined the Honor Roll for Sparks! emoticon .......... Great work and wonderful we always make choices! ...

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MISSYGEEN 9/30/2014 11:39PM

    I often have diner with family or friends, it is more about fellowship than food. This is a good reminder that we can make good choices when eating out.


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NOMORESHMOO 9/30/2014 12:43PM

Smart choices.

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JULIA_211 9/30/2014 4:50AM

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    You did great! Now if you could teach both of them to eat healthier so they don't develop problems later on down the line.

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ADARKARA 9/29/2014 12:59PM

    great job! The nacho salad sounds tasty =)

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WESTERNSAGE 9/29/2014 11:20AM

    Isn't it ironic that these kids can eat so much and stay so thing? Probably a factor of high metabolism combined with the added advantage of youth. Your choices sound delicious and have given me some added ideas for variety in our menus. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Dueling with Myself!

Monday, September 22, 2014

I'm tough. When I write, watch a movie, read a book or play a video game, in my mind I'm always the hard-shelled, hard-hitting heroine with a sassy wit, tempered with a heart soft as an angel's wing.

The problem is that I'm actually the reverse of that, soft and weak on the outside and in no way fit enough to do the things I love but worst of all my heart has become hardened against anyone that might or might not judge me for my obesity.

When I started this journey, I wasn't even sure if it was possible for me to lose weight. For some reason it was stuck in my head that no matter how little I ate or how often I exercised, I would always weigh 230 lbs.

Fast forward a few years and slowly but surely I've proven to myself that I am able to lose weight. It's been three steps forwards and two steps back, but even at that rate I'm seeing some progress. I'm under 200 lbs now, but again I've hit a plateau.

It's almost as if that part of me that couldn't believe that I could ever lose weight is still lurking there in the background, waiting patiently for the inevitable moment of weakness or distraction to seize upon my insecurities and push me back, time and time again, hoping to put me off balance, swipe my feet from under me, use my own weight to prostrate myself and triumphantly drawing first blood with the twitch of the thin pointed blade against my throat, just hard enough so that I know this is not only a duel of honor but life and death itself.

Too often, my insecurities and overwhelming feelings of inadequacy win out over my new found optimism and hard-won self-confidence. I can't even count the number of times, I've picked myself up out of the dust, sore all over, disgusted with my weakness, blind with unshed tears and biting my lip to keep it from quivering with fear and frustration, but get up I did.

It occurs to me that this is not just a battle, this is a war! But battle by battle, I'm gaining ground. Every time I don't give in, I win. Every time I make a good decision, I win again. I can feel my muscles becoming battle hardened, my wit sharpening gaining the measure of my opponent, my confidence growing with every lunge, parry and riposte. This is a fight to the death against an opponent that knows me so intimately that I can’t feint. There will be no trickery involved here. This duel to the death will be hard won with no little amount of blood, sweat and tears. There is no way around it. I throw down the gauntlet. I step to the line to face my nemesis, my own worst enemy, my former self.

“Je suis prest.” (I am ready.)


“Tulach ard!” (War cry – The High Hill)

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NAYIME 9/25/2014 6:22PM

    Great blog! I admire your motivation within! emoticon emoticon

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/25/2014 5:24PM

    emoticon Bloody Brilliant!, Mo Nighean Donn

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JULIA_211 9/25/2014 9:18AM

    Very emoticon
I wish you continued success, new Sparkfriend! emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 9/24/2014 8:21PM

    Sounds like a great attitude you have! I remember the old Japanese adage, "Fall down seven times, get up eight"

Thanks for the friend add....back at 'ya!

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CAROLJCAP 9/24/2014 4:36PM

    Wonderfully articulate post fraught with imagery. I detect a fellow writer.

I'm struggling with self-sabotage also. Part of it is self image. When I picture myself it's pretty much at my ideal weight, but if I catch sight of myself in a mirror or a store window, it's a shock! Oh, yeah, THAT'S what I look like. Another part is unrealistic expectations. (Head talk here.) Just the thought of losing a lot of weight can elicit anxiety. What will be expected of me then? What will I have to achieve then?

These are some of my bugaboos; we all have our own. That's what makes losing so difficult. Especially the part where my head has to convince my heart about what's best for me and what I really do deserve.

Keep up your good work. I know about plateaus, they suck, but you're way ahead of me. I'm barely starting, so you're my hero.

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    Beautifully and intelligently written. This blog stands on its own two feet with integrity. Plus, who wouldn't be inspired by the Outlander video attached! Je suis prest, indeed.
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/23/2014 11:47AM

    This is a great blog. I voted for it.

I think it addresses a huge problem that so many of us face.....the deep seated belief that we are just destined/doomed to be whatever we currently are instead of having the ability to change.


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ALMOMMY10 9/23/2014 11:25AM

    It doesn't matter how much weight one has to lose. The things you share are probably true for most Spark folks. I've battled self image for a long time. My weight has fluctuated from being under weight to being over 200. Think has your journey as a lifestyle change and not a diet. Reclaim your health and slowly the voice within will get more muffled.

"Success is the sum of small effects, repeated day in and day out. " Robert Callien

Congrats on the weight you lost. Keep charging forward.

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ADARKARA 9/23/2014 5:50AM

    You CAN lose weight. I think if you manage to convince yourself how true this statement is, you'll have a much easier time of it. It's like faeries. You have to *believe* in them, right? You have to *believe* you can do it. Have faith in yourself!


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    Congratulations for being under 200 pounds. You have lost a lot of weight. Good luck with the fight!

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A Letter to My Future Self

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I've noticed quite a few of my spark friends have written letters of encouragement to their past selves. I love reading those letters. It reminds me that each and every one of us has a very brave past self that was hopeful enough to take the first step on this amazing journey to health and fitness. I wish I could go back and hug each and every one and tell them "Thank you" from all of us who are at the end of the journey and working to maintain, or still somewhere along the path like me. Still putting one foot in front of the other. So here's my attempt at the opposite. Hope you enjoy it.

Dear Future Terri,

Today I saw a picture of you. I couldn't believe my eyes. You are in better shape than I was in high school. You might be a tiny bit heavier but I can tell it's all muscle. You were crossing the finish line of a race. You were smiling with your arms stretched up in a victory salute. You looked so happy and healthy.

You're an inspiration to me. I'm amazed that you stuck with it this time. You obviously didn't give up when you were tired or in pain or when it would have been easier to throw in the towel.

I'm so proud that you kept at it, kept tracking even when it was a pain to drag out the measuring cups and scale, kept going to the gym every day even when it would have been sooo nice to snuggle back under the covers in the morning or drive straight home and crash on the couch after work.

I've gotta tell you, there were times when I felt like it was impossible to lose the weight now that I'm over 50 years old. I had so many people tell me that it was inevitable, that my metabolism was shot and I should just accept my older bigger body and be content. I'm so happy that you didn't listen to those people. You had faith in me. Faith I'm not sure I've found in myself yet, but I know YOU did, so it's there somewhere and I promise I'll find it.

I gotta ask, who is that mystery man in the picture there with you? Is he someone special? Do you go running, hiking, biking, swimming and horseback riding together? It looks like you're both very healthy and happy. I can't wait to meet him, but most importantly I can't wait to BE you.

Thank you for sending those pictures back in time to me. How did you know I was standing at the crossroads and trying to decide if this journey was worth all the pain, effort, and perserverance or if I should just settle into old age and accept my fate.

You take of yourself and I promise to take better care of yourself too.

Love, Terri

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AHEALTHIERME9 9/22/2014 11:10AM

    Fantastic letter to your future self, Warrior! This was incredibly inspirational!

I can tell you from personal experience that the very crossroads you're at has a lesson in it. Let it be your guide to enable you to strive for the best possible outcome for you. Nurture yourself and continue to persevere, Terri! You are worth it. :)

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 2/6/2014 8:49PM

    Just caught this. Really enjoy it!

How are you doing?

♥«´¨`•* *•´¨`»♥ Spread the Spark!

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FLORIDASUN 1/18/2014 11:27AM

    I SO loved this blog. Keep it close and read it weekly! YOU are the best protector of YOU...I think I've FINALLY gotten that lesson at the ripe old age of 62..slow learner duh!

We can create the future we want but we have to be willing to do the things necessary to make it possible. I'll be here for you dear one cheering you on to victory! emoticon

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BOSS61 12/26/2013 10:28AM

    Had to read this twice to fully grasp the time travel component. More coffee needed, I guess!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/27/2013 8:51PM

    Loved the blog!!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 11/27/2013 11:52AM

    What an awesome blog, Terri!

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